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Last Wills and Testaments

  The following is a list of the wills, or abstracts, acquired by me during my research. I have copies of them all and one day, I hope to put up my own transcriptions of all of them on this site. The majority of them were downloaded from The National Archives:...

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Samuel Lewcock ~ 1837

  This is the last Will and Testament of me Samuel Lewcock of Farnham in the County of Surrey Baker whereby I dispose of such Temporal Estate as I am blessed withal in manner following that is to say/All and singular my Messauges Buildings Lands...

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George Godfree of Broad Rissington ~ 1841

  I George Godfree of Broad Rissington in the county of Gloucestershire Farmer do herby revoke all wills and testamentary depositions by me heretofore made and do make and publish this only for my last will I direct my debts funeral and testamentary...

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George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington 1851

  Will of George Godfree ~ proved January 1851 I George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington in the County of Gloucestershire Farmer do hereby revoke all Wills and Testamentary dispositions by me before made and make this only for my last Will. I...

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Mary Gillett née Bye ~ 1857

  This is the last will and testament of me Mary Gillett of Chequors farm in the parish of Stokenchurch in the County of Oxford I direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses as soon as may be...

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Will of John Tompkins of Aveley Hall

  Will of John Tompkins of Aveley Hall I John Tompkins of Aveley Hall in the county of Essex Farmer hereby revoke all will and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last Will I appoint my son Edwin Osborn Tompkins...

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Hambidge Wills

  Hopefully, some or all of these wills from Documents Online will give enough clues to establish Robert and Anne's parents and perhaps any relationship too: Robert: Will of Thomas Hambidge, Yeoman of Icomb , Gloucestershire    06 August 1810 PROB...

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Last Wills and Testaments

The following is a list of the wills, or abstracts, acquired by me during my research. I have copies of them all and one day, I hope to put up my own transcriptions of all of them on this site. The majority of them were downloaded from The National Archives: Documents Online. Others have been obtained through the relevant County Record Offices. There are yet more to be purchased!

 

Name of testator

Date of Probate

Transcription

Charles Andrews of Bampton (Abstract of Will) 18th April 1803
Charles Andrews collar maker of Bampton 18th April 1803 OFHS: Charles ANDREWS of Bampton
William Andrews Gentleman of Bampton 14th November 1856 OFHS: William ANDREWS of Bampton
George Baylis of Great Barrington 25th February 1790
Thomas Baylis of Great Rissington 26 April 1814
George Bryan of Northmoor 14th September 1780
George Bryan of Lower Slaughter 3rd December 1800
Luke de Fraine gardener of Aylesbury 20th June 1848
Mary Elkins widow of Farnham 19th November 1839 SRY0240
Charles Elkins gunsmith of Farnham October 1792 SRY0239
Charles Gillett of Shilton 3rd May 1837
Elizabeth Gillett widow of Witney (Abstract of Will) 24th February 1803
James Gillett of Brize Norton 4th January 1825
John Gillett of Brize Norton 29th January 1856
John Gillett of Shilton 15th February 1821
John Gillett of Shilton 27th April 1857
Mary Gillett widow of Stokenchurch 5th June 1857 Mary Gillett née Bye ~ 1857
Thomas Gillett of Marsh Haddon 20 June 1794
William Gillett of Southleigh 16 July 1856
George Godfree of Great Rissington 1847
George Godfree of Great Rissington 9th January 1851
George Hambidge of Iccomb 12th May 1852
George Hambidge of Iccomb 14th June 1704
Thomas Hambidge of Iccomb 6th August 1810
William Hambidge of Iccomb 21st January 1856
William Hambidge of Westcote 9th January 1846
Joseph Hart coachman of Farnham 10th November 1831 SRY0244
Samuel Lewcock baker of Farnham 24th January 1837 Samuel Lewcock ~ 1837
Samuel Lewcock miller of Odiham (Abstract of Will) August 10 1810
Thomas Lewcock of North Warnborough 23rd January 1834
John Tapping of Owlswick 20th January 1654
Thomas Tapping of Great Kimble (Abstract of Will) 2nd May 1804
William Tapping of Stoke Mandeville 14th May 1853
John Tompkins of Aveley
John Turner draper of Aylesbury 08 August 1823
Thomas Wright the Elder of Witney (Abstract of Will) January 28 1809

Last Wills and Testaments

  The following is a list of the wills, or abstracts, acquired by me during my research. I have copies of them all and one day, I hope to put up my own transcriptions of all of them on this site. The majority of them were downloaded from The National Archives:...

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Samuel Lewcock ~ 1837

  This is the last Will and Testament of me Samuel Lewcock of Farnham in the County of Surrey Baker whereby I dispose of such Temporal Estate as I am blessed withal in manner following that is to say/All and singular my Messauges Buildings Lands...

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George Godfree of Broad Rissington ~ 1841

  I George Godfree of Broad Rissington in the county of Gloucestershire Farmer do herby revoke all wills and testamentary depositions by me heretofore made and do make and publish this only for my last will I direct my debts funeral and testamentary...

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George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington 1851

  Will of George Godfree ~ proved January 1851 I George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington in the County of Gloucestershire Farmer do hereby revoke all Wills and Testamentary dispositions by me before made and make this only for my last Will. I...

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Mary Gillett née Bye ~ 1857

  This is the last will and testament of me Mary Gillett of Chequors farm in the parish of Stokenchurch in the County of Oxford I direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses as soon as may be...

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Will of John Tompkins of Aveley Hall

  Will of John Tompkins of Aveley Hall I John Tompkins of Aveley Hall in the county of Essex Farmer hereby revoke all will and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last Will I appoint my son Edwin Osborn Tompkins...

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Hambidge Wills

  Hopefully, some or all of these wills from Documents Online will give enough clues to establish Robert and Anne's parents and perhaps any relationship too: Robert: Will of Thomas Hambidge, Yeoman of Icomb , Gloucestershire    06 August 1810 PROB...

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Samuel Lewcock ~ 1837

This is the last Will and Testament of me Samuel Lewcock of Farnham in the County of Surrey Baker whereby I dispose of such Temporal Estate as I am blessed withal in manner following that is to say/All and singular my Messauges Buildings Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever of what nature xxx kind or denomination xx and all and every my Goods Chattels Rights Credits and Effects and in xxx the whole of my Real and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give devise and bequeath unto my wife Sarah her heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever subject to the payingout thereout of all my just debts and funeral and Testamentary expenses And I constitute and appoint my said wife Sarah sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and hereby revoke all former wills by me made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen, Samuel Lewcock  (SL) signed sealed published and declared by the said Samuel Lewcock the Testator as for and to be his last will and Testament In the presence of us who at his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names. As witnesses thereto Wm Clarke /-/ Wm Hole /-/ John Fairmaner (JF)

Samuel Lewcock the within named Testator do hereby publish this my last Will and Testament and do confirm and establish the same in every part In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirty first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four Samuel Lewcock (SL) Signed and sealed by the said Samuel in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our name as witnesses to the above publication. Jas. Shotter /-/ Wm. Hole /-/  Jas. Stidston //

PROVED at London 24th January 1837 before the judge by the Oath of Sarah Lewcock Widow the xx the sole Executrix to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer//

Transcription by Caroline O’Neill

Last Wills and Testaments

  The following is a list of the wills, or abstracts, acquired by me during my research. I have copies of them all and one day, I hope to put up my own transcriptions of all of them on this site. The majority of them were downloaded from The National Archives:...

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Samuel Lewcock ~ 1837

  This is the last Will and Testament of me Samuel Lewcock of Farnham in the County of Surrey Baker whereby I dispose of such Temporal Estate as I am blessed withal in manner following that is to say/All and singular my Messauges Buildings Lands...

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George Godfree of Broad Rissington ~ 1841

  I George Godfree of Broad Rissington in the county of Gloucestershire Farmer do herby revoke all wills and testamentary depositions by me heretofore made and do make and publish this only for my last will I direct my debts funeral and testamentary...

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George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington 1851

  Will of George Godfree ~ proved January 1851 I George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington in the County of Gloucestershire Farmer do hereby revoke all Wills and Testamentary dispositions by me before made and make this only for my last Will. I...

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Mary Gillett née Bye ~ 1857

  This is the last will and testament of me Mary Gillett of Chequors farm in the parish of Stokenchurch in the County of Oxford I direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses as soon as may be...

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Will of John Tompkins of Aveley Hall

  Will of John Tompkins of Aveley Hall I John Tompkins of Aveley Hall in the county of Essex Farmer hereby revoke all will and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last Will I appoint my son Edwin Osborn Tompkins...

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Hambidge Wills

  Hopefully, some or all of these wills from Documents Online will give enough clues to establish Robert and Anne's parents and perhaps any relationship too: Robert: Will of Thomas Hambidge, Yeoman of Icomb , Gloucestershire    06 August 1810 PROB...

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George Godfree of Broad Rissington ~ 1841

I George Godfree of Broad Rissington in the county of Gloucestershire Farmer do herby revoke all wills and testamentary depositions by me heretofore made and do make and publish this only for my last will I direct my debts funeral and testamentary expences [sic] to be paid out of my personal estate I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary Godfree all the household furniture plate linen and china in my present dwelling house for her use during her life and after her decease I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my son George Godfree I give and devise unto my said wife all that my freehold messuages garden and close with their appurtenances situate at Broad Rissington aforesaid and in my occupation to hold the same unto my said wife and her assigns during her life and after her decease I give and devise the same messuages garden and close with their appurtenances unto my said son George Godfree his heirs and assigns for ever I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah the wife of William Newman of Broad Rissington aforesaid the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to her a vested interest at my decease and paid at the expiration of twelve months from that event but without interest I give and bequeath unto my said wife the weekly sum of eight shillings for and during her life which I direct shall be paid to her on Monday in every week by my said son the first of such payments to be made on Monday next after my decease and I charge my estate both real and personal with the payment of the same and whereas I have already given to my son George Godfree all my farming stock crops implements in husbandry and the plate linens china books household furniture dairy and brewing utensils in upon and about his dwelling house and farm for his own use and benefit I herby give devise and bequeath unto my said son George Godfree all the rest residue and remainder of my estate and effects both real and personal xxxx or to which I or any person or persons in trust for and shall at my decease be seized possessed or entitled in possession reversion remainder or expectancy to hold the same unto my said son George Godfree his heirs executors and assigns respectively according to respective natures thereof and I appoint my son George Godfree sole executor of this my will In witness whereof I the said George Godfree the testator have to this my last will and testament set my hand the eleventh day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty one
Signed by the testator George Godfree in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other and herewith set our names as witnesses thereto

 

Transcribed by Caroline O’Neill. September 2008.

Last Wills and Testaments

  The following is a list of the wills, or abstracts, acquired by me during my research. I have copies of them all and one day, I hope to put up my own transcriptions of all of them on this site. The majority of them were downloaded from The National Archives:...

read more

Samuel Lewcock ~ 1837

  This is the last Will and Testament of me Samuel Lewcock of Farnham in the County of Surrey Baker whereby I dispose of such Temporal Estate as I am blessed withal in manner following that is to say/All and singular my Messauges Buildings Lands...

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George Godfree of Broad Rissington ~ 1841

  I George Godfree of Broad Rissington in the county of Gloucestershire Farmer do herby revoke all wills and testamentary depositions by me heretofore made and do make and publish this only for my last will I direct my debts funeral and testamentary...

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George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington 1851

  Will of George Godfree ~ proved January 1851 I George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington in the County of Gloucestershire Farmer do hereby revoke all Wills and Testamentary dispositions by me before made and make this only for my last Will. I...

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Mary Gillett née Bye ~ 1857

  This is the last will and testament of me Mary Gillett of Chequors farm in the parish of Stokenchurch in the County of Oxford I direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses as soon as may be...

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Will of John Tompkins of Aveley Hall

  Will of John Tompkins of Aveley Hall I John Tompkins of Aveley Hall in the county of Essex Farmer hereby revoke all will and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last Will I appoint my son Edwin Osborn Tompkins...

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Hambidge Wills

  Hopefully, some or all of these wills from Documents Online will give enough clues to establish Robert and Anne's parents and perhaps any relationship too: Robert: Will of Thomas Hambidge, Yeoman of Icomb , Gloucestershire    06 August 1810 PROB...

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George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington 1851

Will of George Godfree ~ proved January 1851

I George Godfree the Elder of Great Rissington in the County of Gloucestershire Farmer do hereby revoke all Wills and Testamentary dispositions by me before made and make this only for my last Will. I give and devise unto my Wife Mary Ann Godfree during her life all that freehold messuages with the garden close outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging situate at Great Rissington aforesaid in the occupation of my mother Mary Godfree to hold the same unto the said Mary Ann Godfree and her afsigns during her life and after her decease I give and devise the said messuages garden close and premises unto my eldest son John Baylis Godfree his heirs and afsigns for ever I give and bequeath unto my sons George Godfree and William Godfree and unto my daughters Roseanna Godfree Emma Godfree Alice Godfree Ann Maria Godfree and Catherine Godfree the sum of two hundred pounds apiece and I direct that the several pecuniary legacies hereby bequeathed shall be paid to such of the legatees who at my decease have attained the age of twenty one years at the expiration of twelve months from my death and to the other of the said legatees when and as they shall respectively attain that age in each case without interest and in case either of the said legatees shall die under the age of twenty one years this legacy shall sink into and form part of the residue hereinafter bequeathed for the benefit of my son John Baylis Godfree I give and devise unto my said wife Mary Ann Godfree my three freehold messuages or cottages with the gardens outbuildings and appurtenances thereto situate at Great Rissington aforesaid and in the occupation of William Preston, William [Junior?] and Edward [Swxxx?] to hold the same unto my said wife and her afsigns until my youngest child shall attain the age of twenty one years and when and as soon as that event shall happen I give and devise the said messuages or cottages gardens and outbuildings and appurtenances unto my said son John Baylis Godfree his heirs and afsigns for ever I give and bequeath unto my said wife all my furniture plate linen china stores crops monies and securities for money and all the residue of my estate and effects to be freely used and enjoyed by her until my youngest child for the time being shall attain the age of twenty one years and I expressly direct that in the use and enjoyment thereof she shall not be subject to the [coudroi?] or intermission of any other person or persons and that she shall not at any time thereafter be answerable for or liable to be called upon or to render any account to my eldest son of any interest or diminution in the said furniture and other effects stores crops and monies or the gains or losses in carrying on the farming business if she be minded to carry on the same and when my youngest child for the time being shall attain the age of twenty one years I give and bequeath the said furniture plate linen china stores crops monies and securities or so with thereof as shall remain and the gains profits and interest which may have been made by my wife therein and all other my residuary estate and effects unto my said son John Baylis Godfree his executors and administrators subject nevertheless to and charged with and I do hereby charge as well the said cottages or tenements with their appurtenances as my said residuary personal estate with the payment unto my said wife during her life of an annuity or clear yearly sum of thirty pounds payable by equal quarterly payments to renumerate and be computed from that day on which my youngest child shall attain the age of twenty one years and I appoint my said wife and son John Baylis Godfree Executrix and executor of this my will in virtue whereof I have to this my will set my hand the twelfth day of March in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty ~ George Godfree ~ signed by the testator George Godfree as and for this last will in the presence of each other have hereto set our names as witnesses William Wells Surgeon Bourton on the Water ~ W. Kendall Sol. Bourton on the Water.
Proved at London 9th January 1851
before the judge by the oaths of Mary Ann Godfree Widow the relict and John Baylis Godfree the son the executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Commission oath to administer.
Transcription: Caroline O’Neill ~ August 2007
Summary: 4 freehold buildings, with gardens and outbuildings, in Great Rissington and £1900 plus other money and household effects. One of the cottages was lived in by his mother, Mary and the other three had tenants. It is not clear from the will where the family lived – although the farming business is specifically mentioned. Mary Godfree Senior was living in a different household than her daughter-in-law in 1851.
 
George left the freehold of the place in which his mother Mary was living in (in Great Rissington) to his wife Mary Ann. After her death this was to go to their oldest son, John Baylis Godfree, his heirs and assigns. Mary died in 1853. She and George are buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Great Rissington.
 
He left £200 to each of his three sons John, George and William and £200 to each of his 5 youngest daughters. All of them were under 21 years of age at the time he wrote his will. They were to receive their legacy  when they reached the age of 21, 12 months following his death and if they were to die before they reached this age, the money would revert to the residue of the estate which was to go to John as the oldest son. There were 4 other daughters, all older than John, and who were already 21 years old at the time he wrote his will, who are not mentioned in the will.
 
He left his three freehold cottages in Great Rissington, along with their gardens and outbuildings, to Mary Ann. These were tenanted by William Preston, William [Junior?] and Edward [Smith?]  Once his youngest child (Katherine) reached the age of 21, these would then pass to John and his heirs.
 
He left the residue of his estate to his wife Mary until the youngest child reached the age of twenty one. He expressly directed that she could use this as she wished and not be answerable to anyone about how she used it or ran the farming business if she was minded to carry on with this. When the youngest child reached the age of twenty one this was to pass to John. Mary was then to receive an annuity of £30 yearly payable in quarterly instalments and starting from the date the youngest child attained twenty one years.
 
Katherine (Kate) the youngest child, turned 21 in 1865. in 1851 Mary Ann is described as a farmer of 400 employing 6 men and in 1861, a farmer of 480 acres employing 10 men and 7 boys.  Mary Ann and her son John were both living at Farm House, Great Rissington in 1871. Mary Ann is described as retired and John is described as a farmer of 400 acres employing 12 men and three boys.  Mary Ann died in 1873 and John in 1880, he never married. Mary Ann is buried with George in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Great Rissington.
 
SUMMARY Mary Ann had the free use of everything until Kate reached her majority when it all passed to John, apart from the annuity of £30 and the cottage lived in by Mary Godfree senior.
Week 30: The Old Country

Week 30: The Old Country

Because we moved around a lot when I was small, it wasn't until I was about 7 years old that we settled in one place when my parents bought a new build bungalow in Rockdale Drive, Grayshott. Four years later they moved on to nearby Headley and then on to...

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Week 27: Solo – choice or circumstance?

Catherine Godfree, born in 1844, was the youngest child of George and Mary Ann Godfree of Great Rissington. She had three older brothers and seven older sisters. Five of the sisters married and had large families, two sisters married but had no children, while two of the brothers never married and the one that did had emigrated to Australia following the death of his father.

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Week 10: Strong Woman

Week 10: Strong Woman

I have been fascinated by the story of my great x2 grandmother, Catherine Whitehill, born in Glasgow on the 31st May 1847. She had a tough life judging by where she lived, yet she raised 9 children to adulthood in 3 cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, at a time when infant mortality was high.

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Week 15: From Fire to Form

Week 15: From Fire to Form

A quick query of my family tree software shows me that of those who have an occupation entered, I have 32 smiths or related occupations of whom 8 are blacksmiths, 2 gunsmiths, 3 silversmiths, and 4 whitesmiths and also some charcoal burners.

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Week 24: Handed Down

Week 24: Handed Down

I have already got a post about my "hand-me-downs", so I have recycled that one this week. It traces the story of Suie Gillett, my maternal great grandmother and shows how easy it is to get things wrong when tracing your family history! The Gillett Spoons Since I...

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Week 6: Same Name

When I saw this prompt, I immediately thought of Jessie Ann Lewcock, who baptised and buried five babies, three of them called Seth, their father’s name. Only her two oldest children survived to adulthood, a daughter, Grace Agnes, and Lewis named for her brother. Her...

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Week 23: Wedding

Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England. " ...under the Marriage Act of 1835, which had the support of the established Anglican church, it was prohibited for a widower to marry his wife’s sister on the grounds of a passage in Leviticus,...

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Week 16: Air

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Week 9: Disaster

William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George's Churchyard, Hanworth. William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant...

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Week 12: Very “historical” fiction

While I am doing my research I am mentally visualising the people I am looking at in the census or on a certificate and trying to imagine what their life was like; their house, the street, what they were wearing and how they spent their time. Because I read, and still...

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Week 5: So far away … from “home”

Week 5: So far away … from “home”

........ a light hearted look at genetic heritage. Both my grandmothers were Essex girls, but that is nothing to do with why I support West Ham! The theme tune for Sports Report (right click for the appropriate background music) brings back memories of being...

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Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

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Procrastination … again

I am procrastinating,  yet again, and experimenting with Scrivener.  I think recent vet's bills (a Cocker Spaniel with Pseudomonas, spaniel owners will understand) will mean I won't be paying for it until just before the trial runs out, but I can already see it will...

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RootsTech is coming back but postponed until 2021

  We all hoped and yesterday it was confirmed, that RootsTech is coming back to the ExCel next November. It's not clashing with Comic Con this year so hopefully food will be more accessible during the day. I felt that I had missed a great deal last time so I have...

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Week 8: Prosperity

Week 8: Prosperity

George Godfree was my great x2 uncle, the sixth child and second son of George and Mary Ann, nee Smith, Godfree of Great Rissington. His father died in 1850, leaving the farm to Mary, "if she wants it", and then to George's older brother. Like many other younger sons...

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Week 7: Favourite Discovery

Week 7: Favourite Discovery

I can't write in great detail about my favourite discovery as it involves living people, but it was very early on in my genealogy research days when I was one of the first members of Genes Connected as it then was. My family had lost touch with a paternal first cousin...

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Week 4: Close to Home

Week 4: Close to Home

​When I decided to take early retirement and come back to England after 32 years living and working in Belgium, I toyed with several places to live. I wanted to be nearish the coast, my parents were living near Ely at the time so investigated Norfolk and Suffolk but...

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Week 3: Long Line

Week 3: Long Line

I was wondering which ancestors to choose this week, but ​I have decided to interpret Long Line as Long List. As soon as you start your family history research, you start collecting bookmarks, favo(u)rites – whatever your browser of choice calls them. The list gets...

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Week 2: Favourite Photograph

This is a hard one. Should it be the picture of Sarah Jane Tompkins née Godfree, a maternal great x2 grandmother, which I see every day as it is hanging over my mantlepiece? She also appears at the top of every page of this website. Perhaps it could be the group one...

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Week 1: Fresh Start

Where to begin? I could write about my personal disappointment about the UK's fresh start tomorrow, or I could write about my own fresh start when I first took advantage of FOM in 1976 and moved to Belgium to work or when I came back to England in 2008. However, I...

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Mary Gillett née Bye ~ 1857

This is the last will and testament of me Mary Gillett of Chequors farm in the parish of Stokenchurch in the County of Oxford I direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses as soon as may be after my decease I give and bequeath unto my daughter Amy wife of William Hissey of Chequors Farm aforesaid the sum of two hundred pounds for her own absolute use and bequeath unto my son in law William Hissey of Chequors Farm aforesaid and my son Abram Gillett of Mill End Farm in the parish of West Wycombe in the county of Bucks the residue of my personal property of xxx description upon trust to divide the same equally amongst my children hereinafter named and xxxx living and the children of my two sons and daughter deceased that is to pay one share to my son Richard Gillett of Maugersbury in the county of Gloucester one share to my son Abram Gillett of  Mill End aforesaid one share to the children of my son John Gillett late of Brize Norton in the county of Oxford deceased one share to the children of my son James Gillett late of Witney in the county of oxford one share to the children of my daughter Elizabeth deceased to be paid the aforesaid children as soon as they shall severally attain the age of twenty one years and the remaining two shares bequeath to my executors below mentioned upon trusts pay the same to my two daughters Rachel now of Brize Norton and Mary Ann wife of Henry Deacon of Witney aforesaid by xxxx with the interest arising thereof from xxx otherwise or to be xxxx put in the purchase of annuities as my said executors shall xxx fit and finally I nominate constitute and appoint the said William Hissey and Abram Gillett  executors of this my last will and testament revoking all former and other wills and declaring this to be my last will and testament in witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand this 14th Day of November one thousand eight hundred and fifty five – MARY GILLETT – signed by the said testatrix as her last will and testament In the presence of us present at the same time who at her request in her and in the presence of each other have xxx xxx subscribed our names as witnesses – DOROTHY AMY GILLETT – Jos Jas Boniface –

Proved at London 5th June 1857 before the Worshipful xxxx Thomas xxxx Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oaths of William Hissey and Abram Gillett her son the executors to who admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer.

Transcription by Caroline O’Neill April 2008

Week 30: The Old Country

Week 30: The Old Country

Because we moved around a lot when I was small, it wasn't until I was about 7 years old that we settled in one place when my parents bought a new build bungalow in Rockdale Drive, Grayshott. Four years later they moved on to nearby Headley and then on to...

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Week 27: Solo – choice or circumstance?

Catherine Godfree, born in 1844, was the youngest child of George and Mary Ann Godfree of Great Rissington. She had three older brothers and seven older sisters. Five of the sisters married and had large families, two sisters married but had no children, while two of the brothers never married and the one that did had emigrated to Australia following the death of his father.

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Week 10: Strong Woman

Week 10: Strong Woman

I have been fascinated by the story of my great x2 grandmother, Catherine Whitehill, born in Glasgow on the 31st May 1847. She had a tough life judging by where she lived, yet she raised 9 children to adulthood in 3 cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, at a time when infant mortality was high.

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Week 15: From Fire to Form

Week 15: From Fire to Form

A quick query of my family tree software shows me that of those who have an occupation entered, I have 32 smiths or related occupations of whom 8 are blacksmiths, 2 gunsmiths, 3 silversmiths, and 4 whitesmiths and also some charcoal burners.

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Week 24: Handed Down

Week 24: Handed Down

I have already got a post about my "hand-me-downs", so I have recycled that one this week. It traces the story of Suie Gillett, my maternal great grandmother and shows how easy it is to get things wrong when tracing your family history! The Gillett Spoons Since I...

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Week 6: Same Name

When I saw this prompt, I immediately thought of Jessie Ann Lewcock, who baptised and buried five babies, three of them called Seth, their father’s name. Only her two oldest children survived to adulthood, a daughter, Grace Agnes, and Lewis named for her brother. Her...

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Week 23: Wedding

Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England. " ...under the Marriage Act of 1835, which had the support of the established Anglican church, it was prohibited for a widower to marry his wife’s sister on the grounds of a passage in Leviticus,...

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Week 16: Air

Flying, civilian pilots and air crew, RAF & Fleet Air Arm, ornithologists, fresh air .... When I saw this week's prompt I wasn't sure I had anything to really write about and was intending to write about fresh air as most of the world including me are under...

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Week 9: Disaster

William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George's Churchyard, Hanworth. William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant...

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Week 12: Very “historical” fiction

While I am doing my research I am mentally visualising the people I am looking at in the census or on a certificate and trying to imagine what their life was like; their house, the street, what they were wearing and how they spent their time. Because I read, and still...

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Week 5: So far away … from “home”

Week 5: So far away … from “home”

........ a light hearted look at genetic heritage. Both my grandmothers were Essex girls, but that is nothing to do with why I support West Ham! The theme tune for Sports Report (right click for the appropriate background music) brings back memories of being...

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Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

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Procrastination … again

I am procrastinating,  yet again, and experimenting with Scrivener.  I think recent vet's bills (a Cocker Spaniel with Pseudomonas, spaniel owners will understand) will mean I won't be paying for it until just before the trial runs out, but I can already see it will...

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RootsTech is coming back but postponed until 2021

  We all hoped and yesterday it was confirmed, that RootsTech is coming back to the ExCel next November. It's not clashing with Comic Con this year so hopefully food will be more accessible during the day. I felt that I had missed a great deal last time so I have...

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Week 8: Prosperity

Week 8: Prosperity

George Godfree was my great x2 uncle, the sixth child and second son of George and Mary Ann, nee Smith, Godfree of Great Rissington. His father died in 1850, leaving the farm to Mary, "if she wants it", and then to George's older brother. Like many other younger sons...

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Week 7: Favourite Discovery

Week 7: Favourite Discovery

I can't write in great detail about my favourite discovery as it involves living people, but it was very early on in my genealogy research days when I was one of the first members of Genes Connected as it then was. My family had lost touch with a paternal first cousin...

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Week 4: Close to Home

Week 4: Close to Home

​When I decided to take early retirement and come back to England after 32 years living and working in Belgium, I toyed with several places to live. I wanted to be nearish the coast, my parents were living near Ely at the time so investigated Norfolk and Suffolk but...

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Week 3: Long Line

Week 3: Long Line

I was wondering which ancestors to choose this week, but ​I have decided to interpret Long Line as Long List. As soon as you start your family history research, you start collecting bookmarks, favo(u)rites – whatever your browser of choice calls them. The list gets...

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Week 2: Favourite Photograph

This is a hard one. Should it be the picture of Sarah Jane Tompkins née Godfree, a maternal great x2 grandmother, which I see every day as it is hanging over my mantlepiece? She also appears at the top of every page of this website. Perhaps it could be the group one...

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Week 1: Fresh Start

Where to begin? I could write about my personal disappointment about the UK's fresh start tomorrow, or I could write about my own fresh start when I first took advantage of FOM in 1976 and moved to Belgium to work or when I came back to England in 2008. However, I...

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