Will of Thomas Hughes, victualler, 1767 (proved 1769)

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In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Hughes of Winslow in the County of Bucks Victualler being Sick and Weak in Body but of sound and Disposing mind memory and Understanding Do make and Publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say)  First I give and Devise unto my loving Wife Mary Hughes All that my Messuage & Tenement Situate in Winslow aforesaid wherein I now dwell commonly called or known by the Name of the Old Crown Together with all Outhouses Yards Backsides Priviledges and Appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging or in any wise Appertaining To hold the same unto and to the Use of her my said Wife Mary Hughes her Heirs and Assigns for ever Subject nevertheless and Charged and Chargable with the Payment of Ten Pounds of lawful Money of great Britain unto my Son John Hughes within Twelve Months next after my Decease Also I Give and Bequeath unto my said Wife Mary Hughes All and Singular my Goods Chattels ready Money Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and what Nature or kind soever to and for her own Sole Use and Benefit \(She paying my Debts Legacy, and Funeral Expences)/ And I do hereby make Constitute and Appoint my said Wife Mary Hughes sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Hughes have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Twenty Ninth day of November in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Seven.

The Mark of Thomas Hughes

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testator
Thomas Hughes as and for his last Will and Testament in the
Presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our Names as
 Witnesses in the presence of the said Testator and also in the
Presence of each other. (These Words She paying my Debts
Legaacy and Funeral Expences being first Interlined.
Thomas Prentice
John Hall
Joseph Hunt


Thomas Hughes is recorded in the alehouse recognizances as keeping the Cross Keys 1753-65. He surrendered the Old Crown to the use of his will on the day he made his will, and must have acquired it from Joseph Dudley between 1765 and 1767.

His widow Mary Hughes continued to keep the inn and married John Blake in 1772. By 1779 the Cross Keys belonged to Benjamin Bailey of West Drayton.

Copyright 14 July, 2020