Article From April 2005 Newsletter

From the English Garfield Newsletter Section

contributed by Sylvia Lagah

Elizabeth’s request to be granted administration of Henry’s estate.

The other document is the bond she had to enter as a guarantee that she would administer the estate properly.


Petition for Administration of Estate of Henry Garfield


Gloucestershire Record Office ref Garfield/1712/401 

14th October 1712

Before the distinguished Charles Brereton, Bachelor of Law, Surrogate of the worshipful Henry Penrice, Doctor of Letters, Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester, 

There appeared personally Elizabeth Garfield, widow, and alleged that Henry Garfield, late of Great Dorsington Magna in the diocese of Gloucester, yeoman, departed this life intestate, no will having been made by him, and that she was and is the relict of the said deceased, 

For which reason she sought that administration of the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased [be granted] to her, under a suitable caution to be imposed by him, and asked for right etc, 

Whereupon the said Surrogate charged her with an oath and decreed administration to be granted to her, In the presence of me, Ro. Moore, Notary Public.



Administration Bond re Henry Garfield dec’d, 1712


[May all men know, by these presents, 

That we, Elizabeth Garfield, of Great Dorsington in the County of Gloucester, widow, Henry Garfield of the same, yeoman, and Toms Mealing of the same, yeoman, 

Are held and firmly bounden unto the Reverend Father in Christ, the Lord Bishop of Gloucester,

In the sum of three hundred pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid to the same Bishop or his certain Attorney, Executors or Administrators;

To which payment indeed, well and faithfully to be made, we oblige ourselves, and each of us by himself for the whole, our and each of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, firmly by these Presents, Sealed with our Seals,

Dated the fourteenth day of the month of October and in the eleventh year of the reign of our Lady Anne, by the grace of God, Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland, defender of the faith etc, and in the year of our Lord 1712.]



Administration Bond re Henry Garfield dec’d, 1712


The Condic[i]on of this Obligac[i]on is such;

That if the Above bounden Elizabeth Garfield, widow, Administrator of all and singuler the goods, ch[att]ells and credits of Henry Garfield, late of Great Dorsington, Yeom[an], deceased,

Doe make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singuler the goods, chattells and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, poss[ess]ion or knowledge of her, the said Elizabeth Garfield, or into the hands and possession of any person or persons for her;

And the same soe made doe exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of Goucester at or before the last day of November next ensuing;

And the same goods, chattells and credits, and all other the goods, chattells 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 Elizabeth Garfield or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her, doe well and truly administer according to law;

And further doe make or cause to be made a true and just accompt of her s[ai]d Ad[ministra]c[i]on at or before the last day of October 1712;

And all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattells and credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators accompt, 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 and persons respectively as the said Judge or Judges by his or their decree or sentence (p[ur]suant to the true intent and meaning of a late Act of Parliament made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth yeares of the raigne of o[u]r Late Soveraigne L[or]d King Charles the second, Intituled An Act for the better settling of Intestates Estates) shall limit and appoint,

And if it shall hereafter appeare that any last will and Testament was made by the said deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named doe exhibit the same into the said Court, makeing request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Elizabeth Garfield above bounden, being thereunto required, doe render and deliver the said L[ett]res of Ad[ministra]c[i]on (approbac[i]on of such Testament being first had and made) in the said Court,

Then this Obligac[i]on to be void and of none effect, or else to remaine in full force and vertue.

Sign[um] Eliz[abethe] Garfield

[The mark of Elizabeth Garfield]

Sign[um] Henrici Garfield

[The mark of Henry Garfield]

Sign[um] Tomsii Mealing

[The mark of Toms Mealing]

Sealed and delivered in the presence of

Cha: Brereton

Ro. Moore N[otary] P[ublic]

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