Facts and Events
John Allam's origins are unknown. His first confirmed sighting is when he married on 27th August 1787 at Heckington in Lincolnshire. If the age quoted at his death is correct then John was about 28 years old when he married. His wife was Mary Matthews, who appears to have been quite a bit older than him; she was probably about 41 when they married. At the time of their marriage John was described as living in the neighbouring parish of Great Hale, which is where he and Mary settled. They had a daughter named Ann in 1788 at Great Hale. Ann's baptism describes John as a carpenter. Ann was the couple's only child.
Mary died aged 58, being buried at Heckington on 24th August 1804. They had been married for nearly seventeen years, and their daughter Ann was nearly sixteen years old when Mary died. The following year, John acted as witness to Ann's marriage to a carpenter named Luke Ward. Ann and Luke would go on to have several children.
On 21st September 1808, aged about 49, John married a widow named Sarah Burkes. She appears to have been substantially older than him too, probably being about 68 when they married. John's son-in-law Luke Ward was one of the witnesses to this second marriage.
In about 1811 John became deacon of the Baptist Church at Heckington, which position he held for the rest of his life. It is notable that many of his grandchildren were not baptised as infants, suggesting that his daughter and her husband were also Baptists.
John's second wife Sarah was buried at Great Hale on 17th September 1823. She was said to be 83 years old. She and John had been married for nearly fifteen years. John outlived Sarah by seventeen years.
On 4th August 1835 John wrote his will. It is clear from his will that he owned several houses and other buildings in Great Hale, including a windmill, although his property was subject to a mortgage of £300. His estate was left to his only daughter Ann and her husband Luke Ward for their lifetime, after which it was to be split between John's grandchildren. He made particular bequests to each grandchild, and even named one of his great grandchildren, his granddaughter Elizabeth Ward's daughter Elizabeth Turner Ward, who was less than two years old when John wrote his will.
John died at Great Hale on 18th January 1841. He was said to be 81 years old.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
|Registration District Sleaford|
|1841 DEATH in the Sub-district of Heckington in the County of Lincoln|
|No.||When and where died||Name and surname||Sex||Age||Occupation||Cause of death||Signature, description and residence of informant||When registered||Signature of registrar|
|266||Eighteenth of January 1841|
|John Allam||Male||81 years [1759/60]||Carpenter||Disease of the Bladder||John Ward|
his X Mark
present at the Death
|Twentieth of January 1841||William Gibbs|
- Lincs to the Past, LCC wills 1841/3, 3 Jun 1841, Primary quality.
Will & Codicil
Chr. Dispd. p Messrs Bromehead Proctors
The last Will and Testament of Me John Allam of Great Hale in the County of Lincoln Carpenter in manner following that is to say First I Give and Devise unto my Daughter Ann Ward and her Husband Luke Ward All and every my Messuages Tenements or Dwelling Houses Wind Corn Mill with all such buildings yards Gardens Land Estate and Premises whatsoever situate lying and being in the Parish of Great Hale aforesaid To Hold to them my said Daughter Ann Ward and her said Husband Luke Ward for and during the Term of their joint natural Lives and the natural life of the Survivor of them And from and immediately after the Decease of my said Daughter and her Husband I Give and Devise All and every my said Estates as aforesaid unto Edward Thompson Dawson of Great Hale aforesaid William George Dawson of Great Hale aforesaid and Thomas Godley of Great Hale aforesaid Farmers their Heirs and Assigns upon Trust that they the said Edward Thompson Dawson William George Dawson and Thomas Godley shall divide my said Estates amongst my Grand Children as follows namely I Give and Devise to my Grand Daughter Mary the Wife of John Housley All that Messuage or Dwelling House in which they now live with the Wind Corn Mill Bakehouse Granary and two Pig Styes adjoining each other and the Garden from the House to the Mill and the Mill Yard and also the small Garden on the East side the said Dwelling House to the foot Path to Hold to her my said Grand Daughter Mary Housley Her Heirs and Assigns for ever subject and chargeable with the Payment of Two Hundred Pounds which I order and direct my said Trustees to receive and pay in discharge of a part of the Mortgage secured upon the whole of my Estates I Give and Devise unto my Grandson William Ward all that Messuage or Tenement now in the occupation of Thomas Ward with the Garden adjoining thereto and one Pig Sty adjoining the others before devised to my Daughter Mary Housely To Hold to him my said Grandson William Ward his Heirs and Assigns for ever Also I Give and Devise unto my Grand Daughter Rebecca Ward all that Messuage or Tenement now in the occupation of Charles Hazle and also one Moiety or half part of the Garden from the Mill road to Mr William Everards Walls which said Moiety or half part of the said Garden is to be on the South side thereof To Hold to her my said Grand Daughter Rebecca Ward her Heirs and Assigns for ever Also I Give and Devise unto my Grand Daughter Hannah Ward All that Messuage or Tenement now in the occupation of Thomas Lunn and also one Moiety or half part of the Garden from the Mill Road to Mr William Everards Wall which said Moiety or half part of the said Garden is to be on the North side thereof and adjoining the Church Wall To hold to her my said Grand Daughter Hannah Ward he [sic] Heirs and assigns for ever and I do order and direct that the road to the Mill at the West end of the Gardens devised to my Grand Daughter Rebecca and Hannah Ward shall continue to be a road to and from the said Mill and for all their respective uses belonging the said premises Also the Pump and Well now standing upon the Premises before Devised to My said Grand Daughter Mary Houseley to be for the use of all my said Grand Children adjoining that Estate. Also I Give and Devise unto my Grand Daughter Elizabeth Ward All that Messuage or Tenement Garden and Premises thereto belonging situate at Great Hale aforesaid and in the occupation of Thomas Clarricoats To hold to her my said Grand Daughter Elizabeth Ward During the Term of Her natural life and at her Decease to Her Daughter Elizabeth Turner Ward her Heirs and assigns for ever but in case she happen to have more Children lawfully begotten then the said Estate to be shared equally amongst them share and share alike Also I Give and Devise to my Grand Daughter Ann Ward All that Messuage or Tenement Garden and Premises thereto belonging situate at Great Hale aforesaid in the Occupation of John Winting To Hold to her my said Grand Daughter Ann Ward her Heirs and assigns for ever Also I Give and Devise unto my Grand Daughter Sarah Ward All that Messuage or Tenement Garden and Premises thereto belonging situate at Great Hale aforesaid and in the Occupation of James Hazle To Hold to her my said Grand Daughter Sarah Ward her Heirs and Assigns for ever Also I Give and Devise unto my Grand Daughter Martha Ward All that Messuage or Tenement Garden and Premises thereto belonging situate at Great Hale aforesaid and in the occupation of Thomas Redford To Hold to her my said Grand Daughter Martha Ward her Heirs and assigns for ever Also I Give and Devise unto my Grand Daughter Catharine Ward All that Messuage or Tenement Garden and Premises thereto belonging situate in Great Hale aforesaid and in the occupation of William Ward And also a Piece of Garden Ground nine yards wide from North to South running across the South Ends of the other Gardens To Hold to her my said Grand Daughter Catharine Ward her Heirs and Assigns for ever Also I Give and Devise unto my Grandsons Luke Ward and Edward Ward All that Messuage or Dwelling House Carpenters Shop Barn Stable Woodshades Outbuildings Yards Gardens Lands and Premises whatsoever undisposed of by this my Will To hold to them my said Grandsons Luke Ward and Edward Ward their Heirs and Assigns for ever jointly share and share alike subject and chargeable with the Payment of One Hundred Pounds which I order and direct my said Trustee to receive and pay in discharge of the remaining part of the Mortgage secured upon the whole of my Estates And also subject and chargeable with the payment of Five Pounds a year which I Give and Bequeath unto my Grandson John Ward to be paid to him to him by Luke and Edward Ward yearly and every year during the Term of his natural life and to be paid by equally enstalments either weekly or Monthly as parties can agree. And if any of my above named Grandchildren die without lawful Heirs before they attain their respective ages of Twenty one Years then the share of him her or them so dying my said Trustees shall equally divide amongst the Survivor or Survivors of them share and share alike Lastly All the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Personal Estate and Effects of what nature and kind soever and wheresoever subject to the payment of all my just Debts Funerall and Testamentary Expences I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Ward and her Husband Luke Ward whom I make and apoint Executor and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament Revoking and making void all and every other Will or Wills by my at any time heretofore made declaring this only to be my last In Witness whereof I the said John Allam to this my last Will and Testament contained in three Sheets of Paper to the first Two Sheets thereof have set my Hand and to this third and last Sheet thereof my Hand and Seal this Fourth Day of August One thousand eight Hundred and thirty five.
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Testator John Allam as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto
In Adition to What is devised and Willed to John Ward my Grandson In the Will I whish to Give to Each of His Children Leet there be as Maney as there may be at his death Five pounds to Each of them Leet There be as maney as there is to be paid to Each of them when they arive at the Age of twenty one years or at the death of their Father John Ward to be paid out of the part alotted in the Will to Luke and Edward Ward and that this be of the same and power as the other part of the Will Witness my hand this 11th day of February 1840
John Allam Witness
John Burks Michael Lowe
On the 20th Day of May in the Year of our Lord 1841 Ann Ward & her Husband Luke Ward the Executrix & Executor within named, were duly sworn and at the same time made Oath that the whole of the Personal Estate and Effects of the Deceased at the time of his death did not amount in Value to the sum of twenty pounds.
The Testator died 18 day of January 1841.
Before me Richard Yerburgh Surrogate.
Probate dated 3rd June 1841
- The Poll Book for the Election of Two Members to Represent in Parliament the Southern Division of Lincolnshire (Sleaford, July 1841).
Page 8 lists John Allam as one of the electors of Great Hale, being qualified as a freeholder of land. He is not recorded as having voted in the 1841 election.
- Two possible baptisms have been found for John, both at the tiny village of Howell, the other side of Heckington, one on 1 Jul 1764 son of William and Mary, and the other on 17 May 1760 for a John son of John and Hannah Hallom. Further work necessary.
- Stamford Mercury, Friday 29 January 1841
At Great Hale, on the 20th inst., Mr. John Allam, aged 80. He was for 30 years Deacon of the Baptist Church at Heckington.