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Will of Margaret WINDEATT of London, Widow - 1769

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The Will of Margaret WINDEATT of Long Acre in the parish of Saint Martin in the Fields in the County of Middlesex Widow
Made: 12/08/1769, WITNESSES:  Gilbert BAKER John MATTHEWS
Proved: 7/10/1769 by John WINDEATT
SOURCE:   PRO copy

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


We don't know anything else about this family but we do have the Will of Margaret's husband Anthony, a staymaker, who probably died in 1760.

Here is a family tree based on the Will and an index of Marriage Bonds found at the London Signatures site.  The same site also has a copy of the will of a John WINGATE dated Nov 11 1733.  He is a victualler also of St. Martin in the Fields and it is possible that he is a brother or father of Anthony.  The will would doubtless reveal this.

       Anthony WINDEATT m. Margaret ??
              |                      |
            John                 Margaret
                                m. Robert SKINNER
                                6/9/1762 at St. Martin in the Fields
                                Diocese of Winchester, Archdeaconry of Surrey
                                (Marriage bond and allegation)

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This is an interesting Will in that Margaret leaves the bulk of her estate to her son John and only gives her daughter 10 pounds. But in her husband's Will he desired that his daughter should get half the estate when his wife died while his son got the other half plus the forgiveness of his debts to him.

I notice that there is a Court case in 1769:Skynner v. Windeatt and I suspect the daughter (or her husband ) sued the brother for the money under the terms of the father's Will. The Piece Details are C 12/2401/57 Skynner v. Windeatt 1769 P Public Record Office, Kew and it might be worth investigating if anyone is interested in this family.  The index link can be found be searching the PROCAT database at:




Margaret SKINNER daughter 10
now living with Mr. John ROGERS of Hampton in the parish of Heston in the county of Middlesex P
not specified 5
  • Mrs. Ann ROGERS 
  • Mrs. Mary YEATES and 
  • Mr. Goffery SADLER
not specified a Ring as a small Token of my Remembrance of them
John WINDEATT son all the rest of her 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 Margaret WINDEATT of Long Acre in the parish of Saint Martin in the Fields in the County of Middlesex Widow being of sound and disposing Mind Memory and understanding but considering the uncertainty of human Life so make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following first I will and desire that all my just Debts and funeral Expenses may be fully paid and satisfied and that my Body may be buried in Saint Martins Ground Burying Ground in the same decent manner as the Body of my late Dear husband was interred there Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Margaret now the wife of ____ [blank space follows with a word in the margin beside it which I can't read] SKINNER the sum of ten pounds Also I give and bequeath unto John JONES now living with Mr. John ROGERS of Hampton in the parish of Heston in the county of Middlesex the Sum of five pounds and and which said several Legacies I will shall be paid by my Executor hereafter named within six months next after my Decease and also I give and bequeath to Mrs. Ann ROGERS Mrs. Mary YEATES and Mr. Goffery SADLER to each of them a Ring as a small Token of my Remembrance of them and as to all the Rest and Residue of my Goods Chattels Jewells Plate Stocks Securities for Money personal Estate and Effects of what nature or kind soever after payment of my Debts funereal Expenses and Legacies herein before mentioned I give and bequeath the same unto my son John WINDEATT his Executors and administrators and I do hereby nominate and appoint the said John WINDEATT sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this to be my last In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this twelfth Day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty nine -

Margaret WINDEATT - (LS)

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Testatrix Margaret WINDEATT as and for her Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at her Request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereto - Gilbert BAKER John MATTHEWS Southampton Buildings Chancery Lane.

Proved 7th October 1769 by the oath of John WINDEATT the son of the Deceased and sole Executor.

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