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Richard Yeo, Petronella Tossell & Aunt Bessie's wills

Richard Yeo 1798

Petronella Yeo 1817

Elizabeth Yeo 1837

Will of Richard Yeo of Barnstaple proved 3rd April, 1798. (back to top)

In the name of God Amen I Richard Yeo of Barnstaple in the County of my Devon, Innhouser trusting in the abundant Inerty of my God and the spirits of my Saviour Jesus Christ for pardon of all my transgressions being weak in body but sound mind, memory and understanding I make this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say first I give and bequeath unto my son Richard Yeo the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid out of the interest in the funds for his use and benefit fifty pounds part thereof to be paid him on his attaining his age of twenty one years and fifty pounds of his part thereof when he shall attain his age of twenty four years. tem I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Yeo, the sum of one hundred pounds the same to be paid out at interest in the Hands for his use and benefit fifty pounds part thereof to be paid him on his attaining his age of twenty one years and fifty pounds other part there of when he shall attain his age of twenty four years. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary the wife of Cornelius Copley an annuity of weekly payment of 200 shillings to be paid her weekly for and during the term of her natural life out of my messuages or dwelling house situate at Litchadon situated in the town of Barnstaple aforesaid which I lately purchased off John Baker a malster. I also give and bequeath unto my two grandchildren, Thomas Copley and Ann Copley the sum of five pounds to each of them to be paid them respectively on their attaining their respective ages of twenty one years. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Honour the wife of William Joseph Williams an annuity or weekly payment of two shillings to be paid her weekly for and during the term of her natural life out of my dwelling house at Litchedon and messuages, tenements and premises with the said weekly payments to my said daughters Mary and Honour to give for their own separate use and their husbands shall not interfer or borrow any thing ............Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne at interest in the hands for her use and benefit forty pounds part to be paid when she attains the age of twenty two years and part thereof at the discretion of her mother my executive hereinafter named. Item I give and bequeath unto my father Richard Yeo and to my mother Honour Yeo the life sum of five pounds each and to my brother Benjamin Yeo the sum of five pounds. The said amounts to be be paid respectively at the end of three months after my death and lastly all my holdings, tenements herediments and premises also all my personal estate, goods and chattels of what nature or kind I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Petronella Yeo for her sole use provided she remains a widow, but in case she decides to marry a second husband I then give her one hundred pounds and my best bed performed and a choice of any of my household furniture. The remainder of any messuages, tenements and personal estate I bequeath the same unto and equally to my children that shall be living at the time of the said marriage. Signed Richard Yeo

 

Will of Petronella dated 1817 (back to top)

This is the will and testament of me Petronel Yeo of Barnstaple in the county of Devon widow made the 24th of March, 1817 as follows. First I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Yeo all that my messuages or dwelling house and garden behind the same in wherein I now situate in Litchton in the town of Barnstaple aforesaid to hold the same with the appurtances unto my said daughter Ann Yeo and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life, and from and after her decease I give and devise and bequeath the same premises to Julia Ann Yeo and William Yeo children of the said Ann Yeo, their heirs and assigns forever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. Also I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Petronel Williams a messuage or tenament situate in Hearson's Court in Barnstaple aforesaid occupied by M: Burrows being part of the premises which I hold by lease under George Barbor, Esquire, To hold to the said Petronel Williams her executors, administrators and assigns during the remainder of my right term and interest therein. Also I give and bequeath to the said Julia Ann Yeo one other messuage or tenement situate in Hearson's Court aforesaid occupied by John Hancock (being other part of the premises which I hold by lease under George Barbor esquire, to hold to the said Julia Ann Yeo, her executors, administrators and assigns during the remainder of my right term and interest therein. Also I give and bequeath to my grandaughter Elizabeth Yeo, daughter of my son Richard Yeo, one other messuage or tenement situate in Hearson's Court aforesaid occupied by Mrs Smallridge (being other part of the premises which I hold by lease under George Barbor (Esquire). To hold to my said grandaughter Elizabeth Yeo, her executors, administrators and assigns during the the residue of my right term and interest therein. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Copley the sum of £20 of lawful money to be paid to her by my executors...hereinafter named at the expiration of 12 calendar months next after my decease. Also I give to my grandson Thomas Copley, son of the said Mary Copley, the sum of £5 of like lawful money to be paid to him by my executors hereinafter named immediately after my decease. Also I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Yeo the sum of £10 of lawful money (exclusive of the sum of £16 which I owe him) to be paid to him by my executors hereinafter named immediately after my decease. Lastly all the rest, residue and remainder of my messuages, lands, tenements, goods, chattels, personal and testamentary estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever (after the payment of my first debts, legacies and funeral expenses) I give devise and bequeath to my said daughter, Ann Yeo, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever. And I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint her the said Ann Yeo, sole executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first before witness . The mark of Petronel Yeo Witnessed by Henry Nicholls, Henry Drake and Thomas Baker.

 

Aunt Bessie's Will . Elizabeth Yeo of Barnstaple, Devon, wife of Richard Yeo dated 1837 (back to top)

This is the last will and testament of me, Elizabeth Yeo of Barnstaple in the county of Devon, the wife of Richard Yeo supposed to be now residing in America. I give and bequeath all that messuage or dwelling house situate lying and being in Hearsons Court in Barnstaple aforesaid together with the appurtenances unto my daughter Elizabeth Kingdon for all my estate and interest therein to and for her own use and benefit, separate and apart from and exclusive of her present or any future husband so that this same shall not be under his control or subject or liable to his debts, contracts or engagements and in the same manner to all intents and purposes as if she were single and unmarried with full power to give, sell or dispose of the same to any person or persons whomsoever. I also give and devise all that my moiety or half part or share of and in all that messuage or dwelling house called or commonly known by the name of Heart Of Oaks situate in Barnstaple or aforesaid in which I now reside unto John Morris Fisher , his heirs and assigned for ever. But upon the Trusts for the intent and purposes hereinafter expressed and declared of and concerning the same, that is to say Upon Trust to pay unto or permit and suffer my sister Mary Davey to receive the rents and profits of the same moiety or half part or share for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease Upon Trust to pay unto or permit and suffer my said daughter Elizabeth Kingdon to receive the rents and profits of the said moiety or half part or share during the term of her natural life for her own separate and peculiar use and benefit and I, hereby, declare that the receipts of my said daughter Elizabeth Kingdon , notwithstanding, her coverture and whether convert or sale for the rent or income of the said moiety or half part or share shall be good and effectual discharged for the money which shall be thereby expressed to be received and from and after the decease of my said daughter Elizabeth Kingdon Upon Trust for such of her children as shall be living at the time of her decease, their heirs and assigns forever to be equally divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in Common and not as joint Tenants with benefit or Survivorship between them as to their original and also any in additional or surviving share or shares in case any of them being males shall die under the age of twenty one years without having any issue living at the time or being females shall die under that age without having been married but in case my said daughter Elizabeth Kingdon shall die without issue of her body lawfully begotten living at the time of her decease Upon Trust for my three nieces , Mary Ann , Eliza Pearce and Selina Pearce , their heirs and (assigned forever to be equally divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants. I hereby give unto my Trustee the said John Morris Fisher or his heirs with the consent of my sister the said Mary Davey during her life and after her decease with the consent of such persons who shall be entitled to the immediate life state of the said moiety or half part or share and also full power to receive and give full power and authority to sell and convert into money the said moiety or half part or share and also full power to receive and give discharge for the purchase money without any obligations on any purchaser to see the application, thereof, or be answerable for the misapplication or non application of the same. And I direct that the money arising from the sale of the same (after deducting the incidental expenses of executing the Trusts of this my will) shall be invested in the name of the said John Morris Fisher his Executors, Administrators or assigns or Government or Real Securities upon the same or the like Trusts and for the same or the like Trusts ends intents and purposes as on, hereinbefore expressed and declared or and concerning the said moiety of half part or share and I direct that the said John Morris Fisher his heir Executor Administrators or Assigns shall not be chargeable with or answerable for any loss which may happen in the execution of the Trusts of this my will unless the same shall happen by or through his or their own willful neglect or default and that he and they may retain and take to and for himself and themselves all the costs, charges and expenses attending the execution of the Trusts of this my will. And lastly I hereby appoint my sister the said Mary Davey Executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness, whereof, I the above named Elizabeth Yeo the testatrix have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand and seal to wit my hand at the bottom of the first sheet and my hand and seal to the second and last sheet this ninth day of February one thousand, eight hundred and thirty seven. Signed Sealed Published and declared by the above named Elizabeth Yeo the testatrix as and for her last will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses. R. Bremridge, Jn. Henry Toller Elizabeth Harris (Archd. Of Barnstaple)

 

 

 

 
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