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Will of Mary Davis

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: ORO MSS Oxon Wills 125/4/30
First date: 07 July 1784
Probate date: 15 April 1790
Probate court: Not stated

Executors, Witnesses and Court Officials etc.

Executor: William Slater
(Joint)
Executor: William Chessall
(Joint)
Witness: Sarah Willmot
Witness: Jane Dunnward
Witness: Robert Eling
(Also witness to first codicil)
Witness: William East
(Witnessed first codicil only; provided affidavit in support of second codicil)
Other: John Flight
(Provided affidavit to support second Codicil)
Court Official: Andrew Walsh
Court Official: Samuel Forster

Bequests

To: Mary Davis (Sister in law)

To Mary Davis, my sister in law, ten pounds and if she has died before the legacy becomes due, then it shall go to her younger children equally, but not her eldest son Artois (Winter).

Bequest Types

Names

To: Artois Winter (Nephew)

To Artois Winter, ten pounds (including five pounds being half of the legacy previously left to Elizabeth Core, daughter of Mr. Pauling Hill, since dead).

Bequest Types

Names

To: John Davis; William Davis

To John Davis, of Bolter End, Bucks, Wheeler, ten pounds and to William his son, five pounds

Bequest Types

Names

To: Robert Norcott; John Norcott

To Robert Norcott, of Henley, Labourer, ten pounds and to his brother John Norcott, ten pounds

Bequest Types

Names

To: Mary Darling; Ann Darling; Sarah Darling; Elizabeth Darling (Niece)

To Mary Darling, widow of John Darling of Remenham, Berks, ten pounds and to her two sisters Ann and Sarah, ten pounds each.  To Elizabeth, sister of Mary Darling, five pounds

Bequest Types

Names

To: Elizabeth Devon (Cousin)

To my cousin Elizabeth Devon, of Watlington, ten pounds and a further five pounds as the legacy to Mrs. Core is now dead; and a further five pounds totalling twenty pounds to her children and her sisters' children

Bequest Types

Names

To: Mary Hill (Cousin)

To my cousin, Mary, sister of Mr. Pauling Hill, ten pounds but if she should die before the legacy become due, then to her children.

Bequest Types

Names

To: Hester Crossby; Ann Crossby

To Hester Crossby, and her sister Ann Crossby, the house in Friday Street on the North side of the Street, occupied by .... Berkley for ever as tenants in common;  also to Hester Crossby one plain gold ring and the ring with the stone to Nancy Crossby

Bequest Types

Location of property

Names

To: Thomas Slater; Mary Slater

To Thomas and Mary Slater, son and daughter of William Slater, deceased of Henley baker, the property where I lived also on the North side of Friday street, on the west side adjoining my other house and now occupied by John Flight for ever.  Also to Mary, my bed, my plain gold ring and watch.

Bequest Types

Location of property

Names

To: Charles Hill

To Charles Hill and his wife, one guinea each

Bequest Types

Names

To: Pauling Hill

To Mr Pauling Hill, of Watlington, Cordwainer, ten pounds

Bequest Types

Names

To: Mr. Hine

To Mr. Hine of Watlington Mills, five pounds

Bequest Types

Names

To: Mary Hill

To the daughter of Mary Hill, of Wal[r]grave, two table spoons

Bequest Types

Names

To: Kazia Wilmot; Sally Wilmot

To Kezia Wilmot my buckles and to Sally Wilmot, my studs

Bequest Types

Names

To: William Chipp; Henry Chipp; Mary Chipp

To ..... Chipp, daughter of William Chipp, deceased, five pounds and her brothers William Henry and sister Mary, one guinea each to be given to William Slater for their use

Bequest Types

Names

To: William Harding

To William Harding, son of William Harding, deceased late of Bix, eight pounds

Bequest Types

Names

To: Matthew Chipp

To Matthew Chipp, of Grays parish, ten pounds  

Bequest Types

Names

To: Ann Slater

To Ann Slater, wife of William Slater, ten pounds

Bequest Types

Names

To: Thomas Hill

To Thomas Hill, of Windsor Forest, five pounds

Bequest Types

Names

To: Poor of Henley parish

To the Poor of the parish of Henley, forty shillings to be distributed in bread by my executors.

Bequest Types

Names

To: William Slater; William Chessall

To William Slater and William Chessall, son of Matthew Chessall, of Henley, two guineas each

Bequest Types

Names

To: Morse; Toomer; Smith

To Mrs. Morse, Mrs. Toomer and the wife of Thomas Smith all now or late of Henley, one guinea each

Bequest Types

Names

To: Elizabeth Eling; Frances Eling; Peggy Eling

To Elizabeth, Frances and Peggy, daughters of Robert Eling, one guinea each

Bequest Types

Names

To: Mary Sayer

To Mary Sayer, five pounds, and the furniture of the parlour (not the closet) providing I continue to live with her until my death.

Bequest Types

Names

To: Frances Pigeon

To Frances, wife of Joseph Pigeon, half a guinea

Bequest Types

Names

To: Mary Gardener

To Mary Gardener, half a guinea

Bequest Types

Names

To: Blackall

To the four children of Augustine Blackall deceased, now living at Henley, half a guinea each

Bequest Types

Names

To: Davis (Niece)

To the daughter of John Davis, formerly of Henley, labourer, and brother in law of my late husband, five pounds

Bequest Types

Names

To: Frances Harris

To Frances Harris, wife of William Harris,  half a guinea

Bequest Types

Names

To: Slater; Mary Darling; Ann Darling; Sarah Darling; Harding

To Mrs. Slater, my clothes and linen, as she wishes to choose with the rest to the three sisters mentioned in my will (Mary, Ann and Sarah Darling) and William Harding's wife.

Bequest Types

Names

To: John Davis; Robert Norcott; John Norcott; Mary Darling; Ann Darling; Sarah Darling; Mrs. Core

My residue to John Davis; Robert Norcott; John Norcott; Ann Slater; Mary Darling; Ann Darling; Sarah Darling and Mrs. Core, equally

Bequest Types

Names

Transcript

0001: In the Name of God Amen I Mary Davis of Henley upon Thames
0002: in the County of Oxford Widow being advanced in Years but of sound and disposing Mind Memory & Understanding
0003: thanks be to God for the same Do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and
0004: form following (that is to say) I Give and bequeath to my Sister in Law Mary Davis the Sum of Ten Pounds to
0005: be paid by my Executors hereinafter named within Twelve Months next after my Decease & in case she should not so
0006: long live then the said Ten Pounds to be equally divided between her Children. I Give and bequeath to Artois
0007: Winter Five Pounds I Give and bequeath to John Davis of Bolters End Bucks Wheeler Ten Pounds and to William his Son
0008: Five Pounds I Give & bequeath to Robert Norcott of Henley aforesaid Labourer Ten Pounds and to John Norcott his Brother
0009: the like sum of Ten Pounds I Give and bequeath to Mary Darling Widow of John Darling of Remenham Berks Ten
0010: Pounds and to her two Sisters Ann and Sarah Ten Pounds each. Also to Elizabeth Sister of the said Mary Darling I give
0011: the Sum of Five Pounds they being Nephews & Nieces of W[illia]m Davis my late Husband I Give and bequeath to my cousin
0012: Elizabeth Devon of Watlington Oxfordshire and to my Cousin Mary the Sister of Mr. Pauling Hill Ten Pounds a piece
0013: to be paid to them respectively within twelve Months next after my Decease & if either of Them shall happen to die
0014: before Her Legacy shall become due then the Legacy of Her so dying to go to the Child or Children of Her so happening to die
0015: as aforesaid I Give Devise and Bequeath to Miss Hester Crossby and her Sister Ann Crossby the House in Friday
0016: Street in Henley upon Thames aforesaid being on the North Side of the said Street and now in the occupation of
0017: Berkley with the Appurtenances thereunto belonging to hold the same and every Part thereof unto the said Hester Crossby
0018: and Ann Crossby their Heirs and Assigns for ever for their own proper Use & Benefit as Tenants in Common and not as
0019: joint Tenants. I Give devise and Bequeath to Thomas Slater and Mary Slater Son and Daughter of William
0020: Slater late of Henley Baker All that Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances wherein I lately dwelt situate
0021: standing and being also on the North Side of Friday Street in Henley aforesaid adjoining on the West side to the House
0022: above mentioned and is now in the Occupation of John Flight to hold the same and every Part thereof unto the said
0023: Tho[ma]s Slater and Mary Slater their Heirs and Assigns for ever for his her and their own proper Use and Benefit
0024: as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants I Give and bequeath to Mr. Charles Hill & Mrs. Hill his Wife
0025: One Guinea each. I Give and bequeath to Mr. Pauling Hill aforesaid of Watlington Oxfordshire Cordwainer Five
0026: Pounds To his Daughter Core Ten Pounds and to his Son Thomas Five Pounds I Give and Bequeath to Mr.
0027: Hine of Watlington Mills the Sum of Five Pounds I Give and bequeath to Chipp daughter of Will[ia]m Chipp
0028: deceased Five Pounds and to Her two Brothers Will[ia]m and Henry & her Sister Mary one Guinea each to be deposited
0029: in the Hands of the s[ai]d Will[ia]m Slater and applied to their Use. I Give to William Harding Son of W[illia]m Harding deceased
0030: late of Bix in the County of Oxford the Sum of Seven Pounds. I Give & Bequeath to Mr. Matthew Chipp of the Parish of
0031: Grays the Sum of Ten Pounds I Give & Bequeath to Ann Slater Wife of the said William Slater the Sum of Ten Pounds
0032: I Give and Bequeath to Thomas Hill of Windsor Forest the sum of Five Pounds I Give & Bequeath to the Poor of the
0033: Parish of Henley aforesaid Forty Shillings to be distributed among them [↑in Bread] by my Executors hereinafter named within one
0034: Month next after my Decease I Give & Bequeath to Mr. W[illia]m Slater aforesaid & to Mr. W[illia]m Chessall Son of Mr. Matt[he]w
0035: Chessall of Henley upon Thames Two Guineas each I Give & Bequeath to Mrs. Morse Mrs. Toomer and the Wife of
0036: Thomas Smith all now or late of Henley One Guinea each. I Give & Bequeath to Elizabeth, Frances and Peggy
0037: Daughters of Rob[er]t Eling One Guinea each. I Give & Bequeath to Miss Mary Sayer One Guinea and also the
0038: Furniture of my Parlour (but not of the Closet) provided I continue with Her to dwell till the Time of my Decease
0039: I Give to Frances the Wife of Joseph Pigeon Half a Guinea I Give & Bequeath to Mary Gardener
0040: and to the Four Children of Augustine Blackall deceased who now reside at Henley Half a Guinea each
0041: And my Will & meaning is that my Executors hereinafter named shall and may deduct & keep to their own Use out
0042: of my Estate all such Sums of Money Charges & Expences which they may lay out disburse expend or be put unto for or
0043: by reason of this my Will or the Execution of the Trust hereby reposed in Them And further my Will & Meaning is that
0044: all the above Legacies shall be paid within Twelve Months next after my Decease. All the rest residue & remainder of my Estates
0045: & Effects whatsoever & wheresoever I Give & Bequeath unto the said John Davis, Rob[er]t Norcott, John Norcott, Ann Slater
0046: Mary Darling & her two Sisters Ann & Sarah & the said Mrs. Core share and share alike And I nominate constitute & appoint
0047: the said W[illia]m Slater & the said W[illia]m Chessall joint Executors of this my Will hereby revoking and declaring void all former Will
0048: & Wills by me made and I do declare this and this only to be my true last Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my
0049: Hand and Seal the Seventh Day of July in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and eighty four
0050:
0051: Mary Davis
0052:
0053: Signed Sealed Published & declared by the said Mary Davis the Testator as and for her
0054: last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and
0055: in the presence of each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereunto
0056:
0057: Sarah Willmot
0058: Jane Dunnward
0059: Rob[er]t Eling
0060:
0061: April 15th 1790
0062:
0063: William Slater one of the Executors in this Will named
0064: was sworn as well to the truth thereof as also of the two Codicils
0065: hereto annexed and that the Effects are under three hundred
0066: pounds power reserved before me
0067:
0068: J. Forster Surrogate
0069:
0070: Be it known unto all Men by these Presents That I
0071: Mary Davis of Henley upon Thames in the County of Oxford Widow made published and declared my
0072: last Will and Testament in Writing bearing Date the Seventh Day of July in the Year of our Lord one
0073: Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty-four I the said Mary Davis by this Codicil do ratify and
0074: confirm my said last Will and Testament (except as herein is excepted and hereby altered or made void)
0075: Namely Whereas I have therein given and bequeathed to Artois Winter the Sum of Five Pounds I now
0076: give and bequeath unto him the said Artois Winter the further sum of Five Pounds being a moiety or
0077: half part of a Legacy of Ten Pounds therein given and bequeathed [↑to] Elizabeth Core Daughter of Mr. Pauling
0078: Hill she being since dead. The other moiety or half part thereof I give and bequeath to Mr. Core the then
0079: Husband of the said Mrs. Core. I Give and bequeath to the said Mr. Pauling Hill the further Sum of Five
0080: Pounds being the Legacy before given & bequeathed to his Son Thomas who is since Dead I give and bequeath
0081: to the Daughter of John Davis formerly of Henley aforesaid Labourer and Brother of my late Husband the Sum of Five
0082: Pounds. I disannul and make void the Legacy of Ten Pounds given and bequeathed to Mr. Matthew Chipp
0083: and Give and bequeath to his Children one Guinea each. I also disannul and make void the Legacy of
0084: one Guinea given and bequeathed to Miss Mary Sayer and now Give and bequeath to Her the said Mary
0085: Sayer the Sum of Five Pounds together with the Furniture of the Parlor as it is expressed in my said Will
0086: I Give and bequeath to Frances Harris wife of William Harris Half a Guinea. Mrs. Core being dead as aforesaid
0087: it is not intended that [↑her] heir should be one of the residuary Legatees And my Will and meaning is that this Codicil or
0088: Schedule be adjudged to be part and parcel of my said Will and Testament, and that all things therein mentioned
0089: and contained be faithfully and truly performed and as fully and amply in all respects as if the same were so
0090: declared and set down in my said last Will and Testament. Witness my Hand and Seal this Thirtieth Day of
0091: November in the Year of our [Lord] One thousand Seven hundred and Eighty seven.
0092:
0093: Mary Davis
0094:
0095: Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said
0096: Mary Davis the Testatrix to be a Codicil to her last Will
0097: and Testament in the presence of Us who in Her presence
0098: at Her request and in the presence of each other have
0099: subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto.
0100:
0101: Rob[er]t Eling
0102: William East
0103:
0104: Sep[tember] 8th 1788
0105: It is my will and desire that the Legacy of
0106: Ten pounds which I left to Mr. Matthew Chip
0107: do remain as in my Will dated the Seventh day
0108: of July one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty four
0109: and not a bequest of one Guinea to each of his
0110: Children mentioned in the Codicil which bequest to them
0111: I desire may be void.
0112: Likewise the five pound left to Mr. Cole it is my
0113: very great desire should be added to the Legacy of Ten
0114: pounds left in my will to Elizabeth Devon with five
0115: pounds more to make up the sum of twenty pound
0116: to be equally divided among the Children of the Said
0117: Elizabeth Devon and the Children of her two Sisters.
0118: And further I wish one pound to be added to the Seven
0119: pound left to William Harding and that he should
0120: come in equal Legatee with those mentioned in my
0121: Will.
0122: And if Mary Davis the Sister of my late Husband should
0123: not be living I desire the Ten pound left to her shall
0124: come to her Younger Children, and not to her Eldest
0125: Son Artois.
0126: In regard to Clothes and linnen it is my desire for
0127: Mrs Slater to have the disposal of to take what
0128: she likes herself and then distribute the rest to the
0129: three Sisters mentioned in my will and the Wife of William
0130: Harding. The Bed for Mary Slater one of my plain
0131: Gold rings and the watch for her likewise. The other plain
0132: ring for Hetty Crossby and the ring with the Stone for Nancy
0133: Crossby. My Buckles to Kezia Wilmot and the Studs to Sally Wilmot
0134: and my two table spoons to the Daughter of Mary Hill who now
0135: lives at Walgrave, Witness my Hand this eighth day of September one
0136: Thousand seven Hundred and Eighty Eight
0137: Mary Davis
0138: April 15th 1790
0139: Which day appeared personally William East of the
0140: parish of Henley upon Thames in the County of Oxford Taylor
0141: and being sworn on the Holy Evangelists to depose the
0142: truth, made Oath as follows, that he this Deponent
0143: knew and was well acquainted with Mary Davis late
0144: of the said parish of Henley upon Thames, Widow deceased
0145: for some time before, and untill the time of her Death
0146: and having often seen her Write and Subscribe her
0147: Name to Writings, is become well acquainted with
0148: her manner and character of Hand Writing and
0149: Subscription, and he this Deponent having now carefully
0150: viewed and perused the paper Writing hereunto annexed
0151: purporting to be and contain a Codicil to the last Will and
0152: Testament of the said deceased, beginning thus "Sep y
0153: 8. 1788 It is my will and desire" and ending thus
0154: "Witness my Hand this eighth day of September, one
0155: "thousand seven hundred and eighty eight" and thus
0156: Subscribed Mary Davis he this Deponent doth
0157: verily and in his conscience believe that the Name Mary
0158: Davis, so subscribed to the said paper Writing beginning and
0159: ending as aforesaid is of the proper Hand Writing of the
0160: said Mary Davis deceased
0161:
0162: William East
0163:
0164: Sameday
0165: the said William East was Sworn to
0166: the truth of this Affidavit
0167: before me,
0168: S. Forster Surrogate
0169: In the presence of And[re]w Walsh Not[ary] Pub[lic]
0170:
0171: April 16th 1790
0172:
0173: Which day appeared personally John Flight of the
0174: parish of Henley upon Thames in the County of Oxford Fisherman
0175: and being Sworn on the Holy Evangelists to depose the truth
0176: made Oath as follows, that he this Deponent knew and was
0177: well acquainted with Mary Davis late of the said parish of
0178: Henley upon Thames, Widow, deceased, for sometime before
0179: and untill the time of her Death, and having often seen
0180: her Write and Subscribe her Name to Writings, is become
0181: well acquainted with her manner and character of Hand
0182: Writing and Subscription, and he this Deponent having
0183: now carefully viewed and perused the paper Writing
0184: hereunto annexed purporting to be and contain a Codicil
0185: to the last Will and Testament of the said deceased
0186: beginning thus "Sep. y. 8. 1788. It is my Will and desire"
0187: and ending thus "Witness my Hand this eighth day of
0188: September, one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight"
0189: and thus subscribed Mary Davis he this Deponent
0190: doth verily and in his conscience believe that the Name
0191: Mary Davis, so Subscribed to the said paper Writing
0192: beginning and ending as aforesaid is of the proper Hand
0193: Writing of the said Mary Davis deceased
0194:
0195: John Flight
0196:
0197: Sameday
0198: the said John Flight was sworn to
0199: the truth of this Affidavit
0200: before me
0201: J. Cox Jun.
0202: In the presence of And[re]w Walsh Not[ary] Pub[lic]

Preparation of this entry

Post status: Published
Transcript by: the author
Author: Cynthia
Checked by: Anthony Lynch
Date posted: 04th March 2014
Date modified: 23rd April 2014