SAMUEL WEBB 1776-
I Sml Webb butcher by trade, of Dry Drayton, county of Cambridge, being of sound mind and body do hereby set forth my last will and testament. Being pressured into his Majesty=s Service as a provider of fresh kill for the Royal Army I know not where I shall be or if I shall return.
I place myself in the hands of my Creator and my Soule to be judged by Jesus Christ when I lay this body down.
Having been blest by Him who oversees all with lands, barns, herds, tenements, gardens, or any wise appertaining to my occupation, I leave all to my wife, Sarah, to he held by her for my son, William, and my daughter, Lydia, and their heirs forever.
Money owed me by Wm Blake ^20, ^l0 by Robt Carter, ^5 by Mary Lamb, ^l5 by Wm Turner to be left to my wife, Sarah, for her use.
To my daughter, Lydia, I leave the dulcimer left me by my father with the wish she learn it and share the pleasant sounds with others. Also that she treasure it and leave it to her heirs as it was left to me, to my father before me and his father before him.
To my son, William, I leave my flute with which I have seen pleasure in joining its tones with the manor musicians. I wish him the same pleasant hours. Also to my children ^30 to be paid each within 12 months after my decease.
To my sister, Mary, wife of Peter Lofts, I leave the silver shoe buckles she gave me as a boy.
To my mother-in-law, Eleanor Phypers, who admires it greatly, I leave the silver bowl won by me in Royal Butcher contests and it to be given to my son, William, after her passing.
I am mindful of the tradition spoken of by my forebears that the time will soon come when our Saviour, Jesus Christ, will establish his Kingdom on earth. Believing that time is nigh, I desire that my beloved wife, Sarah, and my son, William, and daughter, Lydia, will accept and enter that Kingdom. I do not fear death. It is not the end. I know we will meet again after we have layed these bodies to rest for our soules will meet our Creator to be judged for our deeds.
In witness whereof, I Sml Webb have to this last will and testament set my hand and seal this twenty-sixth day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty.
(signed) Samuel Webb signed and sealed by the testator
in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in his presence and at his request
William Phypers John Atwell
Proved by Sarah Webb the nineteenth day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred twenty-two.