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WILL OF JOHN STARIE, 1740, KNIGHTON ON TEME

 

I John Starie the you[n]ger of Newnham in the County of Worcester Gent do make this my Will in manner following. First I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses (except the money I have this day borrowed on the security of my real estate) be paid out of my personal estate and after payment thereof I give and bequeath the use & interest of the residue of my personal estate to my wife Unity for her life she educating my children thereout and upon her death I give and bequeath out of my said personal estate one hundred pounds apeice to my four you[n]ger children & the overplus thereof I give to my eldest son & heir & in case any or either of my yo[u]nger children shall happen to dye before my said wife and before his her or their age of twenty one years or marriage with my wifes consent which shall first happen then I direct that the portion of him her or their so dying shall in the first place go to make up any dificiency that may happen in my personal estate in raising one hundred pounds to each of my surviving yo[u]nger children and the overplus I give to my eldest son and heir & I do hereby appoint my said wife Unity sole Executrix of this my Will & guardian to my children during their respective minorities & I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this ninth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty nine. John Starie the you[n]ger. Signed sealed and published by the testator & for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in his presence & at his request. John Starie son, Jeffrey Moulding

This Will was proved at Ludlow the 1st day of July in the year of our Lord 1740 before the Worsh[ipfu]l Edward Wynn Doctor of Laws & Vicar General & Official Principal of the Right Reverend Father in God Henry by divine permission Lord Bishop of Hereford lawfully constituted by Unity Starie the Executive named in the said Will to whom lies[?] of ad[ministra]con of the goods chattells & credits of the dec[ease]d she being first sworn on the Holy Evangelists duly to fulfill the same will and to exhibit a fine and perfect inventory of all & singular the said goods chattels & credits.