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England - what are some possible reasons that my ancestor only listed his daughters in his will and none of his sons?

The obvious thing to check is whether the other children had died prior to the will being drawn up. Transcription To help you in this case, I have transcribed the will below: Extracted from the ...
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England - What are some possible reasons an ancestor would name his accountant in his will as a beneficiary?

That does not list the beneficiaries, it lists the people to whom probate was granted, which is the executors of the will. If there had been no will, or if they were not the named executors, then it ...
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England - What are some possible reasons an ancestor would name his accountant in his will as a beneficiary?

As Tom says in his answer, the people mentioned are the executors of the estate. The record you are looking at is the National Probate Calendar, which is basically a detailed index of probate and ...
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Strange Probate record: Could this death record not be correct?

As Elwyn says, the bank getting the grant of probate is not a problem. However, her being a spinster definitely is. It is not impossible that a widow should declare herself a spinster, but pretty ...
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Why name John Doe as surety?

Having thought it through a bit, Google helped and I found this article on the FamilySearch Wiki that is adapted from a print article by respected genealogist, Anthony Camp. Although it is about bonds ...
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Understanding the disposal of an estate in Jersey

There may have been letters of administration granted after Dorothy's death. If so, the letters granted for the period October 19th 1848 - May 26th 1906 are held in Volume D/Y/A2/1 at Jersey Archives....
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Unknown Abbreviations in abstract of probate

"CH" refers to CHarles County, Maryland. "A" (meaning "account") can be found in these documents: "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court; (multiple editions, called "...
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Strange Probate record: Could this death record not be correct?

You say “probate was awarded to Lloyds Bank when there was a living son and a younger daughter.” All that means is that she had appointed the bank as her executors. It doesn’t mean her children were ...
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Would a Wife be mentioned in 18th Century English Will?

I have only experience dealing with colonial American wills, but those should be under the same norms as English. I've looked at dozens of wills from New England in the 17th and 18th centuries, and ...
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Who are the Campbells in this document?

The first Campbell in this document is a man with the initials of "S.A." and close family or personal ties to Ida W. Smith. You can tell that S.A. Campbell is a man because in the second image the ...
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Understanding Index to Death Duty Registers 1796-1903 for 1799 death in Radnorshire, Wales?

A fairly important piece of information omitted is what IR 27/17 actually contains. As you know, it is an index to the Death Duty registers. But this particular piece (IR 27/17) is an index to the ...
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What relation could godson be, and brothers of another surname?

A godson does not have to be any relation at all to his godparents, and often is not. I would think a godson is unlikely to also be a son-in-law, given godparents are named at the time of baptism (...
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England - What are some possible reasons an ancestor would name his accountant in his will as a beneficiary?

As regards the value in today's money, one of the problems is that different things have changed in price at different rates. £4949 would have bought you a very nice house in Harrogate at that time; ...
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England - What are some possible reasons an ancestor would name his accountant in his will as a beneficiary?

As the earlier answers have said, the probate calendar entries list the executors of the will, who are not necessarily beneficiaries. Having names of non-relatives may be useful for your research ...
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Widow's probate in 18th century US?

Ann lived another 29 years, dying in 1779 in Morristown, NJ, having never remarried. Check New Jersey historical state statutes if possible and find out what the laws about probate were at the time. ...
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Finding widow's relinquishment from 1844 Ohio probate record?

The FamilySearch Wiki article Glossary of United States Probate Terms says: Relinquishment - Relinquishment is to waive one's rights. To see an overview of how the law has changed over time, see ...
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Interpreting the year a 16th century will was written?

I responded earlier, but now am able to view this on a tablet and can actually enlarge the image on a brighter screen so that I can "see" rather than squint at the text. I revise my earlier thoughts. ...
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Interpreting the year a 16th century will was written?

Looking back at this again, I agree with the other answers insofar as the text reads: "one thousande five hundreth foure Schore and ___". That is, 1 thousand, 5 hundred, 4 score (80), and... As to ...
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Interpreting the year a 16th century will was written?

This is quite unclear text, but I'm going to have a proper go at this. Here's the image again: As @PolyGeo commented, after "year of our lorde god one thousande" appears to be "five hundrete". That ...
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Where can I find Pennsylvania Archives Series II?

Fold3 has the Pennsylvania Archives available for free and it's searchable. https://www.fold3.com/browse/246/h9Y02Zdgu
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Are these two signatures from the same person?

Are there any standard techniques for comparing signatures to determine the likelihood that they are or are not by the same person? Yes, but they are based on comparing multiple examples. They form ...
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England - what are some possible reasons that my ancestor only listed his daughters in his will and none of his sons?

In addition to checking the deaths prior to the will. Many times the 2nd and younger sons would join the military (army or navy). They may have attained certain rank to provide for themselves. More ...
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England - what are some possible reasons that my ancestor only listed his daughters in his will and none of his sons?

My guess is that his sons were given many perks while he was still alive -- perhaps businesses, land, or cash -- while his daughters had to wait for their share.
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Comparing currency in different time periods?

With regards to the 1949 devaluation, a book I have about the post-war London stock market refers to a US recession and a substantial reduction in exports to the US. From The Post-War History of the ...
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Locating and reading will of Elwyn Bernard Blair who died in 1934 at Atchison, Kansas?

According to the FamilySearch wiki page for Atchison County, Kansas, the Atchison Magistrate Court has probate records, starting 1855. The FamilySearch catalog has some Atchison probate microfilms, ...
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What are these abbreviations in Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight, Virginia?

The abbreviations are as follows: Leg. - legacy, legacies OR Legatee (the person receiving a legacy) D. - Death or dated (surely death in this example) Ex. - Executor R. - Register: sometimes this is ...
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Finding wills/probate for printers of Brecon, Wales who died in 1794, 1820 and 1839?

There are a limited number of places that a will would be located for these individuals. If you cannot locate one after ruling out all the options below, it would be reasonable to conclude that they ...
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Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, probably in Somerset or Guyana?

I have just been contacted by a descendant of Giles Chichester from Demerara in Guyana, and for the first time I expect to be able to assemble evidence that he was living in Demerara like his two ...
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