Proving of the will:
This Will was proved in London with a codicil the twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Two before the Right Worshipful George Day Doctor of Laws, Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Joseph Phethean the brother of the deceased and one of the executors named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having first sworn by commission duly to administer power reserved of making the like grant to Mary Phethean widow the relict of the said deceased and Francis Corne the other executor named in the said will when they or either of them shall apply for the same.
Notes from the above manuscript:
Lady Dorothy Grey was some relation to the Earl of Stamford. There was a Dorothy Grey, wife of the 3 rd Earl, but she died 24 Jun 1768, which was before this will was written. I can’t find any other Dorothy in the Grey family history.
This seems to imply that Josiah had been married before and that his first wife had died. I have not been able to find any evidence of this first marriage either at Enville or Bowdon. Josiah’s marriage licence states “bachelor” rather than widower – but we know that these documents do not always reflect the whole truth.
Francis Corne was signatory to the marriage licence between Josiah and Mary.
This is confirmed in Joseph of Dunham’s will detailed in Appendix I
The name is indecipherable but does this imply that Mary (Cotton) had married before as well? The marriage licence describes her as “spinster”. This could, of course be a completely different phrase. See Figure 8 below.
Joseph of Dunham.
Whittington in Staffordshire – about 5km SE of Enville, near Stourbridge.
Timperley, Cheshire – village adjacent to Bowdon.
£40 is worth about £3500 at present day rates.