TEST.CP.1847/10
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Reference:TEST.CP.1847/10
Repository:Borthwick Institute GB 193


Court:Prerogative
Case:Testamentary (Validity of will)
Details:63 Pieces; Has deposition; Has libel; No sentence
Outcome:
Date: 1847 — 1850


People & Places
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Participant:Mary   Bainton [Bainton]
Role:testator
Details:female; Spinster
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Sculcoates (Sculcoates) : undefined
Former residence
Southcoates (Southcoates) : undefined
Broadley Square (Broadley Square) : undefined
Former residence
Gallows Lane (Gallows Lane) : street name
Former residence
Alfred Street (Alfred Street) : street name
Former residence
Osborne Street (Osborne Street) : street name
Former residence
Naylor's Row (Naylors Row) : street name
Former residence
Cottage Gardens (Cottage Gardens) : undefined
Former residence
Dyers Place (Dyers Place) : undefined
Former residence
Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Holderness Road : street name
Block House (Block House) : habitation

Nunkeeling (YorkshireEastRiding)
Bewholme (Bewholme) : undefined
Former residence
Catwick (YorkshireEastRiding)
Catwick (Catwick) : ecclesiastical parish
Place of origin



Participant:George   Robinson [Robinson]
Role:plaintiff
Details:male; [Disputed] Executor of the testator
Employment:Builder
Location:Sculcoates (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Sculcoates (Sculcoates) : ecclesiastical parish
Notes:Died during the case, which was taken over by his son George Henry Robinson



Participant:Rosamond   Dickson [Dixon]
Role:defendant
Details:female; Widow; Sister of the testator
Location:Yorkshire, East Riding

Place(s): Beverley : undefined
Molescroft (Molescroft) : undefined




Participant:William   Hudson [Hudson]
Role:prosecution proctor
Details:male
Employment:Notary Public
Location:York (York) : city



Participant:Samuel   Beecroft [Beecroft]
Role:witness
Details:male; 59
Employment:Farmer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Anlaby Road (Anlaby Road) : undefined



Participant:William   Johnson [Johnson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 42
Employment:Mariner
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Anne   Wetherald [Weatherill]
Role:witness
Details:female; 74; Widow
Location:Hornsea (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Hornsea (Hornsea) : ecclesiastical parish
Catwick (YorkshireEastRiding)
Catwick (Catwick) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:Alexander   Granger [Granger]
Role:witness
Details:male; 66
Employment:Farmer
Location:Sigglesthorne (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Sigglesthorne (Sigglesthorne) : ecclesiastical parish



Participant:Thomas   Witty [Witty]
Role:witness
Details:male; 30
Employment:Servant
Location:Yorkshire, East Riding

Place(s): Beverley : undefined
Molescroft (Molescroft) : undefined

Notes:Employed by the defendant



Participant:William   Teal [Teal]
Role:witness
Details:male; 61
Employment:Labourer
Location:Hornsea (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Hornsea (Hornsea) : undefined
Nunkeeling (YorkshireEastRiding)
Bewholme (Bewholme) : township
Former residence



Participant:Jeremiah   Stark [Stark]
Role:witness
Details:male; 61
Employment:Accountant
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Elizabeth   Pickard [Pickard]
Role:witness
Details:female; 50; Singlewoman
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:John   England [England]
Role:witness
Details:male; 53
Employment:Attorney at Law
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Robert   Turner [Turner]
Role:witness
Details:male; 50
Employment:Cordwainer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Charles   Wilkinson [Wilkinson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 63
Employment:Attorney's Clerk
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Hugh   Colgan [Colgan]
Role:witness
Details:male; 39
Employment:Engineer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined
Dyers Place (Dyers Place) : undefined



Participant:Ellen   Vicars [Vickers]
Role:witness
Details:female; 39; Wife of Thomas Vicars, Cordwainer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined
Colgen Street (Colgen Street) : street name



Participant:Thomas   Stephenson [Stevenson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 70
Employment:Mariner
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Betsey   Vicars [Vickers]
Role:witness
Details:female; 45; Wife of James Vicars, Inspector of Highways
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined
Coggin Street (Coggin Street) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:James   Vicars [Vickers]
Role:witness
Details:male; 45
Employment:Inspector of Highways
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Elizabeth   Graby [Graby]
Role:witness
Details:female; 44; Wife of William Graby, Clerk
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull  (Hull) : undefined
Dyers Place (Dyers Place) : undefined



Participant:Mary   Johnston [Johnston]
Role:witness
Details:female; 49; Wife of William Johnston, Cooper
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Mary Isabella   Sherwood [Sherwood]
Role:witness
Details:female; 55; Wife of Thomas Sherwood, Shopkeeper
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined
Albion Place (Albion Place) : undefined
Former residence



Participant:Robert   Morgan [Morgan]
Role:witness
Details:male; 36
Employment:Inspector of Police
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Suzannah   Chappel [Chappel]
Role:witness
Details:female; 37; Spinster
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:William Johnson   Pickering [Pickering]
Role:witness
Details:male; 40
Employment:Butcher
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Elizabeth   Robson [Robson]
Role:witness
Details:female; 40; Wife of Isaac Robson, Master Mariner
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Ellen   Angus [Angus]
Role:witness
Details:female; 63; Widow
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Suzannah   Watson [Watson]
Role:witness
Details:female; 33; Wife of Thomas Watson, Ships Carpenter
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Jane   Denison [Dennison]
Role:witness
Details:female; 43; Wife of William Denison, Sawyer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):46 William Street (46 William Street) : habitation



Participant:George Henry   Robinson [Robinson]
Role:plaintiff
Details:male; Son of George Robinson
Employment:Victualler
Location:Middlesex

Place(s): Grays Inn Lane (Grays Inn Lane) : street name
Notes:Took over the case from his father



Participant:Pleasance   Robinson [Robinson]
Role:witness
Details:female; Wife of George Robinson, Bricklayer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):84 Osborne Street (84 Osborne Street) : habitation
Waterworth Street : street name
Dyers Place (Dyers Place) : undefined
Former residence




Participant:James   Cheever [Chivers]
Role:witness
Details:male; 48; Gentleman
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):3 St James' Street (3 Saint James' Street) : habitation



Participant:William Christopher   Colbeck [Colbeck]
Role:witness
Details:male; 31
Employment:Solicitor
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Hull) : undefined



Participant:Joseph   Bankes [Banks]
Role:witness
Details:male; Gentleman
Location:13 Brook Street (13 Brook Street) : habitation
Cannot identify, but probably in Kingston Upon Hull.



Participant:Elizabeth   Blenkin [Blenkin]
Role:witness
Details:female; 60; Wife of William Blenkin; Cousin of the testator
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Kingston upon Hull) : town



Participant:Anne Thompson   Scott [Scott]
Role:witness
Details:female; 43; Spinster
Employment:Dress Maker
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Waverley Street : street name
4 Manchester Place (4 Manchester Place) : habitation




Participant:Isabelle   Bacon [Bacon]
Role:witness
Details:female; 30; Wife of Martin Samuel Bacon, Engineer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Kingston upon Hull) : town



Participant:Jane   Keller [Keller]
Role:witness
Details:female; 76; Widow
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Porter Street (Porter Street) : street name



Participant:Edward   Hall [Hall]
Role:witness
Details:male; 57
Employment:Ship Carpenter
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Broadley Street : street name
5 Winter Square (5 Winter Square) : habitation




Participant:Sarah   Dale [Dales]
Role:witness
Details:female; 60; Widow
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Kingston upon Hull) : town



Participant:Francis   Tadman [Tadman]
Role:witness
Details:male; 73; Gentleman
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Coltman Street (Coltman Street) : street name



Participant:Sarah   Fountain [Fountain]
Role:witness
Details:female; 43; Wife of John Fountain, Wholesale Fruiterer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Kingston upon Hull) : town



Participant:Andrew   Young [Young]
Role:witness
Details:male; 50
Employment:Joiner
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):10 Egginton Street (10 Egginton Street) : habitation



Participant:William   Garton [Garton]
Role:witness
Details:male; 43
Employment:Grocer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Kingston upon Hull) : town



Participant:Leonard   Hall [Hall]
Role:witness
Details:male; 44
Employment:Shipwright
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):2 Kings Square (2 Kings Square) : habitation



Participant:Thomas   Heetam [Heetam]
Role:witness
Details:male; 56
Employment:Cabinet Maker; Upholsterer
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Trinity House Lane (Trinity House Lane) : street name



Participant:Miles   Marr [Marr]
Role:witness
Details:male; 47
Employment:Victualler
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Bridge Street (Bridge Street) : street name



Participant:Charlotte   Lushby [Lushby]
Role:witness
Details:female; 49; Wife of John Lushby
Employment:Washerwoman
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):6 Marks Square (6 Marks Square) : habitation



Participant:Thomas   Garton [Garton]
Role:witness
Details:male; 43
Employment:Ship Owner
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Osorne Street (Osborne Street) : street name
Former residence
Holderness Road : street name
Block House (Block House) : habitation

Naylor's Row (Naylors Row) : street name
Former residence
Dyers Place (Dyers Place) : undefined
Former residence



Associated Places
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Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Kingston Upon Hull (Kingston upon Hull) : borough
Location:Yorkshire, East Riding

Place(s): Beverley (Beverley) : undefined
Location:Kingston Upon Hull, Holy Trinity (YorkshireEastRiding)
Place(s):Drypool (Drypool) : undefined
Drypool is described as a parish in the document.
Location:Yorkshire, East Riding

Place(s): Arram Hall (Arram Hall) : habitation
Abstract

Robinson attempted to prove the validity of the will of Bainton, challenging Dixon to dispute this. Robinson brought witnesses who confirmed that the will had been executed in a valid manner and that Samuel Dales, who had drawn up the will but had since died, had been of good character and thus unlikely to do anything dishonourable. Dixon denied the validity of the will, stating that Bainton had been a person of ‘weak intellect’ from childhood and was not competent to transact business. She claimed that Bainton had been locally known as ‘silly Mary’ and was unable to undertake any rational occupation. Dixon further claimed that, in executing the will, Bainton (whom she described as ‘easily manageable’) had been acting ‘under the undue influence’ of Robinson. She brought witnesses who supported her claims regarding Bainton’s mental state. Robinson denied Dixon’s allegations and stated that Bainton, although of limited education, was of sound mind. He claimed that she could hold rational conversation and could read, enjoyed visiting friends and was able to attend church and discourse rationally on sermons. Robinson further stated that Bainton was able to handle money and showed discernment in choosing fashionable clothing. He brought witnesses who supported these claims.

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