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Will of John Digby d.1728

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Will of John Digby (d. 1728)

Source: The National Archives PROB11/803/417

Transcript by Michael Cayley, released into the public domain

I John Digby of Mansfield Woodhouse in the County of Nottingham Esquire being of sound and perfect mind and memory (praised be Almighty God) do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through the Merits Death and Passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have free pardon of all my sins and to inherit Everlasting Life and as to the disposition of such temporal Estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give and bequeath thereof as followeth First I will that all my debts and funeral expenses shall be paid and discharged Item I give and bequeath to every hired servant that shall live with me at the time of my decease on whole years wages Item I give bequeath and devise to my dear wife and my trusty and well beloved friends Frances Osbourne wife of the Honourable Charles Osbourne William Lord Digby of Coleshall in the County of Warwick and John Digby of Liverpoole in the County of Lancaster and to the survivor and survivors of them and their heirs all and singular my lands tenements and hereditaments with their and every of their appurtenances situate standing lying and being at South Kirkby in the County of York and Thornton Colledge [?] and Thornton in the County of Lincoln and all my right title interest property claim and demand of in and to the same and the Reversion Reversions remainder and remainders thereof And I do hereby further give and devise unto my said wife Frances Osbourne Lord Digby and John Digby all the furniture of my house at Mansfield Woodhouse aforesaid and all my Goods and Chattels whatsoever both quick and dead upon special trust and confidence that they or some of them shall as soon as conveniently may be after my decease sell and dispose of the same and with the money arising thereby pay and discharge all my debts and funeral expenses and Legacies herein mentioned and what shall remain after the same are paid and discharged My mind and will is And I hereby give and order the same to be put out at interest and paid to my dear children Frances Jane Philadelphia Thomas Mary Priscilla and Henrietta equally share and share and share alike (the same to be divided into seven equal shares) as they respectively shall attain their several and respective ages of twenty one years and in case any of them shall depart this life before he she or they shall attain their said ages then I will that the share or shares of him her of them so dying shall be divided among the remaining children which shall survive And lastly I do hereby appoint them my said wife Frances Osbourne Lord Digby and John Digby Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do give and bequeath to every one of them twenty guineas a piece for their Pains in the Management of the Affairs relating to this my Will to buy them mourning And that at all times they shall have power to reimburse themselves what charges they shall be in concerning the management hereof out of my Estate before mentioned or out of any part thereof And now I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made and do declare this my last Will In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this twelfth day of February in the twelfth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith and Anno Domini 1713.

Proved 2 August 1753 on the oath of Jane Digby relict of the deceased and the only surviving Executor

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