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Will of Dr Robert Wallace Johnson, 1813

Transcript of will

In the margin 'Robert Wallace Johnson Doctor of Physic'

(illegible) Royal Place Brentford April 24th 1807

I Robert Wallace Johnson

(?) by the great power and remarkable mercy of God the creator and Supreme Governor of the universe being this day in a good and healthy state of mind and body do make and declare this my last will and testament viz

I bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Wallace Gould and her heirs all land, houses and other properties belonging to me and possessed by me here to be enjoyed by her heirs only subjected to the payment of my legal debts and legacies ordered by me as follow viz besides that mortgage to her and Mr. Gould

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there remains I think one of about seven hundred and fifty pounds (due?) of a mortgage granted to the late John Stephenson Esqr my other debts are all book debts for which about seven years ago I was favoured with receipts and discharges so that my present debts do not amount to thirty pounds notwithstanding of which favor done me it is my (honest crossed out) ardent desire and wish that whenever the (Business? crossed out) premises here are let or sold all those debts to be fully paid but to the present subject


I give and bequeath fifty pounds to be ever paid annually towards supporting the true Christian worship to God and the new temple or chapel Brentford (there may be the word Butts here) according as observed and taught there by the late Reverend Mr Bradshaw and others to this (time?) by the present minister Mr K...cken to whom I also bequeath twenty guineas as a small token of respect to him

I give and bequeath to Thomas Brown and his present wife twenty pounds each annuity for their lives as a reward for their care of me and the premises here

I do appoint Mr John Arnauld my Executor and to each of them also I give and bequeath one hundred pounds for (care?) of this last will and testament of me Robert Wallace Johnson # signed in presence of us Thos Wing # Jno King # Edwd Harrison

PS (It B ?) on telling Mr Hugh Ronalds my appointment of him as one of the Executors to my last will and testament and him desiring to be excused in nonacceptance on account of his urgent Business I therefore stroke his name out before you Gentleman present Robert Wallace Johnson MD # James Dodd # Edwd Harrison

On the 16th August 1813 Admon (ie Administration) with the will and codicil annexed of the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of Robert Wallace Johnson late of New Brentford in the county of Middlesex doctor of physic deceased was granted to Elizabeth Wallace Gould widow the daughter and Residuary Legatee named in the said will having here first sworn duly to administer John Arundel in the will written Arnauld the sole Executor named in the said will having first renounced

The testator

See separate page.

The witnesses & executor

Thomas Wing: a person of this name is referred to in an Indenture dating from 1806 and is also a resident of The Butts, 1811 census of New Brentford

Jno King: possibly the auctioneer of Ealing who left a PCC will in 1826?

James Dodd: possibly the solicitor of Caroline Street, Bedford Square who left a PCC will in 1829?

Edward Harrison: An Edward Harrison, doctor of physic, left a PCC will in 1838; he was of Holles Street near Cavendish Square

Elizabeth Wallace Gould: executrix, daughter and only named family relative; a PCC will of Elizabeth Wallace Gould, widow of Kensington, was proved in 1840

Hugh Ronalds: nominated executor but he requested non-acceptance; nursery and seedsman of New Brentford; Ronalds family notes available; I expect this is the Hugh Ronalds who died in 1833.

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 pre 2016; updated June 2018