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Summary of the Will of Henry Ludwell in a set of legal papers

The said Henry Ludwell by his Will of this date (15th August 1815) gave devised and bequeathed unto his Sister Rachael Ludwell the use and enjoyment of the dwellinghouse in which he then lived and all of the household goods and furniture therein for and during the term of her natural life _
The said Testator also gave devised and bequeathed unto his Sister Rachael Ludwell and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life One annuity clear yearly rent of sum of ten pounds free from taxes and all other deductions to be paid and payable by equal half yearly payments as therein mentioned_ And the said Testator thereby subjected and charged All and every his messuages or tenements lands and hereditaments with and to the payment of the said Annuity and gave to the said Rachael Ludwell and her assigns a power of distress for the recovery thereof_ The Testator gave to his servant Betty Woodland the sum of one hundred pounds_ And subject to the aforesaid devise and bequest to his Sister Rachael Ludwell and to the said Legacy to his said Servant Betty Woodland the Testator gave devised and bequeathed (inter alia)_
All his copyhold messuages lands tenements and hereditaments in the Parish of North Curry aforesaid unto and to the use of his natural Son John Ludwell King his executors administrators and assigns for the several and respective lives then in being thereon and all his estate and interest therein_
The said Testator gave devised and Bequeathed all the rest and residue of his lands tenements and hereditaments monies and securities for money goods chattels rights credits and effects real and personal estate whatsoever unto and to the use of his said natural son John Ludwell King his heirs executors administrators and assigns but if he the said Son John Ludwell King should happen to die under the age of 21 years without issue then the Testator gave devised and bequeathed All and singular his real estate unto and to the use of his nephew John Innolds his heirs and assigns for ever And if the said John Ludwell King should happen to die under that age and unmarried then the Testator gave and bequeathed All and singular his personal estate unto his said nephew John Innolds his executors administrators and assigns for his and their own use and benefit_
The Testator appointed William Bridge of Taunton Somerset Gentleman William Potter of North Curry aforesaid Yeoman Executors of that his Will in trust for his said natural Son John Ludwell King_
Usual powers to Trustess for managing the Trust estate_ Indemnity to Trustees_
Proved at London 17th January 1823 by Richard Bridge William Potter the Executors

The will was transcribed from the original by Derek Williams. The original layout and spelling is preserved.