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Will of Sarah (Meek) Huffam (1775-1847) transcribed



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I herewith this twenty fourth day of July Eighteen Hundred and Twenty Four [24 Jul 1824] will and bequeath to my dear children as follows

to Sarah silver teapot silver sugar basin and one sauce ladle Reverend J Martins portrait Topladys works and Reverend John Bunyons with Tropical magazine

to Alfred 1 silver pepper box 1 silver table spoon 1 steel fender xxxx small bed bolster and pillow mahogany side board Milton's head red and green pattern carpeting copper tea kettle and Dr Dwights Works and Reverend Stephen Charnock

to Joseph 1 silver desert spoon silver pepper box 1 pair brass candlesticks and flat xxx mahogany drawers and looking glass 4 mahogany chairs dumb waiter Dr Owen on the Hebrews 40 penny magazines xxx picture of Peter over the mantelpiece

Eleanor six silver tablespoons 1 xxx sauce ladle gold watch armchair mahogany work table xxx glass copper coal scuttle Dr Watts works and silver caster

Timothy table cloth and silver gravy spoon table lamp pair xxx encyclopedia xxxx xxxxx

Theophilus 1 pair silver tumblers small plated cruet stand plated coffee pot pair plated candlesticks best feather bed bedstead and pillow with one bolster writing desk commode wash hand stand ewer and basin Dr Gills works Johnson's dictionary eight arm parlour chairs and the miniature likeness of his father

Ebenezer 1 pair silver sugar tongs 1 steel fender and fire irons satinwood table in parlour iron coal scuttle small pictures in bedroom with pieces of carpeting and some suitable books Theophilus to keep in use those things left for Ebenezer till his return xxx that take place the rest of Peckham Rye house to be received by Theophilis and distributed equally to each of my dear children stamp for the same with omnibus expenses to be deducted out of the rent this is the will of their beloved mother Sarah Huffam 24 July 1844 witness Thomas Pearce E White

Appeared personally in the prerogative court of Canterbury in the goods of Sarah Huffam widow deceased Thomas Pearce of xxxx xxxx Hampstead in the County of Middlesex Baker Elizabeth White wife of Maurice white of No 10 Holly Place Hampstead aforesaid and Theophilus Walter Huffam of No 19 Sidmouth Street Grays Inn Road in the same county engraver and jointly and severally made oath as follows to wit first the said Thomas Pearce and Elizabeth White for themselves say that they are the subscribed witnesses to the execution of the last will and testament of Sarah Huffam Late of Tottenham in the County of Middlesex widow deceased the said will being dated at the commencement thereof the twenty fourth day of July 1844 and now being hereunto annexed and the depositors further say that on the twenty fourth day of July in the said year one thousand Eight Hundred and forty four the said testatrix duly executed the said will with certain of the alterations but prior to certain other of the alterations now appearing therein and respectively hereinafter more particularly specified by signing her name a second time and immediately under her previously made signature thereto and next immediately before the clause containing the executory appointment at the foot or end of the said will as the same now appears in the presence of the depositors both of whom were present at the same time as also of their fellow depositor Theophilus Walter Huffam who was then also present and that they the depositors did thereupon attest and subscribe the said will as witnesses to the due execution thereof in the presence of the said Sarah Huffam the testatrix deceased and the depositor the said Theophilus Walter Huffam for himself said that he is a son of the said testatrix and that he had seen and inspected the said will prior to and was present at the execution thereof the year to wit eighteen hundred and twenty four ...

... written at the commencement of the said will was so written by the said testatrix herself ( the said will being all in the testatrix own handwriting) entirely the xxx mistake and that the said testatrix had meant and intended to have written eighteen hundred and forty four as appears at the conclusion of the said will and the depositors the said Thomas Pearce Elizabeth White and Theophilus Walter Huffam having now with care and attention viewed and inspected the said will and particularly observed the following interlineations therein to wit the words @fire Irons interlined between the eight and ninth lines the words copper tea kettle interlined ( but since obliterated ) between the tenth and eleventh lines the figure and words 1 silver pepper box interlined between the twelfth and thirteen lines all in first side of the said will the interlineations of certain words between the fourth and fifth lines but which words have been since so obliterated that they cannot now be deciphered these xxx in the second being the last side of the said will and the following portion of the said xxxx containing the executory appointment at the foot of the said will to wit I leave my brother Mr John Meek and my son Theophilus executors to the above ( the said words @my son Theophilus and the letters in the word executors part of the said clause having been since obliterated) they do verily depose that the said interlineations as also the said clause as the same originally stood appointing the testatrix's brother John Meek and son Theophilus executors as also the date 24th July 1844 written under the said appointment were all respectively so made and done prior to the execution of the said will by the said Sarah Huffam widow the testatrix deceased and the depositors having also carefully viewed and inspected the following obliterations interlineations and erasures in the said will to wit the obliterations of the words copper tea kettle between the tenth and eleventh lines the interlineations of the words book case between the eighteenth and nineteenth the words kettle interlined on xx xxx between the twenty first and twenty second lines the obliteration of the words writing desk and the interlineations of the words Browns Bible written over the same in the thirtieth line the obliteration of the words works Johnson's dictionary in the thirty-second line and the words xxx xxx and the said word miniature as also the word xxxx of xxxx obliterated in the last line and the word mirror interlined or an erasure and the word father interlined and obliterated between the last line but one and the said last line all in the first side of the said will the obliteration of the words which cannot now be deciphered between the fourth and fifth lines of the second side of the said will and the obliteration of the words my son Theophilus and of the said letter s in the word executors in the clause containing the executory appointment appearing at the foot of the said will and the additions to the said clause of the words following to wit the reason I have erased one is in consideration of one disinterested person being more congenial to the whole and the depositors having also particularly observed the additional testamentary writing appearing under the signatures of the said witnesses and also the writing and signature of the said testatrix endorsed on the said will and also having particularly observed the torn and damaged state of the said will arising from the sealing wax thereto affixed they do depose that they do verify and in their consciences believe the whole of the said obliterations or interlineations erasures and additions as also the torn and damaged state of the said will to have been respectively all made and done as the same now appears since the execution of the said will by the said testatrix and that the same were not so made and done prior to the execution of the said will by the said Sarah Huffam widow the testatrix deceased Thomas Pearce E White Theophilus W Huffam on Wednesday the fourteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven the said Thomas Pearce Elizabeth White (wife of Maurice White) and Theophilus Walter Huffam were duly sworn to the truth of the aforegoing affidavit before me J Parker Deane xx xxx Mrs G Clarkson

On the 7th June 1847 administration (with the will annexed) of the goods chattels and credits of Sarah Huffam late of Tottenham in the county of Middlesex widow deceased was granted to Theophilus Walter Huffam one of the natural and lawful children of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer No executor or residuary legatee

[Transcribed by Robin Young]


Linked toFamily: Huffam/Meek (F1329); Sarah Meek (Will)

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