TRANSCRIPT OF THE LAST WILL OF SAMUEL APSEY OF THE PARISH OF CHARDSTOCK
Date of Will 30. 11. 1797
In the Name of God Amen I Samuel Apsey of the Parish of Chardstock in the County of Dorset Miller being infirm of body but of Sound mind Memory and Understanding Praise be therefore given to Almighty God do make an Ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say
First I give devise and bequeath unto Judith Chard for her life all that my dwelling house adjoining the Blade Mills in the said parish of Chardstock with the Ringhouse and Carthouse and Garden plot formerly waste land with paths watercourses and appurtenances whatsoever, and after her Decease I give the said Dwelling house, Ringhouse and Carthouse and Garden plot and appurtenances unto my Grandson James Chard his Heirs male and female forever.
Also I give unto James Chard my Grandson my Mills known as Blade Mills, and one field called Hendleys Acre with there appurtenances thereunto belonging a stable formerly a dewlling house lying in the parish of Chardstock and now held by lease bearing date the first of September 1795 Under Sir John Eden and Lord Auckland trustees for the manor of Chardstock for the remainder of the lease unexpired at my death.
Also I give all of my Copyhold Estate called Soapers bearing date 20th April 1796 lying in the said parish containing three acres unto James Chard aforesaid for the life of my daughter Elizabeth Apsey and after her death I give the same unto my daughter Judith Apsey for her life and after her decease to James Chard for his life.
Also I give and devise all my Copyhold called Honey Lands three closes containg 4 acres lying in above said parish and bearing date as above unto Judith Chard for her life and at her decease I give the same unto Elizabeth Apsey for her life and at her decease I give the same unto James Chard my grandson.
Also I give devise and bequeath part of my Copyhold called Turners granted by Copy of Court Role bearing date the 20th of April 1796 lying in the said parish of Chardstock all of the Dwelling house Offices and Outhouses and Garden there belonging to my daugher Elizabeth Apsey for her life the rents and profits thereof for her own separate use.
Also I give and devise the other part called Turners two closes of arable and pasture ground containing four acres and tree quarters lying as aforesaid in the North tything for the life of the said Elizabeth Apsey unto my grandson James Chard and Judith Chard his mother to share equally alike the rents and profits of the said two closes for the life of the said Elizabeth Apsey as well also the lives that shall survive thereon.
Also I give unto my daugher Anstice Dening the sum of Fifty Pounds
Also I give the sum of Ten Pounds unto Richard Dening her son his heirs and assigns.
Also I give the sum of Five Shillings a piece to each of my grand children lawfully begotten.
Also Five Shillings to be paid unto my great grandson John Wyatt within three months after my decease all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels land and substances mortgages bills bonds moneys personal estate and effects whatsoever I give and bequeath the same unto my daughter Judith Chard and grandson James Chard and I do hereby make and Ordain the said Judith Chard my whole and sole executrix and James Chard executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me herefore made and declared in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this Thirtieth day of November One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven.
Signed sealed published and declared by Samuel Apsey the above testator named as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names and witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other.
Probate of Samuel Apsey executed 9. 5. 1799
John Hewish Clerk Bachelor in Divinity Prebendary of the prebend of Chardstock antiontly founded in the Cathedral Church of Sarum to our well beloved Reverend Robert Stephens, Charles Buckland and Charles Tucker Clerks Greeting
We do hereby authorize empower and give commission unto you (in whom we perfectly confide) jointly and severally to administer the oath under written in manner and form there set forth unto Judith the wife of Richard Chard late Judith Apsey the lawful daughter of Samuel Apsey late of Chardstock in the county of Dorset and our prebendal jurisdiction deceased and sole executrix named in the last will and testament of the said deceased requiring you to duly return the presents to us or our lawful surrogate or other competent judge in the behalf with the said original will annexed and a certificate under the hand of either of you who shall duly execute this our commission testifying what you or either of you shall have done in the premises by virtue of those presents on or before the last day of June next ensuring otherwise the same to be void and none effect. Dated at Sarum under the seal of our office the sixth day of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Nine.
The form of the oath to be administered to Judith the Wife of Richard Chard laying her right hand on the Holy Gospels is as follows:
You swear that the paper writing hereto annexed doth in it contain the true original last will and testament of Samuel Apsey late of Chardstock your late father deceased, as far as you know or believe that you are sole executrix therin named, that you will duly execute and perform the same, and pay his debts and legacies as far as his goods chattels and credits will thereto extend and the law bind you and that you will make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased which have and shall come to our hands possession or knowledge and exhibit the same
into the registry of the prebendary of Chardstock and pass a just and true account of your executrixship when thereto lawfully required. And that the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased do not amount in value to the sum of Three Hundred pounds So Help You God Kiss the book.
This commission was duly executed at Axminster in the county of Devon on the 9th day of May 1799. And the oath above written was administered to the said Judith the wife of Richard Chard and by her duly taken before me.
Signed… CW. Buckland
Note: The Parish Registers record that Samuel Apsey was buried at Chardstock, St Andrew’s 22. 3. 1799