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Will of Charles Hougham (1748-1793) transcribed

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In the name of God Amen I Charles Hougham of Aldersgate London Goldsmith being of sound and disposing mind and memory and understanding and considering the uncertainty of this mortal life do (for avoiding controversies after my death) make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say

I desire my lawful debts funeral expenses and the charges of proving this my will be paid and satisfied as soon as possible after my decease and that my funeral be attended with as little exposure as possible consistent with decency and that the same do not on any account exceed the sum of twenty pounds and with respect to the disposition of my estate and effects I give and dispose of the same in manner and form following that is to say

whereas I am now engaged in partnership with my brother Solomon Hougham in business on account of which a great part of my property is now remaining in trade and my mind and will is that in case my said brother should continue the said trade or business after my decease then and in such case he shall and may be at liberty to retain in his own hands so much money as my part or share of the said partnership business may upon a fair adjustment amount to

and pay and apply to or for the use and benefit of Ann Ward daughter of my late wife interest for such moneys after the rate of three pounds per centum per annum to be paid her quarterly and every quarter during her natural life or so long as my said brother shall continue in business as aforesaid and in case the said Ann Ward shall have issue of her body lawfully begotten then I do hereby order and direct that the interest benefit or dividend arising from the same be paid and go to and be equally divided among all such issue as shall be living at the time of the decease of the said Ann Ward share and share alike and if but one child then the whole to go to such only child (of said interest) it being my will and intention that the said Ann Ward shall receive the interest on such money only but in case my said brother should refuse to retain such money in his hands as aforesaid then I do hereby direct that the same shall be placed in some of the public funds or securities for money and the interest dividends and produce thereof paid to the said Ann Ward provided she shall have attained the age of seventeen years or if not then to her guardians lawfully appointed in the same manner as I have before directed the interest to be paid by my brother and unto her issue or issues as I before directed

and in case I should hereafter become possessed of a freehold or freeholds then the profit or interest or rent arising from the same to be applied to and for the use of the said Ann Ward and her issue or issues as I before have directed my personal estate to be all the rest residue and remainder of my estate effects of what nature of kind soever (or wheresoever) I do direct shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and the money arising therefrom I hereby direct shall be placed in the public funds and the interest dividends and produce arising therefrom as the same shall become due and payable be paid to the said Ann Ward during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease to the issue of her body lawfully begotten in the same manner as I before directed

but in case it should happen that the said Ann Ward should die without lawful issue then I do hereby order and direct that the whole of the aforesaid principal money together with all other my estate and effects shall become the absolute property of my said brother Solomon Hougham his executors administrators and assigns forever

and I do hereby (in case the said Ann Ward should not have attained the age of seventeen years at the time of my decease) nominate constitute and appoint my said brother Solomon Hougham executor of this my will in trust for the said Ann Ward and until she shall attain the said age of seventeen years and from and immediately after she shall have attained such age as aforesaid the executorship of my said brother Solomon Hougham I do hereby declare shall cease and determine and I do in his stead and place appoint the said Ann Ward sole executrix of this my last will which I do hereby declare to be my last will utterly revoking and making void every other will or wills hereto fore and in witness whereof I the said Charles Hougham have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand and seal that is to say my hand to the first sheet and my hand and seal to this second and last sheet this fourth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and eighty five

(CH)

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Charles Hougham the testator and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the word pound being first interlined Joseph Simons Henry Iago John Bowxxxx

This will was proved at London the sixth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety four before the worshipful John Fisher Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the right Honourable William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws master keeper or commissary of the prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Ann Ward spinster the sole executrix named in the said will (she having attained the age of Seventeen Years to whom administration of all and singular the goods chattels and effects of the deceased was granted she having been first sworn duly to administer

[Transcribed by Robin Young]

Summary of the Will of Charles Hougham 1748-1793
relationship names benefit
brother and partner Solomon Hougham Charles' share of the partnership, with provision for ...
step daughter Anne Ward, daughter of my late wife provision for income of 3% p.a. from his share in the partnership
Note:
the will is dated 4 March 1785 when the partnership with his brother was established;
Charles died in Jan 1793 and the will proved on 6 Mar 1794;
Ann Ward died 1 Feb 1818.

Linked toCharles Hougham (Will); Solomon Hougham; Ann Ward
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