The will of Margaret GOTHAM née EDYE (d. 1829)

The last Will and Testament of me Margaret Gotham formerly of Okehampton Devon but now of Montgomery Widow made this first day of August one thousand Eight hundred and twenty seven I give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann Parry my Gold Ring having her Father's hair and initials set thereon and also six silver tea spoons to my daughter Caroline Gotham all my China to my Granddaughter Elizabeth Gotham Parry my silver table spoon marked M.G. and M.E. 1750 to my Granddaughter Margarete Gotham the Wife of John Barber my silver Milk jug to my Grandson Matthew Gotham Jefferson my silver table spoon marked M.G. and M.E. and to my aforesaid two daughters and my daughter Margaret Jefferson all the rest of my Household Goods Furniture Plate Glass Linen and Apparel to be equally divided between them I give and bequeath all the residue of my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever unto my Grandson John Yorke Jefferson his Executors and Administrators upon and for the trusts intents and purposes hereinafter expressed and declared of and concering the same that is to say upon trust to sell and convert the same into money and therewith pay satisfy and discharge all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expences and pay the surplus thereof in case it shall not amount to one hundred Pounds unto my said daughter Caroline Gotham for her own use and benefit but if it shall amount to or above that sum then that he his Executors and Administrators shall and do place out and invest such surplus in some or one of the public funds of Great Britain or upon Government or Real Securitys in England producing half yearly dividends or Interest to be from time to time altered and transposed in or for other like Funds or Securities when and as often as he or they may think proper and to pay its annual produce unto my said daughter Caroline for and during her natural life for her own benefit and from and after her decease upon trust to stand possessed of and interested in such surplus and the dividends Interest and Produce thereof as follows (namely) as to one equal third part thereof In trust to pay the same unto and amongst ther Child or Children equally (if more than one) when and as they respectively attain the age of twenty one years and as to one other third part of the said surplus in trust to pay the same upon my said daughter Caroline's death unto my said daughter Ann for her own benefit and if she shall have died before or shall die at the time of the death of my said daughter Caroline then in trust to pay the same to and among the Child and Children of my said daughter Ann equally (if more than one) who shall be living at the time of my said daughter Caroline's death and as to the remaining third part of the said surplus in trust to pay the same unto my said daughter Margaret for her own benefit and if she shall have died before or shall die at the time of the death of my said daughter Caroline then In trust to pay the said remaining third part to and among the Child or Children of my said daughter Margaret equally (if more than one) who shall be living at the time of my said daughter Caroline's death and if my said Daughter Caroline die without issue or shall have no Child who shall live to attain the age of twenty one years in trust to pay the third part of the said surplus ?? bequeathed to her issue unto and for the benefit of my said other daughters and their respective Child and Children in addition to their original parts of the said surplus as follows one moiety to each Daughter another respective Child and Children subject to the same contingencies ?? in the like shares and in the same manner as I have directed with respect to their respective original third parts and if either of my said daughters Ann and Margaret shall have died without issue before her said original or accruing parts shall become payable then upon trust to pay and apply the same parts when payable respectively to the surviving daughter [p2] daughter and her Child and Children in like manner as before directed with respect to their original share and if all my said daughters shall die without issue or without leaving any Child who shall attain the age of twenty one years then upon trust to pay the said surplus unto my said Son in Law John Jefferson for his own benefit if living but if he shall be dead then in trust to pay assign and dispose of the said surplus unto and amongst my next of kin in such shares and proportions as they would have been entitled thereto in a course of Administration in case I had then died in testate and I will that if any of my Grandchildren who shall become entitled to any share either original or accruing of the said surplus shall be under the age of twenty one years when it shall become vested then and in every such case it shall be lawful for the said John Yorke Jefferson his Executors Administrators at his or their discretion to pay and apply the increase and all or part of the principal of such original or accruing share of shares of every or any such Child for and towards this her or their respective maintenance education advancement or benefit during this or her minority or their respective minorities and that upon his her or their respectively attaining the age of twenty one years the residue only (if any) of the said share or shares shall be payable I appoint the said John Yorke Jefferson Executor of this my Will and declare that he his Executors or Administrat. .ors shall not be accountable for any other or more of my Estate or Effects than shall actually come to his or their hands nor for any involuntary loss of the same or any part thereof and that he and they shall be at liberty to reimburse himself and themselves respectively all such reasonable rests and expences as he or they shall pay expend or be put unto in or about the execution of this my Will and the trusts which I have hereby resposed in him and them respectively And Lastly I do revoke all former Wills In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first before written. Margt. Gotham _ Signed published and declared by the said Margaret Gotham the words "if she shall have died before or shall die at the" in the thirty second line of the first page and "the day" in the thirty fifth line of this page being first written on erazures as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto - Thos. Bostock of Montgomery _ E. Edye of Montgomery .//.
Proved at London 17th. July 1829 before the Worshipful Bejre(?) Addanis Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of John Yorke Jefferson the Grandson and sole Executor to whom Administration was granted having been first sworn duly to Administer .//.
TNA ref: PROB 11/1758/179 (more details about source on Margaret’s page)

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