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Will of John Ronalds, 1850

Abstract of will

I John RONALDS, of Brentford, nurseryman

... foreman William WARDEN (or WARREN) of Isleworth 19 19s

... friend Thomas Berry ROWE 5

... cousins Francis RONALDS, Edward (Edmund?) RONALDS and Charles RONALDS 5 each

... friends James MONTGOMREY of Brentford, timber merchant & George COOPER of the same, surgeon, 20

... sisters Mary & Elizabeth RONALDS 200 each

Dated 5 January 1850

Witness Eliza HUMPHREYS, servant of Mr RONALDS Proved at London 11 March 1850 by executors Mary, Elizabeth & (Edmund or Edward) RONALDS


The testator

John Ronalds was born ca 1786 - 1788 in Brentford and was the son 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 1841 John was a seedsman living at the family home with his two sisters, Mary & Elizabeth, and his younger brother Robert Ronalds, also a seedsman.

More details of the Ronalds family tree.

The A2A web site includes details of the Ruck Keene estate in Oxfordshire which John Ronalds and Thomas Berry Rowe had an interest in. A2A gives John's date of death as 7 January 1850, two days after he completed his will.

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.

George COOPER, surgeon, lived at no. 209/210 in the 1841 - 1861 censuses.

The legatees

Thomas Berry ROWE was a soap manufacturer in Brentford, also referred to in the will of James Montgomrey, 1841.

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.