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1847 Will of Thomas Ricketts



This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Ricketts of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Glover First I give devise and bequeath unto my Wife Ann Ricketts all that cottage or dwelling house situate in Huish in Yeovil aforesaid now in my occupation together with the garden and other premises belonging thereto for her natural life and also the use of all the furniture that may be therein at the time of my decease the furniture mentioned in the Inventory hereunto annexed is to belong to my said Wife absolutely and after the decease of my said wife I direct the said house and premises to be sold by my Executrix and Executor hereinafter mentioned and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided between my children George Ricketts Edmund Ricketts David Ricketts Maria Bicknell Wife of James Bicknell of the United States of America and Harriett Cupper Wife of John Cupper of Yeovil aforesaid Glover subject to the payment thereout of the sum of fifty pounds to my granddaughter Eliza Sherring late of Yeovil now residing in the City of London and also subject to the payment of the expences attending the Burial of my said Wife in a decent and respectable manner I also give devise and bequeath all those dwellinghouses belonging to me situate in Park Street and South Street in Yeovil aforesaid and now in the occupation of Samuel Young and others to be sold twelve months after my decease the rents and profits arising thereof in the meantime to be received by my said Wife for her own ole use and benefit and the money arising from such sale to be equally divided between my said children and it is my express will and direction that the shares of such money belonging to my children David Ricketts Jonathan Ricketts and Maria Bicknell shall immediately on its being received by placed by my Executrix and Executor in Stuckeys Banking Company at Yeovil aforesaid in the respective names and to the Credit of my said three children I give devise and bequeath all my Carpenter Tools whatever to my grandson Thomas Ricketts Son of Edmund Ricketts and I hereby declare that all debts that may be coming to me at my decease are to be received by my said Wife and she is to discharge all the expences of my burial and any lawful debts that I may owe And lastly I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Brother George Ricketts of Yeovil Marsh in the said County of Somerset Farmer if he shall be living at the tie of my decease Executor of this my said Will together with my Wife and my Son George Ricketts whom I hereby appoint Executrix and Executor of my said Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty five

Thomas Ricketts

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Ricketts as and for his lat Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto set our nbames as Witnesses thereto in his presence and in the presence of each other the words "the furniture mentioned in the Inventory hereunto annexed is to belong to my said Wife absolutely" having been first interlined

John Ricketts       H A Warren  Yeovil


In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
In the Goods of
Thomas Ricketts deceased

Appeared Personally John Ricketts  of Yeovil Marsh in the Parish of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Leather Dresser and Ann Ricketts of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Widow and made Oath as follows and first the said John Ricketts for himself saith that he is one of the subscribed Witnesses to the last Will and Testament of Thomas Ricketts late of Yeovil aforesaid Glover deceased the same being now hereunto annexed bearing date the twenty fourth day of January one thousand eight hundred and forty five and referring to the following clause in the said Will "The furniture mentioned in the Inventory hereunto annexed is to belong to my said Wife absolutely" he deposes and says he very well recollects being present at and attesting the execution of the said Will by the said deceased but that no paper of the nature referred to or any other paper whatsoever was then annexed to the said Will or produced at the time to the best of his belief and the said Ann Ricketts for herself saith that she is the Widow of the said deceased and one of the Executors named in the said Will and that immediately after the said Will was made the said decease delivered the same to her for safe custody and that she then deposited it in a [word illegible] where it remained until after the death of her said husband when she delivered the same to George Ricketts another Executor thereof appointed that no other paper whatsoever was annexed thereto at the time it was so delivered to her or afterwards found by her in the deceaseds house and that she has made diligent search in the various repositories wherein the deceased was in the habit of keeping his papers of importance but that she has not discovered any Inventory or document of the purpose referred to in the said Will nor any other paper of a testamentary nature whatever and she believes that the said deceased departed this life without having made any such Inventory as mentioned in his said Will or any document of the kind

John Ricketts     Ann Ricketts

On the twenty first day of July 1847 the said John Ricketts and Ann Ricketts Widow were duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit by virtue of the annexed Commission Before me

Thomas Hare  Commissioner


Proved at London 24th July 1847 before the Judge by the Oath of George Ricketts the Brother one of the Executors to whom Administration was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer Power reserved of making the like grant to Ann Ricketts Widow the Relict and George Ricketts the son the other Executors when they shall apply for the same



Transcribed by Bob Osborn