Bartholomew Horsell of Wootton Bassett
(Abt 1643-1701)
Mary Viner
John Horsell
Henry Horsell of Wootton Bassett


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Henry Horsell of Wootton Bassett

  • Christened: 18 Mar 1700/1, Wootton Bassett St. Bartholomew All Saints, Wiltshire, England 1
  • Married: Abt 1718 2
  • Buried: 2 Jul 1762, Wootton Bassett St. Bartholomew All Saints, Wiltshire, England 3

  Research Notes:

Abstract of the Will of Henry Horsell the Elder of the Borough of Wootton Bassett in te County of Wilts, Cordwainer, written 30 Dec 1751, proved 23 Nov 1762. 4

Gives, devises & bequeaths to his son Reuben Horsell and his heirs all his freehold messuage with the outhousing, garden ground and appurtenances.

Gives and bequeaths 5 shillings a year to his wife Sarah so long as she remains a widow.

Gives one guinea each to his children Mary Baily, Martha Stephens, Edith Packer, Elizabeth Waite, Anne Tidd, Bartholomew Horsell, Rebeckah Horsell, John Horsell and Henry Horsell.

All his ready money, bills, chattels, stock in trade, and personal estate not already bequeaths he gives to his said son Reuben Horsell, appointing him sole executor of his last will and testament.


Witnesses: Robert Frith, Andrew Sadler, Moses Sarraude

  Marriage Information:

Henry married Sarah about 1718. (Sarah was buried on 15 Sep 1777 in Wootton Bassett St. Bartholomew All Saints, Wiltshire, England.)

Sources & Notes

1 Wiltshire Baptisms Index 1530-1917.

2 At first it seemed natural to assume that Henry married as his first wife Susannah Chiverson on 10 Nov 1718 in Avebury. However, there were four children of Henry and Susan christened in Avebury from 1718 to 1730 who could not have been children of Henry Horsell of Wootton Bassett. For example, John son of Henry Horsel was christened in 1718 in Avebury; Reuben son of Henry Horsel was christened in 1718 in Wootton Bassett, on different dates within the said year. Susannah Horsell was buried in Avebury on 18 Feb 1738/9 and Henry Horsell re-married to Sarah Hayward in the same place on 27 Dec 1739. Again, it is likely this was not Henry Horsell of Wootton Bassett. There is the question of the identity of Henry Horsell who married Sarah Skull in Wootton Bassett on 9 Jan 1720/1. At face value this could have been Henry's second marriage, after having been married to an unknown wife for just over a year. However, it is likely that Sarah Skull married a different Henry Horsell, most likely this Henry's uncle, who was in his mid 30s in 1720. For the moment, therefore, Sarah wife of Henry Horsell named in his Will is shown here as mother of all his children.

3 Wootton Bassett Wilts Parish Registers, Burials.

4 Probate records of the Archdeaconry of Wiltshire, P3/H/1342.

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