Will of Samuel Rowe, labourer, 1881 (proved 1885)

Oxford Probate Registry

ON the Second day of October 1885, the Will of Samuel Rowe late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Labourer, deceased, who died on the Eleventh day of September 1885 at Winslow aforesaid, was proved in the District Registry attached to Her Majesty’s Court of Probate at Oxford by the Oath of Jane Rowe of Winslow aforesaid, Widow, the Relict of the deceased  the sole  Executrix named (in the said Will) she having been first sworn duly to administer.

It is hereby certified the above is a correct Copy. Dated this Eighth day of October 1885.
Personal Estate Gross £27 : 00 : 06.
No Leaseholds.
Extracted by Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow, Bucks
Under 33rd Section.

This is the last Will and Testament of me Samuel Rowe of Winslow in the County of Bucks, Laborer. I devise and bequeath unto my Wife Jane her heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely All the real and personal Estate of which I shall be seized or possessed at the time of my death but as to the estates vested in me upon trust or by way of mortgage subject to the equities affecting the same respectively And I appoint my said Wife Jane sole Executrix of this my Will and revoke all other Wills.  In Witness whereof I the said Samuel Rowe, the Testator have hereunto set my hand this Sixth day of December One thousand eight hundred and eighty one
The mark of Samuel Rowe

Signed, by the said Samuel Rowe the Testator in the joint presence of us who at his request in his presence and the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as Witnesses to the said Will having been first read over by the undersigned Arthur Stead Midgley to the said Samuel Rowe in our presence who seemed thoroughly to understand the same and expressed to us his full knowledge of the contents thereof
Arthur S. Midgley [signature]
William N. Midgley [signature]

Proved at Oxford, the Second day of October 1885, by the Oath of Jane Rowe, Widow, the Relict the sole Executrix, to whom Administration was granted.
The Testator Samuel Rowe was late of Winslow in the County of Buckingham, Labourer, and died on the Eleventh day of September 1885 at Winslow aforesaid.
Personal Estate Gross £27 : 00 : 06.
Willis and Willis, Solicitors, Winslow, Bucks
It is hereby certified the foregoing is a correct Copy. Dated this Eighth day of October1885.


Centre for Bucks Studies D/WIG/2/1/14

Mr Wigley's individual valuations in his own encoded system have not been reproduced.

Valuation of Crops of Potatoes, Stacks of Wheat & Beans, & Barley - In Pig Sow, 2 Browns & 1 Berkshire Brown – Implements, Household Furniture & Effects at Back Lane Winslow late the Property of Mr Samuel Rowe deceased
Taken for Administration
Sept 17 1885
8 Pig tubs
4 D(itt)o
3 Wood pig troughs
1 4ft    D(itt)o
1 3ft   D(itt)o
1 Small  D(itt)o
3 Old Milk Cisterns[?]
Pair Buckets & Yokes
Pair Buckets
Hand Truck
Q(uantit)y of Working Tools

Heap of Manure
Q(uantit)y of Oak poles
20 round Ladder
11 round D(itt)o
Q(uantit)y of Slats & Some timber
Q(uantit)y of Bricks & tiles
Q(uantit)y of Basses[?]
Corn Sacks
2 Saucepans & \2/ Boilers
Dutch Clock
Meal Tubs
Q(uantit)y of fire wood
Boarded Poultry House
Four post Hovel
Q(uantit)y of split Rails
Dog kennel & [illegible]
Corn[?] screens[?] & Iron[?] Sheet
Q(uantit)y of old iron
Carpenters tools
                                                                3  8  0
Box of Seed Potatoes
Four Post Bedstead

Van Diemens
8 x 56 Crop of Potatoes
8 x 40 Crop of Swedes
8 x 45 Crop of Potatoes
Crop of Spring Beans (Green London[?]) & Straw
8 x 40 Crop of Potatoes & Roots
Stack of Mixed Wheat Produce of about ½ an acre & the straw

5 Lands Bridge Field
Stack Barley about ½ an acre & Straw

Crop of Potatoes
Bed of Cabbage
D(itt)o Parsnips & Carrots
D(itt)o Potatoes
D(itt)o Greens & Ruby Beans

Crop of Beans

In pig Sow
2 Browns
Pure Bred Berkshire Brown

Household Furniture
Round Oak Table
5 Windsor Chairs
2 Arm D(itt)o
Folding Table
Pembroke D(itt)o
                                                17  13  6

Dutch Clock
Fender & fire irons
4 Brass Candlesticks
Iron lantern
Iron Saucepans
Iron Kettle
Paraffin Lamp
2 Metal tea pots
Q(uantit)y of Pictures
Copper Warming pan
Brass D(itt)o
2 Tea Trays
P(ainte)d Corner Cupboards
P(ai)r Bellows
Coal Box
Chest of 4 Drawers
5 Windsor Chairs
Chimney Glass
Mah(ogan)y Tent Bedstead & furniture

Dough Kiver
Corner Cupb(oar)d
Tea Tray
Small Cup(boa)rd
Dr(essin)g glass
Iron Bedstead
P French Bedst(ea)d
Airing Horse
2 Broom pans
2 Clothes Baskets
4 Post Bedstead
Oak Dr(ess)ing Table
Dr(essin)g glass
6 Deal Clothes Boxes[?]
Oak Linen Chest
                                                4  15  6
American time piece
R(oun)d Table
Mah(ogan)y Tray
Rain Water Butt
Galv(anise)d Tray
Q(uantit)y Earthenware & Glass
Galv(anise)d Bucket & Bowl
Brooms & Brushes
Pair Steelyards
2 P(ai)rs Curt(ain)s & Valance
Wearing Apparel               1   3   6
                                                                  3   6   0
                                                                17  13  6
                                                                  4  15  6

                Amt of Valuation              ___________
                                                                £27  0  6
Will!! [sic]


Samuel Rowe was born at Stewkley c.1815. He kept The Boot with his second wife Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Gibbs, whom he married in 1848 when she was a widow named Walker. They moved to Verney Road in 1869 or 1870 and Elizabeth died in 1876 aged 75. He then married (1877 in London) Jane Cook from Swanbourne (nee Pitkin, widow of George Cook). He had a smallholding with various pieces of land near his house. Jane's daughter Jane Cook (b.1851) apparently inherited the house in Verney Road after her mother died in 1886.

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