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1856 will of Thomas Phelps

Accountant of Bond Street


This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Phelps of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Accountant I bequeath unto my Son William my silver watch I bequeath unto my Daughter Hannah my large Quarto Bible and a yearly annuity of two pounds to be paid to her out of the rents of my two dwellinghouses hereinafter devised to my Wife such annuity to commence from six calendar months after my death and be paid quarterly the first payment to be made at the end of nine months after my decease and to be continued during the life of my said Wife I bequeath unto my Son Thomas all my wearing apparel I bequeath unto my Daughter Ann a Mahogany [Pembroke?] Table ix China Cups and Saucers and a Cream Jug I bequeath unto my son John two silver table spoons six tea spoons two salt spoons and one mustard spoon all engraved with a letter L I bequeath unto my Wife Ann Phelps such articles of my household furniture as she may choose to select necessary to furnish two rooms The residue of my household furniture and book debts if any shall be due at my death I bequeath unto my said Son John Phelps and my friend John Farley of Yeovil aforesaid Corn factor Upon Trust to convert the same into money and after paying thereout my funeral and testamentary expences and my debts the mortgage debt owing by me to my said Son John excepted to pay that residue if any to my Wife to whom I bequeath the same But if the money produced by such reversion shall not be sufficient for the purposes aforesaid and also for the support of my Wife until she shall receive interest from the monies secured to her in and by her marriage settlement then I direct that my Trustees shall borrow and raise such further sum by way of mortgage on my two dwellinghouses as shall be needful for the aforesaid purposes I devise unto my said Wife my two freehold dwellinghouses with the appurtenances to the same belonging situate in Bond Street in Yeovil aforesaid one of which is now in my own occupation and the other in the occupation of William Bennett To hold to her my said Wife for her life subject to her [word illegible] the interest of the mortgage that may be made thereon for the purposes aforesaid and keeping the premises in repair and insured from loss by fire and also paying unto my said Daughter Hannah the aforesaid annuity when and as the same from time to time shall become due and payable and on the death of my Wife I devise the said dwellinghouses and premises unto and equally between my said Daughter Hannah and my said Son John their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common I empower my Trustees to retain and allow to each other their expences And I appoint the said John Phelps and John Farley Executors and Trustees of this my Will I revoke all former Wills in witness whereof I have hereto subscribed my name this twenty second day of March one thousand eight hundred and fifty six

Thomas Phelps

Signed by the said Thomas Phelps the Testator in the presence of us both present at the same time and attested and subscribed by us in his presence the words "for her life" between the second and third lines from the top of this page having been first written

George Hewlett     Samuel Reeves   both of Yeovil Carpenters


Proved at London 22nd August 1857 before the Worshipful Samuel Fawkes [Waunby ?] Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of John Phelps the Son one of the Executors to whom Adm[inistrati]on  was granted having been first sworn duly to administer Power reserved of making the like Grant to John Farley the other Executor when he shall apply for the same


Transcribed by Bob Osborn