Cut off with a shilling

The will of Peter Hobbs – 1738

This will is in our possession and gives an indication of the use of a will for family history research. Peter Hobbs names children and his wife. The children each got a shilling (5p). That would be worth something between £7.50 and £150 today depending on just what you based it on.

Here’s the will. We have done our best to transcribe it below.

The will of Peter Hobbs of Market Lavington

The will of Peter Hobbs of Market Lavington

In the name of God Amen I Peter Hobbs of Market Lavington in the County of Wilts being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praise therefore be given to Almighty God for it do ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following First my will is that all my debts and funeral charges shall be paid and discharged by my ???? as after named. Item I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Martha Blagdon the sum of one shilling to be paid unto him in six months after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving son Joseph Hobbs the sum of one shilling to be paid unto him in six months after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Mary Hobbs the sum of one shilling to be paid unto him in six months after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Hobbs the sum of one shilling to be paid unto him in six months after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto my dear son John Hobbs the sum of one shilling to be paid unto him in six months after my decease. Item I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Emm Hobbs all the rest and residue of my goods chattels premises here unto me owning or belonging which ??? my full whole and sole ??????? to all these premises hereunto belonging these

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the eighth of December in the 9th year of our reign of sovereign Lord George the second by the grace of God King of Great Britain France Ireland King defender of the faith in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred thirty six. The mark of Peter Hobbs signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us Witness William Sloper John Bewly.

The remainder of the document tells us about the proving of the will.

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5 Responses to “Cut off with a shilling”

  1. Doug McNally Says:

    He was my ggg-grandfarther

  2. Chris Hobbs Says:

    My name is Chris Hobbs he is my direct male ancestor, my branch of the family left for Bath in the 1860’s. The Hobbs/Hobbes family are in Easterton dating back to the 1500’s.

  3. Chris Hobbs Says:

    Inquisitiones Post Mortem, 4 Charles 1, pl.27, No.180.

    William Hobbes :-

    Inquisition taken at Marlborough, 18th April, 4 Charles 1 (1628), before Michael Tidcombe, esq., escheator, after the death of William Hobbes, by oath of Thomas Smith, Robert Smith, Robert Kinsman, Thomas Collins, Edward Arnowle, gentlemen, John Savage, Bartholomew Smith, Silvester Cooke, Hugh Chawler, William Cooper, Thomas Picke, John Mortimer, Walter Stretch, and Henry Pettis, who ay that

    William Hobbs was seised of one messuage and one virgate of land in Easterton, which are held of the King as of his manor of Kingston Lacye, parcel of the Duchy of Lancaster, by knight’s service, and are worth per annum , clear, 6s.8d.

    William Hobbes died 20th November, 16 James 1 (1618); John Hobbes is his son and next heir, and was then 30 years and more.

  4. Chris Hobbs Says:

    Roger Hobbes – will 1573, East Lavington does anyone know of its whereabouts?

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