This is a transcript of documents held by the PRO in Kew (sorry about the unreadable words - but they're irrelevant legal jargon anyway, question marks are used for words I am unsure of).
This is the last will and Testament of me John Onion of the parish of Carleton cum Willingham in the County of Cambridge carpenter made this second day of March one thousand eight hundred and fifty three in form and manner following I give and bequeath to Margaret Onion my beloved wife all and every my household furniture live and dead stock and out door effects money or security or securities for money whatsoever or wheresoever the same may be to her own and at her disposal Also a certain sum of money to be paid at my death from the National Provident Life Insurance in Company's office 48 Granchurch? Street in which my life is now insured for 100 £ And I hereby nominate institute and appoint my said wife Margaret Onion Sole Executrix under this my last will In witness whereof I have set my hand this day and year first above written - John Onion - Signed by John Onion the testator in the presence of us who in this presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto - Phillip Frost Brinkley - Philip Francis Frost Brinkley.
Proved at London 6th June 1857 before the judge by the oath of Margaret Onion Widow the relict the sole Executrix to whom ???ori was granted having been first sworn by ??ori duly to administer.
Im Johannis Lawsell
In the name of God Amen
John Lawsell of Willingham green in the parish of Carlton cum Willingham in the County of Cambr that being sick in Body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following first I commend my Soul to God who gave it hoping by the meritorious Death and passion of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to have free pardon of all my sins and a joyfull resurrection at the last day my Body I commit to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named my worldly Estate I dispose therof as followeth first I give unto my most loving Wife all and singular my Spouses Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments with all and singular their appurtenances as some of them are held by Copy of Court Roll of the Manor of Carlton cum Willingham aforesaid and also all my fre Lans and Estate whatsoever and wheresoever to have and to hold both my Copyhold and Freehold Estate to her and her assignes? for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease If my said Wife should now be with child and should afterwards have a child or children by me then I give all my said estate to my child or children that shall be born of her and to their heirs and assignes? for ever But if there be no such issue between us then I give all my said Estate both Copy and Free as aforesaid to my right heir and his assignes for ever from the decease of my said wife Elizabeth Lawsell
ITEM I give unto the poor of the Parish of Carlton aforesaid the sum of forty shillings and to the poor of the parish of Brinkley the like sum of forty shillings to be paid to them within one Month after my decease at the discretion of my Executrix All the rest of my Goods Chattells movables and immovables real? and? personal Estate whatsoever I give unto my loving Wife Elizabeth Lawsell aforesaid and to her Heirs and Assignes for ever and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said Wife Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and disannulling all other wills by me heretofore made.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this three and Twentieth day of August in the third year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second by the grace of God of great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith ?? Annoq? Domini 1729 John Lawsell signed sealed by the above named John Lawsell and published to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have set our hands hereunto in his presence Benjamin Vale his mark Richard Long Wipping? .
This is the last will and Testament of me Swan Nash the elder of a Carlton Grange in the county of Cambridge Gentleman I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Hester Nash one clear? annuity of four hundred pounds a year to commence from my decease and to routine payable during the term of her natural life by actual? quarterly payments on the twenty fifth day of March the twenty fourth day of June the twenty ninth day of September and the twenty fifth day of December in every year the first payment thereof to be made on such of the said quarterly days of payment as shall next happen after my decease and also a proportionate sum for the fractional period (if any) of the quarter which shall or may be pending or current? at the time of the decease of my said wife to be paid immediately on ourh? decease also I give and bequeath unto my said beloved wife Hester Nash all ourh? part and so much of my household goods and furniture plate linen china and books as she shall select and choose at her option and discretion alsod? subject and charge the said annuity upon all my freehold and copyhold messuages lands and hereditaments in aid of my personal estate also I give to my Son Swan Nash the sum of one thousand pounds of lawful money to be paid by deduction out of money he may owe me at my decease and if this debt to me shall be counted below that sum or paid off at my decease then the said Legacy of the residue thereof as the case may be shall be paid out of my personal estate also I give and devise all my freehold and copyhold messuages lands and hereditaments unto my three Sons Thomas Nash Peter Nash and Swan Nash and to their heirs and assigns as tenants in common also I give and bequeath unto my said three sons Thomas Nash Peter Nash and Swan Nash their executors administrators and assigns all my goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever and subject to the payment of my first/just? of all monies charged on my real and personal estates and of my funeral and testamentary expenses and I do hereby in pursuance and execution of the power given to me under of by virtue of the articles of copartnership by which the business of a common Brewer? and other businesses at Cambridge and elsewhere are now carried on by me in copartnership and in exercise and execution of all and every or any other right of power possessed by me in this behalf nominate and appoint my said three sons Thomas Nash Peter Nash and Swan Nash to be my successors in the said copartnership business or businesses and I hereby give to and vest in my said three sons all rights powers and privileges which I am in any coise? enable to confer upon or repose? in them as my successors in the said copartnership business or businesses and I direct? that the following sales purchases and transfers of portions of my real and personal estates shall be made by my said three sons (that is to say my leasehold estate in and near Oxford Street in the County of Middlesex shall be conveyed and assigned so that the same shall become the absolute property of my son Swan Nash his executors administrators and assigns and he shall as a consideration for the same pay unto my personal estate for the benefit of my said three sons as Residuary Legatees the sum of three thousand pounds and my freehold and copyhold estate at foulmire? and Thriplow in the the county of Cambridge or in either of them and my leasehold messuage farm and lands called Carlton Grange in the county of Cambridge and all my tenant right and interest there-in and all my goods growing and other crops live and dead stores? implements and utensils of husbandry tillage and other tenants property upon the said farm and lands at my decease shall be valued and appraised by two competent persons one to be chosen by my son Thomas Nash and the other by my two other sons or by the umpire to be appointed by such? two persons in case of their differing in opinion and the last mentioned freehold copyhold and leasehold and other personal estate shall be conveyed assigned and transferred so as to vest absolutely in my said son Thomas Nash his heirs executors and administrators and he shall as a consideration for the same pay into my personal estate for the benefit of my three sons as residuary legatees the amount of such valuation but in such valuation in?addition shall be made thereto in respect of the value of any tenant right or term of years which I may have at my decease in the said Carlton Grange farm but the same shall pay to my son Thomas Nash without his his being charged any price for such tenant right or term and all my freehold and copyhold estates held with thhe said Cambridge Brewery and all my share and interest therein and all my personal estate employed in the said Cambridge Brewery and all my right and interest in the said copartnership property including all such articles as shall be comprized in the last cost or balance sheet of the said copartnership meset? preceding my decease shall be valued and appraized by two competent persons one to be chosen by my son Peter Nash and the other by my two other sons or by the umpire to be appointed by such two persons in case of their differing in opinion and the last mentioned freehold copyhold leasehold and personal estate shall be conveyed assigned and transferred so as to vest absolutely in my said son Peter Nash his heirs executors and administrators and he shall as a consideration for the same pay into my personal estate for the benefit of my said three sons as residual legatees the amount of such last mentioned valuation and as I have given these directions for the mutual advantage of my said three sons I rely on their carrying them into execution promptly and with mutual kindness and equity and appoint my said three sons joint executors of this my will and I devise to my said three sons and their heirs all estates vested in me as mortgagee or trustee upon the trustees and subject to the equities affecting the same but the money secured? upon such mortgages shall go as part of my personal estate In witness whereof I the said Swan Nash the Testator have to this my last will and Testament set my hand this twenty first day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty one - Swan Nash - signed published and declared by the said Swan Nash the Testator as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other hereunto subscribe our names as witnesses the word "personal" in the seventh line from the bottom of the first page thereof having been first written on an erasure also the word "four" in the fourth line from the top of the first page having been first written on an erasure and the words "as tenants in common" in between the tenth and eleventh lines from the bottom of the first page thereof having been first interlined - J?P Wedd - Henry Thurnall - Solicitors Royston - Charles G Mortlock their Clerk.
Proved at London the 29th June 1844 before the Judge by the oaths of Thomas Nash and Peter Nash the Sons two of the Executors to whom administration was granted having been first sworn by commission only to administer power coserved? of making the life grant to Swan Nash the Son also the other Executor when he shall apply for the same.