Documents > Will relating to John Pottrell, dated 14/03/1840

The below will was sourced from The National Archives (ref: 11/1932) and was proved on 06/08/1840.

Person of interest / Location Details Notes
Ann Pottrell, Wife Executor and beneficiary of:
· Everything else
John Cole, Friend Executor and beneficiary of:
· £50
Charles Spencer, Friend Executor and beneficiary of:
· £50
Thomas Sam Witness
Thomas Mott Witness
This is the last Will and Testament of me John Pottrell of Ferneux Pelham in the county of Hertford farmer I appoint my dear wife (Ann Pottrell) surviving her Widowhood and my friends John Cole of Little Munden Lordship and Charles Spencer of Bentfield Bury Essex Farmers executrix and Executors of this my Will and I appoint my said Wife the said John Cole and Charles Spencer and the survivors and survivor of their Guardians and Guardian of all my Children now living or hereafter to be born And I give to the said John Cole and Charles Spencer fifty pounds cash free from legacy duty I give and devise all my freehold and copyhold hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever to my said Wife for her life if she shall so long continue my Widow and after her death or second marriage whichever shall first happen. Then I give and devise the same to all my children now living and hereafter to be born and who shall be alive at my death or born in due time afterwards equally share and share alike as tenants in common and to their respective heirs and assigns I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the fines and fees on admission of my said Wife to my copyhold Estates to be dispenced out of my personal Estate and after payment thereof I give the interest income and profit of my net residuary Personal Estate whether in possession or in reversion to my said Wife for her own use during her life if she so long continues my Widow and after her death or second marriage whichever shall first happen I give the same to all my Children now living hereafter to be born in my lifetime or in due time after my decease equally to be divided between them share and share alike I authorize my Wife to carry on all or any part of my farming businesses so long as she thinks proper during the minority of my eldest Son for the time being and my Executors shall allow her to use therein all or a sufficient part of my personal Estate and neither of them or my said Wife shall be answerable or accountable for any loss in carrying on such business I declare that each one of my Executors and Executrix shall singly and alone be answerable for her own all receipts and payments and neither of them for any other than wilful loss damage or injury to my personal Estate and property I revoke all former Wills and declare this only to be my Will. In Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand this fourteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty John Pottrell Signed and published by the said John Pottrell as and for his last Will and testament in the joint presence of us who at his request in this presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the due execution thereof Thomas Sam Mott Thomas Mott both of Much Hadham Herts.

Proved at London the 6th August 1840 before the Judge by the Oath of Ann Pottrell widow the Relict (during widowhood) one of the executors to whom admission was granted having been first sworn (by commission) duly to administer power reserved of making the life Grant to John Cole and Charles Spencer the other executors when they shall apply for the same.
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