by Jon Malings


This copy Will is held privately.

Deddington Parish Register  shows John Wyatt
was buried on January 9th 1756.  This Will was made shortly before that, on November 25th 1755.  Many of the Wills I have seen were made shortly before the Testator died. Most people seem better prepared today.

It's a nice simple document.  He leaves everything to his "dear and loving wife" Anne and makes her sole executrix of his estate, which includes the "old" part of Winmour Cottage.

To see an image of John Wyatt's WIll click here 




Copy Jno Wyatt’s Will
25th Novr 1755

In the name of God Amen I John Wyatt of Dedington in
the County of Oxford Labourer being weak in body but of
sound and perfect mind memory and understanding praised
be God for the same  Doe make my last will & testament
in manner following  that is to say first and principally
I bequeath my Sole into the hands of Almighty God my
Heavenly father hopeing assuredly through the merritte
Death and passion of my Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all
My sins and to inherit everlasting life And my Body
Commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the Discretion
of my Executrix herein after named as as concerning
the disposition of such Temporal Estate God hath been
pleased to bless me with I give and dispose of as follows
First I will that all me debts and funeral expenses be paid
as discharged  Item  I give and bequeath unto my dear
and loving wife Anne all and singular my goods and
chattels whatsoever to doe and dispose with at her own free
will and pleasure and I do hereby nominate constitute
and appoint my said loveing wife Anne Whole and Sole
Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking
all other wills by me made  In Witness whereof I the said John
Wyatt have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand
and seale this five and twentieth day of November one
thousand seven hundred and fifty five
John Wyatt (mark) 

Signed sealed published and declared as
and for the last will and testament of the
above named John Wyatt in the presence
of us who subscribed our names as witnesses
in the presence of the said Testator

Marten Strong
Nath[aniel] Apletree