Administration of Robert Benbow, 1640

Robert Bendbow was buried at Winslow on 3 April 1640. He died intestate, and on 24 April administration of his estate was granted to his widow Elizabeth by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (British Record Society vol.98). There was a dispute about the jurisdiction, because a case was brought against Elizabeth by the office of the Archdeacon of St Albans:

Herts RO, ASA 7/32 f.68v (13 July 1640)

[translated from Latin]

The office against Elizabeth Bembor, widow, of Winslow

Thomas Bembor of Winslow appeared and presented the administration entrusted in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and claimed that Robert Bembor deceased had goods and chattels and especially good and sperate debts outside the diocese of London to the value of £20, and he offered his good faith for the truth of his claim, etc. and presented the obligations: one of £8 due in Oxon, another of £20 due in Berks, another of £13 12s of Hert(ford) in Herts, another of £30 due to him in Surrey in Surrey [sic], for which the lord dismissed her [i.e. Elizabeth].

Robert's trade is not known but Thomas (probably his brother, married Dorothy Elliott in 1632) was a shoemaker. Robert married Elizabeth Nokes at Winslow on 29 Nov 1628. Their children baptised at Winslow were:

Elizabeth married Henry Norman on 11 Oct 1640.