Yeovil People

1792 Will of John Gillard

of Yeovil


I John Gillard of Yeovil in the County of Somerset being of perfect Mind and Memory make this my last Will and Testament  Imprimis I give and bequeath to my Grandson Richard Thomas my Watch and Wearing Apparel  Item to my Wife Susanna Gillard I bequeath five pounds a Year to be paid out of my Estate to her yearly during her Widowhood and it is further my will that the said Susanna Gillard shall hold and possess all her Goods and Properties whatsoever which she enjoyed before our Marriage without the east Molestation from any one whatsoever  Item I give unto Martha Ann and Elizabeth Taylor Daughters of Edward Taylor of East Coker in the County of Somerset aforesaid Forty pounds each as soon as they attain their respective ages of twenty one Years  Also I give and bequeath unto James [word illegible] of Culmstock and John Hill of Holcombe Regis both in the County of Devon my Fee simple Estate at Ponslase in the Parish of Ufcombe in the said County In Trust for my daughter Ann Thomas who shall enjoy the Rents and Profits arising therefrom during her natural life after her decease and under the same Trust I bequeath it to my Grand Daughters Mary Windsor and Ann Thomas a Moiety each and in Case either die without Issue it shall go to the Survivor and if both die having no Issue it shall then go to my Grandson Richard Thomas and his Heirs for ever and it is my Will that the Husband of Mary Windsor shall have nothing to do with the Receivings or Profits as it is meant for her sole and separate use and her receipt only shall be a lawful Discharge  I give unto each of my Trust[ees] three pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain for aiding assisting my Executrix hereinafter mentioned all other my Goods Bills Bonds Monies and Properties whatsoever  I bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Thomas whom I make constitute and appoint Executrix of this my last will [and] Testament hereby revoking all former wills and bequests by me heretofore at any time made declaring this and no other to be my last will and Testament  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety two

John Gillard

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the above named Testator John Gillard to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names in the presence of the Testator and of each other

Sus[an?] Minchington    Mary Bishop    John Bishop


This Will was proved at London the tenth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred before the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Ann Thomas widow the daughter of the deceased and the Sole Executrix named in the said will to whom Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer



Transcribed by Bob Osborn