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Probate Collection; Will and documents for Giles Griffits, hammerman

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1. Will dated 3 November 1659 , with mark:

Beneficiaries: To Samuell, son, 4 oxen, 2 kine, 2 heifers and all the corn in the ground at the season of death. A moiety of corn in the house and barn(threshed or unthreshed) and one third of possessions and household goods.
To Grandchildren, William and Margaret Watkins, 2 yearling heifers and '2 calves weaned at or about May last'. Plus the other moiety of corn and the two thirds of possessions and household goods.

Executor: Son, Samuell

Witnesses: William Watkins & Chas Balwyn [?]

Date of Probate:
28 April 1663

2. Inventory: dated 16 May 1663; value £8  3  4d. Appraisers: Henry Powell and Thomas Price  


The documents include a Bond dated 28 April 1663 with bounden: Samuel Griffiths and Henry Powell both of Llancillo
Testator's occupation as hammerman is provided on the inventory, A hammerman was the man who operated the hydraulic trip hammer at a forge or foundry and Llancillo was known as an iron foundry from about this date .
With separate cover sheet 4pages in all.

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