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Will of William Boxall, 1851

Abstract of will

I William Boxallof New Brentford ... ginger bread baker

... I give and devise all my real estate ... my dwelling house and shop situate no. ( - ) Duke Street Chelsea in the occupation of Mr John TRENTER ... unto my sons William & George

... I give and bequeath unto my son William 1000

... unto my son George 1000

... unto my granddaughter Eliza ROGERS 50

... unto my granddaughters Mary Ann & Emily BOXALL 50

... unto my grandson William BOXALL and granddaughter Mary Ann BOXALL 50

... rest and residue to my sons William & George

... appoint sons William & George executors

... dated 27th March 1849

... witnessed by Thos A WOODBRIDGE, solicitor, Brentford & James CHILDS, ironmonger, Brentford

... proved at London on 25th February 1851 by the oaths of William & George BOXALL, the sons and executors

The testator

William BOXALL was living at 146 High Street in 1841, aged 60 (ie 60 to 64), 'Independent'and born in Middlesex. His son William shared the property and had taken over the business: he was recorded as a baker. William junior was 38 and had a wife Marian and daughters Marian & Emily, aged 4 and 1.

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Legatees

Son William BOXALL: he remained in the family bakery business at no. 146 in 1851. He was aged 48 in 1851 and gave his birthplace as New Brentford.

Son George BOXALL: a George Boxall, aged 35, was running the Magpie & Crown at no. 128 in 1841. He had sons William and Samuel, aged 3 and 1. By 1851 Samuel is not recorded in the household and there is a daughter, Mary L aged 9. George appears to have moved between 1841 and 1851 and again between 1851 and 1861: he was living at no. 222 and running a bakery in 1861.

Granddaughter Eliza ROGERS: there is an Eliza ROGERS in New Brentford in 1851, daughter in law aged 19, living with Louisa Rogers, aged 48 a wharfinger. As Eliza is unmarried she is probably a step daughter to Louisa.

The witnesses

Thomas A WOODBRIDGE:Thomas Woodbridge, attorney & solicitor, was living on his own at no. 170 in 1851. He was a widower, aged 44, born in New Brentford. Over 80 years later, in 1933, 'Woodbridge & Sons, Solicitors' were based at no. 209.

James CHILDS: James Childs, ironmonger and brazier, was living at no. 147 in the 1851 census, next door to William Boxall, son of the testator. He was 35 and born in Richmond.

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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