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Family of Henry SPEARPOINT and Ann HEWSON

Husband: Henry SPEARPOINT (1726-1776)
Wife: Ann HEWSON ( -1789)
Children: Henry SPEARPOINT (1751- )
Anne SPEARPOINT (1753- )
Margaret SPEARPOINT (1755- )
Mary SPEARPOINT (1761- )
William SPEARPOINT (1768- )
Marriage 30 Oct 1750 Folkestone, Kent

Husband: Henry SPEARPOINT

Name: Henry SPEARPOINT
Sex: Male
Father: Henry SPEARPOINT (1695-1731)
Mother: Joan PENNY (1695-1760)
Birth 8 May 1726 Folkestone, Kent
Death 21 Jul 1776 (age 50) Folkestone, Kent
Will 5 Jun 1770 (age 44) PRC 17/100 FF558
Probate 11 Oct 1783 Canterbury, Kent

Wife: Ann HEWSON

Name: Ann HEWSON
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Death 8 Jan 1789

Child 1: Henry SPEARPOINT

Name: Henry SPEARPOINT
Sex: Female
Birth 28 Oct 1751

Child 2: Anne SPEARPOINT

Name: Anne SPEARPOINT
Sex: Female
Birth 4 May 1753

Child 3: Margaret SPEARPOINT

Name: Margaret SPEARPOINT
Sex: Female
Birth 16 Jul 1755

Child 4: Mary SPEARPOINT

Name: Mary SPEARPOINT
Sex: Female
Birth 25 Sep 1761

Child 5: William SPEARPOINT

Name: William SPEARPOINT
Sex: Male
Birth 29 Mar 1768

Note on Husband: Henry SPEARPOINT - shared note

1. This guy is only here because he appears in the databases of both Jenny Johnson and Richard Nelson. However, the only Spearpoint born on 8/5/1726 according to the on-line IGI is a John Spearpoint. The IGI has no Henry Spearpoint born to Henry + Joan Penny [ strange - didn't they always name a son after the father ? ]. The only other obvious Henry born around the same time was the son of Edmund + Jane Cheeseman in 1724. But we appear to rule him out because he married an Ann Smith, and has a totally separate family attributed to him.

 

2. The two families of Henry+Ann Spearpoint are breeding at the same time, and from the IGI alone it is not possible to tell which children belong to which family. Fortunately both Anns appear to have left wills which helps resolve it a bit. (There are a total of 8 children in the IGI born between 1751 and 1768. As it happens, the dates are sufficiently well spaced out that it would be perfectly possible for them to be all one family. ]

 

3. There is a will of a Henry Spearpoint which was proved in October 1783. The only beneficiary listed by name is his wife Ann, so it could presumably have been either of these two Henries. Fortunately there is also the will of an Anne Spearpoint, widow of Henry, which was proved in August 1790. Since they both refer to property in 'The Durlocks' it looks likely that they are husband and wife. OK - this is a big help. Then Anne's will names her four children Margaret, Ann, Mary and William, so that firmly links her to the right set of children. Note also that Henry's will has a Mary Huson as a witness, which suggests a connection with the Hewson family (if you allow the variant in spelling). But then, their daughter Ann married John Huson (see Ann's will) so maybe the Huson connection only comes from a son-in-law. Oh God, it's confusing.

 

4. Anyway, the following is my transcription of his will :

 

Will of Henry Spearpoint of Folkestone 1783

 

In the name of God Amen I Henry

Sparepointe of Folkestone in the County of Kent Mariner being of sound and

disposing Mind and Memory make and ordain this my last Will and

Testament in manner following (that is to say) after payment of my just

Debts Funeral expenses and Charges of proving and executing this my ____

Will I give and devise unto my beloved wife Anne Sparepoint and to her

Heirs and Assigns for ever All these my freehold Messuages or

Tenements the one Situate in the Durlocks in Folkestone aforesaid and now

in my own Occupation and the other situate in the Doversane (?) in Folkestone

aforesaid and now in the occupation of Mary Lock Widow or her assigns

Also I give and bequeath unto my said beloved wife Anne Sparepoint

her Executors Administrators and Assigns all and singular my ready money

Book Debts Plate Linnen (?) and China and all my other Personal Estate

whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind ____ And in Case

my said wife shall die and depart this life Intestate then my Mind and

Will is that the said Freehold Messuages and Tenements and all and

singular my said Personal Estate shall go and descend and I do give devise

and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto and amongst all and every

my Child or Children which shall be living at the Decease of my said wife

both Male and Female in equal shares and Proportions as Tenants in Common

and not as Joint Tenants and to their Heirs Executors and Administrators and

Assigns for ever And in case any or either of my said Child or Children shall

die in the lifetime of my said wife leaving a Child or Children then my Mind

and Will is that such Child or Children shall have and receive so much

of my said Real and Personal Estate as the Father or Mother of the said

Child or Children if living would have received and been entitled to at the

Decease of my said Wife And revoking all former and other Wills by me at any

time heretofore made to publish and declare this only to be my last Will and

Testament and thereof do constitute and appoint my said wife Anne Sparepoint

Sole Executrix In witness whereof I the said Henry Sparepoint the Testator

have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the fifth day of June in the year

of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy. < Henry Sparepoint

Signed> Sealed published and declared by the said Henry Sparepoint the

Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who

have subscribed our Names as Witnesses J Whitfield Mary Huson

Hezekiah Goddens

 

The before Registered Will of Henry Sparepoint was proved the

Eleventh day of October 1783 before the Reverend Joshua Dix Clerk Surrogate

To the Worshipful Andrew Cottee (?) Ducard (?) Doctor of Law Official General to

The Reverend the Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the

Oath of Anne Sparepoint Widow the Sole Executrix named in the said

Will She being first sworn well and truly to perform the same.

Note on Wife: Ann HEWSON - shared note

1. Note that there is a possible confusion between two couples - Henry Spearpoint/Ann Hewson, and Henry Spearpoint/Ann Smith. I find it difficult to be sure who is who. But see the discussion in the notes for her husband Henry.

 

2. My transcription of her will is as follows :

 

Will of Anne Spearpoint of Folkestone 1790

 

This is the last will and Testament

of Ann Spearpoint of Folkestone in the County of Kent Widow and

Relict of Henry Spearpoint late of the same place Mariner deceased considering

the uncertainty of this mortal life Do publish and declare this my last

Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I Will

Order and direct that all such just Debts that I shall owe at the time of

my Decease my Funeral Expenses and the Charges of Proving this my

Will be in the first place paid and satisfied Item I give and Devise

unto my four children (Viz) Ann now the wife of John Huson

Margaret the widow of Henry Hawks Mary who lives with me And

William my son All that my Freehold Messuage or Tenement wherein

I now Dwell situate in Durlocks in Folkestone aforesaid To hold unto

any of these Daughters and Son and their Heirs and Assigns for ever

to take as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants Also I

Give and Bequeath unto my said children their Executors Administrators

and Assigns for ever all my Ready Money and Securities for money Debts

Plate Linen China and all other my Personal Estate whatsoever to be

equally divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in

Common and not as Joint Tenants Provided always that in case

any or either of my said children shall happen to die in my lifetime

or after my decease before they shall attain the age of Twenty one

years without leaving any Issue of her his or their bodies lawfully

Begotten Then I give Devise and Bequeath the Part or Share of

my said Real and Personal Estates of her him or them so dying as

aforesaid unto the survivor or survivors of them as Tenants in Common

and not as Joint Tenants But in case any or either of my said

Children shall happen to die in my lifetime or after my Decease

before they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years

leaving Issue of her his or their bodies or body lawfully begotten

then my Mind and Will is that such Issue of such of my said

Children shall be entitled to have ____ so much of my said Real

and Personal Estates as the father or mother of such Issue would

have been entitled to if living And I do hereby subject and charge

all my Real and Personal Estates with the payment of my said just Debts

____ and other Expenses And I do nominate (?) and appoint my Daughter

Ann sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all

former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare

this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said

Ann Spearpoint have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Twenty Second

Day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and

Eighty three <Ann Spearpoint> Signed sealed published and

Declared by the said Ann Spearpoint the Testatrix as and for her last Will

and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence and at her request

and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as

Witnesses - Jane Hall, Ann ____ , Wm Reynolds

 

The before Registered Will of Ann Spearpoint deceased was proved the twenty

first day of August 1790 before the Reverend John Gortling (?) Clerk Surrogate to

the Worshipful Sir William Scott Knight Doctor of Law Official General

to the Reverend the Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the

Oath of Ann Huson wife of John Huson the Daughter of the Testatrix

and sole Executrix named in the said Will she being first sworn duly

to perform the same.