Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Will of Peter Blake of Saint Breock, Cornwall - The National Archives PROB 11/706/316, probated 13 Dec 1740

Peter Blake is the testator and he states that he is of Saint Breock. He names his brother in law as John Buscombe so perhaps his wife’s maiden name was Buscombe. No children are named. Peter was a common name in the Blake family at Breock.

Looking back at the will of Andrew Blake and his executrix was to be living in Southwark and his will was dated 1691 so earlier and he mentions his brothers and their children and they include a Peter Blake son of Henry Blake. Is this the Peter Blake writing this will?


On the OPC webpage for St Breock there is memtion that John Buscombe was a Church Warden in 1732 at St Breock.

Interesting that he wrote his will while visiting at Berwick Street in Saint James’ Westminster. The survey of London which included The Parish of St James Westminster, South of Piccadilly lists a Robert Hutchinson and he was a carpenter living at number 21. I am not able to see this book unfortunately.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 4 Jun 2013
Source: The National Archives, PROB 11/706/316
Testator: Peter Blake
Place: Saint Breock, Cornwall, England
Type of Record: Will
Date of document: 13 Jul 1738 , probated 13 Dec 1740
Condition: 18th century English, legible copy

[Margin]: Peter
[Margin]: Blake

1    In the name of God Amen
2    I Peter Blake of the parish of Saint Breock in the County
3    of Cornwall being at present in an ill State of health but of
4    sound mind and memory thanks be to God for the same Do
5    make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form
6    following that is to say I give and bequeath to my kinswoman
7    Mary Moyes ten pounds Also I give and bequeath to my
8    loving wife Margaret Two hundred pounds Lastly all the
9    rest and residue of my Estates Goods and Chattells I give and
10    bequeath to my brother Law John Buscombe and his heirs
11    for ever Upon condition that the said Buscombe do pay and
12    discharge all my debts and Funeral Expences whatsoever and
13    for that purpose do nominate and appoint the said John
14    Buscombe Executor of this my last Will and Testament revoking
15    and cancelling all former Wills by me made In Witness my
16    hand this thirteenth day of July one thousand seven hundred
17    and thirty Eight in Berwick Street Saint James’s Westminster
18    Peter Blake Signed Sealed published and declared to be my
19    last Will and Testament in presence of us Robert Hutchinson
20    Cathen Hutchinson Francis Wallis Esquire
21    This Will was proved at London before the
22    Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth doctor of Laws Master
23    Keeper or Commissary of the prerogative Court of Canterbury
24    lawfully consdtituted the thirteenth day of December in the year
25    of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty by the Oath
26    of John Buscombe the sole Executor named in the last Will
27    and Testament of the said deceased to whom administration
28    was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits
29    of the said deceased being first sworn by Commission duly to
30    administer the same


Rj L said...

My ancestor John Buscombe (1696-1772) was married to Elizabeth Blake (dates unknown). Is it possible that Elizabeth was Peter's sister and hence my ancestor John is the John Buscombe mentioned in Peter Blake's Will?
John Buscombe married Elizabeth Blake on February 10, 1729/30 in Saint Michael Penkevil. The register states both groom and bride were from Saint Breage. Breage was originally called Saint Breock in Kirrier, hence the confusion of the origins of the couple.
Robert Lean, Alberta, Canada

Elizabeth Kipp said...

An interesting comment and I shall soon respond. Ill health has kept me away from my computer for a couple of months. Elizabeth Kipp