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The Will of Samuel Beacham

The 1760 Will of Samuel Beacham, glover of Yeovil


I Samuel Beacham of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Glover do make my Will as follows Imprimis I give my leasehold Estate at Yeovil aforesaid to my Wife Margaret during her Life and after her death unto my Son Samuel Beacham his Heirs and Assigns for ever Item I give unto my daughter Mary five hundred Pounds to be paid to her on her Age of twenty one Years or day of Marriage which shall first happen all the Rest and Residue of my Estate Goods Chattels Money debts and all other my personal and real Estate and Effects of what Nature or Kind soever I give devise and bequeath unto my said Wife and Son their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever equally to be divided betwixt them Share and Share alike And do hereby make ordain and appoint my said Wife and Son joint Executors of this my Will and do revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made In Witness whereof I the said Samuel Beacham have to this my last Will and Testament set my Hand and Seal this 23rd day of March 1760

Sam Beacham

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who afterwards in his Presence and in the Presence of each other subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto

Jas Ridgeway      Edmund Dare      Tho Dale

Whereas I have given my daughter five hundred Pounds in my Will above written now I do hereby declare that In Case the Residue of my Estate shall fall short of paying my Wife and Son five hundred Pounds apiece then my Will is that my said daughter shall abate in Proportion so as to make their Shares of my personal Estate equal. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the day and Year above written

S Beacham

Witnesses to the Codicil
Jas Ridgeway     Tho Dale      Edmund Dare

This Will was proved at London with a Codicil the twenty eighth day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty before the Worshipfull Arthur Collier Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Worshipfull Edward Simpson also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Samuel Beacham the Son of the Deceased and one of 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 he having been first sworn duly to administer. Power reserved of making ther like Grant to Margaret Beacham Widow the Relict of the said Deceased and the other Executor when she shall apply for the same.

Transcribed by Bob Osborn