Copy Will: Robert Smith, Bearley
Copy Will of Robert Smith of Bearley, gent., whereby he devised the messuage in which he then dwelt in Bearley with Home Close, all the land which he bought of John Mace and four closes called the Stockins, to Sarah his wife for her life, with remainder, as to the messuage and land, to Joseph Smith, nephew of the testator and son of Joseph Smith and his heirs and, as to the four closes called the Stockins to testator's nephew William Smith, son of John Smith and his heirs; and he devised another messuage in Bearley then in the occupation of Thomas Hemming to his said nephew, William, and his heirs for ever; and he devised his cottage in Bearley, then in the occupation of the said William Smith, to his brother, John Smith, for life, with remainder to the said William Smith and his heirs for ever; and he devised another cottage, then in the occupation of Robert Morris, to his sister Susannah Biddle for her life and after her death to John Smith son of testator's brother, William Smith, and his heirs for ever; and he devised another cottage in Bearley, in the possession of William Chatterley, to his nephew Thomas Smith (son of the testator's brother William Smith) and his heirs for ever; and he devised and bequeathed his stock of stone and land in Bearley fields as also of coals and tools etc. belonging to the stone trade to his brother, John Smith; and he bequeathed to his wife Sarah £50, to his nephews William and John (sons of testator's brother William Smith) £20 each, to his nephew Thomas (son of the said William Smith senior) £10, to his nephew William Seeley £5, to his nieces Sarah and Ann Seeley £5 each, to his niece Mary Smith (daughter of John Smith) £10, to his niece Ann Spiers £5, to his niece Sarah Chatterley £5, to his sister Susannah Biddle £10, to each of his nieces, Anne, Mary and Elizabeth Roberts, £5, to his nephews Robert and Thomas Barnhurst £50 each, to his niece Susannah Rawbone £5, to his nephew Thomas Warwick £10, to his brother John Smith £20, to his nephew William son of John Smith £50, and to his nephew Joseph, son of Joseph Smith £50; and the testator bequeathed his house at Golden Cross, Bearley to his wife Sarah whom he appointed his sole executrix. Witnesses: Thomas Walford, Samuel Redfern and Anne Ward. Proved at Worcester, 12 December 1761.