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SWORN STATEMENT OF AFFIDAVIT
Explanation: If a person died intestate (without making a will), then the recipient or the beneficiary was required to make a sworn statement that they believed he/she died without making a will. The form used blank areas to be filled in by the deponent. The affidavit form is shown here, with blue being indicating the written portion.
Affidavit for Elizabeth Dew of Salthouse. Dated 1809.
Elizabeth Dew of Salthouse, in the County of Norfolk, widow, mentioned in the Administration annexed, Maketh oath and faith, that she verily believes Thomas Dew, late of Salthouse, aforesaid husbandman, and her late husband, deceased, died without any will being made by him made. That she will well and truly administer all the Goods, Rights, Chattels, and Credits, of the said deceased, which at or since his death have or shall come to the hands or possession of her, their deponent, by paying the debt of the said deceased as far as such Goods, Rights, and Chattels, and Credits will extend, and as by law…. Is bound that she will make and exhibit a true full plain and perfect inventory of all and singular the said Goods, Rights, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, and render a true and just account thereof, and she shall be thereunto lawfully called.
Sworn at Letheringsett March 16, 1809 .
Before me: John Burrell. Clk. Surrogate.
Following on from this affidavit the Administration Bond was made by Elizabeth Dew. The form is as shown below, with blue indicating the written portion.
Administration bond for Elizabeth Dew . 1809
Value of estate under 100 Pounds Stirling .
Know all men by these Presents, that we Elizabeth Dew of Salthouse in the County of Norfolk, widow, George Dew, of Salthouse, in the County of Norfolk, farmer and Francis Jeckle, of the parish of Letheringsett, in the County of Norfolk, Cordwainer, are bolden and firmly bound to the Worshipful Henry Bathurst, Clerk, Bachelor of Laws, official Principal of the Episcopal Consistorial Court of Norwich lawfully consitituted as the sum of One hundred and ninety pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid, to the said Henry Bathurst or his certain Attorney, Executors, Successors or assigns. To Which Payment, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves and each of us by himself, for the whole, our or each of our heirs, executors and Administrators, firmly by these presents sealed with our seals. Dated the sixteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and Nine.
The Condition of this obligation is such, that in the above bound, Elizabeth Dew, widow, relict …… and administress of all and singular the Goods, Rights, Credits and Chattels, of Thomas Dew, late of Salthouse, aforesaid husbandman and deceased intestate………. Do make or cause to be made, a true a perfect inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, which have, or shall come to the hands, possessions or knowledge of her the said Elizabeth Dew, or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, into the Registry of the Court kept for the Lord Bishop of Norwich, at or before the last day of June next ensuing; And the same Goods, Chattels and Credits and all other the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased at the time of his death, which at any time after shall come to the hands and possession of the said Elizabeth Dew, or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her do well and truly administer according to law; And further do make cause to be made a true account of her said Administration at or before the last day of March which shall be in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and Ten. ( If thereto lawfully called ), and all the rest and residue the said goods, administress's account, the same being first examined and allowed by the Judge or Judges' for the time being of the said Court;
Shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively as the said Judge or Judges' by his or their decree or sentence ( pursuant to the true intent and meaning of a late Act of Parliament, made in the two and three and twentieth years of the Reign of our Late Sovereign Lord King Charles 11, intituled [* as written] and Act for the better fettling of Intestate Estates), shall limit and appoint. And if it shall hereafter appear, that any last will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named did exhibit the same into the said Court, making request to have it allowed, and approved accordingly of the said Elizabeth Dew, being thereunto required, do render and deliver the said Letters of Administration ( Approbation of such Testament being first had and made), in the said Court - then this obligation to be void and of none effect, or else to remain in full force and Virtue.
Signed by Elizabeth Dew , George Dew , Francis Jeckell .
Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of John Burrell.