Contributed by Helen Billing
..entered by Jno Watson of Buckingham the 14th April 1770
In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Markham of Tingewick in the County of Bucks yeoman being in good Health and of sound and disposing Mind and Memory but Considering the uncertainty of this Life do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I Give and Devise unto my Daughter Sarah Markham All my Messuage or Tenement Two Closes and one Quarter of a yard Lands with their Appurtenances situate and lying in Tingewick aforesaid (being copyhold of Inheritance and which I have already surrendered to the use of my Last Will and Testament or to that Effect) And all other my Messuages Lands and Hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever with their Appurtenances To Hold the said premises unto and to the use of my said Daughter Sarah Markham her Heirs and Assigns forever Charged and Chargeable Nevertheless and I do hereby Charge the said premises with the weekly Sum of Two Shillings which I give unto my Son Henry Markham for and during the Term of his natural Life to be paid and payable to him by my said Daughter Sarah and her Heirs out of the said premisses on Monday in every Week weekly free and clear of all Taxes and other Deductions whatsoever, And in case the said Weekly Sum or any arrears thereof shall be behind or unpaid by the share (?) of ffive days or more after the day of payment on which the same shall from time to time become due Then and so often my Will is that it shall be lawful to and for him my said Son or his Assigns for that purpose to enter on all or any part of the said premises and to distrain for the same together with all costs and Charges there about, and I do also hereby Charge the said premises so devised to my said Daughter Sarah and her Heirs as aforesaid with the Sum of Twenty Pounds apiece which I Give and Bequeath unto each and every of my Daughters Mary Markham, Elizabeth Markham, and Ann Markham and to be paid and payable to them respectively by my said Daughter Sarah or her Heirs within Six Months next after the Decease of him my said Son Henry Markham, And in case any or either of them my said Daughters Mary, Elizabeth, and Ann, shall happen to dye without Issue before her or their said Legacy or Legacies shall become due or payable then my Will is that the Legacy or Legacies of her or them so dying shall go and be paid to the Survivors or Survivor of them equally to be divided between them (if more than one) Item I Give and Bequeath unto my said Daughter Sarah Markham and my Nephew John Strainge of Gawcot Yeoman All and singular my ready monies and Securities for money houshold Goods and Furniture Cattle Corn Grain Hay Implements in Husbandry and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever In Trust that then my said Daughter and Nephew John Strainge or the survivor of them his or her Executors or [Thos Markham signed new page]
Administrators shall and do thereout pay all my Just Debts and Funeral Expenses and after payment thereof shall and do pay and Deliver one full sixth part or Share of the then residue and surplus of my said personal Estate unto my Wife Margaret Markham, Another sixth part thereof unto my said Son Henry Markham, Another sixth part thereof unto her my said Daughter Sarah Markham, Another sixth part thereof unto my said Daughter Mary Markham, And as to the two remaining Sixths parts thereof my Will is that they my said Trustees and Executors and the Survivor of them his or her Executors and Administrators shall be and Stand possessed of the same In Trust to pay dispose of and apply the same unto and for the use of my said Daughters Elizabeth and Ann at such time or time and in such manner as they my said Trustees in their his or her Discretion shall think fit and most conducive to the Advantage of my said Daughters Elizabeth and Ann, And my Will is that my said Executors and the Survivor of them shall have power to Sell and Convert all or any part of my personal Estate into money subject to the Trusts aforesaid, And I do constitute and Appoint my said Daughter Sarah Markham and Nephew John Strainge Executors of this my Last Will and Testament upon the Trusts aforesaid, And do hereby revoke all former and other Wills by me made And do Declare this to be and Contain my true and only last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Markham have to the First Sheet of this my Last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper set my Hand and to this Second and last Sheet thereof my Hand and Seal the Twelfth day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred sixty eight.
Thos Markham (signed)
|Signed sealed published and Declared by the above named Thomas Markham the Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and also in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses|
B Seeley (signed)
John Miller (signed)
John Parker (signed)
12th April 1770,
Sworn the Executor and Executrix above named before me
W. Pugh Sur.
Proved the 12th day of April 1770 before the Reverend William Pugh Clerk Surrogate by the Oaths of Sarah Markham natural and lawful Daughter and John Strainge Nephew joint Executrix and Executor, to whom Admon was Committed they being first sworn duly to Administer.
Archdeaconry of Buckingham
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