The Bednall Archive


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I, John Badnall of Peterborough in the County of Northampton, weaver, being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect memory and understanding calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of this transitory life do make and ordain these presents to be my last will and testament in manner and form following. And first I will that all my debts and funeral expenses first paid and satisfied, a ll that my messuage cottage or tenement with the barns, stables, outhouses, and other buildings lands and premises thereunto belonging, with all and singular appertenances, where in I now do dwell situate, standing, lying, and being, in Peterborough aforesaid, in a certain street there called Bridge Street, I give and devise unto Simon Rookes of Peterborough aforesaid, schoolmaster, for the term of his natural life. And from and immediately after his decease, I give and bequeath the said messuage, lands and premises and hereditaments aforesaid with their and every of their appertenances unto Ann Rookes my niece, wife of the said Simon Rookes her heirs and assigns forever. I also give and bequeath unto Mary Edwards, my sister, the sum of ten pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto her within six months next after my decease by my said niece Ann Rookes out of my personal estate which the said Ann Rookes will be intitled to hereafter by this my will. And my will further is and so do hereby give and bequeath all my personal estate, ready money, money out at interest and all and singular my goods and chattels whatsoever and wheresoever, unto my dearly beloved wife Rachael and to my said niece Ann Rookes, equally to be divided share and share alike. But my will and mind nevertheless is their share or portion of my personal estate is given unto my said wife as aforesaid shall be and is hereby declared to be in full recompense and satisfaction of all dower thirds right and title of dower she may have or claim out of my real or personal estate whatsoever. And lastly I do hereby make, ordain, nominate, constitute and appoint my dear and loving wife Rachael and my said niece Ann Rookes, full and sole executrixes of this my will declaring these presents to be my last will and testament hereby revoking dis...lling and making void all former wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof, I the said John Badnall have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of April in the nineteenth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the second by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Scotland King Defender of the Faith and so forth in the year of our Lord one thousand hundred and forty six.  

John Badnall 

Sgned sealed published and declared the last will and testament of the said John Badnall aforesaid in the presence of us, the words (wherein where in I now do dwell situate standing lying and being in Peterborough in a certain street there called Bridge Street) first being interlined. 

Charles Wyldbore, George Kitchin, Thomas Eldred.

Probate was granted in the PCC London on the 7 August 1747, to Rachael Badnall, widow, and Anne Rooks alias Rookes (wife of Simon Rooks alias Rookes) the executorixes of the testatorís will.

PRO Probate 11/756