Will of Thomas Compere

Written 29 July 1737, Died 5 May 1739,Note 1 Probated 27 May 1739

According to The Enviorons of London, Volume 2 (Daniel Lysons, 1795) pages 527 – 551, Mr. Thomas Compere in 1739 was buried in the parish churchyard at Hampstead, Middlesex,Note 2 as he devised.

Notes and Sources are contained in end notes. To read them as you proceed, click on note numbers within the text.

We have retained as near as possible the spelling found in the original document; and words which are our best guess are followed by [?]. The lines are broken as in the original.

This document was transcribed from the United Kingdom National Archives' Documents Online [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/]. The wills are the result of a digitization of the records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Whereas the images are subject to Crown copyright, the transcriptions are the intellectual property of Jan and Larry Rhodes; and they were prepared for genealogical purposes only and may be used for such with attribution to us. Please address any comments, corrections, or questions to us at our e-mail. Good luck in the search for your ancestors.

24 March 2006
In the Name of God Amen
I Thomas Compere of the parish of St. Clement Danes in the County
of Middlesex Apothecary Do this twenty ninth Day of July in the
Year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred thirty seven revoke all
former Wills by me made and make and publish this my last Will
and Testament in manner and Form following. First I commend my
Soul to the Mercy of God in and through Jesus Christ my Savior
My Body I desire may be buried in the Parish Church Yard of
Hamm Stead near my late dear wife and in the same manner as
She was buried only without Escutcheons And as to all my Worldly
Estate Goods and Effects I Give will devise and dispose thereof in
manner following I Will that fifty Gold Rings each of twenty
Shillings value be given at my death to and amongst my Relations
and Friends Item I give to my dear Wife Sarah the Sume of three
hundred pounds to pay the Charges of my Funeral and also to buy
mourning for herself and for mine and her Servants which I
will they shall have I also give unto my said Wife All my plate
Household Goods and Furniture which I have in each of my Houses
and likewise my Chariot and Harness I also devise unto my said
Wife All my MessuagesNote 3 Lands and HereditamentsNote 4 in Five Foot
Lane in the parish of Bermondley or elsewhere in the County of
Surry To hold To her and her Heirs for ever I also give to my said Wife
my two Messuages in Stanhope Street in the occupation of Mr.
Willett and of my self for all the Estate and Tenure of Years I
have or shall have therein my other Messuage in Stanhope
Street in the Occupation of Morgan Donavan I give to my
Brother John Compere for all my Estate therein I devise unto my
said Wife Sarah for and during so long time she continues sole
and unmarried All that my Messuage in Broadwell in the County of
Gloucester now in the Tenure of Mr. Knight and also one Annuity or
Yearly Rent charge of forty pounds a Year clear of all Taxes and
Deductions by half yearly payments at Michaelmas and Lady Day
to be issuing out of and which I charge upon All my Lands and
Hereditaments in Broadwell aforesaid exclusive of the aforesaid
Messuage And I grant unto my said Wife full power to make
Distress for the same from time to time in any of the said Lands
And I do hereby confirm unto my said Wife All my Lands and
Hereditaments in Winchcombe parish in the County of Gloucester
and Entsdonen in the County of Worcester for her life according to
the Settlement thereof made on my Marriage I also Will the
Sume of two hundred pounds now in the Hands of the Lord Chief
Justice Willes unto my said Wife and also the Sume of Eight
hundred pounds in South Sea Annuities and the Dividends thereof
from and after the decease of Mrs. Sarah Broaster my wife's Mother
be received and enjoyed by my Wife and that She ____ [sic] have the
power and Disposall thereof in manner as by Indenture being date
the fifth Day of December 1730 is agreed and expressed I give to the
Right Honourable Sir John Willes Lord Chief Justice of the Court
of Common Pleas one hundred pounds and to June Willes God
Daughter of my late Wife the Sume of two hundred pounds I givve
to my Brother Anthony Compere one hundred pounds And to my
Sister Austin one hundred pounds I also give to my two Nieces the
Daughters of my Brother in Law John Stephens by my Sister each
the Sume of fifty pounds to be paid them at their respective ages
of twenty one years or --//--//--[sic] Marriages first happening and
Interest for the same in the mean time after the rate of four
pounds per Cent I give to my Cousin George Compere fifty pounds
and remit to him all he shall owe me at the time of my death
I give to the poor of the parish of Saint Clement Danes twenty
pounds and to the poor of the parish of Stow in the Wold twenty
pounds To Mrs. BrosterNote 5 my Mother in Law ten Guineas I give
to Joseph Biscoe of the Fine Office Timer Temple twenty Guineas
I give to my Brother John Compere All my Shop Goods Medicines
and Utensills provided he comes to London and carrys on the
Business of an Apothecary Otherwise I Will that they be disposed
of at a moderate Rate and value to my eldest Servant in my
Shop who shall live with me at the time of decease I remitt
to my said Brother John Compere whatsoever Moneys he shall
owe me on Balance of Accounts at my death I give unto Mrs.
Mary Thompson Sister to my late Wife during her life one
Annuity or Yearly Rent Charge of Ten pounds clear of all Taxes
and Deduction and also unto my Cousin George Compere one
Annuity or Yearly Rent Charge of five pounds clear of all
Taxes and Deductions during his Life Both which Annuities I
charge on all my Lands in Broadwell aforesaid Except the House
devised to my Wife And I grant unto the said Mary Thompson
and George Compere power for time to time to destrain for the
same on the said Lands both Annuitys to be paid half Yearly at
Lady Day and Michaelmas in every Year and in case at the time
of my death I shall leave no Issue of my Body by my now or
any after Wife nor my Wife be ensientNote 6 with any such Then I give
and devise my Lands and Hereditaments in the parish of Winchcombe
called Whitehill and Broad Meadows from and after the decease
of my Wife unto my father Mr. Anthony Compere for and during
the Terme of his natural life and from and after his decease unto
my Brother John Compere for and during the Term of his natural
life [rest of line blank but delineated]
[beginning of line blank but delineated] And then and after
the Determination of that Estate unto the said Lord Chief Justice
Willes and Joseph Biscoe and their Heirs In Trust to preserve the
Contingent Remainders from being defeated and to make Entrys
and bring Actions as occasion shall require I nevertheless to permit
the said John Compere to receive the Rents and Profits during his
life and from and after his decease unto the first second third and
all and every other the Sons of the body of the said John Compere
in Tayle MaleNote 7 successively one after another as they shall be in
priority of Birth and in default of such Issue unto my Brother
Anthony Compere for and during the Term of his life and after
that Estate determined unto the Said Trustees and their Heirs to
preserve the Contingent Remainders in manner aforesaid and from
and after the decease of my Brother Anthony _______ [sic] unto the
first and all and every other the Sons of his body in tayle Male
successively in manner aforesaid and for want of such Issue unto
my Nephew Robert Austin for the Terme of his life and after
that Estate Determined unto the Said Trustees and the Heirs
in manner aforesaid Then to the first and all and every the Sons
of his Body in tayle Male successively in manner aforesaid And
for want of such Issue unto my Cousin George Compere for his
Life Then to the Trustees and Heirs in manner aforesaid
Then to the first and other Sons of his Body in tayle Male
successively And for want of such Issue unto the first Son of the
Body of Thomas Compere late of Market Harborough deceased
for the terme of his life then to the said Trustees and their Heirs
in manner aforesaid Then to the first and other Sons of his Body
successively in tayle Male in a manner aforesaid -- for want of
such Issue Then to the Second Son of the Body of the said
Thomas Compere deceased for his life then to the said Trustees
in manner aforesaid Then to the firsts and other Sons of his
Body in Tayle Male successively and for want of such Issue
unto my own right Heirs for ever And in case at the time
of my Death I shall leave no Issue of my Body nor my
Wife be ensient with any such Then I give and Devise All
other my Messuages Lands and Hereditaments in Winchcombe
Broadwell Maugersbury Stow in the Wold or Elsewhere in
the County of Gloucester and Cuttsdevon and Elsewhere in the
County of Worcester Subject to the Estates therein limited or
given to my Wife for and during her life or Widowhood and
to the several Annuitys or Rent Charges hereinbefore given
unto my father Anthony Compere for the Term of his life ^ And
[^ insertion from the margin: and from and after his Decease
unto my Brother Anthony
Compere for and during the Term
of his Life /]
from and after the Determination of the Estate unto the Lord
Chief Justice Willes and Joseph Biscoe in trust to preserve the
Contingent Remainders in manner aforesaid And from and after
the decease of my Brother Anthony unto the first and other Sons of
his Body Successively in manner aforesaid in tayle Male And in
default of Such Issue unto my Brother John Compere for the
Terme of his life And after that Estate Determined unto the said
Trustees and their Heirs in manner aforesaid and from and after
the decease of my Brother John unto the first and other Sons of
his Body successively in tayle Male in manner aforesaid and for want of such
Issue unto my Nephew Robert Austin for the Term of his life
And after that Estate Determined unto the said Trustees and their
Heirs in manner aforesaid and from and after his decease unto the
first and all and every other the Sons of his Body successively in
tayle Male And for want of such Issue unto my Cousin George
Compere for his life and after that Estate Determined unto the
said Trustees and their Heirs in manner aforesaid and after his
decease unto the firsts and other Sons of his Body Successively
in Tayle Male in manner aforesaid And for want of such issues unto
the first son of the Body of the aforesaid Thomas Compere deceased for his
life and after his Estate determined unto the Said Trustees and their
Heirs in manner aforesaid then to the first and other Sons of his
Body successively in tayle Male in manner aforesaid ^ And for want
[^ inserted from margin: and for want of such Issue unto the se
Son of the Body of the said Thomas
Compere deceased for his life and after
that Estate determined unto the said
Trustees and their Heirs in manner afores
Then to the first and other Sons of his Bod
successively in Tayle Male in manner afor
[[centered and underscored]] Origl. Ie
(edge of page appears cut off) ]
of such issue unto my own right Heirs for Ever But in case I shall
leave any issue of my Body lawfully begotten Then I given all my
Lands and Hereditaments hereinbefore limited and settled to and upon
my father and Brothers unto such Child or Children of my Body and
the Heirs of the Body and Bodys as Tenants in Common if more
than one And for want of such Issue to go according to the Limitations
aforesaid I give to each of my Servants who Shall be living with
me at the time of my Death Mourning to paid for by my Wife I
Desire no severity be used with any of my Debtors who are poor and
unable to pay And I Will and Direct that all my Debts and Money
Legacys be paid within six Months after my Death with the payment
whereof I subject my Estate All the Rest and Residue of my
personal Estate of what nature or kindsoever after my Debts Legacies
Funerall Expenses and Charges of the Executorship and Trust paid I
give unto my Wife and to my Brothers Anthony Compere and John
Compere in three equal Shares and proportions to be divided
between them And Lastly I make my said Wife and Brothers
Anthony Compere and John Compere Executors of this my last Will
and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal the said twenty ninth day of July 1737 Tho: Compere - Signed
Sealed Published and declared by the Testator as his last Will and
Testament in presence of Us who Signed our Names in his
presence and at his Desire - Elisha Biscoe John Drayner Joseph Biscoe
Thos. Jones. /

This Will was proved at London before the
Right Worshipful John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master
Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully
Constituted on the twenty seventh Day of May in the Year of Our Lord
One thousand seven hundred and thirty nine by the Oaths of Sarah
Compere Widow the Relict of the deceased Anthony Compere and
John Compere Executors named in the said Will for whom
Administration of all and Singular the Goods Chattls and Creditts
of the said deceased was granted being first sworn duly to administer
the same to wit the said Sarah Compere was sworn before the
Worshipful Edward Gimaston Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the said
Judge and the said Anthony Compere and John Compere by Comcon.
Exd.


    Notes
  1. www.google-books.com; Digitization of Durnford, Charles and Edward Hyde East; Term Reports in the Court of King's Bench, Vol. VII; London: J Butterworth and Son, Fleet Street, 1817; Page 728
  2. www.british-history.ac.uk.
  3. Messuage: Obsolete synonym for real estate property.
  4. Hereditament: Anything that can be inherited, usually refers to real estate property.
  5. Earlier in the will this individual was cited as Mrs. Sarah Broaster.
  6. Ensient: Obsolete synonym for pregnant.
  7. Tayle Male: Also used as tail male, this is a term applied to a person who leaves no male issue.
List of Wills