Jowett wills - summaries
Jonas Jowett of Great Horton, 17 May 1803.
- To be buried with as little funeral pomp and ceremony as may be
- To the testators grandson Joseph Jowett of Little Horton five pounds
- To the testators grandchildren Isaac, George, Mark, William, John, Joshua, Joseph,
Rebecca, Elizabeth and Hannah, sons and daughters of William Wheater of Stanningly five
pounds to be paid two years after his decease or when they reach the age of twenty one,
whichever event is later. The share of those that may die within two years to go to the
testators grandson Mark Wheater. Should he die then to the testators grandson
- To the testators son Jonas Jowett all those two cottages or dwelling houses
situate in Great Horton currently occupied by the testator and John Wardman.
- To the testators daughter Alice, wife of James Hargreaves of Pudsey in the parish
of Calverley those two cottage or dwelling houses situate in Clayton Heights currently
occupied by Joseph Booth and Widow Scorefield.
- To the testators daughter Susannah, wife of Edward Warburton all that cottage or
dwelling house situate in Great Horton now occupied by Jeremiah Milnes.
- To the testators children Jonas, Alice and Susannah the remainder of my estate to
be held forever, share and share alike as tennants in common and not as joint tennants.
The testators children are not permitted to sell or mortgage their properties unless
minerals be found there, in which case the minerals can be sold but not the surface.
- Executors John Hemingway of Wibsey and the testators son in law Edward Warburton.
- Dated 17 May 1803.
- Witnesses Jese Milnes, Joshua Cawthra and William Fox.
- 22 April 1807 John Hemingway of Wibsey in the parish of Bradford, yeoman, and Edward
Warburton of Bowling in the parish of Bradford, son in law, joint executors in the will of
Jonas Jowett, late of Horton, clothier, presented themselves. The estate of Jonas did not
amount in value to the sum of one hundred pounds.
- Thomas Faber, Surrogate. Passed 9 May 1807.
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:
- Alice, baptised 12 Aug 1751 at Calverley and married James Hargreaves of Pudsey at
Calverley 11 Jun 1769. Alice had no children mentioned in her fathers will.
- Susannah, baptised 21 Aug 1754 at Calverley and married Edward Warburton 30 May 1781 at
Bradford. Susannah had no children mentioned in her fathers will.
- Mary, baptised at Calverley 8 May 1757 and married William Wheater at Calverley in 1774.
Mary herself is not named in the will so presumably died before 1803. Ten children of
William and Mary are listed in the will.
- Jonas jr., baptised at Pudsey 26 Dec 1760 and married Elizabeth (unknown) and had one
child mentioned in the will - Joseph of Little Horton. Jonas
died intestate in 1817.
Jonas Jowett of Northowram, 22 Dec 1821.
- Last will and testament of Jonas Jowett of Northowram in the parish of Halifax in the
county of York, weaver.
- To the testator's two sons Joseph and Thomas all his goods to be held upon trust.
- All his household goods and furniture to his wife Dinah to have the use and enjoyment of
but not the disposing power.
- The residue to be sold, and the money raised plus money owed to the testator to be
placed in security, the interest to be paid to his wife Dinah.
- After the death of the testator's wife, the goods to be divided equally between his five
children Jonas, John, Joseph, Thomas and Ann.
- To the testator's wife Dinah his two cottages and dwelling houses in Great Horton now in
the occupation of John Wardman.
- His third share in the Messuage in Great Horton, now in the occupation of Joshua Cawthra
and Richard Bolton, plus the cottages and dwelling houses in Great Horton now in the
occupation of Thomas Blackburn and the two nearby cottages and dwelling houses plus all
his other estates to his wife Dinah for her natural life, then to his five children.
- His sons Thomas and Jonas Jowett executors.
- Dated 22 Dec 1821.
- Signed Jonas Jowett.
- Witnesses Wm Moore, John W Bramwell (?) and Thomas Hargraves.
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?
Copyright S D Jowitt