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Will of Thomas Berrington, born BARRINGTON (c1725-1801)
This page shows main points, names and relationships from the will of Thomas Berrington (baptised and married as Thomas Barrington), butcher of West Wickham, dated 14 July 1799 and proved 4 October 1801. The full transcript has not been attempted because the old writing is so difficult to read.
Note that Thomas, along with his father and others in his family, changed his name from Barrington to Berrington sometime between 1749 and 1754. He was both baptised and married as Thomas Barrington. His origins were wealthy; his father, Francis Barrington, was a gentleman (ie a man of independent means), so Thomas presumably took up butchery because he was the youngest son. Judging by the value of his estate, he lacked for little during his life.
The original will can be downloaded from the National Archives.
|Value of estate c£10000|
|Thomas Berrington||nephew||£100||Son of Thomas's deceased brother Robert Barrington|
|Mary Creetell?||niece||£250||Daughter of Thomas's deceased brother Robert Barrington|
|Elizabeth Cooper||niece||£250||Daughter of Thomas's deceased brother Robert Barrington. There is an Elizabeth Barrington shown in the IGI as marrying Henry Cooper, 17 July 1761, at Borden, Kent. Yet the IGI shows her being baptised, 08 July 1740, at Borden, Kent, parents Arthur Barrington and Elizabeth. The IGI also shows an Amy Barrington in Borden, born some forty years later who died as a baby, father Arthur, mother Sarah (14 June 1778 - 17 October 1778).|
|Rosa Barrington||niece||?||Daughter of Thomas's deceased brother Robert Barrington|
|Nicholas Moyse||nephew||£50 + property in Stone Street, Seal, Kent||Son of Thomas's deceased sister Emmie Moyse (or Amy Moyse) born Barrington|
|Mary Moyse||niece||£50 + property in Stone Street, Seal, Kent||Daughter of Thomas's deceased sister Emmie Moyse (or Amy Moyse) born Barrington|
|Francis Berrington||nephew||£300||Son of Thomas's deceased brother Francis Barrington|
|Francis Berrington||nephew||£250||Son of Thomas's deceased brother French Barrington|
|Elizabeth Kingsman||niece||£250||Born Elizabeth Berrington, daughter of French Berrington|
|Mary Berrington||wife||property||Thomas's wife, born Mary Chamberlain.|
|Elizabeth Kemp||niece||£200 + property||Born Elizabeth Bennett, daughter of Mary Bennett (born Mary Barrington)|
|John Kemp||nephew [by marriage]||property||Husband of the above Elizabeth Kemp|
|John Bennett||nephew||property||Son of Thomas's deceased sister, Mary Bennett (born Mary Barrington)|
|Thomas Bennett||nephew||£250||Son of Thomas's deceased sister, Mary Bennett (born Mary Barrington)|
|William Bennett||nephew||£800||Son of Thomas's deceased sister, Mary Bennett (born Mary Barrington)|
|Ann Kemp||grand niece||£100||Daughter of Elizabeth Kemp|
|Mary Smith||niece||two-handled silver cup|
|Mary Kemp||grand niece||£100||Daughter of Elizabeth Kemp|
|Thomas Kemp||residuary £2347.8.0|
|Thomas Bennet||leasehold messuage at Hayes and money owed|
|* Accuracy of legacy not guaranteed due to the difficulty of reading the old writing|