The Will of Henry Stables (d.1739, Barnburgh)
This is a transcription of the Will of Henry Stables, which is held at the Borthwick Institute in York.
This transcription was kindly provided by Michael Chance and it is with his permission that I include it here:
In the Name of God Amen. I Henry Stables of Barnbrough in the County of
York Husbandman an Unworthy Member of the Church of England being thro'
the abundant Mercy & Goodness of God tho Weak in Body yet of a sound &
perfect Understanding & Memory praised be God for it do constitute this
my last Will & Testament & desire it may be received by all such; as to
my Burial I leave that, as well as the managing & settling all other
Affairs to be at the Discretion of my Dear Wife, & as to my Worldly
Estate which tho' small, I dispose of in manner following. Imprimis I
give & bequeath to my Children of whom I have five Living, viz four Sons
Thomas, John, William & Morritt Stables, & one Daughter named Ann
Stables; I say I give & bequeath to all & every of them singular, one
Shilling: And unto my Dear Wife who is very deserving of all there is
besides I make sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament & unto
her I give demise & bequeath all & every my Personal Estate, Goods &
Chattels & every thing else belonging to me whatsoever & wheresoever,
which I also charge with the Payment of my said Legacies. In witness
whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal the twenty seventh Day of
November Anno Domini one Thousand seven Hundred Twenty & Nine.
Henry Stables (his mark).
Wits: Ezra Kitchin, Robert Hudson, Sarah Hudson.
Proved at York 2nd July 1739 by Sarah Stables (mark) & Thomas Stables