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Will: John Hodson


I was fortunate to locate the Will of John Hodson in Elphin, co Roscommon/Louth, Ireland, written 20 Jul 1685. I located this will at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, but unfortunately did not make a note of the film number. It is a typewritten copy which was deposited among the records of the Royal Irish Academy. I cannot vouch that it is entirely accurate. Some portions are a bit confusing. It runs 4 1/2 typewriten pages. It gives a wealth of information, most of which I have abstracted here. Pam Garrett

. . . I John Hodson Doctor of Divinity...Bishop of Elphin do make this my last Will and Testament . . .

my body interred in the Chancel of the Cathedral of St Mary's Elphin . . .

. . . to my dearly beloved Wife, my land in England commonly called Westcrofts, situated and lying in the Parish of Hodson in the County of Bucks during her natural life and after her decease to my grandson William Hodson and to the heir of his body lawfully begotten and for want of such heirs to my grandaughter Abigal Madden and to the heirs male of her body lawfully begotten . . . (she paying) to my son Daniel Hodson or his heirs the sum of 100 pounds sterling . .

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. . . having lately purchased from Mr James Hamilton the land in the County of Caven commonly called the proportion of Dromurk (in the Manor of Dromnagh, Barony of and County of Cavan) . . . revested released and confirmed to Benjamin Fletcher of Jamestown in the County of Leitrim Esq; William Handrork of Troy in the County of Meath Esq; Anthony Cope Dean of Elphin; and Samuel Hodson Prebandary of Ballintubber in the County of Roscommon . . . (monies to be paid to his son William Hodson, then to his grandson William Hodson and then to his son Daniel Hodson by whomever is using this land)

. . . to my wife the said lands of Dromurk excepting what is before disposed of by me during her natural life in full satisfaction of all dowers or third which she may claim . . . (others mentioned in relation to land at Dromurk . . . grandson William Hodson, son David Hodson, son Daniel Hodson, grandaughter Abigail Madden)

. . . I further give to my wife my coach and horses and all the goods within doors except two pairs of plate which I give to my grandchild Mary ffowlkes.

. . . to my son William Hodson one bond of one hundred and seven pounds bearing date 26th Dec 1674 and another bond of 9.10 pounds bearing date 14 Jan 1666. (Mentions lands of his son William Hodson in England)

. . . further my will that the writings of the said lands (in England) remaining in the custody of Thomas Hodson Apothecary in Cheapside London be given into the hands of my son Henry Townley and upon his decease to someone of my overseers to be disposed by them for the use of my son William Hodson and his heirs . . .

. . . to my son William Hodson my seal ring and Dr John Whites "Way to the Church".

. . . I do hereby nominate my son Daniel Hodson to be guardian to my grandson William Hodson to raise the issues and profits of what estate real or personal I bequeath unto him by this my Will, He dying to my son Henry Townley, he dying to my son Benjamin Hodson, He dying to my son Edward Madden, they all dying to the Bishop of Elphin for the time being, desiring them to inspect his education and maintenance, provided always that whoever shall be guardian to my said grandson William Hodson, he is to render an account to him . . .

. . . bequeath towards the erecting of a new house where the old Castle stood near Elphin the sum of 566 pounds for the Bishop of Elphin and his successors . . .

. . . I have from my son Daniel Hodson a mortgage of 200 pounds on the lands of St John's bearing date 10th August 1681, my will is that the said 200 pounds be for the use and benefit of my grandaughter Elizabeth Hodson eldest daughter of the said Daniel to be paid unto her when she shall accomplish the age of 16 years and if she die before then to the 2nd, 3rd or 4th daughter . . . and if there be no daughter then to the second son . . .

. . . so soon as my grandson William Hodson shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years that he divide the said lands of Dromurk with my son Daniel Hodson if by him desired.

. . . after my wife hath chosen 10 of my English books and my son Daniel 10 of the Latin ones, an inventory be taken of the rest by my son Daniel and the books be given by him to that grandson of mine who shall first take the degree of Master of Arts.

. . . to my children and grandchildren, to Blayney and Townley, to my two brothers, to the overseers of this my will, every one of them a gold rings of forty shillings . . .

. . . to the poor of this Diocese 20 pounds . . .

. . . to my kinsman Simon Burdon 20 pounds and to my steward Charles Bury, who has served me faithfully 20 pounds . . .

. . . the feeofments(?) relating my daughters (?) Townley, Elizabeth ffletcher, Abigal Madden be given into the hands of my son Daniel Hodson.

. . . Wife sole Executrix . . . my dear friend S Robert King, Daniel Hodson, Benjamin ffletcher, Henry Townley and Edward Madden my overseers . . . 22 Jul 1685.

witness: John ffowke, Joe Conry, And Martin


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Will of John Hodson; abstracted by Pamela Hutchison Garrett for John Markham of Chesterfield website; 2015.