Peasants to Puddles
My Family History - By Nicky Rowberry

Transcription of the Will of Mary Rowberry


This transcription is copied from the one that Polly Rubery did some years ago. All the hard work in transcribing it was hers. Any errors in the typing are mine.

The Will of Mary Rowbery, Thornbury, Widow. 29 January 1679/80 In the Name of God Amen the Nineteenth day of January In the One and thirtieth year of the Raigne of our Most gracious Soueraigne Lord Charles the Second by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King defender of the Faith(et)c Annoq(ue) domini 1679. I Mary Rowbery the Elder of the p(ar)ishe of Thornbury and County of Hereford widow beinge Aged sick and weak in body but of good and p(er)fect Memory & knowledge thanks be giuen vnto Almighty God doe Constitute make appoint and ordeine this my Last will & Testament in Manner and forme followinge. And first I giue my p(re)cious Soule vnto god my Maker hoping through the onely Merritts of Jesus Christ my Redeemer to be made p(ar)taker of Euerlasting Life. And my body to the dust And to be buryed in Christian burial att Thornbury aforesaid Att the discretion of my Executor hereafter Named. And for my wordly Goods wherw(i)th god hath blessed mee I giue bequeath and dispose of the same as hereafter followeth. And first I giue and bequeath vnto My Grandsonne Humphrey Rowbery the sume of Tenne shillings to be paid him by my Executor w(i)thin the space of one yeare next after my decease. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Grandsonne John Rowbery the sum(m)e of Fortie Shillings to be paid vnto him by my executor w(i)thin the space of one yeare next after my decease. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Grandchild Richard Rowbery the sume of Fortie Shillings to be paid him by my executor when he shall attaine to the Age of one and Twenty yeares. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Grandsonne Thomas Rowbery the sum(m)e of Forty Shillings to be paid him by my Executor when he shall attaine to the Age of one and Twenty yeares. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Grandson Caleb Rowbery the sum(m)e of Forty Shillings to be paid him by my executor hereafter Named when the said Caleb shall attaine to the Age of One and Twenty yeares. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my grandsonne Stephen Rowbery the sume of Fortie Shiliings to be paid vnto him by my Executor when hee shall attaine to the Age of one and Twenty yeares. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Granddaughter Mary Rowbery the sum(m)e of Forty Shillings to be paid her by my Executor w(i)thin the space of One yeare & a halfe next after my decease. Item I giue and bequeath vnto the said Mary Rowbery a flaxen sheet one paire of Hurden Sheetes & halfe My Rawe yarne Spunne, & halfe the Towe. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Grandchild Rebecca Rowbery the sume of Forty Shillings to be paid vnto her by my Executor when shee shall attaine to the Age of one and Twenty years. Item I giue and bequeath vnto the said Rebecca my best Featherbed and Couerings therto belonginge. And one Flaxen Sheet And my Second best Pewter Dish. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Grandchild Richard Addams Sonne of Thomas Addams the sum(m)e of Fifty Shillings to be paid vnto him by my Executor when hee the said Richard shall attaine to the Age of one & Twenty years. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Grand-daughter Sarah Barber the sume of Thirty shillings to be paid vnto her by my Executor w(i)thin the space of one yeare next after my decease. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Daughter Mary Addams All my wearing Aparrell (excepting my Second best petticoat) And my Second best Bedd & Couerings thereto belongeinge. And one Flaxen Sheet And all other my sheets yet vngiuen. Item I giue and bequeath vnto my Daughter in Law Mary Rowbery my Second best Peticoat. And all other my Goods and Chattells Moueable or Imoueable Bills, Bonds, Specialties and sumes of Money due to mee w(i)thout specialty I giue and bequeath vnto my Louing Sonne John Rowbery. And I doe hereby Constitute make appoint and ordeine my said sonne John Rowbery to bee the Sole executor of this my Last will and Testament Revokinge and disannullinge all former & other wills by mee heretofore made. And that my said Executor take care for my Funeralls. And furthermore my will is that the ouerplus of what goods and Money shalbe Justly due and to be Recouered by my said Executor And shall Remaine, when he shall haue paid the aforesaid Legacies by mee bequeathed And giuen a Just account of my funeral Expences, And Chardge of the provinge of this my Last will and deducted the same and euery p(ar)re therof. That then such Goods w(hi)ch are yet vngiuen And what Money shall Remaine, when the said Legacies are paid, And Chardges defraid as aforesaid, shalbee equally diuided betweene my said Executor And the aforesaid Mary Addams (excepting only of such Goods) My best Couerlidd And one Chest & one halfe Hogshead And two paire of Scales and weights and one Kilne haire. W(hi)ch said Last Recited goods I formerly gaue and deliuered vnto my said sonne & executor John Rowbery And doe giue the same to him by these p(re)sents. In witness wherof I haue herevnto putt my hand and Seale the day and yeare first aboue written.

The Marke of Mary Rowbery the Elder

Signed Sealed declared & published
In the sight & p(re)sence of vs.

The marke of Thomas Goode sen(io)r
William Goode
Tho: Evans

The following is the inventory produced following Mary's death. Her total worth was about 58, slightly less than when her husband Humphrey had died a few years earlier.

Mary Rowbery, Thornbury, Widow.

29 January 1679

A true and p(er)fect Inventary of all and singular the Goods and Chattells of Mary Rowbery Late of Thornbury in the County of Hereford widow. Lately deceased taken and apprised by vs whose names are here vnderwritten the Twenty and Fourth day of January In the One and Thirty yeare of Raigne of our Soueraigne Lord Charles the Second by the Grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland Kinge defender of the Faith (et)c Annoq(ue) domini 1679. And are as Followeth
Li .. s .. d
InprimisHer wearing Apparell and money in her Pockett01..10..00
Ite(m)The Second best Bedd & Coverings Fower pair of Sheetes giuen by the will to Mary Addams01..15..00
Ite(m)The Best Bedd & Couerings therto belonging And one Flaxen Sheete And the second bestpewter dishe giuen by the will to Rebecca Rowbery01..05..00
Ite(m)One paire of Hurden Sheetes Halfe the Rawe yarne Spunne & halfe the Towe vnspunne giuen as exprest in the will to Mary Rowbery00..10..00
Ite(m)The Best Couerlidd & one Chest & one half Higshead and Two paire of Scales and weights and one kilne haire giuen by the will to the Executor John Rowbery the Elder00..11..00
Ite(m)The Brasse and Pewter vngiuen provision in the house And all other the goods and Trumpery vngiuen by the will as aforesaid01..08..00
Ite(m)Due to her by specialty and w(i)thout specialty from Richard Mason of Thornbury aforesaid yeoman the sum(m)e of31..13..06
Ite(m)Due to her by bond from Thomas Evans of Thornbury aforesaid Clerk the sum(m)e of04..00..00
Ite(m)Due to her by Bond from Richard Patis of Bocleton in the County of Worcester yeoman the sum(m)e of05..00..00
Ite(m)Due from John Stinton of Hampton Charles in the p(ar)ishe of Bocleton & County of Hereford Blacksmith By specialty & w(i)thout specialty the sume of05..00.00
Ite(m)Due from William Norris of Thornbury aforesaid yeoman the sume of04.10.00
Ite(m)Due from John Coxe of Thornbury aforesaid yeoman w(i)thout specialty the sume of00.19.00
Ite(m)Due to her from Edward Clark Remaininge of a Bill vnpaid to her from Elianor Hanly Widow now wife of the said Edward00.06.00
Seene vewed taken and apprised the day and yeare aboue written By vs

The sum is:

58..07.06
The Marke of
Thomas Goode the Elder
John Goode
Tho: Euans Cle(ricus)

Mary Rowbery, Thornbury, Widow

29 January 1679

Inventory Probate Clause

This Inventory was exhibited at Hereford on the Twenty Ninth day of the month of January in the Year of our Lord according to etc 1679 by John Rowbery the son of the abovesaid deceased and Executor etc for a true and full Inventory etc under protest however as to the addition etc but if etc.

If any of the above is of further interest, please feel free to contact me at: n.rowberry@btinternet.com

Nicky Rowberry 2012

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