Will of Ralph SHEAVYN, Ticknall, Derbyshire: 1769

Probate granted 9 January 1769, Lichfield

This is the last Will and Testament of me Ralph SHEAVYN the Elder of Ticknall in the County of Derby Butcher made when of perfect Mind Memory and Understanding in manner and fform ffollowing (that is to say)

First it is my mind will and desire that all my just Debts and Funeral Expenses be paid and discharged and also the Legacys herein after by me given and bequeathed out of my Personal Estate by my Executors herein after mentioned. But in case the same shall not prove sufficient for all and every thos purposes Then I do charge all and every my Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments situate standing lying and being in Ticknall aforesaid (except the House now divided into three Tenements wherein Joseph SMITH   Henry SMITH and my brother Augustin SHEAVYN now live) And also all that Messuage Cottage Dwelling House or Tenement situate standing or being in Ashby delazouch in the County of Leicester now in the tenure of Ralph FOLLOWS to and with such and so much of my said Debts and Funeral Expenses as my said Personal Estate shall fall short of paying

And subject thereto I give and devise unto my wife Ann SHEAVYN and her Assigns for and during the Term of her natural lifeAll and every the aforesaid Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments with the appurtenances (Except the House as aforesaid)

And from and after the Decease of my said Wife Then I Give and Devise the said several Messuages Cottages Dwelling Houses or Tenements Lands premises with their appurtenances (subject to and chargeable with an Annuity of ffive pounds a year to my Daughter Margaret TAYLOR) unto my two sons Ralph & Thomas SHEAVYN their Heirs and Assigns for ever to take as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants

I give and devise to my said Daughter Margaret TAYLOR (wife of Thomas TAYLOR of Melbourne in the said County of Derby Tawer [?] ) one Annuity or Yearly Rent of ffive pounds clear of all deductions to be issuing and payable out of all and every the Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments hereinbefore by me given and devised to my said wife for her life the same to be paid at two half-yearly payments (to wit) the Feast of the Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary and St Michael the Archangel, the first of the said payments to begin and to be made on such of the said days as shall first or next happen after the Death of my said wife And that when and as often as the same or any part thereof shall happen to be behind and unpaid by the space of twenty days next after either of the said days on which the same ought to be paid (being lawfully demanded) That then and so often and at any ..? times then after it shall and may be lawful to and for my said Daughter Margaret TAYLOR into and upon the Houses Lands Hereditaments and Premises chargeable therewith or any part or parts thereof to enter and distrain such Distress and Distresses to detain keep and dispose off as she shall think fit until she shall be fully paid and satisfied all such Assurages (?) with the Costs and Charges in and about the Making Keeping and Disposing thereof

I also Give and Devise unto my said son Ralph SHEAVYN and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever the said House in Ticknall aforesaid (now divided into three Tenements) wherein the said Joseph SMITH   Henry SMITH and my said brother Augustin SHEAVYN now live with the appurtenances thereunto belonging

I also Give and Devise unto my said sons Ralph SHEAVYN and Thomas SHEAVYN and to their Heirs and Assigns All that Messuage Cottage Dwelling House or Tenement with all and singular the Rights Members and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate standing and being in Ashby delazouch aforesaid now in the possession of Betty DEWICK equally to be divided between them

I also Give and Bequeath unto my said Wife the sum of Twenty Pounds to be paid to her immediately after my decease And also All the Household Goods and Implements of Household Beds Brass Pewter Clock and all my other Goods and Furniture whatsoever standing and being in the house wherein I now live

I Give and Bequeath unto my son-in-law Thomas HOWITT and Ann his wife the sum of Two Guineas and a half each, I having already given the said Ann what I intended for her portion on her marriage with the said Thomas HOWITT the said legacy to be paid in a year and one day after my Decease

I Give and Bequeath unto my two Grandsons Ralph SHEAVYN and Ralph HOWITT Two Guineas each and I also Give and Bequeath to all my other Grandchildren that shall be born and living at the time of my Decease One Guinea each to be paid to them as they shall severally or respectively attain their Age or Ages of Twenty One years or Day of Marriage which shall first happen

All the remainder of my Personal Estate whatsoever after the payment of my Debts, ffuneral and the above Legacys I Give and Bequeath the same to my said sons Ralph & Thomas SHEAVYN to be equally divided between them share and share alike and do hereby Nominate and Appoint my said sons Ralph & Thomas Executors of this my Last Will hereby revoking and making void all former Will or Wills by me at anytime heretofore made

In Witness whereof I have to of this my Last Will contained in two sheets of paper to each sheet set my Hand and Seal this Nineteenth day of August in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty Five

Signed Sealed Published & Declared by the said Testator Ralph SHEAVYN as and for his last Will and Testament in Presence of us who subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other

Signed:   Ral SHEAVYN

Witnesses:   John Lewis PASTEUR    Sam'l CANTRELL   Jno ORME

At Lichfield 9 January 1769: Let a Probate of this Will be Granted to Ralph SHEAVYN and Thomas SHEAVYN the Joint Executors named therein. They being sworn before me. - Signed: John WHITE, Surr

Source: Lichfield Original Wills, 1769


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