Friday, April 18, 2014

Will of Ann Blake, Spinster, Saint James Place, Bristol - The National Archives PROB 11/2068/349, probated 5 Feb 1848

Ann Blake is the testatrix and the bulk of her estate is left to her adopted daughter Eliza Bawdon (the names of Eliza’s parents are also given namely John and Mary Bawdon of Little Bovey, Devon).

On Find My Past Census of Shaldon 1841 there is a Joseph Blake, 44, merchant, born in Devon with wife Elizabeth, 40, born in Devon.

The 1830 Pigot’s Directory of Gloucester shows a John Blake, Gent, living at St James’ Place, Kingsdown Bristol. There is also a John Blake, Surgeon, Colston Parade, Bristol.

There are too many Thomas Willcocks marrying Eliza(beth) to separate out this line.

Further searching for a John Blake, surgeon, Bristol did not help to link this Ann Blake with any particular family.

Elizabeth Blake is living with John and Mary Metherell on the 1841 Census at North Bovey in District 7. She is independent and John is a Miller. All three are born in Devon. Elizabeth is 55, John is 55 and Mary is 60. The 1851 Census Elizabeth Blake is living at North Bovey at Aller Farm where William Shears (born at North Bovey, 44 years)) and Susan Blake Shears (40 Years) are the head and his wife. There is a large group living there which includes their son George 19, daughter Susan 15, daughter Elizabeth Blake 12, Mary Grace 11, son John 9, Richard Metherel 7 and Edward 4 and daughter Eliza Metherel 1 (all surname Shears). Susan Blake Shears was born at Combeinteignhead. Also living there George Shears (Father of William, widower and 70 years and he is an annuitant). Elizabeth Blake the Aunt, unmarried and 65 years is an Annuitant and she was born at Bishops Teignton. There are several servants: William Mortimer, John Hill, Eliza Langworthy and William Bond.

Perhaps a breakthrough. William Shears married Susanna Blake Metherell 27 Jul 1830 at North Bovey (Find my Past). Is Susan the daughter of John and Mary Metherell? Are Mary Metherell and Elizabeth Blake sisters? Impossible to tell if the testatrix is a sister to Mary and Elizabeth; she doesn’t state any relationship. Tracing this Blake family has not been very successful but will set aside in case another will is helpful although I have done all the Devon wills at the PCC and the rest were lost in WWII bombing. However I could check my indexes for Metherell.

An interesting record mentioned in the National Archives and held at the Devon Record Office:

Joseph Collings  3419 A/PO9/73  1832

These documents are held at Devon Record Office

Contents:
Now residing in Combeinteignhead. Born in Bishopsteignton. When aged about 12 yrs, he hired himself and served Thomas Blake of the parish, as a yearly servant about 3 yrs. He returned with Thomas Blake, served him by the week about 12 months. Then went to Combeinteignhead, hired himself to serve William Frost under a written agreement for 3 yrs for meat, drink and clothes, to go as a sailor in the William and Nancy sloop out of the port of Teignmouth, which he served out 3 yrs. Remained in the sloop about 16 yrs afterwards. Then he returned to Combeinteignhead where he has resided ever since, about 30 yrs. Further says that about 9 yrs since, he had given to him under the will of the late Elizabeth Brimblecombe, a cellar (worth about 5s per year) during his lifetime. He occupied the cellar in Combeinteignhead about 7 yrs, when it fell down. Then he agreed with Joseph Morgan to give him all the right the examinant had to the cellar if Morgan would rebuild the same, and allow him to lodge in it for his lifetime, which he has done ever since

Another interesting site: http://www.gramstedt.com/familygroup.php?familyID=F6956&tree=England

A John Blake Metherell was born 1815 at Combeinteignhead, Devon but no parents are given. Could he be a brother to Susan Blake Metherell? I was not successful in learning anything further about this Blake line.

Names mentioned in the will:

Ann Blake, testatrix, Bristol
Eliza Bawdon, adopted daughter
John Bawdon, natural father of Eliza, Little Bovey, Devon
Mary Bawdon, natural mother of Eliza, Little Bovey, Devon
Catherine Stockham, widow
William Stockham, husband of Catherine, deceased
Elizabeth Blake, North Bovey, Devon
Mary Russell, cook to the testatrix
Joseph Blake, Shaldon, Devon now of Liverpool, shipowner
Ann Saterley, Devonport, Devon, spinster
Joseph Blake West
John Blake West
Thomas West
Susannah West, wife to Thomas
William Satterley Willcocks, Devonport, Devon
Mary Willcocks, Devonport, Devon
Emma Willcocks, Devonport, Devon
Thomas Willcocks, Devonport, Devon
Thomas Willcocks, Devonport, Devon, deceased
Eliza Willcocks, wife to Thomas, Devonport, Devon, deceased
Elizabeth Grindon (Grindson), friend
Elizabeth Wood, servant
Ann Weaver, housemaid
Henry Woodford, Executor and Trustee, Clevedon, Somerset
William Henry Honnywill, Executor and Trustee, Atherington, Gloucestershire
Mary Metherell, North Bovey
John Metherell, husband to Mary, North Bovey
Mary Langdon, Clifton, Gloucestershire
Lucy Grey Earle, Westbury on Trym, Gloucestershire

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 11 Apr 2014
Source: The National Archives, PROB 11/2068/349
Testator: Ann Blake, Spinster
Place: Saint James Place, Bristol, England
Type of Record: Will
Date of document: 2 Dec 1847, probated 5 Feb 1848
Condition: 19th century English, legible copy

[Margin]: Ann
[Margin]: Blake
[Margin]: 23

1    I Ann Blake of No 18 Saint James’s Place in the
2    out parish of Saint James in the Borough of the City of Bristol and
3    county of the same City spinster do make my last Will and Testament in
4    manner and form following (that is to say) First I direct my Executors
5    hereinafter named to pay and satisfy all my just debts and funeral
6    and testamentary expenses and the expenses of proving this my will I
7    give and devise unto my dear adopted daughter Eliza Bawdon the
8    daughter of John and Mary Bawdon of Little Bovey in the County of
9    Devon All that my messuage or dwelling house and premises wherein
10    I now reside situate in Saint James’s Place aforesaid And also the
11    plot piece or parcel of garden ground lately purchased by me lying be-
12    hind the said dwelling house To hold the same with the appurtenances
13    unto and to the use of the said Eliza Bawdon her heirs and assigns
14    for ever Also I give and bequeath unto the said Eliza Bawdon All
15    my household goods and furniture wine and other liquors plate
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16    linen china glass books paintings and wearing apparel of which
17    I  now am or shall or may be possessed at the time of my decease
18    Also I give and bequeath unto the said Eliza Bawdon the sum of
19    four thousand pounds and also all my notes and shares in the
20    Bristol dock Company and the monies secured thereby Also I give
21    and bequeath unto Catherine Stockeham the widow of William
22    Stockham an annuity or clear yearly sum of twenty pounds for and
23    during the term of her natural life Also I give and bequeath unto
24    Elizabeth Blake of North Bovey in the County of Devon spinster a like annu-
25    ity of clear yearly sum of twenty pounds for and during the term of her natu-
26    ral life Also I give and bequeath unto my Cook Mary Russell in considera-
27    tion of her great infirmity of body an annuity or clear yearly sum of thirty
28    pounds for and during the term of her natural life And for the purpose
29    of providing a fund for securing payment of the said several annuities
30    it is my Will and I hereby direct my trustees and Executors as soon as
31    convenient after my decease to set apart and transfer into their monies so
32    much of my stock in the three pounds and five shillings per cent Bank
33    Annuities or otherwise lay out and invest such a sum of money in the
34    purchase of like or other Government securities as shall be necessary to pro-
35    duce such annuities And I direct my trustees and executors to apply the
36    dividends of the said stock funds and securities when and as the same
37    shall be received and receivable in and towards payment of the said
38    annuities by two equal half yearly payments the first payment to be made
39    on such one of the half yearly days for the payment of dividends arising
40    from the said stock funds and securities as shall next happen after my decease
41    And until such transfer or investment shall be made the said annuities
42    shall be paid in like manner out of my personal estate And I declare
43    that the said Catherine Stockham Elizabeth Blake and Mary Russell
44    shall be entitled to a proportionate part of the same respective annui-
45    ties for the fractional period (if any) of the half year which shall or may
46    be pending or acruant at the time of their respective deceases to be paid
47    immediately on such decease And it is my Will and I hereby direct
48    that at the respective deceases of the said Catherine Stockham Elizabeth
49    Blake and Mary Russell the stocks funds and securities constituting the
50    fund for the payment of the said several annuities shall sink into and
51    form part of my residuary personal estate Also I give and bequeath
52    unto Joseph Blake late of Shaldon in the County of Devon Shipowner
53    but now of Liverpool in the County of Lancaster the sum of one thousand
54    pounds but in case he shall happen to die in my life time Then I give
55    and bequeath the same unto between and amongst all and every the
56    child and children of the said Joseph Blake in equal shares and pro-
57    portions as tenants in common Also I give and bequeath unto Ann
58    Satterley of Devonport in the County of Devon spinster the sum of
60    one thousand pounds Also I give and bequeath unto Joseph Blake
61    West and John Blake West (sons of Thomas and Susanna West) the
62    sum of five hundred pounds apiece Also I give and bequeath unto
63    William Satterley Willcocks Mary Willcocks Emma Willcocks and
64    Thomas Willcocks (the children of the late Thomas and Eliza Will-
65    cocks of Devonport aforesaid) the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds
66    apiece Also I give and bequeath unto my friend Elizabeth Grindon
67    the sum of two hundred pounds Also I give and bequeath unto my
68    servant Elizabeth Wood in consequence of her having lived with me
69    upwards of fourteen years the sum of one hundred pounds and in
70    addition thereto the amount of one years wages and also the sum
71    of ten pounds for mourning Also I give and bequeath unto my
72    housemaid Ann Weaver the amount of one years wages and also
73    the sum of ten pounds for mourning Also I give and bequeath
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74    unto Henry Woodford and William Henry Honnywill my Executors here-
75    inafter named the sum of Two hundred pounds apiece as a compensate-
76    on for the trouble they will have in the execution of the trusts of this my
77    Will And it is my Will and I hereby direct my said Executors to pay the
78    said several annuities bequeathed to the said Catherine Stockham Elizabeth
79    Blake and Mary Russell and the legacies to the said Elizabeth Grindson
80    Elizabeth Wood and Ann Weaver free of legacy duty Also I give and bequeath
81    unto the said Henry Woodforde and William Henry Honnywill the sum
82    of three thousand pounds Upon trust nevertheless that they do and shall
83    pay the sum of one thousand pounds part thereof unto such person or
84    persons upon such trusts and for such intents and purposes as Mary Meth-
85    erell wife of John Metherell of North Bovey aforesaid shall notwithstand-
86    ing coverture by deed or will to be by her legally executed direct or appoint-
87    And in default of such direction or appointment into her own hands for
88    her own sole separate and peculiar use and benefit apart from her pre-
89    sent or any future husband and so as the same shall not be liable to
90    his control debts or engagements and so as the receipt of the said Mary
91    Metherell shall only and alone be a sufficient discharge for the same
92    But in case the said Mary Metherell shall die during my life time Then
93    upon trust to pay the said legacy or sum of one thousand pounds unto be-
94    tween and amongst all and every her child and children in equal shares and
95    proportions as tenants in common And as to for and concerning the sum of
96    two thousand pounds (residue of the said sum of three thousand pounds)
97    Upon trust that my said trustees do and shall pay the same unto such
98    person or persons upon such trusts and for such intents and purposes as the
99    said Susanna West shall notwithstanding coverture by deed or will to be
100    by her legally executed direct or appoint And in default of such direction or
101    appointment into her own hands for her own use separate and peculiar use
102    and benefit apart from her present or any future husband And so as the
103    same shall not be subject or liable to his control debts or engagements and so
104    as the receipt of the said Susanna West shall only and alone be a sufficient
105    discharge for the same But in case the said Susanna West shall die during
106    my life time Then upon trust that my said trustees do and shall pay the
107    said legacy or sum of two thousand pounds unto between and amongst all
108    and every her child and children in equal shares and proportions as tenants
109    in common All the rest residue and remainder of my real and
110    personal estate whatsoever of which I shall be seized or possessed at the time
111    of my decease I give devise and bequeath unto and to the use of the said
112    Eliza Bawdon her heirs executors administrators and assigns for her and their
113    own absolute use and benefit I direct my executors to pay all legacies by me
114    hereby bequeathed within three calendar months next after my decease
115    except to such legatees who shall at that time happen to be minors in
116    which case payment shall be postponed until they respectively attain the
117    age of twenty one years but in the mean time I direct my Executors to in-
118    vest the same in Government securities and to pay the dividends interest
119    and annual produce of their respective legacies unto them during their respect-
120    ive minorities for and towards their maintenance and education Provided
121    always and I hereby declare that in case my said trustees or either of them
122    shall die renounce be desirous of being discharged or neglect or refuse or
123    become incapable to act in the execution of the trusts of this my Will it
124    shall be lawful for the acting surviving or continuing trustee or if
125    there shall be no such trustee than for the renouncing or retiring trustee
126    or trustees and if there shall be no such trustee as last aforesaid or he or
127    they shall decline to exercise this present power then for the executors or
128    administrators of the last acting trustee to nominate and appoint any
129    person or persons to supply the place of the trustee or trustees so dying re-
130    nouncing desiring to be discharged or refusing or neglecting or becoming
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131    incapable to act as aforesaid And that after such appoint the trust
132    estate then vested in the trustee or trustees respectively so dying renounce-
133    ing desiring to be discharged or refusing or neglecting or becoming inca-
134    pable to act as aforesaid shall be assigned and transferred so that the
135    same may vest in such new trustee or trustees jointly with the surviv-
136    ing or continuing trustee or solely as the case may require and in his or
137    their executors administrators or assigns upon such of the said trusts as
138    shall then be subsisting And I hereby declare that no trustee shall be
139    chargeable for more money than he shall actually receive notwith-
140    standing his signing or joining in any receipts for the sake of conform-
141    mity nor be answerable or accountable for the other or others of them
142    nor for any involuntary losses And that it shall be lawful for every
143    trustee to retain and allow to his Co trustee all costs and expenses
144    which he or they shall incur in the execution of the aforesaid trusts or
145    in relation thereto Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint the said
146    Henry Woodforde of Clevedon Somerset Gentleman and William
147    Henry Honnywill of Atherington in the County of Gloucester Gentle-
148    man Joint Executors in trust of this my Will hereby revoking all
149    former Wills and declaring this to be my last Will and Testament
150    In witness whereof I the said Ann Blake the testatrix have to this
151    my last Will and Testament contained in this and four preceding
152    sheets of paper set and subscribed my hand and name at the foot
153    of this and each of the four preceding sheets this second day of decem-
154    ber one thousand eight hundred and forty seven Ann Blake
155    The Writing contained in this and the four preceding sheets of paper was
156    signed by the said Ann Blake the testatrix and by her acknowledged
157    and declared to be and contain her last Will and Testament in the
158    presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
159    hereto in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other
160    the word “fifty” in the second sheet having been first struck out and the
161    words “one hundred” in the same sheet having been first interlined
162    Mary Langdon of the District Parish of St John the Evangelist Clit
163    son Spinster Lucy Grey Earle of Westbury on Trym of Gloucestershire
164    Spinster
165    Proved at London 5th February 1848 before the Judge by the
166    Oaths of Henry Woodforde and William Henry Honnywill the Exe-
167    cutors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by
168    Commission duly to administer

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Will of Ann Blake, Spinster, Cheescombe, Gloucestershire - The National Archives PROB 11/1832/171, probated 5 Jun 1834

Cheescombe appears to be the name of the estate where the Townsend family lives. The testator is Ann Blake who works for the Townsend family at Cheescombe. A marriage settlement at the National Archives Names Alexander Townsend of Cheescombe parish Minchimhampton esquire and Mary Clayfield of Bristol as the two people intended to marry.

Not enough information to determine any Blake family lines here.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 10 Apr 2014
Source: The National Archives, PROB 11/1832/171
Testator: Ann otherwise Anne Blake, Spinster
Place: Cheescombe, Gloucestershire, England
Type of Record: Will
Date of document: 18 Sep 1832, probated 5 Jun 1834
Condition: 19th century English, legible copy

[Margin]: Ann otherwise Anne
[Margin]: Blake
[Margin]: 5

1    This is the last Will and Testament of
2    Ann Blake of Cheescombe in the County of Gloucester Spinster I give and
3    bequeath unto my Nephew William Lusty the sum of Ten pounds Also to my
4    Nephew Joseph Lusty the sum of Ten pounds I also give unto my Nephew
5    George Lusty the sum of Five pounds to my half Brother Joseph Blake I give
6    and bequeath the sum of Five pounds Also to my Great Neice Mary Ann
7    daughter of my late Nephew Benjamin Lusty I give the sum of Five pounds
8    I give unto Ann Browning daughter of Thomas Cave of Stanley in the
9    County of Gloucester the sum of Five pounds Also to Richard Nuote Gardener to
10    A Townsend Esq[uie]r the sum of Five pounds I direct that all the above required
11    Legacies be paid within six months after my decease Also all the rest Residue
12    and Remainder of my Goods Chattels Monies and securities for money Clothes
13    Estates or Effects whatsoever and wheresoever not hereinbefore given or disposed
14    of subject nevertheless to the payment of my just debts Legacies and Funeral
15    expences I hereby give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto
16    Elizabeth Neeuis my dear Friend and fellow Servant and I appoint the said
17    Elizabeth Neeuis sole Executrix of this Will revoking all former Wills and
18    declaring this writing to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof
19    I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the thirtieth day of April in the year
20    of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and thirty four Ann Blake
21    Signed Sealed and published by the said Ann Blake as her Will in the
22    presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other
23    have hereunto set our hand as witness Ann Coffin Sarah Hookway
24    This is a Codicil to my Will of the Legacy of Ten
25    pounds left me by my late Mistress Mrs Townsend I leave to John Hodge the sum
26    of Five pounds Also to Joseph Blake my Brother I leave the other remaining five
27    pounds to be paid him in the sum of two shillings per week as he shall require
28    it by my Executrix Elizabeth Neeuis and at her discretion I also leave my watch to
29    the wife of my Nephew Joseph Lusty Anne Blake Mark Witnessed by us
30    Louisa Godde Clayfield X Sarah Chambers marke  May 8 1834
31    Proved at London with a Codicil 5th Jun 1834 before a Judge by the Oath
32    of Elizabeth Neeuis Spinster the sole Executrix to whom was granted having been
33    first sworn by Com[missi]on duly to administer

BritainsDNA anonymized results for 2000 people

The table showing the anonymized results for 2000 people at BritainsDNA has been taken down for the moment whilst they do some updating. When that is available I will look at with regard to the yDNA results for Blake. I did test my brother there so am able to extract the results that are most similar to him and to do the same for other groupings I would need to know other people who have tested there with the Blake surname.

Once the revised table is available I will publish a blog on that.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Will of William Blake, Baker and Factor, Stratford, Westham, Essex - The National Archives PROB 11/1806/179, probated 20 Oct 1832

William Blake, Baker and Factor, Stratford, Westham, Essex is the testator and, unfortunately, he does not quite make it to the 1841 census. There is a death for Sarah Blake September quarter 1842 at West Ham.

William names his children as Sarah, Mary Ann and John Morris Blake. Was unable to discover more on this family at this time.

The last of the Essex Wills for the moment.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 10 Apr 2014
Source: The National Archives, PROB 11/1806/179
Testator: William Blake, Baker and Factor
Place: Stratford, Westham, Essex, England
Type of Record: Will
Date of document: 18 Sep 1832, probated 20 Oct 1832
Condition: 10th century English, legible copy

[Margin]: William
[Margin]: Blake
[Margin]: 11

1    This is the last Will and Testament of me William
2    Blake of Stratford in the Parish of Westham in the County of Essex Baker and
3    Factor First I direct all my just debts and Funeral and Testamentary expences to be
4    paid with all convenient speed after my decease I give and bequeath unto my Wife
5    Sarah Blake all my household Furniture plate Linen and China in and about my
6    dwellinghouse at Stratford aforesaid for her own absolute use and benefit I give
7    devise and bequeath unto Robert Martlin of Stratford aforesaid Victualler all my
8    Freehold Leasehold Copyhold and personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever
9    situate and of what nature or description soever the same may be To hold to him and
10    his heirs Upon Trust to pay to my said Wife the yearly rents issues and profits of the
11    same Premises respectively for and during the term of her natural life by half
12    yearly payments or as and when the same shall respectively become due and
13    payable provided my said Wife shall so long remain and continue my Widow
14    And I do hereby direct the said Robert Martlin to sell and dispose of the Good Will
15    and Business of a Baker and Factor as carried on by me at Stratford aforesaid
16    as soon as conveniently can be after my decease either by public or private Sale
17    and the proceeds thereof after deducting all necessary expences thereout to place
18    out at Interest on Mortgage or in the Funds and also to collect get in and receive
19    all debts due and owing to me at the time of my decease and place out the same
20    at Interest as aforesaid and do and shall pay and apply the Interest and
21    dividends of the produce of such Sale and of such debts unto my said Wife during
22    her life as aforesaid provided she shall so long remain my Widow as aforesaid
23    And I do hereby declare my Will to be that my said Wife shall maintain educate
24    and bring up all and every my said Children until they shall respectively attain
25    the age of twenty one years or shall respectively marry And I do hereby direct the
26    said Robert Martin his executors administrators and assigns to pay and apply to
27    each of my Children as they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years
28    out of my Personal Estate the sum of one hundred pounds Sterling money to and
29    for their his and her own respective use and from and immediately after the decease
30    of my said Wife or day of Marriage whichever shall first happen I give devise
31    and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Blake all those my two Freehold houses
32    with the Appurtenances situate at Stratford aforesaid being Nos 1 and 2 in Water Works
33    Row To hold the same to the said Sarah Blake and her heirs for ever And from and
34    immediately after the decease of my said Wife as aforesaid or day of marriage I
35    do give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Ann Blake all those my two
36    freehold houses at Stratford aforesaid being Nos 20 and 21 in Water Works Row To
37    hold the same unto the said Mary Ann Blake and her heirs And from and
38    immediately after the decease of my said Wife or day of Marriage as aforesaid
39    I do give devise and bequeath unto my Son John Morris Blake all those my two
40    freehold houses at Stratford aforesaid being Nos 9 and 10 in Turnpike Row To hold
41    the same unto the said John Morris Blake and his heirs and from and immediately
42    after the decease of my said Wife or day of Marriage I give and bequeath
43    unto and equally all and every my said Children all and every my personal Estate
44    (except the household Furniture) for their own respective absolute use and benefit
45    and it is my Will that the devises and bequests to my aforesaid Children shall be
46    secured and taken to be vested Interests in them respectively at their respective ages
47    of twenty one years and in case of the decease of any or either of them under that
48    age the part of share of such Child or Children shall go to and be divided equally
49    among the survivors of them And I do hereby nominate and appoint the said
50    Robert Martlin Executor of this my Will and do declare that it shall be lawful
51    for him to reimburse himself all costs charges and expences which he may be put
52    unto in the execution of the Trusts of this my Will In Witness whereof I the said
53    William Blake the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament set my
54    hand and seal this eighteenth day of September 1832 William Blake
55    Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Blake the Testator as
56    and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at
57    his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names
58    as Witnesses the same having been first fully explained to him R G A
60    Hilleary Sol[icito]r Stratford Essex Jno Otway Stratford John Andrew Wallace
61    surgeon 8 Harley Place Bow Midd[lese]x
62    Proved at London 20th October 1832 before the Worshipful Jesse Addams
63    doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the Oath of Robert Martlin the sole Executor to
64    whom Admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Will of William Blake, Tailor, Aveley, Essex - The National Archives PROB 11/1234/135, probated 5 Jul 1793

The testator is William Bale a Taylor in Avely, Essex. He names his wife Mary. No children are mentioned. Aveley is a few miles from Thurrock and 16 miles east of Charing Cross, London. I did not find any helpful material on this family.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 10 Apr 2014
Source: The National Archives, PROB 11/1234/135
Testator: William Blake, Tailor
Place: Aveley, Essex, England
Type of Record: Will
Date of document: 13 Jun 1793, probated 5 Jul 1793
Condition: 18th century English, legible copy

[Margin]: William
[Margin]: Blake

1    In the Name of God Amen
2    this is the last Will and Testament of me William
3    Blake (Taylor) of the parish of Avely in the County of
4    Essex Viz: First of all I commit my Immortal Soul unto
5    Almighty God the disposer of all things when it is his good
6    pleasure to take it to himself (hoping for mercy and pardon
7    for my Sins which I acknowledge are very many) after which
8    I wish for my Body to be decently Buried for which purpose
9    I leave ten pounds to defray the Expencs thereof but if the
10    said Expence should not amount unto the said ten pounds
11    then my Will and mind is for my dear beloved Wife Mary
12    Blake to have the remainder of the said Ten pounds for her
13    own proper use, and the said Ten pounds to be paid out of
14    three Bills, one of which is upon Henry Burtwell Glazier
15    one upon James Saunderson Glazier and one upon Ed
16    death Carpenter all in the parish and County aforesaid
17    I also give devise and Bequeath to my dear Beloved Wife
18    Mary Blake aforesaid all my household Furniture China
19    or whatsoever is belonging to my household for her own
20    proper use also my Certificate belonging to my Club authorizing
21    my Wife to Receive all dues arising therefrom for her
22    own proper use and Lastly I authorise and appoint Mr
23    Mr William Nuttall No 36 Hounds Ditch London and Mr
24    William Andrews No 42 Gracechurch Street London to take
25    Possession of all my Stock in trade Fixtures in my shop and
26    every thing belonging to me in the Tailoring Branch Likewise
27    all my Book debts whatsoever and to divide the Whole among
28    my Creditors according to their debts as a Witness hereof I have
29    here unto set my hand Seal this thirteenth day of June One
30    thousand Seven hundred and Ninety three W. Blake
31    Signed Sealed published and declared by the said testator
32    Wm Blake as and for his last Will and Testament in the
33    presence of us and we in the presence of each other and at
34    the Request have Subscribed our Names as Witnesses to the
35    same Wm Mayden Henry Burtwell Henry Latub
36    This Will was proved at London the fifth of July
37    One thousand Seven hundred and Ninety three before the Worshipful
38    Maurice Swaby doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right honourable
39    William Wynne Knight D[octo]r of Laws Master or Commissary of the
40    Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of
41    Walter Nuttall (by mistake in the Will called William Ruttall)
42    and William Anderson (by mistake in the said Will called Andrews)
43    the Ex[ecu]tors according to the Tenor of the Will to whom Admon was
44    granted having been first sworn duly to adm[iniste]r