Probated: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 6 Nov 1750
Recorded: Piece 784 (Greenly), folio 20 reverse
Jonathan Reeve of Bocking in the County of Essex Gentleman being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do make this my Will as follows
First I commit my soul to almighty God hoping thro the alone merits of Jesus Christ my saviour to obtain pardon for all my sins my body to the earth to be buried by my executrix and what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I dispose thereof as follows
First I give and bequeath to Sarah my loving wife during so long of her life as she shall continue my widow an annuity of thirty pounds a year to be paid quarterly at Christmas day Lady day Midsummer day and Michaelmas day by equal portions without any deductions? or abatements whatsoever and and I do hereby engage and make chargeable with the payment thereof all that my capital messuage or tenement and farm with the lands and appurtenances thereto belonging commonly called Barretts otherwise Loighgarrett? and in default of payment of the said annuity or any part thereof within thirty days after any of the said days of payment that then it shall be lawfull for my said wife during her widowhood as aforesaid to enter upon the said premises and the same to hold and enjoy and receive and take the rents and profits thereof until the said annuity and all arrears thereof with all reasonable charges shall be fully paid and satisfied also I give devise and bequeath to my said loving wife Sarah Reeve during her said widowhood the following rooms and appurtenances belonging to the said capital &? messague or tenement vizt that great parlour the little parlour the little room by the parlour the parlour chamber the red chamber the pourch chamber and half the cellar with the flower garden the ?house and ?house orchard with passages? to the same and also the use of the yards pump and brewhouse and other necessary com? together with also the use of sufficient furniture to the said rooms and appartenents also I give and devise to Richard Reeve of Bocking aforesaid Gentleman and Charles Begon? of Stisted in the County aforesaid Gentleman chargeable as aforesaid and reserving to my said wife the rooms and apartments or aforementioned all that my aforesaid capital messuage or tenement and farm with the lands and appurtenances thereto belonging commonly called Barretts otherwise Lough Garrett Echols to the said Richard Reeve and Charles Began? and their heirs upon trust and to the several uses hereinafter mentioned that is to say to the use and behoof of my son Jonathan Reeve and his assiggns for the term of his natural life without impeachment of Houstel doe? keeping the said premises in ? repair) and from and after the determination of that estate to the use and behoof of the said Richard Reeve and Charles Regon? and their ? during the life of the said Jonathan Reeve in trust to preserve the contingent remainders hereinafter limited from being defeated or destroyed and for that purpose make Entines? and bring arti?? as the case shall require yet in trust nevertheless to permit and suffer the said Jonathan Reeve and his assigns to receive and take the Rents issues and profits thereof to his and their own proper use and Benefit during his natural life and from and after the decease of the said Jonathan Reeve to the use and behoof of the male of the Body of the said Jonathan lawfully to be begotten and in default of such issue to my son John Reeve and his s? and for want of issue from him to my daughter Sarah Reeve and her ? for ever provided ? ad I do hereby declare my will and mind to be that if my said son Jonathan Reeve shall happen to marry in his mothers life time without his consent first had and obtained in writing that then the said said devise to him shall be absolutely void and I do hereby immediately after such marriage give and devise the said capital messuage farm and lands with the appurtenances to my said son John Reeve and his heirs and for want of such issue from him then to my said daughter Sarah Reeve and her heirs for ever also I give devise and bequeath to my said son Jonathan Reeve his hers executors and administrations all my leasehold and copyhold estate whatsoever only ? nevertheless to the payment of the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to my said son John Reeve and the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to my said daughter Sarah Reeve to be paid within twelve months after my decease also I give and bequeath to my said loving wife Sarah Reeve in trust for my said son Jonathan Reeve all my stock goods chattels cattle and personal estate whatsoever not hereinbefore disposed of by this my will chargeable nevertheless and subject to the payment of my just debts funeral charges probate of my will and the legacies given to my said son John and my daughter Sarah and I do hereby further declare my will and mind to be that if my said wife sons or daughter shall happen to differ or disagree in any thing that relates to this my will that such differences shall be left to the determination of the said Charles Segon and on neglecting or refusing shall forfeit or lose to the others his her or their shares or parts hereinbefore bequeathed to him her or them and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my said loving wife Sarah Reeve sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I the said Jonathan Reeve the testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand to the first sheet and my hand and seal to the second sheet this sixth day of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and forty nine
Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Jonathan Reeve the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in our presence and in his presence attested by us Joseph Tanner William Mihill Jno Thos Baynes
This will was proved at London before the worshipful Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate to the Right Worshipful John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the sixth day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and fifty by the oath of Sarah Reeve widow the relict of the decease and sole executrix named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods chattels and credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer Exc.