Will – Isaac Hunter – 26 Jul 1794

Document Type: Will
Date: 26 Jul 1794
Correspondent: Isaac Hunter
Archive Source: NRO 672 A 31 38
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This is the last Will and Testament of me Isaac Hunter of Dukesfield in the County of Northumberland Gentleman as followeth that is to say First I will and order that all just Debts and Funeral  Expences shall be paid and discharged by my Executor hereafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and I give and devise all my Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments situate lying and being at Steel Hall, Wester Byers and Red Lead Mill in the Parish of Slaley and all other my Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever in the County of Northumberland aforesaid to my Brother in Law Robert Surtees of Milkwell Burn in the County of Durham Gentleman and his Heirs upon the Trusts following that is to say Upon Trust that he the said Robert Surtees and his Heirs shall and do with all convenient speed sell and dispose of all my said Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments or any Part thereof either by public Sale or private contract as to him or them shall seem most proper it being my Intention to give my said Trustee and his Heirs full power and absolute [authority (crossed through)] Dominion to act herein as shall to him and them seem best in order to get the most Money for the same and I do order and direct that Payment of the Purchase Money to the said Robert Surtees and his Heirs shall be a good and sufficient payment and his and their Receipts and acquittances a good and sufficient Discharge for the same to such purchasers respectively for their respective purchase Money who shall not be obliged to see to the application thereof of any part thereof or affected by the nonapplication or misapplication of the same or any part thereof And upon this further Trust that the said Robert Surtees and his Heirs shall and do forthwith after such Sales pay and apply the Money arising thereby and the Rents and Profits of my said Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments in the meantime for and towards the Satisfaction and Discharge of all Liens and encumbrances affecting the said Premisses and all other my Debts which I shall be owing to any person or persons whomsoever at the time of my death and the Interest of such of the same Debts as carry Interest and my funeral charges in aid of my personal Estate hereinafter given and bequeathed for that Purpose and in case any Overplus remain after Payment of the same upon this further Trust to place one full Moiety or half part of such Overplus out at Interest upon good Security either real or personal and shall pay and apply such Interest yearly and from time to time as the same shall become due and be received unto my dear wife Mary Hunter for and during the term of her natural life and as to such Moiety of the said Overplus immediately after the decease of my said Wife and as to the other Moiety of such Overplus immediately [after my (crossed through] upon my own decease upon further trust to pay and divide the same to and amongst my three Children Catherine Hunter Isaac Hunter and Robert Hunter equally share and share alike Also I give and bequeath all my Goods Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what Nature Quality or kind soever to my said Brother in law Robert Surtees to the Interest that he shall dispose of the same upon such and the same Trusts and to and for the same uses and Purposes as are hereinbefore declared or and concerning the Money to arise by Sale of my Real Estate and I do nominate and appoint my said Brother in law Robert Surtees sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament upon the Trusts aforesaid and my Will is and I do hereby order and direct that my said Trustee and Executor his Heirs Executors and Administrators shall out of the said Trust Estates and Premisses pay him and themselves respectively all such costs charges and expences as he they or any of them shall and may lay out and expend or be put unto in the execution and performance of the several Trusts hereby in him and them reposed or in anywise relating thereto and that they shall not be accountable for any more of my Estates and Effects than shall come to their respective Hands nor for any loss that shall happen the same so as such Loss happen without their wilful Neglect or Default nor shall my said Trustee his Heirs Executors or Administrators or any of them be answerable or accountable for the Insolvency of any Person or Persons to whom they may lend the Overplus of my Estates and Effects or any Part thereof upon the Trusts and for the Purposes contained at the time of lending the same and I do hereby revoke all former and other Wills at any time heretofore by me made either by word or writing In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper to the first sheet thereof set my hand and to the second sheet thereof set my hand and seal the twenty sixth Day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety four.  Isaac Hunter [LS circled] Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator Isaac Hunter as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his Request and in his Presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our Names as witnesses hereto 

But be it remembered that before the signing sealing publishing and declaring this Will the said Testator Isaac Hunter did give and bequeath all his household Goods and Furniture Plate Linen and Bedding to his Wife during her life and after her decease did bequeath the same to his Daughter Catherine Hunter and did order that his Wife should sign a Schedule of such household Goods and Furniture Plate Linen and Bedding and give the same to his said Daughter.  John Hunter. W Pearson. Jn Bell. 

Be it known unto all Men by these Presents That whereas I Isaac Hunter of Dukesfield in the County of Northumberland have made and declared my Will and Testament in writing in 1794 I the said Isaac Hunter by this present Codicil do confirm and ratify my said Will and Testament except the Household [Furniture(crossed through)] Goods as Beds Linning <etc> that my Wife Mary brought with her when we married and has added since, I do give and bequeath to my said Wife for ever and I also give and bequeath to her fifty pounds <per> year for her natural life to be paid out of my share of Alston Brewery dividend each year that this Codicil be adjudged to be part and parcel of my said Will and Testament and that all things herein contained and mentioned be faithfully and truly performed as fully and amply in every respect as if the same were so declared and set down in my last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I the said Isaac Hunter have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third Day of April one thousand seven hundred and ninety six Isaac Hunter [LS circled]  Signed declared and published as and for his last Will & Testament in the Presence of us –

No witnesses being of the testators own handwriting

Proved 13 Septr 1796

This copy agrees with the original Will and Codicil of the said Isaac Hunter deceased proved in the prerogative Court of York having been duly compared and examined therewith by me Wm. Askwith.  Notary Public 21st Novr. 1811

13 Sheets

Extracted by Wm. Askwith Proctor York

Copied from an Office Copy this 18th August 1832 by me Jno Bell

								Manor Office Hexham
Office copy of will of Isaac Hunter II, agent at Dukesfield 1764-96. ‘On Thursday se’nnight, very suddenly, while in a meadow with his haymakers, Mr. Isaac Hunter, of Duke’s Field, near Hexham’ Oracle and Public Advertiser (London, England) Tuesday August 16 1796

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