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This will is one of several for JACKSONs who were goldsmiths. I have done a family tree for them.
Sharon Oddie Brown. December 10, 2011
Update: February 19, 2015. Notes on Abrahma JACKSON.

 

Abraham Jackson notes on will

August 4, 1685. Probated September 3, 1700

NOTE: This transcription was vastly improved in its accuracy thanks to the close reading and suggestions of Jan Waugh. See also Abraham Jackson’s father’s will: Alexander Jackson 1690.

 

By Abraham Jackson[1] Citizen and Goldsmith of London being in health of body and of sound and disposing mind and memory (blessed be God) yet considering the uncertainty of death and then uncertainty of the time thereof (revoking all former and other wills Testaments legacies and bequests by me made and given) do make and declare this my present last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first and principally I command commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer hoping and steadfastly believing through the merits death and passion of my said Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to obtain free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven with other [of] the [chosen?] children of God. My body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executrix or executor or hereinafter named and as for such temporal goods and estate both real and personal which it hath pleased God to bless me with in this world my debts and funeral expenses being there out first paid and discharged I give and dispose thereof as followeth (that is to say). Item I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of St. John Zachary[2] in London 10 pounds and money. Item I give and bequeath unto the poor children of Christ's Hospital in London 20 pounds in money. Item I give and bequeath the sum of 20 pounds to be paid to and distributed amongst such other poore and necessitous people as my executrix or executor or shall think fit and in such manner and form as she or he shall please. Item I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Sarah Jackson[3] her heirs and assigns for ever all that my messuage or tenement with the appurtenances situate in Foster Lane in London now in the tenure or occupation of _____ Harris[4] his tenants or assigns. Item I give and bequeath all those my five messuages or tenements with the appurtenances situate standing and being on Snowhill at Snowhill[5] in the Parish of St. Sepulchre[6] London now in the several tenure or occupations of John [Mason?][7] Gervaise [WIlcocks?][8] Luke Langhorne[9] John Ward[10] and _____ Marsh’s[11] widow. And also all those my four messuages or tenements with the appurtenances situate in [Seacolt? Seacole?] Lane in the parish of St. Sepulchre London now in the several tenure or occupation of John Mason Richard [Loveland?] ____________ and George Guthridge unto my said dear and loving wife Sarah for and during the term of her natural life. And from and immediately after her decease I give and devise one moiety and full half part the whole in two [page break] equal parts to be divided of the said five messuages or tenements with the appurtenances on Snowhill and of the said four messuages or tenements with the appurtenances in [Seacolt? Seacole?] Lane unto John Dyer[12] and Alexander Dyer[13] children of Sarah my late sister deceased late wife of Lawrence Dyer[14] and to the several and respective heirs of their several and respective bodyes lawfully issueing. And in case other of the said children of my said sister shall happen to die without heirs of his body respectively then I give and devise the part and share of him so dying without issue of his body as aforesaid to the survivor of them and the heirs of his body issuing so as the heir of the body of such survivor may enjoy the said moiety so long as there shall be any issue of either of their bodies extant and in being. And in case both the said children of my said sister Sarah shall die without heirs of their respective bodyes. Then I give and devise the said moiety of their respective body to then I give and devise moiety of all the aforesaid messages unto Abraham[15] and Mary Jackson[16] children of my said late brother Isaac Jackson[17] deceased and to their heirs and assigns forever. Item I give and devise the other moiety and full half part the whole in two equal parts to be divided of the said five messages or tenements with the appurtenances on Snowhill in [Seacolt? Seacole?] Lane aforesaid unto the said Abraham and Mary Jackson children of my said late brother Isaac Jackson deceased and to the several and respective heirs of their several and respective bodies lawfully issuing and in case either of the said children of my said late brother Isaac Jackson shall happen to die without issue of his or her body then I give and devise the part and share of him or her so dying without heirs of his or her body as aforesaid to the survivor of them and the heirs of his or her body issuing so as the heirs of the body of such survivor may enjoy the said last mentioned moiety so long as there shall be any heirs of either of their bodies extant and in being. And in case both of the said children of my said late brother Isaac Jackson shall die without heirs of their respective bodies then I give and devise the said last mentioned moiety of all of all the aforesaid nine messuage or tenements with the appurtenances unto the said John and Alexander Dyer children of my said late sister Sarah deceased their heirs and assigns forever. And as to issuing the remainder rest and residue of all and every [of]my goods that money plate frivolous debts and estate whatsoever I wholly give and bequeath unto my said dear and loving wife Sarah whom I make and ordain the sole and only executrix of this my last will and testament but in case my said dear wife shall happen to die before the execution of this my will then I do will and appoint that my brother-in-law William Corry[18] gent shall be executor in trust of this my will and shall distribute all the remainder of my estate herein before given to my said wife to and amongst the children of my said sister Sarah Dyer and of my said brother Isaac Jackson share and share alike equally to be divided. And I do give to my said brother William Corry (in case he executed this trust) for his pains therein 40 pounds of lawful money of England. And whereas I am administrator to my said brother Isaac Jackson deceased and have been put into great trouble and expenses on that amount having with all faithfulness gathered in and [sellected?] his estate a [fair?] and just amount where of I have left if therefore the said children of the said Isaac Jackson or either of them or any interest for them or either of them or on their or either of their amount shall at any time here after goe about to question the same and give my executors any trouble touching the same and not be contented and rest satisfied with what amount I have left that then and in such case my will and mind is and I do hereby order direct and appoint that the one half of such share or part of what personal or real estate I have herein before given or devise to them the said children of my said brother Isaac Jackson the same shall go and be and I do hereby order and dispose of the same to and amongst the children of my said sister Sarah Dyer and their heirs in witness whereof I the said Abraham Jackson the testator have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the fourth day of August in the first year of the reign of our sovereign Lord James II by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the faith Anno Dominium 1685 Abraham Jackson. This will consisting of four sheets of paper was signed and sealed by the said Abraham Jackson to oath Sheet and by him published and declared to be his last will and testament in the presence of us the witnesses here unto subscribed who subscribed our names to oath to each sheet in the presence of the said Abraham Jackson. William McMahon [Mitman/Milman?][19] Nathaniel Gifford[20] James Wolseley[21] George [Halstyd? Or Halfhyd?][22] Mr. Millman,[23] clerk.

 

Probate Sept 3, 1700.



[1] Abraham JACKSON (-1700) Based on apprenticeship records, it is likely that he was born abt 1630 and was the son of Alexander JACKSON, a goldsmith.

[2] St. John Zachary. NOTE: The church was destroyed in the great fire of 1666 and wasn’t rebuilt. The parishioners would then have been associated with St. Anne and St. Agnes. SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John_Zachary

The parish church of St Zachary, built in the year 1,000 AD in the City of London, Gresham Street was destroyed in the Great Fire of London, in 1666 and was never rebuilt. The site belongs to the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths which maintains the gardens for the benefit and enjoyment of Londoners. SOURCE: http://www.flickr.com/photos/costi-londra/sets/72157624706176151/
In 1638, a Thomas JACKSON of this Parish pod £20 and Alexander JACKSON paid £16. SOURCE: 'Inhabitants of London in 1638: St. John Zacharies', The inhabitants of London in 1638 (1931), pp. 79-80. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=32018

[3] Sarah JACKSON née [???] I have yet to see the parish registers that might help with this. Access to a Family Centre is not that easy for me, living as I do a ferry ride and car drive away.

[4] Unnamed HARRIS

[5] Snowhill Next to St. Sepulchre's, on Snow Hill, used to stand the famous old inn of the "Saracen's Head." It was only swept away within the last few years by the ruthless army of City improvers: a view of it in course of demolition was given on page 439. It was one of the oldest of the London inns which bore the "Saracen's Head" for a sign. One of Dick Tarlton's jests makes mention of the "Saracen's Head" without Newgate, and Stow, describing this neighbourhood, speaks particularly of "a fair large inn for receipt of travellers" that "hath to sign the 'Saracen's Head.'" The courtyard had, to the last, many of the characteristics of an old English inn; there were galleries all round leading to the bedrooms, and a spacious gateway through which the dusty mail-coaches used to rumble, the tired passengers creeping forth "thanking their stars in having escaped the highwaymen and the holes and sloughs of the road." Into that courtyard how many have come on their first arrival in London with hearts beating high with hope, some of whom have risen to be aldermen and sit in state as lord mayor, whilst others have gone the way of the idle apprentice and come to a sad end at Tyburn! It was at this inn that Nicholas Nickleby and his uncle waited upon the Yorkshire schoolmaster Squeers, of Dotheboys Hall. Mr. Dickens describes the tavern as it existed in the last days of mail-coaching, when it was a most important place for arrivals and departures in London:— SOURCE: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45116

[6]ST. Sepulchre. SOURCE:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Sepulchre-without-Newgate  as well as a wonderfully descriptive history from 'St. Sepulchre's and its neighbourhood', Old and New London: Volume 2 (1878), pp. 477-491:

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=45116 Of interest in this description to another section of this family history – the DAREs is the following description: One of the last who received a nosegay from the steps of St. Sepulchre's was "Sixteen-string Jack," alias John Rann, who was hanged, in 1774, for robbing the Rev. Dr. Bell of his watch and eighteen pence in money, in Gunnersbury Lane, on the road to Brentford. Sixteen-string Jack wore the flowers in his button-hole as he rode dolefully to the gallows. This was witnessed by John Thomas Smith, who thus describes the scene in his admirable anecdotebook, "Nollekens and his Times:"—" I remember well, when I was in my eighth year, Mr. Nollekens calling at my father's house, in Great Portland Street, and taking us to Oxford Street, to see the notorious Jack Rann, commonly called Sixteenstring Jack, go to Tyburn to be hanged. … The criminal was dressed in a pea-green coat, with an immense nosegay in the button-hole, which had been presented to him at St. Sepulchre's steps; and his nankeen small-clothes, we were told, were tied at each knee with sixteen strings. After he had passed, and Mr. Nollekens was leading me home by the hand, I recollect his stooping down to me and observing, in a low tone of voice, 'Tom, now, my little man, if my father-in-law, Mr. Justice Welch, had been high constable, we could have walked by the side of the cart all the way to Tyburn.'"

[7] John [MASON?]

[8] Gervaise [WILCOCKS?]

[9] Luke LANGHORNE

[10] John WARD

[11] Widow MARSH

[12] John DYER, son of Sarah JACKSON and Lawrence DYER.

[13] Alexander DYER, so of Sarah JACKSON and Lawrence DYER.

[14] Lawrence DYER Pewterer. SOURCE: The Rulers of London 1660-1689: A biographical record of the Aldermen and Common Councilment of the City of London (1966), pp. 56-63. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=31880 

DYER, Lawrence Dakins - Dyer'Co Co Cripplegate Within, 1675-80, Dep, 1680-90 (1) St Lawrence Jewry, ChW, 1670, 1691 (2) PEW, W, 1669, M, 1675 (3) b Kingham, Oxon, d 1691 (4) Will PCC 208 Vere pr, 18 Dec 1691 mar (A) Sarah, da of Alexander JACKSON, (B) Elizabeth ? Moorhouse (5) Pewterer (6) City property, land Kent, Oxon (4) Whig ("naught", 1682) (6)

(1) Dep, 1680 VBk, St Lawrence Jewry (2) VBk, St Lawrence Jewry, will (3) Boyd 26284 (4) Will (5) Boyd 26284, will of Alexander JACKSON (6) SP/29/418/199

[15] Abraham JACKSON son of Isaac JACKSON

[16] Mary JACKSON daughter of Isaac JACKSON

[17] Isaac JACKSON (d btw 1667-1685)son of Alexander JACKSON, goldsmith d 1670 of St, Andrews, Holburn, London, England.

[18] William CORRY, Gent.

[19] William McMAHON

[20] Nathaniel GIFFORD

[21] James WOLESLEY

[22] George [HALSTYD?]

[23] Mr. MILLMANS

 

 

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