WILLIAM OLDMAN'S WILL 1801


Note: It is clear from the statement by Mr Hinson, that although it was prepared for signature by him, William died before signing. Thus there are no witnesses, but Mr Hinson's statement for probate is appended

This is the last will and testament of me, William Oldman senior of the Borough of Thetford and County of Norfolk, Miller, being of sound mind memory and understanding. First and principally I desire my executor and executrix hereinafter named to pay off all my just debts, Funeral expenses and probate of this my will and to bury me in a decent manner.

And concerning all such worldly estates, real and personal, wherewith God has been pleased to bless me with, I give unto Mary Oldman my Wife and William Oldman my son. Also all my book debts upon condition following that they agree to carry on the business together in a comfortable manner but if otherwise to sell my real and personal Esrate whatever or to have them fairly valued, and my wife shall be entitled to one half of the monies arising from the same and William my son the other.

Also I give and bequeath unto Mary, the wife of John Winterbourne, my daughter, twenty pounds, and Jane Oldman my daughter twenty pounds and one bed, bedding and necessary furniture to furnish a small house but my will is that my executor and executrix may pay my two daughters the legacies before mentioned at a time that best suits their purpose.

And lastly I do appoint Mary Ildman my wife Executrix and William Oldman my son executor to this my last will and testament charging them to pay the aforesaid debts and legacys (sic). In witness whereof the said William Oldman the testator have to this my last will and testament put my hand and seal this (blank) day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and one.

Signed, sealed published and declared in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request have subscribed our names as witness hereunto.

(There is no signature or any witnesses)



Statement by John Hinson:

John Hinson of Thetford in the County of Norfolk, paper maker, maketh oath and sayeth that he did know and was well acquainted with William Oldman in the Borough of Thetford in the County of Norfolk. miller, deceased, that some time in the month of August last he this deponent received from the said William Oldman directions and instructions for the making of a Will and that in pursuance thereof he this deponent did write the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be the last will and Testament of the said deceased beginning thus "This is the Last Will and Testament of me, William Oldman senior of the Borough of Thetford and County of Norfolk, Miller, being of sound mind memory and understanding" and ending in "In witness whereof the said William Oldman the testator have to this my last will and testament put my hand and seal this (blank) day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and one". And this deponent further saith that at the time he took the instructions for making the said will as well as the time of reading over the said will to the said deceased, he the said deceased was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding and well knew what he then sayd (sic) and did.

John Hinson

The said John Hinson signed this affidavit and was sworn to the truth thereof at Thetford aforesaid the second day of December 1801

Before me H O Manning Clerk Surrogate at Thetford 3rd day of December 1801

Effects were under 300

Thanks to Richard Brown for this will


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