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Will of William WINGETT of Plymouth, Gentleman - 1855

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The Will of William WINGETT (gentleman) late Master Cooper of Her Majesty's Royal William Victualling Yard, Stonehouse but now residing at no 14 Constantine Street, Plymouth in the County of Devon.

Made: 19/01/1855, WITNESSES:  William MADDICK Gentleman, No. 10 Constantine Street, Plymouth and  John FISHLEY, Gentleman, 56 Cobourg Street, Plymouth.
Proved 3/11/1855
SOURCE:  PRO


FAMILY

William first appears in Terry Williams' Trade Directory web pages in 1814 and again in 1823 and living in Morley Inn, Little Market Street.  There is also a reference to him in a DRO file (Reference: 1/719/328) of 1820, where his Landlord, Joseph CONGDON of Plymouth, innkeeper, took out a 21 year lease with the Mayor and Commonalty of Plymouth for Water to the house in Little Market Street inhabited by William WINGYETT, victualler (note the spelling of the surname).  The rent was 12s. p.a. for a consideration of 40s.  His widow also appears in 1864 living at 14 Constantine Street.  We now know that he is the son of Jane WINGETT and brother of Elizabeth WINGETT who both made wills available on these pages (see links below).

From census and other data we assume he was the William, christened on  20th May 1782 in Totnes (IGI) and whose parents are William and Jane - probably the William WINGETT and Jane TOZER who married in Totnes on 1st July 1781.

There is a William WINGETT mentioned quite a few times in the Mallock of Cockington files,  the son of Henry and Margaret WINGETT of Paignton.  But he is first mentioned in 1769 (Reference: 48/13/3/1/133a-b) so cannot be this William.  However  the same files also refer to a "William Wingett, store cooper of H.M.'s Victualling Office, Plymouth" in FILE [no title] - ref. 48/13/3/1/135 - date: 5 December 1806.  And he must be the same William as the one on this page.   So what is the link?  Perhaps the William on this page is the son of the William referred to in the Mallock of Cockington files.

There is also mention of a William and Jane WINGETT of Cockington who had sons Thomas and James in 1787 and 1789.  Could this be the same Jane, this William's mother?  A birth date of 1787 would seem correct for Thomas (although there is another Thomas born in 1787, a shoemaker in Plymouth, so we can't be certain.

Another puzzle though is that this family all appear to be fairly well off which doesn't seem to match with the information that Henry of Paignton (presumably the father of the William referred to in the Mallock files) was a pauper in 1783.  There is, of course, the possibility that William - the son of Margaret and the father of this William was the illegitimate son of Rawlin MALLOCK and that was why the child was receiving an education and an annuity.  The files may cast some light on the subject.

Further snippets

His sister was Mrs. COOMBE:  "November 9, in Bridestowe, aged 66, Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. J. COOMBE, and sister of Mr. WINGETT, of the Royal William Victualling Yard, Plymouth." - Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England), Thursday, November 21, 1850; Issue 4433, Deaths

"He died on October 14th, 1855:  "October 14, at Plymouth, Wm WINGETT, Esq., many years master cooper of H.M. Victualling Yard, aged 73." - Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England), Thursday, October 25, 1855; Issue 4671


Parish Records

Date Name Record Details Notes Source
13/10/1817 Thomas WINGETT marriage Spouse:  Charity MADDICK at Plymouth Charles William WINGETT who made the will on this page also named a William MADDICK as an executor so there could be a connection here.  But it can't be William's brother, Thomas WINGETT, because he had married Elizabeth BROWNE in 1811.   Perhaps it is just a red herring. DFHS
31/12/31 William WINGETT marriage Spouse: Margaret FISHLEY at East Stonehouse The notice from the Hampshire Telegraph below confirms that this marriage is that of the William of this will.  See further information below. DFHS
"Married Last week, at Stonehouse chapel by the Rev. R. Cox, Mr. W. WINGETT, of the Cremill Victualling-yard, to Mrs. FISHLY, of Plymouth"

- Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle etc (Portsmouth, England),
Monday, January 9, 1832; Issue 1683.

NOTE:  Margaret FISHLEY is described as 'Mrs' so she must be a widow.  We do not currently know her maiden name or which FISHLEY she married.  Possibly she had previously been married to a brother of the John FISHLEY who is named as executor in this William WINGETT's will.  [LATER]  From information received from a FISHLEY researcher via the Devon FHS Message Board, we now believe that Margaret was probably the Margaret HINGSTON who married Edmund FISHLEY at Newton Ferrers in 1804.  Edmund FISHLEY then must have died before Margaret remarried in 1831.  I wonder if William had been married before too?
 


SUMMARY

Name

Relationship

Bequest

Margaret WINGETT beloved wife
  • No 6 North Hill in the Borough of Plymouth in the County of Devon, now occupied by the Widow of the late James SHOWEN a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy 
  • No. 14 Constantine Street in the Borough of Plymouth in the County of Devon for her sole use heirs executors and assigns
  • all goods and chattels of whatsoever nature and wheresoever situated together with all Polycies of Insurance already effected or to be effected on my life and all other securities of whatsoever description the same may be

TRANSCRIPTION

This transcription has been kindly made by Pam Jackson from the original image held at the PRO. But 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.

Will of William Wingett

I William WINGETT (Gentleman) late Master Cooper of Her Majesty's Royal William Victualling Yard Stonehouse but  but now at the date of this my Will visiting at No. 14 Constantine Street Plymouth in the County of Devon Being of good health and sound in mind and memory and resolved to settle my worldly affairs and for the love and affection which I bear to my wife Margaret WINGETT I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Margaret WINGETT sole Heiress and Executrix to the whole of my personal estate both real and personal as herein mentioned I give and assign to the said Margaret WINGETT her heirs executors and administrators all that (fee simple) dwellinghouse garden and appurtenances thereunto belonging known as No. 6 North Hill in the Borough of Plymouth in the County of Devon now occupied by the Widow of the late Daniel SHOWEN a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy I also give in like manner to Margaret my beloved wife all that fee simple dwellinghouse and appurtenances thereunto belonging known as No. 14 Constantine Street in the Borough of Plymouth in the County of Devon for her sole use heirs executors and assigns I also give to the said Margaret my beloved wife all goods and chattels of whatsoever nature and wheresoever situated together with all Policies of Assurance already effected or to be effected on my life and all other securities of whatsoever description the same may be I William WINGETT do declare that these presents are granted under this obligation that Margaret my Executrix make payment of all my just and lawful debts and funeral expenses and that I hold the reservation of a full power to alter this my Will or revoke it as I shall see fit In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 19 January 1855 in the presence of my Attestators~~William Wingett~~(LS)~Signed sealed and delivered by the Testator in the presence of each of us as witnesses~~William MADDICK Gentleman No. 10 Constantine Street~~John FISHLEY Gentleman 56 Cobourg Street Plymouth  

Appeared personally  John FISHLEY of Plymouth in the County of Devon Gentleman and made oath that he is one of the subscribed witnesses to the last Will and Testament of William WINGETT late of No. 14 Constantine Street Plymouth in the County of Devon formerly Master Cooper of Her Majesty's Royal William Victualling Yard at Stonehouse in the same County deceased the said Will being now hereunto annexed and bearing date the nineteenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and fifty five And he further made oath that on the said nineteenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and fifty five the said deceased duly executed the said Will by signing his name thereto in the presence of the Deponent and of William MADDICK the other subscribed witness thereto both of whom were present at the same time and this Deponent and the said William Maddick thereupon attested and subscribed the said Will in the presence of the said deceased and each other~~J.Fishley~~On the twenty sixth day of October 1855 the said John FISHLEY was duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavit by virtue of the annexed Commission Before me~~H. A. Greaves Commissioner

Proved  at London 3rd November 1855 before the Judge by the oath of Margaret WINGETT Widow the Relict sole Executrix to whom Administration was ordered having been sworn by Commission duly to Administer


1851 Devon Census - Possible identifications

This first transcription below has to be William above who made the will.  Did they have any children?  None are mentioned in the will (or any other wills).  So who is the Mary W. WINGETT who was visiting?  A grandchild? A great niece?

Head: WINGETT, William
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
William  WINGETT Head M 68 M Master Cooper R.W.M. Victualling Yard Totnes-Dev
Margaret  WINGETT Wife M 66 F --- Bantham Banturn-Dev
Mary W.  WINGETT Vist - 9 F Scholar St Jermins-Con
Jane  HARRIS Serv U 77 F House Servant East Stonehouse-Dev
Address: 19 Caroline Place, East Stonehouse
Census Place: East Stonehouse East Stonehouse, Devonshire

Elizabeth SHOWEN Head W 41 F Annuitant Plymouth-Dev
Elizabeth SHOWEN Daur U 15 F Scholar Plymouth-Dev
Jane NAINBY Serv U 32 F Serv Plymouth-Dev
Address: 6 North Hill Place, Plymouth

John FISHLEY Head W 65 M House Proprietor Ilfracombe-DEV
Edward P. FISHLEY Neph U 9 M Scholar Liverpool----
Mary BLATCHFORD Serv U 29 F Housemaid Peter Tavy-DEV
Address: No 56 Cobourg Street, Plymouth

Nancy BEER Head W 68 F Licensed Victualler Dean Prior-Dev
Margaret BARNS Daur W 40 F Licensed Victuallers Dau Dean Prior-Dev
Susan HOARE Daur M 42 F Master Mariners Wife Dean Prior-Dev
William BEER Son Vist M 38 M Asst Harbor Master Dean Prior-Dev
William MADDICK Bro Vist M 65 M Ship Owner Dean Prior-Dev
Jane MADDICK SisL Vist M 62 F Ship Owners Wife Paignton-Dev
Ann HATCH Niec W 52 F Nurse Plymouth-Dev
Mary GIDLEY Serv U 14 F House Serv Dean Prior-Dev
Address: Dean Town, Dean Prior

 

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