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BYRD, Henry (Will)

Personal information

Place of Residence
Probate Type
Occupation or Status
Date Made
29 Jun 1772
No witnesses but, on 5th February 1774, the day the will was proved, Thomas Cotterell and Joseph Simpson, yeomen, both of Badsey, swore on oath that "they and each of them lived as near neighbours and were well acquainted with Henry Byrd late of Badsey blacksmith for several years next before until the time of his death which happened on 25th January last, that they have often transacted business with him and upon many and divers occasions have seen him write by reason and well knew his name and character of handwriting."
Buried in parish

Probate details

Date Proved
5 Feb 1774
Place proved
Details of Will

I, Henry Byrd of Badsey, blacksmith, being aged and considering the uncertainty of this life being sound in mind and memory, give:

  • To my two daughters Mary and Elizabeth Byrd £200 apiece to be payable when they arrive to the age of 21 or the day of marriage, if either should die it should go to the remaining sister
  • To my two daughters Mary and Elizabeth all my household goods to be equally divided between them
  • And after my decease I give to my son-in-law William Collett all my estate at Little Comberton and all my house and buildings in Badsey which I make chargeable to pay all my legacies
  • My will is that my grandson William Collett should have my estate at Little Comberton or £200 in money at the age of 21
  • As for all the rest of my goods chattels and personal estate to my son in law William Collett

I do nominate and desire my kinsman Robert Drury to take upon him the care and trust over my children to see that my will is executed according to my desire

Notes and sources

Source of Information
Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service (link)
Where to view copy of original document
On microfilm at Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, The Hive, Worcester (link)