Will of Jonathan Townesend, yeoman, 1729 (proved 1729/30)

National Archives PROB 11/636/49

In the name of God Amen I Jonathan Townesend of the parish of Winslow in the County of Bucks Yeoman being weake in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (praised be God therefore) doe make this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I committ to the Earth to be decently buryed att the discretion of my Executors herein named  And as for such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose thereof as followeth (vizt) I give will devise and bequeath all and every my goods chattells and personall Estate whatsoever and whereesoever unto my wellbeloved friends John Henley the sonn of Thomas Henley late of Shipton in the Parish of Winslow aforesaid Yeoman and Charles Bowler the Younger of the Parish of Winslowe aforesaid Cordwainer whome I make Executors of this my last Will and Testament In trust and to the intent that they the said John Henley and Charles Bowler and the survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of the survivor of them shall and will dureing the naturall life of Ann my loveing wife continue or place out at interest in their names all such money as I have now out at interest or which I shall have by me att the time of my death over and above what shall be needfull to be expended by them at my Funerall and in proveing this my Will and in manageing of the Trusts herein mentioned And permitt and suffer the said Ann my Wife to have the interest thereof and the use of my household goods dureing the terme of her naturall life And upon further Trust and Confidence in them reposed that they the said John Henley and Charles Bowler and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of the Survivor of them shall and will after the death of the said Ann my wife dispose of such of my said personall Estate as shall nott be Expended and disbursed as aforesaid in manner following (vizt) Fourty pounds thereof unto Henry Hobbs son of my sister Ann Hobbs deceased six months next after the death of the said Ann my wife Five and twenty pounds more thereof unto Hester Hobbs daughter of my said sister Ann Hobbs deceased six months next after the death of the said Ann my wife Five and twenty pounds more thereof unto Catharine Townesend daughter of my brother John Townsend Six months next after the death of the said Ann my wife and the residue thereof after my said Executors shall have deducted to themselves Fifty shillings each which I would have them have for their trouble And also their reasonable charges and expences concerning the management  of the Trusts herein mentioned unto the said Henry Hobbs Hester Hobbs and Catharine Townsend each of them an equall share thereof Item I direct that five pounds be expended at my Funerall vizt fourty shillings thereof in bread for the

[p.2] poore of the parish of Winslowe aforesaid and the residue thereof in such manner as my Executors shall thinke fit  Item my Will is that in case any part of my money which I have at interest or which shall be otherwise due to me shall happen to be lost so that the same cannott be had and recovered by my Executors and there shall nott be money sufficient to answere my debts Fund all Expences and payments herein before mentioned and appointed them my will is that such loss or deficiency shall be borne by the said Henry Hobbs Hester Hobbs and Catharine Townsend each of them a proportionable part thereof according to the sumes herein before appointed them And lastly I doe hereby revoke and make void all former Wills by me before made And do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have to this my Will contained in two sheets of paper sett my hand and seale this thirtyeth day of December Anno D(omi)ni 1729

the marke of Jonathan Townsend

signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator and of each other

William Parkins Junr
Peter Goldsworth
John Goldsworth

[Probate at London 19 Feb 1729 on the oath of John Henley and Charles Bowler Junior executors]


Notes

Jonathan Townsend was buried on 2 Jan 1729/30. He was bap. 10 Aug 1679, the son of William Townsend (d.1714) and Anne Miller. He was omitted from his father's will because provision had already been made for him in 1703. He inherited some land from Henry Townsend in 1724 and sold most of it in 1726.

 

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