Abt 1731 - 1784 (~ 53 years)
||John Howse [1, 2, 3, 4] |
||Abt Apr 1731
||Ampney St Mary, Gloucestershire
||15 Apr 1731
||St Mary, Ampney St Mary, Gloucestershire 
||17 May 1784
- Many thanks to Sue Eaton for transcribing John's will
In the Name of God Amen I John Howse of Ampney Crucis in the County of Gloucester Yeoman being of sound
Mind Memory and understanding do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form
following (that is to say) I give and devise unto my Nephew John Howse eldest Son of My Brother Thomas Howse
late of Cirencester in the County of Gloucester aforesaid deceased All my Messuages Lands Tenements and
Hereditaments with the appurtenances hereunto belonging situate and being at Poulton and elsewhere in the
County of Wilts To hold to him and his Heirs and Assigns for ever I also give to my said Nephew all the stock of
Cattle Corn Hay Waggons Carts and every Implement of Husbandry together with every sort of property which I
may happen to have on the said Premises at the time of my decease subject nevertheless to and charged with the
Payment of such Legacies as are next hereinafter expressed (that is to say) To Thomas Howse Ann Howse Edward
Howse Richard Howse and Joseph Howse (Brothers and Sister of my said Nephew) the sum of Fifty Pounds each
as soon as they shall respectively arrive at the Age of twenty one Years and in case any or either of them shall
happen to die before he she or they shall attain their respective Ages of twenty one Years then it is my Will and
desire that the share or Shares of him her or them so dying shall lapse and sink into and be a part of the Residue
of my Personal Estate and to go as the same is hereinafter disposed off I give and bequeath unto my Brother
Joseph Howse the Sum of Fifty pounds which I order my Executor to pay in one year after my decease I give and
bequeath all my Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments in the Parishes of Ampney Crucis Ampney Mary
and Ampney Peter in the County of Gloucester to my Brother William Howse his Heirs and Assigns for ever
Subject nevertheless as hereinafter mentioned and I give and bequeath unto my said Brother William Howse all
the Rest and residue of my Personal Estate Subject also as hereinafter mentioned and I hereby subject and charge
my said last mentioned Real and Personal Estates with the payment of all my just Debts and Funeral Expenses
together with the Payment of the several Legacies inserted in my Mothers Will which may not be fully paid and
satisfied at the time of my decease and also to the Payment of Fifty pounds apiece to my said Brother Thomas’s
five younger Children above mentioned namely Thomas Howse Ann Howse Edward Howse Richard Howse and
Joseph Howse as soon as they shall respectively arrive at the Age of twenty one Years And in case any or either of
them shall happen to die before he she or they shall respectively attain their Ages of twenty one Years Then it is
my Will and desire that the share and shares of him her or them so dying shall lapse and sink into and be a part of
the Residue of my Personal Estate and to go as the same is hereinbefore disposed off And Lastly I do hereby
nominate and appoint my said Brother William Howse whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament
hereby revoking every other Will by me at any time heretofore made In Witness whereof I have to this my Will
subscribed and set my hand and Seal this seventeenth day of May One thousand seven hundred and eighty four
John Howse Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said John Howse the Testator as and for his last Will and
Testament in the Presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have
subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereto – John Howse Winson, Jos Pitt Atty Cirtur z Wm Hox
This Will was proved at London the fourth Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred
and eighty four before the Worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter
Calvert also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully
constituted by the Oath of William Howse the Brother of the deceased and Sole Executor named in the said Will
to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased
having been first sworn duly to administer.
Side note: The witness Jos Pitt is an interesting character (he also witnessed William’s will). He can be found in The History of Parliament online.org and in Google books “A key to the House of Commons” there is the following:
“The present Earl of Carnarvon sold this borough property, together with the manor, and the appointment of the returning officer, to Mr Pitt, an attorney and banker, at Cirencester, who now returns one of the members”. He came from a lowly background and became an MP. Cirencester was a “rotten borough” and it appears that Joseph was a rather unethical person!
||25 Aug 1784 
|Age: 54y |
||25 Aug 1784
||St Mary, Ampney St Mary, Gloucestershire 
- Strange that both gravestone and burial register record the same date.
End panel of family tomb reads:
SACRED to the Memory of JOHN, Son of John and Ann Howse who died Aug 25th 1784, aged 54 Years
Gloucestershire GL7 5RY
||John Howse HS
||4 Sep 1784
||11 Apr 2020 |
||John Howse, b. Abt 1695, Ampney St Mary, Gloucestershire , d. 10 Sep 1765, Ampney St Mary, Gloucestershire (Age ~ 70 years) |
||Anne Howse, b. Abt Sep 1709, Winson, Gloucestershire , d. 7 Jul 1774, Ampney St Mary, Gloucestershire (Age ~ 64 years) |
||2 Jul 1730
||St John the Baptist, Cirencester, Gloucestershire 
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S379] Carl Worker.
- [S62] Parish Register - baptisms.
- [S63] Parish Register - burials.
- [S625] Will - Brother.
- [S275] Gravestone.
- [S624] Will.
- [S444] Jean Taylor.