Last Will of Joseph Fox (1729-1785)






I Joseph Fox of the town of Falmouth in the County of Cornwall Surgeon being through the mercy of God of sound disposing mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of life do for the avoiding of all controversies after my decease make and order this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz I give unto my Daughter Anna Fox the like sum as I gave to my Daughter Elizabeth Allen for her marriage portion I also give unto my said Daughter Anna Fox my Estate of Belair (this is just a guess - I think I have seen the name elsewhere and will advise when I have located it) after the decease of her Mother my present Wife leaving her at liberty to sell the same if she minds so to do but giving her Brothers the preference I give unto my Son Joseph Fox fifty guineas I give unto my Son Edward Long Fox one hundred and fifty guineas I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Allen ten guineas I give unto my Son Richard Fox two


hundred guineas the above money (indecipherable) to be paid within one year after my decease without any deduction whatever I also give unto my Son Richard Fox immediately on my decease all my (indecipherable) Instruments Books and every utensil belonging to my business of an Apothecary and Surgeon I give unto my Sons Nathaniel Fox and Francis Fox three hundred guineas each to be paid them when their Mother and their Guardians or the major part of them shall think proper and I do hereby make constitute and appoint my Wife Elizabeth Fox my Daughter Anna Fox my Sons Joseph and Richard Fox my Sister Tabitha Fox my Cousin George Fox my Nephew George Croker Fox as Trustees for the performance of this my Will and Guardians for my two younger Children I give unto my dear Wife all the rest residue and remainder of my effects whatsoever and wheresoever who I appoint my (indecipherable) and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made in Witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and Seal this twelfth day of the Second Month one thousand seven hundred and eighty five.




Joseph Fox
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Joseph Fox as and for his last will and Testament in the day and year above written in presence of us
Tabitha Fox , Samuel Street

This Will was proved at London the twenty fourth Day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five before the right worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by Elizabeth Fox widow the relict of the deceased and sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased was granted she having already made a solemn and sincere Declaration or Affirmation according to Act of Parliament by Commission duly to administer.

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