I have a copy of a Will for an ancestor of mine that he signed in the year 1782. It says the following:
"shall be equally divided between all my brothers and sisters that shall be living at my said sons death or at my decease (in case I should survive him) and the child or children of such of my brothers or sisters as are now dead"
My question is whether I should take the above absolutely literally? The above wording implies to me that in 1782 when he signed the Will, he had multiple brothers and sisters still alive and multiple brothers and sisters that were dead at that time. That is what I would naively assume knowing nothing about what Wills were like in 1782. I'm wondering if I can use this as a fact when identifying candidate baptism parish records for his birth, i.e. someone with the right name that had lots of brothers and sisters is probably more likely to be the right person than someone with very few of each or perhaps only brothers or only sisters. I know his birth year and have a possible candidate in mind that does indeed have a lot of siblings of both genders.
The reason I ask this is that I'm starting to wonder if the wording is deliberately all inclusive of all siblings as a kind of general/generic way of referring to ones siblings within a Will at that time and perhaps I shouldn't read too much into that. But I'd dearly love to be able to make the assumption that he had multiple brothers and sisters alive in 1782 and multiple brothers and sisters dead in 1782 since that would indeed be a useful clue when comparing the possible candidates.
Any thoughts would be much appreciated.