Levesque - Wills


Will of Mary Levesque, Translated from the French, Public Record Office, The National Archives Catalogue Reference PROB/11/916 - written 1765

In the name of God Amen. I underwritten Mary Levesque Widow of the parish of Christ Church Spitalfields in the County of Middlesex being indisposed of Body but by the Grace of God of sound and disposing Memory and Understanding have thought fit to cause my Testament and Disposition of my last Will to be written in the manner following. First I recommend my soul to God my Creator through the Merits of Jesus Christ his Son my Saviour leaving my Body to the earth in hope of the Blessed Resurrection to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Nephew Ephraim fflammare [Ephraim Flammare married 14 Jul 1742 at St Dunstan Stepney to Mary Magdalen Delanquetueit, see witness] whom I constitute and appoint my Executor of this my present Testament to whom I give and bequeath for that purpose the sum of fforty pounds Sterling and I ordain also that he reimburses all the expenses or involuntary losses that may happen on attempt of this present Testament and after that my Just Debts and the Charges of my Buryal shall be paid and satisfied Then I give and bequeath to Daniel fflammare son of my Executor and my Godson the sum of Ten pounds Sterling. I give and bequeath to my Cousin Anne Levesque born Martell Widow of the late John Levesque my Cousin [see this tree, Generation 5] the sum of five pounds Sterling. Item I give and bequeath to my Cousin Anne Nee [? See the word Nurse for capital N] Widow the sum of ffive pounds Sterling. Item I give to my Cousin Mary Cofson or to her husband John Cofson the sum of ffive pounds Sterling. Item I give and bequeath to my Cousin Mary Mardant born de launai Widow of Peter Mardant the sum of ffive pounds Sterling. Item I give and bequeath to Susanna Heinvillit (?) born Postosf (?) wife of Peter Heinville (?) the sum of ffive pounds Sterling. Item I give and bequeath to John Slumbergue [Jean Shlumberger bap 1759 at Threadneedle Street on this tree Generation 7
] my Godson son of Jacob Slumbergue and of Mary Magdalen Duchemin [see this tree, Generation 6] the sum of ffive pounds Sterling. Item I give and bequeath to Mary Campart my great niece daughter of John Campart of Lauzanne in Switzerland the sum of ffive pounds Sterling. Item I give and bequeath to Mary Campart my great niece and God daughter the daughter of Lewis Campart of Lausanne in Switzerland the sum of ffive pounds Sterling. Item I give and bequeath to Abraham Paumier my great nephew who is at present at London [he married 24 Jun 1767 at Spitalfields Christ Church Stepney to Catharine Godefroy, ref FamilySearch] the sum of ffifteen pounds Sterling (to wit) five that my Executors shall deliver to him for Mourning and the other ten as my said Executor shall judge most proper either to help him in case of sickness or otherwise. Item I give and bequeath to the daughter of the deceased Mary Harley [?) Look at the word hospital and husband for a capital H] who was born Campart and who was my God Daughter I give I say to the daughter of that person the sum of five pounds Sterling to be given to her in manner as my said Executor shall judge most convenient which I leave to his prudence. Item I give and bequeath to Paul Coufson or his wife two Guineas to be given them in manner as my Executor shall judge to be most convenient. Item I give and bequeath to Ann Loriou (?) in the French Hospital commonly called the Providence two Guineas to be given to her in the same manner as that to Paul Coufson. Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Leroux one Guinea. Item I give and bequeath to Sarah Leroux one Guinea. Item I give and bequeath to Mary fflammare Eldest daughter of my Executor my silver pint. Item I give and bequeath to Susanna fflammare the second daughter of my Executor my silver spoons and tongs. Item I give and bequeath to Anne (?) fflammare third daughter of my Executor the sum of two Guineas. Item I give and bequeath to such person or persons who shall or may be with me and who shall have taken care of me to the time of my death whether in quality of a Servant or Nurse the sum of ten pounds Sterling to be divided equally or as my Executor shall think most reasonable which I leave to his prudence. Moreover I dispose of the sum of four hundred pounds stock of 3 per cent in the Bank of England which my late husband James Levesque left me the interest of to enjoy during my life. I dispose thereof I say in the manner following being administrative. I give and bequeath of the said Stock to Mr. Peter Abraham Auber Nephew of my late husband the sum of a hundred pound Sterling in Stock. Item I give and bequeath of the said Stock to Mr. James Abraham Auber Nephew of my late husband the sum of a hundred pound Sterling in Stock. Item I give and bequeath to Mademoiselle Mary Magdalen Shlumberger born Duchemin niece of my late husband [see this tree, Generation 6] the sum of two hundred pounds Sterling in Stock which can be all three paid according as the Stock of 3 per cent shall be sold at the time of the payment and according to price they shall be sold for as to what shall remain belonging to me I dispose thereof as follows. I give and bequeath to Peter Campart my Nephew of High Normandy the sum of Seventy pounds Sterling in Stock. Item I give and bequeath to David Campart my nephew of High Normandy the sum of seventy pounds Sterling in Stock and I give and bequeath to Jacob Campart my Nephew at High Normandy the sum of seventy pounds Sterling in Stock. [Some lines crossed out]
Item I give and bequeath to John Campart my Nephew of Lauzanne in Switzerland the sum of seventy pounds Sterling in Stock. Item I give and bequeath to Lewis Campart my Nephew of Lausanne in Switzerland the sum of seventy pounds in Stock and those ffive sums shall be paid according to and on the footing as the Stock of three per cent at the time they shall be finally paid. Moreover I ordain my said Executor to retain one ffund or Stock of one hundred pounds Sterling in the Bank of England to be divided in equal parts (with the interest that may be due and that may be reserved) amongst the children which remain Orphans of my deceased niece Paumier born Campart that shall be living when they shall come of age and that also according to the price of Stock of three per cent at the time they shall be finally paid. As to the rest as well as my Moveables etc I leave it to the disposal of my Nephew Ephriam fflammare and my Executor to whom I give and bequeath it without reserve. Now I the said Mary Levesque declare that this present writing contains my Testament and last Will revoking making void and annulling all other by me heretofore made. In Testimony whereof I have signed and sealed this present Testament with my hand the eleventh day of November one thousand seven hundred and sixty five. The 11th of No'vr 1765. Mary Levesque. Signed sealed published and declared by the abovesaid Mary Levesque the Testatrix as her Testament and last Will in presence of us who have signed as Witnesses by her order in her presence. P.M.Chastellier. Pierre De Languituit. [see Mary Magdalen Delanquetueit, wife of Ephraim Flammare]

Faithfully translated from the French at Doctors Commons London this 30th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty six by me Michl. Fountain Noty. Pub.

This Will was proved at London the fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty six before the worshipfull George Harris Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Worshipfull George Day Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Ephraim fflammare the Nephew of the deceased and sole Executor named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.

Additional notes:
The people in the above document that appear on this website are as follows:
"my Cousin Mary Cofson or to her husband John Cofson" [see this tree, Generation 5]
"my late husband James Levesque"
The name Campart.
"my Cousin Anne Levesque born Martell Widow of the late John Levesque my Cousin" [see this tree, Generation 5]
"Mademoiselle Mary Magdalen Shlumberger born Duchemin niece of my late husband" [see this tree, Generation 6]
Peter Abraham Auber nephew of my late husband - not found
James Abraham Auber nephew of my late husband - not found [James Abraham Auber married 1757 at Saint Matthew, London to Jane Bouquet ref FamilySearch]

With assistance from Gael Olsen 2012 in transcribing this document.


Will of Samuel Beuzeville, Clerk, of St Matthew Bethnal Green, Co. Middsx. Dated - 12 February, 1772.

I bequeath to my wife (Elizabeth Ourry) five hundred pounds, the household furniture and my library. My capital in my brother Stephen's hands to my daughter (Charite) at her age of 21, if my daughter die before the same to be divided among the children of my brothers James & Peter, deceased. (Books left to Mr. Ephraim Flammare & Rev. Mr. John Moor, Mr. Daniel de Bray). To Hannah, eldest daughter of cousin James Levesque, ten pounds. To the poor of my church of St. John, five pounds. To five inhabitants of this parish, poor, not descended from French, five pounds. To the poor protestants of Bolbec, the place of my nativity, five pounds. To the religious society meeting in Cock Lane, near Club Row, Spittlefields, five pounds. To the Synagogue in Leadenhall Street, five pounds. To Mr. Paz, a portuguese Jew, friend to Messieurs Moor, father & son, and to me, ten pounds. To my friend, Mr. William Sedgley, five pounds. To Mrs. Gosselia, widow, five pounds. To Mrs. Cordelis, schoolmistress, five pounds. To Mrs. Herbert, widow of an elder of my church, five pounds. To Mr. Perochon, elder, five pounds and to Mr. Baraud, his apprentice, five pounds. To John Louvel, first child baptised in St. Jean church, when rebuilt, five pounds. Executors:- My brother Stephen & my nephew, Peter Beuzeville. Signed: Samuel Beuzeville. No witnesses - handwriting sworn to 17 Jan 1782, by William Belconcle, of Tower Hamlet, London, gent. & John Marplay, of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London, gent. Proved:- 23 January 1782 by Peter Beuzeville, nephew & surviving excecutor.

Transcript provided by Gael Olsen 2012. See page of
other Levesque families for connection with the Beuzeville family, and also Ephraim Flammare, who was the nephew of Mary Levesque, above.


Will of Elizabeth Beuzeville of Shacklewell, St John Hackney, widow of James Beuzeville. Dated - 24 Dec 1781.

Beuzeville, Elizabeth, of of Shacklewell, St John's, Hackney, widow of James Beuzeville, weaver, funeral to be performed by Mr Francis Jolit, of Old Artillery Ground, who buried my husband. Executors & trustees, son James Beuzeville, son in Law Peter Huet, & nephew Peter Beuzeville ... grandson James Belloncle, son of late daughter Elizabeth ... to son in Law William Belloncle 100, daughter Esther, wife of said Peter Huet ... John & Ann Olivier, the 2 children of daughter Esther by 1st husband, Daniel Olivier, [also ? children] to William Barbet, my 1st cousin, 50; to James & Susanna, children of late John Barbet, 50; to Mary daughter of James Levesque, my husband's first cousin, 10; Eglise de St Jean 30 for poor; Threadneedle St 30 for poor, La Providence 30, la Maison de Pain in Flower de Luce St, 30; Etc. Dated 24. Dec 1781. Probate 29 Nov. 1785. (343. Ducarel; I 1138

Ref Huguenot wills and administrations in England and Ireland, Vol 1, page 35, transcript provided by Gael Olsen 2012. See page of other Levesque families for connection with the Beuzeville family.


Will of Mary Levesque, Public Record Office, The National Archives Catalogue Reference PROB/11/1203 - written 1787

In the name of God Amen. I Mary Levesque of the parish of Greenwich in the County of Kent spinster do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say first I direct all my just debts and funeral charges to be paid within one calendar month after my decease and [?] payment thereof I give and bequeath to the trustees managers and Governesses of the Blue Coat Girls School in Greenwich aforesaid or by whatsoever other name or names they are or may be called or known who have the care or management of the said school for the time being the sum of twenty pounds to be disposed of by them in the support maintenance and education of the poor girls belonging to the said school also I give and bequeath unto the several persons hereafter named the several sums of money hereafter mentioned for [?] that is to say to Mrs Savary wife of John Tauzia Savary of Greenwich aforesaid Esquire twenty pounds to Mary Elizabeth Savary Elizabeth Sophia Savary and Harriet Savary daughters of the said John Tauzia Savary the sum of ten guineas cash to Mrs Mauroo (?) of Enfield in the County of Middlesex to Mrs Boning (?) Mrs Enion (?) and Philip East Esquire all of Greenwich aforesaid ten guineas cash, also I give and bequeath unto Mrs Standart Mrs Swindon the [?] Mr Birket and Master Thomas Player of Greenwich aforesaid a ring cash [?] of the value of one guinea. All the rest and residue of my estate and effects whether real or personal or of what nature or kind [?] the same shall be or [?] of at the time of my decease I give devise and bequeath unto my niece Elizabeth Day wife of Samuel Day of Plymouth Esquire to and for her own use and benefit and lastly I do appoint the said Elizabeth Day to be sole Executrix of this my Will hereby revoking all form or Wills by me at any time heretofore made In witness thereof I have to this my Will contained in one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of June one thousand seven hundred eighty seven. Mary Levesque. Signed sealed and published and [?] by the said Mary Levesque as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses in her presence at her request in the presence of each other. Elizth. Baines. Tristm. Everest (?).

This Will was proved at London the sixeenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety one before the worshipful John [?] Doctor of Laws surrogate of the Right Honorable Sir William [?] Knight also Doctor of Laws Master [?] or Commissary of the Prorogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Elizabeth Day wife of Samuel Day Esquire the [?] and sole Executrix named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administor.

I have been unable to locate this Mary Levesque or her niece Elizabeth, married to Samuel Day of Plymouth. The legacy of 20 was duly provided to the Blue Coat School by Mrs Day, Executrix, and appears in the school accounts for 1791, as confirmed by the Governor-Archivist at the school in 2012.

Will of John Levesque, Weaver of Saint Matthew Bethnal Green, MDX 05 March 1803 PROB/11/1388 (See generation 6)

In the name of God Amen. I John Levesque of Brick Lane in the Parish of St Matthew in Bethnal Green in the County of Middlesex Weaver being of sound mind, and understanding, thanks be to God Almighty, but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life I do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in the manner and form following.
First of all I surrender my soul to God Almighty hoping by the merits of our saviour Jesus Christ to obtain the remission of my sins, and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried in the Church of the aforesaid parish by the discretion of my Executrix herein after named and as for such worldly goods estate and effects wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with after all my just debts and funeral expenses are fully paid and satisfied I then dispose of the same in the following manner. First I give and bequeath unto my son John Levesque the sum of twenty five pounds stock in three percent consoles. I likewise bequeath to my son in law James Lesage the like sum of twenty five pounds stock in the 3 percent consols to be paid to them within three months of the date of my decease. All the residue stock after these legacies have been paid I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Levesque. I likewise bequeath unto her the said Elizabeth Levesque the House wherein I now dwell also my household furniture Goods and chattels plate etc in fund? all that I may possess at my decease and I do hereby constitute and appoint the aforesaid Elizabeth Levesque my daughter sole Executrix of this my will hereby revoking and making void all precedent and former and other will by me whatsoever by me at any time heretofore made and I do ordain and ratify this duly to stand and be as for my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three John Levesque signed sealed published and witnessed by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in the presence of the said Testator and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunder subscribed our names as witnessed - F Terry - Thos Boisson
This will was proved at London the fifth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three before the worshipful Samuel Pearce Parson Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Honorable Sir William Wynn Knight, Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Elizabeth Levesque spinster daughter and sole Executrix named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.

Will of Frances Levesque (not identified) (Excerpts; on Ancestry)

Frances Levesque Will Dated 14 April 1725 [date according to the National Archives]
Widow of the late John Merchant normally home at the ‘Hague’ at present at London
My dear cousin Peter Levesque Merchant living in the parish of St Anns Westminster my good friend Peter Cousirat? Merchant living in the City of London
Daughter Anne wife of Alexander Godefrey Merchant at London

From Family Search
Name:         Alexander Godefrey Event Type: Baptism Christening Date:  15 Nov 1716 Christening Place: City, London Father's Name:      Alexander Godefrey Mother's Name:     Anne Godefrey Affiliate Publication Number:     RG4_4646   Citing this Record: "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FWLV-CLL : accessed 30 October 2015), Alexander Godefrey, 15 Nov 1716, Baptism; citing p. 111, City, London, record group RG4, Public Record Office, London.
Ref. G.Olsen 2015.

 


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