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1761 Will of Sarah Cheesman


By this my last Will and Testament made the Eleventh Day of June in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty one I Sarah Cheesman of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Widow do give devise and bequeath unto my two Nephews John Newman of Yeovil aforesaid Gentleman and Henry Donn of the same place Mercer and Glover all and singular my Messuages Lands Tenements Estate and Hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever the same do lye And also all and singular my Goods Chattels and Personal Estate To Have and To Hold the same unto the said John Newman and Henry Donn and to their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns respectively as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants chargeable nevertheless with the payment of the Sum of eight hundred pounds apiece to my five Sisters Mary Newman Elizabeth Everton Frances Avoke Jane Donn and Susannah Kitson to whom I hereby give the same And my Will is that the said several Legacies of eight hundred pounds apiece to my said five Sisters shall be paid them at the End of twelve Months next after my Decease And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said two Nephews John Newman and Henry Donn joint Executors of this my last Will and testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made In Witness whereof I the said Sarah Cheesman the testatrix have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and Year first above written

Sarah Cheesman

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who at her request and in her Presence [two words illegible] as Witnesses thereto

Sam Foot     Jno Pread    Josiah Banger


It is my Desire that the Exec[utor]s of my Will Dated the eleventh Day of June 1761 do pay unto my Nephew Andrew Everton the Sum of four hundred pounds in one year after he shall be married (in case he ever does marry) And the Sum of four hundred pounds unto my Niece Elizabeth Upton in one year after the Death of her Husband (in case she shall survive him) which two Sums make eight hundred pounds being the Legacy intended for their Mother in case she had survived me And I do declare this to be a Codicil to and to be taken part of my said Will As Witness my Hand and Seal the twentieth Day of June 1766

Sarah Cheesman

Witness  -  Francis [Brixey?]    Wm Balster


This Will was proved at London with a Codicil the tenth Day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight before the Right Worshipful George Hay Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of John Newman and Henry Donn the Executors named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first sworn by Commission duly to Administer



Transcribed by Bob Osborn