William married when he was nearly 40 to a woman of about 45; not surprisingly there were no children, and his wife died the year before him, probably shortly before he made his last will.
With no wife or children, he left everything to one nephew, Charles Pitts, son of his sister Sarah, one of his many nephews and nieces. Sarah, like William, moved to Stoke Fleming in her twenties and lived there for the rest of her life. It is therefore probable that her children knew William better than did his other nephews and nieces, and maybe he had a particular bond with Charles, or perhaps Charles had helped out during his wife’s final illness.
Whatever the reason Charles did not inherit a lot, William’s effects only amounting to £6:2:6.
Issell as and for his last Will and }
Testament in the presence of us who }
at his request in his presence and in } William P. Issell
the presence of each other have }
hereunto subscribed our names as }
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John Henry Bowden
T. L. Pound
Proved at Exeter the twenty sixth day of April 1893 by the Oath of Charles Pitts, the Nephew, the sole Executor
The Testator William Pike Issell was late of Stokefleming in the County of Devon, Boot and Shoe Maker, and died on the twenty first day of January 1893 at Stokefleming aforesaid
Gross value £6:2:6
(R. W. Prideaux, Solr.; Dartmouth)