From Finding birth/baptism/marriage record for Priscilla who married printer Henry Hughes probably about 1810 in Breconshire, Wales? I know that my Hughes ancestors included three prominent printers in Brecon, Wales:
- Henry Hughes (ca 1755 - 1794)
- Henry John Hughes (ca 1781-1820; son of the above)
- Priscilla Hughes (ca 1782-1839; wife of the above)
On 9 Feb 1820, in the Hereford Journal, Henry advertised a house to let at Wheat Street, Brecon. He was recorded as being a Printer of Struet, Brecon.
I am not sure whether this was a property owned by Henry, or simply one in which he was acting as an intermediary for its letting, but, in any event, I suspect that the Hughes family would have had assets to do with their printing business that would have meant wills and probate were likely.
However, I have not found a will or probate for any of the three. Some of their output as printers seems to be present in the National Library of Wales but I have not found their wills/probate there.
Am I overlooking a likely source for any possible wills/probate of theirs? Would the two Henrys both dying aged 39 mean that they might not yet have been thinking about what happened after their deaths? If they died without wills, would there be letters of administration somewhere to enable the assets to be handed on?
The eldest son of Henry John and Priscilla, also called Henry (ca 1809 - 1892) was also a Printer and Stationer, at first in London, but mostly in Trevithin/Pontypool, so I am assuming that the printing assets must have passed to him.
His own probate, on 9 May 1892, was granted to his sons Henry (newspaper proprietor and publisher) and David Williams (printer and stationer).