I have been reading a will (Ancestry UK link), written by Giles Fox of Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire, in 1780. It was proved after his death in 1789. In it, he leaves his property to his three daughters: Martha, Mary and Elizabeth.
I have good candidates for these three daughters, but there are some similar records to filter through, and an idea of birth dates would be very helpful.
Giles leaves his estate directly to his daughters, who were also executors. Nothing is "left in trust until they reach 21", or any similar language that I have seen in other wills where children inherited. So can I assume from this that the three daughters were all adults at the time the will was written? Or is that not certain?
It's certainly likely that they were adults - the inventory (on the page following the will) in 1789 shows that all had married by that point, and one was already widowed. But I'd like to know if the wording of the will is something I can rely on.