Will of William Coney

Will dated April 1850. Proved 1857

Transcribed by Frances Belsham

Snapshot of Will
Essex Record Office

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The last part of this will shows a summary of the Names, Places, Properties and Vessels mentioned in the will.



Coney William


Sealed 4th Dec 1857

Under £100



1 This is the last Will and Testament

of me William Coney of Wivenhoe in

the County of Essex Cooper which I make

in manner following that is to say I give

5 And devise All that my freehold Messuage

or Tenements and Premises with the

appurtenances situate in Wivenhoe aforesaid

in which I now reside unto and to the use

of my Housekeeper Lucy Jones Widow of

10 Wivenhoe in the County of Essex and

James Moore Grocer of Wivenhoe in the

County of Essex their heirs and assigns

upon the Trusts hereinafter mentioned

I also give and bequeath unto my said

15 Trustees All my Household Furniture

Stock in Trade monies and other my

Personal Estate whatsoever Upon trust

as soon as conveniently may be after

my decease to sell and dispose of my

20 said Messuage and Real Estate either

by Public Auction or Private Contract

and also to sell and dispose of such

part of my Personal Estate as shall

not consist of money and the monies

25 arising from such Sales  and all other

my monies whatsoever after payment of

the expenses of proving and carrying out

the Trusts of this my Will I give and

bequeath unto and equally between my

30 Nieces Elizabeth the wife of Samuel

Chamberlain of Wivenhoe aforesaid Porter

my Niece Lydia Coney of Camberwell

aforesaid Spinster my Niece Rebecca

Coney of London Spinster and my

35 Housekeeper Lucy Jones Widow of

Wivenhoe aforesaid whose receipts shall

be a sufficient discharge to my said

Trustees for the same And I declare

that the receipt of my Trustees for the monies

40 to arise from the Sale of my Real Estate

and for all other monies that shall be

paid to them by virtue of my Will shall

effectually discharge the purchaser or person

paying the same from all liability to

45 see to the application thereof And I declare

that my said trustees shall be answerable

for their own respective receipts and defaults

only and shall be at liberty to retain and

allow to each other the expenses attending

50 the execution of this my Will And I

appoint my said Housekeeper Lucy Jones

Widow of Wivenhoe and James Moore

Grocer of Wivenhoe Executrix and

Executor of this my Will In Witness

55 whereof I have hereunto set my hand this

sixteenth day of April one thousand eight

hundred and fifty

Signed by the said William

Coney the Testator as and for

60 his last Will and Testament

in the presence of us present at

the same time who in his

presence at his request and

in the presence of each other

65 have hereunto subscribed our

names as Witnesses

James Moore

William Candler

The  Will of William Coney of Wivenhoe in Essex  Cooper

70 Dated 16th April 1850


On the 3rd day of December 1857

James Moore of Wivenhoe in the

County Essex Grocer one of the

Executors within named was sworn

75 to the truth of the within Will and to the

due performance thereof And that to

to the best of his knowledge and belief the

value of the Goods Chattles and Credits

of which the Testator died possessed do not

 exceed the sum of one hundred pounds

Power being retained to Lucy Jones the other

Executrix named in the will

The Testator died

At Wivenhoe on

 the 23rd day of August                        Henry Caddell

1857                                                       Surrogate


Proved on the 4th day of December 1857

before the Reverend Henry Caddell clerk

Surrogate be by the oath of James Moore one

of the Executors to whom Admon was

granted he being first sworn duly to

administer Power being reserved to

Lucy Jones the other Executor when she

shall apply for the same

A summary of names, relationships, places, properties and vessels mentioned in the will of Jonathan Feedham


Name                                      Place                  Relationship/Status        Line

Lucy Jones                                                           Housekeeper                      9, 35, 51

James Moore                                                      Grocer                                 11, 52

Elizabeth Chamberlain                                      Niece                                   30

Lydia Coney                                                        Niece                                    32

Rebecca Coney                                                  Niece                                    33



Messuage                               Wivenhoe                                                       5


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