People

Forest of Dean Wills 1858-1941 - Items of Interest - People

Year

Item Number

Will Name

Role & Name

Occupation

Comment

1861

Will 293

OWEN John

Testator

Baronet: Lord-Lieutenant of Pembrokeshire: Member of Parliament

Sir John Owen, 1st Baronet (1776 – 6 February 1861), born John Lord, was a British Tory, later Conservative Party, politician from Wales who was a Member of Parliament (MP) for over fifty years. He changed his name to John Owen in about 1809 on inheriting the estate of Sir Hugh Owen, 6th Baronetwho he also succeeded as MP for Pembroke Boroughs in 1809. He held that seat until the 1812 general election, when he was also elected for Pembrokeshire. He chose to sit for the county, and held that seat until 1841, when he was returned to the House of Commons for Pembroke Boroughs from 1841 until his death in 1861, aged 84. He was Lord-Lieutenant of Pembrokeshire from 1824 until his death, and was made a baronet on 12 Jan 1813, of Orielton, Pembrokeshire. (source: Wikipedia)

1863

Will 380

BRIDGES George

Witness: James Hosken

Captain RN

James Hosken was Captain of Brunel’s Great Western between 1836 and January 1844, in which time he made 66 round trips to New York. In January 1844 he became Captain of the Great Britain.

1864

Will 537

WICKENDEN William

Testator

Reverend Clerk B.A.

William Wickenden was a poet and writer. The son of a farmer, he was born at Etloe, near Blakeney. His talents attracted the favourable notice of Dr. Jenner, Dr. Baron and the Rev. Dr. Fosbroke, and was sent to St. John's College, Cambridge. Works include " Poems  and Tales , an autobiographical sketch of his early life and “The Bard of the Forest,"  published in 1851, being " affectionately inscribed to the memory of that great benefactor of the human race Edward Jenner, M.D.," and introduced by a preface written by the Rev. Dr. H. Stebbing.

1865

Will 545

ADAMS William

Testator

Coalminer

Will only 41 words in length.

1865

Will 579

KNOWLES George

Testator

Wine & Spirit Merchant

No beneficiaries actually named

1865

Will 572

GREEN William

Tenant: AINSWORTH Oliver Dixon

Colonel

Christened 30 April 1789 Ledbury Hereford to Oliver and Mary Ainsworth.  In March 1839 Captain Oliver Dixon Ainsworth, 51st Light Infantry appointed visiting Magistrate Van Diemen’s Land. In 1842 Mary Ann Loane, widow married Major Oliver Dixon Ainsworth, promoted in 1848 to the senior military office in the colony of Hobart Australia; she died in 1853. 28 November 1859 at the Club Hotel, Launceston, Colonel Oliver Dixon Ainsworth, late of the 51st or King’s own Light Infantry died aged 72 years.  Note William Green’s Will was dated 31st December 1859. In the Codicil dated 18th June 1860 he advised that Colonel Oliver Dixon Ainsworth was dead.  Also possibly Lieutenant Oliver Ainsworth 1st (or the 2nd Yorkshire West Riding) Regiment of Foot, reported to be the tallest man at the Battle of Waterloo standing 6’7”.

1867

Will 733

WILSON William

Executor: George Augustus Bedford

Captain RN

 

1869

Will 808

PARRY Howard Lewis

Testator

Captain RN

Lieutenant Howard Lewis PARRY R.N. Inspecting Commander, H.M. Coastguard Rye. 21st November 1831: At daybreak, a large French lugger fishing boat 'L' Aimée' was found ashore in Rye Bay, East Sussex with her French colours flying and a light in her shrouds. Lieutenant Parry manned his galley, brought it half a mile overland to a point opposite and launched with four coastguard men in the face of a violent storm. In four hazardous trips, 21 survivors were brought ashore. By this time, the galley was so damaged that it was no longer seaworthy then, using a rope he had brought ashore from the lugger, he saved the ten remaining survivors. Lieutenant Parry had been a Boy seaman at Trafalgar.

1869

Will 808

PARRY Howard Lewis

FANSHAWE Henry

Captain RN

On 18 December 1811 HERO, EGERIA, PRINCE WILLIAM and GRASSHOPPER left Wingo Sound with a convoy of more than 120 vessels. The convoy was split by severe weather and on 23rd. GRASSHOPPER and HERO were in company with only 18 sail. By the evening only 4 vessels were in sight and they soon vanished in heavy snow squalls. During the night GRASSHOPPER grounded briefly on a sand bank. With daylight they were within the Northern Haak, some 5 or 6 miles off Texel Island with HERO on her beam ends on the Haak Sand being battered by the surf. Both ships hoisted flags of truce but vessels were unable to get out of the Texel to their assistance. GRASSHOPPER's attempts to launch her boats to help HERO also came to nothing and all her people were lost.

1869

Will 808

PARRY Howard Lewis

NEWMAN James

Captain RN

(1767–1811) of the British Royal Navy was an officer who served during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars who served in numerous actions with distinction before his death in the wreck of his ship of the line HMS Hero, which was lost with two other battleships off the Northern European coast during a storm in December 1811. Over 2,000 sailors lost their lives. (source: Wikipedia)

1871

Will 896

BEDFORD James

Nephew Executor: George Augustus Bedford

Rear Admiral RN

1823: Joined RN as 1st Class volunteer onboard the Bedford, surveying in the North Sea. 1825: Promoted Midshipman whilst serving on the Wolf which was operating in the Channel and Mediterranean. Served on the Protector and Fairy surveying the North Sea. 1835: Appointed in command of the Raven, then surveying the coast of Africa. 1844: Appointed as an additional commander to the Cyclops for the survey of the West Coast of Ireland. 1847: Appointed as an additional commander to the HMS Crocodile for Surveying Service for the survey of the West Coast of Ireland. 1862: After conducting surveys in Ireland and Scotland, appointed to the Admiralty as Assistant Hydrographer. 1869: Promoted Retired Rear Admiral.