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Thomas Pestell of St Dorothy, Jamaica. Son of Rev. Thomas Pestell of Ravenstone and father of Hanbury Saunders Pestell. His uncle Beaumont Pestell and first cousin Alger Pestell were both based in Jamaica. Died between October 1731 and February 1731/2.
Thomas Pestell gentleman married Elizabeth Saunders in St Catherine, Jamaica, 05/06/1716. They had two children baptised in St Catherine: Elizabeth in 1717/18 and Hanson Thomas in 1720/21. Neither of these children are mentioned in Thomas's will so presumably they died young.
His father has an entry in Venn's Almuni Cantabrigienses: Admitted sizar at Queens' College in 1675. Of Leicestershire. Matriculated 1675, BA 1678/9. Rector of Ravenstone, Leicestershire, 1693. Died 16/10/1741 age 84. Son of William Pestell of Cole-Orton, Leicestershire, who was Rector of Ravenstone in 1667 and died in January 1695/6.
See transcriptions of the wills of Thomas, Beaumont and Alger Pestell.
Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].
Ancestry.com, Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database online].
We are grateful to Kenneth Pestell for providing us with his transcription of the will of Thomas Pestell.
Elizabeth, Hanson Thomas, Hanbury Saunders
Transcript of the Will of Thomas Pestell of Jamaica
In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Pestell of the parish of St Dorothy in the said Island Esq. being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved sister Sarah Pestell of the Kingdom of Great Britain the sume of five hundred pounds current money of Jamaica so soon as it is possible for my Estate to raise such and produce that sume and until that sume be paid to her I give and bequeath unto her my said sister the sume of tenn pounds sterling money of Great Britain yearly and every year without any deduction whatever Item all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate both real and personal whatever and wheresoever in Jamaica or elsewhere I give devise and bequeath to my beloved son Hanbury Saunders Pestell and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten and in case of his death without such issue I give devise and bequeath the same to my loving cozen Alger Pestell of the parish of St Catherines Esquire and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten and in case of his death without such heirs male of his body lawfully begotten then I give devise and bequeath all my said Estate real and personall unto my brother William Pestell son of my honoured father The Reverend Thomas Pestell of Ravenstone in the County of Derby in the Kingdom of Great Britain and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten and for want of such issue then to any other brother that shall be living at the time of my decease and the heirs male of his or their body lawfully begotten and in case all my brothers happen to dye without heirs male of their body lawfully begotten then to my right heirs male for ever Item I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said cozen Alger Pestell and my good friend Andrew Arcedeckne both of the parish of St Catherines Esquires and my good friend Edward Roe of the parish of Kingston Esquire Executors of this my last will and testament and guardians of the body and Estate of my said son Hanbury Saunders Pestell until he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years lastly I do hereby revoke disannull and make void all other will or wills by me heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of October in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty one Thos. Pestell (sd)
Signed sealed published and declared by the within named
Thomas Pestell to be his last will and testament in the
presence of us and by us signed in the presence of the said
Testator the several razures and interlineations being first
Memd. This Eighth day of February 1731 Personally came and appeared before me James Lynch and made oath upon the Holy Evangelists that he was present and did see Thomas Pestell Esq the Testator within mentioned being then of sound mind and memory sign seal and publish and declare the within written instrument to be his last will and Testament and that at the same time Theophilact Blechynden and Elizabeth Matthews were also present and together with him subscribed their names as witnesses to the same in the presence of the said Testator and further that he knows nothing of any other will since made by the said Testator which may tend to the disadvantage of the will within written Ro: Hunter
Transcribed from the court record held in the Island Record Office of Jamaica, No. RGO/SP Tw Liber 18 Fol.155
Kenneth Pestell 2012
Nephew → Uncle
Father → Son
Husband → Wife