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     John's origins aren't yet known. His marriage record has yet to be confirmed, but he was soon in Haddiscoe and had children baptized there and at Stoven. The move to Stoven was in 1765, given when and where his sons Robert and Thomas were baptized. His will mentions property in Stoven, Brampton and Lowestoft, the latter being where he lived by the time he wrote his will in 1805. The Ipswich Journal has a notice in the 25 September 1802 issue advertising an estate sale, naming John Gooch of Stoven, "who is retiring from business." This is likely when the move to Lowestoft happened, perhaps wanting to retire to a place by or near the sea.
     In his will John ordered his real estate to be sold and the profits added to his personal estate. Executors were his son John and son-in-law Martin Button, and they were to receive £800 to create a £40 annuity free of taxes (which were to be paid out the personal estate) for John, Sr.'s, son Horace to be given to him the first Monday of every month at the porch of the church at Gisleham. Otherwise he gave one-fifth parts of his estate to children John, Thomas and Louisa Ann Button. Two-fifths were to be invested by John and Martin Button and the proceeds to go equally to John, Sr.'s, son Robert and daughter Elizabeth, wife of Francis Balls. Another £300 was to be invested by the executors for Elizabeth. John, Jr., died before his father, prompting a codicil that gave sole executorship to Martin Button and the bequest for Horace arranged differently. John is probably the "John Gooch, gent." buried in Stoven churchyard, age 82.



This is John's will, with some punctuation and paragraphing added to make the obtuse and very long-running sentences more readable.

This is the last will and testament of me, John Gooch of Lowestoft in the Cunty of Suffolk, gentleman. ffirst I appoint John Gooch, my eldest son, and Martin Button, my son in law, exers of this my will, and I so hereby authorize and direct them my said exers or the survivor of them his exers or admers as soon as conveniently can be after my decease to make sale and dispose of all and singular my messauges or tenements, ffarms, lands and heredits whatsoever both freehold and copyhold situate lying and being in Stoven, Brampton and Lowestoft or elsewhere in Suffolk with their and every of their rights, members and appurts in such a manner as they shall think proper for the best price or prices that can conveniently be obtained for the same and to convey the said heredits and premises respectively with the appurts. to the respective purchasers thereof by such mode or modes of conveyance as shall be thought proper and expedient and to receive and take the purchase monies for which the same premises shall be respectively sold and also the rents and profits thereof until sale and conveyance thereof and to give full and sufficient receipts and discharges for the same purchase moneys and rents respectively.

And I do hereby declare that the respective purchasers or tenants of the aforesaid heredits and premises shall not after their respective purchase monies or rents shall be so paid and such receipts given as aforesaid be any ways answerable or accountable for the misapplication or nonapplication thereof to any person or persons whatsoever, and the monies arising from such sale or sales and also the rents and profits thereof up to the sale and conveyance of the said heredits respectively I direct shall be considered as part of my personal estate and be disposed of as hereinafter is mentioned.

And I do hereby direct my said exers as soon after my decease as conveniently may be to pay all my just debts and ffuneral and testamentary expenses with and out of my personal estate.

Also I do hereby give and bequeath to the said John Gooch and Martin Button their exers. and admers. the sum of eight hundred pounds to be raised by them out of my personal estate immediately after my decease upon the trusts hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivor of them his exers. or admers. shall and do forthwith place out the said sum of eight hundred pounds at interest on such good security as they shall approve of and with and out of the interest and produce thereof pay to Horace Gooch, my son, an annuity of fforty pounds during his life by twelve monthly payments on the first Monday in every month in the church porch of the parish of Gisleham, and the first payment thereof to be made on the first Monday of the month next after my decease.

And I do hereby direct that the said annuity of forty pounds shall be free and clear from all taxes and deductions and that the property tax and all other charges and impositions payable in respect thereof shall be paid and discharged with and out of my personal estate and I do hereby declare that the said annuity so given to my said son Horace shall not be liable to be sold or disposed by him and that they my said trustees shall not be compellable to pay the same except into the proper hands of the said Horace Gooch, and from and after the decease of the said Horace Gooch I do hereby give and bequeath the said sum of eight hundred pounds together with such part of the interest thereof as shall then remain unpaid to him unto all such children of the said Horace Gooch lawfully begotten as he shall have at the time of his decease and to the children of such as may then be dead to be paid to and equally divided amongst them share and share alike (such grandchildren taking only the shares which their respective ffathers or mothers would have been entitled to if living) within six months next after the said Horace Goochs decease or when as they severally shall attain their ages of twenty one years which shall last happen, and in case the said Horace my son shall die without having any children by him lawfully begotten or bearing such all shall happen to die before their respective shares of the said sum of eight hundred pounds shall become payable then I direct that the same shall [?] into the residue of my personal estate and be subject to the dispostion thereof hereinafter mentioned.

Also I do hereby give and bequeath to the said John Gooch and Martin Button their exers. and admers. the sum of three hundred pounds upon the trust hereinafter mentioned and as to all the rest residue and remainder of all my monies, securities for money stock in the public ffunds, household goods, furniture, plate, linen, china, effects and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever after payment of all my just debts ffuneral and testamentary expenses and a fair and reasonable compensation to my said exers for their loss of time trouble and expenses in and about the exen. of this my will (which I do hereby authorize and direct them to deduct and retain for them for themselves), I do hereby give bequeath and dispose thereof as follows (that is to say):

I do here by give and bequeath to the said John Gooch my son one fifth part thereof to Thomas Gooch my son one other fifth part thereof and to Louisa Ann Button my daur. the wife of the said Martin Button one other fifth part thereof.

And I do give and bequeath the remaining two fifth parts thereof unto the said John Gooch my son and Martin Button their exers. and admers. upon the trusts and for the interests and purposes hereinafter mentioned concerning the same respectively (that is to say) upon trust as to one of the said fifth parts that they my said trustees or the survivor of them his exers. or admers. shall and do as soon as conveniently can be, invest or place out the same at interest upon government or other good security and shall and do receive and take the interest dividends and proceeds thereof as and when the same shall become due and payable and pay the same over to Robert Gooch my son during his life by equal half yearly payments on the eleventh day of October and sixth day of April in every year or within twenty days afterwards to and for his own use and benefit, and immediately and after the decease of the said Robert Gooch my son then upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivor of them his exers. or admers. shall and do pay the said fifth part or share of the residue of my said personal estate unto all such children of the said Robert Gooch as shall be living at the time of his decease and to the children of such as shall then be dead to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike (the children of such as shall be then dead to take only the shares which their respective ffathers or mothers would have been entitled to if living) and to be paid to them when and as they shall severally attain their respective ages of twenty one years or within six months next after the said Robert Gooch's decease which shall last happen, and if any of them shall die before their said legacies shall become payable the shares of such of them so dying to be paid to and divided amongst the survivors together and like manner with their original legacies, and in case the said Robert Gooch shall die without having any children or grandchildren or having such all of them shall die before their said legacies shall become payable as aforesaid then upon trust to pay the said fifth part or share of the residue of my said personal estate unto and amongst the said John Gooch, Thomas Gooch, Louisa Ann Button and my daur. Elizabeth, the wife of ffrancis Balls, or their respective legal representatives, share and share alike within three months next after the decease of the said Robert Gooch without issue as aforesaid or after the decease of the survivor or his children or grandchildren before his or her legacies shall become payable which shall last happen.

And I do hereby declare that the remaining fifth part or share of the residue of my said personal estate and effects and also the aforesaid legacy or sum of three hundred pounds are so given and bequeathed to the said John Gooch and Martin Button upon trust that they or the survivor of them his exers. or admers. shall and do as soon as conveniently may be place out the same at the interest upon government or other good security and from time to time call in and again place out the same in the manner when and as often as they or he shall think necessary during the joint natural lives of the said Elizabeth Balls, my daur., and of the said ffrancis Balls her husband, and also shall and do from time to time receive the dividends interest and produce thereof when and as the same shall become due and payable and pay the same to the said Elizabeth my daur. within one month next after the same shall so from time to time be received to and for her own sole separate and peculiar use.

And I do declare that the receipt of the said Elizabeth, my daur., under her own hand only shall (notwithstanding her coveture) be good and sufficient discharges? to my said exers. for so much of such dividends or interest money as shall be hereby expressed to be recorded, and in case the said ffranis Balls shall happen to die in the life time of the said Elizabeth, his wife, then upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivor of them his exers. or admers. shall and do pay the said fifth part or share of the said residue or surplus and also the said legacy or sum of three hundred pounds together with all interest then due thereon respectively unto the said Elizabeth my daur. to and for her own use and benefit within three calendar months next after the decease of the said ffrancis Balls, but in case the said Elizabeth, my daur., shall die in the life time of the said ffrancis Balls then upon trust to pay the aforesaid fifth part or share of the said residue or surplus and also the said legacy or sum of three hundred pounds together with all the accruing dividends and interest due thereon unto them the said John Gooch, Thomas Gooch Senior, Ann Button and Robert Gooch or their respective legal representatives share and share alike within six months next after the decease of the said Elizabeth Balls.

And I do hereby declare that all such sum or sums of money as I have already lent or advanced or shall at any time hereafer lend or advance to any of them my said sons and for which I have taken or shall take any promissory note, accountable receipt or other surety shall be derived and considered as part of my personal estate and shall be paid by them my said sons respectively to my said exers. within twelve calender months next after my decease.

Also I do hereby authorize and empower them the said John Gooch and Martin Button my exers. and trustees and the survivor of them his exers. or admers. from time to time to place out at interest any money to which any infants shall or may become entitled by virtue of this my will upon such security and in such manner as is hereinbefore mentioned concerning the said Elizabeth Ball's legacy during the minority of such infants respectively and from time to time to pay, lay out and apply all or any part of the interest or dividends among thereupon to or for the maintenance, cloaking, education and bringing up of such infants respectively during their respective minorities.

And I do hereby declare that they my said exers. and trustees shall not be answerable or accountable for the acts or receipts of each other but each of them for his own acts and receipts only, nor shall they or either of them ? of their heirs, exers. or admers. be answerable or accountable for any more money than shall be actually received by them or come to their hands by virtue of this my will, nor for any loss or losses which shall or may happen or be sustained by placing any money out at interest in pursuance hereof or in lodging or depositing the same in the hands of any banker or other person for safe custody (unless such loss shall be occasioned by their or his willful neglect or default)

And lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills by me made and do declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said John Gooch the testator to this my said last will and testament contained in six sheets of paper (affixed together at the tops) have to the first five sheets thereof set my hand and have set my hand and seal to this last sheet thereof the thirteenth day of June in the year of our Lord 1805.

Jno. Gooch Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testator on and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto

Robert Edmonds
Joseph Denny
Jas. Barrett

This is a codicil to the will of me, John Gooch of Lowestoft in the County of Suffolk, gentleman, which will bears date the thirteenth day of June 1805. Whereas I have by my said will given to my exers. therein named the sum of eight hundred pounds upon trust to place the same out at interest and with and out of the interest and produce thereof to pay to Horace Gooch my son an annuity of fforty pounds during his life by twelve months payments as therein mentioned.

And whereas since the date of exen. of my said will John Gooch my son and one of the exers. and trustees named in my said will hath departed this life and whereas I am desirous of making some further provision for the said Horace Gooch my son, now I do hereby revoke and make void the said bequest of eight hundred pounds so made by my said will to my said exers. upon trust as aforesaid and in lieu thereof do give to my son in law Martin Button (whom I do hereby nominate and appoint the sole exer. of my said will and of this my codicil) such sum of money as shall be equal in amount to one sixth part of the residue and surplus of all my monies, securities for money stock in the public ffunds, household goods, furniture, plate, linen, china, effects and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever after payment of all my just debts, ffuneral and testamentary expenses the legacies given and bequeathed in and by my said will and by this my codicil and all charges and expenses attending the exen. of the same upon trust to place the same out at interest in manner in my said will expressed concerning the said sum of eight hundred pounds and to pay all the interest and produce thereof to the said Horace my son during his life by two half yearly payments at such and the like times and in such and the like the manner in every respect as in my said will is mentioned and expressed concerning the legacy or share of my personal estate thereby given and bequeathed to my exers. therein named in trust for the benefit of Robert Gooch my son.

And from and after the decease of the said Horace Gooch I do hereby give, bequeath and dispose of the said sixth part of the said residue of my said personal estate together with such part of the interest thereof as shall then remain unpaid unto such and the same persons and in such and the same manner in every respect as in my said will is expressed concerning the said sum of eight hundred pounds, and it is my will and I do hereby declare that the share of my personal estate in and by my said will given and bequeathed to the said John Gooch my son and all and every sum and sums of money thereby given to him for his own use or which might upon any contingency therein mentioned have come to him by virtue thereof shall be paid to and equally divided amongst all his nine children share and share alike to whom I do give and bequeath the sum accordingly and direct that their respective shares thereof shall be paid to them respectively as and when they shall respectively attain their ages of twenty one years or as to such sums? the payment whereof may depend upon any contingency at such period after such contingency shall or may happen as in my said will is mentioned for payment thereof to my said son which shall last happen with the like benefit of survivorship in any respect as in my said will is expressed concerning the legacies of any of the infant legatees therein mentioned.

And I do hereby give and bequeath unto the said Horace my son an equal part of share with my other children of and in all such legacies or shares of my said personal estate as may become due and payable to them respectively by virtue of my said will in consequence of the death of the said Robert Gooch, my son, and Elizabeth Balls, my daur., or either of them under the circumstances and contingencies therein mentioned.

And I do hereby confirm the appointment of the said Martin Button as trustee for sale of the ? in my said will mentioned and for facilitating the sale thereof do hereby give and devise to him the said Martin Button all the ffreehold and charterhold parts of the estates and premises in and by my said will directs to be sold with their appurts. to hold the same to the said Martin Button his heirs and assigns for ever upon such and the same trusts and to and for such and the same uses, intents and purposes as in my said will are particularly mentioned and expressed of and concerning the same.

And in all other respects I do confirm my said will in witness whereof to this codicil (which I direct to be taken and considered as part of my said will) I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of June in the year of our Lord 1809

Jno Gooch

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said testator on and for his codicil in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto

Rt. Crabtree
Thomas Holmes
Rt. Foreman

Proved at London with a codicil 8th October 1810 before the judge by the oath of Martin Button the sole exer. named in the codicil being sworn by ? duly to adminster.




"se'ennight" refers to a week (seven nights)


children of John and Honor/Honour (Tunmore/Tunmer) Gooch:

i. Elizabeth, bap. 8 October 1752, Haddiscoe, Suffolk, m. Francis Balls, 20 October 1789, Weston, Suffolk
ii. Honour, bap. 20 May 1754, Haddsicoe, d. 27 December 1754
iii. John, bap. 28 December 1755, Haddiscoe, d. 15 January 1756
iv. John, bap. 28 December 1756, Haddiscoe
v. Jane, bap. 7 August 1757, Haddiscoe, d. 2 January 1759
vi. Jane, bap. 20 April 1760, Haddiscoe, d. 10 September 1760
vii. Jane, bap. 30 August 1761, Haddiscoe, m. John Adams?, 10 July 1789, Flixton, Suffolk (not in will)
viii. Robert, bap. 12 December 1764, Haddiscoe
ix. Thomas Gooch, b. 24 December 1765, bap. 22 January 1766, Stoven, Suffolk
x. Horace, bap. 16 November 1767, Stoven
xi. Louisa Ann, bap. 4 June 1769, Stoven, m. Martin Button, 19 October 1788, Stoven






vital records sources: John was surely the man who has a gravestone in Stoven ("John Gooch, gent., d. 20 July 1810, age 82"). His death was reported in The Ipswich Journal, image above, issue of 28 July 1810. He was also surely the John who married Honour Tunmore, the record of which is found in the Haddiscoe parish records and transcribed for the Mormon IGI.

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