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Wills (ERO D/ACR 18/209 Joseph Johnson 1780 1784)

17.4.1780 (Monday 17 April 1780)

document 93000335

in the name of god amen I Joseph Johnson of Earls Colne in the county of Essex farmer being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner following (that is to say) first I give and bequeath unto my brother Oliver Johnson of Earls Colne aforesaid (my executor hereinafter named) the sum of 400li of lawful money of Great Britain in trust that he my said brother Oliver Johnson his executors or administrators shall and do as soon as conveniently may be after my decease place out the said sum of 400li on real or government securities and from time to time as the case shall require to call in the same or any part thereof and to change alter and transpose such securities when and as often as to my said executor his executors or administrators shall seem meet but nevertheless to and for the several trusts intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) in trust that he my said brother Oliver Johnson his executors or administrators shall pay and apply the annual interest dividends and proceeds which shall or may from time to time arise by or in respect of the said sum of 400li (so to be placed out at interest as aforesaid) for and towards the maintenance and support of my lowing wife Isabel during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after the decease of my said wife Isabel I give and bequeath the said sum of 400li unto my two daughters Grace and Sarah Johnson and their legal representatives to be equally divided between them at their respective attainments of the age of twenty three years provided nevertheless and my mind and will is that in case my said wife Isabel shall happen to marry again then and in such case happening I give and bequeath unto my said wife Isabel the sum of 50li only to be paid her by my executor (hereinafter named) his executors or administrators out of the said principal sum of 400li within six calendar months after such marriage and my mind and will further is that the interest arising from the remaining part of the said principal sum of 400li (the above mentioned sum of 50li being deducted therefrom in case my said wife shall marry again) shall be applied by my said executors or administrators for and towards the maintenance and education of my said two daughters Grace and Sarah but that the then remaining principal sum of 350li shall not be paid and equally divided between my said daughters Grace and Sarah or their legal representatives until after the decease of my said wife Isabel (not withstanding such marriage) and my said two daughters shall at that time have and attained their respective ages of twenty three years also I give and bequeath unto my said two daughters Grace and Sarah Johnson the sum of 100li apiece of lawful money to be paid them respectively or their legal representatives at their respective attainment of the age of twenty three years and my will is that interest for the said sums of 100li (herein before bequeathed to my said two daughters) after the rate of 4li10s for the interest of 100li for a year shall be applied by my executor (herein after named) his executors or administrators towards their respective maintenance and education until the said sums shall respectively become payable as aforesaid and all the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattels household stuff and implements of household lease and leases for years and all my estate and interest therein farming stock and implements in husbandry ready money bills bonds mortgages notes and other securities for money debts and all other my personal estate whatsoever (after payment of all my just debts the legacies aforesaid my funeral charges the charge of proving this my will and other charges and expenses attending the execution thereof) I give and bequeath unto my son Oliver Johnson and his legal representatives and lastly I do nominate and appoint my said brother Oliver Johnson sole executor of this my will and my mind and will is that it shall and may be lawful to and for my said executor his executors or administrators to deduct and retain to his and their own use and uses all such reasonable costs and charges for the trouble and expenses he or they may be put into in the execution and performance of this my will or any other matter or thing relating thereto and my mind and will further is that my said executor his executors or administrators shall not be answerable or accountable for any other sum or sums of money than he or they shall respectively and actually receive and in case any loss or losses shall at any time happen in the personal estates belonging to my aforesaid legatees or any of them without the wilful neglect or default of my said executor his executors or administrators then that he or they shall not be liable to make good the same or any part thereof and if any such loss or losses shall happen by or through his or their wilful neglect or default then that he or they only who shall be guilty thereof shall be answerable for the same and hereby revoking all former and other will or wills by me at any time heretofore made I do publish and declare this to be my last will in witness whereof I she said Joseph Johnson have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand and seal to each sheet and my seal to the label by which they are affixed together this 17.4.1780 Joseph Johnson signed sealed published and declared by the said Joseph Johnson the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Wm Roberts Ed Bradley