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I don't yet know what relation William was to me; I do know that he was the son of John Tilsed, Cordwainer, and Jane (née Trim) of Poole, and the brother of John Tilsed of Horselydown, Surrey (1766-1811), captain of the Alfred and the Friends in the Lisbon/Newfoundland trade. If William ever had a wife or children, there is no sign of them in the Will.

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This Will, which is a ledger copy rather than an original, is held by the National Archives under the reference PROB 11/1628/411. I have added paragraph breaks for easier reading.

In the name of God Amen

I, William Tilsed of Lamaline in the Island of Newfoundland Seafaring man being in good health of body and of a sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and considering the perils and dangers of the Seas and other uncertainties of this transitory life do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say,

First I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body I commit to the earth and sea as shall please God to order and as for and xxxxxxx (?concerning?) my worldly estate I give bequeath and dispose thereof as followeth, that is to say:

I give devise and bequeath unto Elizabeth Tilsed Widow of my deceased brother John Tilsed the sum of one hundred and five pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid her of my estate hereinafter named within [time period omitted] after my decease

I also give devise and bequeath unto the parish officers of the parish of St James in Town and County of Poole the sum of fifty two pounds ten shillings for the use of and to be divided and distributed amongst the poor of the said parish of like lawful money and to be paid them ?also? by my executor within [time period omitted] of my decease

and as to all the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattles and estate wages sum and sums of money whatever are shall be any wages belonging to or due and owing unto me at the time of my decease I give dispose and bequeath the same unto my two sisters the wife of Thomas Hardy and the other the wife of Noel Cribb ?Their Extis and Telatious?  (does NOT look like “heirs and assigns”) and to be divided between share and share

and I do hereby nominate and appoint Mr John Aldridge Merchant in Poole Dorset my Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be contain my last will and testament

In witness whereof I have to this my said last will and testament set my hand and seal this twenty second day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirteen

Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Tilsed as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto.

William Tilsed

[Witnesses’ names omitted]





St Mary’s 2nd August 1817

Mr John Aldridge. Sir,

This goes by the way of St John’s

I wrote you last fall by our poor Mr Rt Short who left this on the 14th ?Decr? last for to take a passage from Burin to Poole. I am sorry to say we have had no account of him neither Schooner nor crew since he left us and I greatly fear we shall never see him again. Your letter of the 13th March came safe to hand, also one of the 2nd May. I am happy to hear that all your family are in good health and that Master Edward likes the sea and that he is likely to make a good sailor ?xx? which I hope he may be in a few years as Captain of some good ship

with respect to your son Butler I should not have any objections to him by no means but our business is but very small as yet, to small for to employ such a young man as your son Butler – but the Messrs Ridout do every kind of business in England for our trade and all ?agreements? are done and made by them Gentlemen.

Therefore I can do nothing – with our business only in this Island – it’s likely another Partner may be wanted in our Trade as poor Short must certainly be lost. This likely may do for your son Butler if the Gentlemen at of Ringwood and you can agree to it that may do but then Mr Butler Aldridge must do all the writing part of the business our Mr Short done.

I think this trade in this Island looks very gloomy at present for we have now only about 140 Qtls fish say for each boat now on shore – we may say that is very bad indeed - altho there is plenty of time to have a good voyage yet.

I observe what you say about my sister at London with respect to the money now on your hands you will keep until you hear from me again but if anything should happen to me at any time, that I should do otherways than well – you will then divide the money between my three sisters – I certainly shall come home this fall if possible I can – altho I cannot tell at present - you will please not to direct my letters as Merchant only Wm Tilsed as before please give my best respects to all your family I remain Sir your most obedient servant William Tilsed. Mr John Aldridge Merchant Poole Dorset.





Mr Butler Aldridge

Sir,

I now leave you in charge of all the trade and business of St Mary’s belonging to Mr John and Wm Ridout and I trust you and George Westlake will do every thing in your powers for the interest of Messrs John and Wm Ridout as I have not the smallest doubt but you will do so.

I pray to God Almighty to forgive me all my sins - Wm Tilsed - N.B. please send all my clothes &c &c home to my sisters.

[in pencil] and likewise settle all my accounts - my sister at London is to have a share.



I George Jenner Notary Public by royal authority duly admitted and sworn and one of the procurators general of the xxxxx court of Canterbury do hereby ratify and attest that in perusing the paper writings hereto annexed purporting to be and contain the last Will and Testament and two codicils of William Tilsed late of St Mary’s in the Island of Newfoundland deceased I observed the following words viz “and likewise settle all my accounts - my sister at London is to have a share” were written with black lead pencil at the foot of the second codicil in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen.

George Jenner Notary Public.



Appeared personally Henry Bristowe of the Town and County of Poole Gentleman and William Sheen of Poole aforesaid Cooper and made Oath that they knew and were well acquainted with William Tilsed late of Lamaline in the Island of Newfoundland deceased for some time before and to the time of his death and also with the manner and character of his handwriting and subscription having often seen him write and also write and subscribe his name and having now with care and attention viewed and perused the paper ?writing? hereto annexed purporting to be and contain the last Will and Testament and two codicils thereto of the said deceased

the said will beginning thus

. “In the name of God Amen I William Tilsed of Lamaline in the Island of Newfoundland”

ending thus

. “In witness whereof I have to this my said last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this twenty second day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirteen”

and thus subscribed “William Tilsed”

the first of the said codicils beginning thus

. “St Mary’s 2d August 1817 Mr John Aldridge Sir This goes by way of St John’s”

ending thus

. “please give my best respects to all your family I remn Sir your most obedt Servt

and thus subscribed “William Tilsed” and also superscribed thus “Mr John Aldridge Merchant  - Poole Dorset”

and the said second codicil x x beginning thus

. “Mr Butler Aldridge Sir I now leave you in charge of all the trade and business”

ending thus

. “I pray to God Almighty to forgive me all my Sins”

and thus subscribed “Wm Tilsed” and having the following addition written partly with black lead pencil at the foot thereof

. “N.B. please send all my clothes &x &c home to my sisters and likewise settle all my accounts my sister at London is to have a share”

the deponents say they do verily and in their considered x believe the whole ?series? or contents of the said Will and codicils beginning and ending as aforesaid and the several subscriptions thereto and also the superscription to the first codicil and the addition to the said second codicil to be of the handwriting of the said William Tilsed deceased - Henry Bristowe - William Sheen

Twenty first day of ffebruary 1820 The said Henry Bristowe and William Sheen were duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit by virtue of the commission hereto annexed before me P.W.Jolliffe Commr


On the 28th April 1820 Admon (with the will and two codicils annexed) of the Goods Chattels and ?Credits? of William Tilsed late of Lamaline in the Island of Newfoundland deceased was granted to Ann Hardy wife of Thomas Hardy and Jane Cribb (wife of Noel Cribb) the natural and lawful sisters and residuary legatees named in the said will being first sworn by xxxxx duly to administer John Aldridge the sole Exor named in the said will has duly renounced the probate and Execution thereof as by Acts of Court appear.


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