Wills of other people 1: lists

[These two pages are growing slowly: see Page History below.]

This page includes information about the wills of some people in William’s circle and references in their wills to William by name. There are transcripts of 20 of the shorter wills and 2 extracts from the National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations) on the page Wills of other people 2.

  1. Members of William’s household (with professional advisers & their families)
  2. William’s aunts and uncles
  3. William’s cousins
  4. William’s nephews and nieces
  5. William’s parents and grandparents
  6. William’s sisters and brothers-in-law
  7. William by name

The National Archives hold copies of most of these wills proved before 1858: they can be located by the PROB references given below. These wills can also be viewed online at Ancestry.

Before the Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870 and 1882, it was unusual for married women to leave a will.


1    MEMBERS OF WILLIAM’S HOUSEHOLD (with professional advisers & their families)

  • Anne Bush: will made 21 May 1835; proved 10 July 1839. PROB 11/1913/104. Will transcribed.
  • George Woods: will made 4 November 1847; proved 6 May 1848. PROB 11/2075/320. Will transcribed.
  • George Henry Woods: will proved at Exeter 4 April 1881. Probate summary transcribed.
  • Henry Woods: will made 10 June 1837; proved 14 February 1839. PROB 11/1907/321. Will transcribed.
  • Richard Pethybridge: will proved at Exeter 7 August 1866. Probate summary transcribed.

 

    • Agnes Murray:
    • Alexander Hoskins: will made 14 January 1796; proved 3 June 1826. PROB 11/1713/107
    • Ann Parker:
    • Christopher Parker: will proved 21 May 1805. [TNA: IR 26/313/429; Lancashire Archives: 631/6]
    • David Murray: will made 7 August 1822; proved 14 January 1823. PROB 11/1665/186. Thomas Smith named as one of the Executors.
    • George Hoskins [son of Alexander 1, Liverpool merchant; descendants gentry in rural England – see Burke]:
    • James Alexander Hoskins: will made 10 November 1882 but damaged.
    • Jane Smith: will made 10 May 1837; proved 26 July 1838. PROB 11/1898/315. Burrow Hall, Burrow-with-Burrow/Tunstall, Lonsdale. No witnesses; handwriting attested 16 June 1837 by Thomas Eastham solicitor of Kirkby Lonsdale (Westmorland) & Robert Thomas of Bark Hill, Garston [her brother Thomas Addison’s house] butler.
    • Margaret Hoskins: will made 2 April 1833; proved 9 April 1838. PROB 11/1893/376. ‘Margaret Hoskins at present residing at Hornby house in the County Palatine of Lancaster Widow’; 1823 will of Thomas Smith ‘me his Sister Margaret Hoskins’; ‘I have by my late husband Alexander Hoskins five children & no more namely the [sic] The  Reverend William Edwards Hoskins clerk Margaret the wife of Thomas Royse of Nantenan in the County of Limerick in the Kingdom of Ireland Esquire Elizabeth Hoskins Spinster James Alexander Hoskins and Henry Repton Hoskins’; ‘a Deed of appointment bearing date the twenty fifth day of October 1831 & under my hand and seal I directed and appointed that Jane Smith and Richard Addison [widow of Thomas Smith and her brother] the Trustees of the said Settlement’. Daughter Elizabeth Hoskins residuary legatee and sole Executrix proved will; witnesses Agnes Murray Hornby House J. Smith Burrow Hall
    • Thomas Smith: will made 14 July 1823; codicils: (1) 30 June 1825, (2) 28 August 1826; proved 12 May 1831. PROB 11/1785/452

2    WILLIAM’S AUNTS AND UNCLES

William’s aunt Lucy died before her husband (John Cotes) and probably did not leave a will.

  • Anne: will made 7 August 1787; proved 28 May 1789. PROB 11/1179/317.
    • Anne’s husband Thomas Lock: will made 14 June 1782; proved 1 May 1787 / 26 January 1792. PROB 11/1213/266. Will transcribed. The wills of some of his relations are also transcribed: his mother (Frances Pigot), his three uncles (Henry Lock, Robert Cart, Robert Lock), and one of his cousins (Charles Lock, rector of North Bovey).
  • Charlotte: will made 20 April 1818; proved 27 May 1826. PROB 11/1712/433. William mentioned by name – see below.
    • Charlotte’s husband Alexander Wedderburn, earl of Rosslyn: will made 20/28 November 1801; proved 24 January 1805. PROB 11/1419/236. [Ancestry: search Alexander Wedderburn Earl]
  • Elizabeth died 1803:
    • Elizabeth’s husband William Honywood: will made 18 February 1764; proved 27 October 1764. PROB 11/902/466.
  • Frances: will made 5 January 1827; proved 13 March 1828. PROB 11/1738/140.
    • Frances’s husband sir John Wrottesley: will made 1 March 1776; proved 15 June 1787. PROB 11/1155/20.
  • Lucy died 1786 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Lucy’s husband John Cotes: will made 21 May 1811; proved 4 December 1821. PROB 11/1650/325. [Ancestry: search John Cotes of Woodrote]
  • Mary Courtenay: will made 22 November 1783; proved 16 February 1784. PROB 11/1113/258. Will transcribed.
  • Richard Clack: will made 3 September 1776; proved 10 January 1780. PROB 11/1060/80. Will transcribed.
    • Richard’s widow Martha
  • Sarah died 1802:
    • Sarah’s husband Charles Palmer
  • Thomas Clack: will made 30 January 1802; proved 16 January 1810. PROB 11/1507/197. Timothy Napleton and William named as the Trustees and Executors. Will transcribed.

    • Thomas’s wife Bridget Diana died 1799 in her husband’s lifetime.

3    WILLIAM’S COUSINS

  • sir Charles Harcourt Palmer: will made 24 September 1835; proved 19 March 1838. PROB 11/1892/484.
  • Charles Lock: will made 2 December 1795; proved 8 September 1800. PROB 11/1347/131. Will transcribed.
  • Charlotte Bridget Clack: will made 2 January 1830; proved 4 March 1835. PROB 11/1844/4. Will transcribed.
  • Edward Honywood: will made 27 November 1812; proved 10 October 1815. PROB 11/1573/326. Will transcribed.
  • Henry Wrottesley: will made 25 July 1822; proved 7 February 1831. PROB 11/1782/182. William mentioned by name – see below.
  • sir John Honywood: will made 25 May 1797; proved 13 May 1806. PROB 11/1443/144.
  • John Locke: will made 12 September 1825; proved 21 April 1837. PROB 11/1876/411. William mentioned by name – see below.
  • John, lord Wrottesley: will made 30 June 1835; proved 8 June 1841. PROB 11/1948/80. [Ancestry: John Wrottesley]
  • Lucy Elizabeth Cotes: will made 21 March 1834; proved 27 February 1835. PROB 11/1842/237. Will transcribed.
  • Thomas Locke died 1846:
  • William Honywood: will made 6 January 1813; proved 20 April 1818. PROB 11/1603/275.
  • William Thomas Locke: will made 31 August 1816; proved 27 February 1818. PROB 11/1601/411. Will transcribed.
    • William Thomas Locke’s widow Anne Margaret Locke: will made 26 May 1828; codicils (1) 6 May/6 June 1829, (2) 22 August 1829; proved 16 March 1840. PROB 11/1924/247.

4    WILLIAM’S NEPHEWS AND NIECES

  • sir John Courtenay Honywood: will made 31 December 1822; proved 21 December 1832. PROB 11/1809/115. Thomas Smith of Lincolns Inn named as a trustee.
  • William Annesley: will made 26 June 1830; proved 8 April 1831. PROB 11/1783/380. Will transcribed.

5    WILLIAM’S PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS

  • William Courtenay, 1st viscount Courtenay. Will made 9 January 1748; proved 26 June 1762. PROB 11/877/397. [Ancestry: The Right Honorable William Lord]
    • His wife Frances died 1761 in her husband’s lifetime.
  • William Courtenay, 2nd viscount Courtenay. Will made 21 April 1764; proved 31 December 1788. PROB 11/1172/297. Trustees and Executors named in codicil of 16 February 1786: sir John Honywood, John Andrew and Thomas Clack. Marginal note dated 9 June 1834 on last page of probate copy mentions his widowed daughter Frances, now styled ‘the right honorable Lady Frances Honywood du Genevray’ after her marriage to Louis Léon comte du Genevray.
    • His wife Frances died 1782 in her husband’s lifetime.

6    WILLIAM’S SISTERS AND BROTHERS-IN-LAW

Most of William’s sisters probably did not leave a will: three died young (Amelia, Eleanor, Isabella) while five more died before their husband (Anne, Elizabeth, Harriet, Louisa, Lucy).

  • Anne died 1835 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Anne’s husband George Annesley, earl of Mountnorris: will made 24 March 1841; proved 29 August 1844. PROB 11/2003/356. [Ancestry: Right Honble Earl of George]
    • Anne’s partner John Bellenden Ker died 1842:
  • Caroline died 1851:
    • Caroline’s husband Charles Morland: will made 21 April 1815; proved 28 July 1828. PROB 11/1743/353. Trustees & executors: brother William Alexander Morland of Court Lodge & William Courtenay of Lincolns Inn; witnessed by Alex. Hoskins Lincolns Inn & Edwd Harrison his Clerk (Caroline’s niece Caroline Courtenay married a solicitor named Edward Harrison).
  • Charlotte: will made 9 January 1844; proved 4 January 1845. PROB 11/2010/273. Will transcribed.
    • Charlotte’s husband Thomas Giffard: will made 5 June 1795; proved: 21 January 1824. PROB 11/1680/295.
  • Elizabeth died 1815 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Elizabeth’s husband lord Charles Henry Somerset: will made 25 June 1830; proved: 16 June 1831. PROB 11/1787/74.
  • Frances:
    • Frances’s 1st husband sir John Honywood: will made 25 May 1797; proved 13 May 1806. PROB 11/1443/144.
    • Frances’s 2nd husband Louis Léon comte du Genevray:
  • Harriet died 1836 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Harriet’s husband George Thynne, lord Carteret: will made 24 July 1837; proved 12 April 1838. PROB 11/1893/237.
  • Louisa died 1823 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Louisa’s husband lord Robert Henry Somerset: will made 28 November 1840; proved: 24 September 1842. PROB 11/1968/325. Codicil of 28 December 1830 witnessed by James Barry, Surgeon to the Forces.
  • Lucy died 1821 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Lucy’s husband John Vaughan, earl of Lisburne: will made 11 January 1827; proved: 12 July 1831. PROB 11/1788/26. [Ancestry: John Earl]
  • Matilda died 1848:
    • Matilda’s husband John Locke: will made 12 September 1825; proved 21 April 1837. PROB 11/1876/411.
  • Sophia died 1845:
    • Sophia’s husband Nathaniel Foy died 1817:

7    WILLIAM’S NAME

William is mentioned by name in some of these wills:

  • his aunt Charlotte dowager countess of Rosslyn [William is not mentioned in her husband’s will]: ‘Mrs Hunt will be paid by Lord Courtenay who has promised it on the event of my not doing so‘ [in codicil dated Blackheath 17 September 1823]
  • his cousin and lawyer Henry Wrottesley: ‘And Whereas my Clerk James Sansom has at different times written several confidential letters relating to and concerning the affairs of my friend and Cousin Viscount Courtenay for which my said Clerk James Sansom has received no remuneration And Whereas it is probable that the monies arising from the sale conversion and getting in of my personal estate will not be sufficient to defray my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and therefore I am unable to make any provision for my said Clerk by this my Will Now therefore I do hereby recommend my said Clerk James Sansom unto the kindness and generosity of my friend and relation the said Viscount Courtenay whom I have faithfully honestly and conscientiously served‘ [will dated 25 July 1822]
  • his cousin and brother-in-law John Locke: ‘should my sons succeed to the Church preferment now held by my Brother [Thomas Locke rector of Newcastle and Mahoonagh] and which their Uncle Lord Courtney has promised to give them on my Brothers Death my Will is that such Son or Sons in proportion to the value of the said preferment they may be respectively Incumbents of shall during his or their Incumbency from his or their share or shares hereinbefore settled on him or them allow and pay to his or their Brother not having any part of said Church preferment the yearly sum of fifty pounds sterling and also to his or their Sisters until their respective marriages or being married and becoming Widows during their Widowhood the yearly sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to be divided equally between them’ [will dated 12 September 1825]
  • his uncle Thomas Clack: William named as one of the two Trustees and Executors, Timothy Napleton rector of Powderham being the other [will dated 30 January 1802; copy below].

Image

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


Page history

  • First published online as Wills of other people 1 June 2018.
  • Reviewed 2 April 2020: several minor corrections made to transcript of Henry Lock’s will.
  • 17 April 2020: copy of will of Thomas Clack added.
  • 10 May 2020: copy of will of Thomas Taylor added.
  • 21 May 2020: entry for William’s aunt Frances corrected.
  • 3 June 2020: Wills of other people split into two pages, 1: lists and 2: transcripts.

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