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Mary Gillett née Bye ~ 1857

This is the last will and testament of me Mary Gillett of Chequors farm in the parish of Stokenchurch in the County of Oxford I direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses as soon as may be after my decease I give and bequeath unto my daughter Amy wife of William Hissey of Chequors Farm aforesaid the sum of two hundred pounds for her own absolute use and bequeath unto my son in law William Hissey of Chequors Farm aforesaid and my son Abram Gillett of Mill End Farm in the parish of West Wycombe in the county of Bucks the residue of my personal property of xxx description upon trust to divide the same equally amongst my children hereinafter named and xxxx living and the children of my two sons and daughter deceased that is to pay one share to my son Richard Gillett of Maugersbury in the county of Gloucester one share to my son Abram Gillett of  Mill End aforesaid one share to the children of my son John Gillett late of Brize Norton in the county of Oxford deceased one share to the children of my son James Gillett late of Witney in the county of oxford one share to the children of my daughter Elizabeth deceased to be paid the aforesaid children as soon as they shall severally attain the age of twenty one years and the remaining two shares bequeath to my executors below mentioned upon trusts pay the same to my two daughters Rachel now of Brize Norton and Mary Ann wife of Henry Deacon of Witney aforesaid by xxxx with the interest arising thereof from xxx otherwise or to be xxxx put in the purchase of annuities as my said executors shall xxx fit and finally I nominate constitute and appoint the said William Hissey and Abram Gillett  executors of this my last will and testament revoking all former and other wills and declaring this to be my last will and testament in witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand this 14th Day of November one thousand eight hundred and fifty five – MARY GILLETT – signed by the said testatrix as her last will and testament In the presence of us present at the same time who at her request in her and in the presence of each other have xxx xxx subscribed our names as witnesses – DOROTHY AMY GILLETT – Jos Jas Boniface –

Proved at London 5th June 1857 before the Worshipful xxxx Thomas xxxx Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oaths of William Hissey and Abram Gillett her son the executors to who admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer.

Transcription by Caroline O’Neill April 2008

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