Will of Styleman Milam
Gardiner of Little Wittenham, Berkshire
Will: October 9, 1724
Probate: May 31, 1728
Beneficiaries: Daughter: Mary, wife of Edward Bates;
Nephews: Andrew Mylam & Godson: Styleman Mylam, sons of brother: Thomas Mylam; Thomas Mylam, son of Matthew Mylam;
Property: Freeholds, rents, goods & chattel.
Executors: William Davy of Dorchester, Oxford & John House of Streatley, Berkshire

 

Will of Styleman Milam
Transcribed by Cyril Mylam & Oliver Milam

  1. In the Name of God Amen

  2. I Styleman Milam of Little Wittenham in the County of

  3. Berks Gardiner being of sound and perfect mind and memory (thanks

  4. be to Almighty God the same) Calling to mind the uncertainty of

  5. this present life and that all flesh must yeild unto death when it shall

  6. please God to call Doe make and ordaine this my last will and

  7. Testament in writing in manner and form I following first I commend

  8. my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping to be

  9. Saved by and through the pretious death and merits of my blessed

  10. Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body I commit to the

  11. earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such a devout and

  12. Christain like manner as to my executors here in after named shall

  13. so find meets and convenient as touching such temporal estate

  14. as the lord has been pleased to bestow upon me I do give

  15. bequeath order and dispose of the same in manner and form

  16. following (viz) I Imprimis my will is and to the intent that my daughter

  17. Mary the now wife of Edward Bates shall and may from

  18. and immediately after my decease for and during her natural life

  19. have, receive, take, enjoy and dispose of the rents and profits of the

  20. messuage land tenements and hereditaments and also the

  21. money goods personal estate and premises herein after

  22. mentioned with the appurtenances unto and for her own and sole

  23. and separate use and maintenance exclusive of her said husband

  24. in such a manner as she shall think fit not withstanding her

  25. coverture I do hereby give and bequeath unto my trusty and good

  26. friends Mr William Davy of the parish of Dorchester in the county

  27. of Oxo and Mr John House of the parish of Streatley in the said

  28. County of Berks all that my freehold messuage cottage or

  29. tenement orchard or garden Barkside lands hereditaments

  30. and premises whatsoever situated lying and being within the

  31. parish xx fields teritories liberties or precincts of Hurst in

  32. the said County of Berks to hold the said freehold messuage

  33. cottage or tenements and premises from and immediately after

  34. my decease unto the said William Davy and John House their

  35. heirs and assigns to and for the only proper use and behoofs

  36. of the said William Davy and John House their heirs and

  37. assigns forever in trust never the less and to and for the several

  38. intents and purposes herein after thereof mentioned expressed

  39. and declared for and during the natural life of my said daughter

  40. Mary Bates and from and immediately after her decease in

  41. Case there shall be any child or childrenof the body of my said

  42. Daughter Mary lawfully begotten living at the time of her

  43. decease then in trust for such child or children and his her

  44. and their heirs for ever but in default of such child or

  45. children then in trust for my godson Styleman Milam son of

  46. my brother Thomas Milam and their heirs and assigns of the

  47. said Styleman Milam for ever subject nevertheless to and

  48. charged and chargeable with the payment of the several

  49. sumes following that is to say the sume of ten pounds

  50. which I give to my nephew Andrew Milam and of the same

  51. the sum of five pounds which I give to my nephew Thomas Milam son of my

  52. brother Matthew Milam to be paid by and out of the said freehold premises

  53. item I give and bequeath to the said William Davy and John House all

  54. those my leasehold messuages or tenement farms lands tenements and

  55. premises whatsoever situated lying and being within the Manor parish

  56. fields territories or precincts of Clifton in the said County of Oxon

  57. together with the lease thereof and all my estate terms and interests therein

  58. to hold the same messuage or tenement farms and premises last devised

  59. with the appurtenances unto the said William Davy and John House their

  60. Executors Administrators and assigns for and during all such time and

  61. Number of years terms estate and interest as shall at the time of my

  62. Decease be there of to come and unexpired and my will and meaning is and

  63. I doe hereby declare that the several devises and bequests herein

  64. before made unto the said William Davy and John House are and shall be

  65. upon the trust and to and for the intent and purpose they the said

  66. William Davy and John House and the survivor of them and the heirs

  67. Executors Administrators and assignes of such survivors shall and may

  68. from time to time and at all times during the life of my said

  69. daughter Mary Bates receive take employ apply order and dispose of

  70. the rents issues and profits of all and singular the said messuage farms

  71. lands cottage tenements and premises here in before devised as well

  72. leasehold as freehold either into the owne proper hands of my said

  73. daughter Mary Bates or to such person and persons and to and for

  74. such uses intents and purposes as she my said daughter Mary

  75. not withstanding her coverture and whether she be sole or marryed

  76. by any note or writing to be signed by her in the presence of two or more

  77. credible witnesses shall from time to time and at any time or times

  78. during her life nominate direct or appoint to the intent that the

  79. same may not in any sort belyable or subject to the control power

  80. intermedling debts fofeitures or ingagements of her said husband

  81. Edward Bates Item I give and bequeath unto my said trustees William

  82. Davy and John House the several legacies or sums of five pounds

  83. Apiece to be by them deductedand retained by them for their owne uses

  84. out of the personall estate hereinafter devised immediately after my

  85. decease Item all the rest and residue of my goods chattels ready money

  86. bills bonds and other my personal estate whatsoever my debts

  87. loans and funeral expences being first paid and satisfied I give

  88. and bequeathunto the said William Davy and John House whom I do

  89. hereby make and appoint joint Executors of this my last will and

  90. testament in trust nevertheless and to the intent and purpose that

  91. they the said William Davy and John House and the survivors of them

  92. his Executors Administrators and assignes shall and may from time

  93. to time during the natural life of my said daughter Mary Bates

  94. manage place put at interest and otherwise as his and their survivors

  95. order apply and disposethe said goods moneyand personal estate to

  96. and for the benefit and advantage of my said daughter Mary Bates

  97. for her sole and separate use and maintenance exclusive of her said

  98. husband and also ----- shall from time to time dispose of pay and

  99. apply as well the interest use and provide thereof as also all the

  100. said principal money goods and other my personal estate or so

  101. much thereof as they the said William Davy and John House shall

  102. think fit necessary or conveinent either into the own proper

  103. hands of my said daughter Mary Bates or unto such person or persons and

  104. in such parts proportions manner and form as she my said daughter

  105. Mary Bates shall notwithstanding her coverture and whether she be

  106. sole or married to from time to time and at any time or times during

  107. her natural life by any note or writing signed by her in the presence of two

  108. or more credible witnesses nominate direct aquitt? or appoint to the

  109. intent that the same may nott in any sort belyable or subject to the

  110. control power intermedling debts forfeitures or ingagements of her

  111. said husband Edward Bates and from and after the deceaseof my

  112. daughter Mary Bates I desire and appoint that so much of the said

  113. principle money goods and other my personal estate and the interest

  114. and proceed thereof as also so much of the said rents issues and

  115. profits of the said freehold and leasehold and messuage lands hereditaments

  116. and premises as shall then in the hands of William Davy and

  117. John House remains unpaid or unapplyed to or for the benifitt of my

  118. Said daughter Mary Bates according to the trust here in before

  119. mentioned if any such there shall be shall be paid unto and amongst

  120. Such cild or children of the body of my said daughter Mary lawfully

  121. begotten which shall be living at the timeof her decease share and

  122. share alike and in case there shall be no such childor children living

  123. at the time of her decease from unto andamongst my three brothers

  124. Matthew Thomas and John Milam share and share alike to whom I

  125. doe hereby devise and will the same accordingly provided always

  126. and Ido hereby declare that receipt in writingof my said daughter

  127. Mary Bates under her hand as well for the said rents issues and

  128. profits of the said freehold and leasehold estates and premises

  129. as for the said goods money and personal estate and the interest

  130. and proceeds there of and for every or any part or parcel there of

  131. shall notwithstanding her coverture be a sufficient discharge to my

  132. said Executors and Trustees or to any other person or persons for

  133. the same or so much there of as shall be acknowledged or discharged

  134. thereby or for which such receipt shall be soe given and my will and

  135. meaning is and I doe hereby declare that whatsoever costs trouble

  136. expence or damage my said Executors and Trustees or either of them

  137. shall or may beare pay expend suffer or be put unto by reason of the

  138. promises of the trust thereof as aforesaid or in the performance

  139. management or execution thereof or in any wise touching or

  140. ----------- this my will or any part thereof the same shall be

  141. paid deducted retained and allowed to him and them as well as out of

  142. the said rents issues and profits of the said messuage farms lands

  143. and hereditaments as out of the said goods money personal estate

  144. and other the premises herein before devised or any part thereof

  145. and lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other

  146. will or wills by me heretofore made either by word or in writing

  147. or otherwise howsoever and in testimony that this only is my last

  148. will and testament I the said Styleman Milam have hereunto put

  149. my hand and seale the ninth day of October in the eleventh year

  150. of the reign of our sovereign lord George by the grace of God of

  151. Great Brittain France and Ireland King defender of the faith

  152. ------------ One Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty foure I

  153. Styleman Milam signed sealed and published and declared by the said

  154. Styleman Milam as and for his last will and Testament in the

  155. Presence of us who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of the

  156. Said testator Seth Absolon Day and Richard John Tull

 

PROBATUM: In Latin, with only the names of William Davy and Johannis House identifiable by me. 
Probate: May 31, 1728.

Definitions:
1. (viz) [Latin: to wit]
2. Imprimis [Latin: In the first place or first of all]
3. messuage: a dwelling house with the adjacent buildings and the enclosed space of ground immediately surrounding it.
4. tenemental land: land distributed by a lord to his tenants.

Discussion:
Stylemanís brithers were: Matthew, Thomas, & John Milam.
Nephew/Godson: Styleman Milam, son of Thomas Milam
Nephew: Andrew Milam (son of Thomas?).
Who are William Davy & John House?
Who is Edward Bates? What happened to Mary Bates?
Styleman had property in Barkside and Clifton. Where are these?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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