|Alexander was to inherit six acres of land in Post
Wood field, Amwell, in the will of his older brother John. John changed his mind in a codocil of 1777 ordering the
properties to be sold and his brothers to receive the proceeds of sale.
There must be some doubt about his wife and three children. Why no mention in his will?
|Extract from Alexander's will:
This is the last will and testament of me Alexander Usborne of St Pauls, Deptford in the county of Kent, tallow chandler, made this thirty first day of October, 1782. All of my estate to be divided in two parts and out of the one half part I give to my sister Ann Heaver, widow, who now lives with me, the sum of one hundred and forty pounds and the remainder of that half part I give to my two brothers William Usborne of Ware, Hertfordshire, carpenter and James Usborne of Hertford, tallow chandler and my two sisters Ann Heaver, widow, and Esther Merchant (wife of Benjamin Merchant) of Dartford in the County of Kent, tallow chandler, to be equally divided between them. And out of the other half part I give to my nephew Alexander who now lives with me, son of my said brother James Usborne, the sum of twenty pounds and the remainder of the half part I give to my nephews and nieces following, that is to say unto all the children of my brother William Usborne, unto all the children of my brother James Usborne and all the children of my late brother Benjamin Usborne, deceased, unto all the children of my sister Ann Heaver, widow and unto all the children of my late sister Mary Cobb.