Will of Matthew Hobbs, apothecary, 1760 (proved 1767)

Herts RO 205AW11

Extracted from the Registry of the Ecclesiastical Court of the Archdeaconry of St Alban the 17th day of December 1819.

In the Name of God Amen  I Matthew Hobbs of Winslow in the County of Bucks Apothecary being in perfect Mind and Memory do make and ordain my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I commend my Soul to Almighty God and my Body I committ to the Earth to be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executor hereafter named.  And as to my real and personal Estate of what nature and kind soever I do hereby will and order that the same be made subject to the payment of my Debts Funeral Expenses and other necessary Charges and that the remainder thereof shall be <...>  And I do hereby give the same to my loving Father William Hobbs of Winslow aforesaid Apothecary and I do hereby make and ordain my said loving Father William Hobbs full and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made And I do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 27th day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and sixty

Matthew Hobbs  LS – Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of Us who were present at the Signing and Sealing thereof  Sus: Bigg  Sus: Hawkins  Sarah Batterson

Proved in the Ecclesiastical Court of the Archdeaconry of St Alban the 18th day of Decr 1767 by the within named William Hobbs the sole Executor

JS Hugo  Register

National Archives, PROB 11/1628

Apparently due to an ongoing dispute about the property of William Hobbs (d.1771), the full text of Matthew Hobbs' will as given above was registered at the PCC in 1820 with the following note:

On the 22nd April 1820 adm(inistrati)on with the will annexed of the goods chattels and credits of Matthew Hobbs late of Winslow in the Co of Bucks decd was granted to John Hawkins the Administrator (with the will annexed) of the unadmin(istere)d goods of William Hobbs decd whilst living the Father sole Executor & universal Legatee named in the said will having been first sworn duly to adm(inister). The said William Hobbs survived the said Testator but died hav(in)g proved the said will at least in this court.


The registered copy of the will from 1767 is at Herts RO (12AR423) and has not been checked.

Matthew Hobbs was bap. at Winslow on 15 Feb 1722/23, son of William (d.1771) and Ann (d.1773) Hobbs.

shall be <...>: some text seems to have been omitted when the will was copied.

LS: This is written with a circle around it and stands for locus sigilli: "the place of the seal"

Copyright 18 October, 2018