Will of John Seaton, butcher, 1708 (proved 1708/9)

National Archives, PROB 11/506 f.307

In the Name of God Amen: I John Seaton the Elder of Winslow in the County of Bucks Butcher, being weake of Body but of sound minde and memory praised be God therefore and considering the certainty of death and the uncertaine time thereof doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I commend my Soule into the hands of Allmighty God that gave it hopeing through the merritts death and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer to be made partaker of Everlasting Life And my Body I committ to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executor herein after named And as for such temporall Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis whereas by Agreement with Mary my wife before our Intermarriage (which is in the custody of her or her Friend) She was to receive out of my Estate seven pounds per Annum. Now my Will is that she shall receive the said Seven pounds per Annum and twenty shillings more yearly during her naturall life in satisfaction of her Dower out of any my Lands Tenements or Hereditaments whatsoever to be paid by equall portions at or in the South porch of the parish Church of Winslowe aforesaid. Item I give and bequeath to the eight children of my son John Seaton twenty shillings apeece of lawfull money of Great [f.2] Brittaine to be severally paid them within one year after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto the children of my daughter Jane Watts twenty shillings apeece of like lawfull money to be paid them severally within one year after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Merwin and her husband ten shillings apeece of like lawfull money to be severally paid to them within one year after my decease Item all the Rest and Residue of my personall Estate Goods chattells whatsoever (not herein before bequeathed) I give and bequeath to my son Daniel Seaton (he paying all my Debts and Legacies) whom I make sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper revokeing all former Wills I doe Declare this only to be my last Will In witness whereof I the said John Seaton the Elder have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seale this nineteenth day of July Anno Domini 1708. And in the Seventh year of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lady Ann by the grace of God Queen of Great Britaine &c 

John Seaton 

Signed sealed owned published and declared by the said John Seaton the Elder to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of
John Croft Vic(ar)
Edward Smith
Tho. Wainright

[Probate at London 9 Feb 1708/9 to Daniel Seaton, son and executor.]

Will of Mary Seaton, widow, 1709/10

Herts RO 147AW12

I Mary Seaton Widdow and relict of John Seaton late of Winslowe in the County of \Bucks/ Butcher  Have ordained this my Last Will and Testament and disanulling and making void all ther other wills made by me onely doe appoint this to be my Last Will & Testament  I doe therefore devise bequeath and Give unto my onely dear and Beloved Son Thomas Worall whom I appoint to bee my Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testam(en)t all my Reall & pearsonall Estate w(ha)tsoever desireing of him my Executor the said Thomas Worall to discharge all my Funerall debts and other debts upon what account soever by me Contracted as soon as possible with Conveniencey to be discharged  In Wittnesse whereof \the s(ai)d Mary Seaton/  the Testate have on this three and Twentyeth day of February in the Eight Yeare of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lady Queen Anne over Great Brittain &c. Annoq(ue) d(omi)ni 1709.  Have published and declared this to be my Last Will & Testam(en)t

the marke of Mary Seaton

Sealed published and declared by the Testator within named in the p(re)sence of us whose names are underneath Subscribed
Edw(ar)d Gataker
the marke of Eliz(abeth) Borrell
Tho(mas) Gataker

The words Interlined (the s(ai)d Mary Seaton) was before the Ensealeing the wax by the s(ai)d Testor Interlined wittness(ed)
Edw(ar)d Gataker            the marke of Elilz(abeth) Borrell                                Tho(mas) Gataker


John Seaton was buried at Winslow on 8 Aug 1708. His children seem to be (there is some doubt because there were several John Seatons in Winslow at the same time):

John married Mary Worrall at Hoggeston on 27 Dec 1694; the pre-nuptial agreement mentioned in the will was due to their both having children from previous marriages. Thomas, son of Mary and John Worrall, was baptised at Hoggeston in 1689, and Mary Dracot married John Worrall there in 1682. Thomas (d.1742) was established in Winslow as a butcher by 1721. Mary Seaton was buried at Winslow on 27 Feb 1709/10.

Copyright 3 October, 2017