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The Last Will and Testament

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George Turney  -  1754

The Last Will and Testament of me George Turney of Husband Crawley in the County of Bedford Yeoman wherein I dispose of my Estate as followeth,

I give and devise unto my loving wife Sarah Turney the sum of fifteen pounds by the year for and during the term of her natural life clear of all taxes charges and deductions whatsoever to be paid half yearly by two equal portions that is to say at Lady Day and Michaelmas and the first payment to be made the first of the said feast days that shall happen next after my decease which said sum of fifteen pounds by the year shall be paid by my son Thomas Turney out of my real estate and is for and in the room of all dower and thirds and of all claim whatsoever that she might have out of any estate

And I also give her the use of the goods for the furniture of one room for the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give the same unto my son Joseph Turney

Item I and devise all my lands tenements and hereditaments and all my real estate whatsoever unto my son Thomas Turney his heirs and assigns for ever upon the conditions following

that is to say that he pay the fifteen pounds as above to my wife and also the sum of nine pounds by the year unto my daughter Katherine Redman for and during her natural life for her separate use and benefit to be paid half yearly by two equal portions that is to say Lady Day and Michaelmas and the first payment to be made the first of the said feast days that shall happen next after my decease to be paid clear of all taxes charges and deductions whatsoever and her receipt shall be my son Thomas Discharge not withstanding her coverture and from and immediately after my daughters decease my said son Thomas Turney shall pay the sum of two hundred pounds equally to be divided amongst all the children of my said daughter that shall be living at the time of her decease share and share alike at twelve months after the decease of my said wife also the further sum of two hundred pounds amongst all his brothers and sisters that shall be then living and if any of them are dead then their legal representative to be divided share and share alike all which payment to be made by my son Thomas Turney his heirs and assigns out of my real estate

Item I give and bequeath unto my son George Turney the sum of four hundred pounds to be paid by my executors herein after named within twelve months after my decease

and also unto my son John Turney the said sum of four hundred pounds to be paid in like manner as George's

Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Thomas Turney and my brother in law John Bushby the sum of four hundred pounds in trust that they put the same out at interest and the interest and produce thereof to pay unto my daughter Mary Bigge until her husband arrives at the age of twenty one years and then if my son in law Thomas Bigge shall make a good settlement or jointure of forty pounds by the year out of his real estate upon my said daughter Mary Bigge and the heirs of her body lawfully to be begotten then I give the sum of four hundred pounds unto my said daughter Mary Bigge but if my son refuse to make the settlement above my executors or the survivor of them or the executors or administrators o such survivor shall put the same out at interest and the interest or produce shall yearly or as they can get it pay the same unto my said daughter during the term of her natural life and after her decease then to be equally divided amongst all the children that shall be living at her decease share and share alike

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Turney the sum of six hundred pounds to be paid at the age of twenty one years and to have the interest of it from the time of my decease Together with all my movable goods and cattle with corn and grass at Husband Crawley he paying rent to my son Thomas Turney for the growth of the same till he can remove them off of the premises except the furniture of one room before mentioned to my wife

Item I give and bequeath the sum of ten pounds each to my executors hereinafter named for their trouble in the execution of this my last will and testament and that they take to themselves and be allowed all charges that they shall be at in the execution of this my will and that they be not answerable for any money that shall be lost except by their own willfull default or neglect

Item all the rest residue and remainder of all my goods and chattels after the payment of my just debts legacies and funeral expenses shall be equally divided betwixt all my children that shall be living at my decease
(George Turney)

And lastly I do nominate constitute and appoint my brother Thomas Turney and brother in law John Bushby joint executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills and testaments by me at any time made
In Witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of June in the seventy fourth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty one
George Turney

Signed sealed published and declared as and for the last will and testament of the testator George Turney in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names and witness hereunto in the presence of the said testator and at his request the words twelve months after being first interlined
Jane Cook, Mary Harriss, Benj Bevan

Proved the 25th April 1754 before the Rd & Venble John Taylor DD Com'ary & Archdeacon of the Archdeaconry of Bedford lawfully constituted & sg by Thos Turney & John Bushby Joint Executors named in the said Will.


Arch Of Bedford Wills : TURNEY, Geo; Husborne Crawley, yeo. 1754/11
Acknowledgement to Beds & Luton Archives Service

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