Will of Thomas Worrall, butcher, 1741/2

National Archives PROB 11/717/141

In the name of God Amen I Thomas Worrall of Winslowe  in the County of Buks Butcher being weak in Body but of sound and perfect  mind and Memory For which I Bless God Do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my Loving Wife Jane Worrall One hundred and Eighty pounds Including therein what moneys she had of her own before our Marriage and what is now out at Interest in her own Name  Also I give unto the said Jane All my Household Goods Houshold Stuff and Implements of Houshold whatsoever I give and bequeath unto Joseph Worrall of Hogshaw in the County of Bucks Daryman and Christopher Reeve of Fulbrooke in the same County Daryman (whom I make Executors of this my Will) All the rest of my Goods Chattells and personal Estate whatsoever upon this Special Trust and to the Intent that they the said Joseph Worrall and Christopher Reeve and the Survivor of them and the Executors of such Survivor shall sell and dispose of my personal Estate hereby given to them for the best price that can be gott for the same And with the money arising thereby shall in the first place pay and discharge All my Debts and Legacys and shall then place out the Remainder of the moneys upon the best Security and at the best Interest which can be gott for the same and shall pay such Interest unto my said Wife Jane during the term of her Natural Life And after her decease Shall pay All the remainder of my Personal Estate unto Richard Seaton Augustine Seaton John Seaton and Mary Seaton and Elizabeth [blank] wife of [blank] the Children of my Sister Mary Seaton or to such of them as shall be living at my Wifes Decease within Six months after Decease of my said Wife equally between them Deducting to themselves all Charges and Expences as they shall be put unto in the Management of the said Trust and also ten pounds a piece for the trouble they may have therein which I do hereby give them accordingly to be deducted out of the first moneys which shall come to their hands any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstand(in)g And I do hereby make and Appoint the said Joseph Worrall and Christopher Reed Joynt Executors of this my Will I give and Devise unto the said Mary Seaton my Niece the Reversion (Expectant upon the Decease of the said Jane my Wife) of All that Messuage or Tenement Messuages or Tenements in Winslow aforesaid called the Red Bull with All the Appurten(an)ces thereto belonging which I Lately bought of John Worsley and Ann Worsley his Mother and are Copyhold hold of the Mannor of Winslow aforesaid To the use and behoof of the said Mary my Niece and her Heirs for ever I give and devise unto the said Elizabeth [blank] my Niece and her Heirs for ever the Reversion Expectant likewise upon the decease of my said Wife Jane of all that Copyhold Messuage or Tenement in Winslowe aforesaid wherein I now dwell with all the Appurten(an)ces thereto belonging in my own Occupation I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me

[p.2] heretofore made And I do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this twenty third day of January in the Fifteenth Year of the Reign of King George the Second And in the Year of Our Lord 1741.
Thomas Worall.
Signed Sealed Published and declared in the Presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed Our Names as Witnesses in the Presence of the said Testator and of Each other.
Daniel Gyles Sen(io)r W(illia)m Hobbs John Markham

This Will was proved at London before the Wors(hi)pfull Edward Kinaston Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right W(orshi)ppfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the Fifteenth day of March in the year of Our lord One thousand Seven hundred and Forty One By the Oaths of Joseph Worrall and Christopher Reed the Executors in the said Will named to whom Administration was granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattells and Creditts of the said deceased being first Sworn  duly to Administer the same. Ex(ecute)d.


Thomas Worrall was baptised at Hoggeston on 27 Jan 1688, son of John and Mary Worrall (later Mary Seaton, d.1710). He married Jane Langley at Winslow on 2 Dec 1741. She was the widow of Henry Langley of Leighton Buzzard, and daughter of William Gyles the younger (d.1713). Thomas does not appear to have been married before. He was buried at Winslow on 4 March 1741/2.

Thomas was apprenticed to his stepfather John Seaton as a butcher, and then worked for him as a journeyman.

Thomas' sister Mary (bap. 17 Aug 1684 at Hoggeston) was married to Augustine Seaton, and their children were born between 1705 and 1714.

The Red Bull is the same as The Bull. The sale by Ann and John Worsley to Thomas Worrall was recorded at the manor court of 14 May 1741 (British Library, Add.Ch.53988, f.4): "a Mesuage or Tenement in Great Horne Street in Winslowe aforesaid called the Red Bull now in the severall occupations of the said John Worsley Sarah Shaw Elleonar Pollard and late of Phillip Hatton", which had been mortgaged for £40 to Benjamin Ingram of Winslow, dealer, on 11 Jan 1730.

Thomas' death was reported at the manor court of 20 Oct 1742 (British Library, Add.Ch.53989, f.2v). On 20 Nov last he surrendered “All that mesuage cottage or Tenement scituate in the Town of Winslowe aforesaid near a place there called Hanging Stile then in the occupation of the said Thomas Worrall the House of Charles March being on the south part and the house of Phillip Bailey being on the north part thereof And also all that mesuage or Tenement mesuages or Tenements scituate in Great Horne Street in Winslowe aforesaid called or known by the name or sign of the redd Bull then in the severall occupations of John Worsley Katherine Bates Sarah Shaw and Jane Emerton or their undertenants”  The Red Bull was lately purchased by Thomas from John Worsley and Ann his mother, subject to payment of £60 to Jane and Ann Worsley, sisters of John.  To the use of Thomas “untill a Marryage shortly hereafter intended to be had between the said Thomas Worrall and Jane Langley of Winslowe aforesaid widdowe shall be solempnized”.  Then to Thomas and Jane for their lives, and the heirs begotten of their bodies, or to Thomas’ heirs.  Jane was called and did not come, first proclamation made.


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