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Will of John Grubbe of Potterne 1653

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Date: 1652 [unknown]
Location: Potterne, Wiltshire, Englandmap
Surname/tag: Grubbe
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The is a transcript of the Will of John Grubbe of Potterne written on 22 January 1652/3. [1] It was proved at the Court of Wills and Administrations at Westminster on 25 May 1653.
This Court replaced the Prerogative Court of Canterbury during the period of the Commonweath (1650-1660)

Of note are:

  • his wife Jane Grubbe
  • brother Thomas Grubbe
  • cousin John Grubbe and his un-named children

No children of Jane and John are mentioned.

Spelling, punctuation and line breaks are as the register copy of the will and now catalogued with the Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills at The National Archives at Kew, Surrey, England.
Paragraph breaks are my own for ease of reading.
Abbreviations have been expanded in [square brackets]

In the Name of God Amen I
John Grubbe of Bide in the parish of St Potternes in the County
of Wilts gent being weake in Bodye but thanks be given unto the
Almightye God my Creator of good and perfect memorye hoping by
the death and passion of Jesus Christ my onlye Savior and redeemer to
be one of his elect And for my worldlye Goods which God of his
infinite goodness hath bestowed upon mee I give and bequeath in
manner and forme following That is to say

First I bequeath my Soule
Unto Almightye God my Creator and my Bodye to the Earth from whence
it came to be buryed in decent manner in the parish Church or Chancell
of Potterne aforesaid at the discretion of my Executrix Alsoe I give
unto the poore people dwelling in Potterne the summe of forthye shillings
Also I give and bequeath unto my onlye brother Thomas Grubbe
fiftye pounds to be payed within six monthes next after my decease
Also I give to everye of the Children of my cozen John Grubbe of
Westerlye in the Countye of Gloucester [2] which shall be living at the time
of my decease the sum[m]e of ten pounds a peece to be payed unto
them within six monthes after my decease

Item I also give unto my
brother Thomas Grubbe my bay mare All the Rest of my Goods and
Chattles moveable and unmoveable of what kynd and Condicon soever
I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Jane Grubbe whome I meake
Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament And I doe hereby
desire my aforesaid loving brother Thomas Grubbe and my loving
kinsman John Grubbe to be my Overseers of this my last Will and
Testament and to take care of my dear wife as farr as in them lyeth
that shee be not any wayes abused in the Estate that I have bequeathed
unto her And for their paynes I give twentye shillings a peece to them
Rings In Witnesse whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seale
the two and twentieth day of January in the Yeare of our Lord One
thousand six hundred fiftye and two / Jo: Grubbe / Read published
signed and sealed in the presence of Jo: Marny Cler: William Long
Jo: Tidcombe.

This Will was proved at Westminster the five and twenthieth day of

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May in the yeare of our Lorde one thousand six hundred Fiftie three
befrore the Judges for probate of Wills and granting Administrations
according to an Act of Parlyament entitled An Act for probat of Wills
and frand Administrations by the Oath of Jane Grubbe the Relict
and sole Executrix named in the sayd will to whome the Administration
was Comitted of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Debts of the
saynd deceased shee being first sworne by vertue of a speciall Comission
Well and truly to administer the same


  1. Will of John Grubbe of Potterne, Wiltshire, 1653 in: Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury ref PROB 11/piece 227: Brent /quire 115 folio 237 The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England Ancestry permalink Ancestry sharing image 1 [https://www.ancestry.co.uk/sharing/24820931?h=819e4b Accessed 4 July 2021
  2. Westerleigh, Gloucestershire, northeast of Bristol.

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