Stone Merchant and Brickmaker
George Maidment was born around 1750. He was a quarryman and stone supplier and a brickmaker. He was listed in the Churchwardens' Accounts for the years 1807, 1813 and 1816 for supplying stone to St John's church.
In the first decade or two of the nineteenth century George Maidment was associated with two parcels of land on the corner between Preston Road and Ilchester Road. This land would later become the site of the Fiveways Hospital and the plot of land to its north on which, at its eastern end, lay Primrose Cottages.
George Maidment was married to Ann and they had a daughter Mary. Mary was married to Henry Longman on 10 April 1814 at Yeovil. Henry Longman was also a brickmaker and most likely worked for his father-in-law George. In his will George left his business to Henry " I give devise and bequeath unto the said Henry Longman the Good will of my Business".
A bill for monies due from George Bragg Prowse, dated 14 November 1820, payable to George Maidment "for breeks" exists. This may have been after George's death since his will (see below) was written on 1 September 1820 and proved on 30 January 1821.
I George Maidment of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Brickmake[r] being of sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding do make publish and declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I give devise and bequeath unto my Wife Ann all my Real Estates and also all my Household Goods and Furniture whatsoever to hold to her and her assigns for and during the term of her natural Life if she shall so long continue my Widow and from and after her decease or Marriage I give devise and bequeath the same onto my two friends John Critchell of Yeovil aforesaid Builder and Thomas Lintern of the same place Innkeeper to hold to them their Heirs and Assigns In Trust to pay the Rents and Profits of my Real Estate unto my Daughter Mary the wife of Henry Longman for and during the Term of her natural Life whose Receipt notwithstanding her [Covecture ?] shall be a sufficient Discharge for the same and from and after her Decease in trust to pay the Rents and Profits thereof unto the said Henry Longman for and during the term of his natural Life and from and after the Decease of the Survivor of them the said Henry Longman and Mary his Wife I give devise and bequeath the same onto my Grandson George Maidment Longman his Heirs and Assigns for ever I give devise and bequeath unto the said Henry Longman the Good will of my Business All the Rest and Residue of my Personal Estate I give devise and bequeath unto my said Wife Ann whom I hereby appoint Executrix of this my Will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 1st day of September 1820 - The Mark X George Maidment [seal] signed sealed published and declared by the said George Maidment as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto - Edwin Tomkins - Joseph Longman - Thomas Cole
The will was proved on 30 January 1821.