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Will of William Wells,
Owner of West Indian Plantations
PROB 11/1253 q. 641


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[in right hand margin] William Wells Esquire
In the Name of God Amen

I William Wells of the said Island of St. Christophers Planter do make this my last Will and Testament in the following manner viz. I do hereby give Freedom unto my house Negro women Hannah Juggy Gotto and Kate and I do hereby release them from Slavery and I do hereby give unto my said Hannah and Juggy the annual sum of sixty pound Sterling to each of them during their natural lives to be paid unto each of them half yearly I also give to my said Hannah her Negro woman present and all her Children I give to my said Gotto and Kate above mentioned the annual Sum of twenty pounds Sterling to each of them during their natural lives to be paid unto each of them half yearly I do hereby give Freedom to my Mullatto woman Sue Wells and I give her also twenty pounds Sterling to be paid her annually during her natural life half yearly I do hereby give Freedom to my Mullatto Man Simon to my houseboy Fill and to Christian and I Coaser my two Drivers and I give to each of them the annual Sum of twenty pounds Sterling during their natural lives to be paid unto each of them half yearly I give unto my natural Daughter Elizabeth whose mother was named Perrin the annual Sum of one hundred and Fifty pounds Sterling during her natural life to be paid her half yearly and I give her also the sum of two thousand and five hundred pounds Sterling I give unto my natural Daughter Ann the Child of Sue Wells the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds Sterling during her natural life to be paid her half yearly and I give her also the Sum of three thousand and five hundred pounds Sterling payable to her when she attains the age of twenty one years I give unto my Natural Daughter Mary Ann whose mother is named Sarah the Annual Sum of one hundred and Forty pounds sterling to be paid half yearly during her natural life and also the further Sum of one thousand pounds Serling [sic] I give unto my Friend Henry Bakley Esquire the Sum of one thousand Guineas as a token of my Regard for him I give unto my Half Brother Miles Wells the Annual Sum of Eighty pounds Sterling during his natural life to be paid him half yearly I give unto my Brothers the Reverend Robert Wells of Glamorganshire South Wales and Nathaniel Wells Esquire of London merchant the Sum of Five thousand pounds Sterling to each of them I give unto my Nephew Burham Wells of the City of London the annual Sum of three hundred Guineas during his natural life to be paid him half yearly the remainder of my Estate both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever I give unto my Natural and Dear Son Nathaniel Wells whose mother is my woman Juggy and who is now in England for his Education and at School at Newington near London and under the care of his Uncle my Brother Nathaniel Wells Esquire of London, and to his heirs for ever on his attaining the age of twenty one years and which will be on the the [sic] 10th. Day of September in the year one thousand Eight hundred but should he not live to the said 10th Day of September one thousand Eight hundred I then give it to my said two Brothers the Reverend Robert Wells and Nathaniel Wells and their heirs for ever to be equally divided between them I recommend my Dear Son Nathaniel Wells abovementioned to the particular Care and Attention of my Executors hereafter named and that they will be pleased to pay particular Attention to his Education and that when he is fit and qualified they will send him him [sic] to the university of Oxford and According to my Calculation the remainder of my Estate (after the above Legacies are Satisfied and complied with consisting of my three plantations and Money due and at Interest in this Island and also the money I have in the 4 per Cent Stake that my Dear Son Nathaniel Wells will inherit and enjoy by virtue of this my last Will and Testament at Least one hundred and twenty thousand pounds Sterling I also hereby appoint my two Brothers above named the Reverend Robert Wells and Nathaniel Wells of London merchant and my Friend above named Henry Bakeley Esquire and John Julius Esquire and doctor Adam Sprott my Executors and Guardians to the Bodys and Estates of my Natural Children above named and I do again recommend my Dear Son Nathaniel Wells to their particular Care and attention Lastly I desire I may be buried in the Church yard in Basseterre in the same Grave with my Dear wife Elizabeth and my Son and Daughter over whose Grave there is a marble Tomb Stone in the said Church yard witness my hand and Seal to this my last Will and Testament this tenth Day of July one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Nine I give to my Son in Law John Taylor Esq[ui]r[e] of the Island of Nevis Five thousand pounds Sterling W[ill ia]am Wells. Signed and Sealed and acknowledged by the said W[illia]m Wells to be his last Will and Testament in our presence Anth[on]y Percival, Will[ia]m Stephen, Rob[er]t Deeble, Saint Christopher.

     Before the honorable John Stanley Esquire president of his majesty's Council of the said Island and Commander in Chief of the Leeward Islands for the time being Ordinary Within the same personally appeared Anthony Percival of the said Island Planter and one of the Subscribing Witnesses to the within written last Will and Testament of William Wells late of the said Island Esq[ui]r[e] Deceased who being duly Sworn upon the holy Evangelists of Almighty God maketh Oath and saith that he was present and did See the within named William Wells Sign Seal and as and for his last Will and Testament deliver Publish and Declare the within written paper writing containing in the whole three pages of writing and that the said William Wells did deliver and acknowledge the said within Paper writing purporting so to be his last Will and Testament as and for his Act and I Deed and Publish and Declare the same to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of this Deponent and William Stephen and Robert Dooble the other Subscribing Witnesses thereto who together with this Deponent and in his presence and in the presence of each other as also at the request of the said William Wells and in his presence and in the presence of each other as also at the request of the said William Wells and in his presence did respectively sign their names as subscribing Witnesses to the due execution thereof and this Deponent further saith that the signature W[ill ia]m Wells set and subscribed opposite to the Seal at the Foot of the within last Will and Testament is of the proper hand writing of the said William Wells the Testator named in the said Will and of none other person whatever and that he the said William Wells at the time of so signing his name to the within paper writing and at the time of his delivering the same as his Act and Deed and Publishing and Declaring the same as and for his last Will and Testament was of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and further this Deponent Saith not Anth[on]y Percival Sworn to before me this tenth day of July 1794 John Stanley St. Christopher's Recorded in the Secretary's


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