Will of Harry Read, blacksmith, 1766 (proved 1767/8)

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In the Name of God Amen I Harry Read of Winslow in the County of Bucks Blacksmith being Sick and Weak in Body but of Sound Mind Memory and Understanding (Praised be God for the same) Do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following (that is to say) First I Give and Bequeath unto my Son William Read and to my Daughter Mary Read the Sum of Ten Pounds each of Lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid to them by my Executrix herein after Named at their respective Ages of one and Twenty Years Also I Give and Bequeath unto my loving Wife Ann Read All that my Copyhold Messuage \or Tenement/ Situate Standing and being in Great Horn Street in Winslow aforesaid and now in the Occupation of John Worsley Together with all Houses Outhouses Edifices Buildings Barns Yards Gardens Orchards and Backsides with all and Singular the Appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any Wise Appertaining To hold to her my said Wife Ann Read her heirs and Assigns for ever Also I further Give and Bequeath unto my said Wife Ann Read All the rest Residue and Remainder of my real and Personal Estates  As all my Houshold Goods and Implements of Houshold whatsoever Bills Bonds Debts Credits Chattells and personal Estate of what Nature or kind soever or wheresoever whereof or wherein I shall be any ways possessed of Interested in or Intitled unto at the time of my Decease To hold to her my said Wife Ann Read to and for her own Property Benefit and Disposal for ever And I do hereby Charge all and every part of my said Personal Estate with the true payment of all my Just Debts Legacys Funeral Expences and Charges for providing this my Will And Lastly I do Nominate Constitute and Appoint my said Wife Ann Read full and Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament  And I do hereby revoke and make Void all former and other Will and Wills by me before made and this only to be taken for my last Will and Testament and none other  In Witness whereof I the said Testator Harry Read have to this my last Will and Testament Set my hand and Seal this Thirty first day of July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Six.

The Mark of Harry Read

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testator
Harry Read As and for his last Will and Testament in the
Presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our Names as
Witnesses to the same in the Presence and at the Request
of the said Testator and of each other
John Cox
Will(iam) Gibbs
Joseph Hunt

11 March 1767
Ann Read sole executrix


Harry Read married Ann Rawlins[?] at Winslow on 16 May 1749. Neither of them was baptised at Winslow.

The will of Grace Tofield (1764) suggests that Harry Read lived in part of 27 Market Square, where there was a blacksmith's shop at the rear in the 20th century.

Oxford Journal, 1 Nov 1766
TO be LETT, and entered upon immediately, at Winslow, Bucks, a Messuage or Tenement, and an old-accustomed Blacksmith’s shop; late in the Occupation of Harry Read, deceased. Also all the Tools and Stock in Trade to be sold.
For farther Particulars enquire of Anne Read, of Winslow aforesaid, Widow.

Ann Read sold the property in Horn Street to Richard Hinton in 1768; it passed to Edward Hinton in 1775. Mary the daughter is probably the Mary Read who married Joseph Turpin in 1798.

Copyright 27 January, 2020