Amanuensis Monday is a blog theme started by John Newmark on his blog Transylvanian Dutch, in which he is transcribing letters, newspaper articles, audio tapes, and a war diary etc., concerning his family.
John explains Amanuensis as “a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another”.
Today I am showing what I thought was the Will of James James dated 1808 which I have had for a few years, but it wasn’t until I was actually transcribing it today that I realised that it is an extract and really concerns the Probate for his Will.
The reason I am featuring James James is because two or three weeks ago, for Tombstone Tuesday I featured his wife Catharine James (nee Read – the granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read), and the week after her Tombstone Tuesday I showed the stone for James James.
But, since then, only in the last couple of days, I have found another “new” cousin. Cousin Irvine is descended through the James line and has kindly allowed me to also show here a photograph of Robert Joseph James, but more about that after the transcription!
Extract from the Will of James James
Transcript of Will Extract for James James dated 1808
Extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
In the Will of James James late of Aylesbury in the County of Bucks – Gentleman deceased dated 22nd June 1808 is as follows
And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint them my said Wife Elizabeth James and my said Brother John James and the said William Rickford joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament
Proved at London 6th June 1809 before the Worshipful Charles Cook Dr. of Laws and Surrogate by the Oath of John James Esq. the Brother and one of the Executors to whom Admon was granted being first sworn duly to administer power reserved to Elizabeth James Widow the Relict and William Rickford the other Executors
Proved at London 12th May 1826 before the Judge by the Oath of Elizabeth James Widow the Relict one of the surviving Executors to whom Admon was granted being first sworn by …? duly to administer Power reserved to William Rickford Esquire the other surviving Executor.
On the 22nd June 1830 Admon with the Will annexed of the Goods Chattels and Credits of James James late of Aylesbury in the County of Bucks and a Lieutenant on half pay in Her Majestys Service Marine Forces dec’d left unadministered by Elizabeth James Widow the Relict one of the Executors and one of the residuary Legatees In trust and the beneficial residuary Legatee for life and John James Esq the Brother and one other of the Executors and one other of the residuary Legatees In Trust named in the said Will both since deceased was granted to James James the Son and one other of the residuary Legatees substituted in the said Will being first sworn duly to administer William Rickford Esq the other and surviving Executor and surviving residuary Legatee In Trust named in the said Will having first anounced the Probate and execution of the said Will and also the Letters of Admon with the said Will annexed of the Goods of the said deceased
Chas Dyneley )
John …? ) Deputy
W. T(?) Goodling(?) ) …?
(Written to the left of the document and enclosed in a line above and a line below) 463 Loveday (and with initials under) SWL?
I saw my first photo of a James descendant today and “new” cousin Irvine has kindly allowed me to show it here. The photo is of Robert Joseph James (1841 – 1925) and he is the great grandson of the above James James and his wife Catharine (nee Read), which makes Robert the 3 x great grandson of Cozens Read.
Robert Joseph James (1841 – 1925)
I’m just so pleased to see this photo and as I told Cousin Irvine, I’m pretty sure Robert Joseph James has some of the Read looks in him!