* Wills and Deeds *

 

Joshua Beardmore - 1775 -

Jonathan Wathen - 1667 -

Jonathan Wathen - 1808

Joseph Wathen - 1786

Phillipp Wathen - 1632 -

Samuel Wathen - 1787

William Wathen - 1789

 

 

 

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The Will of Jonathan Wathen
of Kings Stanley, Gloucestershire
August 21, 1667

 

In the name of God amen The one and twentieth day of August in the year of the Lord

according to the computation of the Church of England one thousand six hundred sixty seven

Jonathan Wathen of Kings Stanley in the county of Glouc: Clothier being in healthy and

perfect memory praised be god but knowing not how long I shall soe continue do herein m[ake]

Ordaine my last will and testament in manner following First I bequeath my soul into [the]

hands of Allmyhtie god my maker and redeemer and my Body to be buried in Christian []

hoping through the merritts of Christ my Saviour it shall at the last day be raised again [to]

Reigne with him in his everlasting glory And as for my worldly goods wherever the Lord [? in his]

mercy hath vouchsafed to bless me I give and bequeath in manner and forme following

First I give and bequeath unto Jonathon Wathen my youngest sone ten shillings of currant

English money Item I give and bequeath unto Dorcas my daughter wife of Thomas Holl[iday?]

ten shillings of currant English money Item I give and bequeath unto Sara wife [of]

William ffrape another daughter twenty pounds of currant English money to be

paid unto her within three months after my decease Item all the residue of my

goods as well as personal movable or immovable my debts owing unto me (my [..]

that I owe being discharged and funeral expenses disbursed) I give and bequeath unto

Thomas Wathen my oldest sone whom I doe make my sole and whole Executor of this

my last will and testament And I make and ordaine Edward Wathen my brother

and [Jonathon crossed out] Phillip Wathen my kinsman bothe of Rodborowe my Overseers of this my last

will and testament earnestly entreatring them to take som paynes and carre that my

will herein bequeathed may faithfully bee fulfilled And I hereby anihillate and

disanull all other wills and bequests by me formerly made willed or bequeathed and

this only to stand as my last will and Testament

 

Jonathan Wathen

 

Written made and my mee approved

with my hand and seale annexed

to this my last will and Testament

in the presence of us

Richard Byham?

Richard Wood X his mark

Aball Sandford?

 

 

The Will of Phillipp Wathen
of Rodborough, Gloucestershire
August 28, 1631

 

In the name of God Amen; the

xxviijth [28th] daie pf August Anno D[omi]ni 1631 And in the Seaventh yeare of the Raign of our

most gratious Sov[er]aigne Lord Charles by the grace of god of England Scotland, Frannce

and Ireland Kinge Defender of the faith &c I: Phillipp : Wathen . of Rodborough in the County

of Glouc[ester] Clothier beinge sicke in body but of good and p[er]fect memory Laude honoure and prayse

be given to the Almightie god Doe make and declare this my last will and Testam[en]t in writtinge

in manner and forme followinge that is to saye, Firste and principally I doe give and bequeath

my soule into the hand[es] of ^ The Almighty God my Creato[r] and Redeememer and my bodye to the earth

from whence the same was taken to be buried w[i]thin Christian buriall accordinge to the discretion

of my executor and Overseers hereafter menc[i]oned And as for Worldley good[es] I doe hereafter

give and bequeath as followeth First I doe give and bequeath unto my sonne Edward Wathen

all my Ded[es], evidenc[es] Ch[art]res, Writting[es], escript[es], and Mynum[en]t[es] w[hi]ch concerneth my land called

the Man[or] of Archerd[es] and alsoe I doe give unto the said Edward Wathe[n] my sonne all the said

Messuage, Land[ed], Tenem[en]t[es], meadowes and p[re]misses with th'app[ur]ten[a]nc[es] and everie p[ar]te and p[ar]cell

thereof belinginge to the said Messuage called Archers to have and to hold to him the said Edward

Wathen and heyres w[i]th other Remainders accordingly as the same Lande[es] and p[re]miss[es]

are and weare heretofore Conveyed and assured by me unto Jasp[er] Estcombe gent[leman] and Giles

Masson and to their heires to the uses, intent[es], and purposes spec[ifi]ed, Comprissed, and

declared in one Deede thereof made bearinge date the xxijth [22nd] daie of July in the yeares

of the Reigne of our Soveraigne James by the grace of god of ENgland and Frannce

and Ireland the xiijth [13th] and of Scotland the xlviijth [48th] [22-July-1615] more and as large the same app[ear]eth

Item I doe give and bequeath unto Phillipp Wathen my eldest sonne in money Tenne

pound[es] to be paid unto him w[i]thin Sixe moneths next after my decease Item I doe

give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Clayffields my eldest daughter three yeard[es] of

M[ ]ley [mulsin?] Cloth and Fower yard[es] of narrow Redcloth to make her a gounde and petticoate Item I doe

give and bequeath unto Margerie Barnare my youngest daughter in money Five shilling[es].

Item I doe give unto Jonathan Wathen my sonne in money Tenn pound[es] to be paide unto him

Within Sixe moneths next after my decease, alsoe I doe give unto him sixe peeces of my best

pewter Item I doe give unto Alice my Wife duringe her naturall life the use of my cloth mark

and after her decease I dow give the said cloth mark unto my sonne Jonathan Wathen Item I doe

give and bequeath unto Phillipp Wathen my grandchild sonne of Edward Wathen and to

his heires for ever, all that meadowe ground called the Eameth contayneinge Five acres

 

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more or less w[i]th th'app[ur]ten[a]nc[es] w[hi]ch lande I heretofore bought and purchased of Thomas

Frigg and William Frigg, To have and to hould the said meadowe ground called the

Eameth from and ymediatly after the decease of Alice my nowe wifen, unto the saide

Phillipp Wathen (sonne of the said Edward) and to his heires for evermore, and alsoe I doe

give unto him all such Deed[es] and evidenc[es] w[hi]ch concerneth the same ground Item my Will

is that Alice my Wife shall have the use and occupac[i]on of the one halfe or moytie of all

my housholdestuffe and ymplem[en]t[es] of household for and duringe the tearme of her naturall

life to by lymitted and appointed to her by my Overseers Item all the residue of my good[es]

Cattles and CHattles moveable, and unmovable not before or hereafter given and bequeathed

I doe give and bequeath unto Edward Wathen my sonne whome I doe hereby make my whole

executor to see by debt[es] paid, legacies, and funerall expences discharged and this my last

Will and testament p[er]formed and alsoe I doe give and bequeath unto Alice my nowe wife two

kynne1 and Thirty Bushells of Barley and the one half of all by haye, and I doe make

ordayne and appoint Richard Wood, and Thomas Frigg overseers of this my last Will and

Testamt and I give unto the poore Rodborow Sixe shilling[es] eight pence in Witnes

wherof I th'aforesaid Phillip Wathen have unto sealed, and suscribed date the daie

and yeare above written s[igned] Phillip Wathen. / Sealled and deliv[er]ed in the p[re]sent[es] of Jonathan

Wathen, Anned Masson her m[ar]k. Phillipp Wathen Junior, M[ar]grett Horrold m[ar]ke

Tho[mas] Bubbe ./

 

Probatum; fuit testamentum suprascriptum apud London

Coram venerabili viro magistro Basilio Wood legum doctore Surrogato venerabilis

viri Domini Henrici Marten militis legum etiam doctoris Curie Prerogative Cantuari[iensis]

magistri Custodis sive Commissarij legitime COnstituti Undecimo die mensis Junji Anno

Domini Millesimo Sexcentesimo Tricesimo Secundo [11-June-1632] Juramento Edwardi Wathen filij

naturalils et legitimi dicti defuncti et executoris in huiusmodi testamento nominato Cui Com[m]issa

fuit administratio ominium et singulorum bonorum Jurium et Creditorum dicti defunct De

bene et fideliter adiminstatio eadem Ad sancta Dei Evangelia Jurat./ ex[aminatur]

 

1 kyne/kine - Cows: cattle, usually the milking cows in a herd

 

 

The Will of Joshua Beardmore
founder of Saint Giles without Cripplegate London
Written Dec. 4, 1773
Proven Sept. 27, 1775

 

SUMMARY:

"This is the last Will and testament of me Joshua Beardmore of the parish of Saint Giles without Cripplegate London citizen and founder . . . "

  • He mentions "my late brother Jonathan (deceased)" and refers to "Ann Beardmore, widow of my late brother Jonathan at Nottingham".
    1.  
      [The will then mentions five family, who are likely to be children of Jonathan and Ann.]
    2. He leaves money to William and Joseph Beardmore in trust for their "sister Mary, my niece".

    3. He leaves money to "William Beardmore . . hosier in London".

    4. He leaves money to "Sarah Beardmore . . . at Nottingham".

    5. He leaves money to "John Beardmore . . . cooper at Nottingham".

    6. He leaves money to "Joseph Beardmore . . . son of my late brother Jonathan".
       
      [Four children are not mentioned and are presumed to be dead -- the first John, who would have been the eldest child. Also, Joshua, George and Thomas.]

"I have set my hand and seal this fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy three."

Joshua Beardmore

"This Will was proved at London the twenty seventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy five before . . . "