Swanage Wills

Summaries of registered wills in PCC by Richard Wiltshire made using
The National Archives PCC Will Index and PROB 11 microfilms at the Family Records Centre, London.


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PROB 11/1871/39

Joseph Stickland, Quarrier of Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 2 February 1826

- ‘being in good health’

- Elizabeth (‘beloved wife’): all property in the 3% consolidated annuities in the Bank of England
  and property at Plymouth; share of house and property attached on the shore with the Banker thereon;
  a leasehold house in Swanage Street; my quarry and quarry tools with my household furniture, money etc.

Executrix: Elizabeth (wife)
Witnesses: ‘Aaron Bowen’, Thomas Hardy, Thomas Hatchard
Proved: 3 January 1837 (to Elizabeth Stickland, widow (wife))

PROB 11/1876/280

John Harden, gentleman, of Swanage
Dated: 24 December 1829

- James Marsh, merchant, of Swanage, nephew: Pew or seat Number 13, Swanage Church

- Samuel Marsh, gentleman, of Swanage, nephew, and James Marsh: 50 to be held by them
  in trust, to be paid to Samuel Harden, brother at 5s/week, this to be given to wife or children
  depending on death.

- Richard Harden, brother: 50 paid in two instalments of 25. First within 3 months of my decease,
  second within nine months

- Samuel Marsh and James Marsh: 50 to be held by them in trust, to be paid to Joseph Harden,
  brother at 5s/week, this to be given to wife or children depending on death.

- Mary Medway, wife of George, and Ann Harden (daughters of Samuel Harden, brother), Charles Harden,
  Catherine wife of William Phippard, Phineas Harden, Hester Harden, Mary Ann Jago wife of Thomas
  (children ‘of my late brother Richard), and John Harden, Mary Corban wife of Peter, George Harden and
  James Harden (children of Joseph, brother), 10 each.

- Mary Ann Canon, servant: 5.

- Samuel Marsh: 10 to be paid to Sarah Harden, daughter of Joseph, brother.

- Samuel and James Marsh: 200 Bank stock in the 3 per centum Reduced Annuities to be used
  for: 100 Bank stock to pay the rent of Samuel Harden’s house, 100 Bank stock to pay the rent of
  Joseph Harden’s house

- Samuel Marsh: feather bed and bedstead which I now sleep on, with the furniture belonging, mahogany
  chest of drawers, 6 mahogany chairs, 2 mahogany arm chairs, mahogany Pembroke table, mahogany
  oval tea table, easy chair, wash hand stand, mahogany night table, small trunk, spirit case, tea caddy,
  carpet hearth rug, coal scuttle, fire irons, fender, spy glass barometer, secretary, pictures and time piece
  ‘now in the room I occupy’ in the house of Samuel Marsh.

- Samuel, Richard and Joseph Harden, brothers: wearing apparel to be divided between them.

- Remainder to Samuel Marsh, James Marsh, Hannah wife of John Hancock, Lieutenant in Majesty’s
  Royal Navy, Barbary Penny, wife of John of London, Gentleman.

Samuel and James Marsh: Executors
Witnesses: Ann Collins, Benjamin Watson, Robert Dugdale

Codicil: (former codicil dated 27 January 1832) 10 November 1835
Witnesses: Susannah Hayson[?], spinster, Swanage, William Hatchard, tailor, Swanage,
Robert Dugdale, solicitor, Wareham.

- Mary Medway, wife of George, stonemason, of Swanage: 50 bequested in the former codicil made void,
  now ‘20 in addition’ to any other legacy.

- Samuel Harden and Joseph Harden ‘since deceased’: their 5s/week to be divided among nephews and nieces.

- Richard’s 50 made null and made into residuary estate.

- Ann Harden, wife of nephew John, deceased: 10

- Samuel and Richard Harden, brothers: my seat in Swanage Church in their occupation. The seat then to go
  to Hannah Hancock wife of John, Lieutenant of Royal Navy, niece.

Appeared Personally: Samuel Marsh, the younger, gentleman of Swanage, Robert Dugdale, of Wareham
(knew John Harden for 30 years), William Lance, Linen Draper of Wareham, to explain the former codicil
which couldn’t be found but was drafted by Dugdale and copied by Lance. Marsh sworn to the truth of this
6 April 1837.
Proved: 12 April 1837 (to Samuel Marsh and on behalf of James).

PROB 11/1884/690

Elizabeth Stickland, Widow of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 5 January 1837

- ‘being in a weak state of body’

- Benjamin Bower Stickland, Sarah Bower Coleman, Mary Stickland, Peter Stevens Stickland and
  Ann Stickland (5 children): money in 3% consolidated annuities in Bank of England, share of all
  leasehold houses and land and share in freehold house in Plymouth. Share in houses on the shore
  with a banker thereon. Also leasehold house now in occupation of Moses Farwell on a yearly rent.

- Benjamin Bower Stickland and Peter Stevens Stickland (sons): quarries with quarry tools

Executor and Executrix: Benjamin Bower Stickland and Sarah Bower Coleman
Witnesses: Aaron Bower, William Alford, junior, Thomas Hardy
Proved: 25 September 1837 (on oaths of Benjamin Bower Stickland and Sarah Bower Coleman, wife of Samuel)

PROB 11/1932/559 [abstract of transcription given to Sue Mills].

Nathan Chinchen, Merchant of Sandwich otherwise Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 6 May 1836

- Mary Pickford widow of the late Jacob Downing Pickford Esquire, Sarah Galloway, widow of the late
  Thomas Galloway, Surgeon, Elizabeth White, the wife of Lieutenant Colonel William Grove White,
  late of the ninety fourth Regiment of Foot and Susannah Dugdale the wife of Robert Dugdale of Wareham,
  Gentleman (nieces): 400 each to be paid as follows: 200 each in one year after my decease and the
  remaining 200 each in two years after my decease.

- Mary Pickford, Sarah Galloway, Lieutenant Colonel William Grove White and Robert Dugdale:
  20 to purchase mourning Rings.

- Elizabeth Baker of Winfrith Newburgh, widow: 5 to purchase mourning and 6 pence weekly for her life.

- Elizabeth Stickland (my Servant): 10.

- Jane Trent (my Servant, 'provided she shall be living with me at the time of my decease'): 2.

- Thomas Stickland (my Foreman): 5

All above legacies to be paid in one month after my decease.

- Elizabeth White (aforesaid niece): Pew, No. 8 in the Parish Church of Sandwich now in the occupation
  of Mrs Deborah Pyke, forever.

- William Grove White the Younger (great Nephew): all rest and residue of my freehold messuages,
  Bankers and Boat Hales, with the Land and premises thereto belonging in Sandwich and elsewhere,
  together with my Pews and sittings in the Parish Church of Sandwich. Also my Copyhold houses,
  Gardens and premises at Sandwich now in the occupation of myself and others. Also Messuages,
  Bankers and Boat Hales and all my Lands, Gardens and Premises at Sandwich and elsewhere held
  by lease. Also all other real and personal estate, live and dead Stock, Crops of Corn and Hay Waggons,
  Carts, Implements of husbandry, vessels, Lighters, Boats,Ropes, Sails, Oars, Moorings, Anchors, Cables,
  Tackle, Apparel, Stock of Stone, Coal, Goods in the Counting houses and warehouses, Monies, Book
  debts, Securities for money, tools, implements belonging to the trade, together with the joint Stock and
  Trade in my Co-partnership account (now carrying on with my great Nephew William Grove White the
  younger of Sandwich, Merchant, Son of the aforesaid Lieutenant Colonel William Grove White) household
  goods, furniture, Plate, Linen, Woollen, China, Glass, Books, Wearing Apparel, Watches, Ornaments of
  the person, monies, Bank Notes etc. in my house at Sandwich and elsewhere. 

Executor: William Grove White the younger (great nephew)
Witnesses: William John Roberts, William Travers, Thomas Hardy 'Juner'.

Codicil: Dated 26 March 1839.
I revoke the bequest in my will to my niece Sarah Galloway, widow of the
late Thomas Galloway, Surgeon of 400. Instead the 400 goes to great Nephew, William Grove White
the younger of Sandwich, Merchant (Son of Lieutenant Colonel William Grove White, late of the ninety
fourth Regiment of Foot) upon trust that he shall in two years next after my decease, lay out and invest
the Sum in the Purchase of Stock in 3% Consolidated Bank Annuities, and pay the interest to my Niece,
Sarah Galloway for her life, then after her death to my great niece Elizabeth White Galloway, daughter of
my said Niece, Sarah Galloway, for her life, and then after her death it goes to my Great Nephew,
William Grove White the younger for his absolute use.

Witnesses: Henry Digby Cotes De La Motte, Surgeon, Swanage, Dorset and John Stickland,
Stone Mason, Swanage, Dorset.

Codicil: Dated 10 March 1840. I revoke the bequest in my said Will to my niece, Mary Pickford,
widow of the late Jacob Downing Pickford Esquire of 400. I do hereby ('in consideration of the Sum
of one hundred pounds already lately paid and advanced to the said Mary Pickford in part of the aforesaid
Sum of four hundred pounds so bequeathed to her in my said Will') give and bequeath 300 to my said
Niece, Mary Pickford.

Witnesses: Henry Digby Cotes De la Motte, Surgeon, Swanage, Dorset. John Stickland, Stone Mason,
Swanage, Dorset.
Proved: 1 August 1840

PROB 11/1951/611

Samuel Cross, gentleman, of Swanage
Dated: 28 May 1840

- ‘My dear children since I have made my will about of 8 years since my property is very much reduced
  (you all of you know how) therefore the instrument that was drawn up then is of no “youse” now’

- Rachel (‘dear wife’): enjoy property and household goods. After our deaths to be divided as follows
  after funeral expenses and 200 paid to John Cross after the death of my sister and her husband
  and 270 to Mrs John Gane children left to them by my late brother Mr Joseph Cross which must be
  held in trust for them’, the money lent to Mr Hebditch on mortgage of some houses must be called in:

- ‘You know my dear children that you Samuel, Eliza and Thomas Elmes Cross have had your 1000
  left to you by your late uncle Joseph Cross but your sister Mary Rachel Cross has not had hers’.
  Therefore what moneys remain from the mortgages on Mr Hebditch’s estate and Mr Curl’s after the
  before mentioned legacies and debts are paid, should be applied to give her the 1000 left to her by her
  uncle and make up the deficiencies of my 2 houses, garden and stables and wash house must be sold
  or to be let or that her brother Thomas can pay the trustees of this will a sum to make up the money.

- Mary Rachel (daughter): house, garden and houses in occupation of John Smedmore. If she marries
  her husband is to have non control over them.

- Samuel (son) and Eliza Marsh (daughter): 15 for mourning to be paid out of the Vauxhall estate.

- Thomas (son): 2 houses, stables, wash house and garden and orchard. He is to pay his sister so
  much to make up the 1000, through rent or selling. Also all the interest I have in the Vauxhall estate
  now in the hands of John Panny(?).

- Bed linen, table linen, towels and counterpanes and blankets to be divided in 2 lots. 1 lot for Thomas
  and 1 lot for Samuel and Eliza.

- Mary Rachel (daughter): pianoforte, mahogany prees(?) ‘beadstead’, mattress, ‘bead bolster’ and 2 pillows,
  and also her bed which she sleeps in a tent ‘beadstead’ painted green with ‘bead bolster’, 2 pillows and mattress.
  Secretary and chest of drawers which stands in my room, work table and my ‘sopha’, second best chimney
  glass, mahogany chiffinea (?), the pillow and the ?aro table and table clock, 5 mahogany chairs, arm chair,
  easy chair, 6 bedroom chairs drab and blue with cane seats, dressing table and washstand, large swing and
  small swing glass, my best set of china and rosewood tea caddy with part of the glass and one of the sideboards,
  pair of pictures views of ‘Abbys’ and small pictures that she claims and pair of the historical pictures.

- Samuel (son): pair of pictures that was his late uncle’s the Sailors Farewell and Soldiers Return, 4 post
  bedstead with the dimity furniture, bed bolster and 2 pillows and mattress.

- Eliza Marsh (daughter): bedstead with the dimity furniture, bed bolster, 2 pillows and hair mattress,
  which is all to go afterwards to her daughter Rachel Ann Marsh. Chest of drawers then to go to her
  daughter Elizabeth Mary Cross Marsh. Dining table ‘that we bought of James which is to be addey(?)
  laid at the death of her mother and a dressing table with drawers is for Mary Marsh’.

- Rachel Peryer Cross: ‘for a keepsake and may she read it to profit in Harvey’s meditations among the toombs’

- Joseph Cross: 6 volumes ‘of Josephys’

- Samuel Job Cross: 2 volumes of ‘Preestly Bible’

- Ann Eliza Cross: my book of psalms for a keepsake.

- Thomas Elmes Cross (son): rest of furniture to the benefit of him and sister ‘M.P.Cross’.

- Rachel Ann Cross: 2 volumes of life of Mrs Fletcher and my hymn book

- Rachel (‘dear wife’): to make any alterations to furniture.

Witnesses: Samuel Marsh, junior, Francis Bishop, John Seymour Smedmore
Proved: 28 September 1841 (Rachel Cross, widow and Samuel Marsh, younger who appeared
personally, swears that she wrote the will and any alterations sworn 16 September 1841.
Administration with will granted to Rachel.)

PROB 11/1951/119

Samuel Marsh, Merchant of Sandwich otherwise Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 10 December 1839,

- John Chisman Marsh and Samuel Henry Marsh (sons): all freehold, leasehold property in Swanage,
  and remainder and household goods

Executors: John Chisman Marsh and Samuel Henry Marsh (sons)
Witnesses: John Brown, late Wine Merchant of Wareham, Samuel Beaton Weston, James Voss of Woodyhide
Proved: 20 February 1842 (on oath of both sons)

PROB 11/1958/147

Reverend Thomas Oldfeld Bartlett, Clerk of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 17 June 1839

- Elizabeth (‘dear wife’): all freehold, copyhold, leasehold and personal estate if she continues a widow.
  If she marries or dies, then to Charles Oldfeld Bartlett (brother) and Reverend Walter Burton Leach
  (brother-in-law) in trust during the minority of Thomas Oldfeld Bartlett, Charles Lestwich[?] Oldfeld Bartlett
  and Robert Leach Bartlett (my 3 sons).

- Charles Oldfeld Bartlett (brother) and Reverend Walter Burton Leach (brother-in-law): estate in Yetminster
  by mortgage in trust to raise 450 each for Mary Frances Vincent Bartlett, Elizabeth Burton Leach Bartlett
  and Sarah Alicia Eleanor Bartlett (daughters) to be held in trust and to pay out 60/year to Thomas Oldfeld
  Bartlett (son) for his life ‘or until it shall please God to endue him with sufficient strength of mind in the opinion
  of my trustees to know the value of property and to be able to manage his own affairs’. If he doesn’t reach
  ‘such capacity’ or if he dies without issue then a further 200 each to be raised for my daughters
  subject to a share to Charles Lestwich[?] Oldfeld Bartlett. If he dies with no issue, then share to
  Robert Leach Bartlett when 22 years old.

- To raise 50 for each daughter to be held in trust for them subject to the use of Robert Leach Bartlett.
  In trust within 18 months after my son reaches 22 years to invest it in Government or real securities and
  to pay annual proceeds to daughters until they are 22 or married.

- Elizabeth (wife): empowered to sell and dispose of the stuffed birds cabinet of petrifactions and antiquities
  and cabinet of ancient coins, printed books and furniture, for the benefit of herself and children.

- Elizabeth (wife): all manuscript sermons for such son(s) as may take Holy Orders, if not then they are at her disposal.

- Plate and silver articles after wife’s decease to be divided equally. Each child is to choose according to seniority,
  one piece of plate, then a second piece etc and each portion to be weighed and the remainder to be divided.

- Thomas Oldfeld Bartlett (son): Poole Vase after my wife’s decease, on first son succession ‘as an heirloom’
  ‘and this I have not given to my said brother Charles Oldfeld Bartlett because it came not to me as taking it
  in succession but on an equal division of property’ on the decease of our late father.

- Residue: to wife then children.

- Charles Oldfeld Bartlett (brother) and Reverend Walter Burton Leach (brother-in-law): Charles Lestwich[?]
  Oldfeld Bartlett to become tenant of my copyhold estate in the several manors of Yetminster when 22 years old.

Executors and trustees: Charles Oldfeld Bartlett and Reverend Walter Burton Leach
Witnesses: W N Allford, Thomas W Kempthorne, Solicitors of Sherbourne, Dorset
Proved: 3 March 1842 (on oath of executors)

PROB 11/1964/408

James Hussey,  Linen Draper and Grocer of Swanage in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 3 December 1841

- Maria (wife) during her widowhood only, and Thomas Stickland, foreman to Mr White: freehold houses
  and premises in High Street, Swanage occupied by Thomas Coleman and Thomas Hadcraft. Houses
  and premises in Victoria Terrace, Swanage in occupation of myself and Mrs Elliott. Also tenements
  and premises in Providence Row occupied by Richard Toms and Thomas Masters, Lattimore and
  [blank] Elliott with all other freehold houses and stock in trade household goods, forever on trust to
  them to pay the rents to Maria (wife) ‘as long as she remains a widow for the better support of herself
  and also for the better support, maintenance and education and bringing up of all and every my children
  (except my son James)’ until they reach years. All to children except James (son) on wife’s death or
  second marriage.

Executrix and Executor: Maria Hussey and Thomas Stickland
Witnesses: William ‘Phippond’, Francis Bishop, Robert D Marshfield
Proved: 21 June 1842 (on oath of Maria Hussey, widow)

PROB 11/1969/674

Henry Gillingham, the elder, Gentleman of Swanage, Dorset,
Dated: 8 March 1838,

- Henry, son, Gentleman, of Rochford, Essex: all

Executor: Henry Gillingham
Witnesses: Jane Gillingham, Mary Kellaway, J Durant, solicitor, Poole
Proved: 05 October 1842

PROB 11/1978/298

Samuel Beaton, Gentleman of Newton, Swanage, Dorset

- James Voss, yeoman, of Woodyhide, Worth Matravers and James Panton, brewer of Wareham:
  household goods and furniture etc. upon trust to permit Elizabeth (wife) to use them then to be
  divided among children of John Beaton (late brother)

- Eliza Antram daughter of Elizabeth Antram, widow: 50 to buy mourning

- James Voss and James Panton: all freehold messuages and land in Swanage upon trust to sell them
  at public auction or private contract and rents from unsold land to be divided among children of John
  Beaton (late brother)

- James Voss and James Panton: residue to be divided (subject to proviso respecting to shares of Richard
  and Jane Beaton (nephew and niece) among: Susannah Burt, (wife of Reverend John Burt, Clerk) Rebecca
  Beaton, Richard Beaton, Elizabeth Antram (widow), Eunice Beaton, Jane Beaton, Ann Beaton,
  Sarah Beaton, Mary Fitzgerald (wife of Reverend John Fitzgerald, Clerk) and Maria Beaton – all children
  of John (late brother). Jane and Richard Beaton’s shares to be put in funds and the interest to be paid to
  them for their lives.

Executors: James Voss and James Panton
Witnesses: Clavell Filliter and Freeland Filliter, Solicitors of Wareham
Proved: 10 May 1843 on oaths of executors

PROB 11/1999/426

William Grove White (‘companion of the Bath’), Lieutenant Colonel in Her Majesties Army C.B.,
of Newton Cottage, Sandwich otherwise Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.
Dated: 16 October 1843

- Elizabeth (wife): Household goods, furniture, woollen, china, glass, wearing apparel, jewels, trinkets
  and ornaments of the person and eatables and drinkables in the house. All silver plate (except that
  bequeathed here) and books. After her death:
  - Louisa Smith (wife of William) (daughter): 6 table spoons, 6 desert spoons and 6 teaspoons and all the common silver.
  - Ann Bullen Marshfield and Elizabeth White (daughters): rest of plate and books on condition that they pay
    to their sister Louisa, in lieu of her share, 15 each.

- Charles Turkey White (nephew): gold watch and case

- Elizabeth White (daughter): 20 annuity

- Louisa Smith (daughter): 20 annuity plus interest due to me on account of monies advanced by me to
  her husband William to be issuing and payable out of my residual estate, annuities payable half yearly
  during my wife’s life time.

- Elizabeth White (wife): freehold house, wash house, gardens and premises and fixtures at Newton,
  Swanage and Seat Number 40 in Swanage Parish Church for her life then to William Grove White (son),
  merchant of Swanage, forever.

- Robert Dugdale Marshfield, Gentleman, of Wareham and Samuel Marsh, Gentleman, of Swanage:
  residue of personal estate and monies upon trust that they invest the same in Parliamentary Stocks
  or Public Funds in their names and use the interest for Elizabeth White (wife) for her life then one-third
  parts to Ann Bullen Marshfield, Elizabeth White and Louisa Smith (daughters). Louisa Smith’s part not
  to be liable to her husband. If she dies without issue, then to be divided between her sisters.

Executors: Robert Dugdale Marshfield and Samuel Marsh
Witnesses: Charles Willcox, surgeon of Swanage and Robert Dugdale, solicitor of Wareham
Proved: 16 May 1844 (on oaths of executors).

PROB 11/2029/044

Hester Marsh, widow of Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 16 April 1841

- Sarah Bartlett Strickland, widow of Swanage: 150, goldwatch and case, red case, spectacles,
  small silver butter boat and silver table spoon (marks W.E.P. and C.)

- John Cole Davis, of Swanage, nephew: small oak table, ‘fire stove in my bedroom’, pair of glass
  salts and silver table spoon (marks J.S.C.)

- Hester Agnes Davis, daughter of John Cole Davis: 100 when 21 years old, to be invested; silver half pint cup,
  seven silver tea spoons (marked H. C.) and silver sugar tongs.

- John William Cole Burt, nephew: freehold meadow called ‘Bull Plot’, Herston, Swanage in occupation
  of Edward Brown, freehold house and garden adjacent to the meadow in occupation of Thomas Phippard.
  Also freehold garden, Herston in occupation of John King. Also pew Number Nine, Swanage Church.

Executors: John William Cole Burt and James Kent, of Corfe Castle
Witnesses: Samuel Marsh, William Hamilton Bridle, Robert D Marshfield
Proved: 2 January 1846

PROB 11/2054/329

John Hounsell, Dairyman of Herston, Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 5 October 1833

- George Hounsell (son), tailor of Wareham: freehold cottage and garden, Church Knowle in occupation
  of Robert Manuel, labourer, forever. Leasehold cottage and garden in Worth Matravers ‘which I let to the
  Overseers there’ for the rest of the term of interest.

- Sarah Stickland Hounsell and Elizabeth Durham Hounsell (daughters): three freehold cottages in Herston,
  Swanage in occupation of myself, George Cross and David Harris, forever. Also household goods, plate,
  beds, linen, woollen, watches, pictures, clock and trinkets.

- George, Sarah and Elizabeth (son and daughters): Residue

Executor: George (son)
Witnesses: John Gillingham, Joseph Gillingham and Elizabeth Gillingham
Proved: 24 April 1847 (on oath of George (son)

PROB 11/2058/523

Joseph Smedmore, Mariner of Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 20 September 1830

- Anna (wife): interest of my lands, houses, vessels and boats, money in funds etc., if she remains a widow.

- Ann, Mary, Jane and Joseph (daughters and son): to share with their mother unless they are married and none
  of my property is to be sold except to pay debts (if any).

- Sarah (daughter): house she now lives in, the Kitchen adjoining it and the garden from Mrs Warren’s
  back house from the North to the terrace north wall and from Mr Crosses wall eastwards to the wedge
  of the road that divides the garden. Also the house that ‘Able’ Bonfield lives in with the garden.

- Ann, Mary and Jane (daughters): equal share in the house I now live and garden with the house Mr Strong
  lives in and garden and the house William Hardy lives in with the garden, forever.

- James (son): houses and gardens that George Chinchen, T Toop and P Bower live in, forever.

- John S (son): house Thomas Hatchard lives in and house and shop and yard adjoining and the houses
  Joseph Harden and William Hatchard live in and the garden to the same.

- Joseph (son): houses Samuel Bonfield, John Briggs and Elizabeth Brown live in and gardens to the same, forever.

- Household furniture and vessels to be divided among my seven children at the death of their mother or when
  she marries.

Executor and Executrixes: John S and Ann (son and daughter)
Witnesses: Samuel Marsh, Henry Marsh and John Chisman Marsh
Proved: 5 June 1847 (on oaths of John Seymour Smedmore and Ann Smedmore, spinster)

PROB 11/2073/302

Rachel Cross, widow of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 19 September 1844

- Samuel Cross (son) and Edward Savage Bailey of Berners Street, London: all the debt owing to me
  from James Marsh and the property which has been assigned to Mr John B [blank] as a trustee for
  me for securing the repayment thereof. To be held on trust to convert it into money and divide it into
  four parts: one part for Samuel Cross (son), one part for Thomas Elmes Cross (son), one part to invest
  in covenant, real or long leasehold securities to pay dividends to Eliza (daughter) and the last part
  invested in the same way for Mary Rachel (daughter).

Executors and Trustees: Samuel (son) and Edward Savage Bailey
Witnesses: Charles Willcox, Surgeon of Swanage, Francis Bishop, Builder of Swanage
Proved: 27 April 1848 (on oath of Samuel (son) (Edward Savage Bailey had renounced his powers)

PROB 11/2075/423

Deborah Pyke, widow of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 19 December 1843

- Elizabeth Dean Bissett (daughter): furniture, plate, linen, china, books, pictures, wearing apparel,
  jewels and ornament, my wine and other liquors

- Elizabeth Dean (sister): 50

- Ann Haysom (servant): 10

- Robert Carruthers (grandson): 100 consolidated 3% annum when 21 years

- Clavell Filliter and Freeland Filliter, solicitors of Wareham: residue, upon trust to invest it in securities
  for three equal fifth parts. One for my daughter and to the three (now living) children of my daughter.
  One for Benjamin Browning the younger (grandson) and one for John Browning (grandson) when 21 years.
  If the grandsons die then their share goes to the children of my daughter.

Executors: Clavell Filliter and Freeland Filliter
Witnesses: William Grove White, Merchant of Swanage, H De La Motte, Surgeon of Swanage
Proved: 3 May 1848 (on oaths of both executors)

PROB 11/2075/436

William Tomes, Quarryman of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 4 February 1843

- Elizabeth, wife, household goods, freehold and leasehold messuages in Swanage and Poole, and shares
  in vessels called the ‘Sygnet’ and ‘Purveyor’. After her decease –

- William, son, leasehold messuage in his occupation, Swanage

- William and George, sons, freehold messuage at West Butts, Poole in occupation of Richard Collins

- George, son, freehold messuage, Swanage in occupation of William Coleman, ‘myself’, and the said
  George together with the half a yard in both his and George’s occupation. On death of George,
  George’s wife Mary gets rents and profits. If she marries or dies then to their children. If dead then
  to William, son and his wife Sarah and their children.

- William, son, two freehold messuages, Swanage in occupation of Henry Pushman and John Downton
  and the half part of yard at the rear.

- George, son, half part or share of ‘Sygnet’ ‘of which he is now the Commander’.

- William, son, half part or share of ‘Purveyor’ ‘now commanded by Captain Masters’. Also all wearing
  apparel and stock of pavier and other stone.

Executor: William Tomes, son
Witnesses: Charlotte Sarn(?), William E Scott
Proved: 25 May 1848

PROB 11/2088/134

Thomas Randell the elder, Merchant of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 26 June 1846

- Thomas (son): freehold bankers deposits for stone, forever. Copyhold or customary house where I now
  reside at Swanage with the coal store with the right of extending the same 10 feet to the south into the
  garden hereafter devised to Judith Hatchard, and the yard and garden adjoining. ‘I hereby direct that the
  west entrance to the gatehouse and the present entrance to the drying loft in the house adjoining on the
  east shall be closed up so that the backyard shall belong exclusively to the said dwelling house’. Thomas
  to pay 2/year Lord’s rent for the copyhold.

- Alice Harvey, widow (daughter): Copyhold or customary house in Swanage also with a Chamber in the
  house adjoining on the eastern side, paying 2/year Lord’s Rent.

- Mary Brown Randell (daughter): share of leasehold house and land called Byles Living in Swanage for
  residue of term. Copyhold or customary house in Swanage in occupation of George Pushman, junior
  with garden except the Chamber aforementioned. Copyhold or customary house in Swanage in occupation
  of Robert Chinchen with garden, paying 2/year Lord’s Rent.

- Judith Hatchard (daughter): Copyhold or customary houses in Swanage in occupation of George Pushman,
  the elder and Richard ‘Seymer’ with garden, subject to the said right to extend the coal yard 10 feet,
  paying 1 6s 7d/year Lord’s Rent.

- William Hatchard (grandson): two leasehold cottages and gardens, Herston in occupation of Samuel Harris
  and [blank] Clapcott. If he dies before 21 years then goes to Judith Hatchard.

- Thomas Harvey (grandson): leasehold house and garden near turnpike gate, Herston in occupation of
  Edmund Woodrow. If he dies before 21 years then goes Alice Harvey.

- Mary Brown Randell (daughter): 300 and my policies for 100 each on the life of Aaron Bower.

- Alice Harvey (daughter): 200

- Judith Hatchard (daughter): 200

- William Hatchard (grandson): 100 when 21 years. Interest to be used for his education and maintenance.
  If he dies then to Judith Hatchard.

- Grace Foster (daughter): 50

- Thomas Randell (son) and William Hatchard (son-in-law): 150 on trust to invest in good securities and pay
  yearly interest to Grace Foster for her life and then divide the 150 among her children.

All legacies to be paid in 12 months.

Executors: Thomas Randell (son) and William Hatchard (son-in-law)
Witnesses: Thomas Phippard and William Phippard

Codicil: dated 5 April 1847.
Revoke the 300 and 2 policies on the life of Aaron Bower to Mary Brown Randell (daughter).
Instead 400 and 2 policies to Thomas (son) and William Hatchard (son-in-law) on trust to invest the 400 and the
2 policies for 100 when the same shall be received on the said policies, in public funds and pay yearly interest to
Mary Brown Randell. If she has no issue then to Thomas, Alice, Judith and Grace (son and daughters).
Further 300 to Thomas (son) and William Hatchard (son-in-law) on trust to invest it and pay the interest of
100 part to Alice Harvey, then to her children; 100 part to Judith Hatchard, then to her children; 100 part to Grace Foster, then to her children in addition to the 150 stated in the will.

Witnesses: Thomas Phippard, solicitor of Wareham, William Collis, baker of Swanage

Further codicil: dated 6 December 1847.
Whereas Thomas (son) has promised and agreed to execute a bond
for payment to me of 600 within 3 years after the date thereof, I now give the sum to my executors to invest
it and pay interest of 300 to Judith Hatchard until her son William Henry Hatchard reaches 21 years then to
pay the sum to him. 100 interest to Mary Brown Randell for her life then of no issue to Thomas, Alice, Judith
and Grace (son and daughters). 100 interest to Grace Foster until her son James Foster reaches 21 years.
100 to Alice Harvey until her son Thomas Harvey reaches 21 years.
Whereas I gave Thomas (son) my freehold bankers he is now to take them as a gift.

Witnesses: Thomas Phippard, solicitor of Wareham, William Collis, baker of Swanage
Appeared personally, concerning the goods of Thomas Randell, deceased: Thomas Phippard, gentleman
of Wareham, stated that Thomas Randell ‘making a mark or cross at the foot…and for his signature thereto
he the said deceased being at such time unable by reason of bodily infirmity to write and sign his name’.
Sworn 31 January 1849.
Proved: 2 February 1849 (on oath of Thomas Randell, the surviving executor).

PROB 11/2104/910

Doctor Robert Carruthers, Doctor of Medicine and Surgeon in the Royal Navy of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 2 December 1833

- George Edwardes Carruthers, Surgeon of Mile End, Middlesex, George Biddett, Commander in
  Royal Navy of Lymington, County of Southampton, and John Gilliam Stilwell, Esquire of Arundel Street,
  Strand, Middlesex: all freehold house and garden in Swanage which I purchased of Jeremiah Warren and
  all other property on trust to convert into money and invest the same and pay interest for maintenance and
  education of Robert Law de Lauriston Carruthers (son) during his minority and to transfer the money to him
  at 21 years. If he dies then to George Edwardes Carruthers.

- George Edwardes Carruthers, George Biddett and John Gilliam Stilwell: all property vested in trust or mortgage
  to not exceed 500 to be used for the advancement in the world of Robert Law de Lauriston Carruthers (son)

Executors and guardians of his son: George Edwardes Carruthers, George Biddett and John Gilliam Stilwell
Witnesses: George Delmar, Norfolk Street, Strand, John Clavering, David Milne his Clerks.
Proved: 10 December 1849 administration with will annexed of the goods of Robert Carruthers of Swanage,
late of Long Fleet, Dorset granted to Robert Law de Lauriston Carruthers he having attained the age of 21 years.
The 3 executors having died in the lifetime of the testator. This grant was revoked by Interlocutory Decree.
19 March 1850 administration with will annexed granted to Robert Law de Lauriston Carruthers.
John Stilwell (executor) had revoked and is still surviving.

PROB 11/2129/250

Sarah Taylor, widow of late Reverend William Taylor, of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 1 January 1841

- ‘I request to be buried at Swanage in the vault with my late beloved husband’

- Real and personal property to Marianne Marsh (daughter) for her life, then half to her issue and the other
  half to son John for his life, then to his children. If daughter dies without issue then all to John.

Executor and Executrix: John (son) of Carshalton Park, Surrey and Marianne Marsh of Swanage (dau)
Witnesses: Charles Willcox, surgeon of Swanage, and James Hussey of Swanage.
Appears personally: 7 March 1851: Charles Willcox is sworn to the truth of the will by James Leonard Jackson,
Rector of Swanage, Commissioner
Proved: 24 March 1851 on oath of John Taylor (son) reserved of making the like grant to Marianne Marsh
wife of Samuel.

In margin: Proved: 19 July 1865 on oath of Marianne Marsh wife of Samuel.
Proved: 27 June 1882
Administration with will of goods granted at the Principal Registry to Mary Sarah Mason wife of the
Reverend Henry Mason, Clerk

PROB 11/2131/322

Susan Ralls alias Rawls, widow, of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 29 August 1850

- Mary Ann wife of Charles Birdille, Caroline wife of Thomas Trim, Maria wife of John Linington, John Ralls,
  Susan wife of William Padditon, and Georgina Ralls (children): ‘all my real and personal estate’ to be
  equally divided as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. Daughters’ shares to be independent of
  debts and husbands’.

Executor: John Stevens, Boot and Shoe Maker of Swanage
Witnesses: William Vye, Butcher of Swanage, Robert D Marshfield, Attorney at Law of Wareham

Codicil: 7 March 1851: Georgina Ralls (dau) ‘now residing with me’ all my household goods, furniture, plate,
linen and woolen, china, glass, wearing apparel and ornaments now in my dwelling house, Swanage.
Signed with X by Susan Ralls.
Witnesses: Phineas Melmoth, Robert D Marshfield
Proved: 30 April 1851 (administration with will and codicil of John Rawls (son), having sworn his duty to
administer, John Stevens having renounced as Executor)

PROB 11/2166/051

Ann Phippard, widow, of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 3 July 1851

- Ann Chinchen of Swanage, widow (daughter): legacy of 100 ‘bequeathed to me by the will of Richard Cass
  late of West Cowes Esquire deceased but which had not been yet paid to me’, and everything else.

- Anthony, George, Susan Welch, widow and Betsy wife of Daniel West (4 other children): 4 respectively
  out of the 100 legacy. If legacy does not come to Ann Chinchen then they ‘are not entitled to receive the same’.

Executrix: Ann Chinchen
Witnesses: William Melmoth, senior, William Melmoth, junior
Proved: 20 January 1853 (granted to Ann Tollerfield, wife of Charles, heretofore Chinchen, widow)

PROB 11/2179/709

Aaron Bower, Stone Merchant, of Swanage, Isle of Purbeck
Dated: 23 November 1847

- Louisa Diddams Smith (‘dear daughter’), wife of George Smith, carpenter: two freehold houses and field
  adjoining called Donnishay in occupation of Aaron Bower (himself) and Miss Hixons. Also four houses
  freehold opposite in occupation of James Alford and others as tenants. Also share of houses and lands
  (freehold and leasehold) in Plymouth, and money and other effects at Plymouth that may come to Bower
  by the will of late Mrs Eveleigh, wife of Thomas, and ‘any money that may fall to my share from any relative
  at Plymouth’. Also household furniture etc. Also one sitting in the church Number One South Aisle, also the
  seat Number Three South Aisle, also sitting Number Five, also two sittings Number Twenty-eight in the Gallery.

Executrix: Louisa D Smith
Witnesses: Samuel Coleman, Benjamin Bower Stickland, William Cooper
Proved: 13 October 1853 (Granted to Louisa D Smith – Benjamin Bower Stickland, quarryman, of Swanage
appears personally to swear 27 September 1853)

PROB 11/2187/151-200

William Smith, Blacksmith of Swanage in the Isle of Purbeck , Dorset
Dated: 13 October 1834

- Elizabeth (wife): leasehold house and Blacksmith’s Shop, Swanage in occupation of son Charles.
  Also a moiety (share) in Biles Living called Illminster Land, held in the lives of Aaron Bower and
  Nathan Chinchen at Swanage, entitled under the will of Moses Gillingham, deceased. Also interest
  in life policy of 200 to be returned on the decease of Aaron Bower.

Executrix: Elizabeth, wife
Witnesses: William Venables, George Day, accountant, Wareham
Proved: 4 February 1854 (granted to Charles Smith, son of Elizabeth (deceased)

PROB 11/2209/299

Elizabeth Cozens, ‘now a servant in the family of the Reverend J M Colson, Clerk of Swanage Dorset’
Dated: 3 November 1854

- Charlotte Cozens of Piddlehinton (sister): all

Executor: Joseph Cross, grocer of Piddlehinton
Witnesses: H De La Motte, surgeon of Swanage, John Morton Colson, Clerk of Swanage
Proved: 10 April 1855 (to Joseph Cross)

PROB 11/2217/698

Mary Hunt, widow, of Godlingstone, Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset
Dated: 2 April 1852

- James (son): 19 9s when 21 years old.

- Samuel Sams Hunt, Jane Hunt, Mary Ann Hunt, Elizabeth Hunt, John Hunt, Thomas Hunt and
  Edward Hunt (children): third part of all the personal estate and effects ‘I am entitled to’ of ‘my late
  husband’ ‘which is at present in the Farming business now carried on by me at Godlingstone, as
  tenants in common and not as joint tenants; and the remainder of my property, when 21 years old.

Executor: Samuel Sams Hunt (son)
Witnesses: Samuel Evans, saddler of Corfe Castle, and Robert D Marshfield, Attorney at Law of Wareham
Proved: 11 August 1855 (to Samuel Sams Hunt).

PROB 11/2187

John Smith, late of Court Farm, Swanage
Dated: 4 Dec 1853

- Wife : All freehold house of which I have lately become possessed under the Will of Mary Smith, for her own use
  and at her death, to be sold for the benefit of four sons and one daughter - George, John, William and Joseph Smith
  and Elizabeth Burden. If either sons or daughter should have departed this life before my beloved wife, their portion of
  all in this will stated to be for the benefit of the widow fatherless or motherless children of the departed son or daughter

 - George, John, William and Joseph Smith [sons], Elizabeth Burden [daughter] and Louisa Card [granddaughter]: Residue
   after funeral expenses, payment of just debts for mourning or the remainder, to be applied for the benefit of my wife so long
   as she shall live and whatever portion of money remaining to be divided equally

- Louisa Card [granddaughter] : If her portion should fall to her previous to marriage or her attaining twenty one, it is to be
  placed at interest by her Executors for her sole benefit. But if she should depart this life, the same to be equally divided between
  sons and daughter

Witness: William Fabian, James Perkin
Executors: Shoffield Sorrell Esq, of Leeson House and William Warder of Chapel Row, Portsea

Proved: 4 Feb 1854

PROB 11/2239/735

Thomas Benfield, Mariner of Swanage, Dorset
Dated: 5 September 1856

- William Hancock ‘residing in London’ (uncle): 19 9s

- Elizabeth Benfield, widow of Matthew ‘residing in London’ (aunt): 19 9s

- Mary Talbott, widow of William ‘residing at Corfe Castle’ (aunt): 19 9s

- John Hancock and Mary Phippard (cousins): 5 each

- John Hancock, Commander in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy: 80 and the rest (value must be at least 80)

Executor: John Hancock, uncle
Witnesses: Robert W Marshfield, solicitor, Wareham and Samuel Coleman, Swanage
Proved: 6 October 1856