Will of William WINGET late of Chudleigh, Pianoforte Maker - 1850
The Will of William WINGET
late of Chudleigh in the county of Devon now of 63 John Street, Tottenham Court Road in the parish of St. Pancras in the county of
Middlesex, Pianoforte Maker
Made 12/03/1845, WITNESSES: Samuel REYNOLDS, Henry ?HARMON/PEARMAN, Edmund PALMER
SOURCE: PRO Wills.
NOTES: John St., is now called Whitfield St., and runs parallel to Tottenham Court Road.
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We don't know very much about this family from Chudleigh nor why William
WINGET went from Chudleigh in Devon to the centre of London to make pianos. However, he
may have just been following in the footsteps of the BRINSMEADs,
famous piano makers, who also moved up from Devon around the same time and set
up piano workshops in the same Tottenham Court Road area of London.
I had assumed that William WINGET would be working as a craftsmen for an employer but he does appear to have founded his own company because he is listed as an "early" piano maker on Bill Kibby's Piano Gen site - see under the years 1844 and 1845 on the Piano Name Index page.
He does not, however, appear to have had any children to carry on the company, although he does mention a nephew-in-law in the will. There is, however, a record of the Sun Fire Office which mentions a policy for "Wingate musical instrument maker" at 63 John Street Fitzroy Square. The date is given as 14th November 1826 (but the Policy Register date is 1861-1862 so I am wondering if 1826 is a typo for 1862?). The file details are: FILE - Policy register - ref. MS 11937/510 - date: 1861-1862 item: [no title] - ref. MS 11936/510/1051951 - date: 14 November 1826 (from the A2A Search site which refers the reader on to more information about these records at www.history.ac.uk/gh/sun.htm
I have created the speculative family tree below from details in the will. Please get in touch if you know any more about this family.
?William WINGET(?1750 -1828) m.1769 Sarah WRIGHT (?1752-1832) |_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ | | | | | | William WINGET(? -1850) Elizabeth (1778-?) James (?-before.1850) Joseph (?1782-?) Thomas(1783-?) John (?-?) m.1801 Elizabeth RUMBELOW ?m. 1804 Mary MARTIN ?m.1818 Ann Mary WIDDECOMBE | James ?m.1828 Betsey BENNETT
There was a William WINGETT, carpenter, living in in John St., London in 1858. He must surely be related to our William above and, if so, he must be a son of William's brother, John. Details follow:
1858 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church of St. Pancras in the Parish of St. Pancras in the County of Middlesex.
|When married||Name & Surname||Age||Condition||Rank or Profession||Residence at the time of Marriage||Father's Name and Forename||Rank or profession of Father||Witnesses|
|May 2||William WINGETT||full||Bachelor||Carpenter||John St.||John WINGET||Dead||?H.B. ?Warmuth
|Sarah GEORGE||full||Spinster||-||Islington||Joseph GEORGE||Labourer|
The William above is a possible candidate for being the arsonist mentioned on the Court Records page but the age doesn't seem very likely and there is a more likely candidate for William, the arsonist.
William Winget, labourer
1780 - Settlement Examination:
Now in Chudleigh, born in Kingsteignton and lived there with his parents until he was 15 when he went to Chudleigh and lived there as a apprentice for 3 years but with no indenture, he returned to Kingsteignton and rented an estate at £70 pa for 10 years and married and then returned to Chudleigh and rented a little tenement for £5 5s
From the Devon Record Offie Files - DRO Reference: 3009A-99/PO16/858
William Wingate, Kingsteignton, Yeoman
1772 Chudleigh William WINGATE of Kingsteignton, yeoman had an apprentice, Mary WYATT, indentured to him.
From the Devon Record Offie Files - DRO Reference: 3009A-99/PO23/1131
This will has been difficult to decipher so the following information is to be treated with caution. If you can help with any further details of this family, please leave a message on the message board.
William WINGET late of Chudleigh in the county of Devon now of 63 ?John Street, Tottenham Court Road in the parish of St. Pancras in the county of Middlesex, Pianoforte Maker, made 12/03/1845, proved 18/01/1850. SOURCE: PRO
(William WRIGHT appears on several trade directories for Chudleigh - as far back as 1823. A man, who is presumably his son, can also be found on the 1851 census - see transcription below. I think that he is probably William WINGET's cousin on his mother's side - see tree above.)
(Elizabeth appears in the 1851 Census living in Woodway with a niece - see Chudleigh section of the Census page).
(Thomas is working as a gardener but Joseph and a mysterious William WILCOTT are living in Woodway - see Chudleigh section of the Census page).
|his three brothers||
|James WINGET of New Compton Street Seven Dials, Painter||nephew, the son of his brother James WINGET deceased||
Robert RUMBELOW of Upper Cleveland Street
Fitzroy Square in the County of Middlesex Pianoforte Maker
late wife’s nephew
William Henry WRIGHT Head M 31 M Maltser Chudleigh-Dev
Hanna WRIGHT Wife M 27 F --- Newton Bushal-Dev
Henry WRIGHT Son U 2 M --- Chudleigh-Dev
Lewis WRIGHT Son U 5m M --- Chudleigh-Dev
Louisa WATERS Serv U 19 F Household Svt Pinhoe-Dev
Address: Fore Street, Chudleigh
The transcription below has been typed by myself from a photocopy of the PRO copy of the Will and may not be very accurate. Please note that I have changed the surnames to uppercase to aid family historians. For a list of other Wills please click here for the WILLS page.
This is the last Will and Testament
of me William WINGET late of Chudleigh in the County of Devon now of No. 63 John Street Tottenham Court Road in the parish of Saint Pancras in the County of Middlesex, Pianoforte Maker I give and devise unto William WRIGHT of Chudleigh in the Country of Devon, Maltster and Charles TUCKETT of Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury in the County of Middlesex Book Binder their heirs and assigns all my three freehold cottages or tenements with their gardens sheds stables and pig sties and habitaments thereto belonging situate in a Court near Woodbury Street in the Town of Chudleigh in the County of Devon and which said three cottages or tenements and premises are now in the several occupations of my brothers Thomas WINGET, Joseph WINGET and my sister Elizabeth WINGET and also that site and ruins of a house that has been burned and ground and garden belonging thereto formerly occupied by Susan OLIVER and Ann MATERFACE with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances together with all the fixtures and appurtenances to the said cottages or tenements and hereditaments or any of them belonging or appertaining To hold the same unto and to the use of them the said William WRIGHT and Charles TUCKETT their heirs and assigns Upon trust during the natural life of my said sister Elizabeth WINGET to receive her rents and profits thereof and by means thereof from time to time to cause the same three cottages or tenements to be kept in good and substantial repair and to be kept insured in her name or names of her said trustee or trustees from loss or damage by fire to the full value thereof or as near thereto as may be so as that waived upon upon or by means of such Insurance may be laid out in reinstating the same and as to so much of the yearly rents issues and profits of the same premises as shall not be necessary for her respective purposes aforesaid Upon trust to pay the same according to the appointment of my said sister during her natural life and in default of an appointment then into her own hands for her own use and benefit separate and apart from any husband and so that the same may not be subject to his debts contracts forfeiture or engagements and that the receipts of my said sister or her appointees may be of effectual discharges for the same as well when ____ [?revert] as sole And from and immediately after the decease of my said Sister Elizabeth WINGET Upon trust that the said William WRIGHT and Charles TUCKETT or the survivors or survivor of them or their heirs or assigns of such survivor do and shall sell and absolutely dispose of the same three freehold cottages or tenements site and ruins and premises together or in parcels by a public auction or private auction or private contract or ? in ?each such mode and or generally in such manner as to them or any shall seem expedient for the best prices or prices in money that can be reasonably had or obtained for the same respectively and respectively to convey the same accordingly And the monies arising from such sale (after deducting all expenses I direct my said trustees to pay unto and equally between my said three brothers John WINGET Thomas WINGET Joseph WINGET and my nephew James WINGET of New Compton Street Seven Dials in the County of Middlesex Painter or their respective executors administrators or assigns share and share alike And as to all my leasehold houses and premises whatsoever and wheresoever household furniture jewels plate linen and fluid debts money money in the funds securities Personal Estate and Effects I give the same and every part thereof unto the said William WRIGHT and Charles TUCKETT and the survivor of them and his executors administrators and assigns Upon trust that they the said William WRIGHT and Charles TUCKETT or the survivor of them his executors administrators or assigns do and shall as soon as conveniently may be after my death sell and absolutely dispose of such part thereof as may be saleable by public auction or private contract or in such manner as to them or him shall seem expedient and collect receive and convert into money every part of my personal estate as may not consist of money and from and out of the monies to arise from such sale collection conversion and disposition or which may form part of my personal estate at my death pay satisfy and discharge all my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and the costs charges and expenses of and attendant upon executing the trusts of this my Will and pay the legacies given by me and as to the surplus of all such monies I will the same among my said three brothers John WINGET Thomas WINGET Joseph WINGET and my said sister Elizabeth WINGET equally or their respective executors administrators and assigns Provided always that in case any or other of my said brothers and sister shall die in my lifetime leaving any child or children him or them respectively surviving then and in such case share or shares of money which would derive for him or them so respectively dying shall belong to his or their child or children respectively and equally between such children if more that one but so that such child or children shall only take a share which his or her parent would have been entitled to if living And I will and declare that the receipt or receipts of the trustee or trustees for the time being of this my Will for the money to arise from the sale collection or conversation of my real and personal estate so respectively shall from time to time be a sufficient discharge or sufficient discharges to the purchaser or purchasers or other person or persons paying the same and that such purchaser or purchasers or other person or persons his or her heirs executors administrators or assigns or any of them shall not afterwards be answerable or accountable for any loss misapplication or non application of the same I give and bequeath to my said nephew James WINGET of New Compton Street Aforesaid Painter son of my brother James WINGET deceased the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds I give and bequeath unto Robert RUMBELOW of Upper Cleveland Street Fitzroy Square in the County of Middlesex Pianoforte Maker my late wife's nephew the sum of one hundred pounds I give and bequeath unto my servant Caroline BELLINGHAM if she shall be living with me at the time of my decease the sum of one hundred pounds I give and bequeath unto the said William WRIGHT and Charles TUCKETT my Executors the sum of one hundred pounds each which said several legacies to be paid respectively to them the said James WINGET Robert RUMBELOW Caroline BELLINGHAM William WRIGHT and Charles TUCKETT respectively as soon as conveniently may be after my decease free from legacy duty And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said William WRIGHT and Charles TUCKETT Executors of this my last Will and Testament Provided and my Will is that if the said William WRIGHT and Charles TUCKETT or either of them or any trustees or trustee to be appointed as hereinafter is mentioned shall die or be desirous of being discharged from or refuse or decline to act or Become incapable of acting in the trusts of this my Will before the same respectively shall have been fully executed performed or discharged then and in such case and so often as the same shall happen it shall be lawful for the surviving continuing or last acting trustee his executors or administrators to appoint a trustee or trustees in the stead or place of the trustee or trustees so dying or desiring to be discharged or refusing or declining to act or becoming incapable of acting as aforesaid and that when and so often as any new trustee or trustees shall be nominated or appointed as aforesaid all the trust estates and premises which shall then be vested in the trustee or trustees so dying or desiring to be discharged or refusing or declining to act or becoming incapable of acting as aforesaid either solely or jointly with the other trustee shall be thereupon with all convenient speed conveyed assigned and transferred in such sort and manner and so as that the same shall and may be legally and effectually vested in the surviving or continuing trustee or trustees of the same trust estates and premises respectively and such new or other trustee or trustees or if there shall be no continuing trustee of the same trust estates and premises then in such new trustees only upon the same trusts as are hereinbefore declared or expressed of or continuing the same trust estates and premises respectively the trustee or trustees whereof shall so die or be desirous of being discharged or refuse desire or be incapable of acting as aforesaid or such of them as shall be then subsisting or capable to taking effect And my further Will is that all and every such new trustee or trustees shall or may in all things act and assist in the management carrying on and executing of the trusts to which he or they shall be so appointed in conjunction with the other then surviving or continuing trustees or trustee of the same trust estates and premises if there shall be any such continuing trustee or trustee and if not then be himself or themselves respectively as fully and effectually and with all the same powers and authorities as if he or they had been originally in and by this my Will nominated a trustee or the trustees for the purposes for which such new trustee or trustees respectively shall be appointed trustee or trustees or as the administrators or assigns in or to whose place such new trustee or trustees shall respectively or succeed are or is enabled to do or could or might have done under and by virtue of this my Will if then living and continuing to act in the trust hereby reposed in him or them anything hereinbefore contained to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding And my Will is that the several trustees hereby appointed or any of their heirs executors administrators or assigns of them or any of them shall not be charged or chargeable with any more of the said trust monies and premises that they respectively shall actually receive and that one of them shall not be answerable or accountable for the others or other of them but such one for his own acts receipts neglects or defaults only nor shall they neither or any of them be answerable or accountable for any Banker Broker or other person with whom any of the said trust monies may be deposited for safe custody or otherwise in the execution of the said trusts not for the insufficiency or deficiency of any stocks funds or securities in or upon which any of the said trust monies may be invested in pursuance of and in conformity to this my Will or for any other misfortune loss or damage which may happen in the execution of the aforesaid trusts or otherwise in relation thereto unless the shame shall happen by or through their own willful defaults respectively And also that they the said several trustees so appointed or to be appointed shall and may by and out of the monies which shall come to their respective hands by virtue of the trusts aforesaid retain to and reimburse himself and themselves and allow to his and their Co trustee and Co trustees all costs charges and expenses which they or any of them may respectively sustain or expend or be put unto in or about the execution of the trusts aforesaid or in any matter relating thereto And lastly I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and Declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have to this my Will contained in six sheets of paper set my hand at the end of each of such sheets the twelfth day of March one thousand eight hundred and forty five
- William WINGET -
WITNESSES: Samuel REYNOLDS, 28 Howland St., Fitzroy Square - Henry HARMAN, No 2 Yeates Court, Carey St., Lincolns' Inn Fields - Edmond PALMER, No. 11 Thornhill Street, Pentonville.
- History of Chudleigh with a description of the surrounding scenery, seats, families etc. by Mary Jones. Detailed history of the village, first edition 1852, second edition 1875. Chapter IV describes the Great Fire of 1807 - which explains William's words above "that site and ruins of a house that has been burned".
- Old prints of Chudleigh from the Devon Local Studies service.
- Old photographs of Chudleigh - including one of some cottages. Copyright images from Frith Photos
- Piano Makers of 19th century London - nothing about William WINGET but lots of background information about piano making in London including the Tottenham Court Road area.
- Piano Gen piano name index - list including Winget(t) in 1843 and 1845.