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From National Archives - transcribed by Janet Meads 2020
The Will of Edward Palmer - Builder
Although from Middlesex, Edward Palmer made his will here in Burton Latimer while living with his
daughter Mary Ann, wife of Corby Ball, stonemason. He is also buried here. Edward Palmer was
Clerk of Works at Keythorpe Hall, Leics. at the time of his daughter marriage to Corby Ball in 1844
Several generations of the Ball family were stonemasons and builders in Burton Latimer

This is the last Will and Testament of me Edward Palmer late of No. 48 Saint Helena Place, Clerkenwell in the County of Middlesex but now of Burton Lattimer in the County of Northampton Builder. First I direct that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expences shall be paid out of the residue of my personal estate. I give devise and bequeath all my right title share and interest in certain leasehold property situate and numbered respectively 57, 58 and 59 in Ferdinand Street, Hampstead Road in the County of Middlesex unto my son Stephen Palmer To hold to him his executors administrators and assigns absolutely Subject nevertheless to any mortgage or other incumbrances which may effect the same at the time of my decease which I direct shall be paid and borne by my said son Stephen Palmer in exoneration of my other personal estate I give and bequeath all my household goods and furniture except watches rings jewels trinkets and gold and silver plate and articles that shall be in my dwelling house at the time of my decease unto my son Charles Palmer for his absolute use and benefit. And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate and Effects belonging due and owing to me at the time of my decease including my leasehold estates not herebefore bequeathed I give devise and bequeath the same unto my said son Charles Palmer to hold to him his heirs executors and assigns according to the respective nature and quality of the same. Upon trust and I will and direct that he and they do and shall immediately after my decease or as soon as conveniently may be sell and dispose of my said estate and effects either by Public Auction or Private Contract and in such manner and form as he or they may deem best and do and shall divide the produce of such sale and disposition after payment of all expences relating thereto unto and equally amongst all my children that shall be living at my decease. And it is my Will that if any one or more of them my said children shall die before such division leaving a child or children him her or their surviving such child or children shall take equally if more than one his her or their deceased’s parents share or shares. And I appoint my son the said Charles Palmer Executor of this my Will and do hereby declare that the receipts of the trustee or trustees for the time being of this my Will for any money payable to him either by virtue hereof shall effectually discharge the persons paying the same respectively from all responsibility as to the misapplication thereof. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this second day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty Edwd. Palmer – Signed by the said Edward Palmer the Testatot as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us both present at the same time who in this presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscibed our names as Witnesses - Henry Lamb - Jas. A. Lamb.
Proved at London 16th April 1852 before the Worshipful Alfred Wassilove Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the Oath of Charles Palmer the Son of the sole Executor to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn to administer.

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