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The will of Vincent Snooke

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This is a transcription of the will of Vincent Snooke, Yeoman of Urchfont, Wiltshire, written on 22 December 1749, proved at Salisbury 15 April 1752.[1]

Spelling, and punctuation are as per the register copy, line breaks have been changed to fit page. Capital F is rendered as F rather than ff. Abbreviations are expanded in [square brackets]. Paragraph breaks (where added) and bold text for names are my own for ease of reading.

People mentioned in the Will

  • Jane Snooke (Wife)
  • Thomas Snooke (Brother)
  • Robert Snooke (Brother, executor)
  • John Chelps, Samuell Salmon (Witnesses)

I Vincent Snooke of Urchfont in the County of Wilts Yeoman Do hereby Revoke and Annul all
former and other Wills and Testaments by me at any time made And Do declare my last Will and Testament to be
as Follows ( that is to say ) First I Give and Bequeath unto my loving Wife Jane Snooke the Sume of Twenty
Pounds to be paid to her One half part thereof in One month and the residue thereof in Twelve Month next after my
decease Also I Give and Bequeath to my Said Wife All Such Household Goods as She brought with her at the time of
our Intermarriage Also I Give to my Said Wife the Use and Usage of All other my Household Goods Beding and
Furniture whatsoever for and during her Natural life if She Shall So long continue a Widow Sole and Unmarried
And from and after her decease or Marriage which Shall first happen I Give and Bequeath the Use of the Same unto
my Brother Thomas Snooke his Ex[ecu]tors and Adm[inistrat]ors Also I Give and Bequeath unto my Brother Robert
Snooke All that my Leasehold Messuage or Dwellinghouse with the Garden and Appurtenances thereunto
belonging Situate and being in Mitchelhampton in the County of Gloucester and now in his Possession To
hold the Same unto my Said Brother Robert his Ex[ecu]tors Adm[inistrat]ors and Assignes from and imediately after my decease for
and during all the then residue and remainder of the Term Interest and Estate I shall have therein to come and

Also I give and Bequeath to all and every the Child and Children of my Said two Brothers Thomas
Snooke and Robert Snooke that Shall be living at the time of my decease the Sum of Twenty Pounds a Piece to be
paid them respectively in One Year next after my decease But in Case any or either of them Shall then happen to be under
the Age of Twenty One Years that then the Legacy and Legacies of Such So Under Age Shall not be paid or payable
to him her or them till he She or they Shall Attain his her and their respective Ages of Twenty One Years Also I
Give to the Poor of the Parish of Urchfont aforesaid a Sack of Wheat to be made up into Threepenny Loaves and to be
distributed at the discretion of my Executors in One Month next after my decease Also all the rest and residue of
my Goods Chattells Moneys and Securities for Money and Personal Estate whatsoever I Give and Bequeath unto my
said Brothers Thomas Snooke and Robert Snooke Share and Share alike Subject nevertheless to the Payment
of my Debts Legacies and Funeral Expenses And I do make and Appoint my Said two Brothers Thomas Snooke
and Robert Snooke Executors of this my last Will and testament In Witness whereof I the Said Vincent Snooke
have to this my last Will and Testament Set my Hand and Seal this Twenty Second day of December in the Year of
our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Nine

Witnesses John Chelps Sam:l Salmon
Proved at Sarum April 15th 1752: Thomas Snooke
and Robert Snooke the Ex[ecu]tors were duly
sworn before me
J Lamby [S?]


  1. Probate: "Wiltshire, England, Wills and Probate, 1530-1858"
    Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre; Chippenham, Wiltshire, England; Wiltshire Wills and Probates; Reference Number: P2/S/1506
    Ancestry Sharing LinkAncestry uk Record 61333 #109550 (accessed 13 October 2021)
    Vincent Snooke probate in 1752.

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