Will of Dorothy Richardson, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, 1840 (proved 1855)

I Dorothy Richardson late of No 21 Rathbone Place in the City of London and now of Haltwhistle in the County of Northumberland Widow do hereby revoke all Wills Codicils and other Testamentary dispositions made by me at any time or times heretofore and do publish and declare this to be and contain my last Will and Testament First I direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts funeral and testamentary expences as soon as conveniently may be after my decease I give and bequeath to each of my Grandchildren George Braman and Frederick Braman sons of George Braman Servant to Captain Fullerton now residing in France the sum of fifteen pounds and I direct the same to be paid to them at the expiration of six calendar months after my decease and their respective receipt or receipts for the same to be a sufficient discharge notwithstanding their or either of their minority Also I give and bequeath unto my son James Ritson the sum of forty pounds Also I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Dorothy Ritson daughter of the said James Ritson all my wearing apparel Also I give and bequeath unto my friend John Birkett of Haltwhistle Grocer the sum of five pounds And I direct the said Legacies to be paid at the expiration of six calendar months after my decease And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath the same to my son John Richardson his executors administrators and assigns And I direct that my body may be decently interred in Knaresdale Church Yard And lastly I nominate and appoint my said son John Richardson and the said John Birkett joint Executors of this my said Will In Witness whereof I the said Testator have hereunto set my hand and seal the fifth day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty

Dorothy Richardson

(Attestation Clause)

John Lee, Solr, Brampton   James Smith, Haltwhistle

Proved at Durham 6 September 1855 by John Richardson of Chester le Street in the County of Durham Platelayer and John Birkett of Haltwhistle Gentleman

Proved at London 25 October 1855

PCC Prob11/2221

transcribed by Ros Dunning