Will of Sarah Eagles, widow, 1805 (proved 1831)

National Archives PROB 11/1780/142

This is the last Will and Testament of me Sarah Eagles of Winslow in the County of Bucks Widow I give and bequeath unto my Son William Eagles the legacy or sum of twenty pounds  Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandsons John Eagles and Ezra Eagles children of my son Ezra Eagles the legacy or sum of twenty pounds apiece to be paid them on \their/ attaining the age of twenty one years and as to all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my monies goods chattels rights and credits and all my personal Estate and Effects I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said Son Ezra Eagles his Executors Administrators and Assigns absolutely and I do hereby appoint the said Ezra Eagles my son sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills In witness whereof I the said Sarah Eagles the Testatrix have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five

Sarah Eagles [signature]

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Sarah Eagles Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence \of us/ who at her request and in her presence have hereunto subscribed our names and in the presence of each other as Witnesses
Thos Reid Sen
Mary Wilson

Proved at London 21st January 1831 before the Worshipful Jesse Addams Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of Ezra Eagles the son the sole Executor to whom Administration was granted having been first sworn duly to administer


William Eagles of Buckingham and Sally Ingram of Winslow were married at Winslow in 1762. He is probably the William Eagles who was apprenticed to Stephen Gibbs of Winslow, glover, in 1756.  She was Sarah, baptised in 1739, the daughter of Benjamin Ingram of the Sow & Pigs, who left her a messuage in Sheep Street to which she was admitted at the 1779 manor court; it was entailed to her son Ezra. Benjamin Ingram’s will made in 1778 refers to 3 grandsons: John Eagles, Ezra Eagles (bap. Winslow 1766) and William Eagles. Sarah must have been living with him as he left her “the bed she now lies on”, but the will mentions her husband.  She was a widow by 1787. She was living with her brother-in-law Thomas Wilson when he made his will in 1803.

William Eagles must have been related to the Sarah Eagles from Aylesbury who married the Winslow doctor John Cowley, as she had a nephew called Ezra (not this William's son), but it isn't certain how; probably he was the cousin of her father, another William, and of his sister Sarah wife of Thomas Prentice, surgeon of Winslow.

Sarah's son Ezra (d.1834) was a lawyer at Ampthill. In his will proved in 1836 (National Archives, PROB 11/1856/173) he left some property at Ampthill to his son John and the rest of his property in Bucks and Beds to his wife Sarah. One of the witnesses of his will was Ann Ingram of Leighton Buzzard. Sarah died in 1835 and the property in Winslow went to John the son, who sold it in 1837 to Josiah King.

Copyright 7 April, 2018