G.   Probate Papers in the Estate of Lieutenant John Shapcote of Stepney


Granted 20th July, 1790.




At a Court of Civil Judicature, held by the order of the Governor, at Sydney, in the County of Cumberland, in the Territory of New South Wales, this day 25 July, in the Year of Our Lord, 1790.


Present :  The Judge Advocate.  Revd. Richard Johnson.


Mr. John Peter Shapcote, came before them, and claimed Administration of the Effects of his late Father, Mr. John Shapcote, a Lieutenant in His Majesty’s Navy, who died on board the Neptune Transport, as Son, intestate.


And having taken the Oath annexed, and entered into the Bond, (with two Sureties) required by the Act of the 22 & 23rd of Cas. 2. Cap. 10 ---.  “Letters of Administration were accordingly granted him, and Saturday the 22nd Day of this Instant Month of July, appointed for him to appear, and bring in and exhibit an Assurance of his said Administration.


Cumberland, to wit -


I Peter John Shapcote, do make Oath that I am the Eldest Son of the late Mr. John Shapcote, deceased, and to the best of my Belief, intestate, and next of Kin to the deceased, and that I will well and truly administer all the Goods of the deceased Mr. John Shapcote, and pay all his Debts, so far as his Goods will extend, that will exhibit a true, full and perfect Inventory of such Goods, and that I will render a true Account of my Administration unto the Court from whence the Administration issues, whenever I may be lawfully required to do so.


Sworn before the Civil Court of Jurisdiction this twentieth Day of July, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand, seven hundred and ninety, and in the Thirtieth Year of His Majesty’s Reign.


David Collins - Judge-advocate

Richard Johnson.


An Account of the Sale, of the Effects of my Father, Mr. John Shapcote; Deceased -


KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I Peter John Shapcote of the parish of Stepany of the city of London, Gentleman am held and firmly bound to David Collins Esquire Judge Advocate of the Civil Court of Judicature on the Eastern Coast in New South Wales in the sum of Eighty Pounds Sterling to be paid to said David Collins Esquire, Judge Advocate, or to His certain Attorney.  His Executors Administrators, or Assigns for the true payment whereof I bind myself my Heirs, Executors and Administrators firmly by these presents, Sealed with my Seal Dated


this Twentieth Day of LORD GEORGE the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland Kind Defender of the faith etc And in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety.


The CONDITION of this Obligation is such That if the within Bounden Peter John Shapcote Administrator of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of John Shapcote Deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the Signds Pofsefsion or Knowledge of Him the said Peter John Shapcote or into the Hands and pofsefsion of any other person or persons for Him, and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be Exhibited into the Registry of the Civil Court of Judication at or before the Twenty-fourth day of this instant July AND the same Goods, Chattles and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattles and Credits of the said Deceased, at the time of His Death, which at any time after shall come to the hands of Pofsefsion of the said Peter John Shapcote or into the Hands and Pofsefsion of any other person or persons for Him, do well and Truly Administer according to Law, AND further do make or Cause to be made, a True and Just Account of his said Administration, on or before the Twenty-fourth of July, AND all the rest and residue of the said Goods, Chattles and Credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrator’s Account, the same being first Examined and allowed by the Judge or Judges for the Time being of the said Court, shall deliver and pay unto such Person or Persons respectively, as the said Judge or Judges by His or their Decree or Sentence pursuant to the True Intent and meaning of this Act shall limit and Appoint, AND it shall hereafter appear that any last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named do Exhibit the same into the said Court, making Request to ...allowed and approved Accordingly, if the said Peter John Shapcote within bounden, being thereunto required, to Render and Deliver the said Letter of Administration, approbation of such Testament being First had and made, in the said Court, Then this obligation to be staid and of none Effect, or Else to remain in full force and . . .


Sureties to the above.


John White        

P.M. Shapcote

John Palmer


Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of


David Collins, Judge-Advocate.


Richard Johnson  (N.B.)  There is not any Stamped Paper in the Colony.


Paid to Capt. Donald Trach of the Neptune on my Fathers account ... ... ... £13.2.9




Sworn to be a true Account, before me, at Sydney, New South Wales, this Twenty-sixth Day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety.


David Collins




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