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Last Will and Testament of

Joseph Thorpe - 1839

I Joseph Thorpe of the Parish of Marham in the County of Norfolk Baker being in sound health of body and of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors and after the payment of all my just debts funeral expenses and probate of this my Last Will and Testament I thus dispose of all and such worldly estate as it (has) pleased God to bless me with in this life that is to say

I give and bequeath to Mary Thorpe my dearly beloved wife all that property consisting of a cottage baking office and other outbuildings belonging thereto together with the yards and garden adjoining now in my own use and occupation and situate lying and being in the Parish of Marham aforesaid to her own use and benefit during the term of her natural life or as long as she continues my widow without any let or molestation whatever but in the event of her marrying again I order and direct that she shall still retain possessed of the same for the maintenance and bringing up such child or children that may survive me until the youngest of such children shall have attained the age of twenty one years

And the order and direct that the said property shall be sold to the best advantage and the produce thereof shall be equally divided between Mary my said wife and my then surviving children share and share alike but if my said wife should die before the said youngest child attains the age of twenty one years then order and direct my executors that they do within six months after her decease in like manner make a sale of the aforesaid property and divide the produce thereof equally between my then surviving children share and share alike

I likewise give and bequeath to Mary my said wife the possession of all the ready money book debts plate furniture and every other kind of property whatsoever and wheresoever placed or situate to the use of herself and the surviving child or children I may leave behind me

And I do hereby constitute and appoint Mary my wife executrix jointly with Zebedee my son whom I do hereby name executor of this my Last Will and Testament And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every will testament or bequest whatsoever ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five
Joseph Thorpe

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Joseph Thorpe as his Last Will and Testament who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have hereunto subscribed our names the day and year above written
James Parish, David Ryley, John Butter?

Whereas by the foregoing Last Will and Testament of me Joseph Thorpe made and duly executed on the second day of February 1835 I did constitute and appoint my son Zebedee Thorpe as executor of the same jointly with Mary my wife the intent and purport of this present Codicil as to alter such appointment as far as concerns my son and to substitute in his ? Edward Neville of this Parish my very good friend and neighbour whom I do hereby constitute and appoint as my executor jointly with Mary my wife within named to all intents and purposes as if he had been at first appointed in the said Will

In Witness hereof I have hereunto affixed my signature this ninth day of January one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine
Joseph Thorpe

Witnesses to the signature of the testator the day and year above written
Edward Makemade, James Parish

This Will with the Codicil to the same was proved on the twelfth day of October 1839 before the Revd. Charles Jospeh ? (As the duly appointed of the Worshipful William Yonge ? AM Official Pal of the Episcopal Consistorial Court of Norwich lawfully constituted and was approved &c and admon of all and singular the goods &c., of the within named Jospeh Thorpe the testator deceased was then duly granted to Mary Thorpe Widow his relict the surviving executrix within named she being duly sworn to saving &c.

Testator died 9 April 1839
Examined with the original by me Edw Butler
Effects sworn under 100

Consistory Court of Norwich Wills - 1839/233
Acknowledgments to the Norfolk Record Office


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