Will of William Jackman, tailor, 1847

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This is the last Will and Testament of me William Jackman of Winslow in the County of Bucks tailor First it is my wish with a view to the advancement of Medical science that my body may be opened and examined by some Surgeon to be found by my executors and I request that my remains may not be interred until the expiration of ten days after my death that they may be buried in a plain coffin in Winslow Church yard as near as may be to the tree nearest the Three Pigeons Public House in a bricked grave three feet deep and arched over that grave stones may be erected to my memory and the following verse inscribed at the bottom of the head stone "Blessed are the Merciful for they shall obtain Mercy"   I give and bequeath unto George Dodson now living at Whaddon in the county of Bucks and who lately resided with me being the son of Thomas Dodson late of Winslow aforesaid Laborer and Martha his wife all that my freehold cottage or tenement in Tinkers End in Winslow aforesaid and all other the real estate if any of which I may be seized at the time of my death to hold the same and every part thereof unto and to the use of the said George Dodson his heirs and assigns forever.  I give and bequeath the following legacies to be paid out of my personal estate within twelve calendar months next after my decease and to be accepted in full satisfaction and discharge of claims which the legatees or any of them may have against me as administrator of the estate and effects of my late sister Ann Jackman deceased that is to say the sum of fifteen pounds to my brother Thomas Jackman the sum of five pounds to my brother Emmens Jackman the sum of five pounds to my sister Martha the wife of George Clark the sum of ten pounds equally unto and among the children of my late sister Elizabeth Jarvis deceased the sum of one pound to each of the children of my late brother John Jackman deceased (except his daughter Susan Jackman) the sum of one pound to Henry Jackman son of the said Susan Jackman and the further sum of six pounds to be paid to the said Henry Jackman if the said Susan Jackman or her personal representatives shall not in due time make any claim against my estate in respect of the estate and effects of my late sister Ann Jackman deceased.  I give and bequeath unto the said George Dodson all my household goods and furniture and other my Personal Estate and effects remaining after payment of my just debts my funeral expenses and the charges of proving and establishing this my will and carrying it into execution and I appoint David Thomas Willis of Winslow aforesaid Gentleman and Grant King of the same place Draper joint Executors of this my will and declare that they shall not be answerable for each others acts or receipts nor for any losses happening without their own respective default and that they shall be at liberty to retain and allow to each other all expences incident to the execution of the trusts and powers of my will and that notwithstanding his appointment as executor the said David Thomas Willis shall be entitled to his proper fees and charges for any professional business he may transact in the execution of the trusts reposed in him. In witness whereof I the said William Jackman the testator have to each sheet of this my last will and testament contained on two sheets of paper set my hand this twenty third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven - William Jackman

This sheet and the preceding sheet of paper hereto annexed were severally signed by the said William Jackman the testator in the joint presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses there - James Joy, Benjn Cole, Clerks to Mr Willis Winslow

Proved at London 4th Augt 1847 before the Judge by the oaths of David Thomas Willis and Grant King the Executors to whom adm(inistrati)on was granted having been first sworn by com(misi)on only to administer

Note by Geoff Kirk

The Three Pigeons Public House was in the building which is now 27 High Street, Winslow. This is in a terrace one from the end and is a double fronted building in red brick with a limestone door surround. The end dwelling adjoins Church Walk along one side of the churchyard. The trees there in 2002 do not appear to be 150 years old and, anyway, the burial markers have been removed and the yard levelled. Many of the markers have been used to pave the walkways around the church (including that for Henry and Hannah Jackman).

In 1841, William Jackman and George Dodson lived in Sheep Street (see census return), probably at no.19.

Copyright 1 August, 2014