Will of Elizabeth Gibbs, spinster, 1842 (proved 1846)

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This is the last Will and Testament of me Elizabeth Gibbs of Winslow in the County of Bucks Spinster First I give and devise unto my Niece Ann Harper Widow All that my copyhold Messuage or Tenement situate standing or being in the Market Square of Winslow aforesaid \and held of the Manor of Winslow/ with its members in the County of Bucks formerly in the occupation of Richard Sharp and now of James Hazzard with the respective rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and which were given and devised to me in and by the last Will and Testament of James Morris my late Uncle deceased To Hold the same unto and to the use of the said Ann Harper her Heirs and Assigns for ever And I give and devise unto my Niece Mary Mayne all and every the rest and residue of my copyhold Messuages Cottages Closes lands tenements real estate and premises situate standing lying or being in the parish of Winslow aforesaid  and held of the said Manor of Winslow with its members With the respective rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining To Hold the same premises with the appurtenances unto to the use of the said Mary Mayne her Heirs and Assigns for ever  Subject nevertheless to such incumbrances as shall at the time of my decease affect the same or any part thereof  And I give and bequeath unto my said Niece Mary Mayne All my household Goods and furniture plate linen China money and securities for money book debts chattels and all other my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever. To Hold the same and every part thereof unto the said Mary Mayne her executors administrators and assigns absolutely Subject nevertheless and charged and chargeable to and with the payment of all such debts as I may justly owe at the time of my decease my funeral and testamentary expences and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Niece Mary Mayne full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke and make void all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Gibbs the Testatrix hereunto have set my hand this twenty fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two ./-  

Elizth Gibbs [signature]

Signed by the said Elizabeth Gibbs the Testatrix in the joint presence of us who in her presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereof. The words “and held of the Manor of Winslow” appearing between the fourth and fifth lines being first interlined ./-  
                Rosini [= Rosanna] War
                Char: Willis
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[written in left hand margin at right angles to main text]

Archdeaconry of St Alban
The fourteenth day of August 1846
Mary Mayne the Executrix in this Will named was duly sworn as such and that the personal estate of the testatrix doth not amount in the whole to the sum of one hundred pounds to the best of her knowledge and belief
Before me
W. W. McCreight                              Surrogate


Notes

Elizabeth was aged 78 when she died in 1845. She was the daughter of John Gibbs, maltster (d.1798) and his wife Hannah (d.1811), and niece of James Morris (will proved 1812) and Richard Gibbs (will proved 1816), q.v. for more about the family.

In 1841 she was living at 22 High Street with the two nieces mentioned in the will; they were all milliners. The property she left to Ann Harper was 25 Market Square. The property which Mary Mayne inherited (now 20-22 High Street including buildings at the rear) was described at the 1846 manor court as follows:

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