In the name of God Amen. I RICHARD WINCH of Shoppenhangers in the Parish of Bray in the County of Berks gentleman being sick in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praise be given to Almighty God for the same and considering the uncertainty of this life and the certainty of death do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First of all I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God trusting and steadfastly believing through the merits of my blessed saviour Jesus Christ to receive a joyful resurrection my body to the earth from whence it came to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named and at the charge of my daughter Elizabeth Winch And as for that worldly estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give devise and bequeath as followeth And first I give devise and bequeath unto my son James Winch and his heirs for ever all that my messuage or tenements and lands wherein I now dwell situate standing and being at Shoppenhangers aforesaid in the Parish of Bray with the appurtenances to the said messuage or tenement and lands belonging or in any wise appertaining and all other my lands in the said parish of Bray Also moreover I give unto my said son James Winch over and above the aforesaid messuages or tenements and lands all my household goods in my said dwelling house at the time of my death. Also and moreover my mind and will is and I hereby give devise and bequeath unto my said daughter Elizabeth Winch all my money and all my bonds mortgages bills book debts and securities whatsoever for moneys and all the corn in the barns and granaries and all the corn [ ] in the yards and backsides and all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate provided she marries with the trustees consent being first obtained if not shall have no claim without the trustees consent being first obtained and if it shall please God my said daughter Elizabeth Winch shall happen to die before she attain the age of one and twenty years and be unmarried that then and in such case I give devise and bequeath unto my brother in law William Toovey of Turvill Heath in the Parish of Turvill in the County of Berks gent all the remainder of my personal estate before mentioned (save what my daughter Elizabeth Winch shall have expended paid and laid out in my funeral and for the maintenance of her till such death happen) and after my brother William Toovey’s decease I give devise and bequeath unto William Toovey his son all the remainder of my personal estate before mentioned and his heirs forever and Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my father in law Peter Toovey of Wormsly in the Parish of Stoken Church in the County of Oxfordshire gent and my said brother in law William Toovey executors of this my last will and testament and also trustees for my said son and daughter abovementioned And I do hereby appoint the said Peter Toovey and Wlliam Tovey (sic) guardians of my said son and daughter during their respective minorities and do desire and entreat my said trustees to take care of them and their estates so far as in them respectively lies and I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other wills by me heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Richard Winch the testator have to this my last will and testament containing one sheet of paper have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred thirty and four – Richard Winch – Signed sealed published declared and delivered by the said Richard Winch the testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses (provided she marries with the trustees consent if not shall have no claim without the trustees consent being first obtained being first interlined over the sixteenth and seventeenth lines in the presence of the said testator – Mary East The mark of Martha Rogers Tho Christopher
Probate 17/12/1735 – This will was proved at London on the seventeenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty five before the Worshipful William Strachan Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful John Betterworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Peter Toovey one of the executors named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the deceased he being first sworn well and truly to administer the same power reserved of making the like grant to William Toovey the other executor also named in the said will when he shall apply for the same.
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