The will of Benjamin Spurrell (c.1763 – 1833)

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(?).

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