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Will of Ann Davenport of Wheltrough, Cheshire, 1671

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This is a transcript of the will of Ann Davenport, widow, of Wheltrough, Cheshire. Her will was dated 24 May 1671 and proved at Chester on 1 August 1671.


[1] In the name of god Amen The twenty Forth day of May
[2] in the yeare of our Lord god, one Thowsand Six hundred
[3] Seventy and one, I Ann Davemport of Wheltrough the
[4] County of Chester widow, being in p[er]fect mind and memory […] Doe Make and ordene this
[5] my Last will and Testament in Manor and Forme
[6] Following (That is to say) First I commit my soule
[7] in to the handes of allmighty god, and Jesus Christ m[y]
[8] Redemer, Trusting by his blood and Merrites one[ly]
[9] to bee Saveed, and by noe other way or Menes, A[s]
[10] for my wordly Estate I Doe give and bequeth a[s]
[11] Followeth, Item I give unto My Nephew Thomas Swt[nam?]
[12] of Swettenham Esqr the Sum of Five poundes Item I [give?]
[13] unto Mary Jowdrell my Nise the Sum of Five poundes, [Item?]
[14] I doe give to my Nise Abigall Swetnam the Sum [of?]
[15] Five poundes, Item I doe give unto John Davempor[t]
[16] my brother in Lay the Sum of Five poundes, Item I do[e]
[17] give unto my goddoughtor Elizabeth Swettenham Si[x]
[18] silver Spoomes and Dammase bortcloth and a towell Item
[19] I doe give unto my Mother in Lawes [...] one black taby peticote
[20] Item I doe give to Mary Davemport my goddaughter a trunke wit[h]
[21] tow peticote in it one for her selfe, one her sister Margret the
[22] other, Item to my sister Ellin I give one plene hankershete and
[23] to her sister Elizabeth annother, I[t]em I doe give to my sister
[24] katherine Smith my best gowne and a gould guife[?] Item I
[25] doe give to my Nephew Thomas Smithes wife my best Sadelcloth
[26] and a Riding stocke[?], Item I give to my sister Elnor Hoolford
[27] my best peticote all my Bras[?] and pewter Item I doe give to
[28] my Nephew Edward Swettenham one siled bed with fower bedes
[29] boulsters and all other linen belonging to it, but to Lefe them there for
[30] to bee used with [...] untill hee hathe accation for it and
[31] Fore pece of sheete and one dosen of Napkines Item
[32] I doe give to my kinsman John Houlford Five Shillings
[33] Item I doe give to my Cozen bostock of Moulton five shillings
[34] For all the Rest of my Estate I doe give and bequeth to my
[35] brother william Swettenham hee first peeing all my
[36] Deptes] and Discharging my Finirall expences And I doe
[36] Nominate and appount my browther Mr William Swettenham
[37] my trew and Lawfull Executor hoping that hee will according
[38] to the trust I finde and Repose in him see all things performed

[39] Sealed signed & del[i]v[er]ed       Anne Daven A port
[40] in the pr[e]sents of
[41] hugh Swetnam
[42] Elnor Hollford


  • Manchester University Library. Ref: RYCH/3402. Title: Will of Ann Davenport, widow . Date: 24 May 1671.
  • J P Earwaker, An Index to the Wills and Inventories now preserved in The Court of Probate at Chester, From AD 1660 to 1680, The Record Society, 1887, page 72. Google Books (accessed 31 Oct 2021)

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