Will of Owen Griffiths, teacher in Fishguard 1853
It is not known whether this was the final will of Owen Griffiths on which probate was granted but it details his wishes at the time it was prepared in 1853 and gives interesting details as to family relationships and bequests. At the time of preparing the will, Owen was 83 years old having been born in Llanstinan parish in 1770. He died in 1856 at the grand age of 85. On both the 1841 and 1851 census records, Owen describes himself as a school master (when he was 70 and 80 years old! ) – although his will states that his home was in High Street the census describes it as Shwt Street.
This is the last will and testament of me Owen Griffiths of the town and parish of Fishguard in the County of Pembroke on the 28th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty three. In manner and form following (that is to say) first I subject all my real estate consisting of two dwelling houses and gardens with all appurtenances there unto belonging, situate in High Street in the aforesaid town of Fishguard now in my own occupation, to the due payments of all my just debts which has been by me contracted from and after the 9th day of March 1839, I charge the whole debt to be raised and ***** out of my real estate and paid by my executor herein after named. I give and bequest to my son James Griffiths and my daughter Fanny May the sum of five shillings apiece and to my daughter Elizabeth Lloyd the sum of one pound to be paid unto them immediately after my decease. I give and bequest to my daughter Ann Griffiths all the chamber furniture that are now called by her name together with the bedstead and bedding wherein she use to sleep and all the glass and earthenware shall be found in my dwelling house at the time of my decease and her mother’s chest, to be delivered to her immediately after my decease. All the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate of which I shall be possessed of, interested in and entitled to at the time of my decease and not herein given and disposed of, I give devise and bequeath unto my grandson Owen Griffith Owen, his executors, administrators and assigns for ever. I do hereby nominate and appoint, my grandson sole executor and residuary legate of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills or former wills by me hereto fore made.
In witness whereof, I the said, Owen Griffiths set my hand and seal the day first above written . Witnessed Benjamin Williams – Sadler and Stephen Owen – Carpenter