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Will of Mary Forster


  • 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: ORO MSS Oxon Wills 128/2/45
First date: 07 June 1748
Probate date: 02 January 1748/9
Probate court: Oxford

Executors, Witnesses and Court Officials etc.

Executrix: Sarah Woolgar
(Sarah Woolgar was not sworn as an executrix after the death of the Testatrix.)
Executrix: Mary Luxford
Executrix: Ann Luxford
Court Official: William Stockwood
Court Official: Jenkin Owen
Court Official: Hayman
Court Official: John Stewart
(Dep[uty] Registrar)
Other: Henry Brooke
Witness: Tho[mas] Newell
Witness: Alice Ransford


To: Mary Luxford (Niece)

All the Linen Woolen and other Goods she had brought to the house without giving any account for the same.

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To: Ann Luxford, Mary Luxford, Sarah Woolgar (Sister)

Residue of Goods, Chattels and Ready Money to be shared equally between Sarah Woolgar, Sister of the Testatrix, Mary Luxford, Niece of the Testratrix and Ann Luxford, the daughter of Mary Luxford.

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0001: In the Name of God Amen I Mary Forster of Henley upon Thames in the County
0002: of Oxford Widow being of Sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding and calling to Mind the
0003: uncertainty of this Life do make publish and Declare this my last Will and Testment in manner
0004: and form following and first and Principally I commend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty
0005: God my creator hoping thro' the Meritts and Mediation of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to
0006: have remission of all my Sins and to be made partaker of ever lasting Life and my Body I
0007: committ to the Earth to be decently Buried by my Executrixes hereinafter named in the same
0008: manner as my late Dear husband was and as for my Wordly Estate which the Lord out of his
0009: Mercy hath bestowed upon me I Give and Dispose thereof (as followeth) (that is to say) My
0010: Will and Desire is and I hereby Direct that my Neice Mary Luxford shall have and take to
0011: herself all the Linnen Woollen and [↑all] other Goods She brought to my House without
0012: giving any account for the same All the rest and residue of my Goods Chatteles ready
0013: Money and Estate whatsoever and wheresoever after Payment of my just Debts
0014: Legacies and Funerall Expences I Give and Bequeath to and amongst my Sister
0015: Sarah Woolgar My Neice Mary Luxford and Ann Luxford her Daughter Equally to be
0016: divided between them Share and Share alike and I do hereby constitute and appoint
0017: my said Sister Sarah Woolgar the said Mary Luxford and Ann Luxford her Daughter
0018: joint Executrixes of this my last Will and Testament And my Will is further That in
0019: case my said Sister Sarah Woolgar should happen to dye that her Share or part should
0020: go to and amongst her Children I Revoke all Wills by me heretofore made and declare
0021: this to be my last Will and Testament only And in Testimony that this Writing is and
0022: contains my last Will and Testament I the said Mary Forster have hereunto Set my Hand
0023: and Seal this Seventh Day June in the year of our Lord One Thousand
0024: Seven hundred and forty eight
0026: Mary Forster X her marke
0028: Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said
0029: Mary Forster the Testatrix as and for her last Will
0030: and Testament in the presence of us who have
0031: hereunto Subscribed our Names as Witnesses in the
0032: presence of the said Testatrix
0034: Tho[mas] Newell
0035: Alice Ransford X
0036: her marke

Preparation of this entry

Post status: Published
Transcript by: the author
Author: Cynthia
Checked by: Anthony Lynch
Date posted: 17th September 2013
Date modified: 23rd April 2014


Mary Luxford and Ann Luxford sworn as executrixes; and not apparently Sarah Woolgar. In connection with proving the will of Mary Forster, an oath was administered on 28 January 1748/9 before William Stockwood by these two executrixes that they believed the will was the last Will and Testament of Mary Forster and that they would faithfully administer by payment of the debts and legcies and exhibit a full inventory as well as giving a true and just account of their administration when required to do so. Seal probably covered for protection