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Will of John Symons, Yeoman of Poundstock. 1794

  • Source: Cornwall Archives
  • Ref: AD/S/3934
  • Transcribed by Fritha Watson, Nov 2014

By permission of Almighty God, 

I John Symons of the Parish of Poundstock in the county of Cornwall being weak in body but of perfect memory and resolution, of sound and disposing mind, praised be God for the same, do this fifteenth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety-four make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, and in manner and form following. 

First and principally I assign my spirit to God who gave it, hoping for a gracious acceptance of it thro’ the merits and mercies of Jesus Christ my Saviour, and my body I desire may be buried in a decent Christian-like manner at the discretion of my executrix hereinafter to be named, and as for my worldly goods I dispose thereof as follows 

I give unto my son Henry my young bay mare. 

I give unto my wife all the right which I have in the estate of Wantsand in the parish of Poundstock aforesaid on the following conditions, that is to say, my will is, that she shall enjoy the said estate so long as she continues a widow, and she shall provide my children with good and sufficient meat, drink and clothes until they shall severally and sequentially arrive at the age of twenty one years, or they shall be placed out in situations to provide the same for themselves, and she shall pay unto each and every one of my children as they sequentially attain unto the age of twenty one years the sum of thirty pounds, my son John excepted. 

And in case my wife should marry within two years after my death then my will is that she shall relinquish all claim to the said estate and refund to John Hobbs, William Hasker and William Medland all of the parish of Poundstock in trust for the use and benefit of my children all the produce of the effects and chattels which I die possessed of to be divided equally share and share alike amongst my children, excepting my son John, and such of my children as may have received the above sum of Thirty Pounds from their mother, and she shall be paid yearly out of the estate of Watsand the sum of twelve pounds during her natural life, but in case my wife should die before my children shall be reared up to get their bread or arrive at a sufficient age so to do then my will is that all my chattels shall be equally divided amongst all my children share and share alike excepting those who may have received as above the sum of Thirty pounds. 

And it is further my will that in case either of my children should die before they arrive at the age of twenty one years, or be married with the consent of their mother, that then the above sum of Thirty Pounds belonging to such child or children or the share of my chattels belonging to each child or children shall be divided equally amongst my other children that shall survive such child or children, my son John excepted who shall not be entitled to such share. 

I give unto my son John the reversionary right which I have in John Kinsman’s Widemouth in the said parish of Poundstock when he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years, and (John and Ibbott Kinsman should be dead), and if it shall happen that the lives now thereon, viz: John and Ibbott Kinsman shall cease to be before my son John shall arrive at the age of twentyone years then my will is that my wife shall receive the rent and profits issuing out of the said estate of Widemouth to assist in the maintenance of my son John and other children until he arrives at the age of twenty one years and she remains a widow, but if she should marry again then it is my will that the rent and profits of the said estate of Widemouth shall be divided equally amongst my children by the trustees above named, until my son John arrives at the age of twenty one years when he shall take possession of the same to his sole use and benefit. 

And it is my will that any of my children as shall continue to live with their mother shall do such work on the estate as she may lawfully require of them during their minority and in all things obey her lawful commands, otherwise to be deprived of the benefit of receiving from her meat, drink and clothes. 

And it is my will that my wife shall be the whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament on the above named terms and conditions and her I do appoint the whole and sole executrix as aforesaid. 

In witness thereof, revoking all former wills, I hereunto set my hand and seal on the day and date first above written 

John Symons 

Signed, sealed, published and declared to be the last will of the testator John Symons, in the presence of us who in his presence, and in the presence of each other, do set our names as witnesses to the same .... the interlineation being first made of these words, viz: “and John and Ibbott Kinsman should be dead” 

Charles Dayman, Clerk 

James Symons









Last updated 23 November 2014