Will of Silvester Cleaver of the King's Head, 1685

Herts RO 122 AW8

1. In the name of God Amen the Fourteenth day of July Anno D[omi]ni 1685 I Silvester Claver of

2. Winslowe in the County of Buck Inholder being somethinge indisposed in my bodily health but of

3. sound & p(er)fect Mind & memory I give God Almighty humble thankes for the same & callinge  to

4.Mind the certainety of Death & the uncertainety of the tyme when doe make this last will &

5. testam(ent) in manner followinge First & principally I bequeath my soule into the hands of

6. Almighty God that gave it mee hopinge & trustinge to be saved by the mercyes of God

7. & merritts of my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ and my body to the earth to bee decently enterred

8. att the discretion * of my Executors hereafter named And for my temperell estate I dispose

9. of itt as followeth that is to say my will is that out of my p(er)sonal estate & the surplusages

10. of the moneys to bee raised by the sale of my landes there shalbee yearely paid to

11.  my sister Elizabeth Irish Foure poundes of lawfull english monyes du(l?)y for life and for

12. the remander to the use of \Anne my wife &/ Mary my d(au)ghter and in case her \my daughter/ dep(ar)t this life before her

13. age of eyhteen years and without issue of her body lawfully begotten then to the use

14. of my dearly & welbeloved wife Anne And of this my last will & testament I doe make

15. constitute & ordane my dearly & welbeloved wife Ann & my d(aug)hter Mary executors In

16. witness whereof I have herebefore sett my hand & seale the day & year first above

17. written

                                18. Item my will is that the full moneys raised by the sale of my
                                19. landes shalbee paid to take of the mortgge of the house
                                20. wherein I live called the kinges head *

            published & declared
            in the p(re)sence of us

Stephen Bigg    [signed]
Richard [unreadable] *   [signed]
George Elliot    [signed]                                   Silvester Claver  [signed]
Oliver Lawrence    [signed] 

[Latin] Probatum fuit huiusmodi Testamentum 29 die mensis Aprilis Anno
Domini 1686 coram discreto viro Magistro Johanne Crofts Clerico et
Surrogato venerabilis viri Guilielmi Oldys legum doctoris in et per totum
Archidiaconatum Divi Albani London’ Diocesis officialis principalis rite
et legitime constituti Juramento Annae Cleaver Relict’ et
Execut’ cui comissa fuit Administratio omnium et singulorum bonorum
Jurium et Creditorum dicti defuncti de bene et fideliter Administrand’
eadem Ad sancta dei Evangelia prius Jurat’ salvo jure cuiuscumque
Reservata potestate similem commissionem faciendi Mariae Claver filiae
et alteri Executrici &c eandem petitur’ et admissur’  cu(m) venerit

[translation]  This will was proved on 29 April 1686 before the discrete man Master John Crofts, clerk and surrogate of the venerable William Oldys, doctor of laws, principal official duly and legitimately appointed in and throughout the whole archdeaconate of St Albans in the diocese of London, on the oath of Anne Cleaver, widow and executrix, to whom was entrusted administration of all the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased, to administer them well and faithfully, having previously been sworn on God’s holy gospels, not infringing anyone’s right, with the power reserved of making a similar commission to Mary Claver the daughter and other executrix, etc., when she comes to seek admission to it.


Inventory of Silvester Cleaver, 1685

Herts RO A25/4211

A true and Perfect Inventari of the Goods and Chattells of Sillvester Claufer of Winslowe in the County of Buckes yeoman deceased tacken the five & twenty of August in the year of our \Lord/ 1685  Inpaysed and tacken by Steven Bigge and Robert Gibes as followeth.

Imprimis his purse and apparell
05
00
00
In the rome ower the hall
Item one bedsted & beding
01
00
00

Itm one hanginge presse and one cubard one chest & some other lumber   

01
10
00
In the pasage to the chamber
Itm one Chest & a trundle bed and some other lumber
00
15
00
In the Chamber over the palor
Itm two bedstedes & twoe bedes with the beding to them
03
00
00
Itm ten Chares and one table
01
00
00*
In the rome over the Millk howse
01
02
06
Itm in the Garet sume lumber
00
15
00
In the Chamber ovfer \the/ boturey
Itm two bedstedes & two bedes and seaven chares
01
10
00
Item Sheets & table linen
04
00
00
In the brewehowse
Itm one furnise with the bruinge vesell & som other lomber
03
00
00
Itm in \the/ old boutry sume lomber
00
06
00
In the parler
Itm two tables with some chares and stolles
00
12
06
In the Seler
Itm the vesell and beare
08
05
06
In the halle
Itm the brase & pewter and fier Irons & one table
05
10
00
Itm some backen
00
05
00
Itm one mare & two Colltes
01
12
06
Itm sowe and piges
01
00
00
Itm one Cow
01
10
00
Itm thre Cartes & two pare of wheles
03
10
00
Itm the wood with some bordes
01
10
00
Item in the feld in beanes & grase
02
05
00
 
45
19
00

Ann Claver maketh oath yt this
is a full and perfect inventory &c

In p(re)sense of us

Christopher Cortts
Richard Ginger                                                          [Latin] Sworn in the presence of me John
                                                                                    Croft. Vicar of Winslowe in the  County of
                                                                                    Buks. 24 March 1685.

 


Notes

l.8: letters deleted in the middle

The unreadable signature might be Richard Horsley, who made a mark in other documents.

Inventory l.9: this has been altered but not deleted

This King's Head is now 10 High Street (the name was later used for 26 High Street).

Mary daughter of Silvester Cleaver was bap. 16 Dec 1677.


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The will:

Will of Silvester Cleaver

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Inventory of Silvester Cleaver

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