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1832 will of Charlotte Rowles

Widow of Samuel Rowles


This is the last Will and Testament of me Charlotte Rowles of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Widow made the nineteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and thirty two I give and bequeath all those two Leasehold Messuages or Tenements situate in Howland Street Fitzroy Square in the County of Middlesex whereof I am possessed by virtue of my Fathers Will unto George Bagster the younger of the audit office Somerset Place Gentleman and James Smith of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Gentleman their Executors Administrators and Assigns Upon trust that they my said Trustees or the survivor of them or the Executors Administrators or Assigns of such survivor do and shall so soon after my decease as he and they shall deem expedient sell and absolutely dispose of both or one of the said two Messuages or Tenements by public auction or private contract and lay out and invest the money arising by such sale in any of the Government Stocks or Funds and do and shall vary alter or transpose such Stocks or Funds as they my said Trustees may deem expedient Upon Trust in the first place to pay and satisfy all my just debts and Funeral and Testamentary expences and also all debts and sums of money due by my late Husband Samuel Rowles to George Bagster late of Beaufort Buildings Strand Tailor and any other person or persons to whom he was indebted at the time of his decease and subject thereto to assign transfer and pay the same equally between and amongst my dear Children William Weston Rowles Charlotte Rowles and Martha Smith Wife of James Smith of Yeovil the County of Somerset Gentleman share and share alike provided and I do hereby declare my will to be that if any such Child or Children shall die before their shares under this my Will shall become payable having issue then that such issue shall receive in equal proportions their parents share in the said Trust Stock and Fund upon their attaining the age of twenty one years with benefit of survivorship between them and in the meantime the dividends and interest to be applied in and towards their maintenance and education and I do hereby declare that the purchaser or purchasers of my said Messuages or Tenements his her or their Executors or Administrators shall not be obliged or required to see to the application of their purchase money for the same but that the receipt and receipts of my said Trustee or Trustees for the time being shall be a good and sufficient discharge and discharges to the purchaser or purchasers of the said premises for his or their purchase money or so much thereof as shall be thereon acknowledged or expressed to have been received provided also and I hereby declare it to be my will that if any said Trustee or Trustees shall deem it more beneficial to my estate to retain possession of the Leases of the whole or part of the said  Messuages or Tenements or to grant fresh Leases thereof they shall be at liberty to do so and shall in such case and until such sale as aforesaid and subject to the payment of my own and my late Husbands debts as aforesaid pay the rents and profits thereof from time to time equally between and among my said three Children and the Children of such of my Children who shall die leaving issue and who I direct shall be entitled to their deceased parents share in the said rents and profits in equal shares and proportions with benefit of survivorship and with power for my said Trustee or Trustees to advance and pay such rents and profits during the minorities of such Children to and for their maintenance and education and if my said Children shall die leaving no issue then that the said rents and profits shall be paid and payable to his her or their Executors Administrators or assigns mt Books I give and bequeath to my said dear Son but authorise my said two Daughters to select six sets each I give to my dear Son any Family portraits in my possession at the time of my decease and as to all other my Household Goods an Furniture Plate Clothes and all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath the same unto my said two Daughters in equal shares and proportions to and for their own absolute use and benefit and I do direct that all and every sum and sums of money and effects given by this my Will to my said two Daughters respectively shall be paid and payable to them for their sole and separate use and benefit free from the control debts and engagements of any present or future Husband and that the receipt and receipts of my said two Daughters respectively shall notwithstanding their marriage be a good and sufficient discharge and discharges to my said Trustees or Trustee for the same And I appoint the said George Bagster and James Smith Executors of this my Will and direct and authorise them to deduct retain to and reimburse themselves all costs charges and expences whatsoever which they may expend o be put to in the execution of the Trusts of this my Will or in relation thereto In Witness whereof I the said charlotte Rowles have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year first above written

Charlotte Rowles

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Testatrix Charlotte Rowles as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto

William Porter Bookseller Yeovil Somerset      Robert Allen Miller Yeovil Somerset


Proved at London 5th July 1839 before the Worshipful Frederic Thomas Pratt Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of George Bagster the Younger one of the Executors to whom administration was granted having been first sworn duly to administer power reserved of making the like grant to James Smith the other Executor when he shall apply for the same



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