Wills of other people

This page is in development. It will include information about the wills of some people in William’s circle as well as transcripts of a few of the shorter wills.

George Woods

This is the last Will and Testament of me George Woods of North Holwill in the Parish of Kenton in the County of Devon Gentleman I give devise and bequeath all my leasehold Messuages lands tenements and hereditaments Monies Goods Chattels Effects and Property of every description as well in France as in England to my Son George Henry Woods his executors administrators and assigns for his own absolute use and benefit And I do hereby appoint said Son George Henry Woods sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said George Woods the Testator have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven

Witnessed by William Melhuish, George Smith Junior

Proved at London 6 May 1848

Anne Bush (housekeeper at Powderham Castle)

In the year of our Lord May 21 1835

I Anne Bush of the Parish of Powderham do give and bequeath at my decease to my Granddaughter Ann Elizabeth Williams the sum of two hundred pounds the rest of my Property I give to my Daughter Ann Williams and at her death to be equally divided between her four daughters

No witnesses

Adm’on granted at London 10 July 1839

Charlotte Giffard (one of William’s sisters)

This is my last Will I appoint my son Thomas William Giffard Esquire sole Legatee of all my property and Executor of this my Will

Chillington 9 Jan’y 1844

Charlotte Giffard

Witnessed by Sophia Foy, George Holyoake

Proved at London 4 January 1845

Charlotte Bridget Clack (one of William’s cousins)

Chudleigh Jan’ry 2’d 1830

I Charlotte Bridget Clack of Chudleigh in the County of Devon does this day give to her single sisters Elizabeth Clack and Mary Ann Clack of Chudleigh Devon all my property in the Funds or elsewhere during their lifetime and for their use after all my debts are paid and funeral expenses as above my money in the long annuities must be transferd and should  the money to be receivd at my death not be enough to settle all demands to take part of this money to settle my accounts what is left of the money from the long annuities to be then placed out for the benefit of my two sisters as herein mentioned As Witness my hand this day of Jan’ry 2’d 1830 As Witness my Act & Deed. Charlotte Bridget Clack

Witnessed by Francis Newcombe Day Surgeon Chudleigh, Gilbert Burrington Jun’r Chudleigh

Adm’on granted at London 4 March 1835

Mary Courtenay (one of William’s aunts)

I Mary Courtenay of Orchard Street Portman Square London do declare this as my last Will and Testament I give to Mrs Catharine Tarrant the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds for her life and after her Death to my niece Lucy Elizabeth Cotes, also to Mrs Catharine Tarrant the Sum of five hundred Pounds to dispose of entirely as she Pleases also all my Wearing Apparel also the two Green Beds in my Bed Chamber and the furniture of the Green Drawing Room in my House in Orchard Street to my Sister Lucy Cotes five hundred Pounds to my Sister L’y Loughborough and to my sister Lady Wrottesley One hundred Pounds each To my niece Charlotte Wrottesley I leave my Harpsichord to Mrs Catharine Tarrant all the Kitchen Furniture and Plate and all the ready Money I may have by me after all my Debts are paid and I appoint John Cotes of Woodcote and Lucy Cotes his Wife as my Executors to this my Will I desire they will see that the Legacy’s I bequeath are paid particularly Mrs Tarrants who I desire may receive the five hundred I leave her within a Month after it becomes due  Mary Courtenay

Woodcote Nov’r 22’d 1783 In case of the Death of my Niece Lucy Elizabeth Cotes I leave the 15 hundred Pounds to any other Daughter of my Sister Lucy Cotes and if my Sister Lucy Cotes h  Mary Courtenay

No witnesses

Proved at London 16 February 1784


William Home Lizars: Reading the Will, 1811. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Home_Lizars_Reading_the_Will_(1811).jpg