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Last Will and Testament  of

Elizabeth Turney - 1797

In the name of God Amen I Elizabeth Turney of Husborne Crawley in the County of Bedford widow being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding (praised be God for this) do make publish declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator assuredly believing I shall receive pardon and remission of all my sins and be saved through the alone merits and mediation of my blessed Lord Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried according to the discretion of my executors hereinafter named and as to such worldly estate with which it has pleased Almighty God to bless me with I will ordain and dispose thereof in manner and form following (that is to say)

First I will that all such debts as I shall justly owe at the time of my decease and my funeral charges and expenses be in the first place paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named out of my personal estate

Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Bateman the sum of one shilling of good and lawful money of Great Britain

Also I give devise and bequeath all that my undivided moiety of all that acre (by estimation) of sweard ground lying and being in Heath and Reach in the Parish of Leighton Buzzard in the said County of Bedford together with the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging (being copyhold land and which said copyhold premises I have surrendered to the use of this my will) unto my three daughters Ann Turney, Sarah Turney, and Jane Turney their heirs and assigns to hold the said undivided moiety or half part of the said acre ground and premises unto my said three daughters the said Ann Turney, Sarah Turney, and Jane Turney their heirs and assigns forever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants

Also as to all the rest and residue of my monies mortgages bonds notes goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever (that shall remain after payment of any just debts) I give and bequeath the same unto my said three daughters Ann Turney, Sarah Turney, and Jane Turney their executors administrators and assigns to and for her and their sole and only use and benefit

Also I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my worthy friends Thomas Turney of Husborne Crawley aforesaid yeoman and John Rotherham of Eversholt in the said County of Bedford yeoman joint executors of this my Will and also guardians and trustees for all my children until they come of age

And I do hereby revoke and declare null and void all former and other wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made and do hereby declare this present writing contained in this sheet of paper to be and contain my only Last Will and Testament

In witness whereof the said testator Elizabeth Turney have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six
Elizabeth Turney

This writing was signed sealed published and declared by the said testatrix Elizabeth Turney as and for her Last Will and Testament in our presence who have likewise in her presence and at her request subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of each other
John Barnwell, Mary Keech, Thomas Row

This will was proved on the oaths of Thomas Turney and John Rotherham joint executors herein named who were sworn duly to execute the same and that the personal estate of the testatrix did not amount to the sum of one hundred pounds
Sworn before me Thos T Aveling Surr.  Feb 1797

Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire Wills - Turney, Eliz, wid., ABP/W 1797/8
Acknowledgement to Beds & Luton Archives Service

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