Will of Jane Buckner, widow of St Margaret Westminster, Middlesex, England, 1757 - (Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills, UK National Archives PROB 11/895/337)

Jane was the widow of John Buckner of St Margaret Westminster, who died around 1730. He was the brother of Anthony Buckner of the same parish. She was born Jane Charles, probably the Jane Charles daughter of Nathaniel and Mary Charles who was baptized in St Margaret on 31 Oct 1706 (curiously, another Jane Charles was buried there on 7 Oct 1706, perhaps her namesake?). She married John Buckner there in 1725. Anthony and Mary Buckner either lived in the same house or nearby in Strutton Ground, which is why they appear in each other's wills. Anthony died in 1756, leaving everything to his wife Mary. Apparently, neither John and Jane Buckner or Anthony and Mary Buckner had children who survived to adulthood, though both couples had christenings of several children recorded in the parish registers.

Date of will 23 Mar 1757

Date of probate 31 Feb 1764

People named:

In the Name of God Amen

I Jane Buckner of the Parish of St Margaret Westminster
in the County of Middlesex Widow considering the Uncertainty
of this Mortal life and being of Sound and perfect Mind
Memory and Understanding Praised be Almighty God for the
Same Do make this my last will and Testament in manner
and form following. First I commmend my Soul to Almight
God hoping through the Merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ
to obtain Everlasting life And my Body I commit to the
Earth to be Decently Buried and that my funeral Charges be
in the First place fully paid and Satisfied Item I Give
and bequeath unto my Brother Nathaniel Charles Five
Pounds Item I Give and bequeath unto my Brother Richard
Charles Five Pounds Item I Give and bequeath unto my  
Niece Sarah Charles Five Pounds and all my Wearing Apparel
Item I Give and bequeath unto my Neice Jane Charles
One Shilling Item I Give and bequeath unto my Neice
Elizabeth Savin One Shilling Item I Give and bequeath
unto my Nephew Charles Kither Five pounds and incase
of the Decease of Death of any one or more of the above
named Legatees within tweelve Kalendar Months from or
after the Day of my Decease I Give and bequeath the Legacys
hereby Appointed to such deceased person or persons unto
my Dearly and well beloved Sister Mary Buckner Widow
and Relict of Anthony Buckner And Lastly also all the 
rest Residue and Remainder of my personal Estate Goods
and Chattels of what Kind or Nature soever I Give and
bequeath the same unto the above named my Dearly and
well beloved Sister Mary Buckner Widow whom also I Do
hereby Constitute and Appoint Sole Executrix of this my last
Will and Testament hereby revoking Dissannulling and
making Void all former Wills heretofore by me made
Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal
this Twenty third day of March in the Thirtieth Year of the
Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace
of God Great Britain France and Ireland Kimg
Defender of the Faith and so forth And in the year of our
Lord God One thousand Seven hundred and Fifty Seven
Jane Buckner Signed Sealed published and Delivered
the within named Jane Buckner to be her last Will and
Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed
our Names as Witnesses thereof in the Presence of the Testatrix
Rebecca Webb - E. Williams

This Will was proved at London the thirty
first Day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand
Seven hundred and Sixty four before the Worshipful William
Wynne Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful
Sir Edward Simpson Knight also Doctor of Laws Master
keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury