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Will of Elizabeth Ronalds, 1854

Abstract of will

I Elizabeth RONALDS, of Brentford, spinster

... June last advanced 200 to my nephew William RONALDS, one of the sons of my deceased brother Dr Henry RONALDS ... now I bequeath 200 to my nephews and nieces John RONALDS, Malcolm RONALDS, Lucy BYASS and Mary RONALDS, children of my deceased brother

... 50 to said nephew William RONALDS, 50 to Henry RONALDS, sons of my deceased brother

... 25 to the present wife of my said nephew Henry RONALDS

... 25 to Lucy RONALDS, daughter of said nephew Henry RONALDS

... 50 to each of my brothers George Naircut RONALDS and Robert RONALDS

... 50 to my cousin James MONTGOMREY of Brentford who has kindly consented to be one of my executors

... sister Mary RONALDS executrix

... dated 22 January 1852

... Proved at London 21 August 1854


The testator

Elizabeth Ronalds was born around 1789 in Brentford and was the daughter of Hugh Clark Ronalds, a nurseryman, who also left a will (1833). The family lived at numbers 137 and 138 High Street in the mid C19. In 1851 Elizabeth was living at this address with her sister Mary and younger brother Robert: Elizabeth & Mary were described as annuitants.

The executors

James MONTGOMREY was 'cousin' to Elizabeth and the son of James Montgomrey senior who married Jane ROnalds in 1810. See the Montgomrey tree for more details.

Mary RONALDS was the elder sister of Elizabeth, born in Brentford ca 1788. The 1861 census entry for no. 138 High Street is 'Miss Ronalds at sea side'. She is recorded at 4 Pelham Place, St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, a gentlewoman, with her 'son' John Ronalds, aged 29 a gentleman born Kensington and his wife Emily, 26, a gentleman's wife, born Lincoln. John was probably the son of Henry Ronalds, brother of Mary, and her nephew, not her son.

The legatees

Elizabeth's bequests provide a lot of information about the Ronalds family and by looking at the other Ronalds wills it is possible to sketch a rough family tree.

How to see this will in full

A copy of the original will can be downloaded from The National Archives Documents Online service, or it can be viewed free of charge by visiting TNA at Kew.