Will of Catherine Conway Gent, spinster, 1861

Principal Probate Registry

ON the 11th day of July 1861 the Will of Catherine Conway Gent late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham deceased, who died on the 23rd day May 1861 at Winslow aforesaid, was proved in the Principal Registry of Her Majesty’s High Court of Probate, on the oaths of Mary Gent Spinster of Winslow aforesaid the Sister and John Maydon of Muggerhanger in the County of Bedford Farmer the Nephew the Executors therein named they having been first sworn duly to administer,
Effects under £1000

This is the last Will and Testament of me Catherine Conway Gent of Winslow in the County of Bucks Spinster I devise unto my Sister Mary Gent and her heirs and assigns absolutely all the real estate of which I may be beneficially seized at the time of my death I bequeath unto my Sister Mary Gent for her own use and benefit all the personal estate of which I may die possessed subject to the payment of my just debts my funeral and testamentary expenses I appoint my said Sister Mary Gent and my Nephew John Maydon as Executrix and Executor of my Will and devise unto them the said Mary Gent and John Maydon all the real estate (if any) which may at the time of my death be vested in me as trustee or mortgagee upon the trusts and subject to the equities affecting the same respectively lastly I revoke all other Wills In witness whereof I the said Catherine Conway Gent the Testatrix have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and sixty one C.C. Gent [signature] Signed by the said Catherine Conway Gent the Testatrix in the joint presence of us who at her request in her presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Dav. Tho. Willis [signature], Solr. Winslow George Maydon Winslow

Proved at London 11th July 1861 by the Oaths of Mary Gent Spinster the Sister and John Maydon the Nephew the Executors to whom Adm(inistrati)on was granted


Catherine Conway Gent was aged 56 when she died. She and her older sister Mary (d.1888 leaving personal estate of £2,378), both born at Fenny Stratford, lived at 18 High Street. Their sister Mildred Ann (d.1884) married George Maydon (d.1876) and lived at no.28. They were the children of Lynch Conway and Mildred Gent (their father's death was registered at Newport Pagnell in 1847 aged 78), and were the sisters of John Sleath Gent who was a doctor in Winslow between about 1818 and 1830 and lived at 16 High Street. Another sister, Jane Sidney Gent, died at Winslow in 1849.

National Archives, PROB 11/2054/149: Will of Lynch Conway Gent of Fenny Stratford in the parish of Simpson, surgeon.  Made 25 Sep 1846, witnessed by J.W. Cowley, solicitor, Buckingham.
Executors and trustees: son-in-law George Maydon of Winslow, malster and butcher, and son John Sleath Gent of Stony Stratford, surgeon and apothecary.
Household goods to be equally divided between daughters Catherine Conway, Jane Sidney and son George.
Medical practice and all freehold and copyhold property to be sold.
£800 each (in addition to what they received during father’s lifetime) to daughter Catherine Conway Gent, daughter Jane Sidney Gent and son George Gent, payable to the last two when they are 25.
£100 each to sons Lynch Conway Gent and Henry Gent.  They have already been advanced £250 each which they were entitled to receive under marriage settlement with their mother Mary Gardner.  Trustee of the settlement was William Wilson.
£400 to daughter Mildred Ann wife of George Maydon, provided George does not claim release of his debt of £300 to me.
To son John Sleath Gent “all my surgical chemical and other instruments and professional books” and £100.  He receives an extra £100 by a codicil of 26 Jan 1847.
£100 to daughter Mary.
Proved 6 April 1847.

Copyright 22 June, 2020