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Godwin's Wills

 

Thomas Godwin's Wills 1816 and 1821

Excerpt from Thomas Godwin's will 9th December 1816.

The gaps and queries are due to difficulty in deciphering the writing.

 This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Godwin  of Two Beeches in the parish of Hemel Hempstead. In the county of Hertford yeoman.  

I direct that my said nephew Shadrach Godwin, one of my executors shall take for his own use and benefit  the houses or other beneficial interests i have in the farm called Agnells and in the titles of the same farm and also in the Blacksmiths Shop  thereto belonging which i hold of Edward Gordon Esq also in the farms hold of the honourable Thomas Bowes but it is not my intention to purchase in this bequest the money due to me on ...............ge  of the Titles of the said farm called Agnells Farm and devise unto my said nephew Shadrach Godwin , his heirs and assigns all that my copyhold house called Newhouse situate on High Street Green in the parish of Hemel Hempstead  aforesaid in the ....palious of James ?Livrils and Thomas Sp.....   together with a garden and a close of arable land and all other app................... there following.

This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Godwin  of Two Beeches in the parish of Hemel Hempstead. In the county oh Hertford yeoman.  

In the first in place appoint my nephews Shadrach Godwin, George Varney  and Shadrach Varney joint executors of this my will and guardians of the persons and stocks of my children during their minorities.

I give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth and her assigns for and during  the term of her natural life one annuity in yearly rent charge of one hundred pounds to be issuing and payable out of all that my farm and lands called Two Beeches Farm in the said parish  of Hemel Hempstead now in my own occupation which annuity or yearly rent charge.  It first shall  be paid to my said wife free and clear all deductions whatsoever by four equal quarterly payments on the four usual days or times for payment of rent in the year on the twenty fifth day of March , the twenty fourth day of June, the twenty fifth day of September , the twenty ninth day of December in every year by even and equal portions.  

But it is my will nevertheless and I hereby declare that he annuity of one hundred pounds herein before given me to my said wife as aforesaid upon condition that she my said wife  does not at anytime after my demise ............. or suffer  her mother Ann Varney, or her brother Edward Varney or William Varney or either of them to live or reside with her in anyway whatsoever.  

I give and bequeath unto my said wife the use of all such of my household goods  and furniture, plate linen woollen things and household effects as she may choose to take for her own use during the term of her natural life and after her demise,

I give and bequeath the same to all my children who shall be then living equally between them.

Also i give and bequeath unto my said wife the sum of fifty pounds which I direct to be paid to her out of my personal estate by my executors within one month after my demise  and it is my will that the provision was made for my said wife Elizabeth  as intended to be and shall be accepted by her in lieu ... and full ten pounds  of and for all her direct and free.......... whatsoever  

I give to my said executors for the trouble they will have as such one hundred pounds a piece.

And i direct that my nephew Meshach Varney shall have the option of purchasing  the houses and premises situated at Hemel Hempstead aforesaid which i lately purchased of Thomas Partridge  for the same price.

I direct that my said nephew Shadrach Godwin, one of my executors shall take for his own use and benefit  the houses or other beneficial interests i have in the farm called Agnells and in the titles of the same farm and also in the Blacksmiths Shop  thereto belonging which i hold of Edward Gordon Esq also in the farms hold of the honourable Thomas Bowes but it is not my intention to purchase in this bequest the money due to me on ...............ge  of the Titles of the said farm called Agnells Farm and devise unto my said nephew Shadrach Godwin , his heirs and assigns all that my copyhold house called Newhouse situate on High Street Green in the parish of Hemel Hempstead  aforesaid in the ....palious of James ?Livrils and Thomas Sp.....   together with a garden and a close of arable land and all other app................... there following.

?may relate to any  interest or produce not  actually accrued at the signing thereof shall be absolutely void

And it is my will and I direct that from and after the death of my said daughter my said trustees and executors shall stand it  to assessed of the said then thousand and one pounds ten shillings. There permission consolidated  Bank Annuities In Trust for my only child or all the children if more than one of my said daughter lawfully to be begotton in equal shares and proportions to be vested in trust or in trusts in them or attaining the ages of twenty one years  and to be paid to him, her or them unfortunately  at such time or respective times  of vesting unless the same shall happen in the life time of my said daughter and in that case upon or so soon after her death as may be and of any such children shall die under the age of twenty one years and so often as such event may happen the original share of every child so dying and also who it may leave accrued to him or her by survivorship shall go and assume to the surviving or to its child or children of my said daughter Jane Godwin  to be wholly divided amongst them if more than one child ..st and be payable in life ............                           as his or her or their original share or shares or as ....... thereto as may be and

I give devise and bequeath the same and all my estate therein unto my nephew Shadrach Godwin his heirs executors advisors and assigns according to the nature and quality thereof respectively to the intent to carry the same in such           as shall be reasonably required for the purpose of carrying out trusts thereof unto  executor  or upon the ................. respectively and all the residue of my estate        and personal of what nature sort or        so ever

I give  devise and bequeath in the same unto my said nephew Shadrach Godwin absolutely to hold to him his heirs executors  advisors  and assigns according to the nature and quality thereof respectively and i declare to the intent to carry the same in such manner as shall be reasonably required for the purpose of carrying the trusts or thereof unto execution or upon the redemption thereof respectfully and all the residue of my estate Real and Personal of what nature sort or find so ever.

I give to my son Shadrach Godwin absolutely  to hold to him, his heirs executors, advisors and assigns attending to the nature and quality thereof respectively and

I declare this will to be that it shall be lawful for my said trustees and executors or the survivors of them, his executors  or advisors to lay out and invest all interests  attaining to his or their discretion any money bequeathed to or for the benefit of my children under this my will until the same be applies or disposed of pursuant  to this my will and also if he or they shall deem it necessary, or ......  or for this advantage of his or their trust to call in and dispose  reinvest and change all or any of the stocks funds or ser        upon which my personal estate or any part thereof may  

THIS IS A CODICIL to the last will and testament of me Thomas Godwin of Two Waters in the parish of Hemel Hempstead in the county of Hertford yeoman Whereas since the date of my will I have purchased of the children of Mr Samuel Sofirer deceased a farm and lands called Lovetts End in the parish to Hemel Hempstead and whereas my wife Elizabeth is now expecting.

Now I so hereby in the in the event of the child or children with which she is expecting being born alive and being a son or sons give and devise the in the said farm and lands unto the first born of such son or house his heirs and assigns for ever independent and besides their legacy of four thousand pounds to which such child will be entitled by my will and in case there shall be two sons and the first born shall die before he attains the age of twenty one years then I give the said farm and lands to the second son of such sons his heirs and assigns for ever besides the legacy of four thousand pounds to which he will be entitled by my will and in the event of our child or children with which my said wife is now expecting being a daughter or daughters or in the event of there being one son, i give and bequeath  for the benefit of each such child of which my said wife is now expecting (other than and besides that son taking the Lovetts End farm and this said legacy of four thousand pounds) ten thousand pounds stock of the them per  .............  produced annuities and direct my executors in case i shall not have sufficient stock in that fund to use and on must the same out of my personal estate and

before their shares are vested leaving        would have been entitled to if living to be vested in them on attaining the age of twenty one years with benefit of survivorship between them respectively and

i direct that the legacies hereby bequeathed in favour of daughters shall be subject to the same            of apportion of the interest dividends and proceeds in favour of any husband of any such daughter as in my said will is given in respect of the dividends and proceeds of the £10,001.10.0 stock bequeathed in trust for my daughter Jane but it is my will that in child or children taking the legacies of £10,000 stock their proceed            under this my codicil shall be entitled to the legacy of £4,000 given by my will in favour of my after born child or children and in all other respects i have taken to set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of January 1820.  Thomas Godwin

THIS IS A CODICIL to the last will and testament of me Thomas Godwin of Two Beeches  in the parish of Hemel Hempstead in the County of Hertford, Yeoman, Whereas I have by my said will given and devised unto my nephew Shadrach Godwin and his heirs  All that my copyhold house called New House situate on High Street Green in the said Parish of Hemel Hempstead with a garden and close of arable land thereto belonging .  Now i do hereby .........   the said Demise and in lieu thereof i give to the said Shadrach Godwin the sum of two hundred pounds out of my personal estate to be paid to him within six months after my demise and i do direct that the said premises shall constitute part of my Residuary Real Estate and shall go in the same ................ as such Residual Real Estate is given or intended to go by my will.  But upon condition                                 and i do direct that my wife Elizabeth be permitted to reside in hold and occupy the said ...................           and premises during her life without paying any rent or other consideration for the same and further

I direct that the executors of my will shall as soon as may be after my decease by and at the costs and charges of my personal estate put the said house and premises in good and sufficient repair proper for her residence of my said wife and until such repairs shall be perfected that my said wife shall be at liberty to reside in my house called TWO BEECHES and in all other respects I satisfy my said will in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of August one thousand eight hundred and twenty Thomas Godwin.

PROVED at London with 2 codicils 10th May 1821  

Shadrach Godwin