John Redman Will of Houghton, Conquest Bedfordshire
Signed & Sealed April 2, 1802
Proved February 26, 1803
Film #1066867 (a better copy)
Transcribed by Pam Bott
In the name of God Amen I John Redman of Houghton Conquest in the county of Bedford Farmer being of sound and disposing Mind, Memory, and understanding Praises be god for the Same Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say First I direct all my just debts & funeral Expenses and Costs and Charges of Proving this my will to be paid and discharged by my Executor herein after named. Also I give and Bequeath unto my son William Redman all and every my Household goods, Furniture. Implements of Household, Platt Linen, Wearing apparel, Stock in my Business both alive and dead money, Securities for money and all other My Personal Estate and Effects Whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind or demonination soever which I shall be possessed of at the time of my decease. To hold the same unto my said Son William Redman his Executors, Administrators and assigns for his and their own Sole absolute use and benefit But subject nevertheless to and chargeable with the Payment of the Several Legacies and Weekly Payments herein after mentioned, that is to say, to my Eldest Son James Redman and my daughter Mary the Wife of William Base of Asterwood in the county of Bucks the Legacy or Sum of Five pounds apiece only of lawful Money of Great Britain within three months next after my decease. Also to my Daughter Elizabeth Redman the sum of Twenty Pounds only, having heretofore Provided for my said Children in such manner as I have thought necessary, of like lawful money within Six Months after my decease. Also to my Grand Son William Dyer Son of my Daughter Sarah Stapleton by a former Husband, the Sum of Twenty Pounds of like lawful money and I direct the same to be paid to him when and so soon as he shall attain the age of Twenty one years. Also to my Grand Daughter Sarah Dyer sister of the above named William Dyer and to my Grand Daughter Mary Rains the Daughter of my said Daughter Sarah Stapleton by Thomas Rains former Husband, the sum of Twenty Pounds apiece of the like lawful money and I direct the same to be paid to them as follows to the said Sarah Dyer when and so soon as she shall attain to the age of Twenty one years and to the said Mary Rains within three months next after my decease. All which said Legacies I do hereby give and bequeath to them my said Children and Grand Children accordingly and direct the same to be paid unto them by my Executor hereinafter named when and as they shall severally and respectively become due and payable as aforesaid Also I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Stapleton the sum of Four Shillings Weekly and ever week for and during the Term of her Natural Life. Also I give and Bequeath unto my Housekeeper Elizabeth Litchfield in consideration of her good Services to me the Sum of Six Shillings weekly and every week for and during the Term of her Natural Life free and clear of all Taxes, Charges and deductions Whatsoever and I direct the same weekly payments to be paid to them the said Sarah Stapleton and Elizabeth Litchfield by my Executor herein after named on every Monday in each week the first payment thereof to begin and be made on the first and next Monday after my decease But Subject to the Provisa herein after contained for making Void the same Weekly Payments that is to say Provided always nevertheless that if my said Daughter Sarah Stapleton or the said Elizabeth Litchfield or either of them shall at any time hereafter Marry again then and in such case it is my will and desire that the said Weekly payments to her or them so marrying shall from thenceforth cease and be no longer paid anything hereintofore contained to the contrary thereof in any wise not with standing. And Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint My said Son William Redman Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all and every other Will and Wills by me at any time heretofore Made. I do declare this to be my last Will And Testament In Witness whereof I the said John Redman the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of Paper affixed Togheter and the Top with a Seal Set my hand and Seal * Videlicit to the first sheet thereof my hand only and to this Second and last Sheet my hand and Seal Second day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and two.
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the Said John Redman the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, the same being first read over to him. Who have at his request in his Presence in the Presence of each other Subscribed our names as Witnesses to the same.
William Griffin his Clerk
February 26th 1803 This Will was proved on the Oath of William Redman sole Executor herein named who was sworn duly to seecute the same & that the effects of the Testator did not amount to the sum of Six Hundred pounds Value before we Thomas, John, Mo (?) Cave, Surrogate
James Redman Will of Houghton, Conquest Bedfordshire
Signed Oct. 5, 1811
Proved Dec. 19, 1811
Transcribed by Pam Bott
This is the last will & Testament of me James Redman of Houghton Conquest in the county of Bedford, * Victuallar, which I make & ordain in manner following/that is to say/I give & bequeath unto my brother William Redman of Houghton Conquest aforesaid fanner all & every my Goods, Chattles, household furniture, stock in trade, ready money & all & every other my personal estate & effects whatsoever, wheresoever & of what nature or kind solves which I shall die seized or possessed of subject nevertheless to the payment thereout of the several Legacies or sums of Ten pounds apiece to my three Sisters Sarah Stapleton Widow, Mary Bass Widow & Elizabeth Redman spinster & also of the like Sum of Ten Pounds apiece unto Mary Seins, William Dyer & Sarah Dyer, children of my said sister Sarah Stapleton & also of the like sum of Ten pounds unto Ann Wood wife of John Wood of Ampthill in the said county of Bedford Collarmaker & also of the Legacy or Sum of one hundred & two pounds unto my housekeeper Lucy Farr all which said several legacies or Sums of money I do hereby give & bequeath to them accordingly& direct the same to be paid by my said brother William Redman within three months next after my decease & make subject to the payment of my just Debts, funeral & testamentary expenses. And Lastly I do herein nominate, constitute & appoint my said brother William Redman & John Armstrong of Houghton Conquest aforesaid fanner joint Executors of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking & making void all former other Wills by me at anytime herefore made & executed. In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & seal the fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & eleven James Redman.
LS + The mark & seal of the aforesaid James Redman the Testator. Signed sealed published & declared by the said James Redman the testator on & for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request in the sight & presence of each other have witnessed the same. Geo. King, clerk to Mr. Eagles, Ampthill, James Kurt, schoolmaster Houghton Conquest Beds, Dec. 19, 1811. Proved on the Oath of William Redman an Executor herein named before George Condric (?) clerk M.A. Surrogate.
Collated by Thobius (?) Abbot D.B.
Victualer is “One who furnishes provisions i.e. food, one who keeps a house of entertainments” from 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary