Source: TNA, PROB 11/1906
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This is the last Will and Testament of me John Spicer of Somerford Grange in the County of Southampton Esquire I will all my just debts funeral and testamentary expences to be paid I desire that the eight Men I now employ may be my Bearers and that they be paid one Sovereign each for their trouble I give and devise to my Wife Mrs Rebecca Spicer my Estate at Budbridge and Moor in the Isle of Wight To hold the same unto her my said Wife her heirs and assigns forever I give to my Brother David Spicer of Portsea Esquire all the residue of my Estates in the Isle of Wight to hold to him his heirs and assigns for ever with the intention that all account between us may in consideration thereof be considered to be discharged and settled I also give devise and bequeath unto my said Wife All my Estates at Somerford Grange and Nea in the Parish of Christchurch To hold to her for the term of her natural life And from and after her decease I give and devise the same unto Anna the Wife of Lieutenant Brander of the ?? Dragoon Guards late Anna Ballard In trust for her son lately born at Devenport who I request may take the name of Samuel Spicer I give and bequeath to Mary Ann Butler Widow of Charles Butler one thousand pounds to be paid her on the decease of my Wife the said Mrs Rebecca Spicer or sooner if my said Wife shall think proper and I also give and bequeath to Miss Harriett Read the like sum of One thousand pounds on the same terms and conditions I give and bequeath to my old Friend Henry Rowden five hundred pounds I avoid making any mention of Mrs Weymouth as she appears to be amply provided for if it is otherwise my Brother Mr David Spicer can render her every aid and I prefer leaving it to him All the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate moneys stocks funds Goods Chattels and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give devise and bequeath unto my said Wife her heirs executors administrators and assigns And I hereby appoint my brother David Spicer Esquire my Wife Mrs Rebecca Spicer and Henry Rowden Esquire Executors and Executrix of this my Will I declare my Will to be that if the above mentioned son of the said Lieutenant Brander shall die a Minor leaving no Child or Children then that my said Estates at Somerford and Nea shall go to his eldest or next surviving brother but if he shall die leaving no brothers or brother him surviving then my Will is that the said Estates shall go to the heir at Law of the said son of the said Lieutenant Brander John Spicer Signed by the said Testator John Spicer and declared by him to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who being present at the same time have at his request attested and subscribed the same in his presence Heny Hopkins James Druitt In the Goods of John Spicer Esquire deceased Appeared Personally James Druitt of Christchurch in the County of Southampton Gentleman and made Oath that he is the Drawer or Writer of and also one of the subscribed Witnesses to the last Will and Testament of the said Deceased being the paper writing hereto annexed marked A the same being without date And the Deponent saith that the said Will was executed by the said Deceased on the tenth day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight being the day before the said Deceaseds death but that the date of the said Will was inadvertently omitted to be inserted therein by reason of the expedition necessary to be used in the preparation and execution thereof the death of the Deceased being at that time expected to take place within a short time and that in fact the said deceased did die on the following morning And the Deponent further saith that the said deceased then signed the said Will in the presence of the Deponent and Henry Hopkins of Hubborne Lodge near Christchurch afore said Esquire the other subscribed Witness to the said Will present at the same time who thereupon attested and subscribed the said Will as now appears thereon in the presence of the said Deceased James Druitt On the fifth day of January one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine the said James Druitt was duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit Before me W F Burrows Commissioner Proved at London 16th January 1839 before the Judge by the Oath of David Spicer Esqr the Brother Rebecca Spicer Widow the Relict and Henry Rowden the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer
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