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Summary of the Will of John King Ludwell in a set of legal papers

The said John King Ludwell by his Will of this date (Third April 1837) gave All his messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whether freehold leasehold customary copyhold or of any other tenure And all his real estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto James House of Stoke Saint Gregory in the County of Somerset Gentleman and John House of Stoke Saint Gregory aforesaid in the same County Gentleman To hold such parts thereof as were freehold unto the use of the said James House and John House their heirs and assigns for ever and such parts thereof as were leasehold customary copyhold or of any other tenure unto them their heirs executors administrators and assigns according to the nature and quality of such estate for and during all his (Testators) right title estate and interest therein but upon the several trusts and to and for such Ends intents and purposes as were thereinafter declared concerning the same (that is to say) Upon trust that they the said James House and John House or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators and assigns did amd should by and out of the rents issues and profits of his (Testators) messuages lands tenements and hereditaments (after deducting the expenses of repairing the messuages tenements dwellinghouses and premises and of insuring the same against loss or damage by fire and also any fine or fines for renewal of any lease or leases And all other charges and expenses attending the execution of the trusts thereby created) well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto his (Testators) wife for and during the term of her natural life An annuity or clear yearly sum of one hundred pounds in the manner therein mentioned And subject to the payments and annuity aforesaid Upon trust that his said Trustees or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns did and should by and out of such rents issues and profits well and truly cause to be paid unto his Testators Mother Maria Barrett of Taunton for and during the term of her natural life an annuity or clear yearly sum of twelve pounds in manner therein mentioned And subject to the payments and annuities aforesaid Upon trust to apply the residues of such rents issues and profits or so much and such part thereof as his said Trustess or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns should think proper in and towards the maintenance and education of his (Testators) children then already born or thereafter to be born and in and towards the binding them out Apprentice or otherwise placing them out to any business or profession or for their his or her advancement in the world and the remainder of such rents and profits if any to be equally divided amongst his (Testators) said children share and share alike and when and as the youngest of his said children should attain the age of twenty one years Then Upon trust that said James House and John House or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators and assigns did and should stand and be seized and possessed of all and singular his (Testators) said freehold leasehold customary copyhold and other messuages lands tenements hereditaments with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances (subject to payment of the said two several annuities or yearly sums aforesaid) To the use of or in trust for such of his (Testators) children as well those then already born as those thereafter to be born who should then be living equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and their several and respective heirs executors administrators and assigns And in case any or either of his (Testators) said children should be then dead leaving issue then said Testator directed that such issue should take among themselves the share or shares to whgich his or her Parent respectively would have taken or been entitled to if living And if but one of his (Testators) said children should live to attain the age of twenty one years Then Upon trust for such one or only child his or her heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely_
Power of leasing and usual Indemnity to Trustees_
The said Testator appointed his said wife sole Executrix of that his Will and also appointed his said wife and the said James House and John House Guardians of his said children_
Duly executed and attested_
Proved in the Consistorial Court of Wells by Jane King Ludwell the Widow and sole Executrix of the deceased John King Ludwell on the 8th day of March A.D.1838

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