Location: Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
This is a transcript of the will of Peter Davenport of Lower Withington and Swettenham in Cheshire, England. The will was dated 2 July 1817 and probate was granted on 7 April 1818.
In the name of God Amen I Peter Davenport late of Lower Withington in the Parish of Prestbury and County of Chester widdower but now reside in the Parish of Sweetenham being in good health and of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding thanks be to God for the same Do order and ordain this my Last will and testament in manner following – First and principally I commend my soul to God who gave it: and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors herein after apointed, and as to such worldly estate as God of his goodness hath bestowed upon me, I give and dispose thereof in manner following. That is to say first I will and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses and the change of the probate of this my will and testament and all charges and expenses whatsoever Incident or relating thereto in anywise shall be fully discharged and satisfied out of my personal estate. Item I leave and bequeath to my son Daniel Davenport his heirs executors administrators or Assighns that free leasehold Tenement situate in Lower Withington as held by lease of three lives (two whereof are now living) from Thos Parker esqr of Astley, the said estate containing four Acres or thereabouts – Charged with the after mentioned legacy to be paid by my son Daniel Davenport his heirs Executors administrators Assighns that is to say I Charge My son Daniel Davenport with the sum of Sixty pounds of lawfull Money to be paid out of the sayd estate into the hands of the Executors, at the Expiration of twelve callender months after my decease and the Money to be disposed of as shall hereafter be apointed, that is to say I give and bequeath the sayd money to be divided share and share alike together with all other money I may have owing me at my decease to be divided equally amongst my four sons and two daughters – that is to say to my son Randle Davenport to my son James Davenport to my son Thomas Davenport to my son John Davenport to my Daughter Sarah Boothe and whereas my Daughter Jane Leigh is Deceased my Will is that her share of Money to be Divided equally amongst her children share and share alike that is to say Daniel Davenport Hannah Nickson Jane Morrey – Marey Middleton – James Lees – John Lees to receive the money in Equal shares as aforesaid and if my son Daniel Davenport is Dissatisfied with the charge I have charged him with, upon my free hold Estate then my Will is that the Estate shall be sold at A fair valuation to any of my sons or Daughter who shall Choose to by it provided alway that the Eldest son Next to my son Daniel shall have the first preference if he Chooses to buy it – if he does not choose to buy it then the youngest next to him and so on till it comes to the youngest and if the place that is my freehold estate be sold as aforesaid then my wlll is that my son Daniel Davenport shall take an Equal share of the Money arising from such sale (as aforesaid) along with the rest of my Children to be divided in equal portions among all my Sons and Daughters share and share alike and lastly I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint William Dean and Samuel Lockett both of Lower Withington Executors of this my last Will and testament nothing doubting but that they will Faithfully and Truly execute the same In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and deal the second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen
Peter Davenport his X mark
Sighned sealed published and declared by the said Testator Peter Davenport as and for his last Will and testament Revoking and making void all other will or Wills, Deed or Deeds of gift in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto
The seventh Day of April 1818
William Deane and Samuel Lockett the Executors in this Will named, were sworn in common Form, and they further made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester, were under the Value of one Hundred Pounds
The Testator died on the twelfth Day of January 1818
Dated 7th April 1818
- "England, Cheshire Probate Records, 1492-1940," database, FamilySearch (accessed 13 Oct 2021) Peter Davenport, 1818; citing Lower Withington, Record Office, Chester.
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