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Christopher Lethbridge Will Died April 8 1827

                    

 

For the Stamp Office. Copy of the Will and Codicil of Christopher Lethbridge, late of Ugborough. Gentleman, deceased.
Executor: Christopher Lethbridge of Ugborough aforesaid Yeoman.
Proved in the Archdeacon's Court of Totnes 6 June 1827.
Effects sworn under 1,500
[Christopher Lethbridge of Godwell in the Parish of Ugborough aforesaid Gentleman died on eighth April 1827, affadavit sworn on 6 Ju ne 1827]
 
In the name of God amen I Christopher Lethbridge of Godwell in the Parish of Ugborough in the County of Devon Gentleman being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding thanks be God for the same do make this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say.
First and principally I commit my soul to Almighty God and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried in Ermington Church Yard and I hereby direct a vault to be made and arched over and to be built with Moor Stone and a large good stone to be placed over it and the names of my late wife and children as well as my own to be engraved thereon in the usual way and I also direct the said monument to be enclosed with iron railing at the expence of my Executor hereinafter named.
 
And as to my worldly estate I dispose thereof as and in manner hereinafter mentioned that is to say, Whereas my wife by a settlement made by me previous to our marriage is entitled to an annuity of ten pounds per annum for her life, therefore I give and bequeath unto her only for her own use and benefit one bed complete which we now sleep on with bedding and furniture. Also one copper coal scuttle, one silver table spoon marked H.G., six silver teaspoons marked H. M. G. and one pair tea tongues marked E.G., one pair of steel snuffers and Japan hand, one square tea waiter with stripes round, one large waiter with fancy border and two rush bottom chairs.
 
Also I give and bequeath unto my son William Lethbridge the sum of fifteen pounds of lawful British money to be paid to him for mourning by my Executor, hereinafter named, immediately after my decease.
Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sapience Lethbridge the sum of fifty pounds of lawful British money to be payable and paid to her on her attaining the age of twenty one years or day of marriage which shall first happen, by my Executor, hereinafter named, with lawful interest for the same from the time of my decease. Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Sapience the further sum of five pounds to purchase mourning to be paid to by my Executor, hereinafter named, immediately on my decease. Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Sapience one silver teapot, one plain silver milk cup, two silver tablespoons, one new pattern best plated coffee pot and all my India china cups, saucers, coffee cups, saucers, teapots, basins, cups &c and all my English cups, saucers, and all the set of my late wife's. Also I give and bequeath to her the liberty of living with my Executor hereinafter named until she shall attain the age of twenty (Christopher Lethbridge) one years or marry free from all expense whatsoever and in case my said Executor shall refuse her residence with him or neglect to furnish her with good and wholesome food and rainment then I do hereby direct my said Executor to pay for my said daughter Sapience board at any place she may choose to reside not exceeding the yearly sum of ten pounds until her attaining twenty one years or marriage .
 
Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Lear the sum of thirty five pounds of lawful British money to be payable and paid to her by my Executor, hereinafter named, within six months next after my decease. Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Lear the sum of five pounds to purchase mourning be payable and paid to her by my Executor, hereinafter named, immediately on my decease. Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Ann Lear two silver tablespoons, six silver teaspoons, one silver milk cup figured, a plated teapot, a plated coffee pot, two plated salt cellars and one double-leaved cherry or ash table.
 
Also I give and bequeath un to my old servant Peter Wyatt the sum of one shilling per week to be payable and paid to him by my Executor, hereinafter named, for and during the term of his natural life.
 
Also I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Sapience Lear the sum of twenty pounds of lawful British money to be payable and paid to her by my Executor, hereinafter named, on her attaining the age of twenty one years. Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Ann Lear one annuity or clear rent charge of five pounds of lawful British money for the term of her natural life to be paid and payable to her or her assigns by quarterly payments in equaI portions on the four usual quarter days the first payment to be made and begin on such of the quarter days as shall first happen after my decease and to be payable and paid to her or her assigns out of my estate called Godwell and other lands hereinafter mentioned and devised to or for the use of my son Christopher Lethbridge and which I hereby charge to and with the payment of the said annuity accordingly and thereby give my said daughter Ann and her assigns the same full powers of distress and entry on my said estate called Godwell and other lands for raising and levying the said annuity or any quarterly payment thereof in case of nonpayment as landlords have in cases of distress for rent in arrears.
Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Ann Lear one other annuity or clear rent charge of five pounds of like lawful money for the term of her natural life to be paid and payable to her or her assigns by (Christopher Lethbridge) quarterly payments aforesaid the first payment to be made and begin on such of the quarter days as shall first happen after my decease and to be payable and paid to her or her assigns out of my leasehold premises situated at Ivybridge hereinafter mentioned and bequeathed to or for the use of my son Charles Aller Medland Lethbridge and which I hereby charge to and with the payment of the said annuity accordingly with the usual powers of distress and entry in case of non payment as aforesaid.
 
Also I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Sapience Lethbridge one annuity or clear yearly rent charge of ten pounds of lawful British money for the term of her natural life to be payable and paid to her or her assigns by quarterly payments in equal portions on the four usual quarter days as shall first happen next after my decease and to be payable and paid to her or her assigns out of my estate called Godwell and other lands hereinafter mentioned and devised to or for the use of my said son Christopher Lethbridge and which I hereby charge to and with the payment of the said annuity accordingly and I hereby give my said daughter Sapience and her assigns the like full powers of distress and entry on my said estate called Godwell for raising and levying the said annuity or any quarterly payment thereof in case of non-payment as landlords have in cases of distress for rent in arrears.
 
And whereas by a settlement made by me on my son Richard's marriage with his now wife the cottages, orchard, garden and premises at Filham are charged with the payment of five hundred pounds as therein mentioned now I do here by give and devise all and singular the same premises (subject and charged as in the said settlement is mentioned) unto my said son Richard Lethbridge to hold the same unto him, his heirs and assigns forever and whereas by a settlement made by me on my son Thomas Lethbridge in consideration of his intended marriage with Miss Windeatt he is or Trustees in his behalf are entitled to the sum of five hundred pounds within two years after my decease charged and chargeable on all that my new built messuage, orchard, fields and premises at Godwell in the said settlement described and hereinafter mentioned and devised to and to the use of my said son Christopher Lethbridge (subject nevertheless to the said Five Hundred Pounds under the said recited settlement) .
 
Also I give devise and bequeath unto my good friends Richard Lethbridge of Little Modbury in the parish of Modbury in the County of Devon, Gentleman, and William Widdicombe of Ugborough in (Christopher Lethbridge) the said County, Gentleman, all those my messuages , tenements, lands and hereditaments called Godwell situate within the parish of Ugborough aforesaid which I am possessed of in Fee simple and all other my freehold messuages, tenements, lands and  hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever not hereinbefore devised and also all those my leasehold dwelling houses and premises situate in the town of Ugborough part of the manor of Parsonage now held by me and W James Williams called by the name of late Hodder's Tenement. Also all those leasehold dwelling houses, orchard and premises situate near the church in Ugborough aforesaid held by me together with all my right and interest therein under and by virtue of a mortgage of the same premises from the said James Williams of his moiety therein and all money due thereon to me.
And also all that my leasehold dwelling house situate in Ivybridge held under Sir John Lemon Rogers, Baronet now occupied by Mrs Tozer as tenant thereof.
And also all that my new built leasehold dwelling house situate in Ivybridge aforesaid and held under Sir John Lemon Rogers, Baronet consisting of two Dwellings, Butchers shops, stables, Blacksmith shop and Carpenters shop with their appurtenances now in possession of my son William Lethbridge, William Wethurn, James Richards, Messrs Huxham Fox and Jenny Cloak as tenants thereof.
 And also all those my leasehold dwelling houses courttage situate in Ivybridge aforesaid and held as aforesaid now in the possession of [illeg], Mason, Hall, Tolcher, Ferring, Taylor, Blackmore, Bready, Wyatt, Holding and Higman as tenants thereof {subject nevertheless as to those last mentioned houses to my said wife's settlement of ten pounds per annum therein and subject as hereinafter mentioned.}
And also all those my leasehold dwelling houses situate in Ivybridge aforesaid and held as aforesaid adjoining to the premise s of Mark Bird and now in the possession of William Taylor, Robert Williams, John Head, John Wyatt, Richard Williams, Mr Cook and William Cousins as Tenants thereof - to hold all and singular the said hereinbefore mentioned messuages, tenements, lands, hereditaments and premises with their and every of their respective rights, members and appurtenances unto them, the said Richard Lethbridge and William Widdicombe and the survivor of them and the heirs and de scentors administrators and assigns of such survivor to the uses upon the Trusts and to or for the [endsidents] and purposes mentioned and contained that is to say as for and concerning all that my new {Christopher Lethbridge} built messuage and dwelling house with the appurtenances at Godwell aforesaid and the orchard adjoining thereto and all that field called [Barr/Bann?] Park about three acres and two fields called Breadstone and [Roninores?] now in and about four acres, the field called Holehill about two acres {subject nevertheless as to the said mess uage and dwelling house, orchard and fields to the payment of the said sum of five hundred pounds to my said son Thomas as charged in his said recited settlement at the expiration of two years next after my decease and to the powers and remedies mentioned in the said settlement for raising the same.
And as for and concerning all that my old messuage and dwelling house, barns and outhouses thereto adjoining and all and singular the remaining parts of my Estate at Godwell with their and every of their appurtenances and all other my freehold messuages, lands and hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever not hereinbefore devised {subject nevertheless to the hereinbefore mentioned two annuities of five pounds to my said daughter Ann Lear for her life and ten pounds to my said daughter Sapience for her life as aforesaid and to the remedies hereinbefore mentioned for the due payment thereof as aforesaid and subject to the Mortgage of four hundred pounds and interest due to my son Thomas Lethbridge thereon} -- to the use of my said son Christopher Lethbridge his Heirs and assigns forever And as for and concerning all those my said leasehold dwelling houses in Ugborough held by the said James Williams and myself together with all my right and interest therein under and by virtue of the said Mortgage of the said James Williams's moiety to me and all principal money and interest due thereon under the same and also my house and premises near Ugborough Church and also all that my said dwelling house in Ivybridge now occupied by Mrs Tozer as Tenant thereof -- to the use of my son John Lethbridge his executors  administrators and assigns for his and their own benefit for and during all my interest therein he and they saving harmless and keeping indemnified my Executor hereinafter named against all debts claims & demands against me for and on account of the said John Lethbridge.

And as for and concerning all that my said new built leasehold dwelling house and premises situate in Ivybridge now in possession of my said son William Lethbridge, William Wethern, James Richards, Messrs Huxham and Fox and Jenny Cloak as Tenants thereof -- to the use of my son William Lethbridge his executors administrators and assigns for his and their own benefit for and during my interest therein.

And as for and concerning all those my said leasehold dwelling houses and (Christopher Lethbridge) courtlage situate in Ivybridge aforesaid now in the possession of Messrs Mason, Hall, Tolefree, Tarring, Taylor, Blackmoor, Broadly, Wayatt, Holding and Heyman as Tenants thereof (subject nevertheless to my old servant Peter Wayall's residence in one room of the said premises for his life such as shall be allotted to him by my said son Charles free from any rent taxes or repairs whatsoever

And also subject to my said wife's settlement of ten pounds per annum thereon during her natural life as aforesaid and also subject to the payment of the sum of ten pounds to my said wife which I hereby give to her and to be paid to her immediately after my decease And also subject to the payment of five pounds per annum to the said Ann Lear for her life as aforesaid And also subject to the payment of one shilling per week to my said sister Jane Cloak for her life payable weekly with the like powers by her and her assigns 0f distress and entry in case of non payment as landlords have in case of distress for rent which I hereby give her accordingly) --

To the use of my said son Charles Aller Meqland Lethbridge his executors administrators and assigns to and for his and their own use and benefit for and during all my interest therein he and they keeping harmless and indemnified my Executor hereinafter named against all debts due from to the said Charles Aller Medland Lethbridge or for on his account.

And as for and concerning all those my leasehold dwelling houses situate in Ivybridge aforesaid now in possession of William Taylor Robert Williams - Head John Wyatt Richard Williams W Cook and William Cousins as Tenants thereof -- to the use of son Robert Lethbridge his executors administrators and assigns to and for his and their own benefit for and during all~y interest therein.

And I do hereby give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my goods, chattels, personal and testamentary estate and effects of what sort or kind soever unto my said son Christopher Lethbridge for his own use and benefit subject to the payment of all and singular my just debts and legacies as aforesaid And I do hereby appoint him the said Christopher Lethbridge sole Executor of this my will and I do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament and revoke all former wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said Christopher Lethbridge the testator have to this my will contained in (Christopher Lethbridge) seven sheets of paper put my hand and seal to wit to the first six sheets thereof my hand and to this last sheet my hand and seal this thirtieth day of.January in the year of out Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five.

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Christopher Lethbridge the testat,or as and for his last will and testament contained in seven sheets of paper in the presence of us who at his request and in the presence of him and each other have herewith set oursnames as witnesses thereto:

Servington Savery of Modbury

Edward Wotton of Torhill, Yeoman

Mary Lear, Widow, of Plymouth

I Christopher Lethbridge of Godwell in the Parish of Ugborough in the County of Devon Yeoman do hereby make and publish this as and for a codicil to my last will and testament and which I hereby direct to be taken and considered as part thereof. Whereas in and by my said last will and testament bearing date the thirtieth day of January last I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Lear the wife of Thomas Lear or to the said Thomas Lear the sum of Fifty Pounds or thereabouts and whereas since the date and execution of my said will I have become jointly bound with the said Thomas Lear in a bond to Mr Servington Savery of Modbury for securing to him the sum of fifty pounds and interest being for the use of the said Thomas Lear. Now I do hereby direct that in case the said Thomas Lear shall not payoff the said sum of fifty pounds and interest to the said Servington Savery during my life then that the same sum sha11 be paid to him by my Executor named in my said will and I do hereby in that case make void the said legacy to the said Ann Lear or Thomas Lear accordingly. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my ,hand and seal this second day of May one thousand eight hundred and twenty five.

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Christopher Lethbridge the testator as and for a codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in the presence of him and each other have subscribed ours names as witnesses

Sapience Lethbridge

Josias S Lear

The above and five preceding sheets contain a true copy of the original will and codicil of Christopher Lethbridge late of Ugborough Devon Gentleman deceased the same having been carefully examined therewith by us --- clerks to Wal~r Prideaux Deputy Registrar of the Archdeacons Court of Totnes. Nicholas Gidley. Jonothan Rogers.