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Will of John Swancot 1766 of Trefelgwys
« on: Thursday 07 March 19 21:11 GMT (UK) »
Hi all,

I'm strugging to finish deciphering the will of my ancestor, John Swancot, and honestly parts of my own translation make no sense.

THe full will can be viewed here: http://hdl.handle.net/10107/928909

I have purchased a digital copy but the resolution is too low to make it particularly useful.

This is what I have so far:

In the name of God does John Swancot of
Llanidoes in the parish of Trefelgwys in the county of
Montgomeryshire, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind,
memory and understanding thanks be unto God; therefore
calling unto ???? the mortality of his body and knowing thus
he appoints for ??? ??? ??? ?????? ????? and ????
that my ??? ????? ????? ????????? and from following
 that unto any of ????? I give and surrounding my soul into the
hands of God that gave it me and my body to the Parish to
be buried in a ???? ?????? at the discretion of any Licence(?)
 hereafter appointed and or who bring such ??? ???? or
on God hath ?????????? I give and bequeath in
?????? and forward the following   (fig ?)
I infinis I give and bequeath tho unto any Daughter Mary
   Thomas Buce following
   Heir I give and bequeath unto y daughter martha Pryce the sum of forty shillings
   Heir I give and bequeat unto my three Granddaughters
   Ann Whittington, Martha Whittington and Elizabeth Whittington
three daughters of my son in law Richard Whittington all my money
   Household ????? goods Cath and Charlotte of what naturally and
is quatet soeurs the same to be agreeably divided among them
   AND I hereby ??????? ?????? the ???? Richard
Whittington doth Executor of this my last Will and Testament
Whittington doth my executor of this my Last Will and Testament
Hereby to bring ?? for me letters by me, hence  informed will
Times whereof I have servant to ???? hand of death(???) is twenty seven day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand, seven hundred and sixty four

????
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The mark of John Swancot


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Re: Will of John Swancot 1766 of Trefelgwys
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 07 March 19 22:51 GMT (UK) »
I see what you mean about the resolution! Not great, is it?

First effort:

In the name of God Amen. I, John Swancot of
Drannenddu, in the parish of Trefelgwys in the county of
Montgomery, Gent, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind,
memory and understanding thanks be to God; Therefore
calling unto Mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that
it is appointed for all Men ????  to die Do make and ordain
that my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following
(That is to say)  First I give and recommend my  soul into the
hands of God that gave it me and my body to the Earth to
be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executor
hereafter appointed and as touching such Worldly Goods
as God hath endowed me with I give and bequeath in
manner and form following   (Vizt)
Imprimis I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Thomas [Seven] shillings
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Pryce the sum of Forty shillings
Item I give and bequeath unto my three Granddaughters
Ann Whittington, Martha Whittington and Elizabeth Whittington
three daughters of my son in law Richard Whittington all my money
Household furniture, goods, Cattle and Chattells of what nature kind
or quality soever the same to be agreeably divided among them
AND Do hereby Nominate and Appoint the said Richard
Whittington Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament
Hereby Revoking all former Wills by me, heretofore made.  In
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty Seventh day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand, seven hundred and sixty four

Witness Richard Thomas, David [   d   ]. [                ]
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Re: Will of John Swancot 1766 of Trefelgwys
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 07 March 19 22:56 GMT (UK) »
Prawncocktail, you are an absolute star; that makes so much more sense than my attempt!

I have Richard Whittington's will as well which I was able to do a passable job with, and that legacy grew into a nice little sum for those girls :-)

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Re: Will of John Swancot 1766 of Trefelgwys
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 07 March 19 23:13 GMT (UK) »
Had a look at this but struggled, my compliments to PrawnCocktail.  I've transcribed quite a lot of wills from National Library of Wales scans previously and the quality is usually good, with enough resolution to allow for enlargement to check details.  Although you've got the wording now, it might be worth letting them know that there seems to be a problem with this one.

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Re: Will of John Swancot 1766 of Trefelgwys
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 07 March 19 23:20 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Drosy, I have at least three more wills on there from family members but I was hesitant to purchase another copy after the one I received was worse than the one online.

Still, it's lovely to begin to piece together a bit more of their lives beyond the BMD basics :-)