Will of Thomas Ridgway of Thornborough Grounds, yeoman, 1818

National Archives PROB 11/1607/362

This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Ridgway of Thornborough Grounds in the Parish of Thornborough in the County of Bucks Yeoman who am of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding I give and devise unto my friend William Richardson of Thornborough Mill Miller and my Sons Thomas Ridgway and Matthew Ridgway their Heirs and Assigns all that my freehold Messuage or Tenement and Hereditaments with the Appurtenances thereto belonging situate standing and being in Buckingham in the said County of Bucks and which I purchased of John Sayer and also all my undivided moiety or half part of and in all those my several Copyhold Messuages Cottages or Tenements and Hereditaments with the Appurtenances and also of and in all those two Copyhold inclosed Closes of late arable but now Pasture Land late Budds situate and being in Winslow in the said County of Bucks within the Manor of Winslow with its Members in the County of Bucks and which I purchased of my Son Richard Ridgway and Ann his wife Upon Trust that they the said William Richardson Thomas Ridgway and Matthew Ridgway or the survivors or survivor of them or the Heirs or Assigns of such survivor do and shall receive the rents and profits of all and singular the said freehold and Moiety of the said Copyhold Hereditaments and apply and dispose of the same in such way and manner as to them shall appear most expedient for the maintenance and support of Ann Ridgway the Wife and of all and every the Children of my said Son Richard Ridgway for and during the term of the natural life of her the said Ann Ridgway or until her second Marriage and from and immediately after the decease or second Marriage of the said Ann Ridgway then upon Trust to sell and dispose of the said

[p.2] freehold and Moiety of the said Copyhold Hereditaments and Premises for the best price or prices in Money that can be obtained for the same by public Auction or private Contract and to divide and pay the purchase Money amongst & unto all and every the Children of my said Son Richard Ridgway by the said Ann Ridgway his Wife equally part and share alike when and as they shall severally and respectively attain the age of twenty one years or marry which shall first happen Provided and my Will is that it shall and may be lawful and I hereby empower my said Trustees for the time being in the meantime and at any time if and when it shall appear expedient to raise and borrow any sum or sums of Money upon Mortgage of all of any part of the said freehold and Moiety of the said Copyhold Hereditaments and Premises either or both of them for the maintenance of the said Ann Ridgway and the advancement or better support maintenance or education of all any or either of the Children of the said Richard Ridgway I give and devise my undivided Moiety or half part of and in all that my Copyhold inclosed piece of Arable and Pasture Ground situate in Winslow aforesaid within the Manor of Winslow with its Members in the County of Bucks called the Brick Kiln Norden with the Brick Kiln standing thereon and which I purchased of my said Son Richard Ridgway with the Appurt(enance)s unto my said Son \Thomas Ridgway his Heirs & Assigns/ ...

The will also mentions property at Thornborough and Hartwell, a son William, daughters Mary, Hester, Susannah wife of John Clarke and Elizabeth wife of Thomas Attwood, and wife Susannah. The sons William, Thomas and Matthew "shall carry on and manage my Farm and Farming business with the consent of my Landlord the most noble the Marquis of Buckingham". Dated 10 Jan 1818. Proved 25 Aug 1818 by William Richardson, Thomas Ridgway & Matthew Ridgway.


Notes

Ann Budd, daughter of Philip Budd, maltster (d.1784), married Richard Ridgway of Buckingham, grocer (ironmonger in 1810), at Quainton in 1802; both were aged 26 and Ann's residence was given as Quainton.

At the 1810 manor court, Ann Ridgway and her sister Elizabeth, wife of Edward Cleaver of Newport Pagnell, draper, were admitted tenants with their husbands to the property of their uncle John Budd, butcher: a messuage and two closes of arable and pasture land containing 4a 1r 36p, all in the occupation of Francis Budd.  Thomas Ridgway must have bought the property from his son and daughter-in-law after this. In 1840 the surviving trustees of Thomas Ridgway sold a moiety of three messuages to Daniel Grace, schoolmaster and a moiety of the land to George West, tanner.

Brick-kiln Norden was inherited in 1778 by Ann's aunt Mary, daughter of John Budd, butcher, and her husband John Sayer. Mary, then a widow, mortgaged it in 1805, and in 1806 she left it to be sold by her trustees. Richard Ridgway must have bought it from them, then sold it to his father.

In 1798 and 1800 Francis Budd mortgaged Further Norden, containing 10 acres, to Matthew Ridgway of Westcott, dairyman. Matthew acknowledged satisfaction in 1804.

 

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