Will of John Bull the elder, dairyman, 1816 (proved 1817)

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John Bull lived at Tuckey Farm.

This is the Last Will and Testament of me John Bull the Elder of the Parish of Winslow in the County of Bucks Dairyman  First I Give and Devise unto my Son William Bull All and every my freehold and copyhold Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and real Estate situate lying and being within the Parish of Great Horwood in the said County of Bucks To Hold the same unto and to the use of my said Son William Bull his Heirs and Assigns absolutely Also I Give and Devise unto my Wife Ann Bull All that my Messuage now divided into two Cottages or Tenements situate standing and being in Swanbourne in the said County of Bucks with the Rights Members and Appurtenances thereto belonging and now occupied by William Turvey and Ann Tattam Widow and heretofore the Property of Rachael Anstee To hold the same unto my said Wife Ann Bull and her Assigns during the Term of her natural life And from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife Ann Bull I Give and Devise the said Messuage Cottages or Tenements and Premises unto  my Eldest Son John Bull To hold the same unto and to the use of my said Son John Bull his Heirs and Assigns for ever And I do hereby direct my said Son John Bull to keep the said Messuages Cottages or Tenements and Premises in good and tenantable repair during the natural Life of my said Wife Ann Bull as aforesaid And Whereas I have lately contracted and agreed with the Trustees of Hugh Williatt for the absolute Purchase of Three Freehold Closes or Pieces of Pasture and Meadow Ground situate and being in the Parish of Swanbourne in the said County of Bucks called by the several Names of Ridgway Closes and Doe’s Close containing Twenty nine Acres three Roods and twenty six Perches or thereabouts And also of a Leasehold Close or Piece of Pasture Ground (formerly two Closes) situate and being in Mursley in the said County of Bucks called by the name of Hepnell Closes containing Ten Acres three Roods and twenty eight Perches or thereabouts With the respective Rights Members and Appurtenances thereto belonging for the several Prices or Sums of One thousand Two Hundred and Ninety five Pounds and Four Hundred and Fifty Pounds amounting together to the Sum of One thousand Seven Hundred and Forty five Pounds Now I do hereby give and Devise unto my said Son John Bull All my Estate Right Title and Interest of in and to the said three Closes or Pieces of freehold pasture or meadow Ground with the Appurtenances so agreed to be purchased of the Trustees of the said Hugh William To hold the same unto and to the use of my said Son John Bull his Heirs and Assigns absolutely Subject nevertheless to such Incumbrances

[page 2] as shall at the time of my Decease affect the same And I do hereby direct and appoint that the same (in case of my decease before the said Purchase shall have been fully completed and settled) may be granted and conveyed unto him my said Son John Bull his Heirs and Assigns or as he or they shall direct or appoint accordingly But subject nevertheless in case of my decease as aforesaid but not otherwise to my said Son John Bull his Heirs or Assigns paying the Sum of Six Hundred Pounds for and towards the completion of the Purchase so made of the said Freehold Part of the said Premises as aforesaid Also I Give devise and bequeath unto my said Son John Bull All and every my other freehold and Leasehold Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements Hereditaments real Estate and Premises whatsoever situate standing lying and being in the Parish of Swanbourne aforesaid With the respective Rights Members and Appurtenances thereunto belonging used or in any wise appertaining To hold so much and such part or parts thereof as is or are freehold unto and to the use of my said Son John Bull his Heirs and Assigns absolutely And To hold so much and such part or parts thereof as is or are leasehold or any other Tenure than freehold unto my said Son John Bull his Executors Administrators and Assigns for the residue of all and every the Term or Terms Number or Numbers of years or other Estate and Interest as shall at the time of my decease be then to come and unexpired Subject nevertheless to and charged with the payment \of the Legacies or Sums of Two Hundred Pounds by me hereinafter given to each of my Daughters Ann Brise Elizabeth Morecraft And also with the payment {unto my said}/ unto my said Wife Ann Bull and her Assigns Yearly and every Year during the Term of her natural Life Of One Annuity or Yearly Rent Charge of Forty Pounds of lawful money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland current in England to be paid and payable free and clear of and from the Property Tax and all other Taxes Charges and Deductions whatsoever parliamentary or otherwise on the four most usual Days of payment in the Year (that is to say) the twenty fifth day of March the twenty fourth day of June the twenty ninth day of September and the twenty fifth day of December by even and equal portions the first payment thereof to begin and be made on such of the said Days of payment as shall next happen after my decease and the end or other sooner determination of the Lease or Agreement under which I now hold my Farm and Premises in the Parish of Winslow aforesaid of William Selby Lowndes Esquire And in case of non-payment of the said Annuity I direct my said Wife Ann Bull and her Assigns shall and may have such and the like remedy for recovery thereof by distress on the said Premises

[page 3] as is  by Law given in cases of Rent And as to the said leasehold Close of Pasture Ground so agreed to be purchased of the Trustees of the said Hugh Williatt as aforesaid I Give and bequeath the same unto my said Son William Bull To hold the same unto my said Son William Bull his Executors Administrators and Assigns for all the residue and remainder of the several Terms or Number of Years as shall at the time of my decease be then to come and unexpired And I do hereby direct and appoint that the same (in case of my decease before the Purchase thereof shall have been fully completed and settled) may be conveyed unto him my said Son William Bull his Executors Administrators and Assigns or as he or they shall direct or appoint accordingly Also I Give and bequeath unto my said Wife Ann Bull so much and such part of my household Goods and Furniture Plate Linen and China which shall be in and about my Dwelling House at the time of my Decease as she shall make choice of for her own Use Benefit and Disposal And I Give and bequeath unto each of my two Daughters Hannah Bull and Margaret Bull One Feather Bed and Bedstead with all Furniture and other Apparatus thereto belonging and such a Portion of my Linen as my said Wife Ann Bull shall think proper Which Beds Bedsteads Furniture and  other Apparatus thereto belonging and portions of Linen as aforesaid I hereby empower and direct my said Wife Ann Bull to fix upon and deliver unto my said Daughters Hannah Bull and Margaret Bull when and so soon after my decease as she shall think proper Also I Give and bequeath unto my Daughters Ann the Wife of John Brise and Elizabeth the Wife of John Morecraft the Legacy or Sum of Two Hundred Pounds each of lawful Money aforesaid to be paid to them respectively by my \said Son John Bull his Heirs or Assigns/ Executrix and Executors hereinafter named within twelve Calendar Months next after my decease Also I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Hannah Bull the Legacy or Sum of Three Hundred and Fifty Pounds and unto my Daughter Margaret Bull the Legacy or Sum of Three Hundred Pounds of lawful Money aforesaid to be paid to them respectively by my said Son William Bull within one Month next after the Expiration of the Lease or Agreement under which I now hold my said Farm and Premises in Winslow aforesaid or the Decease of my said Wife Ann Bull which shall first happen And as to all the rest and residue of my Money and securities for Money Cattle Corn Grain and Hay Farming and Dairying Stock and Utensils in husbandry household Goods and Furniture Benefit and Advantage of the said Lease or Agreement under which I now hold my said

[page 4]Farm and Premises in Winslow aforesaid and all other my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever not hereinbefore by me otherwise disposed of I Give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said Wife and Son Ann Bull and William Bull To the interest and purpose that they the said Ann Bull and William Bull may jointly occupy the said Farm and Premises and carry on Business as I now do for and during and until the full end and term or sooner determination of the said Lease or Agreement Subject nevertheless to the payment of all such Debts as I shall justly owe at the time of my Decease my funeral and testamentary Expenses so much and such part of the said Purchase Monies for the said freehold and leasehold Hereditaments and Premises as shall at the time of my decease remain unpaid (except Six Hundred Pounds part thereof hereinbefore directed to be paid by my said Son John Bull his Heirs or Assigns) and and of the said Legacies hereinbefore given and bequeathed \to my said/ as shall in \Daughter Hannah Bull and Margaret Bull/ become due and payable And also to the supporting clothing and maintaining my said Daughters Hannah Bull and Margaret Bull until their said Legacies by me given and bequeathed to them shall become due and payable and from and immediately after the expiration or other sooner determination of the said Lease or Agreement or the Decease of my said Wife Ann Bull which shall first happen I Give and bequeath All and every the said rest and residue of my said personal Estate and Effects with all Accumulations thereof unto my said Son William Bull to and for his own Absolute use Benefit and disposal Subject nevertheless to the payment of such part or parts of my said Debts funeral and testamentary Expenses and Legacies hereinbefore by me given and bequeathed as shall then remain unpaid due and owing And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife Ann Bull and my said Sons John Bull and William Bull joint Executrix and Executors of this my last Will and Testament And it is my Will that my said Son John Bull and one of my Executors be allowed and disbursed all his Charges and Expenses and be fully indemnified out of my Estates And that he shall not be responsible for any loss without his wilful Default nor for any more Money than shall actually come to his Hands And Lastly I hereby revoke and make void all Wills and Codicils by me formerly made In Witness whereof I the said

[page 5] John Bull the Elder and Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in five Sheets of Paper at the bottom of each of the first four Sheets set my Hand only and to this fifth and last Sheet thereof my Hand and Seal this third day of October in the Year of our Lord Christ One thousand Eight Hundred and sixteen

[signed] John Bull

Signed Sealed Published and Declared
by the said John Bull the Elder and Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereof the Interlineation appearing in the second Sheet and the two several Erasures and Interlineations also appearing in the third and fourth Sheet being respectively first made
[signed) Dav. Willis
[signed] Elizabeth Willis
[signed] Dav. Norris

The 13th Day of May 1817
Ann Bull Widow, and John Bull, with his Brother William Bull, the joint Executrix and Executors of this Will were duly Sworn as such, and the personal Effects of the Testator Sworn to be under fifteen Hundred Pounds.

            before me      Jonathan Brigges
                                    Surrogate


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Will of John Bull p1

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Will of John Bull p2

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Will of John Bull p3

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Will of John Bull p4

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Will of John Bull p5


 

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