On This Day: 19 March 1710/11

On this day in 1711, Frances Gardiner, BOWREY’s mother-in-law, sold him all & every the Household Goods Plate Jewells Beds Quilts Cloths Linen Books Goods & Chattells whatsoever of & belonging to her as Executrix of her daughter, Elizabeth Gardiner. Bowrey paid £147/7/6 for the goods – a remarkably precise amount for a transaction within a family and household. In her will dated 26 September 1708, Elizabeth had left the residue of her estate to her mother and this appears to be what Frances was selling to Bowrey. The price was, therefore, perhaps the probate valuation of Elizabeth’s estate.

Elizabeth, Frances’ elder daughter, was buried on 3 December 1710 in the chancel of St Katherine by the Tower. She had never married and, prior to her death, she had live in Well Close Square with her mother, sister and Bowrey. Her will had specified an elaborate funeral with a hearse drawn by six horses with further coaches also drawn by six horses sufficient to carry all the guests.

The bill of sale dated 19 March 1710/11 also provided Bowrey with an annuity of £25 per annum to be paid out of the rents from Frances’ property in Great Clacton, Essex.

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