Will of William Mobbs, farmer, 1807 (proved 1811)

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This is the last Will and Testament of me William Mobbs of the Parish of Winslow in the County of Bucks Farmer First I give and bequeath unto my Wife Ann Mobbs All her wearing Apparel and Ornaments of her Person \of/ whatsoever nature kind or sort the same as or may be And I give and bequeath unto my Son Henry Mobbs All and every my houshold Goods and Furniture Stock as as Farmer and Dairyman Ready Money and Securities for Money Goods Chattels Rights Credits personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and whensoever and of what nature or kind soever and all my Estate and Interest therein and thereto To Hold the same and every part thereof unto my said Son Henry Mobbs his Executors Administrators and Assigns absolutely Subject nevertheless and charged and chargeable to and with the payment of all such Debts and Sums of Money as I shall justly owe at the time of my Decease my funeral and testamentary Expenses And I do hereby constitute and appoint my Said Son Henry Mobbs sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and meaning this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said William Mobbs the Testator have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 19th day of April in the Year of our Lord Christ one thousand eight hundred and Seven

W(iilia)m Obbs Mobbs

Signed sealed published and declared by the said
William Mobbs 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 hereunto subscribed our Names
as Witnesses thereof
Tho(ma)s Read
Char(les) Willis


A William Mobbs kept the Sow and Pigs in 1786; it's not clear if it was the same man. The Land Tax returns of 1805 show William Mobbs as a tenant of the Selby-Lowndes estate. He lived at the farm called Dudslow, later Redfield, which was sometimes known as Mobbs Farm. Calling himself "farmer" (incorrectly transcribed as "farrier" in some places) evidently showed that he didn't have the same security of tenure as a yeoman.

Copyright 25 June, 2017