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Last Will and Testament of Sarah Spikings

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Sarah Spikings of Wisbech Saint Peters in the County of Cambridge, widow

I appoint my friends Johnson Porter of West Walton in the county of Norfolk Farmer and Walter Reeve of Wisbech Saint Peter aforesaid Cutler Trustees and Executors of this my Will

I give and bequeath unto my son Henry Spikings my silver cup which was presented to my late husband by Steed Girdlestone Esquire and others and I give and bequeath unto my grandchild Sarah Jane Spikings the daughter of my son William Spikings my silver teapot which was also presented to my late husband by the said Steed Girdlestone and others at the same time as the silver cup and I also give and bequeath unto my said grandchild Sarah Jane Spikings my silver cream jug which matches the tea pot and I give and bequeath unto my three sons John Spikings, William Spikings and Henry Spikings all the residue of my plate, linen and china to be equally divided between and amongst them share and share alike

I give and bequeath unto the said Johnson Porter and Walter Reeve all my household furniture, monies and securities for money and all other my Personal Estate not hereinbefore otherwise disposed of to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease and upon trust to convert and get in the residue of my personal estate and as to the monies to arise from the conversion and getting in thereof upon trust thereout to pay or retain all the expenses incidental to the execution of the preceding trust and all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses and then upon trust that they my said Trustees and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor do and shall pay and divide the ultimate surplus of the said monies unto and equally between and amongst my said sons John Spikings, William Spikings and Henry Spikings share and share alike and their respective executors administrators and assigns and devise all the real estates which shall at my decease be vested in me as Trustee or Mortgagee to my said Trustees subject to the equities affecting the same respectively

I empower my Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will to give receipts for all monies to be paid to such Trustees or Trustee and I declare that such receipts shall wholly exonerate the persons taking the same from liability to see to the application of the monies therein expressed to have been waived and I exempt every Trustee of this my will from all liability for losses occurring without his or their wilful neglect or default and declare that one of my Trustees shall not be answerable or accountable for the other of them but each of them for his own acts receipts neglects or defaults respectively and that it shall be lawful for my Trustees or Trustee for the time being of this my Will from time to time with and out of the Trust monies which shall come to their respective hands by virtue of this my Will to deduct and reimburse themselves respectively all costs charges and expenses which they may respectively incur sustain or be put unto in the execution of the aforesaid trusts and I revoke all former Wills by me made in witness whereof I the said Sarah Spikings the Testatrix have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this first day of January One Thousand Eight hundred and forty nine - Sarah Spikings - signed sealed and declared by the above named Sarah Spikings as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us all being present at the same time who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

J. Whitsed         ?         G. Southwell

Proved at London the 17th June 1857 before the judge by the oaths of Johnson Porter and Walter Reeve the executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by (Commission?) duly to administer