Here we have a transcript (done by ourselves) of the administration of Matthew Himbury of Yetminster, who died in 1818. There are inevitably a few gaps where we were unable to decipher the original handwriting, but it is still very readable and has enabled us to establish some family links and so further develop the family tree:-
Know all then by these presents that we Matthew Himbury of Yetminster in the county of Dorset, carpenter, John Himbury of Halwell in the county of Somerset, Dairyman, Hester Himbury of Trill Farm in the parish of Clifton Maybank in the county of Dorset, Spinster, Elizabeth the wife of Benjamin Swaffield of the same place. Xxxxxxxx William Deering of Hillfield in the county of Dorset, gentleman and Abrahim Donne of the parish of the aforesaid xxx are held an firmly bound unto the Rev. Xxxx Worshipful xoo Morresclerk.
M :A: Official Lawfully Constituted of the Reverend and Woshipful Charles Talbot Clk Bachelor in Divinity Deane of the Cathedral Church of Sarum in the Sum of One Thousand and One Hundred pounds of good and lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid unto the said Official or to his certain Attorney his Executors, Administrators or Assigns. To which Payment met and truly to be made We oblige ourselves and each of us by himself and herself severally for the whole our and each of our Heirs Executors and Administrators firmly by these Presents Seal with our Seals dated the sixteenth day of November in the fifty ninth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighteen.
The condition of this Obligation is such That if the above bound on Matthew Himbury, John Himbury, Hester Himbury Spinster, and Elizabeth the wife of Benjamin Swaffield the lawful sons and daughters of ?and as kept of Him? And next of Kin and Administrators of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of Matthew Himbury late of Trill in the parish of Clifton Maybank in the county of Dorset Intestate deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular Goods, Chattles and Credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to thee Hands, Possession or Knowledge of them the said Matthew Himbury, John Himbury, Hester Himbury, Benj Elizabeth Swaffield or into the Hands and Possession of any Person or Persons for him and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhited into the Registry of the Deane of Sarum (if required) at or, before the last day of January next ensuing and the same Goods, Chattles and Credits and all other The Goods Chattles and Credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come to the Hands or Possession of the said Matthew Himbury, John Himbury, Hester Himbury, and Benj Elizabeth Swaffield or into the Hands and Possession of any other Person or Persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law. And futher do make or cause to be made a true and just Account of their said Administration at or before the last day of Oct 1819 (if required) and all the Rest and Residue of the said Goods, Chattels and Credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators Account the same being first examined and allowed of by the Judge or Judges for the time being of the said Court shall deliver and pay unto such Person or Persons respectively as the said Judge or Jusges by his or her Decree or Sentence pursuant to the true Intent and Meaning of a late Act of Parliament made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth Years of the Reign of our late Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second Instituted and Act for the better settling of Intestates Estates shall limit and appoint. And if it shall hereafter appear that any last Will and Testament was made by the said deceased and the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said Court making request to have it allowed or approved accordingly if the said Matthew Himbury, John Himbury, Hester Himbury, and Elizabeth the wife of Benjamin Swaffield above bounden being thereunto required do render and deliver the said Letters of Administration. Approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Court, then this Obligation to be void or due to remain in full Force and Virtue.
Sealed and delivered in the presence of