Will of William Deverell, tallow-chandler, 1710/11

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In the Name of God Amen I William Deverell of Winslowe in the County of Bucks Tallowchandler being weak of Body but of sound and perfect minde and memory All possible praise be given to Almighty God for the same And considering the Certainty of Death and the uncertain time thereof doe make and Ordeyne this my last Will and Testament in manner followeing that is to say First and Principally I Com(m)end my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave itt hopeing through the Merritts Death and Passion of my only Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ to obteyne everlasting life And my Body I Comitt to the Earth to be decently interred att the Discretion of my Executrix herein after named And as for such temporall Estate as itt hath pleased Almighty God to bestowe upon me I Give and Dispose thereof as followeth Impr(im)is I give Devise and Bequeath unto my loveing Wife Jane Deverell All and every my Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever either in Possession Reversion or Remainder To hold to the said Jane and her heires forever  Item I Give and Bequeath unto my said loveing wife All and every my Goods Chattells Reall and Personall \estate/ whatsoever and wheresoever whome I Doe make and appoint full and sole executor of this my last Will and Testament And I doe hereby Revoke All former Wills by me heretofore made And Doe Declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Wittnesse whereof I have to this my last Will sett my hand and seal this Seaven and Twentyeth Day of February in the Nineth Year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lady Queen Ann of Great Britain &c Annoq(ue) Do(min)i 1710

[signed] William Deverell

Signed Sealed published &
declared in the p(re)sence of us
who have hereunto subscribed
our Names as Wittnesses in the
p(re)sence of the Testator

Joseph Ayres
Signum Marie Bigg [mark]
John Markham


William Deverill, tallow chandler, was buried at Winslow on 27 March 1711. His widow Jane was buried on 3 April 1713. The surname was very common at Swanbourne, where William Deverells were baptised in 1637, 1649, 1657 and 1679. Presumably this William was connected to the Deverells who were ironmongers and tallow-chandlers at 6 High Street later in the 18th century. He did not have any children baptised at Winslow (but may have been a Baptist).