yeovil people

george mayo

Landed Gentleman

 

George Mayo the elder was born in 1760, probably at Nether Compton, Dorset, a mile or two to the east of Yeovil. He had extensive land holdings in Nether Compton and at the time of his will (1821) he described himself as 'George Mayo the elder late of Nether Compton in the County of Dorset but now of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Gentleman'. His will, transcribed below, gives a good indication of his landholdings.

He had a sister Ann and a sister Christian and also married a Christian - Christian Ryall. George and Christian had three children; George Mayo the younger (1788-1852) who was baptised at Nether Compton on 29 October 1788 and would become an affluent glove manufacturer, daughter Christian Mayo (1791-1799) and another son John Ryall Mayo (1793-1870) who was to become the first mayor of Yeovil.

George Mayo died in Kingston, Yeovil on 21 March 1825 at the age of 65.

 

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This is the Last Will and Testament of me George Mayo the elder late of Nether Compton in the County of Dorset but now of Yeovil in the County of Somerset Gentleman I give and devise to my eldest son George Mayo the younger all that Messuage Tenement or Dwellinghouse with the [word illegible] and other Lands thereto belonging called by the name of [word illegible] situate lying and being in the parish of Nether Compton aforesaid which I purchased of Miss Elizabeth Macbraine and also all that Close of Arable Land called Tanvill situate lying and being in the said parish of Nether Compton which I purchased with the Lands and [word illegible] hereinafter devised to my Son John Ryall Mayo in fee of John Lethridge and ffrancis Dugdale Astley Esquires to hold the said Messuage Tenement or Dwellinghouse orchard Lands and [word illegible] unto and to the use of my said Son George Mayo the younger his heirs and assigns forever I give and bequeath to my said Son George Mayo the younger all that Close of Arable Land called Leitchill [?] containing by estimation three acres all that Close of Arable Land called Cony Soill containing by estimation one acre also all that piece or parcel of Arable Land called [word illegible] Acre or upping Stock containing by estimation one acre also all that Close or Parcel of Arable Land called *

* = margin note - ffoot of Quarry containing by estimation two acres also all that Close of Land called

[letter illegible]olly Land containing by estimation three acres also all that piece or parcel of Arable Land called Brimpton ffield containing by estimation one acre also all that piece or parcel of Arable Land called Windwhistle containing by estimation half an acre also all that Close of Meadow or Pasture Lands called Savage Close containing by estimation seven acres and also all that Close of Meadow or Pasture Land called Yarn Barton containing by estimation two acres also situate lying and being in the said parish of Nether Compton and which I purchased with other Lands hereinafter bequeathed to the said John Ryall Mayo of John [word illegible] Grafton Dare and Elizabeth Grafton Dare his Wife to hold the said last whence Closes Pieces or parcels of Land and promises unto my said Son George Mayo the younger his Exors admons and assigns for and during the rest residue and remainder of the term of two thousand years for which I am possessed of the same and for all other my Estate and Interest therein I give and devise to my said Son John Ryall Mayo all that Messuage Tenement or Dwellinghouse and all those Closes of Land and [word illegible] with their respective Appints [?] which [word illegible] of the said John Lethridge and ffrancis Dugdale Astley situate lying and being in Nether Compton aforesaid except a certain Close of Land called Gorole which I have lately sold and conveyed to Robert Goodden Esquire and except the said Close called Tanvill hereinbefore devised to my said Son George Mayo the younger containing by estimation thirty five acres be the same more or less to hold the last mentioned Messuage Tenement of Dwellinghouse Closes of Land and [word illegible] unto and to the use of the said John Ryall Mayo his heirs and assigns for ever I give and bequeath to my said Son John Ryall Mayo all that Close of Arable Land called Coombs Load containing by estimation seven acres all that Close of Arable Land called Loxley containing by estimation two acres and all that piece or parcel of Arable Land called Stub ffield containing by estimation two acres and all that piece or parcel of Arable Land in West ffield containing by estimation half an acre and all that piece or parcel of Arable Land in Ridgeway ffield containing by estimation a quarter of an acre also all those two Closes of Meadow Land called Great Gannock [?] containing by estimation *

* = margin note - three acres and Little Caswell containing by estimation

one acre and an half and all that Close of Meadow or Pasture Land called Long Hills containing by estimation four acres and also all that Close of Meadow or Pasture Land called Cuckoo Hill containing by estimation three acres being the Residue of the Lands purchased of the said John [word illegible] Grafton Dare and Elizabeth Grafton Dare his Wife to hold the last mentioned Closes pieces and parcels of Land and premises unto my said Son John Ryall Mayo his Executors admons and assigns for and during the rest residue and remainder of the said term of two thousand years for which I am possessed of the same as aforesaid and for all other my Estate and Interest therein I give and bequeath to my Wife Christian Mayo all my Household Goods plate linen China and Liquors of every description I give and bequeath to my said Sons George Mayo the younger and John Ryall Mayo all that my Estate ffarm Lands and Premises situate lying and being in the said Parish of Nether Compton or called Starling ffarm containing by estimation one hundred and thirty acres or be the same more or less and held by me for a term or for terms of years determined on lives to hold to my said Sons their Executors and Admons and assigns for all the rest residue and remainder of the term or terms of years Estate and Interest I have therein as Tenants in Common and not as joint tenants I also give and bequeath to my said Sons my Close of Arable Land called Loscombe containing by estimation nine acres to hold to them their executors admons and assigns for and during all the rest reside and remainder of my Estate [illegible words] as tenants in Common and not as joint tenants I give and bequeath to my Sisters Ann Russell and Christian [word illegible] and their Children the sum of five pounds each to buy them Mourning all the rest residue and remainder of my Real and Personal Estate Goods Chattels and effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give devise and bequeath to my said Sons George Mayo the younger and John Ryall Mayo to be equally divided between them as Tenants in Common and not as joint Tenants and their respective heirs Executors admons and assigns absolutely and I appoint my said Sons joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament and do revoke all others by me at any time heretofore made In Witness thereof I the said Testator George Mayo the elder have to this my will contained in three sheets of paper to the first two sheets thereof thereof subscribed my hand and to this third and last sheet have subscribed and set my Hand and Seal this tenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty one - George Mayo Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said testator George Mayo the elder 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 hereunto subscribed our own names [word illegible] HL White - GP Luke - Wm White

Proved at London 28th May 1825 before the Judge by the oaths of George Mayo and John Ryall Mayo the Sons the Execs to whom admon was granted having first sworn by [word illegible] duly to admin

 

Transcribed by Bob Osborn