John WORGAN (abt. 1738 - 1816)
John WORGAN was born in Woolaston, Gloucestershire, in about 1738, the second son of John and Margaret WORGAN. The details of his baptism in the Woolaston parish registers, as transcribed by www.forest-of-dean.net, are as follows...
Record ID 231948
Entry Number 10
Year 1739 [original records say 1738]
Parents Surname WORGAN
Child Forenames not stated
Fathers Forenames John
Mothers Forenames Margaret
Officiating Minister James Meredith Rector
Memoranda Old style date 1738/39
Register Reference P376 IN 1/2
Page Number 2
Parish Chapel Woolaston
...Although the child's Christian name was not stated, we know from the burial record that this was indeed John's baptism. Also, the Woolaston Village History Group have transcribed the parish records and have confirmed that John Worgan was baptised in 1738.
John was a farmer and may well have lived all of his life in the village of Woolaston, within the area known as the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. He might have lived with his brother, William, in a property known as the Burnt House. John wrote a will in 1816 shortly before he died leaving his land and possessions to his nephews and nieces, the children of his brother, Edward and sister, Margaret. John also added a codicil leaving property to his sister, Deborah, for the duration of her life. The will reads as follows...
This is the Last Will and Testament of me John Worgan of the Parish of Woolastone in the County of Gloucester ffarmer I will and divest? that all my just debts ffuneral expenses & Costs of proving this my Will be first paid I give devise all that Messuage outhouses ffarm lands & Premises called the Burnt house situate in the Parish of Woolastone aforesaid or such their right & Interest as I have therein whether in possession ………… remainder? or aportionary? unto my Nephew William Worgan his heirs & assigns forever I give & devise all those three? Messuages Tenements or Dwelling houses with their Outside? Appurts thereto & laying situate in Neverend in the said Parish of Woolastone now in the several occupations of Sarah ……… and others unto my Nephew James Pitcher his heirs & assigns for ever all my Messuages lands tenements Outside? Premisies situate in the Parish of Alvington & Tithing of Aylburton in the said County of Gloucester in the several occupations of John James & others I give & devise unto my Nephew John Pitcher his heirs & assigns for ever I also give & bequeath unto my said Nephew John Pitcher the Sum of ffour hundred Pounds all the ……. Residue & remainder of my Monies? Goods Stock Chattels & Effects of what nature or kind soever and wherever situate I give & bequeath unto my Nephews John Worgan Edward Worgan James Henry Worgan & my Nieces Mary Ann Eliza Peace Elizabeth & Caroline Worgan & to my Nephews Benjamin & William Pitcher & my Nieces Ann & Sarah Pitcher & Cecil Gunter in equal shares & proportions & I do hereby? nominate constitute & appoint my said Nephew John Pitcher Executor of this my Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 6th day of ffeby in the year of our lord 1816 the mark + of John Worgan. Signed Sealed Published & declared? by the said John Worgan as & for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence & at his request & in the presence of each other have
subscribed our names as Witnesses hereto. Arthur Pitcher. Willm Harris. Warren Silcocks.
This is a Codicil to be construed? as part & parcel of my said Will I give & devise my said three? Messuages Tenements or Dwelling houses situate in Neverend wither? mentioned unto my Sister Deborah Worgan for & during the time of her natural life & from? & after her decease I give & devise the same unto my said Nephew James Pitcher his heirs & assigns for ever In Witness whereof I hereto to this Codicil set my hand & Seal the day & year before written The mark of John Worgan. Signed by the said John Worgan as a Codicil to his said Will in the presence of us who in his presence & in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses. Arthur Pitcher. William Harris. Warren Silcocks.
Proved at London with a Codicil 29th April 1817 before the Judge by the oath of John Pitcher the Nephew & sole Exor to ……………. was granted being first sworn by ……….. duly to adminr.
...The witness, Arthur PITCHER, may possibly have been the brother of Benjamin PITCHER, the elder, who was the husband of John's sister, Margaret.
See the Biography page for William WORGAN (1736 - 1816), John's brother, for more details about the Burnt House and the local area.
John died in 1816 at the age of 78 between 6th and 12th February, within days of the death of his brother, William. The details of his burial were recorded in the Woolaston parish registers, as transcribed by www.forest-of-dean.net...
Age_at_death: 72 years [original records say 78 years]
Officiating_Minister: C Bryan
Register_Reference: P376 IN 1/9
The Woolaston Village History Group have confirmed that John's age at burial in 1816 was 78.
The Woolaston Churchyard Survey produced by the Woolaston Village History Group has recorded the following...
Top In memory of Ann Pitcher Spinster of this Parish who died August 14th 1843 aged 66 Years
North Dedicated To the Memory of JOHN WORGAN of this Parish ..Febr ... Also WILLIAM ...
South TO THE MEMORY of Deborah Worgan of this Parish who departed this Life the 13th Day of ... 1837 Aged 93 years.
...Some of the surviving altar tombs at Woolaston were once inside the church but are all in the churchyard these days, including the Worgan one. When the church was remodelled in the 19th century they were either rebuilt outside or dismantled.
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