Monday, 21 March 2011

Amanuensis Monday - the will of Margaret Horsley

John Newmark, who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog, has a weekly theme each Monday called Amanuensis Monday to encourage the posting of transcriptions of documents to preserve and publish their contents.

Margaret Horsley was the widow of George Horsley, and she died in 1855 in Hartlepool, Co Durham, England. The couple were my g-g-g-g grandparents.

This is the last Will and Testament of me Margaret Horsley of Hartlepool in the County of Durham, Widow. I give and devise all those my freehold messuages or Dwelling houses hereditaments and premises situate in Northgate Street in Hartlepool aforesaid now in the occupation of myself and my Tenants Jacob Robson and others with their and evrey of their appurtenances unto and to the use of Richard White of Hartlepool aforesaid Gentleman and Thomas Watt the Elder of the same place, Pilot, their heirs and assigns for ever upon the trusts following, that is to say upon trust that they the said Richard White and Thomas Watt or the Survivor of them or the Heirs or assigns of such survivor do and shall as soon as conveniently may be after my decease absolutely, sell and dispose of all the said messuages or Dwelling houses and premises either by public auction or private contract to any person or persons whomsoever and altogether or in parcels for the best price or prices that can be had or gotten for the same and make and execute all necessary conveyances and assurances to the purchaser or purchasers thereof respectively. And I declare and direct that my said trustees and the survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivor shall stand possessed of and in the money to arise and be produced by such sale or sales or rents previous thereto, in trust to pay thereout all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and all costs and charges incident to such sale or sales and also the legacy hereinafter mentioned and subject thereto. In trust for all and every of my children share and share alike and I direct that all and every the lawful child and children of my sons and daughters respectively who are now dead or who may die before me (including Robert Horsley Natural Child of my son William Horsley deceased) shall have and take and be entitled to the same share or shares of and in the trust monies as their deceased parents respectively would have been entitled to if living under this my will such share or shares to be paid to the child if only one and to be equally divided amongst them if more than one. And I hereby direct that the Receipt or Receipts of my said Trustees or Trustee shall exonerate the parties taking the same from the payment of all monies therein expressed to be received or from seeing to the application thereof. I give and Bequeath all and every my household goods and furniture and all other my personal estate and effects (save and except a double chest of drawers and an eight days clock which I Bequeath to my son Robert Horsley) unto my daughter Elizabeth Horsley. And I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Horsley the widow of my late son John Horsley the sum of five pounds which I direct shall be deducted from the shares of the trust monies to which my grandchildren George Horsley and Margaret Lister shall be entitled under this my will and I constitute and appoint the said Richard White and Thomas Watt the Elder Trustees and executors of this my will. And I declare and direct that they shall not be answerable for the acts receipts neglects or defaults of the other of them and by no means for involuntary losses happening in the execution of the trusts of this my will. In witness whereof I the said testator Margaret Horsley have to this my last will and testament set my hand, this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four.

Margaret X Horsley her mark.

Signed by the said Testatrix Margaret Horsley Widow as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time, in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Edward Chapman, chemist and druggist Hartlepool
Thos Hutchinson, solicitor, Hartlepool.

On the 7th day of April in the year of our Lord 1855 Richard White of Hartlepool in the County of Durham Gentleman and Thomas Watt the elder of the same place, Pilot, the Executors names in the within written will were duly sworn as usual - effects sworn under £20. And that the Testator died on the 23rd day of March 1855.

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