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The last Will and Testament of Jeremiah Riches miller in the parish of Pentney in the county of Norfolk In the name of god the father son and holy ghost amen I Jeremiah Riches of the parish of the county aforesaid being at this time ill in body but in sane mind meditating on certain approach of death and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament made this ninth day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty seven in manner and form following viz And first I give and commit my soul into the hands of almighty god who gave it humbly trusting in the merits of the dear redeemer to be made a partaker of endless rest when this life is no more Secondly my body I commend to the ground to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my surviving family and executors whom I shall appoint and authorise to fulfil this my last office(?) and testament and as trusting all such worldly properly as it hath pleased almighty god to give and favour me with in this life I give bequeath divide will and dispose of in the following manner.
Viz the property is as follows one acre two roods of land copyhold(?) fine (?) certain ( more or less ) of the Manor of Ashwood bounded on the public road North and South on land belonging to Susan Hastings East and West and on land belonging to George Stratten Snr. in the South whereon there is now standing a good four sail windmill in going gear a good substantial double dwelling house and baking office all built of brick stone and timber and now in good trade and occupied by Mrs(?) James Bailey at the yearly rent of thirty pounds the year all in the parish of Pentney and the county of Norfolk aforesaid Also seven acres and three roods more or less of freehold land in Pentney aforesaid bounded in the North by land belonging to Frederic Winearls (?) in the East South and West by a public road whereon there are now standing eleven tenements as cottages let to eleven separate tenants at a yearly rent each I do Will and give and bequeath all and singular the whole of my aforesaid ****** (?) land mill bakery office and dwelling house with all that appertain to them together with all my aforesaid seven acres and three roods ( more or less ) of freehold land and eleven tenements thereupon as aforesaid I do Will give and bequeath the whole and every of them to my aforesaid two sons and two daughters namely Jeremiah my elder son and James my younger son to Susan my elder daughter and wife of James Bailey and Mary Ann my younger daughter all now with me at the mill house in the parish of Pentney aforesaid after all encumbrances such as ********(?) bonds as whatever claims may and can be lawfully demanded as made the same shall be lawfully paid or discharged and the whole of the property afterwards shall be distributed equally between the above Legalese in the following manner I do Will give and bequeath all the above named property of copyhold(?) land house and mill together with all the freehold land and houses before named and also all other property that I may be possessed of at my decease whether consisting of furniture apparel china glass earthenware live or dead stock plate linen & whatever else to my aforesaid two sons and two daughters afore named each to have
Remembering that all my furniture and goods shall be parted one month after my decease and that mutually and equally and the estate with mill and ***** to be kept in good repair until my youngest son James comes of age from the rents and profits arising from the same and then publicly sold to the best bidder and equally divided between the four above named since that during the time of the minority of my youngest son James after my decease that each of my above named children shall have equal proportionable share of the rent and profits of all my property after all interest moneys and repairs of the property is paid out of the same every year which shall terminate at old Michaelmas each year but should any one or some of the above named of my sons & daughters die before my son James shall come of age then the remainder shall have equal share of the property except Susan Bailey should Susan my aforesaid daughter die during the minority of my son James then a equal proportionable share as her part shall be equally divided between her children then living and should James my son die in his minority then the whole the property shall be immediately divided at least as soon as possible equally between those living by a public sale of the same And I do nominate and appoint William Munday schoolmaster and Richard Hammond blacksmith both of the aforesaid parish Executors of this my last Will and Testament who shall receive out of my said property the sum of one pounds each to be paid them on their demand from the annual profits in rents of the same They shall be fully authorised and empowered to act in the fulfilling this my last will and testament and should any incidental charges be made upon them the whole shall be paid out of my property and I do hereby revoke disannuit abolish disallow and make void all other former wills bonds deeds bequeaths bequests by me in any way before named this named willed or bequeathed satisfying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in Witness thereof I have herewith set my hand and seal this ninth day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty seven.
Jeremiah X Riches
In the presence of us who in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names on the day and date above named William Barrett Charles Powley
This will was proved at King's Lynn on the eighth day of April eighteen forty eight before the Revd Robert Edwards Haukinson Clerk Justè duly appointed of the Worshipful Chas Evans A.M. Official pract. of the Episcopal. Consistory. Court of Norwich lawfully constituted and was appointee and admon of all and sing. the Goods of the within named Jeremiah Riches the Testator .....deceased was on the twentieth day of the said month of April duly granted to William Munday and Richard Hammond the Executors within named they being duly sworn to ........... Testator died 25th January Will probate granted 20th April 1848 la. with the Orig's Will By me T B Butler
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