Monday, August 26, 2013

Amanuensis Monday ~ The Will of Richard Price

A couple of weeks ago I received a will from England, Buckinghamshire to be exact. If you have ancestors that died in Buckinghamshire, you may want to search here to see if they left a will.

This is the last Will and Testament of me Richard Price
of Great Missenden in the County of Bucks Salesman which I make publish and declare as such in manner following Whereas on the Sixteenth Day of this Instant Month of March I Caused the Freehold Messuage or Tenement in Great Missenden aforesaid wherein I now dwell with the yard garden and appurtenances to the same belonging (Which Message or Tenement I lately Erected and built on part of the ground of and belonging to a Messauage or Tenement with the -
Appurtenances some time since purchased by me of John Hoare and the greater part wherof I have since sold and conveyed to Job Woodman) to be offered for sale by Public Auction under certain Presented Conditions of Sale then and there produced And as such sale Samuel Stevens of Great Missenden aforesaid Higler became and was declared the Purchaser of the same Hereditaments and Premises at the Price of Two hundred and Sixty Pounds but no Conveyance hath yet been Executed in
persuance of the Contract so made Now I do herby give and devise All and singular the Herediatments and Premises for the Sale whereof I have Contracted in manner aforesaid And all other my Real Estate whatsoever and wheresoever Unto and to the Use of my dear Wife Maria Price and of her Heirs and Assigns for Ever But Subject nevertheless to and to the intent and purpose that she my said Wife (in Case I shall depart this Live without having performed and completed such contract) do and shall perform and Carry the same into Effect as fully and espechially to all intents and purposes as if I were living to Execute and perform the same For which End I declare that the Receipt or Receipts of her my said Wife her Heirs or Assigns shall be a good and Effectual Discharge for such Purchase Money And as to the Monies to be received as the Price or Consideration for the Sale and Conveyance of the same Hereditaments and Premises And as to all my Household Goods and
Furniture Monies Securities Debts Rights Credits Goods Chattels and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeth the same to her my said Wife to and for her own proper Use and Benefit she there and satisfying all my just Debts and Funeral and Testamentary Expences And I Constitute and appoint her my said Wife Sole Executrix of this my Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the twenty fourth Day of March In the Year of ou Lord One thousand Eight hundred and fifteen 
            Richard Price (Seal)

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the above named Richard Price as and for his last Will and    
Testament in the presence of Us who in his Presence
and in the Presence of Each other have attested and 
subscribed the Same 
Isaac Stevens
Robert Harper
both of Great Missenden
Thos Marshall Amersham

1815 April 8th ----- The Executrix whithin named was Sworn as usual and that the personal Estate of the deceased is under the value of Three Hundred Pounds
Before me
W. Stockins Senr
Proved the 8th day of April 1815 Before the Reverend William Stockins Clerk Surrogate by the oath of Maria Price widow the sole Executrix to whose administration was committed she being first sworn duly to administer

For some reason Richard (my 4th great-grandfather) only mentioned his wife Maria (my 4th great-grandmother) and not his children's names. And why he referred to them as "her heirs" puzzles me. They had three surviving children at the time of his death, Martha, age 12; Louisa Maria, age 8; and my 3rd great-grandfather Simon, age 5.

Amanuensis Monday is an ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

Leslie Ann

1 comment:

  1. Don't you just love how they wrote these wills with such flair?



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