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Will of John Billings of Little Hallingbury, Essex, 1815

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This is a transcription of the original will of John Billings, yeoman Little Hallingbury, England. The original is held at the Essex County Record Office. [1]

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ff has been rendered as F, and ligatures and abbreviations have been expanded in [square brackets]

This is the last Will and Testament
of me John Billings of Little Hallingbury in the
County of Essex Yeoman by which I give and Devise All
my freehold and Copyhold Messuages Lands Tenement
and Hereditaments situate lying and being in the
several parishes of Little Hallingbury aforesaid and
Great Hallingbury in the said County of Essex and all
other my real estate whatsoever and wheresoever
with the appurtenances unto my dear Wife
Loveday Billings her Heirs and assigns for
ever And as to all my ready Money Securities for
Money Farming Stock and Crops Goods Chattles
Effects and Personal Estate of every sort and kind
I give and Bequeath the same and every part
thereof to my said Wife to and for her own
proper use and Benefit And I nominate and
appoint my said Wife sole Executrix of this my
last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke
all former and other Wills by me at any time
heretofore made In Witness whereof I have
hereunto set my Hand and Seal this sixteenth
Day of June in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and fourteen

Signed Sealed Published
and Declared by the said John
Billings as and for his last
Will and Testament in the
presence of us who at his
Request in his presence and
in the presence of each other
have hereunto subscribed out
names as Witnesses
Jas Bush
S Bush
Wm Phipps

X The Mark and Seal of John Billings [seal]

The 22nd day of November 1815
Loveday Billings the sole Executrix
within named was sworn to the Trust
of This Will and The True Performance
Thereof: and that to the best of of Her Knowledg
and Belief The amount of the Personal
Estate of the deceased is under The Sum
of 100L
Raymond E S Rogers, Surrogate
X [? her mark]

Testator died at Little Hallingbury 20th April 1815

[In another hand]
Manor of Little Hallingbury
17 May 1815 We present this
as part of the Verdict
Polard Jocelyn
John Houghton


  1. Will of John Billings of Little Hallingbury, yeoman proved at the Commissary of the Bishop of London
    Essex County Record Office, Chelmsford, Essex, England.
    Reference: D/ABW 121/1/1
    Images viewed at Essex Archives Online requires subscription. Accessed 22 December 2021

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