Will of Thomas Tattam, currier, 1768

National Archives, PROB 11/944/298

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Tattam of Winslow in the County of Bucks Currier being Somewhat indisposed in Bodily Health but of Sound and Disposing Mind Memory and Understanding (praised be God for the same) Do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First I Give and bequeath unto my Nephew James Tattam (Son of my late Brother William Tattam) All those my two Messuages or Tenements Situate Standing and being at the Upper End of Great Horn Street in Winslow aforesaid wherein I the said Thomas Tattam and Elizabeth Duncombe now Dwell together with all Houses Outhouses Edifices Buildings Barns Stables yards Orchards and Backsides with their and every of their Appurt(enance)s thereunto belonging To hold to him my said Nephew James Tattam his Heirs and Assigns for ever Also I Give and bequeath unto my kinsman Thomas Tattam Son of my Nephew Richard Tattam All that my Messuage or Tenement Situate in Winslow aforesaid and now in the Occupation of Robert Shelton together with all Houses Outhouses Edifices Buildings Barns Stables and Backsides with their and every of their Appurt(enance)s thereunto belonging To hold to him my said kinsman Thomas Tattam his Heirs and Assigns for ever Also all my Household Goods and Furniture whatsoever that shall or may be found in the House wherein I now Inhabit and Dwell I do Give and bequeath the same unto my said nephew James Tattam his Executors Adm(inistrat)ors and Assigns Also all my Household goods and Personal Estate whatsoever that shall or may be found in the House wherein  the said Robert Shelton now dwells I Give and bequeath the same unto my said kinsman Thomas Tattam Son of my said Nephew Richard Tattam Also I further give unto my said Nephew James Tattam the sum of Thirty pounds I Give and bequeath unto my Nephew John Tattam Son of my late Brother John Tattam the sum of One Hundred pounds I Give and bequeath unto my Nephew Fieg[?] Tattam Son of my late Brother John Tattam Thirty pounds I Give and bequeath unto my Nephew Thomas Tattam Son of my late Brother William Tattam the sum of Forty pounds I Give unto my Nephew James Foster Ten pounds I Give unto Sarah Wife of Mr Samuel Foster Ten pounds I Give unto my Niece Elizabeth Wife of Robert Shillman  the sum of Ten pounds I Give unto my Niece Mary [Orig so in margin] wife of [blank space] and Daughter of my late Brother William Tattam Ten pounds I Give unto my Niece Sarah wife of William Bowler Ten pounds I Give unto my Niece Mary wife of John Bowler Ten pounds I Give unto my Niece Sarah wife of John Monday Ten pounds I Give unto my Nephews Richard Tattam and James Tattam Sons of my late Brother James Tattam Ten pounds a piece I Give unto my Niece [Origso in margin] Catherine [blank space] Daughter of my late Brother Richard Tattam Ten pounds I Give unto my two Nieces

[p.2] Daughters of my late Brother John Tattam Ten pounds a piece I Give my Niece Sarah Tattam Daughter of my late Brother William Tattam five pounds All which Legacys so given by me as aforesaid my Will and meaning is that the same shall be paid to them respectively within Twelve months next after my Decease by my Executor hereinafter named Also I Give and bequeath unto my Nephew Richard Tattam Son of my late Brother Richard Tattam the sum of Forty pounds to be paid to him in the manner following (that is to say) Ten pounds thereof to be paid within one year next after my Decease and the remaining Thirty pounds to be paid unto my said Nephew Richard Tattam by three yearly payments of Ten pounds each until the whole shall be fully paid and satisfyed Also I Give unto my kinswoman Elizabeth Tattam Daughter of my said Nephew Richard Tattam of Fenny Stratford Forty pounds to be paid unto her in manner as aforesaid (that is to say) Ten pounds part thereof to be paid within Twelve months next after my Decease and the like Sum of Ten pounds yearly and every year until the Sum of Forty pounds shall be fully paid and satisfied But if in case my said kinswoman Elizabeth Tattam  should be married before her said Legacy shall become due and payable then my Will is that her said Legacy shall be paid Imediately after her said marriage  Also I Give unto my kinsman Thomas Tattam Son of my said Nephew Richard Tattam Twenty pounds I Give unto my kinsman Thomas Reddale Son of Richard Reddale late of Winslow aforesaid Schoolmaster deceased five pounds I Give unto my kinsman [blank space] Tattam Eldest [Orig so in margin] Son of my said nephew Fieg[?] Tattam five pounds I Give unto my kinswoman Mary Tattam Daughter of my said nephew Richard Tattam of Fenny Stratford five pounds to be paid to them at their respective Ages of one and Twenty years  And in case any or either of my said Legatees herein before named shall happen to Depart this life before his her or their Legacy or Legacys shall become due and payable as aforesaid then I Give and bequeath the Legacy or Legacys in money of him her or them so Dying to the next Heir or Heirs at Law to the person or persons so Dying as aforesaid And Lastly all the rest and residue of my pecuniary personal Estate as also all my Bills Bonds Mortgages notes of Hand and all other Securities of money Stock in trade and all other my Real and personal Estates of what nature Kind or Quality soever the same may be (and not otherwise by this my Will given and Disposed of) after payment of my Funerall Expences probate and Charges in Executing this my Will my Just Debts and Legacys I Give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my Nephew John Tattam Son of my late Brother James Tattam To hold to him and his Heirs Executors and Adm(inistrat)ors and Assigns for ever And I do hereby nominate Constitute and Appoint my said Nephew John Tattam (Son of my late Brother James Tattam) full and sole executor of this my last Will and Testament And I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and do publish and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have to this my \will/ contained in three sheets of paper to the two 

[p.3] first sheets thereof set my hand only and to this third and last my hand and Seal this Tenth Day of September in the Eighth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland king defender of the Faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Sixty eight

Tho(ma)s Tattam

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testator Thomas Tattam as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our names as Witnesses in the presence of the said Testator and at his request and also in the presence of each other Benj(ami)n Dudley
Rich(ar)d Gibbs
Joseph Hunt

I Thomas Tattam of Winslow in the County of Bucks Currier being minded not wholly to revoke my Will but to Alter Explain and Enlarge the same as hereinafter mentioned Do make and Publish this my Codicil to my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I Give and bequeath unto my Nephew Thomas Tattam Son of my late Brother William five pounds I Give to my Nephew Fieg[?] Tattam Son of my late Brother John Tattam Five pounds I Give to my Nephew James Tattam Son of my late Brother James Tattam Five pounds I Give to my Nephew John Tattam Son of my late Brother John Tattam five pounds I Give to my Nephew James Foster five pounds I Give to my Niece Sarah the Wife of William Bowler Five pounds I Give to my Niece Susanna the Wife of my Nephew Richard Tattam and Son of my late Brother Richard Tattam Two pounds ten shillings I Give to my kinswoman Elizabeth Tattam their daughter Two pounds Ten Shillings (more to each respective Legatee mentioned in my Codicil than I have already Given them by my said Will) to be paid to them respectively by my Executor within one week after my Decease out of the residuum of my Personal Estate therein by me Given and devised to him And Lastly it is my desire that this my present Codicil  be annexed to, and made a part of my last Will and Testament to all intents and purposes In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this thirteenth Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Sixty eight Tho(ma)s Tattam Signed Sealed Published and Declared the above named Thomas Tattam as a Codicil to be annexed to his last Will and Testament in the presence of Benj(ami)n Dudley, Rich(ar)d Gibbs. Joseph Hunt.

This Will was proved at London (with a Codicil) the Twentieth Day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty eight before the Worshipful Francis Simpson Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful George Hay also Doctor of Laws Master keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Lawfully Constituted by the Oath of John Tattam the Nephew of the Deceased and sole

[p.4] executor named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of the said Deceased he having been first sworn duly to Administer

Ex(ecute)d


Notes

Thomas Tattam does not seem to have been a native of Winslow. He was established as a currier (someone who dresses tanned leather) by 1753, when he took on an apprentice, and he also kept an alehouse called the Curriers Arms in 1756 (previously the Duke of Cumberland). He is listed as a proprietor of land in the enclosure act of 1766, but had sold his land to William Lowndes before the enclosure award in 1767.

Richard Reddale: Elizabeth Tatham married Richard Redell at Winslow on 1 June 1748. Presumably she was Thomas' niece.