A Century of Wills from Jane Austens Family, 1705-1806
With introductions by Jon Spence
About this book
The Jane Austen Society of Australia is making available in print for the first time fifteen fascinating documents that are our primary sources of information about Jane Austens forebears and their interconnections. The wills are meticulously transcribed, while retaining the original spelling. An introduction to each document facilitates the readers understanding of the testators and their principal heirs, and an index is provided for easy cross-reference. Two pedigrees, one of Austens paternal line and the other of her maternal line, are provided to show the testators and their heirs and their familial relationships to Jane Austen.
These wills are the public record of the more intimate, half-hidden dramas of the families that converged to create the social and economic inheritance of Jane Austens nuclear family, the Austens of Steventon.
The following wills make up this collection: John Austen, William Austen, Stephen Austen, Cope Freeman, John Cope Freeman, Philadelphia (Austen) Hancock; Theophilus Leigh, John Walker, James Perrott, Henry Perrot, Thomas Perrot, Ann Perrot, Thomas Leigh, Jane (Walker) Leigh, and the Hon. Mary Leigh.
About the author
Jon Spence was until recently Professor of English Literature at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. He has published essays in various scholarly journals on Jane Austen and other British and American fiction writers. For the introductions to the individual Wills in this collection, he has drawn on his research into Jane Austen's family for a biography of Jane Austen.
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23 May 2008