(a 1st cousin 6 x removed of mine)
With most Devon wills having been destroyed by enemy bombing in WW2, Inland Revenue copies were subsequently sent to the Devon Record Office rather than being destroyed. This is one such will; being an IR will explains the comments on the ‘cover’.
A bachelor, John had both a nephew and niece, by his sister Johanna, and another 10 neices, possibly 7 of whom were still living, daughters of his brother William. However,ut he chose to leave everything he had to just one neice, the daughter of his sister, with whom he was lodging at the time of the 1851 census and presumably at the time of his death the following year. (At the time of the 1841 census he had been living with his father and sister; he may have remained there until his sister’s death c. 1850).
The / in the following transcription indicate line breaks.
In the name of God Amen I John Vogwill of the Parish of Stoke Damerel / in the County of Devon Yeoman being weak in Body but of sound and disposing / mind memory and understanding (thanks be to God for the same) do give and bequeath / unto my dear Niece Betsy King Wife of Thomas King of the same Parish Laborer / in the Dock Yard at Devonport in the same County and to her Executors ?? / and Asigns All that tenement or Dwellinghouse given to me in and by the Will / of my late Father deceased being the lower part of Burgoyns Tenement in / the Parish of Sampford Spiney then in the occupation of William Cronman / as Tenant thereof but now of his Widow with the Barn belonging to the / same and the Pigs Houses and the lower part of the Garden and all and / singular my Club Money and all other my Estate and Effects whatsoever / and wheresoever both real and personal whether in possession Reversion / remainder or expectancy and over which I may have any disposing power / at the time of my decease to hold the same unto my said dear Niece to and / for her own sole use and benefit absolutely. And I hereby nominate and / appoint her my said Niece Sole Executrix of this my Will And hereby revoking / all former or other Wills by me at any time heretofore made I declare this to be / my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said John Vogwill have / hereunto set my hand the Twelfth day of April One thousand Eight hundred / and Fifty-two.
Signed by the Testator John Vogwill in the presence of us present at the }
same time and subscribed by us as Witnesses in the presence of the } The X Mark of
said Testator and of each other _____________________} John Vogwill
M. A. Chubb. Wife of Thomas Chubb
The above writing contains a true copy of the original Will of John Vogwill
deceased the same having been carefully examined therewith by us
William Hannaford Clerks to Geo. Farwell Dy Reg
[sig] W. Hannaford the Archdeacons Court of Totnes
Copy of the Will of John Vogwill
late of Stoke Damerel in the
County of Devon and Archdeaconry
of Totnes Yeoman deceased
Betsy King of Stoke Damerel
aforesaid Wife of Thomas King
Proved in the Archdeacons
Court of Totnes 27th May 1852
Effects sworn under
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