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











THE TRANSCRIBED TEXT BELOW IS FROM THE WILL ABOVE, 

A BIG THANK YOU to Richard Burgess for help with the transcription of this will
Richard is descended from William Fish (1790 - 1841) from Windsor


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

pg 1  Front cover of national archives will James Fish 
page no 198 

pg 2 line 1 In the name of God amen,
pg 2 line 2 I James Fish of the parish of Heston in the county
pg 2 line 3 of Middlesex Inn-holder do make this my last will
pg 2 line 4 and testament in manner and form following (that
pg 2 line 5 is to say) I give and devise unto my dear wife Sarah
pg 2 line 6 all those my freehold messuages or tenements
pg 2 line 7 with the stables and gardens ground and hereditaments
pg 2 line 8 there unto belonging situate and being in acertain
pg 2 line 9 street called sheet street in new Windsor in the
pg 2 line 10 County of Berks to hold unto my said wife for and
pg 2 line 11 during the term of her natural life and from and
pg 2 line 12 immediately after my said wife Sarah I give
pg 2 line 13 and divide the same freehold messuage or
pg 2 line 14 tenements garden ground and premises unto my
pg 2 line 15 friend William Allwright of New Windsor 
pg 2 line 16 aforesaid carpenter his heirs executors and assigns 
pg 2 line 17 upon this special trust and confidence that he the
pg 2 line 18 said William Allwright his heirs Executors or
pg 2 line 19 administrators shall and do as soon as conveniently
pg 2 line 20 maybe after my said wife death sell and dispose
pg 2 line 21 of and said messuages or tenements garden
pg 2 line 22 ground hereditaments and premises either by
pg 2 line 23 public sale or private contract for the most
pg 2 line 24 money that can be had and gotton for the same
pg 2 line 25 and the money arising from the sale of the
pg 2 line 26 said messuages or tenements hereditaments and
pg 2 line 27 premises I do hereby direct shall be placed out
pg 2 line 28 on government security and the interest dividends
pg 2 line 29 and produce thereof to be paid and applied toward
pg 2 line 30 the maintenance education and bringing up
pg 2 line 31 of my children George, Sophia and Martha until
pg 2 line 32 they shall respectively attain the age of twenty
pg 2 line 33 one years and if any or either of my said children
pg 2 line 34 should happen to depart this life before her
pg 2 line 35 she or they should attain the age of twenty
pg 2 line 36 one years and from and immediately after my said
pg 2 line 37 children or the survivor or survivors of them
pg 2 line 38 shall have attained the age of twenty one years
pg 2 line 39 I hereby direct my said trustee to pay and apply
pg 2 line 40 the said principle sum of money so placed
pg 2 line 41 out as aforesaid in manner following (that
pg 2 line 42 is to say) to equally divide and pay the same
pg 2 line 43 by and between my three daughters Elizabeth
pg 2 line 44 Sophia and Martha and son George in and
pg 2 line 45 by equal shares proportions I give and 
pg 2 line 46 bequeath unto my said wife all the ready
pg 2 line 47 money securities for money and money in
pg 2 line 48 the public funds that I shall be possessed of
pg 2 line 49 at the time of my death to and for her own



Pg 3 will James Fish 1802
pg 3 line 1 use and benefit I direct my said trustee that he 
pg 3 line 2 do and shall immediately after my decease
pg 3 line 3 sell off and dispose of public sale or Private
pg 3 line 4 contract all my stock in trade of every 
pg 3 line 5 description whatsoever and the money 
pg 3 line 6 arising from the sale thereof to place out on
pg 3 line 7 Government security and for dividends
pg 3 line 8 and produce there of to be paid and applied
pg 3 line 9 towards the maintenances and support of 
pg 3 line 10 my said wife during her natural life and to 
pg 3 line 11 enable her to maintain and bring 
pg 3 line 12 up my children George, Sophia and Martha 
pg 3 line 13 till they shall respectively attain the age of 
pg 3 line 14 twenty one years and if any or all of them 
pg 3 line 15 my said children shall happen to depart this
pg 3 line 16 life before he or she or they shall attain the age 
pg 3 line 17 of twenty one years then and in that case I
pg 3 line 18 direct my said trustee to pay and apply the 
pg 3 line 19 interest and dividends of the said principle 
pg 3 line 20 sum of money last mentioned to be raised by
pg 3 line 21 new sale of my said stoke and trade for the
pg 3 line 22 support and maintenance of my said wife
pg 3 line 23 during the term of her natural life jointly with
pg 3 line 24 the survivor and survivors of my said children
pg 3 line 25 till he she or they shall attain the age of twenty
pg 3 line 26 one years and from and after the death of my
pg 3 line 27  said children or their survivor or survivors of the children
pg 3 line 28 shall have attained the age of twenty one years 
pg 3 line 29 Then I direct my said trustee to pay and apply 
pg 3 line 30 the said part of the said 
pg 3 line 31 money last mentioned to be raised by the sale 
pg 3 line 32 of my stock and trade in manner following 
pg 3 line 33 that is to say to my son Robert of New Windsor 
pg 3 line 34 aforesaid Sadler and Harness maker the sum of
pg 3 line 35 twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain
pg 3 line 36 to be paid to my said son by my said trustee
pg 3 line 37 within 6 months next after my said wife 
pg 3 line 38 decease I also give and bequeath unto my son
pg 3 line 39 Charles now living with me the sum of ten 
pg 3 line 40 pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to 
pg 3 line 41 be paid to my said son Charles by my said 
pg 3 line 42 Trustee within six months next after my
pg 3 line 43 said wife’s decease and I give and bequeath unto 
pg 3 line 44 my daughter Sarah now the wife of Simon 
pg 3 line 45 Pearce I give the sum of fifty pounds of lawful
pg 3 line 46 Money of Great Britain to be paid to my 
pg 3 line 47 said daughter Sarah by my said trustee
pg 3 line 48 within six months next after my said wife’s 
pg 3 line 49 decease I give and bequeath unto my son
pg 3 line 50 James the sum of twenty pounds of lawful
pg 3 line 51 Money of Great Britain to be paid to my said 
Pg 3 postscript bottom right  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
Pg 199
pg 4 line 1 son James by my said trustee within six months 
pg 4 line 2 next after my said wifes decease I also give and 
pg 4 line 3 bequeath unto my son John the sum of twenty 
pg 4 line 4 pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to 
pg 4 line 5 be paid to my said son John by my said trustee 
pg 4 line 6 within six months next after my decease all 
pg 4 line 7 which said last mentioned legacies give unto
pg 4 line 8 my said sons Robert and Charles my daughter
pg 4 line 9 Sarah my sons James and John also hereby
pg 4 line 10 direct same be paid out of the said stock
pg 4 line 11 arising from the sale of my said stock in trade
pg 4 line 12 all the rest residue and remainder of my personal
pg 4 line 13 estate not herein before by me disposed of I give 
pg 4 line 14 and bequeath the same unto my said wife
pg 4 line 15 for her own use and benefit I give unto the two said
pg 4 line 16 William Allwright my trustee the sum of
pg 4 line 17 five pounds for the trouble he may have in 
pg 4 line 18 the execution of this my will and the trusts hereby
pg 4 line 19 in him reposed and do hereby declare that the
pg 4 line 20 said William Allwright his executors or administrators
pg 4 line 21 shall not be chargeable with or accountable
pg 4 line 22 for any more of the aforesaid trust money
pg 4 line 23 estate and premises than he shall actually 
pg 4 line 24 receive or shall come to his hands by virtue
pg 4 line 25 of this my will nor with or for any loses
pg 4 line 26 which shall happen of the same estate 
pg 4 line 27 monies and premises or any part thereof so
pg 4 line 28 as such loses happen without his wilful 
pg 4 line 29 neglect or default and also that it shall
pg 4 line 30 and may be lawfully to and for the said
pg 4 line 31 William Allwright his executors and admors  
pg 4 line 32 in the first place by and out of the aforesaid
pg 4 line 33 trust estate monies and premises to deduct
pg 4 line 34 and reimburse himself and themselves
pg 4 line 35 Respectively all such loss costs charges and expenses
pg 4 line 36 as the said William Allwright his executors
pg 4 line 37 or administrators shall sustain expend or to 
pg 4 line 38 be put unto for or by reason or means of the
pg 4 line 39 Thrust hereby in him reposed in relation to the 
pg 4 line 40 same estate moneys and and premises or the
pg 4 line 41 Management or execution thereof or any other
pg 4 line 42 thing anywise thereto in witness whereof I  
pg 4 line 43 the said James Fish the testator have to
pg 4 line 44 this my last will and testament contained
pg 4 line 45 in three streets of paper set my hand and seal
pg 4 line 46 as follows my hand to the bottom of the two
pg 4 line 47 first sheets and my hand and seal to this
pg 4 line 48 my last sheet thereof this twenty seventh day
pg 4 line 49 of August in the year of our lord one
pg 4 line 50 thousand eight hundred: James Fish

signed sealed published and declared by the


 Pg 5 James Fish will
pg 5 line 1 said James Fish the testator as and for his last
pg 5 line 2 will and testament in the presence of us who
pg 5 line 3 At his request in his presence and in the
pg 5 line 4 Presence of each other have hereunto set
pg 5 line 5 and subscribed our names as witnesses the
pg 5 line 6 words "and son George" in the first sheet
pg 5 line 7 and the words "said wife’s in the second
pg 5 line 8 sheet being first interlined Charles Round 
pg 5 line 9 Windsor Attorney at Law Richard Faviolo 
pg 5 line 10 of Staines as Butcher, Richard King of the same 
pg 5 line 11 place Inn Holder.
pg 5 line 12 On the twenty first day of January in the year of our
pg 5 line 13 Lord, one thousand eight hundred and one admon
pg 5 line 14 Wife the will admitted
pg 5 line 15 Of all and singular the goods chattels and credits
pg 5 line 16 Of the said James Fish formerly of New Windsor in 
pg 5 line 17 the county of Berkshire but late of the parish of Heston
pg 5 line 18 In the county of Middlesex Deceased was granted
pg 5 line 19 To Sarah ffish widow the relict and residuary
pg 5 line 20 Legatee named in the said will having been
pg 5 line 21 First sworn by Commission duly to administer
pg 5 line 22 as the executor. (end of Will)


Pg 5 Top Left Top left hand side of last page 5
pg 5 line 1 On the 7th Feb 1803 
pg 5 line 2 Admin with the will
pg 5 line 3 ……    ……..   goods
pg 5 line 4 chattels and ……      of
pg 5 line 5 James ffish formally 
pg 5 line 6 of New Windsor in the
pg 5 line 7 county of Berkshire
pg 5 line 8 Late of the ..... of Heston
pg 5 line 9 in the county of Middlesex
pg 5 line 10 Dec'd left by .......
pg 5 line 11 Dec'd whilst living...
pg 5 line 12 Sarah ffish widow
pg 5 line 13 Legally named in the said will was given
pg 5 line 14 To Robert Fish the son....
pg 5 line 15 Minor and of the goods of the said Sarah fish
Pg 5 line 16  …….           ……………          …………..
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







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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