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The last Will and Testament of
George Sumner

This is the last Will & Testament of me George Sumner of Desborough in the County of Northampton, Grazier, made this thirty-first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty, and whereof I appoint my only son James Sumner sole Executor with power to adjust compound and settle all debts, amounts, and transactions, matters and things between any person, or persons and myself and which may be unsettled at my decease

I hereby give and bequeath unto my dear wife Ann Sumner such articles of furniture and other household effects belonging to me as she may think proper to select, not exceeding in value the sum of twenty pounds, for her absolute use and benefit

I give devise and bequeath all my real estates and also all the Residue of my Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever, and of what nature or kind, the same respectively may be at my decease (subject to, and after payment out of my personal estate of my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses) unto and to the use of my said son James Sumner, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns according to the nature of such estates respectively, subject to, and charged and chargeable with, the payment half yearly, and to commence from the day of my decease of an annuity or yearly rent charge of fforty pounds which I hereby bequeath unto my said wife Ann Sumner for her life, if she so long continue my widow but not otherwise, with such power of distress over my said real estate in case any half yearly payment of the said annuity or yearly rent charge shall be in arrear for the space forty days, as Landlords have for the recovery of rent in arrear reserved on leases for years

and I also further subject and charge James Sumner with the payment of the sum of ffour hundred pounds sterling to unto my daughter Ann Harris, the wife of John Harris of Desborough aforesaid, Maltster, payable at the expiration of twelve Calendar months from the decease of my said wife or the determination of her widowhood, which shall first happen, and which legacy or sum of money I have bequeath to my said daughter accordingly for her own absolute use and benefit

I hereby devise all estates vested in me as trustee or mortgagee in fee unto and to the use of my said son James Sumner, his heirs and assigns upon the tenets[?] and subject to the equities affecting the same respectively

In witness whereof I the said George Sumner have to this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former and other wills, testamentary papers and writings by me made, set my hand the day and year first aforesaid    George Sumner    Signed by the said George Sumner the testator as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time, who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other, hereunto subscribe our names as witnesses  Jas Ley Douglass  Solr  Mt Harborough  Thomas Stacey  Desborough

Proved at London 6th August 1852 before the Judge by the oath of James Sumner the Son the sole executor to whom admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer.


The original will has little punctuation or separate paragraphs. As this makes it hard to read I have inserted some punctuation and broken the text into separate clauses.

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