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February 28, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: Extract of Will of James James dated 1808

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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

Copy Will extract in my private collection (obtained from the Buckinghamshire Record Office) - copyright 2011

 

Copy Will extract in my private collection (obtained from Buckinghamshire Record Office) - copyright 2011

 

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)

Original photograph from the Bassetlaw Archives taken about 1925 – copyright 2011

 

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!

February 15, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: James James

As with last week’s Tombstone Tueday, the photograph this week shows another Tombstone on the wall at St. Mary’s, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. 

James James is the husband of Catherine Read (whose tombstone was featured last week).  (Catherine James (nee Read) is the granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read).

James James was a lawyer and was very well known in and around Aylesbury.  I have heard that he seems to have been a little naughty with client’s money, but don’t know the truth of that rumour and I am still trying to discover more about it!!

Original photograph taken by me a few years ago - copyright 2011

 

Transcript of Monumental Inscription for James James

Beneath are deposited the Remains of

JAMES JAMES, Gentleman

who died the 7th of December 1808

Aged 39 Years

And of JOHN, one of the Sons

of the said JAMES JAMES

by CATHERINE his first wife;

who died the 8th of August 1800

Aged 3 Years and 7 Months

Also of ELIZABETH his widow who departed this Life

the 12th of May 1830 Aged 63 Years

And of their Son JOHN who departed this Life the 11th of May 1813

Aged 5 Years and 10 Months

 

I was very pleased to find this tombstone as it gave the information that James James had married again after Catherine died.  I know from Catherine’s Uncle Michael’s Will dated 1820 that she had 3 sons with James James.  I have only found two, John and James.  I don’t know anything about James James’ second wife Elizabeth apart from what is mentioned on this tombstone.  I don’t know if the son John he had with Elizabeth was their only child or if there are more children.

It seems I have a fair bit of investigating to do concerning this family group, as well as looking into the rumours about what James James really did!!

February 8, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Catharine James (nee Read)

 

For Tombstone Tuesday today I am not actually showing a tombstone in a graveyard. 

This tombstone for Catharine James (nee Read) sits on a wall inside St. Mary’s Church at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Catharine is the granddaughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.  Her father is Robert Read and it is through Robert’s line that I am descended.

Tombstone of Catharine James (nee Read)

Original photograph taken by me in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire - copyright 2011

 

In Memory

of

Catharine

wife of

James James

who departed this Life

15th April 1796

in the 27th Year

of her Age

 

Apart from her baptism, marriage to James James and her death and burial I really don’t know any more about Catharine.  I shall continue to delve into records to see if I can find out more about her.  Just so sad that she died at such a young age.

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