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Last Will and Testament of William George 1854
(My great great great great Grandfather)

This is the last Will and Testament of me William George of the Hamlet of Gwehellog in the Parish of Usk in the county of Monmouth, Farmer. I give and devise first All that Dwelling house, garden and three pieces of land now in my own occupation and situate in the hamlet of Gwehellog aforesaid and which are held by a lease for lives of the Duke of Beaufort and also a piece of freehold land nearly adjoining the said leasehold premises also in my own occupation (subject as to the said leasehold premises to the payment of the rent and performance of the covenants contained in the said Lease). Secondly all that Dwelling house formerly in two houses situate on the Twyn in the town of Usk called The Bears Head in the occupation of Walter Thomas. And all those two cottages situate in Four Ash Street in Usk aforesaid occupied by James Murray and Daniel McCarthy and the piece of garden ground adjoining the last mentioned premises which I purchased of Morgan Davies and now in the occupation of the said Walter Thomas. And also all those three Dwelling houses adjoining together with the gardens and appurtenances situate on the Twyn aforesaid now in the several occupations of Elizabeth Cook, William Williams and Mary Rees subject nevertheless to and charged with the payment of the annual sum of Twenty pounds to my son James George during his life clear of all deductions by equal half yearly payments in every year the first half yearly payment of the said annuity to be made at the end of six months after my decease. And I declare that in case of nonpayment of the said annuity for Twenty one days next after any halfyearly payment thereof shall become due then and so often as the case shall happen it shall be lawful for the said James George to distrain upon the premises charged therewith or any part thereof for the recovery of the arrear of the said annuity and the costs of distess in the same manner as Landlords may do under a common demise for rent in arrear. And Thirdly All that Messuage or Dwelling house called The Nags Head situate in the Town of Usk aforesaid with the Stable, Malthouse, outbuildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging now in the several occupations of George Morgan and John Lewis unto my dear wife rachel for her life and after her decease As to the said freehold and leasehold Dwelling house land and premises first having before mentioned unto my son Thomas George, his heirs and assigns for ever. And as to the said Messuages, Gardens and premises secondly hereinbefore mentioned subject to and charged with the payment of the said annuity of Twenty pounds to my son James George as aforesaid unto my said son Thomas George for his life and after his decease unto Rachel Maria George and Priscilla George the two daughters of the said Thomas George their resective heirs and assigns as tenants in common. And as to the said Dwelling house, buildings and premises thirdly hereinbefore mentioned unto my son Alfred George his heirs and assigns for ever. Provided nevertheless and I declare that if my said son Alfred George shall have married or shall marry Susan the daughter of Edward Lewis of Gwehellog, farmer the devise to him, his heirs and assigns hereinbefore contained shall thenceforth cease and be void and thereupon the hereditaments devised to him, his heirs and assigns as aforesaid shall go to my said son William George, his heirs and assigns for ever. And I give and bequeath to my said son William George and Michael Davis of Usk aforesaid solicitor the sum of five hundred and fifty pounds Upon Trust to invest the same or such part thereof as may be uninvested at my death on such securities Government real or personal as to them shall seem proper and from time to time to vary and change such securities at their discretion. And upon further trust to pay the interest and annual income thereof to my said wife for her life and after her decease Upon Trust to stand possessed of the said sum of Five hundred and fifty pounds upon the Trusts following that is to say As to the sum of Five hundred pounds part thereof In Trust for my said son William George. And as to the sum of Twenty five pounds other part thereof In Trust for my daughter Mary the wife of Thomas Price and as to the sum of Twenty five pounds residue thereof In Trust for my daughter Rachel the wife of Edward Pritchard to be interests vested in them respectively upon my decease and to be paid to them upon the decease of my said wife. I give and bequeath to my said son William all the sheep I shall be possessed of at the time of my decease. And I also give to my said son William my kitchen clock and one feather bed and bedstead at his choice with the bedlinen belonging to it and my straw chair but the same not to be taken by him till after the decease of my said wife who is to have the use thereof during her life unless with her consent and subject to the payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses and the charges of proving this my will I give and bequeath to my said wife all my household goods and furniture, live and dead stock, monies and personal estate whatsoever not hereinbefore bequeathed I give and devise to the said Michael Davis and William George and their heirs all estates vested in me by way of trust or mortgage. To hold upon the Trusts and subject to the equity of redemption affecting the same respectively. And I appoint the said Michael Davis and William George executors of this my will. And I authorize them to compound or allow time or accept any security for payment of debts and to adjust by arbitration or otherwise any disputes in relation thereto or to claims upon my estate. And I declare that the said Michael Davis shall be allowed and paid his professional costs and charges as a solicitor in all matters connected with my said estate or the trusts of this my will and I revoke all other wills by me heretobefore made. In Witness whereof I have to this and the two preceeding sheets of paper set my hand this Fourteenth day of July One thousand eight hundred and fifty four.

The mark of William X George

Signed and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.

Henry Howell
Gwehellog farmer

John Lambe
Clerk to Messrs. Blount & Davis Solicitors - Usk

I William George of the hamlet of Gwehellog in the parish of Usk in the county of Monmouth, Farmer, declare this to be a codicil to my Will dated the fourteenth day of July One thousand eight hundred and fifty four. Whereas I have by my said Will given an annuity of twenty five pounds to my son James during his life payable out of certain premises in my said Will mentioned which premises I have devised to my wife for her life chraged with the payment of the said annuity. Now I hereby revoke so much of my said will as directs the payment of the said annuity during the life of my said wife and declare that the same shall not commence till after her death and that the first half yearly payment thereof shall be made at the end of six months after her decease. And whereas by my said will I gave to my son William all the sheep I should be possessed of at the time of my decease, Now I hereby revoke the said bequest and I declare that my said wife shall have the use and enjoyment of such sheep during her life she keeping up the stock so that upon her decease it shall be equal in number and value to that left by me or as near thereto as may be and after the decease of my said wife I give and bequeath the said sheep to my son William absolutely. And I confirm my said Will in all repects in which the same is not hereby revoked or altered. In Witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this Twenty third day of August One thousand eight hundred and fifty four.

The Mark of
William X George

Signed and declared by the said Testator as and for a codicil to the foregoing Will in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.

Martha M. Howell
Gwehellog

John Lambe
Clerk to Messrs. Blount & Davis Solicitors - Usk

27th Day of April 1855
William George the lawful Son of the deceased and one of the executors in his Will and codicil named was duly sworn as such and that the Goods chattels and credits of the deceased are under the value of Eight Hundred Pounds and that the Testator died on the 20th day of November 1854 (Power being first reserved for making the like grant to Michael Davis the other executor) Before me -

Wm. Powell B.D. Surrogate

Diocese of Llandaff in the Consistory Court
In The Goods of William George deceased.

Appeared personally William George of the Hamlet of Gwehelog in the parish of Usk in the County of Monmouth Farmer one of the Executors named in the last Will and Testament with a codicil annexed of the said William George late of the Hamlet of Gwehelog in the parish of Usk in the said county Farmer deceased, who died on the twentieth Day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four and made Oath that the Estate and Effects of the said deceased, for and in respect of which a probate of the said Will is to be granted, exclusive of what the said deceased may have been possessed of or entitled to as a Trustee for any other person or persons, and not beneficially, and without deducting any thing on account of the Debts due and owing from the said deceased, are under the Value of Eight Hundred Pounds, to the best of this Deponent's knowledge, information and belief. And he lastly made Oath that the said deceased did not die possessed of any Leasehold Estate or Estates for years, either absolute or determinable, on a life or lives to the best of this Deponent's knowledge, information, and belief.

William George

Signed on the twenty seventh day of April in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five before me,

Wm. Powell B.D. Surrogate.

 

Transcribed by Gerald Majumdar from a photocopy provided by The National Library of Wales.
Information on William George in the family tree.


Copyright 2007 Gerald Majumdar