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Will - William Pengilly of Clovelly

June 13th, 2008 (11:02 pm)

I had a bit of luck recently; an article in a Family History magazine put me onto the Friends of Devon Archives website., where I came across a reference to a Will for William Pengilly of Clovelly, dated 1819. A photocopy was available from North Devon Archives for only £1-20 plus 50p p&p, and it arrived within a few days.


I had believed for some time that William and his wife Hannah Evans were very likely the parents of my ggg-grandmother Christian Pengilly b1793, and this Will finally gave me the proof. The legacies are as follows:


1st -     to my son James Pengilly the sum of Ten pounds


2nd -    to my daughter Mary Brent ... a dwelling house ... now in the occupation of my said Daughter Mary Brent and Ten pounds in money


3rd -     to my Son Robert Pengilly the Sum of Ten pounds


4th -     my daughter Susanah Brinham ... messuage or dwelling house situate ... in the town of Bideford now in her occupation


5th -     to my daughter Margaret Pengilly ... my dwelling house and premises ... situated at Strutt/Sturitt in the Parish of Littleham ... now in the occupation of George Arnold (my Tenant)


6th -     to my Daughter Hannah Buttler the sum of forty pounds ... for her sole and peculiar use and benefit separate and apart from and exclusive of any Husband of my said Daughter Hannah


7th -     to my daughter Elizabeth Crealock Ten pounds ... and all that House that is now building at Strutt in the Parish of Littleham.


Lastly all the rest and residue of my good Chattels personal Estates and Effects whatever or wherever they may be found I give and bequeath unto my Sons William Pengilly, John Pengilly, Henry Pengilly and my daughter Christian Andrew...[these four are appointed Executors].

. . .

I ordain that the part and portion of my said Effects that shall fall for my Son William’s share shall at his death (provided he leaves no issue) ?return? back and be equally divided between the then surviving children of my daughters Mary Brent and Christian Andrew


Will signed 5th June 1818. Witnesses John Sturtridge and Joseph Burrow.



The Will was proved on 25th May 1819; the effects were sworn to be worth less than £800, and the Executors were named as


William Pengilly of Clovelly in the County of Devon, Yeoman

John Pengilly of Littleham in the said County, Yeoman

Henry Pengilly of Yarnscombe in the said County, Yeoman

Christian Andrew (wife of James Andrew of Woolfardisworthy in the said County, Yeoman)


and William sr’s date of death is given as 8th January 1819.


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