Wilson family notes

The Wilson family owned Badsey Manor House for more than 200 years. They arrived in Badsey after the Civil War and may have been one of the families who made their fortune from that conflict. An abstract of title shows that in 1677 Nathaniel, Katherine and Thomas Smith made an agreement with Thomas Wilson which gave him their 1000 year lease on the Manor House, the title and rights of Lord of the Manor, and other land including Badsey churchyard.

The Wilson’s first appearance in the Badsey parish records was in 1663 when Edward Wilson, son of Thomas and Catherine, was baptised. Two remarkable things about the Wilson family are their fondness for the name Edward and the number of wives they married. The descendants of Thomas Wilson were:
Edward Wilson 1663 – 1749 (1 wife)
Edward Wilson 1691 – 1737 (3 wives)
Edward Wilson 1720 – 1761 (1 wife)
Edward Wilson 1748 – 1797 (3 wives)
Edward Wilson 1793 – 1837 (1 wife)
Edward Wilson 1820 – 1907 (4 wives)

All these men owned the Manor House or lived there for at least part of their lives. Although one cannot speak for their wives, it is safe to say that these Edwards were comfortably off, buying and selling land, and pulling in income from rents. Many of the Wilsons were buried in the chancel of Badsey church.

Will of Francis Wilson, 23 Oct 1797

The will of Francis Wilson of Badsey has recently come to light in the attic of Malvern House, Badsey. The reason why it should have been found at Malvern House was because Joseph Jones, one of the executors of the will and a beneficiary, lived there (Malvern House remained in the Jones family until 1996). Mark and Lotta Lewis, the current owners of Malvern House, have kindly loaned the will.

Francis Wilson (1775-1798) was the third of eight children of Edward and Mary Wilson, of The Manor, Badsey. Edward, the first-born son, had died as a baby; a second son, John, was born in 1774; Francis in 1775; and then Mary in 1777. Four more children were born, but all died in infancy, thus just leaving John, Francis and Mary. Mary, their mother, died in November 1791, aged 38, shortly after the birth of her last child, Edward. Edward, their father, remarried, and had four more children before dying in April 1797 at the age of 49. One assumes that Francis knew he was dying, as he died less than four months after making his will, in February 1798. The family seems to have been doomed, as just five months later, his brother, John died. It was left to baby Edward, born in 1793, as a result of his father’s second marriage, to inherit The Manor.

Salient points of the will

Will of Francis Wilson of Badsey, near Evesham, Worcs, yeoman. Made the following bequests:

Executors: William Ballard and Joseph Jones of Badsey

Witnesses: Mary Vaughn, Humphrey Hundley, W B Baker

Extracted by Lushington Heseltine & Bayford, Proctors Doctors Commons

 

Notes compiled by Maureen Spinks.

 

Other Wilson probate records

Date proved

Forenames

Surname

Place of residence

Type of document

Source

Notes

11 Feb 1659 Richard WILSON Wickhamford Will PCC Husbandman. PROB 11/287

13 Jan 1679-80 

Thomas 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Will 

Worc 

Will of Thomas Wilson of Badsey, yeoman. Will dated 23 Sept. 1679. Probate granted 13 January 1679[/80]. ... unto my son Edward and my daughter Mary ... Katherine Wilson my wife. Born about 1631. His father was probably Richard. Buried at Badsey 19 Oct 1679.

28 Apr 1722 

John 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Will 

Worc 

Son of Richard. Baptised Wickhamford 1642. Buried Badsey 1722.

18 Nov 1727 

Thomas 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Will 

Worc 

Baptised at Badsey 1683 son of John and Elizabeth. Buried at Badsey 1727.

08 Sep 1738 

Edward 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Will 

Worc 

Will of Edward Wilson the younger of Badsey, gent. Will dated 20 October 1737. Probate granted 8 Sept. 1738. Granted estate to Edward Wilson his lawful son and sole executor. Baptised Badsey 1691 son of Edward and Elizabeth, buried Badsey 1737.

10 Feb 1749-50 

Edward 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Will 

Worc 

Will of Edward Wilson, senior, of Badsey. Will dated 12 Nov. 1749. Probate granted 10 Feb. 1749[/50]. It names grandchildren but no children, presumably all dead. His wife is mentioned but her name is not given. Poor of the parish of Badsey - one shilling to each family. Grandchildren named are: Edward Wilson (land in Badsey, Offenham, Broadway, Bengeworth), Edward Cotterill of Broadway, Anne the wife of Mr Clifton, Elizabeth the wife of Mr Phillips, Mary the wife of Thomas Byrd. Made his mark. Baptised at Badsey 1663 son of Thomas and Catherine, buried at Badsey 1749.

16 Jul 1761 

Edward 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Will 

Worc 

Baptised at Badsey 1720 son of Edward and Elizabeth, buried at Badsey 1761.

17 Jun 1797 

Edward 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Will 

PCC 

Gentleman of Badsey. PROB 11/1293. Very long with codicil. Baptised Badsey 1748 son of Edward and Mary, buried Badsey 1797.

31 Aug 1798 

Francis 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Will 

PCC 

Yeoman of Badsey. PROB 11/1312. See above. Baptised Badsey 1775 son of Edward and Mary, buried Badsey 1798.

31 Aug 1798 

John 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Will 

PCC 

Gentleman of Badsey. Will with codicil. PROB 11/1312. Signed 5 July 1798 with codicil 6 July. Most to 'Brother in Law Edward Wilson' (actually half brother). Also named his sister Sarah and his sister in law Sarah Wilson (half sister, and identified as brother of Edward). Freehold messuages, land at Badsey and Cow Honeybourne. Baptised Badsey 1774 son of Edward and Mary, buried Badsey 1798.

18 Oct 1823 

Edward 

WILSON 

Badsey 

Adm.

Worc 

Identity uncertain. Perhaps son of Francis Wilson who was baptised in Badsey in 1750.

2 Oct 1837 Edward WILSON   Adm. PCC "Letters of Administration of the Goods and Chattels rights and credits of the said Edward Wilson the father were granted to Sarah Wilson on 2nd October 1837 out of the Prrrogative Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury." Lieut Edward Wilson, baptised Badsey 1793 son of Edward and Mary, buried Badsey 1837.
17 Oct 1857 Sarah WILSON Pershore Will Worc Signed will 28 April 1851 as widow of Pershore. Everything to daughters Emily and Matilda. Emily was executrix. Born about 1800 as Sarah Osborne, widow of Lieut Edward Wilson. Buried at Badsey.

See also:

Name index - Wilson entries
Research interests - Wilson entry
Seyne House chapter in Aldington and Badsey:Villages in the Vale. A Tapestry of Local History
Badsey Manor House


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