I give and devise all that my freehold messuage or tenement butcher’s shop and premises and all other my real estate situate in the Town of Edenbridge in the County of Kent or elsewhere unto and for the use of my dear wife Sarah BASSETT for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give and devise the same unto my son Robert BASSETT for and during the term of his natural life and from and after his decease I give and devise the same unto and to the use of my nephew William BASSETT son of my brother Richard BASSETT and my friend James GODFREY of Richmond in the County of Surrey Carpenter their heirs and assigns upon trust as soon as conveniently may be to sell the same by public auction or private contract with liberty from time to time if deemed expedient to buy in any part thereof at any auction and to rescind or vary the terms of any contract for sale that may have been entered into and to convey the same when sold in such manner as the purchasers thereof shall direct and I declare that such purchasers respectively shall be exonerated from all responsibility in respect of the application of the monies paid by them respectively to the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will and I further declare that my said trustees shall stand possessed of the monies to be procured by such sale or sales as aforesaid after deducting the expenses attending the same upon trust to pay and divide the same unto and equally between all and every the Children of my said son Robert share and share alike as they severally attain the age of twenty one years and I direct that the shares of such of them as shall not have attained the age of twenty one years shall be invested by my said trustees or trustee in their or his own names or name in government funds or such securities and the dividends or interest thereof from time to time applied by such trustees or trustee for the maintenance and education of such last mentioned child or children respectively during his her or their minority or respective minorities.
But in case my said son Robert shall die without leaving child or children or leaving such all of them that die under the age of twenty one years either with or without issue then upon trust to pay and divide the same into and equally between all the brothers and sisters of my said son Robert who shall be living at the time of his decease on such failure of issue share and share alike as Tenants in common. But in case in either of the events aforesaid there shall be no brothers or sisters or brother or sister of my said son Robert then living then upon trust to pay and divide the same into and equally between all and every the nephews and nieces of my said son Robert share and share alike to ratio per capita.
And as to all and singular my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath the same unto my said dear wife Sarah BASSETT to and for her own use and benefit during her natural life. And from and after her decease I give and bequeath the same unto my sons William BASSETT and David BASSETT their executors administrators and assigns upon trust to sell and dispose or collect get in and convert the same into money and after payment of all expenses pursuant to such sale and conversion to pay and divide the proceeds thereof unto and equally between all and every my children, excepting my said son Robert, share and share alike as Tenants in common. And in case any or either of my children shall die in my lifetime or in the lifetime of my said Wife without leaving lawful issue then I direct that the share or shares both original and additional or surviving of him her or them so dying without leaving lawful issue shall go and accrue to the survivors or survivor or others or other of them and be equally divided between them if more than one share and share alike and his her and their executors administrators and assigns.
And I hereby nominate and appoint my said sons William BASSETT and David
BASSETT Executors of this my Will, and I declare that it shall be lawful for my said
executors by and out of the money which shall come to their or his hands by virtue of
this my Will to deduct retain and reimburse for themselves respectively or himself
and also to allow to each other all costs charges damages and expenses which they or
either of them may sustain disburse or incur in or about the execution of this my Will.
And I expressly ordain that they shall be chargeable only for such monies as they shall
respectively actually receive and shall not be answerable or accountable for any
involuntary loss or damage which may happen in relation thereto. And I declare this
to be my last and only Will in witness whereof I the said Jeremiah BASSETT the
Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in three sheets of paper set
my hand namely at the bottom of the two first sheets thereof and my hand to this the
third and last sheet thereof this fifteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and
forty seven – Jeremiah BASSETT – Signed and declared by the said Jeremiah
BASSETT the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us
who at the same time at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other
have in hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses –
William [NAME] East Grinstead William GODFREY Blewdley Heath Godstone.
Proved at London 11th July 1851 before the Worshipful Alfred [NAME] Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of David BASSETT the Son, the surviving executor to whom admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer.
Will of Jeremiah Bassett