Friday, August 15, 2014

Will of John Blake, cordwainer, Kemerton, Gloucestershire - Diocese of Bristol Wills on Ancestry, administered 20 Apr 1844

John Blake of Kemerton, cordwainer, is the deceased whose estate will be administered by his son Thomas. In the 1841 Census John Blake is living at Kemerton in the registration of Tewkesbury and aged 75 years (birth year circa 1766). John is listed as independent on the census and he was not born in Gloucestershire. His son Thomas, also living in Kemerton on the 1841 census, is also a cordwainer (born in Gloucestershire) with wife Mary (30 years, not born in Gloucestershire) and Moses Beale 10 years of age (not born in Gloucestershire), Thomas is 35 years of age (birth circa 1806). John is on page 4 and Thomas on page 6 of the census. On the 1851 census at Kemerton, Thomas is listed as 49 years of age (born circa 1802), a cordwainer born at Kemerton, Mary, his wife, is listed as 47 years of age, and born Hampton Worcesterwhire, Moses Beale, his nephew, is 21 years, a cordwainer and born at Bath, Somerset.

On the 1861 census, Mary is a widow. She is 59 years of age, born at Hampton, Worcestershire circa 1802 and living in Kemerton. Living with Mary is her sister Elizabeth Targett 61 years of age, widowed, born at Hampton Worcestershire.

On the 1871 census, living with Mary, still widowed, is her brother William Blake, 71 years of age (born circa 1800 at Hampton, Worcestershire) and a widower. There is a visitor Mary Ann Smith, 11 years of age born at Kemerton. On the 1861 census there is a Smith family next door with a daughter Mary Ann 1 year of age. The mother of Mary Ann, Ann, was born at Eckington Worcestershire.

On the 1851 Census living at Marston Green, Evesham, Saint Lawrence is William Blake, married 53 years of age, born at Hampton, Worcestershire and married to Maria 54 years of age also born at Hampton. William was a maltster, journeyman.

Also on the 1851 Census living at Great and Little Hampton with the Thomas Charles family (Carpenter) is William Blake, Visitor, 77 years of age, born at Hampton, Worcestershire (birth circa 1774).

Great and Little Hampton, Evesham, Worcestershire
Family Search Records

Marriages (Family Search M02109-1)
Thomas Blake and Mary Blake 5 Feb 1838
William Blake and Maria Meadows 7 Mar 1839

This family does appear to be a stray in Gloucestershire. Kemerton is only seven miles from Great Hampton, Worcestershire. There are marriages in Evesham RD – 30 in total – right up to the mid 1960s.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 14 Aug 2014
Source: Ancestry – Diocese of Bristol Wills
Testator:  John Blake, cordwainer
Place: Kemerton, Gloucestershire, England
Type of Record: Probate
Date of document:20 Apr 1844, administered 20 Apr 1844
Condition: 19th century English, legible copy

1    Know all Men by these Presents that We Thomas Blake
2    of Kemerton in the County of Gloucester
3    Cordwainer Henry Brydges of Tewkesbury in the same
4    County Currier and William Firkins of Mitton Lodge
5    in the County of Worcester Gentleman
6    are held and firmly bound unto James Henry Lord
7    Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol and his successors
8    in the sum of Two hundred pounds
9    of good and lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid unto the said Lord
10    Bishop or his Successors or to his or their certain Attorneys Executors Admins-
11    trators or Assigns To which Payment well and truly to be made We oblige ourselves
12    and each of us by himself in and for the whole our and
13    each of our Heirs Executors and Administrators firmly by
14    these Presents Sealed with our Seals dated the twentieth day of
15    April in the seventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign
16    Lady Victoria by the Grace of God of the United
17    Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith Etc And
18    in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and fourty four
19    The Condition of this Obligation is such That if the above bounden
20    Thomas Blake Administrator of all and singular the Goods
21    Chattles and Credits of John Blake deceased do
22    make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods
23    Chattles and Credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the Hands
24    Possession or Knowledge of him the said Thomas Blake
25    or into the Hands and Possession of any Person or Persons for
26    him and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry
27    of the Consistory Court of Gloucester at or before the
28    last day of September next ensuing and the same Goods
29    Chattles and Credits and all other the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased
30    at the time of his death which at anytime after shall come to the hands or Possession
31    of the said Thomas Blake or into the hands
32    and Possession of any other Person or Persons for him do well and truly administer
33    according to Law And further do make or cause to be made a true and just Accompt
34    of his said Administration at or before the last day of April 1845
35    and all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods Chattles and Credits which shall be
36    found remaining upon the said Administrators Accompts the same being first
37    examined and allowed of by the Judge or Judges for the time being of the said
38    Court shall deliver and pay unto such Person or Persons respectively as the said
39    Judge or Judges by his or their Decree or Sentence pursuant to the true Intent and
40    Meaning of a late Act of Parliament made in the two and twentieth and three and
41    twentieth Years of the Reign of our late Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second
42    entituled an Act for the better settling of Intestates Estates which limit and appoint
43    And if it shall hereafter appear that any last Will and Testament was made by the
44    said deceased and the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same into
45    the said Court making Request to have it allowed and approved accordingly if the
46    said Thomas Blake
47    above bounden being thereunto required do render and deliver the said Letter of
48    Administration Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the
49    said Court then this Obligation to be void or else to remain in full Force and Virtue.
50    Signed Sealed and delivered
51    in the presence of
52    Tho[ma]s Woodwards
53    Thomas Blake
54    Henry Brydges
55    William Firkins
    [Page 2]
56    The 20th April 1844
57    Appeared personally Thomas Blake of
58    Kemerton in the County of Gloucester
60    Farmer and alleged upon oath that
61    John Blake late of Kemerton aforesaid
62    deceased died on the 30th day of March now
63    last past Intestate Widower leaving
64    Goods Chattels and Credits wholly within the
65    Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol under
66    the value of One Hundred pounds That
67    he is the only Child and next of kin of
68    the said deceased That he will well and
69    faithfully administer the Goods Chattels
70    and Credits of the said deceased and render
71    an Inventory and Account etc.
72    Wherefore he prayed that Letters
73    of Admon of all and singular the
74    goods chattels and credits of the
75    said deceased might be granted and
76    committed to him upon giving
77    such good and sufficient Security
78    as in this behalf is required and
79    so forth
80    Let Admon pass as
81    prayed
82    Edwin Maddy
83    ________
84    Sworn Under
85    £100 (no Leaseholds)
86    Before us
87    Edwin Maddy
88    Surrogate _______

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