PCC Wills of Testators from Frome and nearby, 1700-1800

 

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Testator:               John MINETY [MINTY], Yeoman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /458 q.182

Legacies:              •       to Piercy [?] MINETY my grandson HUFFERs Mead the house I now live in with the Grist Mill and Tucking Mill and all the premises belonging to it known as HEATHERs Mills when he is 21

                                •       to my granddaughter Mary MINETY a chattel lease in reversion after her father Nicholas MINETY called CARPENTERs in the psh of Rodden for all the time unexpired

                                •       to my granddaughter Susanna MINETY a chattel lease in Frome East Woodlands late in the tenure of Richard HILL and now in my tenure immediately after the death of Bridgett MINETY my now wife for all the time unexpired

                                •       to Elinor PERRY and Martha FRICKER my two sisters the yearly profits of my ground called FRANCKLINs for life; and after their deceases to my Exors

                                •       to the psh of Corsley £8 to buy a piece of plate for the Holy Communion there

                                •       to my sister Susanna HICKMAN 20s

                                •       to her six children 20s apiece

                                •       to my sister Elinor PERRYs two sons John and Joseph 20s apiece

                                •       to my sister Martha FRICKER’s son John FRICKER £3 and to her other four children 20s apiece

                                •       to my servant Thomas DENMEAD £3 if he remains with me till my death

                                •       to my servant John JINKENS [JENKINS?] 20s if he remains with me till my death

                                •       to Bridgett my now wife the tenement called HILLs with power to take five cows which she please and what household goods she please

                                •       residue to Bridgett my wife and Nicholas MINETY my son

Executors:            my wife and Nicholas MINETY

Signed:                  2 Nov 1700

Witnesses:           Thomas WHATLY [WHATLEY], George EYRES [?] (X), Michael PARROTT

Proved:                  13 Dec 1700 at PCC London by Bridgett MINTY, Relict, and Nicholas MINTY, son, Exors

 

Testator:               James GIBBS, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /459 q.5

Legacies:              •       to my beloved sister Ann BURFORD, Widow, £5

                                •       to my beloved brother Samuell GIBBS and John BESAR [?] all the tools that belong to the trade of Cardmaking to be equally divided between them

                                •       to my beloved wife Mary GIBBS, James GIBBS, Joane GIBBS, Joseph GIBBS, Isaac GIBBS, Jacob GIBBS, my sons and daughters, all my lands, goods and chattels to be equally divided between them and freely possessed and enjoyed by them, only £100 to be deducted out of my son James his part for that he hath had so much of me already

Executors:            my wife Mary GIBBS, James GIBBS, Joane GIBBS, Joseph GIBBS, Isaac GIBBS, Jacob GIBBS, my sons and daughters

Overseers:           John KING, Wire drawer, and Thomas BALL of Truckets Hill [Truddoxhill]

Signed:                  29 Aug 1700

Witnesses:           William STIBBS (X), Moses PHILLIPS (X), Thomas WHITTY

Proved:                  4 Jan 1700/1 at PCC London by Mary GIBBS, Relict and one of the Exors; power reserved to grant to James, Joane, Joseph, Isaac and Jacob GIBBs, the children and other Exors

 

Testator:               Thomas TURNER, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /459 q.11

Legacies:              •       to my grandson Richard SAUNDERS, his Exors etc. my two houses at Bradford’s Bridge called PITTs which I purchased of Mr LEVERSEDGE during all the term I have in them; my Exors to receive the profits for his education and breeding up until he is 21 or marries

                                •       to my loving friends Mr Richard HALES, Mr Thomas ROGERS, James DRUCE and William TURK my tenement, mills etc. now in my possession which I purchased of Mr LEVERSEDGE for the remainder of the term and the residue of my goods etc. in trust to pay to my daughter Sarah SAUNDERS w/o George SAUNDERS and her assigns during her life £8 p.a. and her husband to be prevented from having any benefit; and the remainder of the profits towards the education of my grandson Thomas SAUNDERS until his 21 or married and then to be paid to him; and after the death of my sd daughter the premises to go to my sd grandson, his Exors etc. during all the term I have in them

                                •       my Exors to pay to my grandson Richard SAUNDERS £50 when he attains 21 or marries; but if either grandson dies before 21 or marrying, his portion to the survivor; and if both die, their portions to my sd daughter for her sole and separate maintenance

Executors:            Richard HALES, Thomas ROGERS, James DRUCE and William TURK

Signed:                  6 Nov 1700 (12 Wm III)

Witnesses:           James NORFOLKE, Sarah LANGLEY (X), Thomas WHITTY)

Proved:                  11 Jan 1700/1 at PCC London by Richard HALES, Thomas ROGERS, James DRUCE and William TURK, Exros

 

Testator:               Joseph IVILEAFE, Gent of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /465 q.98

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in the vault which I made wherein I buried my wife and children towards the west end of the psh church of Frome in the entrance of the middle alley near the font

                                •       to the children of my nephew Robert BOYCE, Silver wire drawer of London, £40

                                •       to my mother in law TEMPLE, my mother in law IVILEAFE, my brother John BULL and my sister his now wife 20s each to buy rings

                                •       to my brother in law Richard BOYCE of London 20s to buy a ring   

                                •       to Thomas IVILEAFE of Lamyatt £10

                                •       to my uncle William HAYTER £5

                                •       to my kinsman William BANNING £5

                                •       to my sister BISSEs three daughters 20s each

                                •       to my brother William WHITCHURCH deceased his eight daughters £5 each when they come of age or are married with the consent of their friends and relations

                                •       to Hester GOLLEDGE my sister’s servant 20s

                                •       to my maid servant Katherine BRITTAINE 20s

                                •       to my sister BOYCEs daughter of London Alice PERRY 20s to buy a ring

                                •       to Mr JENKINS 20s to preach a funeral sermon at my interment

                                •       to Mr PHILLIPS, Mr BARTLETT and Mr ROSSITER 20s each to preach one funeral sermon each at the Meeting and also gloves to them and their wives and hatbands

                                •       to my only daughter Mary IVILEAFE all her mother’s wearing apparel, both woollen and linen, also a mourning suit with mourning ring

                                •       to my well beloved friends and relations Mr Peter TEMPLE of Bishopstrow, Wilts, Mr Joseph TEMPLE, Mercer of Bristol, Mr Edward PIERCE of Devizes, Wilts, and Mr John SALMON of Wriglington [Writhlington] £5 with a ring, hatband and glove; and to their wives £5 each with a mourning ring and scarf

                                •       £100 to my Exors to invest and the profits divided yearly between the ministers who preach to the Assembly or Congregation commonly called the Presbyterian Meeting at one SHEPPARDs in Frome and to their successors, whether the same be continued at SHEPPARDs or elsewhere so long as such meeting be permitted

                                •       to my Exors, their heirs etc. for ever all my lands, tenements and hereditaments in the psh of Hemington and in Frome and all other lands etc. of which I am seized in fee and also all my leasehold and all other personal estate on trust to allow my daughter Mary, my only child, £30 yearly for her maintenance and education so long as she continues unmarried and reside with any of my sd trustees or in any other good and religious family where they direct; otherwise only £20 yearly until her marriage; and if she marries with the approbation and consent of  my Exors or the greater number of them, to convey to her, her heirs, etc. all my sd real and personal estate; but if contrary to my desire to her notwithstanding the persuasion and advice given her by myself and other friends and relations she has already or shall before or after my death marry John JESSER, Mercer of Frome, I give to her for her portion only £500 out of my real and personal estate to be paid when sd John JESSER has settled his land to her for life and shall also have secured £300 to be paid her within a month after his death; and if my trustees have any moneys left out of my estate it shall be laid out in the purchase of lands in fee simple, the rents from this and my other lands and leasehold estate from the time of her marriage to John JESSER (except £5 half yearly which my Exors may if they think fit and not else pay to such person or such uses as she shall without her husband direct and appoint for her sole and separate use during her life) shall from time to time yearly paid to the ministers called the Presbyterians and their successors at their general association in the counties of Somerset or Wilts to be by them employed (as long as the Law or Government permit the same) towards the maintenance and education of young men designed for the ministry in university learning a the Schools in London or Taunton or elsewhere where the tutors maintain the principles of religion comprised in the System of Divinity commonly called the Assemblies Catechism, the persons to whom and in what proportion the same shall be allowed I leave to the discretion of the ministers  at the sd Association; only my desire is that in case my daughter Mary marries John JESSER and has a son or sons by him, if the son or sons are likely to be useful in the ministry and shall in the judgement of the Association be capable they shall be preferred before others; and in case such teaching be laid aside or not permitted, the rents shall be employed for the better maintenance of poor ministers and their families of the sd persuasion; and in case there are none such or such disposition shall not be permitted, my Exors to convey my lands etc. to the children which my daughter Mary shall have and which live to attain 21 or be married and to their heirs etc. to be divided between them; and if there is none such, my Exors to pay:

-          £50 apiece to the respective eldest child of sd Peter TEMPLE, Joseph TEMPLE and Edward PIERCE

-          £100 to be equally divided between the children of the sd Thomas IVILEAFE then living

-          £20 apiece to my sister WISEs daughters

-          £50 towards building a workhouse in Frome for the poor to be paid when any such shall be built

-          £50 to my cousin William BANNING

                                        and after to convey my lands and leasehold as follows:

-          one moiety to be equally divided among the eight daughters of my brother William WHITCHURCH decd, their heirs etc.

-          one third of the other moiety to be equally divided between the children of my niece Alice PERRY and their heirs

-          the residue to be divided equally between the children of sd Robert BOYCE and their heirs

                                        and if my daughter Mary marries John JESSER, survives him and marries any other husband by the consent of my Exors, the sd lands and leaseholds to be conveyed to the only use of my daughter and her heirs by such husband; and for want of such to the use of my Exors and their heirs for the trusts herein before directed

Executors:            Mr Peter TEMPLE, Mr Joseph TEMPLE, Mr Edward PIERCE and Mr John SALMON

Signed:                  10 Oct 1699

Witnesses:           William BAILY, William ROGERS, Christopher STEVENS

Proved:                  27 Jun 1702 at PCC London by John SALMON, Peter TEMPLE and Edward PEIRCE, Exors

 

Testator:               William WILTSHEERE Snr, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /468 q.43

Legacies:              •       to Edward MORTIMER Snr, William BUNN Snr and my brother Richard WILTSHEERE my now dwelling house called Putleys in Frome which I purchased of Vct WEYMOUTH in trust to permit Elizabeth WILTSHEERE, my now loving wife, to enjoy it for life

                                •       to my son Richard WILTSHEERE my tenement called Putleys during the term I have to come after the decease of my wife

                                •       to my son Walter WILTSHEERE 1s

                                •       to my sd son Walter WILTSHEERE one lead pump, one furnace, two yeating stones, one tester bedstead standing in the great chamber which goods are now in my dwelling house near the Town Bridge in Frome

                                •       to my sd son Richard WILTSHEERE one hanging press now standing in my best chamber, one pump in my backside, one furnace standing in my washhouse which goods Richard shall enjoy after the decease of my wife

                                •       to my son William WILSHEERE [sic] my two tenements late in the possession of John DAVIS and together with 2 ac. of ground which I purchased of John CHAMPNEYS Esq. and also 1 ac. ground which I purchased of sd Ld WEYMOUTH  being part of Feltham Farm and also 4 ac. of ground which I purchased of Samuel CABELL Esq. during all the term to come provided he pay his mother £6 yearly during her widowhood

                                •       to my sd wife £30 two years after my death

                                •       to my sd wife one half of the residue of my household goods

                                •       to my daughter Anne WILSHEERE [sic] 1s and no more in case she shall marry William TITFORD or contrary to the advice and consent of my Trustees above named; but in case she shall marry according to the consent of my sd Trustees my Exors shall pay her £150 two years after my death

                                •       to my daughter Susanna WILSHEERE [sic] £150 two years after my death

                                •       to my grandson Richard WILTSHEERE £30 when he is 21; but if he dies first my Exor shall pay my son Richard WILTSHEERE his brother [sic] £20 a year after my decease; and my Exor shall pay each of his sisters Anne WILSHEERE [sic] and Susanna WILSHEERE [sic] the interest of their money until their legacies become due

                                •       to sd Edward MORTIMER, William BUNN Snr and my brother Richard each a mourning ring to the value of 20s

                                •       my son William shall not in any wise sell my black gelding to any person whatsoever as long as he shall be any ways serviceable

                                •       residue to my son William WILTSHEERE

Overseers:           Edward MORTIMER Snr, William BUNN Snr and my brother Richard WILTSHEERE

Executor:              my son William WILTSHEERE

Signed:                  2 Dec 1702

Witnesses:           Samuel CLARE, Robert MATHE, John LEWIS

Proved:                  4 Feb 102/3 at PCC London by William WILSHEARE [sic], son and Exor

 

Testator:               James BABER the Elder, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /470 q. 106

Legacies:              •       to John BABER, Jane COLLIER, wife of John COLLIER, James BABER, Joane COOKE, wife of Richard COOKE, Joyce CARRINGTON, wife of John CARRINGTON, Joannah DYMOCKE, wife of Samuel DYMOCKE, and to Joell BABER, my sons and daughters, 10s each to buy mourning rings

                                •       to Joell BABER my son 10s or a mourning ring

                                •       to my son Joell BABER my tenement called 'the Folly' adjoining my dwelling house after my decease and the decease of Jane his mother for the remainder of the term

                                •       to my daughter Judith RAINGER £5

                                •       residue to Jane BABER, my dear and loving wife

Executrix:             Jane BABER my wife

Signed:                  3 Jul 1702

Witnesses:           Richard TAPP, John PEARCE, John LEWIS

Proved:                  4 Feb 1703 at PCC London by Jane BABER, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Anthony RIMELL, Husbandman of Corsley, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /479 f.261 p.307

Overseers:           My two son in laws Thomas CARY and Edward SHEPARD

Legacies:              •       one shilling to my daughter Mary CARY

                                •       one shilling to my daughter Sarah SHEPHERD

                                •       one shilling to my daughter Elizabeth RIMELL 

                                •       one shilling to my daughter Hannah RIMELL

                                •       one shilling to my son Anthony RIMELL

                                •       one shilling to my son James RIMELL to be paid when he shall come of age

                                •       The residue of  my goods and chattels bonds and bills and debts, a chattel called Wolhouse lying in the parish of  Frome and two chattels lying in the parish of  Corsley called TROLEPs and COLSes to my wife Mary RIMEL

                                •       one shilling apiece to my overseers

Executrix:             My wife Mary RIMEL

Signed:                  5 Aug 1704

Witnesses:           Nicholas WATTS (X), Jane SMITH, Thomas ROGERS

Proved:                  5 Dec 1704 at PCC London by Mary RIMELL

 

Testator:               William CRAY, Clothworker of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /471 q.151

Legacies:              •       to my son William CRAY £40; also the great chest and bell-metal pot

                                •       to my son Joseph CRAY the shop of clothworking tools and all other goods that he is now possessed of; also Willson’s Dictionary and the Body of Divinity and my great Bible three books; also £5

                                •       to my son Richard CRAY £30; also my wearing apparel; also the bedstead and bed in the little chamber

                                •       to my son in law Benjamin NOBLE 1s

                                •       to William CRAY s/o Richard CRAY deceased the bedstead and bed in the chamber over the entry

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth PORCH £30; also my great brass pan

                                •       to my daughter Hannah STREAT £30; also the cupboard in the kitchen

                                •       to my daughter Sarah STOAKS £30

                                •       residue to my dear and loving wife Elianor CRAY

Overseers:           Robert DARK Snr, Gent, and John DAYNTON, Clothworker, both of the psh of Beckington

Executrix:             my wife Elianor CRAY

Signed:                  8 Oct 1702 (1 Anne)

Witnesses:           Richard GYLES, Henry SHRAPNELL, Robert PHILLIPS

Proved:                  22 Sep 1703 at PCC London by Elianor CRAY, relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Elnathan HOLWEY, Yeoman of Rodden

PROB11 ref:         /472 q.188

Legacies:              •       to my daughter Ann GEORGE one cow and my gold ring and my biggest crock and three pewter platters and my furnace and one spit and my biggest barrel and the white coffer that was her mother’s

                                •       to my son in law John GEORGE half a crown sterling

                                •       to James GEORGE my grandson my gilt spoon

                                •       to my grandchildren Elnathan GEORGE, Ann GEORGE and Mary GEORGE 20s each when they are 21

                                •       to Mary w/o Lawrence HOLLBROK [HOLBROOK] half a crown sterling

                                •       to my son Elnathan HOLLWEY [sic] all my land at Noridge, Wilts, with the appurtenances; and after his decease to Jeremiah his son and his heirs for ever; and if Jeremiah die without any heirs to his brothers; if he have no brother survive him, to his sisters and their heirs for ever; and if they all die without issue, to my daughter Ann GEORGE and her heirs for ever

                                •       to my son Elnathan all the right I have by lease, bond or otherwise in a tenement called WITHEs [WITHEYs] in the psh of Frome

                                •       residue to Elnathan HOLWEY my son

Executor:              Elnathan HOLWEY my son

Signed:                  20 Feb 1699/1700 (7 Wm XI)

Witnesses:           John HOLLWEY, Elnathan HOLLWEY, Jean HUNNICUT (X)

Proved:                  4 Nov 1703 at PCC London by Elnathan HOLWAY [sic], son and Exor

 

Testator:               Zacharia BAILEY, Clothier

PROB11 ref:         /478

Legacies:              •       all my house and lands in Northwood Park near Glastonbury, Soms, to my son Edmond BAILY for life on condition that he do not break up any of the sd land (except only a small garden plot as used to be) or else the sd house and land to his son Zachary BAILY; and after the decease of my sd son, to my sd grandson Zachary BAILY and his legitimate heirs; and for want of such issue to my daughter Mary BAILY, her heirs, and assigns for ever

                                •       my manor and farm of Chalcotts, Wilts, with the appurtenances to my sd grandson Zachary BAILY and his legitimate heirs male and for want of such issue to my daughter Elizabeth HARRINGTON for life; and after her decease to her son John HARRINGTON and his legitimate heirs; and for want of such issue to my sd son Edmond BAILY, his heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       my farm and lands with appurtenances at West Harnam, Wilts, after the decease of my loving wife Abigail BAILY to my sd grandson Zachary BAILY and his legitimate heirs; and for want of such issue to my three daughters Abigail ELTON, Elizabeth HARRINGTON and Mary BAILY, their heirs and assigns for ever to hold as tenants in common

                                •       to my sd wife Abigail BAILY £600 and all my household goods after she has given written security to my exors for the leaving of my now dwelling house with its appurtenances after her death to my sd son Edmond BAILY

                                •       to my sd son Edmund BAILY £300

                                •       to my two granddaughters, children of my sd son Edmond BAILY £400 a piece when they are 18 or marry; but if they die first, among such other children as Edmond shall have; and the £800 to be placed out and the interest paid towards my granddaughters maintenance

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth HARRINGTON £50 and to my grandson John HARRINGTON £30, to be paid into his father’s hands and improved until my sd grandson is 21

                                •       to my son in law Benjamin HARRINGTON £20

                                •       to my daughter Abigail ELTON £60 and to my son in law Abraham ELTON £40

                                •       to my daughter Mary BAILY £2100

                                •       to my sister Alice MERCHANT £100 for her own separate use

                                •       to my mother Elizabeth BAILY, to my brother Edmond BAILY and his wife, to my brother in law John HIPPEY [HIPPIE} and his wife, to my brother in law Robert MERCHANT and his wife, to my sister Susanna BAILY, to my brother in law Samuel BLACH [BLATCH] to Cornelius LLOYD and his wife and to my sister in law Jane COOKE 20s a piece to buy them each a ring

                                •       to Mr John BUCKLER, Mr Thomas ROSSITER and Mr PHILLIPS 20s a piece to preach my funeral sermons

                                •       to Mr Peter TEMPLE of Bishopstrow near Warminster, Mr John BUCKLER of Warminster and Mr Edward DAVIS of Trowbridge, Wilts, £100 to be put out and the interest paid towards the support and maintenance of the Minister belonging to the congregation of which I am a member

                                •       to sd Mr Peter TEMPLE, John BUCKLER and Edward DAVIS £30 a piece for their trouble in the execution of this my will

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Westbury (not those receiving alms) £20 to be disposed among them as my Exors think fit

                                •       to such scriblers working with me at the time of my decease 20s a piece

                                •       residue to my sd grandson Zachary BAILY when he is 18; or if he dies before, to such children as my sd son Edmond has when they are 18; and in default of such issue to my sd three daughters Abigail ELTON, Elizabeth HARRINGTON and Mary BAILY to be divided equally between them

                                •       my exors to be guardian to my sd grandson until he is 21 when he is to become sole Exor

Executors:            my son in law Benjamin HARRINGTON Esq., Peter Temple, John BUCKLER and Edward DAVIS

Signed:                  11 Aug 1702

Witnesses:           John BUCKLER, Mary BUCKLER, Ann EVANES

Proved:                  2 Oct 1704 at PCC London by Benjamin HARRINGTON, Peter TEMPLE, John BUCKLER and Edward DAVIS, Exors

 

Testator:               John CHAMPNEYS of Orchardleigh

PROB11 ref:         /483 q. 130-175

Legacies:              •       whereas I have granted to Walter STURGIS an acre of land called Elmshayes near Lullington Mill, part of the demesne lands belonging to my heir, for 99 years or three lives from my death, my Exix to compensate him if my heir does not allow him to hold it

                                •       to my wife the furniture of the chamber where she now lies and of the cellar chamber and the little chamber within my chamber and the furniture of the closet and everything that is therein...

                                •       to my granddaughter £10

                                •       to my grandson Richard my study of books except such books of divinity and miscellanies that my Exix shall think fit to keep for her own use

                                •       to my grandson John £10

                                •       my Exix to give to Colonel HORNER, Henry MOMPESSON Esq. and his lady, my brother Richard, my brother in law and their wives a pair of gloves and a ring

                                •       to my daughter Mary CHAMPNEYS all my lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever

                                •       residue to my daughter Mary CHAMPNEYS

Executrix:             Mary CHAMPNEYS

Signed:                  29 Mar 1705

Witnesses:           Hen. MOMPESSON, John LANE, Ja. WICKHAM

Proved:                  11 Jun 1705 at PCC London by Mary YARDLEY als CHAMPNEYS, w/o Robert YARDLEY, daur & exix

 

Testator:               John CHANDLER, Baker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /485 Image ref.165

Legacies:              •       Whereas I have by indenture of assignment dated 16 inst March to William CHANDLER my brother and William HISCOX for my dwelling-house wherein I now live with the closes and parcels of land therein mentioned for the remaining parts of the respective terms I have thereupon subject to a condition to be void as I should by will attested by three or more credible witnesses direct, my will is to have this indenture or assignment to cease immediately after my death and be void

                                •       my will is that my brother William CHANDLER and William HISCOX, my trustee named in the said indenture of assignment, shall within three months of my death give to my Exor an account of the rents of my estate granted to them in trust and show they have disposed of it and payed the overplus to my Exor

                                •       to my loving mother £10 p.a. for life in lieu of all right, title and interest she has or claims in my father’s late estate

                                •       to my wife Joyce £12

                                •       residue to John ROGERS als BALL, Chandler, in trust for my son Thomas CHANDLER; if my son takes to wife any woman not equivalent to his fortune, his child or children shall have half my chattle leases in money in equal shares when 21; and if he dies before me, my goods etc. to my brother William CHANDLER

                                •       to my sister Grace CHANDLER £10 within one year of the death of my son Thomas

                                •       £5 to William HISCOX within one year of my son Thomas dying under age

Executor:              John ROGERS als BALL during the minority of my son Thomas CHANDLER, and my son Thomas CHANDLER when he is 21; William CHANDLER

Signed:                  19 March 1704

Witnesses:           Ruth GIFFORD, John GIFFORD, Robert SINGER

Admon granted:  7 Dec  1705 emanavit comissio [to] Jonathan WHITCHURCH, Henry SMITH, George LOCK, William BUNN, John FOWLES, William CULVERHOUSE and George AYRES, creditoribus principalibus [of] John CHANDLER, nuper [?] de Frome Swd, sed apud Antegoam in partibus transmarinis defuncti habentis xp ad Admstrand bona jura et credita dicti defuncti juxta tenorem et effectum testamti ipsius defuncti (De [?] quod Johannes ROGERS als BALL et Thomas CHANDLER Executores in dicto testamento nominate oneri executionis dicti testamenti expresse neminiaverunt [?] De bene et fidelitur admistrand [?] eadem Ad Sancta Dei Evangelia vigore Comissionis Jurat. Exam. [at PCC London]

 

Testator:               Robert SMITH, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /487

Legacies:              •       my silver tankard to my beloved wife

                                •       all my messuages, lands, etc. and the residue of my estate to my beloved father Robert SMITH and brother John SMITH and their heirs, to sell and apply the profits to satisfy my debts; any surplus to my sons Robert and John in equal shares; and if either of them die under 21 and unmarried to the survivor; and if both die under 21 or unmarried, to my brother

                                •       the custody and tuition of my son Robert and of the messuages etc. in trust for him to my father and brother until he is 21 or married; and if my father or brother dies before then, to the survivor

Executor:              My sd brother and father

Signed:                  20 Apr 1705

Witnesses:           Joseph JESSER, Wm BAILY, John EDGELL, James EDGELL

Proved:                  20 Feb 1705 at PCC London by Robert SMITH, father and one of the Exors; power reserved to John SMITH, the other Exor

 

Testator:               Richard ALLEINE of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /487 q.45-87

Legacies:              •       to my kinsman John JESSER, Hosier [?] of Frome Swd, a bond for £200 for the payment of £100 which I lent him and also £100 in money, my repeating clock, my scripture, my silver tobacco box and my large picture

                                •       to my kinswoman Hannah SHEPHERD £200, i.e. two bonds, one for £300 for the payment of £150 by John CHAMPNEYS Esq. and one for £100 for the payment of £50 by her brother John SHEPHERD with all the interest due, my plate, i.e. my silver tankard, a silver porringer, two silver salts, two gilt spoons and my small picture; also my share in the remainder of my late brother’s estate after his debts paid etc. except £10 which shall be paid out of my share for my brother’s clock which I give to Mr Benjamin SHEPHERD, Malter of Frome

                                •       to Alleine, John, Samuel and Hannah WESTON, children of my late kinswoman Mary WESTON, £200 to be equally divided amongst them, the share of any dying before 21 amongst the survivors

                                •       I appoint my kinsman John JESSER guardian of the sd children

                                •       to my kinsman Joseph ALLEINE, Writing Master of London, and to my kinsman Thomas EYRE and to Simon Robert BOWCHER that were my apprentices one bond for £60 for the payment of £30 which I have from the sd Joseph ALLEINE, i.e. £20 with interest to Joseph ALLEINE and £5 apiece to the others

                                •       to Margaret late Relict of my dear friend Mr John CARDEW deceased (by what name soever she now goes) the picture of him

                                •       to my kinsman Mr Jeremiah TIDCOMBE of Beckington £10 and my watch

                                •       to Mrs Rebecca ALLEINE, mother of Joseph ALLEINE afsd 50s

                                •       to Mrs PRUDENCE, Widow, 50s

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Trinity the Less, London, where I lived £5 to be distributed by the churchwardens and overseers

                                •       one third of  the residue to John JESSER, one third to Hannah SHEPHERD and one third to the afsd children of Mary WESTON

Executor:              John JESSER

Signed:                  8 Nov 1704 (I Ann 3)

Witnesses:           William GIBBON, John SHEPPARD

Proved:                  1 Apr 1706 at PCC London by John JESSER, Exor

 

Testator:               Robert MORGAN, Millman of White Mill in the psh of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /488 q.110

Legacies:              •       to my son Gabriel MORGAN 1s

                                •       to my daughter Frances MORGAN 1s

                                •       to my daughter Hester MORGAN 1s

                                •       to my daughter Rachel MORGAN 1s

                                •       residue to my loving wife Frances MORGAN during her widowhood and afterwards to my friend Gabriel KNIGHT and John WHITTEN Snr in trust for my son and daughters to be equally divided between them

                                •       I allow my wife to buy her a house convenient for her to dwell in out of the money which was given to me by my brother Christopher putting in her own life and my two eldest daughters or all three if she think fit

Executrix:             my loving wife Frances MORGAN

Signed:                  19 Mar 1705

Witnesses:           John ROGERS, Gabriel KNIGHT, Lidia JELLY (X)

Proved:                  3 May 1706 at PCC London by Frances MORGAN, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Daniel WEBB, Blacksmith of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /502 q.157

Legacies:              •       to Thomas COLLINS Snr, Stockingmaker of Dinder, and my brother John WEBB, Joiner of Frome, £20 in trust to dispose of it to the use and benefit of my brother Gregory WEBB, i.e. that it be laid out in some dwelling house for my sd brother and his now wife to enjoy during such lives as you shall put in that behalf provided that Francis WEBB, d/o sd Gregory, Honor WEBB, Gregory’s daughter in law and Mary WEBB d/o my brother Thomas WEBB deceased shall so long live

                                •       to my sister Jane COLLINS now w/o sd Thomas COLLINS, Thomas COLLINS Jnr my kinsman and Jane COLLINS and Mary COLLINS my kinswomen £5 apiece to be paid within six months; and if any of them have expired in that time it shall be paid to the survivors

                                •       to my brother Richard WEBB’s children, i.e. Richard WEBB, Charity WEBB and Jane WEBB, £5 apiece to be paid within six months; and if any of them have expired in that time it shall be paid to the survivors

                                •       to my brother John WEBB the interest of £20 for life; and after his decease the sum to be equally divided amongst his children

                                •       to the three children of my brother Thomas WEBB deceased £5 apiece provided that my trustees dispose of it to each of them when they think fit when they shall come to their several ages; and if either die first, their legacy to the survivor [sic]

                                •       to my sd trustees £15, the interest to the use of my sister Frances STOCKE for life; and after her decease the principal to my kinsman Daniel STOCKE when he is 21

                                •       to my brother in law Edward WEBB and my sister in law Hester WOOLLEY and Margaret WEBB my sister in law 20s apiece

                                •       to my kinsman Thomas WEBB s/o my brother John WEBB all my working tools and implements; and whereas I have three lives upon my now dwelling house, the profit of the third life after the death of myself and my loving wife Alice WEBB to my sister Frances STOCKE, Ann WEBB d/o my sd brother John WEBB and Mary COLLINS d/o my sister Jane COLLINS and Mary WEBB d/o my brother Thomas WEBB to be equally divided between them

                                •       residue to my loving wife Alice WEBB

                                •       a guinea a piece to my trustees to buy them gloves

                                •       the several £5 given to Richard WEBB, Charity WEBB and Jane WEBB to remain in the hands of my trustees until they are 21

Overseers:           Thomas COLLINS Snr and my brother John WEBB

Executrix:             my wife Alice WEBB

Signed:                  19 Apr 1705

Witnesses:           James CHAPMAN, Roger STEVENS (X), John LEWIS

Proved:                  8 Jun 1708 at PCC London by Alice WEBB, relict and Exix

 

Testator:               John JESSE [JESSER?] Clothier of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /515 q.123

Legacies:              •       to Elizabeth my wife my house in Beckington called Mill Hill House and the outhouses, garden and orchard thereunto belonging (the nursery of young trees thereon growing only excepted) for life; also an annuity of £15 issuing out of all other messuages etc. within the psh of Beckington (the George Inn House, WADHAMs House, SMITHs Tenement, Wall Close and my ground in John BIRDs Close only excepted) in full bar of all dower...

                                •       whereas my father in law George WANSEY deceased did by his will give my daughter Rachell £100 and to my daughter Mary £50, I now give my daughter Rachell £100 and to my daughter Mary £200 as they attain 21 and in the mean time the interest at 5% to be allowed them for their maintenance

                                •       to my loving friend William SAINSBURY, Clerk of Beckington, my loving son in law Robert LONG of London and my loving neighbour Stephen JONES of the psh of North Bradley, Wilts, their heirs and assigns for ever all my messuages, tenements, closes, lands and hereditaments in the psh of Beckington on trust:

-          out of the profits raise the aforementioned sums given to my daughters and after to the use of my son Joseph JESSE and the heirs of his body; and for default of such to the use of my daughters and the heirs of their bodies by equal shares

                                •       to Anne APPRICE, Spinster of Norton St Philips, the bond her mother and brother entered into unto me and all moneys thereupon due and £100; also the bed in the inner chamber of Mill Hill House and the bedding belonging and the occupancy of the sd house for 14 days after my decease for carrying away her household goods and wearing apparel, which she shall have liberty to do without any manner of molestation

                                •       to William SAINSBURY, Robert LONG of London and Stephen JONES 5 guineas apiece

                                •       to the por of the psh of Beckington 40s

                                •       residue to sd Joseph JESSE my son

Executor:              Joseph JESSE my son

Signed:                  29 May 1710 (9 Anne I)

Witnesses:           Fran. JESSE, Tho LOVE, James HARDING, Jno BARTER

Proved:                  25 Jun 1710 at PCC London by Joseph JESSE, Exor

 

Testator:               Richard BULL Junior, Gent of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /516 q.142

Legacies:              •       to my son Walter Merchant BULL £200 at the age of 21 in case [sic] he does not demand of my Exix an account of any of the rents arising out of two tenements, one Viscount WEYMOUTHs, the other the land of the late John CHAMPNEYS Esq during the term I have enjoyed of the same from the death of my uncle Walter MARCHANT, late of Frome, to the time of my own decease

                                •       to William HENDY, Minister of Frome Swd, £10 p.a. for life clear from all taxes and charges

                                •       immediately after the death of William HENDY, to Jonathan WHITCHURCH Snr, Linen Draper of Frome Swd, John SHEPPARD, Clothier of Frome Swd, Richard BULL Snr, Mercer of Frome Swd and Michael HUMPHRYS, Clothier of Frome Swd, £200 to dispose the profits in charitable uses at their discretion

                                •       to my brother Henry BULL £20 to put himself and his wife in mourning

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome £20, the profits to be yearly disposed of to 20 poor persons at the discretion of the officers of the psh

                                •       to my beloved wife Eleanor all my goods, chattels, plate, bonds and debts due to me

Trustees:              Jonathan WHITCHURCH Snr, Linen Draper of Frome Swd, Joseph HOULTON Jnr, Clothier of Trowbridge, Wilts, and Robert HOULTON, Clothier of Trowbridge

Executrix:             my beloved wife Eleanor

Signed:                  27 Jan 1709/10

Witnesses:           Jonathan HANCOCK, James CLARK, Robert POBJAY, Edward HARVEY

Proved:                  6 Jun 1710 at PCC London by Eleanor BULL, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Edward HALLIDAY, Gent of Warminster

PROB11 ref:         /516 q.160-61

Legacies:              •       to the poor of Warminster 50s to be distributed in bread at the discretion of my Exor

                                •       to my beloved wife for life a yearly rent of £80 clear of taxes out of all the messuages, lands and hereditaments which I purchased of Richard LANGLEY, Soloman HEWS, Mr John BUCKLER and Giles LUCAS and also out of all messuages, lands and tenements I am possessed of for any term of years with right of distraint; and if any part of the sd charged premises is determined, avoided or evicted, the rent to be payable out of the residue of the premises

                                •       to my wife one moiety of my household goods and £10 for mourning

                                •       to my son John BENNETT now h/o my daughter Susanna £30 the better to make him amends for the deficiency he alleges to be in the value of the woods I settled to him on the marriage of my sd daughter

                                •       to my daughter Mary and my sd daughter Susanna £10 for mourning

                                •       to my daughter Mary an annuity of £10 for life from the death of my wife out of my personal estate

                                •       to each of the sons and daughters now living of my sd daughters Mary and Susanna £50 at 21; and if any of my daughter Mary’s sons or daughters dies first, their share to the survivors, or if all die to my Exor; and if any of my daughter Susanna’s sons and daughters dies before 21 their share to the survivors, or if all die, to my Exor

                                •       if my grandson Edward HALLIDAY attains 21 and after that releases by deed to my Exors all debts, damages and demands relating to me or my estate, I give him £50

                                •       the annuity given to my wife is in lieu of all other dower and shall not be payable until she releases by deed to the tenant(s) of the freehold premises all her title other than the annuity

                                •       £200 to Mary d/o my son William at 21 or on her marriage if she marries before 21 with the consent of my son in laws John BENNETT and John HIGDEN

                                •       if my goods and chattels and personal estate are not sufficient to pay all my legacies, the same to be charged out of my real estate

                                •       to my son John HALLIDAY and his heirs for ever all the messuages, lands and hereditaments I am seized of  and all the residue of my terms of years, chattels, goods and personal estate

Executor:              my son John HALLIDAY

Signed:                  8 Jan 1701/2

Witnesses:           John BARTON, John PEACE [PEARCE?], Ja. EDGELL

Proved:                  5 Jul 1710 at PCC London by John HALLIDAY, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Henry SMITH, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /521 image ref. 173

Legacies:              •       to the poor of the psh of Frome £3 to be laid out in Bibles with the Common Prayer in each and distributed as my Exor thinks fit

                                •       to John STANDEN, Minister of Coleford, Soms, £5 and to John BOUDEN [BOWDEN] of Frome £12

                                •       to Michael SMITH my brother £150

                                •       to my loving wife Ann SMITH £160 and half my household goods and plate, but the £160 to be reckoned in lieu of the moneys that by bond by me entered into [sic] before our marriage

                                •       to Ann SMITH my daughter £1800 and my largest silver tankard to be paid at her day of marriage or 22 years old; the £50 given her by my uncle Michael SMITH’s will and Walter MARCHANT £50 given by his will [sic] be reckoned as part of this £1800

                                •       all my lands, tenements and hereditaments to my friends William BUNN Snr and John COLLENS [COLLINS], both Clothiers of Frome Swd for 1000 years on trust that they, the survivor and his Exors permit James SMITH my son and his issue to hold and enjoy them and to receive the rents and profits to their own use; but if James dies leaving no issue, to permit Ann SMITH my daughter and her issue to enjoy them during the residue of the 1000 years and receive the rents and profits; but if she also dies leaving no issue, to permit Michael SMITH my brother and his issue to enjoy them and receive the rents

                                •       Whereas my now dwelling house being part of the lands above limited was formerly settled on Ann SMITH my wife as her jointure, my will is she may enjoy [it] during  the term of her ilfe notwithstanding

                                •       residue to my son James SMITH

Executor:              my son James SMITH

Trustees:              I desire my sd friends William BUNN and John COLLENS to be assistant to my Exor in the execution of my will

Signed:                  2 Apr 1711

Witnesses:           Jonathan HANCOCK, Hugh EVANS, Richd WEBB

Proved:                  28 May 1711 at PCC London by William BUNN and John COLLENS, Trustees, on behalf of James SMITH, minor son and Exor, [ad Decimum Septimum aetatis sua annum attigerit]

Marginal note:     Probat Londin. pr. Vicesimo Quinto die Mensis Aprilis Anno Dei 1720 porece [?] Duo ?? Jacobi SMITH filij et Extoris pr. Qui pr. De bene pr. vigore Coqines [?] jurate Lris aduis Donor pr. dri defti quibusdam Gulielmo BUNN et Johanni COLLENS fidelitori Testor in dso [?] Teste …at in ?? et beneficiaum dei Extor… Minoris [??] et Tenet [?] ille decimum [?] ?? aetatis suare ?? attigerit consessis majore [?] ?? plene aetatis ressatis [?] et expirallis

 

Testator:               Richard CLARKE, Clothier of Frome Selwood

PROB11 ref:         /526 q.86

Legacies:              •       £20 to my dear mother Margery SMITHOCK (?)

                                •       £550 to Thomas SMITHOCK my brother-in-law when he is 21

                                •       £550 to my sister-in-law Elizabeth SMITHOCK when she is 21

                                •       my coat etc. to my man John KING

                                •       my everyday clothes to my man Edmund COLES

                                •       £5 to my kinswoman Jane COLES als SMITH

                                •       £1 to my nurse

                                •       the 5 yds of cloth at Hugh WILKINS to my kinsman Thomas WEST

                                •       my mare and best saddle and bridle to my kinsman Thomas BUNN

                                •       remainder to my dear brother William CLARKE

Executor:              William CLARKE

Signed:                  28 Feb 1712/3

Witnesses:           Ann SINGER als SMITH (X), Walter SINGER als SMITH, William GIBBON

Proved:                  7 May 1712 at PCC London by William CLARKE

 

Testator:               Samuel WHITCHURCH, Dry Salter of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /533 q.118

Legacies:              •       to my brother Edward WHITCHURCH all my lands of inheritance for ever; also my two mills called Town Mill and Welsh Mill with all the houses, outhouses, backsides, gardens, millstones, etc. and also the millstones by me bought and not yet brought home; and all my household goods, plate, rings, jewels, guns, bows, nets etc. about my dwelling house, the weights and scales belonging to my trade and ready money only excepted

                                •       to my sister Joan BAILY £100

                                •       to all the children of my late brother James WHITCHURCH, the children of my brother Joseph WHITCHURCH, my cousin Jane BAILY, my cousin Jonathan WHITCHURCH, Mr William BAILY and Mr James WICKHAM 20s apiece to buy mourning rings

                                •       a leasehold estate in Frome Woodlands late Samuel NORMANs and all my other personal estate to my two brothers Joseph WHITCHURCH and George WHITCHURCH to be equally divided between them

Executors:            my brothers Joseph WHITCHURCH and George WHITCHURCH

Signed:                  17 Jan 1712

Witnesses:           Benj. SHELL, Anne MEWHAM [NEWHAM?], Elianor ELLOWAY (X)

Proved:                  16 May 1713 at PCC London by Joseph WHITCHURCH and George WHITCHURCH, Exors

 

Testator:               William CRABB, Druggett maker of Rode, Soms

PROB11 ref:         /546 q.83

Legacies:              •       to my loving neighbours Henry WHITTAKER Snr, Dyer, and Samuel TRANTER, Tanner, £400 on trust to place it out at interest for the use of my dear and tender daughter Anne CRABB until her age of 21, then to pay the £400 and interest to her; in the mean time or until her marriage my daughter to be educated and brought up by and at the sole cost of my Exix; and in case she refuses to do so, my daughter to be educated and brought up by Henry WHITTAKER Snr and Samuel TRANTER with as much of the interest of the £400 as they think necessary...

                                •       to Henry WHITTAKER Snr and Samuel TRANTER £80 on trust to put it out at interest which is to be paid to my dear and tender mother Katherine CRABB for life for her maintenance; and after her death to continue the £80 for the following:

-          £20 for my cousin William CRABB s/o my brother Peter CRABB until his age of 21

-          £20 for my kinswoman Elizabeth CRABB d/o my sd brother Peter CRABB until her age of 21

-          £20 for my cousin John WINGROVE until his age of 21

-          £20 for my cousin William WINGROVE until his age of 21...

                                •       to my sd daughter Anne CRABB the tenement and lands in Rode now in the possession of Mary CARPENTER to hold the same to her, her heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       to sd Peter CRABB my brother £50

                                •       to sd Katherine CRABB my mother all sums of money now due

                                •       residue to my dear and loving wife Martha CRABB

Executrix:             my wife Martha CRABB

Signed:                  17 Dec 1714

Witnesses:           N? JONES, John POCKRIDGE

Proved:                  21 May 1715 at PCC London by Martha CRABB, Widow, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Robert SMITH Esq. of Stony Littleton

PROB11 ref:         /546 Image Ref. 194-5

Legacies:              •       to Dorothy my wellbeloved wife £10 and all my household goods etc.

                                •       to my son in law William WHITCHURCH £10

                                •       to John SALMON, Gent of Wriglington [Writhlington], and Edward WHITCHURCH, Gent of Batcomb, my Manor of Littleton in the psh of Wellow with all the rights, lands etc. in trust to the use of my son John SMITH for life and after the determination of that estate... to the use of [my trustees] to preserve the contingent uses; and after his death, to the use of the first son of his body and his heirs male, for default of which to the use of his second son... and for default of male issue, to the use of my grandson Robert SMITH for life; and after the determination of that estate limited to my grandson Robert SMITH, to the use of [my trustees] to preserve the contingent uses; and after his death, to the first son of his body and his heirs male... and for default of male issue, to the use of my grandson John SMITH for life; and after the determination of that estate limited to my grandson John SMITH, to the use of [my trustees] to preserve the contingent uses; and after his death, to the first son of his body and his heirs male... and for default of male issue, to my own right heirs for ever

                                •       to Samuel WHITCHURCH, Dry Salter of Frome, and Samuel VIGOR, Gent of Falkland,  on trust: all my manors etc. in the pshes of Frome Swd and Foscott [Foxcote] to the use of the said John SALMON and Edward WHITCHURCH [sic], their Exors etc. for 500 years and after that to the use of my sd grandson Robert SMITH for life [sic] and after the determination of that estate... to the use of John SALMON and Edward WHITCHURCH [sic] to preserve the contingent uses; and after his death, to the use of the first son of his body and his heirs male... and for default of male issue, to the use of my grandson John SMITH for life; and after the determination of that estate limited to my grandson John SMITH, to the use of [my trustees] to preserve the contingent uses; and after his death, to the first son of his body and his heirs male... and for default of male issue, to the use of my sd son John SMITH and his heirs male... and for default of male issue, to my own right heirs for ever

-                          -               to raise an annuity of £80 out of the rents for my wife for life in lieu of an annuity that is settled on her out of the sd lands; but if she refuses to surrender it, for my son John SMITH or such person as shall be in possession of my lands in  Wellow to enable him to pay the annuity charged on the sd lands

-                          -               to levy out of my lands in Frome and Foscott a yearly sum of £30 for my daughter Dorothy WHITCHURCH to be paid into her hands for her sole use

-                          -               to levy out of my lands in Frome and Foscott the sum of £800 to the use of my sd grandson John SMITH when he is 21

                                •       my grandson Robert SMITH or, if he dies, my grandson John SMITH to confirm the lease made by their mother of the ground whereon the Presbyterian Meeting House in Frome is erected and thereby discharge a bond, covenant or obligation given by me for that purpose

                                •       residue to my sd son John SMITH

Executor:              my sd son John SMITH

Signed:                  24 May 1710

Witnesses:           James WICKHAM, John SMITH, Abraham PHILLIPS

Codicil:                  •       to my seven grandchildren William, Robert, Elizabeth, Mary, John, Dorothy and Roberta, sons and daughters of my son in law William WHITCHURCH Gent [?] £100 a peice as each attains 21... provided that the Manor and Lakes in Churchill [Critchill?] which my sd son William WHITCHURCH bought of Mr STOKES shall not be sold before my sd grandson William WHITCHURCH is 21 in order to discharge the debts of my sd son William WHITCHURCH

Signed:                  21 May 1712

Witnesses:           James WICKHAM, James WICKHAM Jnr, John DANIELL

Proved:                  21 May 1715 at PCC London by John SMITH, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Susannah BARTON, Widow of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /547 q.130

Legacies:              •       to my loving brother in law John BARTON of Warminster, Wilts, and my loving kinsman William BARTON of the same place one broad piece of gold each

                                •       to my son in law Nathan NOYES 10s

                                •       to my daughter Susannah BODILY, Widow, all such money she owes me for her maintenance since her husband’s decease

                                •       to sd Susannah BODILY and her heirs my estate in the tenement, garden, backside, orchard and parrocks of ground in Beckington called BIGGS’s; and for want of such heirs the same shall remain to the heirs of my daughter Mary NOYES deceased; and for want of such heirs to my right heirs for ever

                                •       to sd Susannah BODILY one emerald ring and one mourning ring

                                •       my will is that after the death of sd Susannah BODILY my granddaughter Susannah NOYES shall have my bearing whittle, my granddaughter Susannah BODILY my great Bible and one Holland sheet and my grandson John BODILY my desk and long table board and frame, and that in the mean time sd Susannah BODILY shall have the use and occupation thereof

                                •       residue of my personal estate to sd William BARTON on trust:

-          to permit my sd daughter Susannah BODILY to have the use of my rings, plates and household goods for life so as she use it in my now dwellinghouse or some other tenement in Beckington and give a particular thereof in writing under her hand to my Exor; and if she refuses to do so, my Exor to take unto the same for the use of all her children now born or hereafter to be born and of the children now living of my sd daughter Mary NOYES to be equally divided between them; but if Susannah makes use of the rings etc. in Beckington, sd William BARTON to divide them after her decease between her children and those of Mary NOYES in equal shares; and in case Susannah survives William, the person he nominates shall do so

-          to dispose of the surplus of my money and other personal estate after payment of debts etc. for the use and benefit of the before mentioned children until they attain 21 respectively then between them in equal shares... and if my daughter Susannah BODILY is reduced to poverty he or the person he nominates shall have power to allow her the interest raised by my personal estate

Executor:              sd William BARTON

Signed:                  10 Dec 1714 (1 Geo I)

Witnesses:           Will. DORMAY, Jos. JESSE, Robert PHILLIPS

Proved:                  6 Jul 1715 at PCC London by William BARTON, Exor

 

Testator:               John POBJAY, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /554 q.196

Legacies:              •       to my loving friends John SHEPPERD, Clothier, John HARRIS, Clothier, Nicholas PAYNE, Malster, all of Frome Swd, their Exors etc. all my goods in trust to permit my beloved wife Susanna to enjoy all the before demised premises on condition that within one year of my death she enters into a bond to my sd friends that she will within a certain time limited by them pay my debts etc. and that she will pay to them on demand the following sums of money:

-          £40 for the use of my son John to be paid within one year of my decease

-          £40 for the use of my son James when he is 21

-          £40 for the use of my son Isaac when he is 21

-          £40 for the use of my daughter Susanna when she is 21

-          £40 for the use of my son Joseph when he is 21

-          £40 for the use of my son Jacob when he is 21

                                •       my afsd intrusted friends shall have the full power of disposing, keeping and directing, governing and appointing the maintenance, education and breeding up or placing apprentice of my children that are under 21

Executors:            my beloved wife Susanna and the abovesaid John SHEPPERD, John HARRIS and Nicholas PAYNE

Signed:                  3 Oct 1716

Witnesses:           Nath. GRIGORY, John GIBBENS, Grace GIBBENS (X)

Proved:                  24 Oct 1716 at PCC London by John HARRIS, one of the Exors; power reserved to grant to Susanna POBJAY, Relict, John SHEPPERD and Nicholas PAYNE, the other Exors

 

Testator:               Richard PAYNE, Mercer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /559 q.159

Legacies:              •       to my beloved wife Mary PAYNE £20; also the moiety of my household goods

                                •       to my beloved son Richard PAYNE my house in Cheap Street in the psh of Frome and the lawfully begotten heirs of his body for ever from when he is 21; if my son Richard dies without issue to my nephew Richard PAYNE, son of James PAYNE and his heirs for ever

                                •       to Thomas WHITTOCKE, Clothier of Frome, two guineas

                                •       to Jane COOKE, wife of Robert COOKE, one guinea

                                •       to my loving aunt THOMSON of Taunton three guineas

                                •       ten very aged men shall accompany my corpse to the grave to whom I give 10s a piece

                                •       to my trustees 20s a piece

                                •       to my trustees, the survivors of them, their Exors etc. the rents of my dwelling house in Frome until my son Richard is 21 in trust for the use of my beloved wife Mary to dwell there during one quarter of a year not only after my decease but after my goods shall be divided and no longer; and then for the use of my son Richard to be made use of in breeding up, educating and putting him apprentice and for repairing the sd dwelling house; but if Richard dies in his minority, the rents to the use of such person to whom the reversion of the sd premises (by virtue of this will) expectant thereupon shall belong

                                •       to my trustees £30 in trust to the use of that child which Mary my wife now goeth in case it shall be born and live, to be paid to Mary my wife £5 p.a. for two years for nursing the sd child and £20 residue for the education and if  binding apprentice be the child a son or a daughter; but if the child dies, the part unexpended to my son Richard

                                •       to my brother James PAYNE the other half of the household goods; also the residue

Trustees:              my loving kinsmen Jonathan WHITCHURCH, Merchant of Frome, Phillip FRICKER, Tallow Chandler of Frome, and my brother James PAYNE, Cardmaker of Frome

Executor:              my brother James PAYNE

Signed:                  9 Jul 1717

Witnesses:           Alex. HILMAN, Judith HILMAN, Mary DANIELL

Proved:                  21 Aug 1717 at PCC London

 

Testator:               John HIPPIE, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /560 q. 175-214

Legacies:              •       my marriage articles should be performed according to the true intent thereof and the interest of the sum of £4000 mentioned in them to be given by me to such child or children of mine should be paid for the maintenance and education of such child or children of mine until they come to the age of 21 or by consent of my Exor and other trustees mentioned in my marriage articles should be married, and in case they die before they come to 21 or be married then the £4000 should go to my right heirs in such manner as the £8000 or lands purchased therewith mentioned in the sd article should be due

                                •       my messuage or tenement, mill, lands and hereditaments in Coleford and in the pshes of Babington and Kilmersdon to my father John HIPPIE, Gent of Frome Swd to have and too hold with the reversion(s) and remainder(s), rents etc. to him, his heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       all my ready money, debts on mortgages etc., all my plate, rings and jewels and all my household goods and all other my goods and chattels to my father John HIPPIE

                                •       Exor to cause an inventory to be taken shortly after my decease of all my goods and chattels and deliver my household goods, plate rings and jewels by a particular schedule to Jane my faithful and loving wife for her to make use of as long as she remains widow and in my name and no longer, she at the same time giving security to my Exor for delivering them back to my Exor on demand immediately after her death [sic] or marriage

Executor:              my father John HIPPIE

Signed:                  25 Sep 1717

Witnesses:           Geo. LOCKE, Eliz. HIPPIE, Mary HALLIDAY

Proved:                  16 Nov 1717 at PCC London by John HIPPIE, Exor

 

1720

 

Testator:               Robert SMITH, Clothier of Frome

PROB11 ref:         /573

Legacies:              •       20s to my loving son Robert

                                •       20s to my loving son John

                                •       £50 to my loving son William

                                •       residue to my loving son William and my loving daughters Ann and Mary

Executors:            my son William and daughters Ann and Mary

Signed:                  15 Jan 1719

Witnesses:           James HOLLEWY [sic], Mary HOLLWEY (X), John BAYLEY

Proved:                  9 Apr 1720 at PCC London by William SMITH, Ann WEST, w/o Thomas WEST, and Mary ROGERS, w/o Richard ROGERS

 

Testator:               Edward FROWD, late Merchant of the psh of Saint Bartholomy in the City of London, Middx

PROB11 ref:         /574 Image Ref. 333

Legacies:              •       my body to be decently interred in the Churchyard of St Edmunds in the City of Sarum as near to my Father and Mother as conveniently can be and I allow £250 to be spent in my funeral and to have a sermon at my funeral, the text to be the Gospel according to John III 16

                                •       all my debts to be paid            

                                •       my Executrix’s [sic] hereafter named to sell my dwelling house with all the rest of my estate at Mitcham, Surrey, and likewise to sell all my household goods and furniture and my chariot and horses and all that belongs to me in the Outhouses as well as my dwelling house, my silver plate, my diamond ring, my gold watch with all my apparel and what household goods I have at London and to dispose of the moneys arising on the trusts hereafter mentioned and I desire my Executrixes [sic] to dispose of my stock of lace, also to get in what debts are due to me

                                •       my said Executors [sic] as soon as possible after my decease raise the sum of £8000 out of my real and personal estates and place the same in some of the public funds or at interest upon some mortgage of land or other security with the approbation of my sister Lydia GUEST and pay the interest into the hands of my said sister during her natural life for her sole and separate use by her by any deed or writing or otherwise as she shall think fit without the controul of her husband Mr Timothy GUEST who is not to intermeddle with it and to take her separate receipt in writing exclusive of her said husband for all such moneys so paid to her and not the receipt of her said husband be of any use I giving it entirely for my sisters own proper use; and upon and after the death of my said sister I give

-          £500 of the £8000 to be laid out in lands and the incomes of it for a sermon and prayers to be read in the psh Church of St Edmonds, New Sarum, every Friday morning throughout the whole year upon the Birth and Resurrection of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ

-          £7500 to buy a piece of ground and build on it 24 almshouses built as near St Edmonds Church as convenient and after a husbandly manner, but to have little gardens to each house and so built that the poor people may have a comfortable living

-          the remaining part of the £7500 to be laid out in free land and the incomes to be paid to the 24 poor people, twelve poor men and twelve poor women, living in the almshouses for their subsistence and I order that a pew be made in St Edmonds Church that all of them may sit in together and that every one of them shall go constantly to hear the sermon except some extraordinary business shall prevent, and I would have those poor people belong to the psh of St Edmonds except that in case at any time after my death there should be any of my poor relations that should be willing to live in the said houses and to partake of the said charity then they shall always be preferred as often as any vacancy happens; and no person shall be chosen to live in the said houses unless they be fifty years of age or upwards except such person be so lame and infirm as not to be able to work; and I further direct that none of the persons that partake of this charity shall at the same time receive any public alms from the psh; and I desire my Executors [sic] hereafter mentioned and the Churchwardens of the psh of St Edmonds to take care to lay out the moneys above mentioned to the best advantage possible for the maintenance of the charity for ever

                                •       my Executors shall as soon as possible after my decease raise out of my estate further [sic] sum of £1000 to be laid out in the purchase of free land with the approbation of my sister Lydia GUEST the yearly rents of which I give for ever for the putting out poor children born in the psh of St Edmonds Apprentices, to be chosen by my Executors and the Churchwardens and with my sister’s approbation so long as she lives, allowing £10 for every child put out apprentice and no more

                                •       my Executors shall cause to be railed round with iron rails that part of the churchyard where my father and mother and brother and sister and niece and myself are buried and to leave a place within the rails for one grave more in case my sister GUEST should be buried there, and I order £50 to be laid out in land, the incomes to have the railing and stones on the graves keep up [sic] in good order; and I order that there be a new stone put on my sister Mary FROWD’s grave and desire that none of these graves may ever be opened for any person whatsoever to be buried therein

                                •       £20 to my sister Lydia GUEST to buy her mourning and to Mr Timothy GUEST £10 for mourning

                                •       to my sister Lydia GUEST £10 further to give amongst the poor at Sarum when I am buried and £10 for her to give amongst the poor at Mitcham and if I die at London to give £10 amongst the poor there

                                •       to my maid servant Eliz. PASSLEY if living with me at the time of my decease £50 to be paid her in 12 months after my decease

                                •       to Mrs Diana GUYTER of Sarum 1s and no more

                                •       to my kinsman George ELLIS £100 to be paid him in 12 months after my decease

                                •       to my trusty and faithful servant Henry POPJAY £250 in Mecklin and Brussels lards, some of all breadths and sorts at the price costs which shall be delivered to him 12 months after my decease; also £250 in moneys, to be paid him 18 months after my decease

                                •       the overplus of my said real and personal estates after payment and satisfaction of all the legacies to and amongst my Executors and to my cousin Walter FROWD and my cousin Nicholas FROWD and my cousin Ieaius FROWD to be equally divided between them

                                •       so long as my sister lives I desire my Executors to take her approbation

Executors:            my said kinsman Mr George ELLIS and my said trusty and faithful servant Mr Henry POPJAY

Signed:                  11 Feb 1719/20 (6 George I)

Witnesses:           William DREWETT, Thomas SANDAS

Proved:                  1 Jun 1720 at PCC London by George ELLIS and Henry POPJAY, Executors

 

Testator:               John LONG Jnr, Clothier of Whatley

PROB11 ref:         /575 q.158

Legacies:              •       to my daughter Barbara LONG £30 as soon as she is 21

                                •       residue of my freehold lands and tenements, goods and chattels, to my loving wife

Overseers:           my loving father in law Joseph MICHELL, Gent of Farington, and my loving brothers in law Thomas STRONG [?] of the same place

Executrix:               my wife

Signed:                  16 Mar 1718 (5 Geo I)

Witnesses:           Richard WINZER, Hannah SODEN [SUDDEN?], Danl. CORNISH

Proved:                  4 Jul 1720 at PCC London by Elizabeth LONG, relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Joseph HOULTON, Gent of Trowbridge, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /576 Image ref. 181 Shaller q.198-245

Legacies:              •       to my son Joseph HOULTON the house and orchard and three grounds belonging thereto and 1 ac. 3 yd in Pinchmead now in the possession of Mr Harmon KING which I bought of Mr John PEARCE and lies in the psh of Trowbridge and Studley to him and his heirs for ever

                                •       to my three grandsons John HOULTON, Robert HOULTON, sons of my son Joseph HOULTON, and Walter Marchant BULL s/o my daughter DAVES [DAVIS] £200 each at the age of 21 or marriage to be paid by my grandson Nathll HOULTON out of my estate at Telsett which I bought of William WALLES [WALLIS] Esq. which sd estate I give to him and his heirs for ever

                                •       to my daughter WALTERS her daughter Mary WALTERS [sic] £200 at the age of 21 or marriage

                                •       to my daughter PARSONS her eight children, viz. Anne, Mary, Rachael, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Henry, Sophia and Edward, £200 each at 21 or marriage; if either of the eight children die first then that £200 to my daughter Anne their mother for her own proper use

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth HOULTON the farm at Mounton bought of Mr Waler SLOPER to her and her heirs for ever and £1200 in money; also £80 p.a. out of my estate at Stowey or the grist mills

                                •       to my wife £500

                                •       £500 to my son Joseph, son Robert, Mr John DAVISON of Trowbridge, Mr Andrew GIFFORD of Bristol, Mr John FELKS of Devizes, the interest thereof to be disposed as I shall direct

                                •       £300 in small legacies as I shall in writing direct

                                •       all my household goods and plate except my best tankard and my best bowl marked E.C. which I give my son Joseph HOULTON and my best silver bowl to son Robert HOULTON

                                •       to my son Robert HOULTON all my land and tenements not before given which I bought of Mr John PEARCE in Trowbridge or Studley to him and his heirs for ever as also my three leaseholds, one for storage, one for the mills at Trowbridge and one for the parsonage of Buckinton [Beckington?]

                                •       £500 to my daughter DAVES [DAVIS] for which I gave her a bond

                                •       remainder of my household goods to my wife and daughter Elizabeth to be equally divided betwixt them

                                •       mourning to my Trustees

Executor:              my son Robert HOULTON

Trustees:              my friends Mr Edward DAVIS Snr and Mr John DAVISON

Signed:                  20 Oct 1716

Witnesses:           Richard COTTLE, Joseph COTTLE, Sarah DANNELL [DANIEL?]

Codicil:                  •       to Mr John DAVISON, my son Joseph HOULTON, my son Robert HOULTON, my grandson Joseph HOULTON, Mr John BROUSE of Bradford and Mr William TEMPLE, Clothier of Trowbridge, £200 in trust for the better maintaining the Baptist Ministers of the Congregation of Bradford, the interest to remain to them for ever; when either of them die, the survivors to choose another in his room

                                •       to my sister MORTIMER £10 a year for her better maintenance

                                •       to my cousin Catharine SHEPHERD £5

                                •       to Benjamin CRABs [CRABBs] ten children living at Telsford Mill £10 each

                                •       to Mr HENDY, Baptist Minister of Frome, Mr BEVERSTOCK of Southmorton, Mr WIGERY [WIDGERY], Mr Robert WOODMAN, Baptist Minister of Grittleton, £5 each

                                •       to Mr John DAVISON’s six children £5 apiece

                                •       to the Widow ELLIOTT of Beckington £2

                                •       to Mr John DAVISON £20

                                •       whereas I have given £500 upon my will (which is in my grandson Joseph HOULTON’s hands for which I have 6%) £15 a year to be paid to the Baptist Minister of the Baptist Congregation of Trowbridge and the other moiety for the raising young gifts for the supply of Baptist Churches where there is need

Signed:                  [no date]

Witnesses:           Elizabeth HOULTON, Sarah DANNELL [DANIEL?], Sarah CATER [CARTER?]

Proved:                  14 Oct 1720 at PCC London by Robert HOULTON, son and Exor

 

Testator:               William WHITCHURCH of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /576 q.198-245

Legacies:              •       to my grandchildren Robert WHITCHURCH, Elizabeth WHITCHURCH, Mary WHITCHURCH, John WHITCHURCH, Rebecca WHITCHURCH, Dorothy WHITCHURCH, Anne WHITCHURCH and Joseph WHITCHURCH, eight children of my son William WHITCHURCH by Dorothy WHITCHURCH his now wife £500 each to be raised out of my manors in Berrow, Soms, and out of my messuages etc. in the pshes of Berrow, Brent and Burnham, Soms by sale or mortgage, payable at 21…, which legacies are given in discharge of all covenant between me and Mr Robert SMITH deceased, late f/o my sd son’s wife by the marriage articles; and in case any of my sd grandchildren shall trouble the heirs, Exors etc. of me or Robert SMITH or the eldest son and heir of my son William WHITCHURCH, their legacy to go to the person sued, my will being that the eldest son or heir of my sd son William WHITCHURCH and his heirs shall enjoy all the lands etc. mentioned in the sd marriage articles

                                •       to my son William WHITCHURCH my manors in Berrow and all my demeasne lands etc. in the pshes of Berrow, Brent, South Brent, Burnham and Lympsham, Soms…

                                •       to my son William WHITCHURCH all my messuages etc. in the psh of Wimborne, Dorset

                                •       to my son William  WHITCHURCH £100 to buy mourning for himself, his wife and children

                                •       my copyhold tenement in Lullington to my son William  during his life and after his death to my daughter PHELPS for her life

                                •       to my sd daughter and her ?? children £10 apiece to buy mourning

                                •       to my grandsons John WHITCHURCH and Samuel WHITCHURCH, sons of my son John WHITCHURCH deceased £500 apiece when they are 21 with benefit of survivorship

                                •       to my cousin Edward WHITCHURCH of Westcomb, my cousin Edward WHITCHURCH of Frome and James WICKHAM Snr of Frome £1000 in trust to the use of my grandchildren Roger LEVERSEDGE and Mary LEVERSEDGE to be equally divided between them and paid to each of them at 21 and the interest to be paid towards their breeding up, putting forth or education, with benefit of survivorship

                                •       to my daughter in law Mrs Elizabeth GULLYFORD and her two sons John and Samuel WHITCHURCH £10 apiece to buy mourning

                                •       to my niece Mrs Joanna GLASCOTCH [?] £300 of which she shall pay her mother £5 p.a. for life

                                •       the interest of £100 to 14 poor women that shall be in the Almshouse in Frome and die poor of the sd psh as the same have been usually paid for some years past and for which sum there is now a mortgage

                                •       the interest of £100 from Christopher MILLS and William BALL to the Master of the Freeschool in Frome for the teaching of three poor children nominated and appointed by my heirs

                                •       to the Vicar of Frome at the time of my death £10 to buy a gown and pulpit cloth

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome £10

                                •       £10 to such poor of the psh of Nunney as my Exor thinks fit, but I desire a respect may be had to my usual workmen

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Berrowe £10 to be distributed as Jeremy TUCKER and Ferdinando BOARD think fit

                                •       to the poor tenants in my manors of Salbridges, Weston and Anting [?] £5 to be distributed as Thomas PAROTT and William LUSH think fit

                                •       to all my domestic servants at my death such mourning as my Exor thinks fit

                                •       to my sister RAINSFORD and my cousin GLASCOTCH and his wife £10 apiece to buy mourning

                                •       to my cousin FURZMAN £10

                                •       to sd Edward WHITCHURCH of Westcomb, Edward WHITCHURCH of Frome and James WICKHAM £10 apiece to buy mourning and a ring of 20s apiece

                                •       to my beloved grandson William WHITCHURCH s/o my late son John WHITCHURCH deceased all other my manors, messuages etc., his heirs etc. for ever

                                •       residue not herein before given and what else I shall give by a codicil to my sd grandson William WHITCHURCH s/o John WHITCHURCH

Executor:              my grandson William WHITCHURCH s/o John WHITCHURCH

Overseers:           Edward WHITCHURCH of Westcomb, Edward WHITCHURCH of Frome and James WICKHAM

Signed:                  22 Sep 1718 (5 Geo)

Witnesses:           Edw MORGAN, Richd BULL, Jno MORGAN

Codicil:                  •       to my grandson William WHITCHURCH eldest s/o my son William WHITCHURCH £400 to be paid by his father out of my manors in Berrowe and my messuages etc. in the pshes of Berrow, Brent and Burnham

Signed:                  12 Feb 1718        

Witnesses:           Edw MORGAN, Richd BULL, Philip STEVENS

Proved:                  25 Nov 1720 at PCC London by William WHITCHURCH grandson [nepotis] and Exor

 

Testator:               Joel BABER, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /579 q.83 ff.246 (LH) - 230 (LH)

Trustees:              My trusty well beloved friends William BUNN, Tallow-chandler of Frome Swd, and Edward HOLLIDAY, Clothier of Frome Swd

Legacies:              •       £5 to Sophea my wife

                                •       £5 and the cottages occupied by Joseph BABER, George LAMBE and Robert HUMPHRYS from Lord WEYMOUTH in Frome Swd to Robert Merchant BABER, my son

                                •       My present dwelling house in Southe Street with six other cottages at the upper end of the adjoining garden to the Trustees to pay an annuity of 4s per week during the life of James BABER my son in lieu of what I contracted upon marriage with James’ deceased mother

                                •       Residue to my two daughters, Mary BABER and Anne BABER

Executrices:        Mary BABER and Anne BABER

Signed:                  30 Nov 1720

Witnesses:           William POBJAY, James BROWN, Ri. WEBB

Proved:                  1721at PCC London

 

Testator:               Margarett KINGMAN, Widow of Froome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /584

Legacies:              •       £500 to my granddaughter Margarett KINGMAN when she is 22; or if she dies first, one half to be divided between the three grandsons and the other half to Exix; or if one of the grandsons dies before 21, Margarett to share the legacy equally with the survivor(s)

                                •       £400 to my grandson Debnam KINGMAN when he is 21

                                •       £400 to my grandson William KINGMAN when he is 21

                                •       £200 to my grandson Solomon KINGMAN when he is 2;1 the four grandchildren to share any loss in London or elsewhere proportionately out of their respective legacies

                                •       the close of pasture called Rack Close or Lilly Batch to my granddaughter Margarett for life; after her decease to my grandsons Debnam KINGMAN and William KINGMAN for the remainder of the term

                                •       the income of the plot of land near SMITH's Barn, the house in Frome Field late Mr William GOURGFIELD's Snr and the house near Garston Stile to my two grandsons Debnam KINGMAN and William KINGMAN during their minority and then to my granddaughter Margarett KINGMAN

                                •       six silver spoons marked with MK, one pair of silver salts and one silver tumbler, the beds bedstead etc. now in the best chamber with the fire shovel, tongs and hearth, one oaken chest of drawers which was formerly my mother's, one wallnut chest of drawers and walnut looking glass which is now in the parlour, the least table of the three best in the hall, the cloath bed and all its furniture, two bell-metal pots, six pewter dishes, two dozen pewter plates, two spits and the best bed with all its furniture which now stands in the garret over the drawing shop, to my granddaughter Margarett KINGMAN when she is 22

                                •       one oaken chest of drawers to my grandson Debnam KINGMAN

                                •       £5 to my daughter in law Sarah KINGMAN

                                •       the rest of my money, goods and moveables to my daughter Margaret SMITH

Executrix:             my daughter Margaret SMITH

Signed:                  4 Nov 1721

Witnesses:           Henry PENNY, James GEORGE, John FISHER

Proved:                  18 Apr 1722 at PCC London by Margaret SMITH, daughter and exix of the deceased

 

Testator:               Robert EDGELL, Gent of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /596 Image Ref.325

Legacies:              •       £5 to Matthew son of my sister Susanna GORDON [?]

                                •       £5 to all the children of my sister Jane living at the time of my decease

                                •       £5 to all the children of my brother John EDGELL living at the time of my decease

                                •       all my lands, tenements and hereditaments in the pshes of Frome Swd and Marston Bigot to Joseph JESSER, Clothier of Frome Swd, and William BAILY, Apothecary of the same, for the purposes herein after declared:

-          the meadow called Brookover at Murtry Bridge in the psh of Marston Bigot now in my possession to the use of Elizabeth EDGELL my wife for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of John EDGELL, son of my brother John EDGELL for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of Joseph JESSER and William BAILY and their heirs during the lives of the sd Elizabeth EDGELL and John EDGELL on trust to preserve the contingent uses and estates herein after declared; and that after my decease John EDGELL my brother shall receive out of the profits an annuity of £6 clear of tax to be paid into the hands of John EDGELL the Father, with power to distrain; and after the death of Elizabeth EDGELL and John EDGELL the son, to the use of Robert EDGELL, another son of my brother John EDGELL and his heirs lawfully to be begotten; and in default of such issue to the use of Pinnock EDGELL, another son of my brother John EDGELL and his heirs lawfully issuing and in default of such issue to the heirs of sd Robert EDGELL for ever

                                •       close of ground called Summer Leaze and Ragg at Murtry adjoining the lands of Mr John JESSER to Joseph JESSER and William BAILY during the residue of a long term of 1000 years for the purposes herein after declared:

-          to the use of Elizabeth EDGELL my wife for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of Robert EDGELL, son of my brother John EDGELL, and his children lawfully issuing; and in default of such issue to the use of Pinnock EDGELL and his children lawfully to be begotten during the remainder of the term subject to an annuity

                                •       close of meadow called CABELLs within the psh of Frome Swd adjoining Farm Close to the use of Elizabeth EDGELL my wife for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of Pinnock EDGELL for life and after the determination of that estate to Joseph JESSER and William BAILY during the life of Pinnock EDGELL for the purposes herein after declared:

-          on trust to preserve the contingent uses and estates herein after limited and after the decease of Pinnock EDGELL to the use of the first lawfully begotten son of his body and in default of such issue to the second, third etc. in seniority of age and priority of birth and their lawfully begotten heirs, the elder of such and the heirs of his body being always to be preferred before the younger and the heirs of their bodies; and in default of such issue to the use of all daughters lawfully begotten; and in default of such issue to the use of sd Robert EDGELL, Pinnock’s brother, and his lawfully begotten heirs for ever, subject to an annuity of £3 to be paid to Jane JESSER, widow, for life with power to distrain

                                •       the several leasehold and freehold estates that I hold by lives in the psh of Frome Swd to Elizabeth EDGELL my wife, her exors etc. during the terms I have thereon subject only to such covenants as are in the original indentures of lease payable to the several lessors

                                •       residue to Elizabeth EDGELL my wife

                                •       20s apiece to Joseph JESSER and William BAILY to buy them a ring each

Executrix:             my wife Elizabeth

Signed:                  21 Dec 1719

Witnesses:           T. WELLS, Richd PAYNE, Ri. WEBB

Codicil:                  •       the estate I am possessed of at Hurseovers in the psh of Frome to my brother John EDGELL and Sarah his wife after the decease of my wife Elizabeth during the remainder of the term

                                •       £10 to Isabella my daughter, widow[?], now wife of John MORGAN, gentleman

Witnesses:           T. WELLS, Richd PAYNE, Ri. WEBB

Proved:                  28 Apr 1724 at PCC London by Elizabeth EDGELL, widow, relict and exix

 

Testator:               William WEST, Clerk of Marston Bigot

PROB11 ref:         /597 q.102

Legacies:              •       £20 to my kinsman Mr Thomas WHITE, Glover (?) in New Sarum,

                                •       £4 p.a. to my dear sister Margaret, wife of Richard ARNOLD, now living in Weymouth, Dorset

                                •       My books except the large Common Prayer book in which my wife’s name is marked L(?)W to my nephew Charles WEST [Charles to carry the books away so that they are not “exposed to view or sale here”]

                                •       A silver tankard, a silver two-handled trenchard, silver salts, eight silver spoons, two of them marked RWR, two others marked with the Wadham Coat of Arms, Mr WADHAM’s picture to Mrs Elizabeth EDGHILL, wife of Robert EDGHILL of Frome Swd; and after her decease to her daughter Isabella, now wife of Mr John MORGAN of the City of London

                                •       £5 to William BATTLE

                                •       £5 to the poor of Marston Bigot

                                •       A gold ring to my brother WEST

                                •       A gold ring to my brother ARNOLD

                                •       A gold ring to my brother PITTS

                                •       …to my servant Joan THOMPSON

                                •       Ten of my books in divinity or books of devotion at her choice to my wife Prudence WEST

Executrix:               My wife

Signed:                  19 Nov 1723

Witnesses:           Thomas DANIELL, Joan THOMPSON (X), Abr(?) HINTON

Proved:                  10 Apr 1724 at PCC London by Prudence WEST

 

Testator:               Christopher DANIEL Snr, late of Horningsham, Wilts, but now of Norton St Philip, Soms

PROB11 ref:         /597

Legacies:              •       to my loving wife Jane DANIEL and her heirs my tenement or inn called the George Inn and the 3 ac. pasture thereunto belonging in Norton St Philip and also my house called the White Cross in Hinton Lane and all other my lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever in Norton St Philip on the conditions hereinafter mentioned

                                •       to my said wife Jane, her Exors etc. my leasehold Estate called Whorlows [?] in the psh of Marston Bigot during the term of her natural life and the life of my son Christopher DANIEL on condition:

-           that she pay to Mr HUDDLESTON of Kellson £60 and pay all other debts

-          that she acknowledge satisfaction on a bond and judgment I gave to Mr Edward RUNDALL, Clock Maker of Norton St Philip and Mr Theophilus PONTING, Yeoman of the same place in trust to leave my said wife £400 at the time of my decease

                                •       to my said son Christopher DANIEL, his Exors etc. my tenement and parrock called HUNTs, another tenement called ADLAMs, a tenement called PALMERs and a parrock at Hittcomb Gate [?] called also PALMERs, all in Horningsham, and all other my leasehold estates in Horningsham for all the terms I have to come on condition that he pays £60 to the said Mr HUDDLESTON of Kelson, £20 to Mr BARNES of Horningsham and £10 to Joseph LUCAS of Horningsham

                                •       to Nicholas DAVIS Snr the house that he now liveth in during the lives or lease by which it is held

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth MILLARD and her husband 1s each

                                •       to John PRESCOTT 1s

                                •       to my son in law Richard RUNDALL 1s

                                •       to my daughter in law Jane RUNDALL 1s

                                •       to my said son Christopher DANIEL all my goods and household stuff now standing and being at Horningsham

                                •       residue to my said wife Jane DANIEL on the condition afsd

Executrix:             my wife Jane DANIEL

Overseers:           my brother Thomas DANIEL and my friend Edward RUNDELL

Signed:                  24 Mar 1722 (9 Geo I)

Witnesses:           John COLLIER, Edward RUNDELL, Jo. HUGHES

Proved:                  2 Jan 1724/5 at PCC London by Jane DANIEL Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               John HORTON, Gent of Woolverton

PROB11 ref:         /599 q.207

Legacies:              •       to my brother Edward HORTON all my houses, lands, tenements and hereditaments for life; and after his decease to my nephew John HORTON s/o my brother Charles HORTON deceased and the legitimate heirs male of his body and for want of such to my nephew James HORTON s/o sd John HORTON and the legitimate heirs male of his body and for want of such to my nephew Francis HORTON brother of sd John and James HORTON and the legitimate heirs male of his body and for want of such to my own right heirs for ever

                                •       out of my personal estate to my sister Ann WEBB [???] £40

                                •       to my nephew John HORTON £1200

                                •       to my nephew John HORTON £600

                                •       to my nephew Francis HORTON £600

                                •       to my cousin Henry FOXWELL £200

                                •       to my cousin Anne ALLEN sister of sd Henry FOXWELL £200

                                •       to my cousin William CASHELL £200

                                •       to my cousin Elizabeth GOLDEN sister of sd William CASHELL £100

                                •       to my cousin Charles CRABB £200

                                •       to my cousin Ann CRABB £200

                                •       to my cousin Frances CRABB £200

Executor:              my loving brother Mr Edward HORTON

Signed:                  20 Jul 1724

Witnesses:           George CARY, Roger CROUCH [?], James UPTON

Proved:                  3 Sep 1724 at PCC London by Edward HORTON, brother and Exor

 

Testator:               John HIPPIE, Gent of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /600

Legacies:              •       to be buried in my vault in the Church of Frome

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Frome £10

                                •       to Elizabeth my most dear faithful and loving wife, her heirs etc. for ever, my lands and hereditaments in Frome which I lately purchased of Richard FOWNES Esq. and Elizabeth his wife and all my other lands and hereditaments in the psh of Frome and my messuage or tenement, mill, lands etc. at Coleford in the pshes of Babington and Kilmersdon 

                                •       to Elizabeth my wife, her heirs etc. for all my estate therein, my messuage, tenement and dwelling house where I now live with all houses, outhouses, gardens, orchards, closes thereunto belonging in Frome Swd which I hold by lease dated 1 Feb 1680 granted by John CHAMPNEYS decd

                                •       to Elizabeth my wife, her heirs etc. for ever, the messuage or farm called Bagberry in the psh of Evercreech which with my sons money I lately purchased of my kinsman Mr Edward HAYWARD and all those closes of meadow and pasture containing in the whole about 23 ac. in the psh of Evercreech adjoining part of the lands belonging to Bagberry Farm which I lately purchased with my sons money of James WALSH and all that capital messuage, farm, lands etc called Perry Farm with all those other messuages etc in the psh of Maiden Bradley, Wilts, which I also lately purchased with my sons money of Isaac SELFE Esq. and the reversion(s), remainder(s) etc., to the intent that she may at any time after my decease convey all the sd lands to such uses as her Counsel learned in the Law shall direct and advise towards the performance of my sons marriage articles

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth HIPPIE £500

                                •       to my daughter Mary HALLIDAY £50

                                •       to my grandson Edward HALLIDAY £100 within one year of my decease

                                •       to my granddaughter Elizabeth HIPPIE £100 when she is 21 or married

                                •       to my granddaughter Elizabeth CHAFFEN [CHAFFIN] £100 when she is 21 or married

                                •       residue to Elizabeth my wife

Executrix:             Elizabeth my wife

Signed:                  3 Jan 1720/1

Witnesses:           Geo. LOCKE, John BISS, Thomas AMES

Proved:                  27 Nov 1724 at PCC London by Elizabeth HIPPIE, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Francis WEAVER, Yeoman of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /603

Legacies:              •       to my brothers Richard WEAVER and Benjamin WEAVER to receive the rents for all but what is my wife's settlement for the use of my children to breed them according to the Church of England as now by law established

                                •       to my daughter Mary WEAVER £500 when she is 20 or married

                                •       to Jone WEAVER my daughter £400 when she is 20 or married, to be paid of money, goods or chattels; if such sum be not found in goods or chattels, the remainder to be paid out of my lands by my son Francis WEAVER when 21; if he dies, goods to be shared between daughters; if all die, my land to the right heir brother Richard and chattels to brother Benjamin and his children and Gorge [sic] and his children in equal shares

Executors:            Richard WEAVER and Benjamin WEAVER

Signed:                  7 Jun 1721

Witnesses:           William GALL (X), Nickless DAYE (X), William DAYE (X)

Proved:                  25 May 1727 at PCC London by Richard WEAVER and Benjamin WEAVER, the Exors

 

Testator:               William OBOURNE, Fuller of Lullington

PROB11 ref:         /604 Image ref.241

Legacies:              •       to my brother Phillip OBOURNE all my land in the psh of Berkley for life; and after his death to William OBOURNE his son for ever’ but if William dies before he is 21, to John OBOURNE, another son of Phillip; and if John does not live to 21, to Edward OBOURNE, another of Phillip’s sons

                                •       to my said brother all my leasehold estate in the pshes of Berkley & Standerwick for the term I have in them; also £100

                                •       to Mary HUMPRHEYS, daughter of Phillip OBOURNE, my leasehold estate called BULLs Tining which I hold of the land of Mr Henry BRILL for the term I have in it, she paying an annuity of £1 5s for the life of my wife Mary OBOURNE to Mrs ONGER, Widow; also £10

                                •       to Jane HUMPHREYS, daughter of  Mary HUMPHREYS, £10

                                •       to my cousins John OBOURNE and Joan KING his sister £5 each

                                •       to Edward and Robert OBOURNE their brothers £1 1s

                                •       to my wife £50; also my household goods, goods in trade and stock in cattle, provided that within one month of my decease my wife releases all her estate and interest in the lands by me bequeathed to my brother and his sons

                                •       residue to my beloved friends Edward MORGAN, Clerk, Thomas JESSER, Clothier, both of Frome Swd, and William HUMPRHEYS Jnr, Clothier of Berkley, in trust:

-          to permit my wife to enjoy the rents and profits of my cattle and copyhold estates for life

-          to invest my money and permit my wife to receive the interest for life; and after her decease, to apply the interest for the full stocking and filling up my estates or applying it to the education and maintenance of my nephews William OBOURNE, John OBOURNE and Edward OBOURNE until they are 21; and divide it equally between them as they attain the age of 21 as tenants in common

                                •       to my trustees one guinea each

                                •       20s to be expended in bread by my wife and distributed amongst the poor of the psh of Lullington

Executors:            Edward MORGAN, Thomas JESSER and William HUMPRHEYS Jnr

Signed:                  30 Mar 1725 (X)

Witnesses:           Wm WHITCHURCH Jnr, Fran [Jean?] CRABB, Thomas ADDAMES

Proved:                  7 Jul 1725 at PCC London by Edward MORGAN, Clerk, Thomas JESSER and William HUMPHREYS Jnr, Exors

 

Testator:               John MORGAN, Tallow Chandler of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /605 q.215

Legacies:              ·     

                                ·      …to the use of my sd daughters Martha and Mary and their heirs for ever, provided that when either of my sd sons William and Edward has any estate in the premises devised to my sd brother in law and sister in law for life he shall have full power and authority by any writing attested by two witnesses to assign the sd messuages or dwelling houses to any woman that he marries for the term of her life in lieu of jointure

                                ·      my loving wife Martha shall enjoy all my sd messuages, lands etc. hereinbefore bequeathed to my children during her lifetime and also the use of all my household goods

                                ·      residue to my sd wife

Executrix:             my sd wife

Signed:                  22 Jul 1724

Witnesses:           John PHELPS, Daniel BUDGETT, Eliz. COLLINS (X)

Proved:                  6 Oct 1725 at PCC London by Martha MORGAN, Widow, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Christopher RILL als RIMELL, Yeoman of the parish of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /605 f.218 p.267

Legacies:              •       The tenement in Chapmanslade whereof he have the lease and also 2s 6d to my son Robard RIMELL

                                •       The tenement in Chapmanslade late HOLWAY’s  whereof he hath now the lease and possession and also 2s 6d to my son John RIMELL 

                                •       A ground late STONEs and the house newly erected thereon and all that plot or parcel of ground thereunto adjoining called Colses during all the term of lease to my grand daughter Elizabeth SKEMMELL, daughter of John SKEMMELL

                                •       My house and grounds now in the possession of John SKEMMELL, late HOBSes, to my grandson Joseph SKEMMELL, in trust to suffer my daughter the wife of his brother John SKEMMELL to receive the profits for life, and after her death pay the said John SKEMMELL £5 p.a. for life if the persons named on the lease live so long and to pay the residue of the profits to his two brothers and sister Mary, children of my daughter; but if John SKEMMELL dies first, to pay the profits to John and George, the two sons of my daughter, and Mary her daughter

                                •       My messuage or tenement known as Mont Sheper or Skeper to my grandson Joseph SKEMMELL

                                •       2s 6d to my son Christopher RIMELL

                                •       The residue to my grandson Joseph SKEMMELL

Executor:              My grandson Joseph SKEMMELL

Signed:                  16 Oct 1721

Witnesses:           Thos MAKFORD, John CARPENTER, Thomas ROGER, Phillip CROSSE

Proved:                  14 Oct 1725 at PCC London

 

Testator:               William WHITCHURCH of Nunney Castle

PROB11 ref:         /606 q.260

Legacies:              •       to Elizabeth daughter of George MUSGRAVE late of the psh of St Stephen Walbrook, Citizen and Skinner of London decd, my much beloved wife, and Thomas WARD, Bookseller of the Inner Temple, London, my much regarded friend, their heirs etc. for ever all my manor of Nunney Maudlin and all my messuages etc. in Marston, Trudoxhill, Witham Friary, Cloford, Chesterblade except only the manor lands in Nunney which were settled by William WHITCHURCH Esq., my late grandfather decd in relation to the marriage of John WHITCHURCH, my late father decd, together with all the houses etc. in trust to sell them and apply the monies arising as follows:

-          to William my dear son by Elizabeth my sd wife £6000 to be placed out at interest for his benefit and until he is 21 part of the interest may be employed in his maintenance and education

-          a further £4000 to my sd son to be paid him after the death of his mother when he is 21, to be placed out at interest which shall be received by my wife for life for her own use

-          whereas  my wife is now ensent or with child I devise to the sd child £2000 if it or them be born alive to be placed out at interest until the child is 21; and if it dies before then, the sd £2000 to my son William; and if he dies before 21 leaving any other child of mine by my sd wife living, the legacies before given to him to go to them; and if all my children die before 21 everything herein before given to them to be equally divided between my brothers John and Samuel WHITCHURCH

                                •       to my sd wife her gold watch and chain and all her jewels and rings she has been used to wear with all other her wearing apparel

                                •       to my sd brothers John and Samuel £1000 each; but if my brother John becomes entitled upon my death to the sd manor and lands settled by the sd William WHITCHURCH Esq., my late grandfather, pursuant to my father’s marriage, the sd legacy of £1000 not to be paid

                                •       to Mrs Martha BENNETT who formerly dwelt as a servant with my grandfather and after his death with me £200; and I confirm the bond given by me to her for £1000 and direct the payment thereof according to the condition

                                •       all my goods, chattels and personal estate to my Exors in trust to sell them and apply the monies towards my debts etc.; and in case the manor and lands are not sufficient to cover these, the legacies to abate in proportion

                                •       Elizabeth my wife to waive her claim of dower out of the lands devised to be sold and all my other lands

                                •       to my friend Thomas WARD 20 guineas for the trouble he shall have in executing the trusts

Executors:            Elizabeth my wife and Thomas WARD

Signed:                  26 Nov 1725 (12 Geo)

Witnesses:           Wm SPRING, Jno BEAUMONT, Jno MORGAN

Memorandum:     The within will was republished and confirmed by the Testator 28 Nov 1725 in the presence of the same witnesses

Codicil:                  The Manor of Nunney Glaston als Nunney Castle whereof I am seized and diverse other lands etc. not devised by my will to my wife Elizabeth and Thomas WARD in trust to sell them and apply the moneys arising as follows:

-          £10000 to be placed out at interest and this applied to the same purposes as mentioned in my will concerning £6000 therein bequeathed

-          £2000 to be equally divided between my two brothers

-          if the money raised falls short of £12000, abatement as in my will

-          any residue as for the surplus in my will

                                •       the tithes of Holworth to my brother John WHITCHURCH and his heirs etc.

Signed:                  29 Nov 1725

Witnesses:           Wm SPRING, John HERBERT, Jno MORGAN

Proved:                  7 Dec 1725 at PCC London by Elizabeth WHITCHURCH, Relict, and Thomas WARD, Exors

 

Testatrix:              Elizabeth SMITH, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /608 q.83

Legacies:              •       my own debts and those of my late son Thomas SMITH to be paid

                                •       my son William SMITH and my daughter Mary GREEN to have their share of the personal estate of my sd son Thomas SMITH

                                •       to my son William SMITH all the household goods and furniture usually kept in the chamber where he lies and also the standing bedstead, table and forms in the great chamber and the hanging press in the chamber where I lie and the long table board in the kitchen, my silver bowl, a bell metal pot and my clock

                                •       to my three grandchildren Ann GREEN, Bethia GREEN and Thomas GREEN £300 to be equally divided between them and to be paid to them as they each become 21; if one of them dies before then, their share to the survivors; and if they all die before then, the whole sum to my grandson Christopher GREEN

                                •       residue to my daughter Mary GREEN

Executrix:             my daughter Mary GREEN

Signed:                  22 Apr 1721

Witnesses:           Ja. WICKHAM, Geo. WHITCHURCH

Proved:                  30 Apr 1726 at PCC London by Mary GREEN, daughter and Exix

 

Testator:               Walter Marchant BULL, Linen draper of London

PROB11 ref:         /609 q.90-137

Legacies:              •       to my father Joseph DAVIS £200

                                •       to my grandmother HOULTON £25

                                •       to my aunt Elizabeth HOULTON £25

                                •       to my uncle Joseph HOULTON £25

                                •       to my uncle and aunt Rob. HOULTON £25 each

                                •       to my uncle WALTERS and his wife £25 each

                                •       to my aunt PARSONS £25

                                •       to my uncle Henry BULL and his wife £25 each

                                •       to my uncle Richard BULL £25

                                •       to my uncle Joseph HOULTON’s children £5 each

                                •       to my uncle WALTERS children £5 each

                                •       to my aunt PARSONS’s children £5 each

                                •       to my uncle Henry BULL’s children £5 each

                                •       to William BURTON £5

                                •       to Dorcas LOVETT £5

                                •       to William STEAD £10 10s

                                •       to my aunt Jane HOLWELL £50

                                •       to James RADISH Jnr £30

                                •       to Richd BULL s/o Clement BULL £30

                                •       to William HENDY of Frome £100

                                •       to Edward HENWOOD of Trowbridge £100

                                •       to Thomas LUCAS of Trowbridge £50

                                •       to Joseph STENNETT of Exeter £50

                                •       to Edwd WALLIN of London £50

                                •       to Thomas HARRISON of London £50

                                •       to William WILKINS Snr of Westbury £30

                                •       to Thomas JENINGS of Colchester £20

                                •       to James BREWSTER of Ingham £30

                                •       to Philip JONES of Cheltenham £30

                                •       to William HALL of Sarum £10

                                •       to Edward TOWNSEND of London £50

                                •       to Danll WRIGHT of Braintree £20

                                •       to _ RICHARDSON of London £50

                                •       to David REETHS [?] of Limehouse £50

                                •       to Andrew COTHER of Rumsey £10

                                •       to Moses SPURRIER of London £30

                                •       to Sayer RUD of London £30

                                •       to Mark KEYS of London £50

                                •       to Abraham MULLINER of London £50

                                •       to Benjn. COOK of Frome £50

                                •       to Mary WICKHAM £50

                                •       to Hannah WILLIAMS £30

                                •       to Peter STORER of the Inner Temple £100

                                •       residue of my estate real and personal to my dear and loving mother Eleanor DAVIS, her heirs, Exors etc. for ever to be at her absolute discretion exclusive of her present or any future husband and without the control of any other person notwithstanding her coverture

Executrix:             my sd mother Eleanor DAVIS to act in all respects as if she was sole and unmarried

Signed:                  29 Dec 1725

Witnesses:           John BARRATT, Robert HARRISON, Jeremiah SPENCER

Codicil:                  7 Mar 1725/6

                                •       to Mr Nathal. PELTO [?] of Guildford, Mr John SEELY of Frimley, Mr John RIDLEY of Plymouth, Mr Richard PARKS of  Southampton, Mr John GRANT of Whitchurch, Mr Benjamin BOYCE of Moseley, Mr Thomas HORSNAIL of Messing, Mr Saml. KING of Southwark, Mr John TOWNSEND of Southwark, Mr Johb BIDDLE of Deptford, Mr John BAKER of Norwich and Mr Andrew GIFFORD of Nottingham £30 each

                                •       to Mr WLMOTT of Hooknorton, Mr Thoams BAREFOOT of Darling, Essex, Mr Philip JAMES of Hemstead, Mr BURFORD of Penzin [Penzance?], Cornwall, £20 each

                                •       to Mr John HOW of Portsmouth and Mr Anthony HOW of Colebrooke £100

                                •       to Mr LUCAS’s congregation, Mr KEY’s congregation and to Mr RUDD’s congregation £50 each

                                •       to Sayer RUD £25

                                •       to Sarah SELF £10 and to Dr PARRY £30

                                •       all my real estate to my dear mother, her heirs and assigns for ever

Witnesses:           John BARRATT, John BATE, Jeremiah SPENCER

Proved:                  8 Jun 1726 at PCC London by Eleanor DAVIS w/o Joseph DAVIS, mother and Exix

 

Testator:               Roger STEEVENS, Baker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /609 q.133

Legacies:              •       to my sister Martha WATTS, Widow, 2s 6d per week for life to be paid out of my lands Road late HOWELLs

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth TUCKER, wife of William TUCKER, Mercer of Road, £20

                                •       to my friends Andrew ROGERS, Clothier of Frome, and Nicholas PAINE, Malster of Frome,  and their heirs all my sd lands in Road late HOWELLs to the use of my grandson Roger STEEVENS, son of my son John STEEVENS, for life; and after his decease to the use of the heirs of his body; and for want of such issue, to the use of Andrew ROGERS, and Nicholas PAINE during the life of my son in trust to preserve the contingent remainders hereinafter limited; and after the determination of the estate, to the use of the first son of the body of my sd son John and the heirs male of his body… and for want of such issue to the use of  the heirs female of his body… and for want of such issue to the use of my sd daughter Elizabeth TUCKER and the heirs of her body; and for want of such issue, to the use of my heirs

                                •       residue to my said son John

Executors:            John STEEVENS

Signed:                  2 Oct 1725

Witnesses:           John PHELPS, Ann CARTER, William BROCKWAY

Proved:                  30 Jun 1726 at PCC London by John STEEVENS, Exor

 

Testator:               Zachary BAILY, Clothier of Westbury

PROB11 ref:         /611

Legacies:              •       to my son John BAILY £6 10s p.a. out of my estate viz. 2s 6d per week for life

                                •       to Zachary BAILY my son £10

                                •       to my daughter Sarah HILL £2 p.a. out of my estate for life so that her husband may have no power of the same

                                •       to my daughter Hannah BAILY £5

                                •       to my granddaughter Elizabeth MASSON £5

                                •       residue to my Trustees and welbeloved friends James TOWNSEND Snr of Chiverall Magna, Wilts, James TOWNSEND and Mary BAILY

Executrix:             my beloved daughter Mary BAILY

Signed:                  23 Jan 1725/6 (12 George II)

Witnesses:           John BODMAN, George HILL, Wm NOBLE

Proved:                  9 Oct 1726 at PCC London by Mary BAILY, Spinster, one of the Exors

 

Testator:               Joseph JESSER, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /612 q.231

Legacies:              •       My dwelling house etc. with all the lands which were my father’s together with my dye house and the close adjoining which I bought of Mr FOWNES [?] and my land in Wall Close near Welch Mill which I bought of Mr FRAMPTON, my chattel lease estate which I bought of Roger LEVERSEDGE esq. to my son Thomas and his heirs

                                •       My ground called Rodden Lake to my son Joseph and his heirs, being part of the lands I bought of Mr FOWNES, and the reversion in fee of the estate and lands whereon Thomas WHITTOCK lately had two lives which I also purchased of Mr FOWNES and my term in a parrock adjoining, all worth about £55 and to be taken as part of the covenant made before Joseph’s marriage

                                •       40s p.a. to my sister Jane GREGORY

                                •       £5 to the poor of Frome, the greater part going to such as have been my workfolks.

                                •       Remainder to be divided equally between my sons Thomas and Joseph.

                                •       the house I have contracted to buy from Dr Thomas WELLS adjoining my dwelling house to Thomas

Executors:            Thomas and Joseph JESSER

Signed:                  1 Feb 1725/6

Witnesses:           John PHELPS, Mary FOARD, Peter BAYLY

Proved:                  11 Nov 1726 at PCC London by Thomas and Joseph JESSER

 

Testator:               Edward FLOWER Snr, Clothier of Nunney

PROB11 ref:         /615 q.113

Legacies:              •       all my money, bonds, stock in trade, goods and chattels equally between my son Edward and my two daughters Mary and Ann

                                •       my daughter Mary’s dividend to be laid out in some estate in England and for want of issue to return to my heirs

                                •       to the meeting at Trudoxhill £40

                                •       to my apprentice Joseph JESSER £30

Overseers:           William SMITH, Joseph HODDINOTT and Will LYDFORD

Executors:            my son Edward and my two daughters Mary and Ann

Signed:                  4 Apr 1727           

Witnesses:           Willm SMITH, Joseph HODINOT [sic] and Wm LYDFORD

Proved:                  5 May 1727 at PCC London by Edward FLOWER, Mary WHITHEAR als FLOWER w/o Robert WHITHEAR and Ann FLOWER Spinster, Exors

Note:                      Limited admon passed 12 Jun 1818

 

Testator:               James WICKHAM Snr, Gent of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /615 q.128

Legacies:              •       to my well beloved wife £500 and the use of as much of my household goods as she shall desire for life and one half of the beer, ale and other liquor I have in the house and I desire that she be paid £2100 more according to our Marriage agreement

                                •       to my daughter in law Mrs HIPPIE and her daughter £100

                                •       to Mr JENKIN £10 and to all my servants with me at the time of my death £5

                                •       to my cousins William, John, Richard and Anne WICKHAM, sons and daughter of my brother William WICKHAM £300 apiece and to my sd brother William and my sister Martha WICKHAM £100 each and to my cousin Anthony WICKHAM , Ann, Elizabeth and Frances, son and daughters of my late brother Thomas WICKHAM £500 apiece and to my cousin and godson James SLADE 20 guineas to buy him a horse... and in case my personal estate shall not be sufficient, I charge all the lands that I shall give to my Exor, my brother John WICKHAM

                                •       to my nephew James WICKHAM, his heirs and assigns for ever, the reversion and inheritance of the two houses lately built by Thomas LACY in Frome and the rent thereof  and I give to him a piece of ground in the psh of Nunney which I lately bought of William HINCKS for the term I have to come therein

                                •       to his son James WICKHAM my godson, his heirs and assigns for ever, my tenement in Frome which I lately purchased of Samuel HOLDER and his wife and of Mr George SMITHFIELD and my will is that his father and mother shall receive the rents until he is 21 towards his better education and maintenance

                                •       to my sd brother William WICKHAM my closes called LUDLOOMEs and the Ragg in Coomb, Soms, for life; and after his death to my sd brother John WICKHAM, his heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       to my cousin Thomas WICKHAM, his heirs and assigns for ever, my tenements, tithes, lands and hereditaments in March Court in the psh of Wincanton

                                •       to my sd brother John WICKHAM, his heirs and assigns for ever, all other my messuages, advowsons, lands etc in the pshes of Frome Swd, Coomb, Shepton Mallet, Lovington, Thorn and Castle Cary and I desire that he will confirm the agreement made by me with several persons to convey and settle the tenement in the psh of Frome now rented by George PARRETT and John HARVEY to Trustees for the use of the Charity School in Frome

                                •       residue to my sd brother John WICKHAM

Executor:              my brother John WICKHAM

Signed:                  10 Apr 1727

Witnesses:           Edwd WHITECHURCH, Eleanor WHITECHURCH, Will. MASTERS

Codicil:                  £100 at least to be laid out in the purchase of lands in the psh of Horsington wherein I was born, the profits to be yearly distributed amongs the poor of the psh as the minister shall think fit

Witnesses:           Edwd WHITECHURCH, Eleanor WHITECHURCH, Will. MASTERS

Affidavit:                given 7 May 1727 by Christopher SHEPPARD, Yeoman of Frome, and Abraham SELFE, Periwig maker of Frome, that they had known the deceased for several years before his death and believe the Codicil to be in his handwriting N.p. present Richard CARTER, Sarah JENKINS, Elizabeth MILLS

Proved:                  30 May 1727 at PCC London by John WICKHAM, brother and Exor

 

Testator:               John STEVENS, Baker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /622, q.163           

Legacies:              •       all my estate to be equally divided between my beloved wife Frances and my son Roger and daughter Elizabeth

Executrix:             Elizabeth my wife

Signed:                  17 Sep 1726        

Witnesses:           Henry BULL, John PHELPS, Dorothy FRY(X)

Proved:                  23 May 1728 at PCC London by Frances STEVENS

 

Testator:               Elnathan HOLWEY, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /623 q.239

Legacies:              •       to my son Jeremiah HOLWEY all my lands at Norrige belonging to Free Chappell [sic] during his life and to his heirs for ever; if he die without heirs, to my son Elnathan HOLWEY and his heirs for ever; if he die without heirs, to my three daughters Mary, Melior and Elizabeth and to their heirs for ever

                                •       also to my son Jeremiah HOLWEY 1s

                                •       to my daughter Mary HOLWEY £150 to be paid within a year after my death, but if she marries between the date of this will  and my death, what she receives as her portion to be deducted from this £150

                                •       to my daughter Melior HOLWEY £150 to be paid within a year after my death, but if she marries between the date of this will  and my death, what she receives as her portion to be deducted from this £150

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth HOLWEY £150 to be paid within a year after my death, but if she marries between the date of this will  and my death, what she receives as her portion to be deducted from this £150

                                •       if either of my three daughters die before his legacy becomes due I give it to the remainder of them; and if my son Elnathan HOLWEY dies before he is 21, his whole substance between his three sisters Mary, Melior and Elizabeth

                                •       to my son Elnathan HOLWEY all I have lent him i.e. all he hath in the trade of clothing, also all my shear tools

                                •       to Jane HOLWEY my wife the tenement known by the name of WITHER where I now live during her life and after her decease to my son Elnathan HOLWEY; if he is then deceased, I leave it wholly at my wives disposing

                                •       to my wife my tenement known as DYERS for life if my title so long remain and after her death to my daughter Mary; or if Mary is dead, to my son Elnathan HOLWEY, his life being in it; also to my wife Jane HOLWEY all my goods not named; but if she marries a second husband, £50 each to my daughters Mary, Melior and Elizabeth

Overseers:           Elnathan HOLWEY of Chapmanslade in the psh of Westbury, Wilts, together with my wife Jane HOLWEY

Executrix:             my wife Jane HOLWEY

Signed:                  9 Sep 1724

Note:                      Mary HOLWEY was married 24 Aug 1726. Paid her 26 Oct 1726 £100 money, £40 goods and clothes

Witnesses:           William JAMES, Thomas BUDD

Proved:                  14 Aug 1728 at PCC London by Jane HOLWEY, Widow, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Edward FLOWER of Nunney, gent

PROB11 ref:         /625 q.289

Legacies:              •       £300, the house and gardens I lately purchased of George CLARK and my house where Mr SMITH, Innkeeper, lives and the malthouse adjoining and a parrock of ground at Whitway, all which was my grandfather’s, to my wife Mary

                                •       £100 to my sister Mary

                                •       £100 to my wife’s brother Thomas BARNES when he is 21

                                •       Remainder to my sister Anne

Executrix:             Anne my sister

Signed:                  1st June 1728

Witnesses:           Jos LAMBERT, John WILLIAMS, Wm LYDYARD

Proved:                  25 Oct 1728 at PCC London by John FISHER

 

Testator:               Henry ALLEN, dyer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /625 q.311

Legacies:              •       all my household goods to Mary my wife

                                •       my best silver tankard and the yellow bed to my son Edward ALLEN

                                •       £500 to my daughter Elizabeth ALLEN

                                •       the same to any other daughters I may have

                                •       £10 to my brother Samuel ALLEN, Drug-maker of Bristol, and Martha his wife

                                •       £10 to my brother-in-law William SHARPE, Clerk of Frome Swd, and Elizabeth his wife, my sister

                                •       £10 to my brother-in-law John LIDYARD (?), Haberdasher of Bristol, and Sarah his wife, my sister

                                •       £5 to William HENDY, clerke of Frome Swd

                                •       £5 to Benjamin COOKE, Tallow chandler of Frome Swd

                                •       trade equipment to my son Edward ALLEN when he is 21

                                •       property lately purchased from Mary HELLIAR widow, in the street from Katharine Hill to Badcox, now in the tenure of Frances WEBB, Innholder, to James GIBBON, Mason of Whatley, Nicholas PAINE, Malster of Frome Swd, John POBJAY, Wiredrawer of Frome Swd, Zachary FRYER, Broadweaver of Witham Friary, and James COLLENS, Clothier of Frome Swd, to use for charitable purposes within Frome

                                •       the corner tenement adjoining on the west part to a tenement late in the possession of Ambrose SWEETLAND, Carrier, late the inheritance of Pierce A COURT esq., and on the south to a messuage occupied by George EMBLEN, Clothdrawer, and the messuage formerly called the Anchor, with the other buildings and dwelling houses lately erected, all of which I lately purchased from William WHITCHURCH esq., also the tenement in Cork Street which I lately purchased of Pierce A COURT, all now or late in the possession of John ALLEN the Younger, Innholder, and others, and all those wool mills, heretofore fulling mills, and a grist mill called Nettlesham or Nettle Bed Mill or Stapleford or Staple Mead Mill and the two acres of adjoining pasture, all of which I lately purchased in fee of Christopher BREWER, Clothier, and Johannah his wife, Nathaniel and John his sons, in the parish of Laverton, now or late in the occupation of one Edward HARRIS, to my wife Mary ALLEN, my brother Samuel ALLEN, my friends William HENDY and John HARRIS, on trust:

-          to make sure the bequests to my daughters can be paid

-          to be shared between my sons Edward, Samuel, Mark and Holland ALLEN

-          Edward to have the dyeing equipment etc. to the value of £600 as in settlement dated 20 Jan 1710 between myself, Henry ALLEN the Younger, and Margaret WARREN, Widow of Warminster, and Thomas and Elizabeth her son and daughter, the sum covenanted to Edward as the only son of my late deceased wife Elizabeth

                                •       £20 p.a. to each of my children during their minority for maintenance and education

                                •       residue to Exors

Executors:            Mary ALLEN, Samuel ALLEN, William HENDY and John HARRIS

Signed:                  29 May 1724

Witnesses:           Alexander HILMAN, Jno WEAVER, Betty CULVERHOUSE

Codicil:                  6 May 1725:

                                •       an annuity of £40 to Mary my wife and a garden adjoining the dye-house

                                •       the tenement in Frome now occupied by John WOLDING, Woolstapler, to my sister Elizabeth SHARPE, Widow

                                •       the tenement in Frome now occupied by William MASTERS and the adjoining tenement occupied by John YOUNGE, Innholder, and the woolhall and shambles to my four sons

Witnesses:           Betty CULVERHOUSE, Alexer HILMAN, Sarah HILL

Proved:                  9 Nov 1728 at PCC London by Mary ALLEN and Samuel ALLEN

 

Testator:               Christopher GIBBS als SHEPPARD, Yeoman of Leigh on Mendip

PROB11 ref:         /625 q.323

Legacies:              •       to my kinsman William TRIM £10

                                •       to my kinsman Christopher GIBBS £10 when my Exor shall think him to have most occasion and to pay him the interest until such payment shall be made

                                •       to my kinsman Edward GIBBS one guinea

                                •       residue to my kinsman John GIBBS s/o Thomas

Executor:              John GIBBS s/o Thomas

Signed:                  9 Aug 1728 (2 Geo II) (X)

Witnesses:           Thomas BOWLES, Danl. CORNISH (X), John DYKE

Proved:                  9 Nov 1728 at PCC London by John GIBBS, Exor

 

Testator:               Edmund BAYLY of Westbury

PROB11 ref:         /627

Legacies:              •       my body to be buried in as decent and private a manner as may be in Westbury as near to my late father as possible

                                •       to my dearly beloved wife Ann BAYLY £50 for mourning

                                •       to my cousin Edmund BAYLY Jnr of Westbury £100

                                •       to my cousin Eliz. TURNER £50 for her kindness showed do myself, wife and sister to buy her mourning

                                •       to my brother and sister William and Eliz. SAINSBURY £50 apiece to buy them mourning

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Westbury £5

                                •       I forgive my cousin Edmund BAYLY Snr all debts owing by him to me

                                •       to my sister Sarah BAYLY £500

                                •       to my uncle George LOCK of Frome Swd Snr [?] Edward HALLIDAY, Clothier of Frome Swd, and my sister Sarah BAYLY my leasehold estate in Westbury or elsewhere and all my plate, ready money, bonds, debts, household goods and all other my personal estate which I now have or may be entitled to by the will of my late father Edmund BAYLY deceased on trust:

-          to dispose of such part of my household goods as they think fit and renew the leasehold estate in Westbury by putting such other lives as they think fit instead of those that are expired

-          pay the several legacies of my late father’s will when they become due

-          place the remainder out to the use of my dearly beloved daughter Eliz. BAYLY until she is 21 or marries with the consent of my trustees together with her Aunt LOCK and then pay her all such sums of money, bonds and mortgage, plate, household goods and estate then in their hands

                                •       until my sd daughter marries or is 21 I desire her to cohabit with her aunt Sarah BAYLY whom I desire to take on her guardianship and care for which she shall be allowed as much as sd George LOCK and Edward HALLIDAY think fit; and if she dies first, all such estate and chattels to my sd wife and sd sister Sarah BAYLY in equal shares or to the survivor of them

                                •       my messuage or tenement, gardens etc. in Westbury afsd and all the goods, household stuff belonging to it to my wife and sister Sarah BAYLY for life and I beseech them to live together therein in an amicable manner

Executors:            George LOCK, Edward HALLIDAY and Sarah BAYLY

Signed:                  19 Dec 1728 (2 Geo II)

Witnesses:           Wm VAUGHAN, Basil HORNE

Affidavit:                On 22 Jan 1728/9 Basil HORNE, Gent of the psh of St Austins, London, aged 28 and Dean PAUL, Surgeon of the psh of St Mary le Bow, London, swore that the words ‘very ill’ were razed out and the word ‘indisposed’ interlined... and that sd Dean PAUL was present at the execution of sd will by the deceased

Proved:                  1 Feb 1728/9 at PCC London by George LOCK, Edward HOLLIDAY [sic] and Sarah BAYLY, Exors

 

Testator:               Samuel MORTIMER, Clothier of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /632 q.275

Legacies:              •       to my three sons Nathaniel, John and William during their joint lives and to the survivor for life £10 12s [sic] p.a. for the following uses:

-          £5 p.a. for the support of the minister and poor of the congregation or church of the Baptists now under the care of Mr William HENDY of Frome, or to any other pious or lawful use they for the time being think meet

-          £5 to the poorest of the inhabitants of the psh of Beckington every 29 Dec

-          £2 10s to such poor prisoners in the gaol at Ilchester as they think meet

                                •       to my daughter Anne £1500, half six months after my death and half twelve months after my death

                                •       I forgive my son Nathaniel the bond he lately gave me

                                •       £1500 to my son John if he attains 21...

                                •       £1500 to my son William if he attains 21...

                                •       to my brother Edward MORTIMER’s three daughters £20 apiece if they attain 21...

                                •       all my lands and the residuary part of my goods, debts and chattels to my son Nathaniel, his heirs, Exors etc. for the following uses:

-          one third for his own use

-          one third for the use of my son John if he attains 21, otherwise to the sole use of my Exor

-          one third for the use of my son William if he attains 21, otherwise to the sole use of my Exor

                                •       Exor to pay my daughter Anne £10 one month after my death for her support and maintenance out of the first money he is to pay her and likewise £10 each to my sons John and William every three months after my death...

Executor:              my son Nathaniel

Signed:                  19 Feb 1728/9 (2 Geo II)

Witnesses:           Samuel BATES, Jane SAINSBURY, Susanna BATES

Proved:                  9 Sep 1729 at PCC London by Nathaniel MORTIMER, son and Exor

 

Testator:               William BARTON, Mercer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /634 q.326

Legacies:              •       £100 and my dwelling house to my son Henry BARTON on condition he pays a legacy of £3 p.a. to his son William

                                •       £600 to my daughter Hester NICOLSON

                                •       £10 to my son-in-law James WICKHAM

                                •       £400 to my daughter Ann WICKHAM to be divided after her death between John, James, Sarah and Ann, her son’s children

                                •       £200 to my granddaughter Ann BARTON when she is 21

                                •       £100 to my grandson William BARTON when he is 21

                                •       My household goods to my son Henry BARTON, my daughter Hester NICOLSON and my daughter Ann WICKHAM

                                •       Remainder to Henry BARTON for his three sons John, Thomas and James and two daughters Sarah and Elizabeth

Executor:              Henry BARTON

Signed:                  17 Apr 1727

Witnesses:           Richard PARSONS, William PARSONS, John PODMEAD (?) (X)

Proved:                  4 Dec 1729 at PCC London by Henry BARTON

 

Testator:               John ALLEN, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /636 Image ref.61

Legacies:              •       to my grandson James ALLEN £5 when 21

                                •       to my daughter in law Ann ALLEN 5s

                                •       to Thomas SWEET Snr 2s 6d

                                •       residue to my beloved wife Catherine

Trustees:              Mr William HATTEN, Factor of Blackwell Hall, City of London, and George DAVIS, Clothier of Frome Swd

Executrix:             my beloved wife Catherine

Signed:                  26 Sep 1729

Witnesses:           Alexr HILMAN, Richard SINGER, Thos SWEET Jnr

Proved:                  6 Mar 1729 at PCC London by Catherine ALLEN, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Henry MILLS Snr, Clothworker of Standerwick, psh of Berkley

PROB11 ref:         /641 q.311

Legacies:              •       to my loving son Henry MILLS, his heirs and heiresses, the wood paddock next to HOOPERs coppice commonly called HOOPERs Wood for ever and the 2 ac. arable or pasture near [the] parsonage house of Berkley commonly called the Parsonage Corner for ever and likewise the house, garden and paddock in which he now dwells on condition that he pays 50s p.a. during the life of Anne the now w/o Edward KEEVILL of Berkley in accordance with a bond given by me

                                •       to Jane TOWNSEND the now w/o William TOWNSEND, Druggetmaker of Berkley, and her heirs and heiresses for ever the dry meadow so commonly called on condition that she pay John LAMPIERs bond of £15 due to him from me

                                •       to my loving daughter Margaret the now w/o William LEDBURY, clothworker of Berkley, her heirs and heiresses for ever, the meadow called Mays Grove on condition that she pay my son Henry MILLS £5

                                •       the £24 due on a mortgage I have on a tenement of Jacob CHARLES of Attford in the psh of Bradford, Wilts, to be equally divided between my son Henry and Jane and Margaret my daughters when it is paid

                                •       to my god [?] son Joseph WHEELER 1s

                                •       to my daughter in law Elizabeth MILLS 1s

                                •       my pewter bedpan to belong to my son and daughters

                                •       residue to my loving son in law William LEDBURY

                                •       £5 more to my son Henry besides the £5 above mentioned

Executor:              my son in law William LEDBURY

Signed:                  22 Nov 1729 (X)

Witnesses:           John STAFFORD, John WILCKOX, John BAYELY [BAILEY]

Proved:                  18 Nov 1730 at PCC London by William LEDBURY, Exor

 

Testator:               Samuel WHITCHURCH Esq. of Nunney

PROB11 ref:         /641 q.322

Legacies:              •       all my immediate fortune and estate to my well beloved friends John FISHER Esq. of Owlpen, Glos, and Charles HILL, Gent of Frome, in trust to pay my debts and the residue for the sole use of my most well beloved kinswoman Mabella GOULD d/o George GOULD, Gent late of Wareham, Dorset, decd

                                •       my right to a considerable amount of money or estate of inheritance under the will of my late dear brother William WHITCHURCH Esq. decd in case of the death of my dear nephew his only son before 21 to sd John FISHER and Charles HILL as follows:

-          if it remain an estate of inheritance, to them, their heirs etc. for ever in trust for my sd kinswoman Mabella GOULD, her heirs and assigns

-          in case it is turned into money according to the discretion of my sd brother’s will to them, their Exors etc. in trust for my sd kinswoman Mabella GOULD, her Exors and assigns

                                •       if such a contingency arises under my brother’s will my trustees to raise and pay to my dearly beloved sister in law Elizabeth WHITCHURCH, widow of my eldest brother £1000 and for setting forth my acquiescence to the will of my sd eldest brother I restrain my sd [marginal note: ‘Orig so’] Mabella GOULD and trustees from disputing any clause of it and if either of my trustees consenting thereto Mabella GOULD commence any suit in law or equity touching the validity of any clause in it, then I give my interest under my brother’s will to my sd sister in law Elizabeth WHITCHURCH

                                •       to Thomas HOPKINS my sisters servant £10, Hannah his wife £10, James and Sarah their son and daughter £10 each

                                •       to Martin LISTER £20 to bind him apprentice to the best trade £10 will command and the other £10 to set him up therein when he shall be out of his time

Executors:            sd John FISHER and Charles HILL

Signed:                  4 Jul 1728

Witnesses:           Richard HODDINOT, Joseph HODDINOT, Simon HODDINOT

Proved:                  9 Nov 1730 at PCC London by John FISHER and Charles HILL, Exors

Marginal note:     Admon of the goods and chattels of Samuel WHITCHURCH Esq., late of Nunney decd, granted 7 Dec 1739 to Mabella GOULD, Spinster, residuary legatee, according to the tenor and effect of his will left unadministered by John FISHER Esq. and Charles HILL, Exors

 

Testator:               Mary GIFFORD, Widow of Witham Friary

PROB11 ref:         /642 q.35

Legacies:              •       my estate which I now hold in the psh of Witham Friary, the land of Sir William WINDHAM, to my son William GIFFORD for all the rest of my time which shall be then to come...

                                •       to my daughter the now w/o Arther SPENCER my Baring Whittell

                                •       residue to my daughter Jean [sic] GIFFORD and my daughter in law Elizabeth GIFFORD equally to be divided betwixt them, but if my daughter in law dies unmarried her part to my daughter Jeane [sic] GIFFORD

Executrices:        my daughter Jean GIFFORD and my daughter in law Elizabeth GIFFORD

Signed:                  22 Dec 1729

Witnesses:           Edw. MORGAN, Joseph MOSELL, Charity BROWN

Proved:                  19 Feb 1730/1 at PCC London by Joseph CRABB and William HAM, husbands and administrator of Jane CRABB als GIFFORD and Elizabeth HAM als GIFFORD, daughters (while they lived), Exices and residuary legatees named in the will of Mary GIFFORD, widow deceased, late of Witham Friary

 

Testator:               John ROGERS, Grocer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /657 q.60

Legacies:              •       to my two nieces Mary ROGERS and Sarah ROGERS £60 to be equally divided between them at 21 respectively or marriage; if one dies first

                                •       several lands of which I am seized in fee simple or fee tail general within the psh of Semley, Wilts, to my trusty and well beloved friends and relations John WHEREATT, Mercer of Bradford, Wilts, and James MOULTON, Mercer of Kilmington, for 500 years in trust to permit my loving wife Mary to receive an annuity of £10 payable out of them to her or her assigns for life free from all taxes

                                •       to my aunt Mary COOMBES of Tisbury, Wilts, an annuity of 40s to her or her assigns for life

                                •       exors to permit my nephew James ROGERS and his assigns to receive the residue of the rents etc. of my sd lands to his and their own use; and after the annuities cease the lands to my nephew James ROGERS, his heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       the copyhold lands of inheritance of which I am seized in the psh of Gillingham, Dorset, to my sd friends John WHEREATT and James MOULTON, their Exors etc. for 80 years according to the custom of the manor on trust to permit my wife Mary and her assigns to receive an annuity of £5 for life; and the residue of the rents to my other nephew John ROGERS to whom I also bequeath the sd copyhold lands for ever according to the custom of the manor

                                •       residue of my personal estate to my wife Mary

Executrix:             my wife Mary

Signed:                  18 Oct 1729

Witnesses:           John FOWLES, ?? ALLEN, Walter ROBBINS

Proved:                  6 Feb 1733 at PCC London by...

 

Testator:               Robert WHITCHURCH, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /657 q.71

Legacies:              •       to my four sisters Elizabeth, Rebecca, Dorothy and Anne £100 apiece; and if any of them die before 21, her legacy to the survivors and the trustees named for my sister Mary equally

                                •       to Joseph JESSER and John PHELPS, both of Frome, £100 in trust to put it  out at interest for the lifetime of my brother in law William CULVERHOUSE pay the interest into the hands of my sister Mary, w/o sd William CULVERHOUSE for her sole and separate use it being my will that the £100 shall not be subject to the power of William CULVERHOUSE; and if he dies in the lifetime of my sister Mary, then from his death I give the sd £100 to her; but if Mary dies during her husband’s lifetime, the £100 and interest to such child or children of hers who are 21; and if all die before 21, the sd £100 to my sd four sisters as shall attain 21 equally

                                •       to my two cousins William and Edmund sons of John PHELPS, Gent of Frome, and Mary his late wife £50 apiece; and if either of them dies before 21 his legacy to the other

                                •       to sd Joseph JESSER and John PHELPS, their Exors etc. all my moiety of the Manor of Berrow and the lands etc. belonging to it in Berrow, Burnham, Brent and Lympsham or elsewhere in Somerset and all my other lands etc. and all other my real and personal estate to be sold to pay my debts, funeral expenses and legacies; and to pay one moiety of the money arising to my brother John WHITCHURCH, his heirs etc., and the other to be employed during all such time as my loving brother William WHITCHURCH shall continue under such indisposition of mind or incapacity of managing his affairs as he now is to my very great affliction and disquiet, to support and maintain him in such manner as they think fit; and if my brother William shall be relieved from such indisposition, to and for the use of my sd brother, his heirs etc. ; but if he dies under the indisposition, to the use of my sd brother John WHITCHURCH, his heirs etc.

                                •       to my loving mother £20 to buy mourning

Signed:                  5 Jun 1731

Witnesses:           John USHER, John COLLENS [COLLINS], Grace CHAFFIN

Proved:                  13 Feb 1732/3 at PCC London by John PHELPS and Joseph JESSER, residuary legatees, no Exor being named

 

Testator:               Elizabeth DAVIS, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /657 Image ref.274

Legacies:              •       to Robert PARSONS, Yeoman of the psh of Nunney, and Henry PARSONS, Clothier of Heytesbury, Wilts, and the survivor, his exors etc. all my household goods and furniture in my now dwelling house in Frome Swd not herein after particularly given on trust to the use of my sd kinsman Henry PARSONS when he is 21; and if he dies first, to sd Robert PARSONS

                                •       to sd Henry PARSONS all my estate etc. in a messuage or tenement, closes and lands called Thickthorne and Bill hays in the pshes of Rodden and Frome Swd when he is 21 which were formerly devised to my husband William DAVIS or to me by Thomas HORNER Esq. or his father; or if Henry PARSONS dies first, to Robert PARSONS his exors etc.

                                •       to sd Henry PARSONS my estate etc. in a close of meadow or pasture called Barbers Moore in Rodden with the appurtenances when he is 21 provided that Thickthorn, Barbers Moor and Bill hays shall from time to time during the lives of my kinswoman Mary ALLEN, Spinster of the City of London, and Edith KNOYLE, Widow of Warminster, Wilts, be charged with the annual payment of £12, i.e. £5 to Mary ALLEN and her assigns and £7 to the sole use of Edith KNOYLE with right of distress

                                •       to Robert PARSONS and Henry PARSONS, their exors etc. all my estate in two tenements with the appurtenances fronting against Broadway in Frome, now or late in the tenure or occupation of Rebecca SHARPE, Widow, and of one HIPSTONE, except the watercourse out of Broadway through part of the ground to the parrock near adjoining

                                •       to Robert PARSONS and Henry PARSONS £500 on trust to apply the rents etc. of the tenement in the occupation of Rebecca SHARPE and the interest of £80 of the sd £500 for the sole use and benefit of Sarah the now wife of Joseph COLEMAN for life and the rents etc. of the tenement in the occupation of HIPSTONE and £80 of the £500 for the sole use and benefit of my cousin Hester now wife of William HISCOCKS for life; and after the death of the first of the them to die, the £80 principal to be equally divided between all the children both of Sarah COLEMAN and her sister Hester HISCOCKS; and after the decease of the survivor, £20 of the £80 principal to the use of sd William HISCOCKS and the remaining £60 to Robert and Henry PARSONS; the interest of another £100 of the sd £500 to the sole use of Anne ALLEN of the City of London for life; another £100 to the sole use and benefit of Catherine CHARLTON, her sister, also of the City of London for life; and from the death of the first of the two sisters to die, £20 of the £100 to the use of the only child of sd Anne ALLEN and the remaining £80 to the uses of the children of Catherine CHARLETON; and after the death of the survivor, the £100 principal to the use of Robert and Henry PARSONS; another £20 of the £500 to the sole use of Anne WITCOME [WITCOMBE] wife of John WITCOME, sister of sd Robert PARSONS, and the interest of another £80 to the sole use and benefit of Edith NEWPORT, sister of Anne WITCOME for life; and after the death of sd Elizabeth [sic] NEWPORT, the £80 principal to the use and benefit of the children of sd Edith NEWPORT except the two eldest (Elizabeth and Edith) share and share alike; and another £20 of the £500 to the sole use and benefit of Elizabeth STILE, now wife of Richard STILE, Cardmaker of Frome; and another £10 to the sole use and benefit of Elizabeth, now wife of John LITTLE, Joiner of Frome; and another £10 residue of the £500 to the sole used and benefit of Edith THOMAS, sister of sd William HISCOCKS; and my will is that the tenements set forth for raising the afsd annuities to be for the separate uses of Sarah, now wife of Joseph COLEMAN, Hester, now wife of William HISCOCKS or the interest of £80 each as also the sums of money for the uses of Anne ALLEN, Catherine CHARLETON, Anne WITCOMBE, Edith NEWPORT, Elizabeth STILE, Elizabeth LITTLE and Edith THOMAS shall not be to the use or benefit of any of their husbands

                                •       to Margaret sister of Thomas ALLEN of Frome Swd £10

                                •       to John WEBB son of Jane WEBB of Warminster deceased £20 and to William his brother £10

                                •       to my kinsman sd Henry PARSONS £100 when he is 21, also my books, my gold watch, my largest silver tankard and set of casters, my best pair Holland sheets and pillow drawers, one damask table cloth and half a dozen of table napkins

                                •       to my kinsman William BARTLETT £100

                                •       to John COWARD, Periwig maker of the City of London, £20

                                •       to Hester DANIEL of London £20

                                •       to Sarah JONES, Spinster of the City of London, £20

                                •       to the widow of Roger PEARCE of Westbury Leigh £20 for the use of her son

                                •       to Hester, daughter of sd Widow PEARCE £50 if she is living with me at the time of my death, otherwise £30

                                •       to Nicholas PEARCE, Yeoman of Westbury, £30 to be paid 40s p.a.

                                •       to Edward DALAMER, brother of Sarah COLEMAN, £20

                                •       to Elizabeth FRY, widow, sister of sd Nicholas PEARCE £10 if she be living and also to Priscilla COLEMAN, sister of sd Joseph COLEMAN, £10

                                •       to John BUTCHER, a kinsman of my late husband’s, £20

                                •       to Elizabeth now wife of Robert HELLIAR £10

                                •       to Christian SEXTIE, Spinster of Warminster, £5

                                •       to Edward, William and Elizabeth, sons and daughter of Edward COWARD, late of Frome deceased, £20 each out of the money due to me on mortgage and bond from sd Edward COWARD and by him to be paid

                                •       to John PARSONS, son of John PARSONS deceased, £30

                                •       to my Exors £50 in trust to pay the interest to Thomas BARTLETT, brother of sd William BARTLET [sic] for life; and after his decease, the principal to John BARTLETT, son of sd Thomas BARTLETT

                                •       to Elizabeth NEWPORT my kinswoman now living with me £150; also my gold chain and gold buttons, two gold rings, my silver salver and porringer, one large silver spoon and snuff box, one pair of salts, one Holland sheet and pillow drawers, one diaper table cloth and half a dozen napkins, one chest of drawers, one side table, looking glass and set of boxes, all the furniture of my little parlour and my wearing apparel

                                •       to Edith NEWPORT, sister of sd Elizabeth, £30 with the growing interest

                                •       to my aunt Christian PASONS [sic] £20

                                •       to Mr John BOWDEN £5

                                •       to sd John BOWDEN £5 more to be distributed by him to poor people belonging to his Congregation

                                •       to Mrs Susanna LEATH, wife of Mr LEATH, a Supervisor, £10

                                •       I remit and forgive to my kinsman John COWARD, Attorney at Law of the City of London, £190 which he owes me on bond provided that within one month after my death he delivers [a release] unto Robert PARSONS and Henry PARSONS

                                •       to my kinsman Robert PARSONS £250 and to my kinsman Henry PARSONS £200

                                •       to Mary FLOWER, wife of Richard FLOWER, £30

                                •       to Mary PAINTER and Elizabeth WEBB £10 each

                                •       to Mary ALLEN, Anne ALLEN, Catherine ALLEN and Edith NEWPORT £5 each

                                •       to sd Thomas ALLEN for the use of his aunt Joan KING £5

                                •       My Exors to pay to Frances MAYNARD for her own sole use £10

                                •       Whereas I have conveyed several messuages or houses in Frome Swd to the use or in trust for John COWARD, Gent of London, subjected amongst other things to the payment of £200 as I should direct, I hereby direct that the sd £200 shall be paid to my Exors

                                •       residue to Robert PARSONS and Henry PARSONS

                                •       £20 each to my Overseers

Executors:            Robert PARSONS and Henry PARSONS and the survivor of them

Overseers:           William HENWOOD and John CHANDLER

Signed:                  20 Jan 1732

Witnesses:           Danll WAYLAND, Sara WAYLAND, Alexr HILMAN

Codicil:                  •       to my kinsman William BARTLETT, Cardmaker of Frome Swd, those two closes of land, meadow or pasture now in my possession at Critchill within the psh of Frome Swd and the remainder(s) thereof to hold to him, his heirs and assigns for ever; also £50 besides the legacy in my will; also my silver wrought tankard

                                •       to my kinsman Robert PARSONS my little silver tankard, my silver cup and half a dozen silver spoons

                                •       to Mary PEARCE, sister of Hester PEARCE, £20

                                •       if any of the legatees named in my will die before the legacies given to them fall due, those legacies shall fall to my Exors except the legacies to Elizabeth NEWPORT and Edith NEWPORT her sister which shall be divided between their brothers and sisters share and share alike

Signed:                  26 Jan 1732

Witnesses:           Danll WAYLAND, Sara WAYLAND, Alexr HILMAN

Proved:                  17 Mar 1732/3 at PCC London by Robert and Henry PARSONS, Exors

 

Testator:               Peter MASKELL, Wiredrawer of Frome

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Legacies:              •       2s 6d to my son John MASKELL to give to my daughter Joanna BUTTEN

                                •       2s 6d to my daughter-in-law Elizabeth SMITH

                                •       2s 6d to my daughter Susanna ELLOT

Executrix:             Elizabeth my wife

Signed:                  5 Feb 1732 (X)

Witnesses:           John SMITH, Robert PARSONS, Betty WEST

Proved:                  11 Apr 1733 at PCC London by

 

Testator:               Jane GRANT, Widow of Trowbridge, Wilts

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Legacies:              •       to my niece Mary WILKINS d/o my late brother George HOOPER deceased, £200 and my silver porringer marked J.H. 1698 for her own separate use and disposal

                                •       to my nephew Joseph HOOPER £100

                                •       to my nephew Benjamin HOOPER £50

                                •       to John WATTS, Gent of Trowbridge, Wilts, John JEFFERIES, Clothier of Trowbridge, John COLLINGS, Clothier of Frome Swd, and John ELLEN, Gent of Seend, Wilts, £100 in trust to pay it to my nephew George HOOPER at such times and in such proportions as they think fit

                                •       to my niece Mary PAINTER £200, one large silver salver and one large china salver for her own separate use and disposal

                                •       to John WATTS, John JEFFERIES, John COLLINGS and John ELLEN £200 in trust   to pay the interest to my sister Elizabeth STILE for life for her sole and separate use; and after her death the principal to her sons William MAYO and Joseph MAYO share and share alike

                                •       to William MAYO and Joseph MAYO £50 apiece

                                •       to my niece Mary d/o Elizabeth STILE £100 with one pair of silver salts and my least set of china dishes and saucers for her sole separate use and disposal

                                •       to Joseph and William HILL, sons of Joseph HILL, Scribler of Trowbridge, £20 apiece

                                •       to John, another s/o Joseph HILL, £50 when he is 21

                                •       to Joseph HILL all moneys due to me on bond and all the goods of mine which are now in his possession and were lent him by me

                                •       to my nephew William DUNN als BILSTONE £100 and I release him of all demands which I now have on him

                                •       to Susanna d/o William DUNN als BILSTONE £20

                                •       to Joseph, William, Mary and Sarah, sons and daughters of my niece Mary SWEETLAND, £100 to be equally divided between them as they shall respectively attain the age of 21

                                •       to my nephew John ALLEN, s/o my sister Susannah ALLEN deceased, £50

                                •       to John WATTS, John JEFFERIES, John COLLINGS and John ELLEN £100 in trust to pay it to Joseph ALLEN, brother of John ALLEN at such times and in such proportions as they think fit

                                •       to Joane, d/o my said sister Susanna, now w/o William COCKEY, £200 and also one large silver salver, one large china salver, one dozen of blue and white chocolate dishes and saucers and one tent stitched cushion for her own separate use and disposal

                                •       to John WATTS, John JEFFERIES, John COLLINGS and John ELLEN £100 in trust   to invest and pay the principal and interest to all the children of my niece Mary LITTLE d/o my sister Susannah share and share alike as they shall respectively attain the age of 21 for their sole use and disposal

                                •       to William CABBELL s/o my sister Rachel £50 and to his brother John CABBELL £100

                                •       to Mary CARTER, my sister Rachell’s daughter, £100 for her sole separate use and disposal

                                •       to Elizabeth CABBELL, my sister Rachell’s daughter, £200 when she is 21

                                •       to Deborah USHER, d/o Benjamin USHER deceased, a chain of gold

                                •       to my servant Mary BURT if she is still living with me at my decease £5

                                •       to Ann DAVISON, Widow of Trowbridge, to my son in law John GRANT and his wife, to my son in law Abel GRANT, to my daughter in law Avis USHER and her daughters Deborah and Kezia, to my son in law Thomas TUCKWELL and his wife, to my son in law James HILKES and his wife, to John COLLINGS and his wife, to John JEFFERIES and his wife, to my grandson John USHER and his wife, to my sister HOOPER, to my brother CABBELL and my nephew William NOYES and his wife £5 apiece for mourning and a ring to each of them

                                •       to John GRANT and John JEFFERIES and to Thomas BUNN, Shopkeeper of Frome, £150 to be applied to charitable uses

                                •       to John WATTS, John JEFFERIES, John COLLINGS and John ELLEN £5 apiece for the trouble they shall be at

                                •       residue to John WATTS, John JEFFERIES, John COLLINGS and John ELLEN in trust to apply it for such purposes as my sister Rachel CABBELL shall from time to time by any writing under hand attested by two or more credible witnesses or by her last will and testament direct notwithstanding her present or after coverture; and for want of such direction to distribute it amongs all the children of my sister Rachel CABBELL share and share alike

Executors:            John WATTS, John JEFFERIES, John COLLINGS and John ELLEN

Signed:                  4 Sep 1729          

Witnesses:           John TEMPLE, Cha. ALAND, Tho WEBB

Codicil:                  •       to all the children of John GRANT, Thomas TUCKWELL, James HILKES, John USHER, John JEFFERIES and John COLLINGS living at my decease one piece of old gold value 25s

Signed:                  24 Sep 1729

Witnesses:           John TEMPLE, Cha. ALAND, Tho. WEBB

Codicil:                  •       to my kinsmen William DUNN als BILSTONE, Twister of Frome Swd, George HOOPER, Butcher of Marston Biggot, s/o Hugh HOOPER late of Marston Bigot deceased, and to Benjamin HOOPER s/o Benjamin HOOPER of Marston aforesaid all my interest in my leasehold estate at Witham Friary granted to me by Sir William WYNDHAM Bart by lease dated 30 Jun 1730 for 99 years determinable on the deceases of William DUNN als BILSTONE, George HOOPER and Benjamin HOOPER

Signed:                  28 Jul 1732

Witnesses:           Cha. ALAND, Fra. MEREWETHER

Admon:                  12 May 1733 with will and codicil annexed to Rachel CABBELL, Widow, sister and residuary legatee, for that John WATTS, John JEFFERIES, John COLLENS ots COLLINGS and John ELLEN, the Exors, first renounced the execution thereof.

 

Testator:               Thomas YERBURY, Clothier of Bradford, Wilts

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Legacies:              •       to my son Thomas YERBURY my silver tankard and one silver spoon mark T:Y

                                •       to my daughter Rachael my silver sauce pan

                                •       to my sd son Thomas my silver watch

                                •       to my sd daughter Rachael £200 at 21 and also my leasehold tenements which I hold of Thomas METHUEN esq.; but if she dies before 21, to my son Thomas

                                •       to my beloved wife all the rest of my household goods and plate

                                •       residue to my sd wife Mary YERBURY and my loving brother Richard YERBURY in trust for the use and benefit of my son Thomas, but the interest to be applied towards the maintenance and education of my sd son till he shall come to the age of 21, then to pay it to my son; but if he dies first, my wife and brother to dispose of the interest for the use and benefit of my daughter till 21, then pay her the produce then undisposed of and the residuary estate

                                •       my wife and brother to receive the rents and profits of my leasehold tenements and place the sd £200 out at interest and out of the profits maintain and educate my daughter Rachael till she is 21 notwithstanding the disposition of the residue of my estate

Executors:            my sd wife and sd brother Richard YERBURY

Signed:                  17 Oct 1732

Witnesses:           Cha: ALAND, Joseph ALLEN

Proved:                  22 Nov 1733 at PCC London

 

Testator:               George LOCKE of Frome Selwood, gent

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Legacies:              •       I direct that I be buried in the vault in my isle in the church at Frome and a monument about £30 in value to be erected to the memory of me and my wife

                                •       £5 to the poor of Frome

                                •       £30 to the minister and churchwardens of Frome for the upkeep of my isle, monument and seats, £40 for the almshouse and £20 for the charity school

                                •       £50 to my nephew William LOCKE, son of my brother William LOCKE of Alnwick, Northumberland

                                •       £100 to my nephew George LOCKE of Alnwick and £20 to George his son

                                •       £20 each to the daughters of my brother William LOCKE

                                •       £50 to my nephew William LOCKE, son of my brother John LOCKE deceased, and £20 to William’s son George

                                •       £20 each to my nephews John and Henry LOCKE, sons of John LOCKE deceased

                                •       £50 to my nephew Thomas LOCKE, son of my late brother Robert LOCKE

                                •       £10 each to my three nieces, his sisters

                                •       £50 to my sister Edith CHESSELL and £10 each to her three daughters

                                •       £50 to my sister Alice FOY and £40 to her son Richard FOY

                                •       £50 to my niece Mary CLARKE daughter of my sister Mary CLARKE deceased and £10 to her brother Thomas CLARKE

                                •       £50 to my cousin Susannah POBJAY

                                •       My farm called the Groce or Pulleyn’s Grove at Great Keyford to Susannah my wife and the adjoining lands known as Wests and Wilton’s in Little Keyford and Pypers (about 20 acres) in E. Woodlands, Little Bocks (?) near Pypers now in the possession of George HEWCE (?) and Bannells (4 acres) and the Butts (4½ acres) and several other plots (Abbotts, Freestones at Rodden Lake, Maytons at Whatcomb, Whitworths, Cuckow Hill, Millards, Stony St and Gentle St, some purchased from Richard FOWNES and Elizabeth his wife; Pulleyns Place now known as Michells Elm Farm, Wanstrow) late in the possession of Andrew FRANK deceased, now William ALLEN otherwise TUCKER.

                                •       My three copyhold estates, Meadways, Willis and Jeamants(?) in Sutton Cheney, Dorset to my sisters Edith and Alice

Executrix:             Susannah my wife.

Signed:                  22 Nov 1735

Witnesses:           Sophia BABER, James AMES, Alexr HILMAN

Proved:                  20 Dec 1735 at PCC London by Alexr HILMAN and Susannah LOCKE; Alexr HILMAN gent deposed that he is the writer of GL’s will and the four lines on the first page (giving £20 to the minister and churchwardens of All Saints Dorchester to be distributed to the poor) were crossed out at GL’s direction.

 

Testatrix:              Elizabeth MASKELL of Frome, widow

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Legacies:              •       Estate to be shared in five equal parts between my son-in-law John MASKELL, my daughter-in-law Joanna BUTTON, my daughter Elizabeth SMITH, my daughter Susanna ELLOT and the children of my daughter Mary MARKS when they are 21

Executors:            John MASKELL and my son-in-law John SMITH

Signed:                  12 Mar 1732/3 (X)               

Witnesses:           Robert BLUNT, John BLUNT, Robert PARSONS

Proved:                  5 May 1736 at PCC London by John MASKELL and John SMITH

 

Testator:               Richard STEVENS, Tanner of Great Keyford, psh of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       my dwelling house with the garden, orchard and appurtenances in the psh of Horseington, Soms, to my son Richard STEVENS for ever

                                •       my roofless tenements known as JENKINSes and HALES’s in East and West Woodlands in the psh of Frome Swd, lands of Lord WEYMOUTH, to my son Richard STEVENS for the remainder of the term

                                •       my messuage or tenement with the closes, lands and appurtenances belonging to it called PARSONS’s, part in the psh of Frome and part in the psh of Marston Bigot, lands of Lord WEYMOUTH, to my son John STEVENS for the remainder of the term, but charged with an annuity of £10 to my son Richard STEVENS during the life of my wife Mary STEVENS, with power of distraint if payments are 21 days in arrears

                                •       half my household goods and stock in trade to my son John STEVENS

                                •       the other half my household goods to my beloved wife Mary STEVENS

                                •       my dwelling house in Great Keyford wherein I now live, with the garden, backside, orchard and appurtenances, to Mary my wife until my son John STEVENS is 21, then to him for the remainder of the term

                                •       £100 and my dwelling house with backside, garden and appurtenances in Frome called HULBURDs to my daughter Mary STEVENS for the remainder of the term

                                •       5s to John HASKETT, Currier of Frome, and John HAYES, Baker of Keyford

                                •       if any of my legatees cause trouble, costs or expenses, these shall be defrayed out of their portion

                                •       residue to my son John STEVENS and my wife Mary STEVENS in trust for my sd son John’s use until he is 21

Trustees:              John HASKETT and John HAYES

Executors:            my son John STEVENS and my wife Mary STEVENS

Signed:                  13 Jan 1735                        

Witnesses:           Alexr HILMAN, Eliz. DYMOCK, Martha MORGAN

Proved:                  11 May 1736 at PCC London by Mary STEVENS, Widow and Relict, one of the exors; power reserved to make like grant to John STEVENS, a minor, son and other exor.

 

Testatrix:              Mary RYMILL Widow of the parish of Frome Selwood

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Legacies:              •       My dwelling house etc. and all my roofless tenement called Trollops and barn within the parish of Corsley, Wilts, containing three closes of pasture or arable land being about six acres of ground to John SCAMMELL, Yeoman of the parish of Frome Swd, and Anthony RYMILL, Clothier of Frome Selwood, in trust:

-                          -               to pay 30s p.a. for life to my daughter Hannah, wife of George WITHEY

-                          -               to pay off a mortgage of £15 for Trollops

-                          -               to permit my son James RYMILL to enjoy the tenement called Colses and roofless tenement called Trollops and take the rents during the  residue of the several terms I have in them

                                •       My cupboard in the parlour etc. to my son James RYMILL

                                •       1s to my son-in-law George PARROTT

                                •       1s to my son-in-law George WITHEY

                                •       1s to my daughter Sarah HOLWAY

                                •       £10 each to Michael PARROTT, John PARROTT and Samuel PARROTT, the three sons of George PARROTT, when they are 21

                                •       1s each to my grandsons Thomas CARY and Daniel CARY

                                •       My black cloth coat to my granddaughter Sarah GERRISH

                                •       My new bell metal pot etc. to my daughter Hannah WITHEY

                                •       My three least gold rings to my son James RYMILL, my daughter Sarah HOLWAY and Hannah WITHEY, Hannah to take first, Sarah next and James last

                                •       All my pewter to my sons Anthony RYMILL, James RYMILL and my daughter Hannah WITHEY

                                •       5s each to my friend John SCAMMELL and to my son Anthony RYMILL

                                •       The residue to my son Anthony RYMILL

Executor:              My son Anthony RYMILL

Signed:                  1 Mar 1735

Witnesses:           Joseph STOR, Mary STOR

Proved:                  1 Oct 1736 at PCC London by Anthony RYMILL

 

Testator:               John FOWLES, Gentleman of Froom Swd

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Legacies:              •       my messuages, tenements, closes or lands at Godwell Grove within the psh of Westbury to my nephew Henry FOWLES s/o my brother Thomas FOWLES of Chapmanslade, Wilts

                                •       my messuage or tenement in Chapmanslade called Chappell Hayes with the closes of meadow or pasture and lands belonging to them to my nephew Robert FOWLES after the death of Thomas FOWLES his father

                                •       my messuages or tenements, closes and lands at Short Street and Starmoor within the psh of Westbury to my sd nephew Robert FOWLES

                                •       £150, one bed and bestead with all the appurtenances to my niece Susannah FOWLES

                                •       residue to my niece Sarah FOWLES

Executrix:             my niece Sarah FOWLES

Signed:                  4 Apr 1735

Witnesses:           Elizabeth BUTLER, Alexr HILLMAN, Sarah EDDY

Proved:                  11 Feb 1737 at PCC London by Sarah FOWLES, Spinster, sole Exix

 

Testator:               Elizabeth ROWE, Widow of Frome

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Legacies:              •       the Japan screen to Lady Betty SEYMOUR d/o Earl of HERTFORD

                                •       the four prints in the parlour taken from the gallery at Kensington by Gribelin to Lady HERTFORD and my gold pencil to Lord BEAUCHAMP

                                •       Lady BROOKs picture to my brother Theophilus ROWE and the two pictures of Lady HERTFORD’s drawing and the book Lord HERTFORD gave me

                                •       my diamond earring to my sister MIMBLY and the like picture in wax of Sappho to Mr Nycky MUMBLY

                                •       the Four Seasons in gilt frames with the picture of Marbro [sic] House to Mrs ROFFEY of London w/o Mr William ROFFEY

                                •       to Mrs Sarah FORESTER of London living with Mr HANE at Limehouse five guineas to be delivered to Madam DAVIS for her

                                •       to my servant 3 guineas and all my wearing apparel linen and silk except my flowered suit and my velvet scarf and hood and a suit of the best linen which I give to my Exix and the scarlet riding hood

                                •       to my cousin John HAGLY of Bristol a piece of land at Ilchester consisting of two tenements and an orchard

                                •       to my cousin Elizabeth SHEPPARD of Elm all my goods chattels etc.

Executrix:             my cousin Elizabeth SHEPPARD of Elm

Signed:                  25 Sept 1736

Witnesses:           None

Affidavit:                dated 11 Mar 1736/7 by John BOWDEN, Gent of Frome, and Grace LOVE, Spinster of Wanstrow, that they were intimately acquainted for several years with Elizabeth ROWE, late deceased widow of Frome, before and to the time of her death which they are informed happened 20 Feb last past and believe the will to be in her own handwriting

Proved:                  15 Mar 1736/7 at PCC London by John BOWDEN

 

Testator:               Thomas KING of Frome Selwood, wiredrawer

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Legacies:              •       The use of my shop to my sister Margery KING

                                •       £5 my kinswoman Jane, wife of Richard NEWPORT the younger, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

                                •       £5 to my sister Mary wife of John POBJOY of Frome Swd yeoman

                                •       £5 my kinswoman Sarah SHEPHARD, daughter of Alexander SHEPHARD, Chairmaker of Frome Swd

                                •       All my estate at Bradford, Wilts, to my wife Elizabeth KING

                                •       Residue to my wife Elizabeth

Executrix:             My wife Elizabeth

Signed:                  30 March 1731/2

Witnesses:           Alexr HILMAN, Joseph WASON, Sarah LAMB

Proved:                  12 July 1737 at PCC London by Elizabeth KING

 

Testator:               Jonathan WHITECHURCH of Frome Selwood, gent

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Legacies:              •       All my property in Frome Swd, Westcombe and Batcombe to William CAISFORD, Clothier of Westbury, William HENDY, Gent of Frome Swd, and Edward HENWOOD, linen draper of Frome Swd:

-                          -               to hold the messuage fronting against the market place in Frome in part of which I live, partly in the tenure or occupation of Timothy LACEY, ??er, with the standing on market days, late in the occupation of Ann WILTSHIRE, Spinster, in Cheap Street, a dwelling-house in the tenure of Richard FAULKNER, closes on the Frome-Nunney road late in the tenure of Thomas Davis BABER [DAVIS Baker?], a ground in Chilmead being free land near the Frome-Nunney road late in the tenure of William HISCOCKS, a messuage at Westcombe in the tenure of Robert WHITE after the decease of Elizabeth my now wife by whom it is made in jointure, a dwelling house in Cheap St in the tenure of John KING, Cutler, a close called Chilmead lands of Lionell SEAMAN esq., to the use of my wife Elizabeth

-                          -               to hold the tenements at Goars Hedge to the sole use of my daughter Elizabeth, wife of William CAISFORD

-                          -               to pay £300 to my granddaughter Elizabeth HALLIDAY when she is 21

-                          -               to pay £150 to my granddaughter Mary HALLIDAY when she is 21

Executors:            William CAISFORD, Edward HENWOOD, Joseph PRITCHARD

Signed:                  6 May 1736

Witnesses:           Timothy LACY, Rich. ROGERS, Alexr HILMAN

Proved:                  30 July 1737 at PCC London by Wm CAISFORD, Edwd HENWOOD and Jos PRITCHARD

 

Testator:               John KING, Wiredrawer of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to Hester my loving wife, my best bed, one little pot, one pewter dish, one barrel, one fire pan and tongs and pair of fire dogs; also the sole use of the kitchen chamber of my now dwelling house with free egress during her natural life; also £6 p.a. for life out of all the estates at Bradford, Wilts, and Frome, with liberty to distrain in case of nonpayment

                                •       to my eldest son Joseph KING 2s 6d

                                •       to Sarah his wife 2s 6d and no more

                                •       to my daughter Hester, now wife of Saunder SHEPPARD 5s

                                •       to my daughter Mary, now wife of John POBJAY 5s

                                •       to my daughter Susannah, now wife of Richard EATON £10

                                •       to my daughter Margery £15

                                •       all my lands within the parishes of Bradford or Frome to my son Thomas KING, his heirs and assigns for ever and my leasehold estates for the remainder of the terms

                                •       residue to my son Thomas KING

Executor:              my son Thomas KING

Overseers:           my wellbeloved friends William BUNN and Robt EDGELL, both of Frome

Signed:                  18 Apr 1719 (X)

Witnesses:           Benj. COOKE, Maxemillian KING, Ri. WEBB.

Commisson:        14 Sep 1737 to Elizabeth KING, Relict and Sole Exix of Thomas KING deceased, son and Sole Exor and Residuary Legatee of John KING late of Frome Swd to administer the goods etc. of the said deceased according to the tenor and effect of the said will …the said Thomas KING dying before he had taken upon him the Execution of the said will.

 

Testator:               Jonathan WEST, Clothier of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to my daughter Hannah all the rents of my estate of inheritance called RUSSELLs in the psh of Frome Swd, now in the occupation of William BROCK for life

                                •       whereas I have the inheritance of a 4-acre ground within the psh of Frome adjoining the above, now in the possession of John HARRIS, Clothier of Frome, leasee, I give the rents to my daughter Hannah for life; and after the determination of the estate, John HARRIS hath therein all the rents during the term of her natural life; and after her decease the remainder of the two estates to the eldest son of my daughter Hannah lawfully begotten and his heirs for ever, or another son or daughter, or to a son or daughter of my son Thomas WEST…

                                •       my silver tankard to my son Thomas

                                •       all my gold rings and silver plate except my tankard to my daughter Hannah

                                •       my household goods equally between my son and daughter

                                •       the rents of my house at Frome Swd that was my father’s to my sister Anne PIERSE for life and the remainder of the estate I have in it to her daughter Mary

                                •       to my trusty and wellbeloved friends John HAYCE, Baker of Keyford, and Edward ROSSITER, Clothier of Keyfords Elm, both of the psh of Frome Swd, 5s apiece

                                •       residue to my son Thomas WEST

Trustees:              John HAYCE and Edward ROSSITER

Executor:              my son Thomas WEST

Signed:                  7 May 1737

Witnesses:           Wm LYDFORD, Anstice LYDFORD, Eliz. LYDFORD

Proved:                  6 Oct 1737 at PCC London by Thomas WEST, son and sole Exor

 

Testator:               Edward SELFE, Periwig Maker of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to my loving wife Eleanor SELFE for life, all my estate at Great Cheverell, Wilts, which I now hold from the Earl of Abingdon; she shall confirm my bargain  with the Earl to add my son Henry’s life and pay the remaining part of the £90 (£5 5s being already paid in earnest for the same); and after her decease, to my father Jacob SELFE and Robert MATHEWS, Cardmaker of Frome, their Exors etc. in trust to pay the rents to all and every child I shall have by my sd wife, to go towards their maintenance, education and binding them out apprentices until they are 21, then divided between them share and share alike

                                •       to my son Edward my best bed with the curtains and pallens etc., also my silver cup when he is 21, his mother to have the use thereof in the mean while

                                •       residue of  my goods and chattels to Jacob SELFE and Robert MATHEWS, their Exors etc. in trust to permit my sd wife to use it; and after her decease to share it equally among my children by my sd wife when they are 21

                                •       residue of my debts and effects to my wife

Executors:             my wife

Signed:                  2 Jul 1737

Witnesses:           Ja. WICKHAM, Ann WICKHAM

Proved:                  19 Dec 1737 at PCC London by  Eleanor SELFE, Widow, Relict and sole Exix

 

Testatrix:              Margaret GOULD, Widow of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       £10 each to my son-in-law Henry FOOT, Gent of Barwick St John, Wilts, and Jane his wife, my daughter

                                •       A mourning hood to my sister-in-law Mrs Abigail A COURT of Frome Swd, Widow

                                •       20s to my cousin William A COURT, son of Abigail

                                •       20s to my cousin Susannah, wife of Joseph SCAMMELL of Frome Swd

                                •       20s to my cousin Lydia, wife of Thomas SHEPPARD of Frome Swd, Malster

                                •       A mourning ring to my cousin Margaret, wife of Mr BLAKE

                                •       A ring to my cousin _ wife of _ DANIEL, Gent of Yeovill

                                •       One guinea to Mr John BOWDEN, Clerk of Frome Swd, to preach my funerall sermon

                                •       £30 to John BOWDEN and Mr James COLLINS, Clothier of Frome Swd, on trust towards purchasing Barwick Farm for the life of Jane in place of the current lives, i.e. Henry FOOT, Yeoman of Innhead St Andrews, Wilts, Henry his son and William his brother

                                •       Remainder to my daughter Margaret GOULD

Executrix:             Margaret GOULD.

Signed:                  26 June 1734

Witnesses:           John PHELPS, Samuel BAMFORD

Proved:                  7 May 1739 at PCC London by Margaret GOULD spinster.

 

Testator:               Edward WHITCHURCH, Dry Salter of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to my loving wife Eleanor WHITCHURCH my estate called Woodhouse in the psh of Rimpton; also all my household goods, plate, beer, linen, woolen, pewter, brass

                                •       to my sons Edward WHITCHURCH and Leonard WHITCHURCH and my daughter Eleanor WHITCHURCH all my book debts and stock in hand

                                •       to my son Edward WHITCHURCH all my right and title in the orchard at Welsh Mill which I hold by my father Joseph WHITCHURCH and my uncle George WHITCHURCH’s lives, and all that may arise from my father’s will which he gave me

Executors:            Edward WHITCHURCH, Leonard WHITCHURCH and Eleanor WHITCHURCH

Affidavit:                by John TYNDALL, Merchant of the City of Bristol, and Revd Samuel WHITCHURCH, Clerk of Nunney, that the will of Edward WHITCHURCH was in his handwriting

Proved:                  12 Jul 1739 at PCC London by Leonard WHITCHURCH, son and Exor; power reserved to grant to Edward WHITCHURCH and Eleanor WHITCHURCH

 

Testator:               John KING, Cutler of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to Edward KING my brother 1s

                                •       to Jane KING my beloved wife all my stock in trade, goods, chattels, debts and effects

Executrix:             my wife Jane KING

Signed:                  19 Feb 1734

Witnesses:           Max. KING, Elizabeth ELDERTON, Henry SIMES

Proved:                  9 Oct 1739 at PCC London by Jane KING, Widow, the Relict and Sole Exix

 

1740

 

Testator:               Richard YERBURY, Gent of Conock in the Parish of Chirton, Wilts

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Legacies:              •       to be buried in the Church at Chirton and to the Minister a gold ring for breaking the ground

                                •       to my nephew Daniel YERBURY and his heirs for ever all my Estate in Froom Swd upon condition that he pays my nephew John YERBURY £10 a year during his natural life so long as he lives

                                •       to my nephew John YERBURY the sum of £100

                                •       to the poor of Chirton 20s and unto the poor of Conock 20s to be distributed as the chiefest inhabitants shall think fit

                                •       to my cousin Warriner a _ gold ring

Executor:              my nephew Daniel YERBURY

Signed:                  21 Mar 1739/40 (13 Geo II)            

Witnesses:           John HAYWARD, Isaac WARRINER, Mary _

Proved:                  2 May 1740 at PCC London by Daniel YERBURY, nephew and exor

 

Testator:               Robert BLUNT, Clothier of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to my son John BLUNT £40

                                •       to my son Robert BLUNT £40

                                •       to my sons James and William £40 when they are respectively 21

                                •       to my son George £40 when he is 23

                                •       to my son Joseph £60 out of which I appoint £20 to be employed by my Exix to put him apprentice and the remaining £40 to be paid him when he is 21

                                •       residue to my beloved wife Alice

                                •       if my wife marries any other husband all the legacies shall become due

Executrix:             my beloved wife Alice

Signed:                  6 Oct 1739

Witnesses:           James BISS, Jno PHELPS Junr

Proved:                  10 Jun 1740 at PCC London by Alice BLUNT, Widow, Relict and sole Exix

 

Testator:               John SHARPE, Gent of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to my loving wife Mary SHARPE the two cottages wherein I now live with the adjoining gardens in Frome which I purchased of John WHITTOCK, Tanner of Frome, by lease and release dated 25-26 Mar 1726 for life, she making no spoyl, wast or destruction thereupon; and after her decease to my daughter Elizabeth w/o Ebenezer LUDLOW, Mercer of Chipping Sodbury, Glos, for life to her sole and separate use; and after her decease to her lawfully begotten child or children in equal shares as tenants in common; and in default of such to remain with my daughter with full poer for her to dispose of by will or otherwise not withstanding her coverture

                                •       to my son in law Ebenezer LUDLOW all my wearing apparel, both linen and woollen, also my books after my daughter has taken her choice for her own separate use

                                •       to Elizabeth SHARPE, Widow, my daughter in law, £5, to be paid six months after the decease of my wife Mary

                                •       to my grandchildren Mary SHARPE and Elizabeth SHARPE, daughters of my son William SHARPE deceased, £20 each to be also paid six months after the decease of my wife

                                •       to my wife an annuity of £20 and the use of all my household goods for life

                                •       to my granddaughter Mary, d/o Ebenezer LUDLOW by my said daughter, £100 which is due to me from Ebenezer her father together with all interest to be paid when she is 21 or at her marriage, which shall be by consent of her mother if my  wife dies sooner, or else immediately after her decease

                                •       5s to each of my Trustees

                                •       residue to my daughter Elizabeth LUDLOW

Trustees:              my trusty and well-beloved friends Mr William HUMPRHIES, Clothier of Berkley, and Mr William SHEPPARD, Clothier of Frome

Executrix:             my daughter Elizabeth LUDLOW

Signed:                  22 Nov 1739

Witnesses:           Jos. GIBBONS, John NEWPORT, Robt PLIMPTON Jnr

Proved:                  14 Nov 1740 at PCC London by Elizabeth LUDLOW, w/o Ebenezer LUDLOW, sole Exix

 

Testator:               Henry BULL esq. of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       £500 to my son James BULL

                                •       £600 to my daughter Jane BULL

                                •       £500 to my daughter Mary BULL

                                •       £500 to my daughter Margaret BULL

                                •       £500 to my son Edward BULL

                                •       £300 to any children of my daughter Ann, wife of William FORWARD of Frome

                                •       One guinea to Trustees

                                •       A tenement late in the possession of John HARRIS, Dyer, and now of Mr SANDY, Clothier at Heal, Frome Swd, to Trustees for Margaret BULL my wife, then Edward BULL

Trustees:              My beloved friend Joseph JESSER, Gent of Frome Swd, and Robert HAYWARD, Malster of do.

Executors:            Edward BULL, Joseph JESSER, Robert HAYWARD.

Signed:                  19 Aug 1732

Witnesses:           Abra SELFE, John KING, Alexr HILMAN

Proved:                  16 Dec 1740 at PCC London by Edward BULL

 

Testator:               William HENDY, Gent of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to each of my daughters Rachel and Sarah HENDY £160

                                •       to my sd daughter Rachel HENDY half of my leasehold estate in Frome Swd for all my remaining term in it

                                •       to my sd daughter Sarah HENDY the other half of my leasehold estate in Frome Swd for all my remaining term in it

                                •       to my son William HENDY and my daughters Rachel and Sarah HENDY my household goods etc. to be equally divided between them except my silver tankard which I give to my son William

                                •       also to my son William all my leasehold estate in Alleyshay in the psh of Kingstone, Soms, for the remaining term

                                •       also to my son William my study of books and the residue of my estate

Executor:              my son William HENDY

Signed:                  17 Mar 1740/1 (14 Geo 2)

Witnesses:           Edward HENWOOD, Eliz. HENWOOD, Richard WRIGHT

Proved:                  19 Nov 1741 at PCC London by William HENDY, son and Exor

 

Testator:               Daniel YERBURY, Gentleman of Bassinghall Street, City of London

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Legacies:              •       to my son Daniel YERBURY and his Heirs forever All my Estate in Frome Swd on condition that he pays my loving wife Susannah YERBURY £20 a year during her life out of my estate in Frome Swd...

                                •       to my said loving wife Susannah YERBURY all the furniture of my dwelling houses in Bassinghall Street aforesaid and Newington Green, Middx, together with all my plate rings watches clocks linen and other household goods

                                •       to my son William YERBURY £200 when he is 21 out of my Estate at Frome Swd by my Executors

Executor:              my son Daniel YERBURY

Signed:                  22 Nov 1741 (15 Geo II)

Witnesses:           Margaret _, Mary JACKLEN, Wm COOKE

Proved:                  27 Jan 1741/2 at PCC London by Daniel YERBURY

 

Testator:               Harry EDGELL Esq. of Standerwick

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Legacies:              •       to my honoured mother Ann EDGELL £10 to buy her a mourning ring

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Beckington and Standerwick £10

                                •       to my loving wife and her heirs etc. for ever my dwelling house, outhouses, garden and 15 ac. land at Chicklade, Wilts which I bought of Mr HARBOTTLE

                                •       a house in Frome in which Mr DULLY [?], Clothier, now lives and which I am possessed of in right of my sd wife and an estate at Frome and another estate at Coleford, late Mrs SEYMOURs, which I am entitled to in right of my wife jointly with Elizabeth HIPPIE, Spinster, and Mary HALLIDAY, Widow, to my wife, her heirs etc. for ever

                                •       all my interest in the mortgage of an estate in the psh of Horsington for a long term of years to my wife, her Exors etc.

                                •       the coppice with appurtenances in the psh of Beckington which I purchased of Vct WEYMOUTH to my wife, her Exors etc. for the remainder of the term

                                •       residue to my loving wife who I also appoint Guardian of my son Harry EDGELL during his minority

Executrix:             my loving wife

Signed:                  1 May 1743

Witnesses:           Thomas EYRE, Stepn SKURRAY, Philip SLAUGHTER

Proved:                  at PCC London by Elizabeth EDGELL, Widow, relict and sole Exix

 

Testator:               John Wereat, Mercer of Bradford, Wilts

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Legacies:              •       to my Dear Wife £800 in lieu of what she may claim by virtue of the Marriage Articles between us over and above one annuity of £10 for life; also the use of my household goods plate and household linen for life and by her to be disposed of either to my son John or amongst my other children as she shall think fit

                                •       to my son Charles 20s

                                •       to my brother James Wereat £100 in Trust to put out at Interest and pay it to my daughter Ann Yerbury for her own separate use and benefit during her natural life; and after her decease to pay the £100 to her child or children in such manner as she by writing under her hand and seal directs; and if she leaves no child at her Decease, in Trust for my said son John and daughter Mary Wereat in equal shares; and if either die before that, their share to the survivor

                                •       to my sd daughter Mary Wereat my messuage or tenement in Church Street in Bradford which I lately purchased of Mrs Eleanor Shanler [CHANDLER?] for the remainder of my term         

                                •       to my sd son John Wereat all that messuage or tenement with the shop, cellars, sollars etc. wherein I now dwell in Bradford for ever; also the garden belonging to and lying behind it for the residue of my term; also my stock in trade and goods and utensils in my shop or elsewhere belonging to my sd trade; also my messuage or tenement, garden and orchard in Broughton Gifford, Wilts, for the residue of my term; also £200 and all the money due to me in the way of trade subject to the payment of my debts

                                •       residue of my money and personal estate to my dear wife Ann Wereat

Executrix:             my wife Ann Wereat

Signed:                  17 Aug 1736

Witnesses:           William Jones, Thomas Wickham, Will Gould

Proved:                  27 Jul 1743 at PCC London by Ann Wereat, relict

Note:                      4 May 17?? Administration with the Will annexed of all the goods etc. of John Wereat late of Bradford deceased left unadministered by Ann Wereat widow, relict and residuary legatee since also deceased, was granted to John Wereat the son and administrator of the goods of the said Ann Wereat dec’d

 

Testator:               James CRABB, Druggett-maker of Road, Somerset

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Legacies:              •       to my brothers William CRABB, John CRABB and Joseph CRABB £40 each

                                •       to my sister Mary SPRAGG, Widow, £40

                                •       to my brother in law Joseph ROSE’s three children Elizabeth, Mary and Peter ROSE £10 when they respectively attain 21...

                                •       to my niece Elizabeth d/o my wife [sic] sister Elizabeth BROADRIB £5

                                •       to Thomas REASON, John REASON, Ann REASON, Elizabeth REASON, Sarah and Jane REASON, sons and daughters of my late father in law Thomas REASON deceased £5 each

                                •       to John BAILWARD Snr, Gent of Bradford, Wilts, John BAILWARD Jnr s/o sd John BAILWARD Snr and John CLARK, Doctor in Physic of Bradford, £200 in trust to invest it and pay the interest to my loving wife Margaret CRABB for life; and after her death the £2000 to my nephew John CRABB s/o my sd brother Joseph CRABB; but if he dies first to such of my sd brothers and sister William CRABB, John CRABB, Joseph CRABB and Mary SPRAGG as are living share and share alike

                                •       to my loving friend sd John CLARK £5

                                •       residue to my sd wife Margaret CRABB

Executrix:             Margaret CRABB

Signed:                  23 Apr 1743 (16 Geo II)

Witnesses:           Wm PATINER, James BARNES, Anne BARNES

Proved:                  17 Aug 1743 at PCC London by Margaret CRABB, Widow, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               John RIMELL of Chapmanslade, Wilts

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Legacies:              •       all my goods and chattels effects and personal estate to my loving wife Catherine RIMELL

Overseer:             William CULVERHOUSE, father of my wife Catherine

Executrix:             my loving wife Catherine RIMELL

Signed:                  30 Apr 1743

Witnesses:           John MIDDLESTAFF, William ADAMS

Proved:                  5 Aug 1743 at PCC London by Catherine RIMELL, widow the relict and sole executrix 

 

Testatrix:              Mary OBOURN, Widow of William OBOURN, late of Lullington

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Legacies:              •       £5 and the bed, bedstead etc in which she doth lye and all my changes of linnen garments and all my ordinary wearing apparel of linnen and wollen and all such other things which Ann YERBURY and Joan KING in their discretion shall think fit and convenient for her to my servant maid Elizabeth ALFORD

                                •       £5 to my god daughter Hannah HINTON d/o Daniel and Mary HINTON

                                •       £5 apiece to the widow of John PRYOR and to Elizabeth sister of the sd John PRYOR

                                •       £5 to be equally divided between the children of Richd PRYOR

                                •       one guinea to William EMBLEN Snr

                                •       £5 apiece to the sons and daughters of the sd William EMBLEN Snr namely William, Hannah, Jeremiah, Mary, Anne and Grace

                                •       £5 to be equally divided between John and Elizabeth son and daughter of Richd POBJAY deceased which he had by his first and second wives

                                •       my great bell another pot to Elizabeth w/o John OBOURN of Berkley

                                •       one silver spoon marked POM To Elizabeth HUMPHRYS his sister my fire-pan, tongs andirons belonging to my chamber chimney to Phillip HUMPHRYS grandson of Philip OBOURN

                                •       my biggest brass kettle and one square wooden box to Jane HUMPHRYS the other sister of Phillip HUMPHRYS

                                •       one shilling and my clock and its case to my sister Anne HUGGEN

                                •       my biggest brass pann my tea kettle and my set of tea dishes saucers, [?] and six tea spoons to my god daughter Mary EDWARDS of London

                                •       my best gold ring to Anne w/o John YERBURY Snr of Laverton

                                •       one gold ring with a posie in it  “Direct our Ways Lord all our days” to Ann Spinster [sic]

                                •       my double posied god ring and one silver spoon marked WOM to John OBOURN, Yeoman of Wareley [?]

                                •       my second best gold ring to Joan w/o Anthony KING

                                •       my silver tankard to the Revd Curate at Bradford

                                •       one pewter dish apiece all four dishes are marked RPM to Mr Richard PRYORs four children

                                •       residue of my household goods to Elizabeth PAYNE sister of John PRYOR deceased and to William EMBLINs six children, namely William, Hannah, Jeremiah, Mary, Anne and Grace to be equally divided between them by my Exors, the eldest to take the first choice, the second eldest the next choice and so on

                                •       all my bed linnen, table linnen and wearing apparell, both linnnen and woollen, not hereinbefore disposed of to the said Elizabeth PAYNE and to Hannah Mary Anne and Grace, daughters of William EMBLIN, and to the w/o Jeremiah EMBLIN, , to be divided amongst them share and share alike by Ann YERBURY and Joan KING

                                •       my leasehold estate at Horningsham for life to the sd Anthony KING; and after his death to John OBOURN s/o Philip OBORNE of Berkeley for the remainder of the term

                                •       residue of personal estate to Exors

Executors:            sd John YERBURY Snr, Yeoman of Laverton; sd Anthony KING, Fuller of Lullington; Benjamin EDWARDS, Tallow chandler of Road, Wilts

Signed:                  13 May 1743

Witnesses:           Mathew BROWNJOHN, Benjamin STARK, Abraham MATTHEWS

Proved:                  5 May 1744 at PCC London by John YERBURY Snr, Anthony KING and Benjamin EDWARDS, Exors

 

Testator:               John SMITH, Attorney of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to my cousin, Ann JENKINS, Widow, and Ann her daughter, 4s per week during their joint lives and on the death of either of them, 2s per week to the survivor for life

                                •       to my servant Elizabeth GREY, Widow, 2s 6d per week as long as she continues in that name [?]

                                •       £5 to be equally divided amongst the children of cousin John HAYES that are now unmarried, all to be paid out of the rents of my personal estate in the psh of Frome

                                •       in case the lives now in being on my personal estate die before Ann JENKINS and Ann her daughter and Elizabeth GREY, then the overplus of rents of my remaining personal estate be applied

                                •       residue to my well beloved brother Michel SMITH, Surgeon of Weymouth, Dorset      

Executors:            Michael SMITH, Peter CHAPMAN and John HAYES

Signed:                  5 Aug 1743

Witnesses:           John CLARKE, Leo. WHITCHURCH, Stephen SYMES

Proved:                  5 Jun 1744 at PCC London by Michael SMITH, brother and Exor; power reserved to grant to CHAPMAN and John HAYES, Exors in Trust

Note:                      On 29 Mar 1749 Admon with the Will annexed of the goods of John SMITH, left unadministered by Michael SMITH deced [?], was granted to Hannah WARREN, wife of Thomas WARREN, admx of the goods of Michael SMITH, Peter CHAPMAN, the surviving Exor in Trust first renouncing

 

Testator:               Edward ALLEN, Dyer of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to my brother Samuel ALLEN £100

                                •       to my aunt Elizabeth SHARP, Widow of the City of Bristol, £100

                                •       to Zachariah FRYER, Broadweaver of Nunney, Benjamin SHEPPARD, Clothworker of Frome Swd, Paul POPE, Hatter of Frome and Jacob POPE, Shoemaker of Frome £40 in trust to put it out at interest and pay half of this to the Minister officiating in the ministry of the late Mr SHARP’s congregation and the other half to such poor members of the sd congregation as they think proper; and when one of my sd trustees dies, the others are to choose and elect another fit person

                                •       residue to my loving friends William SHEPPARD, Clothier of Frome Swd, and John ALLEN, Malster of Frome, in trust for the use of Henry ALLEN, son of sd John ALLEN, to be delivered to him when he is 21

                                •       if my Exors think it advisable for sd John ALLEN to continue in the trade and business of dyer which I now use, he may have my stock in trade, dyehouses, furnaces, implements of trade etc. without being accountable for any interest, it being intended for his better support of himself and his family, and he is to have the use of it until his son Henry is 21

Executors:            William SHEPPARD and John ALLEN

Signed:                  16 Jul 1744

Witnesses:           Sarah MILLS, Will GREEN, Mary BATH (X)

Proved:                  31 Jul 1744 at PCC London by William SHEPPARD and John ALLEN, Exors

 

Testator:               Elianor DAVIS, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /756 q.226

Legacies:              •       to Edward HENWOOD, James FINES and Benjamin FULLER and their heirs etc. my messuage or tenement in the Devizes, Wilts, and my land at Rowd, both lately belonging to Richard ANSTIE in trust to permit Dorcas w/o sd Richard ANSTIE to receive the rents for life for her separate use; and after her decease to be equally divided amongst her children and their heirs share and share alike

                                •       to my nephew Joseph HOULTON and his heirs the two pieces of ground he now rents of me in Road and Telsford

                                •       to my brother and sister HENWOOD the residue of my estate in Road, Telsford and Woolverton now in the tenure of John WEREAT and others for life; and after their deaths to my niece Elianor SHEPHERD for life; and after her decease to her daughter Elianor and her heirs; if she die before 21 to her daughter Ann and her heirs; if both die before 21 to such other her eldest daughter then living and her heirs; but if no daughter of my niece Elianor lives to 21, the sd estate to her son Walter and his heirs for ever

                                •       to Peter STORER and his heirs my copyhold estate at Highgate to be sold and the money arising divided into four equal parts, three parts of which I give to Dorcas ANSTIE, and the other to William BURTON

                                •       to Richard BULL Jnr s/o Clement BULL and his heirs my estate at Clink now in the possession of Edward MORTIMER with the ground my son purchased of William DENMEAD and the close I purchased of Mr SEAMAN

                                •       to William HENDY, Edward HENWOOD, Joseph PRITCHARD, Jacob NASH and William SHEPPARD and their heirs my living of Lord WEYMOUTH’s lands for such trusts as I shall direct

                                •       my dwelling house at Frome with the garden, lands etc. being all my leasehold estate which was bought of Mr GIFFORD and the strip of land adjoining to the backside, now a garden, which I lately purchased of Lionel SEAMAN Esq., one piece of ground called Wall Close adjoining to Pilly Hill, one acre of land in Little Innox now in the possession of Mrs Elizabeth HIPPIE and the reversion of a plot of meadow called Gurleovers under Pilly Hill bounded with the Town River on the south side thereof now in the tenure of Mrs Avis USHER which she hold by the life of Mrs Margaret GODDARD to my niece Elianor SHEPPARD and William SHEPPARD her husband for life; and after their deaths the freehold part thereof to their son Walter and his heirs for ever and the leasehold estate to their sd son Walter, his Exors etc. for the rest of my term; and my sister HENWOOD shall have two years to remove out of that part which she inhabits

                                •       all other my real estate in Wilts and Soms to my brothers WATERs and HENWOOD and my nephew SHEPPARD and their heirs in trust to sell them

                                •       to my sister Ann PARSONS £500

                                •       to my niece Mary WATERS, my niece Sophia PARSONS and my nephew Edward PARSONS £200 apiece and the remaining money to be divided into three equal parts whereof one part to my sister WATERS and her daughter Mary WATERS share and share alike, one part to my sister PARSONS and her daughter Elianor SHEPPARD share and share alike and the third part to my sister HENWOOD

                                •       to Thomas BATT and John SUTTON £50 to be distributed by £15 a year among such of the poor people in Wiltshire which keep the Saturday Sabbath

                                •       to Edmund TOWNSEND and Edward HENWOOD £50 to be distributed by four equal payments to poor people of the same persuasion in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

                                •       to sd Edmund TOWNSEND and Joseph STENNETT £100 to be distributed in like manner to poor people of the same persuasion as meet near Cripplegate

                                •       to sd Edmund TOWNSEND and Edward HENWOOD £25 to be distributed in like manner to poor people of the same persuasion in Surrey

                                •       to Philip JONES and Edward HENWOOD £50 to be distributed in like manner to poor people of the same persuasion in Cheltenham and afsan upon Caran and thereabouts

                                •       to Elizabeth RICHARD and Samuel DURANT £80 to be distributed in like manner to poor people of the like persuasion in Norfolk

                                •       to John RIDLEY and _ CLARK £50 to be distributed in like manner to poor people of the like persuasion in Essex and Suffolk and I recommend them all a particular regard where there are children to put out apprentices to help the sd poor people

                                •       to my brother WALTERS [sic] and his wife £20

                                •       to my sister PARSONS £20

                                •       to her sons in law and their wives £25 each

                                •       to Doctor [?] LOGAN £100

                                •       to my brother and sister HENWOOD £20

                                •       to my cousin Joseph HOULTON and his wife 20 guineas each

                                •       to John HOULTON and his wife and to Nathaniel HOULTON and his wife £15 each

                                •       to my nephew Robert HOULTON £100

                                •       to my sister BULL, relict of my brother BULL, £25

                                •       to Henry PARSONS and his wife £25 each

                                •       to my cousin Edward PARSONS and his wife £25 each

                                •       to each of my nieces Rachell, Elizabeth and Amelia PARSONS £25

                                •       to William BULL and Elizabeth his wife, Jane BULL, Ann FORDE [FORWARD], Mary BULL, James BULL, Edward BULL and Margaret BULL £30 each

                                •       to Richard BULL s/o Clement BULL £200 when he is 21

                                •       to James RADISH Snr £200

                                •       to Peter STORER £300

                                •       to William HENDY £200

                                •       to Mary RICHARDSON £100

                                •       to Mary BRYANT £50

                                •       to Clendon [?] DANKS £50

                                •       to Edward TOWNSEND, Joseph STENNET, John RIDLEY of Essex and Benjamin FULLER of the Devizes £30 each

                                •       I forgive William BURTON all sums of money he is indebted to me or any in trust for me at my decease

                                •       to John BEEDLE of Deptford, Samuel WILSON, Isaac HANN, Philip JONES, Anthony HOW of Colebrook, John HOW of Houlsland, Thomas SEYMOUR of Weymouth, Thomas SANDFORD of Stow on the Wold, John SUTTON of Winterbourne and John GILL £20 each

                                •       to Thomas LUCAS of Trowbridge £60

                                •       to Mary COOK w/o Benjamin COOK £30

                                •       to the London Fund for Dissenting Ministers’ Widows 20 guineas

                                •       to William WILKINS Snr £10

                                •       to all my servants living with me at the time of my death 5 guineas each

                                •       residue of my personal estate except such dividend as shall hereafter be received for my debt from my late brother Robert HOULTON to my sisters WATERS, PARSONS and HENWOOD share and share alike

Executrices:        my sisters WATERS, PARSONS and HENWOOD

Signed:                  3 Jun 1740

Witnesses:           Will GREENE, Joseph…

Codicil:                  19 Nov 1743

                                •       Whereas my living of Lord WEYMOUTH’s lands which I bequeathed in my will to William HENDY, Edward HENWOOD, William SHEPPARD, Jacob NAISH and Joseph PRITCHARD, their heirs etc. in trust and whereas since the making of my will the sd estate is lost from me and fallen into his lordship’s hands, I hereby bequeath to Edward HENWOOD, William SHEPPARD, Jacob NAISH, Joseph PRITCHARD and John SHEPPARD and the survivors of them £140 to be applied to such uses as I by writing bearing even date herewith or hereafter shall direct

Witnesses:           Will GREENE, Ann COOK, Richard BOWDEN

Proved:                  15 Sep 1747 at PCC London by Mary WALTERS [sic] w/o Henry WALTERS and Ann PARSONS, Widow, sisters and surviving Exors

 

Testator:               George DAVIS, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /764 q.262

Legacies:              •       to my loving wife Martha in case she survive me  one half part of the household goods and plate; also £200 ; also an annuity of £10 for life; also the tenement or dwelling house in Long Row in Frome now or late in the possession of William MARSHAL, late Supervisor of Excise, for life if the term I now have therein so long continue subject to payment of the rent etc.; and in case Anne my daughter dies unmarried and without having ever been married in the lifetime of my wife, my wife shall in due form of law deliver to my Exors a release of the annuity above mentioned and my Exors shall pay her £200 for her own use absolutely; but I declare that I have given these legacies to my wife in aid only of a provision by me made in a bond of the penalty of £1000 dated 3rd this instant Dec given by me to William SHEPPARD, Clothier of Frome, and John ALLEN, Dyer of Frome, in trust for my sd wife and that the above bequests shall not be construed to be a new provision for her

                                •       residue of my real and personal estate to my loving friends William BARTON, Clothier of Frome, and James BISS, Clothier of Frome on trust  from time to time until my daughter Anne is 21 or married, let , sell etc. messuages, lands, chattels etc. and out of the moneys pay to my sd daughter and her assigns £40 yearly; and from her coming of age or marriage surrender to her all my messuages etc.; but if she dies unmarried before she is 21, pay the following legacies:

-          to my nephews James and Gabriel DAVIS sons of my brother James DAVIS, £40 to be divided between them as they attain 21

-          to sd William BARTON £40

-          to Alice BLUNT, widow of Robert BLUNT, £40

-          to Thomas DAVIS, Yeoman of Warminster, Wilts, son of my brother John DAVIS deceased, £40

-          to Elizabeth BISS, now wife of James BISS, my trustee above named, £40

-          to John DAVIS and Elizabeth DAVIS, son and daughter of my sd brother John DAVIS, £5 apiece as soon as they attain 21

-          residue to the last named legatees, James and Gabriel DAVIS, William BARTON, Alice BLUNT, Thomas DAVIS, Elizabeth BISS, John DAVIS and Elizabeth DAVIS in equal shares

                                •       if any of the above named legatees raise any disturbance with regard to the bequests or give my Exors needless trouble, they shall be entitled to no more than their respective legacies and not to any part of the sd residuary estate

Executors:            sd William BARTON and James BISS

Signed:                  5 Dec 1744

Witnesses:           John PINFOLD, Job SHERMAN, Will. GREENE

Codicil:                  1 Aug 1748

                                •       whereas my daughter Ann since the making of my will has near accomplished her age of 21 and has also intermarried with Alexander HOUSTOUN, Clerk of Frome, I hereby revoke so much of my will as gives any part of my estate to William BARTON and James BISS, Trustees and Exors of my will on account of the minority of my daughter, or that appoints them Exors, and instead give the residue of my messuages, lands, chattels etc. to my sd daughter Ann and her husband Alexander HOUSTOUN and make them joint Exix and Exor

Executors:            my sd daughter Ann and her husband Alexander HOUSTOUN

Witnesses:           Robert BEDFORD, James GREENE (X), Ebenezer BEDFORD

Proved:                  16 Sep 1748 at PCC London by Alexander HOUSTOUN, Clerk, and Ann HOUSTOUN (w/o the sd Alexander), Exors

 

Testator:               John MORTIMER, Clothier of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /770 q.152

Legacies:              •       to my Exors all my goods and chattels for the following purposes:

-          to pay my wife £50 p.a. for life

-          to pay Mary BEDBURY d/o my sd wife Mary £700 when she is 21… but if she dies first, the £700 to my daughter Ann MORTIMER when she is 21

-          to pay my daughter Ann MORTIMER £700 when she is 21… but if she dies first, the £700 to sd Mary BEDBURY when she is 21; but if they both die before 21, the £1400 to my son William MORTIMER when he is 21

-          to pay the residue to William MORTIMER when he is 21

                                •       to William MORTIMER all my lands in the pshes of Beckington, Berkley and Standerwick to him and his heirs for ever

Executors:            Nathaniel MORTIMER and William MORTIMER

Signed:                  14 Apr 1749 (22 Geo II)

Witnesses:           Gideon MURRAY, G [?] JOHNSON, Matt. DOWDELL

Proved:                  19 May 1749 at PCC London by Nathaniel MORTIMER and William MORTIMER, brothers and Exors

 

Testator:               Robert HAYWARD, Malster of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /771 q.184

Legacies:              •       residue of my lands, goods, chattels and personal estate after payment of debts and funeral expenses to my dear wife Anne HAYWARD and her heirs, Exors etc.

Executrix:             my wife Anne HAYWARD

Signed:                  13 Jun 1748

Witnesses:           James BUNN, Thomas BUNN Jnr, John SAUNDERS

Proved:                  3 Jun 1749 at PCC London by Ann HAYWARD, Relict and Exix

 

Testator:               Philip SHEPPARD, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /778 q.94-137

Legacies:              •       to my sons William SHEPPARD and John SHEPPARD all my household goods etc. and implements used in the trade of a Malster which are now in the late dwelling house of Mr John ALLEN on Katharine Hill and which I purchased of sd John ALLEN’s assignees to hold on trust and permit sd John ALLEN to use them for life; and after his decease on trust to divide them between my grandchildren William ALLEN, Henry ALLEN, Ann ALLEN, Hester ALLEN and Joan ALLEN in equal shares

                                •       to my sd grandchildren William ALLEN, Ann ALLEN, Hester ALLEN and Joan ALLEN £300 to be paid with the interest as they attain 21…

                                •       to my sd grandson Henry ALLEN £30 to be paid with the interest when he is 21…

                                •       to my daughters Sarah KINGMAN and Betty SEDGEFIELD £150 apiece

                                •       to my grandchildren William, Walter, Edward, Henry, John, Joseph, Eleanor and Anne, sons and daughters of my sd son William SHEPPARD £30 apiece as they attain 21…

                                •       to my grandchildren Sophia and John, children of my sd son John SHEPPARD, £30 apiece at 21…

                                •       to my grandson John SEDGEFIELD £30 when he is 21…

                                •       to my grandson William ALLEN my silver tankard

                                •       to my daughter SEDGEFIELD my large silver salver and silver half pint and all my household linen

                                •       residue of the plate which I bought of the assignees of sd John ALLEN and which is at my own house together with a silver pint which is at John ALLEN’s to my sd grandchildren Ann, Hester and Joan ALLEN equally to be divided between them

                                •       residue of my own estate and not purchased of the sd assignees to my sd granddaughter Sophia SHEPPARD d/o my son John SHEPPARD

                                •       to my granddaughter Eleanor SHEPPARD my best feather bed and bedstead, curtains etc.

                                •       to my granddaughter Ann SHEPPARD the looking glass in my best parlour

                                •       my mahogany bureau [?] to my grandson William SHEPPARD

                                •       my wearing apparel to be divided into three equal parts, a third to my daughter KINGMAN, a third to my daughter SEDGEFIELD and a third to my granddaughters Ann, Hester and Joan ALLEN to be divided between them share and share alike

                                •       residue to my sd sons William and John SHEPPARD, their heirs, Exors etc.

Executors:            my sd sons William and John SHEPPARD

Signed:                  22 Aug 1749

Witnesses:           Will GREENE, Benjamin SHEPPARD, Thomas LACY

Proved:                  12 Apr 1750 at PCC London by William SHEPPARD and John SHEPPARD, sons and Exors

 

Testator:               William WHITCHURCH, Gent of Frome, Somerset

PROB11 ref:         /778 q.94-137

Legacies:              •       three Estates, one at Allum in the psh of Badcomb [Batcombe], the others in the psh of Frome called Bollow and Keyford Estates, all in Somerset, the Inheritance and free disposition in Fee of which I am intitled to on the death of my Mother, together with all my personal estate and all real or personal estate to Richard MADDOCK of Crane Court, Fleetstreet, London Esq. and Mary WHITCHURCH my much beloved wife, their heirs, Exors etc. for ever on trust

-          by mortgage, sale or otherwise to raise money to pay all my debts

-          to raise what money they think fit as a portion for my daughter by the sd Mary; but in case my daughter die before 21

-          to the use of my son William by my sd wife, his heirs, Exors etc… In case of the death of my son William before 21, all my real and personal estates whatsoever (after the legacy to my daughter) to my sd wife, her heirs, Exors etc. for ever

Executors:            Richard MADDOCK and Mary WHITCHURCH my wife

Signed:                  17 Dec 1745

Witnesses:           James BROWN, Robert NEWPORT, Lucas WAIGHT

Proved:                  4 Apr 1750 at PCC London by Mary WHITCHURCH, Widow, Relict and one of the Exors; power reserved to grant to Richard MADDOCK, the other Exor

 

Testatrix:              Sophia BABER, Widow

PROB11 ref:         /778 q.106

Legacies:              •       to my two nieces Susanna POBJOY, Spinster, and Jane BROWNE, wife of Thomas BROWNE, Baker of Frome, 20s apiece

                                •       to my servant Mary FRIPPE all my interest remaining in the leasehold estates at Buckland Dinham which I hold from Sir Richard BAMPFIELD Bart and Mrs STRACHEY

                                •       residue to my good friends and relations Mrs Jane HIPPIE, Widow of Frome, and Mr Zachary BAYLY of Bowlish in the psh of Shepton Mallett and their heirs

Executors:            Mrs Jane HIPPIE and Mr Zachary BAYLY

Signed:                  6 Sep 1749

Witnesses:           Martha SHEPPARD, John SYP [?], Jo. HUGHES

Proved:                  24 Apr 1750 at PCC London by Jane HIPPIE and Zachary BAYLY

 

Testator:               Joseph HOULTON Esq. of Farleigh Hungerford

PROB11 ref:         /781 qq.268-69

Legacies:              •       to my dear wife Anna HOULTON and her assigns for life, all my Manors, messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments in Farleigh Hungerford, Tellisford, Norton St Philip, Road, Woolverton and Beckington in Somerset and in North Bradley, Wilts; and after her decease the afsd premises and also the Advowson of the Rectory and Parish church of Farleigh Hungerford to my brothers Nathaniel HOULTON and Robert HOULTON Esqs., their heirs and assigns for ever on trust to the use of my son-in-law James FRAMPTON Esq. for life; and after his decease to the use of my daughter Mary w/o James FRAMPTON and her assigns for life; and after the determination of that estate to the use of sd Nathaniel HOULTON and Robert HOULTON and their heirs during the life of sd Mary FRAMPTON in trust to preserve the contingent uses... and after her decease to the use of her first legitimate son; and for want of such issue to any other legitimate son(s) and their male heirs... and for want of such issue to any daughter... and for want of such issue to the use of my nephew Joseph HOULTON, eldest s/o my brother John HOULTON, and his assigns for life; and after the determination of this estate to the use of sd Nathaniel HOULTON and Robert HOULTON and their heirs during the life of sd Joseph HOULTON in trust to preserve the contingent uses... and after his decease to the use of his first legitimate son; and for want of such issue to any other legitimate son(s) and their male heirs... and for want of such issue to the use of my nephew Robert HOULTON, second s/o my brother John HOULTON, and his assigns for life; and after the determination of this estate to the use of sd Nathaniel HOULTON and Robert HOULTON and their heirs during the life of sd Robert HOULTON in trust to preserve the contingent uses... and after his decease to the use of his first legitimate son; and for want of such issue to any other legitimate son(s) and their male heirs... and for want of such issue to the use of my nephew Nathaniel HOULTON, third s/o my brother John HOULTON, and his assigns for life; and after the determination of this estate to the use of sd Nathaniel HOULTON and Robert HOULTON and their heirs during the life of sd Nathaniel HOULTON in trust to preserve the contingent uses... and after his decease to the use of his first legitimate son; and for want of such issue to any other legitimate son(s) and their male heirs... and for want of such issue to the use of my nephew John HOULTON, youngest s/o my brother John HOULTON, and his assigns for life; and after the determination of this estate to the use of sd Nathaniel HOULTON and Robert HOULTON and their heirs during the life of sd John HOULTON in trust to preserve the contingent uses... and after his decease to the use of his first legitimate son; and for want of such issue to any other legitimate son(s) and their male heirs... and for want of such issue to the use of my own right heirs for ever... my sd nephews Joseph HOULTON, Robert HOULTON, Nathaniel HOULTON and John HOULTON to have the power to charge the premises hereby devised with an annuity of up to £150 p.a. by way of jointure upon any woman they shall marry...

                                •       to my two sd brothers Nathaniel HOULTON and Robert HOULTON and their heirs for ever all my messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments in the pshes of Trowbridge and Steeple Ashton, Wilts, wherein I have my estate of freehold or inheritance on trust to the use of my sd wife Anna HOULTON and her assigns for life; and after her death to the use of my sd daughter Mary FRAMPTON and her assigns for life; and from the determination of that estate to the us of my sd brothers Nathaniel HOULTON and Robert HOULTON and their heirs during the life of sd Nathaniel HOULTON in trust to preserve the contingent uses... and after her decease to the use of her first legitimate son and his male heirs; and for default of such issue to any other legitimate son and his/their heirs male... and for default of such issue to any legitimate daughter and her heirs... and for default of such issue to the use of my brother Robert HOULTON and his assigns for life; and after his decease to sd James FRAMPTON and his assigns for life; and after his decease to the heirs and assigns of my sd brother Robert HOULTON for ever; and it shall be lawful for any person in receipt of the rents of any of these premises to demise them to any person for lives or years determinable on lives...

                                •       to my brother Robert HOULTON £200 and all my half part of all the goods and things about the capital mansion house at Grittleton, Wilts

                                •       to my sd nephew John HOULTON £300 in satisfaction of the like sum given him by the will of my lated deceased father

                                •       to my servant Mary RADFORD an annuity of £20 for life charged on my lands in the psh of North Bradley and Road

                                •       to my wife all my household goods, jewels, plate, furniture of my houses (except what is herein before given to my brother Robert HOULTON) family provisions, coaches, carriages, horses, cattle, corn, grain, hay and stock upon my lands

                                •       to my sd brother Nathaniel HOULTON, his heirs etc. for ever all my interest in the estate in the psh of Seagry, Wilts, known as PYATTs or PYARDs

                                •       residue to my wife Anna HOULTON and my sd son-in-law James FRAMPTON in equal shars

Executors:            my wife Anna HOULTON, my sd son-in-law James FRAMPTON and my brother Robert HOULTON

Signed:                  14 Jun 1750

Witnesses:           J HALLIDAY, Wm PALMER, Chas. HAND

Codicil:                  •       to my brother Nathaniel HOULTON £20 for mourning, to my nephew Joseph HOULTON £20, to my nephew Robert HOULTON £100, to my nephew Nathaniel HOULTON £20 for mourning, to my nephew John HOULTON £200 besides what I have given him in my will

                                •       to the Revd Mr Samuel LOBB £50 and to the Baptist Meeting of Trowbridge £100 towards making up the loss sustained by late ?? Robert HOULTON Esq. deceased

                                •       if any demands be made on my brother Robert HOULTON for an account of the Executorship of my late father Joseph HOULTON Esq. decd one half part thereof shall be born by the Exors of my will out of my residuary estate

                                •       my Exors to pay out of my residuary estate any sum of money to any person they think I ought to have specifically given by my will

                                •       to Mr Robert STOCK £20

Signed:                  14 Jun 1750

Witnesses:           J HALLIDAY, Wm PALMER, Chas. HAND

Proved:                  28 Aug 1750 at PCC London by Anna HOULTON, Widow, the relict, and James FRAMPTON Esq., two of the Exors; power reserved to grant to Robert HOULTON Esq., the brother and other Exor

 

Testator:               Susannah LOCKE, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /787 q.115

Legacies:              •       £10 to such poor housekeepers of the psh of Frome as my Exors think fit

                                •       to my kinswoman Mary HALLIDAY, Widow, £200

                                •       to my kinswoman Mrs Elizabeth SAINSBURY, Widow of Beckington, £200

                                •       to my kinsman John HARRINGTON Esqr £50 to buy mourning and to his sisters Elizabeth and Abigail HARRINGTON £100 apiece and to his eldest son by my late niece Elizabeth HARRINGTON £100

                                •       to my kinsman Zachary BAILY of Bowlish near Shepton Mallett £100

                                •       to Edmund, brother of sd Zachary BAILY £20

                                •       to Elizabeth ERLE, Widow, sister of sd Zachary BAILY and to her son Robert HAYNES £50 apiece to buy them mourning

                                •       to my kinswoman Elizabeth EDGELL, Widow, £20 and to her six children £50 apiece

                                •       to the two youngest granddaughters of my sd kinswoman Mary HALLIDAY £50 each

                                •       to my kinswoman Susannah POBJOY £100 in trust to place it out and pay the interest for the sole and separate use of her sister Jane w/o Thomas BROWNE, Baker of Frome during her natural life distinct from her husband who shall have nothing to do therewith no shall it be liable to his debts, charges or encumbrances; and after the decease of Jane the sd £100 to the only use of her son Richard BROWNE, his Exors etc.

                                •       to each of my kinsmen William LOCKE of Dorchester and George LOCKE Apothecary £50 apiece and to my kinsmen George LOCKE s/o sd George LOCKE, to George LOCKE s/o William LOCKE, to John LOCKE s/o John LOCKE, to Henry LOCKE s/o John LOCKE and to Thomas LOCKE s/o Robert LOCKE £30 apiece

                                •       to my kinsman Revd Samuel SAINSBURY, Clerk, £50 to buy him mourning

                                •       to my kinswoman Mrs Jane HIPPIE, Widow, £50 to buy mourning

                                •       to my sd kinswoman Susannah POBJOY £500 and all that tenement, lands and premises called Little Bowless lying near the sd estate called PIPERs with all their rights etc. for life; and after her death to my kinsmen Zachary BAILY and Samuel SAINSBURY, their Exors etc. for 99 years if my kinsman Sir Abraham Elton so long live on trust to keep the premises in repair etc. and pay the profits to sd Sir Abraham ELTON for his own sole use; and after the determination of this term to George WHITCHURCH, Gent of Frome, and Samuel WHITCHURCH, Clerk of Nunney and their heirs for the life of sd Sir Abraham ELTON in trust to preserve the contingent uses etc. but to permit sd Zachary BAILY and Samuel SAINSBURY, their Exors etc. to receive the rents for the life of sd Sir Abraham ELTON to the use of his first, second etc. son and for default of such issue to his daughters and for want of such issue to my sd kinsman Robert HAYNES and his issue lawfully begotten and for default of such issue to my own right heirs for ever

                                •       to my kinswoman Mrs Sarah BAYLY of Westbury my tenement called BANNELLs and my close of pasture called Butts for life; and after her decease to my sd kinsman Samuel SAINSBURY, Clerk, his lawful heirs and for default of such to my own right heirs for ever

                                •       to my sd kinsman Zachary BAYLY Snr my capital messuage, farm, lands and premises called Mitchell’s Elm Farm in the psh of Wanstrow with all the houses etc belonging to it, to hold sd premises chargeable with an annuity of £10 as herein after mentioned to him, his heirs etc. for ever

                                •       sd annuity to Richard FOY s/o my sister in law Alice FOY for life

                                •       my estates called the Grove, PIPERs, Plaguey House, WILTONs and closes called Pinmore at Cayford [Keyford] in the psh of Frome and all houses etc. belonging to them to sd Zachary BAYLY and Samuel SAINSBURY, their Exors etc. for 99 years if my sd kinsman Sir Abraham ELTON lives so long on trust to keep the premises in repair etc. and pay the rents to the sd Sir Abraham ELTON for his own sole use; and from the determination of the sd term to sd George WHITCHURCH and Samuel WHITCHURCH and their heirs for the life of sd Sir Abraham ELTON to the uses before mentioned; and after the decease  of Sir Abraham ELTON  to the use of his first etc. son… and for default of such issue to the use of my sd kinsman Robert HAYNES and his lawful issue and for default of such issue to my own right heirs

                                •       to sd Robert HAYNES and the lawful heirs of his body the messuage or tenement in Gentle St and the lands and premises thereto belonging being 8 ac. (except the acre thereof in Innox which is in Mrs Elizabeth HIPPIE’s tineing) to hold to him and his heirs for ever and for want of such heirs to my own right heirs for ever

                                •       the sd acre of ground in Mrs HIPPIE’s tineing to her the sd Elizabeth HIPPIE, her heirs etc. for ever

                                •       the dwelling house and premises where I now live in Stoney St and the 4 ac. of land thereto belonging to my kinswoman Mrs Jane HIPPIE, Widow, for life and the use of all my household goods therein as long as she shall live in the sd house; and I will that my sd kinswoman Susannah POBJOY may abide and inhabit with her in the sd house till she, the sd Susannah, is married or relinquishes and leaves the same and it shall not be in the power of sd Jane HIPPIE to remove her thereout during her life; and after the deaths of sd Jane HIPPIE and Susannah POBJOY to sd Robert HAYNES and the heirs of his body and for want of such issue to my own right heirs for ever

                                •       to the Vicar and Churchwardens of Frome my estate called ABBOTTs, my lands in Gaston which I purchased of _ WHITE, my acre of ground at Rodden Lake and my half acre at Little Innox with the several premises etc. belonging to them in lieu of what was given and devised to them in the will of my late husband deceased and to be in his name to hold them to the sd Vicar and Churchwardens, their successors, heirs etc. in trust to receive the rents and apply 20s a year for keeping in repair the aisle in the psh church of Frome formerly called CABBELLs Isle now called LOCKs Isle and the remainder to the feofees of the almshouse in Frome for the benefit of the poor of the sd almshouse

                                •       to my kinswoman Mary BLISSETT d/o my late brother Zachary BAYLY £200

                                •       to my kinswoman Elizabeth HIPPIE, Spinster, £20 to buy mourning

                                •       residue of my real estate to sd Zachary BAYLY, Jane HIPPIE and Sarah BAYLY to be equally divided between them

                                •       my Exors to pay sd George WHITCHURCH and Samuel WHITCHURCH a guinea each to buy them a ring and expend not less than £100 in and about my funeral

Executors:            Zachary BAYLY, Jane HIPPIE and Sarah BAYLY

Signed:                  12 Feb 1750/1

Witnesses:           Michael PHILLIPS, Lawrence HAYWARD, J. HUGHES

Proved:                  23 Apr 1751 at PCC London by Zachary BAYLY, Jane HIPPIE, Widow, and Sarah BAYLY, Spinster, Exors

 

Testator:               Joseph DAVIS, Brazier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /787 q. 101-151

Legacies:              •       to my friends William ADAMS, Cardmaker of Frome, Richard CARTER, Yeoman of Buckland, and Joseph CABELL, Currier of Road, my leasehold close of meadow called BARBER’s Moor in the pshes of Frome and/or Rodden and the tenement or dwelling house I purchased of Widow STRATTEN, also all my moneys, securities, household goods, shop goods, stock in trade and all other my personal estate to them, their Exors etc. in trust to use the profits of the sd close and tenement and the sale of my personal estate to breed up and educate my two children Joseph and Mary until they are 21; and after this to equally divide them and pay half to my sd son and half to my sd daughter… and if both die under 21 to distribute them amongst my sisters Sarah GUNSON, Jane DARK and Elizabeth FARMIN and their children (in case any of my sisters are dead leaving issue) in equal shares; and the rents of my estate at Biddeston which will be my son’s to be applied during his minority towards his education and maintenance…

Executors:            William ADAMS, Richard CARTER and Joseph CABELL, also guardians of my children during their minority

Signed:                  30 Nov 1750

Witnesses:           Richd JESSER, Mary ADAMS, Will. GREENE

Proved:                  17 May 1751 at PCC London by William ADAMS, one of the Exors; power reserved to grant to Richard CARTER and Joseph CABELL, the other Exors

 

Testator:               Jane HIPPIE, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /795 q.157

Legacies:              •       I revoke all the uses etc. expressed in a deed poll dated 20 Feb 1748 concerning Bagberry Farm in the psh of Evercreech except an indenture of Trust and Appointment bearing even date herewith between me, Jane HIPPIE, of the one part and Samuel WHITCHURCH, Clerk of Nunney, and James WICKHAM, Gent of Frome Swd, of the other part and give the sd farm and all my estate therein to Samuel WHITCHURCH and James WICKHAM on Trust to sell the fee simple and inheritance after my death and apply £1000 arising from the sale to Elizabeth EDGELL, Widow of Standerwick, £100 to Mary w/o Thomas GRIFFITH, Distiller of Frome Swd, £100 to Jane d/o Mr Edward HALLIDAY, £50 to such charitable uses as are mentioned in the sd indentures and the residue to every younger son and daughter of sd Elizabeth EDGELL living at my decease in equal shares; and in the mean time the rents etc. to be applied as follows: £35 p.a. to sd Elizabeth EDGELL, her Exors etc., £3 10s p.a. to sd Mary GRIFFITH, her Exors etc., £3 10s p.a. to sd Jane HALLIDAY, her Exors etc., £1 15s p.a. to charitable use and the residue to the younger sons and daughters of sd Elizabeth EDGELL living at my decease

                                •       I ratify the indentures of lease and release dated 18 and 19 Jun 1742, the release being quadripartite between (1) me, Jane HIPPIE (2) George WHITCHURCH, Gent, and Edward MORGAN, Clerk  (3) Samuel WHITCHURCH and (4) Robert HAYWARD and William BULL, Gent, whereby certain lands and hereditaments in the psh of Maiden Bradley, Wilts, are granted to sd Robert HAYWARD and William BULL and their heirs to the use of sd Samuel WHITCHURCH, his heirs etc. for ever

                                •       I ratify the other indentures of lease and release dated 18 and 19 Nov 1742, the release being quadripartite between (1) me (2) Joseph BAYLY, Butcher of Frome, and Edmund BAYLY, Baker late of Frome since decd (3) sd Robert HAYWARD and William BULL and (4) Zachary BAYLY s/o sd Joseph BAYLY and Benjamin BAYLY s/o sd Edmund BAYLY whereby certain other lands and hereditaments in the psh of Maiden Bradley afsd are conveyed to sd Robert HAYWARD and William BULL and their heirs to the several uses mentioned in the sd release

                                •       whereas I have lately for a valuable consideration in money granted to the use of Thomas COWARD Esq. and his heirs in tail certain lands and hereditaments in the psh of Batcomb which I once intended to have given to John BAYLY, Tanner of Frome Swd, sd Joseph BAYLY and sd Edmund BAYLY since decd in three equal parts during their lives and after their deceases to John BAYLY Jnr s/o sd John BAYLY, Zachary BAYLY s/o sd Joseph BAYLY and Benjamin BAYLY s/o sd Edmund BAYLY and their heirs in three equal parts, I hereby ratify the sd grants; and in lieu of the sd third part of the sd lands to have been given to John BAYLY Snr during the term of his life I give to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH £1000 on trust to place out at interest after my decease and pay the interest to sd John BAYLY Snr for life; and after his death pay £800 of the principal to sd John BAYLY Jnr s/o sd John BAYLY Snr and the £200 residue to Richard BAYLY, another s/o sd John BAYLY Snr; and in lieu of the third part to have been given to Joseph BAYLY during the term of his life, £1000 to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH on trust to place it out at interest after my decease and pay the interest to sd Joseph BAYLY for life; and after his decease pay £800 of the principal to Zachary BAYLY s/o sd Joseph BAYLY, £100 to Joan d/o sd Joseph BAYLY and the £100 residue to Elizabeth BAYLY, another d/o sd Joseph BAYLY; and in lieu of the third part to have been given to sd Benjamin BAYLY after sd Edmund BAYLY’s decease, I give to sd Benjamin BAYLY £1000 to be placed out at interest by sd Samuel WHITCHURCH, his Exors etc., until sd Benjamin BAYLY is 24 and the principal and interest to be paid to him then; and if he dies before that age the same to be paid to his Exors etc.

                                •       all my lands etc. in the psh of Frome Swd purchased by me of Richard FOWNES Esq. and _ his wife to George WHITCHURCH Jnr for life; and from the determination of that estate, to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH and James WICKHAM and their heirs for the life of sd George WHITCHURCH Jnr in trust for him to preserve the contingent uses and after his death to his first lawfully begotten son and the heirs of the body of such son; and for default of such issue… to his daughters… and for default of such issue to Samuel WHITCHURCH, eldest s/o sd George WHITCHURCH Snr for life; and after the determination of that estate to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH and James WICKHAM and their heirs for the life of sd Samuel WHITCHURCH eldest s/o George WHITCHURCH Snr to preserve the contingent remainders; and from the decease of Samuel WHITCHURCH to the first s/o the body of sd George WHITCHURCH Snr lawfully to be begotten and the heirs of the body of such first son; and for default of such issue… to his daughters… and for default of such issue to Elizabeth WHITCHURCH d/o sd George WHITCHURCH for life; and after the determination of that estate to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH and James WICKHAM and their heirs for the life of sd Elizabeth WHITCHURCH in trust to preserve the contingent remainders; and from the decease of Samuel WHITCHURCH to the first s/o the body of sd Elizabeth WHITCHURCH lawfully to be begotten and the heirs of the body of such first son; and for default of such issue… to her daughters… and for default of such issue to sd George WHITCHURCH Snr, his heirs and assigns for ever; provided that it shall be lawful for sd George WHITCHURCH Jnr or Samuel WHITCHURCH s/o sd George WHITCHURCH Snr after they are entitled to possession of the sd premises to settle any part thereof in jointure to any woman whom they shall respectively marry for the life of such woman and no longer

                                •       to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH s/o sd George WHITCHURCH Snr £200

                                •       to sd Elizabeth WHITCHURCH £300

                                •       to Mrs Jane MORGAN d/o Revd Edward MORGAN £200

                                •       to Mrs Mary MORGAN d/o Revd Edward MORGAN £100

                                •       to Mr Edward MORGAN Jnr s/o sd Edward MORGAN £50

                                •       to Mrs Eleanor NAPPER w/o Mr John NAPPER £200

                                •       to my cousin Richard BAILY s/o my uncle Joseph BAYLY £50

                                •       to sd John BAYLY Jnr s/o sd John BAYLY £200

                                •       to Henry BAYLY s/o sd John BAYLY Snr £50

                                •       to Richard BAYLY s/o sd John BAYLY Snr £50

                                •       to Joan and Elizabeth BAYLY d/o sd Joseph BAYLY £100 apiece

                                •       to Martha BAYLY and Ann BAYLY d/o my cousin Zachary BAYLY decd £250 apiece

                                •       £100 to be equally divided amongst such ch/o Benjamin AYRES living at my decease, all these legacies to be paid within a year of my decease

                                •       to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH of Nunney £100 on trust to pay the interest at 4% p.a. to Mrs Sarah BEARD w/o Mr John BEARD for life; and after her decease to pay the principal to any of her children living at her decease in equal portions

                                •       to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH of Nunney £20 to be paid into the hands of Jane w/o John JONES as she shall have occasion for the same

                                •       to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH of Nunney £80 on trust to yearly pay the interest at 4% p.a. to sd Jane JONES for life for her own separate use; and after her decease the principal to any of her children living at her decease in equal portions

                                •       to my cousin Zachary BAYLY s/o my uncle Joseph BAYLY 2s 6d a week for life

                                •       to Mrs THEOBALD w/o James THEOBALD Esq., to Mrs BULL w/o Mr Edward BULL, to Mrs WHITCHURCH w/o sd Samuel WHITCHURCH of Nunney, to my uncle sd George WHITCHURCH Snr, to my sister in law Mrs Elizabeth HIPPIE, to my sister in law Mrs Mary HALLIDAY, to Mrs HALLIDAY w/o sd Edward HALLIDAY, to Mrs Joanna MORGAN w/o sd Mr Edward MORGAN, to Mrs Eleanor WHITCHURCH widow of Mr Edward WHITCHURCH, to sd Elizabeth EDGELL, to Ann BAYLY widow of Zachary BAYLY, to my cousin Mary BAYLY d/o my sd uncle Joseph, to Jane YERBURY widow, to Ann ROSSITER d/o Benjamin BAYLY and to Mrs Susannah POBJAY now living with me £10 apiece to buy mourning; and I give to my aunt Mrs Mary WHITCHURCH widow of Mr Joseph WHITCHURCH, to Mr James WHITCHURCH, Mr Joseph WHITCHURCH, Mrs Ann CHAMBERLAIN and Mrs Jane WHITCHURCH the like sum of £10 to buy mourning

                                •       to Mr William PHELPS £20

                                •       to my old servant Sarah EDWARDS £5

                                •       to my servant Jane DANIEL if she is living with me at my decease £20

                                •       to my servant Sarah NEWPORT if she is living with me at my decease £10

                                •       to poor housekeepers of the psh of Frome £20 to be distributed by sd Samuel WHITCHURCH of Nunney in such manner as he thinks fit but not in less quantities than 10s

                                •       all such personal estate as I have under the will of Susannah LOCKE, widow late of Frome Swd, except the £200 given in the indenture before mentioned for charitable uses in eight equal parts as follows:

-          one part to my sd Exor Samuel WHITCHURCH to his own use

-          one part to sd Eleanor NAPPER w/o John NAPPER

-          one part to Jane and Mary MORGAN d/o sd Edward MORGAN equally

-          one part to Samuel, George and Elizabeth WHITCHURCH, sons and d/o sd George WHITCHURCH Snr equally between them

-          one part to John BAYLY Snr

-          one part to sd Joseph BAYLY

-          one part to sd Benjamin BAYLY

-          the other part to sd Martha and Ann BAYLY d/o sd Zachary BAYLY decd in equal parts

                                •       to Samuel WHITCHURCH my sd Exor and his heirs all lands etc. I am seized of or entitled to by the will of Susannah LOCKE on trust to sell them and distribute the profits as herein before mentioned in relation to the personal estate

                                •       one moiety of the residue of my messuages, lands etc. to my Exor sd Samuel WHITCHURCH his heirs etc. for ever and the other moiety to sd Benjamin BAYLY and Zachary BAYLY s/o sd Joseph BAYLY, their heirs etc. for ever as tenants in common

                                •       one moiety of the residue of my goods and chattels, real and personal and of all my personal estate to my Exor sd Samuel WHITCHURCH for his own use and one half of the other moiety to sd Zachary BAYLY s/o sd Joseph BAYLY for his own use and the other half part of this moiety to my Exor sd Samuel WHITCHURCH in trust to pay it with interest to sd Benjamin BAYLY on his attaining 24 and if he dies to sd Zachary BAYLY s/o sd Joseph BAYLY on his attaining 24 and if he dies first to his Exors etc.

Executor:              Samuel WHITCHURCH of Nunney, Benjamin BAYLY and Zachary BAYLY son [sic] of sd Joseph BAYLY; latter two not to act as Exors until they are 24

Signed:                  25 Mar 1752

Witnesses:           Ed. KING, Jane KING, Michl. PHILLIPS

Proved:                  25 Jun 1752 at PCC London by Samuel WHITCHURCH, Clerk, one of the Exors; power reserved to make like grant to Benjamin BAYLY and Zachary BAYLY, the other Exors

 

Testator:               Alice BLUNT, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /796 q. 180-226

Legacies:              •       residue after payment of debts to my loving friends Mr James BISS and Mr John LACY, Clothiers, on trust to pay to my loving sons John BLUNT, William BLUNT, George BLUNT and Joseph BLUNT

Executors:            Mr James BISS and Mr John LACY

Signed:                  30 Jul 1752

Witnesses:           Wm BARTON, Alexr HOUSTON, James REDDISH

Proved:                  15 Aug 1752 at PCC London by James BISS and John LACY, Exors

 

Testator:               Elizabeth HIPPIE, Spinster of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /806 q.44-5          

Legacies:              •       I desire to be interred near my Father and Mother in their Vault in the psh church of Frome and I give to the Minister and Churchwardens of the psh £20 to be laid out in the purchase of some estate or otherwise put out at interest and the neat profits shall be given yearly by them with the approbation of my Exix whilst she lives on St Thomas Day amongst the poor people of the psh dwelling in the Almshouse there except so much profits as shall be necessary for repairing from time to time the said Vault and my will is that a book of account of such distribution be procured and kept and signed every year by the Minister and Churchwardens

                                •       to my niece Elizabeth EDGELL, Widow, my messuage or tenement(s) with outhouses, gardens etc. in Frome Swd now or late in the occupations of Joseph TETHER, John PHILLIPS and Stephen CHISLETT and which I lately purchased in fee of Henry BULL, Gentleman, to have and to hold to her, her heirs and assigns for ever; also my messuage on Katharine hill at the entrance of Whittox Lane in Frome Swd lately erected by William BAILY deceased and late in the possession of James POBJOY and also such piece of ground which is leasehold and lies in or near TUDGAYs close within the psh of Frome Swd with all buildings, backsides, gardens, ways, waters etc. to have and to hold to her, her Exors etc. during all my term in the same; but my express will is that I have given the premises to Elizabeth EDGELL to the intent that she at her death dispose thereof to some one or more of her younger children, i.e. Elizabeth, James, Chaffin, Hippie, Richard and Jane…

                                •       to the Revd Samuel WHITCHURCH, Clerk of Nunney and my sister Jane HIPPIE £600 in trust:

-          to place out at interest and divide the principal among the sd Elizabeth, James, Chaffin, Hippie, Richard and Jane, six of the children of my niece Elizabeth EDGELL, in equal shares as they severally attain 21 or be married

-          to pay the interest (until the principal is payable) to my niece Elizabeth EDGELL for her own use

                                •       to Elizabeth EDGELL d/o my niece Elizabeth EDGELL my land which I lately purchased of Mr John MORGAN within the psh of Barkley [sic] late in the occupation of John CUZNER Snr to hold it to her, her heirs etc. for ever; also my close called Fair Oak in the psh of Barkley to hold during the residue of my term

                                •       to my kinsman Harry EDGELL, another s/o my niece Elizabeth EDGELL, the pictures of my Father and Mother and my silver tankard

                                •       to Elizabeth EDGELL d/o my niece Elizabeth EDGELL my two handled silver cup and gold watch and chain, but the same shall remain in the hands of her mother to be delivered to her daughter when she thinks fit; also my best chest of drawers

                                •       to Elizabeth ALLEN d/o my nephew Edward HALLIDAY £5

                                •       to Elizabeth HALLIDAY, widow of my late deceased cousin John HALLIDAY, £20

                                •       to Mary HALLIDAY, w/o my sd nephew Edward HALLIDAY, £50 to be paid into her own hands for her own separate use

                                •       to my sd sister Jane HIPPIE £5 for mourning

                                •       to sd Samuel WHITCHURCH three guineas for a ring

                                •       to my sd niece Elizabeth EDGELL my moiety and whole share of the plate, linen etc. given to me and Sister HALLIDAY by our Mother; also my close heretofore of meadow or pasture near the Town Mill in Frome Swd but now part of the garden and backside of Mr Joseph JESSER, Clothier, together with all wool lofts, sheer shops, stables, stoves, edifices and buildings thereon erected to hold to her, her Exors etc. during all my term

                                •       to my cousin Edward HALLIDAY Jnr my ground called Legg acre and my two acres of ground lying near thereto late in the possession of John BLATCHLEY deceased and the close of ground called Spring Acre near Innox in the psh of Frome Swd and the acre of ground at Rodden Lake and all my ground lying in Little Innox, whether freehold or leasehold, with all ways, waters etc. to have and to hold to him, his heirs etc. during all my estate

                                •       to sd Edward HALLIDAY Jnr and his sisters Mary GRIFFITH and Jane HALLIDAY £100 apiece payable out of the monies which their grandmother Mary HALLIDAY owes to me on mortgage of an estate at Coleford

                                •       to my niece Elizabeth EDGELL the free use and enjoyment of the house in which I now dwell for six months after my decease; and after the six months I devise to my sister Mary HALLIDAY sd house with the barn, stable, backside, orchard, outhouses and garden adjoining; also my close called the Outer ground and the close called PARSON’s on Innoxhill and my close of pasture ground late in the tenure of Benjamin AYRES together with all ways etc. (the sd close near the Town Mill and buildings thereon excepted) to have and to hold to her, her exors etc for so may years of my estate therein as she and Edward HALLIDAY her son live; but I have given my sd dwelling house, closes and premises to my sister Mary HALLIDAY, her Exors etc on the express condition that she executes in due form of law to my niece Elizabeth EDGELL a release of all claims she may have on my estate concerning any monies made by me out of certain lands in the psh of Frome which came to me and my sd sister and my sd niece on the death of my niece Elizabeth SEYMOUR; and on the further condition that she convey to my sd niece and her heirs all my sd sister’s third part of the last mentioned lands which came to her on the death of sd Elizabeth SEYMOUR; and after the decease of the survivor of Mary HALLIDAY and Edward HALLIDAY her son I give my dwelling house etc., the close called Outer ground, the close called PARSONS’s and the close late in the tenure of Benjamin AYRES to sd Edward HALLIDAY Jnr, his Exors etc. for the remainder of my estate and the tenement now in the occupation of Edward HALLIDAY s/o my sd sister to Mary w/o sd Edward HALLIDAY and her assigns for so many years of my estate as she lives for her separate use; and after her decease to my sd niece Elizabeth EDGELL, her Exors etc. for the remainder of my terms; and the tenement etc. now in the occupation of Mr Joseph JESSER to my sd niece Elizabeth EDGELL, her Exors etc. for the remainder of my estate

                                •       I forgive sd Edward HALLIDAY Jnr a bond given by him to me for paying me 30s p.a. during my life and all arrears of the sd annuity, but if either my sister Mary HALLIDAY or sd Edward, Mary and Jane her grandchildren refuse to execute and deliver to my Exix a release of all debts etc. which they may claim against my Exix out of my real or personal estate I revoke all legacies by this my will given to him, her or them so refusing

                                •       residue of my messuages, lands, real and personal estate to my sd niece EDGELL widow

Executrix:             my niece Elizabeth EDGELL

Signed:                  10 Apr 1752

Witnesses:           Ann BAILY, Ann BAILY, Will GREENE

Proved:                  16 Feb 1754 at PCC London by Elizabeth EDGELL, widow, sole Exix

 

Testator:               John ALLEN, Maltster of Beckington

PROB11 ref:         /823 q.156

Legacies:              •       all my title in the dwelling house wherein I now live in Beckington aforesaid with the malthouse and other outhouses and the garden etc. and all other my real and personal estate to my brothers in law Revd John CARPENTER, Clerk of Pegham [?], Sussex, James CARPENTER, Butcher of Beckington, and Walter GREENE, Gent of Southwick in the psh of North Bradley, Wilts, their Exors etc. on trust

-          to pay out of the rents £15 p.a. to my wife Sarah for life with power of distraint to her in lieu of all Dower or thirds at the Common Law; and if my wife claims any such dower, then the annuity shall cease

-          to apply the residue in the maintenance and education of my children James Carpenter ALLEN and Elizabeth ALLEN and any other child I shall have until they are 21 and for the placing them out apprentice; and when they are 21, divide the residue equally between them…; and if one of them dies, their share to my sd wife Sarah ALLEN

Executors:            John CARPENTER, James CARPENTER and Walter GREENE

Signed:                  27 Feb 1755

Witnesses:           Wm ADAMS, Wm WILLIS, Betty CARPENTER

Proved:                  15 Jun 1756 at PCC London by Sarah ALLEN, Widow, Mother and Guardian lawfully assigned to James Carpenter ALLEN and Elizabeth ALLEN, an infant, the natural and lawful children of the sd deceased and residuary legatee for the use of the sd minor and infant until one of them is 21, for that Revd John CARPENTER, Clerk, James CARPENTER and Walter GREENE, the Exors and residuary legatees in trust, have renounced execution of the will and administration with the will annexed

 

Testator:               Thomas RIMELL of Corsley, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /823 f.177

Legacies:              •       to my loving wife Anne £16 p.a. for life

                                •       to my said wife all such household goods and furniture as she had at the time I married her

                                •       residue to my son-in-law John HOLLWAY

Executor:              my son-in-law John HOLLWAY

Signed:                  28 Mar 1756

Witnesses:           William BURDEN, John WILKINS

Proved:                  12 Jun 1756 at PCC London by John HOLLWAY

 

Testator:               John CHANLER, late Slaymaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /824 Image ref.170

Legacies:              •       To my daughter Hephzibah CHANLER, all my right and interest in the house I now live in, late John KINGMANs, Cardmaker, and the three tenements belonging to it, one of them occupied by Mary PERRY, one more occupied by William WIDROW [?], one more occupied by Thomas GRIST; also my furnace and boiler in the brewhouse with all the appurtenances; also all my household goods and half of the linen

                                •       Whereas I bought of my son Jonathan CHANLER 3 ac. ground at Paierd [?] and also the house that I formerly gave him which he now lives for £150 which has been paid in full, and whereas I also lent him £120 on a bond, if he pays the £150 to my Exors within six months after my death and quits all other claims on my Exors, he shall have the house and ground and be discharged from the Bond

                                •       to my son Benjamin CHANLER, the land I bought of Mr Edward BULL, Factor of London, and the lives that was before [sic], i.e. one tenement occupied by Thomas COULSTON, and another tenement occupied by Thomas SIMS adjoining Thomas COULSTON, and another tenement adjoining Thomas SIMS after two lives that belongs [sic] to Abraham NAISH, also one silver spoon marked A.f.w.G.

                                •       to my son James CHANLER, the house and shop late of James COOK and one broad loom in it now occupied by James CLEMENTS near Vallis Way, also to [sic] more tenements adjoining, one occupied by John MOODY and one occupied by Mary PAGE, commonly called WISE, and one silver spoon, T.G.D.

                                •       to my son John CHANLER, three tenements I bought of William WHITING, one occupied by James ALDRIDGE Inn: [sic Innkeeper?], one more at the end of James ALDRIDGEs garden fronting Barren Alley, one more tenement occupied by Elizabeth KENDIL joining to James ALDRIDGE in Trooper Street; also my wearing apparel, £100 and the silver spoon I.I.M. [?], and I forgive him the note of hand of £60 and interest that is signed by him and Benjamin

                                •       to my daughter Ann CHANLER, the house bought of Joseph WASON and a furnace and boiler now occupied by Charles LEAS [?] in Blunt Street; also the house I bought of John MOON, now occupied by Elizabeth WETHY [WITHY?] joining to Edward CULVERHOUSE, Butcher; all her mother’s cloaths and her mother’s wedding ring and one nubb ring, to [sic] tea spoons and one pap spoon and half the linen

                                •       to my daughter Amy CHANLER, also [sic] £250 pounds to be paid when she is 21 or marries and the interest to be paid towards her maintenance until that time

                                •       residue to my daughter Hephzibah CHANLER, my son Benjamin CHANLER and my son James CHANLER     

Executors:            my daughter Hephzibah CHANLER, my son Benjamin CHANLER and my son James CHANLER

Signed:                  3 Jan 1750

Witnesses:           John SEDGEFIELD, Betty SEDGEFIELD, Hannah SEDGEFIELD

Proved:                  22 Aug 1756 at PCC London by Benjamin CHANLER and James CHANLER, two of the Exors; power reserved of making the like grant to Hephzibah CHANLER, Spinster, the daughter of the deceased and the other Exor.

 

Testator:               William HUMPHRY Snr, Clothier of Berkley

PROB11 ref:         /825

Legacies:              •       Whereas by indenture tripartite dated 19 May 1725 between (1) William HUMPHREY Snr, my late father decd, and myself  (2) William KELLOW, Yeoman of Elston in the psh of Orcheston St George, Wilts, and Mary KELLOW, Spinster, his daughter (3) Nicholas GILBERT, Yeoman of Fisherton Delamere, Wilts, Lewis HEWLETT, Gent of Knooke, Wilts, Thomas HUMPHRY, Clothier of Rodden and John HUMPHRY, Clothworker of Berkley, reciting that John CHAPMAN, Clerk, Master of the Hospital of St John Baptist in the City of Bath together with the Chapel of St Michael thereunto annexed and the cobrethren and sisters of the same hospital by their lease dated 25 Mar 1717 demised to sd William HUMPHRY Snr my father the lands, tenements hereditaments etc. parcel of the land belonging to the hospital in Woodin Enshall in Berkley and all houses etc. belonging to the sd premises, all now in the occupation of me my undertenants or assigns for the lives of me, William SHEPPARD s/o John SHEPPARD, Clothier late of Frome, and William HOPKINS s/o John HOPKINS, Clothier late of Corsley, Wilts, and reciting that a marriage was intended between me and sd Mary KELLOW, it is witnessed by the sd indenture that in consideration of the sd marriage and the sum of £1000 paid by William KELLOW as a marriage portion that William HUMPHRY Snr my father sold to sd Nicholas GILBERT, Lewis HEWLETT, Thomas HUMPHRY and John HUMPHRY all the lands etc. before mentioned during the lives of me and the sd William SHEPPARD and William HOPKINS since deceased and for all other estate of his on trust after the solemnisation of the marriage for me and my assigns for life and after my decease to suffer Mary my then intended wife and her assigns to receive the rents for life and after our deceases on trust to pay the rents to our children in such shares as I should direct; and whereas the marriage took effect and Mary my wife is lately deceased leaving several children of her body by me begotten and amongst others our son William I devise all the afsd messuage, lands etc. to my son William HUMPHRY and his heirs exors etc. for all the estate granted by the sd indenture and for the residue of my estate unexpired at my death

                                •       to my two daughters Betty and Sarah £600 apiece to be paid by my son John HUMPHRY out of my leasehold messuage farmhouse, barn, stable, malthouse, garden, orchard, estate etc. called Huntly Farm and also out of all the other persona estate hereinafter given to him; also the further sum of £100 apiece and to my daughter Mary £700 to be paid by my exor out of my residuary estate

                                •       to my son John HUMPHRY, his exors etc. the afsd Huntly Farm in the pshes of Corsley, Rodden and Warminster held under Lord WEYMOUTH for all my estate to come therein; also my stock of cattle, corn and hay on the sd farm a well quick as dead and I release my son John from the payment of any rent, debt or other consideration now due from him to me in respect of rent

                                •       to my son Richard his exors and assigns my leasehold messuage or farm house, barn, stable, garden, orchard and lands at Elston in the psh of Orcheston St George, Wilts, now held by lease under Mr GORE and my two leasehold messuages, orchards etc. in Black Alley in Beckington for my estates therein to come; also my freehold messuage, garden, orchard etc now in the occupation of Thomas LEONARD of Beckington; also I give to my son Richard £100

                                •       to my sd three daughters all my plate, rings and jewels equally between them and to my two sons Richard and William and my sd three daughters all my household goods and linen and woollen (broadcloth excepted) now at my dwelling house at Berkley to be divided equally between them

                                •       residue to my son William his heirs exors and assigns

Executor:              my son William

Signed:                  30 Jul 1756

Witnesses:           Wm. KINGMAN, Jno. SHEPPARD, Will: GREENE

Proved:                  18 Nov 1756 at PCC London by William HUMFRY, son and exor

 

Testator:               John DEBNAM, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /848 q.264

Legacies:              •       to my daughter Meriam DEMATT £30

                                •       to my daughter Mary HACKER £30

                                •       to my daughter Sarah DEBNAM £50, a bed, bedstead etc. where she now lies, the second biggest pot, a saucepan, fire [?] pan and tongs, six chairs

                                •       residue to my son John DEBNAM

Executor:              my son John DEBNAM

Signed:                  5 Jan 1759

Witnesses:           Thos AMES, Thomas ??

Proved:                  7 Aug 1759 at PCC London by John DEBNAM, son and sole Exor

 

1760

 

Testator:               William KINGMAN, Gentleman of Frome Swd

SRO ref:                DD/BR/bd3 bundle 1

Legacies:              •       All my freehold messuages to my wife Sarah for life; and after her death:

-          messuage in Fromefield now in the occupation of James FLOWER, Victualler, with the tennis court, bowling green, outhouses, stables, courtyards etc. and the acre of pasture called IVEYs Piece in Frome North Field lying in the Common with lands of Mr HAYNES and now in the tenure of John COOPER, Brewer, to my nephew John SEDGEFIELD, s/o my brother in law John SEDGEFIELD

-          messuage in Fromefield now in the occupation of myself, James GEORGE and Peter HYMEN and the parrock of pasture adjoining and also the little close of pasture near the Layes in Frome North Field called part SELWOODs, the fee [?] whereof my mother purchased of Mr BULL to my nephew William SEDGEFIELD

                                •       All my leasehold messuages for the terms I have in them to my wife; and after her death the little tenement in Badcox Lane now in the occupation of John WRIGHT, Painter, to my niece Sarah SEDGEFIELD for the residue of the term

                                •       £230 now in the hands of my cousin John SMITH Esq. as Exor of his late mother who was one of the Exors of my father’s will which was to be laid out in lands and settled to diverse uses to my wife, her heirs, Exors and assigns for ever

                                •       Residue to my wife for life; and after her death:

-          £100 of it in equal shares to my nieces Ann, Hester and Joan ALLEN

-          the remainder of my residuary estate to my nephews and nieces John SEDGEFIELD, William SEDGEFIELD, Elizabeth SEDGEFIELD, Sarah SEDGEFIELD and Ann SEDGEFIELD in such shares as my wife may through her will direct and as they by their respectful and dutiful behaviour may deserve

Executrix:             My wife Sarah KINGMAN

Overseers:           My brother in law John SEDGEFIELD and Mr Thos BUNN, Surgeon

Signed:                  26 Mar 1762

Witnesses:           John CRITCH [CULCH? GOOCH?], Mary ??

Proved:                  2 Jun 1767 at the Archdeaconry Court of Wells by Sarah KINGMAN

 

Testator:               John OLIVE Snr, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /869 q.363

Legacies:              •       to my grandson William DANIELL, son of my daughter Hester DANIELL deceased £20 at the end of his apprenticeship; but if he dies first, to my Exors in equal shares

                                •       to my grandson John DANIELL, brother of William, £10 to bind him apprentice; and my Exors shall find and provide out of my effects for him sufficient apparel of all sorts during his apprenticeship

                                •       to my brother in law Benjamin BALL, Whitesmith, and my friend John LACEY, Clothier, both of Frome Swd, a guinea a piece to buy a gold ring

                                •       all my messuages, lands, tenements etc. to my daughter Elizabeth BUTLER, wife of William BUTLER, Baker of the City of Bath, and my grandson John OLIVE, Dyer of Frome Swd, their heirs etc. for ever and the residue of my estate in equal shares

Overseers:           Benjamin BALL and John LACEY

Executors:            Elizabeth BUTLER and John OLIVE

Signed:                  7 Feb 1761

Witnesses:           Benjamin PHILLIPS, Rachel PRIOR (X), Jonan. CHANDLER

Proved:                  1 Oct 1761 at PCC London by Elizabeth BUTLER, wife of William BUTLER, daughter, and John OLIVE, grandson, Exors

 

Testator:               Sarah BAYLY, Spinster of Westbury, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /871

Legacies:              •       to my niece Sarah SAINSBURY £2000, also my best wearing apparel together with all my rings and jewels except my best ring which I give to my Exor

                                •       to my niece Grace SAINSBURY w/o Mr William SAINSBURY, Linen Draper of the City of London, £400

                                •       to my kinswoman Grace SAINSBURY of Market Lavington £20

                                •       to my man servant Lawrence HAYWARD £200 and to my maid servant Sarah PERKINS £300 and all my common wearing apparel, both linen and woollen and one of my chests of drawers in the dressing room, and I desire my Exor to have a future regard to my sd two servants on account of their fidelity and the great care they have taken of me and my affairs

                                •       to my neighbour and good friend Mrs Sarah GAISFORD £5 to buy her a ring or any other memorial in remembrance of me

                                •       to my kinsman Mr Edmund BAYLY Surgeon and to my kinswoman Mrs Mary BAYLY d/o Zachary BAYLY late of Westbury deceased £5 apiece for the like purpose

                                •       to Elizabeth NAISH one guinea

                                •       to the poor of the psh of Westbury £10 to be distributed at the discretion of my Exor

                                •       to my sd niece Sarah SAINSBURY the use of the house where I now dwell with the garden, orchard etc. and of all my goods (except plate) so long as she is unmarried; and afterwards to my Exor for all my term to come

                                •       residue to my nephew William SAINSBURY, Clerk of Beckington

                                •       my body to be laid in a lead coffin and interred in the psh church of Westbury as near my late parents as possible

Executor:              my nephew William SAINSBURY, Clerk of Beckington

Signed:                  24 Nov 1758

Witnesses:           John CROSBY, John HUGHES

Proved:                  5 Dec 1761 at PCC London by Revd William SAINSBURY, nephew and sole Exor

 

Testator:               Henry KINGMAN, Scribler of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /879 q.345

Legacies:              •       Messuages in the City of Gloucester, my barn, closes and lands at Birdlip Hill, Badgeworth, formerly occupied by my brother John KINGMAN, with all malthouses, outhouses etc., to my son Samuel KINGMAN, his heirs etc.

                                •       My household goods to my granddaughter Ann PARADICE

                                •       Residue to be shared equally between my daughters Ann HUSTON and Martha PARADICE

Executor:              [None named]

Signed:                  3 May 1762

Witnesses:           Will GREENE, Jonah GREGORY, Nath HILL

Proved:                  20 Aug 1762 at PCC London by Martha PARADICE

 

Testator:               George LITTLE, Ironmonger of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /907 q.105

Legacies:              •       to Mary WATKINS, Widow of Endfield, Hert[?]fordshire, £400

                                •       to the Revd ?? WATKINS, son of Mary WATKINS, £350

                                •       to Anthonietta LISTER, Spinster of Endfield, £300

                                •       whereas my brother in law Samuel LITTLE, Whitesmith some time since of Frome Swd, has been for some time gone beyond the sea into foreign parts and it is unknown to me whether he be now living or dead, I direct that if he returns to England and is in necessitous circumstances my Exor and Exixshall pay him 4s per week for life; I charge the residue with this payment

                                •       residue to my brother in law John LITTLE, Brazier of Frome Swd, and my sister in law Sarah, wife of John CHASTY, Blacksmith of Mells, in equal shares

Executors:            John LITTLE and Sarah CHASTY

Signed:                  10 Oct 1764

Witnesses:           Sam. BOWDEN, Thos SKURRAY

Proved:                  1 Mar 1765 at PCC London by John LITTLE and Sarah CHASTY (wife of John CHASTY), Exors

 

Testator:               John JELLY, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /917

Legacies:              •       one shilling to my son in law James SINGER

                                •       my silver dish and spoon to my daughter his wife

                                •       the dwelling house and workhouses thereunto belonging in which I now dwell and all other tenements I stand possessed to my dear wife Joyce [Jayne?]

                                •       residue of my goods chattels stock in trade etc. to my said wife

Executrix:             my said wife

Signed:                  9 May 1751

Witnesses:           John OLIVE, Will GREEN & Mary BELLAMY

Proved:                  16 Apr 1766 at PCC London by Joyce JELLEY [sic[ Widow

 

Testator:               Elizabeth WHITCHURCH, Spinster of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         / 921 q.326

Legacies:              •       to my sister in law Ann WHITCHURCH w/o my brother George WHITCHURCH my rings and pearl necklace

                                •       residue of my personal estate to my two brothers Samuel WHITCHURCH and George WHITCHURCH share and share alike subject to the payment of my debts etc.

Executor:              my brother George WHITCHURCH

Signed:                  5 Aug 1766 (X)

Witnesses:           John BUTT, Ann YEARBURY

Proved:                  26 Aug 1766 at PCC London by George WHITCHURCH, brother and Exor

 

Testator:               James HARRIS, Currier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /922

Legacies:              •       £10 to my sister Hannah MITTEN

                                •       £40 to be equally divided between the children of my sister Hannah and paid to them when 21

                                •       £10 to my sister Betty STIFT [?]

                                •       £10 to her daughter Ann when 21

                                •       residue to my dear wife Mary   

Executrix:             wife Mary

Signed:                  23 Jul 1766

Witnesses:           Will GREENE, Thos HAWKES

Proved:                  10 Nov 1766 at PCC London by Mary HARRIS, Widow, Relict and sole Exix

 

Testator:               James HARRIS, late a Clothier and Maltster of Road

PROB11 ref:         /922 q.372

Legacies:              •       to my kinsman William WILLIS, Malster of Beckington, his Exors etc. in trust for the purposes mentioned in a deed bearing equal date herewith between me of the one part and William WILLIS and Mary my daughter of the other part

                                •       the personal estate and the freehold estate therein mentioned to continue and be for the same intents and purposes

Executor:              William WILLIS

Signed:                  9 Apr 1763

Witnesses:           Jeremiah CREWE, Mary CREWE (X)

Proved:                  7 Oct 1766 at PCC London by William WILLIS, Exor

 

Testatrix:              Ann Wereat, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /938

Legacies:              •       my close of meadow or pasture ground in the parish of Road, Soms, called Green Close or Dowlings Green Close (and which I lately purchased of my son) to my two grandchildren Samuel Bowden and Mary Bowden their heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       to my son John WEREAT £250, part of the moneys he owes me, provided he and his heirs confirm to my afsd grandchildren and their heirs the said close and premises above by me given to them else to my afsd grandchildren equally between them

                                •       to my grandchildren John COLLIER, Ann COLLIER, Thomas COLLIER and Joseph COLLIER the £150 which their father owes me equally to be divided between them; also £50 out of the money my sd son John WEREAT owes me when the same is paid equally between them...

                                •       to my daughter Mary BOWDEN the residue of the moneys my son John WEREAT owes me

                                •       residue to my daughter Mary BOWDEN

Executrix:             my daughter Mary BOWDEN

Signed:                  27 Jan 1767

Witnesses:           Will GREENE, Benj GIFFORD Snr, William WEEKS

Codicil:                  whereas I have given to my grandchildren John COLLIER, Ann COLLIER, Thomas COLLIER and Joseph COLLIER the £150 which their father owes me which said £150 hath since been paid me, I instead  give them £10 apiece to be paid to their father for their use; and the residue of the said £150 shall sink into the mass of my estate for the benefit of my daughter Mary BOWDEN

Signed:                  12 Feb 1768

Proved:                  29 Apr 1768 at PCC with a Codicil 29 Apr by Mary BOWDEN w/o Samuel BOWDEN, d/o the deceased

 

Testator:               Zachary BAYLY Esq.

PROB11 ref:         /968 q.241-42

Legacies:              •       to my most worthy and respected sister Mary BAYLY, Spinster of Westbury, Wilts, £100 to buy mourning and £100 every three months for life, but if she rather choose to take £4000 than the annuity of £400 it is to be paid

                                •       to my other loving sisters Elizabeth EDWARDS, Ann BARTON, Susanna SINGER and Jane WATTS an annuity of £100 each for life not liable to the control of any husband and £50 to each of them for mourning

                                •       I confirm a deed of gift to settle upon my sister Hon. Mrs Elizabeth BAYLY w/o my brother Nathaniel BAYLY an annuity of £600 for life payable out of my plantations Trinity, Tryal and Baylys Vale from the death of my sd brother if she survived him and also £500 to my sd sister which I hope she will accept as further token of my respect

                                •       to each of my nephews now born or born within a year of my decease £2000 when they are 21 with interest at 5% except such nephews I otherwise provide for by this will

                                •       likewise to each of my nieces £1000 to be paid to such as are married or are 21 within two years of my death or when they marry or are 21

                                •       to my esteemed and much respected friends Benjamin HURNE of this island, Thomas HARRIS of Bristol and John MORSE of the City of London 100 guineas each to buy a ring or other token of the long interrupted friendship that has subsisted between us; and it is my desire that my nephew Bryan EDWARDS will not distress sd Benjamin HURNE on account of the large sums of money due to me at my decease but give reasonable time for payment; my sd nephew to give fifty mourning rings value two guineas each amongst my most intimate friends

                                •       to my worthy friends John ELLIS Esq. and Revd Mr William WILLIAMS £50 each to buy a ring

                                •       to my nephew Bryan EDWARDS a sum of money lent to John IRELAND on bond for the use of my kinswoman Catharine IRELAND w/o sd John IRELAND to be held in trust by my sd nephew who I desire will take a better security for the money and pay into her own hands the interest annually for her own sole use during her coverture and the whole of the money if she survive her husband; and in case of her death during his life to her brother James MILLS but not to be called in during the life of sd John IRELAND provided he gives a mortgage upon his property as security and pay the interest annually

                                •       four plantations which I am seized of in the psh of St Mary called Trinity, Tryal, Baylys Vale and Brimmers Hall and sundry pens and provision settlements all contiguous containing upwards of 3000 acres which together with all the capital messuages, works, water mills, wind mills and cattle mills, boiling and curing houses, still houses and all the houses with the coppers, stills and plantation utensils together with one thousand negro slaves with a sufficient number of mules, steers, cattle and stock of every kind together with a large pile of buildings lately erected for houses and stores upon Port Maria Bay and a wharf and crane and all my lands upon which the same is built (abt 5 acres) including the ?? water land to my worthy friends John MORSE of the City of London and John ELLIS Esq. and their heirs in trust to permit my nephew Bryan EDWARD to manage the sd estates and to raise out of the rents and profits thereof to my brother Nathaniel BAYLY £1000 and the like sum every year for five years after my decease and I impower Bryan EDWARDS to lay out the remainder of the yearly profits and produce in completing all necessary works and building on the New Plantation called Bayly’s Vale and erecting a water mill at Trinity and any other works he thinks necessary and in the purchase of slaves so as to complete at least 1000 slaves on the sd plantations; the remainder of the rent etc. to be used by my nephew in the purchase of Shoreditches Pen and a piece of land called Frys Arm belonging to Mr HEYWOOD and 40 acres, part of another run called Frys belonging to Mr TAYLOR or the heirs of BYNDLOSS if the same can be bought on reasonable terms, to be held by sd friends and purchased in their names; and if the lands cannot be bought on the neat produce the same to vest in my sd nephew as part of the residue; and at the end of the five years the plantations and premises to be held by my sd trustees to the use of my sd brother for life and be under his management; but it is my express will that he keep the works and buildings in good repair and keep up the number of 1000 slaves; and after his death remainder to my sd friends and their heirs to the use of my brother’s first legitimate son and the issue male of such son... and in default of such issue to the use of my sd nephew Bryan EDWARDS for life; ...and after his decease to the use of his first legitimate son and the issue male of such son... and in default of such issue to the use of my nephew Zachary Bayly EDWARDS for life; ...and after his decease to the use of his first legitimate son etc... and in default of such issue to the use of the eldest legitimate son of my sister Ann BARTON etc... and in default of such issue to the use of the first legitimate son of my sister Jane WATTS etc... and in default of such issue to my own right heirs for ever; provided always that the premises life shall be charged with the payment of an annuity not exceeding £1000 to the use of any woman they marry for life for her jointure and levy for the use of younger children by such wife out of the rents and produce £10,000 (if but one son other than the eldest) to be paid at 21... and if any of my nephews comes into possession of the sd estates he shall not be entitled to the rents etc. until he has procured an Act of the British Parliament or the Legislature of this Island to take the name of BAYLY

                                •       my sd nephew Bryan EDWARDS to make null from my decease a deed of settlement granting him an annuity of £300 payable out of the rents etc. of my sd plantation or sugar work called Tryal as I have otherwise provided for him

                                •       two other plantations in the sd psh of St Mary called Nonsuch and Unity and a pen called the Crawle which together with the pens and provision grounds adjoining amounts to over 2,000 acres and about 500 negro slaves together withal the capital messuages, works, water mills, wind mill and cattle mills, boiling house, curing house, still houses etc. to my sd friends in trust to raise and pay thereout the above annuities of £400 to my sister Mary BAYLY and £100 to my sisters Elizabeth, Ann, Susanna and Jane... and to permit my nephew Bryan EDWARDS to manage the sd estates and take the rents etc. to his own use for life... and after my sd nephew’s death to the use of his first legitimate son and the issue male of such son... and in default of such issue to the first legitimate son of my nephew John EDWARDS etc... and for default of such issue to the use of my nephew Nathaniel Bayly EDWARDS for life... and after his decease to his first legitimate son etc...

                                •       sundry negro slaves bought of RANCHIN now on Gibraltar Plantation in the psh of St George, the property of my brother Nathaniel BAYLY and a moiety of a run of land called Osbournes partly adjoining and all other lands that I am possessed of in the psh of St George to sd Nathaniel BAYLY to hold to him his heirs etc. for ever

                                •       a piece of pen land called Greenwich Park in the psh of St Andrew together with the capital messuage or mansion house thereon erected to be offered with the out offices and buildings thereon and paintings,  ?? or other furniture or ornaments fixed to the freehold for sale to the legislature of this island to be purchased for the use and residence of a Governor or Commander in Chief for the time being of HM’s ships of war kept upon this station... the valuation to be abated by £1,000 which I give towards furnishing and accommodating the Governor etc. with a proper and commodious place of residence in the view of the harbours of Kingston and Port Royal...

                                •       I manumize and set free for ever after my decease my mulatto slave named Tom alias Thomas BROWN who hath always behaved with great faithfulness and distinguished himself in a particular manner when with me against the rebel negroes in the psh of St Mary in the year 1760 as also in the insurrection at Whitehall in the sd psh in the year 1766 and I give him £50 p.a. for life

                                •       to Patience BOONE a free mulatto woman for her faithful services £100 immediately after my death and £50 p.a. for life

                                •       residue of my estate in this island or elsewhere to my sd nephew Bryan EDWARDS

Executor:              My nephew Bryan EDWARDS

Signed:                  22 Sep 1769

Witnesses:           V. [?] BREON, Robert OGILVY, John GUTCH

Proved:                  4 Jun 1771 at PCC London by Bryan EDWARDS Esq., nephew and sole Exor

 

Testator:               John BAILY Snr, Tanner of Keyford, psh of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1000 q.290

Legacies:              •       to my cousin Benjamin BAILY, Clothier of Frome Swd, and my cousin Zachary BAILY, Gent of Frome Swd, my estate, lands and premises known as Coxes Tenement with the several closes and parcells of land, meadow, pasture and arable ground, rights, members, etc. in the psh of Frome Swd which I lately purchased of Lord WEYMOUTH for the full term of 80 years if any of my three sons, John BAILY, Richard BAILY or Henry BAILY, live so long on trust  to allow Mary my loving wife to enjoy the sd tenement and take the rents for her lifetime, she paying all rents, herriots, rates, taxes, payments and impositions that shall become due in respect of the sd premises; and after her death to permit Henry BAILY and Richard BAILY, my two sons, to enjoy the sd tenement and take the rents during the residue of the term, subject to the rents etc.

                                •       to my son Richard BAILY my leasehold estate called Little Hewish within the psh of Frome Swd which I lately purchased of Lord WEYMOUTH for all the term I have therein to come

                                •       to my son John BAILY my leasehold estate, closes, lands and premises within the psh of Cloford which I lately purchased of Morris BUDGETT for all the term I have therein to come

                                •       residue of my estates both real and personal, moneys, goods, stock in trade, chattels, credits, debts etc. to my two sons Henry BAILY and Richard BAILY, their heirs and Exors etc. as tenants in common

Executors:            Henry BAILY and Richard BAILY

Signed:                  19 Jul 1767

Witnesses:           Geo. WHITCHURCH, Joseph BAILY, Ann WHITCHURCH

Proved:                  5 Aug 1774 at PCC London by Henry BAILY and Richard BAILY, sons and Exors

 

Testator:               William ROSITER, Clothier of Keyfords Elm, Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1001

Legacies:              •       all my messuage or dwelling house at Keyfords Elm now in my occupation with all the workhouses, workshops, outhouses, erections and buildings, yards, backsides and garden belonging to it and the four tenements or dwelling houses on part of or near the garden now occupied by James WHITE, John HUMPHRYS, _ KING, Widow, and _ ; also my dyehouse and stove at or near Adderwell ots Alderwell in the psh of Frome and all buildings belonging to it; also the close of meadow or pasture known as FOWLES’s ots Horse Church Yard at Adderwell which I hold by lease determinable with lives under Vct WEYMOUTH; and my leasehold estate in the psh of Frome which I some time since purchased of Edward ROGERS, Butcher, since deceased, and which I now hold under John SMITH Esq. by a lease determinable with lives for the remainder of the terms; also my dying furnaces, woad vats, utensils and implements relating to the washing, scouring, dying and woading of wool or woollen cloth; also my scribling horses, shears, shearboards, cloth racks or tenters, cloth presses and other working tools relating to my trade of a clothier; but not including any dyestuff or other ingredients made use of in the dying of wool or cloth or other materials of which cloth is made; also my horses, mares and geldings and half of all my household goods and furniture and £300 to my son William ROSITER and his heirs

                                •       my tenement or dwelling house late GREENLANDs in Long Row in Frome Swd and my three tenements or dwelling houses at Keyfords Elm which I some time since purchased of Mr HOUSTON for the remainder of the terms; also £100 to my daughter Ann, now wife of John OLIVE of Frome Swd

                                •       all my other messuages, tenements, dwelling houses, outhouses and buildings, arable land and meadow and pasture ground and premises in the psh of Frome Swd or elsewhere in Somerset for the remainder of the terms; also in equal shares my cows and other horned cattle and the other half of the household goods and furniture to my daughters Frances ROSITER and Mary ROSITER  equally between them as tenants in common

                                •       residue to my son William and daughters Frances and Mary in equal shares

Executors:            my son William ROSITER, my brother Daniel ROSITER, Clothier of Keyfords Elm, and my friend Joseph CLAVEY, Gent of Frome Swd

Signed:                  16 Jun 1773

Witnesses:           Robt MEARES, John WOOD, Thos SKURRAY

Codicil signed:     (X) 16 Aug 1774

                                •       revokes  bequest of £100 to daughter Ann w/o John OLIVE

                                •       £200 to Exors on trust to invest it during the lifetime of sd daughter Ann and pay the interest to her for her sole use separate [sic] from her present or any future husband; and after her death pay the principal in equal shares to her children living at the time of her death or the issue of any dying before that; and if none are living, the principal to sink into the residue

Witnesses:           John STEVENS, John HUNTLEY, Thos SKURRAY

Proved:                  22 Sep 1774 at PCC London by William ROSITER, son and one of the Exors; power reserved to Daniel ROSITER and Joseph CLAVEY, the other Exors

 

Testator:               Lewis COCKEY, Plumber and Brazier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1007 q.176

Legacies:              •       to my deserving and loving wife Betty COCKEY the dwelling house near Frome Bridge in the psh of Frome Swd now in the tenure of Thomas YEELES for as long as she shall live and continue my widow; and immediately after her death or remarriage to my [son] Lewis COCKEY, his heirs etc for ever

                                •       to my sd wife the three dwelling houses on Catherine Hill and a dwelling house behind Catherine Hill, all in the psh of Frome, so long as she continues my widow; and immediately after her her death or remarriage, to my son Christopher COCKEY for life from the determination of the estate to Walter BROWNING, Apothecary of Frome Swd, and William BAILY, Mercer of Frome Swd and their heirs for the life of Christopher COCKEY in trust for him and to preserve the contingent remainders; and after his death to the first and every other son legally begotten of his body in remainder one after another as they shall be in seniority of age; and for default of such issue, to every daughter of his, as tenants in common and not as joint tenants… and for default of such issue, to my son Lewis COCKEY, his heirs etc.

                                •       to my wife all my leasehold estates for life or so long as she continues my widow; and immediately after her death or remarriage, to Walter BROWNING and William BAILY, their Exors etc. on trust to permit the dwellling house wherein I now live with the workshop, stable etc. to be enjoyed and the rents etc. taken by my son Lewis and his assigns for the remainder of the term; and after his decease to permit the last mentioned premises to be enjoyed and the rents had by such child or children of his as he appoints in his will; and for want of such direction, to his children in equal shares; and in default of such issue, the premises to be held and rents enjoyed by my son Christopher COCKEY, his Exors etc. for the remainder of the term; and the residue of my leasehold estates to my sons Lewis COCKEY and Christopher COCKEY their Exors etc. in equal shares as tenants in common

                                •       to my sd wife such of my household goods as she shall think fit and all provisions for housekeeping in my possession at the time of my decease towards maintaining my daughters Mary and Anne for one year

                                •       to my sd wife £200 for her own use

                                •       to my sd wife the residue of my personal estate for life on trust to receive the interest for her own use; and after her decease to my two grandchildren William and John ROGERS £30 apiece when they are 21…

                                •       to each of my sons, Edward COCKEY and Samuel COCKEY £200 if they are sober and careful and at such times as my wife and son Lewis think proper

                                •       to my son Lewis COCKEY, his Exors etc., £300 on trust to place it at interest during the life of my daughter Sarah, now wife of Samuel COWARD, and pay the interest to her for life; and after my wife’s decease and after the decease of Sarah COWARD, to pay the principal to such of her children then living in equal shares

                                •       to my daughter Mary COCKEY £450 and to my daughter Ann COCKEY £500

                                •       whereas my son William COCKEY has been absent beyond the seas for a considerable time and I have not heard of him for eleven years or more and have therefore too much reason to conclude he is dead, yet as he may be living I am desirous of making some provision for him and therefore give to my son Lewis £200 to be paid within a year of the decease of my wife on trust that he, his Exors etc. pay it to my son William if he returns to Frome within nine years of the date hereof; and in case he shall not return within that time, the sd £200 to such of William’s brothers and sisters as shall be then living equally between them; any overplus of the principal after payment of the several legacies herein before mentioned to my wife; who, if she thinks proper, shall keep all and singular my leasehold estates full estated with three lives

Overseers:           Walter BROWNING and William BAILY

Executors:            my sd wife and my sd son Lewis COCKEY

Signed:                  12 Dec 1774

Witnesses:           T. LACY, Sampson PAYNE, Jas. WICKHAM

Proved:                  19 May 1775 at PCC London by Betty COCKEY, widow, relict, and Lewis COCKEY, son, the Exors

 

Testator:               Martha WATTS, Spinster of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1008 Image ref.157

Legacies:              •       all my messuages, lands etc. to my father William WATTS for ever

                                •       my wearing apparel to my sisters Elizabeth CULVERHOUSE and Jane WATTS in equal shares

                                •       residue to my father William WATTS

Executor:              my father William WATTS

Signed:                  27 Aug 1774

Witnesses:           Willm LACEY, James WATTS, John HACKETT

Proved:                  9 May 1775 at PCC London by William WATTS, father and sole exor

 

Testator:               William TURK, Yeoman of the Parish of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1036 q.441

Legacies:              •       an annuity of £3 10s for life to each of  my two daughters Hannah and Rachell TURK (which I had by Sarah TAYLOR) to be paid half yearly out of my leasehold estate at Abbots Bollow in the parish of Frome

                                •       £5 to my youngest daughter Rachel to put her out an apprentice to a Mantua maker

                                •       an annuity of £10 to be paid to my mother half yearly during her natural life

                                •       an annuity of £3 to be paid to my uncle James TURK for life half yearly out of my leasehold estates

                                •       to Mary BROWN widow of John BROWN £14

                                •       1s to my brother James TURK

                                •       all my freehold and leasehold estates in the parishes of Frome and Corsley, Wilts, which I now hold under Lord WEYMOUTH and all other my personal estate to my son Robert TURK otherwise TAYLOR whom I had by the said Sarah TAYLOR

                                •       my will is that immediately after my decease my Executor put in another life in Abbots Bollow

Executor:              my said son Robert TURK otherwise TAYLOR

Signed:                  26 Jul 1777

Witnesses:           Geo WHITCHURCH, Joseph CUFF, James MOSS

Proved:                  16 Oct 1777 at PCC London by Robert TURK otherwise TAYLOR

 

Testator:               Mary BAYLY, Spinster of Layton House, psh of Westbury , Wiltshire

PROB11 ref:         /1046 q.389-90

Legacies:              •       to my brother in law John BARTON, Gent of Corsley, and my nephew John EDWARDS, Gent of the City of London, £1000 on trust to place it out and pay the interest to my sister Jane now w/o John WATTS Esq. of Trowbridge, Wilts, for life for her separate use; and after her death the principal to her children by sd John WATTS as she shall direct by any deed, writing or will; and for want of such in trust to pay it equally to her child or children, or if she leaves none to her exors, administrators or assigns

                                •       to my sd trustees £400 in trust to place it out and pay the interest to my niece Elizabeth, now wife of Daniel CLUTTERBUCK, Gent of Bradford, Wilts, for her separate use; and after her death the principal to their child or children as she directs; and for want of such direction to pay it equally between them; and if she leaves none, the principal and interest to my exors

                                •       to my sd trustees £400 in trust to place it out and pay the interest to my niece Mary EDWARDS d/o my sister Elizabeth EDWARDS, Widow of Layton House afsd, for life for her separate use; and after her death the principal and interest to her child or children begotten by any husband she marries with the consent of my sd sister Elizabeth as she directs; and for want of such on trust to pay the same equally to any children she may leave; but if she dies unmarried or leaves no child, the principal and interest to my exors

                                •       to my sd trustees £400 in trust to place it out and pay the interest to my niece Fanny SINGER for life for her own separate use; and after her death the principal and interest to her child or children begotten by any husband she marries with the consent of my sd sister Elizabeth as she directs; and for want of such on trust to pay the same equally to any children she may leave; but if she dies unmarried or leaves no child, the principal and interest in trust for [sic] her exors, administrators and assigns

                                •       to my sd trustees £400 in trust to place it out and pay the interest to my sister Ann BARTON w/o sd John BARTON for life for her own separate use; and after her death to pay the interest to my niece Elizabeth BARTON until she is 21; and then in trust to pay it to her provided she marries with the consent of her mother, otherwise she is to receive only the interest and the principal to be shared among any children she may have or if none to my sd sister, her exors etc.

                                •       to my sd trustees £800 in trust to place it out and pay the interest to my sd sister Jane WATTS for life for her separate use; and after her death to pay the interest to my two nieces Mary Bayly WATTS and Elizabeth Arthur WATTS until they are 21 then in trust to pay it in equal shares to them provided they marry with the consent of their mothers, otherwise they are to receive only the interest and the principal to be shared among any children they may have or if none to my sd sisters, their exors etc.

                                •       to my sister Mrs Susannah SINGER Widow £20

                                •       to sd John BARTON and John WATTS £20

                                •       I beg my beloved nephew Bryan EDWARDS Esq. to accept a mourning ring as a token of my peculiar regard for him

                                •       to his brother my nephew Mr Zachary EDWARDS £50

                                •       to my sister Elizabeth EDWARDS my best suit of flowered muslin linen and the diamond ring that was my late mother’s; also my bracelet set bound with diamonds for her use only, and after her decease to my sister Jane WATTS for her own sole use and disposal

                                •       to my sister Ann BARTON my gold watch chain and trinkets belonging thereto and also my diamond ring which I some time ago bought in Salisbury and also my second best suit of laced linen; also my best point laced linen, my diamond mourning ring which I bought on the death of my late brother Zachary BAYLY Esq., my set of pearls and my silver tankard which is now at my sister EDWARDS’s with a cipher thereon of tso dogs called Twig and Jenny

                                •       all the rest of my wearing apparel to be equally divided by my exors amongst all my nieces herein before named

                                •       to my sister Ann BARTON for her sole use and disposal all of my household goods and furniture in Mr BARTON’s house at Corsley

                                •       to sd John BARTON and John EDWARDS in trust for my sister Jane WATTS all of my plate, china, linen, beds, bedding and other household goods and furniture at Mr WATTS’s house at Trowbridge; also to them in trust for the separate use of my sisters Elizabeth EDWARDS and Jane WATTS my coach and pair of horses to be maintained at their joint expense... also £100 in trust to place it out and pay the interest to the Minister or Teacher of the Dissenting Protestant Congregation of the Old Meeting House in Westbury; but if it is discontinued or if I hereafter make some other provision for keeping up the sd congregation, the sd £100 to sink into the residue

                                •       to my much esteemed friend Mrs Grace BALLER of Barnstaple, Devon, who used to reside with her brother in law Mr SHEPPARD and to my friend Mrs Elizabeth REEDER of the same place £20 apiece as a small token of my peculiar regard for them

                                •       to Miss Mary WATTS £10 and to Mrs HUGHES w/o John HUGHES, Attorney of Warminster, Wilts, £10 to buy a ring

                                •       to Mrs Sarah HAYWARD w/o Mr Lawrence HAYWARD of Westbury £5 to buy a ring

                                •       residue to my sister Elizabeth EDWARDS and my nephew John EDWARDS equally

Executors:            my sister Elizabeth EDWARDS, my brother in law John BARTON and my nephew John EDWARDS

Signed:                  3 Mar 1777

Witnesses:           Fanny HUGHES, Thos WARREN, John HUGHES

Proved:                  8 Oct 1778 at PC York before Frederick, Archbishop of Canterbury, by Elizabeth EDWARDS, Widow, John BARTON and John EDWARDS the exors

 

1780

 

Testator:               John WEREAT, Clothier of Trowbridge, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /1063

Legacies:              •       to my daughter Joanna WEREAT £1000 at 21 or her marriage

                                •       to my servant Robert ROGERS £10 if living in my service at the time of my death

                                •       to 20 poor  familys in Trowbridge £5 to be equally distributed among such as my executors shall approve

                                •       to 20 poor familys in Bradford Wilts £5 to be equally distributed among such as my executors shall approve

                                •       to my brother in law Richard SHRAPNELL and my nephew John YERBURY five guineas each for a ring

                                •       to my dear and loving wife Joanna WEREAT my two freehold houses with the gardens and appurtenances at Bradford afsd; and after her decease to my daughter Joanna for life; and if she has any legitimate children living at her death, to such child or children, their heirs etc., as tenants in common not as joint tenants; but if not or if such children die before 21 if male or before 21 or their marriage if female, to my sister Ann YERBURY of Bradford widow for life; and after her decease to my nephew John YERBURY his heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       to my sd dear wife Joanna WEREAT all my household furniture, plate, towels, linen, books, horses and apparel

                                •       residue to my wife Joanna WEREAT, my  brother in law Richard SHRAPNELL and my nephew John YERBURY their heirs etc. in trust to invest it and permit my wife to take the interest during her natural life; and after her decease to permit my daughter Joanna WEREAT to take the interest; and after her decease the sd residue between any children she leaves at 21 etc., but if she dies in her mother’s lifetime without leaving any issue, my wife to have disposal of £1200 of the sd residue; and If Joanna survives her mother and dies without leaving any children she shall have the disposal of £1000 of the sd residue as she shall think fit to give the same by her will etc. and any husband she may marry shall have no control over the same; and after such payments the interest of £350 of the sd residue to my sister Ann YERBURY for life; and after her decease the sd £350 to her son my nephew John YERBURY; and the interest of £1000 of the said residue to my sd sister Mary WEREAT for life and after her decease to my niece Ann MOGGRIDGE w/o Mr John MOGGRIDGE of Bradford and all the remainder of the sd residue to my beforementioned trustees…

Executors:            my wife Joanna WEREAT, my said brother in law Richard SHRAPNELL and Mr John YERBURY

Signed:                  28 Jun 1771 (11 Geo III)

Witnesses:           E. BRIGGS, Willm. BRIGGS, Weavers Hall, London; George FREEMAN, serv. to Mr BRIGGS

Proved:                  15 Mar 1780 at PCC London by Richard SHRAPNELL and John YERBURY… power reserved to make like grant to Joanna WEREAT…

 

Testatrix:              Mary JONES, Spinster of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1066 q.3??

Legacies:              •       to my father Samuel JONES, my uncle Thomas JESSER and George TARBUCK, son of my late sister Rachael TARBUCK, £10 apiece

                                •       to my sister Betty JONES all my beds, bedding, both linen and woollen and all my table linen

                                •       to Mrs Elizabeth SHUTE my gold ring with a black jett as a small token of my gratitude for her most worthy friendship towards me

                                •       to my aunt Mary JESSER my gold ring set with two stones

                                •       to my uncle Richard STEVENS my large gold mourning ring marked ‘Eliz HARRIS’

                                •       to my two sisters Betty and Ann JONES all my wearing apparel with all my rings (not before given) to be equally divided between them

                                •       to my brother John JONES my silver tankard

                                •       to my uncle John STEVENS my gold watch and chain

                                •       residue to my brother John JONES and my two sisters Betty and Ann JONES to be equally divided between them

Overseers:           my two uncles Richard and John STEVENS

Executors:            my brother John JONES and my two sisters Betty and Ann JONES

Signed:                  12 Aug 1779

Witnesses:           Mary GRIFFITHS, Jane GRIFFITHS

Proved:                  3 Jun 1780 at PCC London by John JONES the brother and Ann JONES, Spinster, the sister, two of the Exors; power reserved to grant to Betty JONES, Spinster

 

Testator:               Alexander HOUSTOUN, Clerk and Doctor of Physic of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1073 q.1-47

Legacies:              •       to my son Thomas HOUSTOUN, Surgeon of Frome, and his heirs for ever my freehold estate at Enox [Innox] Hill in the psh of Frome, formerly the land of Peter CHAPMAN or William SPARKS and lately purchased by me of Mrs Anne SPARKS, Widow

                                •       all my estate in a leasehold estate in Buckland mortgaged to me for £140 with interest by Samuel QUORE [?], Day Labourer of the psh of Buckland Denham, to my son Thomas

                                •       to my son George HOUSTOUN, Surgeon, now of the town of Monmouth, Monmouthshire, and his heirs for ever, a freehold ground or field of pasture land called Bartons now in the possession of Daniel GREGORY, Wire Drawer, which said Rail Close [sic] is in the psh of Frome; also a parrock or close of pasture with the building or stable thereon erected near a place called Kissing Batch in the psh of Frome; also all the right I shall have at my death in a small piece of  pasture ground adjoining on the North to Rail Close, on the South to Nunny Road and bounded on the West by Bartons Lane purchased by me in leasehold of John SMITH Esq. of Coombhay and John SMITH Esq. of Stony Littleton both deceased

                                •       to my son John HOUSTOUN a Guinea [??] and to his heirs for ever my freehold pasture ground known as the Bird in Hand in the psh of Frome near a place called Cooks Barn and bounded on the North by the road from Frome to Nunny

                                •       a fee farm rent or sum of £6 p.a. which I have out of three messuages or tenements in the psh of Walcot, Somerset, lately purchased by me of in fee farm of and from Robert ROAKE, Brewer of the City of Bath, to my son John HOUSTOUN and his heirs for ever

                                •       to my son George HOUSTOUN my two leasehold closes called Lilleygarth and Wall Close near Frome Field in the psh of Frome being pasture ground and now in the occupation of my son Thomas HOUSTOUN

                                •       to my son John HOUSTOUN my leasehold house and premises in Long Row, Frome, in the tenure of Richard ??, Clothier; also a small close of pasture near Dyers Close, Frome, in the tenure of Benjamin ARVERY [AVERY] for all my estate in it; also £150 that I shall leave in the funds

                                •       all my legacies to my son John to be managed on his behalf until he is 21 by my trustees

                                •       to my daughter Martha HOUSTOUN and her heirs for ever my freehold estate at or near Critchell Hill in the psh of Frome in the tenure of Benjamin GIFFORD, Wire Drawer, purchased by me of William JESSER, Clothier of Frome, one of the Trustees and Heir at Law of John SMITH Esq., late of Coombhay; also three closes of pasture near Frome Field in the psh of Frome, leasehold formerly in the tenure of Jonathan HANCOCK or William WISE, but now of John WHATLY, Clothier; also the house I now live in in Vallis Way, Frome, with all the buildings and premises belonging to it and now in my possession and all my estate in them

                                •       to my daughter Martha HOUSTOUN my right in a mortgage on an estate belonging to Mr James SHRAPNELL of _ , certain lands and leasehold in the psh of Road, Somerset, and in the psh of Bradford, Wilts; this I do in payment of £100 due by me to Martha on note of hand; also £100 and my large silver slaver and all my china and the bed and furniture in any chamber in my house that she chooses and my half dozen tea spoons gold gilt and tea tongs to her own sole use

                                •       to my daughter Martha £100

                                •       to my son George my large silver tankard

                                •       to my son John my silver pint, two saltsellers and a cream jug and my table silver spoons

                                •       to my son in law Edward DANIEL, Attorney at Law of the City of Bristol, and his wife Katharine DANIEL each £10 to buy mourning

                                •       to my grandson Alexr DANIEL and to my granddaughter Elizabeth or Betty DANIEL, son and daughter of Edward and Catharine [sic] £20 with the interest to accumulate till they are 21 £20 each [sic]

                                •       to my daughter Martha all the outstanding rent and interest for mortgages due at my decease

                                •       my household goods and furniture to be sold

                                •       residue in equal shares to my three sons, Thomas, George and John HOUSTOUN

                                •       to my esteemed friend William BARTON, Clothier of Frome, two guineas to buy a ring

                                •       I appoint William BARTON and Martha HOUSTOUN Trustees for my Minor legatees until they are 21

                                •       the interlineation of £20 to my two grandchildren and a few other interlineations were made by me

Executors:            William BARTON and Martha HOUSTOUN

Signed:                  20 Nov 1777

Witnesses:           Dan. WAYLAND, Su. WAYLAND, Willm SING [SINGER?]

Proved:                  2 Jan 1781 at PCC London by William BARTON and Martha HOUSTOUN, Spinster, Exors

 

Testator:               Timothy LACY Esq. of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1073

Legacies:              •       my body to be interred in the psh of Frome in a decent but frugal manner

                                •       all the ground rents granted for ever out of several messuages or dwelling houses, pieces of ground in Russell St, Bennett St and River St in the psh of Walcot, near the City of Bath to the use of my beloved sister Ann LACY, her heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       residue of my messuages and tenements, hereditaments and real estates to and for the use of my nephew Timothy LACY, his heirs and assigns for ever; and all my leasehold and copyhold messuages, rents, lands and tenements to my sd nephew Timothy LACY, his heirs, Exors, Admors and assigns

                                •       whereas I am seized of a late messuage on Katherine Hill in the psh of Frome Swd now used as a meeting house for the Moravians held under me by a lease which will soon expire my will is that my nephew grant a lease of the sd meeting house to Benjamin BAILY, Gentleman, John CHAPMAN, Cordwainer, and Charles PARSONS, Glover, all of Frome Swd, for a term of 99 years determinable on their deceases to commence on the determination of the present term under the yearly rent of one shilling; and that on the decease of either of them my sd nephew or his heirs or assigns shall grant a further term of 99 years determinable on the decease of any other life their survivors name under the same yearly rent , the leases to be granted in trust that the lessees permit the premises to be used as a place for divine worship by the Methodists; and I charge the residue of my real leasehold and copyhold premises (except the sd meeting house) with the payment of £1000 a year after my decease to the brothers of my late wife hereinafter named in the following proportions: £300 to William SHEPPARD, £100 to Walter SHEPPARD, £200 to Henry SHEPPARD, £200 to Edward SHEPPARD and £200 to John SHEPPARD

                                •       to my brother in law Mr William BAILY £200

                                •       to my faithful servant Edward WATSON [?] £200

                                •       to each of my female servants now living with me £20

                                •       to Mr James WICKHAM of Frome Swd £50 as a token of my friendship and esteem for him

                                •       £100 to be disposed of to the poor of the psh of Frome Swd in such manner as my sd nephew, sd William BAILY and James WICKHAM think fit

                                •       residue of my money, goods, chattels and personal estate to my sd sister Ann LACY and my sd nephew Timothy LACY equally between them as tenants in common

Executors:            my sd sister Ann LACY and nephew Timothy LACY

Signed:                  11 Nov 1780

Witnesses:           Jas. BURT, Roger THOMAS, Wm. ADAMS

Proved:                  11 Jan 1781 at PCC London by Ann LACY, Spinster, and Timothy LACY, Exors

 

Testator:               Samuel WAYLAND, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1081

Legacies:              •       £200 and half of my household goods to Mary my beloved wife

                                •       £30 to my daughter Martha

                                •       £20 to my daughter Ann

                                •       the chest of drawers which was their mother’s to my daughters Martha and Ann        

                                •       £200 and my working tools in the card making business to my son John

                                •       all my clothes to my son Joseph

                                •       £200 to my son John and my brothers James and Daniel WAYLAND on trust to apply it and the interest on it to the maintenance, education and bringing up of my daughter Maria until she is 21 and then to pay the remainder to her; or to any issue if she dies under 21; and if she dies under 21 without issue, to my wife and sons John and Joseph in equal shares

                                •       £250 to my son John and brothers James and Daniel on trust to apply it and the interest arising from it for the maintenance, education and bringing up of my son Joseph until he is 21 and then to pay the remainder to him; or to any issue if he dies under 21; and if he dies under 21 without issue, to my wife and son John and daughter Maria in equal shares

                                •       the other half of my household goods to my daughter Maria

                                •       residue to my wife and sons John and Joseph and daughter Maria share and share alike

Executors:            my son John and brothers James and Daniel

Signed:                  2 Feb 1781

Witnesses:           Wm LACEY, Samuel GREGORY

Proved:                  7 Aug 1781 at PCC London by John WAYLAND the son and James and Daniel WAYLAND the brothers of the deceased, Exors

 

Testator:               Mary WEREAT, Spinster of Bradford, Wilts

PROB11 ref:         /1118         

Legacies:              •       to my niece Joanna WEREAT of Trowbridge £400

                                •       to my nephew John YERBURY of Clapham, Surrey, Esquire £100

                                •       to my sister Ann YERBURY all my household goods and linen, plate and china, for life; and after her decease to my niece Ann MOGGRIDGE

                                •       to my niece Elizabeth Hawkins MOGGRIDGE d/o Mr John MOGGRIDGE of Bradford my gold watch, gold chain and seal

                                •       to Samuel NOAH, Gent of Chippenham, and John MOGGRIDGE, Clothier of Bradford, all my Estate in one moiety of the leasehold premises which I am now possessed of jointly with my sister Ann YERBURY in Kings Mead Square and Kings Mead Street in the parish of Walcot in the City of Bath and now in the several occupations of _ BUSH and _ HARDING in trust to pay unto my niece Ann MOGGRIDGE aforesaid…

Executor:              Samuel NOAH and John MOGGRIDGE

Signed:                  18 Oct 1781

Witnesses:           John HART, Sarah FIELD, Thos OATRIDGE

Proved:                  22 Jun 1784 at PCC London by John MOGGRIDGE

Note:                      The word "codicil" appeared in the original will but [John MOGGRIDGE of Bradford, one of the executors] could not find one

 

Testator:               Lewis COCKEY, Brazier and Plumber of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1139 q.149

Legacies:              •       Whereas my late grandfather Anthony BISHOP in his last will and testament dated 6 Apr 1767 gave me and to my heirs for ever after the death of my beloved mother that messuage in which he then dwelled, also the skin yard, workhouses, outhouses and outlets then in the occupation of James BROWN his tenant which adjoined the sd messuage together with all outhouses, buildings, yards, backsides, ways, waters, easements and appurtenances, and whereas my late father Lewis COCKEY by his last will and testament dated 12 Dec 1774 gave me and my heirs for ever after the decease of my beloved mother that dwelling house on or near Frome Bridge within the psh of Frome Swd then in the tenure or occupation of Thomas YEELES, I give the same two messuages to my brother Christopher COCKEY, his heirs etc. for ever; and whereas my mother some time ago purchased the reversion in fee and inheritance of the house she now lives in which is given to me by my father’s will after the decease of my mother during the terms by which it was held, which reversion and inheritance was conveyed to me, and my heirs, I now give the same reversion in fee and inheritance to my sd brother Christopher COCKEY his heirs etc. for ever in the same form as the sd house was given me by my father’s last will; and whereas my mother some time ago also purchased the reversion in fee and inheritance of a messuage on Katherine Hill in the psh of Frome Swd with the lands etc. belonging, which reversion in fee and inheritance was also conveyed to me., I now give the reversion in fee and inheritance to my brother Christopher COCKEY, his heirs etc.

                                •       to my brother Christopher COCKEY all my share and title of the leasehold estates not expired after the decease of my mother for the residue of the terms

                                •       to my mother £50 if she is living at my decease; if not, equally between my sister Mary COCKEY and my brother Christopher COCKEY

                                •       to my sister Sarah COWARD if she is living at my decease £200; if not, £50 to her son James COWARD when he is 21, the other £150 to be equally divided between my sister Mary COCKEY and my brother Christopher COCKEY

                                •       to my sister Mary COCKEY £300 and what household goods belong to me at my decease

                                •       to my brother Samuel COCKEY £5

                                •       to my nephews William ROGERS and John ROGERS £20 each

                                •       to Mary BISHOP, daughter of my late uncle John BISHOP, £10

                                •       to my two nephews Edward COCKEY and Henry COCKEY and to my niece Susanna COCKEY, sons and daughter of my brother Christopher COCKEY, £50 each ot be paid when they respectively attain 21, their father to have the interest towards their maintenance in the meantime; if any of them dies, their share to be equally divided to the survivors

                                •       residue to my brother Christopher COCKEY

Executor:              my brother Christopher COCKEY

Signed:                  1 Dec 1785

Witnesses:           Sampson PAYNE, Timy. LACEY, James EDGELL

Proved:                  27 Mar 1786 at PCC London by Christopher COCKEY, brother and sole Exor

 

Testatrix:              Elizabeth CHIVERS, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1145, image ref.27

Legacies:              •       the messuage or dwelling house now in the occupation of William STILE, Butcher of Frome Swd, the arrears of rent and £100 to Mary STILE, his wife, for the remainder of the term;

                                •       the messuage wherein I now dwell, all my household goods and £100 to John STILE s/o the sd William STILE

                                •       £50 to Jane STILE d/o the sd William STILE

                                •       £20 to Mrs Betty ROBBINS of Salisbury, my late husband’s niece, as a satisfaction for some household goods of small value which were her late father’s but which my husband took into his possessions

                                •       residue to my brother George WHATLEY esq.

Executor:              my brother George WHATLEY esq.

Signed:                  30 Dec 1785

Witnesses:           Willm LACEY, Sarah LACEY

Codicil:                  15 May 1786

                                •       all my plate to be divided equally between Mary w/o William STILE and her son John

Witnesses:           Willm LACEY, Eliz. STILE

Proved:                  22 Aug 1786 at PCC London by George WHATLEY esq., brother and sole Exor

 

Testator:               Daniel ROSITER ots ROSSITER of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1154

Legacies:              •       All my land and the leasehold estates I bought of Mrs Jane GRIFFITH and the use of my broad loombs for life, also my household goods such as beds, linen, all the frames and glass in the garden, all the fuel for fier in the house or garden and all the drinkables in house such as beer, wine and other liquors to my wife Mary 

                                •       All my utensils in trade such as shear tools, presses and cloth racks, scribbling horses, willow mill, oil kettles, scales, weights except the loombs to be equally divided between John HUNTLEY and Robert BLUNT, both my nephews

                                •       the piece of land in Frome Field called Long Mead and the piece behind HANCOCKs Building called RYALs and my property in the lease granted for 21 years by Mr Edward BULL and Mr THEOBALD to my nephew William ROSITER

                                •       all the leasehold and land estates which I gave her for life, likewise my broad loombs to the said William ROSITER at my wife's death

                                •       the estate where Mr John ADLAM [?] now lives called LUFFs Tenements with its outhouses and garden and the piece of ground that was Mr GREEN's counting house adjoining the porch which Mr John ADLAM pays 5s p.a. for to the trustees of the Charity School of Frome at my wife's death, to be sold and the money put in stocks and applied with that of Madam HIPPIEs in helping to put the Charity Boys apprentice

                                •       all my effects such as cloth, woollen yarn and debts due, to William ROSSITER, An OLIVE, Frances MUIR, Mary WAYLAND, John HUNTLY and Robert BLUNT, all my nephews and nieces, in equal shares

Executors:            Mr Edward NEWPORT Snr, Mercer, William ROSSITER and John HUNTLY, my nephews, and Mr John MUIR, Mercer

Signed:                  11 Sep 1782

Witnesses:           Robert SELFE, William SELFE, Eliz SELFE

Proved:                  15 Jun 1787 at PCC London by William ROSITER ots ROSSITER and John HUNTLEY ots HUNTLY, two of the Exors; power reserved to Robert BLUNT and John MUIR, the other Exors

 

Testator:               John LITTLE, Brazier and Plumber of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1186 q. 579-626

Legacies:              •       to my eldest daughter Ann LITTLE £900

                                •       to my daughter Sarah LITTLE £700

                                •       to my nephew John CHASTY, Revd Mr CLARK of Marston and Seward CLARK his son £5 each

                                •       all my lands, tenements and hereditaments and all the residue of my personal estate to my son John LITTLE, his heirs, exors, admors and assigns

Executor:              My son John LITTLE

Signed:                  30 Oct 1789

Witnesses:           Michl. PHILLIPS, William BAYNTON, Wm. LACEY

Proved:                  31 Dec 1789 at PCC London by John LITTLE, son and Exor

               

Testator:               John SINGER, Cloth worker of Frome

PROB11 ref:         /1190 ff. 75-90

Legacies:              •       BROWNs and QUILLs in Rodden to my natural or reputed son John Singer BLUNT

                                •       household goods etc. to daughter Mary Singer BLUNT

Executors:            John HUNTLEY, Thomas LAWRENCE

Signed:                  4 May 1780

Witnesses:           William POBJAY

Proved:                  10 Mar 1790 at PCC London by

 

Testator:               Thomas LACEY, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1226

Legacies:              •       to Sarah my beloved wife the messuage or dwelling house with garden and appurtenances which I purchased of Mr JOYCE on or near Katherine Hill in the psh of Frome Swd to hold to her, her heirs and assigns for ever; also half of all my household goods...

                                •       to my son John the several messuages or dwelling houses with gardens and appurtenances in the psh of Frome Swd which I hold on leases under Edward BARNARD Esq. and Mr. William BAILY, to hold to him for my respective terms in them; and after his decease to all the children of my sd son John as tenants in common if more than one; but if he leaves no issue or if all his children die under the age of 21 and without issue to my son Thomas, his Exors, Admors and Assigns; also to my son John £100 and all my cloaths and also the silver bowl which was his late sisters

                                •       residue of my estates, both freehold and leasehold, stock in trade and other personal estate and effects to my friends Revd Mr Job DAVID and Mr Joseph SHEPPARD, Wine Merchant, both of Frome Swd, their heirs, Exors and Admors, on trust

-           to pay to sd Sarah my wife for life an annuity of £40

-          to stand possessed of the rest of my estate for my son Thomas, his heirs, Exors, Admors and assigns

                                        provided that the provision hereinbefore made for my wife is to be in full satisfaction and bar of her dower in any freehold estate whereof I may be seized

                                •       Job DAVID and Joseph SHEPPARD together with my wife to be guardians of my son Thomas during his minority

Executors:            Job DAVID and Joseph SHEPPARD

Signed:                  18 Jun 1791

Witnesses:           Willm. LACEY, Lewis MORGAN, Walter ROFF [?]

Proved:                  17 Dec 1792 at PCC London by Revd Job DAVID, Clerk, and Joseph SHEPPARD, Exors

 

Testator:               Christopher COCKEY, Brazier and Plumber of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1227 q.11

Legacies:              •       to my son Edward all the freehold and leasehold estates which were given to me under the wills of my late honoured father and beloved brother Lewis

                                •       to my son Henry my estate at Warminster, Wilts, late belonging to my cousin Mr Edward COCKEY deceased for all my term; also my close of ground near the Butts in Frome which I lately purchased of Mr BALNE

                                •       to my daughters Susanna, Ann, Mary Ann, Betty and Maria and to such child or children as I may have £400 each when they are 21; and during the minority of my children the rents of the estates given to my sons and the portions given to my daughters to be paid to Mary my dearly beloved wife for their maintenance and education, the share of any dying under 21 to be paid to any lawful issue or else sink into the residue

                                •       to my beloved wife such provisions for housekeeping as may be in my house at my decease; also the use of all my household goods, furniture, plate and china so long as she continues a widow; and immediately after her death or remarriage, to be divided between all my children in equal shares

                                •       to my much esteemed friends Mr George GEORGE, Clothier, and Mr Thomas NAPPER, Dry Salter, both of Frome Swd, my freehold messuages or dwelling houses fronting against Cheap Street in Frome Swd and extending to the Back Lane and which I lately purchased of the Earl of CORK; also all my stock in trade, working tools, implements and utensils and all other my personal estate and effects, their heirs, Exors etc. upon trust to sell my freehold messuages and such part of my personal estate as may not be in spirit and place the monies arising in the public funds or government securities and pay the interest arising to my wife so long as she shall live and continue a widow; and immediately after her decease or remarriage to divide and pay the trust monies to all my children (my sons Edward and Henry excepted) in equal shares when they respectively reach 21, and if any die first to their issue or to lapse into the residue; and if my wife marries and delivers up to my Trustees for the benefit of my children all my household goods, furniture etc. left for her use, them my Trustees shall pay her for her own use £500 provided that if any of the lives by which my estate in Warminster shall die in his lifetime and during his minority, my Trustees shall out of the trust monies add other lives so as to keep it full estated with three lives for the benefit of my son Henry until he comes of age

Guardians:            my beloved wife, George GEORGE and Thomas NAPPER

Executors:            George GEORGE and Thomas NAPPER

Signed:                  7 Mar 1792

Witnesses:           Willm. LACEY, Jno. WEBB, Sampson PAYNE

Proved:                  4 Jan 1793 at PCC London by Mary COCKEY, Widow, Relict and residuary legatee during her life or widowhood, George GEORGE and Thomas NAPPER, the Exors and residuary legatees in trust, having first renounced both execution and letters of administration with the said will annexed

 

Testator:               Thomas HUMPHRIS, Clothier of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1228

Legacies:              •       to Rev. Mr John KINGDON and Mr John HISKETT BUCK [?], Quaker, both of Frome Swd, £370 on trust to place it at interest on land or other good security and receive the interest until my son Robert (who is abroad in HM’s Service) returns to England and then pay the principal and interest to him for his own use and benefit; but if he is now dead or dies abroad in my life time or after my decease, to pay the interest and such part of the principal as they think absolutely necessary towards the maintenance, education and bringing up of all his legitimate children until they are 21 and then to divide the remaining principal and interest equally between such children; and if he has not legitimate issue or if such issue dies before 21 the £370 and interest to be divided between my other children then living and the issue of such as may be dead in the same manner as my personal estate would have been divided if I had died intestate

                                •       to my son Thomas £350 and the house where he now dwells

                                •       to my son William £370

                                •       to my daughter Ann w/o John HAYWARD £350

                                •       to my sister Lucy CLEMENT £20

                                •       to my servant Mary BIGGS if she is living with me at my decease £25

                                •       to sd John KINGDON and John HISKETT [sic] a ring each and my will is that for payment of my debts etc all my goods, estate and effects be converted into money and if any overplus remain it shall be divided between all my four children in proportion to their respective monied legacies; any children of my son Robert to receive his part..

Executor:              my son William

Signed:                  8 Apr 1789

Witnesses:           Willm. LACEY, Will LACEY Jnr

Proved:                  6 Feb 1793 at PCC London by William HUMPHRIS, son and exor

 

Testator:               Thomas CANDY, Yeoman of Cloford

PROB11 ref:         /1257

Legacies:              •       All my property of every kind to be converted into money and placed out at interest and the interest paid in equal shares for the use and benefit of Mary my wife so long as she shall live and continue a widow and such child or children as I may leave; and if she marries she shall receive £20 a year for life, and the residue of the interest and the principal after her death shall go and be paid to such child or children as I may leave when they are 21 in equal shares; but if I die without issue, the residue of the interest during my wife’s life, and the principal after her decease to my two nephews James CANDY and Thomas CANDY, sons of my late brother James CANDY, to be equally divided between them subject to the following legacies:

-          £50 to each of my seven nieces, daughters of my late brother James

-          £50 to be equally divided between the four children of my sister Mary ABBOTT

                                •       All my household goods or furniture as her own property to my wife if she continues a widow, but if she marries then I give the same to her for life and after her decease to my niece Mary CANDY, daughter of my late brother James

Executors:            My nephew James CANDY and my friend William LACEY of Cheap Street, Frome, and Joseph JONES, Glazier [?]

Signed:                  7 Apr 1790

Witnesses:           Joseph JONES, Sarah LACEY

Codicil:                  7 Apr 1790

                                •       If either of my nephews James and Thomas dies in my wife’s lifetime, his share in my property to the survivor

Witnesses:           Joseph JONES, Sarah LACEY

Affidavit:                10 Mar 1795 by James CANDY, Yeoman of Cloford, one of the executors of Thomas CANDY who died in May 1793

Proved:                  11 Mar 1795 at PCC London by James CANDY, the nephew of the deceased and one of the executors; power reserved of making the like grant to William LACEY and Joseph JONES the other executors

 

Testatrix:              Betty COCKEY, Widow of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1260

Legacies:              •       Whereas my late husband Lewis COCKEY deceased being in his life time possessed of the tenement or dwelling house wherein he then lived with the workshop, stable etc. thereunto belonging for the remainder of several terms determinable on lives did by his last will dated 12 Dec 1774 devise it after my death to or in trust for my late son Lewis COCKEY for the remainder of the term and after his decease to such of his children as he should appoint... and in default of such issue to his son Christopher COCKEY, his exors etc., for the remainder of the terms; and whereas I have lately purchased the reversion in fee and inheritance of the sd premises... I devise sd tenement etc. to Edward COCKEY my grandson s/o my sd son Christopher COCKEY for ever

                                •       and whereas my sd husband was also possessed of a messuage or dwelling house on Katherine Hill within the psh of Frome Swd with the lands etc. thereunto belonging for the remainder of a term on lives [and] gave it with the residue of his household estates to me for life and after my decease to my sd two sons Lewis and Christopher COCKEY, their Exors etc... and whereas I have since purchased the reversion in fee and inheritance I devise sd messuage etc. to the use of my sd grandson Edward COCKEY, his heirs etc. for ever

                                •       and whereas my sd husband by his will gave to each of his sons Edward COCKEY, William COCKEY and Samuel COCKEY £200 and to his daughter Ann COCKEY £500 and whereas Edward COCKEY, William COCKEY and Ann COCKEY are since deceased intestate without having received any of their legacies whereby I became entitled to a share, I give this and also £200 bequeathed me by my sd husband to my daughters Sarah COWARD, Widow, and Mary COCKEY equally between them; and if either of them dies before me, her share to the survivor

                                •       to my sd son Samuel COCKEY £10

                                •       to my grandchildren Edward COCKEY, Henry COCKEY and Susannah COCKEY, Ann COCKEY, Mary Ann COCKEY & Betty COCKEY and Maria COCKEY £5 each

                                •       to James COWARD and my niece Mary BISHOP £10 each

                                •       to my grandchild William ROGERS £20

                                •       to my sd daughters Sarah COWARD and Mary COCKEY all my wearing apparel in equal shares

                                •       to my sd daughter Sarah COWARD my silver tankard

                                •       residue of my personal estate to my sd daughter Mary COCKEY

Executrix:             my daughter Mary COCKEY

Trustees:              my friends Mr William BAYLY and Mr Timothy LACEY

Signed:                  2 Aug 1792

Witnesses:           Js. A. WICKHAM, Edwd. NEWPORT, John MEES

Proved:                  5 May 1795 at PCC London by Mary COCKEY, Spinster, daughter and sole exix

 

Testator:               Anthony RYMELL, Gentleman of Dean Street, Fetter Lane, London

PROB11 ref:         /1261 f.339 page 96

Legacies:              •       £100 to my cousin Samuel PARROTT, Gardener of Corsly, Wilts

                                •       £50 to the Reverend Mr KINGDON of Frome

                                •       £50 to Mr AUSTIN of Marsham Street, Westminster, who preaches at the chapel in Fetter Lane

                                •       £250 to Henry ALLAN the elder

                                •       £250 to Samuel ALLAN the younger

                                •       an annuity of £20 p.a. to Mr Robert MOUNSEY, Gentleman of Castle Street, Holborn, London, his exors etc. on trust to receive the interest for the use of my housekeeper Mary FIELDER for life

                                •       £50 and also my beds and bedding table silver household and other furniture in my house in Dean Street where I now live to Mary FIELDER

                                •       £50 to Mr Charles BOYLE

                                •       my freehold messuage etc. in the parish of Frome called the Wolhouse to my relation Hezekiah RYMELL of Frome, his heirs and assigns for ever

                                •       £20 to Robert MOUNSEY for his trouble

                                •       Remainder of my estate to Robert MOUNSEY his exors etc. in trust to convert it into money and apply it after the death of Mary FIELDER to such charitable uses as Mr KINGDON and my executor Robert MOUNSEY shall think fit

Executor:              Robert MOUNSEY

Signed:                  8 Mar 1795

Witnesses:           J. P. MOUNSEY and Henry James HEATLEY, Gray's Inn, Robert WILSON

Codicil:                  5 May 1795

                                •       a ring each to Mr MOUNSEY, Mr BOYLE, Mr ALLAN and his son, Mr WILSON and Mr AUSTIN

Witnesses:           Mary BENTLEY

Affidavit:                James Powell MOUNSEY, Gentleman of the parish of St Andrew Holborn, Middlesex, 23 May 1795

Proved:                  23 May 1795 at PCC London by Robert MOUNSEY, sole executor

 

Testator:               Henry ALLEN, Dyer of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1268 [Copy extracted by Henry STEVENS, Proctor, Doctors’ Commons]

Legacies:              •       to my son Samuel all my freehold messuages, lands etc. in Somerset and Dorset; also all my personal estate

Executor:              my son Samuel ALLEN

Signed:                  25 Jul 1794

Witnesses:           Willm LACEY, James FRANCIS, James ROGERS

Proved:                  5 Dec 1795 at PCC London

 

Testator:               Richard POBJAY, Victualler of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1299, ff.274 (RH) et seq.

Legacies:              •       my Freehold Estate called Shaws, part of the Lands which descended to me on the decease of my late brother; also land late the Rev. Mr WHITCHURCH’s and another acre which I lately had in exchange from Mr John STEVENS near Feltham; also my leasehold estate called Bulls Quarry containing thirty acres and my land called Langworths, all in the psh of Frome, to William POBJAY

                                •       my messuage wherein I now live, with the outhouses, garden and appurtenances, also my several closes and parrock ground called Foxberry together 4½ acres, also my freehold estate called Masons;, also descended to me on my late brother’s decease, all within the psh of Frome, to my friends Mr Richard AYRES and William LACEY, both of Frome Swd in trust to the use and behoof of my natural or reputed daughter Ann POBJAY (who was born of the body of Betty my late wife sometime before our marriage)

                                •       also to my daughter Ann POBJAY all my stock of beer, spirituous liquors, vessels, casks, measures and also my furnace and other brewing utensils

                                •       residue of personal estate and effects to my said son and natural or reputed daughter, in equal shares

Executors:            my said son William  Ann POBJAY and natural or reputed daughter Ann POBJAY              

Signed:                  20 Sep 1785

Witnesses:           William MIDDLETON, Stephen MIDDLETON, Frances MIDDLETON.

Codicil:                  14 Oct 1786:

                                •       £5 each to Mary, wife of George HALLIDAY, Buttonmaker of Frome Swd, and Richard her brother or reputed brother

Witnesses:           William LACEY, Sarah LACEY

Proved:                  18 Dec 1797 at PCC London by William POBJAY and Ann POBJAY, Spinster

 

Testatrix:              Mary MORGAN, Spinster of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1304 Image ref.64

Legacies:              •       £500 to my relation Mr Thomas NAPPER of Frome, s/o John and Eleanor NAPPER late of Frome in trust to pay an annuity of £10 to Miss Eleanor NAPPER, d/o sd John and Eleanor NAPPER, for life

                                •       the dwelling house where I now live with the garden and appurtenances, all my household goods to sd Thomas NAPPER for ever

                                •       £200 to my cousin Mr George WHITCHURCH in trust to place it out and pay the interest to Mrs Elizabeth NAPPER, w/o Revd Edward NAPPER for her own separate use; and after her decease the £200 equally between all her children then living

                                •       £100 to my late sister’s Godson Edward NAPPER Jnr, s/o sd Edward and Elizabeth NAPPER

                                •       £100 to my Goddaughter Catherine NAPPER, d/o sd Edward and Elizabeth NAPPER

                                •       £100 to my late sister’s Godson John NAPPER, s/o sd Thomas NAPPER

                                •       £100 to Mrs NAPPER, w/o sd Thomas NAPPER, for her own separate use

                                •       £300 to Frances NAPPER, d/o sd Thomas NAPPER

                                •       £100 to Doctor Edward FRYER of London

                                •       20 guineas to the sd Mr George WHITCHURCH to buy a ring

                                •       £40 and decent mourning to my servant Hester OBREN if she be living with me at my decease

                                •       £10 and decent mourning to my servant Grace HIGHMAN if she be living with me at my decease

                                •       such of my cloaths as she shall think worth her acceptance to sd Frances NAPPER; the rest to be given to any servants living with me at my decease

                                •       if sd Thomas NAPPER dies before me and before the altering of this my will, the pecuniary legacies to him shall go to any child or children of his equally

                                •       residue to sd Thomas NAPPER, his heirs, exors and assigns for ever

Executors:            George WHITCHURCH and Thomas NAPPER

Signed:                  7 Dec 1797

Witnesses:           Mary WICKHAM, J.A. WICKHAM, L. WITCOMBE, Clerk to Mr WICKHAM

Proved:                  27 Mar 1798 at PCC London by Thomas NAPPER, one of the exors; power reserved to George WHITCHURCH

 

Testator:               Samuel GREGORY Snr, Cardmaker of Frome Swd

PROB11 ref:         /1302

Legacies:              •       I desire that all my property personal and not otherwise disposable be equally divided between my wife and children as it would be impossible for the business to be carried on if the money was drawn from it all together

                                •       to my daughter Latitiah £20 one year after my decease

                                •       to my daughter Elizabeth £20 one year after my decease

                                •       to my son Isaac £40 two years after my decease

                                •       to my son Seth to be paid is [sic] part when he survives to 21 then everyone to have their part equally alike

                                •       as my daughter Sarah is subject to the fits which may probably impair her faculties I desire that she may not have the hands of her share but that the exix and exors and [sic] trust which is Mary my wife and Samuel and Isaac my sons may judge what is best for her

                                •       I leave my business between Mary my wife and Samuel my son as co-partners that after the decease of my wife Mary it shall fall to my son Samuel or his heirs

                                •       if my wife should ever Mary [sic] my will is that she shall have half the profits of the business but her husband shall not have any thing to do with the business but same shall be allowed to do wat [sic] shall be thought reasonable for acting Solly in the business

                                •       if my brother John should survive me I leave the front part of the house to my wife the upper part back shop I leave to my son Samuel

                                •       if my son Isaac should want the back shop I leave that to him

                                •       I leave all my household goods to my wife for her life; after her decease I leave the household goods between all my children

                                •       my cloaths I leave between my sons

                                •       my watch I give to Seth

                                •       Mary my wife Samuel my son to pay no duties for the lakeys [?] in their hand of none of my dear childrne

Executor:              I desire that Mary my wife and sons Samuel and Isaac do see this will faithfully executed

Signed:                  21 Jan 1797

Witnesses:           Richard MOODY, Anne RIBBECK

Proved:                  10 Feb 1798 at PCC London by Samuel GREGORY son of the deceased and one of the Exors named in the will; power reserved of making the like grant to Mary GREGORY, widow, the Relict, and Isaac GREGORY, son of the deceased, the other Exors named

 

Testator:               Joseph COOKE, Baker and Maltster of Frome Swd

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Legacies:              •       to my sons in law Mr John MORGAN, Cardmaker, and Mr Thomas MORGAN, Maltster, both of Frome Swd, all my freehold messuages, lands, tenements etc. for the following purposes: to the use of my son Joseph COOKE and the heirs of his body and for default of such issue to the use of my daughter Mary COOKE and the heirs of her body and for default of such issue to the use of my two grandchildren Henry John SHORE and Mary SHORE, son and daughter of my daughter Elizabeth w/o Henry SHORE, their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common, the rents to be applied towards the maintenance and education of Joseph and Mary during their minority

                                •       to John MORGAN and Thomas MORGAN and Mary w/o William DAVIS, sons and daughter of Elizabeth my late wife by a former husband the several leasehold messuages or dwelling houses with appurtenances in the psh of Frome which I became entitled to and am now possessed of in consequence of my marriage with my late wife (the dwelling house called Dunfords excepted) as tenants in common for the terms remaining, but I charge the leasehold premises with the payment of £10 to Lewis MORGAN s/o Lewis MORGAN deceased (late b/o John MORGAN, Thomas MORGAN and Mary DAVIS) when he is 21

                                •       to my natural or reputed son John BUTLER £20 if he lives to 25, but not to be paid to him till he is discharged from the Militia

                                •       to my natural or reputed son Benjamin BUTLER £20 if he lives to 25, but likewise not to be paid to him till he is discharged from the Militia

                                •       to my cousin Lydia DEANE 1s a week for life

                                •       to Keziah BURT if living with me at my decease £5

                                •       residue to John MORGAN and Thomas MORGAN on trust for Mary my beloved wife and my said two children Joseph and Mary in equal shares

                                •       a full inventory and appraisal of my personal estate to be made

                                •       I have made the beforementioned provision for my wife on the express condition that she give up all claims to the freehold estate whereof I die seized; and if she desires to carry on the trade which I am engaged in for the benefit of herself and my said children then the said trusts shall permit her to use so much of my residuary personal property as may be necessary, she giving bonds to my said trustees for the value of my said children’s shares in what she may be trusted with which is to remain under her management only so long as my trustees deem expedient

                                •       John MORGAN and Thomas MORGAN together with my wife to be Guardians of my children Joseph and Mary during their minority

Executors:            John MORGAN and Thomas MORGAN

Signed:                  7 Feb 1797

Witnesses:           Willm LACEY, Robt SELFE, Hannah PHILLIPS

Codicil:                  Whereas I some years since purchased several messuages or dwelling houses with the outhouses and appurtenances in Town Lane in the psh of Shepton Mallet, then late the estate of William LAMB, Baker of Shepton Mallet, a bankrupt, for the price of £150, now in pursuance of my promise to William LAMB, I direct that if he pays my Trustees within two years the £150 with interest and any other debts due to me for goods sold or delivered since the time of his bankruptcy that my Trustees shall at his expense reconvey the property to him

Signed:                  15 May 1797 (X)

Witnesses:           Willm LACEY, Robt SELFE, Hannah PHILLIPS

Proved:                  15 Jun 1798 at PCC London by Mary COOKE, Widow, Relict and one of the Residuary Legatees, John MORGAN and Thomas MORGAN Exors and Residuary Legatees in Trust having first renounced as well the execution thereof as Letters of Administration with the said Will annexed of the goods of the said deceased.

 

Testator:               Ann HAINS, Widow of Corsley

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Legacies:              •       to my son James HAINS £5 left by his father in my hands

                                •       to my granddaughters Betty ALDRIDGE, Martha SILCOX, Sarah HAINS d/o my son Robert HAINS and Mary KNAPP £5 each

                                •       to my son John HAINS £20

                                •       to my daughter Hester SILCOX and her assigns for life my tenement, garden, paddock [sic] of ground etc. at Corsley, now in the occupation of John PRANGLY if my estate therein shall so long continue, the rent not to be liable to the debts of her husband; and after her death to her two children, their heirs etc. for all my term to come as tenants in common

                                •       £5 to my son Richard HAINS and £5 to my daughter Sarah KNAPP

                                •       residue to my son Robert HAINS, his heirs, Exors etc.

Executor:              my son Robert HAINS

Signed:                  17 Dec 1798

Witnesses:           Wm GEORGE, Ann GEORGE (X), Jno WATTS

Proved:                  18 Jul 1799 at PCC London by Robert HAINS, son and sole Exor

 

Testator:               of Frome Swd

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