Will of Matthew WINGYETT of Exeter, Confectioner - 1812
The Will of Matthew WINGYETT of the Parish of Saint John in the City of Exeter Confectioner
Witnesses:Jonathan RICHARDS, Anthony TOWNSEND, John FORCE
Proved 15/10/1812 by Richard PAUL and James Britnell WINGYETT
SOURCE: PRO copy of Will.
For a list of other WINDGEAT (and variants) Wills please go to the WILLS page.
We also have other wills from this family:
- Mary WINGYETT of the City of Exeter Confectioner proved in 1820 - his wife
- James Britnell WINGYETT's will proved in 1842 - his son
- John Bowles WINGYETT's will also proved in 1841 - his grandson
I have put together a speculative family tree from the information in the WILL and the IGI - you will probably need to scroll to the right to see all the children.
We don't, however, know anything else about them. If you do, please leave a message on the message board.
[Later 14/08/03: I have found him listed in the 1791 Universal Directory as WINGYETT Mat., Confectioner, Fore Str. - so we know the family was there then but we don't know how long they had lived in Exeter. The IGI records a number of WINGEATT events in Exeter from the sixteenth century onwards so they could have been there a long time. However, there are records of several Mathew WINGEATTs in the Horrabridge area in the seventeenth century so the family could have moved to Exeter from there.)
Mathew WINGYETT (?-1812) m.1772 Mary WINGYETT(nee BRITNELL)(? -1820) | |___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | | | Joseph Mary(1774-?) Ann (1775-?) Mathew(1777-1813) James Britnell WINGYETT(1779-?1842) Charles(?1780-?1809) Charlotte(1783-?) John(1786-?) Jane(1789-?) William(1792-?) m.1794 Richard PAUL m.1795 Joseph BASS m.(1)Joan BOND m.(2)1815 Ann BOWLES m.(2)1830 Sarah GRILLS m.1803 KINGWELL m.James FORD ________|_________ _____________|___________ | | | | | Mary BASS Ann BASS James John Bowles Ann Bowles
In the A2A Archives an Ann WINGYETT of St. Paul's, Exeter, widow of Joseph WINGYETT, of Exeter, confectioner and gingerbread maker, is mentioned in a lease dated 1790. There must be a relationship somewhere - perhaps the Joseph who had died by 1790 was a brother or the father of the Mathew above?
There is also a file in the National Archives [WO 97/218/17] "covering dates 1814-1820 " which is the service record of a Joseph WINGYETT "born EXETER, Devonshire Served in 2nd Foot Guards Discharged aged 36".
|Joseph WINGYETT||son||fifty pounds|
|Mary WINGYETT||dear wife||his property during the term of her natural life or widowhood|
|Jane WINGYETT||daughter||the preference to continue the business and buy the equipment at a fair valuation if she so wishes|
||children||One seventh portion each of all his property after the death or re-marriage of his wife.|
|Mary BASS and Ann BASS||daughters of my late daughter Ann BASS||One sixth portion each of all his property after the death or re-marriage of his wife.|
This transcription has been typed from a scan of a copy of the original Will held at the Public Record Office. I have typed this up very roughly and am still working on it. Please also note that I have changed the surnames to uppercase to aid family historians.
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In the Name of God Amen
I Mathew WINGYETT of the Parish of Saint John in the City of Exeter Confectioner do make this my last Will and Testament I give and bequeath unto my Son Joseph WINGYETT the Sum of fifty pounds to be paid within nine months after my death I give devise and bequeath unto my dear Wife Mary WINGYETT all and singular my Lands Tenements Hereditaments and Premises with the Appurtenances situate lying and being in the parish of Saint Paul in the said City of Exeter and also all that my Leasehold Messuage Tenement and premises with the Appurtenances situate lying and being in the said parish of Saint John where I now live to hold the same respectively unto my said wife and her Assigns for and during the term of her natural life or widowhood without impeachment of or for any manner of waste and from and immediately after the decease of my said wife or her second marriage then I give devise and bequeath the said Messuages Tenements and Hereditaments in Saint Paul's and Saint John's aforesaid unto my Son Matthew WINGYETT my Daughter Mary the Wife of Richard PAUL my son James Britnell WINGYETT my son William WINGYETT my daughter Charlotte KINGWELL my daughter Jane WINGYETT and also unto my two Granddaughters Ann and Mary BASS Children of my late deceased Daughter Ann BASS it being my wish that my said Grandchildren shall take and enjoy the same share in the said Lands which I intended their Mother to have enjoyed if living their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns respectively to be equally divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants. And I do hereby empower my said Wife during her natural life or widowhood to lease all or any part of the said Messuages Tenements or Dwellinghouses for any time not exceeding twenty one years in possession but not in reversion remainder or expectancy so as in every such Lease thereby issued and made payable the best and most yearly Rent or Rents that can or may be obtained for this same also so as in every such Lease there be contained a Clause of a clause of Re-entry on nonpayment of the Rent or Rents to be thereby reserved and so as the Lessee or Lessors write counterparts of such Leases provided and I do direct that if my said Daughter Jane WINGYETT shall wish to continue the Business of a Confectioner on her own account that then she shall be at liberty and have the preference of purchasing the said house in which I now reside and the fixtures and utensils in trade at a fair valuation by two different persons one to be chosen by her and one by my Executor but if she shall not choose to continue the said Business then and in that case my said Son William shall have the like liberty and preference of continuing it and of purchasing the said house and fixtures and utensils on such Valuation as aforesaid but if my said Daughter Jane shall purchase the said ?house I direct that my said Son William shall keep possession of the Bakehouse and Shop part at the same House at the same Rent he now pays for the same and no more for so long time as he thinks proper All the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Goods Chattels Stock and Utensils in trade monies and Securities for money Goods Chattels personal and testamentary Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever (subject to the payment of my Debts Legasy funeral Expenses and the Costs of proving and executing the Trusts of this my Will) I give and bequeath unto the said Richard PAUL and James Britnell WINGYETT their Executors Administrators and Assigns upon the Trusts and for the Ends intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared of concerning the same that is to say Upon Trust to permit and suffer my said wife Mary WINGYETT and her Assigns to have hold possess and enjoy my said personal Estate Stock and Utensils have and to receive the interest dividends and produce thereof for her and their own use and benefit for and during the term of her natural life or widowhood which ever shall first happen and from and immediately after her decease or second Marriage then I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto the said Mary and Mathew WINGYETT, James Brittnell WINGYETT William WINGYETT Charlotte KINGWELL and Jane WINGYETT and also to my said Grandchildren Ann and Mary BASS (it being also my intention that my said Grandchildren shall enjoy this share in my personal Effects which I intended for their said Mother equally to be divided between them share and share alike and if either of them shall die in my lifetime or in the lifetime of my said wife the share of the person so dying shall go to the Survivors and I direct that out of the Share of the Said Lands and personal Effects which my said Son William will be entitled to shall be deducted the sum of one hundred pounds which I lately lent him on his _____ [?renouncing] Business And I desire that within one month after my decease an Inventory and Valuation of all my personal property shall be taken one part thereof to remain with my Wife and another to be delivered to my Executors and do declare that my said Trustees shall not be answerable the one for the other of them nor for any more money than shall come to their respective hands and that they shall be allowed such Costs and Charges as they shall reasonably ___ [?] as such Trustees And I nominate and appoint the said Richard PAUL and James Britnell WINGYETT Executors in Trust of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills by me made
In witness whereof the said Matthew WINGYETT the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained on two sheets of paper to the first sheet thereof subscribed my name and to this second and last sheet thereof subscribed my name and set my Seal this seventh Day of December in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven
Matthew WINGYETT (SS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Matthew WINGYETT the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and also in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses the words "and Jane WINGYETT" being previously interlined between the sixteenth and seventeenth lines of this text. Jonathan RICHARDS, Anthony TOWNSEND, John FORCE
Proved at London 15th October 1812 before the Judge by the Oaths of Richard PAUL and James Britnell WINGYETT the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer.
- 1822-3 Piggot's Directory
- A William WINGYETT, Baker, Paris Street is listed here and, given this family's unusual spelling of the surname, this is almost certainly Matthew's son. It also seems likely that the James FORD, Confectioner of 154 Fore Street, who is also listed here is the one who married Jane (Matthew's daughter mentioned above).