Note: Court case in Chancery involving the Penmynydd Charity

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NOTE: concerning the court case in Chancery involving the Penmynydd Charity (see no. 153 above). In 1631 Henry Jones of Bodsilin exhibited a Bill of Complaint in Chancery against Hugh Williams declaring that Lewis Owen had real estate worth £4000 in co.s Middlesex and Essex. His executrix, as regards his English property was his wife, Ellen Owen. Lewis Owen also owned real estate in Anglesey and Caernarfonshire worth £100 p.a. and his personal estate in Wales was valued at £1823. The executor for all his Welsh concerns was High Williams, who after paying legacies to various relatives was to pay the residue of the personal estate to Henry Jones, the testator's nephew. The legacies amounted to £693 so Henry Jones was entitled to £1143.

At the same time another suit was begun by Ellen Owen against Dr. White and others concerning the estates of Lewis Rogers and Lewis Owen. The court upheld a motion ordering Thomas Williams, son of Hugh Williams, to produce an account made by Lewis Owen of Roger's estate drawn up upon a petition to the Court of Orphans 6 weeks before Lewis Owen's death. The cause was finally heard Feb. 1632/3. The council on behalf of Williams alleged that Lewis Owen and his wife after his death had received £1800 belonging to Roger's estate which should therefore go to the almshouse at Penmynydd. In answer Counsel for Henry Jones alleged that Owen had bought a plot of land and built the almshouse which cost £300 and he had provided for the maintenance of the pensioners and the almshouse out of the impropriated rectory of Eglwys Rhos then leased for £100 p.a. Hugh Williams claimed that the Rectory was not worth £40 p.a. and therefore asked that Lewis Owen's estate might make good the will of Lewis Rogers. The court ordered that the whole estate of Lewis Rogers over and above his debts and legacies should go to the almshouse and that the almshouse should be provided for out of the estate of Lewis Owen.

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