Will of Richard Barnard 1736

See also an Inventory of the house contents covered by this Will.

Photo:This is the Probate copy, made by the Probate Court. It is not the original will.

This is the Probate copy, made by the Probate Court. It is not the original will.

Commentary.

The Will is of interest because it shows how a Testator with little money to leave deals with his Wife and four children.  The house goes to William, and it seems that the Testator expects that his Wife Elizabeth will be allowed to stay there, because he gives her his personal belongings, which would include the furniture. The other three children, Richard, Robert, and Mary, get modest legacies of three pounds each, but these do not have to be paid until after the death of the Wife.

Photo:Barnards in 2012.  It is one of the few houses in Orwell with a cellar.

Barnards in 2012. It is one of the few houses in Orwell with a cellar.

It is probable that the Testator lived in the house now called Barnards, in Town Green Road. In 1732 he is recorded as having been paid the sum of £2.12.0d for building the chimneys at The Toiwn House -chimneys which lasted until 1936, when the house was burned down. (Churchwardens Accounts.) There are four other Wills of earlier Barnard family members on this website which show the fortunes of the Barnard family over several decades. There is an extensive family tree at http://www.geni.com/list/index?focus_id=6000000007386189740

In the Parish Registers, against the name of John Adams, there is a note that in 1691 he was buried in Richard Barnard's Orchard. This is almost certainly Chapel Orchard, adjoining the house, and it is a sure sign that both John Adams and Richard Barnard were strongly non-conformist, and preferred to be buried in their own ground rather than the C of E churchyard.

For more details on the house, and on an inventory of the contents, click here.

Photo:Barnards, on the 1686 Chicheley Estate map

Barnards, on the 1686 Chicheley Estate map

 

Transcript of the Will of RICHARD BARNARD 1736.

In the name of God Amen!  I Richard Barnard of Orwell in the County of Cambridge Bricklayer being weak in body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory Do make this my Last Will and Testament as followeth Inprimis I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker Next I give my body to the earth from whence it was taken Item I give devise and bequeath to my son William Barnard to him his heirs and assigns for ever All and every my Messuages Lands and Tenements or hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever with the Barns Outhouses and Orchard with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging whatsoever Item I give to my son Richard three pounds to be paid to him out of my estate by my son William three months after the decease of my loving Wife Elizabeth Item I give to my son Robert three pounds to be paid to him out of my estate by my son William three months after the decease of my Wife Elizabeth Item I give to my daughter Mary three pounds to be paid to her out of my estate by my son William six months after the decease of my Wife Elizabeth and all my Goods and Chattels of whatever kind soever I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Elizabeth whom I make sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament which I charge with the payment of my debts and to see my body decently buried In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of October Anno Dom One thousand Seven hundred Thirty and Six

 

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