The Will of
John Ramsden

of Brandy Carr
Wakefield
Died December 1841

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xxxxxxxxxxxxx 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

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I direct my said Trustees to sell and dispose of the same by public 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,
In the first place to pay the expenses and charges incident to and connected with such sale;
And In the next place to pay my son Benjamin the said sum of one hundred and sixty pounds before mentioned and in the last place, to pay and divide the remainder thereof unto and amongst all my children ( except Bryan and Jesse ) in the proportions hereinafter specified as may be living at my wife's death or second marriage and if but one such child then wholly to such one,

And I direct my Trustees to make the same disposition of the surplus money arising from the sale thereof to my said son Benjamin should he take the same at such valuation as aforesaid and from and immediately after my said Wife's death or second marriage as aforesaid Upon Trust for.

And I give and devise the Homestead whereon I now reside and all other my real Estate whatsoever not hereinbefore disposed of unto my son Jesse his heirs and assigns for ever but,

I direct that he shall thereout pay the mortgage debt which is due thereon and all other debts whatsoever to which I may be legally liable except the said debt due to my son Benjamin.

And in order to facilitate the sales hereinbefore directed
I hereby declare that no purchaser thereof or any part thereof after payment shall be bound to see to the application or be answerable for the misapplication thereof after payment to my said Trustees for that a receipt in writing acknowledged under their hands shall be absolute discharge for the same.

And I do also declare that it shall be lawful for my said Trustees to retain and allow to each other all their necessary expenses and they shall no be answerable or accountable for more money or other property than that what they shall actually respectively receive neither shall they be answerable for any loss or detriment happening to the said trust ,property without their respective wilful neglect or default.
And lastly I nominate and appoint the said William Ramsden, William Symons, William Ainsty joint executors of this my WILL .

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand
this seventh day of January One thousand eight
hundred and forty.
John Ramsden

Signed justified and declared in the presence of
Jos. Wainwright Sol. Wd. Jason? Dally?
Proved? 24th June 1842


Source:
Transcript from image of will held at
Borthwick Institute, University of York
Vol 205 page 417
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