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Will of Mary Benwell

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 11/1095
First date: 17 May 1782
Probate date: 24 September 1782
Probate court: London

Executors, Witnesses and Court Officials etc.

Executor: William Pitt
Relationship: Son in law
Witness: Thomas Ford
Witness: T Cooper
Witness: Thomas Cooper
((Junior))
Court Official: Andrew Coltee Ducarel
Court Official: Peter Calvert

Bequests

To: Joseph Watkins (Brother)

To my brother Joseph Watkins, a mourning ring to the value of six guineas

Bequest Types

Names

To: Mary Coles

To Mary Coles, wife of William Coles, a mourning ring to the value of two guineas

Bequest Types

Names

To: Frances Allnatt (Daughter)

To my daughter, Frances, wife of John Allnatt, of Wallingford, a half share in my leasehold estate at Bix Gibbon held by lease from Charles Stonor.  Also one half part of all the residue of my personal estate.

Bequest Types

Location of property

Names

To: Edward Pitt; Mary Ann Pitt; Julia Pitt (Grand children)

To my grandchildren Edward, Mary Ann and Julia Pitt, the children of my daughter Ann Pitt deceased, the other half part of my leasehold estate at Bix Gibbon, held under lease from Charles Stonor.  Also one half part of the residue of my personal estate.  If any child to die before reaching the age of 21, their share to be divided equally between the survivors or survivor.

Bequest Types

Location of property

Names

Transcript

0001: In the Name of God Amen
0002: I Mary Benwell of Henley upon Thames in the County
0003: of Oxford Widow and Relict of William Benwell late of the
0004: same place deceased being ill and weak in Body but of sound
0005: and disposing Mind and Memory do make and ordain my last
0006: Will and Testament in manner and form following First I
0007: commend my Soul to Almighty God who gave it and my
0008: Body I will and direct shall be decently interred at the
0009: discretion of my Executor hereinafter named And as to my
0010: worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me
0011: I give and dispose thereof as follows First I give and
0012: bequeath to my Brother Joseph Watkins Esquire a Mourning
0013: Ring of the value of six Guineas Also I give and bequeath
0014: unto Mary Coles Wife of William Coles of Henley upon
0015: Thames aforesaid a Mourning Ring of the value of two
0016: Guineas Also I give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughter
0017: Frances the Wife of John Allnatt of Wallingford in the County
0018: of Berks Gentleman one equal Moiety or undivided half part
0019: of all that my Leasehold Estate in the Parish of Bix Gibbon
0020: in the [↑said] County of Oxford held by Lease under Charles Stonor
0021: Esquire and the other equal Moiety or undivided half Part of
0022: the same Estate I give and bequeath unto my beloved Grand
0023: Children Edward Pitt Mary Ann Pitt and Julia Pitt Children
0024: of my late Daughter Ann Pitt deceased equally to be divided
0025: between them share and share alike and in Case of the death
0026: of either of my said Grand Children under the Age of twenty
0027: one years Then I give and bequeath the share of him or
0028: her so dying to the Survivors of them to be equally divided
0029: between them share and share alike And in case of the
0030: death of all but one of my said Grand Children under the
0031: said Age then I give and bequeath the shares of them so
0032: dying to such only one Also I give and bequeath to my
0033: said Daughter Frances the Wife of the said John Allnatt
0034: one equal Moiety or half Part of all and singular other
0035: my said Personal Estate of what nature or kind soever not
0036: hereinbefore disposed of [↑and the other equal Moiety or half part
0037: of all and singular other my said Personal Estate of what nature or
0038: kind soever not hereinbefore disposed of] I give and bequeath to my said
0039: Grand Children the said Edward Pitt Mary Ann Pitt and
0040: Julia Pitt equally to be divided beetween them share and
0041: share alike And in case of the death of either of my said
0042: Grand Children under the said Age then I give and bequeath
0043: the share of him or her so dying to the Survivors of them to
0044: be equally divided between them share and share alike and
0045: in case of the death of all but one of my said Grand
0046: Children under the said Age then I give and bequeath
0047: the shares of them so dying to such only one
0048: And I hereby nominate constitute and Appoint my Son
0049: in Law William Pitt of Eton in the County of Bucks Mercer
0050: sole Executor of this my Will hereby revoking all former
0051: and other Wills at any time heretofore [↑by me] made And I do
0052: hereby declare this and only this to be my last Will and
0053: Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my
0054: hand and seal the seventeenth Day of May in the year of
0055: our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty two
0056:
0057: The mark of X Mary Benwell [seal]
0058:
0059: Signed Sealed Published
0060: and declared by the above named Mary Benwell the
0061: Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the
0062: presence of us who at her request and in her presence
0063: and in the Presence of each other have subscribed our
0064: Names as Witnesses thereto
0065:
0066: T Cooper
0067: Thomas Cooper Jun[io]r
0068: Tho[ma]s Ford
0069:  

Preparation of this entry

Post status: Published
Transcript by: the author
Author: Cynthia
Checked by: Anthony Lynch
Date posted: 09th November 2013
Date modified: 01st February 2014

Comments

In the copy from which this transcript was made, lines 31 to 47 are repeated after line 47 and crossed out. Originally there were two villages at Bix - Bix Brand and Bix Gibwyn.  It is the latter that is being referred to in this will as Bix Gibbon.