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February 21, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: Will of Francis Farmbrough dated 1801

Amanuensis Monday is a blog theme started by John Newmark on his blog Transylvanian Dutch, in which he is transcribing letters, newspaper articles, audio tapes, and a war diary etc., concerning his family.

John explains Amanuensis as “a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another”.

Francis Farmbrough (1736 – 1810) was married to Rachael Read (1741 – 1818), the daughter of my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read.  As far as I have discovered, they had two children, Elizabeth and William, who are mentioned in Francis’ Will.

Original photograph taken by me from the Rose Family Tree Book in 2000 - copyright 2011

 This is a very poor quality photo, my apologies for that, but it is the only photo I have of this Coat of Arms.  It was drawn in the huge Rose Family Tree Book that I have mentioned elsewhere in the blog and how I wish I had a better photo!! 

Copy Will in my private collection (obtained from the Buckinghamshire Record Office) - copyright 2011


Two of the witness signatures are signed by family.  Jas. James is James James who was married to my 6 x great grandfather Cozens Read’s granddaughter Catherine (and James James was the subject of my last Tombstone Tuesday post).   Joseph Rose is the husband of Cozens Read’s daughter Sarah.

Transcript of Will of Francis Farmbrough

I Francis Farmbrough late of Hartwell in the County of Buckingham but now of Aylesbury in the same County Yeoman Do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Rachael Farmbrough for her life the use of so much of my Household furniture Linen and Household effects of every sort as she may think necessary to furnish her a House which I direct to be delivered to her as soon as convenient may be after my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my said dear wife One Annuity or clear yearly sum of Fifty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid and payable to her or her Assigns out of my Real and Personal Estates hereinafter given to my Son William by four equal quarterly payments on the twenty fifth day of March the twenty fourth day of June the twenty ninth day of September and the twenty fifth day of December in every year during the term of her natural life without any deduction or abatement whatsoever out of the same or any part thereof for Duties or otherwise the first quarterly payment thereof to begin and be made on such one of the said days as shall first happen after my decease Next I give and bequeath unto my dear daughter Elizabeth the wife of James Cooper the sum of Seven hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain and direct the same to be paid to her by my said Son William out of the said Real and Personal Estate hereinafter given to him within twelve Calendar months next after the decease of my said wife And as to All my Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and Real Estate whatsoever and wheresoever And all the rest and residue of my Ready monies and Securities for Money Goods Chattels Rights Credits and Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof respectively unto my dear Son William Farmbrough To hold the same Real Estates unto and to the use of my said Son William Farmbrough his Heirs and Assigns for ever And to hold the said Personal Estate unto him and his Executors Administrators and Assigns absolutely to and for his and their own use and benefit Subject nevertheless and I do hereby expressly charge all the said Real and Personal Estates with the payment as well of all my debts Funeral expences and the Charges of the Probate of this my Will and also of the said Annuity or Yearly sum of Fifty pounds to my said wife or her Assigns during her life in the proportions and on the days aforesaid and of the said Legacy or sum of Seven hundred pounds to my said daughter at the time aforesaid And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said dear Son William Farmbrough sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Testimony whereof I the said Francis Farmbrough have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this Tenth day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and one

Signed Sealed Published and declared by the above named Francis Farmbrough the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto

 Jas. James

Joseph Rose

John Brooks

                                                                                                   F. Farmbrough

6th Oct. 1810  The Executor sworn as usual and that the personal Estate of the deceased is under 5000£  Before me

                                                                                                  W. Stockins Senr.

Francis’ son William was not married at the time of the Will being made, but he went on to marry shortly after that and have ten children.


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