Robert Bull, farmer

Ari's 9x great-grandfather, Robert Bull, was born in Cubley, Derbyshire, in 1715 and baptised at St Andrew's church there on 9 June that year:

Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812,

His parents were Joseph Bull and Catherine Bakewell.

On 5 October 1741, Robert married Sarah Baker at the same church.

Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812,

Robert and Sarah had at least three children, and Robert died on 19 May 1799. He was buried in the churchyard on 22 May.

Luckily, Robert left a will. This is what it says:

"In the Name of God Amen I Robert Bull of Cubley in the County of Derby Farmer being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding Do hereby make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say First and principally I commend my Soul to Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be decently interr'd at the discretion of my Executor herein after named and as to my Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I give and dispose thereof (subject nevertheless to the payment of my just debts and funeral Expenses) in manner following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Sarah Bull in case she happens to survive me an Annuity of yearly rent charge of Five pounds for and during the term of her natural life in case she shall not continue to live and be maintain'd by my Son John Bull during her life but if she shall so live and be maintained by him then I do give her the said Sarah Bull only twenty shillings a year for pocket money and no more. I also give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Mary Tittley Spinster now living with me the sum of Forty pounds and (having heretofore given what fortune I intended to my son Robert Bull and Anne the wife of Thomas Tittley) I do hereby give to each of them the sum of one shilling and no more. All which said legacies I do hereby direct shall be paid within twelve months after my decease out of my Stock and personal Estate. And after payment thereof and subject as aforesaid I do hereby give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my Goods Cattle Chattels Implements of household and Husbandry quick and dead Stock and all other my personal Estate of what nature or kind unto my Eldest Son John Bull now living with me at Cubley aforesaid Farmer his Executors Adminstrators and Assigns for ever. And I also give and bequeath to my said Son John Bull the possessions and Tenant right (after my decease) of and in all that Messuage or Tenement Lands Grounds and premises Situate at Cubley aforesaid which I hold under the Right Honourable Lord Chesterfield at and under the yearly rent of Ninety four pounds nine shillings and ten pence. To hold to him my said son John his Executors Administrators from my decease forward during the remainder of the term. And lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Son John Bull Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all others by me hereby made. In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament set and put my hand and Seal this 31st day of December in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and Eighty Eight."

(Staffordshire, Dioceses Of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate 1521–1860,

Probate was granted at Uttoxeter on 30 October 1799.

Ari, this is how you are related to Robert:

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