Will of William Norman, glazier, 1744 (proved 1747)

National Archives, PROB 11/755/91

In the name of God Amen I William Norman of Winslow in the County of Bucks Glazier being of perfect Mind and Memory and knowing the certainty of Death and the uncertain time thereof do this thirteenth Day of June one thousand seven hundred and forty four make this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Frances Norman and to her Heirs forever one large Silver Cup and half the stock of Wood Lead and Glass working Tools Household Goods Chattells and personal Estate whatsoever belonging to me in Winslow aforesaid I also Give and bequeath to my said Daughter Frances Norman and to her Heirs three Gold Rings and all the Wearing Apparel of Elizabeth my late Wife deceased I also Give and bequeath to my said Daughter Frances Norman and to her Heirs five silver Tea Spoons and three large silver spoons I give and bequeath unto my son William Norman and to his Heirs forever my Silver Watch one Gold Ring three large Silver Spoons and one small Silver Cup Also I give and bequeath unto my said Son William Norman and to his Heirs all my Wearing Apparel whatsoever I also Give and Bequeath unto my said Son William Norman and to his Heirs the other half of the said Stock of Wood Lead and Glass Working Tools Household Goods Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever which said Stock or Stocks of Goods and Chattels I order to be sold for the best price that can be gott for the same at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and the Money arising by such sale to be equally divided between them the said Frances Norman and William Norman they first paying thereout all my just Debts and Funeral charges and the remainder to be divided as aforesaid Share and Share alike and shall be put out by my said Executors In Trust for them untill they shall attain their several ages of twenty one Years I also constitute and appoint John Norman and Henry Stuchbury the Elder both of Winslowe aforesaid to be sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and Year first above written

William Norman 

Signed Sealed published and Declared in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses\in the presence/of the said Testator and of each other these Words (and to his Heirs) being first interlined between the fifteenth and sixteenth Lines  Kezia Gibbs - William Verney - Robert Markhamp

This Will was proved at London before the Worshipfull Thomas Salusbury Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the right Worshipfull John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the fifteenth Day of June in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty seven by the Oath of John Norman one of the Executors in the said Will named To whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer (power reserved of making the like Grant to Henry Stuchbury the other Executor when he shall apply for the same


William Norman was buried on 26 June 1744, so there was a considerable delay in proving his will. He was bap. 18 Dec 1700, son of William and Sarah Norman. John Norman the executor was his older brother. They are both described as plumbers and glaziers.

William Norman's wife Elizabeth was the daughter of Christopher Stuchbury, shoemaker, and sister of Henry Stuchbury the executor. She was buried on 15 April 1743. They had these children:





Copyright 17 April, 2015