Will of John Maydon, butcher, 1818 (proved 1829)

National Archives, PROB 11/1759/415

This is the last Will and Testament of me John Maydon of Winslow in the County of Bucks Butcher. First I give and devise unto my son George Maydon (from and immediately after the decease of Mary Maydon my Wife) All those several Closes Pieces or Parcels of Copyhold Land or Ground situate and being in Winslow aforesaid and Grandborough in the said County of Bucks which I sometime since purchased of and from William Dudley Alexander Norton and Mary Baseley Widow with the rights members Appurtenances thereto belonging to hold the same (subject to the Estate and Interest of my said Wife Mary Maydon of and in the said premises during the term of her natural life and also subject to the payment of the several legacies or sums of money hereinafter mentioned) unto him my said son George Maydon his heirs and assigns for ever Also I give and devise unto my said son George Maydon All the rest and residue of my Copyhold Messuages Cottages Closes Lands Tenements Hereditaments and Real Estate whatsoever situate lying and being in the Parish of Winslow . .  . or elsewhere with their and every of their rights members . . . To hold the same unto my . . . Son George Maydon and his heirs . . .  subject nevertheless and charged and chargeable and liable to for and with payment of one annuity clear yearly rent charge or sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland current in England To my said Wife Mary Maydon and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life free and clear of and from all taxes charges and deductions whatsoever Parliamentary or otherwise on the two most usual days of payment in the year (that is to say) the twenty fifth day of March and the twenty ninth day of September by even and equal portions in every year the first payment thereof to begin and be made on such of the said days as shall first and next happen after my decease and also jointly with the remaining part of my real Estate and Premises hereinbefore given . . . to my . .  son George Maydon . . . with the payment of the several, legacies . . . by me herein after given . . . And my mind and will is that in case the said annuity . . . or sum of twenty pounds or any part thereof shall be . . . unpaid by the space of twenty eight days . . . after either of the said days . . . appointed to be paid Then . . . it shall be lawful . . . for my  . .  Wife Mary Maydon into all of the . . . Mesuages Cottages . . .devised unto my . . . son George Maydon . . . to enter and . . . impound . . . keep or otherwise dispose thereof according to due course of Law until she or they shall be fully paid the. . . annuity . . . and all arrears thereof and all costs . . . occasioned by the non payment . . . Also I . . . bequeath unto my Daughter Ann the Wife of George William Wilson the legacy . . . of four hundred pounds And to my Daughter Mary the Wife of Robert Ingram the legacy . . . of three hundred pounds which I direct to be paid to them respectively by my . .  .son George Maydon his heirs or assigns within twelve months next after the decease of my  . .  Wife Mary Maydon  And my mind and will is that in case of the death of my . . . daughters Ann Wilson and Mary Ingram before their . . . legacies shall become due . . . that the legacy . . . of her . . . so dying shall be paid to the husband . . . Also I . . . bequeath unto my . . . Wife Mary Maydon such of my household goods and furniture she shall make choice of for her own use and benefit and to be at her own disposal And as to the rest and residue of my household goods and furniture linen plate china book debts ready money and securities for money Stock of Cattle Corn Grain hay Implements in Husbandry and all other my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever  and of what nature or kind soever (not hereinbefore otherwise by me disposed of) I . . . bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my . . . son George Maydon To hold the same unto him the said George Maydon his executors administrators and assigns Subject nevertheless to the payment of all such debts as I shall justly owe at the time of my decease my funeral and testamentary expenses And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife and son Mary Maydon and George Maydon my joint Executrix and Executor of this my last Will and Testament And I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made And my mind and will also is and I do hereby direct that my . . .  Executrix and Executor shall . .  be answerable for her and his own acts . . . and not the one of them for the other . . . and that . . . Mary Maydon shall not be answerable for any more monies than shall actually be received by her . . . nor for any loss or reduction therein without her wilful neglect or default and also that she . . . Mary Maydon shall retain all her costs damages and expenses in the trusts or executorship of this my Will out of the Estate and Effects in her vested by virtue thereof or out of the monies arising therefrom

In Witness whereof I John Maydon the Testator have to the two first sheets of this my will contained on three sheets of paper set my hand only and to this third and last sheet thereof this tenth day of October in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand eight hundred and eighteen Jno Maydon [signature] Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Maydon 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 thereof Char Willis [signature] Elizabeth Willis [signature] Dav: Norris [signature]

I give to my Daughters [sic] Mary Ingram Wife of Robert Ingram the sum of fifty pounds in addition to the above mentioned sum of three hundred pounds to be paid at the same time the furniture & linen to my aforesaid Daughters after the decease of my Wife. John Maydon [signature]

In the Goods of John Maydon deceased
On the 27th day of July 1829

Appeared Personally Thomas Pursell of Lumber Court Soho in the County of Middlesex Pork Man and Sausage Manufacturer and William Walker of No 174 Drury Lane in the said County of Middlesex Butcher and made Oath that they knew and were well acquainted with the said John Maydon of Winslow in the County of Bucks Butcher deceased for several years previous and down to the time of his death and have often seen him write and write [sic] and subscribe his name to writings whereby they have become well acquainted with his manner and character of handwriting and subscription and having now viewed and perused the paper writing hereto annexed purporting to be and contain a Codicil to the Will of the said Deceased which Codicil is in the following words viz “I give to my daughter Mary Ingram Wife of Robert Ingram the sum of fifty pounds in addition to the above mentioned sum of three hundred pounds and to be paid at the same time the furniture & linen to my aforesaid daughters after the decease of my Wife” and then subscribed “John Maydon” these Appearers say that they verily and in their consciences believe the whole body series and contents of the aforesaid Codicil together with the name “John Maydon” thereto set and subscribed to have been written and subscribed by and with the proper hand of the said John Maydon deceased

Thos Pursell [signature] William Walker [signature]

Same day the said Thomas Pursell and William Walker were duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit before me John Daubeny Surr(ogate), Pres(en}t James Farquhar junr Not(ar)y Pub(li)c

Proved at London with a Codicil 3rd August 1829 before the Worshipful John Daubeny Dr. of Laws & Surrogate by the Oaths of Mary Maydon Widow the Relict & George Maydon the Son the Executors to whom Adm(inistrati)on was granted being first sworn duly to Adm(iniste)r.


John Maydon (1753-1829) was the father of George Maydon (1794-1876) and the son of George Maydon (will proved 1769) from whom he inherited the butcher's business. Presumably he supplied meat to the London market.

He married Mary, daughter of Goldsworth Dudley, at Swanbourne in 1787.

He bought Orrill Hill Closes from William Dudley (his wife's uncle) in 1800, some land in Granborough from Mary Baseley (his mother-in-law, who had remarried) in 1804 and a close in Winslow from Alexander Norton in 1811. He inherited 28 High Street and a piece of land in Winslow (Enclosure lot 43) from his parents.

Copyright 30 June, 2020