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Will of John WINGETT, Seaman, now belonging to His Majestys Ship Orion - 1794

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The Will of John WINGETT, Seaman, now belonging to his Majestys Ship Orion - 1794  
Made:  14/08/1794, WITNESSES:  John T DUCKWORTH - Captain, John DOUGLAS - Master
SOURCE:  Scanned image from PRO 
NOTE: This will was made on a printed form - obviously used for all crews who were about to go into battle.  There is also a handwritten note at the top of the Will giving his paybook number (458) on the left in brackets and another note on the right which says "R. 25 Aug 94".  And a note on the reverse which is difficult to read but appears to say "illegible" Wi, 134 paid 1 October 1794".  Perhaps this means that he did indeed die and his pay was given to his brother.

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


The will is not a lot of help.  He leaves everything to his brother William.  And there couldn't have been many John WINDGEATs around at this time who did NOT have a brother called William.  So we just don't know.   The only small clue is that his brother, William, lived in Broad Street, Plymouth and in 1815 a J.B. (?James Britnell) WINGYETT had a house in Higher Broad Street Plymouth [PWDRO: [no title]  1/676/44  1815] and we think James had a brother called John.   He certainly had a brother called William.  However, John, seems to have been baptised in 1786 and  eight years old makes him a bit young for the Navy - even though they recruited boys from the age of ten or twelve.

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William WINGETT, Broad Street, Plymouth beloved brother All his estate


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. 
For a  list of other Wills please click here for the WILLS page.

In the Name of God Amen.
I John WINGETT,  belonging to his Majesty's Ship Orion John Thomas DUCKWORTH, Esqr. (Num Ships Books: 458)  being of a sound and disposing Mind and Memory do hereby make this my last Willl and Testament.-First, and principally, I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping for Remission of all my Sins through the Merits of JESUS CHRIST my blessed Saviour and Redeemer; and my Body to the Earth or Sea, as it shall please God.  And as for such worldly Estate and Effects which I shall be possessed of or intitled unto at the Time of my Decease, I give and bequeath the same as followeth, that is to say, I give and bequeath unto my "beloved Brother, William WINGETT, Broad Street, Plymouth, all such Wages, Sum and Sums of Money as now is, or hereafter shall be due to me for my Service or otherwise, on Board the said Ship, or any other Ship or Vessel.  And do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint "my said beloved Brother Sole" Executor of this my last Will and Testament.  And I do give and bequeath unto my said Executor, all the Rest and Residue of my Estate whatsoever, both real and personal, hereby revoking and making void all other and former Wills by me heretofore made, and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal, this Fourteenth Day of August in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Four and in the thirty-fourth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great-Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, etc


John WINGETT (signed but with an accompanying fingerprint affixed)

Signed, sealed, published, and declared by     }

the said John WINGETT                                }
as and for his last Will and Testament, in the    }
Presence of us who have hereunto subscribed }
our Names as Witnesses, in the Presence of    }
said Testator                                                  }


John T DUCKWORTH - Captain (signed)
John DOUGLAS - Master (Signed)



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