From the website of FindMyPast:
“Wills and probate courts weren’t just for the rich and famous (or infamous!), and their records can offer a unique insight into the lives and relative wealth of your forebears.
“At first glance it would be easy to dismiss the Great Western Railway Shareholders records as unlikely to have any information about your relatives. However, the details you will find here are not dependent on a family member having been a railway worker. Rather, over 440,000 individuals are named, alongside details of their address, marital status, dates of death and other events – which is actually a rather large number of the UK population!
“Coupled with the fact that our Wills and probate records date back as far as 1462 (from various, countrywide sources, including the Bank of England and the Northamptonshire and Rutland Probate Index), and it’s easy to see how useful, and interesting, these documents can prove to be.”
Over many years, Moxon researchers have uncovered, deciphered, copied, and transcribed more than 400 Moxon-related wills and the results of their labours are provided on the Moxon Research website for Members to research.
As an example, we present below the opening page of the will, dated 5th April 1684, of one George Moxon, “Gent, being sick and weak in body, but of good and perfect memory…” together with the transcript made by one of our Members.