Will of Charles Bowler, cordwainer, 1798 (proved 1802)

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This is the last Will and Testament of me Charles Bowler of Winslow in the County of Bucks Cordwainer made in manner following that is to say first I Give and Devise unto my wife Mary Bowler all and every my Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever both Freehold and copyhold the copyhold parts whereof I have surrendered to the use of my Will To Hold the same and every part thereof unto my said Wife Mary Bowler and her assigns for and during the Term of her natural life and from and immediately after her Decease I Give and Devise all and every my said Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever unto my two Daughters Sarah the Wife of George West of Winslow aforesaid Currier and Mary Bowler to be equally divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants Subject nevertheless and I do hereby expressly charge all my said Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments to and with the Payment of the Sum of Seven Shillings a week of lawful money of Great Britain unto my Son Thomas Bowler for and during the Term of his natural life or until such time as he my said Son Thomas Bowler shall be seised and possessed of or intitled unto my Copyhold Estate situated in Weedon in the said County of Bucks in which I have a life Interest and also subject to and charged and chargeable with the Payment of the sum of Two Hundred Pounds of like lawful money unto my said Daughter Mary Bowler at her age of Twenty one years or day of Marriage which shall first happen provided such Marriage be had by and with the consent and approbation of my said wife Mary Bowler and I do hereby subject and charge all my said Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments to and with the Payment of the said weekly [deletion] sum of Seven Shillings and the said Legacy also I Give and bequeath all my ready money and securities for money Stock in Trade Household Goods and Implements of Household Plate Linnen China Chattels personal Estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever unto my wife Mary Bowler and her Assigns and during the Term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said two Daughters Sarah the Wife of the said George West and Mary Bowler to be equally divided between them share and share alike and I do hereby nominate Constitute and appoint my said Wife Mary Bowler full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Testator Charles Bowler have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and Seal the Seventh day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testator Charles Bowler as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto
Wm Mayne
Thos. Bowler                                                                                     [signed] Charles Bowler
Lan: Wyatt

[another hand] The 23rd Day of July 1802 Sworn Mary Bowler, the Executrix abovenamed, and that the personal Effects do not amount to three Hundred Pounds

                Sworn before me Jonathan Briggs Surrogate


Notes

Charles Bowler's parents Charles Bowler (d.1774, son of Charles Bowler d.1735) and Dinah Hogson were married in 1722, and he was baptised 31 Oct 1725. His first wife's name was Sarah; he married his second wife Mary Janes in 1774. Despite his job description, Charles was a substantial property owner. His copyhold property held at his death was listed at the 1802 manor court (the extent of his freehold property and his property in Weedon isn't recorded):

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Will of Charles Bowler

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