Posts Tagged ‘will’

Cut off with a shilling

August 18, 2016

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.

A Scratchley will

February 1, 2016

Wills can be very useful to genealogists. They invariably give some information about family, place of dwelling and possibly occupation. This will, actually, is lacking in some detail, for Charles Scratchley, who made the will, didn’t name his children.

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Last will and testament of Charles Scratchley of Market Lavington

The will was written in 1898. It names Charles Scratchley as a plumber and his wife as Sarah Baker (Scratchley). He lived in Market Lavington and obviously had children.

The will may have been pre-printed with just odd words added. It has, of course, been signed.

Last Will of Charles Scratchley of Market Lavington

Signed by Charles and witnesses

 

The witnesses can remind us that there were others involved. Here we have Charles Edward Redstone of Easterton Wills and John Pinchen of Market Lavington, bricklayer.

Charles Scratchley was born locally and was a plumber and, often associated with that trade, a painter. The couple actually had four children and three survived at the time of the 1911 census which was the year in which Charles died.

For thirty years Charles and his wife Sarah had lived in the Workman’s Hall where Sarah was the caretaker.

A little more information can be obtained from the on-line probate record.

The Probate record

The Probate record

Charles was buried in the churchyard at Market Lavington.

Where there’s a will…

February 6, 2014

We have a number of wills (stored electronically). This particular will is that of Robert Sainsbury who died in 1698.

Start of Robert Sainsbury's will of 1698

Start of Robert Sainsbury’s will of 1698

This is the way wills began back then.

In the name of God Amen I Robert Sainsbury of Market Lavington in the county of Wilts labourer do…..

This will was started at the bottom of a page so we then move to the next page.

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So, it continues:

do make this my last will and testament following

First I bequeath my soul to God that gave it me trusting in and through the merits of Christ my sviour for eternal life and salvation.

And my body to be buried according to the direction of my executor hereinafter named.

And  for and touching that temoral estate that the Lord hath lent me I dispose thereof as followeth.

I give to my son Robert one shilling.

I give to Edyth my wife the use of all my household goods and moneys during her natural life and after her decease I give and dispose thereof as followeth.

That is to say I do give and bequeathe the same unto Elianour Pipeller?? My daughter to hold to her and her assigns to her and their own proper use and uses immediately after mine and my wife’s decease.

All the rest of my goods and chattels I give to my said daughter Elianour Pipeler?? Whom I make my sole executor of this my last will and testament.

Witness my hand and seal this seventh day off October 1698.

The mark of Robert Sainsbury

Signed sealed published and delivered to be my last will and testament in the presence of Steph Browne the mark of Phillip Edwards.

The married surname of Richards daughter may well have been Piplar. People with that surname were baptised in Market Lavington in the 1680s and 90s.

And of course, we all wonder what Robert did wrong that caused him to be cut off with a shilling – actually worth about £100 today.

Philip Draper and Jane Oram

May 12, 2013

Cohabiting may be thought to be something new, but Philip Draper and Jane Oram lived together as man and wife way back in the mid-19th century. Just why they didn’t marry we don’t know, but this extract from Philip’s will makes it clear that Jane was his ‘reputed’ wife and he treated her right by leaving his worldly wealth to her.

Extract of the will of Philip Draper of Easterton

Extract of the will of Philip Draper of Easterton

Philip was born around 1816. His parents were John and Mary and he was baptised at Market Lavington Church on June 3rd. This was well before Easterton was a separate parish.

Jane Oram was born around 1823 in Wilsford where her father, John, was a smith and her mother was Mary. She was at home with her parents for the 1841 census.

Sadly, with no 1841 census for Philip, our next record is the 1851 census. Philip was living with Jane (known as) Draper and two young children in Easterton. Philip was a baker and grocer.

In 1861 the family were in West Lavington with Philip still a grocer and baker.

The will extract tells us that Philip died in 1867 and in 1871 we find Jane (still calling herself) Draper as the landlady at The Kings Arms in Market Lavington.

In 1881 she was a retired innkeeper and her daughter Agnes (registered as a Draper) was a general shop keeper. They lived in Easterton.

We haven’t traced a death for Jane but we don’t find her on the 1891 census.

Known children of Philip and Jane are:

Alfred born 1849
Emma born 1851
Mary born 1853
Agnes born 1855
John born 1858

Of course, we’d love any further information on this family who we know also owned odd bits of land in the Lavington area.