Saturday, November 30, 2013

Will of Elizabeth Blake, Spinster, Preshute, Wiltshire - The National Archives PROB 11/2060/316, probated 3 Mar 1848

Elizabeth Blake is the Testatrix and how she relates to the Maurice and Green families mentioned in her will is not obvious at this point. Elizabeth is on the census at Plough Cottage, Manton Tything, Preshute, Marlborough in 1841, 60 years of age (born in 1781), not born in Wiltshire and living with her Philippina Brewer (age 60 years born in Wiltshire), Hanah Pinnegar (35 years of age and born in Wiltshire), Ellenor Dance (15 years of age and born in Wiltshire), James Annetts (35 years of age and born in Wiltshire). At this time Elizabeth is a mystery.

Fascinating story about the Mr David Pierce Maurice of Marlborough Surgeon in the Daily Mail 28 Aug 2009:

He was the first of six generations of doctors who had led the town of Marlborough’s medical practice since 1792. The first being Dr Thelwall Blisset Maurice (born in 1767 and joined the practice in 1792. His widow Ann is mentioned in the will below. From Family search it appears that David Pierce Maurice married Marianne Bullock 3 Aug 1829 at Wroughton, Wiltshire. David Pierce Maurice was born 5 March 1802 and baptized 18 Jun 1803 at St Peter and St Paul, Marlborough son of Thelwall and Ann Maurice. Thelwall Maurice and Ann Brewer were married 21 Jul 1794 at Overton, Wiltshire.

The children of David and Marianne Maurice baptized at St Peter and St Paul, Marlborough:

Julia Anna 6 Jul 1833
Thelwall Pierce baptized 30 Jul 1834
Elizabeth Emily 16 Mar 1836
Oliver Calley 15 Jan 1838
James Blake 23 Oct 1840

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 28 Nov 2013
Source: The National Archives, PROB 11/2070/316
Testator: Elizabeth Blake, Spinster
Place: Preshute, Wiltshire, England
Type of Record: Will
Date of document: 7 May 1847, probated 3 Mar 1848
Condition: 19th century English, legible copy

[Margin]: Elizabeth
[Margin]: Blake
[Margin]: 8

1    This is the last Will and Testament
2    of me Elizabeth Blake of Plough Cottage in the parish of Preshute in the County
3    of Wilts Spinster I give and bequeath to my Executrix and Executor hereinafter
4    named the sum of one hundred pounds Upon trust to pay thereout all my just debts
5    funeral and testamentary expences and the expence of proving this my Will and after
6    payment and satisfaction thereof upon trust to pay the residue which shall be left
7    (if any) in aid of my personal estate and in case the said sum of one hundred pounds
8    shall prove insufficient for the purposes aforesaid then I direct that the deficiency
9    shall be made good out of the residue of my personal estate I give and bequeath the
10    following legacies namely To Mr David Pierce Maurice of Marlborough Surgeon
11    the sum of sixty pounds To Mr James Green of No 96 Stock Road Lambeth the sum
12    of nineteen pounds To Mrs Elizabeth Green his Wife the sum of one hundred pounds
13    To Elizabeth Green their daughter the sum of nineteen pounds To Mrs Elizabeth
14    Smith of Great Bedwin the sum of five pounds To Catherine Smith her daughter
15    the sum of nineteen pounds and nineteen shillings To the rest of the now unmarried
16    daughter of the said Mr Smith except Charlotte Smith the sum of fifty pounds to be
17    equally divided between them To Mrs Ann Maurice of Marlborough Widow the
18    sum of thirty pounds To Mrs Thelwell Blissett Maurice of Reading the sum of nine-
19    teen pounds and nineteen shillings To Mr James Maurice the sum of forty pounds
20    To Mrs Martha Grainger of Bowery Lane Righgate the sum of forty pounds
21    To Mrs Ellinor Bullock the sum of nineteen pounds and nineteen shillings To Miss
22    Mary Maurice of Marlborough the sum of nineteen pounds and nineteen shil-
23    lings To the Reverend John Maurice the sum of five pounds To the Reverend
24    Thomas Maurice the sum of five pounds as a remembrance to both To my friend
25    Phillippina Brewer residing with me the sum of fifty pounds To my servants
26    Hannah Pinnegar and James Annetts if they shall be living with me at the time
27    of my death ten pounds each and to Ellinor Dance if she shall be living with me
28    at the time of my death the sum of three pounds And I direct that the said sum
29    of one hundred pounds together with the said several legacies hereinbefore
30    bequeathed by me shall be paid by my Executrix and Executor hereinafter named
31    out of my money in the funds or elsewhere within twelve months after my decease
32    All the rest Residue and remainder of my money securities for money household
33    furniture goods chattels personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and
34    of what nature and kind soever I give and bequeath unto the said Philippina
35    Brewer her executors administrators and assigns for ever and their own use
36    absolutely And lastly I appoint the said Phillippina Brewer and the said James
37    Maurice Executrix and Executor of this my Will hereby revoking all former
38    Wills and Codicils by me at any time heretofore made and declaring this to be my
39    last Will and Testament In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
40    seal this eleventh day of May one thousand eight hundred and forty seven in the
41    presence of the two persons who names are subscribed hereto as witnesses
42    Elizabeth Blake Signed sealed published and declared by the said
43    Elizabeth Blake the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the pre-
44    sence of us both present at the same time who in her presence at her request and
45    in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
46    John Lundry Clatford and Daniel Rawlin Clatford
47    Proved at London 3rd March 1848 before the Worshipful Magistrate
48    Frederic Bayford doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of James Maurice
49    Esquire one of the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn
50    duly to administer Power reserved of making the like grant to Philippina Brewer
51    Spinster the other Executor when she shall apply for the same

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It is interesting that one of the children of David and Marianne Maurice was James Blake (baptised 23 October 1840). Marianne died on the 25 June 1840 in Hastings and buried in the cemetery of St Mary in the Castle on 30 June 1840, 4 months before the baptism. Her grave was one of 11 moved in 1894 to allow for the widening of Millward Road in Hastings.