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The earliest family will found on public record at the time of writing is that of RICHARD MUCKLESTON of Kily Owen Carmarthenshire.  We know that he was baptised in Oswestry on 5th April 1580 and that he married Dame Elizabeth Aubrey  (date and place unknown). His burial is recorded at Ludlow on 26th January 1638 aged 57 years. As far as we know Richard had no children and his siblings were sisters Ellen and Margaret and brother Morice who was a priest. His father was William Muckleston  Curate of Oswestry. From early times to the end of the 19th Century members of the family have served the church.

 

He was left the estates of Trebonne in Carmarthen (of which his wife was heiress). He was charged with the minimal payment of 40 shillings to the poor of Oswestry

 

There is confusion as to whether or not he had a daughter Katherine. A Catherine married a Randal Allen in1602 and died in1619. In his will he leaves much of his estates to Muckleston Allen Gent. His will also mentions nephews and cousins called Allen. The Catherine who married Randal Allen would therefore appear to be his cousin.

 

Below is a summary of Richard's will and the sections exactly as written in his will are shown in italics. (** indicates words cannot be read - the original wills were written by hand, some words are hard to decipher others difficult to read due to blotting).

 

Source: Public Record Office Reference Prob 11/176.

 

Written: 23rd January 1638    (three days before he died)

 

Probate: 10th April 1638.

 

In the name of God Amen. The three and twentieth day of January in the year of the reign of Charles our sovereign, Lord Privy and Provost of England ** thirteenth. I Richard Muckleston of the parish of Kily Owen diocese of St David in the county of Carmarthen Esquire being sick and weak of body but of sane and perfect memory God be praised do make and ** that my just will and testament in manner and form following. He gives his soul to God and asks for a decent burial as his family see fit. He then lists his bequests as follows:-

 

* Towards the reparation of the Cathedral Church of St Davids ten shillings.

* Towards the reparation of the church of Kily Owen twenty shillings

* To the poor of the parish of Kily Owen twenty shillings.  

* To his loving wife Dame Elizabeth Aubrey half of all my goods chattels and personal effects.

* To his wife all the property and lands called Trebbany lying in Kily Owen and in Up Burlgh Trebbany in the tenure of Ruddle Rees William, and Rhine Mallam, Clan Davey, Trebach and in the town of Llanddyfice as well as other (relatively minor) properties.

* His wife had the property and all income during her life when it would then pass to his kinsman Muckleston Allen Gent.#

* The deeds and mortgage value £100 on property in the hands of David Jenkins is passed to his wife.

* I give and bequeath unto the said Dame Elizabeth Aubrey Gold and Silver spoons.

* To John Allen his nephew lands and a mortgage value £50 on property in the hands of David ap Hugh.

* To his cousin Marie Allen  fourty pounds.

* To his sister Margaret Williams  £10 yearly for life

* To his nephew Richard Allen £3 yearly for life

* I give devise and bequeath fourty shillings to the poor of the town of Oswestry to be dealt and distributed in bread amongst them upon every Good Friday by the discretion of the bailiffs of the said town and of the vicar and churchwardens thereof the time being And my will is that the said payments shall begin upon the first Good Friday and May Day next after my decease.

* To Thomas ap John ap Evan one yoke of Oxen

* To Ruddr David Ruddr  fourty shillings

* To Anne Morgan  £5

* To John Allen  the benefit of a judgement of five hundred pounds which I had against one David ap Harry ap Howell  at the great sessions of the said county of Carmarthen and of the ** made of the lands of the said David ap Harry ap Howell lying in Llanvorda aforesaid in ** thereof willing that the said John Allen shall deal sensibly with the said David ap Harry ap Howell therein.

* To John Thomas properties and lands in Kily *** in Llanvorda

* To his wife Dame Elizabeth Aubrey the mansion house in Llanvorda currently occupied by Rees Walter  and property called Y Carrig in Llanvorda currently occupied by David Jenkins  during her lifetime then these properties pass to Muckleston Allen

 

Item. I nominate and appoint the said Dame Elizabeth Aubrey  my wife sole executrix of this my last will and testament and my loving friends Herbert Jones and my loving kinsman Hugh Muckleston Gent to be executors of this my last will. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Sealed published and acknowledged in the presence of Edward Morris, David Jones *** *** and the mark of ***.

 

# It is obvious from the will that Muckleston Allen is a relation possibly the son of his sister Ellen although this is not yet proved. The only information we have on Ellen is her baptism in December 1581.

 

Yet another example of a wealthy MUCKLESTON leaving no heirs and the money passing into another family name - no wonder we are all so poor! Very little is known about Dame Elizabeth Aubrey despite her grand title.

 

It is likely that the Hugh Muckleston  refer to as an executor was a wealthy Mercer who married Elizabeth Kynaston , a daughter of a another wealthy family, in 1617. If so he would be Richards 4th cousin - they had the same Great Great Grandfather!