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Last Will and Testament

of  John Turney - 1772

In the name of God Amen I John Turney of Ridgmont in the County of Bedford Yeoman being in perfect mind and memory do make this my Last Will and Testament wherein I dispose of my estate as followeth

Imprimis I give and devise all my real estate which I have lately purchased lying in the Parish of Ridgmont with all the appurtenances unto my loving wife Ann Turney and to my brother in law John Cook and to my brother in law James Redman and to the survivor of them and to the executors and administrators of such survivor In trust for the intents and purposes herein after mentioned (that is to say) to permit my wife Ann Turney to receive the rents and profits of the same she committing no waste upon the said premises for and during the term of her natural life in order to keep her to bring up my children John Turney, Mary Turney, Judith Turney, Ann Turney and George Turney

And from and after my said wife decease if my son John Turneyis not arrived at the age of twenty one years for my said trustees to apply rents and profits of the same to help bring up educate and maintain my said children till he is at the age of twenty one years and if my said son John Turney shall live to the age of twenty one tears after the decease of my said wife I give devise and bequeath the same unto my son John Turney and to his heirs and assigns forever paying out of the same within twelve months after he is possessed of the same unto his said three sisters and brother and to their heirs and assigns the sum of thirty pounds apiece if they are arrived at the age of twenty one years if not then at the age of twenty one years respectively

And if any of the said legatees should die before they shall arrive to the age of twenty one years and leave lawful issue the legacy of the deceased to descend to the child or children of the deceased legatee but if without lawful issue then the legacy or legacies of the deceased to be equally divided amongst the surviving legatees above mentioned

And if my said son John Turney should die without lawful issue before he is arrived at the age of twenty one years or before he is possessed of the said premises then I give devise and bequeath my said estate after my said wife’s decease to be equally divided betwixt my said children that shall be living at the time before mentioned as coheirs at the ages of twenty one years (but if my said son John Turney shall die before he is arrived at the age of twenty one years or before he is possessed of the said premises and leave a child or children lawfully begotten then I bequeath my said estate after my wife’s decease to his child or children thus lawfully begotten and to their heirs and assigns forever paying out of the same the legacies above mentioned)

And my said trustees to apply the rents and profits as before mentioned to the use of my said children till they arrive at the age of twenty one years

And all the rest residue and remainder of all my goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever after the payments of my just debts and funeral expenses I give and bequeath unto my said wife Ann Turney and my said brother in law John Cooke and my brother in law James Redman and to the survivor of them and to the executor and administrators of such survivors in trust for the uses intents and purposes herein after mentioned (that is to say) to permit my said loving wife Ann Turney to have the use for the same for the term of her natural life for to help keep her to help bring up educate and maintaining my said children

And if my said wife should marry again I then give and bequeath to my said wife Ann Turney the sum of one hundred pounds and her choice of half my household goods to be paid and given by my said trustees out of my said personal estate to her within twelve months after her second marriage and the remainder thereof shall be applied to the bringing up of my children till their respective ages of twenty one years and then when the youngest child is twenty one years of age to be equally divided between all my said children that shall live to the age of twenty one years but if any of my said children should die before they arrive at the age of twenty one years or before the youngest attains that age and leave a child or children lawfully begotten then the share or shares of the deceased to be given to the child or children of the deceased legatee And the said hundred pounds and household goods that I have given to my said wife if she marrieth again shall be in full satisfaction and bar of all dowager or claim my said wife might have out of my said personal estate

Further I do hereby impower my said trustees at any time if they shall judge proper to draw any sum of money out of my personal estate that they think may be reasonably spared out of the stock for to give to any of my said children if they shall have an opportunity of marrying to their advancement in the world which sum drawn out of the stock for any one shall not exceed the respective share of any according to the value of the inventory or estimation of the stock at the time such sum or sums are drawn and the sum drawn shall be part of the portion of the child or children for whom it is drawn and shall be deducted from their share or shares when the young child comes of age

And lastly I do constitute and appoint my said wife Ann Turney and my said brother in law John Cook and brother in law James Redman joint executrix and executors of this my Last Will and Testament And I do constitute and appoint my said executrix and executors guardians in trust for and to my children till their respective ages of twenty one years And I do hereby revoke disannul and make void to all intents and purposes all my wills legacies and bequests by me heretofore made And I do hereby publish and declare this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament In witness whereof I John Turney the said testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of March one thousand seven hundred and seventy one
John Turney

Sealed published and declared by the within named John Turney the said testator to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses as hereunto in the presence and at the request of the said testator
Richard Mayor, John Dadd, John Foster

Item I do hereby give and bequeath unto my brother I law John Cook and my brother in law James Redman the sum of five pounds apiece for their trouble in trust within? mentioned

In witness whereof I John Turney have hereunto set my hand
John Turney

Probate granted


Archdeaconry of Bedfordshire Wills - Turney, Jn, Ridgmont, yeo, ABP/W 1772/24.
Acknowledgement to Beds & Luton Archives Service


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