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Will of William Smith



Baker of Henley upon Thames

Document reference: TNA PROB 11/1224
First date: 20 June 1784
Probate date: 04 October 1792
Probate court: London

Executors, Witnesses and Court Officials etc.

Executrix: Elizabeth Smith
Relationship: Wife
Witness: T Cooper
Witness: Thomas Ford
Witness: Francis Moon
Court Official: George Harris
Court Official: William Wynne


To: Elizabeth Smith (Wife)

To my wife Elizabeth Smith my woodland, roughly 35 acres, in Hambledon, Bucks, known as Adam's Wood and Bottom Wood, for ever subject to a mortgage and an agreement between myself and James Pitt for the sale of a small part of the woodland.  I also give my wife, the remaining term in my half share in two leasehold properties in Market Street, Newport Market, Westminster, for ever. I also give my wife the rest and residue of my property.    

Bequest Types

Location of property



0001: In the Name of God Amen
0002: I William Smith of Henley upon Thames in the
0003: County of Oxford Baker being of sound and disposing
0004: Mind Memory and Understanding do make publish and
0005: declare my last Will and Testament in manner
0006: and form following (that is to say) I will and
0007: direct that all my just Debts Funeral and Testamen[tar]y
0008: [↑expences] be fully paid and satisfied I give and devise unto
0009: my dearly beloved Wife Elizabeth Smith all those my
0010: thirty five acres of wood Land (be the same more
0011: or less) situate lying and being in the Parish of
0012: Hambledon in the County of Bucks called or known
0013: by the several Names of Adams's Wood and Bottom
0014: Wood and also all other my Real Estate in the
0015: said Parish of Hambledon or elsewhere To hold unto
0016: and to the use of my said Wife Elizabeth Smith
0017: her Heirs and Assigns for ever Subject nevertheless
0018: to and charged and chargeable with the payment
0019: of the Mortgage Money due thereon And also to
0020: an Agreement made by me with Mr James Pitt
0021: for the Sale of a small part thereof which
0022: said Mortgage and Agreement I hereby direct my
0023: said Wife to confirm and carry into Execution
0024: and also Subject to the payment of my Debts in
0025: case any deficiency shall happen in my
0026: personal Estate Also I give devise and bequeath unto
0027: and to the use of my said Wife All that my Moiety
0028: half part or share of and in two Leasehold Messuages
0029: or Tenements with the Appurt[enance]s situate in Market
0030: Street near Newport Market in the Parish of Saint
0031: Ann in the Liberty of Westminster To hold unto her
0032: my said Wife her Executors Administrators & Assigns
0033: for all the residue of the Term I have to come
0034: therein Also I give devise and bequeath unto and
0035: to the use of her my said Wife her Heirs Executors
0036: Administrators and Assigns for ever all the rest
0037: residue and remainder of my Real and Personal
0038: Estates whatsoever and wheresoever to and for her
0039: and their own use and benefit absolutely and I do
0040: hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said
0041: beloved Wife Elizabeth Smith full and sole Executrix of
0042: this my Will and Lastly I do hereby revoke and
0043: make void all former and other Wills by me at
0044: any time heretofore made and do declare this and
0045: this only my true last Will and Testament In
0046: Witness whereof I the said William Smith the Testator
0047: have to this my last Will and Testament set
0048: my Hand and Seal this twentieth day of June
0049: in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven
0050: hundred and eighty four
0052: William Smith [Seal]
0054: Signed
0055: Sealed published and declared by the above named
0056: William Smith the Testator as and for his last
0057: Will and Testament in the presence of us who in
0058: his presence at his request and in the presence of
0059: each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses
0060: thereto
0062: T. Cooper
0063: Tho[ma]s Ford
0064: Fra[nci]s Moon

Preparation of this entry

Post status: Published
Transcript by: the author
Author: Cynthia
Checked by: Hilary Fisher
Date posted: 07th March 2014
Date modified: 26th May 2014