Will of John Morgan of Dorchester

Will undated with Letter of Administration to his Widow Jane - approved 4th April 1778

©Transcribed by Michael Russell OPC for Fordington - March 2012

Buried at Stinsford Dorset 30th May 1776

Church of St Michael - Stinsford
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The Last Will and Testament of Mr John MORGAN


I John MORGAN being of sound Mind and Memory tho weak in body, do make my last Will and Testament as follows

In the First Place: I recommend my soul to God, relying for its salvation upon the merits of my dear Redeemer Jesus Christ.

    And my Body to be decently interred at my wife's discretion,
    And As to my Worldly Goods I give and bequeath my whole Property of whatever kind it be to my loving wife Jane MORGAN during the term of her natural life,
    And after her decease it is my Will that the same Property shall be posessed by my son John exclusive of any other Person

Witness my Hand



Signes Sealed and delivered in the presence of

John RANDALL Vicar of Stinsford


Letter of Administration to his Widow Jane

Dated 4th April 1778 Forthington(1)

Preamble:- Bond Admin to Goods of John MORGAN deceased with Will Annexed

At Dorchester on the 4th Day of April 1778 Administrration of the Effects of the deceased (together with his last Will and Testament Annexed) was by the Reverend Nathaniel TEMPLEMAN MA the lawful surrogate of the worshipful official of the Dean of Sarum granted committed unto Jane MORGAN Widow Relict of the deceased (No executor or executrix being appointed therein for the due execution thereto) being first sworn of theb truthof the said will to perform the same and paythe debts and legacies of the deceasedAnd to make a true Inventory and send a just Accompt when required saving the rights of all persons Signed William BOUCHER

April 4th 1778:

Jane MORGAN the Widow of the within mentioned Testator John MORGAN was duly sworn to administer the effects of the said Testator accpording to the within Will before me

Nathaniel TEMPLEMAN Surrogate


Know All Men by these presents that we Jane MORGAN of Forthington in the County of Dorset Widow; Mary Cox OBORN of Forthington aforesaid Widow; and Richard BRIDPORT of the same place Yeoman

Are hereby held and firmly bound unto the Reverend and Worshipful Arthur COHAM Clerk Master of Arts prebandary of the prebend of Forthington and Writhliington in the same County of Dorsetfounded in theCathedral Church of Sarum in the sum of One Thousand Poundsog good and good and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto the saidprebendaryor his certain attorney his executors Administrators Successors or Assigns for thew payment of which well and truly to be made We do by these presents sealed with our seals firmly bind ourselves and each of us by herself or himself verily for the whole our and each of us herin Executrix and Administrators

Dated the twentieth day of July in the eighteenth year of the reign of our Soverign Lord George the Third by the grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight

The Condition:

The Condition of this obligation is such that if the above Jane MORGAN Widow Relict of John MORGAN late of Forthington in the County of Dorset aforesaid deceased and Administratrix of the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased, together with his last Will & Testament annexed (no Executor or Executrix being appointed therein for the due execution thereof

Do and shall well and truly execute and perform the said Will and Pay the Debts and Legacies of the said deceased as far as his Goods Chattles and Credits will thereto extend and the Law bind her

And also shall make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceasedwhich have and shall come to the hands possessionor knowledge of her the said Jane MORGAN or into the hands possession or knowledge of any other person or persons for her and the same so made shall exhibit or cause to be exhibitedinto the Registry of the Prebendary aforesaid on or beforew the last day of July next ensuing (if lawfully required)

And Lastly shall make and render a true and just account of and upon her administration

And well and truly pay and deliver every such sum and sums of money and such other the Testators Estate as shall be remaining in her hands to such person or persons as shall have ac Right to the same and as the Law directs whenshe the said Jane MORGAN shall be therein lawfully required , Then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.


Signatures & Seals of



Sealed and delivered in the presence of


Thomas Gould READ


Genealogical Notes:-

(1). Forthington is an old form of 'Fordington'

(2). John MORGAN was buried at St Michael's Church Strinsford (2 miles from Dorchester) on 30th May 1776 when his home parish was given as being that of Fordington.

(3). I have not so far been able to locate the marriage of John MORGAN to his wife Jane, or the baptism of his son John mentioned in the Will which if he was the eldest child was likely to be in his wife's parish. His son John is almost certainly the John MORGAN that married Dorothy SPRATT at Fordington on 10th July 1777. The parish registers for Fordington have baptisms for the following 4 children of thiers (1) Thomas Cox Morgan bap 19th Sep 1750 (2) Ann Morgan bap 12th Sep 1751 (3) Ann Morgan bap 9th May 1753 & buried at Stinsford on 13th January 1772 (4) Mary Morgan bap 27th May 1755

(4) His widow Jane was buried at Stinsford on 13th August 1799 when she was described as a widow from Fordington

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