Will of Joseph Rogers, currier, 1722/3

National Archives PROB 11/590/325

In the Name of God Amen.

1. I Joseph Rogers of Winslowe in the County of Bucks furrier being

2. weake in Body but of sound and perfect Mind and Memory praised be

3. Almighty God therefore and considering the certainty of Death and the

4. uncertain time thereof doe this Nineth day of January Anno Domini 1722

5. make and ordain this my Will in manner following viz I commend my

6. Soul into the Hands of Almighty God my Maker hoping through the Merits

7. Death and Passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour to be made partaker of

8. Everlasting Life and my Body I commit to the Earth to be buryed by my

9. Executors in such manner as is herein after ment(i)oned and as for my

10. temporal Estate I give and dispose thereof as followeth Impr(im)is I give and

11. bequeath unto my Sister Rebeccah Dickens the Sum(m)e of one Hundred Pounds

12. of Lawfull money of Great Britain and unto William Dickens her Sonn

13. the Sum(m)e of One Hundred and Fifty pounds of like mony and unto John

14. Dickens her Sonn the Sum(m)e of 0ne Hundred pounds of like mony and unto

15. Richard Dickens her Sonn the Sum(m)e of one hundred and fifty pounds of

16. like money to be paid unto them by my Executors hereinafter named

17. within twelve Months next after my Death Item I give and bequeath

18. unto Richard Perry Mary Perry and Elizabeth Perry the Sonn and

19. Daughters of William Perry of Woolverton Mill Fifty pounds Each of

20. lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid unto them by my Executors

21. hereinafter named within twelve Months next after my Death. Item

22. I give and bequeath unto John Perry and William Perry Sons of my

23. Brother William Perry Furrier Fifty pounds Each of lawfull mony of

24. Great Britain to be paid unto them by my Executors hereinafter named

25. within Twelve Months next after my Death.  Item I give and bequeath

26. unto William West son of my brother Roger West five pounds of

27. lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid until him by my Executors

28. hereinafter named within Twelve Months next after my Death  Item

29. I give and bequeath unto the Three Children of my Landlord William

30. Goodman of Winslowe aforesaid Twenty Shillings Each of lawfull mony

31. of Great Britain to be paid unto them by my Executors hereinafter named

32. within Twelve Months next after my Death.  Item I give and bequeath

33. for the use of the Communion Service of the parish Church of Winslowe

34. aforesaid for ever one Silver Salver vallue five pounds to be bought by

35. my Executors herein after named within twelve Months next after my

36. Death and to be by them immediately delivered unto the Church Wardens

37. of the said parish of Winslowe for the use aforesaid.  Item I give and

38. bequeath unto my welbeloved friends the Reverend Mr. Gattaker of

39. Mursley Mr. Burrell of Adstock and Mr. Foster of Swanbourne the

40. Sum(m)e of Six Hundred pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain to be

41. paid unto them or the Survivors or Survivor of them or the Executors or

42. Adm(inistrato)rs of the Survivor of them within Twelve Months next after my

43. Death by my Executors herein after named for the uses Trusts Intents and

44. Purposes herein after ment(i)oned (that is to say) In Trust and to the

45. Intent and purpose that they the said Gattaker, Burrell and Foster and

46. the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors and Adm(inistrato)rs of such

47. Survivor shall and Will soe soon as conveniently they can lay the Same

48. out in a purchase of Lands at the Cheapest Rate they can conveniently

49. and cause such Lands soe purchased to be settled upon them and such

50. other person and persons as they shall direct and appoint and their heirs

51. for the uses Trusts Intent and Purposes herein after ment(i)oned (Viz) To

52. the use Intent and purpose that they and the Survivors and Survivor of

53. them and the Heirs of such Survivor shall and Will pay and apply or

54. permit and suffer the Rents Issues and Profitts thereof to be applied

55. and paid yearly and every year for ever for and towards the educateing

56. and Instructing of such a number of poor peoples Children belonging to

57. the said parish of Winslowe in Learning as they the Trustees shall find

58. the same will answer.  Item I direct that my Executors hereinafter named

59. shall expend att my Funerall Thirty Pounds I also Directe that they shall

60. Lay out Seventy pounds in building me a Grave and Erecting a Tombe

61. thereon with a Marble Stone.  Item I give my welbeloved Friends Mathew

62. Deverell of Swanbourne Gent and John Anstee of Swanbourne Schoolmaster

63. Fifteen pounds apeice of lawful money of Great Britain.  Item In Case

64. any part of my mony which I have att Interest or which is due to me in my

65. Booke or otherwise cannot be recovered by my Executors and there shall

66. not be Mony sufficient to Answer my Debts and Legacys and other the

67. purposes aforesaid then my Will is that such Losse or Deficiency shall be

68. borne by William Dickens John Dickens, Richard Dickens, Richard Perry, Mary

69. Perry, Elizabeth Perry John Perry and William Perry Legatees hereinbefore

70. mentioned Each of them a proportionable part thereof according to the

71. Summs bequeathed them.  Item I make the said Mathew Deverell and John

72. Anstee Executors of this my Will in Trust that they will pay my debts, Legacys

73. and Funerall Expenses as aforesaid and will return the overplus (if any

74. thereto) after they shall have deducted thereout their Charges and

75. Expenses unto my Sister Rebeccah Dickens and I doe revoke all former

76. Wills and doe Declare this to be last Will and Testament as Witness my

77. Hand and Seale the Day and year abovesaid. (J Rogers) Signed Sealed

78. Published and Declared in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed

79. our Names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator Aug(ustine) Seaton

80. Joseph Gurney, Peter Goldsworth.

[Grant of probate in Latin]

[translation] This will was proved at London in the presence of the venerable and distinguished man John Bottesworth, doctor of laws of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Master, Warden or Commissary legitimately appointed, on the thirteenth day of April 1723 on the oaths of Matthew Deverell and John Anstee, named executors in the said will, to whom was entrusted administration of all the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased. For the good and faithful adminstration they were sworn on God's holy gospels by the strength of the commission. Examined.


For more on the Rogers Free School set up under the terms of this will, see Schools. The PCC text clearly calls Joseph Rogers "furrier", but Arthur Clear describes him as "carrier". However, he is referred to in the manor court records as "currier", which seems to be the correct version.