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Will of Henry Newens, 1842

Abstract of will

I Henry Newens of Old Brentford baker

... I give devise and bequeath unto my friend Henry Hull of Uxbridge miller all my real and personal estate ... upon the trusts following

... my dear wife Sarah Newens to receive and enjoy the rents ... and the proceeds of my business and to use and enjoy the house in which I live

... maintenance ...support of ny dear niece Eleanor now living with us and also for the maintenance and support and advancement in the world of my eight children by my said dear wife namely Robert, Thomas, James, Edward, Emily Ann, Frederick, Henry & Laura Maria during their respective minorities

... said friend Henry Hull and my said dear wife Executor and Executrix

... dated 13th July 1841

... witnessed by Robert Thos Fletcher, solicitor, Brentford, John Kent his clerk

... proved at London on 23rd May 1842 by Henry Hull and Sarah Newens

The testator

Newens the bakers lived at 327 High Street for over 70 years. In the 1841 census, which took place just weeks before Henry wrote his will, Henry is recorded as 45, (ie 45 - 49), a baker not born in Middlesex: his wife Sarah was the same age and also not locally born.

Only five out of the eight children mentioned above are recorded with their parents in the 1841 census: Robert (15), Thomas (15), Edward (10), Frederick (5), Laura (2). Nor is there a sign of the niece Eleanor. Also living in the household were three journeyman bakers: Charles Wild (30), John Jefferies (16) and Henry Davis (15), all born outside Middlesex.

There was a marriage between a Henry Newens and Sarah Newens at St Marylebone in 1819 (FamilySearch).

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The witnesses & executor

Sarah Newens: Henry's wife carried on the business as his will suggests. In 1851 she is described as a baker employing 2 men. She was 55 and born in East Galston, Berkshire. Her sons Thomas (26, a baker) and Frederick (15 a journeyman baker) were living with her and a maid servant and two journeymen bakers completed the household.

By 1861 Edward Newens, 30, son of Henry was running the bakery. He was married and had two small children including Henry James, aged 1.

Henry Hull: a Henry Hull, mealman of Uxbridge died and left a PCC will in 1849.

How to see this will in full

A copy of the original will can be downloaded from The National Archives Documents Online service, or it can be viewed free of charge by visiting TNA at Kew.

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