My 3x great Uncle was James WEARNE, Pilot of Ryde, IOW
Newspaper Article, Hampshire Telegraph, Portsmouth, England, 20 nov 1852 (The Gale Group – 19th Century British Library Newspapers, Gale Newspaper Database)
FATAL ACCIDENT: On Friday evening, the 12th inst., whilst it was blowing a gale from the SE, the Ann and Eliza, No 22 pilot boat belonging to Ryde, put in and anchored in Lymington River. Mr. James Wearn, the pilot, afterwards attempted, with Henry Wearn, his nephew, to weigh the anchor and it is supposed that the breaking of the buoy rope caused the boat to overset and cast them into a watery grave. Wearn leaves and widow and family.
He died without a will so a Letter of Administration was filed naming his wife, Ann, as the administrator:
Know all Men by these presents that we Ann Wearn of Ryde in the Isle of Wight widow James Wearn of the same place Mariner and William Whittington of the same place Gentleman are held and firmly bound until Charles Richard by Divine permission Lord Bishop of Winchester in the sum of Two Hundred pounds of lawful British money to be made and levied of their respective Goods and Chattels lands and tenements to the use of the said Lord Bishop if the said Ann Wearn shall fail in the Condition hereunder written sealed with our seals and dated this Eighth day of December one thousand eight hundred and fifty two.
The Condition of this obligation is such that if the above ? Ann Wearn administratrix of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of James Wearn deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased which have or shall come the the ? possession or knowledge of her the said Ann Wearn or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the registry of the court of the said lord Bishop at or before the last day of June next coming and the same Goods Chattels and Credits and all other the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come the hands or possession of the said Ann Wearn or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her do well and truly administer according to law, and further do make or cause to be made a true and just account of her said administrative at or before the last day of December next coming and all the rest and residue of the said Goods Chattels and Credits which shall be found remaining upon the said administratix’s account the same being first examined and allowed of by the Judge or Judges for the time being of the said Court shall deliver and pay until such person or persons respectively as the said Judge or Judges by his or their decree or sentence pursuant to the two intent and meaning of this act shall limit and appoint and if 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 have it allowed and approved according by if the said Ann Wearn within bounden being thereunto required do render and deliver the said letter of administration (approbation of such a Testament being first had and made in the said Court then this obligation to be said or else to remain in full force and virtue.
Sealed and delivered being first duly stamped in the presence of W ? Phillips
Ann X Wearn (her mark)