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Will of Martha Batman of Bath, Somerset, proved 1820

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This is a transcript of the will of Martha Batman, widow, of Bath, Somerset. Her will was dated 5 July 1815 and was supplemented by a codicil dated 23 November 1819. Probate was granted on 17 July 1820.


This is the last Will and Testament of me Martha Batman of the City of Bath Widow of George Batman of the Parish of Bitton in the County of Gloucester being of sound disposing mind memory and understanding

First I desire to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named

I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Hannah Lee Wife of John Lee of Holloway near Bath Carpenter the Sum of Twenty Pounds being part and parcel of eighty Pounds secured to me in and by a certain Bond bearing date the twenty third day of August one thousand eight hundred and fourteen wherein and whereby William Porter William Harris Sarah Batman and Thomas Arnott became jointly and severally held and firmly bound unto me in the penal Sum of one hundred and sixty Pounds conditioned for the true payment of eighty Pounds on the twenty third day of February then next and now last with lawful Interest for the same And I will and direct that the said twenty Pounds shall be paid to my said Daughter within twelve Calendar Months after my decease for her exclusive use and benefit independent of her husband who shall have nothing to do therewith not shall the same be subject or liable to his Debts Controul or management but the receipt alone of my said Daughter shall be a full and effectual discharge to my Executrix

And I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Miracula Lewis Wife of George Lewis of the Parish of Wick and Absom In the County of Gloucester the Sum of Twenty five Pounds being other part and parcel of the said Bond the same to be paid to her within twelve Months next after my decease exclusive of her husband in the same manner as expressed with regard to the sum given to my Daughter Hannah Lee

And I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Harriet Pregg Widow the Sum of thirty Pounds other part of the said Bond the same to be paid within twelve Calendar Months next after my decease

And as to all the rest and residue of my money and effects at the time of my death (after and subject to the Payment of my Funeral Expences Debts and Probate of this my Will) I Give and bequeath the same unto and equally between my said two Daughters Miracula Lewis and Harriet Pregg their Executors Administrators and Assigns equally as Tenants in Common

And I do hereby nominate and appoint my Son in Law the said John Lee and my said Daughter Harriet Pregg Executor and Executrix of this my Will hereby revoking and making void all former and other Wills

In Witness whereof I here hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this twenty fifth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen

The Mark and X Seal of Martha Batman LS.

Signed sealed published and declared by the Testatrix Martha Batman as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses
Geo Stallard Solr. Bath

A Codicil to be taken as part and parcel of the last Will and Testament of me Martha Batman as already described within whereas I have nominated and appointed my Daughter Harriet Pregg Executrix of my Will as to the disposal of my Body and Funeral Now it is my Will and desire and I hereby appoint my said Son in Law John Lee and my said Daughter Executor and Executrix jointly and severally to Act together in the Execution of my Interment which I hereby direct that my Body may be taken and interred in the same Grave with my late Husband as witness my hand and Seal this twenty third day of November 1819
The Mark of X Martha Batman LS
Witness John Russell

Diocese of Bath and Wells
In the Goods of Martha Batman deceased ) In the Consistorial Episcopal Court of Wells

1820 July 17th
Appeared personally John Lee of the City of Bath in the County of Somerset Carpenter one of the Executors named in the last Will and Testament with a Codicil annexed of the said Martha Batman late of the City of Bath aforesaid Widow who died on the 22nd day of January 1820 and made Oath and said that the Personal Estate and Effects of the said Deceased, for or in respect of which a Probate of the said Will is to be granted by the said Court, exclusive of what the Deceased may have been possessed of or intitled to as a Trustee for any other Person or Persons, and not beneficially, and without deducting any thing on account of the Debts due and owing from the Deceased, are under the value of One Hundred Pounds to the best of this Deponent’s knowledge, information and belief And this Deponent lastly made Oath and said that the said Deceased was not at the time of her Death possessed of or entitled to any Leasehold Estate or Estates for Years either absolute or determinable or a Life or Lives to the best of his knowledge and belief
John Lee

Sworn on the same Day,
Before me E Foster Sur[rogate]


  • FamilySearch. Somerset Estate duty wills. Vol. DD/ED Box 35 Wills A-D 1820. Film 893280. DGS 8460682. Images 62-5.
  • Somerset Archives. Will and codicil of Martha Batman of Bath, widow of George Batman of Bitton, Gloucestershire. 1815-1820. Reference: DD/ED/1820/14.Description: Made 5 Jul 1815. Codicil 23 Nov 1819. Proved 17 Jul 1820. Executor: John Lee of Bath, carpenter "a power being reserved for Harriet Pregg of Bath" With attached Letter of Administration [35/921].

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