Wills (ERO D/ACR 20/55 Jn Townsend 1818 1818)

12.5.1818 (Friday 12 May 1818)

document 93000670

I Jn Townsend of Earls Colne in the county of Essex gentleman do hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions by me at any time made and declare this to be my last will and testament I direct that my executors hereinafter named shall with all convenient speed after my decease absolutely sell and dispose of and convert into money at the best prices that can reasonably be obtained for the same all my farming stock and crops and utensils and all my personal estate and effects which shall not consist of money except such articles of household furniture plate linen china and wearing apparel as my dear wife Magdalen Townsend shall choose to keep unsold and the clear money arising from such sale or sales as aforesaid after defraying the costs charges and expenses thereof and all other my monies and securities for money arrears of rent and annuities and all the residue and remainder of my furniture plate linen china and wearing apparel and all my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever after payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses I give and bequeath to my said wife Magdalen Townsend for her own absolute use and benefit and I nominate and appoint by brother Chas Townsend of Bures in the county of Essex and Chas Townsend the younger his son to be executors of this my will declaring that they shall not be answerable for any losses or damages but such as my happen through their or his wilful neglect or default and that neither of them shall be responsible for the acts receipts payments or defaults of the other of them and also that it shall be lawful for them respectively to retain and reimburse themselves all their reasonable costs charges and expenses incurred or sustained in or about the execution of this my will in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 12.5.1818 Jn Townsend signed published and declared as and for his last will and testament by the above named Jn Townsend in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses J. N. Hunt S. D. Hunt