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Will of John Turner

of Deal, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/953, folios 276-277. National Archives document reference number for the original will is PROB 10/3558.
Transcribed by Noël Siver
In the Name of God Amen I John Turner of Deal in the County of Kent Lieutenant in the Royal Navy being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praised be God for the same[.] ffirst I commend my Soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors herein after named[.] And as to all my Worldly Estate both real and personal I give devise bequeath the same as follows[.]

First I give and bequeath unto my daughter ffrances Turner one hundred and ffifty pounds four per cent per annum consolidated transferrable at the Bank of England and ten pound for mourning[.]

Also I give and bequeath to my son Charles Pye Turner ten pounds for mourning[.]
Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Ann Orde ten pounds for mourning[.]
Also I give and bequeath to my [half-]Sister Susana Pettet widow ffive pounds for mourning[.]

Also I give and bequeath to my servant Elizabeth Corbett spinster of Deal in the County of Kent ffive pounds for mourning and ten pounds besides of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid within a Month after my decease[.]
And also I give devise and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Corbett spinster of Deal in the County of Kent all that my ffreehold Messuage and Tenement and premises now in the occupation of Mrs. Catharine Gurney as Tenant thereof to me situate lying and being in five Bell Lane in Deal Kent To have and to Hold for her sole and separate use and benefit during the term of her nat life without impeachment of waste to have receive and take rents Issues and Profits of the said Messuage or Tenement with the appurtenances to the said Elizabeth Corbett for her sole and separate use and benefit[.]

And from and immediately after the decease of the said Elizabeth Corbett I give devise and bequeath the same Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances unto George and ffrances Corbett illegitimate son and daughter of the said Elizabeth Corbett spinster and in default of them unto my son Charles Pye Turner and my daughters Mary Ann Orde and ffrances Turner[.]
Also I give and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Corbett Spinster all and singular my Household Goods[,] Books[,] Linnen[,] China[,] furniture and utensils whatsoever and all my Silver Table Spoons for her own use and Benefit[.]

The remainder of my plate I give and bequeath to my said children Charles Pye Turner[,] Mary Ann Orde and ffrances Turner to be equally shared between them[.]

And lastly after paying all my just debts as aforesaid and ffuneral Expenses and of the Legacies in this my will contained with the payment of all which I do hereby charge all my personal Estate I give devise and bequeath all and singular the rest[,] residue and remainder of my Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever unto George Corbett and ffrances Corbett illegitimate Children of the said Elizabeth Corbett spinster above mentioned to share equally alike or the survivor of either of them and in case of both of their deaths before they arrive to the age of twenty one years[,] unmarried[,] and without issue[,] then to be divided among my Children Charles Pye Turner[,] Mary Ann Orde and ffrances Turner equally alike or to the survivor of them[.]

I do desire that the said Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever shall within the space of one month after my decease be placed in one of the publick ffunds of this kingdom at the discretion of my Executrix and Executor hereinafter named[.] And that the Interest accruing and arising therefrom shall be applied towards their George Corbett and ffrances Corbetts Education and Maintenance respectfully until they severally attain the age of twenty one years or day or days of Marriage[.]

And I do hereby make[,] ordain[,] constitute and appoint the above Elizabeth Corbett Executrix and William Hulk surgeon of Deal in Kent as Executor of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and Testament set and subscribed my hand and Seal this 3rd day of May 1800—Jno Turner—Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said testator John Turner as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Jno Abram—Wm Maxton—J. W. ffeuaulliot

This Will was proved at London the twenty second day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and two before the Right Honourable Sir William Wyane Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Elizabeth Corbett Spinster one of the Executors named in the said will to whom Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased was granted having been first sworn by Commission only to Administer power reserved of making the like Grant to William Hulk the other Executor named in the said will when he shall apply for the same.

[It is interesting to note that John Turner did not make his son Charles Pye Turner one of the executors of his estate. Instead the executors are his unmarried servant Elizabeth Corbett and William Hulke, surgeon, of Deal. William Hulke’s name appears to have been written in as an afterthought in the original will. Hulke subsequently renounced carrying out the probate of the will which left Elizabeth Corbett as the sole executor. John Turner’s wife, Ann Harrison Turner, is not mentioned at all in his will. She did, however, receive a naval officer’s widow’s pension after he died.]

[The following note was added to the clerk’s copy of John Turner’s will:]
On the 12th day of August 1820 [coincidentally(?) the date of death of Charles Pye Turner] Admon (with the Will annexed) of the Goods Chattels and Credits of John Turner late of Deal in the County of Kent and a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy decd left unadd by Elizabeth Corbett spinster decd whilst living one of the Exors named in the said Will was granted to George Corbett and Frances Corbett Spr the Residuary Legatees named in the said Will having been first sworn by Comsr duly to admr. William Hulke (in the Will written Hulk/ the other and surviving Exor named in the said Will having Renounced the probate of this Will)

John Turner, son of John Turner and his wife, widow Mary Cullen Mocket, was baptised at St Leonard’s parish church in Deal, Kent, on 6 July 1735. He married Ann Harrison, the only surviving child of Thomas Harrison and Ann Pye Harrison Roby, at St Leonard’s in Deal on 28 October 1769. John Turner was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy on 18 November 1790. He died on 15 November 1801 and was buried at St Leonard’s on 20 November 1801.


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