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Will of William Attree of Brighton, co. Sussex, 1811.

This is the last Will and Testament of me William Attree of Brighthelmstone in the County of Sussex Gent made published and declared in manner & form following that is to say I give & devise my four daurs Frances, Sukey, Mary & Charlotte all that messuage or tenement with the Assembly rooms coach houses and stables thereunto belonging with their & every of their appuris situate lying and being in Ship Street in Brighthelmstone aforesaid now in the several tenures or occupations of Leonard Shuckard & Alexr Hicks their respective undertenants or assigns to hold the same unto my said four daurs Frances Sukey Mary & Charlotte their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common & not as joint tenants subject nevertheless to the payment of the sum of Three thousand pounds & interest with which the same now stand charged jointly with my manor of Atlingworth and subject also & I do hereby expressly charge the said messuage or tenement assembly rooms coach houses & stables with the appuris with and for the payment of one annuity or yearly sum of Two hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain clear of all taxes and deductions whatsoever unto my wife Frances and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life & to be paid to her by four equal quarterly payments in the year the first payment thereof to begin & be made at the expiration of three calendar months next after my decease. And I do hereby give unto my said wife and her assigns all such powers and remedies for recovering & receiving the said annuity or yearly slim of Two hundred pounds or any quarterly payment thereof in case the same shall be in arrear for the space of twenty one days as are given by Law to Landlords for the recovery of rent in arrear, Also I give & devise unto my said four daurs Frances, Sukey, Mary & Charlotte all that my messuage or tenement hereditaments & premises with the appuris situate lying & being in Ship Street aforesaid except the stable & room hereinbefore given to my son Thomas now in my own occupation To hold the same unto my said four daughters Frances Sukey Mary & Charlotte their heirs & assigns for ever as tenants in common & not as joint tenants subject nevertheless to the payment of the sum of Five hundred pounds part of the sum of Two thousand pounds with which the said premises jointly with the other hereditaments now stand charged to Richard Day Esq. Also I give and bequeath unto my said four daughters Frances Sukey Mary & Charlotte all my household goods & furniture plate linen china & implements of household whatsoever which shall be in about or belonging to my dwellinghouse in Ship St. aforesaid at the time of my decease to be equally divided between them share & share alike also I give and devise unto my said four daughters Frances, Sukey Mary and Charlotte all those my chaise houses situate lying & being in King Street in Brighthelmstone aforesaid now in the occupations of myself & Noble Dudlow To hold the same unto my four daughters their exors admors & assigns as tenants in common & not as joint tenants for all the residue of the term of years which shall be therein to come & unexpired at the time of my decease subject nevertheless to the payment of the rent & the performance of the covenants & agreements to be paid & performed in respect of the said premises. Also I give unto my said wife Frances & her assigns all the interest which shall or may grow due and payable during her life on a debenture which I now hold for the life of my son Thomas Attree on the security of the Tolls of Shoreham Bridge and from and after the decease of my said wife I give and bequeath the said Debenture unto my said son Thomas Attree also I give & bequeath unto my said wife all my household goods and furniture plate linen china and implements of household whatsoever which shall be in about or belonging to my dwelling house at Ditcheling at the time of my decease also my chaise pony and harness and also all the stock and implements whatsoever which shall be in the land at Ditcheling at the time of my decease she my said wife paying all rent which shall be then due for the said premises at Ditcheling whereas I have already provided very handsomely for my son John Attree and I do hereby give him the sum of One hundred and five pounds only to be retained out of the residuum of my personal estate and effects. Also I give and devise unto my said son Thomas Attree all that messuage or tenement heredits & premises with the appurts situate lying and being in Ship St. aforesaid now in his own occupation with the chamber over the back office now in my occupation and also all the stable behind the said last mentioned messuage or tenement now in the occupation of myself and my said son. To hold the same unto my said son Thomas Attree his heirs and assigns for ever subject nevertheless to the payment of the sum of One thousand pounds part of the said sum of Two thousand pounds with which the said premises jointly with the other heredits now stand charged to the said Richard Day as aforesaid. Also I give & bequeath unto my said son Thomas Attree all my part or share of in & to the books and papers except securities for money & household goods and furniture which shall be in about or belonging to the said messuage or tenement now in the tenure or occupation of my said son Thomas Attree at the time of my decease. Also I give & devise unto my said son Thomas Attree all that my manor or lordship or reputed manor or lordship of Atlingworth with the rights members & appurts to the same belonging. To hold the same unto my said son Thomas Attree his heirs and assigns for ever upon condition nevertheless that he my said son Thomas Attree do & shall within three months next after my decease duly execute & deliver unto each of them my said four daughters Frances Sukey Mary & Charlotte one bond or obligation in the penal sum of Two thousand pounds to be considered for the payment of the sum of One thousand pounds to each of them my said four daughters within six years next after my decease with interest for the same in the meantime at & after the rate of Five pounds per centum per annum & I do hereby order & direct that immediately on such bonds being so executed & delivered to my said daurs respectively that they said four daughters & each of them do execute & deliver to my said son Thomas Attree a good & sufficient release of all claims & demands whatsoever which they my said daughters or any or either of them might have or claim in to or out of the said manor or Lordship or reputed manor or Lordship & all their & each & every of their estate & interest therein. Also I give & bequeath unto my said four daughters Frances Sukey Mary & Charlotte all those ground rents payable out of certain premises let on lease to Nathan Smith Esq. Thomas Knapp Thomas Pocock William Brook & Mary Smith & Thomas Cobby. To hold the same unto my said four daughters Frances Sukey Mary & Charlotte to be equally divided between them share & share as tenants in common & not as joint tenants & to their several & respective exors admors & assigns for all such term & number of years as shall be therein to come & unexpired at the time of my decease subject nevertheless to the payment of the rent & to the performance of the covenants & agreements reserved & contained in the Indenture of Lease under which I hold the same & on the tenants or lessees part to be paid performed & kept & subject also to the payment of the sum of Five hundred pounds part of the said sum of Two thousand pounds with which the said premises jointly with other heriditaments now stand charged to the said Richard Day. Also I give & devise unto my son William Attree all that my messuage or tenement heredits & premises with the appurts situate lying and being in the Parish of Beeding othe Seale in the County of Sussex aforesaid now let to the Parish officers of the said Parish. To hold the same unto my said son William Attree his heirs & assigns for ever. I give & devise unto my son Richard Attree all those my three messuages or tenements hereditaments & premises situate lying & being in Russell Street in Brighthelmstone aforesaid & now in the several tenures or occupations of James Read Benjamin Webbe - Mitchen or their respective undertenants or assigns. To hold the same unto my said son Richard Attree his heirs & assigns for ever subject nevertheless to the payment of such sum or sums of money with which the same shall or may respectively stand charged at the time of my decease. All the rest residue & remainder of my real & personal estate whatsover & wheresoever or of what nature kind or quality soever I give devise & bequeath the same & every part thereof unto my said two sons John Attree & Thomas Attree their heirs exors admors & assigns upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivor of them his heirs exors or admors do & shall as soon after my decease as conveniently may be sell & dispose of the same either by private sale or by public auction as they shall think fit & from & after payment of all such costs charges & expenses as they my said trustees or the survivor of them his heirs exors or adfiiors shall pay expend or be put unto in or about such sale or sales upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivor of them his heirs exors or admors do and shall by & out of the residue remainder of the monies arising by such sale or sales pay & discharge all my just debts except the debt on mortgage hereinbefore directed to be paid out of particular estate my funeral & testamentary expenses & the charges & expenses attending the proving & executing this my Will. And from and after payment of the same upon further trust that they my said trustees or the survivor of them his heirs exors or admors do and shall pay apply & dispose of the residue & remainder of the monies arising by such sale or sales & all other the residue and remainder of my estate whatsoever & wheresoever unto & amongst my six children namely William Attree Frances Attree Richard Attree Sukey Attree Mary Attree and Charlotte Attree to be equally divided between them share & share alike & to their respective exors & admors and for facilitating the sale or sales of my said real estate I do hereby order & direct that the receipt or receipts of my said trustees or the survivor of them or his heirs shall from time to time & at all times be a good & sufficient release and discharge to any purchaser or purchasers of my said Estates or any part thereof for the purchase money for which the same shall be so sold or for so much or such part or parts thereof as in any such receipt or receipts shall be acknowledged or expressed to be received and that such purchaser or purchasers shall not afterwards be answerable or accountable for any loss misapplication or non application of such purchase money or any part thereof or be at all bound or obliged to see or attend to the application thereof. And lastly I do hereby nominate & appoint my said two sons John Attree & Thomas Attree joint executors of this my Will and hereby revoking & making void all former and other Will & Wills by me at any time heretofore made I declare this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said William Attree the Testator have to this my last Will & Testament contained in five sheets of paper to the first four sheets thereof set my hand & to this last sheet my hand & seal this sixth day of August in the year of our Lord 1810.

William Attree. (L.S.). Signed sealed published & declared by the said William Attree the Testator as & for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto. Penelope Louise Lee. William Smyth. James Read.

Proved at London 12th February 1811 before the Worshipful John Daubeny Doctor of Laws & Surrogate by the oaths of John Attree & Thomas Attree esquires the sons and the executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer.
P.C.C., 51 Crickett.