Wills of Taxal and Whaley Bridge

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Nathaniel ADKINSON: 1802

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Nathan ADKINSON of Stone Heads within Whaley in the parish of Taxall in the County of Chester Gentleman First I direct all my just debts Funeral expences and the Charges of the Probate and Execution of this my will to be paid and discharged out of my Personal Estate and subject thereto I Give and bequeath unto Thomas DEWHURST of Marple in the said County of Chester Gentleman his Executors Administrators and Assigns All my Household Goods Chattels personal Estate and Effects of what and every nature and kind soever or wheresoever In trust to permit and suffer my wife Sarah and her Assigns to have hold use and enjoy the same and receive and take the interest of my ready money and money out at interest for and during the term of her natural Life and from and imediately after her decease In Trust to sell and dispose of my said Household Goods and the Money arising from the sale thereof and also my ready money and money out at interest to pay and apply as hereinafter is directed I Give and Devise unto the said Thomas DEWHURST All my Estate of Inheritance situate in the Hill Gate in  Stockport in the said County of Chester now in the occupation of Mr ROECLIFFE Grocer with every of its rights members and appurtenances And also all my Lease hold Estate in Disley in the said County of Chester now in the occupation of Joseph CLAYTON his assigns or undertenants And all my Estate right tithe interest possession  property claim and demand whatsoever of in or to the same respectively To hold unto and to the use of the said Thomas DEWHURST his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever or according to the nature of the said devised premises respectively and of my Estates and interest therein In trust to permit my said wife Sarah and her assigns to have receive and take the rents issues and profits thereof to her and their own use for and during the term of her natural Life And from and after her decease upon this further Trust That he the said Thomas DEWHURST his Heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns do and shall forthwith advertize and publickly expose to sale by auction and absolutely sell and dispose of the said Estates and premises either together or in parcels as he or they shall think fit at and for the best price and prices and most money that can be got for the same And I do hereby direct and declare that the Conveyance or Conveyances thereof or of any part thereof to be signed and Executed by the said Thomas DEWHURST his Heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns shall be a good and compleat Title to such purchaser or purchasers purchasing the same and to his or her or their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns and also that the receipt or receipts of the said Thomas DEWHURST his Heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns for all or any part of the purchase money agreed to be paid for the purchase thereof or of any part thereof shall be a good and sufficient discharge to such purchaser or purchasers and his her or their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for the money therein expressed to be received by him or them and that he she they or any of them shall not be obliged to see to the subsequent application of such purchase money or liable to the misapplication thereof And as for and concerning the Money arising from the sale of my said Estates and premises with the rents issues and profits thereof from the death of my said wife until such sale And also the money to arise from the sale of my said personalty together with my said ready money and money out at interest I direct and order the same to be divided paid and applied unto and equally among all and every my Grandchildren the children of my son Adam ADKINSON and my daughter Ann ROYLE share and share alike and to the Issue of such of  my said grandchildren the children of my said son Adam and daughter Ann as or shall be then dead leaving issue such Issue taking only amongst them the part or share that such deceased Grandchild or grandchildren would have taken if living And I do hereby expressly declare that my said Trustee and Executor his Heirs Executors Administrators or assigns shall not be charged or chargeable with or accountable for more of the said trust Estates monies or effects than he or they shall actually receive or shall come to his or their respective hands by virtue of this my will nor with or for any loss or damage which shall or may happen in the Execution of any of the Trusts herein contained without his or their wilful neglect And that it shall and may be lawful for my said Trustee and Executor his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns in the first place by and out of the premises respectively to deduct and retain to himself and themselves all such costs charges and expences trouble and loss of time as they or any of them shall sustain expend or be put unto for or by reason or in or about the Execution of this my will or the trusts hereby in him and them reposed or the management or execution thereof or of any thing relating thereto And Lastly revoking all former wills by me made I do hereby publish and declare this only to be be my last will and Testament and thereof do nominate the said Thomas DEWHURST Trustee and Executor In Witness whereof I the said Nathaniel ADKINSON the Testator have hereunto set and put my Hand and seal the Eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five.

(signed) Nathl ADKINSON with seal

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testator Nathaniel ADKINSON 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 one another have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to attest the due Execution hereof

John BRADDOCK; John STANEY; John STANEY Junr

On a separate sheet

I the within named Testator Nathaniel ADKINSON do hereby Will and declare my mind to be and do accordingly order and direct give and bequeath out of the money arising from the Sale of my estate and Effects unto my Daughter Ann wife of John ROYLE the sum of Forty pounds to be paid to her at the time of dividing thereof paid for her own use and benefit and at her own disposal and her receipt alone to be a sufficient discharge for the same to my Executor and Trustee within named any thing in my within written Will contained to the contrary notwithstanding And I do hereby ratify and confirm my said Will and all the gifts bequests devises matters and things therein contained subject to the alteration thereof hereby made And I do hereby declare this to be a Codicil to my within written Will and direct the same to be taken as part thereof In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 25th Day of July in the year of our Lord 1797

(signed) Nathaniel ADKINSON

This writing was Sign and Sealed by the above named Nathaniel ADKINSON and by him published and Declared as and for a Codicil to his within written last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other has Subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto

Margret DEWHURST; John LIVESLEY; John BRADDOCK

February 6th 1800 This Codicil was exhibited before me W BOWNE Surrogate

Obligation - a separate sheet

Know all Men by these Presents, that we Sarah ADKINSON of Disley, in the County of Chester, Widow George BARBER of Stockport in the said County, Gentleman, and Edward BOOTH of Disley aforesaid, Joiner are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God William by divine permission, Lord Bishop of Chester in the sum of five Hundred and eighty pounds, of good and lawful money of Great-Britain, to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father, his lawful attorney, executor, administrators, or assigns: To which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and each of us, severally, for and in the whole, our heirs, executors, and administrators, and the heirs, executors and administrators of each and every of us, firmly by these Presents. SEALED with our Seals, and dated the sixth day of February in the fortieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the faith, and so forth, and in the year of our Lord God, one thousand eight Hundred.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Sarah ADKINSON, Widow, Relict and Administratrix with the last Will annexed, of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of Nathaniel ADKINSON of Stone-heads, within Whaley, in the Parish of Taxall, and County and Diocese of Chester, Gentleman deceased do make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased, which shall or may come to [blank] hands, possession, and knowledge: And same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court of CHESTER at or before the sixth Day of August next ensuing the date above written.  etc. etc.

The mark and Seal of Sarah ADKINSON X; George BARBER; Ed BOOTH

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of W. BOWNE             

Feby 6th 1800 The within named Sarah ADKINSON took the usual oath of an Administratrix before me W BOWNE Surrogate

Effects above One Hundred and under Three hundred Pounds   Admon with the will issued Dated 6th July 1800

On a separate sheet

Know all Men by these presents that I Thomas DEWHURST the sole Executor named in the last Will and Testament of Nathaniel ADKINSON late of Stone heads within Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the County and Diocese of Chester Gentleman deceased for divers good causes and considerations me hereunto specially moving do hereby renounce the burden of the execution of the said Will and to the end that this my Renunciation may have its due effect in Law I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint James REPLINGTON Public Notary one of the Procurators General of the Consistory Court of Chester to be my true and lawful Proctor for me and in my name to appear before the reverend and worshipful John BRIGGS Clerk Master of Arts vicar general and official principal of the right reverend Father in God William by divine permission Lord Bishop of Chester his Surrogate or some other competent Judge in this behalf to exhibit this my proxy of Renunciation of the execution of the said Will as aforesaid and to pray the same to be admitted and enacted And I do hereby promise to allow for ... and valid all and whatsoever my said Proctor shall lawfully do or cause to be done for me and in my name in and touching the premises In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty eighth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine.

(signed) Thomas DEWHURST

Signed and sealed by the said Thomas DEWURST (being first duly stamped) In the presence of us W BOWNE; George WAINE 

On a separate sheet - worn at the right hand edge

January 1st 1802

Whereas Thomas DEWHURST the sole Executor in the said Will with a Codicil named having under his hand and seal in  writing renounced the Execution thereof Letters of Administration of the Go[ods] Chattels and Credits of the within named Nathaniel ADKINSON with this Will with a Codicil were grant[ed] to Sarah ADKINSON Widow of the deceased and principal Legatee in the said Will with a Codicil named and whereas the said Sarah ADKINSON departed this life leaving certain Goods Chattels and credits of the said Nathaniel ADKINSON unadministred and not fully disposed of And whereas the said Nathaniel ADKINSON deceased left the residue of his personal Estate from and after the decease of his said wife to be divided equally am[ong] all and every his Grand children the children of his Son Adam ADKINSON and his Daughter Ann share and share alike and to the issue of such of his said Grand children the Children of the said Adam [....] many as should be then dead Therefore John ROYLE the younger the natural and lawful son of Ann ROYLE and as such one of the residuary Legatees in the said will with a Codicil named was [.....] Administrator of the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Nathaniel ADKINSON deceased with the said? Will with a Codicil left unadminstred as aforesaid in common form

before W BOWNE Surr.   Effects unadministred Under £100

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Mary ASHTON: 1766

Obligation

Know all Men by these Presents, That We Eleazar ASHTON of the Township of Whalley in the Parish of Taxall in the County of Chester - Chapman; Edward HULME of Town and Parish of Manchester in the County of Lancaster Chapman; and William JONES of the Town and Parish of Manchester in the County of Lancaster Yeoman are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God Edmund by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of Chester in the sum of twenty Pounds of good and lawful Money of great Britain, to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father, his lawful Attorney, Executors, Administrators or Assigns, To which Payment well and truly be made, We bind ourselves and every of us severally for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, and the Heirs, Executors and Administrators of every of us firmly by these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals and dated the ninth Day of August in the sixth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith, and so forth, and in the Year of our Lord God, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Six

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Eleazer ASHTON the lawful and Right Husband next of Kin and Administrator of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of Mary ASHTON his late wife of the township of Whalley in the Parish of Taxal in the County of Chester deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased, which have or shall come to the Hands, Possession or Knowledge of Him the said Eleazer ASHTON the Administrator or into the Hands and Possession of any other Person or Persons for his use and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Reverend the Rural Deans Court at Chester before the tenth Day of February next ensuing etc. etc.

(signed with Seals) Eleazar ASHTON

Edward HULME

William JONES

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of 

Mary OWEN; Humphrey OWEN

The Ninth Day of August in the Year 1766 Eleazar ASHTON within named took the usual Oath of an Administrator in common form before me Humphrey OWEN Surrogate Value £10  Admon issued 15 Aug 1766 

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Peter BENNETT: 1859

The last Will and Testament of me Peter BENNETT of the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester First it is my mind and will that after my decease All my just debts be paid funeral expences and probate of this my Will be paid by my Executor & Executrix hereinafter mentioned I give unto my Wife Sarah BENNETT the personal property that I may die possessed of withe the payment of one hundred and fifty pounds to Legatees after the death of my Wife or so long as shall remain my Widow hereafter named to one brother and five sisters or their decendants, equal share and share alike I give and bequeath unto Ellen ARNFIELD, Ellen TURNER dugter of Martha TURNER Milicent SOUTHEREN Mary WARKLET, (Sons and daughter of Adam BENNETT to receive the father`s share namely James BENNETT, Martha PLANT Elizabeth BENNETT Adam BENNETT and Sarah Ellen BENNETT, and Ann HILL! And I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Sarah BENNETT and John ARNFIELD my brother in law Executrix and Executor of this last Will and Testament In Witness whereof set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine

Peter BENNETT X his mark

Signed in his presence and in the presence of each other

Isaac LOMAS; George WRIGHT

In Her Majesty`s Court of Probate the District Registry at Chester For the District of the County of Chester In the Goods of Peter BENNETT deceased.  I George WRIGHT of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester Yeoman make oath that I am one of the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament of the said Peter BENNETT late of the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester Farmer deceased the said W... being now hereunto annexed, bearing date the fifteenth day of January 18.. and that the said testator executed the said Will on the day of the date thereof by making his mark or cross at the foot or end thereof as the same now appears thereon in the presence of me and Isaac LOMAS the other subscribing witness thereto, both of us being present at the same time, and we thereupon attested and subscribed the said Will in the presence of the said testator - George WRIGHT

Sworn at Macclesfield in the County of Chester on the twenty sixth day of February one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine, before me Thos PARROTT a Commissioner to administer oaths etc.

Proved on the 21st day of March 1859 by the oaths of Sarah BENNETT Widow the Relict of the Testator and John ARNFIELD the Executors

Sub £300   Testator died 15th January `59  

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George BROMLEY: 1829

Extracted from the Registry of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield. (sic)

I George BROMLEY of Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the County of Chester carrier being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say In the first place I will and direct all my just debts funeral expences and the charges of the Probate of this my Will to be paid and satisfied And I give and bequeath unto John WOOD of Marple in the said County of Chester Agent and German WHEATCROFT of Cromford in the County of Derby Carrier (my Executors hereinafter appointed) and to their executors administrators and assigns the sum of seven hundred pounds (to be received or raised out of my pecuniary personal Estate only by sale of my Leasehold Estates or such part thereof as it shall be necessary to sell for that purpose) Upon the Trusts hereinafter declared of and concerning the same that is to say Upon trust that they my said Trustees and executors or the survivor of them or the executors or administrators of such survivor shall and do lay out and invest on real or Government security or securities the said sum of seven hundred pounds at Interest and shall and do pay apply and dispose of the Interest dividends and produce thereof unto my Daughter Ann during the term of her natural life to and for her own sole and separate use and benefit whether she shall be sole or married and not to be subject to the control debts or Engagements of any husband with whom she may marry And I do hereby direct that the receipt of my said Daughter Ann under her hand notwithstanding coverture shall from time to time be a good and sufficient discharge for so much of such Interest Dividends and produce as shall be therein from time to time expressed and acknowledged to be received And from and immediately after the decease of my said Daughter Ann then Upon Trust that they my said Trustees and Executors or the survivor of them his executors or administrators shall and do pay transfer or assign the said sum of seven hundred pounds and all Interest Dividends and produce thereupon due and the Security and Securities whereon the same shall be then invested unto and amongst the children of my said Daughter Ann to be equally divided between and amongst them if more than one share and share alike and if but one then wholly to such one child and to their his and her executors administrators and assigns to be paid to such children or child at their his or her respective ages or age of twenty one years and the Interest thereof in the mean time applied in and towards their his or her maintenance and education And if all or any such children of my said Daughter Ann shall be then dead having left lawful Issue then such Issue to be - George BROMLEY -

Witnesses - George BOLSOVER Senr - George BOLSOVER Junr - John WRIGHT

entitled to and so take (equally amongst them if more than one the share or shares to which the deceased Parent or Parents of such Issue would have been entitled if living to be paid to such Issue upon attaining the age of twenty one years and the Interest thereof to be in the mean time applied in and towards the maintenance and education of such Issue And I do hereby give devise and bequeath All my real Estate and All the rest residue and remainder of my Leasehold pecuniary and other personal Estate of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever Unto and to the use of my Daughter Mary (wife of John IBBOTSON of Whitehough in the said County of Derby Paper Manufacturer) and my said Daughter Ann as Tenants in common and to their heirs executors administrators and assigns respectively according to the nature and quality of such Estates And hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made I constitute and appoint the said John WOOD and German WHEATCROFT Executors of this my last Will and Testament And I do hereby provide authorize and declare that it shall and may be lawful to and for my said Trustees and Executors to deduct and retain to themselves and the survivor of them his executors & administrators out of the Trust Monies or Effects which shall come to their or either of their hands or possession by virtue hereof All their reasonable charges and expenses in carrying this my Will into execution And that they or either or any of them shall not be answerable or accountable for any more Monies or Effects than what shall actually come to their or his hands or possession nor for the separate Acts receipts payments or defaults of each other but each of them for his own separate Acts Receipts payments and defaults only nor for any loss or diminution happening to or in the said Trust monies or any part thereof Provided such loss or diminution happen without their respective wilful neglect or default In Witness whereof I the said Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained on two sheets of paper set my hand and seal to wit my hand to the first sheet hereof and my hand and seal to this second and last sheet thereof the thirteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two - George BROMLEY - The writing contained on this and the preceding sheet of paper hereunto annexed was signed sealed published and declared by the Testator Mr George BROMLEY as and for his last Will and Testament who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses - George BOLSOVER Senr - George BOLSOVER Junr of Hope Millers - John WRIGHT Atty Chapel en le Frith

Proved 13th day of June 1829 on the oath of German WHEATCROFT the surviving Executor therein named to whom Administration was granted

Examined 27th June 1829   Hen CHINN Regist.  

Separate sheet

Thomas PARKINSON D. D. Vicar General, and Official Principal, of the Right Reverend Father in God John BIRD by Divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester: To our well beloved in Christ the Reverend John Chappel WOODHOUSE Clerk Doctor in Divinity Dean of the Cathedral Church of Lichfield and and County and the Chapter of the same church lawfully constituted his or their Surrogate or other competent Judge Greetings Whereas George BROMLEY formerly of the parish of Taxall in the County of Chester but at his death of Chappel in la frith in the county of Derby deceased having whilst living, and at the time of his Death, Goods, Chattels, or Credits, within the Diocese of Chester, did make his Will (hereunto annexed) and did therein name German WHEATCROFT and John WOOD Executors And whereas the German WHEATCROFT the surviving Executor now reside within your Jurisdiction, and by reason thereof, cannot without great expence and inconvenience appear before us, to prove and take upon him the Execution of the said Will Therefore we, rightly and duly proceeding, did Decree a Commission or Requisition to issue forth for the purpose herein after mentioned, in manner and form following, desiring your assistance therein, (Justice so requiring).  We therefore in aid of the Law do request you jointly or severally to swear the said German WHEATCROFT to the truth of a certain Affidavit hereunto annexed as well as the truth of the said Will, as of the faithful Performance thereof, and to make a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said deceased, and to render a just and true account thereof, and to exhibit the same into the Registry of our Consistory Court of Chester; and further to do in the Premises, as shall be needful: requesting that (such oath being administered) you duly transmit to us, or our Representative the said Will and the whole Proceedings thereon, subscribed with the proper hand or hands of one or more of you, (and closely sealed) immediately after the execution thereof, together with these Presents, so that we may administer Justice in the Premises: for which you shall receive the like favour from us, if at any time required.  Dated at Chester, under the Seal of our Office, the 17 day of June in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and twenty nine.

Wm WARD Dep. Reg     Extracted by Edwd JONES Proctor

The Form of the Oath to be Executed laying his Hand on the Bible or New Testament 

Your Oath is, that the Writing hereunto annexed, contains a copy of the true last Will and Testament of the above named George BROMLEY deceased (etc. etc.) and that the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said deceased, within the Diocese of Chester, do not amount in value to the Sum of Eight hundred pounds and that the contents of the Affidavit to which you have subscribed your name were and are true to the best of your knowledge & belief SO HELP YOU GOD

When did the Testator die?    Ansr 10th November 1826    Probate issd 2nd July 1829  

Separate sheet

John Chappel WOODHOUSE Clerk Doctor in Divinity Dean of the Cathedral Church of Lichfield and the Chapter of the same Lawfully constituted To Samuel GRUNDY Francis HODGSON and John BROWN Clerks Jointly and severally sendeth Greeting Whereas we have received Letters of Request under Seal of Thomas PARKINSON Doctor in Divinity Vicar General and official principal of the Right Reverend Father in God John BIRD by Divine permission Lord Bishop of Chester requesting we in aid of the Law to Administer the Oath therein written or prescribed to German WHEATCROFT of Cromford in the County of Derby Carrier the surviving Executor named in the last Will and Testament of George BROMLEY formerly of the parish of Taxall in the County of Chester but at his death of of (sic) Chapel in le Frith in the County of Derby Carrier deceased (having in his life time and at his death Goods Chattels and Credits within the Diocese of Chester) We therefore in aid of the Law do hereby authorize and empower you Jointly and severally to swear the said German WHEATCROFT to the truth of the affidavit hereto annexed and to administer the oath mentioned in the said Requisition to the said German WHEATCROFT and we require you to certify the said Thomas PARKINSON or his Surrogate what you shall do in the premises and ....... to him an office copy of the said original Will together with the requisition Affidavit and these Presents

Given under the seal of our office at Lichfield the Twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and twenty nine -

Hen CHINN Regr

On the Second day of July 1829

This Commission was duly Executed and the said German WHEATCROFT was sworn to the truth of the Affidavit annexed and according to the Tenor of the Oath presented on the said Requisition before me    Samuel GRUNDY Commissioner  

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James CHADDOCK: 1724

Obligation

Latin Text mentions Isaac CHADDOCK of Budsworth (sic) Glossop parish, Derbyshire; George BROCKLEHURST of Wealey Taxall parish & Thomas BARBER of Hayfeild Glossop parish 1724

The Condicon of this Obligation is such that if the above bounden Isaac CHADDOCK naturall and lawful son and Administrator of all and singular the good chattells and credits of James CHADDOCK late of Whealey aboves: Husbandman deceased doe make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of him the said Isaac CHADDOCK or into the hands and possession of any person or persons for him and the same soe made doe exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Conry? Court of Chester at or before the sixteenth day of January next ensuing And the same goods chattells and credits and all other the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Isaac CHADDOCK or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him doe well and truly administer according to law And further doe make or cause to be made a true and just accompt etc. etc.

Signed Isaac CHADDOCK X

Geo BROCKLEHURST B

Tho. BARBER X

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Rob: HERBERLEY; Jeff MOULDING

15 Oct 1824

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Thomas COOKE: 1742

Obligation

Know all Men by these Presents That we Hannah WHITE of Whaley in Taxall in the parish of Taxall & County of Chester Spinster and Thomas MARCLAND of Whaley aforesaid Yeoman & James SHUFFLEBOTHAM of Macclesfield in the parish of Presbury & county aforesaid Yeoman

are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God Samuel by Divine permission Lord Bishop of Chester in the Sum of two hundred Pounds of good and lawful Money of Great Britain, to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father his lawfull Attorney, Executors, Administrators or Assignes, To which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves and each of us severally for and in the whole, our Heirs Executors and Administrators, and the Heirs Executors and Administrators of Each of us firmly by these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals and dated the Eighteenth Day of March in the sixteenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, and in the Year of our Lord God, One Thousand Seven Hundred forty two.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Hannah WHITE Sister next relation and Administratrix of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of Thomas COOKE of Whaley above named lately deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased, which have or shall come to the Hands, Possession or Knowledge of her the said Administratrix or into the Hands and Possession of any other Person or Persons for her And the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Registry Court of Chester at or before the Eighteenth Day of September next ensuing.  And the same Goods, Chattels and Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of the said Deceased, at the Time of his Death, which at any time after shall come to the Hands or Possession of the said Administratrix etc. etc.

(signed) Hannah WHITE; Thomas MARCELAND; James SHUFFLEBOTHAM

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of

Jona: HANSON; .... BILLING

M(ar)ch 17th 1742 The within bounden Administratrix Hannah WHITE took the oath of an Administratrix in common form before me Jona: HANSON

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Matthew EYRE: 1875

This is the last Will and Testament of me Matthew EYRE of Whaley Bridge in the Parish of Taxal County of Chester First I direct the payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses out of my personal estate by my trustees and executors hereinafter named Again I give devise and bequeath unto my trustees the whole of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever including stock in trade together with all profits derived therefrom Upon trust for the following purposes namely for the support and maintenance of my dear Wife and children while such children are unable to support and maintain themselves Also at the decease of my dear wife I will and direct that the whole of the stock in trade household furniture and farming stock and implements shall be sold by public auction and the proceeds thereof together with the whole of the remainder whatsoever and wheresoever shall be divided equally amongst my lawful children but should any of my said children be dead leaving lawful issue then the said issue shall take their parents share equally Also my Will is that my dear wife shall also receive for her maintenance and that of the children while unable to maintain themselves the whole of the profits derived from the farm of which it is my wish that she shall continue to be tenant I also exonerate my trustees and executors from any loss which they may incur in the carrying out of this my Will Also my Will is that if from unavoidable sircumstance my Wife should be obliged to discontinue either farming or shopkeeping then my trustees shall have power and authority to sell by public auction either my farming stock and impliments or stock in trade and invest the money derived therefrom upon good and proper security and the interest derived therefrom shall be for the use and benefit of my wife during her lifetime and at her demise to be divided as afore directed I nominate and appoint my Wife Fanny EYRE and Peter BRAMWELL Parish Clerk of Chapel en le Frith as Executors of this my Will As witness my hand on this the twentyteth day of November one thousand eight hundred and seventy four

Matthew EYRE 

Signed sealed and delivered by the testator in and for his last Will who in the presence of us and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses

Hannah ROBERTS; Abel HYDE

Proved at Chester the 22nd day of April 1875 by the oaths of Fanny EYRE Widow the Relict and Peter BRAMWELL the Executors to whom Administration was granted.

The Testator, Matthew EYRE was late of Whaley Bridge in the Parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Farmer and Shopkeeper and died on the 25th day of November 1874 at Whaley Bridge aforesaid

Under £450 No Leaseholds Messrs S & H S CHINN Proctor Lichfield    Charles T H PARRY District Registrar    

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Will of William FORD of Haybottom, Taxal dated 1901

Mentions wife Hannah

Executors William SCHOLES of Market St., Whaley Bridge; David JOULE of Overlea? Farm, Taxal

Witnesses: William MELLOR of Whaley Bridge; William WRIGHT of Market St., Whaley Bridge

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 John GARLICK: 1864

This is the last Will and Testament of me John GARLICK of Whaley in the county of Chester labourer being in perfect sound disposing mind memory and understanding do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following  I give devise and bequeath unto my Brother Joseph GARLICK farmer and unto my sons John & Jeremy GARLICK their heirs executors administrators and assigns all my Personal Estate and effects of what nature or kind soever and also what money I have out at interest whatsoever and wheresoever Upon trust following that is to say  that upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivor of them or the heirs executors administrators or assigns of survivors do and shall with all convenient speed after my decease call in sell and convert into money my said personal estate and effects and with and out of the monies to arise thereby doa nd shall in the first place pay and satisfy all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and do and shall in the next place put the residue of the said trust monies out at interest to the best and most advantageous and I direct that they my said trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will do and shall make use supply and support my Granddaughter Kezia Ellen GARLICK daughter of my late daughter Ellen with and out of the interest of the said trust monies all necessary and needful requirements until she my said Granddaughter arrives to the age of sixteen years old and after arriving to such years of age my trustees or trustee shall divide the residue of the said trust monies into seven equal parts or shares and I give and bequeath one of such parts or shares unto my son Joseph in America to be put out at interest for his disposal; another of such parts or shares unto my daughter Ann; another of such parts or shares unto my son John; another of such parts or shares unto my son Jonathan; another of such parts or shares unto my son Jeremy and another of such part or shares unto my son Thomas; and the remaining part or share unto my Granddaughter Kezia Ellen GARLICK daughter of my late daughter Ellen but if either of my sons or daughters happen to die leaving no issue his or their share shall go and be equally shared amongst my other sons and daughters but if either of my sons or daughters happen to die leaving child or children such child or children shall have and be entitled to his father`s or mother`s share to be put out at interest until they arrive to the age of twenty one years old or married and I declare that the receipts in writing of the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my will for any monies payable to them him or her under the trust hereof shall effectually discharge the person or persons to whom the same shall be given his her or their heirs executors administrators and assigns from all liability in respect of the application of the monies therein respectively mentioned to be received and I declare that the trustees or the trustee for the time being of this my will shall not be liable to answer or make good any lapses that shall happen by or through their or his wilful neglect or default nor shall either of them my said trustees be answerable or accountable for the acts deeds receipts and disbursements of the other of them but each of them shall be answerable only for his own separate acts deeds receipts and disbursements and I do hereby direct that my said trustees or trustee shall and may reimburse themselves and himself out of my estate all reasonable and necessary costs charges and expenses whatsoever which they or either of them shall or may bear pay or be put unto or sustain in or about the execution of this my will or the trusts hereby in them reposed and lastly I hereby  nominate and appoint my Brother Joseph GARLICK, farmer of Wormwill (should be Wormhill) and my son John, wheelwright of Whaley also my son Jeremy, clerk of Whaley executors of this my will and I hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I the said John GARLICK shall here under set my hand and name upon the second sheet of this my Will this 21st day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty two - John GARLICK - signed by the said John GARLICK as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other hereunder subscribed our names as attesting witnesses thereto.

Witnesses - James FAIRALL, auctioneer of Disley; Samuel GARLICK, shopkeeper of Kettleshulme

Proved on the 15th day of Feb 1864 by the oaths of Joseph GARLICK, the Brother and John GARLICK and Jeremiah in the will written `Jeremy` GARLICK the sons of the deceased, the Executors named in the will they having been first sworn duly to administer.  Effects under £300

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Edward GASKELL: 1758

The first page is missing.

Elizabeth and Hellen the Sum of ten pounds each.  And if it shall so happen that after all the aforesaid Legacies and the Charges aforementioned are fully paid and discharged out of my personal Estate as aforesaid, any Overplus shall remain then I order and appoint that my Executors shall have it in their power to dispose of any such Overplus amongst my Relations in such manner as in their own Discretion they shall judge most meet and convenient or as in their Judgement they shall think most needfull.

And as touching my Messuage and Tenement commonly called or known by the name of the Cliff in Handley aforesd. I dispose of the same as follows: And first I give and devise unto my Sister Elisabeth DOWNS aforementioned the Annuity or yearly Sum of fifty Shillings to be paid to her the said Elisabeth DOWNS out of and from my aforesaid Messuage and Tenement yearly and every year during her natural Life, if, my Estate, Interest and Title in and to the premises shall so long continue and endure; Which said Annuity of fifty Shillings I order to be paid to her my said Sister by two equall payments in each year, That is to say, the sum of five and twenty shillings each half Year, the first payment to commence and become due six months after my Decease.  And all the Reversion of my said Messuage and Tenement aforementioned (charged with the aforesaid Annuity) I give and Devise unto my aforesd. Brother in Law John HAGUE, and my aforesaid Sister Mary HAGUE and during all the rest residue and remainder of the term of my Lease yet to come and unexpired.  And I do hereby further declare that if any of the before mentioned Legatees shall be uneasy or offer to raise any disturbance or commence any Suits in Law, that then it is my Will and Mind that the party so offending shall have one Shilling and no more, and the Legacy or Legacies mentioned to be given or bequeathed to such person or persons to cease and become void, And then such Legacy or Legacies so forfeited to be equally divided betwixt my Executors.  And lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my aforesaid Brother in law John HAGUE and my aforesaid Nephew John DOWNS Son to my Sister Elizabeth DOWNS Executors of this my last Will and Testament; And I do hereby disannul and revoke all former Wills heretofore by me made In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my Hand and Seal this thirteenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty eight.

(signed) Edward GASKELL

Signed Sealed and published by the said Testator Edward GASKELL to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us

George POTTS; William OLERENSHAW; John GASKELL

Nov 2nd 1758 John HAGUE & John DOWNS the Executors within named took the Oath of an Executor in Common Form before me

John BURSCOS Surrogate   Above 40£   Probate issued same day.    

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Obligation between Peter GASKILL of Rainow & Thomas GREEN

Dated 6 May 1708

 Latin introduction - then

The condition of this obligation is such that if the above bounden Peter GASKILL do virtuously Educate & bring up in Learning Peter GASKILL of the age of 15 years or thereabouts, James GASKILL of the age of 10 or thereabouts, John GASKELL of the age of 7 or thereabouts & Jane GASKILL of the age of 5 years or thereabouts, minors, his naturall & Lawfull Children and all the Goods Rights Credits Chattels Portions and dues whatsoever which are or shall become due to the sd minors by any lawful means whatsoever do set forth & Imploy to the best Advantage & profit of the sd Minors – And all lawfull suits & Causes whatsoever do prosend? sollicits & follow when & as often as need shall require (according to the effect of Letters of Tuition to him in that behalf Granted) And further to pay or cause to be payd unto the sd Minors – all Goods Rights Credits Chattels Portion and dues Whatsoever or the Just value of them with full Interest thereof at such time & times as they – shall reach to Age fortune to Marry or otherwise lawfully demand the same or at such time or times as by the discretion of the above named Revd Father in God or other Judge Competent in that behalf shall be Limited & appointed And in the mean time to find & keep or cause the sd minors – to be found & kept with sufficient meat drink Lodging Apparel & all other necessaries whatsoever And Moreover do not only render & make a true & just attempt of & upon the promises? But also surrender the sd Letters of Tuition to be made void & cancelled to all intents & purposes whatsoever unto the said Revd Father or other Judge Competent in behalf whatsoever & as often as he – shall be thereunto lawfully called or required And finally do at all times hereafter save & keep harmless the sd Revd Father & all other his Officers & Ministers for & remaining to granting of the Letters of Tuition than this Obligation to be void or offer the same to remain official? In Law

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Will STRATFORD & John HARDING

Peter GASKILL -his mark   Thos GREEN – his mark

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Peter GASKELL: 1787

This is the last Will and Testament of Peter GASKELL Blacksmith of Stoneheads In Whaley In the Parish of Taxal in the County of Chester, Being Sick of Body but of Perfect Mind, Memory and Understanding Blessed be God for the Same, Made in manner and form following, First it is my mind and Will that all my Just Debts, Funeral Expences and the Charges attending the Probate and Execution of this my Will be paid out of the Personal Estate belonging to me, And as to my Worldly Estate and Effects which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I do Leave & Bequeath as follows Item I do leave and Bequeath to my Well beloved Son William GASKELL all my Tools and Implements belonging to my Trade, And all other my Personal Goods whatever I leave for the use of my Wife while she lives with Liberty to give, to give (sic) to my two Daughters Elizabeth HARRISON and Isabel SWINDELLS what she thinks proper in Lieu of my Tools to my Son William And also I Leave to my beloved Wife My House, Shippon, Garden & Folds, Backsides and all other my Appurtenances thereunto belonging for the Use of her Natural Life with Liberty if she be under necessity to take up Money upon the aforesaid Premises for her own Support and Maintainance If she doth not marry again, If she Marrieth again, she nor my Executor shall not Mortguage nor take up any Money at all upon my House and Premises, But she shall have the Yearly Rent & profits of the same so long as she Liveth, But if my Executor & my Son William so Agree while my Wife Lives the may and my two Daughters being Agreeable Sell the same dividing the Purchase Money as the all Agree,

But if the do not so Agree while my Wife Lives, Then After her Decease I do Leave and Order that my House Together with all its Appurtenances As also what Goods and Chattels unto me belonging Shall be honestly Valued By two Men chosen the one Man by my son William and the Other by my two Daughters or any of their Heirs if the be not Alive then And the Valuation of all or Purchase Money I do Leave one half to my son William GASKELL and the other half Equally betwixt my two Daughters Elizabeth HARRISON and Isabel SWINDELLS, And if any of them happen to be dead then their Children shall have their Share equally among them, And if when they House and Premises are Valued And my Executor, and my Son and Daughters do not agree to Sell the same, but my son William or some of them do agree to take the same before he, or she, or any of them Enters upon the said House & Premises the shall Pay or otherwise Satisfy the other for their Shares.

And lastly I do hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint Joseph CLAYTON Shoemaker or Cordwainer of Disley and my Wife Sarah GASKELL to be Joint Executor and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and revoking all other Will and Wills by me heretofore made either by Writing or Word of Mouth And do declare this to be my last Will and Testament only, In Witness whereof I the said Peter GASKELL the Testator have put my Hand and Seal this Thirteenth day of February one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Six

Peter GASKELL X his mark & seal

Sealed Signed Published and declared by the within named Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the Sight and in the Presence of us as Witnesses

James SWINDELLS; James JOHNSON; Thomas JOHNSON

The 2nd Day of May 1787 Joseph CLAYTON & Sarah GASKELL Executor & Executrix within named were sworn in common form before me R KINDER Surr.

Value of the Effects above £5. 0s. 0d & under £10. 0s. 0d.   Prob: issued May 24: 1787

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Thomas GASKILL of Yeardsley: 1734

In the name of God Amen In the seventh year of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord George the Second and in the year of our Lord God one thousend seven hundred thirty and four; I Thomas GASKILL of Yerdsley=Wayley in the parish of Taxall; and County of Chestar mayson; being but weak of body but of sound and perfect understanding praised bee God for the same, do this; twenty eight day of; April; in the year above s:d make and ordain this my last Will and Testement in manar and form following: And First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creatour; hopeing by the mirits of Jesus Christ my redeemer to have full pardon of all my sins and an inheretance in the kingdom of Heaven; and my body I commit to the earth to be decently Interred; at the discreteion of my Executeour hearin after named; and as concerning my temporell estate; wherewith God above my desert hath Blessed me I dispose of the same as followeth:

Impris: It is my will and mind: that all debts; heariot funerell expences and probate of this my last will and testement be forthwith paid and discharged out of my personall estate; Item I give to elder son Edward GASKILL my chest with what is found in: att my decese; Item: I give and bequeth to my younger son Robert GASKILL; the sum of fourteen pounds of Lawfull British money to be paid by my apointment as shall be hearafter specified; Item I give and bequeth unto my eldest daughter Elizabeth DOWNES wife of John DOWNES of Fearnelee Hamel in the county of Derby the yearly rent or newety of five shillings a year; yearly and every year duering her naturall Life; and I will and devise that After her death and Decese; the stock or sum of five pounds be equelly devided to and amongst as manny of her children as shall then; and att such time be allive and in beeing equelly amongst them; by my Executeour: or his order; share and share alike; and I do devise the same accordingly; Item; I give and bequeath unto my younger daughter Mary GASKILL which now dwells with me; the sum of Twenty Pounds; of Lawfull British money; and I the Testatour do declere and order my Executeour shall pay the said legacies with the Anuall rent of five shillings at the end of Twelf Kalender months; begining and acounting from the day of my death.  Item; I give and bequeth unto my son in law John DOWNES of the township and county afores:d the sum of five shilings; to be paid att the time aforesaid; Item; I give to the five chilldren of my son Robert GASKILL that is Elizebeth; Mary; Thomas; Edward and Sarah; the sum of forty shillings apece to be paid as the severally arive at the age of Twenty one years; by my Executeour; but if it happen that any of the said children dy before the come to age; the surviveors shall receve the decedenes part if it so happen aquelly amongst them; Item; I give unto the six chillderen of my said daughter Elizebeth DOWNES; that is to say Marthe; John; Thomas; Elizebeth; Hellin and Peter the sum of forty shillings apece; to be allso paid as the arive at the age of twenty one years; and if any of them chance to dy before the come to age the survivers to recive thier parts; as is before by me derected and apointed; Item; I give to my daughter Mary GASKILL afores:d one cow and the bed which she Lyes in also the half of my househould goods as the stand; and I the Testatour do declare that all and every of the Legeties shall seal or sign all such reasonable Instrument for distingishing his her or their right tittle or clam; as my Executeour shall be advised tender or require; Item I give and bequeth unto my said son Edward all the rest; resedue; remeinder; or remeinders; of all my goods; Cattles; Chattles; Husbandrey wares househould stufe househould goods; Bill Bonds or redey money or whatever ells: I shall happen to dy invested interested or possesed upon; for the fullfilling and Executeing this my Last will: And Lastly I do constitute ordain and appoint my Eldest son Edward GASKILL Executeour of this my Last will and Testement Revokeing and disanulling all other will or wills by me heretofore made; hopeing he will truely and duely fullfill and perforn the same as my trust in him is.  In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the day and year above writen. 

The mark and seal of Thomas GASKILL the Testatour

Signed sealed and delivered by the Testatour in presence of  Samuel BENNETT; Thomas GASKILL the younger 

Probate given to Edward GASKILL 13 June 1734

This is a true and perfect Inventory of the goods cattles chattels Bills Bonds and ready money of Thomas GASKILL deceased As they were apprised and valued by Thomas GASKILL of Lime Handley and John OLLERENSHAW June the sixth one thousand seven hundred Thirty and Four

Imp.

 £    s    d

Purse and apparel

02  00  00

Speselties within and without

47  00  00

Two young cows 

05  05  00

Two other cows

04  00  00

Four twentsers

07  00  00

Four steers

04  00  00

One heifer

04  00  00

Thirty six sheep

11  14  00

In the house

.

Fire iron and utensils

00  06  00

Coffer and disbord

00  12  00

In Brass and pewter

00  14  00

One table with chairs and stools

00  09  00

Cheese boards and Lead

00  05  00

Curtains & books

00  05  00

Wooden wares

00  15  00 

In the buttery

.

Basins & mugs

00  10  00

Wooden wares

00  15  00

In the Chamber

.

Beds & bedding 

01  10  00

One meal Ark with meal

01  10  00

A little coffer with weighs 

00  04  00

Working tools

00  10  00

In the parlour

.

One bed with bedding

01  10  00

One chest coffer and a box

00  16  00

In linen

00  12  00

Bacon & Cheese

01  10  00

Husbandry wares

.

A plough harrow and drawing gares

02  17  00

Husslements

00  03  06

Total

99  17  00

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William GASKELL: 1772

In the name of God Amen I William GASKELL of Yeardsley Whaley in the parish of Taxall and County of Chester Blacksmith being weak of Body but of sound perfect and disposing mind and memory praised be Almighty God for the same And considering the shortness and uncertainty of this transitory life and that all flesh must yield unto death do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say fir(s)t and principally I recommend my Soul unto God that gave it and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named And as touching and concerning my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof as followeth And first I will and do hereby order that all my just debts funeral Expences and the probate of this my last Will and Testament be fully paid and discharged out of my personal Estate and then all the rest residue and remainder of all and singular my said personal Estate good and Chattels personal whatsoever I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Isabella GASKELL towards her support and maintenance And I also give and devise unto my said wife the new Erected house wherein we now dwell and all the buildings Garden backsides privileges and appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging and the rents issues and profits thereof to receive and take to her own proper use and behoof during the Term of her natural life or day of marriage which soever first happens but no longer And after her decease or marriage I give and devise unto my nephew William GASKELL son of my brother Joseph GASKELL my said house and appurtenances thereof during the residue of the Term of years for which I hold the same he paying into the hands of my surviving Executor his heirs or assigns for the uses herein after mentioned and within the space of twelve months next after my said wife`s decease or marriage the sum of forty nine pounds and ten shillings of good and lawfull money of Great Britain which I hereby appoint for the payment and discharge of the following Legacies that is to say I give and bequeath unto my half brother Peter GASKELL the sum of two pounds Also I give and bequeath unto his son Peter GASKELL the sum of Twenty pounds Also I give and bequeath unto my brother Joseph GASKELL the sum of two pounds Also I give and bequeath unto my half sister Esther now wife of Thomas CLAYTON the sum of two pounds Also I give & bequeath unto my sister Anne now wife of John HADFIELD the sum of two pounds Also I give & bequeath unto their son Edward HADFIELD the sum of Twenty pounds Also I give and bequeath unto their daughter Mary HADFIELD the sum of ten shillings Also I give and bequeath unto my late sister Sarah`s two children each the sum of ten shillings All of which said several Legacies amount in the whole to the aforesaid sum of forty nine pounds and ten shillings which the said William GASKELL is hereby ordered to pay in manner and form aforesaid But in case he refuses or neglects to pay the said money and every part thereof as aforesaid then my said surviving Executor his heirs and assigns shall have full power and Authority to assign over the said house and premises unto some one of the aforenamed Legatees or some other person for a valuable consideration and therewith pay and discharge the said Legacies and every of them paying the residue of the purchase money after the said Legacies and other Expences are deducted unto the said William GASKELL or his Assigns And I do hereby nominate and appoint Edmund NIXON of Yeardsley Whaley aforesaid Yeoman and my said wife Isabella GASKELL to be joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making utterly null and void all other Will or Wills by me heretofore made either by word of mouth or in writing and do declare this and no other to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the Testator William GASKELL have hereunto put my hand & Seal this Twenty seventh day of April in the tenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third over Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and seventy.

(signed) William GASKELL with seal

Sealed and Delivered published and declared as the last Will & Testament of the said Testator in the presence of 

Alice BEELEY; Thomas CLAYTON; Abraham BENNET

16th May 1772 Edmund NIXON & Isabella GASKELL the Executors within named were sworn in common form before Thos POTTS Surrogate

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William GOODWIN: 1829

The last will and Testament of William GOODWIN of Diglee house situate in Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County Palatine of Chester

In the Name of God amen I William GOODWIN being much advanced in years but of sound mind memory and understanding blessed be God for the same but considering the uncertainty of this Transitory Life I do dispose of all my worldly Effects of whatsoever Denomination in manner and form following (that is to say) First I direct that all my just Debts Funeral Expences etc be paid and to be paid out of my personal Estate and effects by my Executor or Executors herein after named

Now therefore in pursuance and exercise of the power and powers Authority and Authorities now vested in me or enabling me thereto I do herein give and dispose all and singular those two Dwelling houses croft Gardens etc. with all appurtenances thereto belonging now standing lying being and situated at stone heads in Yeardsley cum Wealey aforesaid and likewise the full possession of all and singular the farm or tenement I now hold situate standing laying or being at Diglee House in Yerdsley cum Wealey in the County Palatine of Chester aforesaid and with all and singular the live and Dead stock with all implements of husbandry whatsoever or wheresoever standing lying or being and with all and singular my household furniture goods Implements Utensils of every Description or Denomination whatsoever or wheresoever being standing or lying together with all moneys notes bills debts credits that is or may be there and then found at the time of my Decease I do hereby order and despose of in manner and form following

Viz I do hereby give and bequeath to my wife Sarah GOODWIN all and every the fore mentioned property and for her own proper use dureing the term of her natural life then Further at the Decease of my aforesaid wife Sarah GOODWIN I do herein give and dispose of all the aforesaid property stocks possessions etc. with all its accumilated Dividends Interests and proceeds ariseing from or by the same of every kind sort or denomination whatsoever or wheresoever the same may be standing lying or being To William GOODWIN of pennan end and James MELLOR of Yeardsley cum Whaly in the County Palatine of Chester and the survivors of them their Executors and administrators of them or of such survivor upon trust to pay collect and get in all debts and then in trust to pay assign and transfer the said effects with all Accumilations Interests and proceeds ariseing therefrom in manner and form following (that is to say) I give and bequeath all and singular that house known by the name of the square house standing lying or being at stone heads aforesaid with the croft Garden or Gardens with all appurtenances thereto belonging to my son William GOODWIN & Further I will that the other dwelling house be sold and the money ariseing therefrom to be equally divided amongst my three daughters share and share alike Namely Nancy MORTIN Sarah BENNET, and Milly GODDARD and further at her decease I give and bequeath to my Grand son William GOODWIN the best pair of bedstocks with feather bed and all the beding thereto belonging and also the two armed chear that stands in the parlour and the little chear looking Glass and tea kettle also twenty pounds in good and lawful money of Great Britain and to be paid out of my personal Estate and effects by my Executor or Executors  

And further at the decease of my wife Sarah GOODWIN I will that all the stock farming implements of what description or denomination whatsoever with all and every the household furniture goods Utensils etc. etc. of all and every description or denomination whatsoever or where-soever the same be at her decease to be sold and the money ariseing therefrom to be Equally divided amongst my son and daughters before named share and share alike only in this respect that thay and every of them shall account for such things as thay have received and each ones share to be calculated accordingly.

In Witness whereof I the aforesaid William GOODWIN have to each side set my hand and to this third and last side my hand and seal this nineteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven

William GOODWIN (with seal)

Signed sealed published and declared by the aforesaid William GOODWIN as his last Will and testament and in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have here subscribed our names as witness whereto

William TYMMS; Jon MELLOR; John MELLOR Junr    

The seventh Day of January 1829  William GOODWIN and James MELLOR as the Executors in this will named were sworn in common Form and they further made Oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testator, within the Diocese of Chester, were under the Value of two hundred pounds before me Thomas PARKER surrogate

The Testator died the tenth Day of May 1828 Personal Estate and Effects sworn under the Value of two hundred pounds  Probate issued 7th Jan 1829

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William GOODWIN: 1858

This is the last Will and Testament of me William GOODWIN of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester, Farmer After payment of all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expences, First I give devise and bequeath unto my Wife Winnefret GOODWIN all my personal estate during her natural life or so long as she shall remain my Widow, she can hold the farm and farming stock or if she does not choose to hold the farm the Executors shall sell all to the best advantage, and my Wife to have her livelihood therefrom during her natural life or so long as she shall remain my Widow  Secondly I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Tabitha GOODWIN the new four post Bed with bed and bed clothes belonging to the same to be delivered to her by the Executors when her mother shall see fit to spare it.  Thirdly and after the death of my Widow or if she happen to be married again, if there has been no sale, all shall be finally at last sold to the best advantage And I give devise and bequeath unto my son Samuel GOODWIN the sum of ten pounds, to be paid out of my personal estate.  Fourthly And as to the residue and remainder of all my real and personal  estate I give devise and bequeath the same unto all my children to my sons and daughters namely that is to say my son William GOODWIN, my son Thomas GOODWIN, my son James GOODWIN, my son Joseph GOODWIN, my daughter Sarah MELLOR, my son Robert GOODWIN, my daughter Tabitha GOODWIN, my daughter Peggy GOODWIN, and my son Samuel GOODWIN, to their heirs and assigns share and share alike, and if any die leaving no lawful issue that share shall be divided amongst all share and share alike And I hereby appoint Winnefred GOODWIN, and Isaac LOMAS Executors of this my Will As Witness my hand this 10th day of March One thousand eight hundred and fifty five

William GOODWIN

Signed and acknowledged by the said William GOODWIN the testator as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, being present at the same time, who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Winifred CHEETHAM; James CHEETHAM

Proved on the 9th day of July 1858 by the oath of Winifred GOODWIN Testator`s Widow and Relict and Isaac LOMAS the Executors

Sub £100   Testator died on or about the 12th day of June 1858 

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Thomas GREEN  of Bottoms Hall in the parish of Taxall, Cheshire, Husbandman: 1802

 In the name of God Amen.  I, Thomas GREEN of Bottoms Hall in the parish of Taxall in the county of Chester, Husbandman being weak of body bout of sound, perfect and disposing mind and memory praised be God for the same and considering the shortness and uncertainty of this transitory life and that all flesh must yield unto death do make, publish and order in this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.  First and principally I recommend my soul to Almighty God that gave it and I commit my Body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as touching and concerning my worldly Estate which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give, devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof as followeth and First I will and do hereby order that all my just debts, funeral charges and the probate of this last Will and Testament be fully paid and discharged out of my personal Estate and then I give and bequeath unto my children James GREEN, Hannah the wife of Thomas BARBER, Thomas GREEN, Joseph GREEN, Ralph GREEN, George GREEN, William GREEN, Samuel GREEN and John GREEN I give and bequeath to all my said children all my Estate real and personal in Money Goods Bills Bonds Notes and other securities to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike what having been received by any of the above mentioned children to be considered as part of their share of the above property.  And as my son James has had already from me twenty three pounds and one shilling And my daughter Hannah twenty three pounds eight shillings And my son Thomas twelve pounds twelve shillings And my son Joseph nineteen pounds eight shillings and my son William twenty one pounds and my son Samuel four pounds and the remaining part that shall appear due to the said Samuel to be left in the Executors hands to be disposed of as they shall think proper.  I will that all the Household Goods and one cow that my wife Nanny brought with her to my House shall be at her own disposal immediately after my decease Also I bequeath to my said wife five pounds in lawful Money and it is my mind that my sons John and Ralph have the goodwill of the House and Farm and the Household goods and Cattle and all Husbandry Wares to be valued by two sufficient persons appointed by the Executors and the said Ralph and John to have them at the valuation if they think proper.

And I do hereby nominate and appoint Mr James CARRINGTON and William GOODWIN joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making utterly null and  void all other Will or Wills by me heretofore made either by word of Mouth or in writing and declare this and no other to be my last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto put my Hand & Seal the 16 day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight Hundred and two.

Sealed and delivered published and declared by the Testator Thomas GREEN as his last Will and Testament in the presence of

Thomas GREEN X his mark (plus seal)  

Edmund RYLANCE; John ANDREW; John SWINDELLS

Feb 6th 1802 James CARRINGTON and William GOODWIN Executors within named were sworn in common form before me W. Bowness Surrogate

Effects under One Hundred Pounds Probate issued Dated 6th Feby 1802

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John HADFIELD: 1700

In the name of God Amen The Eight Day of May in the year of our Lord God One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety & Six. I John HADFIELD of Wealy in the Parrish of Taxall and County of Chester, yeoman, being infirme & weak of body, but of perfect mind & memory thanks be given to God for the same, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I doe make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following. Viz. Imp and principally I give my soule into the hands of God who gave it me and for my body I commend it to the earth to be buried in Christian and decent manner, at the discretion of my Executrix herein and hereafter named noething Doubting but at the generall Resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to blesse me in this life I give Devise bequeath and despose of the same in manner & forme following.  Item, I will that all my Debts & funerall expences be paid and discharged by my Executors herein & hereafter named after which being paid & discharged as Above s(ai)d I give & bequeath by these presents unto my sonne Edward HADFIELD the summe of one shilling. Itm I give unto my sonne John HADFIELD the summe of one shilling, Item I give unto my daughter Anne HADFIELD the summe of One shilling Itm. I give unto my daughter Margret WARRINGTON the summe of One shilling, Itm I give unto my daughter Ellen COOPER the summe of One shilling, Item I give unto my daughter E[l]izabeth CARLILE the summe of One shilling, Item I give unto my daughter Mary HAGUE the summe of One shilling, Itm I give unto my daughter Alice NEWTON the summe of One shilling, Item I give unto my sonne in law Joseph HENSHAW the summe of One shilling, Item. I give unto my grandchild John HADFIELD the summe of Five Pounds. Item I doe by these presents Give allow will ratifie and Confirme all and what Dowry or Settlement I have heretofore assigned and Confirmed unto my now wife Margret HADFIELD under or by my hand and seale in A certain writeing Obligatory bearing date within written, relation thereunto being had. Itm I give & bequeath unto her my said wife Margaret HADFIELD all my Goods personall Estate Cattells & Chattells quick & dead moveable & immoveable whatsoever, as alsoe all my Credits, she the said Margret my said wife neither marrying nor miscarrying, but if she either marry or miscarry, Then I give & bequeath unto her my said Wife onely the half part or moyety of all my said Goods personall Estate Cattells & Chattells: And the other half part or moyety of all my said Goods, Tenement, or my Title thereunto, Cattells Chattells I give and despose of the same into the hands & power of my Trustees & Overseers my Brother in Laws John NIXON of Disley in the parrish of Stockport & County of Chester aforesd and Edmund NIXON of Lyme Handley in the County of Chester aforesd, both yeoman, & to the survivor of them, to be equally divided & given to & among my said children, Item, I make & Constitute my said wife Margret sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament and doe appoint the above before mentioned John NIXON & Edmund NIXON Overseers of this my said last Will & Testament, And doe hereby utterly disallow, revoke & anull all & every other former Testaments Wills Legacies Bequests & Executors by me in any wayes before this time named willed and bequeathed notifieing & confirmeing this & none other to be my last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the day & year above written

Memorandum that the Words obliterated in the Twelfth Line of these were defaced and the Interlineation made before the sealing Publishing of these presents.

John HADFIELD his markes & Seale

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the said John HADFIELD as his last Will & Testament in the presence of

John NICKSON; Edmund NICKSON his mark; Wm BANCROFT

Memorandum. By way of Schedule I add And it is further my will & mind And I the said John HADFIELD the Testator doe by these presents make Constitute & Appoint my trusty & well beloved sonne in law Mathew CARLILE of Hattersley in the Parrish of Mottram in the County of Chester aforesaid yeoman, Executor with my said now wife Margret HADFIELD  noething doubting but that he the said Mathew CARLILE will see that this my said last Will & Testament be truly and justly Executed according to the Tenour & meaning thereof and according to the Trust and Confidence I doe repose in him. Anything to the Contrary in these presents herein before mentioned not withstanding.  And then these presents ..... Sealed Signed & published in the presence of the Witnesses upon the left hand of this whose names are written here.

John NICKSON; Edmund NICKSON his mark; Wm BANCROFT

4?? May 1700 (Latin) Margt HADFEILD Executrix given probate  

Damaged Inventory

A true & perfect Inventory of all the Goods Cattell & Chattell of the late John HADFIELD of Wayley in the parrish of Taxall & County of Chester deceased as they were valued and prized the 15th day of November 1699 by Richard NICKSON & Anthony WILD prizers

.

£

s

s

Three Milk Cows

7

10

0

Three Stirks & 2 Calves

5

0

0

Four Bullocks

12

10

0

A Mare

1

10

0

... Sheep

1

10

0

.............................

17

10

0

All his hay

8

10

0

6 slades 2 Cops & 2 .....................

0

12

0

A pair of wheells ..................

2

0

0

6 yoaks & Boar 3 plows A Harrow & some Basts

0

14

6

3 Sacks 2 Coubters 2 cheer & A Hedging bill

0

11

0

2 Crook 1 Mattock 2 shoes & 2 forks

0

6

0

3 pair of Cl... 2 pinty? 2 pair of slade bridles 5 chains 1 feet .... & hook & plow bridle

0

7

0

2 pair of horse gears, A pair of Hames & Hambacks & Swingetree

0

2

6

2 Iron wedges 2 Mayhoops 2 ..... 3 sawes

0

4

6

2 Syths 2 Turfe spades A Ca...... A Muck Hoof & Cutting knife

0

4

0

Hewed plow beams & Stropes & other lumber of old Tymber 

0

5

0

2 Arks over the stable

0

13

4

A Table leaf & frame A little round table & A Barrell at the bulls head house

0

7

6

Butter Cheese & Oat Meale

1

11

0

3 Spinning Wheels & Books & 2 pecks & halfe A srike

0

6

0

Ith Chamber over the new parlour

.

.

.

2 pair of Bedstocks A Rug 2 Blankits Chaffe Bed & Bolster

1

2

0

2 Coffer 1 kneading Trough 8 Baskits 4 Wiskets & A flaskit

0

16

6

Ith parlour

.

.

.

A Bed & Hangings a feather Bed 2 Bolsters 1 Chaffe Bed 2 Blankits A Bed hilling

2

6

0

A Table leaf & frame & 4 joynt stools 3 chears A Trest? 5 Oakboards A dushin & A kimmell

0

17

0

 Ith old parlour

.

.

.

2 pair of Bedstcks, A pair of Hangings 2 Chaffe beds A feather Bed & flock bed 3 feather Bolsters 2 pillows A Chaffe Bolster, 2 Blankitts, & 2 Bed Covers

2

10

0

A pressed Cofer & A Boc & 2 joynt stools

0

19

0

Ith Chamber over old Parlour

.

.

.

2 pair of Bedstocks 2 Coffers 2 Arks

1

13

0

2 Chaffe Beds, 2 Chaffe Bolsters A feather Bolster & A Chaffe pillow, 6 Blankits, A Bed Cover, & A pair of Hangings 

2

0

0

7 Cushions, 10 sacks, 2 saddles, a A pillion

1

14

0

Ith Chamber over the house

.

.

.

A pair of old Bedstocks, A pair of Go Cards & Turnhill

0

8

0

3 Tubs. 1 Chest, 2 pipkins & A Kimnell 

0

10

6

Ith Buttery

.

.

.

A Cheese presse & all mugs & Cowpers Wares & Trenchers

1

2

6

Ith house

.

.

.

4 good Blankits, 2 good Bed Covers & A feather pillow

2

3

6

A Cubboard A dishboard A Table leaf frame & forms

0

18

0

8 Chears 8s Grass of all sorts 3h 10s 18?

3

18

0

2 Leads 1 Iron pott, 14 dishes, A flagon & other old pewter

1

8

0

Iron ware of all sorts ith Chimney wth A Gynne & Baxton

0

17

0

A Coffer A Heng board pykells & Hay Rakes & more Cowper ware

0

7

0

A Meale sive

0

1

0

his purse & Apparell

2

10

0

Totall is 

89

6

2

Valued & prized by us Anthony WILD his marke

4 May 1700 probate granted

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Mary HAGUE: 1778

In the name of God Amen: This second Day of January in the Year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and sixty I Mary HAGUE of Yeardsley - Whaley in the parish of Taxal and county of Chester Widow; considering the uncertainty of human Life, and being of perfect memory and understanding (Thanks be to God for the same) Do make constitute and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.  And first I give and commit my Soul unto Almighty God my Creator, in whom and by the merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer I trust assuredly to obtain full Remission of all my Sins and to inherit eternal Life, And my Body to be buried in such comely and decent manner as my Executor herein after named shall think meet and convenient.  And as touching my temporal Estate (after my Debts Funeral Expences, and Charges of proving and Executing this my last Will are paid) I dispose of the same in manner and form following (That is to say) I give unto my Brother in Law John DOWNS and my Sister Elizabeth DOWNS the sum of one shilling apiece.  Also I give unto my late Brother Robert GASKELL`s five daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah, Anne and Martha the Sum of twenty shillings apiece.  Also I Give unto my late Brother Robert`s Son Edward the like Sum of twenty shillings if the said Edward shall happen to be living, and if not then the said twenty shillings to be equally divided amongst his Sisters aforementioned.  Also I Give unto my aforesd Sister Elizabeth`s three Daughters, Martha, Elizabeth and Hellen the Sum of twenty shillings apiece.  Also I Give unto John HAGUE, son of my late Husband`s Nephew Robert HAGUE the sum of twenty shillings.  Also I Give unto my aforesd Brother Robert`s Daughter Sarah my Chest.  And to Elizabeth Daughter of my aforesaid Sister Elizabeth I give my best Gown.  And I do hereby Give and Devise unto my two nephews John DOWNS and Thomas DOWNS and their Heirs all the Reversion of my Leasehold Messuage and Tenement called the Cliffe situate lying and being in Handley to be equally divided betwixt them share and share alike.  They paying such forfeit as shall be due at my Decease And I give unto my aforesd two nephews such personal Estate as I shall die possessed of (After the aforesd Legacies and Expences are paid) to be equally divided betwixt them.  And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my aforesaid nephew John DOWNES sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my Hand and Seal the Day and Year first above written.

Mary HAGUE (her mark & Seal)

Signed Sealed and published the words from They to Decease being first interlined In the presence of us

William OLERENSHAW; William BURGESS; John GASKELL

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Peter Hague: 1761

In the name of God Amen January the seventeenth Day one Thousand seven Hundred sixty one I Peter HAGUE of Whaley in the parrish of Taxall and County of Chester Carpenter being of very good remembrance praised be the Lord for the same I calling to mind the uncertainty of mans life in this transitory state knowing that all flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call and being desirous to settle things in order do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following principally and first of all I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and Redeemer hoping that through the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ my blessed Lord and Saviour he will grant me free pardon of all my sins and the Eternall Salvation of my precious Soul and I commit my Body to the Earth whence it was taken to be decently interred at Taxall and as touching the Disposition of such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give and bequeath the same as followeth viz

Imprimis I give unto my son Robert HAGUE the Bed and Bedstocks he lies in, Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Margaret HAGUE furniture for one whole bed and bedstocks, item I give unto my Gran=son Isaac BAYLEY all my wearing apparel att my decease And the rest residue and remainder of my Goods Cattle Chattle and personal Estate whatsoever after my Deb(t)s Legacies and funeral expences are discharged I give and bequeath among my six children two sons and four Daughters namely Robert HAGUE, John HAGUE, Margaret HAGUE, Barbary HYDE, Mary BAYLEY and Sarah REDDITCH finally I do ordain constitute and appoint my Daughter Margaret HAGUE and my Loving kinsman William LOMAX to be my true and Lawfull Executors of this my last will and Testament hoping that they will see it performed according to the trust I have reposed in them In wittness thereof I have hereunto put my hand and Seal the Day and Year first above written:

H The mark & Seal of Peter HAGUE

Wittnesses hereunto

The mark of Thomas SHIRT; George BRAKLEHURST; John BENNETT

30 Oct 1761

William LOMAX the Exr within named was sworn in Common form Power etc. to the Exex

before Jn: Chorley KNOWLES Surr.  Under 40£    

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John HAIGH: 1717

Obligation

Latin Text mentions Gertrude HAIGH of Yeardsley Walley in Cheshire widow; George BROCKLEHURST of Taxall in Cheshire yeoman & John DOE   1717

The Condicon of this Obligation is such that if the above bounden Gertrude HAIGH, widow Relict and Administrator of all and singular the good chattells and credits of John HAIGH late of Yeardsley Walley yeoman aforesaid deceased doe make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of her the said Gertrude HAIGH or into the hands and possession of any person or persons for her and the same soe made doe exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Conry Court of Chester at or before the seventeenth of August next ensuing And the same goods chattells and credits and all other the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Gertrude HAIGH or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her doe well and truly administer according to law And further doe make or cause to be made a true and just accompt etc. etc.

Gertrude HAIGH her mark

George BROCKLEHURST

Sealed and delivered in the presence of

Jeff: MOULDING; John HARDING

A True Inventory of all the Goods Cattel & Chattells of the deceased John HAIGH Late of Yeardsley Waley as they were valued & praised the 27 day of April 1717

£

s

d

Imprimis

His purse & apparel

2

10

0

In the house

A Cupboard & little Table

0

14

0

five Elbow Chairs 3s 4d & a dish cupboard 2s is

0

5

4

A fire Iron 3s tonges & pott hooks 1s 8d & a pare of Bellis 10d is

0

5

6

A little pare of Gobords 1s a Chopping Knife 8d & a frying pan 1s is

0

2

8

A little brass pott & an Iron pott 4s. 6d. & a Cetle 1s 6d is

0

6

0

A wooden botle 3 piggins a basin 4 Trenchers & noggins

0

3

6

4 pewter dishes & muggen dish a saucer & 3 porringers

0

10

0

In the parlor

A Chest & little Table 4s A Churn & a Seeled Chear 7s is

0

11

0

A pare of Bedstocks with all the Clothes & Sheets & bolster

1

8

6

6 Glass bottles 1s & a Cofer 4s 6d is

0

5

6

A little Table Cloth & 2 napkins a l little Iron peel

0

2

4

In the Chamber

two pare of Bedstocks 2 Chaff beds & Clothes

1

2

6

A cofer & a little Mail Arke

0

11

0

A Cheese tub 2 sloonds 2 kidles & an old sadle 

0

13

0

In the Barn

A plough & an old Harrow & 2 pack sadles

0

12

6

A Wanlow & oerley 1s 6d a Cheese presse 2s is

0

3

6

an old Coffer 1s a pare of halms & halmbark 1s 6d is

0

2

6

a pare of Iron geers a holter & an old bridle

0

5

6

two Cowes £6 two Bullox £5 two stirkes £3 10s two Calves £2 is 

16

10

0

An old White horse £2 10s & 8 sheep £2 is

4

10

0

Total

31

15

10

George BROCKLEHURST; Ed. WARRINGTON appraisers

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Hannah HANDFORD: 1835

In the name of God Amen I Hannah HANDFORD of Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Singal woman of Sound and perfect Mind Memory and Understanding praise be therefore given to Almighty God do make and declare this my present Last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I Commend my Soul to God my maker and my body I commit to the Earth from whence it was taken to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executor herein after named  And as to my Temporal Estate and Effects I give and dispose thereof as followeth that is to say that  I Give and bequeath to my Sister Elizabeth the wife of Joseph DRINKWATER my Copey hold Estaate being and Lying in Kettleshuslme and also I give and bequeath to my mother Sarah HANDFORD the Remander of my property And I do hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint my Father James HANDFORD Executor of this my Last will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Hannah HANDFORD have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29 day of December one thousand Eight hundred and thirty fore

Hannah HANDFORD

In the presence of us who at her request and in her presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto

James HANDFORD; John HANDFORD; Ann HANDFORD  

The ninth day of May 1835 James HANDFORD the Executor in this Will named was sworn in common form: & he further made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testatrix within the Diocese of Chester was under the value of three hundred pounds before me Charles Kenrick PRESCOT M A Surrogate

The testatrix died on the seventeenth day of January 1835 Probate issued Dated 9th May 1835  

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James HANDFORD: 1852

In the name of God Amen.  I James HANDFORD of Yeardsley Cum Whaley and Parish of Taxal, in the County of Chester, Yeoman, am in good health of body, and of sound and perfect mind and memory and understanding praise be therefore given to Almighty God Yet calling to mind the mortality of my body I do dispose and distribute my worldly good in form and manner following. And first I give and bequeath to my wife Sarah HANDFORD as much money year by year and every year during her natural life as she shall think proper - and I also further give and bequeath unto her the house we now live in.  And I give and bequeath to my son John HANDFORD, and my daughter Elizabeth DRINKWATER, share and share alike all my property wherever found, standing or lying, likewise at the death of my wife I give and bequeath unto my said son John and my daughter Elizabeth whatever remains of my property which my said wife has been in possession of. I say I give the same to my said son John and daughter Elizabeth share and share alike.  And I desire that all my just Debts, Funeral and Testamentary or other expenses be paid immediately after my decease.  And I nominate and appoint my said son John HANDFORD, and my son-in-law Joseph DRINKWATER joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament. And I revoke and disannul all other former Will or Wills by me at any time made, and do declare this present writing to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Sixteenth Day of March, one thousand Eight hundred and Forty Two

James HANDFORD with seal

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said James HANDFORD the Testator as, and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto set of hands as witnesses

Edward HEMMING; Henry WOOD; Mary WOOD

The eighth day of April 1852 John HANDFORD and Joseph DRINKWATER the Executors in this Will named were sworn in common form: and they also made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of 1500£  before me Charles Kenrick PRESCOT MA Surrogate

The Testator died on the Twentieth Day of February 1852   Pro: issued Dated 15th April 1852

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Elizabeth HAUGHTON: 1866

This is the last Will and Testament of me Elizabeth HAUGHTON of Furness near Whaley in the County of Chester, Widow I appoint my brother Robert UNWIN and my son William HAUGHTON Executors of this my Will I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid by my Executors immediately after my decease And subject thereto I give and bequeath All my household goods and furniture plate linen china pictures and books unto my daughter Mary Ann the wife of James JOHNSON for her own use and benefit absolutely Whereas my late husband William HAUGHTON by his Will dated the nineteenth day of July one thousand eight hundred and twenty two gave devised and bequeathed to me and my assigns during my life All that his messuage cottage dwellinghouse situate standing and being at Furness near Whaley aforesaid and in which he then lived with the land garden and other hereditaments thereto and after my decease he gave devised and bequeathed the same to his brother Richard HAUGHTON and his brother in law the said Robert UNWIN their heirs and assigns To hold the same unto and to the use of the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN their heirs and assigns according to the nature and quality thereof Upon certain trusts therein particularly mentioned And whereas my said husband formerly purchased the said Cottage and premises along with other tenements jointly with one John ROBINSON and ..... were by Indenture dated the seventh day of March one thousand eight hundred and seven assigned to my said husband and the said John ROBINSON for the residue of a term of nine hundred and ninety nine years as tenants in common and afterwards my said husband in his lifetime purchased from the said John ROBINSON all his interest in the said premises but never took any assignment thereof so that at the time of the decease of my said husband legal estate in one undivided moiety thereof remained outstanding in the said John ROBINSON and he by his will bequeathed that moiety to me for the residue of the said term And whereas I am desirous of disposing of the legal estate in the said moiety so bequeathed to me as aforesaid in such manner as to invest the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN as such trustees as aforesaid with the legal estate in the entirety of the said premises Now I do hereby give devise and bequeath All my undivided moiety and all other my estate share and interest at law (if any) of and in the whole or any part of the said premises so purchased by my said husband and the said John ROBINSON as aforesaid with the appurtenances belonging thereto unto the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN their executors administrators and assigns for the purpose of enabling them to carry in to full and complete effect the trusts powers provisoes and dispositions contained in the will of my said husband of and concerning the same in like manner and to the like extent as they could or might have done in case my said husband had at the time of his decease been possessed of the legal estate in the whole of the tenements so bequeathed by him as aforesaid And as to all the residue and remainder of my personal estate and effects I give and bequeath the same unto my four children Martha the wife of John HAUGHTON William HAUGHTON John HAUGHTON and Mary Ann the wife of the said James JOHNSON to be divided between them in equal shares And hereby revoking all former Wills I declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of July one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven

The mark X of Elizabeth HAUGHTON

Signed published and declared by the said testatrix Elizabeth HAUGHTON as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the same having been first read over and fully explained to her which she seemed perfectly to understand

Samuel UNWIN, Atherton Street, Manchester; Henry Unwin LOMAS, 21 Birch Street, Manchester

Proved at Chester the 8th day of June 1866 by the oath of Robert UNWIN the Brother the surviving Executor, to whom Administration was granted

The testatrix Elizabeth HAUGHTON was late of Furness near Whaley in the County of Chester Widow and died on the 30th day of December 1865 at Furness aforesaid    Under £100 No Leaseholds 

Messrs Bunting & Unwin, Solicitors, Manchester                    Charles T W PARRY District Registrar   

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William HAUGHTON: 1823

I William HAUGHTON of Furness near Whalley in the county of Chester Printer Do hereby revoke all Wills Codicils and other Testamentary dispositions made by me at any time or times heretofore and declare this to be my last Will and Testament I give and Bequeath unto my dear wife Elizabeth All and singular my Household Goods and Furniture Plate linen China Pictures and Books And all my wines and other Liquors stores and provisions which shall be in or about my Dwelling house at the time of my decease for her own use and benefit absolutely for ever And I give to my said wife the sum of Fifty pounds to be paid to her immediately after my decease.  I give devise and Bequeath unto my said dear Wife and her assigns during her natural Life without impeachment of waste all that my Messuage Cottage or Dwellinghouse situate standing and being at Furness aforesaid and in which I now live, with the Land Garden and other hereditaments thereto belonging and after her decease I give devise and Bequeath the said Messuage Cottage or Dwellinghouse Land Garden and other hereditaments unto my Brother Richard HAUGHTON of Hooley Hill near Ashton under line in the County of Lancaster Printer and my Brother in law Robert UNWIN of Manchester in the said County of Lancaster Warehouseman their heirs and assigns To hold the same unto and to the use of the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN their heirs and assigns according to the nature and quality thereof Nevertheless upon and for the trusts intents and purposes and with under and subject to the powers provisions agreements and declarations hereinafter expressed and declared of and concerning the same And I give devise and Bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever of or to which I or any person or persons In trust for me am is or are or at the time of my decease shall or may be seised possessed or entitled or of which I have power to dispose and all my Estate and Interest therein respectively unto and to the use of the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN their heirs Executors and Administrators respectively according to the nature and quality of the same premises Upon the trusts and for the intents and purposes hereinafter expressed and declared of and concerning the same And I do hereby declare my Will and mind to be that my said Messuage Cottage or Dwellinghouse and all other my Real and personal Estate and Effects hereinbefore given devised and bequeathed to the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN their heirs executors administrators and assigns respectively as aforesaid are so given and devised and bequeathed unto them upon the trusts and for the intents and purposes and with under and subject to the powers provisoes agreements and declarations hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same respectively that is to say upon trust that they the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN and the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators and assigns Do and shall with all convenient speed after my decease call in and convert into money my said personal Estate (not hereinbefore by me specifically  bequeathed) or such part thereof as shall not consist of money And do and shall absolutely sell and dispose of my said Real Estate (including my said Messuage Cottage or Dwellinghouse and premises hereinbefore devised to my said wife Elizabeth for her Life as aforesaid, from and immediately after her decease) either absolutely and altogether or in parcels by public auction or private contract to any person or persons willing to become the purchaser or purchasers thereof respectively for such price or prices or sum or sums of money as my said Trustees or Trustee for time being shall think fit And do and shall call in and receive such part or parts of my said personal Estate as shall consist of money and for effectuating any such Sale or Sales as aforesaid Do and shall enter into and execute all such contracts conveyances acts deeds matters and things as to my said Trustees or Trustee for the time being shall seem meet and and do and shall stand and be possessed of and interested in the monies which shall come to their or his hands under this my Will, Upon trust in the first place by and out of the same to pay all my just debts and Funeral and testamentary Expenses and the Legacy hereinbefore given to my said Wife And do and shall lay out and invest the residue and surplus of the same monies respectively at interest in the names or name of them the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN or the survivor of them his executors administrators or assigns in or upon Government or real Securities and do and shall alter and vary the same securities from time to time at pleasure And do and shall stand and be possessed of and interested in the said trust monies stocks funds and securities and the interest dividends and annual produce thereof Upon the trusts hereinafter declared of and concerning the same that is to say Upon trust that they the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN and the survivor of them his executors administrators and assigns do and shall pay the interest dividends and annual produce of the said trust monies stocks funds and securities unto or permit the same to be received by my said Wife Elizabeth and her assigns during her natural life for her and their own use and benefit And from and after the decease of my said Wife Do and shall stand and be possessed of and interested in the said trust monies stocks funds and securities and the interest dividends and annual produce thereof In trust for and to be equally divided amongst all and every the children of my body lawfully issuing living at the decease of my said Wife, who being a Son or Sons shall attain the age of twenty one years or being a Daughter or Daughters shall attain that age or marry and the Issue of such of my children as shall have departed this life in the meantime leaving Issue then living, such last mentioned Issue to have and take only the part or share which his her or their parent would have taken or been entitled to, if living and in case there shall be but one such child then the whole to be in trust for that one or only child And I do hereby declare my will and mind to be that until the vesting of the portions hereby provided for my said children or their respective issue as aforesaid my said Trustees or Trustee for the time being shall at their or his discretion apply the whole or a competent part of the annual produce of each such childs then expectant portion in or towards his her or their maintenance and education respectively And I do hereby declare that the receipt or receipts of my said Trustees or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns for any sum or sums of money payable to them or him under or by virtue of this my will shall effectually discharge the person or persons paying the same from the money therein respectively acknowledged to have been received and from being liable to see to the application thereof or in anywise answerable or accountable for the misapplication or nonapplication thereof and I do hereby declare my will and mind to be that my said Trustees or either of them shall not be liable to answer or make good any loss or losses that shall or may happen to my estate and Effects in placing out the trust monies according to the directions of this my will or in transacting any money affairs or otherwise relating to or concerning the execution of the trusts mentioned in this my will unless the same shall happen by or through their or his wilful neglect or default nor shall they or either of them be answerable or accountable for the acts deeds receipts disbursement neglects or defaults of the other of them but each of them shall be answerable only for his own acts deeds receipts disbursements neglects or defaults And I do hereby direct that my said Trustees shall and may pay and reimburse themselves and himself out of my Estate and Effects all reasonable and necessary costs charges and expences whatsoever which they or either of them shall or may bear pay sustain or be put unto in or about the execution of the trusts of this my will And I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN Executors of this my last Will and Testament In testimony whereof I have to this my Last Will and testament contained on four sheets of paper set my hand and affixed my seal in manner hereinafter mentioned that is to say, to the three first sheets I have set my hand and to the fourth and last sheet I have my hand and affixed my seal this Nineteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two

(signed) Wm HAUGHTON with seal

Signed sealed published and declared by the said William HAUGHTON the Testator, as and for his Last Will and and (sic) Testament in the presence of us, who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto severally set and subscribed our names as witnesses

James UNWIN Manchester; Ann POTTS New Mills; Mary Ann UNWIN Disley        

The third day of January 1823  Richard HAUGHTON and Robert UNWIN the executors in this will named were sworn in common form, and they further made oath that the personal Estate and effects of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of 200£ before me C D Ufresey? Surrogate

Testator died 23d Decr 1822    Probate issued Dated 3d January 1823

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William HAY: 1846

In the Consistory Court of Chester

The seventeenth day of July 1846 Appeared personally George HEATHCOTE of Whaley in the County of Chester Farmer and being sworn upon the Holy Gospels, made Oath that he was one of the Attesting Witnesses to the last Will and Testament of William HAY late of Yeardsley cum Whaley within the parish of Taxall in the County of Chester Block Cutter deceased, bearing date the ninth day of March 1846 and hereto annexe, that he was present on the said ninth day of March and saw the said William HAY deceased duly execute the same, as, and for his last Will and Testament, by making his mark across at the foot or end thereof as it now appears William WILD and William SHALLCROSS the other Attesting Witnesses being also present at the same time, and this Deponent and the said William WILD and William SHALLCROSS did then, in the presence of the said testator, and of each other, set and subscribe their names as Witnesses as they now appear.

(signed) George HEATHCOTE

Sworn at Stockport the Day and Year aforesaid before me Charles Kenrick PRESCOT MA Surrogate

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George Heathcote: 1867

In the name of God Amen I George HEATHCOTE of Start in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley Parish of Taxal and County of Chester Farmer being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following and first I direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease out of my estate and effects I give devise and bequeath to my sister in law Anne FORSTER who is now residing with me the sum of nineteen pounds of lawfull money But in case she should die before me it must fall into and form a part of my estate Also I do hereby devise and bequeath the sum and every part thereof of my said property and estate and effects whether real or personal or wheresoever the same may be whether in possession or reversion remainder or expectancy (after payment of my lawfull charges and expences) unto and amongs and to be equally divided between all and every one of my children both sons and daughters namely Joseph HEATHCOTE, Ann WILD Wife of William WILD Elizabeth TRUEMAN Wife of James TRUEMAN William HEATHCOTE Edward HEATHCOTE Robert HEATHCOTE Mary PROCTOR Wife of Jonathan PROCTOR James HEATHCOTE and Thomas HEATHCOTE six sons and three daughters also my son Thomas HEATHCOTE to receive my son Joseph HEATHCOTE and my son James HEATHCOTE share towards the money that he has advanced to my son Joseph HEATHCOTE but in case any of my children should die leaving no issue such portion must fall into and form part of my said estate and effects and be divided amongs the remainder of my children but in case any of my children die leaving issue such issue to take the father or mothers part as the case may be And lastly I do nominate and appoint my sons William HEATHCOTE Robert HEATHCOTE and Thomas HEATHCOTE Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I charge them as they have to answer unto God that they do the thing that is right and just and I make void and disannul all other former or other Will or Wills by me at any time made And I do declare this present writing to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said George HEATHCOTE have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty six

George HEATHCOTE his mark X

Signed sealed and acknowledge by George HEATHCOTE the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses

William WILD; Elizabeth TRUEMAN; Ann HEATHCOTE her mark X

Proved at Chester the 6th day of June 1867 by the oaths of Robert HEATHCOTE and Thomas HEATHCOTE the sons two of the Executors to whom Administration was granted, power reserved of making the like Grant to William HEATHCOTE the son the other Executor

The Testator George HEATHCOTE was late of Start in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Farmer and died on the 4th day of May 1867 at Start aforesaid

Under £200 No Leaseholds  Messrs BROCKLEHURST & WRIGHT, Solicitors, Macclesfield  Charles T H PARRY District Registrar      

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John HILL: 1788

In the Name of God Amen I John HILL of Whaley Machine House in the Parish of Hope in the County of Derby being of perfect, sound & disposing Mind, Memory, and Understanding (Praised be God for the same) do make publish, declare, constitute and appoint This to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: First & principally I commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping for Salvation by his Mercy thro` the Merits & Meditation of Jesus Christ.  And my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors herein after named.  And as to my temporal worldly Estate Real & Personal I Give, devise, bequeath, and Dispose of in the following manner, First I Will, Direct, desire and positively Order that all my funeral Expences periot (sic) and probate of this my last Will and Testament and all such Debts as I shall Justly owe at my Death be fully paid or otherwise discharged out off my personal Estate.  And I Give and bequeath unto my Oldest Son John HILL the Sum of One Hundred Pounds to be paid (out of my personal Estate) Unto him if alive within the space of twelve Months time next after the time of my Death, But if he happen to die before his said Legacy or Legacies shall so become due and leaves no lawful Issue in such Case, I Give and bequeath the said Legacy sum of One Hundred Pounds unto all my other now living Children (if alive) and the same to be equally divided amongst them part and share or sum alike, And if any one of them be also Dead and hath left a lawful Issue then shall the Child or Children, of such deceased Parent Legatee Receive their deceased Parent Legacy part: and the same to be equally Divided to between or amongst them Part and share alike. Also I Give and bequeath unto my son Henry HILL the sum of Ninety Pounds.  Also I Give and bequeath unto my Son Isaac HILL the sum of One Hundred Pounds.  And I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Martha COOPER the sum of Sixty Pounds.  Also I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary HEAWARD the Sum of One Hundred Pounds.  And I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Alice JONES the sum of Ninety Pounds.  All which said several Legacies or Sums of Money I hereby Will Order and Direct shall be paid to the Legatees in this manner, namely that such shall be paid and they to receive their Legacy or Legacies within the space of twelve months time next after the time of my Death.  And I Give and bequeath unto Robert COLLIER of Taxall the Sum of One pound One shilling.  And I Give and bequeath unto Hugh PEARSON of Taxall the sum of One pound one shilling.  And I Give and bequeath unto Sarah Wife of Job BENNETT of Ketteshulm the sum of Ten shillings & Sixpence.  Also I Give and bequeath to the Poor People of the Hamlet of Fearnilee the sum of One Pound.  And also To the Poor People of Taxall I Give and bequeath the sum of One Pound, both said Legacies to be distributed to their respective poor People by and according to the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named.  And further it is my will and Mind that the five last mentioned Legacy Sums shall be paid out of my personal Estate to the several and respective Legatees, within the space of Twelve Months time: next after the time of my Death.  And Lastly as to all the rest, residue and remainder of my Personal Estate, and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and not herein before given or disposed of, I Give and bequeath the same unto my said Six now living Children equally to be divided amongst them part or share alike.  And such Legatees unto whom the reversion of my temporal Estate and Effects is herein before given and bequeathed their shares shall become due, and paid when their other herein before mentioned respective Legacy becomes due as aforesaid.  Also it is my further Will and Mind that if the Legatees within named or any one of them shall be discontented with the provision by me hereby made for him, her or them, and shall raise or Commence any Suit, or Action against my Executors or one against another, in such case, Each one of them that shall prove so Letigious or troublesome, shall thereby forfeit or lose all his her and their shares of my said Estate & Effects hereby given or bequeathed to him, her or them respectively and in lieu thereof shall have only the sum of One Shilling paid out of it and no more and the rest or residue shall go and be equally Divided amongst the rest of the Contented Legatees according to the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named.  And Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute & appoint the said Robert COLLIER of Taxall the said Hugh PEARSON of Taxall and my son in law Daniel COOPER for to be Joint Executors of this my last Will & Testament hoping that they will truly, Justly & honestly fulfil & perform the same as my Trust is in them.  And I do hereby allow unto my said Executors all reasonable Wages & expences for the trouble they happen to be at in doing the Buissness which the said Executorship may require.  And I do hereby revoke and make Null and void all former Bequests, Wills, Legacies, and Testamentary Writings by me heretofore in anywise left or made declaring ratifying & confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament: In Witness and Testimony whereof I John HILL the Testator have hereunto set my Hand and put my Seal this Fifteenth day of December In the Twenty Seventh Year of the reign of King George the Third; and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven Hundred and Eighty Seven

(signed) John HILL with seal

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the above named John HILL the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence & audience of Us who hereunto have subscribed our names as Witnesses (the Words) their shares being first interlined, in the presence of the said Testator

Wm SMITH; Henry TURNER; John TURNER

The 25th Day of Novr. 1788 Robert COLLIER, Hugh PEARSON, and Daniel COOPER, the Executors within named, were sworn in common Form, before me D SIMPSON, Surr.

Above £60 & under £100? Pro: iss. Dec 11 1788  

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Daniel HODGSON: 1864

In the name of God Amen I Daniel HODGSON of the Dog and Partridge public house Bridge Mount Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester Publican being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following I direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and discharged by my executors hereinafter named as soon as convenient after my decease I give and bequeath unto my dear Wife Amey HODGSON the full interest of all the monies I may die possessed of and to enjoy the same during the term of her natural life and at the death of my said Wife after payment of all just and lawful debts I direct that the rest residue and remainder of the said money be disposed of in the following manner I give and bequeath unto my son Daniel HODGSON the sum of fifty pounds; to my daughter Isabella ASQUITH fifty pounds; to my daughter Elizabeth TEES fifty pounds; to my daughter Mary SPENCER fifty pounds; to my daughter Ann MARSDEN fifty pounds To my Stepdaughter Jane IRLEM fifty pounds To my son in law Thomas JACKSON fifty pounds To my son Jonathan HODGSON fifty pounds To my son Joseph HODGSON fifty pounds To my two grandchildren the sons of my son Jesse HODGSON the sum of fifty pounds to be equally divided between them, to my son Wright HODGSON I give and bequeath the sum of two hundred pounds To my son Matthew HODGSON two hundred pounds To my daughter Martha BENNETT two hundred pounds making in the whole eleven hundred pounds If there shall remain any surplus in the hands of my executors after payment of the before named legacies then I direct that the same be equally divided between my before named sons and daughters and my stepdaughter and son in law and the two children of my son Jesse HODGSON Should any of my sons and daughters happen to die before their share leaving issue I direct that the issue of such deceased parent shall receive the share which their deceased parent would have been entitled to if living at that time And I nominate and appoint my son in law Thomas JACKSON and my sons Wright HODGSON and Matthew HODGSON Executors of this my Will and I direct that they reimburse themselves any expense they may be at in the execution of the same And I revoke and make void any former Will or Wills by me at any time heretofore made and I do declare this present writing to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my name and seal this eleventh day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty four

Daniel HODGSON

Signed sealed and acknowledged by the testator Daniel HODGSON as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses

George MIDDLETON; Edward FLEMMING

Proved at Chester the 20th day of September 1864 by the oaths of Thomas JACKSON and Wright HODGSON and Matthew HODGSON the sons the Executors to whom Administration was granted

The Testator Daniel HODGSON was late of the Dog and Partridge public house Bridge Mount, Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester Publican and died on the 18th day of March 1864 at Bridge Mount aforesaid

Under £1500 No Leaseholds

Messrs S & H S CHINN  Proctors, Lichfield                                    Charles M PARRY District Registrar

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Thomas IRLAM: 1836/1854

Obligation

Know all Men by these Presents That we Catherine IRLAM of Whaley Bridge in the township of Whaley, in the Parish of Taxall, in the County and Diocese of Chester, Widow, William WILD of Whaley Bridge aforesaid Shopkeeper & James JOHNSON of Dane Bank, Stockport Joiner are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God John BIRT by Divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the sum of four hundred pounds of good and lawful Money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland present in that part of the said Kingdom called England, to be paid unto the said Lord Bishop, his lawful Attorney, Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us severally for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, and the Heirs, Executors and Administrators of every of us firmly by these Presents, Sealed with our Seals and dated Thirtieth Day of December in the seventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord William the Fourth by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord God One Thousand Eight Hundred and thirty six.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that the above bounden Catherine IRLAM, the Relict, & sole Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of Thomas IRLAM of Whaley Bridge in the township of Whaley Parish of Taxall aforesaid, Blacksmith deceased to make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession , or knowledge of her the said Catherine IRLAM or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her use etc. etc.

Catherine IRLAM X her mark; William WILD; James JOHNSON

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Charles Kenrick PRESCOT MA Surrogate

The thirtieth Day of December 1836 Catherine IRLAM within named took the usual oath of an administrator in common form: she also made oath that the personal Estate & Effects of the Intestate within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of 200£ before me Charles Kenrick PRESCOT MA Surrogate

The Intestate died on the twelfth Day of August 1836   Admon iss: Dated 20th December 1836

Know all Men by these Presents, That we Alice IRLAM of Whitle in the Parish of Glossop, in the County of Derby, Spinster: James INGHAM of Whitle aforesaid, Calico Printer: and John DIXON of Disley in the County of Chester, Auctioneer are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God John by Divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the sum of six hundred pounds of good and lawful Money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland present in that part of the said Kingdom called England, to be paid unto the said Lord Bishop, his lawful Attorney, Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us severally for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, and the Heirs, Executors and Administrators of every of us firmly by these Presents, Sealed with our Seals and dated Thirtieth Day of June in the eighteenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord God One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty four.

The Condition of this Obligation is such That if the above bounden Alice IRLAM the natural and lawful daughter and only next of kin and as such the Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of Thomas IRLAM of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the Parish of Taxal in the County of Chester, Blacksmith left unadministered by Catherine IRLAM widow and relict and former administratrix of the said deceased to make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession , or knowledge of her the said Alice IRLAM or into the hands or possession etc. etc.

Alice IRLAM; James INGHAM; John DIXON

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Joseph TAYLOR Surrogate Stockport

The thirtieth day of June 1854 Alice IRLAM within named took the usual oath of an Administratrix in common form and also made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Intestate within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of Three Hundred Pounds Before me Joseph TAYLOR Surrogate Stockport

The Intestate died the 12th day of August 1836  Admon issued Dated 3rd July 1854

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Elizabeth JANNIS als BENNETT: 1718

Obligation

Latin Text mentions William JANNIS of Waley, Taxal parish in Cheshire Jacob (James) WRIGHT & John DOE   1718

The Condicon of this Obligation is such that if the above bounden William JANNIS, Husbandman Administrator of all and singular the good chattells and credits of Elizabeth JANNIS als BENNETT his late wife deceased doe make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of him the said William JANNIS or into the hands and possession of any person or persons for him and the same soe made doe exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court of Chester at or before the 22 day of June next ensuing And the same goods chattells and credits and all other the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased at the time of her death which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said William JANNIS or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him doe well and truly administer according to law And further doe make or cause to be made a true and just accompt etc. etc.

(Signed) William JANNIS; James WRIGHT

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Charlott HUGHSON; Edw: ROBERTS

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Will of Jonathan JODRELL of Horwich End

Made 26 Jan 1870 Proved 9 May 1890

This is to testify that I Jonathan JODRELL out of my Property Wish my Wife Eliza JODRELL to receive 20 pounds a year so long as she remains my Widow And the remainder to be put into the bank until the property be clear and the Property never to be sold but to be kept in proper repair and to be painted every three years my Children to receive equal shares namely Ann LOMAS; Mary Jane FLETCHER; Sarah BENNETT; Walter JODRELL; Fanny JODRELL; Matthew Henry JODRELL; Jonathan JODRELL if any should be without issue their share to come back and be equally divided amongst the surviving Children the Wife or Husband to receive the aforesaid benefit until their death the stock and goods for my Wife and Children comforts the aforesaid 20 pounds a year at my Wife’s death or second marriage to be equally divided amongst the Children 

 Signed Jonathan JODRELL

Witnesses:  John BENNETT; Joseph OLLERENSHAW

3 Folios

At Derby on the 9th day of May 1890 Administration (with the Will annexed) of the personal estate of Jonathan JODRELL late of Horwich End Whaley Bridge in the county of Derby Labourer, deceased who died on the 8th day of May 1886 at Horwich End aforesaid, was granted to Eliza JODRELL, the lawful Widow and Relict of the said deceased she having been first sworn No Executor or Residuary Legatee being named in the said Will.

Gross value of Personal Estate £52-0-0 

Extracted by the Administratrix in person. 

Administration (with Will) the Goods unadministered passed at Principal Registry October 1900

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George JOHNSON: 1800

Obligation

Know all Men by these Presents, that we John JOHNSON senior of Whaley, in the County of Chester, Carrier, and John JOHNSON, Junior, of the same place, Carrier, and John BATE of Heaton Norris, in the County of Lancaster, Innkeeper are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God William by divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the sum of one hundred and Eighty pounds, of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father, his lawful attorney, executors, administrators, or assigns: To which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves and every of us, severally for and in the whole, our heirs, executors, and administrators, and the heirs, executors, and administrators of every of us, firmly by these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals, and dated the twenty second day of April in the fortieth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George 3d by the grace of God, of Great-Britain, France, and Ireland, King defender of the faith, and so forth, and in the year of our Lord God, one thousand Eight hundred.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden John JOHNSON, senior, of Whaley, in the County and Diocese of Chester , Carrier, the natural and lawful Father and Administrator of George JOHNSON late of Whaley in the County and Diocese of Chester aforesaid Carrier, (his natural and lawful Widow Betty JOHNSON having this Day personally renounced) do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said John JOHNSON, senior or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him and the same, so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court of Chester at or before the twenty second day of October next ensuing: And the same goods, chattels, and credits, and all other the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, at the time of his death, which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said John JOHNSON senior or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him do well and truly administer according to law; and further do make, or cause to be made, a true and just account of his said administration, at or before the twenty second day of April which shall be in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and one and all the rest and residue of the said goods etc. etc.

(signed) John JOHNSON; Jno JOHNSON Junr; Jno BATES

 Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of W BOWNE

April 22nd 1800 The within named John JOHNSON senior took the usual Oath of an Administrator before me W BOWNE Surrogate

Effects under One hundred Pounds Admin: issued dated 22 Apr 1800

Whereas George JOHNSON late of Whaley in the County and Diocese of Chester Carrier deceased departed this life some time since Intestate leaving behind him Betty JOHNSON his Widow and Relict.

Now know all Men by these presents that I the said Betty JOHNSON Widow for diverse good cause and considerations me hereunto especially moving do renounce and refuse to take upon me the Administration of the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said George JOHNSON deceased and to the end that this my Proxy of Renunciation may have its due effect I do hereby nominate and appoint James REPINGTON Public Notary one of the Procurators General of the Consistory Court of Chester for me and in my name to appear before the Reverend and Worshipful John BRIGGS Clerk Master of Arts vicar general and official principal of the right reverend Father in God William by divine permission Lord Bishop of Chester his Surrogate or some other competent judge and exhibit this my renunciation and pray and procure the same to be admitted and enacted hereby ratifying and confirming all and whatsoever my said Proctor shall lawfully do or cause to be done in and about the premises In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the twenty second day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred

The mark & seal of Betty JOHNSON X

Sealed Signed and delivered by the said Betty JOHNSON In the presence of us

W BOWNE; Matthew REDFERN 

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James JOHNSON: 1848

This is the Last Will and Testament of me James JOHNSON of Whaley in the Parish of Taxal and in the County of Chester Innkeeper Being in health of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (praise therefore be given to Almighty God) therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body, knowing unto all men it is appointed once to die, do make, ordain and publish, in manner and form following; that is to say, principally, and first of all, I commit and commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, hoping through the death, merit, and passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon, and forgiveness of all my sins, and to inherit everlasting life, and my body I commend unto the earth from whence it came to be intered in decent christian burial, at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the last, and general resurrection day I shall receive the same again by the Almighty, and pour of God: And as touching the disposition of all such worldly or temporal affairs wherewith it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I give, bequeath, and dispose of the same in the manner and form following:

Then my will and mind is, that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary charges and expenses to be paid and discharged by my Executors, and I do hereby order my Executors (herein after named) in my name and for my use, to ask, demand receive and collect of all such persons, just sum or sums of money owing, or out at use what soever, as now are, and which hereafter shall or may be due or payable unto me: and all other monies, just debts, or thing: whatsoever which now are, or at any time hereafter shall or may be due unto me at, or after my decease, or my Wife`s decease, which should so happen to survive, and in discharging upon the same sum or sums of money or any of them, as I myself might or could do were I personally present, as this my Will does, or will direct.

First I Give and bequeath unto my only son James, and five daughters (namely) Ann, Alice, Sarah, Mary and Hannah, and one granddaughter Isabella all my household goods, and furniture to be equally divided (peaceable and quietly) amongst them share and share alike to them their heirs, and assigns, and likewise all the rest, residue, and remainder of my personal property I give to my only son, five daughters, and one granddaughter to them, their heirs and assigns, after last of either our deceases, and then my mind and will is, if my dear Wife should out live me, I desire my Executors to let everything stand as they were, the same as if I was living during her natural life if she continues to be my Widow: But, if my Wife do marry again to any man after my decease, that, then I give and bequeath to her one shilling and no more, and she shall quit all property in her hands that she possessed, at the time she marrieth a gain: and if it should so happen that any of my child or children die before the last survivor of our deaths, then the share or shares of such child or children shall be divided equally to them share and share alike of all and singular my money, security for money estate and effects of what nature or kind soever as many as where living, if the die and leave no child or children alive, and further as it may so happen, if any one of my daughters aforesaid die and leave children a live, let the mother`s, or parent`s share be equally divided to them share and share alike as many as there where living as they arrive at their mature ages: and my Will and meaning is this, that all things herein contained and mentioned be faithfully, and truly performed, as fully and amply, in every respect as if I were personally present as soon as conveniently after our last decease all my just debts, funeral and testamentary charges and expenses are duly paid and discharged by my Executors (herein mentioned) And Lastly I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my son James JOHNSON and Amos POTT of Combs Executors of this my last Will and Testament in writing, and hereby revoking and making void all former Wills heretofore made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament, In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and forty four.

James JOHNSON with seal

Signed, sealed, declared, and published by the above James JOHNSON the Testator, as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, and in the presences of each other who at his request, and in his presences, have subscribed our names as witness hereunto

Benj SCHOLES; William BENNETT; William WYLD

On the 13th day of May 1848 James JOHNSON & Amos POTT the Exors in this will named were sworn in common form and they also made oath that the personal Estate & effects of the Testator within the diocese of Chester were under the value of £450 before me W HUNTINGTON Surrogate D: J. £8

The testator died the 4th day of March 1848   Pro issued Dated 25th May 1848   

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James JOHNSON: 1872

I James JOHNSON of Goyt Inn Whaley Bridge in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxal and County of Chester being of sound mind and understanding do hereby make this my last Will and Testament in the manner following that is to say I order all my just debts funeral expenses and testamentary expenses of proving this my Will be paid by my executors hereinafter named Secondly I give and bequeath unto my dear Wife Mary Ann JOHNSON all my property both real and personal namely I give and bequeath unto her the house which I now occupy called by the name of Goyt Inn the premises belonging thereto at Whaley Bridge also I give devise and bequeath unto my Wife All the household furniture and all other effects which I may die possessed of subject to the care of bringing up of my two children namely Matilda Mary Ann JOHNSON and Herbert JOHNSON with food and raiment until they are of age to get their own living And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my Wife Mary Ann JOHNSON of Goyt Inn and William MORTEN Ginger Beer Manufacturer of Whaley Bridge Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke all former and other Wills before at any time made heretofore and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said James JOHNSON hereunto set my hand and seal [the] twentieth day of November one thousand eight hundred and seventy one

James JOHNSON

Signed sealed and delivered by the said testator and declared to be his last Will and Testament in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribing witnesses hereunto set our hand the day and year above written

Witnesses: Isaac LOMAS; Jane ASH

Proved at Chester the 27th day of January 1872 by the oath of Mary Ann JOHNSON Widow the Relict one of the Executors to whom Administration was granted power reserved of making the like Grant to William MORTEN the other Executor

The Testator James JOHNSON was late of Goyt Inn Whaley Bridge in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Joiner and Beerseller and died on the 25th day of November 1871 at Goyt Inn aforesaid

Under £100 Including Leaseholds  Messrs H & T H JOHNSON Solicitors Stockport  Charles T H PARRY District Registrar     

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John JOHNSON: 1841

In the name of God Amen I John JOHNSON of the Township of Yeardsley Cum Whaley of the the Parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Being of sound mind do hereby make my last will and testament revoking every other made at any former time by me and I do hereby appoint William WILD Shopkeeper and John JOHNSON my son Joiner and Builder Both of the said Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the Parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Executors thereof and I do hereby bequeath after all my Just debts funeral and testementary expenses are paid first that my wife Ellen receive the Interest ariseing from two hundred and seventy six pounds together with the use of all my farming stock and household furniture dureing the term of her natural life if she remains my widow and at her death or second marriage I do devise that the whole of my Goods and Chattels household furniture and farming stock be sold by Public Auction and and the money ariseing therefrom together with the aforesaid two hundred and seventy six pounds be devided share and share alike amongst my ten children or if any of them be dead their share is to be devided equally among their children has the come of age and I do hereby will that my tools workshop timber be sold has soon after my death has is convenient and the money put out to Interest and my wife to receive the same untill her second marriage and at her death or marriage to be devided in the same manner has the rest of my Property and I do declare this to be my last will and testament contained upon one sheet of paper whereunto I now set my Hand Seal

John JOHNSON (with seal)

Signed delivered Sealed and Declared at his request in his Presence and in the Presence of Each other this twenty first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Forty

Ellen HUTCHINSON; Nancy NICHOL

In the Consistory Court of Chester

The 13th day of September 1841 Appeared personally Ellen HUTCHINSON of Yeardsley: Parish of Taxal in the County of Chester and being sworn upon the Holy Gospels, made oath that she is one of the Attesting Witnesses to the last Will and Testament of John JOHNSON late of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester Wheelwright deceased, bearing date the twenty first day of January 1840 and hereto annexed, that she was present on the said twenty first day of January and saw the said John JOHNSON deceased duly execute the same, as, and for his last Will and Testament by signing his name "John JOHNSON" at the foot or end thereof as it now appears Nancy NICHOL the other Attesting Witness being also present at the same time, and this Deponent and the said Nancy NICHOL did then, in the presence of the said Testator, and of each other, set and subscribe their names thereto as Witnesses as they now appear.

The 13th day of August 1841 William WILD and John JOHNSON the Executors in this will named were sworn in common form and they further made oath that the personal Estate, and Effects of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester, were under the value of £450. 0. 0. before me Thomas MIDDLETON Surrogate

The Testator was a wheelwright and died the 28th day of June 1841   Pro: issd Dated 17th Sept 1841

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John JOHNSON: 1877

This is the last Will and Testament of me John JOHNSON of Whaley Bridge in the County of Chester Stone Dealer who make and publish the same in manner and form following that is to say I order and direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary charges and expenses to be paid and discharged by my Executors hereinafter named out of my personal estate I give and bequeath the use and enjoyment of all my household goods and furniture plate linen and china unto my dear wife Mary Ann JOHNSON during her natural life and from and after her decease I direct the same to be sold by my executors hereinafter named and the money arising therefrom paid and applied as part of the residue of my personal estate I order and direct my said executors during the life of my said wife or during so long time as she shall desire the same to carry on my business as a Stone Dealer and Quarry Proprietor as now carried on by me at the Slater`s Bank and Furness Quarries and that my sons John Henry and Charles Wesley JOHNSON shall have the management thereof and shall be paid such an amount for their services as may be agreed upon between them and my said wife and the net annual profits of such business I give and bequeath unto my said wife for her life but in case my said wife shall in writing desire the same business to be discontinued or after her decease I direct the same to be sold and disposed of and the money arising therefrom to form part of my residuary personal estate I give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate and effects of what nature or kind soever (except leasehold estates) unto my said wife my said son John Henry JOHNSON and my son in law Henry JACKSON their executors administrators or assigns upon the trusts following that is to say upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivor of them or the heirs executors administrators or assigns of such survivor do and shall with all convenient speed after my decease call in sell and convert into money as much thereof as shall be saleable and collect get in and receive the residue thereof or continue the same in its actual state of investment and lay out and invest the money to be received as aforesaid and from the sale of my said business in case the same shall be sold as aforesaid in their or his name or names in the purchase of a competent share or competent shares of the Parliamentary stocks or public funds of Great Britain or at interest on Government or real securities and do and shall from time to time alter and vary the said funds and securities for others of a like nature as they shall think proper and do and shall pay the interest dividends and annual produce of the said invested trust monies funds and securities unto or permit my said wife Mary Ann JOHNSON to receive the same for and during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after her decease the said trust moneys stocks funds and securities and the interest dividends and annual produce thereof and also the moneys to arise from the sale of my said business in case the same shall be sold as aforesaid shall remain and be upon the trusts hereinafter declared concerning the same I give devise and bequeath unto my said son John Henry JOHNSON and my said son in law Henry JACKSON their heirs executors administrators and assigns All my freehold leasehold copyhold and real estates messuages lands tenements and hereditaments wheresoever situate with their rights privileges and appurtenances according to the nature and tenure of the same premises upon the trusts hereinafter mentioned that is to say upon trust to pay the rents issues and profits of the same unto or permit the same to be received by my said wife during her life time And after the decease of my said wife upon trust that they my said trustees or trustee or the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will do and shall at such time or times and when and as they or he shall think proper absolutely sell and dispose of all my said freehold leasehold copyhold and real estates by public auction or private contract to any person or persons willing to purchase the same and for such price or prices as to the said trustees or trustee shall seem reasonable and for promoting and facilitating such sale or sales do and shall enter into make and execute all such contracts conveyances assurances acts and deeds as the said trustees or trustee shall think proper And I declare that my said trustees or trustee shall stand and be possessed of and interested in the money to arise from the sale or sales hereinbefore directed to be made of my real and leasehold estates and also in the moneys to arise and be produced from my personal estate and the stocks funds and securities in which the same may have been invested pursuant to the trusts aforesaid from and after the decease of my said wife In trust for such of my children namely Sarah the wife of Francis PARKES Mary the wife of Henry BARRATT the said John Henry JOHNSON Harriett the wife of the said Henry JACKSON and the said Charles Wesley JOHNSON as shall be living at the decease of my said wife and the issue of such of them as may be deceased as tenants in common in a course of distribution per stirpes and not per capita and so that the issue of any of them the said Sarah PARKES Mary BARRATT John Henry JOHNSON Harriett JACKSON and Charles Wesley JOHNSON may take by way of substitution the share or respective shares only which their parent or respective parents would if living have taken I authorize my said trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will in their or his discretion to apply for the maintenance and education of any minor who for the time being shall be actually or presumptively entitled under my Will or any codicil thereto to any legacy or portion of any share estate or interest of or in any personal estate or money to arise from the sale of real estate or to pay to any parent or guardian of any such minor for such purpose all or any of the income from such legacy portion share estate or interest I give devise and bequeath unto the said John Henry JOHNSON and Henry JACKSON their heirs executors administrators and assigns all estates which at the time of my decease shall be vested in me upon trust or by way of mortgage subject to the several trusts and equities affecting the same respectively And I declare that the receipts in writing of the trustees or trustee for the time being of my Will for any moneys payable to them or him under the trusts hereof shall effectually discharge the person or persons to whom the same shall be given his her or their heirs executors administrators and assigns from all liability in respect of the application of the moneys therein respectively mentioned to be received And in case my said trustees herein named or any future trustees or trustee of this my Will shall die or be desirous of being discharged from or refuse or become incapable to act in the trusts hereof then and in any such case it shall be lawful for the surviving or continuing trustees or trustee for the time being by any writing under their or his hand or hands to appoint any other person or persons to be a trustee or trustees in the place of the trustee or trustees so dying or desirous of being discharged or refusing or becoming incapable as aforesaid and thereupon all my trust estates and premises shall be conveyed assigned and transferred so that the same shall be effectually vested in the surviving trustee or trustees and such new trustee or trustees or in such new trustee or trustees only as the case may be upon the same trusts and with all the same powers and authorities as the trustees herein named could or might have held the same if then living and continuing to act in the trusts hereby in them reposed And I declare that the trustee or trustees for the time being of this my Will shall not be liable to answer or make good any losses that shall happen in the execution of the trusts mentioned in this my Will unless the same shall happen by or through their or his wilful neglect or default nor shall either or any of them my said trustees be answerable or accountable for the acts deeds receipts and disbursements of the other of them but each of them shall be answerable only for his own separate acts deeds receipts and disbursements And I hereby direct that my said trustees shall and may pay and reimburse themselves and himself out of my estate all reasonable and necessary costs charges and expenses whatsoever which they or either or any of them shall or may bear pay be put unto or sustain in or about the execution of this my Will or the trusts hereby in them reposed  And I lastly hereby nominate and appoint my said Wife and the said John Henry JOHNSON and Henry JACKSON to be the Executrix and Executors of this my will and I hereby revoke all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have at the bottom of the four preceding sheets of this my Will the whole whereof is contained in five sheets of paper and also to this fifth sheet and last sheet at the foot or end of this my Will set me hand this eleventh day of December one thousand eight hundred and seventy six

John his X mark JOHNSON

Signed by the before named John JOHNSON the testator as and for his Will in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses thereto the same having been previously read over to him and he appeared perfectly to understand the same and made his mark thereto in our presence.

James LINFOOT Clerk to Messrs W & T W JOHNSON Solicitor Stockport; John SAYER Ironmonger Whaley Bridge

Proved at Chester the 15th day of February 1877 by the oaths of Mary Ann JOHNSON Widow the Relict John Henry JOHNSON the son and Henry JACKSON the Executors to whom Administration was granted.

The Testator John JOHNSON was late of Whaley Bridge in the County of Chester Stone Dealer and died on the 29th day of December 1876 at 1 Spring Bank Terrace in Whaley Bridge aforesaid

Under £1000 Including Leaseholds

Messrs W & T W JOHNSON Solicitors Stockport; Charles T W PARRY District Registrar                

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Richard JOHNSON: 1877

I Richard JOHNSON do hereby make a deed of gift to my Wife Elizabeth JOHNSON as long as she lives the whole of my money and household furniture and after her decease the money & furniture and what remains to be equally divided amongst the youngest children to be paid to her in monthly instalments for the maintenance of herself & children

Richard JOHNSON X

Witness our hands this 16th day of September 1876 Richard FOX; James JOHNSON

At Chester on the 8th day of October 1877 Administration with the Will annexed of the personal estate and effects of Richard JOHNSON late of Whaley Bridge in the County of Chester Collier deceased who died on the 20th day of September 1876 at Whaley Bridge aforesaid was granted to Elizabeth JOHNSON the lawful Widow and Relict of the said deceased she having been first sworn.  There being no Executor or Residuary Legatee

Under £300 No leasehold     

Messrs W & T W JOHNSON Solicitors Stockport     Charles T W PARRY District Registrar

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William KING: 1867

I William KING of the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxall in the County of Chester Being of sound mind do hereby make my last Will and Testament And I do hereby appoint my Wife Elizabeth KING and my son James KING Executor and Executrix of this my Will both of them of the aforesaid Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxall in the County of Chester and I do hereby devise and bequeath after all my just debts funeral and testamentatary (sic) expenses are paid to my wife Elizabeth KING All my household furniture clothes outstanding debts stock in trade also all my other property of whatsoever kind and wheresoever found for her own personal use and benefit to sell or keep as most convenient and if anything remains at her disease (sic) such remains to be appropriated to the purpose of bringing up my youngest child Thomas Arthur KING untill he attains the age of fourteen years of age and then if there be anything remaining all to be sold and the money to be divided share and share alike amongst my six children James KING, William KING, Samuel KING, Elizabeth KING, Mary Hannah KING and Thomas Arthur KING Has Witness my hand this sixth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty two

William KING

Witnesses Signed in his presence and in each others presence 

James SHIRT; William WILD; Joseph JEPSON 

In Her Majesty`s Court of Probate The District Registrar at Chester 

In  the Goods of William KING deceased I William WILD of Whaley Bridge in the parish of Chapel en le Frith in the County of Derby Tanner do solemnly sincerely and truly affirm and declare that the taking of any oath is according to my religious belief unlawful and I do also solemnly sincerely and truly affirm and declare that I am one of the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament of William KING late of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Shopkeeper deceased, the said Will being now hereunto annexed bearing date the 6th day of August 1862 and that the said testator executed the said Will on the day of the date thereof by signing his name at the foot or end thereof as the same now appears thereon in the presence of me and of James SHIRT and Joseph JEPSON the other subscribed witnesses thereto all of us being present at the same time and we thereupon attested and subscribed the said Will in the presence of the said testator

William WILD

Affirmed and declared at Macclesfield in the County of Chester on the 13th day of February 1867 before me (I having previously satisfied myself of the sincerity of the said William WILD`s objection to being sworn, namely from conscientious motives) Wm NORRIS A Commissioner to administer oaths in Chancery in England

Proved at Chester the 15th day of February 1867 by the oaths of Elizabeth KING Widow the Relict and James KING the son the Executors to whom Administration was granted The Testator William KING was late of the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Shopkeeper and died on the 17th day of March 1866 at Yeardsley cum Whaley aforesaid

Under £100 No Leaseholds    Messrs BROCKLEHURST & WRIGHT Solicitors Macclesfield   Charles T H PARRY District Registrar 

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Mary KIRKHAM: 1855

Last Will and Testament of me Mary KIRKHAM of Whaley Bridge in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester a Widow, First I will that all my just debts funeral and Testamentary charges and expences, and the expences of proving this my Will be paid by my Executors or the survivor of them, herein after named, I Give to my two nephews John LOMAS and Thomas LOMAS for the due execution of their Executorship each a Sovereign also all and singular my personal property, and all properties of which I may be possessed of (excepting one feather bed and two feather pillows I have given to Martha Lomas BUCKLEY daughter of John BUCKLEY) to be held by them for the purposes following, That is Upon Trust, thereof and after my decease I do hereby order and direct my Trustees hereinafter named to collect and call in my money which I have out at interest the sum of Fifty pounds together with the interest (if any) which my nephew-in-law John BUCKLEY now holds in his hands, and all my Goods, and clothing whatsoever now in the holding of me at the said John BUCKLEY (sic) and in the space of two or three months I do hereby direct my Trustees hereinafter named to divide the remainder rest and residue of any money (when all the expenses are deducted) into three equal portions or parts or shares, that is, one third to my sister Hannah LOMAS, one third to my late sister Ann WILSONs children and the remaining one third to my late Elizabeth LOMAS children, share and share alike, and the Goods and clothing which I hold now to be given to my sister Hannah LOMAS now of Shawstile and if it should so happen that my said sister Hannah LOMAS should die before me, or the said division takes place, then I direct my Trustees hereinafter named, to render and pay over one third of the said remainder or residue of my money to James LOMAS her husband, and my Goods whatsoever belonging to me, three months after my decease, or her children share and share alike, if the said James LOMAS dies before the said division takes place

And Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my said two nephews John LOMAS and Thomas LOMAS Executors and Trustees of this my Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former and other Wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament set and subscribed my hand and seal this Twelveth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four.

Mary KIRKHAM X her mark with seal

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Testatrix Mary KIRKHAM as, and for her last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereof

Benjn SCHOLES; Joseph BENNETT

The twenty fourth day of February 1855  John LOMAS and Thomas LOMAS, the Executors in this Will named were sworn in common form and they further made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testatrix within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of One Hundred Pounds Before me Joseph TAYLOR Surrogate Stockport

The Testatrix died the 29th day of January 1855   Pro: issued Dated 27th Febry 1855

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Samuel KNOWLES: 1773

In the name of God Amen the eight day of January and the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy One I Samuel KNOWLES of Yeardsley Whaley in the Parish of Taxal and County of Chester Yeoman being weak of Body but of sound perfect and disposing Mind and Memory praised be Almighty God for the same and considering the Shortness and Uncertainty of this transitory Life and that all Flesh must yield unto Death Do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in Manner and Form following that is to say First and principally I recommend my soul unto Almighty God that gave it and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and as touching and concerning my worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bestow upon me I give devise and bequeath the same and every Part thereof as followeth and First I Will & do hereby Order that all my just Debts Payments funeral Expences and the Probate of this my last Will and Testament be fully paid and discharged out of my personal Estate and then I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy KNOWLES the Interest of Two Hundred Pounds for and during the Term of her natural Life which said Sum of Two Hundred Pounds I will that my said Executors put out upon land or other Security with all convenient speed that the said Interest may be regularly paid during the Term of her natural Life as aforesaid and at the time of her Decease if it shall so happen that she shall have a Child or Children of her Body lawfully begotten then I do hereby order that the said Sum of Two Hundred Pounds be given to such Child or Children and if more than one to be equally divided amongst them share & share alike And for want of such lawful Issue I give and bequeath the said Sum of Two Hundred Pounds unto my son Samuel KNOWLES and his Assigns to his and their own proper use and Behoof for ever Also I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Nancy the Bed wherein she usually lies or that in the Parlour Chamber at her Election & the Bed Cloaths there unto belonging & also the Clock & Case in the House Place wherein I now dwell together with a Suit of Mourning and one of the warming pans at her choice Also I give and bequeath to my Nephew David KNOWLES the Sum of One Pound and One Shilling And as to my House in Stockport it being settled by the late Thomas SLATE deceased first upon me and after my Decease upon my said Son Samuel KNOWLES and he dying without Issue upon my said Daughter Nancy and it is my desire that the same descend accordingly And all and singular the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal Estates I give devise and bequeath unto my said Son Samuel KNOWLES his Heirs and Assigns for ever And I do hereby nominate and appoint my said Son Samuel KNOWLES and my said Nephew David KNOWLES to be joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making utterly null and void all other Will or Wills by me heretofore made either by word of mouth or in Writing and do declare this and no other to be my last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I the said Samuel KNOWLES have hereunto put my Hand and Seal the Day and Year above written.

(signed) Sl KNOWLES with seal

Sealed and delivered by the said Samuel KNOWLES the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of

Charl(e)s CHATAM; Ann CHETHEM; Abram BENNET

March the nineteenth in the year 1773 Samuel KNOWLES and David KNOWLES Executors within named were Sworn in Common Form before me J KNOWLES Surt

Probate issued 24th March

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Ann LIVESLY: 1734

In The name of God Amen The nineteenth day of October in sixth yeare of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of god over great Brittain France & Ireland King defender of the faith etc: Ano the domini 1733

I Ann LIVESLY Att brounhough In the town ship of Wealy and in the parrish of Taxall and County of Chesster Do make and ordain This my present last will & Testament In manner following, that Is to say First & principlely I Humblely recomend my soul into the Hands of allmighty god hopeing through the merrits death and passion of his beloved son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and for giveness of all my sins and to In Herrit everlasting life and my body I commit to the Earth to be desently Buryed att Taxall, and as Touching my personall Estate as it hath pleased allmighty god to Have be stowed upon mee I do hereby give Devise and Bequeath there of as Followeth - Imprimus I will that all my debts and funerall Expenes be duly paid and discharged out of my goods that I shall have att my deseas and I do hereby Give unto my brother John LIVESLY thatt Bedstid and beding thereto belonging in the parler and the puter Tankit, Item I give to my nees Hannah LIVESLY daughter to the Above named John LIVESLY A white Cloth pettecote with A green Lase on it & a sute A Cayes? handcarchef A pare of glufs aporn and Ribin, Item I give to Margrit ADGSIT the bedstid and Beding in the Chamber Item I give all the Remaining part of all my Linins and wollins To the dispossall of my nees Jane LIVESLY Item I give to my brother John LIVESLY won fourth part of the remaining part that I have not yet disposed of Item I give won forth part Eaquall with my brother John LIVESLY to Mary WOOD and Margritt ADGSIT to be Eaqually devided betwixt Them Item I give to my sister Elizabeth LIVESLYs Fivfe chilldren John LIVESLY Ralph LIVESLY Edmund LIVESLY Jane LIVESLY Elizabeth POTTS the other remainder part and all goods and personal estate [this line squeezed in and hard to read] and I do here Lastly Hereby Constitute ordaine and make my nees Jane LIVESLY my soul Exectur and my neffew John LIVESLY to Assist her in the Excuter ship un to this my Last present Last will and Testament and do revoke all former wills by mee at anny time heretofore and declare this my Last Will

Ann LIVESLY Her mark (and seal)

In the presence of us

William JANNES; Thomas COLTRON; John BENNETT   Probate granted to Jane LIVESLY 22 May 1734

A true and perfect Inventory of all the Goods Chattles and Cattle of Ann LIVESLY of Brown Rough Wealy parish of Taxall and County of Chester late Deceased appraised and valued the 26th day of November in the year of our Lord 1733 by John LIVESLY and Ralph LIVESLY as follows

£

s

d

Imprimis In the parlour - purse and apparell

2

2

0

A Bedsted and Bedding

1

1

0

a Coffer

0

1

6

a Cowrake an ashin and three odd boards

0

1

10

Chamber over the parlour a Bedstead and Bedding

0

15

0

A Coffer 3s a Small Box 6d a large Box 2s

0

5

6

A Wool wheele 1s 6d a Little wheele 1s 3d

0

2

9

A Harrow 3s and old Iron 6d

0

3

6

A Table 9d Rough wool 1s 6d Feathers 6d

0

2

9

Three Carding Clouts 8d - Two Riddles 6d

0

1

2

Two Blanketts and one peire

0

5

0

one old Sheet and old Cole Sack

0

0

10

In the House Cupboard Dishboard 6s Table and Forme 4s

0

10

0

Two Glasses 4 Cushions 4s Two Coffers 5s

0

9

0

old fire Iron Tongs Crowe & Grid Iron

0

9

0

Three Chairs 1s 10d & 3 Stooles 5d Two Bowls 8d

0

2

11

Lanthorne 6d & two Candlesticks 4d

0

0

10

2 Iron potts Brass Kettle & Pewter Tankard

0

4

2

Skilletts Iron Cresit & 24 Trenchers

0

3

6

old pewter 2s 4d one ax one saw Chopping knife board

0

3

2

4 Butter potts one Steeme pott & noggins

0

1

11

Three small piggins a Kimnell & Churne Stound

0

3

6

Dright Steane pott 2 Basons 6 Chargers 8 potts & 10 Bottles

0

3

8

....... - piggin & 3 Small Bags

0

13

0

5 small Cheeses 2 Chargers & one Round Brush

0

2

2

In the Buttery - one milk board odd potts a Hair Sieve 2 Steene potts

0

4

0

In the Barne Cheese press 3s 6d Rakes pykills Small trestle Ladder

0

5

4

Hay and Straw in all

4

0

0

A Shovell

0

1

4

one Cow, one Heifer, one Twinter

5

9

6

23 Sheep

5

13

0

all the Hustlements

0

2

0

Total Sume

23

18

10

 23 May 1734 This Invry was Executed? by Jane LIVESLY Sole Exec of the Will of the said Deced for a true & full one

Robt HERBERT Pub. Not

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Thomas LOMAS: 1879

This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas LOMAS of Slater`s Bank in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley and County of Chester Yeoman First I give to my executrix and executors hereinafter named power and authority to pay and discharge all just debts owing by me also to pay all funeral and testamentary expenses whatever from and out of my personal estate and property and I also impower them to receive all money owing to me at my decease I give and bequeath to my Wife Peggy LOMAS the whole of my personal estate and property that is to say all my horses cattle sheep and every other kind of living stock of all description farming implements and household furniture for her own (sic) and at her own disposal And I do hereby appoint my dear Wife Peggy LOMAS as my Executrix and my brother John LOMAS of Fairfield and my brother in law John GOODWIN of Rock House Fairfield as my Executors of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this first day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven

Thomas LOMAS

Signed by the testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses Elizabeth WHITE Fairfield; Sarah Elizabeth GOODWIN

Proved at Chester the 3rd day of December 1879 by the oath of Peggy LOMAS Widow the Relict one of the Executors to whom Administration was granted power reserved of making the like Grant to John LOMAS the Brother and John GOODWIN the other Executors

The Testator Thomas LOMAS was late of Slater`s Bank in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester Farmer and died on the 6th day of March 1877 at Fairfield near Buxton in the County of Derby

Under £300 No Leaseholds   Messrs BENNETT BOYALL & ORME Solicitors Chapel en le Frith   Charles T W PARRY District Registrar   

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Will of 1868 - Jonathan LONGDEN of Fairfield lab mentions:

dau Hannah JEPSON of Whaley Bridge

dau Sarah SMITH of Hadfield

occupiers Tho WILSON and Wm HORABIN prop.in Fairfield

g/dau Mary Elizabeth SPOONER

g/grandson Joseph SPOONER

John GOODWIN of Fairfield farmer

Joseph SLATER witness

John HOLLINSHEAD jnr witness

made 1862

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George LORD: 1880

This is the last Will and Testament of me George LORD of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the Parish of Taxal County of Chester Shoemaker I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and charges to be paid and discharged out of my personal estate and after payment thereof I give devise and bequeath the three leasehold cottages situate in Furness in the Township of Disley unto my nephew George LORD No 6 Warren Street Ashton under Lyne he paying unto my other Nephews and nieces the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds I give and bequeath unto my niece Jane BRADLEY the wife of John BRADLEY of Hazel Grove forty pounds The rest residue and remainder of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever I give and bequeath unto the children of my deceased brothers John and William and to the children of my deceased sister Ann WATSON share and share alike except my nephew George LORD his share being in the cottages And I appoint my neice Jane BRADLEY Executrix and my nephew George LORD Executor of this my Will  I devise all real estates vested in me as trustee or mortgagee unto my executrix and executor their heirs and assigns subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this forth (sic) day of September one thousand eight hundred and eighty

George LORD

Signed by the said testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in the presence of each other hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

Joseph SLEIGH Furness Vale Collier; Robert JACKSON Hazel Grove

Proved at Chester the 26th day of October 1880 by the oaths of Jane BRADLEY (Wife of John BRADLEY) the niece and George LORD the nephew the Executors to whom Administration was granted

The Testator George LORD was late of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Shoemaker and died on the 19th day of September 1880 at Yeardsley cum Whaley aforesaid

Under £300 Including Leaseholds

J W JOHNSTON Solicitor Stockport    Charles T W PARRY District Registrar     

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Joseph LOWE: 1805

Obligation

Know all Men by these Presents, that we Mary LOWE of Yeardsley, in the County of Chester, Widow, John ROBINSON of Stockport in the said County, Corn factor, and Samuel HASLEHURST of the same place Corn factor are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God Henry William by divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the sum of Three hundred and eighty pounds, of good and lawful money of the united Kingdom of Great Britain, and Ireland, current in that part of the said Kingdom called England, to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father, his lawful attorney, executors, administrators, or assigns: To which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves, and every of us, severally for and in the whole, our heirs, executors, and administrators, and the heirs, executors and administrators of every of us, firmly by these presents.  SEALED with our Seals, and dated the Twenty ninth day of November in the forty sixth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Third, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, King, defender of the faith, and in the year of our Lord God, one thousand Eight hundred and five.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Mary LOWE, the Widow, Relict and Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of Joseph LOWE, late of Yeardsley cum Whaley, in the County and Diocese of Chester, Book-keeper and Traveller deceased do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of her the said Mary LOWE or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her and the same, so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistorial  Court at Chester, at or before the twenty ninth day of May next ensuing: And the same goods, chattels, and credits, and all other the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, at the time of his death, which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Mary LOWE or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her do well and truly administer according to law etc. etc.

The mark and Seal of Mary LOWE X; John ROBINSON; Saml HASLEHURST

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of W BOWNE

Nov 29 1805 The within named Mary LOWE took the normal oath of an Administratrix before W BOWERS Surrogate   

Under Two Hundred pounds   Admon issued Dated 29th November 1805

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John MELLOR: 1876

This is the last Will and Testament of me John MELLOR of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxall in the county of Chester Draper I revoke all Wills and testamentary dispositions by me heretofore made I appoint my friend Nathaniel WORSDELL of Crewe in the said county and my daughters Sarah and Mary Ann Executor and Executrix of this my Will  Whereas I sometime since advanced to my son James the sum of six hundred pounds which is secured to me by a mortgage of certain property belonging to him situate in Chorlton upon Medlock in the County of Lancaster And whereas my said son James has recently built a messuage or dwellinghouse and made other additions and improvements to the said property and I have advanced him other moneys amounting in the aggregate to the sum of four hundred and twenty five pounds and which I have tacked to my said mortgage And whereas the said sum of six hundred pounds and four hundred and twenty five pounds with other sums of money are now due to me from my said son James Now I bequeath to my said son James the legacy or sum of five hundred pounds but I expressly declare that the same shall not be deemed a satisfaction of the said sums so due from him to me as aforesaid or of any part or parts or of any debt or debts which may be due from him to me at my decease And I do hereby direct that all and every the title deeds and securities which my said son James shall have deposited with and made to me shall be retained by the said Nathaniel WORSDELL and my said daughters Sarah and Mary Ann until he shall have satisfied all principal moneys and interest which may be due from him to my estate And upon satisfaction by my said son James his heirs executors or administrators or any of them of all principal moneys and interest which shall be so due from my said son James as aforesaid I devise the legal estate which at the time of my death shall be vested in me as such mortgage of my said son James as aforesaid unto and the use of my said son James I devise all estates vested in me upon trust or by way of mortgage (including the said mortgage estate so vested in me as aforesaid until the principal and interest moneys due to me from my said son shall be paid and satisfied as before said) unto and to the use of my said daughters Sarah & Mary Ann subject to the equities and upon the trusts affecting the same respectively I bequeath all my books and pamphlets unto my said son James and my said daughters Sarah and Mary Ann or such of them my said son and daughters as shall be living at the time of my decease to be equally divided share and share alike by the said Nathaniel WORSDELL whose decision as to such division and share as aforesaid shall be final and conclusive on all parties concerned therein I devise and bequeath the residue of my real estate whether of freehold copyhold or household tenure and including rent services and rent charges and the residue of my personal estate unto and to the use of my said daughters Sarah and Mary Ann their heirs executors administrators and assigns respectively as tenants in common for their respective sole and separate use And I do hereby declare that my said daughters respectively not withstanding coverture may without the consent of their husbands act in the matters executorship and trusts of this my Will just as if they were single and unmarried and that notwithstanding any coverture they my said daughters respectively may at any time be under they and the survivor of them may without any consent or concurrence of their husbands or husband appoint an executor or executors of my will in place of any executor or executors who either before or after my decease shall die or refuse or renounce or become unfit or incapable to act and upon every or any such appointment the number of executors may be augmented or reduced Provided always and I do hereby declare that no daughter of mine shall be considered unfit or incapable of acting as Executrix by reason of being either at or at any period subsequent to my decease under coverture And I further direct that every executor appointed in the place of the said Nathaniel WORSDELL shall have and exercise all and every the powers with relation to the division of the books and pamphlets hereinbefore mentioned as fully and effectually as the said Nathaniel WORSDELL could or might have done if at the time of the appointment of such substituted executor the said division has not taken place And whereas I am now indebted to my son in law George HADFIELD in the sum of four hundred and twenty five pounds for moneys borrowed by me from him for the purpose for the purpose of advancing the sum to my said son James Now I declare that any legacy or share given to or taken by my said daughter Sarah under or by virtue of my this my Will shall not discharge the obligation of my executors or estate to pay or satisfy such debt or any sum or sums of money which may be due from me to the said George HADFIELD at the time of my decease In witness whereof I have to this and to the two preceding sheets of paper set my hand this seventh day of February one thousand eight hundred and seventy two

John MELLOR

Signed by the said testator John MELLOR as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his sight and presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as attesting witnesses

Walter VINCENT; James TONGE Clerks with Messrs VAUGHAN & Sons Solrs Heaton Norris

This is a Codicil to the last Will and Testament of me John MELLOR of Whaley Bridge in the county of Chester which bears date the 7th day of February 1872 Whereas I have given by the said Will a legacy of £500 to my son James MELLOR now I hereby bequeath to him the said James MELLOR a further sum of one hundred pounds In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of August one thousand eight hundred and seventy five

John MELLOR

Signed by the said testator John MELLOR as a codicil to his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his sight and presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as attesting witnesses

John NALL of Whaley Bridge Land Agent; Mary Ann MELLOR of Whaley Bridge Spinster

Proved at Chester with a codicil the 23rd day of October 1876 by the Affirmations of Sarah HADFIELD (wife of George HADFIELD) and Mary Ann MELLOR Spinster the daughters two of the Executors named in the Will to whom administration was granted Power reserved of making the like grant to Nathaniel WORDSELL the other executor named in the Will

The Testator John MELLOR was late of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the Parish of Taxall in the County of Chester Draper and died on the 7th day of December 1875 at Yeardsley cum Whaley aforesaid

Under £2000 Including Leaseholds

Messrs VAUGHAN & Sons Solicitors Heaton Norris     Charles T H PARRY District Registrar

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Maria MELLOR: 1866

This is the last Will and Testament of me Maria MELLOR of Whaley bridge in the County of Chester spinster made in manner and form following that is to say I order and direct all my just debts and my funeral and testamentary charges and expenses to be paid and discharged as soon as conveniently may be after my decease I give devise and bequeath unto my Cousins Sarah MELLOR and Mary Ann MELLOR both of Whaley bridge aforesaid Spinsters All my real and personal estates whatsoever and wheresoever To hold the same to them their heirs executors administrators and assigns according to the natures and qualities thereof respectively Upon trust to receive the rents income and yearly produce thereof and pay the same as the same shall arise unto my dear mother Maria BOWYER now the Widow of my late Stepfather William BOWYER deceased for and during the term of her natural life her receipt alone notwithstanding coverture being from time to time a sufficient discharge for such rents income and produce And from and immediately after  the decease of my said mother I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever unto the said Sarah MELLOR and Mary Ann MELLOR their heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely as tenants in common and not as joint tenants I empower the said Sarah MELLOR and Mary Ann MELLOR and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor during the lifetime of my said mother to invest on my real or personal security or on mortgage of my leasehold property or in the shares or debentures of my Railway Company or Corporation in England or Wales all or any part or parts of my personal estate with power to vary the securities from time to time when and as often as they or she shall think proper I appoint my said Cousins Sarah MELLOR and Mary Ann  MELLOR Executrixes of this my Will I devise to them their heirs and assigns all estates vested in me or any trusts or by way of mortgage subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same respectively I authorise the said Sarah MELLOR and Mary Ann MELLOR to pay or compound any debt or debts which may be due and owing from me at the time of my decease and also to allow to each other all reasonable expenses incurred in carrying this my Will and the trusts thereof into effect And I revoke all former and other Wills and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the testatrix Maria MELLOR have hereto set me hand this tenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five

Maria MELLOR

Signed by the said testatrix Maria MELLOR as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at one and the same time who at her request and in her sight and presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to attest the due execution thereof at one and the same time

J L VAUGHAN Solr Heaton Norris Stockport; John MELLOR Whaley Bridge

Proved at Chester the 23rd day day of January 1866 by the affirmation of Sarah MELLOR Spinster one of the Executrixes to whom Administration was granted power reserved of making the like Grant to Ann MELLOR (sic) Spinster the other Executrix

The Testatrix Maria MELLOR was late of Whaley bridge in the County of Chester Spinster and died on the 20th day of October 1865 at Whaley Bridge aforesaid

Under £100 No Leaseholds  J L VAUGHAN Solicitor Stockport       Charles T H PARRY District Registrar        

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Richard Nixon: 1691

In the name of God Amen this nine and twentieth day of November in the third yeare of the Reigne of our Sovereigne L(or)d King James the second (sic) over England Anno Domini 1687 I Richard NICKSON of Hockerley Wayley in the County of Chester yeoman being very aged and not knowing how soone the Lord will by death putt an End to my natural life And being of good remembrance praised be the Lord for the same I doe herein & hereby Constitute make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and forme following: First & principally I bequeath my soule unto Almighty God my Creator & Redeemer hopeing that through the merritts & mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ my blessed Lord & Saviour hee will grant mee the free pardon of all my sins & the eternall Salvation of my precious soule, And I committ my body to the Earth whence it was taken to be decently Interred in the parrish Church of Taxall in the usuall place of my Ancestors, And as concerning my personall Estate goods and Chattells which the Lord in his mercy hath blessed me with It is my will and I bequeath the same as followeth vizt, Imprimis I give & bequeath unto Richard NICKSON my Grandson & heire the severall heir Loomes & goods now in my possession hereafter mentioned & particularly named (vizt:) The great Table standing in my house where I live & one dishboard & one chest in the Chamber & one garner in the barne and one paire of Iron Galberts And one large old bible & I appoynte to be alsoe delivered him by my executors one Sieled Box standing in my parlor which was given by my mother in her last will & testament, the said goods now named to be for the use of the said Richard NICKSON & his Lawfull heires for ever.  Item I give & bequeath unto my sonn Edmund NICKSON the sume of Twenty Poundes of Lawfull money of England out of my goods & chattells & it is my will and mind That my son Edmund NICKSON & Ellen NICKSON his wife shall have the Clocke that is in my house after my decease for and dureing the time of their naturall life but in case my sonn Edmund NICKSON shall dye before Ellen his wife and shee happen to marry again, it shall then be returned and service of my Lawfull heir, that then shall be in possession of my house & Land and soe remaine for ever Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter Margeret wife of John HADFEILD the sume of Five pounds Item I give unto my daughter Ellen KEMP? one shilling I give & bequeath unto Margeret WARRINGTON Grandaughter the sume of twenty shillings Item I give unto my Grandchild & heir Richard NICKSON one shilling

Item It is my will & mind that after my funerall expences & the above said Legacyes being first paid & discharged that all the rest residue and remainder of my goods cattells household stuffe & husbandry ware except what is above mentioned shall be & remain only to the use and behoofe of two my sons John NICKSON & Edmund NICKSON to be equally divided between them att the sight & discretion of two honest neighbours Indifferently chosen by them and I give & bequeath the same & every part thereof unto them.

Lastly I do ordaine nominate and appoynte my afforesaid sons John NICKSON & Edmund NICKSON to be my true and Lawfull Executors & unto this my Last will and Testament hopeing the will Endeavour that this my will be performed as is above expressed According to the trust I repose in them And I doe hereby frustrate revoke and make voyd all former or other wills by mee made or ther? by word? or writing And doe publish & declare that this shalbe taken as my last will & testament

Sealed signed published & Declared by the above said Testator in the sight & presence of us vizt  

Richard NICKSON

George GARLICK mark

William BOYER                                                       Richard NICKSON mark & seale

Latin phrase with date of probate 19 May 1691

A true & perfect Inventory of all the goods Cattells & Chattells of Richard NICKSON of Hockerley in Wealey in the county of Chester yeoman Deceased apprized valued the one and twentieth Day of February in the yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred and ninety by John BROCKLEHURST & William BENNETT the One of Disley & the other of Keedlesom yeoman as followeth

.

£

s

d

Imprimis his purse and apparrell

6

0

0

Item in Corne

7

0

0

Item in hay

10

10

0

Item Three kine? (blotted)

9

0

0

Item two Oxen

7

0

0

Item three twinters

7

10

0

Item foure sterkes

6

0

0

Item three Calves

3

0

0

Item forty Eight Sheep

9

0

0

Item One Horse

3

0

0

Item in Meale & Mault

12

0

0

Item One greate meale Ark

1

13

4

Item One Seiled Bed in the Chamber Close

8

0

0

Item one Seiled Bed in the parlour & Close

7

0

0

Item three other pleane bed steads & Close

6

0

0

Item one other peace of course bedsteads & Close

0

10

0

Item two bed hillings foure blanketts & a carpet

2

3

4

Item three paire of Flaxon Sheets & one oden 

1

16

0

Item Six paire of hempen Sheets all new

2

8

0

Item two table close Six napkins & two pillow bease

0

9

0

Item Eight Sacks & poake and a wallett

0

18

0

Item two little Coffers and three Arks

1

0

0

Item Three Coffers

1

7

0

Item little table a little wheele

0

3

0

Item a pillin & a pillin Close

0

2

6

Item Seaven Chairs a Buffett & a round table

0

17

0

Item Two formes

0

5

0

Item Twelve quishions

0

5

0

Item Wooll five Stone

1

13

4

Item Beefe & Backon

1

10

0

Item Butter & Cheese

0

13

4

Item pewter Brasse and Lead

4

10

0

Item a dripping pan a frying pan & all Iron ware within the house

0

15

0

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Thomas OLERENSHAW: 1869

This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas OLERENSHAW of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Firstly I direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary charges and expenses shall be paid by my Executors hereinafter named Secondly I direct that my property whether freehold copyhold or personal or of whatever kind shall be equally divided between my children surviving at my death Thirdly I direct that should any of my children marry and have issue and die before me that the share of such child shall be equally divided between the issue of such marriage share & share alike Fourthly I appoint my children surviving at my death the Executors of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 8 day of Novr November (sic) 1862

Thomas OLERENSHAW

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas OLERENSHAW as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as witnesses

Thomas JACKSON; James WARDLE his mark X

Proved at Chester the 8th day of September 1869 by the oath of Anthony OLERENSHAW one of the natural and lawful children of the deceased and as such one of the Executors to whom Administration was granted, power reserved of making the like Grant to Martha TORKINGTON (Wife of George TORKINGTON) Ellen OLERENSHAW Spinster and Mary HALLAM (Wife of Joseph HALLAM) who together with the said Anthony OLERENSHAW were the natural and lawful and only children of the deceased living at his death and as such the only other Executors

The Testator Thomas OLERENSHAW was late of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the Parish of Taxal in the County of Chester Gardener and died on the 7th day of February 1869 at Yeardsley cum Whaley as aforesaid

Under £300 including Leaseholds   Messrs S & H S CHINN, Proctors, Lichfield          Charles T H PARRY District Registrar    

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John PORTER: 1834

In the Name of God Amen I John PORTER of Yeardsley in the Township of Whaley in the Parish of Taxal and County of Chester Yeoman this twenty sixth day of June one thousand eight hundred and thirty three being sick and weakly as to my Body but of sound and perfect disposing mind and memory praised be God for the same, but calling to mind the uncertainty of Health and the uncertainty of this Life I do hereby make constitute ordain and appoint this and no other to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say, first penitent for my sins past I give and commit my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God who gave it and my Body I commit to the Earth to be secretly Buried at the discretion of my Executors to be hereafter named and as to my Worldly effects I dispose of in the manner following that is to say First it is my Will and mind that all my just Depts owing by me to any person or persons at the time of my Deceace be fully paid and discharged as also the Probate of my last Will and Testament at the discretion of my Executors out of my personalty also it is my Will and mind after my Deceace that all my Goods Chattles Hay Corn Potatoes Household Furniture and all the Farming implements be sold by public Auction at the discretion of my Executors except one Cow that will give milk for the use of the family if they think proper to keep together till the twelfth of May after my Decease and all the necessaries such as Flour Meal Pottatoes Bacon and Cheese Item I give Device and Bequeath unto my wife Ellen PORTER the Sum of Twenty Pounds to be paid to her after my Goods and Chattles are sold at the discretion of my Executors I give Device and bequeath unto the Child which she is now pregnant off if it lives till it is twenty one years of age shall receive A third share of the remainder of my Effects after Funeral and all other reasonable expences are paid I likewise give to my wife Ellen PORTER the Interest of her Child`s Money till it arrives at the the age of Twenty One Years this Money to be put into the Savings Bank by the Executors but if the Child shall at any time be sick the Executors empowered to allow its Mother something out of the Stock belonging to this said Child as long as it continues sick if they think proper but if this child shall at any time happen to Die its share shall be equally Divided betwixt its other Brother and Sister by the Fathers side after its Funeral Expences are paid except the executors think proper to Allow My Wife Ellen PORTER a share of her Child`s Money if it Happen to Die before it arrives at twenty one years if she continues in the same name Item I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Ann PORTER A third share of my Effects after Funeral and all other reasonable expences are paid this Money to be put into the Savings Bank by the Executors till she is twenty one years of Age the Interest to be paid to her by the Executors but if she is at any time sick or in Want the Executors are empowered to allow her something out of the Stock if they think proper as long as she continue sick but if at any time she happens to Die her share to be Divided among her other Brothers or Brother and Sister By the Father`s side after the Funeral Expences are paid Item I give and Bequeath unto my son James PORTER A third share of my Effects after Funeral and all other reasonable expences are paid also the good will of the Farm where I now live also the good will of the Farm that I now hold at the Stone Heads to commence the May after my Deceace the Wheat to be valued as is customary and take a third share as before mentioned but if any of these parties are dissatisfied the Executors are empowered to cut them off with one shilling the money to be divided among the other that are living and lastly I ordain and appoint William WARREN and James GASKELL full and sole Executors is my last Will and Testament not doupting but that they will faithfully discharge this my trust reposed in them

John PORTER

Witness James HANDFORD; William WARRENS Mark X; James GASKELL           

The eleventh Day of February 1834 William WARREN and James GASKELL, the Executors in this Will named were sworn in common Form, and they further made Oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testator, within the Diocese of Chester, were under the Value of two hundred pounds before me Thomas PARKER Surrogate

The Testator died the eleventh Day of August 1833

Personal Estate and Effects sworn under the Value of two hundred pounds Probate issued Dated 11th Feby 1834

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Hannah POTT: 1793

In the name of God Amen I Hannah POTT late of Charlshead, but now of Hockerley within the township of Yeardsley Whaley in the parish of Taxall and County of Chester, being of perfect sound and disposing Mind memory and understanding (praise be God for the same) do make publish and declare constitute and appoint this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following; First and principally I commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping for salvation by his mercy, and in and through the merits and Mediation of Jesus Christ.  And my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named; And as to my temporal Worldly Estate, I Give, devise, bequeath and dispose of in the following manner, First I will direct and positively order that all my Funeral Expences, Just Depts, and the probate of this my last Will and Testament, be fully paid and discharged out of my Personal Estate.  And then I give and bequeath unto Mr Edmund NIXON the Sum of Ten Pounds, Item I give and bequeath unto my Half Sister Mary RYLANCE the Sum of Twenty Pounds.  Item I give and bequeath unto my Nephew Edmund Nixon RYLANCE the Sum of Forty Pounds.  Item I give and bequeath unto my Neice Mary RYLANCE the Sum of Forty Pounds.  I also give and bequeath unto Hannah POTT Daughter of my Cousin John POTT the Sum of Two Pounds Two Shillings.  I allso Give and bequeath unto Poor housekeepers who have no Weekly Pay within the township of Rainow the Sum of Twenty Shillings.  Also I give and bequeath unto Ralph MORTEN the Sum of Three Pounds.  And I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth MORTEN the Sum of Three Pounds.  All which said several Legacy Sums I will and Direct shall be paid and delivered in Twelve Months after my Decease.  And as to the remainder of my Effects in Goods or Cash (be the same more or less) I give and bequeath the same unto my Sister Mary RYLANCE aforesaid to be by her Disposed off as I  may happen hereafter to give her orders And Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Edmund NIXON of Hockerley and Edmund Nixon RYLANCE both aforesaid to be my whole and Sole Executors of this my last Will and testament hoping that they will justly and honestly fulfill and perform the same, as my trust is in them, And I do hereby revoke and make null and void all former Bequests, Wills Legacies and Testamentary writing by me heretofore in anywise left or made; declareing ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament, In Witness whereof I Hannah POTT the said Testatrix have hereunto sett my Hand and put my Seal, this twenty sixth day of January in the Twenty Ninth Year of the reign of King George the third, and in the Year of our Lord God One Thousand seven Hundred and Eighty Nine

Hannah POTT X her mark (with seal)

Signed sealed published and declared by the within named Hannah POTT the Testatrix to be her last Will and Testament in presence and Audience of us, who have hereunto sett our Names as Witnesses in the presence of the said Testatrix

Thomas GREEN; Joseph LOWE; Samuel GREEN

The seventeenth Day of June 1793 Edmund Nixon RYLANCE one of the Executors within named was sworn in common Form (Power reserved for Edmund NIXON the other Executor to take the Execution thereof upon him when he shall lawfully request the same) before me Thos MONKHOUSE Surrogate.

Under £300 Pro: issd. 24 June 1793

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John POWNALL of Whaley 1664

In the name of God Amen the seaventeenth of December in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred sixty three I John POWNALL of Wayley within the County of Chester England man? sicke and weake in body but of good and of fitt memory praised be almighty God doe hearin constitute and ordaine this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following First I give and bequeath my soule into the hands of God my Creator Trusting assuredly there in the onely merrits of Jesus Christ my Saviour to be made a p(ar)taker of everlasting life and I committ my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in the p(ar)ish church of Taxall And as touching the disposition of my worldly goods and estate w(hi)ch God of his great mercy hath intrusted me w(i)thall my minde and will is that they shall be settled and distributed in manner and forme as followeth; Impr whereas I hauld a Tenement for tearme of lives from and under the right worshipfull Mr: Edmund JODREL my loving kinde master w(hi)ch tenement I doe dispose of as hearafter, Item it is my minde and will and I doe give and bequeath unto my faithfull true servant Jane WILSHAW all that my dwelling house w(i)th one Cow w(hi)ch may please her best and also to be well keept and maintained upon the p(re)mises w(i)th good hay ettage? & pasturing and that yearly to the contentment of her the said Jane during her natural life and to her assignes if that the tearm of Jane mentioned so long continue, w(it)h as much housing for her Cow and haye as may be needfull both for winter and summer, and to have the same clearly w(i)thout paying any paylay? suite or service for the same either to Kinge or Lord, Item I doe give and bequeath to my servant Jane WILSHAW all my Corne in the barne save onely Twenty houpes of Oates w(hi)ch I doe give to my brother Laurence for to be & in seede, w(i)th all my husbandry wares and all the fodder besides that w(hi)ch may be needfull for my servant Jane Cow. Item I give and bequeath to my servant Jane WILSHAW all such household stuff w(i)th all other goods w(i)thin the dwelling house, w(i)th all such ...... therein contained to dispose of as shee pleaseth, Item I give to my brother Edward POWNALL Fower pounds Item I give and bequeath to my brother William POWNALL Fower pounds, Item I give and bequeath to my sister Marey, Fower pounds, Item I give and bequeath to my sister Ellen Fower pounds, Item I give and bequeath to John GASKELL of Hanley fourty shillings, Item I give and bequeath to John BENNETT of Reddish Twenty shillings, Item I give and bequeath John FOORD my god sonne five shillings, Item I give and bequeath James HADFIELD two shillings, Item I give and bequeath to Henry AUTUM tenn shillings all w(hi)ch said several summes are to be paid the p(er)sons before mention of other assignes, w(i)thin one whole yeare after my decease & I doe ordaine constitute and appointe my beloved friend John GASKELL the elder to be my true and lawfull Executor And to see that these things be done, And I doe give him full power licencing authority in my Tenement and quicke goods for the discharging of the same, and also all such debts legacies w(i)th funerall expences  and all other costs and charges lesses or damages whatsoever, w(hi)ch may arise concerning the said will so that he shall be satisfied & contented in labouring for the p(er)fecting of the same, Item it is my mind and will that when all things are accomplished and fulfilled according to my full intent and meaning hearin, that then my brother Lawrence POWNALL shall have the title claime and interest in my tenement dureing the aforesaid tearme, w(i)th quicke goods as beasts sheepe or other quicke goods, but such things as are hearin before excepted, and to do all such suites and services as may be due to be done for the p(re)mises , Item I further give and bequeath unto my servant Jane WILSHAW one bond of Twenty pounds oweing unto mee from John GASKELL the younger of Hanley w(i)th the sum therein contained, Item I give and bequeath unto my servant Jane WILSHAW one bond of eleaven pounds oweing unto mee from Thomas BRIDBURY of Bothams Hall w(i)th the sumes therein contained, Item I give and bequeath unto my servant Jane WILSHAW one bond of Five pounds oweing unto mee from Edward WILSON of Kedleshulme w(i)th the sumes therein contained, Item I give and bequeath unto my servant Jane WILSHAW one bond of Five pounds oweing unto mee from Henry AUTUM w(i)th sume therein contained , And I doe desire my goode naighbor John BENNETT of Reddish to be overseer of this my last will and Testament and to doe his best endeavour to see the same p(er)formed ... and fulfilled And for all other will or wills formerly made by mee the aforesaid John POWNALL I doe utterly disannull them all, and to this my last will and Testament I have hearunto putt my hand and seale the day and year first above written,

The seal & marke of John POWNALL

In the sight and P(re)sence of us    Robert LIVESLEY his marke R; Henry AUTUM

1 Apr 1664 Latin phrase indicating that John GASKELL Executor given Probate   

 The Inventory of the goods Cattells & Chattells of John POWNALL late of Wayley in the County of Chester husbandman deceased, taken vowed valued and prised by us vidlt. John CLETTON of  Kettellsome & Edmund WARRINGTON of Wayley within the said County of Chester yeomen, the ninth day of January in the fifteenth yeare of the Raigne of oure Soverene Lord Charles the second by the Grace of god of England Scotland France and Ireland Kinge Defender of the faith ... Anno Domino: 1663

.

£

s

d

Imprimis his purse & Aparrell

3

6

8

Item: Foure Oxen

16

0

0

Item: Two stoores

5

0

0

Item: Three Cowes and a heafar

10

13

4

Item: Item: Three stearkes

3

0

0

Item: Three Caulfes

2

0

0

Item: Two mares

3

6

8

Item: Therty eight sheepe

8

0

0

Item: The Cowe that went a harryote

4

0

0

Item: Ots and Barly

5

6

8

Item: Heay

4

6

8

Item: One mucke wayne & A paire of wyths

0

14

0

Item: Five yocks

5

0

Item: Three sleads and A Rop

0

3

0

Item: Two plowes and A harrowe

0

7

6

Item: One slead side & A sapling? bast

0

0

8

Item: One gang of Fellys?

0

2

0

Item: One packe sadell wantowe? & garth

0

4

0

Item: One paire of Iron gaires & A homber

0

2

0

Item: One timber tree

0

13

4

Item: Foure Iron Cheenes

0

6

0

Item:A paire of slead bridells & A foule eiche

0

2

0

Item: One paire of ...........

0

1

0

Item: Two paire of plow irons 

0

3

0

Item: One mucke forcke

0

0

6

Item: Three pyckells

0

1

0

Item: One Iron Crowe & A mattocke

0

2

0

Item: Three dyes & A nogar one Chisell A garge and A flange spair

0

4

0

Item: Three Cowfars and two Arkes 

2

0

0

Item: In the further Chamber fouer stone of woll

2

10

0

Item: One show shaft

0

0

6

Item: Three gangs of spoks & six harrow buns

0

10

0

Item: In the nearer? Chamber two beds & beddinge

1

10

0

Item: In the greate parlore one fether bed one boulster two pillowes two blanckets & two Coverlids

1

10

0

Item: One hackeny sadell and A bridell

0

2

6

Item: One Cheespreese

0

2

6

Item: One brasse pane one pott & two littell kettells

0

10

0

Item: One paire of flaxon sheets & five paire of hemp

1

10

0

Item: In the buttery three staunds two Kayns one churne two stounds & other hoynewayre

0

6

8

Item: Meale & mault buttar & cheese beefe & backon

4

16

1

Item: In the house one table two forms & A dishbord

1

0

0

Item: Foure cheres three stoules three hests & five bords

0

6

8

Item: One iron grate one paire of pott hucks and A Rackentwo one bread iron and A Crow .... of peet one brundrett and A paire of tongs

0

5

6

Item: Three stone troughs

0

2

0

Item: One shorte p...... A littell pistell & A bill

0

9

0

Item: For meanare

1

3

4

Item: All the poultrye

0

2

0

Suma

89

7

0

     Debts due to the said estate by Especialty

.

£

s

d

Imprimis

20

0

0

Item

11

0

0

Item

11

0

0

Item

5

0

0

Item

5

0

0

Suma

52

0

0

Suma totalis

141

7

0

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William PRIESTNALL: 1876

I William PRIESTNAL of Stone Heads in the County of Chester do hereby make this my last Will and Testament in the manner following that is to say first I order my Executors hereafter named to pay all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and I give and devise unto Martha BEARD Widow my Sister in law a legacy of nineteen pounds but if she should die before the division take (sic) then that shall go to her children share and share alike also I give unto my brother in law Robert BEARD a legacy of nineteen pounds also I give unto my brother in law William BEARD a legacy of nineteen pounds also I give unto sister in law Mary FOX a legacy of nineteen pounds also I give unto my sister in law a Widow Martha BEARD ? a legacy of nineteen pounds if she should happen to be married again then that share be divided amongst her children share and share alike also I give unto my sister in law Ann JACKSON a legacy of nineteen pounds also I give unto my sister in law Martha WARHURST a legacy of sixteen pounds also I give unto my niece Ann WARHURST a legacy of seven pounds also I give and bequeath unto my niece Rebecca WARHURST a legacy of seven pounds I give unto my two sisters and my brother Thomas PRIESTNAL now in Australia I give all the Remainder real and personal property to my two sisters Martha HEATHCOTE Jane EVANS and Thomas PRIESTNAL share and share alike and if my brother Thos PRIESTNAL does not return or hear anything from him then after one year after my death his share shall be divided to my two sisters namely Martha HEATHCOTE and Jane EVANS share and share alike the two houses in the Township of Fernilee in the county of Derby which are my property shall be sold in three months after my decease to pay all legacys and debts And lastly I nominate and appoint Robert HEATHCOTE and George EVANS Executors of this my last Will and Testament whereof I have to this my Will set my hand this 27th day of January one thousand eight hundred and seventy six

Signed by the said testator William PRIESTNAL as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.

William PRIESTNALL; William ROWLEY; Isaac LOMAS  [transcribed as shown but the first name could be the testator]

Proved at Chester the 29th day of August 1876 by the oaths of Robert HEATHCOTE and George EVANS the nephew the Executors to whom administration was granted.  The Testator William PRIESTNALL was late of Stone Heads in Yeardsley cum Whaley in the county of Chester Coal Miner and died on the 8th day of July 1876 at Stone Heads aforesaid

Under £450 Including Leaseholds

Messrs BROCKLEHURST WRIGHT & MAIR, Solicitors Macclesfield   Charles T H PARRY District Registrar  

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Daniel RIDGWAY 1763

Obligation

Know all Men by these Presents, That We Sarah RIDGWAY of Wayley in the County & Diocese of Chester Widow, Robert RIDGWAY of Stockport in the County & Diocese afore:d Inn-holder, and John SUDLOW? of the same place Stay-maker are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God Edmund by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of Chester in the sum of four hundred Pounds of good and lawful Money of Great Britain, to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father, his lawful Attorney, Executors, Administrators or Assigns, To which Payment well and truly to be made, We bind ourselves and every of us severally for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, and the Heirs, Executors and Administrators of every of us firmly by these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals, and dated the twenty sixth Day of August in the third year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith, and so forth, and in the Year of our Lord God, One Thousand Seven Hundred and sixty three

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if Sarah RIDGWAY Widow relict of Daniel RIDGWAY late of Wayley in the County & Diocese of Chester Barr-keeper & Administratrix of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of Daniel RIDGWAY aforesaid deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the Hands, Possession or Knowledge of her the said Sarah RIDGWAY or into the Hands and Possession of any other Person or Persons for her and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court of Chester at or before the twenty fifth Day of December next ensuing.  etc. etc.

(signed) Sarah RIDGWAY; Robt RIDGWAY; John SUDLOW

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Jn: C KNOWLES Sur:te

The twenty sixth day of August in the year 1763 Sarah RIDGWAY within named took the usual oath of an Administrator in Common Form before me Jn C KNOWLES Surte

RIDGWAY Admon of Daniel late of Whaley Barr keeper decd was granted unto Sarah his Widow & Relict first sworn etc. 3 Sep 1763

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Richard ROBINSON: 1834

In margin of first sheet are the signatures of John WALKER; John TAYLOR; William SHALLCROSS

This is the last will and Testament of me Richard ROBINSON of Whaley in the County of Chester Innkeeper being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praised be God for the same do make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First I will and direct that all my just debts funeral and Testamentary expenses be paid and discharged by my Executors hereinafter named out of my Estate and effects that I may die possessed of whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature and kind soever Then I Give and bequeath unto my Son Richard ROBINSON the whole of the same under and subject to the following conditions, That my said Son Richard shall take possession of my House and Farm Stock in Trade Household Furniture, Hay Straw Corn Cattle Farming and all other Implements of husbandry, at a fair and reasonable valuation as follows, That my said Executors shall immediately after my decease make an Inventory and valuation of all and every thing Goods, Chattels, and Effects that I may die possessed of and my said Son Richard to take to all the same under the said valuation or to any part thereof, and should he not take to the whole of the said Effects, the remainder to be sold by my said Executors and converted into money and placed out at Interest for the intents and purposes and under and subject to the uses hereinafter mentioned And that whatever Effects my said Son Richard takes to, he must give good and sufficient security to my said Executors for the value of the said Goods and Effects so by him taken and to pay into the hands of my said Executors or the survivor of them his Executors or Administrators Interest for the same after the rate of five pounds per Centum per Annum, but he shall have power and privilege to pay either all or any part of the same money for the said goods so by him taken as aforesaid and my said Executors to give him a receipt and discharge for the same And my will and mind is that when any part of my said Goods and Effects to be so converted into money as aforesaid or the Interest arising therefrom shall be used and apportioned in the following manner, when the amount or value of all my said property shall be ascertained, that the Interest arising therefrom shall be used for the maintenance education and bringing up of my Wife and Children at the wisdom and discretion of my said Executors until my youngest Child shall attain the age of eighteen years, but should all my said Children be married before my said youngest child attain the said age of eighteen years then my will and mind is that my said Executors shall divide the whole of my property so left as aforesaid amongst my said children then living share and share alike and should any of my said children be then dead and leave child or children him or her surviving such child or children to take their deceased parent or parents share But should my said wife be then living at the time of my said Executors makes the division of the money aforesaid she shall either be maintained with my said son Richard should he at that time be upon the said farm or so much money shall by my said Executors be placed out at Interest as will pay her five shillings a week during the term of her natural life, and the same money so reserved by my said Executors to make five shillings a week for the natural life of my said wife as aforesaid, at her death shall be divided amongst my said children in the same manner as the money before mentioned to be divided by my said Executors amongst my said children as aforesaid, But if my said son Richard be then upon the said farm he shall keep my said wife free of my expense for the privilege of coming into possession of the said House and farm And when my said Executors shall have made an Inventory as aforesaid and my said Son Richard  must take either all or some part of the said Goods and Effects as aforesaid my said Son Richard shall have power to call in an Appraiser and my said Executors another so to make an honest and reasonable valuation of the same betwext party and party And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Brother William ROBINSON of Buxton and George HEATHCOTT of Start near Whaley Shoemaker Executors of this my last Will and Testament with power for them to retain to himself and themselves all reasonable charges and expenses they may be put unto in the due execution hereof revoking all former Will and Wills by me heretofore made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said Testator have to this my said Will contained on two sheets of paper set my hand and seal that is my hand to the first sheet and my hand and seal to the last sheet thereof this fifteenth day of November One thousand eight hundred and thirty three

Richard ROBINSON with seal

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed out names as witnesses thereof  The words "property, share and share alike, and wills farm" being first interlined

John WALKER; John TAYLOR; William SHALLCROSS  

The 15th day of April 1834

William ROBINSON of Buxton in Derbyshire Carrier (to Macclesfield) Executor in this will named was sworn in common form (power being reserved to George HEATHCOTT of Start near Whalley, the other Executor therein also named to take upon him the execution of the said will when he shall lawfully request the same) and he further made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of Three hundred pounds  before me Wm C CLUTTENDEN? Surrogate

The Testator died the 21st November 1833    

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Joseph ROWLEY: 1874

In the name of God Amen I Joseph ROWLEY of Brownhough in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley and County of Chester Under looker being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following I give devise and bequeath unto my dear Wife Sarah ROWLEY the interest of all the money I am possessed of together with the use of my farming stock or any other source from whence money or interest arises to be freely enjoyed by her during the term of her natural life and at the death of my said Wife I direct that my household furniture and farming stock and implements and whatsoever moveable chattels may be found about the house and premises where she may be residing at the time of her death shall be sold and after payment of all expenses and when all is collected into one sum then I give the rest residue and remainder to be equally divided between among all and every my children share and share alike namely my daughter Sarah DRONFIELD my sons Joseph, William and daughter Mary ATKIN my sons Edward, George and my daughter Elizabeth YARWOOD Margaret BOTTOMS my son John and my daughter Ann ROWLEY If any of my said children should happen to die before my said Wife leaving issue I direct that the share of such deceased parent shall be equally divided amongst the said issue share and share alike And I nominate and appoint my sons William ROWLEY and Edward ROWLEY their heirs and assigns Executors of this my Will And lastly I make void all other former Will or Wills by me at any time made and I do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my mark and seal this ninth day of January one thousand eight hundred and sixty four

X the mark and seal of Joseph ROWLEY

Signed sealed and acknowledged by the testator Joseph ROWLEY as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses

Richard HANDFORD; Edward FLEMMING

Proved at Chester the 29th day of September 1874 by the oaths of William ROWLEY and Edward ROWLEY the sons the Executors to whom Administration was granted

The Testator Joseph ROWLEY was late of Brownhough in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the County of Chester Under Looker and died on the 26th day of May 1874 at Brownhough aforesaid

Under £200 No Leaseholds   Messrs W & N BENNETT Solicitors Chapel en le Frith      Charles T W PARRY District Registrar

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Sarah ROWLEY: 1850

Obligation

Know all Men by these Presents That Joseph ROWLEY of Yeardsley cum Whaley in the Parish of Taxal in the County and diocese of Chester Farmer William ROWLEY of same place Farmer George HEATHCOTE of same place Farmer and George WILLIAMSON of Bollington in Parish of Prestbury in the County and diocese of Chester Publican be holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God John by Divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the sum of One Hundred Pounds, of good and lawful Money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland present in that part of the said Kingdom called England, to be paid unto the said Lord Bishop, his lawful Attorney, Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us severally for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, and the Heirs, Executors and Administrators of every of us firmly by these Presents, Sealed with our Seals and dated the 24th Day of January in the 14th Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of our Lord God One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, That if the above bounden Joseph ROWLEY and William ROWLEY the natural and lawful sons of Sarah ROWLEY Widow late of Yeardsley cum Whaley deceased & next of kin & Administrators of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of Sarah ROWLEY of Yeardsley cum Whaley aforesaid Widow deceased  do make, or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of them the said Joseph ROWLEY and William ROWLEY etc. etc.

Joseph ROWLEY X his mark; William ROWLEY; George HEATHCOTE; George WILLIAMSON     

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of me Geo PALMER Surrogate Bollington Macclesfield The 24th Day of January 1850

Joseph ROWLEY and William ROWLEY within named took the usual oath of administrators in common form and also made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Intestate within the diocese of Chester were under the value of Fifty Pounds before me Geo PALMER Surrogate Bollington Macclesfield

The Intestate died the 16th day of October 1844   Admon issued Dated 31 Jan 1850

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James RYLANCE: 1791

Obligation

Know all Men by these Presents, that we Mary RYLANCE Widow Edmund NIXON Yeoman, and Edmund Nixon RYLANCE Dealer and Chapman, all of the Parish of Taxall and within the County and Diocese of Chester are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God William by divine permission, Lord Bishop of Chester in the sum of one Thousand one Hundred and eighty pounds, of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father, his lawful attorney, executors, administrators or assigns: To which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and every of us, severally for and in the whole, our heirs, executors, and administrators, and the heirs, executors, and administrators of every of us, firmly by these presents.  Sealed with our Seals, and dated the twenty seventh day of May in the thirty first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain France, and Ireland, King defender of the faith, and so forth, and in the year of our Lord God, one thousand seven hundred and ninety one.

The Condition of the Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Mary RYLANCE, Widow, Relict and Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of James RYLANCE late of the Township of Waley in the parish of Taxall and County and Diocese of Chester Dealer and Chapman deceased do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of her the said Mary RYLANCE or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her use and the same, so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court of Chester at or before the twenty seventh day of November next ensuing: And the same goods, chattels, and credits, and all the other goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased, at the time of his death, which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Mary RYLANCE or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her do well and truly administer according to law; and further to make, or cause to be made, a true and just account of her said administration, at or before the twenty seventh day of May which shall be in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety two and all the rest and residue etc. etc.

(Signed) Mary RYLANCE; Edmund NIXON; Edmd. Nixon RYLANCE

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Josh. REDDISH; Ralph MORTEN 

The twenty seventh Day of May 1791 Mary RYLANCE within named took the usual oath of an Administratrix in common form

before me Thos. MONKHOUSE Surrogate

Under £600 Ad: issd. 6 June 1791

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William SHALLCROSS: 1875

This is the last Will and Testament of me William SHALLCROSS of Whaley Bridge in the County of Chester made this eighth day of June one thousand eight hundred and seventy five First I order will and direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid and discharged by my executors as soon as conveniently may be after my decease I give devise and bequeath unto John Thomas SHELDON of Kettleshulme Cotton Manufacturer [and] George WYLD of Whaley Bridge Shopkeeper their heirs executors administrators and assigns All those four household cottages or dwellinghouses situate at Whaley Bridge aforesaid with the outbuildings land and appurtenances thereto belonging now in the occupation of John WARREN Ann SAYER and others my tenants Also all that dwellinghouse situate at Whaley Bridge now occupied by myself and another? with the lands and appurtenances thereto belonging And all my ready money money out at interest on note or otherwise book and other debts and sums of money that shall be owing to me and all my household furniture and goods and all other my effects of a household nature And all other my real and personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever To hold the same the said John Thomas  SHELDON and George WYLD their heirs executors administrators and assigns Upon trust hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivors or survivor of them their heirs executors administrators of such survivor or acting trustee for the time being do and shall in twelve months after my decease sell and dispose of all these four cottages or dwellinghouses and also the dwellinghouse occupied by myself and another? with all their appurtenances either by public auction or private sale or in their discretion they think best to realize the most money and the money arising from such sale or sales with all other monies owing to me either on note of hand book debts cash in the house or otherwise shall by my executors be invested at interest on some good and eligible mortgage as they think safest and best And further my Exectaters (sic) shall pay unto Elizabeth GUY whatever the amount of interest they obtain in the investment, the interest on three hundred pounds during her life and if she leave lawful issue then the principal of three hundred pounds shall be invested for such issue or issues to be paid to him her or them with accumulated interest when they attain the age of twenty one years but if the said Elizabeth GUY dies without leaving lawful issue then the principal of three hundred pounds shall be invested for the benefit of my daughter Mary Ann WELCH and all other monies my executors may realize from the sales money at interest book debts cash in the house or otherwise be invested for the benefit of her my said daughter Mary Ann WELCH and the interest paid to her half yearly for her own separate use free from the debts power and control of her husband who shall not intermeddle or have any control therewith and her receipt alone notwithstanding coverture shall be a sufficient discharge to the trustees or trustee for the same And on the death of my said daughter Mary Ann WELCH I order and direct that investments of money shall with accumulated interest derived from the same be equally divided amongst her children as they severally attain the age of twenty one years and that my Executors shall allow my grandaughter Mary Elizabeth WELCH to have absolutely to her own use all my household furniture linen books and everything of a household nature on my decease free from any charge whatsoever And I nominate constitute and appoint the said John Thomas SHELDON and George WYLD Executors of this my Will And I absolve the trustees and executors of this my Will from responsibility for the receipt and default of each other and for involuntary losses and also authorize such trustees and trustee to retain and allow to each other all expenses incurred in the execution of this my Will and reasonable allowance for their loss of time and trouble And revoking all former and other Wills by me made I make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said William SHALLCROSS have to this my last Will and Testament contained in five sheets of paper set and subscribed my name to the four preceding sheets and also to this fifth and last And the day and year first before written

William SHALLCROSS

Signed by the said testator William SHALLCROSS as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

John SHALLCROSS Whaley Bridge; Fredd P SHELDON Kettleshulme

Proved at Chester the 2nd day of October 1875 by the oaths of John Thomas SHELDON and George WILD (in the Will written WYLD) the Executors to whom Administration was granted

The Testator William SHALLCROSS was late of Whaley Bridge in the County of Chester Yeoman and died on the 11th day of September 1875 at Whaley Bridge aforesaid

Under £1500 Including Leaseholds 

Messrs BROCKLEHURST WRIGHT & MAIR, Solicitors Macclesfield     Charles T H PARRY District Registrar     

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Isabel SHRIGLEY: 1679

Water damaged and incomplete

A Just True and p(er)fect Inventorie of all the goodes and Chattells of Isabell SHRIGLEY of Whelley in the p(re)cints of Macklesfield & perish of Prestbury (sic) and County of Chester widow deceased as the were praised & valued the 12th Day of March [Latin phrase giving date] Anno Dom 1678 By us whose names are hereunder subscribed

Imprimis In three yardes a halfe of gray Medley

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6

4

Item In three yardes of white woollen Cloath

0

3

9

Item In some greene sey

0

0

8

Item In turves

0

0

4

Item In Wooden Ware

0

2

8

Item In one ould fryinge pann

0

0

3

Item In one spinninge wheele & two paire of Cardes

0

1

6

Item One Cheere & two stooles

0

0

3

Item one hammer & a Candle stick

0

0

3

Item In ..... Ware

0

1

9

(torn) .... grate

0

1

6

...........bed ...... & all Its furniture

0

15

0

Debt ...............bond of the ........ of six pounds for .................................

3

0

0

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Thomas SHRIGLEY of Whaley 1634

A pfect Inventory of all the goods cattells and chattells of Thomas SHRIGLEY late of Whaley within Macclesfield in the countie of Chester p/sed by Francis BARLOWE John BIXTHER Richd LEIGH and John POWNALL the xiith day of August 1634

Imprimis

One Cowe

iiii£ iiis

One Heiffere

ls

One mare & coult

iii£ iiis iiid

One way...y calve

xxis

One day worke of barley in the ..... crofte

xxvis viiid

One day worke of oates in the same crofte

xiiis iiiid

One day worke of oates in the Sount? field

vi£ xiiis iiiid

In Hay

liiis iiiid

One harrowe

iis viiid

Two ould plowes & i payre of Irons

iis

2 plow beames & ii ...........

xiid

One ..... cart and wheeles

xxs

One muck cart

xs

One ould mule cart

iis vid

One sitting wheele

viiid

One going? wheele

viiid

One double brake

xiid

One ould cradle

vid

2 ould wheele barrowes

xiiid

2 felleys

iiiid

x load of Turves

xvs

i quarter of coales

xxd

Timber of all sortes

xxiiis iiiid

2 ould ladders

vd

i brasse posset Btuig? ixth & qrt

vis viiid

4 other ould potts being Liiith

xxvs

One ould brasse candle stick

iiid

One brasse pane being xiith

xxs

A frying pane

vid

l little ould brass pane being 4th qt

iis viiid

A skellet iiid a brasse ladle iiid

vid

vii pewter dishes - vxth & din?

ixs

Ould bruesed pewter viith

iiiis viiid

One shoovle eaven

viid

In woole - xth

vis viiid

Course hempen to a iiith

xiid

i halfe hoope xiid 1 peck viiid

xxd

i stand xviiid another viiid another 4d

iis vid

Another stand 4 a churne iix .... 

iis xd

2 other ould churnes

vid

1 Turnell iiis iiiid Another Turnell 8d

iiiis

Salt i peck

iiiid

3 basons & i Lessett

xiid

Another ould stand & E.hine

vid

i Sygh iid iii Cheesfatts iiid

vd

Three sapling piggens

xviiid

Three other piggens

iiid

A kimnell

xvid

Another ould kimnell with some ould dishes & trenches

ixd

A chees ladder i kane? i butt qut & pott lid

iiiid

Mattock helmed hatchet helmed & i spoake

iiiid

Earthen ware

xvid

A bak stone

viiid

A lanterne

vid

Ba...... flasket hoppett & syres

xxd

Axes xviiid a Copland viiid

iis iid

Foure Iron fretts

xiid

A kipple comb

iiiid

Hamer & pinsons

vid

A broach & some other odd Iron

xiid

The fyer grate tosting? Iron tonge & such Iron ware as belonge to the fyer

iis

One payre of bellowes i wimble iron with 2 bitte

xxiid

One mattock

xiid

i muckfork i nansy i gourge i bill i hand sawe with Syrkles

iis

Sacke & a window sheet

vs

i pilch or packett with ii on lays

xvid

A plow ........... .............. ................ .............

xiid

A Syth with sneath? & nibbs

xiid

2 flayles

iiid

2 Shell bread a spoake a little bread a plank another bread end

xvid

A heyhooke iid an ould shoovle iid

iiiid

3 pykells & ii muck hookes

xd

Horss geares & mountey

vis viiid

A cupboard

vis viiid

A chest

vis

Another vs other iiiis another 4s

xiiis

More breade shilves a bottle & another ....

iiis

More boardes

iiiis

In Linnens

xiiiis

In bedding

iiis iiiid

More shilves with a forend & falling board

iis

Bed sheed

iiis

Bakon

iis

A Brush

iiiid

Pott Packs

xiid

Hemp upon the ground

iis

Muck

xiid

The Decev... appell not the sadle ..

xxxviis

The k....sh winter & pasture of all the ground about the house till Candlemas

xls

..dish & .omter pasture of the Rushine field or meadowe

xxvis

The Crabtree field & the Lower field in Petter RIDGWAYS occupacon from candlemas next after the terme the resydue of the yeares paid etc. etc.

iii£ xs

The ......... Crofte the ..... after John BIRTLES terme p(er) ann

xxs

The higher field for the lyke term p(er) ann

xls

The m`led field for the lyk term p ann

xxviiis

The newe meadow for the lyk term p ann

xxxiis

The Rushie meadowe during all the time from Candlemas next p ann

xls

The Smithes crofte with heygrasse oates teish & winter past(ure) till candlemas next

xxvis 8d

The same crofte during the time after Candlemas next p ann

xxvis 8d

The howsing turbarne and all the ground about the howse p ann during the time after Candlemas next

x£ xs

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Will of Adam SLACK of Kettleshulme: 1774 mentions: 

Wife 

Sons Adam; Abraham; Thomas; George

Daughters Elizabeth; Mary BROCKLEHURST;

Daughter Sarah`s children

Sons in Law John BROUGH; Joseph BROCKLEHURST

Daughter in Law Ann SLACK

Nephew Hennery HOWARD

John DICKINSON of Taxall

Witnesses Thomas & John BANCROFT

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Will of Nicholas SLACK of Kettleshulme: 1728 mentions:

Wife Mary

Sons Adam & Thomas

Sons in Law Robert WILSON & wife Rebecca & children; Henry HEWARD & wife Emma; John SHIRD & wife Hannah; Joseph SHIRD & wife Hellen; Edmund POTTS & children & late wife Anne

Daughters in Law Elizabeth SLACK; Alice SLACK

Grandsons Nicholas KIRK & Adam SLACK

Nephews John & Thomas SLACK of Blakeley, Prestbury p.; Francis JACKSON of Rainow

Servants Leonard LOW; Anne HOW

John SHALLCROSS

Mary ALSINAN of Kettleshulme

Witnesses John SHIRT; Ann COTTENHILL; Jo. PICKFORD

Takers of Inventory Thomas & Robert POTTS

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Joseph SMITH: Collier

In the name of God Amen I Joseph SMITH of Whaley cum Yeardsley in the County Palatine of Chester Collier being very sick and weak in body but of perfect Mind and Memory thanks be given unto God; calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all Men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executrix nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form

first I give and bequeath to Ann my dearly beloved wife whom I likewise constitute make and ordain the sole executrix of this my last will and testament all and singular my lands messuages and tenements together with all my household goods debts and moveable effects by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed with power to sell or mortgage as she may think most proper without the buyer being or lender being anywise accountable for the distribution of the purchase money or advance or mortgage but should any of my property remain either real or personal after the disease of my said wife undisposed of I give and bequeath the whole both real and personal to my Children which are now born of her my said wife or may be born in due time after my disease in equal portions share and share alike and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in anywise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of June one thousand eight hundred and twenty one

(signed) Joseph SMITH with seal

Sign`d sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Joseph SMITH as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names

Tho BOOTHMAN; George HALL; John POTT  

Stockport Octob 5 1821

Ann SMITH sole executrix in this will named was sworn in common form and she further made oath that the personal estate and effects of the testator within the diocese of Chester were under the value of twenty pounds,

Before me Kelsall PRESCOT Surrogate

The testator died on the second day of July 1821  Probate issued Dated 5th October 1821

On a separate sheet

Ann SMITH of Whaley in the County of Chester sole Executrix named in the last Will and Testament of Joseph SMITH late of Whaley aforesaid Collier who died on the second Day of July 1821 on her oath saith that she hath made diligent search and due enquiry after and in respect of the Personal Estate and Effects of the said Deceased, in order to ascertain the full amount and value thereof; and that to the best of her knowledge, information, and belief, the whole of the Goods, Chattels, and Credits, of which the said Deceased died possessed, within the Diocese of Chester, (exclusive of what the Deceased may have been possessed of, or intitled to as a Trustee for any other Person or Persons, and not beneficially, but including the Leasehold Estates for years of the Deceased, whether absolute or determinable on Lives, and without deducting anything on account of the Debts due and owing from the Deceased), are under the value of twenty Pounds: And the Deponent further on oath that the said Deceased had no Personal Estate and Effects at the time of his decease within the Province of Canterbury, to which this Deponent need to Administer

(signed) Ann SMITH

Sworn on the fifth Day of October 1821 before Kelsall PRESCOT Surrogate 

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Henry SUMNER: 1800

Know all Men by these Presents that we Margaret BURTON (wife of Robert BURTON underwritten) of Disley in the County of Chester, Robert BURTON of the same place, plaisterer, and Samuel GREEN of Stockport in the same County, Yeoman and John DEAN of the same place, Cordwainer are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverent Father in God Henry William by divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the sum of seventy nine pounds, of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father, his lawful attorney, executors, administrators, or assigns: To which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and every of us, severally, for and in the whole, our heirs, executors, and administrators, and the heirs, executors, and administrators of every of us, firmly by these Presents. SEALED with our Seals and dated the Thirteenth day of August in the fortieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George 3d by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the faith, and so forth, and in the year of our Lord God, one thousand eight hundred.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Margaret BURTON, only natural, lawful Sister, next of Kin and Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of Henry SUMNER late of Whaley, in the County and Diocese of Chester, Labourer, deceased do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of her the said Margaret BURTON or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her and the same, so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court at Chester at or before the thirteenth day of February next ensuing; And the same goods, chattels and credits, and all other the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, at the time of his death, which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Margaret BURTON or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her do well and truly administer according law; etc. etc.

The mark & seal of Margaret BURTON X; Robert BURTON; Sam GREEN; John DEAN

Sealed and Delivered in the presence of W BOWNE

Aug 13th 1800 The within named Margaret BURTON took the normal oath of an Administratrix before me W BOWNE Surrogate

Effects under Forty Pounds   Admin issued Dated 13th Augst 1800

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Mary SWINDELS: 1770

In the name of God Amen I Mary SWINDELS in the County of Chester Spinster being weak in Body but of sound and perfect Mind and Memory (praised be God) do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following First and principally I Recomend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God trusting through the Merrits of Jesus Christ to obtain Everlasting life, My Body I comit to the Earth to be decently Buried at the discretion of my Executors herein after named, And as touching my temporal Estate I dispose thereof as follows First I will & desire that all my lawfull Debts and funaral Expences shall be paid and discharged out of my personal Estate, And then I Give devise and dispose to my Nephew George SWINDELS of Kettlesom the sum of Thirty Nine pounds Ten shillings, I also Give to my Niece Sarah GRA...(page worn away) Children the sum of Thirty Nine pounds and ten shillings to be Equally divid(ed) amongst them share and share alike to be paid them as they Attain the Age of Twenty one years.  I also give to my Nephew Henry SWINDELS of Whaley the sum of Thirty Nine pounds ten shillings I also give unto my Niece Mary JACKSON the sum of Thirty Two pounds ten shillings All which Legacies unto George SWINDELS Henry SWINDELS and Mar(y) JACKSON I will and direct shall be paid out of my personal Estate to them respectively within Twelve Months next after my Decease, And I furth(er) order Will and direct that if any of the aforesaid Legatees happen to dye before his or her Legacy shall become due I then will and direct that such Legacy or Legacies shall go and be Devided to and amongst the Childr(en) of such deceased parents or Legatees each a Share alike, I also give an(d) Bequeath unto my Nephews William Henry George and John SWIN(DELS) to each of them the sum of Thirty Nine pounds ten shillings a piece to b(e) paid to each of them as they shall attain the age of Twenty one years, or Twelve months after my Death, And I further will and direct that if any of my last mentioned Nephews, sons of my Brother George SWINDELS happen to die before their Legacy or Legacies shall become due & leave n(o) Issue lawfully begotten I then Will and direct that such Legacy or Legacies shall be devided amongst all my other Nephews & Nieces herein before named share and share alike, I also give and bequeath unto my Nephew William SWINDELS of London the sum of Five shillings, and which shall be in lieu stead and discharge of his Right Title & Claim, to any part of my personal Estate whatsoever.  I also give to my God-Daughter Mary JACKSON the sum of Five shillings, I also give to my God Daughter Betty SWINDELS the sum of Five shillings I also give unto my Nephew George SWINDELS of Kettlesom my Bible & New Book, And I further direct that if any part of my Personal Estate be lost, in such case all and every of my said Nephews and Nieces shall bear an equal share.  It is further my mind and will that if any one of my Legatees gives any trouble or disturbance to my Executors, in that case, it is my mind that they shall only have one shilling in lieu of their Legacys, I also give to My Nephew George SWINDELS of Kettlesom and Henry SWINDELS of Whaley all my Wearing Apparal to be distributed by them according to their discretion, I also give unto my Executors herein after named Ten Pounds for the paying and discharging of my funeral Expences. and probate of this my last Will and Testament, I also give to the last mentioned George SWINDELS and Henry SWINDELS all my Household Goods and all the rest and Residue and remainder of all my Worldly Goods and Effects whatsoever to be equally devided betwixt them share and share alike, Lastly I do Constitute and appoint my last mentioned Nephews George SWINDELS & Henry SWINDELS Joint Executors of this my last Will & Testament, And I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made and declare this to be my last Will and testament In Witness whereof I Mary SWINDELS Testratrix have hereunto put my hand and Seal the Fifteenth day of July In the Ninth year of the Reign of King George the third and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Sixty Nine

Mary SWINDELS her mark & Seal

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the Testatrix as her last Will and Testament, in the presence of us whose Names are hereunto Subscribed as Witnesses thereto and in presence of the Testratrix

Corn: PICKFORD; Elis MIDDLETON; Thomas MIDDLETON

June 4th 1770 George SWINDELS & Henry SWINDELS the Exors named in this Will were sworn in common form before me Thos PORTER Surr:

Note the Testatrix lived at Whaley parish of Taxall 

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Elizabeth SWINDELLS of Whaley Bridge: 1830

Obligation

Know all Men by these Presents, That we John SWINDELLS of Whaley Bridge in the Parish of Taxall, County and Diocese of Chester, Farmer and Thomas HANSON of High Lane in the Township of Marple, Parish of Stockport Shoemaker are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God John BIRD by Divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the Sum of one hundred Pounds, of good and lawful Money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, current in that part of the said Kingdom called England, to be paid unto the said Lord Bishop, his lawful Attorney, Executors, Administrators, or Assigns; to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us severally for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, and the Heirs, Executors, and Administrators of every of us, firmly by these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals, and dated the nineteenth Day of June in the eleventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord William the Fourth, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of out Lord God One Thousand Eight Hundred and thirty

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that the above bounden John SWINDELLS, late the Husband and the Administrator of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of Elizabeth SWINDELLS late of Whaley Bridge aforesaid deceased do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of him the said John SWINDELLS or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for his use and the same, so made, do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court of Chester aforesaid, at or before the nineteenth day of December next ensuing. etc. etc.

John SWINDELLS his mark; Thomas HANSON his mark

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Charles Kenrick PRESCOT MA Surrogate  

The nineteenth Day of June 1830 John SWINDELLS within named took the usual oath of an Administrator in common form: and also made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Intestate within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of 50£ before me Charles Kenrick PRESCOT MA Surrogate

The Intestate died on the thirteenth Day of February 1828  Admon issued Dated 19th July 1830

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William TAYLOR: 1860

This is the last Will and Testament of me William TAYLOR late of Mosley House, Chinley in the County of Derby but now residing at Whaley in the County of Chester Yeoman made this twenty fifth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine.

First I will order and direct all my simple contract debts and funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid and discharged by my Executrix and Executor hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease out of my ready money and personal estate as far as the same will pay and the deficiency to be paid out of the rents of my real estate I give devise and bequeath unto my Wife`s Niece Hannah WHITELEGG of Whaley aforesaid Spinster and my Wife`s Nephews William WHITELEGG of Stockport in the said County of Chester Joiner and Ralph PORRITT of Chinley aforesaid Farmer All that my freehold messuage or dwellinghouse with the outbuildings lands and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in Chinley aforesaid called Mosley House now in the occupation of James GODDARD Together with the Stone Quarries at Cracken Edge in the same estate now worked by Joseph SIMPSON And also all that my freehold messuage or dwellinghouse with the outbuildings lands and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate at Cracken Edge in Chinley aforesaid now in the occupation of Joshua CRAPPER and Stone Quarries in the same Estate And also all that my messuage cottage or dwellinghouse situate at Cracken Edge in Chinley aforesaid now unoccupied And also all that my freehold land called Wormhill Moor in the parish of Wormhill in the said County of Derby now in the occupation of Thomas GYTE And also all my household goods and furniture and all my ready money and money that may be owing to me at my decease and all other my real and personal estate and effects To hold the same to them the said Hannah WHITELEGG William WHITELEGG and Ralph PORRITT their heirs executors administrators and assigns Upon the trusts hereinafter mentioned that is to say Upon trust by and with and out of my ready money and money owing to me to pay all my simple contract debts and funeral and testamentary expenses as far as the same will pay and permit and suffer my wife to have the use and enjoyment of all my household goods and furniture during her life And upon further trust that they my said trustees or the survivors or survivor of them or the heirs executors or administrators of such survivor or acting trustees or trustee for the time being do and shall set and let my said messuages or dwellinghouses cottage land Stone Quarries hereditaments and other my real estate and receive the rents thereof and out of such rents to pay the interest of the mortgage money owing thereon and all such of my simple contract debts and funeral and testamentary expenses as my ready money and money owing to me shall fall short of paying and the expenses of keeping the buildings in repair And then do and shall pay the residue of such rents as the same shall from time to time be received unto my said Wife during her life to and for her own sole and separate use and benefit And on the death of my said Wife I give and bequeath all my household goods and furniture unto the said Hannah WHITELEGG her executors administrators and assigns And on the death of my said (sic) Then upon trust that they my said trustees or the survivors or survivor of them or their heirs executors or administrators of such survivor or acting trustees or trustee for the time being do and shall sell and dispose of all my said freehold messuages or dwellinghouses cottage lands Stone Quarries and hereditaments and other my real estate either by public auction or private contract and in such lots and under and subject to such conditions as to title or otherwise as they or he shall think proper but for the most money that can be obtained for the same with power to buy in and resell the same in the manner without being liable for any loss or diminution in price to arise by such resale and by with or out of the money arising from such sale or sales after defraying all incumbrances on the said estates and all incidental expenses do and shall pay the following legacies or sums of money that is to say To the said Hannah WHITELEGG her executors administrators and assigns the sum of one thousand two hundred pounds and to my said Wifes Great Niece Judith Trueman Taylor MILLER her executors administrators and assigns the sum of one hundred pounds And then do and shall divide the residue of the monies arising from such sale or sales amongst Elizabeth John Sarah Jane Samuel and George and all such other of the children of my Nephew John TAYLOR son of my late brother John TAYLOR as shall be then living and the lawful issue of such of the before named and other the children of my said Nephew as shall be then dead leaving lawful issue share and share alike such issue of a deceased child taking only the share to which their deceased parent if living would have been entitled equally amongst them if more than one to be paid to them as to sons on attaining the age of twenty one years and as to daughters on attaining that age or marriage And in case any of the children or issue of any of the children of my said Nephew John TAYLOR shall happen to die before receiving his her or their legacy or share of money under this my Will leaving lawful issue then I will and direct that such issue of a deceased child or Grandchild of my said Nephew so dying as last aforesaid shall have and be entitled to his her or their parents share equally amongst them if more than one But in case any of the children or issue of any of the children of my said Nephew shall happen to die before receiving his her or their legacy or share of money under this my Will without leaving lawful issue or leaving such issue and all such issue shall happen to die under the age of twenty one years without lawful issue Then I Will and direct that the share of such child or issue of any child dying as last aforesaid shall go to his her or their surviving brothers and sisters and the lawful issue of such of their brothers and sisters as shall be dead leaving lawful issue equally share and share alike such issue taking only their deceased parents or brothers or sisters share equally amongst them if more than one And I declare it to be my Will and mind that the legacy or share or shares of money either original or accruing to which any female legatee will be or become entitled under this my Will shall be for her own sole and separate use and benefit and shall not in anywise be subject or liable to the debts power or control of her husband but her receipt alone shall be a sufficient discharge for the same And I empower my said trustees or the survivors or survivor of them or the heirs executors or administrators of such survivor or acting trustees or trustee for the time being to apply all or any part of the interest or yearly income or so much of the principal as they he or she shall think proper of any share or of any presumptive or contingent share to which under any of the trusts hereinbefore contained any infant legatee or child shall be entitled or while the share of such legatee or child shall be contingent towards the maintenance and  education or otherwise for the benefit of such infant legatee or child during his or her minority or at the option of my said trustees to pay the same into the hands of the parent or Guardian of such infant legatee or child to be so applied but for the application whereof by such parent or Guardian my said trustees shall not be responsible And for facilitating the sale or sales of my said freehold messuages or dwellinghouses cottage lands stone quarries hereditaments and other my real estate and premises I do declare that the receipt or receipts of my said trustees or the survivors or survivor of them his heirs executors or administrators or acting trustees or trustee for the time being for the money received upon such sale or for any rents or other monies they or any of them shall or may at any time receive under or by virtue of this my Will shall be a sufficient discharge or discharges to any purchaser or purchasers or any other person or persons paying any such monies for the amount in such receipt or receipts acknowledged to be received and that such purchaser or purchasers tenant or tenants or other person or persons paying such monies shall not afterwards be answerable or accountable for the misapplication or nonapplication of such purchase or other monies or any part thereof or be obliged to see to the application thereof or any part thereof And I give and devise  All estates vested in me as trustee or mortgagee under my said trustees their heirs and assigns upon the trusts and equities affecting the same And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Hannah WHITELEGG Executrix and the said William WHITELEGG and Ralph PORRITT Executors of this my Will And I absolve the trustees and trustee for the time being of this my Will from responsibility for the receipts and defaults of each other and for involuntary losses and also authorize such trustees and trustee to retain and allow to each other all expenses incurred in or about the execution of this my Will and revoking all former and other Will and Wills by me made I make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said testator William TAYLOR have hereunto subscribed my name the day and year first before written

William TAYLOR

Signed by the said Testator William TAYLOR as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

Joseph Caldwell WILLIAMSON; John HANDFORD

Proved on the 2nd day of July 1860 by the oaths of Hannah WHITELEGG Spinster and Ralph PORRITT two of the Executors William WHITELEGG the other Executor and a Residuary Legatee in trust having renounced

Sub £100  No Leaseholds  Testator died the 17th April 1860                

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Richard TURNER of Ould Fields: 1672

In the name of God Amen the thirteenth day of February in the Four & Twentieth year of the Raign of our Gracious Lord King Charles the Second over England etc, I Richard TURNER of the Ould Fields in the County of Chester yeoman being sick in body but of sound & perfect memorie praised bee Allmighty God do make this my last will & Testament in manner & forme following; first & principally I commend my soule into the hands of Allmighty God my Creator And Jesus Chryst my Redeemer in & throu whose death & passion I hope to have Eternall Joy & cumfort & as for my body to bee buried in such decent manner as shall bee thought fitting & convenient by my father & my Executor here after named; And as for such Estate as the Lord of his mercy hath lent mee my Will & mind is as followeth;

Item I give & beqeath unto Ellin TURNER my daughter, All my househould goods after all or any such Just debtes as I in conscience owe to any manner of person bee discharged

Item I give & bequeath unto three daughters of my cossen? Peeter TURNER everi one of them three shillings & four pence apiece

Item I give & bequeath unto Richard TURNER sonne of Peeter TURNER of Stubbings one peare of woollen Loomes

Itm I give & bequeath unto Francis BENNETT Godsonne & sonn of John BENNET of the Nype Two shillings

Itm I give & bequeath unto Reginald TURNER of Baghouses in the County of Derbie yeoman the sum of Twenty shillings

Itm my will & mind is after my debtes Legacies & funerall expences discharged All the rest & residue of my goods Cattells & chattells I give & bequeath unto my daughter Ellin

Itm my will & mind is that my stepmother Elin TURNER shall have out of my Lands in possession the yearely Anuitie of forty shillings for & dureing all the time & tearme untill my daughter Ellin shall Accomplish the Age of One and Twenty yeares; And my will & mind is that my father shall have the sole Tacssion? & so nermel of my said daughter & such Estate as shall happen to fall to her after my decease untill such time as shee shall Accomplish the Age of one & twenty yeares if she so longe live

And I ordaine constitute & appoint the said Regenald TURNER of Baghouses my soule Executor of this my last will & Testament hopeing hee will perform the same according to the trust by mee in him reposed; In wittness thereof I have hereunto put my hand & seale the day & yeare first above written

(Bottom of original will ripped) Richard TURNER

Sealed & delivered in pr(ese)nce of 

Richard BEN....; Tho LOMAS; John RED.... 

A True & perfect Inventorie of All the good Cattells & Chattells of Richard TURNER late of Ould Fields in the parish of Taxall & County of Chester yeoman deceased Apprysed & taken the ninth day of March in the four & Twentieth yeare of the Raigne of our most Gracious Lord King Charles the Second over England Scotland France & Ireland defender of the faith etc. by us whose names are hereunder written

Imprimis 

 £    s    d

His purse & Apparrell

 05  00  00

Seaveanteen sheep

03  15  00

Bed sheets Linen & woollen Beding

06  00  00

Four Napkines one Towell one Table Cloth one Mondcloth & a smock

00  10  00

Twoo forkes & A window sheet

00  03  04

Twoo Arkes & Three Cofers

00  13  04

Brass

01  12  00

Pewter

00  09  00

One Cubbard standing in the parlor

00  15  00

One peare of Woollen Loomes

00  16  00

One Ahe?

00  00  09

Twoo Spining whiles

00  05  00

One Litle round Table in the parlor

00  01  06

6 Cushens & Twoo Cheares

00  03  00

One Fyregrate one Irom Bridg one peare of pott hookes & one peare of Tonges

00  04  00

One ould Barrell one ould dashen? one dozen of Trenchers for milke boules Twoo ould C.... with the rest of the household goods

00  03  00

Due total

19  16  11

R......

Cristopher DOWNES his marke; John REDFEARN his marke; ..... LOMAS (torn)             23rd Apr 1672

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Hugh WARREN/WARENTON of Whaley 1587

Right hand side of page worn away

In the name of God Amen Anno Domini 1587 the 22nd day of December and the 30th yeare of the ..... and Soverygne lady Elizabeth by the grace of God of England France and Ireland ...... defender of the fayth etc. I .... wareunto syke in body sound in mynde & of good & perfect Rememberance ......... the untestay? course of death do complet.... ordayne & make thys my last will & Testament in manner & forme folowinge First I give & bequeath my Soule to allmyghty god my maker & Redeemer ........ in god to be one of the members of the electe: & after my decease my body to be buryed at the ....... ........ of Taxsall & after my funerall expenses be dys...... & my debts payd of my soule goodes & I comply ...... forth upon it is my Will that Jane my wife shall .... the thayd (third?) part of all my goodes & catelles movable & unmovable & the rest of my goodes and catelles movable and unmovable I give and bequeath to James WARENTON my sonne & Elen WARENTON my daughter to be equally devyded betwex them saving .... thyngs .. I bequeath that is to wit I give to John WARENTON one bolster Reefe? I give to Robert WARENTON alias Lndine? ii ewes & ii lambes or & 6 ..... I give to the m...... of Wayley bridge iiis iiiid & for the true performation here of I com........ ordayne & make Jane my wyfe & John WARENTON my true and lawfull executorres & my mayster & John GOODSON ............. to say that thys my last will & testament be fullfylled as my faythfull trust is is in them to do. These being witness Edward WARENTON William BENET Edward NYXSON Robert WARENTON with otheres 

The debts that be owinge to me

Thomas GYBPOSE

xiiis iiiid

George JODRELL

xxid

Widow WHYLD

iis

Uxor Rafe DOINE

viiis

George DRONDE?

iiis iiiid

William TAYLORs father

iiiis iiid

Richard RYLE

xiis vid

+ father (further?) TAYLOR

iiiis

John CHINIFER?

iis

John WORTHENTON

xviiis

The ould Sheperd of winbe b...

xiid

William FEARNYFOLOW?

xs

Edmund WRYGHT

vis

Hugh OULDNE

viis vid

Swithin COTES

xviiid

Thomas GUYE

xiid

Gyles ENHANDSONNE

xviiis viiid

Widow BOWBER

xiiiis

The same Gyles

xliis viid

Gyles ENHANDSONE

viiis

John YOUNGE

xxs

John GOODSON

xs

Renold WILLSON senior

vis

Robart WARENTON

..

Renold WILLSON junior

iiiis iid

John WARENTON

v£ viiis

Widowe LOYD

xis

John BURDYINGSON

xvis viiid

Rafe HASE

xs

One matser? one ..............

..

Richard PERSEFALL

xs

William BENET wife

iiiis xd

John BERY

iiiis

Uxor John MORE

iiiis viiid

.

.

Widowe PYNTOSE?

iiis iiiid

Debts that I do owe

Fyrst to my mayster

xliis xid

Thomas FLET...

xiiiis

John BEYLEY

xls

Gorge BODON gentleman?

xvs viiid

Edward WARENTON

xxvis viiid ob

John WARENTON

xxs

Hom? WARENTON

xvs

Gelos? ERSANDSONNE

xvs

Roger RYLE

xs id

.

.

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Edmund Warrington: 1709

Obligation

Latin text mentions Edmund WARRINGTON of Whaley in Cheshire, Innkeeper; Edward SWINDELLS of Whaley & John DOE - October 1709

The Condicon of this Obligation is such that if Edmund WARRINGTON nrall & Lawful son and Administrator of all and singular the good chattells and credits of Edmund WARRINGTON late of Whaley aforesaid deceased doe make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of him the said Edmund WARRINGTON or into the hands and possession of any person or persons for him and the same soe made doe exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Conry? Court of Chester at or before the twenty first day of January next ensuing And the same goods chattells and credits and all other the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Edmund WARRINGTON or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him doe well and truly administer according to law And further doe make or cause to be made a true and just accompt etc. etc.

(signed) Edmd WARRINGTON; Edward SWINDELS

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Edw: ROBERTS; Jeff: MOULDING 

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Edmund WARRINGTON: 1731

In the name of God Amen the fifteenth day of february in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God over Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of the faith etc. And in  the year of our Lord God 1730/31.

I Edmund WARRINGTON of Waley house in the p(ar)ish of Taxall & county of Chester Yeoman do make and ordain this my present last Will & Testament in maner following (viz) first and principally I humbly recomend my soul into the hands of Almighty God hopeing through the merritts of his beloved son our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ to have full & free pardon & forgiveness of all my Sins and to Inheritt everlasting life And my Body I comitt to the earth to be decently buryed in the p(ar)ish Church Yard of Taxall & as neer as can be unto my late wife Hannah her Grave on the North side of it And as touching all such Temporall estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to have bestowed upon me I do hereby give devise & bequeath thereof as followeth - Imprimis I Will that all my lawfull debts & funerall expences be paid & Discharged out of my stock of Money Bonds & Notes And further this my Will and mind is that if any of my Brother John WARRINGTON Sons or my Brother James WARRINGTON Son or any of their Heirs executors Administrators & assignes or any other person by from or under any of them pretending to be Heirs at Law shall at any time after my decease claim & demand any right title & Interest unto my estate of Lands & buildings which I formerly bought of my Father called Hobcroft lying & being in Bradshaw edge in the parish of Chappel-in-le-frith & County of Derby or unto any parte thereof That then I the sd Edmund WARRINGTON pursuant to any power reserved for me by any Deed or Deeds whatsoever to charge the sd Hobcroft with the payment of all or any such sume or sumes of Money as I have power by any such Deed reserved for me to charge upon the same - I doe hereby charge the same to be paid unto my Daughter Mary now wife of John BOOTH her executors Administrators & assignes at such time as the same is appointed by such Deed or Deeds to be paid to whom I do hereby give & bequeath the same Item I do hereby likewise give & bequeath unto my sd Daughter Mary all my houshold goods & Cattell I shall have at my Death (except what must goe for Harriotts And I likewise hereby give unto my Daughter Mary two fifth partes of all my Money Bonds & notes which I shall have & oweing to me at my Decease All which goods cattell & Money hereby given to my sd Daughter Mary now wife of John BOOTH I do give it to be disposed of by her self as she shall direct & appoint by deed or Will or otherwise as she shall think proper But so as that the same be not at the disposeall management or controls of her Husband Item I do hereby give unto my Daughter Frances now wife of William NORTON one fifth parte of all my Money Bonds & Notes which I shall have & oweing to me at my decease Item I do hereby give unto my Daughter Dorothy now wife of Edward SWANN the other two fifth partes of all my Money Bonds & Notes which I shall have & oweing to me at my decease And lastly I do hereby constitute ordain and make my three Daughters Frances NORTON - Mary BOOTH and Dorothy SWANN executrixes unto this my present last Will & Testament And I do hereby revoake & make void all other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and I declare this to be my last Will  Reserving to myself liberty to fix any Codicil or Codicils which if any I desire may be esteemed as parte hereof In Wittness whereof I the said Edmund WARRINGTON the Testator have hereunto putt my hand and seal and published this as my last Will & Testament

Edmund WARRINGTON (with seal)

In presence of us And we subscribed our names as Wittnesses In presence of the Testator

William JAMES?; John TURNER

Latin paragraph giving probate to Frances NORTON & Mary BOOTH with power reserved for Dorothy SWAN

Imps: In the House

Pewter

7

7

0

Brass & Copper 

3

10

0

Brass Weights & Weighs

0

5

0

Clock & Case

3

10

0

1 Old Clock

1

3

3

1 Long Coffer

1

1

0

1 Cupboard

1

0

0

1 Long Table & Form

0

10

0

6 Chairs & 2 Joint Stools

0

5

4

a Maid for Cloaths & Close press

0

3

6

a Pair of Long Scales & Lead weights

0

8

6

Stools Cheese Boards Shelves a Trest other Boards in the Milk house & cart House

2

0

6

In the great Parlour

7 Pictures

7

7

0

1 Map & 2 Escacheons

0

2

0

1 Press bed & Bedding

4

0

0

2 Ovel Tables

1

10

0

13 Chairs

0

13

0

1 Fire Iron Tongs fire Shovel & Curtains

0

12

0

In the Kitchin

1 Fire Iron & other Iron abt it

2

8

0

1 Jaik? Spitts Gobberts Dripping Panns Chopping Knife and Cleever

1

5

0

1 Warming pan

0

3

0

1 Lead Cistern

0

12

0

4 Guns & 1 Pistol

2

0

0

1 Frying pan other iron things & 2 tin pans

0

5

6

1 Litle Square Table 4 Shelves Dish Cradle 1 Stone Dresser

0

5

0

1 Lead & Iron pott

0

6

0

Stooles & Chairs

0

2

0

In the Cellor

Stilleges & Shelves

0

4

0

Glass Botles

1

10

0

In the Buttry

1 Litle Table Cupboard & Milk boards

0

10

0

Potts & Glasses

0

1

6

In the Litle Parlour

1 Bed & Bedding

3

10

0

1 Desk 2 Forms & Dresser

0

5

0

a Close Stool

0

4

0

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Jane WARRINGTON widow of Whaley: 1647

In the Name of God the sixteenth day of June in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand sixe hundred fourtie seven I Jane WARRINGTON widdow (the relict of James WARRINGTON late of Wayley in the County of Chester yeoman Deceased) beinge sicke and weake in body but of sound and pfect memory (I praise God) knowinge certainely that I must die, and that the tyme hereof is to me altogether unknown, doe therefore purposely and advisedly make & declare this my last will & testament in manner & forme followinge First I commend my soule into the hands of almighty god confidently beleevinge to be saved, by & through the alone merrit death & passion of my Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus, and my body I committ unto the earth whence it came, with .... that it must be layed in the pishe Church of Taxall, as neere unto my late husbands Corpse as conveniently may be: And concerninge that small estate I have I quit dispose of and leave the same as hereafter followeth viz First it is my will and I doe give devyse bequeath and leave unto James WARRINGTON and Mary WARRINGTON my two youngest children the sume of Fourtie pounds of lawful English money the same to be equally payed unto them, or the survivor of them when they (he or shee survivinge) shall attayne unto his, her or their severall age & ages of twentie & one yeares, and in the meane tyme, I desire my executors herein hereafter named, to lett the same be disposed of for the advantadge of my two said youngest children and towards their education mayntenance & preferment?, not doubtinge but that my good mother in law Elizabeth WARRINGTON will take care of and for the educators and mayntenance of them duringe her naturall life and their minoritie accordinge to the trust in her reposed by her late husband Edmund WARRINGTON my late Father in law deceassed Item I give unto her the same many? my chest & cofer and all such lynens & other goods as shalle therein all or after the tyme of my deceasse Item I give unto my lovinge mother in law thirteen Edward shillings [see Wikipedia on Edward VI shillings] To my Sister in law Ellen MOSSLEY my best surcoate? To my owne sister Bridgett GASKILL my best cloath gowne my best ruff and best hatt and band To Elizabeth LOWE? my said mother in laws servant my best petticoate and waistcote and my blacke petticoate and medley waiscoate To An HOOLEY another of my said  mother in laws servants my workday greene apron And I give unto Edmund WARRINGTON and Francis WARRINGTON my two eldest sones all my sheere equally to be divided betwixt them To the same Edmund WARRINGTON a great Tubb or Turnill & to the same Francis a paire of unshoed wheeles att Hawkeshurst Howse all the residue rest and Remayne of my goods cattelle & chattells whatsoever & wheresoever I give devise bequeath & leave unto the same Edmund Francis James & Mary WARRINGTON my children equally & proportionally to be divided amongst them And I doe ordayne and macke? my Cosin Richard NICKSON & my good Frend James FORDE of Horwich Executors of this my last will & testament humbly entreatinge my worthy Frend Edmund JODRELL Esq. Henry BRADSHAW of Wiberslegh my Cosin Laurence POTT of the Low in Ranaw & my brother in law John GASKILL to be Overseers of this my said last will & testament that soe the same my be performed and .... to the ... thereof In witnesse whereof I the said Jane WARRINGTON have hereunto putt my hand & seale the day & yeare first above written. 

      A true & pfect Inventory of the Goods Chattalls & Cattells of Jane WARRINGTON the Relicte of James WARRINGTON late of Wayley in the County of Chester yeoman deceassed prized and valued the 14th of Julie Anno Dom 1647 by James CARRINGTON of Bugsworth John BENNITT of Light Birch in the Countie of Derbie yeoman, as followeth

.

£

s

d

 Imprimis her purse and apparell

4

16

8

 It. ten sheepe

3

6

8

It. ready money

42

5

9

It. owinge by specialty

5

2

0

It. more owinge by specialty

0

10

10

It. Lynens found in a Chest w(hi)ch were given unto Marie WARRINGTON daughter of the said Jane WARRINGTON 

4

3

2

It. Lynens found in a Bagge

0

7

0

It. woolstidd?

0

2

0

It. one payre of Stockings

0

1

0

It. three Quishions

0

1

6

It. one old Sacke

0

1

6

It. one Dublett

0

6

8

It. one Rydinge Coate & a man`s wastcoate

0

13

4

It. two old hatts

0

2

6

It. one Turnill

0

13

4

It. one payre of unshode wheelse

0

10

0

It. one Corne wayne

0

10

0

It. one Coffer given to Mary WARRINGTON her daughter

0

10

0

It. other three Coffers

1

6

8

It. one Deske & other three boxes

0

5

0

It. sixe litle Bookes

It. one longe table one Gux board and one Dish board in the house onw Longe table & one Bedd in the p(ar)lour twoe great Arkes & the best Brasse pott & all the husbandrie ware all w(hi)ch said goods Edmund WARRINGTON Father in law of the said Jane did leave & bequeath to James WARRINGTON late husband of her the said Jane

20

17

10

The whole sume

87

2

1

(Page following inventory)

Sr

The Bearer will showe unto you a Wrytinge w(hi)ch by the direction? & att the intreatie of Jane WARRINGTON therein named, I did drawe but before itt came backe ingrossed she was dead; her wordes & will spoken to me is in the same wrytinge sett downe, w(i)th also one of the therein named Ex: can & (if more be) will I thincke depose: If the Court thincke not good to grant a .... thereupon, you will I suppose grant administration to the Ex: and Jestain? annex: The Ex: are able honest and sufficient men: I pray p.... them a speedie dispatch for w(hi)ch they will be thankful & so all will.

Your very Lovinge friend

Hen: BRADSHAWE

27 Ja 1647       

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Anthony WILD/WYLDE: 1731

In the name of God Amen this sixth day of February in the seventh year of the reign of our Lord King George Anno Dom 1720/1 I Anthony WILD of Yerdsly Wealy in the County of Chester Mason being of sound & perfect mind & memory blessed be Almighty God do make & ordain this my last Will & Testamt in manner & form following First I comend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping through the only merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer to be partaker of life everlasting & my body I comit to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of mine Executrix hereafter named And as for such temporall estate as God in his providence hath intrusted mee with I give devise & bequeath thereof as followeth, First I will that all my just debts & funerall expences be pd out of my whole personall estate after which I give & bequeath unto Mary my loving wife one half of my tenemt in Yerdsly Wealy during the term of her naturall life And after her decease I give & bequeath the same unto my daughter Izabella And also the other half thereof to the sd Isabella during the term of her naturall life she paying the rents & services there unto bound to Edmd JODRELL Esq & his .... Itm I further give unto Mary my Loving wife one half of my whole personal estate whatsoever to dispose on at her discretion Itm the other half I give & dispose thereof as followeth viz: I give & bequeath unto Mary my daughter one pound Itm I give & bequeath to Mary her eldest daughter the sum of five pounds Itm I give & bequeath to the rest of her children the sumes of Ten shillings apeice Itm All the rest & residue of my estate goods cattell chattels bils bonds & debts owing to mee whatsoever I give & bequeath unto my daughter Izabella to her own proper use & behoof to dispose on as she pleaseth And of this my last Will & Testamt I do make & ordain my daughter Izabella sole Executrix & do hereby revoke disanull & make void All former & other wils & Testamts by mee at any time heretofore made

In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seal the day & year first above written.

Anthony WILD    H his mark (& seal)

Sealed published & declared to be the Testators last Will & acording to his mind & signed by him 

In the presence of James PICKFORD; Matt: WALKER; Robt MIDDLETON

20 May 1731 Isabella WILD given probate

A true Inventory of all the Goods Cattell & Chattells of the late Anthony WYLDE of Waley in the parish of Taxall & County of Chester as they were valued & praised the 14th day of December 1727 by John HAIGH & Edmund WARRINGTON

£

s

d

Imps. In the house a litle cupboard, a dishboard a litle Table & a hanging table

1

2

6

a brass pan 12 spoones & other pewter

0

15

0

a Warming pan an old Clock a Scellitt & Cettle a Dishcradle, 6 nogins & Trenchers

1

6

8

a Spining wheel, 5 Chears, 6 Cushins 2 forms a pare of Bellis a fire Iron, Tonges & Iron Croe

0

13

4

In the parlour Two plain Beds 2 Cofers a Table & a Chair

2

7

6

In the Citchin A Brass Cettle a pott a lead a Cheese press & 2 Cheese fatts

0

18

0

a Churn 2 Kimnels 3 piggins & other cooper ware & lumber

0

15

0

In the Chamber over the house A Plain Bed a Meal Arke 3 Cofers & 2 Wiskitts

2

4

6

In Chamber over parlour a Bed a Bed Chear & a Cofer

1

17

6

In the Chamber over Kitchin A Bed a Swineturnel 4 Corn Sacks & 2 old wheels

1

10

0

In the Barn Hay & Corn

5

10

0

Three Cowes & 2 Stirks

8

10

0

Two Horses & their Geers

4

10

0

Thirty Sheep

3

15

0

Husbandry Ware & Husslement

1

0

0

His purs & Aparrel

1

0

0

Total

37

15

0

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John WILD: 1860

In the Name of God Amen I John WILD of Hockerley in the Township of Yeardsley cum Whaley Parish of Taxal and County of Chester Farmer being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following And first I direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease out of my estate and effects I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Peggy WILD the annual produce of my farm and stock and also the interest and all such other parts of my estate as shall yield income of what nature or kind soever and wheresoever the same may be at the time of my death to be fully enjoyed by her during the term of her natural life (if she remain my Widow) also I direct that my said Wife shall remain in my said house at Hockerley and be sole mistress thereof

And from and after the death of my said wife or her marriage again whatever is remaining of my said property and estate and effects whether real or personal or wheresoever the same may be whether in possession or reversion remainder or expectancy I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof (after payment of all lawful charges and expenses) unto and among and to be equally divided between all and every my children both sons and daughters namely Peter WILD George WILD John WILD Hannah WILD Hannah SHIRT Margaret HEATHCOTE wife of Thomas HEATHCOTE Joseph WILD James WILD Mary Ann FORD William WILD Jane GARLICK Wife of John GARLICK Elias WILD Elizabeth HILL wife of John HILL and Samuel WILD and my Granddaughter Mary ASHTON the daughter of my late daughter Sarah ASHTON (she taking only the share which her deceased mother would have been entitled to if living) and the issue of such of them as may be dead.  And lastly I nominate and appoint my said Wife Peggy WILD and Elias WILD of Bury Grocer and my sons William WILD and Samuel WILD Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I charge them as they have to answer unto God that they do the thing that is right and just And I make void and disannul all other former or other Will or Wills by me at any time made and I do declare this present writing to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said John WILD have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty

John WILD

Signed sealed and acknowledged by John WILD the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses

Edward FLEMING; George WRIGHT

Proved on the 9th day of October 1860 by the oaths of Peggy WILD Widow the Relict of the Testator Elias WILD and William WILD and Samuel WILD the sons of the Testator the Executors

Sub £450 Including Leaseholds   Testator died the 9th August 1860

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Jane WILSHAW: 1665

In the name of God amen I Jane WILSHAWE of Waylie in the perish of Tacksall and in the Countie of Chester spinster doe this nintinth day of February in the yeare of our lord god one thousand six hundred sixtie and foure Ordere Constitute and make this my last will and teastement in maner and forme following and first I bequeath my soule into the handes of allmightie god trusting by the merites of Jesus Christ to be one of the elect and Chosen Children and my body I commit to the earth to be buried in the perrish church of Tacksall And for my worl(d)y goods as followeth And first it is my will that my debtes leagasies and funerall expences be payde and discharged out of my whole goods after a onest (sic) and descent maner

Item I give and bequeath unto Robert LIVESLEY fortie shillinges

Item I give and bequeath unto Frances GASKILL and William GASKILL tooe of the younger sones of John GASKILLES the elder of Hanley eyther of them fortie shillinges a pice

Item it is my will and I give and bequeath unto John BENITES children of the Redich and to his wifes children fortie shillinges to be devided equally amongts them

Item it is my will that when my debtes legasies and funerall expences be discharged and payde that my brother John shall have all the rest of my goodes movable and unmovable quick and dead what soever I saye my brother John WILSHAW I give it to him and I do make my brother John WILSHAW my soule Executor to see this my last will performed and I have heare unto put my hand and seale the yeare and day first above writen on the present of us

Edward WARINTON X; Robert LIFSLEY R; John GASKILL; John BENNETT

The Inventory of the goodes Cattell and Chattells of Jane WILLSHAW of Wayley in the county of Chester spinster Deaceased taken vewed valued and prised by us videll John GASKILL of Hanley and Edmund WARRINTON of Wayley of the said Countie of Chester yeomen the seaven & twentith day of February in the sixtienth yeare of the Raigne of our soverene lord Charles the second by the grace of god of England Scotland France and Ireland kinge defender of the faith & Anno domino: 1664:          

.

£

s

d

Imprimis her purse and aparrell

5

6

8

Item one Cowe

3

3

4

Item one peese a bill a sord and pytell

0

10

6

Item other wollen aparrell

0

18

0

Item In the farther Chamber 7 stone of woll

2

10

0

 Item thre Cofars and two Arkes

2

0

0

Item Otes barley wheate and meale 

5

6

8

Item In the nearear Chamber two bedstides and bedinge

1

6

8

Item In the greate parler one bedstide & beding

1

10

0

Item In the littell parlor one bedstide & beding

0

16

0

Item In Linens

0

6

0

Item one brass pane one pott & two kettels

0

10

0

Item In the buttery 3 stoundes 2 Canes 1 Chare one turneband? other troyne ware

0

10

4

Item In the parler two Chests

0

16

8

Item one Chisprese

0

2

6

Item five bordes in the house

0

2

4

Item one table two formes

0

5

0

Item Cheres and stoules

0

4

0

Item in pewtar

0

9

0

Item one grate one paire of pott houckes and a rack entree a bred Iron A Iron Crowe one spitt one brundett & a paire of toungs

0

5

6

Debts dew to the said teastar by specialty

£

s

d

Impr.

20

0

0

Item

11

0

0

Item

11

0

0

Item

5

0

0

Item

5

0

0

Item

30

0

0

Item

10

0

0

Item without specialty

11

0

0

Suma totalis

119

18

2

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Joseph WYLDE: 1772

Obligation

Know all men by these presents, that we Elisabeth WYLDE of Yeardsley Whaley in the parish of Taxal Widow Francis MASON of Stockport Yeoman and William HANCOCK of Disley in the parish of Stockport all in the county and diocese of Chester are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God William by divine permission, Lord Bishop of Chester in the sum of six hundred pounds, of good and lawful money of Great-Britain, to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father, his lawful attorney, executors, administrators, or assigns: To which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, and every of us, severally, for and in the whole, our heirs, executors, and administrators, and the heirs, executors, and administrators of every of us, firmly by these Presents. Sealed with our Seals, and dated the Thirteenth day of June in the twelfth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King defender of the faith, and so forth, and in the year of our Lord God, one thousand seven hundred and seventy two.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Elisabeth WYLDE Widow Relict and Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of Joseph WYLDE late of Yeardsley Whaley in the parish of Taxal in the county and diocese of Chester Yeoman do make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of her the said Elisabeth WYLDE or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her use and the same, so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court at Chester at or before the thirteenth day of December next ensuing: And the same goods, chattels, and credits, and all other the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased, at the time of his death, which at any time after shall come the hands or possession of the said Elisabeth WYLDE or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons etc. etc.

Signed Elisabeth WYLDE

Frans MASON

W HANCOCK

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of T BENTHAM  

The thirteenth Day of June in the year 1772 Elisabeth WYLDE within named took the usual oath of an Administrator in common Form before me Thos BENTHAM

Admon issued the 20th June 1772

A True and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods & Chattles of Joseph WYLDE Late of Whalley In the parish of Taxall and County of Chester Yeoman Deceased

Appraised this 9th day of June 1772 by Jno SELLORS and Thos. TORKINGTON Appraisers

In the House place

£

s

d

To 1 Grid & Iron things about the Fire

0

10

0

To 1 Coach Chair

0

14

0

To 1 Whitewood Table Shelf & Pewter

1

15

0

To 1 Tea Kettle & things upon the shelf

0

7

0

To 2 Small Tables & Cupboard

0

16

0

To 1 Warming Pan & Picktuns?

0

8

0

To 3 Kettles 3 Sauce Pans 1 Tosing Pan

0

10

0

To 1 Brass Pan

0

8

0

To 1 Salt Box 1 Smoothing Iron

0

3

6

To 4 Chairs

0

3

0

In the Parlour

To 1 Mehogorny Table

1

10

6

To 1 Corner Cupboard Glasses Tea Spoons etc.

0

18

0

To 1 Small Oak Table

0

4

0

To 1 Looking Glass 2 Candlesticks

0

5

0

To 1 Squab 5 Chairs

0

10

0

To 1 Clock & Case

3

0

0

 In the Hall Chamber

To 1 Bed & Beding

4

4

0

To 1 Ovill Table & Looking Glass

0

15

0

To 5 Chairs

0

5

0

In the Parlour Chamber

To 1 Bed & Beding

3

3

0

To 1 Chest of Drawers

1

1

0

To 1 Small Table & 3 Chairs

0

5

0

In the Middle Room

To 1 Bed & Beding

3

3

0

To 1 Chest 1 Close Stool 3 Chairs

1

9

0

To 1 Bed & Beding

2

2

0

To 2 Cofers 2 Boxes 2 Chairs

0

5

6

In the Sellor

To 2 Barrills Bottles & Earthenware

0

10

0

To 1 Milk Cow

5

0

0

To Odd Goods

0

2

6

To Cash Out In Sundry Places

305

0

0

339

7

0

Witness our hands John SELLERS; Thos TORKINGTON

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John YERNSHALL: 1708

In the name of God Amen The twenty ninth day of March in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of God over England Scotland & Ireland Queen Defender of the faith etc: I John YERNSHALL of Waley in the p(ar)ish of Taxall & County of Chester Yeoman being weak & pained in body, but of sound & perfect mind and memory (praised be Almighty God) knowing the uncertainty of this mortall life & of the shortness of my abode here And likewise being Ignorant of how long it will please God to continue me in this sinfull world doe make & ordaine this my present last Will & Testament in manner & form following (That is to say) First And principally I commend my soul into the hands of my Saviour Jesus Christ hopeing through his merritts death & passion to have full & free pardon & forgiveness of all my my Sins My body I comitt to the earth to be decently Interred at the discretion of my executrix hereafter named & app[ointed] And as touching the disposition of my temporall estate I give & dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis I will that all my debts & funerall expences shall be paid & discharged And after the discharge thereof I give and bequeath unto my son Edward YERNSHALL of Waley afores(ai)d the sume of Three pounds of lawfull English money besides w(ha)t he oweth unto me Item I give unto his son & my Grandson John YERNSHALL the sume of three pounds Item I give unto my Daughter Frances LATHOM in Sutton in the County of Chester afores(ai)d the sume of ten pounds Item I give unto everyone of her Children which shall be liveing at the time of my death the sume of five shillings a piece Item I give unto my daughter in law Joan YERNSHALL in Widenbury parish in the County of Chester the sume of one shilling And I give unto her daughter & my grandaughter Mary YERNSHALL three pounds And all the rest & Residue of my p(er)sonall estate goods Creditts and Chattells whatsoever I doe give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth the Wife of Robert BENETT of Waley aforesaid full & sole executrix of this my last Will and Testam(en)t And if any of my children or grandchildren unto whom I have herein left & given any gift & legacie shall not be fully content & sattisfied therewith but shall at any time after my decease sue or disturbe my said Executrix touching this my last Will & Testam(en)t contrary to w(ha)t is herein sett down & expressed to be given Then my Will is that Twelve pence shall be their full parte of legacie which I give unto him or her that shall be soe discontented And all the rest of his or her p(ar)te of legacie herein bequeathed I give unto my fores(ai)d Executrix And further my Will is that my s(ai)d Executrix shall not be compelled to pay any of the s(ai)d Legacies untill the full end of Twelve monthes after my decease be fully expired & ended And lastly I doe hereby make ordaine constitute & appoint my s(ai)d daughter Elizabeth the Wife of Robert BENETT my full & sole executrix of this my last Will & Testament Revoaking and disanulling all other Wills and Testam(en)ts by me heretofore made In Wittnesse whereof I the said John YERNSHALL to this my last Will and Testament have putt my hand and seal the day & year first above written: Anno Domi 1705

The seal & mark of John YERNSHALL the Testator

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said John YERNSHALL to be his last will & Testament in the presence of us whose names are hereunto subscribed as Wittnesses And Attested by us in the Testator his presence 

John BENNETT; John WOODRUFFE; Edmd WARRINGTON

6 May 1708 (Latin) Elizabeth wife of Robert Bennett given probate.

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John YERNSHAW: 1720

In the name of God Amen I John YERNSHAW of Waley Lane in the parish of Taxall and County of Chester Yeoman being Weak in Body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praise be given to Almighty God Do make and ordain this my present last Will and Testament In manner following (that is to say) First and principally I commit my Soul and spirritt into the hands of Almighty God hopeing through the merritts death and passion of his son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to Inheritt everlasting life And my body I committ to the earth to be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executr hereafter named, And as touching all such temporall estate as it hath pleased God to have bestowed upon me I do hereby give and bequeath thereof as followeth Imp(rim)es I will that all my Debts and funerall expences be paid and discharged And after all my Debts and probett of this my last Will is paid and discharged I do hereby give and bequeath unto my dear and loveing Mother Frances YERNSHAW my Bed Bedclothes Woolin and linin and all the furniture belonging to it And the best Cowe that she shall choose for herself Item I give unto my Aunt Elizabeth BENNETT the wife of Robert BENNETT of Adlington one and twenty shillings.  Item I give and bequeath unto my Neighbour Edmund WARRINGTON his two daughters Mary and Dorothy WARRINGTON three pounds and three shillings to be equally divided between them Item I give unto my Maiden Anne Jonson Twenty shillings Item I give unto my Man John HADFIELD my oldest shute of wearing clothes Item I give unto my kinsman John OLLERENSHAW of Waley lane all the rest of my wearing clothes both woolins and linins And I doe hereby Will and desire my Executor hereafter named (as soon as he can convaniently after my death) to sell all my Goods and Cattel (except what is herein before given and bequeathed) and pay all my funerall charges, my lawful Debts and these legacies I have herein given and bequeathed therewith, And at my buriall I give unto the overseer for the poor in Waley six shillings unto the overseer of the poor in Taxall four shillings and unto the poor at Greendale and Spooner lane four shillings And after my Executor hereafter named hath sold all my goods and Cattell and paid and disposed thereof as is herein by this my last Will appointed and there be any money remaining Then I do hereby desire my Executor hereafter named to putt out the said remaining money to Intrest And all the Intrest of that money and of all my Bonds and Bills and book Debts which are oweing to me I doe hereby will and desire my Executor hereafter named to give all the Intrest thereof unto my aforesaid Mother Frances YERNSHAW as it shall become due dureing her naturall life.  And immediately after her death and all her funerall expences is paid therefrom Then I doe hereby give devise and bequeath all the remainder of my Money Bonds and bills and Book Debts to be equally divided amongst my five relations hereafter named (that is to say) My Cousen John OLLERENSHAW of Waley lane My Cousen Margrett his sister now the wife of Thomas SHIRT, my Cousen Anne his sister now the wife of Roger POTTS, my Aunt Frances now the wife of Hugh LATHOM and my Cousen Mary now the wife of George HASSALL she was daughter to my Uncle William YERNSHAW every one share and share alike, if they be all living at my said Mother`s death and if any of them shall happen to be then dead I will that their part and share shall be given to their child or children if they leave any behind them and if any of them shall die before my said Mother and leave no child behind them living then I will that his or her share shall be equally divided amongst the rest.  And my mind and will is that if all my goods and Cattell and book debts when sold do fall short of paying my debts funerall expences & legacies herein expressed then my s(ai)d Executor shall have power to use so much of my other Money which is oweing me by Bonds & bills as shall pay and defray the same and no more, And alsoe it is my Will and mind that if my executor hereafter named shall see and understand that the Intrest of my Money will not maintain my said Mother when she becomes sick & weak at any time dureing her life as she ought to be maintained then my said Executor shall have full power to call for any sume of money to be paid in towards her maintainance at his discretion not exceeding twenty pounds in the whole. And lastly I doe hereby constitute ordain and make my good friend and neighbour Edmund WARRINGTON sole Executor unto this my present Will and Testament hopeing he will truly and faithfully perform it to the best of his knowledge  And I doe hereby revoke and make void and of none effect all other Wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made In Wittness whereof I have unto this my present last Will and Testamt sett my hand and seal The second day of November in the sixth year of the Reign of his Majesty King George And in the year of our Lord God 1719

John YERNSHAW with seal

Memorandum that before the Sealing hereof the word (all) and the words (all the Intrest thereof) the word (amongst) pte of a word (ing) and the words (and book debts) In three places was Interlined and after it was Signed Sealed published and declared by the said John YERNSHAW to be his last Will and Testament In presence of us 

Leo: TROUGHEAR; Mary WARRINGTON; John WOODRUFF

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