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TitleWill of Samuel Bullock of Peldon 1814
AbstractThe Will of Samuel Bullock of Peldon, Gentleman 6 November 1814

Abstract

Starting out as a carpenter in Peldon like his father, grandfather and great grandfather before him, Samuel became a major landowner in the area and the description of 'Gentleman' in the will shows how far he had come.

His wife and all his children except his daughter, Jane Creek predecease him and Jane, along with his six grandchildren, are beneficiaries of the will. He appoints his friends, John Wilkin of Inworth, John Cooke Spurden of West Mersea and Edward Harvey of Great Horkesley as executors together with his daughter. He wills that all his properties be sold. He requests he be buried in the family vault in Peldon Church Yard. He makes provision for his workmen to receive 10 shillings each and their wives to have black gowns and gloves. The poor widows of Peldon receive five shillings. No properties are named but we do have the subsequent auction schedule see 'The Bullock Family of Peldon'

Transcription by Elaine Barker June 2021

In the Name of God Amen I Samuel Bullock
of Peldon in the County of Essex Gentleman being of sound Mind Memory
and Understanding (Thanks be given to Almighty God for the same) do make
this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say, First
and principally I resign my Soul to Almighty God hoping for Salvation
through the Merits of my blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ, And I desire that I
may be interred in the vault in peldon Church yard by the side of my late
beloved Wife who is buried there, And as to the temporal Estate which it hath
pleased God to bless me, I dispose thereof in manner following, that is to say,
I give devise and bequeath unto my Friends John Wilkin of Inworth in the
said County of Essex Gentleman John Cooke Spurden of West Mersea in the
said County of Essex Gentleman and Edward Harvey of Great Horksly in the
same County Gentleman All so much and such part of All and every my
Messuages or Tenements Farms Lands and Hereditaments as is or are
Freehold Leasehold or Charterhold situate lying and being in the several
Parishes of Peldon Great Wigborough and Little Wigborough or in any or
either of them or in any other Parish or place thereto near or adjoining in the
said County of Essex and now in my own Occupation or let to any Person
whatsoever. And all my Estate Right Title and Interest therein and thereto
respectively To hold the same Estates and every part and parcel thereof with
their Rights Members and Appurtenances respectively unto them the said
John Wilkin, John Cooke Spurden and Edward Harvey their Heirs Executors and
Administrators according to the nature and quality of the said Estates
respectively In Trust nevertheless that they or the Survivors or Survivor of
them or the Heirs Executors or Administrators of such Survivor do and shall as
soon as conveniently may after my Decease make Sale and dispose of the
same either by public or private Sale as in their Discretion they shall think
fit and for the most Money that can be gotten for the same And I do
likewise hereby order empower authorize and direct them the said John
Wilkin, John Cooke Spurden and Edward Harvey or the Survivors or Survivor
of them or the Executors or Administrators of such Survivor as soon also as
conveniently may be after my decease as aforesaid to make Sale and dispose of
either by public or private Sale as in their Discretion they shall think fit and
for the most Money that can be gotten for the same. All and every my
Copyhold or Customary Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments
whatsoever and wheresoever and holden of the several Manors of Great
Wigborough with Salcott, the Rectory of Peldon, and Little Wigborough or
any or either of them or of any other Manor or Manors whatsoever And
all my Estate Right Title and Interest therein and thereto respectively
And all which Copyhold Estates I have duly surrendered to the use of my
Will. And I do hereby give and grant to them the said John Wilkin,
John Cooke Spurden and Edward Harvey or the Survivors or Survivor of
them or to the Heirs Executors or Administrators of such Survivor full power
and Authority to bargain sell convey and assure the said several Messuages
or Tenements Farms Lands and Hereditaments with the Appurtenances
respectively whether the same be freehold Copyhold Leasehold or Charterhold
to the purchaser or purchasers thereof respectively and to his her or their Heirs
Executors Administrators and Assigns and to do and execute all Things that
shall be deemed needful and necessary for effectually conveying the same
Estates respectively And I do further will order and direct that the
Receipt or Receipts of them the said John Wilkin, John Cooke Spurden and
Edward Harvey or of the Survivors or Survivor of them or of the Heirs Executors
or Administrators of the Survivors of them shall be good and effectual
Releases and Discharges to the Purchaser or Purchasers of the said
Hereditaments and Premises respectively, And that after payment of his her
or their Purchase Money to them the said John Wilkin, John Cooke Spurden
and Edward Harvey or to the Survivors or Survivor of them or to the Heirs
Executors or Administrators of such Survivor, such Purchaser or Purchasers
shall not be required to see to the Application of the said Purchase Money or
be answerable or accountable for the same in any manner howsoever. Also I
direct the said John Wilkin, John Cooke Spurden and Edward Harvey as
soon as convenient after my Decease to make Sale and dispose of All my
Household Goods and Furniture Farming Stock, Crops of Corn and all
other my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and of what nature or kind
soever in the best manner they are able and to best Advantage And the
Monies arising by Sale of all and every my said real and personal Estates
and Effects I dispose of in manner following that is to say, In the first
place I direct that all Debts which I shall owe on Mortgage Bond or
otherwise at the time of my Decease shall be fully paid and satisfied to the
several Persons duly intitled thereto. Also I give and bequeath unto
my Daughter Jane Creek the Wife of Mr Thomas Creek the Sum of
One thousand Pounds of lawful British Money (part of the Monies
arising by such Sales as aforesaid) to be paid to her as soon as my said
Trustees shall have completed the said Sales as aforesaid to and for her
own Use and disposal. Also I will and direct that the further Sum of
One thousand Pounds other part of the Monies arising by the aforesaid
Sales be placed out in the names of the said John Wilkin, John Cooke
Spurden and Edward Harvey either on good real or Government Security
the Interest and proceed whereof I give and bequeath to my said Daughter
Jane Creek for and during the term of her natural life to be paid her by
two equal half yearly payments, And from and after her Decease then I
give the said Principal Sum of One thousand Pounds to be equally divided
between and among all and every the Child and Children of my said
Daughter Jane Creek whether by her present or any future Husband that
she may leave at the time of her death, and if only one Child then wholly
to such one Child, and to be paid them (if more than one) at their respective
Ages of twenty one years and in the mean time to be placed out and the
Interest of each Child's share to be applied towards his or her Maintenance
and Education, And in case of the death of any such Children then the
part and share or parts and shares of him her or them so dying to be equally
divided between the Survivors or Survivor of them, But in Case my said
Daughter Jane Creek shall not leave any Child at her death Then I give
the said Sum of One thousand Pounds to be equally divided between the
two Children of my late Daughter Elizabeth Jones and the four Children
of my late Son Samuel Bullock, namely Elizabeth Jones, William Jones,
Samuel Bullock, Thomas Bullock, Jane Bullock and Sarah Ann
Bullock (my present six Grand children) or to the Survivors of them share
and Share alike. Also I give and bequeath unto my said Grand-daughter
Elizabeth Jones the Sum of One thousand Pounds of lawful Money further
part of the Monies to arise by the Sales aforesaid to be paid her, if she shall
have attained the Age of twenty one years as soon as my said Trustees
shall have completed such Sales, Also I give and bequeath to my said
Grandson the said William Jones the like Sum of One thousand Pounds
of like lawful Money further part of the same Monies to be paid him on his
arriving at the Age of twenty one years provided my said Trustees shall
have completed the before mentioned Sales, Also I give and bequeath to my
said Grandson Samuel Bullock the Sum of Five hundred Pounds of like
lawful Money Also I give and bequeath to my said Grandson Thomas
Bullock the like Sum of Five hundred Pounds, Also I give and bequeath
to my said Grand Daughter Jane Bullock the like Sum of Five hundred
Pounds And I Also give and bequeath to my said Grand Daughter
Sarah Ann Bullock the like Sum of Five hundred Pounds which said
several Legacies to my said Grandsons Samuel Bullock and Thomas
Bullock I will and direct shall be paid to them on their respectively
attaining the age of twenty five years And the said Legacies to my said
Grand-daughters Jane Bullock and Sarah Ann Bullock I direct shall be
paid them on their severally attaining the Age of 21 years. And I
further direct that the said several Legacies hereby given to my said Grand
Children respectively shall be placed out at Interest by my said Trustees and
that such Interest be applied towards their support and maintenance until
such times as I have hereinbefore directed the said Legacies to be respectively
paid them. And I do hereby further will and direct that in Case either of them
the said Elizabeth Jones and William Jones (my said two grandchildren) shall
happen to die before their respective Legacies shall become due and payable
or be received by them, without leaving lawful Issue, then I give the Legacy
of him or her so dying to the Survivor of them the said Elizabeth Jones and
William Jones, And in case of the Death of any or either of my said four
Grandchildren Samuel Bullock, Thomas Bullock, Jane Bullock and
Sarah Ann Bullock before their said respective Legacies are hereby made
payable to them respectively in manner hereinbefore mentioned, without
leaving lawful Issue then I give the Legacy or Legacies of him, her or them
so dying unto the Survivors or Survivor of them to be equally divided
amongst them (if more than one) Share and Share alike, Also I give
and bequeath to my niece Sarah Deeks who lives with me the Sum of
Twenty Pounds of lawful Money for a Suit of Mourning and a Ring at the
Discretion of my Executors, Also I give and bequeath to my friend Mrs
Mary Bartholomew of Great Wigborough aforesaid widow the Sum of Fifty
Pounds of like lawful Money and to Edward Bartholomew her Son I give
and bequeath the Sum of ten Pounds which Legacies I will direct shall
be paid within Six Months after my Decease Also I give to my said
Trustees John Wilkin, John Cooke Spurden and Edward Harvey the Sum of
twenty Pounds each for their trouble in executing the several Trusts hereinbefore
reposed in them by this my Will Also I give to all my Workmen ten Shillings
each and to the Wives of such as have any a Black Gown and Gloves and to
all the poor widows of peldon who belong to that Parish five shillings each to
be paid them at my funeral, And after payment of all my said Debts of the
before mentioned several Legacies of the Expences attending the Sales of my
said Real and Personal Estates and Effects of my funeral Charges, the charges
of proving and attending the execution of this my Will and other incidental
Expenses I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of the Monies arising
by the aforesaid Sales and all the remainder of my personal Estate and Effects
unto my said Daughter Jane Creek and my said Six Grandchildren
Elizabeth Jones, William Jones, Samuel Bullock, Thomas Bullock Jane
Bullock and Sarah Ann Bullock to be equally divided between my said
Daughter and Grandchildren share and share alike And I direct that
each Legatees Share shall be added to the Legacy hereinbefore bequeathed
to them respectively and paid and applied at the same time and in the
same manner as such Legacies are herein before directed to be paid and
applied And Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint
the said John Wilkin, John Cooke Spurden and Edward Harvey together
with my said Daughter Jane Creek Executors and Executrix of this my Will
and Guardians of all my said Grandchildren during their respective Minorities
and until their several Legacies are respectively made payable And hereby
revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made I publish and
declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the
said Testator Samuel Bullock to this my last Will and Testament
contained in the five Sheets of Paper have to each and every Sheet thereof
set my Hand and Seal and my Seal to the Label by which they are
affixed together this 6th day of November in the
year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fourteen
Sam[ue]l Bullock

Signed sealed published
and declared by the said Testator
Samuel Bullock as and for his
last Will and Testament in the presence of
us, who in his Presence at
his request, and in the presence of
each other have hereunto subscribed our Names as witnesses
John Pooley Sen
John Pooley Jun
Robert Cunnington [Note 1]
Proved in the Commissary Court of the Lord Bishop of London for the parts of Essex and Hertfordshire by the said John Cooke Spurden, Edward Harvey and Jane Creek 17th April 1815 Power being served for the said John Wilkin

Note 1: Robert Cunnington of Witham was clerk to the magistrates, commissioner of taxes and stamp distributor

This transcription is taken from a will held by the owner of Honeysuckle Cottage, Lower Road, Peldon, indicating the cottage was part of Samuel Bullock's estate. A note on the Essex Record Office copy of the will (D/ABW 120/3/15) indicates Samuel died at Peldon on November 23rd 1814

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Abstract of Bullock Wills
Bullock family - the Peldon Connection

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