The will of William Witt, 1856

Will made 18 Dec 1855 . Testator died 19 Jan 1856 . Will proved 7 Feb 1856

This is the last Will and Testament of me William Witt of Hoppers

Road Winchmore Hill in the County of Middlesex First I direct all my just debts funeral

and testamentary expences to be paid by my executors hereinafter named out of my

residuary personal estate hereinafter bequeathed

I give and bequeath all that my leasehold messuage or dwellinghouse with the

outbuildings fixtures and appurtenances situate in Hoppers Road Winchmore Hill

aforesaid unto and to the use of my brother George Witt his executors administrators

and assigns absolutely subject nevertheless to the mortgage debt or sum of one

hundred and thirty pounds now charged thereon and also on condition of his paying

the yearly interest on the said sum of one hundred and thirty pounds and the ground

rent payable in respect of the said premises from the twenty fifth day of December

one thousand eight hundred and fifty three I give devise and bequeath all and

singular my household furniture plate linen china pictures and effects and all and

singular other my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my

said brother George Witt and my friend Alfred Hall of Broad Street in the City of

London Stationer their heirs executors and administrators upon trust nevertheless to

sell and convert into money such parts thereof as shall not consist of money and do

and shall pay and divide the monies to arise therefrom and also what money I may

be possessed of at the time of my decease after payment of my just debts funeral

and testamentary expenses as aforesaid unto and equally between all and every my

children William Witt Charles Witt George Witt Hannah the wife of John Smithers

Elizabeth the wife of John Martin Alice the wife of James Parkins Mary the wife of

James Martin and Ann the wife of John Perkins and their respective heirs executors

and administrators and assigns And I do declare that the receipts or receipt of my

said trustees and executors or the survivor of them and the executors and

administrators of such survivor shall be sufficient discharge and discharges to all and

every person and persons paying monies to them under this my will and that they my

said executors shall not be answerable or accountable for the acts receipts or

defaults of the other of them nor for involuntary losses and further that my said

executors may out of my monies that may from time to time come into his or their

hands reimburse himself and themselves all costs charges and expenses that he or

they may incur or be put to in the execution of the trusts thereof And last I do hereby

nominate constitute and appoint my said Brother George Witt and the said Alfred Hall

Executors of this my will and hereby revoking all former wills by me made do declare

this and this alone to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have

hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of December one thousand eight hundred

and fifty five -- Wm. Witt --

Signed by the said William Witt the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in

the presence of us who were both present at the same time and who at his request in

his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed

our names as witnesses attesting the same -- Chas. Fredk. Jepps 70 Virginia

Terrace Dover Road Southwark -- M. A. Jepps Winchmore Hill.

Proved at London the 7th February 1856 before the worshipful Thomas Spinks

Doctor of Law and Surrogate by the oath of Alfred John Hall (in the will written Alfred

Hall) out of the executors to whom administration was granted having been first

sworn only to administer power reserved of making the like grant to George Witt the

Brother the other executor when he shall apply for the same

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