- Born: 1678, Wiltshire, England
- Marriage: Frances DAVIDSON in 1703
- Died: 1728 at age 50
BIOGRAPHY: According to 'Country Life' (20 Jul 1989 pp72-6) and 'Wiltshire' by Nikolaus Pevsner
John Yerbury was a Baker who became a Clothier and purchased an acre of land in 1722 from Samuel Davidson. John died in 1728 and his son, Francis, built Belcombe Court on the acre of land purchased by his father. He commissioned John Wood the Elder (who was responsible for a number of notable buildings in and around Bath) to design and build the house near Bradford on Avon in 1734. Sotheby's sold some pieces from the house in 2001 when they described it as 'a charming property renovated under the direction of leading 18th century Bath architect John Wood for Francis Yerbury in 1734. Yerbury, a member of the successful family of Bradford-on-Avon clothiers, employed Wood to enlarge the existing building and add exquisite detail such as stuccowork ceilings to the interior.' In John's Will, which was proved in 1729 (made in 1727), he descibed himself as a Malster and he names his younger children to be all except Francis and implies that they are under 21. There being seven girls, this must be the John referred to in the Will of William of London (1741) (q.v) and so connect the "Rev Jones" families with that which includes the Goldsboroughs. John Yerbury, Malster of Bradford, Wiltshire; made 11 Dec 1727, proved 15 Nov 1729 In the name of God Amen. I John Yerbury of the parish of Bradford … Malster … Imprimis .. as I have settled on my now dear wife Frances Yarbury part of my Estate att Haugh* otherwise called Haugh Farme in the said County of Wilts for terme of her naturall life _ I doe hereby ratify and confirme such my Deed of Settlement to all intents and purposes according to the purport and true meaning of the same Item as for touching and concerning the disposition of all and singular my Reall and Personall Estate I doe hereby give grant devise and bequeath the same in manner following viz I give .. wife Frances and to my loving friends Mr Paul Mathuen* and Mr James Fellows both of Bradford and their heirs … and as well all my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever as also all my personall Estate whatsoever and wheresoever To hold to the said Frances (my wife) Paul Mathuen and James Fellows … in trust to sell and dispose of all the said Estates withall convenient speed after my decease for ths raising port'ons or Fortunes for my younger children (viz) Joanna, Jane, Joseph, Frances, Mary Elizabeth Joan, Katherine, Rachell and Anne Yerbury and the moneys arising by such sale to be paid and equally divided … 21 years … (death or marrying under age and against the wishes of the Execs. to force a redistribution) … Item whereas I have in my lifetime att severall times given and disposed to my eldest son Francis Yerbury divers considerable sumes of money as and for and in full of his porc'on therefore I give him Five pounds to buy him mourning and no more to be paid to him by my Executors immediately after my decease and I doe nominate desire and appoint my said wife Frances Yerbury and my said Friends Paul Mathuen and James Fellowes Executors of this my last Will and Testament In Trust nevertheless the better to enable them to perform the same after payment of my just debts and funeral expenses to each of them I give Five guineas apeice to buy Mourning Item it is my will and I doe hereby further direct and appoint that my Trustees and Executors hereinbefore named and every of them and the heirs … out of my … Estate … all reasonable and lawfull payments … Lastly I doe hereby revoke all former Wills … in witness whereof .. 11th December 1 Geo II (1727) John Yerbury // Thos Dike Randolph Webb Jams (Saml.?) Webb junr. January the third 1728 I doe add this codicil … I doe hereby declare that it is my will that my beloved wife Frances Yerbury and her assigns doe and shall enjoy and hold my new Housing att Belcome brook for and during the termne of her natureall life John Yerbury // William Jones Thos Bush Probatum fuit suprascriptum testamentum apud London cum codicillo 15 November 1729 … Frances Yerbery … Paul Mathuen et Jacobo Fellows * Does that say Haugh? Note, Paul Methuen was a former tenant of Freshford. The impression is given that apart from his eldest son, Francis, John has only 8 children (7 girls and I boy - which makes him a very good match for William's uncle John - see Wm Y, 1741) though we believe that there was a John (unless I've misread his name as part of Mary Elizabeth's; the writing is quite feint at that point). We may also infer that only Francis was over 21.
John married Frances DAVIDSON, daughter of Joseph DAVIDSON and Joanna BLUETT, in 1703. (Frances DAVIDSON was born in Freshford Mill, Wiltshire, England and died in 1729.)