Will of George West, currier, 1825 (proved 1827)

National Archives, PROB 11/1734/206

This is the last Will and Testament of me George West of Winslow in the County of Buckingham Currier I give devise and bequeath the whole of my Freehold Estate at Preston Bissett in the County of Buckingham and now in the occupation of John Miller unto my Eldest Son George West To hold the same with their and every of their appurt(enances)s to him and his heirs and assigns for Ever also I give to my said Son George West the whole of my Copyhold Estate and premises with the appurt(enance)s situate at Aston Abbotts in the said County of Buckingham and now in the occupation of Mrs. Bailey Widow To hold to him and his heirs and assigns for Ever also I do hereby give unto my said Son George West all that my Copyhold Messuage or Tenement at Winslow wherein I now reside together with all and singular my household Goods and furniture Plate China Books of account Stock in Trade Plate Linen and Wearing Apparel which I may die possessed of and leave in the said Copyhold Messuage or Tenement wherein I reside as aforesaid together also with my Stock of Wines and Liquors of every description and Whereas I am entitled under the Will of the late John West Esqr. of Gawcot in the County of Buckingham to the undivided third part or share of certain heredit(ament)s Mesuages Lands Tenements at Gawcott aforesaid and also to the undivided third part or share of heredit(ament)s Mesuages Lands Tenements and premises situate at Adstock in the said County of Buckingham To hold the same to my said Son George West and his heirs and assigns for ever and Whereas I am also entitled under the said Will of the said late John West Esqr. to the undivided third part or share of certain Notes Bills of Exchange Mortgages Bonds and Securities for money and which remains secured on all or some part of the said undivided property aforesaid Now I do hereby give the same Notes Bills of Exchange Mortgages Bonds and Securities unto my said Son George West his Executors  Adm(inistrat)ors and assigns and to be disposed of as he or they may deem expedient also I do hereby give and bequeath unto my said Son George West all the Stocks or Funds which may be standing in my name or in the name of any other person to my use in the books of the Governor and Company of the Bank of England all my Money on Mortgage Money at Interest Securities for money Bills Bonds Book Debts ready money and Estate and Effects of what nature kind quality or description which may be due to me at the time of my decease he my said Son George West paying all my just Debts and my Funeral Charges and the expences of proving this my Will and as to all the rest residue and remainder of my Real and personal Estate and Effects of what nature kind quality or description which I may die possessed of I give and bequeath the same unto my said Son George West his heirs Executors Adm(inistrat)ors and assigns to and for his and their own absolute use and benefit provided always and I do hereby further will and declare that none of the several Executors hereinafter by me nominated and appointed or any or either of them or the heirs  Executors Adm(inistrat)ors and assigns of any or either of them shall respectively be charged or chargeable with or for any more or other money or monies than the  same Executors shall respectively actually receive or which shall come to their respective hands notwithstanding he or they shall or may give or sign or join in giving or signing any receipt or receipts for the sake of conformity or for the greater satisfaction only of the person or persons paying the same and that no one or

[p.2] more of them the said Executors shall be answerable for the other or others of them each for himself and his own acts receipts neglects and defaults and that they or either of them shall not be answerable or accountable for any Banker Broker other person with or to whom or in whose hands any part of the said Estate and Effects or monies shall or may be intrusted paid or deposited for safe custody nor for any person or persons acting under or employed by them or him  or any or either of them in the payment management or disposal of the same or any part thereof pursuant to or in the exercise of their duty as Executors and that they or any or either of them shall not be answerable or accountable for the rise or fall in price or value of Stocks or the insufficiency or deficiency in Title or value of any Security or Securities in or upon which my said or any part thereof shall be placed out or invested nor for any other misfortune loss or damage which may happen to the same or any part thereof or to all or any of the Mesuages Lands Tenements heredit(ament)s Stock in Trade Bonds Bills and Securities and premises except the same shall happen by or through his or their own respective wilful act neglect or default and then and in that case he and they respectively shall singly and alone be answerable for such loss or damage as shall arise from such his or their own respective act neglect or default and also that it shall be lawful for the Executors in this my Will named and he and they are hereby authorised and empowered by and out if the monies which shall come to their respective hands by virtue of the bequests made by this my Will or any Codicil hereafter to be made by me to deduct retain and reimburse himself and themselves respectively all Costs Charges Damages and expences which they or any of them shall or may pay sustain or be put unto in respect of this my Will or in any wise relating thereto all which said Costs Charges and expences shall and may be reckoned settled and allowed fully and liberally as between Solicitor and Client and not as between party and party in any Cause or legal proceeding and lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my said Son George West John Cowley of Winslow aforesaid Surgeon my Nephew George Robert Stratton Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all and every other Will and Wills and Codicil and Codicils by me at any time heretofore made and declare this to be my only and subsisting Will and Testaments  In Witness whereof  I have to each sheet of this my Will contained in four Sheets of paper subscribed my name and to this last sheet my seal also this 25th day of August in the year of our Lord 1825. George West [signature] Signed Sealed published and declared by the said George West the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses. Step(he)n Holloway [signature] Bicester Saml. Foster Do. John White Clerk to the said MrHolloway.

Proved at London 15th December 1827 before the Worshipful John Daubeny Dr. of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of George West the Son one of the Ex(ecut)ors to whom Adm(inistrati)on was granted being first sworn duly to administer power reserved to John Cowley one other of the Ex(ecut)ors. George Robert Stratton the Nephew the other of the Executors having first renounced a definitive Sentence in writing having been first read signed promulged and given for the force and validity of the said Will as by acts of Court appear


Notes

George West married Sarah Bowler (daughter of Charles Bowler, will proved 1802) in 1797, and was the father of Mary Elizabeth West (d.1878), q.v. for more about the family. He was buried in 1826, aged 58. He ran the Greyhound Lane tannery which was continued by his son George. The omission of Mary and another daughter from the will, which was made in Bicester not Winslow, might explain why the nephew (who had also been George West's apprentice) declined to act, and why there is a reference to a "sentence", i.e. a judgment in a probate case. See the will of his widow Sarah West (d.1830), who left everything to her two daughters and did not mention the son George.

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