Florence Nightingale, England and Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1910
Wills are public documents and in December 2014, the UK government announced it was making millions of them available online. These documents date back to 1858 and include the last wishes of 41 million people who died and left property in England and Wales. So, if you are interested in social history, family history or are just plain nosy, for £10, you can order the will of Florence Nightingale or maybe that of your own granny and a copy of the document will be available for download within two weeks.
Teresa Wynne, England and Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1958
The will of my great-grandmother, Teresa (Carroll) Wynne, was listed in their index. Teresa died of cancer at her home in Newcastle upon Tyne, on 9 July 1958, when she was seventy years old. By then, she had been a widow for over twenty years and resided with her second eldest son Brendan. Brendan, who remained unmarried until after his mother’s passing was named as the Executor of her estate, which was valued at over £3,500.
This week, I received my copy of her last will and testament and it reads:
- THIS IS THE WILL made the First day of May, One thousand nine hundred and fifty eight of me TERESA WYNNE of 297/299 Two Ball Lonnen, Fenham, Newcastle upon Tyne, Widow.
- I GIVE, DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all my estate both real and personal, subject to payment of my debts and funeral expenses, to my son Brendan Patrick Wynne absolutely and I APPOINT him my sole Executor hereof.
- I REVOKE all former Wills, AS WITNESS my hand
Signature, Teresa (Carroll) Wynne, Last will and testament, 1958
It’s short and to the point and, from a genealogical perspective, a little disappointing. Her seven other children did not even get a mention – on reflection, maybe it was even more disappointing for them.
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