The will of George BOWEN (1762-1817)

The will of George BOWEN, the husband of Ann Pinson BOWEN née GOTHAM
(line breaks as in the PCC register copy)

In the Name of God Amen I George Bowen
of Barnstaple in the county of Devon being of sound and disposing mind
memory and understanding thank God for the same do make publish and
declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following
First I recommend my sould into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping
for a remission of all my SIns by the merits and mediation of my Saviour
Jesus Christ And my body I commit to the discretion of my Executors And
as to all my worldly estate both real and personal I do hereby give direct
limit and appoint devise and bequeath all my messuages lands tenements
and hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever and all my goods chattels
credits personal and testamentary estate and estates of what nature and kind
soever unto my friends By Brother John Bowen of Depford Henry Tozer of
Oswestry and my beloved wife Ann Bowen their heirs executors and assigns
upon trust for the purposes hereafter mentioned Now my Will is that my
said wife Ann Bowen may be permitted and suffered to receive and take
all the rents profits interest and income of all my freehold leasehold real and
personal estate and effects for and during her natural life to and for her
own use and maintenance and after the death of my said wife Ann
Bowen I do hereby give devise and bequeath all my said freehold
leasehold real and personal estate and estates wheresoever and
whatsoever it may be unto my brother James Bowen and my brother
John Bowen to be equally divided between them share and share alike as
tenants in common and not as joint tenants their heirs executors and
Assigns out of which they are to pay my sister Ann Harding thirty pounds
per Annum for her natual life And I hereby constitute and appoint my
brother John Bowen Henry Tozer and my beloved wife Ann Bowen
Executors In trust of this my last Will And I hereby revoke all and every
former Will of Wills by me made In Witness whereof I have to this my
last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of
March One thousand eight hundred and thirteen – Geo. Bowen
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of – John Rowe – L.T.
Hammett Drake
Jos W Hunt
Proved at London 2d. Jany. 1818 before the Judge by the oath of Ann
Bower Widow the relict one of the Executors to whom Admon was
granted she having been first sworn by Comon duly to admr. Power
reserved to John Bowen the brother ^ {and} Henry Pinson Tozer Aubrey (in the
Will written Henry Tozer) the other Executors.

[in the right margin by the probate statement above:]

On the Fourteenth day of October
1822 Admon. (with the Will annexed) of
all and singular the Goods Chattells and
Credits of George Bowen late of Barnstaple
in the County of Devon Esquire deceased
left unadministered by Ann Bowen Widow the Relict one of the Executors &
one of the Universal Legatees in Trust
and the Unversal Legatee in Life
named in the said Will is {is as acounted} James Bowen
Esquire the Brother & The Surviving
Universal Legatee substituted in the
said Will having been first sworn
duly to Adm. John Bowen the
brother an Executor named in the said
Will dying without having taken upon
him the Probate of the said Will or Letters
of Admon (with the same amend) of the Govt
of the said Deceased and Henry Pinson
Tozer Aubrey (in the Will written Henry
Tozer) the other Executor having renounced
as well the Probate and Execution of the said
Will as Letters of Admon with the same
anpreted?) of the Goods of the said George
Bowen deceased

TNA ref: PROB 11/1600/1 (more details about source will be available on George’s page)

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