Administration of Richard Shelton, currier, 1805 & 1820

Herts RO 241AW12 (1805)

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On Monday the eighteenth day of November in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five Before The Reverend John Payler Nicholson Clerk Surrogate in his Dwelling House at Saint Albans in the County of Hertford
Present the underwritten Deputy Register

A Business of granting Letters of Administration of the Goods Chattels and Credits of Richard Shelton late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham deceased to James Gurney of Stone in the said County of Buckingham Baker as a Person for that purpose named by and on the part and behalf of Matthew Deverell of Salden in the Parish of Mursley in the same County under the limitations hereinafter mentioned

On which Day William Woodcock of the Borough of St. Alban in the County of Hertford Gentleman exhibited a Special Proxy under the hand and seal of the said Matthew Deverell and made himself a Party for him and alledged that in and by one Indenture of Assignment of Four parts bearing date the sixteenth day of July one thousand seven hundred and seventy six and made or mentioned to be made between William Butcher of Steeple Claydon in the County of Buckingham Yeoman and Rebecca his Wife of the first part James Burnham of Winslow in the said County of Buckingham Gentleman of the second part Philip Box of the Town and County of Buckingham Draper of the third part and Richard Shelton then

[p.2] of Winslow aforesaid Currier of the fourth part reciting that in and by one Indenture of Demise of Mortgage bearing date on or about the twenty first day of December one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine and made or mentioned to be made [between the said] William Butcher of the one part and the said James Burnham of the other part he the said William Butcher in consideration of the Sum of Forty Pounds did grant bargain sell and to farm let unto the said James Burnham his Executors Adm(inistrat)ors and Assigns All that Close of Pasture Ground formerly called or known by the Name of Walkers Close lying and being in the Parish of Grandborough in the said County of Buckingham containing by estimation two Acres be the same more or less then late in the tenure or occupation of Robert Stevens his Assignee or Assigns formerly part of a Farm called Biggin Farm To hold the same unto the said James Burnham his Executors Administrators and Assigns from the day of the date of the said Indenture until the full end and term of One thousand Years from thence next ensuing and fully to be compleat and ended at a Pepper Corn Rent with a Provisoe for the making of the same void on payment by the said William Butcher his Heirs Executors or Administrators unto the same James Burnham his Executors Administrators

[p.3] or Assigns of the said Sum of Forty Pounds with lawful Interest for the same on the day therein mentioned and further reciting that the said Sum of Forty Pounds or any part thereof was not paid at [the time] in the said Indenture mentioned whereby the term and Estate of him the said James Burnham of and in the said Premises became absolute in Law and further reciting that there was then due to the said James Burnham the said principal Sum of Forty Pounds and no more and that the said Philip Box had contracted and agreed with the said William Butcher for the absolute purchase and Fee Simple of the said Close of Pasture Ground and Premises for the sum of Sixty Pounds out of which the said Sum of Forty Pounds so due and owing to the said James Burnham was to be paid off and discharged It was by the said Indenture of the sixteenth day of July One thousand seven hundred and seventy six witnessed that in consideration of the said sum of Forty Pounds to the said James Burnham and of Twenty pounds to the said William Butcher paid by the said Philip Box He the said William Butcher and Rebecca his Wife Did grant bargain sell alien release and confirm unto the said Philip Box his Heirs and Assigns The said Close of Pasture Ground and Hereditaments with the Appurtenances To hold the same unto and to the Use of him the said Philip Box his Heirs and Assigns for ever And it is by the said Indenture further Witnessed that in consideration of the said sum

[p.4] of Forty Pounds so paid to him the said James Burnham and of five shillings to him paid by the said Richard Shelton he the said James Burnham did assign and set over unto the said Richard Shelton his Executors Administrators and Assigns all that the aforesaid Close of Pasture Ground and Hereditaments and all and singular other the Premises thereinbefore granted and released or mentioned and intended so to be with the Appurtenances and also all the estate right title Interest and Term of Years then to come and unexpired property Claim and Demand whatsoever both at Law and in equity of him the said James Burnham therein To hold unto the said Richard Shelton his Executors Administrators and Assigns from thenceforth for all the then residue of the said Term of One thousand Years In Trust for the said Philip Box his Heirs and Assigns and to be dissiesed of as he or they should direct or appoint and in the mean time to attend wait upon and go along with the reversion Freehold and Inheritance of the said Premises to the end to protect the same from all mesne charges and incumbrances (if any such there be) as in and by the said Indenture of Assignment produced and shewn to the Surrogate fully appears And the said William Woodcock further alledged that the said Richard Shelton departed this Life in \or about/ the Year one thousand \seven hundred and ninety eight/ intestate without ever having assigned over the aforesaid Term of One thousand Years and Letters of Administration to his Effects have not as yet been granted to any Person whomsoever so that

[p.5] there is not now any legal Representative of him and that his the said William Woodcock’s Party by divers mesne Assignments and conveyances or other good and sufficient Assurances in the Law is now [become] legally entitled to the Freehold and [    ]Inheritance of and in the aforesaid Close of [   ] Premises comprized in the aforesaid Term of One thousand Years and hath also the sole equitable right title and Interest in and to the remainder of the aforesaid Term of One thousand Years therein granted and assigned as aforesaid and now to come and unexpired but that he cannot make a legal title thereto for the want of a Personal Representative of him the said Richard Shelton deceased to assign and convey the residue and remainder of the said Term of One thousand Years so vested in him the said Richard Shelton to some person or persons to attend wait upon and go along with the Freehold and Inheritance of the said Premises and to protect and preserve the same from all mesne charges and incumbrances whatsoever And the said William Woodcock lastly alledged that his party the said Matthew Deverell hath in and by the said Special Proxy under his hand and seal authorised and empowered with to pray and procure Letters of Administration of the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased under the Limitations hereinafter mentioned to be committed and granted to him the said James Gurney as a Person for that purpose

[p.6] named by and on the part and behalf of his said Party (as in and by the said Proxy produced and shewn to the Surrogate fully appears) Wherefore the said William Woodcock prayed and the said Surrogate at his petition decreed \as far as he lawfully might or could/ Letters of Administration of the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased limitted so far only as concerns all the right title and Interest of him the said Richard Shelton deceased in and to the \Premises/ [7 lines made indecipherable] comprised [?] in the aforesaid Term of one thousand Years and the residue and remainder of the said term of One thousand Years therein granted and assigned as aforesaid and now to come and unexpired therein and all benefit and advantage to be had received and taken therefrom but no further or otherwise or in any other manner whatsoever to be committed and granted to him the said James Gurney as a person for that purpose named by and on the part and behalf of the said Matthew Deverell and the said James Gurney being present in Judgment and accepting thereof the Surrogate adminstred to him the usual hath duly

[p.7] to administer and that such Goods Chattels and Credits under the aforesaid Limitations do not amount in value to One hundred Pounds.

Which I attest.
J.S. Story [?]
Dep(uty) Register

J.P. Nicholas Surrogates


Herts RO 256AW6 (1820)

Summary

On 17 March 1820 appeared Henry Burt of Stony Stratford, gent., and alledged that by indenture by way of mortgage dated 20 April 1753 between John Deverall of Winslow ironmonger and Robert Fish of Grandborough clerk John demised to Robert amongst others a close of pasture called Bridge Ground containing 10 acres, part of Biggin Farm in the parish of Grandborough. Part was then converted into a garde, in the occupation of Nathan Emmerton the elder, the brook[?] north, Grandborough Common south and east, house ground swerd[?] ground and mead ground west. Richard was to hold for 500 years by yearly rent of a peppercorn. To be void on payment by John Deverell of £153 7s 6d, which was not paid.

Ultimately by indenture of Release and Assignment of 18 May 1779 between:

  1. Josiah Deverell of Winslow, grocer
  2. William Oxford[?] of Ludgate Hill, London, grocer; John Clinton of Aldersgate Street, London, grocer; and James Burnham of Winslow, gent.
  3. Thomas Beasly[?] of Thornborough, yeoman
  4. Thomas Taylor of Swanborne, carpenter
  5. Mary Smith of East Claydon, spinster
  6. Richard Shelton of Winslow, currier

the mortgage and land became vested in Richard Shelton in trust for Mary Smith.

John Chapman of Whaddon is now become seized of the freehold and has only an equitable right to the remainder of the term of 500 years. Richard Shelton departed this life many years ago intestate, and there is now no legal representative to be found, so John Chapman cannot make a legal title. He is desirous that letters of administration for Richard Shelton be granted to Henry Burt.

[A petition of John Chapman dated 13 March 1820 is also included, repeating the same details.]


Notes

Richard Shelton died in 1798 but no-one went through the usual procedures for intestacy at the time. At the 1798 manor court, Thomas Harris of Winslow victualler & Rebecca his wife (only child and heiress of Richard Shelton of Winslow currier) sold his house (part of 5 Horn Street), which was mortgaged; Richard inherited it from William Hobbs in 1771.

Richard Shelton married Elizabeth Gilks at Steeple Claydon in 1760. She was buried at Winslow in 1762. He then married Alice Thompson, spinster, at Winslow in 1767. Rebecca Shelton was baptised in 1770, daughter of Richard and Alice Shelton. Alice was buried in 1777.

It's not clear how Richard was related to the many other Sheltons as his baptism wasn't recorded at Winslow - perhaps his parents were Baptists. A Richard Shelton kept The Bell for at least 10 years from 1776.

Copyright 23 August, 2017