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John Waltham M.A. Will
John Waltham's Will [with one Codicil] was signed by John Waltham on Saturday the 16th April 1814, and was proved at London on the 15th Otober 1814 before a judge for Mary Waltham widow and executors.
The witnesses for the Will were, George Green of Darlaston, Victualler [he was the landlord of the public house - The White Inn - in Darlaston where John Waltham used to hear cases when he was a magistrate] and Charles Thornhill, of Darlaston, Draper, and Charles Adams, of Darlaston, Attourney.
Deciphering the will has been problematic to say the least, but here goes,
Normal font, means totally sure,
Italic font, means I am a little uncertain what the word is.
? means unsure [one word].
The letter "e" means "and".
[my comments are enclosed in brackets].
On the left are the line numbers...
001 This is the last Will and testament of me John
002 Waltham of Darlaston in the County of Stafford Clerk first I commit my soul
003 into the hands of Almighty God ? through his immense love has ? ? ?
004 himself by the precious blood his ? and body forgiven us all trespasses
005 as a fallen duties was adopted me unto this family and given me the pleasing gift of
006 of knowing all eternity in beholding his face and singing his praises for this ?
007 ? ? ? to the ? of ? my body to the dust from ? it
008 was ? ? in ? hope that it shall rise again glorious and uncorruptable and
009 life unto ? glorified body my wordly substance ? God was pleased to give
010 me I dispose of in the following manner 1st I will & direct that all my just debts
011 funer' charges & exp's of proving this my will be paid & satisfied & discharged
012 by my Executrix executor ? ? ? as soon as ? may beafter
013 my ? and from e after full payment e satisfaction thereof I give e devise unto
014 my Brother Thomas Waltham all ? my ? ? tenements or dwelling
015 houses with the out buildings e all other ? to the same respectively belonging
016 situate e being in Myton  ? in the parish of ? Holy Trinity in the Town of
017 Kingston - upon – Hull e County of the same Town e now in the ? ?
018 of [SPACE] to have e to hold the same unto e to the use of my said Brother
019 his heirs e ? for ever also I give e devise to my loving Wife Mary all ?
020 ? ? e ? of all my messuage  tenements or dwelling houses buildings
021 ? ? ? and real estate whatsoever and wheresoever ? the ?
022 with outbuildings e ? lastly above mentioned to have e to
023 hold the same unto e to the use of my said Wife ? ? e ? for ever I give ?
024 forgive e ? unto my said Brother Thomas Waltham the sum of one hundred
025 waive he now owes and ? ? ? to use also I give e bequeth unto him
026 my said Brother the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds of lawfull money of Great
027 Briton and soberly direct the ? be paid to him by my Executrix e Executor
028 at the ? of ? ? ? ? after my ? also I give e bequeth e ? unto
029 my said wife to ? such part om my Books as she shall think proper to select for
030 her own private use e after ? ? ? ? the ? from as aforesaid
031 give e bequeth the Residue of my said books unto ? ? Godson John Whittingham
032 ? of my friend Richard Whittingham clerk vicar of Potten in the County of Bedford
033 as a testimony of regard for my said Godson Also I give e bequeth unto my said
034 Wife all my household Goods e furniture Plate Bedding Linen ? e other ?
035 Effects and also the rest residue remainder of my money Securites for money
036 personal Estate e effects of what ? e dscription ? wheresoever also ?
037 Before absolutley given e disposed of ? have to and to hold ? take and enjoy the
038 same and ever part thereof ? and by my said wife ? ? ? e ? to
039 for ? e their own proper use benifit e disposal and lastly I do hereby nominate ?
040 ? e appoint my said wife e my Brother in law Thomas Fletcher of Daralaston
041 aforesaid ? joint Executrix e Executor of this my will ? ? e making void
042 All former e other will e wills by me made I do declare this to be my only true last will and
043 Testament ? ? ? ? I the said testator John Waltham ? to this my last will
044 e testament contained e written on two sheets of paper to the first ? ? my said
045 e to this second e last sheet my hand e ? the sixteenth day of april in the year of
046 our Lord one thousand eight hundred e fourteen - John Waltham - Signed
047 sealed published e declared by the said Testator John Waltham as e for his last will and
048 testament in the presence of us who at his request e in his presence e and in the presence of each
049 her have herunto inscribed our names as witnesses - Geo. Green of Darlaston Vitualler
050 - Charles Thornhill of Do Draper - Chas Adams of Do Attorney
The will had one Codicil as follows,
051 I John Waltham of Darlaston in the County of Stafford Clerk being of sound
052 mind memory e understanding do make publish e declare this to be Codicil ? ?
053 to e taken as part my last Will e testament
054 last mentioned I ? by my said Will give forgive e ? unto my Brother Thomas
055 Waltham the sum of one hundred pounds ? ? ? ? e stood indebted to me also
056 I gave e bequethed unto him my said Brother the sum of the Two hundred e fifty pounds
057 and do hereby direct the same to be paid to him by my Executrix e Eexecutor ? the
058 and of ? remainder monies ? after my ? as by referring to the said Will
059 will more fully ? Now I do hereby revoke e make void the said ? Bequests
060 so made unto my said Brother as above unactioned and I give e bequeth the said
061 sum of...
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061 one hundred pounds which my Brother now owes e ? indebted to me unto him my Brother
061 for the purchasing ? also I give e bequeth the said sum of
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061 ...of two hundred and fifty pounds also I given e bequethed to my said Brother
062 by my said will as aforesaid unto my loving wife Mary Waltham to for ? ? ?
063 e benifit and I so ? declare that the ? ? ? ? ? e ?
064 my said will by ? given e made unto or for the benifit of my said wife are in
065 lieu of ? ? ? ? ? otherwise have been ? by the prevouis ?
066 marriage e ? ? the same are ? ? ? e ? and shall by my said wife
067 be accepted e taken in full ? ? e satisfaction of and for all ? ? ?
068 or ? or or tithe of ? aor ? ? ? common law or by custom or the ? ? ?
069 my said wife ? or may or otherwise might ? ? or be ? to of ? or
070 out of all or any part my ? ? e real estate in any
071 manner howsoever and I do hereby satisfy e ? my said Will and all e ?
072 the ? bequests appointments ? e ? my said Will ? Codicil ? ? and not ? revoked
073 ? ? ? ? ? wherof I have herunto set my hand e ? the eight day of
074 July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred e fourteen - John Waltham
075 This writing was signed published
Please Note - Deciphering this will is still ongoing...
 Myton - there is a road named Myton, a few streets west of All Saints church, Kingston Upon Hull, where John Waltham was baptised on Saturday the 7th August 1751.
 In Law the term messuage equates to a dwelling-house & includes outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard & garden.
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