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Transcript of the Will of Abraham Burnell of Chelsea 1801-2


In the Name of God Amen

I Abraham Burnell of Lawrence Street in the parish of Chelsea Middlesex being in perfect health and of sound mind memory and understanding do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) Inprimis I do resign my Soul to God who gave it hoping for remission of all my sins through the alone merits and mediation of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ and in full confidence of a Resurrection again to life and Judgement by Him, and as I do desire to rest in peace until that awfull Day comes I beg my Body may be Buryed in the same grave with my dear Wife deceased in as plain and decent a manner as may be and as to my Temporal Effects which it has pleased God to Bless me with I do Dispose of them as follows First I give and bequeath to my two Brothers Timothy and Benjamin Burnell one hundred pounds both (in case they survive me) and to my own Nephews that is to say Peter Burnell, Robert Burnell, James Burnell, Abraham Burnell, Caleb Burnell and Benjamin Burnell and to my Nieces Elizabeth Nichols, Isabella Prockter, Ann Dixon and Elizabeth Griffin Three hundred and Seventy five pounds Each and to my little Nephew Thomas Griffin two hundred and fifty pounds and if any of these Nephews or Nieces dye before me and leave any Children such Child or Children to have that same Legacy as the parent originally divided but not to go to the wife or husband of such deceased Nephew or Niece but to the Children in Blood. I also give to my Nephews in Law John Cousins Esq and his Wife Ten pounds both and to his Brother William Cousins and his wife Ten pounds both, and to William Crawshaw Esq and his wife Ten pounds both I also give to the Treasurer and Governors of Saint George’s Hospital near Hyde Park Corner the Sum of Fifty pounds towards the Support of that Hospital   Also to the Treasurer and Governors of Sunday School and School of Industry in Lawrence Street where I live twenty pounds towards Supporting that Charity  the Rest and Residue of my Effects of all kinds wheresoever the same may be or of whatsoever it may Consist at the time of my decease after discharging all my Lawful Debts Funeral Expenses and finishing any Business I may have undertaken or begun in my life time and not completed I give and bequeath to my Four Nephews, Peter, Robert, James and Abraham Burnell equally between them and I do appoint them or any two of them to be Executors of this my will with full power to order what decent Mourning they may Judge proper to give my Servant or Servants or any other Gratuity they shall think Due to any person who may attend me at the time of my decease without being called to account for the same therefore revoking all former wills by me before made I do declare this to be my last Will and Testament written with my own hand and Signed and Sealed this fourth day of September 1801  Abm Burnell Signed Sealed and Witnessed as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us and of each other as witnesses thereto A. Durham and Thos Wooley China Walk.

 

Image of the original willWhereas Since the making and Executing my Last Will and testament bearing date the fourth Day of September 1801 I have purchased a Small Freehold Estate at Bramley Grange in the Township of Grewelthorp near Ripon in the West Riding of the County of York I do give Devise and bequeath the said Freehold Estate to my two Nephews James Burnell and Abraham Burnell equally to be divided between them to have and to hold the said Freehold Estate together with all Rights Tenements and appurtenances thereto belonging and to their living Executors or assigns for Ever as Tenants in Common they paying nevertheless out of the said Estate One thousand pounds to the Children of their Brother Peter Burnell and sister Elizabeth Nichols equally divided among the said Children to those that are of age within one year after my decease and those under the age of 21 when they arrive at that age, or day of Marriage if Daughter  with Interest from and after one year next after my decease and I do hereby ratify and confirm my said Will in every respect with this addition that if my Nephew Robert Burnell should die before me that his Brother Benjamin Burnell be my Executor and the Residuary Legatee with one other of my Country Nephews mentioned in my Will provided there be any residue to divide and I do declare this writing to be a Codicil to my said Will and annexed thereto as part thereof     In Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this fourth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two.  Abm  Burnell Signed Sealed and Declared by the said Abm Burnell as a codicil to his last Will and Testament in the presence of us each other as witness thereto  James Howell  Robert Barth  David Eggleton  Church Lane Manor Street Chelsea

 

This Will was proved at London with a Codicil the first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four before the Worshipful Charles Cook Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Peter Burnell and Robert Burnell the Nephews and two of the Executors named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said Deceased having been first sworn duly to adminr power reserved of making the like grant to James Burnell and Abraham Burnell the Nephews also and the other Executors named in the said Will when they shall apply for the same.

 

This Will was proved at London with a Codicil the Eighteenth Day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Five before the Worshipful Charles Cook Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Peter Burnell and Robert Burnell the Nephews of the Deceased and two of the Executors named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased they having been first sworn duly to administer power reserved of making the like grant to James Burnell and Abraham Burnell the Nephews also and the other Executors when they or either of them shall apply for the same  The probate of the Will of the said Deceased granted in the month of June last to the said Peter Burnell and Robert Burnell under the sum of five  thousand pounds having been first bought in voluntarily and declared null and void as by arts of court circular.      7500

 

The original copy of Abraham Burnell’s will is held in the National Archives in London

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