Will of William Ogborne in 1689 former mayor of Thornbury, Glos

William died around 1689 and his will was proved in 1690.  The will was dated 2nd January 1689 and it shows William was a baker.  He left ‘all that my messuage or tenement with the appurtenances situate in the High Street of the borough of Thornbury wherein I now dwell together with the garden and backside to the said messuage or tenement adjoining and belonging and one barn and one stable to the said garden also adjoining and being next to a street of the said borough commonly called St Mary Street als the Back St …………… unto my said wife Anne during the term of her natural life and immediately from and after the decease of my said wife I give devise and bequeathe all and singular the hereinbefore devised messuage tenement garden backside barn   stable and premises with the appurtenances unto my sons Thomas Ogborn and Joseph Ogborn and to the survivor of them his heirs and assigns for ever‘.

He made financial bequests to his daughter Anne Taylor (5 shillings), his son William and daughters Elizabeth Jane and Margaret (one shilling apiece), his grand daughter Jane Hall (£5 to be paid unto her at the age of 21 or day of marriage which shall first happen) and to his grand daughter Anne Smyth (£5 to be paid unto her at the age of 21 or day of marriage which shall first happen).  There was a memorandum added to the will stipulating that the following goods should ‘forever remain in the dwelling’:

  • In the cellar one table board with two barrels and all the wooden horses and shelves there
  • In the hall one fire grate one table board and frame and three joined stools
  • In the bakehouse the furnace and all the troughs and tinfills?? belonging to the trade of a baker
  • In the hall chamber one large chest one bedstead and one side cupboard
  • In the best chamber one bedstead one tableboard and one side cupboard and four joined stools
  • In the shop all the corn tintraes and shelves there
  • in the buttery next the cellar stairs one little table board and all the shelves there

Ann Ogborne, presumably William’s widow, was listed in the Overseers Accounts in 1690 through to 1719.

With thanks to ‘Thornbury Roots’ for the above

Additional details of William and his family

Focusing on the history of the name of Ogbourne, Ogborn, Ogburn and other variants, including the early form of Ocheburne & Okebourne