Will of Joseph Shitler
Yeoman of Hazelbury Bryan Dorset

Will dated 28 September 1852 - Proved on 26 November 1853

Transcribed by Jan Hibberd OPC Hazelbury Bryan - July 2017

In the name of God Amen, I Joseph SHITTLER of the parish of Haselbury Briant in the County of Dorset, Yeoman do make this my Last Will and Testament, revoking all former Wills and codicils in manner following, being of sound mind and memory.

Firsty I commend my soul to Almighty God, who gave it me and my body to the earth, in the hope of a joyful resurrection through the merits of our Blessed Saviour, Jesus Christ.

And as for the worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with, after all my just debts are paid and all debts due to me-- my estate are collected by my Trustees, hereafter named, together with all my stock, household goods, furniture, implements, goods and chattles of every description and all moneys in house or that may be due to my estate from whomsoever, it's my wish the whole may be brought into one fund within one year from my decease be equally divided between my six lawfull children, namely Thomas SHITTLER (whom I make Executor under -- to assist in seeing there my wishes carried into effect) Elizabeth MITCHEL, Susanna RICHARDS, Mary ORD, Sarah HILL and Julia SHITTLER, to have equal shares with their brother, so that the whole may share alike out of my estate.

To carry these my views into effect, I appoint my good friends Mr Stephen ROBERTS of Maiden Bradley in the County of Wilts, Yeoman and Mr John SHITTLER of Bradford Farm in the said County of Dorset, Yeoman, my Trustees whom I wish should exercise their judgement in paying my daughters, Sarah HILL, Susan RICHARDS and Julia SHITTLER's shares, so that they may receive a monthly portion not to be destitute during their lives.

Lastly, should the two latter dye without issue, it's my wish their shares should be divided as before between the surviving children, all moneys that might have been received by any of the aforesaid children from me from time to time, is to be accounted for and deducted from their respective shares so that the whole of them may have alike.

I further wish and desire that a valuation of all my personal effects, growing crops and stock of every description with everything may have an interest in, may take place within one month from my decease and that everything be accounted for to the Trustees monthly to their satisfaction.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two.


Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Joseph SHITTLER the Testator, as for his Last Will and Testament, in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses.

Robert JEFFREYS.      Thomas S. ROBERTS.


On the twenty sixth day of November one thousand eight hundred and fifty three, the within Will of Joseph SHITTLER, late of Haselbury Bryan in the County of Dorset, Yeoman deceased was proved by the oaths of John SHITTLER of Bradford Farm, in the parish of Wimborne Minster in the County of Dorset, Yeoman and one of the Executors, according to the Tenor of (and Thomas SHITTLER of Haselbury Bryan in the said County, Yeoman the Executor) therein named to whom Administration of all and singular, the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased was granted, they being first duly sworn, well and faithfully to Administer the same to exhibit a true and perfect inventory thereof into the Registry of the Court of the Archdeacon of Dorset and render a just account thereon when thereto lawfully required. And that the whole of the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased does not amount in value to the sum of one thousand pounds

And lastly that the said deceased died on or about the twenty first day of March, one thousand eight hundred and fifty three.
Power being reserved to make the like grant to Stephen ROBERTS when --

Sworn before me N? HARTE? Surrogate.

In the presence of Francis JOHNS? Proctor?

1855 April 19th. Memoranda stamp rectified at Stamp Office and property since sworn under two thousand pounds.
--- PAYNE  Clerk to Mr Francis JOHNS? Sol Blandford.

Double probate passed at District Registry Blandford October 1867

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