Jowett wills - summaries


Jonas Jowett of Great Horton, 17 May 1803.

The will makes no mention of a wife so presumably Jonas was a widower. Looking at the IGI, Jonas had four children - Jonas, Alice, Mary and Susannah:




Jonas Jowett of Northowram, 22 Dec 1821.

I do hereby certify that on the first day of July in the year of our Lord 1833, Joseph Jowett of Northowram in the parish of Halufax in the county of York, weaver and Thomas Jowett of the same place, weaver, the sons and joint executors named in this, the last will and testament of Jonas Jowett late of Northowram aforesaid in the Diocese of York, weaver, deceased, were sworn well and truly to execute and perform the same. And that the whole of the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the deceased within the Diocese of York do not amount in value to the sum of twenty pounds.

Witness my John Hope, Surrogate.

Died 28th June 1833

Passed 5 July 1833 under 20

Admin papers for Jonas Jowett late of Northowram in the parish of Halifax in the Diocese of York, weaver, presented by his widow Dinah Jowett of Northowram, Joseph Jowett of Northowram, weaver and Joshua Wormald of Skircoat in the County of Halifax, groom, 3 Jul 1833

Signed by name, Joseph Jowett and Joshua Wormald, with the mark of Dinah Jowett.

I do hereby certify that on the third day of July in the year of our Lord 1833, Dinah Jowett, the administratrix within named was sworn duly to administer. And that the whole of the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the within mentioned Intestate, within the Diocese of York do not amount in value to the sum of five pounds

Witness my Robert Wilkinson, Surrogate.

Died 28th June 1833

Passed 30th August 1833 under 5

(The only IGI entry for a Jonas Jowett marriage to Dinah is at Bradford 13 Feb 1782, to Dinah Overend. This is followed by the baptism of a Joseph son of Jonas Jowett at Bradford 25 Dec 1785; no mother is listed)

Somewhat confusingly these papers, which clearly state that Jonas died intestate, contradict the last will and testament of Jonas. The administration papers for the will mention executors Joseph and Jonas, and give the same date of death - 28 June 1833 - but these papers were presented 2 days later (sole executrix Dinah) and passed nearly two months later by a different surrogate. Does this mean the the children listed are not by Dinah and that she was unaware of the will?



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