Administration of William Dudley, draper, 1796

Herts RO 232 AW11

[In the first paragraph, the words in italics were added to a previously written pro forma]

Know all men by these presents That We Joseph Dudley of the parish of Winslow in the County of Bucks Draper and John Harris of the parish of Great Horwood in the County of Bucks aforesaid farmer are held and firmly bound to the Reverend and Worshipful Joseph Holden Pott Clerk Master of Arts Archdeacon in and throughout the whole Archdeaconry of St Alban in the Diocese of London lawfully constituted in three hundred pounds of Good and lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid to the said Joseph Holden Pott or his certain Attorney Executors Administrators or Assignes for the true payment whereof we bind ourselves and each of us by himself his Heirs Executors and Administrators firmly by these presents sealed with our seals. Dated this sixteenth Day of April in the thirty sixth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain france and Ireland King Defender of the faith and so forth and in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six.

The condition of this obligation is such that if the abovebounden Joseph Dudley one of the Sons and next of Kin and also Administrator of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of William Dudley late of the parish of Winslow aforesaid Draper deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of him the said Joseph Dudley or into the hands and possession of any person or persons for him and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Archdeaconry of St Alban aforesaid on or before the last day of October next ensuing and the same Goods Chattles and Credits and all other the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Joseph Dudley or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law And further do make or cause to be made a true and just accompt of his said Administration on or before the last day of April one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven and all the rest and residue of the said Goods Chattles and Credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administration Accompt the same being first examined and allowed by the Judge

[page 2] or Judges for the time being of the said court shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively as the said Judge or Judges by his or their Decree or Sentence pursuant to the true Intent and Meaning of a late Act of Parliament made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth years of the Reign of our late Sovereign Lord King Charles the second intituled an act for the better setting of intestate Estates shall limit and appoint And if it shall appear hereafter that any last Will and Testament was made by the said deceased and the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said Court making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly if the said Joseph Dudley abovebounden being thereunto required do render and deliver the said Letters of Administration (Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Court) Then this Obligation is to be void or otherwise to be and continue in full force

[signed] Jos. Dudley
Jno Harris

Sealed and delivered (being first duly stampt) in the presence of

[signed] Mary Bandbery
Jonathan Brigges

[page 3] Archdeaconry of St Alban

The sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six

On which day appeared personally Joseph Dudley of the Parish of Winslow in the County of Bucks and within the Archdeaconry aforesaid Draper and alleged and made Oath that he is one of the Sons and next of Kin of William Dudley late of the said Parish of Winslow Draper deceased That the said William Dudley lately died intestate Therefore the said Joseph Dudley prayed that Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased might be granted to him under such Security as the Law in that Case requires and further alledged that such Goods Chattles and Credits do not amount to the sum of three hundred pounds in value to the best of his Knowledge and Belief

[signed] Jos. Dudley

Sworn before me [signed] Jonathan Brigges surrogate

Let administration pass as prayed


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Administration of William Dudley p1

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Administration of William Dudley p2

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Administration of William Dudley p3

See the will of Goldsworth Dudley (d.1779), William's son, for more about the family.

Copyright 23 September, 2016