Will of John Doo

of Chipping in the parish of Buckland, died 1796

Created 13th Dec 1794
Death 27th Sept 1796
Proved 28th Nov 1796

In the name of God Amen

I John Doo of Chipping in the parish of Buckland in the county of Hertford being of sound mind memory and understanding thanks be to God for the same do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner following (that is to say) after my debts and ffuneral charges are paid

I give and devise all my copyhold estates lands tenements and hereditaments holden of the Manors of Great Hormead and Hormead Redewellls in the parish of Hormead or elsewhere also all my ffreehold lands in the said parishes all which are now in the occupation of Wm. Judd or his undertenants unto my son Thomas Doo his heirs and assignes and to which my said son Thomas Doo was admitted subject nevertheless(?) to the payment of ffour hundred and twenty five pounds for the payment of which said sum he has surrendered the same to me by way ^of^ security which said sum of ffour hundred and twenty five pounds

I give to my ffour daughters viz. Fanny Ann Elizabeth and Sally one hundred and five pounds apiece to be paid them out of the said estates with lawful interest for the same within twelve months after my decease

my son George Doo I have given the stock of the ffarm he now lives in and which he holds of the Right Hon’ble Earl of Hardwick and one hundred pounds in money to be paid within twelve months after my decease ^which I think is his full share of my property^

I give and bequeath to my son John Doo his heirs and assigns the sum of ffive hundred pounds to be paid with twelve months after my decease by my executors afternamed

I give to my daughter Mary the wife of Stephen Cole five guineas to buy her mourning

my four daughters Fanny Doo Ann Doo Elizabeth the wife of John Cowell and Sally Doo I give and bequeath to each and every of them the further sum of ffour hundred pounds apiece exclusive of what is before given them out of the Hormead estates and to be paid to them within twelve months after my decease by my executors afternamed

All my houses lands and the premises in the town of Buntingford and village of Chipping being ffreehold and all my other estates at Ely and at ffettfor(?) in the Isle of Ely and county of Cambridge both ffreehold and copyhold and what I may by any other means be possessed off I will and desire may be sold as soon as may be after my decease for the payment of my debts and legacies before mentioned

The lease of the ffarm I now live in at Chipping I leave to my three daughters Fanny Ann and Sally as a home for them after my decease and so long as they or any of them remain single all the rest and residue of my personal estates after all my debts and legacies are paid

I give the same between my two sons George and John Doo and their three sisters Fanny Ann and Sally Doo to be equally divided between them share and share alike and I do desire that inventorys may be taken of my stocks and property soon after the time of my decease and

I do nominate constitute and appoint my two sons Thomas Doo and George Doo together with my daughter Fanny Doo joint executors and executrix of this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper revoking all former wills by me made and have set my seal to the label which fixeth them together and my hand to the bottom of each sheet and my hand and seal to this last sheet this thirteenth day of December seventeen hundred and ninety four

[Signed] J. Doo Signed sealed published and declared by the withinnamed John Doo the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us soles in his presence and at his request in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto – Alice Watson – Thomas Hurry – Henry Pettit

22nd November 1796

On which day appeared personally Thomas Doo of the parish of Buckland in the county of Hertford Gentleman and George Doo of the same place Gentleman and made oath that they are two of the sons and executors named in the last will and testament of John Doo late of Chipping in the parish of Buckland in the county of Hertford deceased and who departed this life on the twenty seventh day of September last and they further depose that a short time after his the deceaseds oath they made search after ^his^ the deceaseds papers of moment and coucern and in consequence of such their search they these Depoments(?) found the last will and testament of the said deceased in a desk or drawer in the deceaseds room and upon their perusing the same they observed the legacy or words following “and one hundred pounds in money to be paid within twelve months after my decease” Interlined between the eighteen and nineteenth lines from the top of the first side of the said will or the Depoments(?) further depose that the said legacy or Interlineation is all of the handwriting of the said deceased and they lastly depose that the said will is now in the same plight and condition as when they found the same [Signed] Tho Doo ~ Geo Doo – The same day the said Thomas Doo and John Doo were duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me [signed] L.P. Parson – priest – Robt. Grojan Not Publ –

This will was proved at London on the twenty eighth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six before the worshipful Samuel Pearce parson Doctor of Laws and surrogate of the Right honorable Sir William Wynne Knight also Doctor of Laws Master keeper or commissary of the prerogative court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Thomas Doo George Doo the sons and Fanny Doo spinster the daughter of the deceased and executors named in the said will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to Administer

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