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George Croft D.D. Will
George Croft's will is still being deciphered, this will be ongoing for sometime.
I will add the lines on as and when I am able to find the time.
Deciphering the Will has been problematic to say the least, but here goes,
Normal font, means totally sure,
Italic font, means I am a little uncertain what the word is.
? means unsure [one word].
The letter "e" means "and".
[my comments are enclosed in brackets].
On the left are the line numbers...
001 This is the last Will
002 and Testament of me George Croft of Birmingham
003 in the County of Warwick Clerk and Doctor of Divinity
004 ? published this twenty? ? day of January
005 in the Year of Our Lord one thousand and eight hundred
006 and six in manner following that is to say first and
007 ? order and direct all my just ? ? ? ?
008 and Testamentary charges to be paid and satisfied
009 by my Executors who are hereby requested? to see my
010 funeral solemnized in the lest ostentatious or
011 ? manner possible without pall bearers and
012 by our clergyman only ? and ? ?
013 ? ? a ? ? William Gilby of ?
014 Birmingham aforesaid and Doctor of Phisics? John Cope
015 of the same place druggist and of my only Son
016 Edmund Hutchison Croft all my household
017 furniture and ? ? ? of household my
018 ? and securities for money and all my goods
019 Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever generally
020 and without ? to hold the same personal Estate
021 and promised unto the said William Gilby John
022 Cope and Edmund Hutchison Croft their Executors
023 administrators and ? ? ? trust to Wife
024 the power? and provided and for the ? and
025 proposed herein after expenses and ? remaining?
026 the same that is say upon Trust to ? ?
027 ? Monies in land or upon ? upon the ? ?
028 ? ? any? other ? security or Securities at
029 their descretion? and to alter or vary such securities
030 at Will and pleasure and to pay apply and
031 appropriate the duties Monies? ? and produce
032 to ? and ? ? when and as the same?
033 shall ? ? ? and to the use of my Dear Wife
034 Ann Croft and ? ? for ever life or otherwise
035 pursuint? her to ? and ? ? same for ? life
036 for the Maintenance of house and the support and
037 Education of my Children in such a way as she and
038 the ? of my said Trustees may judge best
039 and also upon trust to ? and suffer? my said Wife
040 to use and enjoy all my Household furniture and
041 and ? of household for her life and if she
042 knows at any time be disposed to sell any part or parts
043 thereof ? upon trust to permit? and suffer ? so to
044 So upon her paying the Money to be producud? from
045 such Sale unto the Hands of them my said Trustees
046 in order that the same may be paid out at interest?
047 and appropriated in the manner as ? ?
048 ? and ? and upon trust after the ? ? of my?
049 said Wife to sell and dispose of all my household furniture
050 Goods and personal Estate whatsoever and ? ?
051 whole unto Money and to ? the agreggate? and
052 or value of all my ? property whosoever ?
053 sustitute and devide ? ? ? ? amount ?
054 unto and equally amongst all my Six Daughters ?
055 Ann Hannah Maria Isabella Eliza and Harriet in ? ?
056 shares with this exception that my said trustees shall
057 and are hereby required to take into their consideration
058 a ? ? of? Sum of Four Hundred pounds in
059 waiver? has been ? and ? to my said
060 Daughter Ann to be paid to her on the decrease? of her?
061 Mother by the Will of the late Grandfather William
062 Grimston of Ripon in the County of York Alderman
063 deceased and in as ? as the ? ? to him?
064 said daughter Ann by the said Will her Granddaughter
065 ? ? in? that I should give part ? to my
066 property by my said Trustees amongst my said Six
067 Daughters shall be so arranged that my said Daughter
068 Ann together with her including her said ? of
069 four hundred pounds shall all have the Sum of
070 two hundred pound in the whole more than my
071 ? ? daughters after ? or ? of ?
072 ? and it is also my Will that if any of my said
073 Daughters upon the death of my said Wife shall not
074 have? attained the age of twenty one ? ? and
075 ? ? my said Trustees ? ? ? pay
076 and ? the ? and ? of ? ?
077 house? of principal ? for and ? ? ?
078 ? and Education ? ? ?
079 and is ? will that the said portion or share
080 of ? of my said daughters shall? be and ?
081 a vested and disposable ? ? ? ? a ?
082 ? ? ? of Twenty One year ? ?
083 ? payment ? ? by this my Will
084 until after the death of my said Wife and William
085 my said Son Edmund Hutchison Croft will at the
086 ? of ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
087 County of Somerset be ? to the ? of ?
088 ? ? to the ? ? ? ? ?
089 ? of the city of Bath and also to a ?
090 Leasehold house No 2 ? ? in Bath
091 aforesaid vow is and Will and ? and ? /
092 ? ? and empower my said trustees to
093 ? and ? to ? ? said ? ? ? ?
094 of ? as may in reason? ? ? to ? ? ?
095 ? upon condition that the aforesaid ? and and
096 as upon and ? at the age of twenty one years
097 ? ? ? to my / Trustees upon the said
098 ? of ? ? ? and upon the said
099 Leasehold House ? or ? as my said Trustees
100 shall ? proper and that ? my said Son shall? and
101 so amount? to ? for the ? ? only ? to be
102 ? and ? to ? and for the ?
103 thereof as soon as may be after ? ? of
104 the said Mrs ? ? or the ? only?
105 if they shall ? it proper that the ? should
106 ? with ? so ? ? as aforesaid and ?
107 my library? would ? the ? of the books ?
108 easily sold for the sum of Two hundred pounds
109 Will is that my said Son Edmund Hutchison Croft
110 shall have the offer from my said Trustees or shall
111 have the option of taking or purchasing such library
112 at the ? or sum of our? ? pounds and
113 ? the ? ? ? to purchase and
114 said Library know it is my Will and so hereby?
115 ? that the same shall be Sold for the best price
116 that ? be considerably obtained for ? same under
117 the ? of my said Trustees with the exception
118 of such popular Works as ? been ? ? ?
119 be purchased for ? use of my said Daughters or any
120 of them whether ? aforesaid and in the ?
121 of ? ? ? be ? superfluous ? and ?
122 this ? my Daughters ? ? ? ?
123 ? if my said Son should purchase as aforesaid
124 ? allowing him a ? of the value of such
125 ? so ? and whereas as curate or vicar?
126 of Walton ? the East Riding of the County of York
127 and or shall be ? of a morgage of said ?
128 in the parish of ? with towards? ? ?
129 the ? of an foreclosure ? will is that the said
130 ? shall be ? ? will is that the said
131 my ? in the said Curacy ? ? of ?
132 refusal to any ? ?for the ? ? that
133 ? be obtained for the same in order that such? ?
134 may be interporated? ? my other Money? and
135 property for the purpos? aforesaid and waive morgages is
136 granted in the name of Roger Williams of
137 Bimingham aforesaid Attorney of Law ?
138 request and ? to join and ? in any ?
139 ? ? my said ? for ? purpose and
140 whereas ? purchased a house? in the
141 p? chapel of a ? ? ?Birmingham
142 aforesaid my is that ? after my decease
143 my said Trustees shall and so? and ? are hereby
144 impowered to sell the same House? taking their best
145 ? that ? Sum ? to? another ? ? 146 Reverand Thomas Gartham of Skipton in ?
147 ? of ? wife the ? ? ? be
148 ? and satisfied ? ? ? to any
149 ? of the writings? ? in my ?and
150 ? ? by ? ? ? ? consent as
151 a ? for the principal? and ? ? and to
152 ? ? ? ? ? said Thomas Gartham ?
153 and ? unto the said William Gilby and John
154 Cope? ? Executors Administrators and ?
155 all the ? ? ? ? ? ? to ?
156 real and personal Estate as I hold or am Possesed? of
157 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? same unto and to
158 the use of them the said William Gilby and John Cope
159 their ? Executors Administrators, Asignes and ?
160 to the full ? of such Estate and ? ? as
161 ? herin in order that they my said Trustees
162 may be fully empowered and enabled under the
163 authority of this my Will to manage fulfil and
164 ? unto ? the same Trusts? as ? as
165 ? enabled to do provided always and it is my Will
166 and ? that my said Trustees or any of them
167 shall not be liable to ? or ? ? any
168 ? or ? that shall or may happen to the
169 aforesaid Trust Estates Monies and Effects
170 having the same out according to the ? in
171 this my Will or in ?ing? any Money Affairs?
172 or otherwise relating to or ? the execution
173 of the Trusts aforesaid ? the same shall appear
174 to happen by or through their or any of their wilful
175 ? ? ? ?shall any of their
176 my said Trustees ? ? or? for
177 the ? ? ? or? ? of the other
178 or others of them but either? of them shall be answerable?
179 only for his own separate ? deeds ? or
180 ? and so hereby direct that my said
181 Trustees shall and may pay and reimburse themselves
182 and ? and allow to ? other out of the said
183 Trust Estates Money and ? all reasonable and
184 ? costs charges and [rubbed out]
185 ? whatsoever? ? or and of them? shall
186 or may ? pay be put unto or sustain in or about the
187 Execution of this my Will or the Trust? ? in
188 ? ? and lastly I do hereby nominate
189 ? and appoint the said Willliam Gilby John
190 Cope and my said Son Edmund Hutchison Croft
191 ? Executors in trust of this my last Will and
192 Testament and the said William Gilby and John
193 Cope jointly with my Wife Guardianship of all my
194 Children during Minority and so hereby ? and
195 ? all ? ? other? Will ? ?
196 ? made by ? ? whereof I the said George
197 Croft the Testator to this my last Will set ?
198 ? and Seal ? ? and ? ? before
199 Wriiten - G. Croft - signed sealed in
200 published and ? by the said George Croft the
201 ? to be his last Will and testament in the
202 ? of ? who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of
203 ? other? so? subscribe our names as witnesses the
204 &nbrrsp; ? ? ? ? ? ? and ? ?
205 first and John Coates of Ripon ? ? ?
206 Jas. ? - David Wdes? His Clerk.
207 This Will was proved at London the Twenty
208 Second Day of December in the Year of our lord
209 One Thousand and eight hundred and nine before ?
210 Right honorable Sir John Ni? Ruit? ?otton of
211 Sacred Master Keeper of Con? of the Prerogative
212 Court of Canterbury - Carefully ? ? by the oaths
213 William Gilby Doctor of ? John Cope and Edmund
214 Hutchison Croft the Son of the deceased and the
215 Executors ? in the said Will to ? ?
216 was granted of all the singular the Goods Chattels
217 and ? of the said deceased? having been first
218 sworn by commission on duly to administer
Please Note - Deciphering this will is still ongoing...
Note the mention of William Gilby [Doctor in Physic], he is mentioned in a Tontine Deed held by Birmingham Library dated 25th March 1798,
William Gilby M.D. - Eliza Gilby 3yrs, Birmingham d/o Wm. & Eliza.
A Tontine Deed by definition is an annuity taken out by a group of individuals the survivors of which stand to benefit the most. In fact when only one subscriber is left alive, he/she takes the lot!
In this Tontine, some 180 worthy citizens of Birmingham Warwickshire subscribed an undisclosed sum and agreed to pay the rent on the land which the agreement set aside for the provision of a Public Library for Birmingham.
Note the mention of the Rev. Thomas Gartham who was the school master and chaplain, of Skipton Free Grammar school, founded 1492, during (1796-1824).
 In Law the term messuage equates to a dwelling-house & includes outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard & garden.
 In a legal context, an appurtenance could for instance refer to a back-yard that goes with the adjoining house.
The idea being expressed is that the back-yard "belongs" to the house, which is the more significant of the two.
 A codicil is a document that amends, rather than replaces, a previously executed will.
Amendments made by a codicil may add or revoke small provisions (e.g., changing executors),
or may completely change the majority, or all, of the gifts under the will.
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