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Last Will and Testament of   John Sinton   Born 1835 - Died 1890

This is the last Will and Testament of me John Sinton of Ravarnett in the County of Down, Linen Manufacturer and Farmer. I hereby revoke all Wills heretofore made my me. I appoint my dear wife, my son Walter Lyon Sinton and my son in law Benjamin C. Hobson to be the executors and trustees of this my last Will. I direct my Executors to pay my just debts, funeral and Testamentary Expenses.

I give the sum of One hundred pounds sterling to the Committee for the time being of the Friends Brookfield Agricultural School near Moira, Seventy five pounds sterling to the Committee for the time being of the General Hospital Belfast, Twenty five pounds sterling to the Committee for the time being of the Childrens' Hospital Belfast to used for the benefit of those Institutions in whatever way the said Committees may think best. Fifty pounds sterling to my brother William Henry Sinton of Tamnamore to pay him for having kept in repair, heated and lighted the little Meeting House in Tamnamore Lane. Before mentioned sums to be paid out of such part of my property as may be legally applied for that purpose.

I leave my son Walter Lyon Sinton the sum of five pounds sterling. I leave my dear wife all my household furniture of every description and kind and fifty pounds sterling to be paid to her within three months after my decease.

I give devise and bequeath all of my real and personal property of whatsoever nature or kind, this includes mills, houses, farms, farming stock, implements, conveyances, promissory notes, money and securities of every kind and the amount my life is insured for in the Friends Provident Institution not hereinbefore or otherwise disposed of to my dear Wife in the proportion of three tenths, my son Edwin Alexander in the proportion of three tenths, my daughter Emma Green in the proportion of one tenth, my daughter Helena Bessbrook in the proportion of one tenth, my daughter Caroline in the proportion of two tenths. In consequence of my daughter Caroline having already received from me the sum of six hundred pounds sterling I leave her the two tenths on condition she pays my Executors five hundred pounds sterling to be used by them in same way as if I were possessed of said Five hundred pounds at the time of my decease.

I direct that the Ravarnett & Drumnavaddy Weaving Factories and my farm at Ravarnett are to be carried on until my son Edwin Alexander becomes of age unless otherwise decided by all my residuary legatees including my Executor Walter Lyon Sinton and that none of my residuary legatees can draw their proportion out of the concerns until my son Edwin Alexander becomes of age without the consent of the others including the consent of my son Walter Lyon and that none of my residuary legatees can draw out of the concerns more than one half of their share of the profits each year without the consent of the others including the consent of my son Walter Lyon.

I hereby authorise my Executors to make whatever arrangement for my son Edwin Alexander until he becomes of age as to his shares that they may think best and that they shall not be personally responsible for the consequences of any arrangement so made or entered into on his behalf and that they shall not be personally responsible for any loss that might be sustained by him in any arrangements that they might thinkit best to make on his behalf.

If any difference of opinion should arise or dispute of any kind amongst my wife and children or my children amongst each other if they are not able to settle it satisfactorily with the assistance of my Executors I direct that they are to apply to Lisburn Monthly Meeting of Friends to appoint three Friends to settle any and every such difference and that their decision shall be binding on all concerned and that in no case shall they appeal to law and that any of them persisting in appealing to law I direct shall forfeit one half of what I have left them and said half shall be given to my dear wife.

In witness whereof I have to this my Will set my hand this 23rd day of the Seventh Month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety.

John Sinton


Signed by the above named John Sinton as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses David E Henning Edward

Transcribed from images supplied by the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland.
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