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Will of Dorothy WINDEATT of Modbury, Devon Widow - 1841

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Last updated: 24/08/03

The Will of Dorothy WINDEATT of Modbury in the County of Devon Widow
Made: 17/09/1840, WITNESSES:  John W. LAKEMAN,  John ANDREWS
Proved 3rd April 1841 by Elizabeth GRILLS
SOURCE: Estate Duty copy of original.  Devon Record Office.

For a  list of other WINDGEAT (and variants) Wills please go to the WILLS page.


We know very little of this family.  The Will is not a lot of help as it only names her daughter.  If you have any further information about this family please leave a message on the MESSAGE BOARD.

Below is a speculative family tree compiled from IGI data and the index of apprenticeship indentures (see my apprentices page). There were four apprentices bound to Richard WINDEATT of Modbury between 1793 and 1812 (John TIPPETT, Ann STEPHENS, Mary MORTIMORE, William BOLT) and two of them (Ann STEPHENS and Mary MORTIMORE) were assigned to his widow, Dorothy, in 1814.  She was also assigned Mary LUSCOMBE who had been apprenticed to William WILLIAMS, yeoman, in 1809.  Dorothy is named as "widow and administratrix" which is puzzling?

           Richard WINDEATT (?-?1814) m. 06/03/1795 Dorothy LEE? (?-1840)
           |                                 |           |           |
           Elizabeth  (1796-?)              Mary        Sarah       Eliza
           m.18/10/1815 to Francis GRILLS  (1798-?)    (1799-?)   (1804-?)





Elizabeth GRILLS the wife of Francis GRILLS

(Elizabeth appears in the 1851 Census, living alone with one very young servant - see immediately  below)

my Daughter and only surviving issue 
  • all my property estate and effects whatsoever
  • and appointed sole executrix

From the 1851 Census:
Elizabeth GRILLS Head W 54 F Landed Proprietor Modbury-Devon
Elizabeth CUMMING Serv U 14 F General Servant Modbury-Devon
Address: 1 Palm Crop Green (Modbury House), Modbury


This transcription has been typed from a photocopy of an Estate Duty copy of the original Will. But please note that I have changed the surnames to uppercase to aid family historians. For a list of other Wills please go to the WILLS page.

For the Stamp Office

Copy of the Will of Dorothy WINDEATT late of Modbury, Devon Widow deceased

Sole Executrix Elizabeth GRILLS (wife of Francis GRILLS of Modbury aforesaid Gentleman).

Proved in the Archdeacon's Court of Totnes 3rd April 1841

Effects sworn under 800

Geo FARWELL?TOWELL D? Re? Apr 10 1841


Appeared personally Elisabeth GRILLS, Wife of Francis GRILLS of Modbury in the County of Devon Gentleman the sole Executrix named in the last Will and Testament of Dorothy WINDEATT late of Modbury aforesaid Widow deceased who died on the sixteenth Day of October 1840 and made Oath that she hath made diligent search and due enquiry after, and in respect of the Personal Estate and Effects of the said deceased . . .  and that the whole . . . are under the value of eight hundred Pounds to the best of the Deponents knowledge, information and belief.

Sworn on the Third )    Elizabeth GRILLS
Day of April 1841   )
before me             )
  ?? ??

Transcription between the lines kindly provided by Pam Jackson

This is the last Will and Testament of me Dorothy WINDEATT of Modbury in the County of Devon Widow I give and bequeath unto my Daughter and only surviving issue Elizabeth GRILLS the wife of Francis GRILLS all my property estate and Effects whatsoever to and for her own sole and separate use benefit and disposal exclusive of her said Husband and I constitute and appoint her the said Elizabeth GRILLS sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking every former Will Codicil and Testamentary disposition which I may have heretofore made and declaring this to be my only susbsisting and last Will and Testament And I hereby will and declare that the said Elizabeth GRILLS shall have full power to act in the Executorship of this my Will alone and without the concurrence of the said Francis GRILLS in any respect or for any purpose whatsoever and that the receipt and receipts of the said Elizabeth GRILLS for all money and property belonging to my Estate and her signing or signing sealing and delivery of every or any Deed or Instructions in writing whatsoever which may be required for the surrender transfer or reconveyance of any mortgage Security vested in me or any Trustee for me or for any other purpose whatsoever in any manner relating to the Executorship of this my Will or the property passing thereby shall be valid and effectual notwithstanding her Coverture and that she may nominate and appoint either by writing or without any person or persons to be a Trustee or Trustees to hold my said property or any part thereof or for the purpose of investment in the name or names of such Trustee or Trustees on her behalf and from time to time to substitute or add any other person or persons for the same purposes at her free will and discretion and her Receipts to such Trustee or Trustees shall be sufficient and he or they shall be fully indemnified for his or their acting in such Trust and for whatever he or they shall do by her discretion and reimbursed all disbursements and Expences in the same manner as if he or they had been hereby nominated and the same provisions were expressly made referable to him or them particularly or individually by this my Will and I will and direct that my said Daughter shall have full power to expend alienate and dispose of my said property or any part thereof in her life time in any manner or by her last Will and Testament at or after her decease which shall be valid notwithstanding her coverture In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty

Witnesses John W. LAKEMAN, John ANDREWS

Proved 3.4.1841 by Elizabeth GRILLS

NOTE - the left hand side of the signature section at the end of the Will is missing.
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