Various will summaries and mentions

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Estate Duty Records 1796-1811, collected by Chris Elsden

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Will summaries in this page - click on the one you want to see.

John Crickmay, Beccles
Mary Crickmore, Ditchingham 1809
Thomas Crickmore, Colchester 1815
William Crickmore Seething 1815
James Crickmore Colchester 1824
John Crickmay, Beccles 1824
Charlotte Crickmer Gt Yarmouth 1823
John Crickmer, Norwich & Australia
John Crickmore Seething 1881
Robert Crickmore Southwark 1882
Gould Crickmore of Norwich 1806
William Crickmore of Ditchingham 1797
Robert Crickmore of Bungay 1745
Robert Crickmore of Loddon 1800
Robert Crickmore of Loddon 1804
Susan Crickmore of Heigham
Charlotte Crickmore of Wymondham 1823
Rose Crickmer of Loddon 1824
William Crickmore of Seething 1835
John Crickmore of Seething
Robert Crickmar of Harwich 1832
Mary Ann Dorothea Susannah Crickmay

John Crickmay, Butcher of Rushmere. Effects under 300. Executors William Oswald of Beccles, tanner, and Samuel Crickmay, son of the deceased.

Residuary legatees: children Samuel, John and Hannah Winter

Will lays down that the deceaseds property be valued, and one third awarded to daughter Hannah Winter for her sole use. The remaining two thirds to be awarded to son Samuel, on the condition that he supports son John for the rest of his life. If John should outlive his brother Samuel, a trustee is to be appointed to care for John.

Proved in the Archdeaconry of Suffolk.

Mary Crickmore, widow of Ditchingham (Mary Shepherd, widow of Robert)

Died 30th March, 1809. Estate under 300

Admin granted to Samuel Lillistone, duly elected guardian of Mary Crickmore, lawful daughter of the deceased.

Thomas Crickmore of Colchester, will proved in the Colchester Archdeaconry Court 19th October 1815 Microfilm IR 26, 638 ff 4 920

Thomas died 27th (illeg) 1815

Victualler by profession. Executrix widow Susannah Crickmore, legatees Susannah, brother James Crickmore and DB(?) Charles Crickmore.

William Crickmore of Seething, will proved in the Norfolk Archdeaconry Court 1815, Microfilm IR26 638 ff 1 76

Executor of will son William Crickmore

Legatees sons William and Robert Crickmore, sister Sarah Wade and daughters Margaretta and Sarah Crabbe. Goods valued at around 1000.

James Crickmore of Witham, will proved in the Colchester Archdeaconry Court, 1824, Microfilm IR 26 994 ff 2 406

James a grocer by profession and died 20th (?) Jan 1824, Apparently insolvent at time of death. Seems that the Executor was Thomas Crickmore of Colchester, but the microfilm very difficult to read. Testator's children mentioned but not named.

John Crickmay of Beccles, will proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Suffolk. Microfilm IR 26 994 ff 2 344

John died (?) 17th February, 1824 and was a ???maker by profession. Executors wife Redelpha Crickmore and George Grigson.

Charlotte Crickmer of Great Yarmouth, will made 18th April, 1823, proved 1855 by widower John Crickmer of Norwich.

Microfilm IR 26 2027, ff 1242

Estate, derived from two properties bequeathed to Charlotte by her father and godfather, to be shared between surviving children listed as: Georgiana Crickmer, Eliza Dickerson, Julia Yearsley, John Crickmer (with note to the effect that he had died in 1840, administration of estate granted in 1887), Charlotte Hallett, Adeline Crickmer.

John Crickmer of Norwich and Port Philip, Australia. Index only consulted.Administration granted to Charlotte Hallett

Microfilm index no: IR 27 3798, affidavit 8507

IR 27 416 1224 (John of Seething), IR 27 431 1228 - Microfilms at the PRO, Kew, June, 2002 Estate Duty records for John Crickmore of Seething (d. 1881) and Robert Crickmore of Southwark (d. 1882), husband of Hannah Randall and, I believe, the brother of John. Both wills were marked as "not proved"

From Norfolk Peculiar - Dean and Chapters Court 1800-1810 VII 75
Will examined at NRO, 5th July, 2000
Gould Crickmore, sack manufacturer of Norwich

Gould partner of James Orsborne in company of Orsborne and Crickmore.
Bequeathes all his household goods and apparel to his housekeeper Ann Jackson for her life, together with a payment of 10 pounds.
Directs that all his share of the business of Orsborne and Crickmore should be liquidated and the proceeds invested, to be shared between his reputed children Ann and Gould Crickmore when they reach the age of 21, until then the income to be used for their upkeep and education. In the event of the death of one child, the survivor to inherit his/her share. If both die before reaching full age, the entire sum to go to Ann Jackson.

Ann Jackson is appointed guardian of the children.
Executor: Charles Potter, gent.
Wtnessed: Thomas Turner, W. Rackham
Gould made will and appended his mark on 5th September, 1806, with a further memorandum that Ann Jackson should receive a further 50 pounds towards the care of the children.

Codicil of 17th September, 1806 directs that all real estate in the parishes of St Pauls Norwich or elsewhere in Norwich to be disposed of and the proceeds split equally between the children at the age of 21 (or on the conditions outlined above).
Witnessed Thomas Drake, W. Rackham, James Chase
Will proved 30th April 1807.

William Crickmer, Wheelwright, of Ditchingham, Norfolk
Read and reported by Mark Watson
Consistory Court Norwich, 1797 (93 Taylor)
Wife, Mary Crickmer, will receive no bequest as she has been sufficiently provided for by the will of her late uncle, Mr. Jonah Cunningham.
As soon as any of the children Mary, Ann, William, Charles or Elizabeth, reaches the age of 21, all lands must be sold as soon as possible, and proceeds divided among the children.

To mother, Mrs. Hannah Crickmer, 10
To brother, Robert Crickmer, 10
To servant, George King, 3 guineas
Sole Executor: Samuel Lillistone, merchant of Beccles
Witnesses: Mary Booty, Ann Doughton, M. B. kingsbury

Norwich Consistory Court Wills examined at Norfolk Records Office 5th July, 2000

Robert Crickmer, Yeoman of Bungay (146 Wright MF 436)
Robert being sick and weak, leaves to his well beloved wife Mary all his personal estate during her lifetime, and after her decease all personal estate of whatever nature to be equally divided between his children Mary, Elizabeth, Robert, William and Martha.
Executors: Richard Moon of Bungay and son Robert Crickmer.
Witnessed: John Gilman, John Allcock and John Van Kamp.
Dated 23rd January, 1745 and Robert made his mark.
Robert Crickmer of Loddon, Farmer

Robert assigns to his eldest son Robert all messuages, tenements, hereditaments, etc. lying in Mundham and Chedgrave, except that part of the estate purchased from the Rev. John Lamb which lies in Chedgrave, which is to go to his younger son William and his assigns. Usual strictures about keeping the property in good order. Also 100 pounds.
After the death of Robert Jnr., all his property is to go to his legitimate children, share an share alike as tenants in common, not joint tenants or, in the event of the death of one or more, to the survivors.
Robert leaves also to son William, under similar conditions, property in Loddon and Chedgrave currently in the occupation of Robert Crickmer the younger.
In addition, each brother is to pay, from his part of the estate, an annuity of 4 pounds per annum (making a total of 8 pounds) to Robert Snrs housekeeper Martha Dent which she is to enjoy in perpetuity, regardless of future marriage.
In addition Robert leaves to John Dent otherwise Crickmer, son of Martha Dent, 400 pounds to be paid to him on his 21st birthday, but in the meantime to be invested and the capital used for his education in a trade.
In addition, a payment of 2s. 6d. is to be made weekly from the estate to Robert's sister Martha, wife of Charles Newstead, husbandman.
All household and farm chattels, stock, etc. to be divided equally between Robert Jnr. And William.
Executors: Robert and William Crickmer
Witnesses: M. Cole, Ringer Sowter, William Cole
Will signed 12th April 1800 and proved 9th May, 1801

Robert Crickmer of Loddon, Farmer
Robert appoints his wife Ann, Robert Tibenham of Siseland, and his father-in-law John Smith, farmer of Loddon, executors and each is bequeathed 3 guineas for their trouble.
Wife Ann receives all household goods, chinas, plate, glass, bedding, pictures, etc.
The executors are charged to carry on the business of the farm in the best and most profitable way they think fit for the upkeep and education of Roberts children. In the event of Anns remarriage, the property should be sold up and invested at the discretion of the executors for the benefit of the children, who are to be educated in suitable trades. They are to receive equal shares of the estate. At the division of the estate, Ann is to receive a property of between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds value in Norfolk or Suffolk, so long as she has not remarried. If she does marry, a similar sum is to be invested to provide an annuity for her.
The will refers to Robert's father Robert.
Will sealed 21st January 1804 and proved 9th March, 1804.
Witnessed: Sarah Wigg, Thomas Gilbert, William Cole.

Susan Crickmer, widow of Union Place, Heigham, Norwich
Appoints as her executors her brother Henry Sharpe of Julian Place, and her brother-in-law Joseph Dains Bond.
Bequests of 5 pounds each to Elizabeth, Harriette (or Henriette), Caroline and Ruth, the daughters of her late brother Edward Sharpe, and to Mary Smith, widow of the late William Sharpe.
Any remainder to be equally divided between her brother Henry and her sister Henriette Bond.

Charlotte Crickmer, wife of John Crickmer of Wymondham (late Charlotte Neech)
Charlotte heiress to her of godfather William Bacon, coachmaker of Norwich and will inherit his property after the death of his wife Mary Bacon. Also heiress of her father Samuel Neech and after the death of her mother will receive money from a fine covenanted by an indenture of 1818 on an estate at Brooke, Norfolk. The income from the property she leaves to her husband John for his life, and after the estate is to be sold and divided equally between their children (if any), if not, to the heirs of her husband.
Will made 18th April 1823, proved 1855
Witnessed: John Grand, solicitor of Norwich, Henry Bedford, John N. Whaite
Rose Crickmer, widow of Loddon - W84 171, MF 245

Appoints as her executrix and sole legatee Mary Tuby, widow of Seething.
Will made and Rose's mark added 27th November, 1822, Proved 22nd November, 1824.
Witnessed: William Cole, William Hoddy lawyer

William Crickmore of Seething, Farmer - W34 458, MF 252

William bequeathes to his nephew William Crickmore Crabbe his messuage, hereditaments, etc. at Mundham, in the occupation of Richard Knight.
To his brother Robert he bequeathes the rest of his property, less a payment of 12s. per week to his sister Sarah Crabbe for her life, in her own right, irrespective of any future marriage, etc. Also an annuity of 8 s. per week to his housekeeper Phoebe Gouty, should she outlive him.
Will signed and sealed 12th November, 1835, proved 30th March, 1850.
Witnessed: Charity Mickleburgh, Randall Ward, William Utting.

Estate Duty Record of John Crickmore of Seething Hall. This pertains to the will of John made on 29th May 1871, but not proven. It confirmed that Robert Crickmore of Southwark, husband of Hannah Randall, was John's brother. Payment of Estate Duty was not made until 1884, and the death of Robert Crickmore in 1882 was mentioned. Hannah Crickmore did not die until 1892. With the establishment of the family relationship between brothers John and Robert one mystery is solved, but we still don't know how the property was passed down the generations, nor why their wills remained unproven. The will of their grandmother Catherine Crickmore (will proved 1773) may provide the key, if anyone can find where it is!

Estate Duty of Robert Crickmar, gent. of Harwich. Sarah and Emily Crickmar Randall, and the unidentified Jane Crickmar, are all described as DBF, which means descendants of brother of father. So it looks as though the older Samuel of Sproughton (born c. 1766, died 1832) must have been the brother of Francis Crickmore of Broome. If we can identify Jane we may be able to tie up another branch of the family. Samuel, son of Francis and Susannah Finch is not a perfect match as his baptism took place in 1762, but in the face of the evidence it seems almost certain that he must have been the "patriarch" of the Sproughton family.

IR 26 479 742 Estate Duty of Mary Ann Dorothea Susannah Crickmay of Portsmouth (wife of Charles Crickmay, serial firearms inventor ) had died on 2nd July 1838, will made on 27th November 1836. Executors were John Crickmay, postmaster of Beccles, and Charles Crickmay, husband. It transpires that Mary Ann has previously been married and had a son called William Watering Bringloe (commonly known as Capel Bringloe - poor little devil). She left to him all the money from the settlement made at her first marriage, but the residue was left to Charles Crickmay for the purposes of rearing any children of their marriage, and after his death the principle was to be split among these children. Of course, there were none, so Charles inherited the money.

These details were provided by Chris Elsden to whom many thanks. You can e-mail her from here. Main index