WILL OF WILLIAM FEETHAM 1877

Transcribed by Jenny Ball, to whom many thanks


This is the last will and Testament of me, William Feetham, of the parish of Feltwell Anchor in the County of Norfolk, Farmer.

I nominate and constitute and appoint my son James Clarke Feetham of Littleport in the Isle of Ely and County of Cambridge, Farmer, and sole executor of this my will as to the sum of five hundred pounds due to me upon the Plough Inn and five acres of land at Feltwell the property of the late John Jacob, for four hundred and eighty five - paid by me to the late J.C.Bidwell of Thetford in the County of Norfolk, Brewer, at the request of the said John Jacob, deceased, for money due from the late John Jacob to the said J.C.Bidwell and fifteen pounds paid at the same time by me to the said John Jacob, altogether the said sum of five hundred pounds, and which said Inn and five acres of land were purchased by me of the said John Jacob, deceased, for such sum of five hundred pounds so paid by me, as aforesaid.

And the Deeds and Writings delivered to me by the said John Jacob but no legal conveyance prepared or executed and as Security for which said sum of five hundred pounds I hold the said Title Deeds and Writings constituting the title of the said John Jacob, deceased, to such Inn and five acres of land, I give and bequeath the same sum of five hundred pounds unto Elizabeth late the Widow of the said John Jacob but now the wife of John Taylor for and during the term, of her life.

And from and after her decease I give and bequeath the said sum of five hundred pounds so due to me upon the security of the said Inn and five acres of land as aforesaid equally between and amongst all and every the children if more than one or the child of only one of my said daughter Elizabeth Taylor who may be living at the time of the decease of my said daughter whether by her late husband, the said John Jacob, or any other lawful husband and the issue of such of them as may have died in the lifetime of my said daughter when and as they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years such issue taking nevertheless between them respectively the share or respective shares only to which their parent or respective parents would have been entitled if living at the time of the decease of my said daughter.

And as to all my household furniture and effects live and dead; farming, Stock implements and Utensils in husbandry, Money and securities for money (except the said sum five hundred pounds herein before bequeathed as aforesaid) and all my other personal estate and effects which I may die possessed of or entitled unto in any manner howsoever, I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said Executor, his Executors or Administrators upon trust, as soon as can be after my decease to make sale and absolutely dispose of such parts thereof as may be in their nature saleable, and get in and convert into money such parts thereof as may not be in their nature saleable and [?do] and shall stand possessed of the monies to arise and be produced for such sale and conversion into money of my said personal estate (except the said sum of five hundred pounds)

Upon trust in the first place to pay and satisfy thereover the expenses attending such sale and convertion[sic] as aforesaid and all my [?jvel] Debts, Funeral and Testamentory expenses and the expenses of proving this my Will and carrying the Trusts thereof into full effect or in any way or incident thereto and then upon trust to pay thereout.

And I do give and bequeath the sum of three hundred pounds equally between my two grandchildren Daniel Barnes and Elizabeth Barnes share and share alike when and as they shall attain the age of twenty one years with benefit of survivorship in the meantime.

And then upon trust to pay the residue of the said monies arising from the said sale and convertion into money of my said personal estate as aforesaid.

I do hereby give and bequeath the same equally between my three children Samuel Clarke Feetham, Hephzibah, the widow of Thomas Jacob, deceased, and Elizabeth the widow of John Jacob, deceased and now the wife of the said John Taylor, share and share alike, and in case any or either of my said Children shall die before becoming entitled to receive his her or their share or shares of the said residue of my said personal estate leaving lawful issue him her or them surviving, then I give and bequeath the share or shares of him her or them so dying leaving lawful issue equally between and amongst such issue share and share alike when and as they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years with benefit of survivorship between and amongst such issue in the meantime and in case any neither of my said children shall die before becoming entitled to receive his her or their share or respective shares of the said residue of my said personal estate without leaving lawful issue, him her or them surviving.

Then I give and bequeath the share or shares of him her or them so dying without leaving lawful issue unto between and amongst the survivors of my said children and the issue of such of them as shall have died leaving lawful issue when and as such issue shall respectively reach the age of twenty one years with benefit of survivorship in the meantime between and amongst such issue.

And I do hereby declare that the share or shares under this my Will of any person who at the time of receipt of such share or shares shall be a married woman shall be for the sole and separate use and benefit of such married woman without the same being in any way liable to the debts control or interference of the husband of any such married woman and that the receipt of any such married woman shall be an effectual discharge to my said Executor and Trustee his executors and Administrators for the monies in such receipt or receipts acknowledged to be received without the joindure in any such receipt of the Husband of any such married woman.

And I do hereby direct my said Trustee his Executors or Administrators to invest at interest the share or shares or presumptive share or shares of any minor or minors under the age of twenty one years with power from time to time to alter vary and change such investments and to apply the annual income thereof for and towards the maintenance education and support of any such minors until they shall respectively attain that age being males or being females shall attain that age or marry which shall first happen.

And I do hereby give devise and bequeath all estates which at the time of my decease shall be vested in me as a Trustee or Mortgagee unto the same James Clarke Feetham his heirs executors and Administrators and assign subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same respectively but so that any monies secured to me upon any such Mortgage (except the said sum of five hundred pounds herein before described) shall form part of my personal estate and be dealt with accordingly.

And lastly, I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made and do declare this to be my last Will. In witness thereof I, the said William Feetham, the Testator, have to this my last Will and Testament, contained in this and the two preceding sheets of paper set my hand this third day of September One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Seven.

Signed and declared by the said William Feetham the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the joint presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses the same having been first read over to the said Testator in our presence and he seemed perfectly to understand the same.

Jno Lang
Clerk to Messrs Isaacson & Son
Solicitors Mildenhall Suffolk
Hannah Boughen
Feltwell Anchor, Norfolk
A True Copy
Thos B. Butler

Proved at Norwich the 24th day of January 1878 by the oath of James Clarke Feetham the son the sole Executor to whom administration was granted.
The Testator William Feetham was late of Feltwell Anchor in the Parish of Feltwell in the County of Norfolk, Farmer, and died on the 21st day of September 1877 at Feltwell Anchor aforesaid.

Under £2000. No Leasehold.
Messrs Isaacson & Son
Solicitors. Mildenhall.

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