The will of Elizabeth Trant (née Foal) (c.1744 – 1822)

Elizabeth was the wife of my 6 x great uncle John Trant.

n.b. I think that the references to Bennett (daughter Elizabeth’s married name, and her husband Thomas) should be to Bellett. I will check the will copy at the DRO, but the error may have occurred when that copy was made; more likely they are Bennett in the will. I have seen some PR entries to the family as Bennett, and apparently ‘ll’ to ‘nn’ is not an unusual occurence (Surnames and Genealogy: a New Approach, George Edmonds, 2002).


This is the last Will and Testament of me Elizabeth Trant of Frogmore in the County of Devon Widow which I make and ordain in the manner and form following

First I give unto my son in law Crispin Cole the sum of one shilling

Also I give unto my Granddaughter Grace Trant all my Silver Plate the Table and Glass now standing in my room, the Tea Waiter my Bed and everything thereunto appurtaining Also I give my great Ball Metal Clock and the Warming Pan unto my Granddaughter Caroline Trant

Also I give and bequeath unto my son John Trant and to his Executors Administrators and assigns All that my undivided Moiety (leasehold) of the lower Tenement called Pound House lying in Frogmore aforesaid and which is now in my possession Also I give unto my Daughter Mary Bastard wife of William Bastard the sum of Five pounds and direct the same to be paid her within twelve months next after my decease also I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Bennett wife of Thomas Bennett the sum of Ten Pounds of such lawful money as aforesaid and direct the same to be paid her within twelve months next after my decease by my Grandson Also I give unto my Granddaughter Grace Trant her Habitation and Residence in the House wherein I now reside untill she attains the age of Twenty One Years old she paying nothing for her residence therein Also I give and bequeath unto my son William Trant and to his Executors administrators and assigns All that my Messuage Tenement and Dwelling House with the Herb Garden Orchard and Herbery thereunto belonging and appurtaining and which is now in my possession He paying thereunto my son Richard Trant the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money within two years next after my decease and I do hereby change and make chargeable the last mentioned Premises to and with the Payment thereof accordingly Also I give and bequeath my Lime Kiln with the fields and appurtenances thereunto belonging to my two sons John Trant and William Trant equal alike sharing all my Right and Interest therein And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said son William Trant Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby giving and bequeathing to him all the rest, residue and remainder of my goods Chattels and Effects not heretofore given and disposted of In Witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Trant the Testatrix have hereunto subscribed and set my Hand and seal this ninth day of March in the year of Our Lord Christ One thousand eight hundred and nineteen.

The mark X of Elizabeth Trant (SS)

Signed sealed published and declared
by the above named Elizabeth Trant
the Testatrix as and for her last will and
Testament in the Presence of us whose
names are hereunto subscribed

L M Tucker
Grace Tucker

Died 9th June 1822
Sworn 5th Nov 1822                              Effects under £100

Inland Revenue copy of will viewed and transcribed at the DRO c. 1990 (ref. 1078/IRW/T/556)


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