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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 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?

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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Meaning of “dofhoadayne” in 1648 Will of William Noake from Longburton, Dorset, England?

It says "Doth Ordayne" as in "I doeth Ordain this my Last Will and Testament" example - William Shakespeare's Will of 1616 - "I, William Shackspeare of Stratford-upon-Avon in the county of Warwick, ...
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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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Reading a will to get land information?

Here are some links to handwriting tutorials and other articles to help you get started: Palaeography: reading old handwriting 1500 - 1800: A practical online tutorial from The National Archives (UK) ...
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What are these words in the 1841 will of Elisha Strong?

The Said Eunice Strong shall pay one third for the support & education of Lucy Strong and Julia C Strong until they are eighteen years of age and the remaining two thirds for their support to ...
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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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Minimum age to be mentioned in a will?

0 (i.e. born before 20 Mar 1824). Anyone can be left a bequest in a will regardless of age - 1 day old or 100 years old. They need not even be born yet to be left a legacy. A will may or may not ...
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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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Reading words on old document relating to share of Will?

...the said share and an insurance of Two pounds and Sixteen shillings... ...(and the receipt of which Alfred born... ...for their own respective use the said share... I agree with the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, probably in Somerset or Guyana?

Somerset wills were sadly kept with Devon wills. See the page on the Somerset archives site where it says "The story of Somerset's wills is a sad one. Having been centralised at Exeter, most of the ...
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Reading a will to get land information?

I think Jan has an excellent response for actually reading the will, but I will put out another solution or if anything supplementary information that you still may need after you read the will. ...
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Meaning of “dofhoadayne” in 1648 Will of William Noake from Longburton, Dorset, England?

I read it simply as do this day. Thus some sort of contraction of Do this day make this, my last will and testament. I have a couple of wills from that area of Dorset from just after 1700. They use ...
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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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How to interpret hand written will that refers to children and possibly in-laws?

... divided between my children viz Martha Entermarried with Henry Rhinehart, My Son John, Elizabeth Entermarried with William Stevenson, Henry B. Fought, Isaac S. Fought, William E. Fought, ...
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Locating will from Berlin (Germany) in 1930s?

Wills of people who have died should be at the district court (Amtsgericht), which serves as a Nachlassgericht here. Which court depends on the exact place of living (district). You might use the ...
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Identifying difficult words in 1651 will?

Kayer = A coarse sieve used to winnow corn (separate large from small) https://books.google.com/books?id=tUYOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA31&dq=kayer++corn+-layer&hl=en&sa=X&ved=...
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Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, probably in Somerset or Guyana?

Using Adrian's answer as a springboard, I searched for possible resources. The Devon Wills index formerly at British Origins has now been released at Find My Past. A list of the courts (including ...
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Interpreting names and abbreviations at the end of wills?

I realise this is an old question but as the correct answer has not yet been posted - Section 1 Proved at London the 12t day of Febry 1817 before The Worshipful Richd Henry Creswell Dr of Laws ...
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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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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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