The Will of Robert Probert, Labourer, 1860

Summary:  Transcription of a copy of the will of Robert Probert alias Proverbs, dated 1st October 1860 listing as the main beneficiaries as the Reynolds family and a gift to the poor of Bosbury. The will is held at present (2015) held at Bosbury Parish Church, HARC reference AT24/28.

    I, Robert Proverbs, of the Parish of Bosbury in the County of Hereford, labourer, do this first day of October 1860 make this my last Will and Testament. I give and bequeath to James Reynolds of the Brook the sum of five pounds. Also I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Reynolds, his wife, the sum of ten pounds for the trouble she had with me, each legacy to be free of duty and paid within one month after my decease. To Mary Reynolds, daughter of Elizabeth Reynolds, I give and bequeath my bed.

Also as to all the rest, residue and remainder of my property I give and bequeath the same unto the Rev. Berkeley Lionel Scudamore Stanhope & to the Rev. Edward Higgins upon trust to pay and apply the interest of the same to the same uses as the Brydges Charity commonly called the Brydges Coal Charity is paid and applied and after their decease to the Owner of Bosbury House, vicar of Bosbury for the time being for the same uses I purpose.

And I hereby nominate & appoint James Reynolds & Timothy Warren of Bosbury House to be my executors for carrying this, my last Will and Testament, into effect and I hereby revoke and make void all other Wills or Testaments made by me & declare this to be my last Will and Testament.

Signed Robert Probert his mark.

Signed by the Testator Robert Proverbs in the presence of us present at the same time who have herewith subscribed our names as witnesses this first day of October 1860
Timothy Warren Thomas Graty

Probate granted: 8th March 1862

In Her Majesties Court of Probate       The District Registry of Hereford

In the Goods of Robert Probert otherwise Robert Proverbs, deceased

I, Timothy Warren, of the Parish of Bosbury in the County of Hereford, butler, make oath that I am one of the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament of the said Robert Probert, otherwise Robert Proverbs, late of Bosbury aforesaid in the County of Hereford, labourer, deceased, the said Will being now hereunto annexed bearing date the first day of October one thousand eight hundred and sixty and that the said testator executed the said will on the day of the date thereof by making his mark at the foot or end thereof as the same now appears thereon, in the presence of me and of Thomas Graty of the parish of Bosbury aforesaid, farmer, the other subscribing witness thereto, both of us being present at the same time and we thereupon attested and subscribed the said will in the presence of the said testator. And I further make oath that before the said testator executed his said will as aforesaid the said will was read over to him and that he seemed perfectly to understand the contents and meaning thereof. And I lastly make oath that the said will was written on a half sheet of paper as now appears when ... executed by the said testator as aforesaid and is in every respect in the same plight and condition as it was at the time of the execution thereof. Timothy Warren

Sworn at the city of Hereford on the eighth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and sixty two before me, Albert Jones Surrogate.

Transcribed by Barry Sharples, 2015

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