Will of Jane WINGETT of Plymouth Widow - 1827
The Will of Jane WINGETT of Plymouth Widow
Made: 19/11/1825, WITNESSES: Eliza BURNARD S BURNARD
Proved: 9th July 1827 by William WINGETT
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I think this Jane is probably the mother of the Elizabeth whose will was proved in 1855. Elizabeth mentions her brothers Thomas and William and a nephew, George COOMBE.
Her son, William, may also be the William whose will was proved in 1855 but he leaves no clues in the will and this supposition is just based on guesswork:
I also suspect that Jane was the Jane TOZER who married a William WINGETT in 1781 in Totnes. Unfortunately we don't have a copy of her late husband's will but he probably left her a life interest in some money "in the stocks or funds of Great Britain" and appointed Giles WELSFORD William Adams WELSFORD and Peter WELSFORD as trustees. It would have been interesting to know where this money was to go on her death? It may already have been left to Thomas or William (whichever was the eldest son). We are also wondering if the WELSFORDs were relatives or just business colleagues or trusted friends from the same non-conformist church.
However, Jane appears to have lost patience with her son Thomas and cuts him off with the proverbial shilling!
The tree below has been drawn from the information in Jane's Will.
? WINGETT m. Jane ? __________|__________________________ | | | | Thomas William Mary Elizabeth m. Elizabeth m.John COOMBE
Giles WELSFORD, William Adams WELSFORD and Peter WELSFORDA descendant has kindly supplied this information about the WELSFORDs:
Giles and Peter WELSFORD were brothers and William Adams WELSFORD was Giles' son. Giles was born in Crediton in 1752 and Peter there in 1757. Giles moved to Totnes where he married and raised his family - that is where William Adams Welsford was born. Giles built the Mansion there which is still in use. He moved to Plymouth and with two partners owned the Abbey Wine Vaults (now the Prestyn House beside St. Andrews). Giles died in 1818. His son, William Adams Welsford, was mayor of Plymouth, died in 1845. Peter, who also moved to Plymouth ran a very large water proof clothing and sail manufacturing business and died in 1840.
We are curious about the connection with the WELSFORDs because two of Giles' daughters are also mentioned in the will of Sophia WALLACE (nee WINDEATT and a member of the Totnes tree):
WELSFORD tree (small fragment only)
___________________________________|________________________________ | | Giles WELSFORD Peter WELSFORD b.Crediton 1752 b.Crediton 1757 m. Mary ADAMS d.Plymouth 1840 d. 1818 Plymouth | _______|______________________________________________________ | | | Mary Adams WELSFORD William Adams WELSFORD Frances Adams Welsford c.1783 Totnes b. Totnes 1787 c.1791, Totnes m. Mary Ann Were CLARKE m. James F. Lillicrap RN, Plymouth 1822 Mayor of Plymouth d. 1845
|Jane WINGETT's Will 1827|
|Sophia WALLACE's Will 1844|
|Mary COOMBE wife of John COOMBE of Bridestow||daughter||third share of all her estate|
- Link to portrait gallery
- Link to Thomas WINGETT - mystery man page
- A John COOMBE is listed as a Shopkeeper in the 1850 version of White's Devonshire Directory for Bridestowe transcribed by Neil Stanton for Genuki Devon.
The transcription below has been roughly typed by myself from the PRO scan of the copy of the Will and may not be accurate. Please note that I have changed the surnames to uppercase to aid family historians. For a list of other Wills please click here for the WILLS page.
In the Name of God, Amen.
This is the last Will and Testament of me Jane WINGETT of Plymouth Widow who being of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding so for avoiding controversies after my death make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say I will and desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and also that costs of proving this my Will also I hereby release and discharge my son Thomas WINGETT of and from the payment of the sum of one hundred pounds which he now owes me and which I lent him some years ago and in consideration of such release and discharge I give and bequeath to him the sum of one shilling only. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth all my wearing apparel plate linen china and household Goods and furniture in case she shall be sole and unmarried at the time of my death but in case she shall be then married then I give the same unto and amongst my three children Mary COOMBE wife of John COOMBE of Bridestow ____ [?Great] my son William WINGETT and the said Elizabeth WINGETT to be divided equally between them share and share alike and in case they cannot agree on a division of it then I direct the same to be sold and the money to arise by said sale to be equally divided between them as to all and singular my money in the stocks or funds of Great Britain standing in the name of Giles WELSFORD William Adams WELSFORD and Peter WELSFORD or any other name or names to which I am now or shall be entitled at the time of my death and all the rest residue and remainder of my monies securities for money Goods and Chattells personal and testamentary estate and effects of what nature or kind soever and whatsoever I give devise and bequeath the same and every part and parcel thereof unto my said son William WINGETT and my said daughters Mary COOMBE and Elizabeth WINGETT to be equally divided between them share and share alike and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said son William WINGETT sole Executor of this my Will in Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five.
Jane WINGETT (SS)
Signed sealed published and delivered by the above named Jane WINGETT the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us Eliza BURNARD S BURNARD
Proved at London 9th July 1827 before the Judge by the Oath of William WINGETT the Son that sole Executor to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Common duty to administer