Will of Abiel Whichello, peruke maker, 1810 (proved 1811)

Herts RO 247AW10

This is the last Will and Testament of me Abiel Whichello of Winslow in the County of Bucks Peruke Maker First I give and devise unto Joseph Dudley of Winslow aforesaid Draper all that my Copyhold Messuage Cottage or Tenement situate in Winslow aforesaid and in my own Occupation with the respective Rights Members and Appurtenancies thereunto belonging or appurtaining (which said Premises have been or are intended to be surrendered to the use of my Will) To hold the same unto and to the use of the said Joseph Dudley his heirs and Assigns Upon Trust that he the said Joseph Dudley his heirs or Assigns Do and as soon as conveniently may be after my Decease sell and dispose of my said Copyhold Estate and Premises for the most Money and the best Price or Prices that can be reasonably had or gotten for the same And the Monies arising by the Sale and Disposition thereof in the first place to pay and discharge such Incumberances as shall at the time of my Decease affect the same and all such other Debts as I shall justly owe at the time of my Decease also my funeral and testamentary Expences Then Upon Trust (after paying satisfying and discharging the Costs and Charges incident to and attending the Sale and Disposition thereof) to pay and divide what shall be and remain of the said Monies unto and among my Sons and Daughter namely John Whichello Richard Whichello George Whichello Ferdinando Whichello Abiel Whichello and Sarah the Wife of Thomas Clark equally share and share alike and which I do hereby give and bequeath unto them respectively accordingly  And my Mind and Will is and I do declare and direct that the Receipt or Receipts of the said Joseph Dudley his Heirs or Assigns shall be a sufficient Discharge to the Purchaser or Purchasers of my said Copyhold Estate or any part thereof And after such Receipt or Receipts such Purchaser or Purchasers shall be absolutely acquitted and discharged of and from the same and they and any or either of them shall not be answerable or accountable either in Law or Equity for any loss or damage which shall happen for or by reason of any misapplication of the said Purchase Monies or any part thereof Also I give unto my said Son Ferdinando Whichello All my Stock and Implements in Trade Also I give and bequeath unto my said Sons George Whichello and Ferdinando Whichello all my wearing apparel and Ornaments of my Person to be equally divided between them Also I give and bequeath to all and every of my Sons and Daughter hereinbefore respectively named All my household Goods and Furniture and the rest and residue of my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever to be equally divided between them by my Executor hereinafter named And I nominate and appoint the said Joseph Dudley sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament And my Mind and Will also is and I declare and direct that it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Joseph Dudley his Heirs and Assigns respectively from time to time to deduct retain and reimburse himself and themselves respectively by and out of all or any of the Monies which by virtue of this my Will or any of the Trusts or Powers herein contained shall come to his and their or any of their Hands respectively All such Costs Charges Damages and Expences which he they or any of them respectively shall bear pay expend or be put unto in or about or relating to the Execution of this my Will or the aforesaid Trusts and that he and they respectively shall not be charged or chargeable with or accountable for any Sum or Sums of money other than such as shall actually come to his or their own Hands respectively nor with any loss or damage which may happen by reason of the Execution of this my Will or any of the Trusts aforesaid without his or their wilful Default And I revoke and make void all Wills and codicils heretofore by me made and do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Abiel Whichello the Testator have to the first sheet of this my Will contained on two sheets of Paper set my Hand and to this second and last sheet my Hand and Seal this fourth day of October in the Year of our Lord Christ one thousand eight hundred and ten

[signed] Abiel Whichello

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Abiel Whichello Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto
Jos(ep)h King
Cha(rle)s Willis
Martha Edwin

The twenty fifth day of April 1811 Joseph Dudley the sole Executor in Trust of this Will was duly Sworn as Such and that the personal effects of the Testator is under one Hundred Pounds
Jonathan Brigges Surrogate


The copyhold messuage referred to was part of 5 Market Square, which Abiel and his wife Mary bought in 1791. It was mortgaged, hence the need to pay off incumbrances. Mary was the daughter of Ferdinando Southam, bankrupt attorney of Winslow, and married Abiel on 9 Oct 1769 at Winslow. Through their son John they were the grandparents of Joseph and George Whichello. Abiel himself originated from Bicester. His son Ferdinando carried on the hairdressing business (perukes no longer being in fashion), then moved to Stony Stratford, and was declared insolvent in 1831.

Sarah Whichello married Thomas Clark of Winslow in 1804.