Administration bond of John Hicks, 1748

Oxfordshire Wills Index Pec.21.69 and 43/1/39

Know all men by these presents that We Elizabeth Hicks of Winslow in the County of Bucks widow John Simmonds of Aylesbury in the County aforesaid Barber and John Burnham of the same Husbandman are held and firmly bound unto the Worshipful George Paul Dr. of Laws & Com(missar)y Officiall in and through and  the whole Archdeaconry of St. Albans and Diocese of London lawfully Constituted in the Sum of Twelve pounds of good and lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid unto the said George Paul or to his certain Attorney his Executors Administrators or Assignes To which Payment well and truly to be made We oblige ourselves and each & every of us for the whole our each and every of our and heirs Executors and Administrators firmly by these presents Sealed with our Seals dated the Twenty fourth day of September in the Twenty second Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth And in the Year of our Lord Our thousand Seven hundred and forty eight

The Condition of the Obligation is such That if the above bounden Elizabeth Hicks widow and Administratrix of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of John Hicks late of Winslow in the County of Bucks deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge  of her the said Elizabeth Hicks or into the hands or possession of any Person or Persons for her and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Archdeaconry of St. Albans at or before the last day of October next ensuing and the same Goods Chattels and Credits and all other the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Elizabeth Hicks or into the hands or possession of any other Person or Persons for her do well and truly administer according to Law;  And further do make or cause to be made a true and just Accompt of her said Administration at or before the last day of September 1749 and all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods Chattells and Credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators Accompt the same being first examined and allowed of by the Judge or Judges for the time being of the said Court shall deliver and pay unto such Person or Persons respectively as the said Judge or Judges by his or their Decree or Sentence persuant to the true intent and Meaning to a Late Act of Parliament made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth Years of the Reign of late Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second intituled an Act for the Better settling of Intestates Estates shall limit and appoint And if it shall hereafter appear that any  last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased and the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said Court making Request to have it allowed and approved accordingly if the said Elizabeth Hicks above bounden being thereunto required to render and deliver the said letters of Administration (Approbation of such Testament being first had and made ) in the said Court then this Obligation to be void , or else to remain in full Force and vertue.

the marke of Elizabeth   x  Hicks
John Simons

Sealed and delivered                                                                                                    
in the presence of                                                                                                          
John Patten Burnham N. P.                                                                           
                                                                                                24th. Sept. 1748
24th. September 1748
                                                Sworn the Administratrix within named before me
                                                                                                                                John Stephens  Sur(rogate).
24 Sept 1748
Ad(ministra)con Bond & Inventory of John Hicks late of Winslow deceased


Inventory of John Hicks, maltster, 1748

Herts RO 191AW1

A true and perfect Inventory of all the Goods and Chattells of John Hicks late of Winslow in the County of Bucks Maulster deceased Appraised at Winslow aforesaid the 20th day of September in the Year of our Lord 1748 by William Stockley and Benjamin Dudley as follows

s
d
First Wearing Apparrell
1
0
0
Book Debts
0
0
0
In the Garrett
An Old Chest
0
1
0
a Truckell Bedstead
0
1
0
Some Lumber
0
1
6
In the Chamber
One Bedstead Flock bed a bolster and Pillow One Blankett one Old Quilt One pair of Sheets
0
14
0
One Chest of Drawers
0
10
0
Two Chairs
0
0
8
One Old Coffer
0
0
8
Broken Boxes
0
1
0
an Old Gun
0
2
6
Two pair of Sheets One pair of Pillow Cases four napkins and Two Table Cloths
0
8
0
In the Parlour
Four Chairs One Stool and one Corner Cubbard
0
3
6
Old Pictures
0
1
0
In the Dwelling House
One Table and Ironing board
0
2
0
Eight Chairs
0
2
0
Chimney Furniture
0
2
0
Two Spits and one Flesh Fork
0
1
6
Pewter
0
3
0
Earthern Ware
0
1
0
Three Old Pictures
0
0
8
In the Wash house
One Large Kettle One Little D(itt)o
0
10
0
Two Bucketts and other Lumber
0
4
0
In the Cellar
One Barrell and one Form
0
2
0
Fire Wood
0
12
0
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Total
5
5
0

By us
William Stockley
Benj(ami)n Dudley


Notes

Very few St Albans inventories are preserved from this period. This one has survived separated from its corresponding administration bond which ended up in the records of the court of Banbury and Thame peculiars.

John Hicks had a wife Elizabeth and two children, Matthew (bap. 28 Nov 1732) and Elizabeth, who are mentioned in the will of Martha Norman, 1742. John witnessed two other wills of the Norman family, suggesting he was their tenant or neighbour. He was buried on 5 Oct 1748. Matthew was apprenticed as a collarmaker in 1749.

Copyright 11 August, 2015