Cassmob at Family History Across the Seas, has introduced a series "Beyond the Internet" to highlight some of the sources for family stories beyond our computer screens. The latest theme focuses on Wills.
Feather bed, sheets and bedstead, desk and books, meal chests and corner cupboards - all items of personal value mentioned in the wills of my ancestors.
My great great great, great grandfather John Danson (1736-1821) made his will in 1813. It conveys something about his standing in the community, his level of education and confirmed the names of grandchildren. It is the little personal touches which give a picture on important possessions at the time - " I bequeath to my son Henry my desk and all my books...to my daughter Jennet, wife of John Bryning, my corner cupboard now standing in the parlour of my house and my meal chest in the room above
|John Danson's Will, 1813|
So if you are lucky to trace a will, you have a unqiue resource which can add so much to your family history story.