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Will of Elizabeth Ball 1807

Will of Elizabeth Ball 3rd February 1807

{ I believe Elizabeth to be Elizabeth Smith born about 1741 who married John Ball. They were parents of William who married Ann Weekley (and grandparents of the butchers William Weekley Ball and John Ball) and Dinah who married Thomas Smith.

This was copied from original in Northampton Record Office some time ago. If you want to be sure of witnesses and punctuation you need to consult the original}

This is the last Will and Testament of me Elizabeth Ball, wife of John Ball of Ringstead in the County of Northampton, Yeoman. Whereas Elijah Smith, late of Deenesthorpe in the said County of Northampton, deceased, in and by his last Will and Testament bearing date on or about the fifteenth day of September in the Year of our Lord One Thousand and Seven Hundred and Ninety-Eight. Did give and devise to John Webster, Daniel Webster and John Wells All and singular his cottage house lands and premises in Ringstead in the said County of Northampton with Appurtenances.

To hold to them the said John Webster, Daniel Webster and John Wells their Executors, Administrators and Assigns for and during the term of the natural life of his sister Elizabeth Ball upon trust nevertheless and to the intent and purpose that the said John Webster, Daniel Webster and John wells and the survivor of them and the Executors, Administrators and Assigns of such survivor should receive and take the Rents and Profits of the same Premises for the term of One Year from the time of his decease the same to be added to, and made part of, his personal Estate. And from and after the Expiration of One Year after his decease Upon Trust to pay, apply  and dispose of the Rents, Houses and profits of the same premises to his said sister Elizabeth Ball and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and after the decease of his said sister Elizabeth Ball, he gave and devised the same Premises to such Person or Persons for such use or uses as she, his said sister, Elizabeth Ball notwithstanding her Coverture or whether Covert or Discovert should by any deed or deeds, writing or writings made under her hand and seal to be by her duly signed, sealed and executed in the presence of, and attested by, two or more credible witnesses or by her last Will and Testament in writing to be by her duly signed and published in the presence of the like number of witnesses think fit to limit, appoint, give or dispose of the same premises or any part thereof. And for want of, or in default of such limitations, appointment, gift or disposition or in Case his said sister should depart this life within twelve months next after his decease.

Then he gave and devised the same Premises in Ringstead aforesaid unto all and every of the children of the said Elizabeth Ball to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike to take as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants as by the said Will Reference being had hereto may more fully appear.

And Whereas Now Therefore I the said Elizabeth Ball by virtue and in the presence of the Power and Authority to be reserved and given in and by the said recited Will and Virtue thereof Do by this my last Will and Testament signed, sealed and executed in the presence of and attested by the three Credible persons whose names are herewith subscribed as Witnesses limit, appoint, give and devise All and singular my Cottage House, Lands, Premises in Ringstead aforesaid is given with every of their appurtenances unto my said Husband John Ball to hold to him my said Husband John Ball and his Assigns for and during the term of his natural life and from and immediately after the decease of my said Husband.

Then I limit (?), appoint and give and devise all and singular the said Cottage House, Lands and Premises in Ringstead aforesaid with their appurtenances unto my son William Ball and daughter Dinah the wife of Thomas Smith to hold to them my son William and daughter Dinah their several heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common and not and joint tenants.

And lastly, I make and appoint my said husband John Ball Executor of this my will hereby revoking all other Wills by me made. I do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness thereof I, the said Elizabeth Ball have hereunto set my hand and seal and this Third Day of October in the Year of Our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety-nine.

Signed sealed, published and declared by the said Elizabeth Ball the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses

The X mark of Elizabeth Ball

Wm. Yorkes (?)

Edward C Dudley (?)

Thomas Mac Davitt(?)


On outside of Document it states

On the third day of February 1807 the Executor named in the within will was then sworn faithfully to perform the same according to law – And that the Deceased at the time of her Death was not possessed of a Personal Estate to the Amount of Twenty Pounds

                                Before me

                                Isaac Gaskarth (?)

Clerk, B.D. Surrogate

The Will of Mrs Elizabeth Ball

Late of Ringstead deceased

Date 3rd October 1799

Proved 3rd February 1807



Mr Gaskarth (?)

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