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Wills (ERO D/ACR 20/104 Wm Ruffle 1820 1822)

18.8.1820 (Friday 18 August 1820)

document 93000680

in the name of god amen I Wm Ruffle of Earls Colne in the county of Essex gardener being sick and weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding (thanks be to god for it) do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) I give devise and bequeath unto my son Wm Ruffle of Earls Colne aforesaid all that my farm with the messuage or tenement and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at Earls Colne aforesaid now in his own occupation and copyhold of the manor of Earls Colne and known by the name of America to hold unto him my said son his heirs and assigns absolutely and for ever also I give unto my said son Wm Ruffle all my right interest claim and demand which I have in the lease granted to me by Thos Probert esquire of the farm called or known by the name of Beckland to hold to him his heirs or assigns during the remainder of the term of the said lease also I give and devise unto my son in law Nehemiah Prior of Coggeshall in the county of Essex miller all that my messuage or tenement with appurtenances situate in Coggeshall aforesaid and now in his own occupation and copyhold of the manor of Coggeshall to hold unto him the said Nehemiah Prior his heirs and assigns absolutely and for ever also I give unto Jn Arnold all my right interest claim and demand which I have in the lease granted to me by Thos Carwardine esq called or known by the name of Burls Farm situate in Colne Engaine and now in his occupation to him his heirs or assigns during the remainder of the term of the said lease all the remainder of my freehold and copyhold messuages lands tenements and hereditaments with the rents issues and profits thereof wheresoever the same may be and not herein before mentioned I give and bequeath unto my loving wife from and immediately after my decease during the term of her natural life also my will and desire is that my stock in trade and crops shall be sold as soon as conveniently may be after my decease for the most money or monies that can be got for the same and the money or monies arising from the sale thereof (after deducting the expenses attending such sale) together with other monies due to me upon bonds or other securities shall be placed out by my executors hereinafter named or the survivor of them or the executors or administrators or the survivor of them upon real or government securities and the interest arising therefrom I give unto my loving wife for her own use during the term of her natural life and I do hereby authorise and empower my executors hereinafter named or the survivor or them of the executors and administrators of the survivor to change alter and transpose such sum or sums of money that shall be thus placed out when and as often as to them shall seem meet and from and immediately after the decease of my said wife I give and demise unto my grandson Wm Tiffen Ruffle all that my freehold messuage or tenement with the appurtenances situate in Earls Colne street aforesaid and now in the occupation of Jas Davey to hold unto my said grandson Wm Tiffen Ruffle his heirs and assigns absolutely and for ever and I give unto my said grandson Wm Tiffen Ruffle immediately after the decease of my said wife all that my copyhold croft with the appurtenances situate in Earls Colne aforesaid called or known by the name of Perry Croft ( (427) ) and copyhold of the manor of Earls Colne to him his heirs or assigns absolutely and for ever also I give unto my said grandson Wm Tiffen Ruffle immediately after the decease of my said wife the sum of £300 to him his heirs or assigns absolutely and for ever also I give unto my granddaughter Mary Ann Arnold immediately after the decease of my said wife all those messuages or tenements with the appurtenances situate in Earls Colne aforesaid now in the occupation of Jn Webb and Robt Tinner and copyhold of the manor of Earls Colne to hold to her her heirs and assigns absolutely and for ever also I give unto my son in law Nehemiah Prior immediately after the decease of my said wife the sum of £50 to him his heirs or assigns absolutely and for ever and from and immediately after the decease of my said wife (and after the payment of my just debts the probate of this my last will and testament the expenses attending the execution of the same and also the funeral expenses of my said wife) I give and bequeath all the remainder and residue of my estate and effects not herein before disposed of to and amongst my children or their heirs or assigns share and share alike and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said son Wm Ruffle of Earls Colne aforesaid Nehemiah Prior of Coggeshall aforesaid and Jn Arnold of Colne Engaine aforesaid farmer executors of this my last will and testament and my mind and will further is that my said executors or either of them their or either of their executors or administrators shall not be answerable or accountable for any other sum or sums of money than they shall respectively actually receive nor shall either of them be answerable to the act receipts neglect or default of the other of them but each of them for his and their own act receipt neglect or default only and in case any loss or losses shall happen by or through their or either of 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 and wills by me at any time heretofore made I do publish and declare this to be my last in witness whereof I the said Wm Ruffle have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this 18.8.1820 mark Wm Ruffle signed sealed published and declared by the said Wm Ruffle 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 Isaac Joslin Watson Wm Burch Jas Gilley