Pill Wills

Collated by Mary Mason.

 

1653 Feb 3 Sir Edward Berkerley of Pill, Somerset.

To be buried in the aisle which I made in the Parish Church, near my wife. My daughter Margaret Berkerley my lands in Hatherley, Wincanton and Maperton and a £100 and a tenement in Wraxall which I bought of Mr Robert Hopton. £100 to Mrs Katheleen Frampton. My son Edward Berkerley. My daughter Philip £5.

My brothers Sir Henry Berkerley, Sir Charles Berkerley and my cousin Dr. James Dugdale, my overseer. My son Edward Berkerley Executor.

Proved. 2 Mar 1654.

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1659 July 10 Richard Lygon, of Pill, Somerset, Gent.

To be buried in the Church or Churchyard of Pill, as my cousin Edward Berkerley, Esquire shall please. He speaks of his debts and poverty and being kept out of his large estate in the Fens in Lincolnshire, by a riotous mob, devises it to Edward Berkeley.

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1669 Dec 4 Edward Berkley of Pill, Somerset, the elder, Esq.

My daughters Elizabeth and Phillip. My son Edward. My late father Sir Edward Berkeley. To my son Maurice all my estate in the lands in Linsey Level, Lincolshire, given me by my cousin Mr Richard Leggon, which were conveyed to him for the discharge of debts, which he stood engaged for the debts of Henry Killegrad, Esq. My wife Phillip Berkeley. My kinsman Sir William Portman. My son in law, Mr William Speake, overseer.

Proved by his son Edward Berkeley 21 Feb 1669/70.

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1677 Feb 23 Maurice Berkeley of Pill, Somerset.

To be buried at Pill near the grave of my father Edward Berkerley deceased. Sister Elizabeth, wife of John Bailey, Esq. Chancellor of Bath and Wells £500. Mrs Philipp Berkerley £500. Will Edwards of Wells £500. Also to them an estate in the fens of Linolnshire, formerly belonging to Mr Richard Lygon deceased, devised by his last will to his father, to be divided between them. The rest of his estate to his brother Edward. Executor.

Proved 21 Nov 1678.

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1796/proved 1807. John Hobbs Will: Donated and transcribed by Peter J Smith.

In the name of God Amen I John Hobbs of Pill in the Parish of St Georges and in The County of Somerset Pilot being of sound mind memory And understanding praised be God for the same considering With myself the certainty of death and the uncertainty Of the time thereof do therefore this 7th  day of December 1796 make ordain publish and declare this my last will and Testament in manner and form following ffirst I recommend My Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my Body commit to the Earth to Be decently interred at the discretion of my dearly Beloved Wife Mary Hobbs whom I also appoint my Whole and sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament to whom I give during her life inWidowhood all my property in Houses being in And situate in the parish of St George aforesaid With all my Household ffurniture or Goods of what Nature or kind soever to the any way belonging I Give also to my said wife Mary Hobbs a Thousand Pounds 5p. cent Government Securitys for her the said Mary Hobbs to receive the Interest of the same at The Bank of Messrs Ames Cave Harford Dauberny and Brighlin Bristol as also all other Moneys Bills Bonds And Debts whatsoever to me belonging at the time of My decease my further will is that after the death Of my said wife Mary Hobbs all my property to Be disposed of to my Children in manner following To my son John Hobbs I give the House I now Live in with two Rooms adjoining that James Watts now lives in together with a Boat House Underneath the same now let to the Honourable Commissioners of Excise and a small tenement that Wm Brodin now lives in and also a small Farm House called Sheep House with a small paddock Of Ground also a garden and Orchard likewise a Ffishery all in the Tenure of George Simmonds of The parish of Portbury and County of Somerset aforesaid To my daughter Mary Brown I give the House that Irving Corps now lives in with part of the same That Jos. Dickens occupys with a small Shop adjoining in the Tenure of Samuel Dando as also Three tenements behind the same occupied by James Price Wm Orchard and Hannah Day also a House and Garden now occupied by Thomas Bryant Pilot together with three small tenements in the Barton now let to Jos Stokes Saml Miles and Richd Brown to my Daughter Elizabeth Hobbs I give the House known by the Swan Inn in the occupation Of Mr James Brown also a House in the Tenure of Widow Preice with the Garden thereto belonging Also my Silver Tankard and Thirty Pounds in Money to my Son John Hobbs all my Boats and Materials thereto belonging as also all my wearing Apparel my further will is that the thousand pounds 5 pr Cent before mentd at my wifes decease be equally Divided between my three children (viz) John Hobbs Mary Brown and Elizabeth Hobbs share and share Alike as also the rest residue and remainder of any Monies Bills Bonds Books Debts& my further willIs that my Household ffurniture to be equally divided Between my Son John Hobbs and Elizabeth Hobbs My Plate excepting the Tankard before mentioned Given to my Daughter ** Mary Brown it is my further Will in case my Daughter Mary should die without Issue that the Houses left to her should return To my other Children In witness whereof I have Hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year First above written  

John Hobbs Senr      Signed Sealed

Published and declared by the said Testator Mr John Hobbs as his last will and Testament in the Presence of James Brown   William Hudon

 **  Elizabeth Hobbs I give equally between my  said Son John Hobbs and my daughter

Will was written 7th December 1796 And proved 18th June 1807

John Hobbs was buried 25th April 1807

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1809 John Hobbs Will: Donated and transcribed by Peter J Smith.

In the name of God Amen I John Hobbs of Pill in the Parish of Saint George In the County of Somerset pilot being weak of Body But of sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding do make and publish this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and Form Following that is to say hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and Directing that all my just debts Funeral Expenses and The Charges of proving this my Will shall be fully Paid and ratified as soon as may be after my Decease Whereas under and by virtue of the last will And Testament of my Father John Hobbs late of Pill Aforesaid Pilot deceased I am intitled subject to the Life Interest of my Mother Mary Hobbs of Pill aforesaid Widow therein to the Fishery together with the two Cottages or Tenements and two Acres of Land adjoining The said Fishery commonly called and known by the Name of the Sheephouse and the Dwellinghouse And premises wherein I know reside the Boat House now In the possession of Government to whom my said Father In his Lifetime let the same the Messuage or Tenement And Premises now in the possession or occupation of William Roe and the Messuage or Tenement and Premises Now in the Possession or Occupation of Elizabeth Brandy All situate in the said parish of Saint George and Likewise entitled to one third Part of a Share of One Thousand pounds Stirling now and for several years Past in the Government Stocks Funds or securities of This Kingdom as by the said recited Will Relation Being thereto had will appear Now I do hereby Give and bequeath to my Nephew James Hobbs Brown only Son of my Sister Mary Brown wife of James Brown of the City of Bristol Master Mariner Subject to the life interest of my said Mother Mary Hobbs The aforesaid Fishery together with the said two Cottages or Tenements and two Acres of Ground called The Sheephouse and the said Dwellinghouse and Premises wherein I now reside and the said Boathouse And the two Messuages or Tenements and Premises Now in the possession or occupation of the said William Roe and the Widow Brandy and the Rents Issues And Profits thereof respectively And all Benefit and Advantage to be had or gotten thereby for and during The respective Terms Estates and Interests for which The same are respectively held to and for the absolute Use and benefit of the said James Hobbs Brown I also give and bequeath to the said James Hobbs Brown All that my said third Part or Share of the Said Principal Sum of One thousand pounds and the Securities or Funds wherein the same are or may be Invested to and for his use and Benefit I give and Bequeath to my Wife Sarah all my household Goods and Furniture Plat Linen China and Earthen Ware of every description to and for her Proper Use and Benefit Also my quarter part or Share of the Cutter or Sloop called the Melchbourn Now commanded by the said James Brown to and For her like Use and benefit but I particularly Request that the same shall not be sold out of my Own Family and I also give and bequeath to my said Wife a Yaul now belonging to me (now in Morgan’sPill & also a Skiff now belonging to me ) and  at present at Allbrow And I do hereby nominate constitute and Appoint my said Brother in Law James Brown Whole and sole Executor of this my last Will And Testament in Witness whereof I the said Testator John Hobbs have to this my last will And testament set my Hand and Seal the fifth Day of April in the Year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and nine   ----John Hobbs  --- Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Testator John Hobbs as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request In his Presence and the Presence of Each other Of us have hereunto subscribed our Names as

Witnesses   Geo: P …. Andrews – Robert Chaddock 

Will was written 5th April 1809 and proved 25th August 1809      PROB 11/1502

John Hobbs was buried 13th May 1809

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1841 Will  of John Chaffey: Donated and Transcribed by Peter J Smith.

This is the last Will and Testament of me John Chaffey of the Swan Public House at Pill in the County of Somerset I hereby revoke all Wills Codicils and other testamentary dispositions by me at any time or times heretofore made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament I give devise and bequeath to Edward Andrews of Pill Shopkeeper his executors administrators and assigns all my lease hold houses and premises situated at Pill in the Parish of St. George and also the sum of six hundred pounds to be paid to me by the Provident Insurance Company upon the death of Elizabeth Parfitt to have and to hold the same respectively unto and to the use of the said Edward Andrews his heirs executors administrators and assigns upon the trusts and for the ends intents and purposes hereinafter expressed that is to say upon trust that he the said Edward Andrews will from the rents of my said leasehold houses pay or cause to be paid during the life of the said Elizabeth Parfitt the annual sum of seventeen pounds ten shillings to the Insurance Company the consideration agreed upon to be paid by me during the life of the Elizabeth Parfitt and for which I am to receive the six hundred pounds before mentioned and after payment of the said seventeen pounds ten shillings upon trust that he the said Edward Andrews do hold the said leasehold premises and to receive the rents thereof for the use and benefit of my Wife Elizabeth Chaffey for and during her natural life and that from and after the death of the said Elizabeth Parfitt it is my will that the said Edward Andrews should receive the before mentioned six hundred pounds from the Insurance Company and invest the same in any manner that the said Edward Andrews with the advice and consent of my said wife may think right and that the said Edward Andrews shall receive the interest upon the said £600 for the use of my said Wife during her natural life and from and after the decease of my Wife Elizabeth it is my will that all my leasehold premises should be sold and I give leave and bequeath the proceeds of such sail together with the before mentioned £600 so soon as it shall be paid by the Insurance Company to the said Edward Andrews his heirs executors administrators and assigns upon the Trusts and for the ends intents and purposes hereinafter expressed that is to say that the proceeds of my leasehold premises and the six hundred pounds shall be divided into five equal shares and that the said Edward Andrews shall hold the same for the use of such of my children as are alive at the time of my decease and whereas two of my children viz John Chaffey and Eliza Brown have departed this life leaving children it is my will that the children of my son John and of my daughter Eliza shall receive the same benefit and stand in the same situation as if their Parents had been alive It is my will therefore that from and after the decease of my Wife the said Edward Andrews his heirs executors administrators and assigns shall hold one fifth part of the proceeds of my leasehold premises and of the said £600 for the use of my daughter Hester Roland one fifth for the use of my daughter Amelia Parfitt one fifth for the use of my daughter Louisa Davis independent and beyond the control of their present husbands and of all future husbands and after the death of either of my said daughters for the use and benefit of any child or children left by them in equal shares that is to say the child or children shall stand in the situation of their respective Parent And as to the remaining two fifths I give and devise the same to Edward Andrews in trust one fifth for the benefit of the children of my son John Chaffey deceased to be paid to them when they come of age and the remaining one fifth to said Edward Andrews his heirs executors administrators and assigns for the use and benefit of the children of my daughter Eliza Brown deceased to be paid to them on their coming of age As to all the money I may die possessed of whether in the House Savings Bank or elsewhere I give the same together with my house hold furniture plate and all other chattel property not before mentioned to my wife Elizabeth Chaffey and appoint her Executrix of this my Will

In Witness where of I the said John Chaffey have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this twenty seventh  day of March 1841    -    The mark of  X John Chaffey   -

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator John Chaffey as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have here subscribed our Names as Witnesses-  Henry Mirehouse - Millie Mirehouse

Proved at London 21st January 1842 before the Judge by the Oath of Elizabeth Chaffey Widow the Relict the sole Executrix to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by …..duly to Administer

PROB 11/1956

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