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Encyclopedia > Bequeath

A bequest is the disposition of property by will. Strictly, "bequest" is used of personal property, and "devise" of real property. // Use of the term In common usage, property means ones own thing and refers to the relationship between individuals and the objects which they see as being their own to dispense with as they see fit. ... In the common law, a will or testament is a document by which a person (the testator) regulates the rights of others over his property or family after death. ... Personal property is a type of property. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ...

(From Old English becwethan, to declare or express in words; cf. "quoth")


  • This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

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Florilegium urbanum - Death - The wills and testaments of three London grocers (9110 words)
I bequeath £10 to be disposed of among the poor and the needy residing in the parish of St. Antholin.
I bequeath £20 to be distributed in the same fashion among prisoners held in the gaols of the city of London and its suburbs or persons laid up in hospitals within the city and suburbs, each prisoner or patient to receive 4d.
I bequeath £5 to be distributed, at the discretion of William Warbylton esq., amongst the poor of Tandridge parish.
Crenshaw County Alabama Wills (9110 words)
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary E.J.Dudley,all the property that is both real and personal to have and to hold for her during her natural life.
I give and devise and bequeath to my daughter Alice Spradley the sum of $750 dollars in cash to be paid to her by my executor.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Christi Rhodes 200.00 in cash My last request at my decease I want to be buried at Emmuas Secetary as near my daughter Docie PattersonÂ’s grave as can conveniently be put also fixed with the same kind of material as her grave is fixed with.
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