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1706 Will of John Hodder



In the Name of God Amen I John Hodder of Yeovill in the County of Somersett Gent being sick and weak of Body but praised be Almighty God of sound and perfect disposing mind and memory do make my last Will and Testament in manner following That is to say First and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and Redeemer hoping to receive free pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins And my Body to the Earth to be decently Buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named And as touching the disposition of such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bestow on me I give and dispose thereof as hereafter in and by this my last Will is mentioned expressed and declared First I give devise and bequeath all my Lands lying in the parish of Netherbury in the County of Dorset at a place there called Furley unto my deare and loving Wife Elizabeth Hodder as long as she shall continue in my Name and after her decease or Marriage I give the same unto such Child or Children as shall be lawfully begotten on her Body by me and their heirs for Ever the Eldest Male Child and his Heirs always to be preferred before the youngest and their Heirs and for want of such issue then I give the same unto my Brother John Wards for the Term of his natural Life and after his decease unto John Hodder Son of John Hodder of Litton Chainey and his Heirs for Ever And for want of such Heirs unto my Brother John Wards Heirs for evermore Item all the rest residue and remainder of my Lands goods and Chattles whatsoever of what kind or nature soever or wheresoever lying I do give devise and bequeath unto my said loving Wife Elizabeth Hodder whom I make Executrix of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Seven and Twentieth Day of September in the Four year of the Reigne [that is, 1706] of our Soveraign Lady Anne by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith [two words illegible]

John Hodder

Sealed published and declared in the presence of us with these words and their Heirs for Ever and his Heirs and their Heirs first interlined

Diana Starr    Tho [Wincombe?]     Hen Bowdich


Proved at London in 1720



Transcribed by Bob Osborn