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I John Carter of West Bourn in the County of Sussex but late of the Town of Portsmouth in the County of Southampton Esqr do make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament revoking hereby all former Wills and Codicils by me made I direct my Body to be buried in my vault in the Churchyard at Portsmouth the Expences of my Funeral very frugal under the direction of my Executor hereafter named I direct my just debts to be all paid I give to my Son James Carter an Infant by my present wife Mary all my Copyhold Estate situate in the parish of Titchfield in the Manor of Swanwich now in the occupation of John Houghton but in case he should depart this Life before he attains the age of twenty one years then to be divided between my Sons and Daughters hereinafter mentioned I give to my said Son James Carter Three thousand pounds Sterling Money of Great Britain but if he departs this Life before he attains the age of twenty one years in that case to be divided between my Sons and Daughters hereafter named share and share alike but in case any of my said Sons and Daughters should depart this Life before him then the share of said Son or Sons Daughter or Daughters to their Child or Children I give and bequeath to my dear Wife Mary the Sum of Three hundred pounds Sterling over and above what I settled on her the said Mary on our Marriage during her natural Life The rest residue and remainder of my personal Estate I give and bequeath to my Son Sir John Carter my Son William Carter my Son Edward Carter my Daughter Ann the Wife of George T Goodenough Esqr of London and to my Daughter Susanna the Wife of Arthur Atherley Esqr of the Town of Southampton to be equally divided between them share and share alike but in case they or either of them should depart this Life before me then I give their share or shares to their children equally unless I should otherwise dispose of it by any Codicil And I do hereby appoint my said Son Sir John Carter Executor to this my last Will and Testament and I appoint my said Son Sir John Carter and my good Friend and relation William Stiles Esqr Secretary to the Commissianers of the Customs Gaurdians and Trustees to my Son James Carter an Infant ??ch power to lay out the Interest or Rent of his Money or ???? for his support and Education or to dispose of any part of the principal to fix him in any Line of Life they shall think him proper for and I do most earnestly request them to take that Trust upon them as my last and dying wish In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this first day of May 1786 John Carter Signed sealed and delivered as the last Will of the said John Carter in the presence of us and of each other Edwd Ellis Vicar of Westbourne Saml Freeman Yeoman of Westbourne I John Carter of Wimering in the County of Southampton Esqr do make this Codicil to my last Will but if I should not compleat it before I die then the other I have new by me shall have its full force and Efeect and this of no Effect unless it be signed with my own Hand and when that is done the other will be destroyed I give my best bed and furniture thereto belonging to my Son Sir John Carter Item I give to him the said Sir John Carter my set of Silver Tea Canisters with the Shagreen Case mounted in Silver and also all my Family Mourning Rings and that Mourning Ring given to me for my late dear friend the Revd Mr Henry Taylor and five Moydore piece given me by his Grandmother and a Silver Tobacco Box left by Mr Daniel Carter the House I hold by Mortgage Title situate in Broadstreet on the point Portsmouth beearing the sign of the three Guns Item I give to my Son William Carter the three large Silver Castors given to my honoured Father by Thomas Missing Esqr and my best Silver Coffee Pot I give and bequeath to my Son Edward Carter my Silver Tea Kettle and Lamp The Rest Residue and Remainder of my Silver plate I give to my Son James Carter I also give him the remainder of Rings and Foreign Pieces of Gold Coins and as I have no Household Goods worthy the acceptance of my Children I give and bequeath to my Wife Mary Carter all my Household Goods Linen and my wearing apparel I also direct that my said Wife shall have the use of my plate not before given away till my Son James comes to the age of twenty one years I give to my worthy Nephew Dr John Bayly a Ring value ten Guineas and my sincere thanks for all his kindness to me I give to my Son Sir John Carter my Chariot and Horses but if my Wife desires she to have the use of them till she can move into some other House I give to my Wife the Money I leave in my House which will be seen in my Pocket Book whereas I have in my last Will dated first Day of May one thousand seven hundred and eighty six given to my Son James Carter my Copyhold Estate situate in the Manor of Swanwick occupied by Farmer Haughton which Estate I have since sold I do give to him the said James Carter in lieu thereof Twelve hundred and fifty pounds four Per Cent Consolidated Annuities standing in my Name in the Bank of England under this provisoe that if he the said James Carter should depart this Life before he attains the age of twenty one years then the said Twelve hundred and fifty pounds shall be equally divided between his Brothers and Sisters By a former Codicil I had left my late Servant Mary Hellier Fifteen pounds by the year but as she has lately been amply provided for by a deceased Friend I only give her ten Guineas I write this at several times therefore there will a difference in my handwriting and change of pens I give to my Servants five pounds each if they live with me one year I give the Revd Mr Russel Scott Dissenting Minister at Portsmouth ten Guineas I give to my Friends following each a Ring of one Guinea value viz Mr Thomas White of Southwick Mr William White of Islington Mr John Godwin Mr JOhn Missing, Mr John Gawler of Dorchester Mr Richard G Temple Mr Jervoise Clarke Jervoise Mr William Stiles Commissioner of the Customs Revd Henry and Peter Taylor Revd Russel Scott Mr Timothy Pike Revd Mr Bozeman of Winchester Mr Richard Watts of London Mr Stephen Hobbs Mr Richard Cathery of West Bourne Thoms White of Milton Revd Morgan Price of Kenelworth Herts Mr Richard White Revd Peter Good of Havant Mr William Gaytonby Mr John Stiles Master of a Custom House Cutter and to Mrs Susan Lee Widow likewise to Mrs Susan Lee twenty Guineas to be applied as she shall think proper to the use of the two Daughters of her Brother Moses Pike some of my Books I shall give underneath to my Son James Carter the remainder of them to my other Sons Sir John William and Edward Carter In Witness of this my Codicil to my last Will all wrote in my own Handwriting I have signed it this third Day of March in the year of one thousand seven hundred and ninety one John Carter I Give the following Books to my Son James Carter vizt my Quarto Bible and a common one Dr Saml Clarkes works Dr James Foster's works, Dr Hunts Sermons, Mr Bournes Sermons Dr Nathl Gardners works ????? Archbishop Tillotsons works Folio 3 vols, Bishop Burnets History of his own Times 2 vols Folio Dos History of the Reformation folio, Rapins History of England folio, Robertsons History of the Emporer Charles 5th Quarto, Locks works folio 3 vols Sidney on Government folio Rollins ancient History twelves Dos Roman History octavo, Old Wling 2 vols octavo, Hollands Sermons, Gordons Tacitus two vols folio The third day March 1794 On which day appeared personally Martin White of Portsea in the County of Southampton Gentleman and John Pooke of Fareham in the said County Gentleman and by virtue of their Corporal Oaths deposed that they knew and were well acquainted with John Carter late of Wymering in the County of Southampton Esquire deceased and have several times seen him write and write and subscribe his Name and thereby came well to know and be acquainted with his manner and character of Handwriting and Subscription and having now carefully viewed and perused the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be and contain two Codicils to the last Will and Testament of the said deceased the first Codicil beginning thus "I John Carter of Wimering in the County of Southampton Esquire do make this Codicil to my last Will" ending thus "I have signed it this third day of March in the year of one thousand seven hundred and ninety one" and thus subscribed "John Carter" the said second Codicil beginning thus "I give the following Books to my Son James Carter vizt" and ending thus "Hollands Sermons Gordons Tacitus Two Volumes Folio" they these deponents do say that they verily and in their Consciences believe the whole series and Contents of the said two Codicils and the Name John Carter set and subscribed to the said first Codicil to be of the proper Handwriting and Subscription of the said John Carter Esquire deceased Martin White John Pooke Same day the said Martin White and John Pooke were duly sworn to this affidavit Before me George Cuthbert Commissioner This Will was proved at London with two Codicils the sixth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four before the Right Honourable Sir William Wyne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Sir John Carter Knight the son of the deceased and sole Executor named in the said will to whom administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased was granted he having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer
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