NRO Northants Will Vol. 4 No. 4 page 492
This is the Will and Testament of me Richard Soden of Castlethorpe in the County of Buckingham Innkeeper and farmer I appoint my sons in law John Ayres and Peter William Pringle Executors of this my Will I devise all estates vested in me upon trust or by way of mortgage unto and to the use of the said John Ayres and Peter William Pringle their heirs and assigns Upon and subject to the trusts and equity of redemption affecting the same respectively I devise and bequeath All my real and personal Estate of every sort and description unto the said John Ayres and Peter William Pringle their heirs executors administrators and assigns Upon trust absolutely to sell dispose of and convert into money all my said real and personal Estate so soon as conveniently may be after my decease in such manner as my Trustees and executors shall think proper with power to buy in and rescind contracts for sale and to resell without liability for consequential loss And I direct that my Trustees and executors shall stand possessed of the monies to arise from the sale and disposition of my said real and personal Estate Upon trust thereout to pay my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and to pay and divide the residue of such monies unto and equally between my three Daughters Sarah Dent Elizabeth Ayres and Fanny Pringle share and share alike Provided always that if any or either of my said Daughters shall die in my lifetime leaving children such Children shall take equally between them if more than one the share which his or her parent would have taken if living but if any or either of my said Daughters shall die in my lifetime without leaving any Child or Children her surviving and who survive me also then the share of my Daughter so dying shall go to the survivors or survivor of them my said Daughters living at my decease I declare that the receipts of my Trustees and executors for the time being shall be good discharges to purchasers or other persons paying money under this my Will and exonerate every such purchaser and other person from liability in respect thereof I authorize my Executors and Trustees to compromise or settle any disputed claim and to deal with my property in such manner generally as they shall think most advantageous I also declare that my Executors and trustees shall not be responsible for any more monies than shall actually come to their respective hands and shall and shall be at liability to deduct and retain all costs and expenses incurred in relation to this my Will or the trusts thereof I revoke all former Wills by me made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and sixty five
Signed and declared by the said Richard Soden the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses
John Parrott Solr. Stony Stratford
John Parrott Jr. his Clerk
Proved at Northampton the 9th day of January 1866 by the Oaths of John Ayres and Peter William Pringle His Executors to whom Administration was granted.
The Testator Richard Sodden was formerly of Castlethorpe in the County of Buckingham Innkeeper and farmer and late of Cosgrove in the County of Northampton Gentleman and died on the 7th day of December 1865 at Cosgrove aforesaid
Under £1,000 John Parrott Solicitor Stony Stratford