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Will of William Tayler, 1828

Abstract of will

I William Tayler of Old Brentford ... victualler being weak in health but of sound and disposong mind

... I ... appoint my beloved wife Ann Tayler ... executrix and administratrix

... I give ... unto her ... all my worldly goods ... and I do further give ... all my monies invested in the Bank of England or elsewhere ...

... our dear children

... dated 12th day of July 1828

... witnessed by Joseph EATON, George CLAUGHTON

... proved at London on 25 August 1828 by the oath of Ann Tayler, widow, the relict, the sole executrix

The testator

William TAYLER is recorded in an 1826 trade directory as the landlord of the Hand and Flower at 378 High Street Old Brentford. By 1841 the occupant was John FISHER, presumably William's widow Ann had either died or moved away from the property. The wording of the will suggests the children were not adults in 1828 and too young to assist their mother in continuing the business.

William TAYLER is likely to be an ancestor of the TAYLERs who ran the Hand & Flower and Bull public houses during the 19th centruy.


The witnesses & executor

Joseph EATON: ran the Bull at 350 High Street Old Brentford in 1826. The Bull was run by the Taylor family in 1841.

George CLAUGHTON: was a block maker in Old Brentford in 1826.

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.