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Will of William Reeves

of Sandhurst, Kent


Source: PCC 1846
Transcribed by Jeremy Stroud
This is the last Will and Testament of me William Reeves of Sandhurst in the County of Kent a Carpenter I give devise and bequeath all my real estate and all my Personal Estate and all my other property of whatever description which I have power to dispose of in any manner unto my brother Thomas Reeves of Sandhurst aforesaid Carpenter and my brother in law John Collins of Hastings Cordwainer their heirs executors administrators and assigns respectively according to the nature of the same estates and property respectively upon trust that the said trustees and the survivor of them and the heirs executors administrators or assigns of such survivor do and shall with all convenient speed after my decease convert my personal estate into money and also absolutely sell and dispose of all my real estate either by public auction or private contract and in every other respect as they or he shall think proper and the receipts or receipt of the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will for the purchase money or any other money payable to them or him under or by virtue of this my will shall be good and effectual discharges for the money therein expressed to be received and the purchasers shall not be bound to see to the application thereof nor to enquire into the propriety or necessity of or for the sale and I do hereby declare that the said trustees or trustee shall stand possessed of all the money of which I shall die possessed and also of the money which shall come to their hands by or from such sale and conversion as aforesaid or otherwise under or by virtue of this my will upon trust in the first place to pay all my debts funeral and testamentary expences and then upon trust to invest the surplus or remainder in their or his names or name in parliamentary stocks or public funds of this Kingdom or at interest upon government or real securities in England with power to change the investment and do and shall pay the annual income to arise therefrom unto my dear wife Philadelphia and her assigns or permit her and them to receive the same during her life or until her second marriage

and after the decease or second marriage which shall first happen then as to the capital and interest of the said trust fund upon trust for all and every my children in equal shares who being a son or sons shall live to attain the age of twenty one years or being a daughter or daughters shall live to attain that age or marry and their respective executors administrators and assigns absolute for their own use and I do hereby declare that in case any of my children shall be minors and unmarried at the death of my wife the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will shall be at liberty to apply the income or any part of it of their presumptive shares for their respective maintenance and education and to accumulate the surplus if any for the benefit of the parties who shall ultimately become entitled to the share from whence the same shall have arisen and also after the death of my said wife or in her lifetime with her consent in writing to apply any part of the capital of the presumptive share of any child for toward his or her advancement in the world in such manner as the said trustees or trustee for the time being may think proper and I hereby authorize the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will to postpone the conversion or sale of any of my estates and property they may think proper and for such period as they may think best and with the sale and conversion thereof to manage let and convert the same as they may think best and to apply the income to arise from the trust fund if invested as before mentioned would be payable and I devise all estates vested in me as trustee or mortgagee if any unto the said Thomas Reeves and John Collins upon the trusts and subject to the equities of redemption affecting the same respectively and I do hereby appoint the said Thomas Reeves and John Collins joint Executors of this my will and I do hereby declare that if the trustees hereby appointed or either of them or any trustee to be appointed under this power shall die or become incapable or refuse or decline to act then it shall be lawful for my said wife during her life and after her death for the surviving or continuing or retiring trustees or trustee by any deed or deeds to appoint any other person or persons to be a trustee or trustees in the room of the person or persons dying or becoming incapable or refusing or declining to act and thereupon the new trustees or trustee jointly with the surviving or continuing trustees or trustee or solely as the case may be shall have all the same powers as if originally appointed a trustee under this my will and I do hereby declare that the said trustees or trustee or any of them shall not be answerable the one for the other nor for involuntary losses and that it shall be lawful for them and him to retain to and reimburse himself and themselves and to allow to his and their Cotrustee and Cotrustees all their reasonable expences

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal that is to say my hand to the three first sheets and my hand and seal to this fourth and last sheet this second day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six —Willm Reeves L.D — Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Reeves the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our hands as witnesses —
W.P Beecham Solr Hawkhurst — John Reeves Hawkhurst Cordwainer — George Dunings Sandhurst Tailor

Proved at London 24th Augt 1846 before the worshipful John Danberry Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of Thomas Reeves the brother one of the Executors to whom admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer Power reserved of making the like grant to John Collins the other Executor when he shall apply for the same.


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