The Worcestershire County Records Office holds a number of Wills relating to the Cubberley family. One such example is that of my 5th Great Grandfather, John Cubberley, a yeoman farmer of Worcestershire. He was born in the village of Birlingham in 1739 and died at Strensham in 1805, having lived to the age of 65. He married Phoebe James of Welland, in 1766, and they had at least 8 children. After the death of Phoebe, some time after 1781, John married for a second time. His second wife was probably a lady by the name of Ann Langley, and it is likely that they married at Strensham in August 1801, just a few years before his death.
The following is the text from his Will, with a copy of his signature taken from the original document.
“This is the last will and testament of me John Cubberley of Strensham in the county of Worcester, yeoman, whereas before my marriage with my present wife, I made a settlement to and upon her of not only her own property, but also the sum of twenty pounds to be paid to her after my decease, exclusive of and in full Bar and satisfaction of all Dower, Right and Title of Dower which she should or might have or be entitled to of in and to my Estate whither real and personal and as having so provided for her. First I will and direct all my just debts, legacies, funeral expenses and the charge of making this will be first paid and discharged by my executor hereinafter named. To my son Thomas Cubberley I give and bequeath the sum of twelve pounds and to my daughter Sarah Cubberley I give and bequeath the sum of eight pounds.
All the rest, residue and remainder of my Real Estate, goods, chattels, cattle, stock, crop, implements of husbandry, ready money, securities for money and all other my Personal Estate I shall die possessed of and entitled unto I give and bequeath to and between all my children, John Cubberley, Phoebe Rice, Elizabeth Cubberley, Francis Cubberley, Thomas Cubberley, William Cubberley and Sarah Cubberley to be equally divided between them share and share alike, and do direct the same to be paid and divided to and between my said children within one twelve month after my decease. And I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said son John whole and sole Executor of this my will in testimony whereof I the said John Cubberley the Testator have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord 1803.”