Providing historical probate information for people from the Henley area

Will of Mary Barker


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


Widow of Henley upon Thames

Document reference: TNA PROB 11/1143
First date: 27 April 1786
Probate date: 20 June 1786
Probate court: London

Executors, Witnesses and Court Officials etc.

Executor: John Palmer Boteler
(Friend of the testatrix)
Witness: Mary Toovey
Witness: Thomas Palmer
Witness: Thomas Thompson
Court Official: John Michell
Court Official: Peter Calvert


To: John Palmer Boteler (Friend)

To my friend John Palmer Boteler, all my personal estate except the legacies, and  a blue enamelled ring with 'brilliants', and a sapphire with initals CB; and a canvas bag

Bequest Types


To: Ann Parker

To (Lady) Ann Parker, wife of Sir Hide Parker, a pair of diamond earrings, a handkerchief pin, a diamond ring, a ruby ring set with rubies and diamonds, a miniature picture of her father, an Egyptian pebble snuff box set in gold and my other rings, garnets, trinkets, bracelets except an emerald ring set round with 'brilliants'; also all the sable in my possession

Bequest Types


To: Jane Sarah Newel (Daughter)

To my daughter Jane Sarah Newel, wife of the Reverend Samuel Newel, of Ickford in Oxfordshire, an emerald ring set with 'brilliants'; also a miniature picture given her by my grandmother Mrs. ?Hood, and my wearing apparel such as linen, lace, cloths to be equally divided with Miss Mary Ann Gardner my grandaughter

Bequest Types


To: Mary Ann Gardner (Grand daughter)

To my grandaughter, Mary Ann Gardner, an equal share of my wearing apparel, with my daughter Jane Sarah Newel, and also my chintz dimity and my watch and seals

Bequest Types



0001: I Mary Barker [↑Widow]
0002: of the parish of Henley on Thames Oxfordshire in
0003: Rotherfield Grays district being in sound Mind make this
0004: my last Will and Testament Item I do here constitute
0005: and appoint my dear Friend John Palmer Boteler Esq[ui]r[e] my
0006: whole and sole Executor to this my said Will he shall
0007: not be accountable to any one Item I give to the said
0008: John Palmer Boteler Esqr all and every my personal
0009: Estate of every kind in Money plate Goods and as well
0010: as evry thing I may be possessed of at the time of my
0011: decease [↑except the four Legacies hereafter mentioned] I Trust he will pay the few Debts I may leave
0012: that I may be interred with as little Expence as possible
0013: Item I give the said John Palmer Boteler Esqr a blue
0014: Enamelled Ring set Round with Brilliants and a Sappher
0015: of the same with the Enetials of CB given me by him
0016: as a remembrance of his Brother Cha[rle]s Item I give the
0017: said JPB Esq[ui]r[e] a Canvas Bag which is in my Bureau
0018: in my Closet of my Bed Room Item I give to my Daughter
0019: Ann Parker Wife of Sir Hide Parker Knight a pair of
0020: Diamond Ear Rings a Handkerchief pin a Diamond Ring
0021: a Ruby ditto set round with Rubys and Diamonds a
0022: miniature picture of her Father an Egyptian Pebble Snuff
0023: Box set in Gold and also [↑all] my other Rings Garnets
0024: Trinkets Bracelets except an Emerald Ring set round
0025: with Briliants which I give to my Daughter Jane Sarah
0026: Newel Wife of the Rev[eren]d Samuel Newell of Ickford in
0027: Oxfordshire also I give to my aforesaid Daughter Newel
0028: a Miniature picture given her by my Grandmother Mrs [?Hood] Item
0029: I give all my Wearing Apparel of all sorts to be such
0030: as Linnen Lace Cloths etc to equally divided between Mrs
0031: Jane Sarah Newel and Miss Mary Ann Gardner my Grand
0032: Daughter as also my Chintz Dimity knowing she will regard
0033: it for my sake Item I give to my said Grandaughter
0034: Mary Ann Gardner my Watch and Seals Item I give Ann
0035: Parker aforementioned all the Sable which may be found
0036: in my possession I beg the favor of Lady Parker my
0037: Daughter to take the trouble of dividing the above Cloaths
0038: equally between Mrs Newell and Miss Gardner So endeth
0039: the last Will and Testament of Mary Barker Widow of the
0040: within mentioned Place
0042: Mary Barker [her seal]
0044: Signed Sealed
0045: published and declared to be the last Will and Testament
0046: of Mary Barker widow of Henley on Thames Oxfordshire
0047: in the presence of us who [↑do] here set our Hands and
0048: Seals the in the twenty sixth year of the Reign of
0049: Our Sovereign Lord the King ye 27th of Apr[i]l 1786
0051: Mary Toovey
0052: Thomas Palmer
0053: Thomas Thompson

Preparation of this entry

Post status: Published
Transcript by: Hilary
Author: Hilary Fisher
Checked by: Cynthia Robinson
Date posted: 09th April 2013
Date modified: 19th January 2014