I’d like to introduce…

Edward George "Ted" Turner

Edward George Turner, known affectionately to his family and friends as Ted, was a kind hearted, gregarious, right jolly English gent, loved by all who knew him. He was born on the 27th of June 1911 at Blake Cottage, Horn Street in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, where his father was employed as head groom to Mr Gosling of Blake House.

And His Lovely Wife…


Miss Phyllis Mary Collins, daughter of William Collins, publican of the George Inn in Winslow, which is where Ted met her one fateful day in the 1930s

Ammanuensis Monday: 1766 Will of John Denchfield (part of a series)

John Denchfield made the following will on 4 December 1766 and, 11 years later on 4 January 1777, he added a clause regarding his wife Mary. The evidence from this document provides an important clue to solving the John Denchfield/Mary Gurney mystery I wrote about previously here. The will was proved on 6 December 1788.

In The name of God Amen I John Denchfield Elder

of Northmarston in the County of Bucks being in perfect

Mind and Memory do make and Ordain this my Last Will

and Testament. First of all I Give and reccomend my Soul

into the hands of Almighty God hopeing to be Saved by

his Mercy and the Merits of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ

And my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like and

Decent manner at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter

named:  And as Touching that Little worldly Estate wherewith

it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give devise and

Dispose of the Same in manner and Form Following.

I give and bequeath to my Son Richard Denchfield that House

Which was my Father Brewers and a Hundred pounds in money

to be paid him a Twelvemonth after my Decease and to enjoy

the Said House to him and his Heirs for Ever I Also give and

bequeath [to Mary Denchfild is crossed out] Elizabeth Denchfield and

Sarah Denchfield the Sum of Twenty pounds Apiece to be

paid them when they come to Age or A Twelvemonth after my

my Decease by my Executor if they be at Age before I die

I Also give to my Daughter Ann Stevens the wife of Thomas

Stevens the Sum of Twenty pounds and to my Grandson Thomas

Stevens the Sum of Five pounds when he comes to Age

to be paid by my Executor. Lastly all the the rest and residue

of my personall Estate of what nature and kind so ever and

wheresoever I give and bequeath to my Son John Denchfield

the Half Yard Land and the House of my Fathers Denchfields

to him and his Heirs for Ever I also make him my only and

Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament. In Wittness

whereof I have hereunto Sett my Hand and Seal this 4.th Day

of December In the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven

Hundred and Sixty Six:

My Will and desire is that Mary my Wife if in Case

She is in wants of a House that she shall have the Parlor

and the Chamber over the Parlor and the Bay of Barn to the

Parlor Chimbney so long as she Remains a Widdow and all her

Houshold goods [& boath?] Woolen and Linnen that she brought

Witness my hand

This 4 day of January 1777

John Denchfield

Signed Sealed published and Declared by the

said John Denchfield the Testator as and for his

Last Will and Testament in the presence of us

Who have hereunto Subscribed our Names as wittnessed

at the Request and in the presence of the Said

Testator and of each other

John Denchfield

William Buckingham

John Bignell

ester coker

6th, Dec, 1788  Sworn the Executor within –

named and that the effects do not amount to 300S

No Invy before me

W. Stockins Snr

Proved the 6th, day of December 1788 before the Reverend

William Stockins Clerk Surrogate by the oath of John Denchfield the—

natural and lawful son and sole Executor to whom Adcon was committed

He being first sworn duly to administer

(Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging prompt hosted by Geneabloggers)

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