George’s Will, proven at the Consistory Court of Winchester on 24 Jun 1797, valued his estate at £300 and deeded his tenancy in Troublefield to his son James:
I, George Williams, of Troublefield in the parish of St Helens, Isle of Wight and County of Southampton, husbandman, in perfect health of body, and in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.
That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth, to be buried in Decent Christian Burial, at the discretion of my executors. Nothing doubting, but at the general Resurrection, I shall receive the same again, by the mighty power of God, and on touching such Worthy Estate, wherewith it has pleased God to bless me, in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First, I Give and bequeath to my dearly beloved children, Mary the wife of Benjamin Hayles, George Williams, John Williams, Sarah the wife of Thomas Buckle, and Nanny the wife of James Kilbarth, the sum of sixty five pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid at the end of twelve months after my decease, and equally divided amongst them, viz, thirteen pounds each.
Secondly, I give to my godson, James, the son of Benjamin Hayles, the sum of one guinea to be paid immediately on my decease.
Lastly, I give and bequeath to my beloved son, James Williams, whom I likewise herewith make and ordain the Sole Executor of this, my last Will and Testament, all and singular, my lands and tenements, goods and chattels, by him freely to be enjoyed.
And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and dismand all and every other forms, testaments, wills, legacies, bequests made by me in any way before. Signed, willed, and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament, in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and ninety-six.