Will of Thomas Aldridge, draper, 1732 (proved 1733)

National Archives, PROB 11/659/158

In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Aldridge of Winslow in the County of Bucks draper being Indisposed in Body but of sound and perfect mind and memory doe make and declare my last Will and Testament in manner following  First and principally I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator trusting through the meritts of Jesus Christ my Saviour to Obtain a full remission of my Sins  My Body I Commit to the Earth from whence it was Extracted to be decently Interred at the discretion of my Executrix herein after named  And as for all such Worldly Estate as it hath or shall please God to bless me with at the time of my decease I give devise and dispose the same as followeth  I give and devise all that my Messuage or Tenement in Barkhamsted in the County Hertford now in the Occupation of Mr Hensaw to my Son Tho(mas) Aldridg  I give and devise and bequeath unto {to} Tho(mas) Aldridge my Son one hundred pounds of Lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid unto him at the Age of One and twenty years by my Executrix herein after named out of my Personal Estate  Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Susanna Aldridge one hundred pounds of Lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid unto her at the age of one and twenty by my Executrix  Item I give and devise All that Moiety or part of the Messuage or Tenement in Winslow wherein I now dwell which I purchased of my Sister Langley to my son William Aldridge at the age of One and twenty but in case the said William Aldridge my Son shall happen to dye before he shall have attained the age of One and twenty years I give and devise the same tenement to Tho(mas) Aldridge  In case Tho(mas) Aldridge should dye before he shall attain the Age of one and twenty I give the said tenement to my Daughter Susanna Aldridge and their heirs in case my Children should dye before they shall attain of One and twenty  Then I give the said Messuage to my Wife Grace and her heirs for ever  Item I give to my Son Tho(mas) Aldridge my largest Silver tankard and two of my large Silver Spoones and to my Son William Aldridge my next best Silver tankard and two large Silver Spoons  And to my Daughter Susanna Aldridge my least Silver tankard and Silver Mug and two large Silver Spoons  Item I give and bequeath all the rest and all the remainder of my Goods to {to} Grace my Wife whom I appoint to be my whole and Sole Executrix to this my last Will and Testament  She paying my debts and Legacyes and Funeral Charges  In Witness whereof I have sett my hand and Seal the 28th day of December in the Sixth Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord King George 1732.

Tho: Aldridge

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Tho(mas) Aldridge the Testator for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our names as Witnesses in the Presence of the said Testator and of each other

Caleb Westbrooke       Joanna Morris       Martha Savage 
Ex(ecute)d

This Will was proved at London the Eighteenth day of May in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred Thirty three before the Worshipfull William Braunston Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by {the} Grace Aldridge Widow the Relict of the said deceased and Sole Executrix named in the said will to whom Administration was Granted of All and Singular the Goods Chattells and Creditts of the said deceased  She being first sworn duly to administer the same.   Ex(ecute)d


Notes

Thomas Aldridge, who probably came from Berkhamsted originally, married Grace, daughter of William Gyles (d.1713), some time before 1723. They were Baptists, and a daughter Grace who died in 1726/7 was commemorated at Keach's Meeting House. Their two sons were later goldsmiths in London; William's son became a trustee of the Meeting House in 1774, and he or his father held land in Winslow at Enclosure. Susannah Aldrige married John Goldsworth, son of the lawyer Peter Goldsworth, on 20 June 1737 at Granborough; Susannah, John and their infant son Peter all died in 1738.

my Sister Langley: Thomas' sister-in-law Jane Langley, nee Gyles, inherited a messuage from her mother Sarah Gyles, under whose will Grace Aldridge also benefited.

Joanna Morris, who witnessed Thomas' will, was the daughter of Grace's sister Joanna.


Will of Grace Aldridge, widow, 1741 (proved 1742)

National Archives, PROB 11/718/432

In the Name of God Amen I Grace Alldridge of Winslow in the County of Bucks Widow being well in health and of sound Mind and Memory and knowing the uncertainty of Life do make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following and first and principally I give and bequeath unto my Wellbeloved Friends John King of Boveingdon in the County Hertford Gentleman and William Gyles of Tocester in the County of Northampton Woollendraper and to the Survivor of them and to the heirs of such Survivor all my real and personal Estate wheresoever and whatsoever in Trust nevertheless that they the said John King and William Gyles and the Survivors of them and the Heirs of such Survivor may by Sale or Mortgage of my Freehold and Copyhold Estate raise thereunto the sume of Three Hundred pounds to be paid to my son William Aldridge when he shall attain the full age of one and twenty years and my will and meaning is that lawfull Interest be paid to my Executors for the use of my son William Aldridge for the said Three hundred pounds from the time of my decease and my Will and meaning is that when and so soon as the said Three Hundred pounds shall be raised out of my real and personal Estate that all the remaining real and personal Estate shall remain continue and be to the only proper use and behoof of my Son Thomas Alldridge and his Heirs My said Trustees being first paid and reimbursed all such moneys as they shall any ways Expend or be put unto by reason of the Management and Execution of the Trust hereby in them reposed and my further Will and meaning is that in case my Son William Alldridge shall disturb or any ways interrupt my son Thomas Allridge in the Quiet Enjoyment of one Moiety or half part of my now dwelling House scituate in Winslow aforesaid which was given \to/ him by my late Husbands Will of which no Surrender was made to the use that then the before mentioned Sume of three Hundred pounds shall not become payable but remain in the Estate given to my said Son Thomas Alldridge and my further Will and meaning is that in case my Son William Alldlridge shall happen to dye before he attains the full age of one and Twenty years leaving no lawfull Issue of his Body Then and in such wise the said Three Hundred pounds shall go to my Son Thomas Alldridge and his Heirs for Ever  also I constitute and appoint the said John King and William Gyles joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made or published and declaring this to be my last Will and Testament only  In Testimony whereof I have herunto set my Hand and Seal this fifteenth day of July in the fourteenth year of the Reign of King George the second over Great Britain and so forth and in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven Hundred and Forty one.   

Grace Alldridge

Signed sealed published and <declared> by the Testatrix Grace Allridge as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribe our Names as Witnesses thereto in each others presence and also of the said Testatrix.

W(illia)m Hobbs                               Tho(mas) Worall                               Fer(dinand) Southam

On the Sixteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Two Administration with the Will annexed of the Goods Chattells and Credits of Grace Allridge late of Winslow in the County of Bucks Widow deceased was granted to Thomas Allridge the natural and lawfull Son of the said deceased and residuary Legatee named in the said Will for that John King and William Gyles the Executors named therein renounced the Execution thereof being first sworn duly to administer the same. Ex(ecute)d


Notes

Grace Al(l)dridge was buried at Winslow on 8 Oct 1741. John King was Grace's brother-in-law and William Gyles of Towcester was her first cousin. Thomas Worrall who witnessed the will was also her brother-in-law.

Copyright 9 August, 2015