The will of Nathaniel HARRIS (1731-1790)

Nathaniel Harris was the brother of Martha Harris who married Thomas Gotham; Nathaniel and his wife appear to have died childless and so after his death the main beneficiaries were to be children of his sister Martha. Martha had had at least 7 children; one clearly died in infancy, but does the fact Nathaniel only mentions 3 of the other 6 point to the other 3 also having died? I think it probable, especially as I have found no other events that can be associated with them. (line breaks as in the PCC register copy)
This is the last Will and Testament of me Nathaniel Harris of West Teingmouth in the County of Devon Mariner In the first place I give devise and bequeath unto my Wife Susannah Harris all that Tenement or Dwelling House and Appurtenances thereunto belonging wherein I now live Also all that Tenement or Dwelling House with the Appurtenances situate in West Teingmouth aforesaid in the Occupation of Elizabeth Brine Also all those three Fields or Closes of Land called or commonly known by the Names of Brewhouse Thivart(?) Field and Chapel Field situate in West Teingmouth aforesaid and now in the Occupation of Philip Stooke and John Sharland To hold all and singular the said Tenements or Dwelling Houses and Lands to her the said Susannah Harris and her Assigns for and during the term of her natural life I also give devise and bequeath unto my said Wife Susannah Harris all my Money in the Stocks or Funds together with all and singular my personal Estate Goods and Chattels wheresoever or of what kind soever To hold unto the said Susannah Harris and her assigns give and bequeath unto my said Wife Susannah Harris the sum of Sixty pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain being the amount of a Mortgage I leave on the House adjoining Westward the House wherein I now live belonging to Thomas Gaunt of West Teingmouth aforesaid Mariner To hold unto her the said Susannah Harris her Executors Administrators and Assigns absolutely for ever I also give and devise unto my said Wife All her Wearing Apparel and one Bed performed of which she is to make choice I also give deivse and bequeath unto my Nephew Nathaniel Gotham of West Teingmouth aforesaid all that the Tenement or Dwelling House wherein I now live as also the two Fields called Brewhouse and Thwart Fields To hold unto him the said Nathaniel Gotham (from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife) his Heirs and Assigns for ever I also give and bequeath unto the said Nathaniel Gotham all my Interest or share in the Joint Stock of Four per cent Bank Annuities (except a Legacy hereinafter bequeathed) As also all the Goods and Furniture in my now Dwelling House To hold unto him the said Nathaniel Gotham (from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife) his Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever I also give and [p2] bequeath unto my Nephew Thomas Gotham Junior Brother of the said Nathaniel Gotham All that said Tenement or Dwelling House wherein Elizabeth Brine now lives and the said Field called or commonly known by the Name of Chapel Field To hold unto him the said Thomas Gotham (from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife) his Heirs and Assigns for= ever I also give and bequeath unto Thomas Gotham of West Teingmouth aforesaid Boatkeeper one hundred and Fifty pounds interest or share in the said Joint Stock of Four per cent Bank Annuities To hold to him the said Thomas Gotham (from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife) his Executors Administrators and Assings for ever upon trust and to and for the only use and benefit of my Niece and his Daughter Martha Whidborne Wife of Richard Whidborne of Dawlish in the County of Devon Butcher her Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever I also give and bequeath unto the said Thomas Gaunt the Passage leading from the extremity of my backward to the well place To hold to him his Heirs and Assigns for ever hereby renouncing All claim thereto And I do hereby nominate my said Wife Susannah Harris my Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament revoking and making void all former Wills by me made declaring this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Nathaniel Harris the Testator to this my last Will and Testament do hereunto set my hand and seal the thirteenth day of November one thousand seven hundred and ninety - Nath: Harris (S) - Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Nathaniel Harris the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his desire and in his presence have here= =unto subscribed our Names as Witnesses - Robert Jordan - Margret Addicott - William Hayman.
This Will was proved at London on the third day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety one before the Right Honorable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Susannah Harris Widow the Relict of the deceased and sole Executrix 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 by Commission duly to Administer
TNA ref: PROB 11/1200/8 (more details about source on Nathaniel’s page)

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