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Will of Joseph Napper, 1847

Abstract of will

...of Old Brentford ... Bargemaster

... I give devise and bequeath unto my dear wife Elizabeth Mary Napper all my freehold and copyhold messuages lands tenements and hereditaments and all the real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever of which I shall die seized or possessed or become articled to in possession reversion remainder or expectancy to hold unto the said Elizabeth Mary Napper her heirs executors administrators and assigns according to the nature and and quality of the said premises for her own use absolutely

... I ... appoint the said Elizabeth Mary Napper sole Executrix

... I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of November 1839

... witnesses Henry GEARY junr solr Uxbridge, Matthew George NEED Uxbridge

... proved at London 21 st December 1847... by the oath of Elizabeth Mary Napper widow the sole Executrix

The testator

His death was registered in Brentford, last quarter of 1847, age 67. This is a reasonable match to a baptism in New Brentford of Joseph son of John and Elizabeth Napper, 20 January 1782. There were several other children baptised to the same couple between 1780 and 1790 (London Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Ancestry).

He was bound to George WATKINS from 1799 to 17 July 1806 (Thames Watermen & Lightermen records, Findmypast).

Land Tax records show Napper living in New Brentford, probably at what was later numbered 106 High Street.

He was defendant in a case at the Court of Common Pleas in 1830.

Joseph Napper was recorded in the tithe enumeration as owner of three properties at the east end of the High Street, one of which he occupied (probably no. 4); he also owned no. 3, the Royal Tar.

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.


Published November 2016; updated August 2021