TheWill of Robert Gaymer (1739-1822)
A transcript of the Will of Robert Gaymer is included here in view of its importance to the research of the Gaymer name and the cyder making branch of the family.
WILL of ROBERT GAYMER of Banham, Yeoman
I Robert Gaymer the elder of Banham in the County of Norfolk, Yeoman, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory and understanding, praised be Almyty God for the same, do make and publish my last will and testament in manner followeth, that is to say I hereby revoke all former wills and testaments by me made, and declare this only to be my last will and testament.
I appoint Isaac Tipple of Banham aforesaid draper, and my son John Gaymer executors of this my last will and testament. I give to each of them the sum of £1 of lawful, current money to purchase some trifle to keep in remembrance of me over and besides their ordinary expenses.
I desire to be decently buried in the church yard of Banham aforesaid and to have erected to my memory and the memory of my late wife, a plain stone such as my said executors shall chose, it is my desire and I do direct that as soon as conveniently can be after my decease that the said execs. or the survivor of them shall sell and dispose of by public auction all of my household furniture, beds, bedding, and table & other linen, and all other movable effects, all money arising therefrom after deducting the expenses incident to such sale ..... to be applied by them my said execs. in payment of all my just debts which shall be owing by me at my decease, and any reasonable expenses out of my mortgage debt, my funeral expenses, of obtaining probate, of each of them the said execs. the sum of £9 of current money which I give to my housekeeper Elizabeth Winter if she shall be living in my service after my decease, but not otherwise, and the fine and fees upon the admission of my natural daughter Mary Perry to the estate hereinafter devised to her, and the surplus, and balance if any it is my will and desire shall be retained by my said execs. until the whole ... can be recovered of this which I direct shall be gotten in as soon as after my decease as can be, that is to say:-
£100 due to me upon mortgage from John Perry of Mendlesham of Co. Suffolk, £100 upon mortgage from Robert Perry of Finningham Co. Suffolk. and such part of sale of his estate that is due from Thomas Page of Banham aforesaid farmer upon the bond.
I give thereunto Gaymer Hunt the natural son of my deceased son William Gaymer the sum of £5.
The residue it is my desire shall be divided into 6 equal shares:-
(1) I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Gaymer, and in the event of his decease equally unto his children
(2) Unto the said John Gaymer my son.
(3) Unto Sarah Weston the daughter of my late daughter Ann
(4) Unto Robert, George, Harriet, & Sarah Reeve the four children of my late daughter Sarah.
(5) Unto William and John Gaymer the sons of my said late son William
(6) Unto Elizabeth Ellis one of the two children of my late dau. Elisabeth
I give and bequeath unto my said natural daughter Mary Perry all that my copyhold, messuages, tenements, wherein I now dwell, situate and being in Banhams with their outbuildings, yard, garden, & hempland, a to the same messuages, belonging and now occupied therewith. and the fruit & other trees a bushes of crops, of corn & grain which at the time of my decease shall be growing there.
I give and ordeine unto my said son John Gaymer for and immediately after my decease all that freehold cottage with outbuildings, yards, gardens and land belonging situate and being in Banham aforesaid which were heretofore Richard Murrell's and also all that piece of copyhold in Banham now or late were in the service and occupation of the said John Gaymer my son and John Weston .... (subject to the annuity of £9) ...to my son Robert Gaymer and his assigns.
dated: 22nd January 1822. the mark of Robert Gaymer