Will of William Francis Buchan of Saint Budeaux, Devon

29 June 1838

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National Archives: PROB 11/1896

Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Nicholl Quire Numbers: 351 - 400

Will proved 29th June 1838.

Transcribed by Ian Hearder

[William Francis Buchan died 3 March 1838, age 27. He was the son of John Buchan and Anne Browne (1790-1815). William Francis Buchan became a doctor. See mentions in his Grandfather's letters of 1817, 1820, 1827 and 1828. He spent some time in Canada. About 1836 he married Miss Betsey Peeke. No children. At the time of his death he was resident at Saltash Passage, near Tamerton, Devon.]

I William Francis Buchan being of sound mind but in a bad state of bodily health do hereby make my Last Will and Testament and also by this said will revoke all other Wills previously made. I appoint Betsy Peeke, the youngest sister of Roger Peeke of Ludgate Street London sole Executrix and to her I bequeath everything belonging or may belong to me for her sole use and benefit while she remains a single unmarried woman and afterwards on condition she secure the same to herself in case of her marriage. Wlliam Francis Buchan-Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of us the undersigned witnesses by the above named William Francis Buchan as and for his last Will and Testament this sixteenth day of August One thousand and eight hundred and thirty six- John Watkins Miss Hitchcock Roger Peeke Ludgate Street-Joseph Bass Ludgate Street.

Proved at London 29th June 1838 before the judge by the oath of Betsey Buchan (heretofore Peeke Spinster) Widow the Relict the sole Executrix to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to Administer.

Note in margin:-

On the 23rd March 1859 Letters of Administration with the Will annexed of the Personal Estate and Effects of William Francis Buchan late of Tamar Cottage in the Parish of St Budeaux in the County of Cornwall who died on the 3rd March 1838 at Stoke Damerel in the County of Devon after administered by Betsy (heretofore described Betsey Leamon the wife of Thomas Major Leamon (heretofore Buchan's widow heretofore Peeke Spinster, deceased whilst living the Relict of the deceased-the Sole Executrix and Universal Legatee named in the said Will were granted to the said Thomas Major Leamon the Husband and Administrator of the Personal Estate and Effects of the said Betsy Leamon-died Intestate.