View Full Version : Sarah Edgell will- help please!
03-01-2008, 1:22 PM
Can anyone help me read this will please? Hope the link works!
03-01-2008, 1:46 PM
In the name of God Amen
I Sarah EDGELL of the out parish of Saint Philip and
Jacob, Glocuestershire Cornfactor being in perfect health and
of sound mind and disposing memory thanks be to God for
it. Do make this my last Will and Testament in
manner and form following., Imprimis To Eleanor SANDAL
the wife of Arthur SANDAL Peruke maker late my
daughter in the Law, Eleanor WITCHILL I give and beqeauth
One Hundred Pounds of Lawful Money of Great Britain with
all my wearing apparel, household furntiture, plate, linen
and China with all and every other article whatsoever
belonging thereunto for her own separate use and disposal
interiely independent of her husband, the said Arthur SANDAL
and that my executor hereunder mentioned shall immediately
after my decease pay to the said Eleanor SANDAL One
Hundred Pounds of lawful money of Great Britain and
Delvier to her all my wearing apparel, household furniture,
plate, linnen and China with all and every other article
03-01-2008, 2:02 PM
whatosever belonging thereto to my niece Mary JACKSON
the wife of William JACKSON Card Maker of Dursley in
Gloucestershire. I give and beqeauth one third of the
residue and remainder of my personal estate lands, tenements,
hereditaments arrears of rents, bonds and promisory notes
with all other properties of what kind soever to my appertaining
and that my executor shall immediately after my decease
pay the said Mary JACKSON in Lawful Money of Great
Britain as before mentioned for her own spearate use and
disposal intirely independent of her husband the said
William JACKSON. Top my nephew Robert NORTON the son of
James NORTON whom I appoint the whole and sole executor
of this my last will and testament I give devise and beqeauth
the remaining two thirds of my above mentioned estate and
03-01-2008, 2:07 PM
do hereby utterly revoke all former wills, declaring satisfying
and confirming this and no other to be my last will and
testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand
and seal this the tenth day of Septemeber one thousand seven
hundred and eighty seven. Sarah EDGELL Signed sealed
published and declared by the within named testator to be
her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who
subscribed our nams in the presence of the said Testator
and of each other - Ann PARSONS Samuel WHITE
There is then a codicil which the clerk has had trouble reading - possibly Sarah's handwriting was just too weak, so relatives have been called into interpret the codicil and that is what follows in the next bit.........
03-01-2008, 2:24 PM
On the Seventh day of October 1788
On which day appeared personally James
EDGELL of the parish of Saint Philip and Jacob in the County
of Gloucester Corn Factor and Mary the wife of the said James
EDGELL and being severally sworn on the Holy Evangelists to
depsose the truth, made oath that they well know and were
acquainted with Sarah EDGELL late of the parish of Saint Philip
and Jacob in the County of Gloucester, Widow, deceased also with
her manner and character of hand writing and subscription
having often seen her write, and write and subscribe her name
to writings, and having now viewed and persued the paper
writing hereunto annexed purporting to be a codicil to the
last Will and Testament of the said deceased hereunto also
annexed containing the following words......
03-01-2008, 2:33 PM
".........It is my desire cozon(!)
Robert NORTON's dauter(!) to have my Silver Can, my Cozon!() Mary
JACKSON's dafter(!) my cream Jug to my Cinswoman(!) Ann
HULBERT One Ginne(!) to Po. s TROTMAN 1 Ginne(!) to Hannah
TORTMAN 1 Ginne(!) to Ester WATKINSON 1 Ginne(!) and thus subscribed
Sarah EDGELL they severally depose that the whole body (.....?)
and contents of the said paper writing and also the subscription
thereto to be all of the proper hand writing of the said Sarah
EDGELL, Widow, deceased. James EDGELL - Mary EDGELL The day
aforesaid the said James EDGELL and Mary his wife were duly
sworn to the truth of the aforegoing affidavit before me
Joseph EASTERBROOK, Commissioner
03-01-2008, 2:36 PM
part the last.......
Some older spelling in the will may confuse.............
Cozon = cousin
Cinswoman = Kinswoman
Dauter and Dafter = Daughter
Ginne = Guinea
Does this reading help at all???
fare y'well tergerther
03-01-2008, 2:43 PM
My goodness- thank you!
It will take me a while to digest all this. Thanks again,
03-01-2008, 2:49 PM
No problem - any others, just ask.
I've added in a little bit of punctuation that wasn't in the original (just the odd comma and apostrophe), just to make it a little easier to read, but without altering the meaning of the will. Great to get the codicil with all the small bequests - presumably small gifts to servants or other employees - or perhaps people who had nursed her in poor health.
03-01-2008, 3:03 PM
Thank you, I really appreciate it.
It makes fantastic reading, I didn't realise the family were Cornfactors or Evangelists. Thanks again,
03-01-2008, 3:36 PM
I didn't realise the family were...Evangelists.
Please don't be misled by this phrase. Swearing on the Holy Evangelists was simply an old-fashioned way of saying swearing on the Bible.
03-01-2008, 5:31 PM
Thank you, I really appreciate it.
It makes fantastic reading,
I'd love to have had ancestors who left such an informative document - all those people mentioned, the occupations, the relationships; the monetary bequests. It's as good an example of why it is worthwhile hunting out such documents and leads onto so many other questions which need answering.
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