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Will of William Christmas, 1839

Abstract of will

I William Christmas of New Brentford, china man, being of sound & disposing mind...

... dear wife Elizabeth and infant daughters Elizabeth & Sarah...

... appoint dear wife Elizabeth & Joseph Burness the elder as executrix and executor

... dated 8th July 1837

... witnessed by Thomas Palmer & James Nash

... proved at London on 9th March 1839 by the oath of Elizabeth Christmas executrix

The testator

William Christmas apparently died young: his wife was born around 1793/4 and presumably William was of a similar age. His wife Elizabeth continued the business at no. 219 after his death. Elizabeth died in 1871 and her daughter Sarah, who was born shortly before William Christmas died, ran the business until at least 1891.


The witnesses & executor

Thomas Palmer: there were two Palmers living on the High Street in 1841 but neither was a Thomas

James Nash: a James Nash lived on the High Street in 1861 but was only 24 then; the witness to the will may have been his father or uncle

Joseph Burness: Joseph Burness, currier, lived at no. 235 High Street in 1841. If you Google on 'Burness Brentford' you should find a web site with details of the Burness family in Brentford and area.

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.