The Will of
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I John Ramsden of Brandy Carr in the parish
of Wakefield in the county of York Gardener hereby revoking all former WILLS
do make this my last WILL and Testament in manner and form following.
First I order and direct all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses to be fully paid and satisfied.
I give and devise all my money which may be in my house at the time of my decease to my dear wife Ann for her own use and benefit absolutely.
I give and bequeath all my household furniture plate china and linen and all other my personal Estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever except money unto my Trustees hereinafter named, Upon trust to permit and suffer my wife Ann to use and enjoy the same during her natural life or so long as she continue my unmarried widow. And from and immediately after her death or second marriage which shall first happen, Upon Trust to sell the same by auction or private contract as to them shall seem best for the most money that can reasonably be obtained for the same and by and with the money arising from the sale thereof to pay and apply the same unto and equally amongst all my children except Bryan and Jesse if more than one of such children be living at my wife's death, and if but one then wholly to such one.
I give and devise all my Real Estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my Trustees William Ramsden of Brandy Carr aforesaid shopkeeper, William Symons of the same place Rope maker and William Ainsley of the same place carpenter their heirs and assigns, Upon trust after payment of the mortgage interest due and become due in respect thereof to permit and suffer my said wife Ann to receive and take the profits and rents thereof for her own use and benefit during the term of her natural life or so long as she continue my unmarried widow And from and immediately after her death or second marriage which shall first happen Upon trust.
As to my four cottages at Brandy Carr occupied by Whitehead, Ramsden, Brown, and Maroland and my fields called Ramper Field and Cherry Croft near the same I direct my said Trustees to offer the same to my son Benjamin at a fair valuation and if he thinks proper to take same at such valuation.
I Direct that the sum of one hundred and sixty pounds shall be allowed to him and deducted from such valuation he having lent that sum to me to pay off a mortgage thereon but if my said son Benjamin shall refuse to take such premises at such valuation, then
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand
this seventh day of January One thousand eight
hundred and forty.
Signed justified and declared in the presence of
Jos. Wainwright Sol. Wd. Jason? Dally?
Proved? 24th June 1842
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