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The Will of James Clarke

The 1825 Will of James Clarke, Breeches Maker


This is the last Will and Testament of me James Clarke of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Breeches Maker I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Charlotte Clarke my household goods and furniture stock in trade money and securities for money and all and singular other my personal estate and effects of what nature and kind soever that I may be possessed of at the time of my decease Also I give unto my said wife all my share as a legatee in certain lands and premises expectant on the death of Joan Shepherd Widow and Relict of George Shepherd late of Cerne Abbas in the County of Dorset Cordwainer deceased (which said premises were in and by the Will of the said George Shepherd directed to be sold after her death and the produce of such sale divided between certain persons legatees therein named) Subject to the payment of my just debts and funeral expences and the expences of proving this my Will And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife whole and sole Executrix of this my Will In Witness whereof I the said James Clarke the testator have to this my last Will and Testament subscribed my hand and set my seal this twenty ninth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five

James Clarke

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said James Clarke the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in the presence of the said testator and of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto

James Hicks         Thos Phelps

Proved at London 9th March 1830 before the Judge by the oath of Charlotte Clarke Widow the Relict the sole executrix to whome administration was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer.

Transcribed by Bob Osborn