Will of Thomas Bell, land agent of Simonburn, Northumberland, 1819 (proved 1820)

In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Bell of Simonburn in the Parish of Simonburn and County of Northumberland Land Agent considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and disposing mind & memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expences be paid within six months next after my decease by my executor hereinafter named I give and bequeath to my friend John Bewick of Ouston near Chesterlee street in the County of Durham Shopkeeper the sum of two hundred pounds and all my wearing apparel my Gold Watch excepted I give and bequeath to my Son in Law Robert Kell of Netherwitton the sum of one hundred pounds which last mentioned two legacies of two hundred pounds and one hundred pounds I order and direct to be paid within twelve months next after my decease by my Executor hereinafter named I give and bequeath to my friend Robert Davison of Chapple House the sum of twenty pounds to buy mourning for himself and his family I give and bequeath to my Neighbour Thomas Grierson of Hall Burns the sum of ten pounds to buy Mourning I give and bequeath to my Housekeeper Ann Maughan the sum of two Guineas to buy mourning in case she be in my service at the time of my decease & not otherwise I give and bequeath to Thomas Maughan an occasional servant now with me the sum of five pounds in case he be in my service at the time of my decease and not otherwise And lastly as to all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate Goods and Chattels of what nature or kind soever namely my Gold Watch household furniture Beds and Bedding Horses (except my little Bay Mare with my best Bridle which I give and bequeath to my dear friend Miss Cuthbertson of Haltwhistle) Cattle money in the funds money in hand & securities for money I give and bequeath to my dear friend Ralph Davison of Cranbrook in the Parish of Ryton and County of Durham ffarmer whom I hereby appoint sole executor of this my last Will and testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made I hereby order and direct that my funeral may not be numerously attended but every Cottager in the Village to be invited and as to the other parts of it to be done at the discretion of my said Executor In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen

Thos Bell

(Attestation Clause)

John Grierson _ William Man…..

Proved at London 21 April 1820

PCC Prob11/1627

transcribed by Ros Dunning