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.

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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
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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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