Source: TNA, PROB 11/573
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In the Name of God Amen this Fifth Day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Nineteen I Thomas Perkins of Portsmouth in the County of Southton Yeoman being Sick and weak in Body but of Sound mind and memory Do make my last Will and Testament in manner following vizt First I commend my Soul to God and my Body to the Earth Item I give and bequeath to Thomas Hamond of Portsmouth aforesaid Gent Caleb Whiteho??e of the same Tallowchandler Thomas Barrow of the same House Carpenter and William Pike my Clerke Ten Guineas or Ten pounds and Ten shillings each Item all the rest residue and remainder of my Goods Chattles and Personall Estate my Debts and Funeral Expences being first fully satisfied and paid I give and bequeath to Sarah my Wife whom I make whole and Sole Executrix of this my Will And for as much as I have many dubious and deperate Debts owing unto me or it may otherwise fall out that my personall Estate may not be sufficient to pay all my just Debts I do therefore give devise and bequeath all my Freehold Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments with their and every of their rights members and appurtenance unto them the said Thomas Hamond Caleb Whiteho??e Thomas Barrow and William Pike their Heirs and Assigns in Trust nevertheless that they the said Thomas Hamond Caleb Whiteho??e Thomas Barrow and William Pike and the survivors and survivor of them and the Heirs and assigns of such survivor shall and may forthwith as soon as conveniently may be after my Death sell intirely or by parcells all the said Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments vested in them by this my Will or otherwise for the best price or prices that can be reasonably got for the same and with the Money ariseing by sale of all my said Messuages Lands Tenements and hereditaments and the Rents issues and profits thereof which they can in the meane time gain or raise out of the said premisses untill such Sale or Sales (first retaining to themselves out of the Money to be raised by the sale of the said messuages and Tenements and hereditaments all their costs charges disbursements and expences which they shall sustain expend or be put unto in the management and sale of the premisses or in the execution or performance of the Trust hereby in them reposed or in or about or by reason of this my Will or any ways concerning the same which they are hereby impowered to retain) do and shall pay over the clear Rents issues and profits before such sale made to my said Wife for her own use and all the money ariseing by the sale aforesaid other than such Money as they shall retain as aforesaid do and shall lay out and disburse as followeth That is to say so much thereof as shall be sufficient to pay all my Debts Legacys and Funeral Expences that my personal Estate shall not be sufficient to pay And all the rest residue and remainder of the Money ariseing by sale as aforesaid do and shall lay out and disburse in the purcashing of other Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments to be by them settled or procured to be settled in due form of Law to the uses intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned That is to say to and for the only sole and proper use of benefit and behoof of the said Sarah my Wife for and during her naturall Life and from and after her decease one Moiety there rest to and for the only use benefitt and behoof of all the Children of my Brother in Law Henry Stratland that the had by Mary his first Wife who was my Sister and their Heirs and Assigns for Ever equally to be divided between them as Tenants in Comon and not as joint Tenants And the other Moiety thereof to the use benefit and behoof of such and so many of the Kindred and Relations of my said Wife and of their Heirs as she by any Instrument or instruments or by her last Will and Testament in writing to be by her executed in the presence of three or more credible Witnesses shall direct limitt and appoint and for default of such limitation and appointment to and for the only use benefit and behoof of the Heir or heirs at Law of my said Wife and his her and their heirs and Assigns for Evermore and to and for no other use intent or purpose whatsoever In Witness whereof (revoking all other Wills by me made) I have to this my last Will and Testament sett my hand and seal the Day and year first within written Tho: Perkins Signed Sealed published and declared by the Testator as his last Will and Testament in our presence who in his presence subscribed our names as Witnesses hereunto Saml Potner Cha Bissell Jos Bissell Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in Latin and appears to grant admon on 7 April 1720] Septimo die Mensis Avrilis Anno Domini Millesimo Septingentesimo vicesimo [to] Sara Perkins Relictae dicti defuncti et Executricis