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Probate Collection; Will and documents for Walter Baynam, yeoman

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1. Will [2 pages] dated 26 April 1712 with:

Beneficiaries: To David Powel, brother, son of Robert Powel of the Foothog, all the two messuages etc now in the occupation of the testator subject to the payment of debts and of the following legacies:
In trust to Nicholas Gilbert and Robert Powel ,£3 5s 0d per year for upkeep and maintenance of testator's true or reputed children born of Jane Probert. To be paid out quarterly on various saints days until the children attain the age of 12 years.
To the Churchwardens and overseer of the poor 24/- per year to be disbursed amongst the poorest in the Parish as directed by the majority of landholders in the Parish.
To Mother, Maudlen Powel, and sister, Elizabeth Powel, £5 each
To William Phillips, weaver, of Llancillo, 'one Boyler and all the rest of my household goods, implements of husbandry, chattels a personal estate…'
To David Powel, £8 for funeral expenses.

Executor: David Powel with Nicholas Gilbert & Robert Powel as trustees and overseers.

Witnesses: William Vaughan, Clerke, Samuel Rawlings &  John Gabb

Date of Probate: 7 May 1712

2. Inventory:[
2 copies] Dated
4 May 1712 ,  value £3 15 6d. Appraisers Thomas Watkins & Henry Lewis




An interesting will on several counts. It admits the presence of illegitimate children; paying their maintenance until they are twelve when they could be expected to take up apprenticeships or go to work. In addition it is unusual in referring to "our blessed lady St Mary the virgin" was this man a secret Catholic? The will also identifies William Phillips as a weaver in the parish.
In photocopying these documents the witnesses for the will appear on the same page as the cover sheet and detached from the will itself. With the two copies of the inventory, 5 sheets.

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