Langton Matravers Wills

Original Wills and Administrations of Archdeaconry Court of Dorset
held at Dorset County Record Office

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Abstracted from transcript in Sue Mills’ possession (from reference AD/DT/W/1762/78)

Robert Nineham, Yeoman of Langton, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset Dated: 10 November 1761

- John Nineham (son): 40s and also 50 ‘that he is Indebted to Me, and which I paid for him to
  Mr. William Filliter for Rent at Michaelmas last’ 1761.

- Thomas Nineham (grandson) son of John Nineham aforesaid: lands at the Town's End in Swannage, forever

- Margaret Smith (daughter): the Feather Bed and all the Furniture now in her own Possession, the
  Dram Dish and the Silver Bodkin

- Elizabeth Chinchen (daughter) wife of John Chinchen: 10 in 12 months after my decease, and my Clock and Case

- Sarah Chinchen (granddaughter): my Tea Table and my two best Chairs

- Elizabeth Chinchen (daughter): my best Gold Ring

- Sarah Jenkins (daughter): 20 in 12 months after my decease, and my Second best Gold Ring

- Edward Chinchen (grandson): 10 when 21 years of age

- Sarah Nineham (granddaughter), daughter of Thomas Nineham (son) deceased: 20s

- Robert Jenkins (grandson): my Silver Buckles

- Robert ‘{Smith}’ (son): my Common Prayer Book

- Mary Nineham: my Tea Pot

- All grandchildren living at the time of my decease: 20s each in 12 months after my decease.

- Elizabeth Chinchen and Sarah Jenkins (daughters): all my wearing apparel both of Linen and Woolen,
  to be delivered them in one month after my decease

- Robert Nineham and Margaret Smith (son and daughter): residue of personal Estate, goods, Bonds, Bills,
  Notes of Hand, Book Debts, Money and Securities for Monies within 12 months after my Decease.

Executor and Executrix: Robert Nineham (son) and Margaret Smith (daughter)
Robert Nineham: to ‘have the whole and Sole Management to see all my Goods Appraised and Sold
and all my Debts and Legacies paid and Discharged then the Remainder to be equally Divided Between Them’

Signed by testator
Witnesses: Mark of Robert Hann, Robert Nineham, John Cox senior, John Cox Juner.

Memorandum: ‘the Word Smith was altered and the Erasing out in the same Line was made before the
Sealing & delivery hereof.’
Proved: 20 March 1762

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John Thickes, Marbler or Shoemaker of Langton Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 22 May 1764

- John Thickes (uncle): yearly rent of my house and lands at Sandwich for his life then to Mary Tubb (aunt),
  wife of Stephen Tubb.

- Elizabeth Thickes (sister): 1s

- Stephen Tubb (uncle): all lands and tenements in Sandwich, forever

Executor: Stephen Tubb (uncle)
Signed by testator
Witnesses: John Combes, John Talbot, John Hayward

Codicil: 11 October 1767
- Mary Tubb (aunt) to possess and enjoy half the year rent of estate at Sandwich during the life of John Thickes (uncle)

Signed by testator
Witnesses: John Combes, Mary Bower (x), Jane Pheppard
Proved: 28 April 1768 (by Stephen Tubb)

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John Savage, yeoman of Langton Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Will endorsed: ‘Admission granted in 1779 the widow having married’.
Dated: 29 January 1772

- Thomas (son): lands at Nitson, stock and crop of Langton Farm where I now dwell

- Mary (daughter): 105

- Ann (daughter): 105

- Elizabeth (mother): 13/year

Executrix: wife if she continues a widow. If she marries then Mary and Ann (daughters) are executrixes
Signed by testator
Witnesses: Richard Greenham, William Goringe, John Goringe
Proved: sworn 19 October 1774

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Mary Cull, spinster of Langton Matravers, Dorset

- Body to be buried at Worth near my father

- Betty Cull (‘dearly beloved sister’) daughter of George and Sarah: my goods

- ‘I desire that my mother will not take it amiss that I have not let it to her as she is handsomely provided
  for and cannot want it – and as my brothers can better increase their fortunes than my sister can I hope
  they will not be angry with me’.

- 12 poor men to carry me to church: 5s each

- Hannah Smith: my sister to give her 5 in 1 month after my death ‘and all my “oll close” in consideration
  of the care and tenderness of her to me in all my illnesses’.

Executrix: Betty Cull
Signed by testator
Witnesses: Alice Cull, Hannah Smith
Commission: 10 March 1781
Proved: Betty Cull sworn 23 April 1781

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Richard Cole of Langton Matravers, Dorset
Dated: 17 January 1781

- ‘very sick and weak in body’

- Titus Corban: house and tenement and household goods except 2 large pewter dishes mentioned below.

- Harry and ‘Petter’ Corban: 1s 6d each

- George son of Thomas and Martha Harden: 2 large pewter dishes

Executor: Titus Corban
Signed by testator
Witnesses: William Talbot, John Talbot, Thomas B[?] (x)
Proved: 1782

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Austin Bower of Langton Matravers, Dorset
Dated: 27[?] September 1797

- Joseph (son): bed, bedstead, bedclothes, the bed called ‘Father’s own bed’, the use and proceeds
  of all my quarries, quarry houses and tools, and my wearing apparel

- Phebe (daughter): feather bed and bedstead

- Hannah (daughter): feather bed, bedstead and bedclothes and my late wife’s wearing apparel and my silver watch.

- Austin (son): 1 guinea

- Joseph, Phebe and Hannah (children): residue equally divided

Executor: Joseph (son)
Signed by testator
Witnesses: Ann A Brown and James Brown
Proved: 1804
Goods: valued under 100

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Joseph Cox, taylor and victualler, of Langton Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 4 April 1805

- ‘weak in body’

- Mary (wife): house I now live ‘used as a victualling house with outhouses, stable and garden.
  Then to John, William, Joseph, Samuel, Betty and Mary Cox (children) as joint tenants, forever.

- Mary (wife): household goods and furniture as long as she continues a widow then to children.

Executrix: Mary (wife)
Signed by testator
Witnesses: ‘Ellenr’ Bower, Thomas Lamb, Joseph Gover

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Joseph Chinchen, stone merchant of Langton, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset Dated: 17 June 1811

- James (brother): all

Executor: James (brother)
Signed by testator
Witnesses: Richard Spincer, Nathan Chinchen, G Filliter
Proved: 1811

Abstracted from transcript in Sue Mills’ possession (from reference AD/DT/W/1827/29)

John Chinchen, senior, Stonemason of Langton Matravers, Dorset Dated: 17 August 1826

- ‘Marey’ Chinchen (‘beloved wife’): houses, lands and goods that belonged to her before I married her,
  and half the goods we bought since marriage. Also all the yearly income of my ‘sewting’ houses at Langton.
  ‘She is to keep it in a Descent Repair and to have the use of my Bed and Bedsteed, for her life, to Lay on,
  with caretaking and any perticuler thing for her own use during her life, But only one third of the set of
  Chainey we bought since marrage’

- Jonathan Chinchen (nephew): the West House and lands belonging at Langton Matravers

- Charles Lander (nephew): ‘the East Rooms above and below, and lands, and right to the staires and pasage,
  and half the out houses and garden, and a right to the well’

- John Lander (nephew) son of Mary Lander: ‘the West Rooms above and below, and a right to the staires
  and under staires and the pasage, and half the out houses and gardens, and a right to the well and lands
  in Langton Matravers’

- Neither of the above nephews are to possess until after my wife’s death. Each nepjew to pay 6 to be divided
  between Edward Chinchen (brother), ‘others three Children’ and Betty Standley (sister), ‘other six children
  or there children’

- Charles Chinchen and Jonathan Chinchen: ‘to inspect into all my rights, and take an account of all that
  belong to my wife and me, and see that justus is done in every respect.’

- John Standley (nephew): silver watch

- Sarah Gradey (niece): silver cream mug

- Mary ‘Ronens’ (niece): ‘my Grape Gould Ring’

- Margaret Bower (niece): silver tablespoon

- Mary Harlock (niece): silver tea tongs

- Sarah Lander (niece): silver tablespoon,

- The above nieces and nephew to have an equal share of the other goods of mine ‘to be equally divided
  between my Brother Edward Chinchen and my two sisters' children or their children, and all my wearing
  apparel to be equally divided between my Brother and sisters' sons.

Executrix: Mary Chinchen (wife)
Signed by testator: John Chinchen, senior
Witnesses: Henry Corben, Charles Hayward, Thomas Vey Saunders
Proved: 13 July 1827

Abstracted from transcript in Sue Mills’ possession (from reference AD/DT/W/1827/30)

Mary Chinchen, widow of Langton Matravers, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset Dated: 18 June 1827

- Elizabeth (sister) wife of William Smith, blacksmith of Sandwich otherwise Swanage,: half part
  of two freehold messuages with the outhouses, Gardens, land and premises at Sandwich otherwise
  Swanage, now in the occupations of John Harden and William Medway. After her decease then to her
  daughter Margaret Smith (niece) If Margaret Smith has no issue then to Elizabeth (niece) wife of
  Thomas Hibbs, labourer of Langton Matravers, forever.

- Thomas Savage (brother), yeoman of Knitson, Isle of Purbeck: my silver watch and case.

- Elizabeth Smith (sister) and Ann Cross (sister) wife of Thomas Cross, stone mason of Langton Matravers:
  residue of money, securities for money, household goods, furniture and estate

Executors: the said William Smith and Thomas Cross
Signed by testatrix
Witnesses: Phineas Chinchen, Charles Hayward, Robert D Marshfield
Proved: 28 September 1827

 

DHC reference: Ad/Dt/A/1846/5

Isaac Crocker, Parish Clerk, widower, Herston in Langton Matravers
Administration: Arthur Crocker, servant of High Hall, Wimborne Minster (grandson) to administer goods etc
1 December 1846

 
9 December 1846
Sworn under 100 (Isaac Crocker died 5 November 1846)

 

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John Gardner, builder of Langton Matravers, Dorset
Dated: 2 September 1847

- Ann (‘dear wife’): all lands, messuages etc, forever

Executrix: Ann (wife)
Signed by testator
Witnesses: Aaron Smith, Frederick Smith, Stewart White
Proved: 24 February 1851 by Ann Gardner, widow.
Goods sworn under 2000
Testator died 4 October 1850

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John Kearley, yeoman of Langton Matravers, Dorset
Dated: 9 August 1851

- George (son): 60, to be paid 1/month until all is paid, remaining to his children as shall be living

- Mary Ann Bascombe (daughter) wife of James: 150 to be paid in 12 months

- Eliza Hartnell (daughter) wife of John: 100 to be paid in two instalments, 50 2 years after my decease
  and 50 5 years after my decease

- Jane Wellstead (daughter) wife of George: 5

- John (son): residue

Executor: John (son)
Signed by testator
Witnesses: John Barnett Gillingham, draper of Wareham and Harry Jenkins, yeoman of Langton
Commission: 26 February 1852 to John Kearley of Langton Matravers, executor to administer
goods of the deceased
Goods sworn under 600
John Kearley (testator): died 15 November 1851
Commission executed: 3 March 1852

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John Kearley, yeoman of Langton Matravers, Dorset
Dated: 1 June 1853

- Susannah (wife): all real and personal estate, tenements, live and dead stock and crop farming utensils
  and implements

Executrix: Susannah (wife)
Mark of testator (x)
Witnesses: H D DeLaMotte, surgeon of Swanage, Robert D Marshfield, Attorney at Law of Wareham
Commission: 12 July 1853
Goods sworn under 600
Testator died 2 June 1853
Signed by executrix
Commission executed: 15 July 1853

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Jasper Rabbetts, Toll Gate Keeper of Langton Matravers, Dorset
Dated: 17 April 1854

- ‘being sick’

- Sarah (wife): household goods

- Sarah (wife) and Thomas (son): money in my possession and all debts due to me divided between them

Executor: Henry De LaMotte, surgeon of Swanage
Signed by testator
Witnesses: William C Burt, William Eyers, John Corben
Commission: to Henry Digby Coles Delamotte, surgeon of Swanage the executor in the will of the
deceased to administer.
Goods sworn under 200
Oath: that Jasper Rabbetts died 18 April 1854
Signed by Delamotte
Certified that the commission was executed 31 May 1854
Appeared personally William Cole Burt, merchant of Swanage. He made oath that he was witness to the
execution of the will of the deceased.
Signed by William Cole Burt
Sworn 1 June 1854 to the truth of this affidavit

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Titus Saunders, dairyman of Langton Matravers, Dorset
Dated: 22 April 1852

- Elizabeth (wife): 2 freehold cottages, Swanage. After her decease, the north cottage to Charlotte Bower
  (niece) of Langton Matravers, then to George and Aaron Smith (nephews). The other cottage adjacent to the
  north cottage after wife’s decease to Thomas Smith (nephew) of the Town of Liverpool, then to George and
  Aaron Smith (nephews)

- Elizabeth (wife): household goods, then to Thomas, George and Aaron Smith and Charlotte Bower
  their sister (nephews and niece)

- John Rowlands of Worth Matravers: 5

Executors: George and Aaron Smith (nephews)
Mark of testator (x)
Witnesses: David Davies, Clerk of Langton Matravers, James Talbot of Langton, and Robert Handcock of Langton
Proved: 10 April 1855 by George Smith, blacksmith of Langton Matravers and Aaron Smith, blacksmith
of Langton Matravers
Goods sworn under 600
Testator died 19 March 1855

Letter: Swanage 31 March 1855
‘Gentlemen. I beg to forward the enclosed valuations as requested. I have put them separate as I think freehold
does not pay – If you hand both to your attorney he will be able to inform you. I remain Gentlemen’ John S Smedmore

Valuation made 31 March 1855 by John S Smedmore, Swanage
Furniture, linen, ware, books and wearing apparel: 13 7s 6d
Money in house 2
Savings Bank 340
National Provincial Bank 203
Total: 558 7s 6d
Valuation of two freehold cottages and gardens
‘These cottages are situate near and on the west side of the Mill Pond at Swanage and in the occupation of
John Baker and George Medway’
Their total value: 120