Will of Francis Armborough, coachman, 1712/13

Herts RO 10AR240

In the Name of God Amen I Francis Armborough of Winslow in the County of Bucks Coachman being weake in Body But of Sound and perfect Mind and Memory (Praised be Almighty God therefore And Considering the certainety of death and the uncertain tyme thereof Doe this Twentieth day of March Anno Domini 1712 make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in Manner and forme following (that is to say) First and principally I Commend my Soule into the Hands of Almighty God my maker hopeing through the merritts Death and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour to be made partaker of everlasting Life And my Body I Committ to the Earth to be decently Buried at the discretion of my Executors herein After named And as for Such Temporall Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestowe upon me I Give and dispose thereof as followeth Impr(im)is I Give will devise and bequeath unto Thomas Armborough of Hillesdon my Brother the Sum(m)e of Five pounds of Lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto him by my Executors herein after named within Six Months next after my decease Item I Give will devise and bequeath unto Mary Tipping my Cousin and Maid Servant the Sum(m)e of One hundred and Twenty pounds of lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executors herein after named within Six Months next after my decease Item I give will devise and bequeath unto the said Mary Tipping my Cousin and Maid Servant All my Goods Household Stuffe and Implements of Household Pewter Brass Linnen and Woollen to be delivered unto her by my Executors herein after named within One Month next after my decease Item I give will devise and bequeath unto my Cousin Joane Tipping of Hillesden the Summe of Tenn pounds of lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executors by my Exec  herein after named within Six Months next after my Decease Item I give will devise and bequeath unto my Cousin Frances Tipping the Sum(m)e of Tenn pounds of lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executors hereinafter named within Six Months next after my decease Item I Give will devise and bequeath unto my Cousin Anne Simkins of Hillesden the wife of Henry Simkins the Sum(m)e of Ten pounds of lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executors herein after named within Six Months next after my Decease Item I give Will devise and bequeath unto my Cousin John Tipping the Summe of Tenn pounds of Lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto him by my Executors within Six Months next after my decease Item I give will devise and bequeath unto my Cousin Elizabeth Pursell the Sum(m)e of three pounds of Lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executors herein after named within Six Months next after my Decease Item I Give Will devise and bequeath unto William Armborough & John Armborough Sonns of my Brother William Armborough Fifty Shillings a peice of Lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto them by my Executors herein after Named within Six Months next after my Decease Item I Give Will devise and bequeath unto Thomas Armborough Sonn of my Brother William Armborough the Sum(m)e of Five pounds of lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto him by my Executors herein after named w(i)thin Six Months after my decease Item I Give Will devise and bequeath unto Anne Armborough Elizabeth Armborough and Frances Armborough daughters of my Brother William Armborough Five pounds apeice of Lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto them by my Executors herein after named within Six Months next after my Decease Item I Give will devise and bequeath unto Elizabeth Armborough Daughter of my brother Edward Armborough Five pounds of Lawfull money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executors herein after named within Six Months next after my decease

[p.2] Item I Give Will devise and bequeath unto Susannah Armborough Daughter of my Brother Edward Armborough five pounds fifty shillings of Lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto her by my Executors herein after named with Six Months next after my decease Item I give will devise and bequeath unto Thomas Armborough and Anne Armborough Children of my Cousin Thomas Armborough deceased Fifty Shillings apeice of Lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to be paid unto them by my Executors herein after named within Six Months next after my decease Item I Give will devise and bequeath unto the Vicar of Winslow for the tyme being the Summe of Tenn Shillings of Lawfull Money of Great Brittaine for to Preach my Funerall Sermon to be paid unto him by my Executors herein after named Imediately after my Decease Item I Give will devise and bequeath unto the Vicar Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poore of the parish of Winslow for the tyme being the Summe of Fifty Shillings of Lawfull Money of Great Brittaine to Lay out in the Communion Cupp for the parish of Winslow aforesaid to be paid unto them by my Executors herein after named within Six Months next after my decease for the use aforesaid Item All the Rest of my Goods Chattells and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever Not herein before bequeathed I Give Will devise and bequeath unto my Brothers Edward Armborough of Twyford and William Armborough of Hillesdon to be equally divided betweene them Share and Share alike (Paying my Debts Legacies and funerall Expences) Whom I make full and Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament And I doe desire my Truely and Welbeloved Friends Joseph Rogers of Winslow aforesaid Currier and Grant Hewett of Great Horwood in the Said County of Bucks Yeoman to be Overseers of this my last Will and Testament and to See this my Will performed and I doe give to them Five pounds a peice for their trouble and paines therein to be paid unto them by my Executors within Six Months next after my decease And Lastly I doe hereby Revoke and make void all former Wills by me heretofore made and doe declare this to be my Last Will and Testament In Wittness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale the day and yeare first above written. 

The marke of Frances Armborough

Signed Sealed Published and Declare in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our Names as Wittnesses in the presence of the Testator
John Smallbone                 Peter Goldsworth            Tho(mas) Ligo

Proved at Winslow 30th November 1713 before John Crofts clerk MA Surrogate of Dr. George Paul Official of the Archdeaconate of St. Albans on the oath of Edward Armborough and William Armborough Executors


Inventory of Francis Armborough, 1713

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A true & perfect Inventary of all the Goods and Chattles of Francis Armborough late of Winslow \decd/ made ye 30 of November 1713
s
d
Item warieng apparrill and pocket money
005
0
0
Item Money upon Bond
320
0
0
Item two Bedds & all beloning to them in ye Chamber
3
10
6
Item two Coffers one Trunke three Boxes in ye Chamber
0
10
0
Item other Lumber in the Chamber
0
02
6
Item all the Peuter in the House
1
0
0
Item one Table six stools six chares in ye House
0
10
6
Item two spits & all furniture in the chimney
0
07
6
Item three Kettalles two potts & all other Brass
1
15
0
Item one bed & all furniture beloning to it in the little roome
1
2
6
Item one Chest w(i)th other lumber in ye little roome
0
5
0
Item two Barrills w(i)th all other lumber in ye Butrey
0
4
6
Item one Hovill in the Yard
0
17
6
Item all the Fire-wood
1
10
0
Item two small Butts of Elm Timbe(r)s
0
5
6
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337
01
0
This Inventary was made by W(illia)m Shelton Tho(mas) Wright and John Smallbone
Witness our hands
Wm Shelton Jun [signature]
John Smallbone [signature]
Thomas Wright [signature]
 
[Inventory presented 2 Dec 1713 by Mr Rupert Barnedey as proxy for the executors]
[reverse]
Last day of November 1713
Edward and William Armborough executors sworn before me John Croft, cur.sur.

Notes

Francis Armbrow or Armborough (the name occurs in many different spellings) was buried at Winslow on 29 Nov 1713. John Armbrow, maltster, probably his father, was buried on 31 Dec 1705, and lived in Winslow from at least 1666 (at Hanging Style House, which seems to be the predecessor of Lawn House) but Francis' baptism is not recorded, and the rest of the family clearly didn't live in Winslow. Elizabeth Ambrow, buried 24 June 1688, was probably his mother. Grant Hewett, one of the executors, had John Armbrow as his guardian.

The only person in Winslow likely to have kept a coach is Robert Lowndes, so Francis probably worked for him, and may have lived in the coach house attached to Winslow Hall.

Copyright 2 November, 2016