Will of William WINDEATT, Woolstapler 1832/3
Transcription of the Will of William WINDEATT of the borough of Tavistock in the County of Devon Woolstapler.
Made 3/12/1832, Witnesses: Witnesses Sarah ANGAS, Margaret BOX
Proved 25.11.1832 (?1833?) by Mary Anne WINDEATT.
SOURCE: Estate Duty copy of original from the Devon Record Office.
This Tavistock family is an offshoot of the Totnes tree. We know this from Aunt Amery's memoirs:
"Samuel WINDEATT, my grandfather’s father, was the eldest of three brothers, the second went to Tavistock and settled and his descendants are still there".
The family appear to have been similar to the Totnes branches: in trade and fairly comfortably off, staunch non-conformists, subscribers to local literature books and magazines. However, I didn't find any of them in the 1791 Universal British Directory for Tavistock. The only WINDGEAT mentioned was a Clothier named WINGETT who is rather mysterious. If you have any information about them, please leave a message on the message board.
Below is a speculative family tree from information in the IGI and transcriptions of memorial inscriptions in the Abbey Chapel, Tavistock. William's elder brother Thomas died a few years later and also left a will.
Thomas m. Agnes ? (this is the second brother that Aunt Amery mentions in her memoirs) (?-1775) |___________________________ | | Thomas m. Mary? 7? other children (1741-?) |___________________________________________________________ | | | Thomas m. Mary BAYLY in 1798 William m. Mary Anne ?ANGAS 8? other children (1778-?1850) (?-?) (1779-1832) (?-1861) | _____________|_____________________________________ ?4 children | | | | Sarah Angas Mary Anne Caleb Angas ?3 other children (1813-?) (1815-?) (1816-1886) m. James ROOKER 1847 m. George PARSON 1838
Other relevant wills are:
- 1766 - Elizabeth WINDEATT wife of Thomas WINDEATT, Fellmonger - Thomas was William's grandfather
- 1850 - Thomas WINDEATT, Woolstapler - Thomas was William's brother.
- 1834 - Mary WINDEATT of Tavistock, Widow
This is a simple Will which leaves everything to his wife and doesn't give us a lot of information - not even the names of his children. The full transcription is further down the page.
|Mary Anne WINDEATT||dear wife||All my personal estate|
|Thomas WINDEATT||brother||Guardian and trustee of his estate should his wife die before the children reach the age of 21.|
This transcription has been typed from a photocopy of an Estate Duty copy of the original Will. But please note that I have changed the surnames to uppercase to aid family historians.
Transcription kindly provided by Pam Jackson:
In the name of God Amen
I William WINDEATT of the borough of Tavistock in the County of Devon Woolstapler do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) I give and bequeath all my personal estate and effects whatsoever unto my dear Wife Mary Anne WINDEATT to and for the use and benefit of my dear children to be applied and disposed of by her at such ages in such manner and in such proportions as she in her own discretion may think proper And I do hereby appoint my said dear Wife sole Executrix of this my last Will And I also nominate and appoint her Guardian of my said children during their respective minorities But in case my said Wife shall happen to die before my said children shall have attained their respective ages of twenty one years then I appoint my brother Thomas WINDEATT Guardian of my said children during their respective minorities And my Will is that all my personal estate and effects which shall remain undisposed of at the time of her decease shall then vest in the said Thomas WINDEATT to and for the like use and benefit of my said children to be applied and disposed of by him in like manner as I have before directed by my said Wife In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of December One thousand eight hundred and thirty two.
Witnesses Sarah ANGAS, Margaret BOX
Proved 25.11.1832 (?1833?) by Mary Anne WINDEATT