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Will of James Pitts

Occupation

  • 414: Status only, no stated occupation. Use for Widow, Gentleman, Esquire, Indweller etc., if no occupation is given.

Location

Esquire of Henley

Document reference: TNA PROB 11/1250
First date: 23 October 1790
Probate date: 14 October 1794
Probate court: London

Executors, Witnesses and Court Officials etc.

Executor: Richard Pope
(Surgeon, of Henley)
Executor: Francis Ruddle
(stockbroker, of Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London)
Witness: William Shipmer
Witness: Elizabeth Lee
Witness: Charles Lee
Court Official: George Harris
Other: Samuel Harman
(Linen Draper, of Tavistock Street, Covent Garden: appeared to authenticate style and manner of writing in Codicils)
Other: William Cook
(Carrier, of Henley: appeared to authenticate style and manner of writing in Codicils)

Bequests

To: Ann Pitts (Great neice)

To Ann Pitts, daughter of my late nephew James Pitts, two hundred pounds.

Bequest Types

Names

To: John Humphrys; Richard Humphrys (Step son)

To my late wife's two sons, John and Richard Humphrys, my executors to provide sufficient Bank Annuities out of my estate to fulfil the provisions of her Marriage Contract.

Bequest Types

Names

To: Richard Pope

To Richard Pope, senior, surgeon of Henley, my freehold estates in Countess's Garden and Abrahams, Hog Lane, Henley; and after the death of my servant Elizabeth Harman, my two houses in Phillis Court Lane; my freehold estate in Fingest, in the occupation of William Denham and Richard East, and my woodland; an annuity of ten pounds per annum on the death of Ann Harman; the dividends on forty pounds Annuities on the death of Elizabeth Harman; one hundred pounds for his trouble as my executor, and all the residue of my estate.

Bequest Types

Location of property

Names

To: Deborah Pope

To Mrs Deborah Pope, all my unbequeathed plate;  and to her and Richard Pope's daughter, Deborah, my gold watch with the gold case.

Bequest Types

Names

To: Richard Pope

To Richard Pope junior, my gold studs.

Bequest Types

Names

To: Mary Frewin; Jane Birch

To Mrs. Mary Frewin, widow of Brightwell, Berks and Mrs. Jane Birch, widow of Satwell, Berks, sisters, fifty pounds each

Bequest Types

Names

To: William Clenton

To William Clenton, of Bagshot, Surrey, ten guineas

Bequest Types

Names

To: Bateman

To Mrs. Bateman, of Henley, widow of Nathaniel Bateman, twenty guineas

Bequest Types

Names

To: Elizabeth Harman (Servant)

To my servant, Elizabeth Harman, my two houses and gardens in Phyllis Court Lane, for her lifetime but she has to insure them, and on her death to pass to Richard Pope Senior; the dividends from forty pounds Bank Annuities in trust and on her death to pass to Richard Pope Senior; one hundred pounds; all my linen clothes; all my beds and bedding plus two pairs of servants' sheets; all the contents and furniture in the front and back chambers; my smallest gold watch in the shagreen case; six table spoons with a crest; one silver pint mug with cypher and crest; and one silver half pint mug with cypher and crest.

Bequest Types

Location of property

Names

To: Thomas Harman (Servant)

To Thomas Harman, my servant, all my clothes, except my linen; silver spurs; one hundred pounds provided that he is still employed by me at my death otherwise all the above are revoked and he shall receive ten guineas only.   An additional one hundred pounds to him [by codicil]

Bequest Types

Names

To: Christ Hospital

To Christ Hospital, London, one thousand pounds in Bank Annuities

Bequest Types

Names

To: St. Bartholomew's Hospital

To St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, five hundred pounds in Bank Annuities

Bequest Types

Names

To: St. Luke's Hospital

To St. Luke's Hospital for Lunatics,London, eight hundred pounds in Bank Annuities

Bequest Types

Names

To: Bethlem & Bridewell Hospitals

To Bethlem & Bridewell Hospitals, London, five hundred pounds in Bank Annuities

Bequest Types

Names

To: Benjamin Goodwin

To Benjamin Goodwin, of Bix, road worker, five shillings per week for life

Bequest Types

Names

To: Francis Ruddle

To Francis Ruddle, Stock broker of London, one hundred pounds for his trouble as executor

Bequest Types

Names

Transcript

0001: In the Name of God Amen
0002: I James Pitts of Henley upon Thames in the County
0003: of Oxford being of sound Mind and Memory do make
0004: and Declare this my last Will and Testament in the
0005: manner following (that is to say) after the payment
0006: of my Debts Legacies and Funeral Expences also
0007: allowing my Executors hereinafter named all Disbursem[en]ts
0008: and Expences attending the Execution of this my Will I
0009: Give and Bequeath all my Real and Personal Estate
0010: and Effects wheresoever and of what kind soever in
0011: manner following Imprimis in my Marriage
0012: settlement with Elizabeth my late wife Deceased provision
0013: is there made on her two Sons John and Richard
0014: Humphrys after my Decease referrence being thereunto
0015: had will more fully appear desiring my Executors to
0016: sell out a sufficient Sum of Bank Annuities standing
0017: in my Name as may be necessary to Discharge the said
0018: Marriage Contract I Give [↑to] the Governors and Treasurer
0019: of Christ Hospital in London for the time being one
0020: thousand Pounds in reduced Bank Annuities standing
0021: in my Name to be by them applied for the use and
0022: benefit of the said Charity for ever I Give to the
0023: Treasurer and Governors of Saint Bartholemews
0024: Hospital London for the time being five hundred
0025: Pounds [↑in the] three per Cent reduced Bank Annuities
0026: standing in my Name to be applyed [↑by them] for the use and
0027: benefit of those unfortunate objects for ever I
0028: Give to Ann Pitts the Daughter of my late Nephew
0029: James Pitts a Sum Issuing out of my Personal Estate
0030: as may be necessary to settle upon her for her own
0031: Emolument out of my Bank Securities that I may be
0032: Possessed of standing in my Name at the time of my
0033: Decease [↑a Sum] as may be equal in value to purchase
0034: one thousand Pounds in the three per Cent reduced
0035: Bank Annuities at the time the Transfer is made
0036: by my Executors within the space of three Months
0037: after my Decease the Stock to be a nominal one
0038: thousand Pounds [the remainder of this line and part
0039: of the next has either been erased or left blank]
0040: which at present is thirty pounds per Annum
0041: I appoint Mr Rich[ar]d Pope Sen[io]r Surgeon in Henley with
0042: Mr Francis Ruddle of Queen Square Bloomsbury in
0043: London Stock Broker Executors of this my Will I direct that
0044: one Executor shall not be liable or answerable for any
0045: Act one for the other in the Execution of it I also Give to
0046: each of my Executors one hundred Pounds for their Trouble
0047: which it may Cause em I give to Mrs Mary Frewin of
0048: Brightwell Widow to Mrs Jane Birch of Satwell Widow
0049: both Sisters in the County of Berks to each of them
0050: Fifty pounds I Give to Mr Will[ia]m Clenton of Bagshot
0051: in the County of Surrey ten Guineas I Give to Mrs
0052: Bateman resident in Henley the Widow of Mr Nath[aniel]
0053: Bateman twenty Guineas I Give to my Executor Mr
0054: Richard Pope Sen[io]r all and every part with the
0055: appurt[enance]s of my Freehold Estates in Henley as occupied
0056: by myself comprising my Dwelling House Countess's
0057: Garden and Abrahams in Hog Lane to have
0058: Immediate Possession thereof after my Decease except
0059: those two Houses and Gardens situate in Phillis Court
0060: Lane bequeathed to Eliz[abeth] Harman during her Life
0061: and after her Decease the whole to become fully the
0062: Property of the said Richard Pope to him his Heirs and
0063: Assigns for ever subject nevertheless Provided the said Richard
0064: Pope pay unto my Servant Ann Harman an Annuity
0065: of ten Pounds P[e]r Annum in equal half yearly
0066: Payments during her natural Life and after her
0067: Decease I Give the said Annuity of ten Pounds
0068: P[e]r Annum to the said Rich[ar]d Pope to him his Heirs
0069: and Assigns for ever I Give to Mr Rich[ar]d Pope Sen[io]r
0070: all and every part with the Appurtenances of my
0071: Freehold Estate at Fingest in the County of Bucks
0072: in the Occupation of William Denham and Richard
0073: East as Tenants therein also the Wood Land in my
0074: own Possession to the said Richard Pope to him his
0075: Heirs and Assigns for ever I Give to my Executors Mr
0076: Richard Pope and Mr Francis Ruddle Forty Pounds
0077: P[e]r Annum part of my long Bank Annuities In
0078: Trust nevertheless that my said Executors invest
0079: within two Months after my Decease unto my
0080: Servant Elizabeth Harman the said Forty Pounds
0081: P[e]r Annum long Bank Annuities in order she
0082: may receive the Dividends and produce thereof as
0083: they shall become due for her sole benefit and support
0084: during the Term of her natural Life and after her
0085: Decease I Give the said Forty Pounds per Annum
0086: in Bank long Annuities un to my Executor Mr Rich[ar]d
0087: Pope for the full Term of their Establishment to him
0088: and his Heirs I Give unto the said Elizabeth Harman
0089: one hundred Pounds also to the said Elizabeth all
0090: my Linen Wearing Apparel also all the Beds and
0091: Bedding with two additional pair of Servants sheets
0092: with all the Goods and Furniture in the Front and
0093: Back Chamber which she and the Servants usually
0094: lieth in I Give to the said Elizabeth my smallest
0095: Gold watch in a Shagreen Case studded with Gold
0096: N??? and a green Case belonging to it also six table
0097: spoons with my Crest a storke also one silver Pint
0098: Mug with a Cypher F.P.S. and the Crest a Stork
0099: also one Silver 1/2 pint Mug with the same Cypher and
0100: Crest Also I Give to the said Elizabeth Harman
0101: after my Decease my two Freehold Houses in Phillis
0102: Court Lane Henley with all the Garden Ground and
0103: Appurt[enance]s thereunto belonging fixtures excepted being
0104: only for her Life she keeping the same insured
0105: Annually during her Life and after her Decease I
0106: Give the aforesaid two Houses and the whole Premises
0107: belonging thereunto unto Mr Rich[ar]d Pope Sen[io]r his
0108: Heirs and Assigns for ever I Give to my Servant
0109: Thomas Harman one hundred Pounds also to the
0110: said Thomas all my Wearing Apparel in general
0111: except the Linen already bequeathed to Eliz[abeth] Harman
0112: also my Silver Spurs I Give to my Servant Ann
0113: Harman one hundred Pounds Also to the said Ann
0114: my Metal Watch No. 1321 by Bayley [↑also one Silver half
0115: pint Mug a Crest with a[ ???] Also three Silver
0116: Table Spoons tied together and marked for her all
0117: the Bequests to Thomas and Ann Harman I Give
0118: Conditionally provided that if either or both the said
0119: Thomas or Ann should not be living in my Service
0120: at the time of my Decease in such Case I revoke all
0121: the Legacies given to either of them that shall have
0122: Quitted my Service at the time of my Decease and
0123: not otherwise [↑and] which ever Servant leaves me before
0124: my Exit happens then I Give to Thomas or Ann
0125: ten Guineas for their Faithful Service desiring the
0126: pecuniary Legacies to my Servants may be paid
0127: them within two Months after my Decease I Give to
0128: Mrs Deborah Pope in Henley all my unbequeathed
0129: Plate also to Miss Deborah Pope the Daughter of
0130: Mr Rich[ar]d Pope my Gold watch (by Goode) with a
0131: Gold engraved Case and a shagreen Case to be
0132: given to her at the Discretion of her Mother I Give
0133: to Mr Rich[ar]d Pope Jun[io]r my Gold Studs as to [↑the] rest
0134: and Residue of all my Effects both Real and
0135: Personal which I am interested in or may be entitled
0136: unto wheresoever or of what kind soever I Give
0137: to Mr Rich[ar]d Pope Sen[io]r to him his Heirs and Assigns
0138: for ever Lastly revoking all Wills by me heretofore
0139: made I declare this to be my last Will and Testament
0140: made this twenty third Day of October One thousand
0141: seven hundred and ninety Witness my hand and Seal
0142: all the Words interlined by myself in page 1,2,3
0143:
0144: James Pitts [Seal]
0145:
0146: Signed Sealed Published and Declared
0147: by the said James Pitts the Testator as and for his last
0148: Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his
0149: Desire in the presence of each other have subscribed
0150: our names as Witnesses thereto
0151:
0152: Elizabeth Lee
0153: W[illia]m Shipmer
0154: Charles Lee
0155:
0156: I James Pitts of
0157: Henley Upon Thames in the County of Oxford make
0158: this as a Codicil to my last Will and Testament
0159: bearing Date the twenty third Day of October one
0160: thousand seven hundred and ninety desiring the same
0161: may be taken and Considered as part thereof also may
0162: be determinable absolutely I hereby revoke the Legacy
0163: given to Ann Pitts before mentioned of a sum as might
0164: be sufficient to purchase for her own Emolument thirty
0165: Pounds P[e]r Annum in the three per Cent Bank Annuities
0166: and as I apprehend a Marriage has taken place
0167: some time since and having had no confirmation of such
0168: an event in such Case I now Give unto the said Ann
0169: Pitts or by any other Name she may bear two
0170: hundred Pounds in lieu of the before mentioned Legacy
0171: of thirty Pounds P[e]r Annum in Bank Annuities
0172: which I desire my Executors to pay her within
0173: three Months after my Decease Witness my hand and
0174: Seal this eighth Day of June one thousand seven
0175: hundred and ninety one
0176: James Pitts [Seal]
0177:
0178: I Give unto my Servant Thomas Harman
0179: one hundred Pounds in addition to a former bequest
0180: in my Will making in the whole two hundred Pounds
0181: to the said Thomas Harman Witness my hand and
0182: Seal this tenth Day of October one thousand seven
0183: hundred and ninety one
0184: James Pitts [Seal]
0185:
0186: I Give unto the President Treasurer and
0187: Governors of Bethlem and Bridewell Hospitals London
0188: for the time being Five hundred Pounds in the three P[e]r
0189: Cent reduced Bank Annuities standing in my Name to
0190: be by them applied wholly to the use and benefit of
0191: those unhappy objects confined in Bethlem Hospital
0192: for ever As Witness my hand and Seal this tenth Day of
0193: November one thousand seven hundred and ninety
0194: one
0195:
0196: James Pitts [Seal]
0197: I Give and Bequeath unto the Treasurer
0198: & Governors for the time being of an Hospital called
0199: St Lukes Hospital in London for Lunaticks the Sum
0200: of Five hundred Pounds in the three per Cent
0201: Consolidated Bank Annuities standing in my Name
0202: to be by them applied towards the Maintenance
0203: and support of the Incurables in the said Hospital
0204: for ever As Witness my hand and Seal this sixth Day
0205: of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety
0206: two
0207:
0208: James Pitts [Seal]
0209:
0210: I Give unto my Executors for the benefit
0211: of Benj[amin] Goodwin of the Parish of Bix Oxon Labourer
0212: on the Roads five Shillings per Week to be paid him
0213: punctually during his natural Life and after his
0214: Decease the above Sum to fall into my Residuum
0215: Estate - Dated this sixth day of January one thousand seven
0216: hundred and ninety two
0217: James Pitts [Seal]
0218:
0219: I Give and Bequeath unto the Treasurer
0220: and Governors for the time being of Saint Lukes
0221: Hospital in London for Lunaticks three hundred Pounds
0222: in the three Per Cent Consolidated Bank Annuities
0223: standing in my Name in addition to a former Legacy
0224: of Five hundred Pounds to the same Charity under a
0225: Limitation and Provision as my desire is the above
0226: may be applied solely towards the Relief and benefit
0227: of such Patients as may be so fortunate to meet w[i]th
0228: success to be cured and Discharged in the said Hospital
0229: for ever As Witness my hand and Seal this tenth
0230: Day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety
0231: two
0232: James Pitts [Seal]
0233: 7th Oct[ober] 1794
0234: Appeared Personally
0235: Samuel Harman of Tavistock Street in the Parish of Saint
0236: Paul Covent Garden in the County of Middlesex Linen
0237: Draper and William Cook of Henley in the County of
0238: Oxford Carrier and made oath that they knew and were
0239: well acquainted with James Pitts late of Henly Upon
0240: Thames in the County of Oxford Esquire Deceased and
0241: with his manner and Character of handwriting and
0242: subscription having frequently seen him write and
0243: subscribe his name & having now with Care and
0244: attention Viewed and perused the last Will and Testament
0245: and six Codicils of the said Deceased the first Codicil
0246: begining "I James Pitts of Henley upon Thames
0247: in the County of Oxford" ending "Witness my hand and
0248: Seal this eighth Day of June one thousand seven hundred
0249: and ninety one" and thus subscribed "James Pitts" the
0250: second Codicil begining "I Give unto my Servant Thomas
0251: Harman" ending "witness my hand and Seal this tenth
0252: Day of October one thousand seven hundred and ninety one"
0253: and thus subscribed "James Pitts" the third Codicil begining
0254: "I Give unto the President Treasurer and Governors
0255: of Bethlem and Bridewell Hospitals London" ending thus
0256: "as witness my hand and Seal this tenth Day of November
0257: one thousand seven hundred and ninety one" and thus
0258: subscribed "James Pitts" the Fourth of the said Codicils
0259: begining thus "I Give and Bequeath unto the Treasurer
0260: and Governors for the time being of an Hospital called
0261: St Lukes Hospital in London" ending as Witness my hand
0262: and Seal this sixth Day of January one thousand seven
0263: hundred and ninety two" and thus subscribed " James
0264: Pitts" the Fifth of the said Codicils beginning "I Give
0265: unto my Executors" ending "Dated this sixth Day of
0266: January one thousand seven hundred and ninety two"
0267: and thus subscribed "James Pitts" the sixth of the said
0268: Codicils beginning thus "I Give and Bequeath unto the
0269: Treasurer and Governors for the time being of Saint
0270: Lukes Hospital in London" ending "as Witness my hand
0271: and Seal this tenth Day of March one thousand seven
0272: hundred and ninety two" and thus subscribed "James
0273: Pitts" and also having viewed the words "for the time
0274: being" written between the twentieth and twenty first
0275: lines of the first side of the aforesaid Will of the said
0276: Deceased the words "with the Appurtenances" written
0277: between the 11th & 12th lines [↑of the second side] of the said Will the words
0278: "after my Decease" written between the Fourteenth and
0279: Fifteenth lines of the said side the words to him "his
0280: Heirs & Assigns" written between the 37 & 38 lines of the
0281: said side and the Words "to him and his Heirs" written
0282: between the 3rd and 4th lines of the third side of the said
0283: will they the Appearers say they do verily and in their
0284: Consciences believe the whole series and contents of the
0285: aforesaid six Codicils beginning ending and subscribed as
0286: aforesaid and also the aforesaid recited words written
0287: in the last Will and Testament of the said James
0288: Pitts to be all of the proper handwriting of him the said
0289: James Pitts Esquire Deceased
0290:
0291: S Harman
0292: William Cook
0293:
0294: same Day the said Samuel Harman & William Cook
0295: were duly sworn to the Truth of the above Affadavit
0296: before me
0297:
0298: J Fisher Sur[ro]gate Pst
0299: Henry Stevens Not[ar]y Pub[lic]

Preparation of this entry

Post status: Published
Transcript by: the author
Author: Hilary Fisher
Checked by: Cynthia Robinson
Date posted: 12th November 2013
Date modified: 07th May 2014