Will of Catherine Conway Gent, spinster, 1861

Principal Probate Registry

ON the 11th day of July 1861 the Will of Catherine Conway Gent late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham deceased, who died on the 23rd day May 1861 at Winslow aforesaid, was proved in the Principal Registry of Her Majesty’s High Court of Probate, on the oaths of Mary Gent Spinster of Winslow aforesaid the Sister and John Maydon of Muggerhanger in the County of Bedford Farmer the Nephew the Executors therein named they having been first sworn duly to administer,
Effects under £1000

This is the last Will and Testament of me Catherine Conway Gent of Winslow in the County of Bucks Spinster I devise unto my Sister Mary Gent and her heirs and assigns absolutely all the real estate of which I may be beneficially seized at the time of my death I bequeath unto my Sister Mary Gent for her own use and benefit all the personal estate of which I may die possessed subject to the payment of my just debts my funeral and testamentary expenses I appoint my said Sister Mary Gent and my Nephew John Maydon as Executrix and Executor of my Will and devise unto them the said Mary Gent and John Maydon all the real estate (if any) which may at the time of my death be vested in me as trustee or mortgagee upon the trusts and subject to the equities affecting the same respectively lastly I revoke all other Wills In witness whereof I the said Catherine Conway Gent the Testatrix have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and sixty one C.C. Gent [signature] Signed by the said Catherine Conway Gent the Testatrix in the joint presence of us who at her request in her presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Dav. Tho. Willis [signature], Solr. Winslow George Maydon Winslow

Proved at London 11th July 1861 by the Oaths of Mary Gent Spinster the Sister and John Maydon the Nephew the Executors to whom Adm(inistrati)on was granted


Note

Catherine Conway Gent was aged 56 when she died. She and her older sister Mary (see below), both born at Fenny Stratford, lived at 18 High Street. Their sister Mildred Ann (d.1884) married George Maydon (d.1876) and lived at no.28. They were the children of Lynch Conway and Mildred Gent (their father's death was registered at Newport Pagnell in 1847 aged 78), and were the sisters of John Sleath Gent who was a doctor in Winslow between about 1818 and 1830 and lived at 16 High Street. Another sister, Jane Sidney Gent, died at Winslow in 1849. Three more brothers or half-brothers and a sister are mentioned in Mary's will (below).

National Archives, PROB 11/2054/149: Will of Lynch Conway Gent of Fenny Stratford in the parish of Simpson, surgeon.  Made 25 Sep 1846, witnessed by J.W. Cowley, solicitor, Buckingham.
Executors and trustees: son-in-law George Maydon of Winslow, malster and butcher, and son John Sleath Gent of Stony Stratford, surgeon and apothecary.
Household goods to be equally divided between daughters Catherine Conway, Jane Sidney and son George.
Medical practice and all freehold and copyhold property to be sold.
£800 each (in addition to what they received during father’s lifetime) to daughter Catherine Conway Gent, daughter Jane Sidney Gent and son George Gent, payable to the last two when they are 25.
£100 each to sons Lynch Conway Gent and Henry Gent.  They have already been advanced £250 each which they were entitled to receive under marriage settlement with their mother Mary Gardner.  Trustee of the settlement was William Wilson.
£400 to daughter Mildred Ann wife of George Maydon, provided George does not claim release of his debt of £300 to me.
To son John Sleath Gent “all my surgical chemical and other instruments and professional books” and £100.  He receives an extra £100 by a codicil of 26 Jan 1847.
£100 to daughter Mary.
Proved 6 April 1847.


Will of Mary Gent, spinster, 1877 (proved 1888)

Oxford Probate Registry

ON the Thirteenth day of March 1888, the Will of Mary Gent late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Spinster, deceased, who died on the Twenty seventh day of January 1888 at Winslow aforesaid, was proved in the District Registry attached to Her Majesty’s Court of Probate at Oxford by the Oaths of John Maydon of Bedford  in the County of Bedford, Land Agent and Lynch Conway Maydon of Mursley in the County of Buckingham, Farmer, Nephews of the deceased, the Executors named (in the said Will) they having been first sworn duly to administer.

It is hereby certified the above is a correct Copy. Dated this Twenty second day of March 1888.
Personal Estate Gross £2,738 : 8 : 6.
Net £2,710 : 13 : 1.
No Leaseholds.
Extracted by Conquest and Clare, Solicitors, Beds

This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Gent of Winslow in the County of Bucks, Spinster.

I direct that all my just debts my funeral and testamentary expenses may be paid with all convenient speed after my death I appoint my Nephews John Maydon, Ly and Lynch Conway Maydon to be Executors and Trustees of my Will I devise unto my said Nephew John Maydon and to his heirs and assigns absolutely my freehold piece of land and hereditaments situate in the Parish of Mursley in the said County of Bucks with the appurtenances thereto belonging subject to and charged with the payment of the sum of Two hundred and sixty pounds sterling within six calendar months next after my death to be applied in augmentation with my residuary personal Estate for which said sum I direct that the receipt of my said Nephew Lynch Conway Maydon shall be an effectual discharge I devise unto my said Nephews John Maydon and Lynch Conway Maydon their heirs and assigns my Copyhold messuage or tenement in Winslow wherein I now reside and all other (if any) the real estate of which I may be beneficially seised at the time of my death and the appurtenances thereto respectively belonging Upon trust with all convenient speed after my death to sell or dispose of the same together or in parcels either by public Auction or private Contract as my said Trustees shall think fit and to apply the moneys that shall arise from such sale and the rents and profits of the said messuage . . .  in the meantime or what shall remain thereof after paying all incidental expenses in aid of residual personal estate and effects I bequeath unto my great Nephew and Godson William Gent the Younger a pair of silver table spoons and unto my Goddaughter Mary Elizabeth Daughter of John and Anne Ward of Oxhill in the County of Warwick a plated Tea Caddy I direct my Executors to divide all my wearing apparel jewels and ornaments of my person equally to and amongst the daughters of my Sister Mildred Ann Maydon who shall survive me and the residue of my household furniture linen plate pictures china and other household effects unto and equally between the Sons and daughters of my said Sister Mildred Ann Maydon who shall survive me I bequeath to my half Brothers Lynch Conway Gent Henry Gent and George Gent the legacy or sum of Nineteen guineas each to be paid twelve calendar months next after my decease and in case either of them shall die in my lifetime I direct that his legacy shall be paid to his child if only one and divided equally between all his children if more than one the receipts of such child or children to be sufficient discharges notwithstanding minority I bequeath to my Cousin Mary the Wife of William Stanton the legacy or sum of Five pounds to be paid twelve calendar months next after my death and in case of her dying in my lifetime I direct that the same shall be paid to her said husband if living and if he should be dead then to his Son William Stanton I direct my Executors to retain out of my residuary estate and effects the sum of Three hundred pounds sterling and to invest the same with all convenient speed in their own names in the Public Stocks or Funds of the United Kingdom or on Government or real securities in England with full power at their discretion to vary and transpose such investment for any other investment of the kinds prescribed and I direct my said Executors to pay and apply the dividends interest and annual produce of the money so to be invested as and when the same shall become due into the proper hands of my Sister Elizabeth Simmons for her sole and separate use independently of her present or any future husband for which dividends interest and annual produce her receipts alone notwithstanding coverture shall be sufficient discharges to my Executors Upon the death of the said Elizabeth Simmons I call upon the Executors to call in the moneys so to be invested as aforesaid and divide the moneys thereby arising in equal shares and proportions between such of my Nephews and Nieces as may be living at the decease of the said Elizabeth Simmons and the child or children of any or either of such Nephews and Nieces who may have previously died the child or children in every case to take in equal shares if more than one the share to which his her or their deceased parent would have been entitled if living I direct my Executors to pay out of my residuary personal Estate the legacy duty payable in respect of the legacy or sum of Three hundred pounds and all expenses incidental to the payment thereof I bequeath unto my said Nephews John Maydon and Lynch Conway Maydon all the residue of the personal estate of which I shall be beneficially possessed at the time of my death Upon trust with all convenient speed to get in and convert the same and to divide the net moneys thereby arising after answering the purposes aforesaid unto and among all and every my Nephews and Nieces (the children of my Brother John Sleath Gent and my said Sister Mildred Ann Maydon) or such of them as shall survive me [clause relating to legacy distribution of surviving siblings and their children is repeated. A further sub clause makes provision for legatees of minority age] I devise unto my said Nephews John Maydon and Lynch Conway Maydon all the estates which may at my death be vested in me as Trustee or Mortgagee subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same respectively I declare that the receipts of my said Trustees to purchasers or others for moneys paid to my said Trustees shall be sufficient discharges for the same and from all liability to see the application thereof  I direct that my Trustees may deduct and mutually allow to each other disbursements and expenses incident to the execution of my Will and shall be responsible each for his own acts and defaults only and irresponsible for losses occurring without wilful neglect or default and shall be indemnified with or out of my trust property against  all liabilities consequent upon the execution of my Will And lastly I revoke all other Wills.  In Witness whereof I the said Mary Grant the Testatrix have to every sheet of this my last Will and Testament contained on three sheets of paper set my hand this Second day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy seven
Mary Gent [signature]

This Sheet and the two sheets of paper hereto annexed were severally signed by the said Mary Gent the Testatrix in the joint presence of us who at her request in her presence and the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as Witnesses
Thos. Price Willis [signature] Solicitor, Winslow
Arthur S. Midgley [signature] Clerk to Messrs. Solrs. Willis & Willis


Notes

Mary Gent died in 1888 aged 89. In 1881 she was living as a boarder with Thomas and Ann Lee at 44 High Street, so she must have moved out of her own house (20 Horn Street) which she actually handed over to her nephew John Maydon in 1879. He sold it in 1889.

Copyright 31 October, 2020