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Will of Thomas BRITNELL of Crowell

Will 17 Jan.1763   Probate 23 Apr 1763

Source: ORO no. W 215.64; 118/3/17
Contributed by: Bob Britnell Go to Translation Go to Transcript
Summary.
... I Thomas Britnell of Crowell Hill ... yeoman ... sick and weak in body ...

NameRelationship[Comments] or Major Bequests
Thomas BRITNELL Crowell
Sarah BRITNELLWife (Exec)
Thomas BRITNELLSon
Jonah BRITNELLSon
John BRITNELLSon
James BRITNELLSon
Benjamin BRITNELLSon
Philip BRITNELLSon
Sarah BALLDaughter
Susannah STEVENSDaughter
Hannah CHOWNDaughter
Mary BRITNELLDaughter
James FLOYDCreditor
Jeffery BARNEYLegatee
John BILSTONEBureaucrat
George MAYBureaucrat
 
John HUNTWitness
Thomas HEARNWitness
John EASTWitness
 
Probate 23 Apr 1763 before the Rev John Bilstone MA Surrogate of ... George May Esq [see Note]
Transcriber's Notes
The Clerk's Copy of the Probate note stops after "by the Oath", so the Grantee's name is not given.
However, Probate appears to have been normal, so it was presumably granted to Sarah.
The following details are believed to be true but should not be totally relied upon:
Testator: Son of Thomas (1737 qv) & husband of Sarah (1763 qv) nee RANCE.
  Translated and paragraphed.
with some of the standard preamble and "legalese" removed.
Go to Glossary
... I Thomas Britnell of Crowell Hill ... yeoman ... sick and weak in body ...
  • I give to Sarah my well and dearly beloved wife whom I ordain sole Executrix all my lands, Messuages and Tenements to be freely enjoyed for life, but not to mortgage or sell any of my lands etc except the Close which we call Long Close, which I allow her to mortgage or sell to pay 20 which I owe to James Floyd of Kingston if he should demand it while she lives.
  • I also give her all my goods and cattle to be at her disposing.
  • After her decease I give my son Jonah Britnell 22 to be paid twelve months after my wife's decease.
  • I give my son John Britnell 6 to be paid twelve months after my wife's decease.
  • I give my son James Britnell 6 to be paid twelve months after my wife's decease.
  • I give my son Benjamin Britnell 8 to be paid two years after my wife's decease if he is 21, otherwise when he reaches 21.
  • I give my son Philip Britnell 8 to be paid two years after my wife's decease if he is 21, otherwise when he reaches 21.
  • I give Jeffery Barney 12d to be paid twelve months after my wife's decease if demanded.
  • I give my daughter Sarah Ball 6 to be paid two years after my wife's decease.
  • I give my daughter Susannah Stevens 6 to be paid two years after my wife's decease.
  • I give my daughter Hannah Chown 6 to be paid two years after my wife's decease.
  • I give my daughter Mary Britnell 6 to be paid two years after my wife's decease.
  • After Sarah's decease I give all my above property to my son Thomas Britnell, for him or his Executors etc to raise out of [it] and pay all the above legacies as described.

  • Witnesses John Hunt Thomas Hearn John East
Probate 23 Apr 1763 before the Rev John Bilstone MA Surrogate of ... George May Esq [see Note]
  As transcribed from a copy of the original document.
Original line- and page-breaks are preserved as far as possible.
In the name of God Amen
The Seventeenth Day of January 1763 I Thomas Britnell of Crowell
Hill in the Parish of Crowell in the County of Oxford Yeoman being Sick and
weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for it
Therefore calling to mind the mortality of the Body and knowing that it is
appointed for all Men once to die do make and Ordain this my last Will and
Testament That is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend
my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body I
recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial at the
Discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection
I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God And touching
such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life
I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner
and form Imprimis I give and bequeath to Sarah my well and dearly
beloved Wife whom I constitute make and ordain my Sole Executrix of this
my last Will and Testament all and Singular my Lands Messuages and
Tenements by her freely to be enjoyed so long as She liveth but not Mortgage
or sell any of my Lands Messuages or Tenements except the Close which
we call Long Close which I do grant or allow Sarah my Wife to Mortgage or
sell to pay Twenty Pounds which I owe to James Floyd of Kingston in
case he should demand the said Twenty Pounds while she liveth I also
give and demise to Sarah my Wife all my Goods and Cattle to be at her
Disposing And after the decease of Sarah my Wife I give and bequeath
to my Son Jonah Britnell the Sum of Twenty Two Pounds of Lawful Money of
great Britain to be paid him at the end of Twelve Months after the Decease
of Sarah my Wife And I give and bequeath to my Son John Britnell the Sum
of Six Pounds of Lawful Money of great Britain to be paid him at the end of
Twelve Months after the Decease of Sarah my Wife And I give and bequeath
to my Son James Britnell the Sum of Six Pounds of Lawful Money of great
Britain to paid him at the end of Twelve Months after the Decease of
Sarah my Wife And I give and bequeath to my Son Benjamin Britnell
the Sum of Eight Pounds of Lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid him
at the end of Two Years after the Decease of Sarah my Wife if he be Twenty One
Years of Age Otherwise when hes Twenty one Years of Age And I give and
bequeath to my Son Philip Britnell the Sum of Eight Pounds of Lawful Money
of Great Britain to be paid him at the end of Two Years after the Decease of
Sarah my Wife if he be Twenty One Years of Age Otherwise when hes
Twenty one Years of Age And I give and bequeath to Jeffery Barney Twelve
Pence to be paid him in Twelve Months after the Decease of Sarah my
Wife if demanded And I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah
Ball the Sum of Six Pounds of Lawful Money of great Britain to be
paid her at the end of Two years after the Decease of Sarah my Wife And I give
and bequeath to my Daughter Susannah Stevens the Sum of Six Pounds of
lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid her at the end of Two years after the
Decease of Sarah my Wife And I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah
Chown the Sum of Six Pounds of Lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid
her at the end of Two years after the decease of Sarah my Wife And I give and
bequeath to my Daughter Mary Britnell the Sum of Six Pounds of Lawful Money
of Great Britain to be paid her at the end of Two years after the decease of Sarah
my Wife And after the decease of Sarah my Wife I Give and bequeath and
depose all my above Mentioned Lands Messuages or Tenements to my Son
Thomas Britnell and for the said Thomas Britnell my Son his Executors
Administrators or Assigns to raise and levy out of my above mentioned Lands
Messuages or Tenements and pay all the above Mentioned Legacies to each
Particular Person at the times above Mentioned In Witness whereof I have
Set my Hand and Seal the day and Year above Written Thomas Britnell
(The seal) Signed Sealed pronounced and delivered by the said Thomas Britnell
as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers
John Hunt ----- Thomas Hearn ----- John East

Proved 23 of April 1763 before the Reverend John
Bilstone M. A. Surrogate of the Worshipful George May Esq.
Official Principle of the Reverend the Arch Deacon of Oxon
lawfully constituted by the Oath [see Note]