By the Permission of God I Benjamin Spurrell of Devonport in the County of Devon Superannuated Rope Layer from His Majesty’s Dock Yard situate at Devonport aforesaid do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say In first place I direct that my just debts funeral expences and the costs of proving this my Will shall be fully paid and satisfied as soon as conveniently may be after my decease And I give and bequeath my Silver Watch with the Appendages thereunto belonging unto my dear Grandson Benjamin James Williams Son of my daughter Elizabeth Williams hereinafter mentiond to and for his own absolute use and benefit And I give and bequeath the sum of two hundred pounds Stock three and a half per Centum Annuities now standing in my name in the Books of the Governor and Company of the Bank of England and also the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds Sterling also standing in my name in the Union Savings Bank situate at Devonport aforesaid together with my Ready monies Securities for usury household Goods and Furniture and all other my personal and Testamentary Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever with the Appurtenances (except as hereinbefore given and bequeathed ) unto my dear Wife Eleanor Spurrell and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after the decease of my dear Wife I do hereby give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my dear daughters Eleanor Thomas Wife of John Thomas of Devonport aforesaid Shipwright in His Majesty’s Dock Yard aforesaid and Elizabeth Williams Wife of John Williams of Devonport aforesaid their Executors and Administrators equally to be divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants and in case either of them my said daughters shall depart this life without Issue of her body living at her death then I give and bequeath the share of her survifing unto the survivor of these my said daughters her Executors administrators and assigns absolutely And I declare that the said bequests to my said daughters shall be for their separate use and benefit independently of their respective husbands so that their several receipts alone notwithstanding coverture shall be sufficient discharges for the same And I do hereby nominate and appoint my said Wife Eleanor Spurrell to be the sole Executrix of this my Will and hereby revoking all former Wills and other Testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and I declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Benjamin Spurrell the Testator have to the first sheet set my hand and to this second sheet have hereafter(?) set my hand and seal this fourth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three B Spurrell (BS) Signed sealed published and declared to be the said testator Benjamin Spurrell as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witness thereto Walter P Blackmore of Devonport Solicitor – Jno. R Goodricke his Clerk.
Proved at London 6th July 1833 before the Judge by the oath of Eleanor Spurrell Widow the Relict the sole Executrix to who admon was granted having been first sworn (by Commission) duly to administor.In the left margin has been added:
On the 31st day of May 1837 admin with the will annexed of the Goods chattels and Credits of Benjamin Spurrell late of Devonport in the County of Devon a superannuated Rope layer from his Majisties Dock yard at Devonport deceased left unadministered by Eleanor Spurrell widow deceased whilst living the relict of the said deceased the sole Executrix and residuary legatee for life named in the said will was granted to Eleanor Thomas (wife of John Thomas) the daughter of the said deceased and one of the residuary legatees [inbe?]tituled on the said will having been first sworn duly by commission duly to administer The said Executrix died Intestate (as by acts of court appears f(?).