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The 1810 Will of Elias Bucknell

Supervisor of Excise


In the Name of God Amen I Elias Bucknell of Yeovil in the County of Somerset late Supervisor of Excise being in perfect health mind and memory but knowing it is appointed for all Men are to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say I recommend my Soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a plain decent Christian burial at the discreation of my Executrix that is to say Ann my beloved Wife whom I make my whole and sole Executrix to this my last Will and Testament to whom I give and bequeath to the said Ann my beloved Wife all my whole and sole property that I may die possessed off that is to say All my household furniture money in hand together with all debts or bills or bonds with all interest due thereon to be by her possessed during her life And whatsoever might remain after the death of my said Wife it is my will it should be equally divided amongst my surviving children and that my granddaughter Ann Crocker to have an equal part with my surviving children And that whatever sum might fall to my daughter Catherine to be placed in good hand where she might have the interest thereof paid to she during the life of her present husband James Gum and if she outlive him to receive the principal at his death also to be paid to his daughter with interest thereon when at the age of twenty one years But if my said daughter Catherine and also her present daughter both should die before her said daughter is of the age before mentioned then it is my will that my son William or his heirs shall receive the aforesaid share But if my said Wife after my decease shall find it necessary to make any alteration in this my said Will I hereby empower her to do so I therefore declare this to be my last Will and testament In Witness hereof I set my hand and seal this 2nd day of [Feb ?] 1810

Elias Bucknell

Signed sealed and declared by the said Elias Bucknell in the presence of us

Joseph Wills      Charles Hebditch

Proved at London 14th April 1827 before the Judge by the oath of Ann Bucknell Widow the Relict the sole Executrix to whom Adm[inistrati]on was granted being first sworn by Comon duly to Adm[iniste]r



Transcribed by Bob Osborn