Will of Mary Sayer of Buckingham, widow, 1804 (proved 1806)

National Archives, PROB 11/1449/198

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Mary Sayer of Buckingham in the County of Bucks Widow I give and devise unto Francis Budd of Winslow and Robert Gray of Buckingham All that my Copyhold Estate at Winslow (lately surrendered to the use of my Will) To hold to them their Heirs and Assigns for ever upon Trust to sell the same as soon as conveniently may be after my decease (either by private Contract or public Auction) and after distributing the Charges of the Sale and all Expences they may incur in the Execution of this my Will and the Trusts hereby in them reposed in the first place to repay unto the said Robert Gray all such Sum and Sums of Money which he shall have advanced to or for me and which shall be due either upon special or simple Contract together with Lawful interest for the several Sums from the time the same shall \be/ respectively advanced and after payment thereof upon Trust to pay out of such Purchase Money all my just debts as far as the same will extend to pay and satisfy and if any overplus remains I give and bequeath the same unto and between my daughters Mary Eyre and Elizabeth Gray in equal Shares and proportions and their respective Heirs and Administrators I give and bequeath unto the said Francis Budd and Robert Gray their Executors and Administrators All my personal Estate upon Trust in the first place to go in aid of the purchase Money above mentioned to arise from the Sale of my said Estate for the purpose aforesaid and if any surplus remains to pay and divide between my said daughters in equal Shares and proportions and I hereby make and appoint the said Francis Budd and Robert Gray Executors of this my Will In Witness whereof I have to this my Last Will and Testament set and put my hand and seal this 26 day of October 1804 Mary Sayer [signature] Signed sealed and published by the said Mary Sayer in the presence of us who have severally subscribed our Names as Witnesses – Rich Ridgway Ann Ridgway Geo. Foster [signatures]

This Will was proved at London the twenty third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six before the Worshipful Charles Coote Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Honorable Sir William Wynne Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Robert Gray one of the Executors named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and credits of the deceased having been first sworn duly to administer. (Power reserved of making the like Grant to Francis Budd the Brother of the said deceased the other Executor named in the said Will when he shall apply for the same)


Mary was the daughter of John Budd, butcher (1715-78), b.1741. She married on 13 Sep 1767 John Theodore Sayer of Buckingham, widower, grocer (will proved 1803). In 1778 she and her husband were admitted under her father's will to "a close of arable land and pasture called the Brick Kiln Norden with the Brick Kiln standing thereon" containing 6 acres 9 perches. She mortgaged it in 1805 for £250. After her death, at the 1806 court, it was said to be in the occupation of Richard Staniford the elder (brickmaker) and Francis Budd, Mary's brother and executor. Robert Gray the other executor, apparently Mary's son-in-law, was described as surgeon of Buckingham. Ann Ridgway the witness was Mary's niece, nee Budd, and her husband Richard bought the land which was then passed on to his father Thomas Ridgway of Thornborough Grounds (d.1818).

Copyright 5 July, 2018