Will of Ann Stevens of Granborough, widow, 1719 (proved 1721)

Centre for Bucks Studies, D/A/Wf/72/74

In the name of God Amen I Ann Stevens of Grandborough in the County of Bucks wid(ow) being aged and infirme in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory all possible praise be therefore given to almighty god for the same Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) First and principally I Com(m)end my soul into the hands of Almighty god hopeing through the meritts death and passion of his son Jesus Christ to have full pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and my body I Com(m)itt to the earth to be decently buried att the discrec(i)on of my Executrix hereafter named And as for such temporall estate as it hath pleased Almighty god to bestowe upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth Impri(mi)s I give to my daughter Ann Wilson of Drayton Parslowe in the County of Bucks wid(ow) late wife of John Wilson of the same yeom(an) dec(ease)d the sum of Four pounds Item I give and bequeath unto my grandson Robert Wilson a Hovell standing in a yard in Grandborough aforesaid belonging to a house in the same parish wherein one Ann Wilson now dwells or lately did dwell Item I give and bequeath unto my grandson and grandaughter John Wilson and Elizabeth Wilson Twenty shillings apeice Item I give and bequeath unto my grandaughter Ann Wilson the sum(me) of Forty pounds and also my bed and beding Curtains and vallens red & yellow Coverlid and blanketts thereunto belonging together with one holland sheet and one Flexen sheet Item I give unto Elizabeth Welch my daughter x x x x x Two shillings and sixpence Item I give and bequeath unto my grandson Richard Wilson the sum(me) of Ten pounds to be paid him within three months after he shall have attained the age of one and twenty years and my will is that the sum(me) of Forty pounds herein before bequeathed unto my grandaughter Ann Wilson shall be paid unto her within three months after she shall

Ann Stevens                 her marke

[p.2] Have attained the age of one and Twenty years or be marryed which shall first happen and that (in case either of them my said grandchildren Ann and Richard shall happen to depart this life before the legacies of Forty pounds and Ten pounds to them respectively bequeathed shall become due and payable) Then the legacy of either of them so dyeing shall be paid unto the Survivor of them within three months after such Survivor shall have attained the age of one and Twenty years And as to the rest and residue of my goods chattells and personall estate not herein before disposed of after my debts and the Legacies above bequeathed shall be paid and satisfied I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Ann Wilson whom I do hereby appoint sole Executrix of this my last will and testam(en)t And revokeing all former Wills by me heretofore made I do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament contained in Two sheets of paper In Witness whereof to the first of the said sheets I have sett my hand and to the second and last my hand and seal this Thirtyeth day of Aprill in the Fifth year of the Reigne of o(ur) Sov(er)aigne Lord George by the grace of God of Great Brittain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c Annoq(ue) D(omi)ni 1719.

Ann Stevens                 her marke

Signed sealed published and declared in the p(re)sence of us who have hereunto subscribed o(ur) names as Witnesses in the p(re)sence of the Testator.
[signed] Daniell Allison            
Ell Allison
Rich(ard) Saunders

[Latin: Probate of the will of Ann Stevens late of Drayton Parslowe widow on 1 June 1721 before Rev. Philip Hubbs M.A. surrogat of the Venerable Dr Thomas Wood official of the Archdeaconry of Bucks. Administration granted to Ann Wilson widow, natural and legitimate daughter and executrix named in the will.]


Ann Stevens must have gone to live with her daughter at Drayton Parslow after making her will, which is why it was proved in the Archdeaconry of Bucks and not of St Albans. She was buried at Drayton in 1720. Due to a big gap in the Granborough register between 1662 and 1698 it's not possible to trace her or her daughters' marriages.

Copyright 26 February, 2019