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From: Roger Partridge <>
Subject: Re: [PETERBRO] Robert MILLER, Gentleman Will - lots of names
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 22:57:41 +0000
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Hello John & Listers !

I found this Will of Robert MILLER very interesting as it is just
over 3 years
older than the Will of my GGG-Grandfather Robert PARTRIDGE who farmed
at Newark, Peterborough and who died 7th July 1807. You may remember
you gave me a lot of useful advice and help about a year ago with
that Will and
also the tracing of his parents who had married at Marholm before
they moved
to Whaplode Drove ?

I have checked carefully through all the names in this MILLER Will
and cannot
find any direct links, although I suspect that they were mostly close
of my ancestor ! The only name that I find occurring in both your
Wills and mine
is that of William CRISP who receives a bequest in the MILLER Will
and is an
Executor in Robert PARTRIDGE's Will:-

"I Robert Partridge of Newark in the County of Northampton Yeoman
do make this my last Will and Testament in Manner following (that is
to say) first I give and devise unto William Crisp of Peterborough in
County of Northampton Draper and William Gates of Peterborough
aforesaid Attorney at Law All and every my Freehold and Copyhold
Messuages..........." <snip>

and then at the End:-

And then in a different handwriting :-

"On the fourth day of December 1807 William Crisp and William Gates
the Executors named in the within Will were then sworn well and
to perform the same and that the deceased at the time of his death
was not
possessed of a personal Estate to the amount of Four hundred and fifty
before me
Strong Archdn."

So not a great deal of help to you, I'm afraid, apart from the fact
that William CRISP
was a Draper ? - maybe it could be a clue of some sort ? - and he was
a person of standing that several people trusted !

I hope this helps ! Best Wishes ! Roger PARTRIDGE,
Surbiton, Surrey.
On 21 Mar 2008, at 01:15, John Bland wrote:

> Hello Listers,
> I have been looking at the lengthy Will of Robert MILLER, Gentleman of
> Northamptonshire PRO 11/1426 dated 20 March 1804. It is very much a
> coincidence that I should read it for the first time exactly 204 years
> later! This Will and the Will of John TURNEL The Elder Farmer of
> Eastfield,
> Peterborough PRO 11/1605 dated 5 September 1805 have a number of
> common
> bequests, and the Turnel Will indicating one to his daughter Ann
> Widow of John Woolley is sufficient for me to conclude that John
> Turnel the
> Elder was my GGGGG Grandfather, and that Robert Miller was his
> Brother in
> Law. The IGI records a marriage between John Turnell and Anne
> Miller on 19
> December 1753 at St Michaels, Stamford, Lincolnshire. Obviously this
> marriage needs confirming.
> Given that both Wills mention the same names the connection is
> obvious, so I
> am listing them here in case anyone recognises any of them.
> The MILLER Will, mentions bequests to his Wife Mary, Son Robert and
> Daughter
> Elizabeth, Brothers Jonathan MILLER Gentleman of Market Deeping,
> George
> MILLER Gentleman of Peterborough, Friends Matthew WILKINSON,
> Gentleman of
> Peterborough and William CRISP of Peterborough, and Kinsmen and
> Kinswomen
> (it is unfortunate that he did not choose to list the full
> relationships!)
> Ann WOOLLEY, Susannah CUE, John TURNELL the Younger, Mary BROOKSOP,
> the Wife
> of Samuel BROOKSOP, John YOUDD the Elder of Market Deeping, Mary
> YOUDD, Ann
> YOUDD, Robert YOUDD, George YOUDD, Susannah ARNOLD the Wife of John
> of Swaford, Lincolnshire, and John Kitchen MILLER, Sister Ann
> Eastfield, Peterborough, Sister Mary YOUDD of Potton Bedfordshire,
> Cousin
> Thomas MILLER of Wisbech and Nephew John TURNELL the Younger.
> The TURNEL Will indicates that he had land at Eastfield, Newark and
> Dogsthorpe and gives bequests to his Wife Ann TURNELL, Son John
> Younger, Daughters Ann WOLLEY, Widow of John WOOLLEY, Susannah CUE
> Widow of
> John CUE and Mark BROOKSOP the Wife of Samuel BROOKSOP,
> Grandchildren John
> WOOLLEY, Jane SMITH the Wife of John SMITH, Mary WOOLLEY, Robert
> William WOOLLEY, George WOOLLEY, the children of Ann WOOLLEY,
> Grandchildren
> John CUE, William CUE, Mary PEARSON or PARRY the Wife of blankspace
> or PARRY (I think!), Jonathan CUE the children of Susannah CUE.
> Legacies in both Wills were substantial for the day, the MILLER ones
> particularly large - annuities from invested sums measured in
> thousands of
> pounds. Furthermore with Robert MILLER's death being noted in The
> Gentleman's Magazine, I am hopeful that he left a good paper trail.
> Has
> anyone come across him, his brother Jonathan or any of the other names
> mentioned? I already have pieced together the family of Ann WOOLLEY
> and have
> thus verified that she was Widowed in 1801. These Wills take me back a
> Generation and pieces together a family to such an extent that I
> only need
> to find where they were all born, married and buried! Ann WOOLLEY nee
> Turnell was born at Market Deeping, and all her sons were Carpenters
> (reasonably wealthy ones!) so I suspect that MILLER's were a
> wealthy Farming
> Family that straddled the Soke of Peterborough/Lincolnshire border.
> Hence me
> posting on both the Peterborough and Lincolnshire lists.
> A comment on the CUE name. A possible variation appears in later
> generations as a forename CULY. Has anyone seen these as a
> variation of one
> name?
> It has to be said that it would have proven a much harder task to
> locate
> these Wills were it not for the work of the London Branch of the
> Lincolnshire Family History Society in producing the recently
> released Death
> Duties Register Indexes 1796-1821 extracting any testators and
> beneficiaries
> with Lincolnshire connections and where one was found extracting all
> mentioned testator and beneficiaries wherever they may have lived,
> so this
> resource should be considered by anyone researching families that
> may have
> cross boarder connections.
> Regards,
> John R G Bland
> Spalding

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