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Last Will and Testament

of  Thomas Turney - 1706

In the name of God Amen the first day of March in the fourth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland Queen defender of the faith ... one thousand seven hundred and five I Thomas Turney of Woburn in the County of Bedford Yeoman, being in good health of body, and of perfect mind and memory, thanks be therefore given unto Almighty God, But calling to mind the uncertainty of this present life, do therefore make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say, first and principally I do commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator, trusting to be saved by the merits of Jesus Christ my redeemer, for my body I do commit the same to the earth decently to be buried, And for my worldly goods and estate which it hath pleased Almighty God of his goodness to lend me I do give will and devise the same as followeth

Imprimis if I shall happen to die and depart this natural life and leave no issue of my body lawfully begotten living after my decease, or if I shall leave any issue of my body and such issue shall happen to die and depart this life before the age of one and twenty years, then in such case I do give will devise and bequeath unto Susannah my loving wife and to her heirs and assigns forever all that my one messuage or tenement wherein William Coates now doth dwell with all and singular houses outhouses edifices buildings barns stables yards gardens orchards backsides and one pightle or close thereabouts adjoining and belonging situate and being in Husband Crawley in the said County of Bedford also all my fourteen acres of arable land and meadow ground by estimation (be the same more or less) lying dispersedly in the fields and precincts of Husband Crawley aforesaid in the said County of Bedford now in the tenure and occupation of the said William Coats his assignee or assigns, with all and singular their and every of their appurtenances, Also all other my lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever with their and every of their appurtenances to have and to hold the said messuage or tenement fourteen acres of arable land and meadow ground and all and singular other the premises with their appurtenances unto the said Susannah my loving wife and her heirs and assigns forever

Provided always nevertheless my will is that if I shall leave any issue of my body lawfully begotten and such issue shall live to attain the said age of one and twenty years then the said gift and devise of my said messuages or tenement lands tenements hereditaments and premises unto the said Susannah my loving wife her heirs and assigns as aforesaid shall cease determine and be utterly void and of no effect

Item I do give will and bequeath unto the said Susannah my loving wife all the rest residue and remainder of my money goods household stuff cattle corn grain chattels and personal estate (after my debts and funeral expenses shall be thereout deducted paid and discharged)

And I do ordain and make her the said Susannah my loving wife full and sole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, and I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other wills by me made or spoken and do pronounce and declare this present to be my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written
Tho Turney

Signed sealed acknowledged and declared by the above named Thomas Turney the testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who hereunto set our hands in the presence of the said testator
William Denes?, Jn Ashwell, William Irons his mark.

Proved 10 October 1706


Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire Wills - Turney, Thos, Woburn, yeo, ABP/W 1706/77
Acknowledgement to Beds & Luton Archives Service


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