Will of William French of Buckingham, gentleman, 1845 (proved 1846)

National Archives PROB 11/2037/160

The will is summarised below. Two of William's sons lived at Winslow: Joshua Lewin (b.1809) and Elijah Watson (b.1817).

Will of William French of Buckingham Gentleman, 24 April 1845. I bequeath:

Witnesses: George Nelson, Solicitor, Buckingham
James Kentish, Clerk to Messrs Hearn & Nelson

Codicil dated 19 Dec 1845:  William Henry to pay an additional £50 to Samuel Mayo and Elijah Watson; Robert Thomas to pay them an additional £100.  Additional £300 to Anne Maria.  I revoke the Legacy of £5 to my Nephew Robert French.

Further codicil 18 April 1846: the sums bequeathed to my son Elijah Watson French shall not be paid to him but invested and the income paid to him quarterly for his life
Proved at London 23 June 1846


William French was a Congregationalist. The movement in Buckingham had split into the Old Meeting (in Well Street) and the New Meeting.

See also the wills of his son Joshua Lewin French (d.1884) and grandson William Henry French (d.1899).

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