1800 Will of James Fish B 1746 New Windsor Berkshire (died Nov 1800)











THE TRANSCRIBED TEXT BELOW OF THE WILL ABOVE, 
the transcription is incomplete and your help would be appreciated wrt the missing bits


Updated 26 4 2015
1801 Will of James Fish of New Windsor

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Front cover of national archives will James Fish 
page no 198 

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In the name of God amen,
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I James Fish of the parish of Heston in the county
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of Middlesex Inn-holder do make this my last will
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and testament in manner and form following (that
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is to say) I give and devise unto my dear wife Sarah
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all those my freehold messuages or tenements
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with the stables and gardens ground and hereditaments
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there unto belonging situate and being in acertain
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street called sheet street in new Windsor in the
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County of Berks to hold unto my said wife for and
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during the term of her natural life and from and
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immediately after my said wife Sarah I give
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and divide the same freehold messuage or
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tenements garden ground and premises unto my
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friend William Allwright of New Windsor 
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aforesaid carpenter his heirs executors and assigns 
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upon this special trust and confidence that he the
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said William Allwright his heirs Executors or
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administrators shall and do as soon as conveniently
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maybe after my said wife death sell and dispose
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of and said messuages or tenements garden
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ground hereditaments and premises either by
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public sale or private contract for the most
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money that can be had and gotton for the same
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and the money arising from the sale of the
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said messuages or tenements hereditaments and
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premises I do hereby direct shall be placed out
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on government security and the interest dividends
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and produce thereof to be paid and applied toward
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the maintenance education and bringing up
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of my children George, Sophia and Martha until
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they shall respectively attain the age of twenty
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one years and if any or either of my said children
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should happen to depart this life before her
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she or they should attain the age of twenty
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one years and from and immediately after my said
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children or the survivor or survivors of them
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shall have attained the age of twenty one years
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I hereby direct my said trustee to pay and apply
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the said principle sum of money so placed
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out as aforesaid in manner following (that
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is to say) to equally divide and pay the same
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by and between my three daughters Elizabeth
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Sophia and Martha and son George in and
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by equal shares proportions I give and 
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bequeath unto my said wife all the …… 
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money securities for money and money in
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the public funds that I shall be ……… 
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at the time of my death to and for her own



Pg 3 will James fish 1802
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use and benefit ……    …    …….. my said trustee that 
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  ………..  immediately after my death
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sell off and dispose of public sale or Private
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contract all my stock in trade of every 
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description whatsoever and the money 
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arising from the sale thereof to place on
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Government security and for dividends
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and produce ….    to the aid and applied
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towards the maintenances and support of 
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my said wife during her natural life and to 
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enable her to maintain and bring 
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up my children George, Sophia and Martha 
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till they shall respectively attain the age of 
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twenty one years and if any or all of them 
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my said children shall happen to depart this
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life before he or she or they shall attain the age 
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of twenty one years ….  and in that case
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cannot my said trustee to pay and apply the 
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.... and dividends of the said ... 
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sum of money last mentioned to be raised by
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new sale of my said stoke and trade for the
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support and maintenance of my said wife
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during the term of her natural life jointly with
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the survivor and survivors of my said children
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till he she or they shall attain the age of twenty
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one years and from and after the death of my
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 said children or their survivor or survivors of the children
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shall have attained the age of twenty one years 
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... ... my said trustee to pay and apply 
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the said part of the said 
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money last mentioned to be raised by the sale 
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of my stock and trade in manor following 
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that is to say to my son Robert of New Windsor 
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aforesaid Sadler and Harness maker the sum of
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twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain
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to be paid to my said son by my said trustee
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within 6 months next after my said wife 
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decease I also give and bequeath unto my son
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Charles now living with me the sum of ten 
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pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to 
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be paid to my said son Charles by my said 
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Trustee within six months next after my
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said wife’s decease and I give and bequeath unto 
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my daughter Sarah now the wife of Simon 
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Pearce I give the sum of fifty pounds of lawful
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Money of Great Britain to be paid to my 
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said daughter Sarah by my said trustee
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within six months next after my said wife’s decease
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death and all to give and bequest unto my son
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James the sum of twenty pounds of lawful
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Money of Great Britain to be paid to my said 
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 If …. died, in that case I direct my said trustee to pay and apply the testator said dividends arising from the said principle sum of money placed out as aforesaid towards the maintenance and education and bringing up of said surviving child or children till he or she or they shall attain the age of twenty one years
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son James by my said trustee within six months 
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next after my said wifes decease I also give and 
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bequeath unto my son John the sum of twenty 
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pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to 
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be paid to my said son John by my said trustee 
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within six months next after my said wife’s all 
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which said last mentioned legacies give unto
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my said sons Robert and Charles my daughter
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Sarah my sons James and John also hereby
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direct same be paid out of the said stock
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arising from the sale of my said stock in trade
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all the rest residue and remainder of my personal
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estate not held in before by use disposed of I give 
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and bequeath the same unto my said wife
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for her own use and benefit I give unto the two said
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William Allwright my trustee the sum of
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five pounds for the trouble he may have in 
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the execution of this my will and the trusts hereby
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in him reposed and do hereby declare that the
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said William Allwright his executors or administrators
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shall not be chargeable with or accountable
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for any more of the aforesaid trust money
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estate and premises than he shall actually 
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receive or shall come to his hands by virtue
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of this my will nor with or for any loses
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which shall happen of the same estate 
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monies and premises or any part thereof so
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as such loses happen without his wilful 
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neglect or default and also that it shall
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and may be lawfully to and for the said
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William Allwright his executors and admors  
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in the first place by and out of the aforesaid
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trust estate monies and premises to not
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and Windsor ………………..
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Respectively all such loses costs charges and expenses
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as the said William Allwright his executors
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or administrators shall sustain expend or to 
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be put unto for or by 
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Thrust …………..
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and estate moneys and ……
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Management …….
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bring any ……
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the said James ffish 
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this my last will and testament
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in three streets of paper set my hand and seal
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as follows my hand to the bottom of the two
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first sheets and my hand and seal to this
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and last sheet … of this twenty seventh day
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of August in the year of our lord one
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thousand eight hundred: James Fish

signed sealed published and declared by the


 Pg 5 James Fish will
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said James ffish the testator as and for his last
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will and testament in the presence of us who
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At his request in his presence and in the
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Presence of ..... other have hold unto set
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and subscribed our names as witnesses the
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words "and son George" in the first sheet
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and the words "said wife’s in the second sheet
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being first int....... Charles Round 
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Windsor Attorney at Law Richard Faviolo 
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of Stains as Butcher, Richard King of the same 
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place Inn Holder.
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On the twenty first day of January in the year of our
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Lord, one thousand eight hundred and one admon
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Wife the will admitted
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Of all and singular the goods chattels and goods..
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Of the said James ffish formally of New Windsor in 
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the county of Berkshire but late of the parish of Heston
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In the county of Middlesex .........was granted
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To Sarah ffish widow the relict and rosemary
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Legater named in the said will having been
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First sworn by Commission only to administer
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as the executor. (end of Will)


Pg 5 Top Left
Top left hand side of last page 5
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On the 7th Feb 1803 
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Admin with the will
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……    ……..   goods
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chattels and ……      of
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James ffish formally 
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of New Windsor in the
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county of Berkshire
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Late of the ..... of Heston
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in the county of Middlesex
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Dec'd left by .......
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Dec'd whilst living...
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Sarah ffish widow
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Legally named in the said will was given
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To Robert Fish the son....
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Minor and of the goods of the said Sarah fish
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 …….           ……………          …………..
walters notes


Conclusions & Implication of Information from the Will of James Fish
List of all names in will  age as of 1802

The following family members are alive as of 1802 (time of will)

Sarah Fish wife and now widow of James fish (deceased)

Robert Fish aged 32 - Sadler and Harness maker of New Windsor

Charles Fish aged 30 - living with parents in Heston at time of his father James Death.

Elizabeth Fish aged 28

Sarah Pearce (nee Fish) aged 24 and husband Simon Pearce

James Fish aged 22

John Fish aged 20

George Fish aged 18

Sophia Fish aged 17

Martha Fish aged 13



William Allwright – executor of will Carpenter of New Windsor

Charles Round - Windsor Attorney at Law

Richard Faviolo - of Stains as Butcher

Richard King of the same place Inn Holder



Implications and assumptions drawn from will



Sarah Pearce (nee Fish) aged 22 and husband Simon Pearce, (they continue to run the White Bear Inn in Hounslow, they buy the Inn in 1809),

Sarah Fish widow of James Fish deceased 1801 dies in 1802 so the property must have been sold and money put into a trust as required in the will, I have not found the trust and do not have any more information. I will endeavour to chase down the details of the trust fund. If anyone can help with this line of enquiry



Questions 

Who is Rosemary? Or is it a mis transcription!!??

.......... Was granted to Sarah Fish widow and Robert and Rosemary 



Research Action for the future

Trust fund – details 




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James Fish owned property in New Windsor in 1798, the land Tax Record above shows the detail 
We can't find the exact location of the property yet and I will update the website as soon as I find the location. I suspect it is in Sheet Street New Windsor.



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