Will of John Sayer of Buckingham, grocer, 1802 (proved 1803)

Centre for Bucks Studies, Ms Wills Pec 63/37

In the Name of God. Amen. I John Sayer of Buckingham in the County of Bucks Grocer being of sound and disposing Mind and Memory Do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament as follows.  I Give and Devise unto my Wife Mary Sayer All and every my Freehold and other Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments situate lying and being in the Parish of Buckingham aforesaid and in Padbury in the said County of Bucks or elsewhere with their respective Appurtenances To hold unto and to the Use of my said Wife Mary Sayer and her Assigns for and during the Term of her Natural Life And from and immediately after the Decease of her my said Wife I Give and Devise one third Part or Share of my said Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments With the Appurtenances (the whole into three equal Parts to be divided) unto my Daughter Mary the Wife of the Reverend William Eyre and her Assigns to and for her and their sole and seperate Use and Benefit (without being in any manner liable to the Debts Engagements or Control of her present or any future Husband) for and during the Term of her natural Life And from and immediately after the Decease of her my said Daughter I Give and Devise the said one equal third Part or Share of and in my said Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments unto all and every or such one or more of the Children of my said Daughter living at the time of her Decease for such Estate and Estates and in such Parts Shares and Proportions manner and form as she my said Daughter shall at any time or times during her Life (whether Covert or Sole and as though she were Sole and notwithstanding any Coverture) by any Deed or Deeds Instrument \or Instruments/ in Writing to be by her duly Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of and to be attested by two or more credible Witnesses or by her Last Will and Testament in Writing to be by her duly signed sealed and Published in the Presence of and to be attested by three or more such Witnesses direct limit appoint give will or desire the same And in Default of all such Direction Limitation Appointment Gift Will or Devise or in Case any such shall be made when the Estates thereby limited shall end and determine \and/ as to so much or such Parts of the same as and respecting which no such Direction Appointment Gift or Devise shall extend to or comprize I Give and Devise the same unto and to the Use of all and every such the Children of my said Daughter their Heirs and Assigns for ever as Tenants in Common and not as Jointenants [sic]

J. Sayer

[f.2] And as to the other or remaining two third Parts of my said Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments I Give and Devise the same (from and after the Decease of my said Wife) unto and to the Use of my Son John Sayer and my Daughter Elizabeth the Wife of Mr Robert Gray their Heirs and Assigns for ever as Tenants in Common and not as Jointenants Also I Give and Bequeath unto my said Wife Mary Sayer All and singular my Monies and Securities for Money Household Goods Debts Effects Rights Credits and Personal Estate whatsoever (remaining after Payment of my just Debts and funeral and testamentary Expences) to and for her own Proper Use and Benefit And Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife Mary Sayer to be sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former Wills by me made or published In Witness whereof I the said John Sayer have to this my last Will and Testament contained \in/ two Sheets of Paper to each of the same Sheets set my Hand and Seal the twenty fourth Day of December in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two.

J. Sayer

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said John Sayer
as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us
who in his Presence at his bequest and in the Presence of
each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereto.
Tho(ma)s Hearn
Tho(ma)s Hearn Jun(ior)
W(illia)m Woolster

Proved the 25th day of November 1803 before the reverend William Eyres Clerk Surrogate by the oath of Mary Sayer, Widow the relict and sole Executrix to whom Ad(ministrati)on was committed she being first sworn duly to administer.


Notes

John Sayer of Buckingham married Mary Budd of Winslow in 1767. He was already a widower and his son John probably came from his first marriage. Mary was the daughter of John Budd, butcher (will proved 1778). John Budd left to John and Mary Sayer "my new inclosed Close piece or parcel of Arable Land and pasture Ground situate and being in the Parish of Winslow aforesaid called or known by the name of the Brickkiln Norden with the Brickkiln standing therein". This was to the north of where Avenue Road was later built. It was offered for sale in 1803, probably as the result of John Sayer's death.