Will of John Compere

Written 18 March 1762, Probated 5 February 1763

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24 March 2006
In the name of the Holy
Trinity Father Son and Holy Ghost three persons but one
God blessed for evermore. I John Compere of Stow on the Wold
in the County of Gloucester Apothecary do this eighteenth day
of March in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven
hundred and sixty-two make publish and declare this my last
will and testament in manner following. First and principally
I commend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and
my body to the Earth to be decently buryed by my executrixes .
hereinafter Named and as touching my Worldly Estate wherewith
it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose thereof as follows
(that is to say) I Give Devise and bequeath unto my loving
Wife all that MessuagesNote 1 and Tenement Situate lying and
being in Stow on the Wold aforesaid and called or known by
the Name or Sign of the Kings Arms and now in the possession
or Occupation of Richard Richards and William Freeman as
tenants together with all and singular Houses Outhouses Edifices
Buildings Barns Stables backside courts yards Lands common
and common of pasture with their and every of their Rights
Members and appurtenances To have and to hold the said
Messauge or Tenement Lands and premises above mentioned
with theirs and every of their appurtenances unto my said Wife her
Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever. Also I give and
devise unto my said Wife All and Singular the Household
Goods and furniture That shall be in and upon the said Messauge
or Tenement and premises above mentioned/and to and with
the same usually held and Enjoyed at the time of my Decease.
To hold the said household Goods and Furniture above said unto
my said Wife her Executors Administrators and Assigns forever
Provided always Households and my Will and meaning is
That if my said Wife her Executors Administrators and Assigns
or any or either of them Doth Die or shall well and truly pay
or Cause to be paid all the Moneys that shall be due and
owing both principal and Interest by way of Mortgage Bond
or otherwise on the said Messauge or Tenement and Goods
and furniture above mentioned; neither of which Incumbrances
being originally of my own Contracting within one year next
after my Decease. But in Case of nonpayment thereof or other
Satisfaction being made by her for the same Then I Give
Devise and bequeath the said Messauge or Tenement Lands
Household Goods and furniture and other the premises to them
Severally belonging unto my three Daughters Mary Ann and
Elizabeth Compere To Have and to hold the said Messuage or
Tenement Lands Household Goods and Furniture above said
to my said three Daughters Mary Ann and Elizabeth Compere
Share and Share alike their Executors Administrators and Assigns
for ever. Also I Give and bequeath unto my loving Wife during
her Widowhood one Annuity or Yearly Rent Charge of Six
pounds to be issuing and payable out of my Messuage or
Tenement Water Corn Mill or Grist Mill Lands and premises
to the same belonging and hereinafter mentioned Situate and
being in Stanton in the said County of Gloucester by two equal half yearly
payments in the year Lady Day and Michaelmas. Clear of
all Deductions whatsoever and if it shall happen that the said
Annuity or Yearly Rent Charge of Six pounds or part thereof
shall be behind or unpaid by the space of twenty-eight Days
next over or after any or either the said Days of payment
That then and in such Case if shall and may be lawfull [sic] to
and for my said Wife and her Assigns to enter into and upon the
said Messuages or Tenement Water Corn Mill or Grist Mill
Lands and premises with the appurtenances and the same
to have hold and enjoy and the Rents Issues and profits thereof
to have receive and take to her and their own proper use and
uses until the said Annuity or Yearly Rent Charge and all
arrearages thereof and all Costs and expenses which shall or may
arise on account of the Recovering thereof shall be fully Satisfied
and paid anything herein contained to the Contrary thereof in
any wise notwithstanding I Give Devise and bequeath unto my
said three Daughters Mary Ann and Elizabeth Compere all those
my Several Messuages or Tenement Lands Water Corn Mill
or Grist Mill (the last of which being first of all Subject and
lyable to the payment of one Annuity or Yearly Rent Charge as
abovesaid House outhouses Gardens Orchards Backsides and
premises to them severally belong Situate lying and being in
Stow on the Wold and Stanton above said in the said County and
also all and Singular other my Messuages Lands Tenements
and HereditamentsNote 2 whatsoever both in possession Reversion
expectancy and Remainder with their and every of their Rights
Members and appurtenances unto my said three Daughters their
Heirs Executors administrators and Assigns To have and to hold
all and Singular the said Messuages Tenements Lands Water
Corn Mill or Grist Mill and the Rents Issues and profits to have
Receive and take (except the Annuity or Yearly charge as above said)
together with all House outhouses Gardens Orchards Backsides
and premises above said and to them severally belonging unto my
said three Daughters Mary Ann and Elizabeth Compere their
Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns forever to be equally
Divided between them But my Will and meaning further is that
in Case either of my said three Daughters should happen to
Depart this Life in an Unmarryed [sic] State Then I Give Devise and
bequeath the share or shares of her or them so Dying out of the
Share or Shares of the said Messuages or Tenements Water
Corn Mill or Grist Mill and premises above said to the
Survivors or Survivor of them I Give to my Brother Anthony
Compere the Sum of one Guinea to buy him a Ring. I also I Give and
Devise unto my said three Daughters Mary Ann and Elizabeth
Compere all and Singular my Ready money plate Goods Cattle
and Chattels money at Interest whether on Mortgages Bills
Bonds or otherwise Book Debts and all and Singular other my
Goods and Chattels of what Nature or kind so ever to be Equally
Divided between share and share alike And Lastly I Nominate
and appoint my said three Daughters Mary Ann and Elizabeth
Compere Executrixes of this my last Will and Testament hereby
Revokeing all former Wills by me heretofore made and Do Devise
my Brother Anthony Compere James Leigh of Adleshap Esq. and
the Revd Mr. Richd Hippisley of Stow above said to see this my
Will performed they being allowed all Costs in and about them
same. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
Seal the Day and Year above said. / John Compere/ Signed Sealed
published and Declared by the said Testator John Compere as and
for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his
request and presence and the presence and Sight of each other
We have set our Names as Witnesses hereunto Margaret
Pitman/Richard Blizard/James Knight

The Will was proved at London the fifth of February
[in the year] of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
sixty [three] before the Right Worshipful Sir Edward Simpson Knight
Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative
Court of Canterbury lawfully Constituted by the Oaths of Mary
Compere Ann Compere and Elizabeth Compere Spinsters the Daughters
of the Deceased and Executrixes named in the said Will. To whom Administration
was granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of
the deceased having been first sworn by Commission Duly to
Administer.

    Notes
  1. Messuage: Obsolete term for real estate property.
  2. Hereditaments: still a current British legal term, means anything that can be inherited but usually used with real property.
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