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Will of Anthony WINDEATT of London, Staymaker 1760

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The Will of Anthony WINDEATT of Long Acre in the Parish of Saint Martin in the Fields in the County of Middlesex, Staymaker
Made:  24/06/1760, WITNESSES:  Sampson BENNETT Matthew MASON
Proved 21/07/1760 by Margaret WINDEATT
SOURCE:  Scanned image from PRO


We don't know very much about this family but Anthony is a rare WINDEATT name and I had wondered if this Anthony might be a direct descendant of the Anthony who left Modbury and went to live in Plymouth in the previous century?  

IGI data is not very helpful.  The Anthony who wrote the Will was married to a Margaret and there is a marriage of an Anthony WINDITT to a Margaret PARRY in the IGI but it was in 1724 at Saint John The Baptist, Chester, Cheshire, England so it seems unlikely (but not impossible).  There was an Anthony WINDEATT born in 1732 in St. Martins in the Fields, London which must be this family - but his mother is recorded in the IGI as Mary.  Obviously some digging around is needed to sort out this family.  Here is a family tree based on this Will.

  Anthony WINDEAT
       cd.?  d.?1760
       m. Margaret ???1724 in Chester???
     |                      |
    John                 Margaret

Whoever took over the business, presumably son, John, was still there in 1772 and advertising for an English Teacher:

WANTED: a young Woman as English Teacher to a Ladies Boarding-School a few Miles (from Town) must be thoroughly qualified in understanding all Sorts of Needlework and have an undeniable Character; if he can talk French the better.  Enquire of Mr. WINDEATT, Staymaker, in Long-Acre, any Time on Monday next.
- Daily Advertiser (London, England), Saturday, January 18, 1772; Issue 12815

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NOTE:  Notice that Anthony states his intention that his estate should be divided equally between his daughter and his son after his wife's death.  But in 1969 his wife left all of it to her son, John (apart from minor bequests).  There was a Court Case, WINDEATT vs. SKYNNER, the same year and I suspect it was the sister suing the brother for the money. Further details are on Margaret WINDEATT's will page.




Margaret WINDEATT daughter
  • 50
  • half his estate after his wife's death
  • forgiveness of his debts to him
  • half his estate after his wife's death
Margaret WINDEATT dear wife the use and benefit of all his estate during her life time


This transcription has been made from the scanned  image held at the PRO. I have made this rough transcription so, be warned, there may be errors.  I have changed the surnames to uppercase to aid family historians. 
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In the Name of God Amen.
I Anthony WINDEATT of Long Acre in the Parish of Saint Martin in the Fields in the County of Middlesex Staymaker being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament that is to say I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret WINDEATT the sum of fifty pounds Item I forgive and release unto my Son John WINDEATT all and every Sum and Sums of money which he shall owe to me at the time of my decease and I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of the moneys owing to me from any person or persons whomsoever and of all my Money in the publick  Stocks or Funds and of all other my Goods Chattels and Personal Estate whatsoever which I shall be possessed of Interested in or anyways Intitled unto at the time of my decease unto my dear Wife Margaret WINDEATT to have the Interest Dividends use and Benefit thereof during the Term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give and bequeath the said residue unto my said children to be divided between them in such proportions as my said wife shall be her last Will and Testament in Writing attested by two Witnesses or by any Writing purporting to be her last Will and Testament and attested as aforesaid appoint and for want of such appointment unto my said Children Equally or to the Survivor of them My Will and Intent is that if only one of my said Children shall survive my wife, such one Child shall at all Events have the whole residue above mentioned the Interest and Use whereof I have given to my Wife for her Life But if both my Children shall dye in the life time of my Wife, then from and after the death of the longer liver of my said children I give and bequeath the whole residue aforesaid unto my said Wife Margaret WINDEATT to her own use absolutely for ever. I appoint the said Margaret WINDEATT my Wife Executrix of this my Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this twenty fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty. Anthony WINDEATT.

Witnesses: Sampson BENNETT Matthew MASON

Proved: 21/07/1760  by Margaret WINDEATT Widow the Relict of the deceased and sole Executrix


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