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Our Probert Family

We began researching the Probert family when we discovered our Charles Farr, born c1826, was the progeny of Edward Farr, born somewhere in Worcester, England, and Anne Probert. Investigation of their marriage revealed that Anne Probert and Edward Farr were married in Glasbury, Brecon, Wales in 1824.

It was at this time that we advertised on the Rootsweb lists for descendants of the Proberts, and as a result of a contact with another Probert researcher, Angela Jones, we have been given a wealth of information, not only about our Probert ancestors, but about the area where they lived. Angela and her husband Bryan have toured Wales and parts of England, in a generous endeavour to uncover our Probert roots, and we owe every piece of information on this page, to their combined and unstinting efforts!

Deviate here to view the PROBERT COAT of ARMS ...it has no motto, but since Angela so often encourages me with the words "A Probert NEVER gives up!", we may well adopt that as our own Probert motto!

They found that Edward Probert, (c1758-1819) and his wife Mary (1760-1830) had a family of ten children, namely:

Edward Probert is buried in a seriously large and impressive tomb in the cemetry of Glasbury Church, in Brecon, Wales. The inscription reads:

By this tomb lyeth the body of EDWARD PROBERT late of Gwernybed in this parish who died the 3rd day of April 1819 aged 61 years. My loving wife and children dear And likewise you that standeth near Repent in time make no delay Twas sudden death took me away.

Stop by here to view a photograph of EDWARD PROBERT's TOMB which was photographed by Angela and kindly scanned by Christine Stait, another Probert descendant. Chris has scanned a number of photographs for the Probert pages.

Mary Probert, wife of Edward Probert of Gwernyfed died 9th January, 1830 at Glasbury, Brecon, Wales.

This is the last Will and Testament of me, EDWARD PROBERT of Gwernevet in the Parish of Glasbury in the County of Brecon, farmer.
First it is my Will and Desire that all my just Debts, Funeral Expenses and the Charges of proving this my Will be paid and discharged by my Executor hereafter named out of my personal Estate. Also I give, devise and bequeath unto my dear wife MARY PROBERT all my Tenement Farm & Lands with the appurtuances commonly called or known by the name of Kilblythe situate and being in the Parish of Clyro in the County of Radnor. To Hold to my said Dear Wife and her afsigns for and during the term of her natural life. Also I give and bequeath unto my son John the Legacy or Sum of Five Hundred Pounds to my son William the Legacy or Sum of Four Hundred Pounds and to my son Clement the Legacy or Sum of Four Hundred Pounds and to my four daughters Jane, Esther, Ann and Diana the Legacies or Sums of Three Hundred Pounds a piece all which said- Legacies I will and desire shall be paid to them by my Executrix hereafter named and of my personal estate at the expiration of Twelve months after my decease if my personal Estate should amount to a sum sufficient to pay the same otherwise it is my will and desire and I do hereby authorise and empower my said wife to borrow and take up at Interest by Mortgage of my said estate a Sum sufficient to make up and pay the said Legacies beforementioned and from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife, and subject to such Charge as my said Wife shall make upon my said Estate to pay the said Legacies last mentioned.

I give and devise unto my sons Edward and John their heirs and afsigns nevertheless upon this Special Trust and confidence that they [Edward Probert] my said trustees or the Survivor of them his heirs or afsigns shall and do with all convenient speed after the decease of my said wife either by Public Auction or Private Sale as to them shall seem meet absolutely all and dispose of the said farm and Lands with any Person or Persons for the best Price and most money that can be reasonably had of gotten for the same and for facilitating such Sale it is my will and desire that the receipt or receipts of my said Trustees or the Survivor of them his Heirs or afsigns shall be good and effectual discharged to the Purchaser or Purchasers of the said promised for his or their respective Purchase Monies or for so much thereof as in such receipt or Receipts shall be expressed to be received and that such Purchaser or Purchasers shall not afterwards be answerable or accountable for the misapplication or non application of such Purchase Monies and upon this further Trust and Confidence that they my said Trustees shall and do pay apply and divide the money to arise and to be made from the sale of my said Kilblythe Estate in manner following {that is to say} To my said Sons John, William and Clement the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds a piece and to my daughters Jane, Esther, Ann and Diana the like sum of Two Hundred Pounds a piece and from and after the payments and deductions before specified and also after paying and reimbursing all such Costs, Charges and Expenses as they shall incur in selling the said Estate and carrying the Trusts of this my Will into Execution upon Trust that they my said Trustees shall and do pay and equally divide the surplus money remaining in their hands from the sale of the said estate into and equally between themselves the said Edward and John Probert and my other sons and daughters namely William, Clement, Elizabeth, Jane, Esther, Ann and Diana in equal shares and proportions to whom I give and bequeath [Edward Probert] the same and as to all the rest and Residue of my real and Personal Estate and all Land Tenements conveyed to me by way of Mortgage or otherwise I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said Dear wife Mary to Hold to her my said Wife her Heirs Executors Administators Charges and Expenses as they shall incur in selling the said Estate and carrying the Trusts of this my Will into Execution upon Trust that they my said Trustees shall and do pay and equally divide the surplus money remaining in their hands from the sale of the said Kilblythe Estate unto and equally between themselves the said Edward and John Probert and my other Sons and Daughters namely William, Clement, Elizabeth, Jane, Ann and Diana in equal shares and proportions to whom I give and bequeath [Edward Probert] the same and and as to all the rest and residue of my real and Personal Estate and all Land Tenements conveyed to me by way of mortgages or otherwise I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said dear Wife Mary to Hold to her my said Wife her Heirs Executors Administrators and afsigns respectively for ever and Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife Mary, Guardian over my children during their respective minorities and sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declaring this only to be my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereas I the said Testator Edward Probert have to this my Last Will and Testament contained on three sheets of paper to the first two sheets whereof I have laid my hand and to this third and last sheet my hand and Seal the Twenty sixth day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen.

Edward Probert

Signed, Sealed and Declared by the said Testator Edward Probert as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his Presence and in the Presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses theretofore the word "Devise" and the words "Guardian over my Children during their respective minorities and" being first interlined.

Ia. Spencer
Thos. James Junr
Jno. Knowles


Want to check out Angela's PROBERT FAMILY TREE PAGES Learn more here of our Probert ancestors in Wales and see some of the breathtaking scenery.


Here is another website, PROBERT ANCESTRAL INFORMATION This web-site contains information pertaining to Probert ancestors of Wales born prior to 1875. 

Details presented have been gathered from research material available in the National Library of Wales, County Archives, census records and parish registers.


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