In the last post I reported my discovery that my 6 x great grandmother Mary Gibson, widow of Lieutenant John Gibson, though residing in Stepney, owned property in Waltham Abbey, Essex – a finding that solved the mystery of how her daughter, my 5 x great grandmother Elizabeth Gibson, was able to give Waltham Abbey as her address when she married John Collins of Epping in 1753.
I’ve now tracked down the will of Mary Gibson, composed in 1788, which doesn’t mention the Waltham Abbey property directly, but provides a wealth of other information about the Gibson family, which I propose to review in another post. Here, I’ll post my transcription of Mary’s will:
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Gibson of Stepney in the county of Middlesex widow being in health of body and of sound mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner following (that is to say) first I resign my soul into the hands of almighty God my Creator and after my decease I direct that my body shall be put into a strong good coffin and after a reasonable time be interred in the vault belonging to the family in Stepney Church Yard and I also direct my children to see that my funeral is decently conducted out of respect to their late father and as to such worldly estate as I may die possessed of I dispose thereof as follows. I give devise and bequeath all that my messuage or tenement and premises with the appurts used as a sugar house and situate in Little Distaff Lane London let on lease to Mr Nathaniel Jarman at the xxx yearly amount of forty pounds unto my daughter Sarah Gibson and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life absolutely to and for her own sole use and benefit upon condition nevertheless that she my said daughter shall and do within three calendar months next after my decease pay off and discharge the sum of three hundred pounds now due and owing from me to Sir John Henniker baronet as mortgage of the said premises and not otherwise and from and after the decease of my said daughter Sarah Gibson or in case she shall xxx or refuse to pay off the said sum of three hundred pounds within the said xxx of three calendar months next after my decease as aforesaid then and in either of the said events I give and bequeath the several annuities hereafter xxx charged and chargeable upon and xxx out of the said xxx and premises (that is to say) one annuity or xxx yearly sum of five pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to my daughter Mrs Jane Coates for and during the term of her natural life one other annuity or xxx yearly sum of five pounds of like lawful money to my daughter Mrs Elizabeth Holdsworth for and during the term of her natural life one other annuity or xxx yearly sum of five pounds of like lawful money to my daughter Mrs Frances Bonner for and during the term of her natural life one other annuity or xxx yearly sum of five pounds of like lawful money to my daughter Mrs Ann Schwartz or to such person as she shall under her hand appoint to receiver the same for and during the term of her natural life and one other annuity or xxx yearly sum of five pounds of like lawful money to my grand daughter Frances Schwartz the daughter of the said Anne Schwartz for and during the term of her natural life and I direct that the several annuities of five pounds each so give to the said Jane Coates, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Frances Bonner, Anne Schwartz and Frances Schwartz as aforesaid shall be paid to them respectively by equal half yearly payments the first payment to begin and be made at the end of six calendar months next after the decease of the said Sarah Gibson and I do hereby charge and make liable the said messuage or tenement and premises to and with the payment of the said several annuities accordingly and I do hereby further will and direct that from and after the decease of any two of my said daughters Jane Coates, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Frances Bonner and Anne Schwartz who shall first happen to die that each two of them by (?) dying shall immediately after their respective deaths become (?) payable unto Esther Gibson alias Hester Gibson the daughter of my son Bowes John Gibson to be paid to her by equal half yearly payments for and during the term of her natural life the first payment of each annuity to be computed from the last payment prior to the day of the death of the annuitants so dying respectively and subject to and charged and chargeable with the said several annuities I give and devise the said messuage or tenement xxx and premises unto my son John Bowes Gibson and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life and from and after the decease of my said son Bowes John Gibson I give devise and bequeath the said messuage or tenement xxx and premises unto and amongst the said Esther Gibson and all and every other the child and children of my said son Bowes John Gibson (charged and chargeable nevertheless with such of the said annuities as shall be then existing) equally to be divided between them and share alike to take as tenants in xxx and not as joint tenants their respective heirs and assigns forever. I give and dispose of my household goods plate china and furniture in manner following (that is to say) I give unto my said daughter Sarah Gibson six gilt tea spoons and four silver table spoons two desert (sic) spoons and two salt spoons and the odd silver tea spoons all my blue and white china plates all my tea china and odd china with the little bowls The tea urn and best copper tea kettle pewter plates and small pewter dishes my mahogany bedstead with mohair (?) furniture the best feather bed and bolster and three down pillows my eiderdown pillow three of my best blankets the best quilts the little bedstead with white linen damask furniture with a feather bed and bolster three blankets and the little xxx belonging to it a large mattress for xxx bed with her (?) great arm chairs such xxx or stools as she shall xxx with fender tongs xxx and poker the large xxx mahogany tea table a xxx ditto my dressing glass and xxx glass in a gilt frame six worked chairs and my xxx stool chair and chamber great chair and dressing table all my wearing apparel table linen and xxx and also such of my box irons flats irons saucepans frying pans and coppers as she may think useful to her my repeating watch (if not before disposed of). I give unto my said son Bowes John Gibson all the plates and dishes with the arms of the family and the largest punch bowl I give to my daughter Jane Coates the next largest bowl and the plates with parrots I give to my daughter the said Elizabeth Holdsworth the next largest bowl with the enamelled (?) plates I give to my daughter the said Frances Bonner a large china dish a stag (?) and twelve soup plates or small dishes of white quilted china I give to my grand daughter the said Esther Gibson the next best bedstead and second best feather bed bolster and two pillows three blankets a xxx with white rug with my walnut tree chest upon chest of drawers two work’d chairs and two work’d stools and as to all the residue and remainder of my goods chattels estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever the same way be together with such arrears of rent as may be due to me at the time of my decease after payment of all my last debts and funeral and testamentary charges and expenses I give and bequeath the same unto and amongst my said children Bowes John Gibson, Jane Coates, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Frances Bonner, Anne Schwartz and Sarah Gibson equally to be divided between them share and share alike and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said son Bowes John Gibson and my said daughter Sarah Gibson executor and executrix of this my last will and testament and hereby revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made I do declare this present writing only contained in three sheets of paper to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I the said Mary Gibson the testatrix have to the first two sheets of this my will set my hand only and to this last sheet my hand and seal this fifteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight and in the twenty eighth year of the reign of King George the third Mary Gibson (S) Signed sealed published and declared by the said Mary Gibson the testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence of the said testatrix and at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Edwin Dawes, Chas Baratty, Welden Dawes
This will was proved at London the eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two before the worshipful xxx xxx Doctor of Laws and surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir William Wymot (?) knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Bowes John Gibson the son of the deceased and the surviving executor named in the said will to whom administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased was granted having been first sworn duly to administer.