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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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Does a bequest of $1 or "to be paid on their demand" mean it is a minor child?

This answer is based on my experience with English probate records. While the probate process in the British colonies differed from that of the colonial power, the process was no doubt modelled on its ...
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Deciphering part of 1799 probate from USA?

The "widow's third" was a portion of a man's estate guaranteed to his wife after his death, regardless of what his will stated. This excerpt from "Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday ...
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Could Will be Proved twice?

If you go to the Parish page for Illogan: https://www.opc-cornwall.org/Par_new/h_k/illogan.php and scroll down to the Wills section, you will find both grants of probate have been transcribed. ...
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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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Transcribing particular phrase in 1813 English will

the yearly interest arising from the sum to be laid out in necessary uses for him at the discretion of my Executor The missing words "in necessary uses" really just means as needed to ...
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Transcription of an 1835 will entry in Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills record

The word is "comon", and was used here as an abbreviation of the word "commission". The phrase: "... to whom administration was granted having been sworn by commission duly ...
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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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Were minors always described as such in 18th century wills?

I'm sorry to say that the wording in the will certainly isn't something you can rely on to tell you the age of children mentioned in wills in the 18th and early 19th centuries. I have a couple of ...
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How to tell if a will was executed as written?

Not very helpful but in the two cases where I have acted as the Executor of a will, I would say that the sole documentation generated was: The will itself; The Request for Probate; The information ...
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How were the beneficiaries of the 1872 Will of Mary Rogers related?

I'll self-answer, as I've made some progress, although not reached a complete conclusion yet. I've learned a couple of things along the way, too: 1) Ancestry's default search doesn't work the way ...
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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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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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How to tell if a will was executed as written?

Looking at the instructions for searching and ordering copies of wills on wills.gov.uk, 'Search for a Will': Not all grants of representation contain a will. Check the type of grant when you ...
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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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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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How to tell if a will was executed as written?

As far as I am aware there are no centralised records that include documentation of how estates were distributed, whether or not a valid will existed. In addition to the suggestions made by @...
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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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