born 22 Sep 1701
bapt 28 Sep 1701
Glasshouse St & Leicester Fields, Soho
son of Thobie Lemaistre & Marie Minuel
metre serrurier dem. Stees St, Bruns Gdns par de St Gilles
godfather & witness: Jaques Fulgau/Fulgout
godmother: Mlle Enne Grenon
from Hug.Soc. Vol 29, p.79
mother: Catherine Gondouin /td>
Jaques Lemaitre & Susanne Gondouin
buried 30 Jun 1773
Paddington St James
"from St Ann's, Westminster"
Paddington St James
"from St James, Westminster"
Transcript of James Lemaitre's will
made 30 Nov 1771, proved 1 Jul 1773
Thanks to Alyce for finding it and to Robert for helping with the deciphering
In the name of the Father of the Son and of the Holy Ghost amen
I James Lemaitre of the parish of St Ann's Westminster in the county of Middlesex drawing master knowing that there is nothing so certain as death or nothing so uncertain than that ? and being at a present sound of mind and memory and in perfect health praise be God do for this composing of my mind make and declare this to be and contain my last will and testament first I ? my soul to God my creator and to Jesus Christ my redeemer and to the Holy Ghost my sanctifer praying that most Holy Trinity to take pity on me at the hour of death to forgive me all my sins and to receive me in his paradise with all the blessed amen as to my body when it will please God to take me from this world I leave the care to my son Paul to bury me in a devout manner without any provisions in Padington churchyard as near as possible to my father and mother
I leave my son Paul my ?picture ring a lozenge Bristol stone ring a plain gold ring weighing thirteen shillings and nine pounds and a silver cup marked S Gondoin and four hundred and fifty pounds sterling
I leave my son John a plain gold ring and a Bristol stone ring my silver shoe buckles my knee ? I also leave him four hundred and fifty pounds sterling with this provision that he shall receive only twenty five pounds per annum with the interest to be paid him half yearly that is to say twelve pounds ten shillings each payment until he has received the whole sum But if he should die without (issue?) before he has received the whole sum I leave the remainder to his brother and sister to share it equally alike I also leave him a silver ? cup
I leave my daughter Catherine Maigre three hundred and fifty pounds sterling she having received one hundred pounds before as a marriage portion with this proviso that she shall receive only fifteen pounds per annum to be paid her half yearly that is to say seven pounds ten shillings each payament until she has received the whole sum with the interest like her brother John
I leave my son Paul's two children James and Ann one hundred pounds each when they will be twenty five years of age and I furthermore leave him (James) fifty pounds as being my godson I leave my son John's three children John Francis and Catherine one hundred pounds each when they will be twenty five years of age I leave my daughter Maigre's two children Isaac and Catherine Maigre one hundred pounds each when they will be twenty five years old
I leave five guineas to the fourth Westminster charity school established by subscription in the year 1747. As to what I shall leave after my demise such as my household goods, cloths, kitchen furniture drawings prints books books of prints ? ? beds bedding linen plate towels/bowls colours shall be sold by auction and the produce thereof shall be added to my Capital balance that is in the Bank Consolidated together with fifty pounds that is in the Bank Consolidated in Catherine Gondoun's name.
my dwelling house also shall be sold to the highest bidder and the produce/proceeds thereof shall be added to the above balance if any moneys or bank notes should be found after my demise it shall be added to the above balance
After having read this my last will and having found nothing contrary to my intention I desire it may be executed according to my will and I do appoint Mr ?Benedir? Bonvoir Blume and Mr Thomas Branwell to be my executors I leave them fifteen pounds each for mourning after my children will have received the legacies which I leave them what moneys which shall be over plus ? surplus shall be divided between them equally alike.
Made at London this thirtieth day of November one thousand seven hundred and seventy one and wrote with my hand and sealed with my seal
(signed) James Lemaitre
I add this to my last will and testament that if Sarah ?Dolap my servant should live with me to the hour of my decease I leave her mourning and a half years wages till she can find another place
(signed) James Lemaitre
28th Jun 1773
Appeared personally Philip Burkinyoung of the parish of St James Westminster in the county of Middlesex whitesmith and Sarah Wesson of the parish of St Ann Westminster in the same county spinster and severally made oath and depost as follows (to wit) that they severally know and were acquainted with James Lemaitre late of the parish of St Ann Westminster in the county of Middlesex ?devised for many years before and to the time of his death and with his manner and character of handwriting and subscription having seen him write and subscribe his name and having now ? and carefully perused the paper writing here unto annexed purporting to be and contain the last will and testament of the said deceased beginning thus "in the name of the father of the son and of the Holy Ghost amen" and ending thus "made at London this thirtieth day of November one thousand seven hundred and seventy one wrote with my hand and sealed with my seal" and thus subscribed James Lemaitre and also the writing at the foot or bottom of the said Will preporting to be and contain a codicil hereto beginning thus " I add this to my last Will and Testament" and ending thus " till she can find another place." And thus subscribed James Lemaitre do severally say and depose that they do verily and in their consciousnes believe the whole body series and contents of the said paper writings and the several subscriptions hereto to be all the proper hand writing and subscription of the said ?deceased .
Philip Burkinyoung Sarah Wesson . Same day this said Philip Burkinyoung and Sarah Wesson were Duly sworn to the truth of the premises before me Andrew Colter Ducarel
(Surrogate) pros. Hon. Blake N of. G. Pub.
This will was proved at London with a codicil the first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy three before the Worshipfull Andrew Colter Ducarel Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of His Right Worshipfull George Isay also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of ?Bonodir otherwise BonovirBlume and Thomas Bramwell the executers named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all singular goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.
Transcript of Catherine Gondouin's will
made 15 Dec 1736, proved 4 Apr 1739
Thanks to Alyce for finding it and to Robert for the deciphering
Will of Catherine Gondouin 15 December 1736
IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. AMEN. Knowing that there is nothing so certain as Death and nothing so uncertain as the Hour thereof, being at present by the Grace of my God of sound body and mind. I was willing to write my last Will upon this paper desiring that it may be executed in manner following. First I commend my Soul to God my Creator, to Jesus Christ my Redeemer, and to the Holy Ghost my Sanctifier beseeching that most Holy and Adorable Trinity to have pity on me and at the time of my death to forgive me all my sins and to receive me in his Holy Paradise with all the Blessed. Amen
As to my body when it shall please God to take me out of this World I leave to the Care of my Daughter Susanna Le Maitre to get buried honourably but without superficiality and as to what I shall leave after my Death I devise that the money that shall be found in Government shall be for the children of my Daughter as also what shall be received from France for I hope that my Cousin ?Goyor will be as good as his word, that if God should make him resolve to redeem the said rent that money should be put to interest with that which shall then be found that all the children may divide it equally and the interests which shall accrue there from every year shall be given to their Mother for their maintenance without or being obliged to give any account thereof. When they shall be of age which shall be put at five and twenty, except their Father or Mother should be willing to give it them sooner. That if my Cousin should redeem the said rent and that my Son in Law or my Daughter should be in want either through losses or ?sickness. They might have out of that money two hundred pounds in the Government the income of which they may enjoy as long as they live and after their death that money shall revert to their children. But if he should send but the rent that cannot be done there being but so little for so many Children and if any of the said Children should not govern himself as he ought he shall not have his share as to the Capital without the consent of his Father and Mother but only their share of the Income. If my Son in Law or my Daughter should think fit to take some of the money which is in Government to put the Boys out Apprentices that shall be deducted out of their shares when they shall come of age for I desire that the Girls and Boys shall be all equal. Except that I give to Catherine Le Maitre my God daughter a dozen of Damask Napkins with the Tablecloth of the same weave. I also give her my Diamond and two large Spoons and two Forks marked with her name with my six Teaspoons and case and the Sugar tongs. But if God should take her out of this World before she is of age or married I desire that this small present be for Mary Le Maitre her sister in order that she may remember me.
As for the house which I have renamed with the Duke of Portland. I give it to my Daughter and to her husband after her if she die first upon condition however that neither of them shall be able to sell or mortgage the same except it should not be in a condition of being inhabited and that it should not be in their power to rebuild it then they may sell it and that money shall be put out to interest and they shall have the income as long as they shall live and after their death it shall revert to the Children.
I also give to my Daughter all my Goods, Cloths and Linen which shall be found in the house at the time of my decease upon condition that she shall give to John Le ?Fevre my Godson ten pounds sterling and to Andrew Le ?Fevre two Guineas and to each of their sisters Anne and Elizabeth Le Le ?Fevre As a token of the friendship I had for their dear Mother. I desire also that my Daughter may give to my Cousin Margaret Auvray Ten Pounds Sterling for the great affection she has had for me and my family. I also give to Mrs. Judith Le Maitre Five Pounds Sterling she is a worthy person whom I value much. I desire that the whole may be given one year after my demise at farthest but as I donít know in what situation I shall be when it should please God to take me out of this World. If there should not be money found as well to bury me as to give to those who are here above mentioned. I desire that the first money which shall come from France shall be paid out for that.
I desire that Mr. Paul Des Bross To be executor of this my Will together with Mr. James Le Maitre my Son in Law. I hope he will be so good as to attempt of it. Otherwise I have my Son in Law and my Daughter executor and executrix of their Children. I believe them to be good Father and Mother not to wrong them. After having read this my Testament over I have not found therein anything contrary to my Will.
Done in London the 15 December One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Six.
Written with my hand and Sealed with my Seal.
Catherine Gondouin .
God having taken out of this World Mrs. Le Maitre , and my Cousin Elizabeth Le ?Fevre being home again to live with us. I desire that if she does her duty to me and that she remains with me to my death that the five pounds which I had given to Mrs. Le Maitre be given to her instead of the Two Guineas which I had given her by this my Will.
Done by me the tenth October 1738.
Catherine Gondouin .
I add to this my Will that I will not have Mr. Paul Des Bross be at any expense in case any ?uneasiness should happen in the family by me-
Catherine Gondouin -
Witnesses----- Henry Sandal , S. Besse.
Faithfully translated out of French : at Doctors Commons-London the 2nd April 1739. by me L.H. Crespighy Not. Pub.
This Will Was proved at London before the Worshipfull John Andrew Doctor of Law Surrogate of the Rightworshipfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master keeper or Commissary of the Prorogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the fourth day of April in the Year of Our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and thirty nine by the Oath of James Le Maitre one of the executors named and Susanna executrix (wife of the said James Le Maitre the executor substituted in the said Will to whom admin was granted for all and singular the Goods , Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn only to administer. ( Paul Des Bross the other executor named in the said Will first renouncing) Ex?