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Sophia Wilton WALLACE of Westport in the Parish of Lady Saint Mary Wareham in the County of Dorset widow  - 1844

Contents of this page:  [Family Tree] [Notes] [MILFORD & KETT] [WELSFORD] [Summary] [Transcription]
Other pages: [Index of other WILLS]

The Will Sophia Wilton WALLACE of Westport in the Parish of Lady Saint Mary Wareham in the County of Dorset widow
Made: ?16th day of December 1844 -Witnesses: John BROU? of ? ? Wareham John CROPPER of Wareham, Dorset
Admon:  5th November 1845 to the Reverend Robert WALLACE
SOURCE: Kindly provided by Yvonne Lamble, Perth Western Australia, a descendant of the WALLACE family.


FAMILY

This family is on the main stem of the Totnes tree.  Aunt Amery wrote in 1863: 

The WINDEATTS have been settled in Bridgetown for many years, and had land and houses both freehold and leasehold and were engaged in the Woollen trade. They too were Non-conformists, but not living in a Borough town were not persecuted as those at Totnes. My grandmother's mother was Sarah EDGCOMBE of Edgcombe in Milton Abbot near Tavistock, an old branch of the earl's family; she had three children, the eldest Thomas married a Miss MILFORD of Exeter, whose son Mr Milford WINDEATT lived and died at Bridgetown, leaving only one daughter since dead (a Mrs WALLACE) [my italics] he had however several sisters, one died unmarried, one a Mrs REEVES, one a Mrs EDWARDS, and the youngest a Mrs BLATCHFORD who went to America with her husband just after the War and had a large family.  . . .

Below is a speculative tree that I have drawn up from the information above, in the Will and other data.  You will probably need to scroll to the right to see it all.

               Samuel (1705-1794) m.?1729 Sarah EDGECUMBE (1708-1779)                                Thomas WHITE m. Mary BABBAGE
            ________________________|__________________________________________________________                    |________________________
           |                                               |                                   |                   |                       |
       Thomas (1730-1799)                              Hannah                               Samuel m.?1766 Elizabeth WHITE(1748-1829)   Juliana(?-?1767)
      m.?6/12/1752 Mary MILFORD at Thorverton            dsp                                (1734-1806)              
  _________|_________________________________________________________                    ____________|____________________________________________________
  |                               |           |         |           |                    |           |            |            |           |             |
 Samuel Milford WINDEATT      Elizabeth     Mary      Sarah       Alicia               Sarah     Thomas White    Mary Ann     Samuel     Elizabeth       John
 (1752-1828)                  m.?REEVES   m.?EDWARDS   dsp       m.?1786             (1767-1845)  (1769-1827)    (1771-?)   (1779-1780)  (1783-1844)  (1784-1856)
 m.Sophia REED (1754-1814)                                   Samuel BLATCHFORD                     m.?1803                                 m.?1817       dsp
  |___________________                                                                           Mary FABYAN                        John Robert TOZER 
  |                  |                                                                      ____________|____________                            
Samuel Milford    Sophia Wilton WINDEATT (Mrs. Wallace)                                     |                       |                        |                      
d. 1810 dsp          m.?1831  dsp                                                   Frances (Aunt Amery)     William Fabyan
               Rev. James Cowden WALLACE                                                            

Other wills for this family are:


Notes

Richard MILFORD's money

An explanation of the money that might be coming on the death of Mary KETT can be found in her aunt Sarah's will which contains a very long and rambling description of Richard MILFORD's will which might benefit them eventually.  See

Sophia appears to have in some way fulfilled her father's wishes in his very short will which left everything to her but asked that if she every received any money from Richard MILFORD's will, she should give something to his Cousin John WINDEATT of Totness and to Mrs. TOZER and her children and to his cousins Betsy and Mary and Thomas WINDEATT of Bridgetown.  She has left 400 pounds to John WINDEATT and interest on 1000 pounds to Mary WINDEATT his sister.  She also left 100 pounds to another sister, Sarah  WINDEATT, who was not mentioned in her father's will.  She has also remembered Mrs. TOZER's children.  But the money which may eventually come from Richard MILFORD's will has been left to the WALLACE family.  

We do not know whether this money ever arrived but we do know that Mary KETT was still alive, and apparently childless, and aged 60 in 1851.

The WELSFORD connection?

Mary Adams WELSFORD and Frances Adams WELSFORD (Mrs. Lillicrap) are the daughters of Giles WELSFORD and Mary ADAMS who were married in Totnes in 1782.  Giles WELSFORD, his brother Peter and his son William Adams WELSFORD  are all three mentioned as trustees of some money held for Jane WINGETT whose will was proved in 1827.  This double connection with the WELSFORDs is very intriguing and I have no idea, currently, how they might be related.

Will of Jane WINGETT of Plymouth, widow proved in 1827

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 
LEGEND
Jane WINGETT's Will 1827
Sophia WALLACE's Will 1844

SUMMARY 

Name

Relationship

Bequest

John WINDEATT of Bridgetown, Totness Cousin  400 pounds
Sarah WINDEATT of Bridgetown Sister of John above 100 pounds
Mary Adams WELSFORD of Plymouth  Spinster  100 pounds - 60 pounds plus interest owing from her to me
Frances LYLLYCRAP wife of  James LYLLYCRAP a Commander in the Royal Navy  Sister of the above 100 pounds
Children of Elizabeth TOZER (deceased) who are still living Sister of the said John WINDEATT above 50 pounds each
Rev. Charles WALLACE of Hale Lodge near Altrincham in the County of Chester    100 pounds 
Rev. Mark ?Rocoulter of the Town and County of Poole    100 pounds and also my gold watch
Sarah KENEDY faithful servant 200 plounds
Messrs George Clavell FILLITER and Freeland FILLITER of Wareham Solicitors 100 equally between them
Mary WINDEATT of Bridgetown aforesaid, spinster Cousin interest and dividends on 1000 pounds to be held in trust during her lifetime
Reverend Robert WALLACE of Manchester, Professor of Theology at Manchester new College  brother of my said late husband James Cowdan WALLACE deceased  An equal share (with Phoebe below) in 
  • the 1000 pounds in stocks above 
  • the rest of her estate
  • her plate, linen, books & china

And appointed sole Executor

Phoebe WALLACE  sister of the above An equal share (with Robert above) in 
  • the 1000 pounds in stocks above 
  • the rest of her estate
  • her plate, linen, books & china

An equal share (with Sophia below ) in 

  • money left under the will of Richard MILFORD 

And

  • all wearing apparel jewels trinkets and ornaments 
Sophia WALLACE daughter of Robert WALLACE above An equal share (with Phoebe above ) in 
  • money left under the will of Richard MILFORD 

TRANSCRIPTION

This transcription was roughly typed from an image of the will held at the PRO and is the result of a certain amount of guesswork.  However, I have been considerably helped by Yvonne Lamble, Perth Western Australia, a descendant of the WALLACE family.  She also brought the existence of the will to my attention.   Please note that I have changed the surnames to uppercase to aid family historians. I have also inserted paragraphs in the original for easier reading.  

This is the last Will and Testament of me Sophia Wilton WALLACE  of Westport in the Parish of Lady Saint Mary Wareham in the County of Dorset widow. First I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses and testamentary charges be paid. 

I bequeath unto my Cousin, John WINDEATT of Bridgetown, Totness in the County of Devon, Gentleman, the sum of four hundred pounds.  

To his sister Sarah WINDEATT of Bridgetown aforesaid spinster the sum of one hundred pounds.  

To Mary Adams WELSFORD of Plymouth in  the said County of Devon, spinster, the sum of one hundred pounds and I direct that that the sum of sixty pounds and interest thereon due to me from her shall be considered and taken as being in part payment of the said legacy of one hundred pounds as is so bequeathed by me to the said Mary Adams WELSFORD 

I bequeath unto her sister Frances LYLLYCRAP wife of [blank] LYLLYCRAP a Commander in the Royal Navy the sum of one hundred pounds and unto such of the children of Elizabeth TOZER/sister of the said John WINDEATT/late of London widow deceased as shall be living at the time of my decease the sum of fifty pounds each.  

Unto the Reverend Charles WALLACE of Hale Lodge near Altrincham in the County of Chester Dissenting Minister the sum of one hundred pounds and unto the Reverend Mark ?Rocoulter of the Town and County of Poole a Dissenting Minister the sum of one hundred pounds also my gold watch. 

Unto my faithful servant Sarah KENEDY the sum of two hundred pounds unto Messrs.George Clavell FILLITER and Freeland FILLITER of Wareham aforesaid Solicitors the sum of one hundred pounds equally to be divided between them. 

I will and direct that my executor shall from and out of my personal estate invest in his name as such executor in some out of the parliamentary stocks or public funds of Great Britain the sum of one thousand pounds and that he shall stand possessed thereof upon trust to pay the interest and dividends of the said stocks or funds in which the said sum of one thousand pounds shall be so invested when and as the same shall arise and become payable unto my Cousin, Mary WINDEATT of Bridgetown aforesaid spinster for her own use and benefit during her life and from and after her decease I give and bequeath the said sum of one thousand pounds and the stocks funds or securities in which the same shall be so invested unto and equally between the parties who will become entitled to the residue of my personal estate under and by virtue of this my will I give and bequeath all my estate rights title and interest in and to the dwellinghouse and premises wherein I now reside situate at Westport Wareham aforesaid And also all other my real estate whatsoever including the ground rents issuing out of certain lands situated at Dawlish in the said County of Devon [bequeathed?] by my late husband James Cowdan WALLACE deceased of James MANNING unto and equally between the Reverend Robert WALLACE of Manchester, Professor of Theology at Manchester new College and brother of my said late husband James Cowdan WALLACE deceased and his sister Phoebe WALLACE and their respective heirs and assigns as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.

I bequeath all my reversionary interest expectant upon the death of Mrs. Mary KETT wife of George KETT of Brook House in the County of Norfolk Esquire in and to the monies belonging to me under the will of Richard MILFORD late of the City of Bath, Esquire deceased unto and equally between the said Phoebe WALLACE and Sophia WALLACE daughter of the said Robert WALLACE the share of the said Sophia WALLACE to be paid her when she shall attain the age of twenty one years in care of the Estate of the said Mary KETT during the minority of the said Sophia WALLACE and in the meantime to be invested by my executor for the benefit of the said Sophia WALLACE during her minority with full power to apply the interest and dividends to arise therefrom towards her maintenance and education.

I bequeath all my plate linen books and china unto and equally between the said Robert WALLACE and Phoebe WALLACE and my wearing apparel jewels trinkets and ornaments unto the said Phoebe WALLACE

I bequeath unto my executor hereinafter named all and singular my goods chattels and Personal Estate and effects of what nature or kind soever not herein before specifically disposed of Upon trust with all convenient speed after my decease to sell and dispose of and convert into money all such parts of my personal estate as shall not at the time of my decease consist of ready money and receive recover and get in all such debts as shall be due and owing from any person or persons whomsoever and to apply the same towards payment of the several before mentioned legacies and bequests so far as my personal estate shall otherwise be insufficient for the purpose and as to all the then residue of my personal estate and effects I bequeath the same unto and equally between the said Robert WALLACE and Phoebe WALLACE.I will and direct that the legacy later payable in respect of the legacy of two hundred pounds herein before given to Sarah KENEDY shall be borne and paid by my executor out of my personal estate so that the same shall be paid to her without any deduction and I hereby further will and declare that my executor shall not be in any manner answerable or accountable for more monies than he shall actually receive nor for involuntary losses and that it shall be lawful for him at all times hereafter with and out of any monies which shall come to his hands as such executor to retain to and reimburse himself all such costs charges or expenses as he shall in any manner sustain or expend in or about the execution of this my will or in any manner relate thereto and I appoint the said Robert WALLACE sole Executor of this my will and I revoke all former wills and testaments by me at any times heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament contained in three sheets of paper subscribing my name this seventeenth ? day of December one thousand eight hundred and fortyfour - Sophia Wilton Wallace - Signed published and declared by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of who in her presence at the request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses - John BROU? of ? ? Wareham John CROPPER of Wareham, Dorset

PROVED at London 5th November 1845 before the Judge by the oath of The Reverend Robert WALLACE the sole Executor to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer

 

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