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Will of Joanna Lucas

Occupation

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

Location

Widow of Henley upon Thames

Document reference: TNA PROB 11/981
First date: December 1767
Probate date: 27 October 1772
Probate court: London

Executors, Witnesses and Court Officials etc.

Executor: Robert Rowden
Relationship: Nephew
(Jointly with Francis Rowden)
Executor: Francis Rowden
Relationship: Nephew
(Jointly with Robert Rowden)
Witness: Mary Day
Relationship: Servant
Witness: Elizabeth Parker
Relationship: Servant
Witness: Sarah Lanyon
Relationship: Sister
Other: William Wynne
(Witness to affidavit)
Other: Henry Major
(Witness to affidavit)
Court Official: Andrew Ducarel
(Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Court of Canterbury)
Court Official: George Hay
(Doctor of Laws of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury)
Other: Rachel Edwards
Other: Martha Bates

Bequests

To: Robert Rowden (Nephew)

I give to my nephew Robert Rowden of London, vintner, one hundred pounds

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To: Francis Rowden (Nephew)

I give to my nephew Francis Rowden, fellow of Merton College, Oxford, clerk, fifty pounds.

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To: Sarah Lanyon (Sister)

I give to my sister Sarah Lanyon fifty pounds of the money she now owes me.

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To: Arabella Rowden (Sister)

I give to my sister Arabella Rowden all the interest that shall accrue after my death from the money I shall have before it is paid away by my executors in legacies or otherwise.

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To: Rachael Edwards (Friend)

I give to Mrs Rachael Edwards one guinea to buy a ring in remembrance of our former friendship

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Names

To: Mary Day; Elizabeth Parker (Servant)

I give to Mary Day and Elizabeth Parker, now my servants, two guineas each, but only if they are living with me at the time of my death.

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Names

To: Frances Roades (Grand daughter)

I give to my granddaughter in law Frances Roades three hundred pounds and the sum of ninety one pounds, sixteen shillings and eleven pence halfpenny which she now owes me for board, education, clothing and disbursements.  I further give her the following household goods  - one large silver tankard, one silver coffee pot, one silver pint mug, seven silver tablespoons, the best six silver teaspoons and tongs, one gold watch in a green shagreen case (in the bedchamber over the parlour) one bedstead with green worsted damask furniture, one feather bed, bolster and two pillows, one mattress, three blankets and one quilt, one mirror, one chimney mirror (over the chimney, and another chimney mirror now in the closet), one mirror (on the dressing table), the red curtains (in the drawers), the grate and brass front, fire shovel, tongs, poker and brass fender, four chairs with leather seats, two stools covered with linen, one mahogany chest of drawers, two portrait paintings, three worsted damask window curtains, chamber pot (in the bedchamber over the kitchen) bedstead with blue china furniture, feather bed, bolster and two pillows, one quilt and three blankets, mahogany card table, three rush-seated chairs, one box-bed, feather bed, bolster and two pillows, two blankets and one quilt, six pairs of sheets, five large and five small tablecloths (in the parlour) two armchairs, six other chairs with embroidered seats, one round mahogany table, one square mahogany dining table, half the china in the parlour and half the brass and pewter in the Kitchen.   This legacy of three hundred pounds and the household goods is to be given to her at the age of twenty one if she is unmarried or married with the consent of my executors.  If she is married without such consent, then the legacy is to be given to any legitimate children she may have in equal shares, but if she has no children then the three hundred pounds is to be paid to her weekly at the rate of ten shillings a week until fully paid and the household goods given to her when my executors think it best for her.  If she dies before she receives any or all of this legacy, then all or the remainder is to be paid to my daughter in law Jane Roades at the rate of ten shillings a week and the household goods given to her when most appropriate for her.  If both Frances Roads and Jane Roads die before this is fully paid, then the legacy or the remainder of it is to pass to my two sisters Sarah Lanyon and Arabella Rowden or the survivor of them, and if both my sisters shall die, then it is to pass to the natural heirs of Arabella Rowden.  I give my books to Fanny, but not books in trade.

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Names

To: Arabella Rowden (Niece)

I give to my niece Arabella Rowden one hundred pounds to be paid within one calendar month of my death.  I also give to her her the following items: one old watch in a chased case with the Gold Chased Chain and fittings, one large silver salver, the residue of my plate (other than that given to Frances Roades), my rings and jewels, my clothing, the residue of my linen, brass, pewter and china (other than that given to Frances Roades)  and the residue of my household goods.

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To: Sarah Lanyon (Sister)

I give to my sister Sarah Lanyon twenty pounds a year for her lifetime in half-yearly payments out of the interest of money in the hands of my nephews (Robert Rowden of London two hundred and sixty pounds) and Francis Rowden of Merton College, Oxford, two hundred and thirty pounds).  If the interest of this is not sufficient, then it is to be paid out of the principal.

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To: Jane Roades (Daughter)

The remainder, after payment of my funeral expenses, of the first year's rent after my death of the house in Cannon Street, occupied by Mr Rotherford, Baker I give to Jane Roades, my daughter, who lives at Kingston.  After this, the rent is to be equally divided between my sisters, nephews and niece.

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Location of property

Names

To: Sarah Lanyon (Sister)

I give a black silk sack petticoat to my sister Sarah Lanyon

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Names

To: Arabella Rowden (Sister)

I give the rest of my mourning clothes to my sister [Arabella] Rowden and all my other clothes to my niece [Arabella Rowden]

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Transcript

0001: In the Name of God Amen
0002: I Joanna Lucas of Henley on Thames Oxfordshire
0003: Widow being in Sound Mind and Perfect Memory do this
0004: [left blank] Day of December in the year of our Lord
0005: One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty Seven and in the
0006: Eighth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George
0007: the Third of Great Britain France and Ireland King
0008: Defender of the Faith and so forth make and Publish this
0009: my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following
0010: (that is to say) First I recommend my Soul to God who Gave
0011: it me And my Body to the Earth to be buried in such decent
0012: and Frugal manner as my Executors hereinafter named
0013: Shall think proper And as to the Worldly Goods and
0014: Effects with which it has pleased Almighty God to bless me
0015: after my Just Debts and Funeral Expences are paid and
0016: Discharged I Dispose thereof as follows Item I Give and
0017: bequeath to my Nephew Robert Rowden of London
0018: Vintner the Sum of One hundred pounds Item I Give and
0019: bequeath to my Nephew Francis Rowden now Fellow of Merton
0020: College Oxford Clerk Fifty pounds Item I Give and bequeath
0021: to my Sister Sarah Lanyon the Sum of Fifty pounds of the
0022: Money which she now owes to me and is now in her
0023: Hands Item I Give and bequeath to my Sister Arabella
0024: Rowden all the Interest Money that shall Grow due
0025: after my Decease from the Money I shall be Possessed
0026: of at my Decease till such Money be paid away in
0027: Legacys or otherwise by my Executors Item I Give and
0028: bequeath to Mrs Rachael Edwards One Guinea to buy
0029: a Ring in remembrance of our former friendship Item
0030: I Give and bequeath to Mary Day and Elizabeth Parker
0031: my two Servants Two Guineas each (if they shall live
0032: with me at the time of my Decease and not otherwise)
0033: Item I Give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter in
0034: Law Frances Roades the Sum of Three hundred pounds
0035: I Also Give bequeath and remit to her the said Frances
0036: Roades the Sum of ninety one pounds Sixteen Shillings and
0037: Eleven pence half penny in which Sum She now Stands
0038: Indebted to me on my Book for Board Education Cloathing
0039: and Disbursements I further Give and bequeath to
0040: the said Frances Roades Sundry Household Goods and
0041: things, the Inventory of which here followeth, that is to
0042: say, One large Silver Tankard One Silver Coffee Pot
0043: one Silver Pint Mug, Seven Silver Table Spoons Six
0044: Silver Tea Spoons (the best & tongs) One Gold Watch
0045: in a Green Chagrine Case (In the Bed Chamber over
0046: the Parlour) One Bedstead Green Worsted Damask
0047: Furniture One Feather Bed bolster and two Pillows, one
0048: Mattres three Blankets and one Quilt One Peer Glass
0049: One Chimney Glass over the Chimney, one other Chimney
0050: Glass now lying in the Closet of the said Room one
0051: [↑one Dressing Table Glass upon it in my Room and
0052: the Red Curtains in the Drawers in my Room]
0053: Stove Grate brass Front One Fire shovel Tongs Poker
0054: and a brass Fender Four Chairs Leather Seats two Stools
0055: Covered with Linnen one Mahogany Chest of Drawes Two
0056: Portrait Painted Pictures three Worsted Damask
0057: Window Curtains (In the Bed Chamber over the kitchin
0058: One Bedstead blue China Furniture One Feather Bed
0059: Bolster and two Pillows One Quilt and three Blanketts
0060: One Mahogany Card Table three Matted bottom Chairs
0061: One Burau Bedstead One Feather Bed Bolster and two Pillows
0062: two Blankets and one Quilt now twined up in the Bedstead
0063: (Linnen One Pair of Sheets marked JL Two pair of Sheets
0064: Marked with the Figure 5 three pair of sheets marked with
0065: the figures 63 five large Table Cloths (no mark) five small
0066: Table Cloths marked with the figures 63 (In the Parlour)
0067: Two Elbow Chairs Six other Chairs worked seats, one
0068: round Mahogany Table One Square Mahogany Dining
0069: Table half the China in the Parlour and half the brass
0070: and Pewter in the Kitchin (the other half of the China
0071: in the Parlour and Brass in the Kitchen to be bequeathed
0072: as is herein after mentioned) to be Equally Divided by an
0073: Appraizer of Household Goods, the above bequeathed Three
0074: hundred pounds and Goods to be paid and delivered to the said
0075: Frances Roades when she shall arrive at the Age of Twenty
0076: one years Provided She shall be then unmarried or shall
0077: be Married with the Approbation and Consent of my Ex[ecu]tors
0078: and not otherwise, For in Case she shall be Married before
0079: She arrives at the Age of Twenty one years without without
0080: their Consent and Approbation I do in that Case Give and
0081: bequeath the above mentioned Sum of Three hundred pounds
0082: and the rest of the Articles above mentioned (as bequeathed
0083: to the said Frances Roades) to her Child or Children legally
0084: begotten if she shall have any such and if more than one
0085: to be Equally Divided between them Share and Share
0086: alike, But if she shall then have no Child Then it is
0087: my Will and I do hereby Direct that the said Three hundred
0088: pounds shall be paid to her the said Frances Roades
0089: Weekly in the Sum of Ten Shillings Per Week till that Sum
0090: be so paid to her if she shall live long enough to receive
0091: the same in that manner and the Goods above bequeathed
0092: to her shall be Delivered to her at such time or times as
0093: it Shall [↑appear] to my Executors most to her Advantage But in
0094: Case the said Frances Roades Shall die before any or all
0095: the Money mentioned or any or all the Goods abovementioned
0096: be Paid and Delivered as above to her I do then Give and
0097: bequeath all or the Remainder of the three hundred
0098: Pounds and all or the remainder of the Goods (bequeathed
0099: as above to Frances Roades) to my Daughter in Law Jane
0100: Roades the Money to be paid and the Goods to be delivered
0101: to her as it was Intended as above to be paid and Delivered
0102: to Frances Roades, that is to say, the Money to be paid to
0103: her Weekly at Ten Shillings Per Week and the Goods to
0104: be Delivered to her at such time or times as it shall
0105: Appear to my Executors most to her Advantage, But
0106: provided the above said Frances Roades and the said Jane
0107: Roades Shall Die before all or a part of the said
0108: Three hundred pounds be so paid and the Goods delivered
0109: Then in that Case I Give and bequeath all or such
0110: part of the Three hundred pounds and all or part of the
0111: Goods which shall remain unpaid and not delivered (if any)
0112: To my two Sisters Sarah Lanyon and Arabella Rowden to
0113:
0114: I Give fanny y[e] Close Stool in my Chamber
0115: Witnesses Mary Day. Elizabeth Parker
0116:
0117: be equally Divided between them Share and Share alike the
0118: Money to be paid to each of them Weekly in the Sum of
0119: Ten Shillings Per Week each and the Goods to be deliverd
0120: to them equally Share and Share alike and when either of
0121: them shall Die the whole of the remainder to the longest
0122: liver of them And if both my said Sisters shall Die
0123: before all the above mentioned Money be paid and the
0124: said Goods Delivered I Give and bequeath such remainder
0125: to the Heirs at Law of my said Sister Arabella Rowden
0126: Item I do hereby Give and bequeath to my Niece Arabella
0127: Rowden the sum of One hundred pounds to be paid to her
0128: at the end of One Calendar Month after my Decease And
0129: I do hereby also Give and bequeath to my said Neice
0130: Arabella Rowden the under mentioned Goods and things
0131: (that is to say) One Gold Watch in a Chased Case with
0132: the Gold Chased Chain and Appurt[enance]s thereunto belonging
0133: One large Silver Salver All and Singular my Plate Excepting
0134: what is above bequeathed to Frances Roades All and Singular
0135: my Rings and Jewels All and Singularly my Wearing Apparel
0136: All and Singularly my Linnen whatsoever Excepting what is
0137: bequeathed as above to Frances Roades One half of the
0138: Brass and pewter in the kitchin and half the China in
0139: the Parlour together with all the rest and residue of my
0140: Household Goods and Furniture and other Effects whatsoever
0141: and wheresoever Excepting only what is bequeathed as above
0142: Specified And I Do hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint
0143: my two Nephews Robert Rowden of London Vintner
0144: and Francis Rowden of Merton College Oxford Clerk to
0145: be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament In
0146: Witness whereof I the said Joanna Lucas have to this
0147: my last Will and Testament containing two Sheets of paper
0148: (having set my hand to the first Sheet and read over and
0149: perused the whole) set my hand and Seal the Day and year
0150: first above written the words if they shall live with me
0151: at the time of my Decease and not otherwise between the
0152: fourteenth and fifteenth line of the first Sheet being first
0153: interlined
0154:
0155: Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Joanna
0156: Lucas as and for her last Will and Testament in the
0157: presence of us whose names are hereunder written who
0158: did each of us Subscribe our names as Witness at her
0159: request and in her Presence in the Room where she then
0160: was
0161:
0162: Mary Day
0163: Elizabeth Parker
0164: Sarah Lanyon
0165:
0166: I Give and bequeath to my Dearly Beloved Sister
0167: Sarah Lanyon now living with me twenty pounds a year
0168: During her life at half yearly Payments out of the
0169: Interest of Money in the hands of my Nephews Robert
0170: Rowden of London two hundred sixty pounds in Francis
0171: Rowden of Oxford Merton College two hundred thirty pounds
0172: with Interest for the same and if not Sufficient to be paid
0173: out of the Principal I leave there is above a hundred
0174: pounds in funds a Stone to be put up in the Church in a
0175: Decent manner in Memory of my D[ea]r M[r] Lucas & Self
0176: the part of the House Ive in Cannon Occupied by M[↑r]
0177: Rotherford Baker to take the first year after my decease
0178: to Defray my funeral Expences afterwards to Jane Roads
0179: my Daughter who live at Kingston if any Time to come
0180: of the Lease if any Money over to be equally Divided
0181: between my Sisters Nephews and Neice a black Silk
0182: Sack [↑petticoat] my Sister Lanyon I Give it to, the rest of my Mourning
0183: Clothes to my D[ea]r Sister Rowden and all my Clothes
0184: besides to my Neice my Books to fanny but not Books in
0185: Trade whereof I set my hand
0186:
0187: Joanna Lucas
0188:
0189: 1771
0190: 25 September I Desire Frances Rowde[n] Oxford may
0191: an equal Share with Nephew London & Niece fanny Roads
0192: to come for no part of Stock in She's enough before M[↑rs] Roads
0193: that House in Cannon S[t] not to have y[e] benefit till all
0194: my Debts a paid
0195:
0196: Joanna Lucas
0197:
0198: 26th October 1772
0199:
0200: On which Day Appeared personally Rachel
0201: Edwards of the Parish of Saint George Hanover Square
0202: in the County of Middlesex Spinster and Martha Bates
0203: Wife of John Bales of the Parish of Saint Gregory
0204: London Vintner and Severally made Oath as follows, to wit,
0205: that they well knew and were acquainted with Joanna
0206: Lucas late of Henley upon Thames in the County of
0207: Oxford Widow deceased and have often seen her write and
0208: also Subscribe her name and thereby became well
0209: Acquainted with her manner and Character of Hand Writing
0210: and Subscription and they having now Carefully Viewed
0211: the Paper Writing hereunto annexed Consisting of two Sheets
0212: purporting to be and Contain the last Will and Testament
0213: of the said Joanna Lucas deceased and bearing date the
0214: [left blank] Day of December in the year of our Lord
0215: One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty Seven, and more
0216: particularly observed the words, "the Best & tongs"
0217: interlined between the Nineteenth and Twentieth lines
0218: of the fisrt Sheet, the words, "one dressing Table
0219: Glass upon it in my Room & the red Curtains in y[e] Draws
0220: in my Room" - between the Twenty Second and Twenty
0221: third lines of the said Sheet and the words - "I give
0222: fanny y[e] Close Stool in my Chamber" - wrote at the
0223: bottom of the said first Sheet so depose that they do
0224: verily and in their Consciences believe the said words so
0225: interlined and wrote as aforesaid in the said first sheet of
0226: the said Will and above recited to be all of the proper
0227: hand writing of the said Joanna Lucas Widow deceased And
0228: these Deponents further say that they have carefully
0229: Viewed and observed the Writing at the bottom of the said Will
0230: on the Second Sheet thereof beginning thus - 25. [↑1771] September
0231: I desire Frances Rowde Oxford", and ending thus, " till
0232: all my Debts a paid" - and thus subscribed - Joanna
0233: Lucas - and purporting to be a Codicil to the said Last
0234: Will and Testament of the said Joanna Lucas, and that
0235: they do verily and in their Consciences believe the whole body
0236: and Series of the said Writing or Codicil and the name
0237: Joanna Lucas thereto set and Subscribed to be all of the
0238: Proper Hand Writing of the aforenamed Joanna Lucas
0239: Widow deceased,
0240:
0241: Rachel Edwards
0242: Martha Bates
0243:
0244: Same Day, the said Rachel Edwards Spinster and Martha
0245: Bates (Wife of John Bates) were duly sworn to the Truth
0246: of the premisses before me
0247:
0248: W[illia]m Wynne Surrogate
0249:
0250: present Hen[ry] Major Not[ary] Pub[lick]

Preparation of this entry

Post status: Published
Transcript by: the author
Author: Tony Lynch
Checked by: Cynthia Robinson
Date posted: 16th September 2013
Date modified: 02nd May 2014

Comments

Day of will not given.    In the copy from which this transcript has been made the Testatrix's  signature to the Will is not recorded. The intentions of the purported codicils are in some cases unclear.