Will of George Hawley, grocer, 1821 (proved 1837)

National Archives, PROB 11/1880/49

This is the last Will and testament of me George Hawley of Winslow in the County of Buckingham Grocer made when of sound mind memory and understanding in manner following namely I give and devise unto my dear Wife Hannah Hawley all that my messuage or tenement buildings hereditaments and premises now in my own occupation and all my other real Estate whosoever and wheresoever to hold the same unto my said Wife Hannah Hawley her heirs and assigns for ever also I give and bequeath all and every of my Personal Estate and effects unto my said wife Hannah Hawley to and for her own use and benefit and lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife Hannah Hawley Executrix of this my Will In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fourth day of July one thousand eight hundred and twenty one                              George Hawley.

Signed sealed published and declared by the said George Hawley the testator as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses                         F Budd  Mary Budd  &   Jno Budd

Proved at London the 15th. June 1837 before the Worshipful John Danbeny Doctor of Laws and surrogate by the oath of Hannah Hawley Widow the relict And the sole Executrix to whom admin was granted having been first sworn duly to adm(iniste)r    


George Hawley's grocery business was at 6 High Street, and was continued by his son James. George was 74 when he died in 1837. He married Hannah Maydon at Winslow in 1790 She was the daughter of George Maydon, butcher (d.1769), and died in 1844. The brevity of the will seems to be due to George Hawley already having made provision for his children. The manor court of 1839 actually reported that he died intestate, probably because he hadn't surrendered his copyhold property to the use of his will. He still owned houses in Horn Street (site of the Congregational Church) and Granborough which passed to Thomas as his eldest son.

Copyright 23 July, 2020