Wills of Disley and Lyme Handley people 

or their descendents


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John ARDERN of Disley: 1763

A true & perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods and Chattels Depts and Credits of John ARDERN Late of Disley in the parish of Stockport and County of Chester husband man Decesd apraised by Thos TORKINGTON and Ths ARDREN this 28th day of June 1762 as follows

Imprs: 

 £     s    d

To Six Horses and Gears

 39  10  00

To two Carts and Wheils and Hear Cloath

05  00  00

To fore Cowes £10 To one Bullock Sterk £1.10s

11  10  00

To two Cowe Sterks £3.15s To two Calves £2.5sTo a swine 15s

06  15  00

To two plowes £1 Harrows and swingle trees 18s

01  18  00

To a Soing hoppar Corn Ridels Reakes and pikels (?) (smudged)

00  ..     ... (smudged) 

To two Muckforks Spear Shovel ax Mattock

00  09  02

To two Bills Cowe Rake Stoing Rake Cart Rope and fleals

00  10  00

To a Ladder Souls feamports Wheil Barrow and Hackney Saddle

00  08  00

In the House

.

To a Clock and Case £2.10s Warming pan 6s Corner Cubbort and pots 10s

03  06  00

To a ovel table 8s Chist £1.5s

01  13  00

To a Dresor and Whatt apponit £1.17.6d knife Box Salt Box 4s 6d

02  02  00

To a Cubbort pots Coach Chare and Quishon

00  19  00

To firion pocker toungs Cro Shovel 15s Eight Chears Loocking glas 5s 8d

01  00  08

To Balles bar Iron Sloin? 2s 6d Driping pan and Tea kettel 6s

00  08  06

To Tin Ware Spit Goaberts Canel sticks and fork

00  04  08

To a Copper Sauspan Tosting Iorn Hacking knife pickturs and Map

00  03  06

To a Broush and od pots

00  00  09

Dining Room

.

To Table forms and poulter 12s 6d Shelfe 4s 3d

00  16  09

To a Morter Pestil Chears a stoul 3s a shelfe and od things 1s 6d

 00  04  06

Little Chamber

.

To a Bed and Beding £4.1s four picturs and two flaskits 3s

04  04  00

To four chears a Tabel and Boxes

00  06  00

Chamber over house

.

To two Be(d)s and Beding

04  18  06

To a Writing Desk Dresor Snap teable 

02  06  00

To three Chers two Buffits hand Bowl? and picteurs

00  06  00

To three Cotton Sheets 14s two pear flackson Dito 12s

01  06  00

To a Boulser Ceas Teabel Cloaths Napkins

00  13  00

Chamer att Shere? Hed

.

To a Cofor Wheil Meadon

00  03  02

Kitchen

.

To two Barrils pots Bodtels and Shelves

00  08  00

To Tub Churcn Eashon pigins kimnel

00  12  00

To two Chees firts Basen or sim

00  02  00

To a Brass pan 4s 6d Iorn pots 5s Serspan Bras kettel 3s 6d

00  13  00

To a Chees pres Storrs and or Monys

00  06  00

To his pours and apariel

05  03  00

In Cash oweing the Desesed By severl persons

20  03  06

To or huselmens in and about the House

00  01  00

The Totol

120 04  03  

Witnis our Hands Thos TORKINGTON; Thos. ARDERN aprasers

On a separate sheet

Adm. of John ARDERNE late of Disley Parish of Stockport Husbandman Dec. to be granted unto Alice ARDERN of same Widow & Relict

P.... £300 bound Henry POTT of Lyme Handley Par.. & Thos TORKINGTON of Marple Husb(andma)n 

On a separate sheet - another copy of the inventory with some words spelt differently

On a separate sheet 

Know all Men by these presents That we Alice ARDERN of Disley in the County of Chester Husbandman Henry POTT of Lyme Handley in the said County Gardiner and Thomas TORKINGTON of Marple in the aforesaid County Husbandman are holden etc. etc. dated the twenty second day of April 1763

The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bounden Alice ARDERN Widow Relict and Administratrix of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of John ARDERN late of Disley above said in the Diocese of Chester Husbandman Deceased etc. etc.

The mark of Alice ARDERN  (signed) Henry POTT & Thos TORKINGTON

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Thomas ARDERN of Laneside, Disley: 1798

This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas ARDERN of Lanehead within Disley in the parish of Stockport and County of Chester Butcher First I give and devise unto Thomas BOWDEN Henry ARDERN both of Disley aforesaid and James BAILY of Hanley my Executors hereafter named All that my Leasehold Tenement called Jacksons within Disley now in the occupation of my son Henry with all and every of its Rights Members and Appurtenances In Trust so far and upon the several Uses Trusts Intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same leasehold premises and I do hereby also give and devise all that my copyhold Estate of Inheritance called the Lanehead within Disley aforesaid where I now live unto the said Thomas BOWDEN Henry ARDERN and James BAILY upon Trust nevertheless and likewise to and for the several Uses Trusts Intents and purposes hereafter mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same copy hold premises That is to say Upon Trust and to the Intent and purpose that they the said Thomas BOWDEN Henry ARDERN and James BAILY and their respective Heirs do and shall out of the Rents Issues and profits arising from the before mentioned Leasehold Tenement In the first place pay to my beloved wife Hannah or her Assigns during the Term of her natural Life (if the Life or Lives in the said original Lease shall so long live) the clear Annuity or Annual Sum of Five pounds at and upon the Eleventh day of November and the Twenty fifth Day of March by even and equal portions the first payment thereof to be made on such of the said Days as shall first happen after my Decease And upon Trust and to the Intent and purpose that the said Thomas BOWDEN Henry ARDERN and James BAILY and their respective Heirs do and shall out of the Residue of the yearly Rents and profits as well of the said Leasehold premises as also of the said copyhold premises apply allow and pay unto my youngest son Richard and my daughter Betty yearly and every year till they shall arrive at the age of Twenty One years each respectively a proper sufficiency towards their maintenance and support and when he my said son Richard shall have attained his full age of Twenty One years then I do hereby order and direct my said Trustees and their respective Heirs to allow and pay unto my said son Richard or his Assigns also from the said Copyhold premises during and unto such time as she my said Daughter Betty shall have attained her full age of Twenty One years Then I give and Devise unto my said son Richard ARDERN and my said Daughter Betty ARDERN All that my Leasehold Tenement called Jacksons aforesaid with all and every of its Rights Members and Appurtenances upon condition that they the said Richard ARDERN and Betty ARDERN and their respective Heirs and Assigns pay thereout of the same premises unto my wife Hannah ARDERN or her Assigns during the Term of her natural Life (if the Life or Lives in the said original Lease shall so long live) the clear Annuity or Annual Sum of Five pounds at the Days and Times before mentioned for the payment thereof To hold the same unto my said Son Richard and my  Daughter Betty and to their child or children equally to be divided between them for and during the continuance of the Lease now in being as Tenants in common and not as Joint tenants But in case my said son Richard and my Daughter Betty shall both of them happen to die without child or children Then I give and devise the aforesaid Tenement called Jacksons unto my son Henry ARDERN To hold to him his Heirs and Assigns for and during the Remainder of the Lease then in being Also I give and devise unto my said son Richard ARDERN and my said Daughter Betty ARDERN when she my said Daughter Betty ARDERN shall have attained her full Age of Twenty one years and to their child or children All that my Copyhold Estate of Inheritance with all its Rights Members and Appurtenances called the Lanehead situate in Disley aforesaid where I now live To hold to them and their Issue Child or Children equally to be divided between them and their Issue Child or Children as Tenants in common and not as Joint tenants And in case my said son Richard dies without child or children I give and devise the same unto my said Daughter Betty and her Issue And in case my said Daughter Betty dies without child or children I give and devise the same Copyhold Estate unto my son Richard and his Issue for ever But for Want of them my Son Richard and my Daughter Betty and their Issue Then I give and devise the same unto my son Henry ARDERN his Heirs and Assigns for Ever I also give and Devise unto my son Henry ARDERN his Heirs and Assigns All that my Freehold Estate of Inheritance called Mossley situate within High Lane Marple in the said County now occupied by Mary HIBBERSON as my Tenant with all its Rights Members and Appurtenances thereto belonging To hold the same unto my son Henry his Heirs and Assigns for Ever And as for and concerning the whole of my personal Estate and the money arising from the Sale of my Chattels and other my Estate and Effects Money out at Interest Book and other Debts and not herein by me disposed of I do hereby order and direct the same to be applied and disposed of by my Executors in the payment of my just Debts funeral expences reasonable charge of the probate and Execution of this my Will and the several Legacies hereafter mentioned  (That is to say) First I give and bequeath unto my Son Richard and my Daughter Betty the sum of One hundred pounds equally to be divided and paid to them share and share alike by my Executors hereafter named when she my said Daughter Betty shall have attained her full age of Twenty one years And in case of either of their Deaths before the payment of the said Legacy then the share of Him or Her so dying shall go and be paid to his or her respective child or children And if no child or children to go and be paid unto the survivor Then I give and bequeath unto my Eldest son Thomas ARDERN the sum of Ten pounds to be paid at the end of Twelve Months next after my decease And I give and bequeath unto my second son John ARDERN the like sum of Ten pounds to be paid at the end of Twelve Months next after my decease Then I give and bequeath all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my personal Estate Goods Money and Effects of what Nature or kind soever and not here in before by me disposed of unto and amongst them my sons Thomas John and Richard and my daughter Betty to be equally divided and paid unto and amongst them share and share alike at the End of Twelve Months next after my Decease And lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Thomas BOWDEN and my said son Henry ARDERN both of Disley aforesaid and James ......[BAILY?) (missed on photocopy because of fold) Executors of this my last Will and Testament herby revoking all former Will and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made and Declare this to be my last

In Witness whereof I the said Thomas ARDERN the Testator to this my last Will and Testament contained in Two Sheets of paper have at the Bottom of the first sheet set my hand and Seal And also to this second sheet have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the twelfth Day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas ARDERN the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request in the presence of one another have subscribed our names as Witnesses to attest the due Execution thereof

Jno WOOD; Thomas CARRINGTON; John STAVELY

July 25th 1798  Thomas BOWDEN, Henry ARDERN and James BAILY Executors herein named were this day sworn in common form W. Bown... Surrogate

Probate issued Dated 25 Jul 1798 Effects above One and Under Three Hundred pounds 

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Thomas ARDERN late of Disley: 1871

This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas ARDAN late of Disley in the County of Chester Butcher but now residing at Cheadle Moseley  in the said County made and published this eighteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five revoking all former testamentary appointments First I give and bequeath all my household goods furniture linen china glass and pictures unto my dear Wife Hannah ARDERN absolutely Next I direct that as soon as conveniently may be after my decease my real estate if any shall be sold and that my personal estate not hereby otherwise disposed of shall be got in and converted into money and after payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give and bequeath one half of the money to arise from such sale and conversion as aforesaid unto my said Wife absolutely And I direct the trustees hereinafter appointed of this my Will to invest the residue of the money so to arise as aforesaid in some or one of the public stocks or funds of Great Britain and to stand possessed of the same in trust for my son Thomas Edwin ARDERN when he shall attain the age of twenty one years or should he die under that age for his lawful issue And I direct my said trustees during the minority of my said son to pay the annual income of the said trust premises to my said Wife for or towards his maintenance and education And further I authorize my said trustees at any time during the minority of my said son to pay and apply at their discretion any sum not exceeding the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds for or towards the placing out apprentice or otherwise for the advancement in life of my said son And I further direct that if my said [son] should die before attaining the age of twenty one years without leaving lawful issue then and in such case I give the said trust moneys to my said Wife absolutely free and clear from the debts control or engagement of any husband she may marry And lastly I appoint my said Wife and my brother in law James ALLEN of Cheadle Moseley aforesaid Executrix and Executor and Trustees of this my Will Thomas ARDERN - Signed by the said Thomas ARDERN as his last Will 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 subscribe our names as witnesses Aldwell C TAYLOR Clerk to Mr BENNET Solicitor Stockport Elizabeth COOPER Cheadle Heath

Proved at Chester the 22nd March 1871 by the oaths of Hannah ARDERN widow the Relict and James ALLEN the Executors to whom administration was granted

The Testator Thomas ARDERN was formerly of Disley in the County of Chester Butcher afterwards of Cheadle Moseley  but late of Cheadle Bulkeley both in the same County Gentleman and died on the 9th day of March 1871 at Cheadle Bulkeley aforesaid

Under £800 No Leaseholds  Wm SMITH Solicitor Stockport  Charles W PARRY District Registrar  

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William ARDERN of Disley: 1744

In the Name of God Amen I William ARDRENE of Stanlee Hall in Disley Husbandman being Sick and Weak in Body but of Sound and perfect mind and memory Praise be therefore given to Almighty God do make and ordain this my present Last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First and principally I commend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God hopeing thro` the merits Death and pasion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon of All my sins and to inherit Ever lasting Life: and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently Buryed at the Discretion of my Executors herein hereafter named: And as touching all Such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to Bestow upon me I give and Dispose thereof as followeth Firstly I will that all my Just Debts and Funeral Charges shall be paid and Discharged.  Item, I Give and Bequeath an Annuety or Yearly Rent of Forty Shillings A Year to My Wife Martha ARDRENE to be paid of My Tenement lying in Norbury During her Natural life provided that the present Lease So long continue, and all the Residue and Remainder of Such Teniment I give and Devise unto My Son William ARDRENE paying the Annuety yearly and every year unto my Wife Martha ARDRENE, which is in Luw of all Thirds, Claims, or Demands, that She may or hearafter make upon any part of My Personal estate Item I will that all my Just Debts be first paid out of my personal Estate, and all the Rest Residue and Remainder of My Sd personal Estate I give and bequeath unto James ARDRENE, John ARDRENE, Thomas ARDRENE, Elizabeth ARDRENE, and Martha BOWDEN (five pounds excepted) to be Equally Divided among them viz. Shere and Shere alike, twelve months after my Disease, and as many of them as are then of Age to Receive the Same of and from My Executors hereafter named, and as for those that are not at the Age of 21 years I will that the same part of My sd personal Estate belonging to them, be put out to Interest and the profits of the Same to be Imployed towards their maintenance at the Discretion of my Executors here after named, Item I give and bequeath unto my Sd Son James ARDRENE the Sum of five pounds which was before excepted over and above such part of my personal Estate before mentioned, Item I Give and Bequeath unto my wife Martha ARDRENE all My Right and Title belonging to Jacksons Tenement over above Such Anuety before mentioned; Lastly I Do nominate and appoint my Two Sons William ARDRENE and James ARDRENE Executors of this my last Will and Testament, And I Do hereby revoke, disanul and make void all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I have to this my Last Will and Testament Set my Hand and Seal the Eleventh Day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Four

William ARDRENE (his mark & seal)

Signed Sealed and Decleared in presence of us Thomas TORKINTON; Ann TORKINTON; Peter WOOD  

On a separate sheet May 18 1744

William ARDERNE and James ARDERNE the Executors within named were sworn in common form before Us per Gastrell

A True and Perfect Inventory of all & Singular The goods Cattle Chattles Depts & Credits of William ARDERN Late of Disley in the Parish of Stockport and County of Chester Husbandman Decsd Praisd & Valued this 7th day of May in the year of our Lord God 1744 by John BULLOCK and Thomas TORKINTON appraisers as followes

Imprs 

 £    s    d

12 milk Cows £45 3s: one Bull & Twinter £7

52  03  00

6 year old Calfs £9: five Rearing Calfs £2 10

11  10  00

Best Black Gelding £7: one Colt £4

11  00  00

5 Working Horses & Carriing Gairs

17  00  00

3 Pair of Iron gairs 11s: four pair hepyson? gairs 3s

00  14  00 

4 Collers 7s: five pair of harnes 5s all

00  12  00

4 Cart Bridels 8s & one other Bridels 1s

00  09  00

1 Cart & wheels £1 10s: one Plow & Harrows £1 1s

02  11  00

Best Cart Saddle Breech bant & Riggn

00  06  06

1 Cart Saddle bend & foot Chains

00  04  00

1 Plow Swingel Tree foot .... & Cart whip

00  01  08

In Corn Thresht £4 10s:Unthresht £2 10s

07  00  00

3 mesures 4s 6d: four Riddlers 1s 4d

00  05  10

3 Shoes 4s: three forks one Co Rake & Muck Hook 4s

00  08  00

3 Steaning Rakes 9d:one axe one bill 2s

00  02  09

one provent cofer

00  02  00

one Large Cofer in Corn Chember

00  06  06

9 Pikels 6 Rakes one old Sithe

00  05  00

one Ladder 2s: one mattock 1s

00  03  00

Soles & frampets 6s: Horse Gees 13s

00  19  00

In the house

.

One Clock and Case

02  07  00

1 ovel table 6s 6d one Coach Chair 8s

00  14  06

1 Cubard 14s one oake Dish board 3s

00  17  00

6 Chairs 4s 6d one Salt pye 1s nine stools 3s

00  08  00

1 Churn & Staf 5s 6d one oyrning tub 6s

00  11  06

1 fald Table 1s one kneading Turnil 2s 6d

00  03  06

1 fire Iron fire shovel Tongs & Crod

00  12  06

1 Rackentree Chain 1s sander Rake 4d

00  01  04

2 Bred Irons

00  01  04

1 Brass pan 12s a small brass pan 6s

00  18  00

1 Large Copper Pot 12s one brass morter 1s 6d

00  13  06

1 Skelit 1s one brass spoon skimer & Toster 1s 6d

00  02  06

3 Iron Pots 9s one Lantern 1s 6d

00  10  06

one Hackney Saddle & Cloath 11s six quishons 3s

00  14  00

5 Large Pewter dishes 12s 6d 6 oven platts 5s

00  17  06

1 Pewter Chember pot 1s 6d Two Candlesticks

00  03  00

4 Polingers 1s nine pewter spoons 1s 6d

00  02  06

1 tin chees Toaster 1s a Glass case & white ware 2s

00  03  00

1 Smoothing Iron 2s 6d one frying pan 8d

00  03  02

1 Driping pan & other Iron things

00  05  00

1 Chees press 5s one Chafering dish 1s 6d

00  06  06

Weighs & weights 3s In Books 6s

00  09  00

In Butery

..

19 Trenchers 2 siles & Chees Ladder

00  03  06

2 wooden bouls 6d one kimnel 2s

00  02  00

1 Iron Morter & pestil 1s Eleven bottels 1s 6d

00  02  06

Earthen ware 4s Three forms & shelvs 4s

00  08  00

Seven Case knifes

00  01  06

Chember over house

..

one Bed and Beding

03  13  04

one oake Coafer 6s Ten Corn sacks 14s

01  00  00

five Cheses

00  12  06

In further Chember

.

one Large bed & Beding

03  03  00

one Little Bed & Beding

01  03  06

Thirteen yards of Linen

00  13  00

In Little Chember

.

one Bed & Beding

01  00  00

1 Box one Stool 2s A spinning wheel 1s 6d

00  03  06

one Burril one Tub & some fethers

00  03  06

one New Bed Tick

00  16  00

4 old sheets 2s one new sheet 3s

00  05  00

one Table Cloath four Table Napkins 

00  05  06

one Wallit

00  01  00

In Purse and Apparril

05  00  00

In Cash oweing by several persons

15  00  00

Huselments in & about the house

00  03  00

The totall is

152  01  05

Witness our hands John BULLOCK   Thomas TORKINTON

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Isaac BAILEY 1860

(Proved 3rd June 1864)

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me Isaac BAILEY of Disley in the County of Chester Shopkeeper and Cheesemonger I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid by my executors as soon as conveniently may be after my decease out of my personal estate I give and bequeath the sum of ten pounds to my son James Edward BAILEY on him attaining the age of twenty one years or marriage I will and direct that all my household goods and furniture stock in trade goods and chattels in and about my shop dwellinghouse and premises in Disley aforesaid shall be sold and disposed of by my Executors hereinafter named so soon after my decease as he or they shall think proper and the money arising therefrom I give and bequeath unto and equally between and amongst my several sons and daughters that is to say Mary the Wife of Thomas PATRICKSON Thomas BAILEY Robert BAILEY Hannah the Wife of Frederick OCCLEE Isaac BAILEY John William BAILEY and James Edward BAILEY or their respective legal representatives (my daughter Ellen Ann being hereinafter provided for by me) share and share alike I give devise and bequeath all and singular my messuages cottages or dwellinghouses lands tenements real and the residue of my personal estates and effects whatsoever and wheresoever unto my sons Isaac BAILEY and John William BAILEY their heirs and executors and administrators according to the nature and quality of the property upon trust that they my said trustees their heirs and executors and administrators do and shall during the life of my said daughter Ellen Ann BAILEY set and let my said messuages cottages dwellinghouses lands tenements and real estate and receive the rents issues and profits thereof and keep the same in good and tenantable repair and pay unto my said daughter Ellen Ann BAILEY the clear annuity or yearly sum of twenty pounds for her maintenance during the term of her natural life such annuity of twenty pounds to be paid to my said daughter Ellen Ann BAILEY by equal half yearly payments on the twenty fourth day of June and twenty fifth day of December in every year free from all deductions the first payment to be made on such of the said days as may next happen after my decease And I direct that my said trustees or trustee for the time being shall take care of my said daughter Ellen Ann BAILEY during her life out of the said annuity or yearly sum of twenty pounds And upon trust to pay the remainder of the said rents issues and profits from time to time unto and equally amongst my said several sons and daughters (except for my said daughter Ellen Ann) share and share alike or such of them as shall be then living and the respective issue of such of them as may happen to die the children to take their parents share And from and after the death of my said daughter Ellen Ann BAILEY Then upon trust that they my said trustees their heirs executors or administrators do and shall so soon as conveniently maybe after that event sell and dispose of all my said estate and effects and convert all the said residue of my real and personal estate and effects into money and divide the proceeds thereof into seven equal parts or shares and pay and apply one equal seventh part thereof to my said daughter Mary the Wife of Thomas PATRICKSON one other equal seventh part thereof unto my said son Thomas BAILEY one other equal seventh part thereof to my said son Robert BAILEY one other equal seventh part thereof to my said daughter Hannah the Wife of the said Frederick OCCLEE one other equal seventh part thereof to my said son Isaac BAILEY one other equal seventh part thereof to my said son John William BAILEY and the remaining equal seventh part thereof to my said son James Edward BAILEY provided always and I hereby declare that in case anyone or more of my said children shall die before his her or their share or respective share shall have become vested and payable according to the true meaning of this my Will without leaving lawful issue then the share or shares intended for each of my said children so dying  shall go and be divided between all and every my then surviving children and the lawful issue of such of them as shall be then dead  such issue nevertheless taking in manner aforesaid per &ldots;&ldots; and not per capita  And I Will and declare that every receipt of my said trustees or trustee for the time being their heirs executors or administrators shall be a good and effectual discharge for all monies therein mentioned to be received and shall absolve the parties paying the same from being answerable for the loss or misapplication thereof and that all conveyances or appurtenances executed by him or them shall be good and sufficient for the purchaser of any property under this my Will And that each trustee shall and may out of the monies which shall come to his respective hands by virtue of the trusts aforesaid reimburse himself all costs charges and expenses which he or they incur in the execution of the trusts aforesaid and that no trustee shall be answerable for any other trustee nor for any involuntary losses And whereas my said son Thomas BAILEY lately erected several messuages cottages or dwellinghouses and other buildings and premises situate in Oldham in the County of Lancaster and which said premises were sold and conveyed by the assignees of my said son Thomas BAILEY to me for the consideration money therein mentioned which was duly paid by me to the said Assignees Now I do hereby declare that in the case my said son Thomas BAILEY can at any reasonable time hereafter according to the discretion of my said trustees redeem the said premises and pay unto my said trustees their heirs executors or administrators the full amount of such purchase money paid be me as aforesaid and all costs and charges laid out and expended by me in and about the said purchase then and in such case I direct my said trustees their heirs executors or administrators to convey and assure the said hereditaments and premises to my said son Thomas BAILEY his heirs executors or administrators as he shall direct and the said last mentioned monies shall form part of my estate and effects and be paid and applied by my said trustees their heirs executors or administrators according to the directions bequests and trusts of this my Will And I nominate and appoint my said sons Isaac BAILEY and John William BAILEY trustees and executors of this my Will And revoke all other Wills by me made In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament set and subscribed my hand this thirty first day of December one thousand eight hundred and sixty -- Isaac BAILEY --  Signed by the said Isaac BAILEY the Testator as 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 subscribe our hands as witnesses (the name of “Ellen Ann BAILEY” having been previously underlined in the first page of this Will) -- Robert RATCLIFFE New Mills near Stockport -- Hannah DIXON New Mills Innkeeper

Codicil

I Isaac BAILEY of Disley in the County of Chester Shopkeeper and Cheesemonger declare this to be a Codicil to my last Will and Testament of this date I hereby nominate and appoint my son Thomas BAILEY to be a trustee and executor of my said Will and Testament and I declare that my said Will shall accordingly be read and construed as if the name of my said son Thomas BAILEY had been inserted therein throughout along with my sons Isaac BAILEY and John William BAILEY the Trustees therein appointed In witness whereof I have set my hand this thirty first day of December one thousand eight hundred and sixty -- Isaac BAILEY -- Signed by the said Isaac BAILEY as a Codicil to his said Will 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 subscribe our names as witnesses -- Robert RATCLIFFE New Mills near Stockport -- Hannah DIXON New Mills Innkeeper

Second Codicil

This is a Codicil to the last Will and Testament of me Isaac BAILEY of Disley in the County of Chester corndealer which bears date the thirty first day of December one thousand eight hundred and sixty I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ellen Ann BAILEY the weekly sum of ten shillings for and during the term of her natural life in lieu and stead of the weekly sum of eight shillings to be paid and payable as directed in my said Will I revoke the appointment of my son John William BAILEY as trustee of my estate and executor of my said Will and nominate constitute and appoint my eldest son Thomas BAILEY trustee and executor thereof in lieu and stead of my said son John William BAILEY I confirm my said Will in all other respects In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the first day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three -- Isaac BAILEY -- Signed published and declared by the said Isaac BAILEY the Testator as and for a Codicil to his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other at one and the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses -- Thomas ARDERN Butcher Disley -- Cardwell CHATHAM Hazel Grove

Chancery On the 3rd day of June 1864 the Will with two Codicils of Isaac BAILEY late of Disley in the County of Chester Shopkeeper and Cheesemonger deceased was proved by the oaths of Isaac BAILEY the son of the said deceased the Executor named in the said Will and Thomas BAILEY the son of the said deceased the Executor named in the said Codicils having been first sworn duly to administer

Effects under £200 No Leaseholds Testator died 13th May 1864

Probate extracted by H.M.Coppock Solicitor Stockport; Charles F.W.Parry District Registrar

Note : Isaac was the eldest son of William and Hannah BAILEY (nee LOMAS). Isaac was born in Chapel en le Frith Derbyshire circa 1793 and lived in Poynton  Cheshire and Disley Cheshire.

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Letters of Administration for Hannah BEALEY of Disley Deceased 1764

 Admon granted 9th May 1766

KNOW all men by these presents, that we William BAYLEY of Disley in the parish of Stockport within the County & Diocese of Chester Bread- Baker, Joseph GODDARD of Manchester in the County of Lancaster & Diocese of Chester Carpenter: And John BROADHEAD of the parish of Prestbury in the County and Diocese of Chester Farmer Are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God Edmund by devine 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 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 first day of May 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 William BAILEY Administrator of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of Hannah BAILEY his late wife 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 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 County Court of Chester at or before the 25 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 her death, which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said William BAILEY 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 fifth day of December which shall be in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels, and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrator his account, the same being first examined and allowed of by the judge or judges for the time being of the said court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as the said judge or judges, by his or their decree or sentence, (pursuant to the true intent and meaning of an act of parliament, made in the two-and-twentieth and three-and-twentieth years of the reign of his late majesty King CHARLES the second, entitled, An act for the better settlingIintestates estates) shall limit and appoint.  And it shall hereafter appear, that any last will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the executor or executors therein named, do exhibit the same into the said court, making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said administrator above bounden, being thereunto required, do render deliver the said letters of administration, (application of such testament being first had and made in the said court) then this obligation to be void and of none effect, or else to remain full force and virtue

Wm BEALEY; Joseph GODARD; John BROADHEAD

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Jas C Knowles Surrogate

May the first in the Year 1766 William BEALEY within named took the usual oath of an administrator in Common Form before me Jas C Knowles Surrogate

The Effects Und 10£ Admon issued 9th May 1766

BAYLEY Admon of Hannah late of Disley dd was granted to William her late husband first sworn the 9th May 1766

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George BOWDEN of Disley Stanley: 1690 Inventory

 Latin frontispiece mentions Thomas BOWDEN, son

.....(torn away) of all the Goods Chattels and .... of George BOWDON of Disley Stanley in the county of Chester husbandman Decesed Valued and Appraised the 8 day of September Ano Dom 1690 by us whos names are subscribed

.

£    s    d

His purse and apparell

02  10  00

4 Horsas and one weining colt

10  00  00

3 Milk Caws

06  00  00

8 Twintars and 4 Steers

09  00  00

4 weining calves

01  10  00

In Corne and hey

12  00  00

In husbandry ware

05  10  00

4 Chaffe Beds 4 Chaffe Boulsters

01  00  00

11 blankits 5 bed fittings

02  10  00

One fether bed 2 fether boulstars 2 fether pillows

01  10  00

Sheets Better and wors and 2 pillowes

01  10  00

In Table Linin

00  10  00

Fine paire of bed stids

01  10  00

11 Chests and 3 boxes 

02  06  00

One Little Table and form

00  06  00

6 Cheyers and quishons

00  07  00

In Pewtar and bras

02  00  00

Shelves Treses and bords

00  10  00

One Swine

00  10  00

Sets poots and walats

00  11  06

2 Loads

00  05  00

One Chese pres 3 spining whells 3 wistets?

00  08  00

One Fire Iron One Fire Shovel One peire of Tounghs and all other things thereto belonging

00  14  00

One Frying Pan

00  01  06

In T........ ware

00  05  00

In Wooden ware

01  06  00

In buttar and chesse

00  10  00

In money owing to the Desedent

20  00  00

In Tats of ..round

03  11  00

In all othar hustlments

00  03  06

Total

88  18  06

Above writen by us John RICHARDSON; Thomas RICHARDSON

12 Sept 1690

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George BOWDEN of Disley Stanley: 1754

Made 23 Oct 1753; Proved 5 Jul 1754

In the name of God Amen, I George BOWDEN of Disley Stanley in the Parish of Stockport and County of Chester Husbandman, being under some bodily disorder, but of a sound and perfect disposeing mind and memory praised be God for the same , do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, and first I commend my soul into the hands of almighty God my Creator, hoping to Receive free Pardon and Remishon of all my sins in and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer and touching my worldly goods which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give and Dispose of in manner and form following that is to say first it my will and that all my just Debts funerall expences together with the charge of the Probate of this my will be first paid and Discharged by my Executors hereafter named.  Item I give and Bequeath to my Loveing wife Martha BOWDEN the sum of twenty pounds.  Item I give and Bequeath to my son Thomas BOWDEN the sum of thirty pounds.  Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth BOWDEN the sum of twenty pounds.  Item I give and Bequeath to my servant James KELSALL the sum of one pound all to be paid in twelve months after my Discese.   All the rest resedue and remainder of my goods and chattles nott before bequeathed I leave to the care and charge of my executors hereinafter named for the sole use and bringing up of my son George BOWDEN and my daughter Martha BOWDEN till such time the atain the age of twenty one years my wife to have the care of them so long as she keeps her unmaried but no longer and when the atain the age of twenty one years out of such remeinders I give and bequeath to my son George BOWDEN and my daughter Martha BOWDEN the sum of twenty pounds each if such remeinder shall happen to be it is my will and mind that it shall be equally devided amongst my children heretofore named to be equally devided amongst them share and share alike and lastly I do constitute nominate and apoint my son Thomas BOWDEN and my Kinsman Thomas TORKINTON Executors to this my Last and testement and do revoke all other or former wills by me at any time heretofore made

In witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and seale this twenty third day of October In the year of Lord God one thousand seven hundred and fifty three

(Signed) George BOWDEN plus seal

Signed published expressed and Declared by the testator in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto the word me being first interlined

John BOWDEN; John ARDEN; Thomas ARDREN  

5th July 1754 Thomas BOWDEN & Thomas TORKINGTON the Exrs within named were sworn in common form before me Thos COMBERBACH Snr

A true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods Cattells Chattells and Effects Personall of George BOWDEN of Disley Stanley in the parish of Stockport and county of Chester late deced Husband man which were appraised and valued by us whose names are hereunto subscribed this 31st day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty three as followeth

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£    s    d

First of all in purse and apparell

38  02  00

In the House

.

One Fire Iron Fire Shovel tungs & croe

00  12  06

One Clock & Case & 2 Coach Cheers

03  00  00

2 Oake Tables 1 Fale or Hale table 1 Cubard

01  04  00

4 Stools 4 Cheers 1 Salt Box

00  05  00

18 Pewter Pleats 7 P.lingers a tankerd 5 cups

00  08  04

3 Salts 1 Candlestick 24 Spoons

00  03  04

20 Pewter Dishes 4 Brass Candlesticks

01  15  00

One Brass Morter one Skimer 3 Skellits 2 Ladles

00  05  06

2 Sauspans one warming pan

00  03  06

2 Brass pans one Kettle in Iron and tin things

01  09  10

2 Pair of Wooll sheers one Smoothing Iron

00  02  06

White Ware & Glases 9 shehs? 3 treses

00  09  06

One Frying pan 4 Quishins

00  02  00

In the Butery & Kitchin

.

One pair of nees 2 tubs 1 Barril

00  04  06

One Brass pan & chees pres & Earthenware

00  19  00

One Dashin 1 turnill & a Little Churn

00  03  06

One Tub 1 kimnel 2 Leds one Iron pott

00  10  00

8 Pigins one Barrill in trenchers

00  09  00

Turndware 2 Stoonds 2 Cheers 7 Boards

00  13  00

2 S... 3 Baskits & wooden things

00  02  06

23 Glass Bottles & Earthenware

00  06  04

In the Parlor and Chember over

.

One Little Bed and Beding

00  16  06

Two Beds and Beding

04  08  10

One Chest 1 Coafer 2 Cheers

00  16  00

One Table Cloath 1 Table Napkin

00  15  00

Sheets and other Linin

00  15  06

In the Chember ove Kitchin

.

One Bed & Beding 

03  06  08

5 Oake Cheers 1 Smale table

00  15  00

One Lookeing Glass One Chest

00  10  00

One Coafer 1 Fire Iron and other things

00  13  06

In the Chees Chember

.

One pair of Bed Stocks one Arke

01  04  06

Three Wheels 3 Boards and other things

00  10  00

99 Cheeses In weighs weights & Pottetos

15  00  00

Linin and Cotton Yarn and Wooll

00  09  00

In the Outhouseing & Fields

.

9 Milk Cowes one Heifer 3 Sterks

38  12  00

4 Calfes 6 Sheep

03  10  00

Four Horses with all their Gairs

20  05  00

Corn and Hay Carts and Wheels

55  12  00

2 Plows 4 Harrows 2 Arks One Swineturnil?

02  16 00

Corn Sacks mesures Ridess & other things

00  15  02

Axes Bils Mattock & other things

00  05  08

One Swine and A Parcel of Gees

03  05  00

Cash oweing by Severall Persons

.

upon Bond and Noats

61  18  06

All other things not named or forgotten as Hustlements

00  03  06

Sume of the Inventory            

268 13  09 

John BOWDEN and William ARDERN Appraisers

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George BOWDEN of Disley - Obligation issued 1809 to wife Hannah

Know all men by these presents, that we Hannah BOWDEN, Widow, John STAVELY, schoolmaster and Peter BAILEY Farmer all of Disley in the parish of Stockport and within the County and Diocese of Chester are holden and firmly bound ......etc........ in the sum of five hundred and ninety pounds of good and lawful money .........etc........Sealed with our Seals and dated the seventh day of October in the forty ninth year of the Reign of our sovereign Lord George the Third ........etc.......and in the year of our Lord God one thousand eight hundred and nine

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Hannah BOWDEN, Widow, Relict and Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of George BOWDEN late of Disley in the Parish of Stockport and County and Diocese of Chester, Yeoman, 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 Hannah BOWDEN 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 seventh day of April next ensuing .............etc................  And if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the executor or executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said court, making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Hannah BOWDEN, the Adminstratrix above bounden ....etc......

(Signed) Hannah BOWDEN; John STAVELEY; Peter BAILEY

Sealed in the presence of Thos MONKHOUSE

The seventh day of October 1809

Hannah BOWDEN within named took the usual Oath of an Adminstratrix 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 Thos. MONKHOUSE, Surrogate in the vacancy of the see of Chester

The Intestate died the nineteenth day of April 1809 Admon issued Dated 7th October 1809

Signed by: Hannah BOWDEN; John STAVELEY, schoolmaster; Peter BAILEY, farmer

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George BOWDEN of Light Alders Farm, Disley: 1841

This is the Last Will and Testament of me George BOWDEN of Light Alders within Disley in the county of Chester Farmer who make and publish the same in manner and form following that is to say First I order and direct all my just debts and funeral and testamentary charges and expences to be paid and discharged by my Executors hereinafter named out of my personal Estate I give and bequeath unto my son John the sum of Fifty pounds I give devise and bequeath all those my four several messuages or dwelling houses with the appurtenances situate standing and being at Disley aforesaid and now in the occupation of Richard JOHNSON and others as my Tenants and all other my Real Estate and also all my household Goods and Furniture Cattle Farming Stock Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever Unto my two friends William MOORS of Disley aforesaid Yeoman and Joseph COOPER of Wibbersley Hall in the said county Farmer their heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever or for and during all such other Estate term or interest as I may have therein at the time of my death.  Upon the several trusts following that is to say Upon trust that they my said Trustees or the survivor of them or the executors or administrators of such survivor do and shall with all convenient speed after my death make sale and dispose of my said Messuages or Dwelling houses and other my Real Estate either by Public Auction or private contract as they or he may think proper for the best price and most money that can be obtained for the same.  And also do and shall call in sell and convert into money my said personal Estate And as for and concerning the money to arise and be made from such sale or sales and by the several ways and means aforesaid Upon trust (after payment of my debts and funeral and testamentary charges and expences and the Legacy hereinbefore given to my said son) to pay and divide the same unto and amongst my dear wife Sarah my said son John and daughters Hannah and Martha equally share and share alike.  And I do hereby declare that the provision herein by me made for my said wife shall be in lieu bar and full satisfaction of all dower or thirds at common law or otherwise to which she may be entitled out of my Real Estate.  And I declare that every receipt which shall be given by my said Trustees or the survivor of them his executors or administrators for any money to be received by them or him under the Trusts so in them severally discharged to the person or persons paying the same and fully and for ever release and discharge the same person or persons from all obligation of seeing to the application of the same money and from all lieu or liability by reason of the misapplication or nonapplication thereof or of any part thereof And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said William MOORS and Joseph COOPER Executors of this my Will And I do hereby declare it to be my Will and mind that they my said Trustees and Executors and the survivor of them his executors and administrators shall and may from time to time by and out of the monies and premises which by virtue of this my will or the Trusts hereby in them reposed shall come to their or his hands retain to and reimburse themselves respectively all such costs charges damages and expences as they or he shall or may bear pay sustain or be put unto with a reasonable allowance for their or his care time and trouble in or about the execution of the Trusts hereby in them reposed.  And that they or either of them shall not be answerable or accountable for more monies or effects than what they shall actually respectively receive or shall come to their respective hands by virtue of this my will nor shall one of them be answerable or accountable for the other of them or for the heirs executors administrators receipts payments acts deeds or defaults of the other of them but each of them for his own respective receipts payments acts deeds defaults only.  Nor shall they or any of them be answerable or accountable for any loss or damage which may happen in the execution of the Trusts hereby in them reposed unless the same shall happen through their or his wilful neglect or default.  And lastly I do hereby revoke all former and other will and wills by me at any time heretofore made.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty ninth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one.

(Signed) George BOWDEN

Signed by the within named George BOWDEN 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 have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to attest the due execution thereof.

Wm JOHNSON; George WHITAKER

Executors sworn in 19 Feb 1841 corrects name from MOORS to MOOR. Value under £300

Probate issued 10th March 1841

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Hannah BOWDEN, of Light Alders Farm, Disley - widow of  George: Admon 1834

Know all men by these Presents, That we George BOWDEN of the Light Alders Farm in the township of Disley (Marple having been crossed out), Farmer – John BOWDEN of the same place Farmer - & Joseph COOPER of Wibbersley Hall in Marple aforesaid, Farmer 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 Sixteen 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 be these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals, and dated the sixth Day of June in the fourth 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 Four.

In  Condition of this Obligation is such, that the above bounded George BOWDEN the natural and lawful son and one of the next of kin Administrator  of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of Hannah BOWDEN of the Light Alders Farm in Disley aforesaid, Widow deceased do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the good, chattels and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of him the said George BOWDEN 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 sixth day of December next ensuing.  And the same good, chattels, and credits, and all other goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased at the time of his (sic)death, which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said George BOWDEN or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for his use 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 sixth day of June which shall be in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty five and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels, and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said administrat&ldots; account, the same being first examined and allowed by the judge or judges for the time being of the said court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as the said judge or judges, by his or their decree, or sentence pursuant to the true intent and meaning of an Act of Parliament, made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth years of the reign of his late Majesty King Charles the second entitled An Act for better settling Intestates estates, shall limit and appoint.  And it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the executor or executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said court making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said George BOWDEN of the Light Alders Farm in Marple (sic) aforesaid Farmer above bounded, being thereunto required, do render and deliver the said letters of administration, (approbation of such testament being first had and made by the said court) then this obligation to be void and of none effect, or else to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Charles Kenrick Prescot Surrogate

(signed by) George BOWDEN; John BOWDEN; Joseph COOPER 

On a separate sheet

The sixth day of June 1834 George BOWDEN within named took the usual oath of an administrator in common form & he further made oath that the personal estate and effects of the Intestate within the diocese of Chester were under the value of £800 – before me Charles Kenrick Prescot M A Surrogate

The Intestate died on the seventh day of May 1834

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Thomas BOWDEN of Disley: 1746

In the name of God Amen I Thomas BOWDEN of Disley in the parish of Stockport and County of Chester Husbandman, being in Good health of Body and of Sound and perfect mind and memory, Praise be therefore given to Almighty God, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hopeing through, the merits Death and pasion 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 commit to the Earth to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors herein after named and as touching the disposition of all such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth 

First, I will that all my just debts and funeral charges shall be paid and discharged. Item I give and Bequeath unto my four sons George BOWDEN, John BOWDEN, Thomas BOWDEN and Edward BOWDEN, all my Linnen lying in a large chest or cofer standing in the chamber over the Kitchen to be equally divided among them, Item I give and Bequeath unto my son Edward BOWDEN all my Right and Tithe in the mortgage of Thomas MARSLAND house standing in Disley aforesd and to his Heirs for ever Item, I give and Bequeath unto John BOWDEN my son the sum of Fifteen pounds of good and lawful money to be paid out of my personal Estate Twelve months after my decease, Item I give and bequeath unto my son Edward BOWDEN the sum of Ten Pounds of good and lawful money to be paid out of my personal estate Twelve months after my decease I give and bequeath unto Thomas BOWDEN son of John BOWDEN the sum of one pound, And I give and bequeath to his three sisters, Mary BOWDEN, Ann BOWDEN, Hannah BOWDEN all Daughters of John BOWDEN the sum of five shillings each to be paid out of my personal Estate twelve months after my decease, Item I give and bequeath unto Alis BOWDEN, wife of Edward BOWDEN and to Marthah BOWDEN, wife of George BOWDEN the sum of five shillings each to be paid as aforesd, Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas BOWDEN son of George BOWDEN the sum of one pound of Good and lawfull money to be paid as afforesd, item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth BOWDEN daughter of George BOWDEN the sum of Ten shillings of Good and lawfull money to be paid as afforesd, Item I give and bequeath unto my two sisters Mary TORKINTON and Hannah BROCKLEHURST the sum of two shillings and sixpence Each to be paid as aforesd. Item I give and bequeath unto Mary BOWDEN wife of Thomas BOWDEN the sum of five shillings to be paid as aforesd, Item I give and bequeath unto my son George BOWDEN, all the Rest Residue and remainder of all my Goods and Chattles in whose hands soever the same shall or may be found Lastly I constitute nominate and appoint George BOWDEN and Edward BOWDEN Executors of this my last Will and Testament, And I do hereby revoke disanul and make void all former Wills and testaments by me howtofore made 

In witness whereof I the sd Thomas BOWDEN to this my Last Will and Testament do set my Hand and Seal this Ninth Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Four

(the mark of)Thomas BOWDEN

Sealed Signed published and declared as the last will and testament of Thomas BOWDEN the words (my son) being first intelined & Thomas BOWDEN son of George BOWDEN being a little defaced

Alice PLATT; Mary RICHARDSON; Peter WOOD

October the 17th 1746 George BOWDEN and Edward BOWDEN the Executors above named were sworn in common form before us Per GASKILL

A True and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods and Chattels, Debts & credits of Thomas BOWDEN Late of Disley in the parish of Stockport, and County of Chester Husbandman Deceased, praised & valued this 20th Day of August in the year of our Lord Christ 1746 by John BULLOCK and Thomas TORKINGTON appraisers as follows

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£    s    d

His purse and apparrill

05  00  00

In House 

. .

One clock and case

02  05  00

One cupboard 16s A small table 5s

01  01  00

A Large Table form and four cushions

00  10  00

One warming pan 3s other brass things 3s 8d

00  06  08

One Coach chair 5s five chairs 2s 6d

00  07  06

Seven Round Stoakes? 1s 6d A Hall Table & Salt pyd? 2s

00  03  06

10 Pewter Dishes anther pewter

01  10  00

Three brass candlesticks 1s one Gun 5s

00  06  00

One fire Iron a pair of Tongs & Brigs

00  10  00

A frying pan & other Iron things

00  07  00

Kitchen 

.

Two brass pans 16s one Iron Kettle 1s 6d

00  17  06

One Chease press 5 other wooden Looms 8s

00  18  00

Two Loads? Leads? 1s 6d A frameing Saw 2s

00  03  06

Chambers  

.

Bedsteads & Some Bedding

01  08  00

A Large Oake Coffer 6s One coffer 2 chairs 10s

00  16  00

One Ark 12s A wheel & a pair of weighs 4s

00  16  00

A press & 2 small coffers

00  12  00

Barn - Two Arks 15s one Swine Turnell 4s

00  19  00

Stable - A coffer 2 pack sadles

00  05  00

In cash oweing by Severall persons the sum of 

60  00  00

The Totall is

78  16  08

Witness our hands John BULLOCK   Thos TORKINGTON 

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 Thomas BOWDEN of Light Alders, Disley: 1807

In the name of God Amen I Thomas BOWDEN of Light Alders within Disley in the County of Chester Yeoman do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following First I will and direct that all my just Debts funeral Expences and the Charge of the Probate hereof be paid and discharged out of my real and personal Estates I give and devise to my Brother George BOWDEN of Light Alders within Disley aforesaid Farmer and his Heirs All that my freehold Estate lying and being in Ollerset in the parish of Glossop and County of Derby called Upper Lee with all and every its Rights Members Priviledges and Appurtenances thereto belonging and now in the occupation of Henry BURGESS and his Undertenants To hold the same unto my said Brother George BOWDEN and his Heirs for ever Also I give and devise to my said Brother George BOWDEN and his Heirs all that my real Estate or all and singular those my four dwelling Houses standing and being in Disley aforesaid and in the several occupations of Thomas COTTRIL Mary ALLEN John ENTWISTLE and John TORKINGTON with their and every of their Rights Priviledges and Appurtenances thereto belonging and therewith severally held and enjoyed To hold the same unto my said Brother George BOWDEN and his Heirs for ever And lastly as to my personal Estate Goods and Chattels of what kind or nature soever I give and bequeath the same to my said Brother George BOWDEN whom I hereby constitute nominate and appoint sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made In Witness whereof I the said Thomas BOWDEN the Testator have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this Twenty second Day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand and eight hundred and six

(Signed) Thos BOWDON (sic)

Signed Sealed published and Declared by the before named Thomas BOWDEN the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the Sight and Presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses to the due Execution hereof in the Sight and Presence of the said Testator and of each other

William MARRIOTT; Peter BAILEY; John STAVELY

June 16 1807 The within George BOWDEN sole Executor was sworn in common form who also further made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testator in the Diocese of Chester did not amount to Forty Pounds before me W BOWNESS, Surrogated

The Testator died Dec 20th 1807 (should be 1806)  Probate issued Dated 16th June 1807

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Mary BOWDON, of Disley - widow of George : 1682

In the name of God Amen the Ninth day of November in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and seaventy & four & in the twenty sixt yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the Second by the Grace of God King of England Scotland France & Ireland Defender of the Faith etc.  I Mary BOWDON of Disley in the County of Chester widow relict of George BOWDON late of Disley aforesaid yeoman Deceased being of perfect Memory, blessed be God for all his mercies & considering my end drawing near do make & Declare my last will & Testament in maner following; First I give my soule into the mercifull hands of God my Creator assuredly hopeing for Eternall Life through the merritts of Christ my blessed Saviour & Redeemer; My body I give to the Earth wherein it was to be buried in decent maner att the discretion of my Executors hereafter herein named nominated & appoynted;  And for Disposing those worldly Goods wherein God of his Goodness hast blessed mee, my mind & will is, that my funerall expenses & all my just debts be payd & Discharged out of my whole Estate; Item I give to my sonn Thomas BOWDON the bed wch his father bfor Do lie upon wth its furniture being Soe left by his Father; my best bed, blanketts & Curtains & furniture there unto belonging; Two pairs of Sheets, Two pillow boards (?) my best Large Table Cloath wch was my mothers halfe a Dozen of my largest Table Napkins wch are marked for him, Item I give to my Daughter in Law Elizabeth BOWDON his wife Two paire of my best gloves my silver bodkin & silver thimble: Item I give to my sonn Legh BOWDON all the rest of my beds & bedding whatsoever, Two paire of sheets Two pillow boart (?) one table cloath one Dozen of table bapkins, wch are marked for him; my new Sasse (?); Two of my best best (sic) pewter Dishes; my Two best Pewter Candlesticks, one pewter bason, & one pewter Chamber Pott.  Item I give to my Granddaughter Hannah BOWER my best purse & six shillings eight pence in it, & my best payer of P.....; Item I give to my Grandsons William LEATHER, George LEATHER, John LEATHER and Thomas LEATHER, six shillings eight pence a piece; item I give to my Granddaughter Elizabeth RICHARDSON six shillings eight pence: Item I give to my Sister FRYER my best Gowne (2/3 words deleted here - could be `and petty coate`)  Item I give to my cosin Elizabeth FRYER my next best Gowne (2/3 words deleted here - could be `under petty coate`); one under petty coate one shift & one flaxen apron; Item I give to my brother in law German BOWDON & to my coson George BOWDON of Lyme, Ten shillings a piece if they be living att my Deathe:  Item all the Rest of my Goods Cattells & Chattells I give and bequeath unto my sonne Thomas BOWDON Legh BOWDON, my Daughters Elizabeth BOWER, Ann BOWDON Mary LEATHER & Margaret RICHARDSON, equally to be Divided amongst them; Lastly I do hereby revoke all former wills and do constitute ordaine & make my said sonns Thomas BOWDON & Legh BOWDON of Lyme in Handley in the said County of Chester yeomen; Executors of this my last will: In witnesse whereof I have hereunto putt my hand & seale the Day & yeare first above written

Mary BOWDON her marke

Sealed signed & Delivered and publyshed & Declared to be the last will & Testament of the saiyd Mary BOWDON in the presence of

William RICHARDSON; John SWINDELLS his marke

Bee it remembered that the fourteenth day of May Ao Dmi 1676 the above named Mary BOWDON the Testator appointed the rasure in the forty second line hereof between the word (Gowne & Item) & the rasure in the beginning of the forty fourth line hereof before the word (one) to be made & further Gave as followes; To her sister Ellen HYDE her best hatt & best petty coate; To Mary RICHARDSON her Grand daughter six shillings eight pence; & to Anthony HYDE her brothers? sonn, one Guiene  ... .....

Mary BOWDON her marke

In the presence of   William RICHARDSON; John SWINDELLS his marke 

A true and perfect Inventory of all the Goods Cattells & Chattells of Mary BOWDEN late of Disley in the County of Chester widow decesd Relict of George BOWDEN late of Disley aforesaid yeo. decest valued & apprized the third day of December 1680 by us whose names are subscribed

.

£    s    d

Imprimis Four Milk Cowes

12  00  00

Two Heifers

03  00  00

Four Twinters

illegible

Two Sterks

illegible

One swine

illegible

Hay

illegible

Coales

illegible

Chees about 4 hundred

illegible

Bacon

illegible

In meal & mault

00  15  00

In wheat flower (sic)

00  01  00

Buttr about  4 Gallons

00  12  00

One fetherbed one flockbed 2 chaffbeds ten blanketts 6 bedcoverings two fether bolstars one flock bolstar two Chaffe bolstars two fether pillowes

03  00  00

Four pair of Flaxon Sheets

01  06  08

Eight pairs of course sheetes

01  06  08

Two and 1/2 dozen napkins

00  10  00

Three flaxen Table Cloathes

00  06  08

Three calico Table Cloathes

00  03  00

6 pair flaxen pillow ......

00  02  00

Two long Towells

00  01  00

Two course Towells

00  00  08

One wallett

00  00  04

Two old Trunks

00  03  00

Two Chists

00  10  00

One pair of Curtaines and Vallence

00  03 04

7 pewter Dishes

00  14  00

Two pewter Candlesticks

00  03  00

One Brasse Skellit

00  01  06

Two tin dripping pans

00  00  08

One pewter Flaggon

00  02  00

One Side Saddle Cloath and Bridle

00  02  06

One cade lamb

00  02  06

Two Hens one Cock one Capon

00  01  00

Oweing to the deceadent by her daughter BOWER for Table diett

01  00  00

Oweing more to her by her daughter Anne BOWDEN for Table diett

01  00  00

One Dozen of sops

00  00  04

Two purses

00  02  00

Money in them

02  07  02 1/2

Silver thimble and Bodkin

00  04  00

One Bible

00  00  06

5 Divinity Bookes

00  02  08

One pair of Tongs

00  01  00

Sewn petticotes

00  17  06

Three Gownes

01  10  00

Wastcoate one

00  02  00

Two pair Bodyes

00  02  00

Two pair stockings

00  03  00

Two pair shoos

00  03  00

Two green Say Aprons

00  04  00

One rideing Suite

01  10  00

Two Hatts

00  16  00

Three shifts

00  05  00

One holland apron

00  02  06

Six Callicoe one Flaxen Apron

00  03  06

Seven Neck Hankerchaffs

00  04  00

4 Neck Cloathes

00  02  00

6 Coofes and one wrought Coife

00  03  06

3 pinners?

00  01  00

3 pair white sleeves

00  01  06

6 little Binders

00  00  06

6 little pinners?

00  01  00

5 pockett Hankerchaffs

00  01  00

One Taffaty Scarfe one taffaty Hankerchaffe one tafity ho...

00  10  00

One pair of imbroidered Gloves

00  01  00

One silk coife

00  01  00

Two pair .....

00  00  06

One Scotch Cloath

00  00  06

Five knives

00  00  06

Black Fort? Ribbon

00  00  04

One ....... pair spectacles

00  00  08

7 p... and a halfe of linnin yarn 2 pound of hemp Tow

00  00  06

3 b.... baggs

00 01  00

Two Sh..ll sack

00  04  00

Two pair woolen sleeves

00  01  00

5 ......

00  00  01

Two Twiggen .....

00  00  04

Total

58  08  00

Apprised the day and year first above written by us John GASKELL; John RICHARDSON

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Thomas BOWDON of Marple Gen: 1698: Administration of Estate 

To all people whom this the Esent? writeing may concerne but especially to the Chancellor of the Consistory Court att Chester Elizabeth BOWDON Wid. Relict of Thomas BOWDON late of Marple Gen. deceased Legh BOWDON Gen onely Brother of the sd Decest  Elizabeth BOWER widow one of the sd  decests sisters James CHETHAM Gen John RICHARDSON and David BLITH sends greeting

Whereas itt was lately considered? and agreed by and between the sd Elizabeth BOWDON Legh BOWDON & Elizabeth BOWER for themselves And the said James CHETHAM John RICHARDSON and David BLITH on the behalf of themselves & theire respective wives Viz Anne CHETHAM Margarett RICHARDSON & Mary BLITH (three other of the sisters of the said Decest.) that the Admin(istration) of the sd Decests Goods and Chattells (who dyed Intestate) should bee granted to the said Elizabeth BOWDON the said Decests widow and Relict: And whereas the said Elizabeth BOWDON in respect of the infirmities and weakenesses of her Old age and other Discomposures which since the said Agreement have fallen upon her, finds herselfe unable to take the burthen of the said Admin(istration) upon her: Itt is therefore now considered? and agreed by and between us the said Elizabeth BOWDON Legh BOWDON Elizabeth BOWER & us the said James CHETHAM John RICHARDSON and David BLITH on the behalfe of ourselves & our respective wives & all of us do hereby consent & agree that Admin(istration) of the Goods Chattells and Personal Estate of the sd decsd Thomas BOWDON bee granted and comitted unto the sd Legh BOWDON & unto John LOWE of Hordorne Gent in trust for us the sd Elizabeth BOWDON Legh BOWDON and Elizabeth BOWER & for us the said James CHETHAM John RICHARDSON and David BLITH & our sd respective wives that after the Debts ..... & funerall Expenses of the sd decsd are Discharged, Distribution may bee made of the Residue of the sd Decests Personal estate unto & amongst us the sd Elizabeth BOWDON Legh BOWDON Elizabeth BOWER & us the said James CHETHAM John RICHARDSON and David BLITH & our sd wives by such proportion & in such manner as of right & according to Law the same ought to bee Done As wittnes our hands this second day of March An Dm 1697

The marks of the sd (look like actual signatures)  Elizabeth BOWDON Legh BOWDON Eliz. BOWER James CHETHAM John RICHARDSON David BLITH

Witnesses hereof  John NORBURY; E the mark of Elizabeth NORBURY

Obligation attached.  Latin preamble refers to Legh BOWDEN of Marple in Com. Cestr. Gen John LOWE of Horderne in Com. Cester p.sh Gen Jacob CHETHAM de Mellor in Com. Derby Gen et John RICHARDSON of Lyme Hanley in Com. Chester

The condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Legh BOWDEN & John LOWE Adminstrators of all and singular the Goods and Credits of Thomas BOWDEN late of Marple in the county of Chester Gen as well to the use of the sd Legh BOWDEN as also the use of Elizabeth widow relict of the sd decd.. Elizabeth BOWER widow Ann wife of James CHETHAM Margt. wife of John RICHARDSON & Mary wife of David BLITH Brother & Sister of the sd deceased etc. etc.

Signed by Legh BOWDON; J LOWE; James CHETHAM; John RICHARDSON plus seals

Witnesses: William NICOLS; Edw. DAVENPORT

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Will of Michael BRAMHALL 1802

This the last Will & Testament of me Michael BRAMHALL the Older; Cowman Shepherd &c at Lyme Hall in the Parish of Prestbury and County of Chester made the third day of May One Thousand eight Hundred and two.  Being of Perfect Mind, Memory and Understanding: But not in Perfect Health: do make this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following.  First it is my mind and Will that all my Just Debts, Funeral Expences be paid & discharged out of my Personal Property by my Son Michael BRAMHALL, Except what I have owing to me from the stewards & Executors at Lyme Hall for the Work &c That I give and bestow to my Son Michael BRAMHALL in Lieu of his former kindnesses and good Behaviour to me.  And as to the Remainder of my Moneys or Personalty: I Leave, give and Bequeath as follows.  To my Son William BRAMHALL an Equal Share: Also to my Daughter Mary CROSLEY Wife of Joseph CROSLEY an equal Share, Also I give & Leave to my two grandchildren Mary and Peggy SWINDELLS Daughters of my Daughter Nanny an equal Share between them to be paid them by my Son Michael BRAMHALL when they come and arrive at the Age of twenty one: Also I leave to my Daughter Fanny ASHTON wife of Thomas ASHTON An equal Share: And also to my Son Michael BRAMHALL an equal Share: And lastly I Nominate Constitute and Appoint my Son Michael BRAMHALL to be my Executor of this my last Will & Testament Revoking all former Will, or Wills either by Deed or Word of Mouth.

And I do hereby declare this to be my last Will and Testament, In Witness whereof I Michael BRAMHALL the Testator have Set my Hand and Seal the Day and Year above Written.

Signed, Sealed published and Declared by Michael BRAMHALL the Testator, as and for his last Will and Testament, in the Sight and by his desire as Witnesses.   Michael BRAMHALL his Mark & Seal

Thomas REID his Mark as Witness; James SWINDELLS; Samuel UNWIN his Mark as Witness

The twenty sixth Day of May 1802 Michael BRAMHALL the sole Executor within named was sworn in common Form before me Thos MONKHOUSE Surrogate

Under one Hundred Pounds           Probate issued, Dated 26th May 1802

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John BRIDGE, Hatter of Windlehurst, Marple: 1803

This is the Last Will and Testament of me John BR[IDGE] (edge of page missing here) of Windlehurst in Marple in the parish of Stockport in the County of Chester Hatter.  First I Will Order and Direct th[at] all my just and lawfull Debts, Funeral Expences, an[d] charge of the Probate and Execution hereof be first and principally Paid and Discharged out of the wh&ldots; of my Personall Estate by my Executors herein after named.  Then as for and concerning my Personal Es[tate] It is Will and Mind (sic) And I do hereby Give and Beq[eath] all and every the Interest of all such money as I shall have placed out at Interest unto my dear loving wif[e] And I also Give and Bequeath the use and enjoyment of all my Household Goods and Furniture unto my sa[id] Wife Ellen for and during her natural Life and from and imediately after her Decease, I Give and bequeath one fifth part or share of such Goods to be equally divided amongst my late &ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;  (section blotted out - but see sheets at end) And the remainding four parts of such Goods I Give and Bequeath to be equally Divided amongst my three sons John, Thomas & Joseph and my daughter Mary share and share alike.  And as for and concerning all such Money as I shall have placed out at Interest and all  my ready money It is my will and mind that my Executors support my said Wife thereout what the Interest thereof and arising therefrom shall fall short of maintaining her, and also pay and defray the Expences of my said Wife`s burial and funeral thereout And all the rest residue and remainder thereof and all my Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever, It is my will and mind that the same be divided by my Executors into five parts (partially blotted out), And I Give and bequeath one part thereof unto my son Ralph`s children (last two words scratched through) to be equally divided and paid amongst them share and share alike And the [remainder] (blotted out) four parts of such my Personal Estate, I Give and [bequeath] (blotted out) to be equally divided and paid unto and amongst my said Three sons John, Thomas and Joseph and my said daughter Mary share and share alike, if any of my sons or daughter be then dead the parts shares or proportion of such Residuam Remainder to go and be paid unto the child or children of him her or them so dying.

And I do further Will Order and Direct that if any of my said Children or Grandchildren herein before named shall be disatisfied whith this my last Will and give any Disturbance to my Executors by Law or otherwise on account thereof, that he she or they so offending shall receive from my said Executors the sum of one shilling and no more in lieu and full payment and satisfaction of the Legacy or Legacies herein before given to him her or them, And Lastly I Give unto my said Son John my best coat with silver buttons at, and all the rest of my wairing Apparel I Give unto my sons Thomas and [Joseph &ldots;equally? &ldots;.. &ldots;&ldots;..] (all blotted out) Lastly I do hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint Mr Thomas MARRIOTT of High Lane in Marple aforesaid Gentleman and my said son Thomas Executors hereof hereby revoking all former Wills by me made  and declare this to be my last.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal the twenty second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three (signed) John BRIDGE

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testator John BRIDGE as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who at his request an in his presence, and in the presence of one another have subscribed our Names as Witnesses to attest the due Execution thereof

Wm CHATTERTON; Ann CHATTERTON; Mary CHATTERTON

On a separate page:

The 13th day of May 1803 Thomas BRIDGE, one of the Executors herein named, was sworn in common form (power being reserved for Thomas MARRIOTT, the other Executor also herein named to take upon him the Execution hereof when he shall lawfully request the same) before me W. Bowness Surrogate

Effects under One Hundred Pounds Probate Dated 15th May 1803

On separate sheets (In a different hand)

Whereas John BRIDGE late of Windlehurst in Marple in the County and Diocese of Chester Hatter duly made and published his last Will and Testament in writing bearing date the twenty second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine (sic) and therein appointed his son Thomas BRIDGE and Thomas MARRIOTT Executors and therein gave and bequeathed the residue of his personal Estate in the words following to wit “And all the rest residue and remainder thereof and all my personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever It is my will and my mind that the same be divided by my Executors into five parts and I give and bequeath one part thereof unto my son Ralph`s children to be equally divided and paid amongst them share and share alike and the remaining four parts of such my personal Estate I give and bequeath to be equally divided and paid unto and amongst my said Three sons John, Thomas and Joseph and my said daughter Mary share and share alike if any of my sons or daughter be then dead the parts shares or proportion of such Residuam Remainder to go and be paid unto the Child or Children of him her or them so dying”  and afterwards departed this life without revoking or altering his said Will and whereas after the death of the said deceased certain words in the said Will were obliterated or scored thro by some person or persons unknown to wit the words “Son Ralph`s children share and share alike” in the seventeenth line of the first side thereof “five parts2 in the same side of the said will

Now know all Men by these presents that we the said John BRIDGE Thomas BRIDGE Joseph BRIDGE and Mary BRIDGE now the wife of Henry IBBETSON of the Parish of Sheffield in the County of York, Labourer, four of the residuary Legatees named in the said Will being well satisfied that the said Obliterations made therein were so made by some person or persons unknown after the death of the said deceased do consent that a probate of the said Will as the same was originally written and afterwards executed by the said deceased to wit with the said words “Son Ralph`s Children” share and share alike – “five parts Son Ralph`s Children” fairly written and being part of the said Will may be granted in common form of Law to the said Thomas BRIDGE and Thomas MARRIOTT the Executors therein named and to the end that this our proxy of consent may have its due effect in Law we do hereby nominate constitute and appoint James POPE Public Notary one of the Procurators General of the Consistory Court of Chester (or in his absence any other proctor of the said court) to be our true and lawful proctor for us and in our names 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 Henry William by divine permission Lord Bishop of Chester his Surrogate or some other competent Judge in this behalf to exhibit this our proxy of Consent and to pray and procure the same to be admitted and enacted and to do and expidite whatsoever shall be necessary in the Premises and I do hereby promise to ratify and confirm all and whatsoever our said Proctor shall lawfully do or cause to be done in the premises.  In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this second day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three (signed) John BRIDGE; Thos BRIDGE; Joseph BRIDGE (the mark of) Mary the wife of Henry IBBETSON

Signed Sealed and delivered (being first duly stamped) in presence of us W. BOWNESS; Eliza BOWNESS 

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Margaret BROCKLEHURST 1610

In the name of god amen the sixt day of Febr in the yeare of the Reign of or Soveryn I James by the grace of god of England, france and Ireland Kyng defender of the faith & the eight & of Scotland the xliiiith Anno dni 1610.  I Mgrt BROCLEHURST of disley in the County of Chester widowe late wyfe of John BROCLEHURST deceased Sick in body but in goode & pfect Remembrance praise bee Almighty god for the same doe ordayne, constitute & make this my last Will & Testament in mannr & forme folowing:  First and principally I geeve & bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty god my maker and Jesus C my Redeemer, by whoes merits & passyon I trust to bee one of the number of those that shal bee Saved.  And after my decease I bequeath my body to the earth whereas it was made and the same to bee buryed in the Churchyard of disley.  And as to ___ing my worldly goods I geeve & bequeath as hereafter as mencioned.  Itm I geve to the wyfe of Willm ROE ten shillings and peticoat and smock  Itm I geeve to Peter TANNER[?] Forti[?] shillings that one Edward MELLER has wch doth owe unto  Itm I geeve to Willm BROCLEHURST & his Son Anthony xiis viiid wch John BROCLEHURST doth owe unto me  Itm I geeve to the children of Robt BIRCHENHAUGH one coverlett, one blankett  Itm I geeve to the wyfe of Xpofer BENNETT iiis  Itm I geeve to David WAYNWRIGHT and Edward WAYNWRIGHT to ether of them vs  Itm I geeve to my half sister Joan iis .  Also I geeve to the wyfe of Edmd PICKFORD one great pott, and all the Rest of my houshould stuff[?] and all the ....asts wch I have.  Itm I geeve unto Elizabeth BROCLEHURST & Ellyn BROCLEHURST to ether of them one sheet[?]  ...... ....... geeve to my godchildren to ether one of thm xiid  Itm I geeve to the wyfe of Raph LYVESLY one ....... ....... ......ing of the bridge at Goyts heade iis  Itm I geeve to the ___ding of the haugh___g iiis iiiid  Itm I doe freely geeve & bequeath unto the sayd wyfe of Edmd PICKFORD all the Rest of my goods moveable & unmoveable not geven nor bequeathed in whoes famly or custody the same are found & known to bee.  Itm for the pformance of this my last will & Testament I ordayne & appoynt Edmd PICKFORD & Peter TANNER[?] my true & lawfull Exectrs to see this my will pformed and I appoynt John PICKFORD supvisor hereof.  Thees beeing wytnesses Robt STANLY Edward HEGINBOTHOM John PICKFORD

NB Dots '....' where illegible; '____' where unable to decipher; [?] where uncertain

Debts owing mee

Inprimis  Edward HEGINBOTHOM 

xxs

Roger ALLEN                    

xxs

Bryan CLAYTON              

xxs

John PICKFORD                

iiii£

Debts wch I owe

to Xpofer TANNER[?]                       

xiis

to Edmd PICKFORD for half a years lablr[?]

xxvis viiid

[Latin intro]

The true Inventorie made the day & herein abovsayd Mgaret BROCLEHURST late of disley in the County of Chester widowe deceased of all such goods and Chattells as she was possessed of at the day of hir death prazed, rated and valued by Robt STANLY of disley _____ yoman, Georg ETCHELS of disley husbandman and Reynald RYCHARDSON of Lyme in hanly yoman as foloweth

 

Imprimis  foure thm~[?]              

xi£

Itm Bedding                                 

lviis

It brasse & pewter                       

xxvis viiid

It one Ark                                     

iis

It Cheese foure & twenty           

v£ xiiiis iiiid

It lynens                                      

xvis

It Apparell                                   

xls

It one St__ of flax                      

vis

It six Slyppings[?]                      

iiis

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Joseph CHATTERTON of Marple: 1750

 In the name of God Amen, I Joseph CHATTERTON of Marple, in the county of Chester being weeke in body but of Sound & Disposing memory and not knowing the day of my Desolution do make and ordane this my Last Will and Testement in mannor and forme following –

Item And first I command my Soule in to the hands of Allmighty god my Creator hoping to receve full pardon of all my sins thro Jesus Christ my Redeemor and my body to the earth to be buried at the Discretion of my Executrex and Executor herein after named.  And as touching such worldly Substance as it hath plased the Lord to bestow upon mee I give and bequeath in manner and forme following.  And first it is my will and mind that all my just debts Leguaceis and funeral Expencess and probate of this my Last will and testement be first paid out of my personall Estate by my Executourex & Executor herein after named –

Item It is my will and mind that my Loveing wife Mary CHATTERTON have two pounds ten shillings yearly and every year duering her natureall Life paid her out of my Estate in Marple by my Executuour –

Item I give and bequeath unto my Loveing Wife Mary one bed and two coffers and two rooms in the house in which I now dwell that shall be thought most convenant and proper for her during her naturall Life

Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughters Ellen Mary & Martha the sume of five shillings apiece to each of them to be paid within twelve months after my decease And further it is my will and mind that my said daughters Ellen Mary & Martha have the sume of fifteen pounds divided equaly among them share and share alicke by my Executor –

Item All the rest residue and remander of my real and persenall Estate I give Leave and bequeath unto my son Joseph CHATTERTON and his haires for ever

And Lastly I nominate and appoint my Loveing wife Mary CHATTERTON and Joseph CHATTERTON my son Executorex and Executour of this my Last will and testement hopeing the will faithfully discharge the trust repoused in them In witteness hereof I have hereunto Interchangably put my hand and Seall this twentieth six day of October one thousand seven hundred and forty and nine

Joseph CHATTERTON his mark X plus seal

Sealed signed and declared to be the Last Will and testement by the testator who in presant of the testator as witteness hereof have set ower Robert BERKS; Wm CHATTERTON

A True and perfect Inventory of all the Goods Chattels Chattel (sic) and Credits of Joseph CHATTERTON of Marple in the County of Chester Late Deceased take valued and Appraised by us this Sixth Day of November 1749. Appraisers John BEARD & Wm CHATTERTON

.

 £   s    d

Item Purse and Apparrell 

05  00  00

Goods in the House

.

Itm in one Chist of Drawers and Table Clock

03  05  00

Itm in one fire Iron and things belonging 

00  12  00

Itm in Six Chairs amd Some pewter

01  02  06

Goods in the Parlor

.

Itm one bed and Bedding one coffer & chair

02  02  00

Goods in Chambers

.

Itm in one bed & beding one table Cubirt Two coffers

03  05  00

Item in one Ark & Coffers one bed & bedding 

01  10  00

Item in one pair of Bedstocks Two Coffers & Six Chairs

00  15  00

Goods in Buttery

.

Itm in Wooden Ware Potts & Bottles

00  10  00

Goods in Shop

.

Itm in one pair of Looms & other meterials belonging

01  05  00

Goods in Barn

.

Itm in Corn & Hay

05  00  00

Itm in three Cows & one Calf              

10  00  00

Itm in one Horse & Geer

05  00  00

Itm in Husbandry Ware

02  10  00

Itm in one Pigg

01  00  00

Item in Some Cheeses

03  00  00

Itm in all other things not named or forgotten as Huselments

00  02  06

Sum             

46  07  00

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Joseph CHATTERTON of High Lane within Marple, Yeoman: 1804

This is the last Will and Testament of Joseph CHATTERTON of High-lane within Marple in the parish of Stockport in the County of Chester Yeoman being sick & weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praised be God for the same do make and Declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say First I will order and direct that all my Debts Funeral Expences and the charge of the Probate and Execution of this my Will be paid and discharged out of my Personal Estate by my Executors herein after named.  Then I Give and Devise unto my son William CHATTERTON All my Freehold and real Estates Messuages Lands Hereditaments and Premises situate lying and being in Marple, and now in the tenure or Occupation of myself my son William and James GARSIDE, or elsewhere in the Kingdom of Great Brittain with their and every of their Appurtenances To hold unto him my said son William his heirs and Assigns for Ever Subject nevertheless to and charged and chargeable with the Annuity Yearly rent charge or sum of Sixteen Pounds unto my four daughters as hereinafter mentioned.  And Also Subject nevertheless to and charged and chargeable with the following Legacies or the sum of two hundred and twenty pounds to be paid thereout unto and amongst my Grand children by my said son William his heirs and assigns as in hereafter mentioned.  And I do hereby Give and Devise and bequeath unto my Eldest daughter Betty wife of James GARSIDE of Marple aforesaid Weaver, and her assigns for and during the Term of her natural life, One Annuity or clear Yearly Rent charge or sum of four pounds of Lawful money of Great Brittain free of all Taxes of  and other deductions parliamentary or otherwise, to be issuing and payable out of all my Messuages or Tenements Lands and Hereditaments to be paid and payable by yearly payments the first whereof to begin and be made at the end and expiration of twelve calendar months  next after my decease.  And I do hereby charge and subject all my said Messuages or Tenements Lands or Hereditaments to and with the payment of the said Annuity, yearly rent or sum of four pounds accordingly, And my will is that in case the said Annuity or any part thereof, shall be behind and unpaid by the space of twenty days next after any of the aforesaid (being lawfully demanded) that then and so often as the same or any part thereof shall be so in arrear, it shall and may be lawful to and for my said daughter Betty GARSIDE and her Assigns to Enter upon the said premises charged with the annuity as aforesaid, and Distrain for the same or so much thereof as shall be so in arrear, and the Distress and Distresses then and there found to detain and keep until she shall be fully paid and satisfied all such arrearages with costs and charges in and about the making and keeping thereof.  And in case the said annuity or any part thereof shall be behind and unpaid by the space of forty days next after any of the said days of payment whereon the same ought to be paid as aforesaid that then and so often as the same or any part thereof shall be so in arrear it shall and may be lawful for my said daughter Betty GARSIDE and her assigns into all and singular my Freehold and real Estates and premises charged with the said annuity as aforesaid to Enter and the rents issues and profits thereof to receive & take until she be therewith or thereby or by the person or persons who shall be then entitled to immediate possession of the premises paid and satisfied the same, and every part thereof, and all the arrears thereof incurred before, and that shall incur during such time as she shall receive the rents issues and profits thereof or be entitled to receive the same by Virtue of such entry to be made as aforesaid, together with her costs, charges, and expences, laid out and sustained by reason of the non-payment thereof.  Also I Give grant and Devise unto my second daughter Mary HIBBERTSON of Marple, widow one other annuity or clear yearly rent charge of four pounds of like lawful money, for and during the term or of her natural lawful life to be issuing and payable out of and from all and every my said freehold and real Estates and premises aforesaid, and to be paid to her and her assigns yearly the first of which said payments to begin and be made at the end of twelve months next after my decease with the like power and with the same authority for my said daughter Mary and her assigns to Enter upon the said premises and to make distress and distresses and to make sale thereof in case of non-payment of such annuity or any part thereof as is herein before given to my said daughter Betty GARSIDE in case of nonpayment of her annuity or rent charge of four pounds a year or any part thereof as aforesaid.  Also I Give, grant, and Devise, unto my third daughter Ann wife of Robert HEGINBOTHAM of Marple Blacksmith one other annuity or clear yearly rent charge of four pounds of like lawful money, for and during the term of her natural life, to be issuing and payable out of and from all and every my said freehold and real Estates and premises aforesaid and to be paid to her and her assigns yearly, the first of which said payments to begin, and be made at the end of Eighteen months next after my decease , with the like power , and with the same Authority, for my said daughter Ann and her assigns to Enter upon the said premises, And to make distress and distresses, and to make sale thereof, in case of nonpayment of such annuity or any part thereof, as is herein before given to my said daughter Betty GARSIDE, in case of nonpayment of her Annuity or rent charge of four pounds a year or any part thereof as aforesaid.  Also I Give, grant and Devise unto my fourth daughter Sarah wife of William GREEN of Norbury in the said parish, farmer, one other annuity or clear yearly rent charge of four pounds of lawful money of Great Brittain for and during the Term of her natural life (being the remainder of the whole Annuity of the aforesaid sum of sixteen pounds) to be issuing and payable out of and from all and every my said freehold and real Estates and premises aforesaid, and to be paid to her and her assigns yearly the first of which said payments to begin and be made at the end of eighteen months next after my decease, with the like power and with the same Authority for my said daughter Sarah and her assigns to Enter upon the said premises and to make distress and distresses, And to make sale thereof, in case of nonpayment of such annuity or any part thereof as is herein before given to my said daughter Betty GARSIDE, in case of nonpayment of her Annuity or rent charge of four pounds a year or any part thereof as aforesaid.  Also I Give Leave and Bequeath unto the children of my said daughter Betty GARSIDE the sum of Forty Pounds of like lawful money from and out of my freehold and real Estates aforesaid to be equally divided and paid unto and amongst them share and share alike by my said son William his heirs and assigns at the end of twelve months next after the death and decease of my said daughter Betty.  Also I Give leave and bequeath unto the children of my said daughter Mary HIBBERTSON the sum of sixty pounds of like lawful money, from and out of my Freehold and real Estates aforesaid to be equally divided and unto and amongst them share and share alike, by my said son William his heirs and assigns at the end of Twelve Months next after the death and decease of my said daughter Mary.  Also I Give Leave and Bequeath unto the children of my said daughter Ann HEGINBOTHAM the sum of Sixty Pounds of like lawful money, from and out of all my freehold and real Estates aforesaid, to be equally divided and paid unto and amongst them share and share alike by my said son William his heirs and assigns, at the end of twelve months next after the death and decease of my said daughter Ann.  Also I Give Leave and Bequeath unto my said daughter Sarah GREEN the sum of Sixty Pounds from and out of my all my freehold and real Estates (being the remainder of the aforesaid sum of two hundred and twenty pounds so charged thereon as aforesaid) to be equally divided and paid unto unto and amongst them share and share alike by my said son William his heirs and assigns at the end of twelve months next after the death and decease of my said daughter Sarah, with the like power, and with the same Authority for all or any of my said Grand Children or such of them whose Legacy or share shall not be paid according to the purport of this my Will, to enter upon the said premises, and to make distress and distresses and to make sale thereof in case of such Legacies or Legacy of the nonpayment thereof or any part thereof as he hereby and herein before given to my said daughter Betty GARSIDE in case of nonpayment of her annuity or any part thereof as aforesaid.  I also Leave unto my servant maiden Mary HALLUM the Little House and Garden late in the occupation of John HOUGHS during the continuance of the Lease,  I also Give her the beding in which she now lies with a chest & coffer a round stool, three chairs, and a Winding Wheel.  I also Give Leave and Bequeath unto my son William the Leasehold farm I hold from under Mr. William BROCKLEHURST (Except the aforesaid little house) for and during the continuance of the Lease now in being he paying thereout unto the said Mary HALLUM the Yearly sum of four pounds during the Lease by quarterly payments the first thereof to be made at the end of three months next after my decease in full satisfaction barr claim and demand of all wages she might otherwise claim or demand, if she happens to survive the Lease he paying her five pounds yearly after expiration of the Lease during her natural Life.  I also Give my said son William two pair of Bedstocks standing in the chamber over the House And all the rest Residue and Remainder of my Personal Estate Household Furniture Goods and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever  I Give Leave and bequeath the same unto and amongst my son William and my said four daughters namely Betty, Mary, Ann and Sarah equally to be divided share and share alike.  And lastly I do hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint my said son William CHATTERTON, my said son in law William GREEN my Grandson James HIBBERTSON Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this to be my last. In Witness whereof I the said Joseph CHATTERTON the Testator have hereunto sett my Hand (mark written above) and Seal the Tenth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Four.

Signed, sealed, published and Declared by the said Testator Joseph CHATTERTON 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 subscribed our Names as Witnesses to attest the due execution thereof

Robert BRADBURY Henry MARSLAND Wm CHATTERTON

This is the Will referred to in the affidavit of William CHATTERTON

William CHATTERTON and William GREEN sworn the 20th day of April 1804 before me W. Bowcroft surrogate

The 20 day of April 1804

William CHATTERTON & William GREEN two of the Executors within named were sworn in common form (Power &ldots; for James HIBBERTSON the other) before me W. Bowcroft Surrogate

Effects under £1005 Probate paid 20 April 1804

On a separate page – the hand looks like W. Bowcroft 

In the Consistory Court of Chester

On Friday the twentieth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four

Appeared personally William CHATTERTON of Marple in the County and Diocese of Chester yeoman, William GREEN of Norbury in the said County and Diocese Farmer and William CHATTERTON of Marple aforesaid Carrier and being severally sworn upon the holy Gospels made oath as follows and first the said William CHATTERTON for himself saith that he wrote and is a subscribing witness to the last Will and Testament of Joseph CHATTERTON late of High Lane within Marple aforesaid Yeoman deceased hereto annexed bearing date the tenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four that he agreably to the instructions given him by the said deceased wrote the words “William GREEN” on an Erasure in the eleventh line of the fourth side of the said will as the same now appears before he the said deceased executed his said Will and the said William GREEN and William CHATTERTON for themselves say that the are two of the Executors named in the said last Will and Testament of the said Joseph CHATTERTON deceased that the said Will is now in the very same state plight and condition as when it first came to their hands possession or knowledge to wit with the said words “William GREEN” written on an Erasure as herein before deposed to by the said William CHATTERTON and which they verily and in their consciences believe to have been done agreeably to the request of the deceased and before he executed his said Will.

Signed and Sworn at Stockport the day and year aforesaid before me W. Bowcroft Surrogate

Wm CHATTERTON; William GREEN; William CHATTERTON

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Brian CLAYTON 1636

1635

In the name of god Amen. the xiiiith daye of Aprill in the xith yeare of our soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of god, kinge of England, Scotland France & Ireland defender of the faith cle[?].  I Bryan CLETON of disley wthin the Countie of Chester Husbandman being sicke in bodie but in good & pfecte Remembrance I thanke my god for it. doe ordaine & make this my last will & Testament in manner & forme following. first I bequeth my soule into the handes of Almightie my hevenly father.  Trusting Assured that by the merites & death of his sone Jesus Christ to be one of the number of those that shallbe saved at that last & greatt generall daye.  And I commit my bodie to the earth to be burried in the Chappell of disley in the place or as neire to the place as can be wherein my father was buried.  As for such worldly goods as it hath plessed god to bles me wthall I give & bequeath as followeth.  first my will is that my harriotts my funerall expences & probation of this my last will be taken up of my whole goods & discharged.  Itm my will & mind is that my househould that is to saie my brother Edmund CLEYTON my wyffe my daughter Elizabeth WYLD & her chilldren shall Remaine & live all together untill Mielmus next ensuing after the date hereof, & longer as the can Agrie.  And likewise it is my will that the rest of my goods after those things wch are before mensioned are discharged shall Remaine all together untill Mielmus & then begathered together towardes the payinge of my debts.  Itm my will is that my house & living wch I hould for terme of yeares under my verie good master Mr William SHERTT of the shertt.  I saie my will is & I doe Assigne unto my brother Edmund CLEYTON the one moitie halfe of this my tenement wth all Apurtenances theire unto belonging during his life if the said terme soe longe Continues discharginge the one halfe of my debtes.  And likewise my will is & I doe Assigne unto my wyffe Margrett CLEYTON the moitie other halfe of the tenementt wthall Apurtenances theire unto belonginge during her naturall life if the said terme soe longe continues discharging the one halfe of my debts.  Itm my will is that whereas I doe hould A tenemet called wydowhursrt by surrender for three lives under my verie good master the Right worshipfull sir Peter LEGH of lyme knight.  I saie my will is & I doe give and Assigne unto my brother Edmund CLEYTON one therd partt of all that my tenement called wydowhurst wch is in my nowe possession during his naturall life if the said terme soe longe Continues.  And likewise I doe give & Assigne An other therd partt of the said mesuage & tenement unto my wyffe Aforesaid during her naturall lyffe if the said terme soe longe Continues.  And likewise my will is that an other therd part of the said mesuage & tenement Afore said shall goe towards the payinge of my debts untill such tyme as my debts be paide & then my will is that that therd part shall be devyded betwixt my brother Edmund CLEYTON & my wyffe duringe theire naturall lives if the said terme soe longe Continues.  And likewise my will is & I doe give unto my daughter Elizabeth WYLD iiii£ of good & Lawfull englishe monie to be paid unto her after my debts are paid.  And furthermore it is my will that my daughter Elizabeth WYLD & her chilldren shall bee keept wth my brother Edmund CLEYTON & my wyffe wth suffisient meale & drinke soe longe as my brother Georg CLEYTON shall Appoint.  And furthermore it is will that if it please god to call for my brother Edmund CLEYTON & my wyffe before my terme of that Estate wch I have in both these my Tenements before mentioned then it is my will that the Revertion of those termes shall be at the disposing of my brother Edmund CLEYTON & my brother George CLEYTON & my wyffe Margrett CLEYTON.  Lastly I doe Revoke all former wills herebefore made by me.  And finally I doe Constitute ordaine & make my brother Edmund CLEYTON & my wyffe Margrett CLEYTON my true & lawfull Executors to pforme this will & Testament as my full trust & confidence is in them.

Signed the marke of Bryan CLAYTON

Confirmed in the prsence of William SHERTT his marke; Reynould RICHARDSON; Richard MICHELL his marke

Owing by Rchard STANLEY unto me Bryan CLEYTON for a bushell of maulte  xxs

Owing by the same Richard STANLEY unto me  xiid

A True and pfecte Inventory of all the goods Cattalls and Chattalls of Bryan CLAYTON of disley in the County of Chester husbandman deceased prysed and valued the xviith day of decembr Ano dni 1636 by Anthony TAYLOR of Northbury; Thomas BENNETT of the Higg hill; Reynold RICHARDSON of Lyme in Hanley and Edward RICHARDSONNE of the Woodend in disley; as followeth

.

  £   s  d

Imprimis his purse and apsell

  2  10  0

Item twoe kine

  5   6   8

Item one bullock and twoe calfes

  3   6   8

Item twoe horses

  4   0   0

Item six sheepe

  1   4   0

Item one swyne

  1   6   8

Item in corne & hay

13 13   0

Item in meale and a little barley

  1   6   0

Item in brasse and pewter

  2 18   0

Item in waynes carts plowes and plowe Irons yoakes pack paddles and other husbandrie ware

  4   3   0

Item in Arks and coffers

  1 10   0

Item in bedstocks basons piggens and all other treene ware

  1 10   6

Item one table

  0 13   4

Item in chares stooles formes and other loose boards

  0   6   8

Item in Bedinge

  5   6   8

Item in sacks quishions and other little Instruments

  1   0   0

Item in linens

  1   5   0

Item in better and cheese

  1   0   0

Item in salt flesh

  0 12   0

Item in geese hennes and ducks

  0 15   4

Item in mayner

  0 10   0

Item one Tack of ground with a dwellinge house and other housinge thereunto belonginge for the Tearme of xvi yeares the which to our estimacon wee value it to v£ a yeare

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EDMUND ELLIOTT OF DISLEY CHESHIRE

(Will written 22nd July 1834 Proved 17th January 1853) 

In the name of God Amen I Edmund ELLIOTT of Dane Bank in Disley in the Parish of Stockport in the County of Chester Shopkeeper 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 my Will and mind is that that all my just debts funeral and Testamentary expenses be paid and discharged by my Executor hereinafter named as soon after my decease as may be out of my real and personal estates or either of them as may be most convenient at the time Then I give and devise unto and to the use of William BAILEY his heirs and assigns All and every my freehold Messuage or Dwellinghouse and a Garden opposite the same Messuage and all other my Estate and Estates that I may die possessed of Upon the trusts nevertheless hereinafter declared of and concerning the same And I give devise and bequeath all my personal Estate of what nature and kind soever as well all monies out at Interest upon Notes Bonds or otherwise as all my Household furniture and Shop Goods Unto the said William BAILEY and his heirs Executors Administrators and assigns respectively and according to the nature of the several Estates upon the trusts nevertheless and to and for the several intents and purposes hereinafter expressed of and concerning the same (that is to say) Upon trust by and out of the proceeds arising from the said Estates to pay and discharge all my just debts funeral and Testamentary expenses as aforesaid then I Give bequeath and devise unto my Daughter Ann ELLIOTT the West End of my Messuage or Dwellinghouse wherein I now do inhabit and dwell with the Garden opposite the same Dwellinghouse with the Hereditements and the appurtenances thereunto belonging to her her heirs and assigns for ever, I also Give and bequeath unto her my said Daughter Ann all my Shop Goods with the Drawers, the Clock, the Bed over the House, the two Chests over the shop, the Dining Table over the House, and the Desk and Square Cupboard in the House, the same I give to her her heirs and assigns for ever, Then I give bequeath and devise unto my Daughter Sarah ELLIOTT the East End of my said Messuage or Dwellinghouse wherein I do now inhabit and dwell with the Hereditements and Appurtenances thereunto belonging to her her heirs and assigns for ever I also give and bequeath unto her my said Daughter Sarah the Chest over the said House, the Coach Chair and Corner Cupboard in the said House, and also two Beds over the Shop, the Square and Round Tables my Watch and the Tea Table, the same I give to her her heirs and assigns for ever After the before mentioned Devises and bequests then I give and bequeath all  the money that maybe in the House at the time of my decease, and also all monies that may be out at Interest upon Notes Bonds or otherwise and the Chairs and other furniture and the rest residue and remainder of my said personal estate and effects and of what nature and kind soever and wheresoever that I may die possessed of unto my said two Daughters Ann, and Sarah, and their heirs and assigns for ever share and share alike, Under the following conditions (that is to say) So long as they remain together and live in the manner they now do every thing to remain as at the time of my decease and for them both to equally have and enjoy the Interest benefit and proceeds arising from my said real and personal Estates during the time they remain so together, But should they separate on any account whatsoever, then my said Executor his Executors or Administrators shall make a division of both my said real and personal Estates and according to the true intent and meaning of this my said Will, And should either or both of them my said Daughters marry, and have Child and Children them or either of them surviving, such Child or Children shall inherit and enjoy his her or their parent or parents share equally amongst them share and share alike (if more than one) But should either of them die without issue then in such case my Will and mind is that the share of my Estates both real and personal hereinbefore given to them my said two Daughters shall not be willed by her so dying, but descend and go to the survivor of them And upon this further trust that is the said William BAILEY shall immediately after my decease take an Inventory of all my Goods and effects and all stock in trade, money out at interest, and in the House, and Book debts, so that he may be enabled to Act as my Executor betwixt my said two Daughters in the fulfilment of this my said Will and the trusts in him reposed, And that he shall have power and authority to reimburse to himself or anyone acting under him or after him, all costs charges and expenses he or they may be put unto in the due execution hereof, And my will and mind is that my said Executor shall not be answerable or accountable for any loss or damage that may happen in any security securities, or otherwise in my Estate, unless occasioned by his wilful neglect or default And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Brother in Law the said William BAILEY of Combs Edge in the Parish of Chapel en le ffrith in the County of Derby hereinbefore named Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all former and other Will and Wills by me heretofore made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Edmund ELLIOTT the Testator have to the first and second Sheets of this my said Will, set my hand, and to the third and last Sheet thereof have set my hand and seal this twenty second day of July One thousand eight hundred and thirty four.

(signed) Edmund ELLIOTT

Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator Edmund Elliott 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 have subscribed our names as Witnesses

John WALKER; Joseph OLLERENSHAW; R W WALKER

The fourteenth day of January 1853

Sarah ELLIOTT (Spinster) the Administratrix with Will annexed within named was sworn in common form and she also made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of One hundred Pounds Before me Charles Kenrick Prescot MA Surrogate

The Testator died the Fifteenth day of March 1852  Admon with Will issued Dated 17th January 1853

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LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION FOR EDMUND ELLIOTT OF DISLEY

Died  on 15th March 1852 admon issued 17th January 1853

Know all Men by these Presents, That we Sarah ELLIOTT of Dane Bank, in the Township of Disley and Parish of Stockport, Spinster and Isaac BAILEY of Dane Bank in Disley aforesaid. Cheese Factor are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God John by Devine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the Sum of Two 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 fourteenth Day of January in the Sixteenth 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 three

The Condition of this obligation is such, that if the above bounden Sarah ELLIOTT Spinster the Lawful Daughter and surviving beneficial residuary legatee named in the last Will and Testament of Edmund ELLIOTT late of Dain Bank in Disley in the Parish of Stockport and County of Chester Shopkeeper deceased and as such ADMINISTRATRIX with Will annexed, of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of the said Edmund ELLIOTT deceased.  William BAILEY the soul Executor and residuary legatee in trust having died without proving the said Will 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 her hands, possession, and knowledge: 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 last day of July next ensuing the date above written: And the same goods, chattels, and credits, according to the tenor and effect of the Last Will and Testaments of the said deceased, annexed to the Letters of Administration to her in this behalf committed, do well and truly administer, (that is to say) first pay the debts of the said deceased, which he did owe at the time of his decease, and the legacies and bequests in the said Will contained, as far as the said goods, chattels, and credits will thereunto extend, and as the Law will charge her and further do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect account of and upon her said Administration, at such time and times as she shall be thereunto lawfully called or required.  And such part or portion of the residue of the said goods, chattels, and debts, which shall be found remaining upon her said account, being examined and not otherwise disposed of in the said Will, shall distribute and dispose, as by the directions of the Judge or Judges of the said Court for the time being, shall be limited and appointed: And lastly, do at all times hereafter discharge and save harmless the said Judge or Judges, and all other officers for the time being of the said Court, from and against all manner of persons whatsoever, having or pretending to have any right, title, or interest to the said goods, chattels, or credits, then the Obligation to be void and of none effect, or else to remain in full force and virtue.

Sarah ELLIOTT; Isaac BAILEY

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of Charles Kennick Prescot M A Surrogate

The fourteenth day of January 1853

Sarah ELLIOTT (Spinster) the Administratrix with Will annexed within named was sworn in common form and she also made oath that the personal Estates and Effects of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of One hundred Pounds Before me Charles Kennick Prescott M A Surrogate

The Testator died the Fifteenth day of March 1852  Admon with Will issued Dated 17th January 1853

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Francis GASKELL of Lyme Handley: 1802

In the Name of God Amen I Francis GASKELL of the Fold In the Township of Lyme Handley In the Parish of Prestbury In the County of Chester Yeoman Being not of Perfect Health of Body, But of Perfect Sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding do make and declare this my last Will & Testament in Manner following.  I Give devise and Bequeath & dispose of all my Estate & Effect as follows I Will, Order and direct that all my Just Debts, Funeral Expences Herriot, and the Charges of, and attending the Probate of attending this my Will be paid and discharged out of my Personal Estate First I Leave & Bequeath to Robert HARRISON Son of John HARRISON my Cousin, of Handley The Leasehold Tenement called the Fold which I now Live upon dureing the Term of the Lease that the same is thereby Holden, Paying unto his Brother John HARRISON the Sum of four Pounds each Year untill he has Received the Sum of Twenty Pounds:  Also I Leave Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved Wife my Lease and Property of the High Sponds Piece which I have in Lease the Issues and Profits to Receive to her own Advantage and Use while she lives, And at her Decease to Will and Leave it to such of my Relations as she thinks proper:  Also I Give Leave and Bequeath unto my Niece Ann JACKSON who now lives upon it the half of my Coppyhold part of that Estate that is all my Property there I Give and Bequeath to her & her Heirs for Ever.  Also I Leave give and Bequeath to her Father Joseph JACKSON of Sponds: Bottom the Sum of One Hundred Pounds:   And also I Give Leave and Bequeath unto George WOOD of Dainrow the Sum of One Hundred Pounds,  Also I Give Leave and Bequeath the Sum of twenty shillings a Year to be Paid, one ten Shillings to the Overseer of the Poor of Lyme Handley, the other to the Overseer of the Poor in Kettleshulme.  The said Overseers to Receive it from whomsoever Receives the Interest of the Money I have upon the Macclesfield Turnpike Road every Year; The same to be distributed at the discretion of they then Overseers of Kettleshulme & Lyme Handley each Chrismass day for Ever.  And the same to be given each Year at the discretion of the Overseers of Lyme Handley and Kettleshulme to ten of the most needfull Poor Persons In their Townships, each a full twelve penny Loaf  Also I Leave, Give and Bequeath for Ever my Coppyhold House and Croft,, and all the Appurtenances therewith unto James JACKSON Son of my Niece Ann JACKSON; the said House & Premises now Holden by Joseph BENNETT and Lying in Paddock lane in Kettleshulme; Also I leave the Reversion of the Interest Arising Yearly from the Macclesfield Turnpike Road Besides the Donation before I Leave & Give to the Discretion of my Executors for themselves and such of my Relations as they choose or think fit to Give any:  Also I Leave give and Bequeath unto William COOPER, Taylor the Sum of five Pounds And also I Leave Give and Bequeath unto Thomas NEEDHAM the Sum of five Pounds both which Legacies to be paid in the space of twelve months after my Decease  Also I Give leave and Bequeath unto William HARRISON and Thomas HARRISON and Martha HARRISON and Betty HARRISON each Eight Pounds Sons and Daughters of my Uncle Thomas HARRISON Deceased: Also I Leave unto George BRADBURY of Disley the Sum of Eight Pounds all these above Legacies to be paid In the course of twelve months after my Decease;  Also I Leave Give & Bequeath unto Mary GASKELL widdow of the late Robert GASKELL the Sum of five Pounds to be paid her in twelve months after my Decease; The House and coppyhold Lands I left before to my Niece Ann JACKSON is one half of the Sponds Bottom for Ever:  Also I Leave & Give to my wife Mary GASKELL what Houshold Goods she chuses to take to as her own Property: the Rest shall be sold by my Executors And the Moneys arising therefrom, And all the Moneys Owing by Mortgage Bonds Bill or otherwise my Property of Goods Chattels or Moneys I Leave and dispose of to Joseph JACKSON and George WOOD for themselves or any of my Relations such as they think to chuse, at their Option:  And I do hereby Invest them with Power and Authority to Act, as Trustees in taking proper care of all my Writings or Acts, Deed, or Deeds and Writings, which shall be necessary for them to do for the Bennefit of my said Wife and Legatees.  And lastly I do herby Nominate Constitute and appoint the aforesaid Joseph JACKSON and George WOOD Executors and Trustees of this my last Will and Testament And I do hereby revoke and make Void, all and every other Will or Wills at any time heretofore by me made, And do declare this to be my last Will  In Witness whereof I the Testator have Set my Hand and Seal this Eight day of January, one Thousand Eight Hundred and two.

Francis GASKELL  Mark and Seal (and attempt at signature)

Signed, Sealed Published and Declared by the said Francis GASKELL the Testator, as, and for his last Will and Testament In the presence of us who at his desire and in his Presence have hereunto Subscribed our names as Witnesses.

Roger JACKSON; Isaac HILL; James SWINDELLS

On a separate sheet 

The nineteenth Day of January 1802 Joseph JACKSON and George WOOD the Executors within named were sworn in common Form before me Thos. Monkhouse Surrogate

Under one Thousand Pounds  Probate issued Dated 19th January 1802 

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James GASKELL, cooper of Lanehead, Disley: 1791

This is the last will and Testament of me James GASKELL cooper of Lenehead in Disley in the Parish of Stockport and County of Chester being of sound disposing mind, memory & understanding, Praised be God for the same made in Manner and Form following, First it is my mind & will that all my Just Debts funeral Expenses and the charge of attending the probate of this my Will be paid out of my Person Estate as far as the same will extend.  As for the Copyhold Lands in Kettleshulme call Kettleshulme Crofts which was left by my Fathers Will to me and my Male Heirs for Ever, which I now receive Rent for, and during my Life, after my Decease I devise, give and Bequeath unto my son James GASKELL and to his Heirs Male for Ever According to my Fathers Will and Testament.  And as to the Remainder of my Goods & Chattels of interest both Moveable and Immoveable And all my Incomes Issues and Profits and Personal Effects I leave and devise unto my wife during her Natural Life If she does not marry again.  But if she happens to Marry again; Then all my Incomes Profits and Personal Effects shall go to my son James and to my Daughter Sarah, my son James to have Double the Value Computation to her.

And after my Wife`s decease If she does not Marry again, All my Goods & Chattels Moneys and Personal Effects and Incomes of any kind whatsoever except the Copyhold Land mentioned before In Kettleshulme I will & leave that my son James shall have double to sum and value to my daughter Sarah and no more, And as for my Moneys out at Interest, If both John SWINDELLS and my wife think it proper to take or call in or use any of the said stock, to my daughter or son, If they think proper to put him to Apprentice, or also in setting him up when he is Loose from Apprenticeship to take some of The Stock my son shall pay Lawful Interest yearly for what Money the allow him to have so long as my Wife Lives and is unmarried again, and my Daughter likewise.  And the Stock of my Moneys to be called in for no other use to be Lessoned but to my son & daughters use as both my Executor & Executrix shall think proper, except my wife shall be in sickness or Necessity, If she be unmarried.  And after my Wife`s decease I Will and Leave to my Daughter Sarah the sum of Ten Shillings a year during her Life Out of the Rents of Kettleshulme Crofts, and the Rent Charge along with them, And after my Decease It is my mind and Will, That my Executor & executrix shall receive the Rents from Kettleshulme Crofts etc. until my son comes of Age of Twenty One Years the same to be expended in Maintenance and Clothing, and Housekeeping As my Executor & Executrix shall think proper.

And lastly I do Constitute Ordain and Appoint John SWINDELLS of Disley Hall and my Wife to be Joint Executor & Executrix of this my last Will & Testament, Revoking and disannulling any former Will or Wills, either by Deed or word of Mouth, and do declare this to be my last Will & Testament, dated the first day of December One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine.

Sealed, Signed, Published and declared by the within Testator As his last Will & Testament In the sight and in the presence of us as witnesses

William SWINDELLS; James SWINDELLS; Ann FYSON?

The 19th day of July 1791 John SWINDELLS the Executor within named was sworn in common Form (the Executrix within named being dead) Before me Rd KINDER surrogate

Probate issued 1 Aug 1791

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James GASKELL of Green Farm, Lyme Handley: 1878 

I James GASKELL of Green Farm Lyme in the parish of Prestbury Cheshire being of sound mind do desire this to be regarded as my last Will and Testament revoking all Wills prior to the date hereafter subscribed I Will that at my death the whole of my property wherever situated or however realized be divided equally among my six sons and two daughters viz. among John, Joseph, Thomas, George, James and William GASKELL and Sarah GREEN and Mary BENNETT After the payment of £20 to my Granddaughter Jane Eliza TOMLINSON and the payment of other just debts to which at my decease may be liable Should the fifty pounds I sent to my son John (herein mentioned) upon an I O U still remain unpaid I desire my Executors when making the division above mentioned to consider this sum in payment or part payment of the amount to which at my decease or otherwise (as stated hereinafter) by the wording of this my last will he will be entitled to receive In the event of my wife Peggy GASKELL surviving me I Will that no division of my estate whatsoever take place during her life time but that she may enjoy the benefits of it unreservedly during her life time And I hereby appoint Isaac BROCKLEHURST Esq., colliery proprietor of this locality and my son William GASKELL of Nottingham to act as my Executors in carrying our my intentions contained in this my Will In witness whereof I have hereinunder set my hand this 4th day of September 1874 James GASKELL – signed by the said testator his last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time also at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses James WOOD; Richard WOOD    

Proved at Chester the 8th day of June 1878 by the oaths of Isaac BROCKLEHURST and William GASKELL the son the Executors to whom Administration was granted The Testator James GASKELL was formerly of Green Farme, Lyme in the parish of Prestbury in the county of Chester but late of Disley in the same county Cattle Doctor and died on the 9th day of December 1877 at Disley aforesaid.

Under £600 No Leaseholds M Smith Solicitor Stockport Charles W Parry District Registrar

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John GASKELL of Bollinhurst, Lyme: 1631

In the name of God Amen.  I John GASKELL of the Bollinhurste of Lyme in Handley in the Countie of Chester yeoman beeinge Week (?) in bodie  but well in mind and memorie doe make this my laste will and Testamente in manner and forme followinge but firste I bequeath my soule into the hand of God the father who created me, of God the sonne who redeemed me, of God the Holie Ghoste who fortifide me trustinge in the riche (?) mercies and merritts of my Saviour Jesus that my soule after ... salvation (?) shall enter into the lande of the ........ and that at the day of the resurrection I shall among the the glorie of his Chosen.  And my bodie to the earthe from which it was taken and to be interred in the Churche of the Chappell of Disley.  And after my debts and funeral expenses be discharged out of my whole goods first I give unto Nicholas BLACKWALL for a marriage portion unto my daughter Katherine Twentie & Eghte pounds besides that which he hathe already had.  Itm I quit to my wife Hellen GASKELL half of all my husbandrie ware.  Itm I quit to my sonne Peers GASKELL the other half of my husbandrie ware. Itm I give unto my sonne John GASKELL Three pounds Three shillings Eight pence.  Itm I give to my sonne Francis GASKELL Three pounds Five shillings Eight pence.  Itm I quit to the children of Radulphe TURNER my sonne in lawe foure pounds which he doth owe me.  Itm I give unto Ellin GASKELL the half of my livinge keeping her self sole and unmarried and if she marrie or miscarrie my will is that she aboyde of the livinge and then that half which she formerlie (?) ..... to be .... divided amongst these my children John GASKELL Robt GASKELL Willm GASKELL Francis GASKELL and Anne GASKELL duringe the tearme of my said wifes naturall life.  Itm my will is (these legacies ... thus discharged) that all my goods, cattels and chattels be divided into three equal portions, one ... I give to my wife Hellen GASKELL (hopinge that Then & that will make my daughter Anne weddinge portion full thirtie pounds accordinge to my will if the said Anne please her mother & brothers in her marriage) Another pte I give to my Children John GASKELL Robt GASKELL Willm GASKELL Francis GASKELL and Anne GASKELL to be equallie devided ammongst them, and for my daughter Anne`s portion my will is that my brother Robt GASKELL and my son Willm shall have the rulinge of it for her best ... except her mother will take int her hands for the ..... .... .  And the other third portion take to my self and thus taken I give to my said children John GASKELL Robt GASKELL Willm GASKELL Francis GASKELL and Anne GASKELL to be equallie devided amongste them.  Itm I constitute order and make my wife Hellen GASKELL and my sonne Peers GASKELL my lawfull Executors; trusting they will faithfully ..... the confidence that I have reposed in them.  And I intreate my good Mr Sr Peter LEGH to be the overseer (?) of this my will.  And herein I revoake all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seale (signed) John GASKELL

Witnesses: Edward THREFALL (?); ........... CROFT

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John GASKELL, yeoman of (Lyme) Han(d)ley: 1718

 In the name of God Amen this sixteenth day of February Anno Domini 1712 And in the Eleventh Year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Ann over Great Britain etc. I John GASKELL of Hanley in the County of Chester yet being aged but not much indisposed as to my bodily health yet mindful of my mortality & the great uncertainty of the time of my dissolution do make & ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner following And First I .... my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker trusting by the mercy & through His alone merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer to obtain remission of all my sins etc. obtain Everlasting Salvation And my body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors herein after named And as concerning my Temporal Estate which God above .... hath blessed me with I dispose thereof as followeth And First I do appoint that the charge of my funeral & all due debts as I shall owe at my death (if any) & such herriott as shall become due on my death shall be all discharged out of my Personal Estate Also I give & devise unto Mary GASKELL my now wife the Bed where we usually lye with all the bedding & furniture belonging to it & also her own chest & trunk & all my household linen & four score pounds to be paid in money out of my personal estate unto her the said Mary within six months next after my death And I likewise give unto my said wife the moderate use for her own convenience of all other my household goods & furniture (except my own Chest & the Chair I usually sit in which I hereby give unto my nephew Thomas GASKELL who now lives with me) for & during so long time as she shall  continue my widow & to live at my now dwelling house in Hanley & so as she or any other person of her Charge do not embezzle misapply wastefully destroy or make spoil of or remove any part of the said other house? goods or furniture .... away And wherever in & by and .... of Assignment formerly made by my dead Father and moiety of my messuage & tenement in Hanley is assigned & settled after my death unto & upon or in trust for my said wife after my death as & for a jointure or provision for her during her life now for her better to .... I do hereby direct and appoint that after my death it shall be at her own choice whether she will have whole & enjoy theretofore mentioned moiety  of the said Messuage & Tenement & Lands according to the said Assignment or to have, receive, take & enjoy one small clear annual or yearly rent or sum of Twelve Pounds of lawful British money to be issuing payable & going out of the clear rents & profits of the said Messuage tenement lands and paid instead? by four quarterly payments & the first payment to begin at three calendar months  next after my death with liberty to distrain on any part of the whole tenement for any arrears of the said Rent in case the same be not duly paid within twenty days next after and the days before appointed for  payment thereof from time to time & also to hold & enjoy that part of the said Messuage & dwelling house which I formerly lived in & held in my Fathers life time together with the said yearly rent from & after such her .... after my death for & during her natural life which said provision hereby made by & out of  my said messuage and tenement & Legacies hereby given and devised unto & for her my said wife I do hereby declare and appoint to be in full lieu satisfaction & discharge of all other her right title & claim if in unto or out of all or any my Lands tenement or hereditament or any my goods chattells or personal estate in any nature whatsoever And that if she the said Mary my wife shall make any claim by way of Dower or ..... at Common Law unto or out of all or any my Lands or Hereditament of In.... in such case all the provision before made or given unto or for her out of my Messuage or Tenement in Hanley & all the Legacies & bequests hereby given or devised to her out of my personal estate shall absolutely end & be utterly void as if the same had never been made or given at all And I give and devise unto my two brothers Francis & William GASKELL either of them a Guinea And I give to my said Brother William`s eldest son John GASKELL twenty pounds to be paid him out of my personal estate in full of his title & claims to any my Lands or other personal estate And I give to each daughter of my two brothers Peter & William GASKELL each of them Twenty Pounds to be likewise paid out of my personal estate yet it is my mind and I do appoint that the twenty pounds hereby given unto my Brother William`s daughter Joan LUCAS shall be managed employed & disposed  of for her use by John & Thomas GASKELL two of my Executors herein after named & her husband Joseph LUCAS shall have nothing at all to do therewith And I give & devise unto my niece Mary GASKELL my Brother Peter`s eldest daughter not only the outright Interest and title of and unto all my messuage & tenement in Hanley after my own death (my wifes interest therein only excepted) but also all my household goods & furniture there except  and besides what are before particularly given hereby after my said wifes Interest and use thereof shall determine and End And I give unto my four Godsons John RICHARDSON; William RICHARDSON; Edward WAINWRIGHT and  Edward GASKELL each of them two shillings and six pence And I give and devise all the residue of all my goods cattle and chattels and personal estate unto my nephew Thomas GASKELL my brother William GASKELL`s son who now lives with me And I give and devise all my messuage tenements lands and hereditaments in Marple in the County of Chester which I heretofore purchased of and from John BULLOCK and is or heretofore was called and known by the name of Moors Tenement with all liberties privileges and advantages thereunto belonging or therewith usually occupied or enjoyed with every of their appurtenances unto my before named nephew Thomas GASKELL second son of my Brother William GASKELL & to the heirs and assigns of  him the said Thomas GASKELL forever And I do hereby direct and appoint that all my messuage and tenement called the Night Wig or Eaves Knowle situate lying and being within the parish of Glossop in the County of Derby heretofore in the possession of John BOARE & now in the possession of me or my tenant or farmer & all the buildings lands and hereditament thereunto belonging with every of there appurtenances shall stand charged and I do hereby charge the said and every part thereof with the full sum of three score pounds of lawful British money to be raised levied and paid by Ten Pounds and in Six Years next after my death unto the respective persons to whom I have hereafter given the same in proportion according to their several shares thereof And I give and devise Forty Pounds part of the said Threescore pounds unto my before named nephew Thomas GASKELL and the other Twenty Pounds residue thereofunto his the said Thomas`s Brother William GASKELL And I give and devise all the before mentioned messuage tenement lands hereditaments and premises in the County of Derby with all liberties privileges and advantages thereunto belonging or therewith usually enjoyed with every of their appurtenances (charged as aforesaid) unto my nephew Peter GASKELL (another son of my Brother William GASKELL) & to the heirs and assigns of him the said Peter forever And I give and devise all my messuage and tenement situate lying & being in Kettleshulme in the said County of Chester which I bought of William SLATER and all the buildings lands and hereditaments liberties privileges and advantages thereunto belonging with every of their appurtenances unto my nephew William GASKELL (another son of my said Brother William GASKELL & to the heirs and assigns of him the said William GASKELL the son forever And of this my Will I do constitute and appoint my wife Mary GASKELL & my two before named nephews John GASKELL & Thomas GASKELL Executors hoping they will duly perform the same as my trust is in them And I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made & declare this to be my last Will and Testament yet nevertheless reserving my self liberty to add any codicil or codicils hereunto which if any I desire to be esteemed as part thereof In witness whereof I the said John GASKELL the Testator have hereunto set my hand & seal and publish this to be my last Will & Testament the date and year first above written.

Signed John GASKILL

Signed sealed published and declared by the said John GASKELL Testator to be his last will and testament in the presence and sight of J LOWE; Edwd DEANE; Thos E DRAKE?; J LOWE jun.  

15 May 1718 The Executors took oath before Thos WAINWRIGHT  

On separate sheet

To Mr John HULTON one of the Promoters? in the Consistory Court of Chester or to any other promoter there

For as much as John GASKELL late of Lyme Handley in the said county of Chester yeoman deceased made his last Will & Testament in writing & thereof constituted & appointed Mary GASKELL his then wife & now widow & relict & his two nephews John GASKELL & Thomas GASKELL Executors thereof Now they the said Mary GASKELL & John GASKELL the nephew being resolved not to ........ in the execution of the said Will do hereby utterly renounce & disclaim from the Executorship  & Probate of the said deceased`s last will; And do hereby authorize you or any of you on sight hereof to Exhibit this there Renunciation as to the said Executorship or Probate of the said last will & testament of the said deceased John GASKELL Witness their hands & seals the Tenth day of May Anno Domini 1718

The marks of Mary GASKELL; John GASKELL 

Sealed & delivered (the words Gaskell & John being first inserted) by the said Mary GASKELL in presence  of  Francis GASKILL; Peter GASKELL

Sealed & delivered by the said John GASKELL in presence of Jeremiah ADSHEAD; Peter GASKELL

 A true and perfect inventory of all of goods cattles & chattles belonging to John GASKELL of Handley in the parish of Prestbury and County Palatine of Chester yeoman late deceased which was taken by us whose names are hereunto subscribed this twenty fourth day of January in the fourth year of his now Majesty`s reign in the year of our Lord god 1717/18.

Imp.

 £    s    d

His purse Apparel

05  00  00

His Horse saddle and bridle

06  00  00

Money upon Specialty           

485 00  00

Money without Specialty 

149 00  031/2

Cattle

.

Eight cows

24  00  00

Six bullocks

22  00  00

Four Twinters

07  00  00

Three calves

03  05  00

Hay & Corn

22  00  00

Husbandry ware

03  00  00

Household goods in the house place

.

1 table chairs stools and dish board 3 brass pans & other brass

03  00  00

In pewter

01  05  00

Lower parlour

.

One bed & bedding 

01  15  00

1 table 2 coffers 1 cupboard 2 chests 1 chair

01  15  00

Lower parlour chamber

.

1 bed & bedding 5 coffers 1 box 1 chair

03  17  00

Buttery chamber

.

1 bed 1 chair 1 table

00  12  00

Buttery

.

In wooden ware

01  10  00

Little parlour

.

1 bed 1 press 1 desk

01  05  00

Little parlour chamber

.

4 Arks & meal

15  00  00

Butter and Cheese Beef and Bacon

01  15  00

4 Corn sacks 2 Cob sacks

00  10  00

Fire iron tongues iron pot & other iron ware

00  15  00

All the husslements

00  10  00

Total           

760 14  031/2

Signed Arnold KYRKE; Thomas KYRKE

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John GASKELL, husbandman of Disley : 1737

In the name of God Amen I John GASKELL of Disley in the County of Chester Husbandman being something indisposed as to my bodily health but of sound and Disposing mind and understanding at the Execution hereof praised be God for it, Do make and Declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner following, First I recommend my soul into the hands of God my Saviour in hopes of a Joyful resurrection, my body I also recommend to a Decent yet plain Interment at the Discretion of my Executor herein after named, and as touching my worldly Estate that it hath pleased God to bestow on me I Dispose of the same as Follows, That is to say, It is my mind and Will that all my Debts Funerall Expenses, and probate of this my Will be first paid out of my personal Estate so far as the same shall reach and extend to pay.  Also I give and devise all that my messuage and Tenement situate lying and being in Disley aforesaid unto Elizabeth GASKELL my mother During the term I have therein, upon condicon that she shall and Doe pay all the residue and remainder of my Debts funeral expenses and other necessary charges that my said personal Estate shall fall short of paying, Also I give to my uncle Peter GASKEL of Bollington in the said County coal-carrier one shilling, And the rest residue and remainder of my personal Estate not herein before given ordered or directed If any such remain I give and bequeath unto the said Elizabeth GASKELL my mother And of this my last Will and Testament I appoint Thomas ETCHELS the younger of Disley aforesaid Executor hopeing he will see the trust reposed in him faithfully performed I willing that he shall be allowed all reasonable charges that he shall be put unto in the Execution of his trust.  And I do hereby revoke all former wills And in testimony that this is my Last Will and Testament I have hereunto put my hand and Seal the Fourteenth Day of January in the year of our Lord 1736 - his mark & seal John GASKELL

Signed Sealed published and Declared to be the Last Will and Testament of the within named John GASKELL the Testator (the raisure within first raised) in the presence of

John CLAYTON; John CLAYTON the younger; Rand. JANNION?   

On the seventeenth day of January in the year of our Lord 1737 Thomas ETCHELS the within named Executor took the usual oath of an Executor & that the Goods & Chattels of the within named Testator did not at the time of his decease &ldots;. Of the sum of eighteen pounds before Edwd. Hulton Surr.

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John GASKELL of (Lyme) Han(d)ley: 1754

In the name of God Amen I John GASKELL of Hanley in the parish of Priestbury & county of Chester, yeoman being aged & infirm of body but of sound & perfect understanding (blessed be God for the same) Do make & appoint this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following And first & principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God trusting by his mercy through the mercy of Jesus Christ my Redeemer to obtain remission of my sins & to inherit eternal life & my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named.  And as touching my temporal estate I dispose of the same as follows And first, I will that all my Debts Herriots Funeral Expenses and Probate of this my last will be paid out of my personal estate.  And I give & devise unto my wife Margaret GASKELL the annuity of fifty shillings to be paid to her or her assigns yearly & every year during her natural life out of the profits of my Leasehold Messuage & Tenement called New Hay where I now dwell by four equal payments (that is to say) the sum of twelve shillings & sixpence every quarter of a year, with liberty nevertheless to have it in her choice whether to receive the said annuity of fifty shillings or to have one cow kept winter & summer upon the premises as she shall like best And if default be made in paying the said annuity then my said wife to have liberty to enter upon my aforesaid tenement & the same to hold in possession until she shall have received the said annuity & all arrears thereof over & above all costs & reprizes.  And I do further appoint that my said wife shall have the new end of my now dwelling house (that is to say) the Kitchen & chamber over it during her natural life together with one bed some few goods necessary for her to use, if she shall like to stay & dwell there.  Also I give to my son Peter GASKELL the sum of twenty shillings to be paid out of my personal estate Also I give to my son William GASKELL the sum of twenty pounds to be paid out of the profits of my copyhold lands in Kettleshulme within the two years after my decease or in case my said son William be dead,, then the said twenty pounds to be paid to his children & equally divided amongst them.  And I do give & devise my aforesaid copyhold lands (whereof I have heretofore passed a surrender to the life of my last will) to my son James GASKELL & the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten forever. And after the decease of the said James GASKELL if he leaves no such heirs as aforesaid, I give & devise the said lands to my son John GASKELL & his heirs male lawfully begotten for ever, paying unto my grandson John GASKELL son to my son Peter GASKELL the sum of ten pounds within two years after such entrance, if it so happen.  And for want of him the said John GASKELL or such his heirs as aforesaid I devise the aforesaid lands to William GASKELL during his natural life & at his decease I will that the said lands shall descend & remain to my aforesaid grandson John GASKELL & his heirs male & female for ever.  And for want of his or her heirs to go to the next heirs male of my issue, he my said grandson or such next heir paying to my son William`s children the sum of twenty pounds within two years after such entrance if it so happen to be equally divided amongst as many of my said son William`s children as shall then be living.  And it is my will & desire that so long as any of my Posterity shall occupy my aforesaid tenement in Hanley they shall have liberty to pass & re pass through my said lands in Kettleshulme with an horse & any kind of carriage as often as they shall have occasion doing as little damage as possible.  And I do give & devise all the reversion of my leasehold messuage & tenement aforementioned (charged with my wife`s annuity as aforesaid) to my son John GASKELL & his heirs during the remainder of the terms of the lease together with all the appurtenances privileges & tenant rights thereto belonging.  And I do order & appoint that my clock & cupboard shall stand as heirlooms in my now dwelling house so long as any of my children, grandchildren or any of my posterity shall inhabit there.  And all the rest residue & remainder of my goods, chattels & personal estate both quick & dead moveable & immoveable (the heirlooms excepted) I give & bequeath to my two sons William GASKELL & John GASKELL to be equally divided betwixt them share & share alike.  And lastly I do nominate constitute & appoint my friend Thomas GASKELL of Stocks in Kettleshulme & my son James GASKELL executors of this my last will & testament hoping they will faithfully fulfil and perform the same as my trust in them is.  And I do hereby revoke & disannul all former wills heretofore by me made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of December in the twenty fifth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the second by the Grace of God over Great Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith & so forth & in the year of Our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundred & Fifty One.  Signed sealed & published by the above named testator as his last will & testament

The mark & seal of John GASKELL

In the presence of us Thomas GASKELL (his mark); Elizabeth SHIRD; Mary SHIRD

30th July (1754) Executors took oath that effects under £40   

An Inventory of the Goods and Chattels of John GASKELL late of Hanley deceased who was buried 22 Mar 1754 as appraised by us whose names are under written this 23rd day of March 1754.

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 £  s  d

In purse & apparel

05  10  00

In the House 

.

a fire tongs Colrake Crow & Pothooks

00  06  00

Six knives & six forks

00  01  06

A press 7s 6d A cupboard 5s 6d

00  13  00

An old clock

00  15  00

A frying pan and a dripping pan

00  02  00

A looking glass 4d three cushions 9d

00  01  01

A little table 6d five shelves 1s 3d

00  01  09

Four chairs & three stools

00  02  00

In pewter

00  09  05

Two iron pots

00  01  10

A mustard ball 1s An house glass 6d

00  01  06

A large pair of weighs

00  00  08

Two brass kettles

00  02  03

A brass skillet and a brass saucepan

00  01  06

Sixteen trenchers

00  00  09

A flesh fork 2 Scuers (skewers?) & a hanging spit

00  00  04

An iron pool a Bread iron & a Brass Ladle

00  01  06

A chopping knife & two axes

00  01  03

Five Tickerey plates 6d a small basin 4d

00  00  10

A chafing dish

00  00  10

Two cheese fats

00  00  10

An old smoothing Iron & Houters ?

00  00  10

In books

00  05  00

In Husslement

00  02  00

In the Buttery 

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An oak piggin

00  00  06

A Crown Mug

00  00  04

In husslement

00  01  06

In the Parlour

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A Bedstead and Bedding

01  16  00

A shelf board

00  00  06

In the Kitchen

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A cheese press

00  01  06

A Brass pan

00  05  00

An oak table

00  05  00

Three piggins

00  02  06

A little tub

00  03  00

An old wash tub

00  00  06

An hair Sieve?

00  00  02

In the chamber over the Kitchen

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A Barrel

00  01  06

Two old chairs and a stool

00  00  06

A Brewing tub

00  01  06

In the chamber over the House

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An old brass pan

00  01  06

An ark & some meal in the same

00  18  00

An old bedstead and some bedding

00  11  00

A salting tub & a piggin

00  04  00

An old chair

00  00  06

In cheese

00  08  00

In the chamber over the Parlour

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Twenty three bottles

00  03  00

An old coffer and an old chest

00  05  00

Two old chairs

00  00  06

Six sheets a pillow and seven napkins

00  16  03

A little basket

00  00  03

In the Barn

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In hay

01  10  00

Four pitchforks

00  00  08

In the Shippon

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One heifer & a calf

04  05  00

Two Cows

07  05  00

Total

28  12  04

That the above is a true inventory Witness our hands who appraised the same 

John PICKFORD; James SWINDELLS   

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John GASKELL of Lyme Handley: 1778

In the of God Amen (sic) I John GASKELL of Lyme Handley in the county of Chester being of perfect mind and memory make this my last Will & Testament: First I will & devise that all my funeral expenses and probate of this my last will and testament; and all such Debts as I shall justly owe at my death shall be paid or otherwise discharged out of that and those my copyhold land (and small erection thereon) commonly called Kettleshulme Crofts; situate lying and being in Kettleshulme; And out of my Leasehold Messuage and Tenement in Lyme Handley: commonly called or known by the name of New Hay And then and immediately after my aforesaid copy-hold lands in Kettleshulme and Leasehold messuage and tenement in Lyme Handley shall (by their annual rents) have cleared themselves and become clear from all my due Debts then To my Brothers Thomas GASKELL and James GASKELL I give and devise all that and those my said copy-hold land (& small erection thereon) commonly called Kettleshulme Crofts situate lying and being in Kettleshulme. and also my aforesaid Leasehold messuage and tenement (in case it shall be in being) in Lyme Handley: commonly called or known by the name of the New Hay, to them and to their heirs for ever to be equally divided between them: Nevertheless then charged as hereafter - That is to say, To my Brother Samuel GASKELL I give and bequeath the sum of Ten pounds And to my Sister Mary GASKELL I give and bequeath the sum of Ten pounds And to my sister Jane GASKELL I give and bequeath the sum of Ten pounds - all which legacies I will & direct shall be paid by my aforesaid two Brothers Thomas GASKELL & James GASKELL out of and from those my aforesaid copy-hold land in Kettleshulme and leasehold messuage and tenement in Lyme Handley to the respective Legatees within the space of twelve months next after my aforesaid places have cleared themselves and become clear from all my Debts.  Also at which time To my Wife I give and bequeath the annual sum of Fifty shillings a year, yearly and every year during her life or marriage: the first payment to be paid by my aforesaid two Brothers Thomas GASKELL and James GASKELL out of and from those my aforesaid copy-hold land in Kettleshulme & leasehold messuage & tenement in Lyme Handley at the end of twelve months next after the places become clear and so continued yearly during her life or marriage

And to my honoured Father Peter GASKELL I give and bequeath my silver watch, silver buckles & a set of silver buttons - And I do constitute & appoint my Brother Thomas GASKELL and my Brother James GASKELL joint executors of this my last Will and Testament hoping that they will truly and justly fulfil and perform the same as my trust is in them.  And I do hereby revoke all former bequests wills and legacies by me heretofore in anywise left or made declaring, 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 thirteenth day of November One thousand, seven hundred & seventy three.

Signed John GASKELL

Signed sealed published and declared by the within named John GASKELL to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto  subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator       

James ETCHELLS; Jane BAGSHAWs mark; George SHIRD

The sixteenth day of June 1778 Thomas GASKELL one of the Executors within named was sworn in common form / power reserved for James GASKELL the other Executor to take the execution thereof upon him when he shall lawfully request the same before me Thos MONKHOUSE surrogate

Probate issued 9th of July following. 

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Joseph GASKELL of New Mills (born Disley) : 1846

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Joseph GASKELL of New Mills in the parish of Glossop in the County of Derby Machine Printer I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid by my Executors hereinafter named so soon as conveniently may be after my decease I give and bequeath all my household goods and furniture bedding and effects whatsoever in my Dwelling House at Torr Top in New Mills aforesaid unto my wife Maria GASKELL for her own absolute use and benefit And I give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever unto my brother James GASKELL of Disley in the County of Chester Labourer and John HIBBERT the Elder of New Mills aforesaid Surgeon their executors administrators and assigns upon Trust in the first place to call in and convert into money such part of my personal estate as shall consist of money out at interest or otherwise and thereby to raise the Sum of Twenty Pounds for the use and benefit of my nephew Joseph CLAYTON the son of my sister Elizabeth and pay the same and the interest thereof to the said Joseph CLAYTON when he attains the age of Twenty One years And upon Trust that they my said Trustees their executors or administrators do and shall place out at interest on good security  the residue of my said estate and effects and pay thereout the sum of Three Shillings weekly and every week to my said wife Maria so long as there shall be sufficient funds for that purpose And in case my said wife shall die before all the said funds of the said residue of my estate and effects shall have been paid to her as aforesaid then I will and direct that such residue shall be paid and divided amongst my next of kin then living in equal shares and proportions And I will and direct that upon payment of any money to my said Executors and which may be owing to my estate the person or persons paying the same shall be fully discharged therefrom and not be answerable for the application thereof And I appoint the said James GASKELL and John HIBBERT the elder executors of this my will And that my said Trustees shall not be answerable for any more money than they shall respectively actually receive nor for any losses to my estate except from wilful neglect and that each shall be entitled to deduct all just and reasonable expenses in the execution of this my will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my name or mark the twenty fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty six.

The mark X of Joseph GASKELL

Signed and published by the said Testator Joseph GASKELL and by him acknowledged to be 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 subscribed our names as Witnesses: Robt RATCLIFFE of New Mills; John HIBBERT junr of New Mills 

On a separate printed sheet:

In the Bishops Court of Lichfield  In the Goods of Joseph GASKELL deceased

Appeared Personally James GASKELL of Disley in the parish of Stockport in the County of Chester Labourer and John HIBBERT the elder of New Mills in the parish of Glossop in the County of Derby Surgeon the joint Executors named in the last Will and Testament of the said Joseph GASKELL late of New Mills in the parish of Glossop in the County of Derby Machine Printer Deceased who died on or about the thirtieth of January One thousand eight hundred and forty six and made oath ........etc. etc...........under the value of One Hundred Pounds ......

Sworn on the 30th March 1846 James GASKELL before me Matth FREEMAN Commissioner   

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 (Kezia GASKILL, spinster of 41 Chapel Street, New Mills: 1912 - family originally from Disley

This is the last Will and Testament of me Kezia GASKILL (spinster) of 41 Chapel Street, New Mills in the County of Derby.  I hereby revoke all Wills and testamentary instruments  heretofore by me made.  I appoint Joseph GASKILL of 41. Chapel Street, New Mills and Herbert GASKILL of 41 Chapel Street, New Mills to be my Executors of this my Will.  I direct my Executors to pay my just debts and Funeral and testamentary expenses.  I give and bequeath unto my Brothers and Sisters Joseph GASKILL, Albert GASKILL, Emma BOWDEN, Annie MARTIN or MORTIN, Herbert GASKILL, Alice HIGGINBOTTOM, Harriet GASKILL, Walter GASKILL, Hannah JOHNSON all I now possess or may hereafter become possessed of real and personal estate to be divided among them share and share alike for their absolute use.

Witness my hand this third day of April 1912 (signed) Kezia GASKILL

Signed by the above named Testator as her last Will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Walter FERNLEY (clerk) Ash Cottage, New Mills; James RICHARDSON (warehouseman) 39 Chapel St., New Mills

On the 7th day of December 1912 Probate of this Will was granted at Derby to Joseph GASKILL and Herbert GASKILL the Executors

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  Obligation between Peter GASKILL of Hanley and Esther GASKILL of Rag in Lime, spinster: 1703 

 (Attempted translation from dog Latin) &ldots;&ldots; & &ldots;. me Peter GASKILL of Hanley in the county of Chester &ldots;.. &ldots;. of similar obligation Esther GASKILL of Rag In Lime in the County of Chester &ldots; spinster In five &ldots; pounds of good & Legal English Money &ldots; &ldots; Esther GASKILL &ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots;&ldots; 1 May 1703?

(In English) The condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bounden Peter GASKILL his heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns or any of them do well and truly pay or cause to be contented satisfied or paid unto the Above Named Esther GASKILL her heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns or to some of them the Full and Just sum of Seven pounds Ten Shillings of Good and Lawful money with Interest According to Law upon or before the first day of November next Insuing the date hereof which will be in this present year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Three without fraud covin or Longer Delay then this present Obligation to be Void and of none effect or else to be and Remain In full force power and &ldots;

Sealed signed & Delivered in the presence of 

Mary WHILTON?; John GASKILL; Peter GASKILL

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Mary Gaskell of Handley: 1765

9th December 1763 in the third year of the reign of George 3rd. Mary GASKELL of Handley in the parish of Prestbury and County of Chester.

I give unto my three sisters Anne, Elizabeth and Amy one hundred pounds each; but if my said sister Anne shall happen to die before the said hundred pounds becomes due then I give the same to my nephew John FRITH’s daughter Mary

Also I give to my said nephew John FRITH’s son and two daughters, to witt, Samuel, Elizabeth and the aforesaid Mary one hundred pounds each.

 Also I give to unto my aforesaid nephew John FRITH’s daughter Elizabeth aforementioned all such household goods as I shall leave at my decease.

Also I give to my cousin Peter GASKELL of Bollington the sum of ten pounds.

Also I give to my cousin Amy LEAH’s daughter Mary the like sum of ten pounds.

Also I give to my servant man, Robert HARRY the sum of five pounds.

Also I give to my maid servant Ruth RICHARDSON one guinea.

And all the residue and remainder of my estate if any remain over after paying the legacies and charges I give to my nephew John FRITH.

Also I give and devise all that and those messuage and lands thereunto belonging called Barns Fold lying near Hayfield in Derbyshire and also all that those my two closes fields or parcels of land situate lying near or adjoining to Hayfield aforesaid and heretofor belonging to the aforesaid Barns-Fold and now held by Thomas COOPER as tenant thereof to my sister Elizabeth GASKELL and her heirs for ever.

Also I give and devise all my Estate and Lands situated lying and being in Chinley in Derbyshire aforesaid to my aforesaid nephew John FRITH’s two daughters Hannah and Martha and their heirs for ever to be equally divided betwixt them and to be divided so soon as the younger of the shall attain the age of one and twenty years or be married whether shall first happen and the rents and profits to be equally divided betwixt them.  But if one should die in the meantime the survivor to enter upon the whole premises.  If both happen to die without issue the the said lands and premises to be equally divided among the other three of the aforementioned John FRITH’s children,  Samuel, Elizabeth and Mary share and share alike.

Also though I have before given to my niece Elizabeth FRITH all my household goods I give the bed and bedding standing in the parlour and my chest standing in the chamber which I give to my sister Elizabeth

And whereas I have beforetime transferred over to my nephew John FRITH the  tenement where I now dwell  yet it is my desire that my sister Elizabeth shall have the dwelling house and keeping of a cow during her life.

And also that the said John FRITH shall assign over the tenement to his daughter Elizabeth when she shall attain the age of twenty five years.

I appoint my nephew John FRITH sole executor of my will.

Mary GASKELL  her mark and seal

In the presence of: David Jackson; Thomas Gaskell; John Gaskell

27 June 1765John FRITH sole executor sworn in common form before Abel WOOD

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  Peter GASKILL of Lime in Hanly: 1703

In the name of God Amen.  The sixteenth day of September, In the second year of the Reign of our sovereign Lady Anne of England and Queen, Annod domini 1703.  I Peter Peter (sic) GASKILL of Lime in Hanly in the county of Chester Yeoman Being weak of Body; but of perfect memory & understanding praised be God for the same, & being certain I must dye; but uncertain of the time thereof. Do make publish & declare this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following.  First I commend my soul in to the hands of Almight God my creatour, hopeing for the remission & pardon of all my sins, & salvation through the only merits, Death & Passion of my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.  And my Body to the dust whereof it was made, and to be buried in decent manner as my Executor hereafter named shall think fitt.  And as for my worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me withal That there may arise no strife nor Dissention Amongst my Relations after my decease concerning the same, my mind and will is it be disposed of in manner and form following –

It is my mind and will that my brother John GASKILL have This Tenement, will all the privilidges and appurtinances belonging thereunto, during the whole Term of the Lease, paying back to my wife the sum of an 100 pounds of good, and Lawfull English money, the one 50 pounds to be paid at 6 months and, the other 50 pounds at three years and without interest for it, and for the default of the payment of this said 100 pounds, that this said Widow GASKILL shall re enter upon the tenement.

That my brother John shall discharge all other debts, together with funeral expenses whatsoever.  And as for my Personal estate I leave to my brother John GASKILL save only to give unto my wife, the same part and parcel of goods that I received with her, or any other part of goods, not amounting to the value of 20 shillings.

Finally I have concluded this my last Will & Testament disannulling all other former wills made by me, leaving my brother John GASKILL my sole Executor hoping he will not fail to discharge all above mentioned. Memorandum that the first 50 pounds shall be paid into the hands of my Father in Law Joseph WATTSON and the other 50 pounds to be paid into the hands of her uncle John HEWITT Apothocary in Bolton.  In witness whereof I have put my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Signed Peetar GASKILL

Witnesses: William GASKILL his mark; Esther GASKILL her mark; Ralph BOWKER

From the obligation attached to the will & the Commissioner`s statement Peter`s wife was called Elizabeth.

Obligation Sealed in the presence of Will STRATFORD; Jo: HULTON  & signed Elizabeth GASKILL; Jo: WATSON; Thos MALLORY

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Peter GASKELL of Lyme Handley 1703 & Documents of 1728 - 32 

This is a complicated set of documents covering many sheets & mainly relating to the above Will.  Parts are difficult to read plus some parts are in Latin & others use old abbreviations which are difficult to decipher.  Most of the documents refer to a court case between John GASKELL & Elizabeth SLACK late wife of Peter GASKELL but now the wife of Thomas SLACK.  The sheet numbers are there as a guide for me & have no other relevance.

Sheet One

Obligation between Peter GASKELL Jun. of Lyme in Hanley Yeom. & Peter GASKELL Sen. of Lyme in Hanley Yeom. written in Latin followed by:

The Condition of the above written Obligation is such that if the above bounden Peter GASKELL the Younger his Executors Administrators and Assigns hereby pay or cause to bee paid unto the above named Peter GASKELL the Elder his Executors Administrators and assigns the full whole and entire sume of forty pounds of good and Lawfull money of England att or upon the Twenty Eighth Day of May next Ensueing the Day of the Date of the above written Obligation without fraud? or further delay That then the above written Obligation to bee void and of noe Effect or Else to bee and remain in full force and vertue.

(signed) Peter GASKILL

 Sealed Signed and Delivered these words [his Executors Administrators and Assignes] being Enterlined as above appeareth before the sealing and Delivering hereof in the presence of us

James GASKELL his mark; James COTTERELL his mark; Ester GASKELL her mark

Sheet Two

A true and Perfect Inventory of all & Singular the Goods Rights Credits Catle & Chattels of Peter GASKELL the Younger of Lyme Handley in the Parish of Prestbury & County of Chester Yeom dated Vallued and Appraised the fourth Day of October Anno Dom 1703

Imprimis 

 £    s    d

The Cattle

10  10  00

The Corne

03  00  00

The Hay

04  10  00

The Swine

00  16  00

One Fire Iron

00  12  00

2 piggins one Cestrill & other Goods

00  06  08

One hearthstone & Pott hooks

00  01  08

One peire of new? Cloth

00  12  00

One Churn

00  03  00

The Couple of harrows

00  08  00

For hey Grass of  Catle

03  16  00

a Debt owed to the Decd from the poor of Disley

00  09  10

In Cheese

00  18  00

One Seac.... Sadle & long Pikehill

00  03  06

In pewter

00  11  00 (?)

One brass Pott

00  08  00

Some odd Things in the Buttery

00  03  00

Some Iron & brass hanging in the chimney nook

00  05  00

Six Chaires

00  04  00

Two buffett Stools

00  02  00

Six Cushions

00  09  00

One Coffer

00  04  00

One Table

00  04  00

One Bedstead

02  00  00

Bedding with the Same

02  10  00

A Cow, Calfe & Stirk

04  15  00

Two Cushions

00  05  00

Two Chairs & a Back Stool

00  09  00

In purse & Apparell

01  00  00

A Tenement under Mr LEGH with the Lands thereunto belonging (two words erased) for four score & nineteen Years in case the three Lives therein live so long at 16 p anno att

160  00  00

.

199  19  02

Appraised by us John HARRISON; Thomas LOWE

Sheet Three 4th Feb 1730

A more plain & particular Inventory of the Goods Rights Credits & Chattels of Peter GASKELL the Younger late of Lyme Handley in the County & Diocese of Chester Yeom. deceasd that ever came to the possession or knowledge of Elizabeth SLACK

In Cattle

 £  s  d

Imps two Cows att £2.10 each

05  00  00

Itm five Stirks att £1.10 each

07  10  00

Itm two Calves att £0.16 each

01  12  00

Itm one old mare taken for an Herriott

01  03  00

In Corn

.

Itm An eleven bushels and half of Oats att

02  17  00

Itm two Measures of barley att

 00  03  00

In Hay

.

Itm Sixty Hundred of hay at 1s 6d a Hundred

04  10  00

In other Goods Itm two piggins 2s One Cortrel 1s a beating staff and Rowling pin 1s a Cheesefatt 1s a wooden Can bd a noggin for a Cellabub 6d & a wooden bason 8d

00 06  00

In Cheese Itm One hundred of cheese att

00  18  00

In pewter Itm 21 pound of pewter at 8d p pd 

00  14  00

In odd things in the buttery

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Itm oneCreem mugg at 6d one butter milk mugg 3d three pan muggs 1s 6d Six bottles 6d two carpery? 6d & four mess potts att 3d

00  03  06

In Irons and brass ony ..all

.

Itm one skillott at 1s 6d one Skimmer 6d one ladle 4d one hacking knife 6d one back spittle 9d one spitt 9d one flesh fork 6d & one bread iron 2d 

 00  08  00

In purse & apparell two coats 6s two waistcoats 3s two breeches 1s 6d two pair of stockens 6s & two pair of shoes & two shirts 1s 

01  00  00

In the tenemt 95 Years remaining at the death of the Testator

160  00  00

Elizabeth SLACK 4th Feb 1730

Sheet Four (torn at top) 9th Apr 1730

C.......e and Just Account of E....beth SLACK, otherwise GASKELL, now the wife of Thomas SLACK, Relict and Administratrix of the Goods Rights Credits & Chattles with the will annexed of Peter GASKELL the younger late of Lyme Handley in the County & Diocese of Chester Yeoman Deceased, rendred & made by vertue of her oath in that behalfe formerly taken as followeth viz.

The Charge

  £     s    d

The said accomptant chargeth herself with the total Sume of the Inventory of the Goods of the said Testator amounting in the whole to the sume of

199  19  02

The Discharge

From which she discharges herself by the Sev(era)l sumes following to be allowed her viz.

Imps paid a bond Debt to Esther GASKELL

07  10  00

Itm paid Interest thereupon

00  06  00

Itm pd a bond debt to Peter GASKELL the Eldr

40  00  00

Itm pd Interest thereupon 

01  13  00

Itm pd Edmund CLAYTON a debt due from the decd

04  00  00

Itm pd to Joseph WATSON for money lent to him

04  05  00

Itm pd to Mr LEIGH for Rent

00  11  05

Itm pd the Farm for Corn Tythe 

00  13  00

Itm pd John GASKELL for money lent

00  11  00

Itm pd for a poor Lay

00  01  01

Itm to Mr LEIGH Martlemaphent (?)

00  03  00

Itm paid to Dr NEWTON for his advice & attendance

01  00  00

Itm pd to Peter KENNION for his advice & physick

00  15  02

Itm to Mr BRAISEY apothecary for physick

00  15  02

Itm to Martha GASKELL

00  00  09

Itm to Joseph MELLOR for pewter

00  03  00

Itm to Susan JEPSON for lent money

00  00  08

Itm to the Smith for Horses Shooes

00  02  00

Itm to Robt BENNETT for Coals

00  00  06

Itm to Mary WHEELTON Nurse Tender

00  02  06

Itm to Robt OSBALDESTON for money lent

 00  05  00

Itm to John RICHSON (?) for Malt

00  05  00

Itm .. ..... BROCKLEHURST for ..... (torn)

00  02  06

Itm to George ETCHELLS for Cattle

02  07  00

Itm to William GASKELL for butchers meat

00  01  10

Itm to Francis GASKELL for the land Tax

00  09  08

Itm to Peter GASKELL for the other half year land tax

00  09  08

Itm to James GASKELL for lent money

00  07  00

Itm For the Deceds funerall Expenses

03  12  00

Itm for Expense of a Citacon to Call Jo. GASKELL Exr to renounce ... & charges in going to Chester thereupon to advise

00  09  00

Itm for Admracon with the will annext & expences thereupon at the visitation at Macclesfield

02  13  00

Itm due to the Accompt by her marriage settlement at 4.. p ann(um)

40  00  00

Itm Due the said accompt by the Testators Will

100  00  00

The said Accomptant also further craveth allowance of the necessary Expences she shall be put to in the Just Defence of this s...      (signed) Elizabeth SLACK

9 Apr 1730    Joh: MAPLETOFT Surrog. 

Sheet Five  Two dates on this document 7 Oct 1728 and 1731 - 32

Latin paragraph re Deposition of Jacobi (James) GASKELL etc.

(Latin)........That this Deponent being Brother to Peter GASKELL the Decedent allegate and liveing at that time [of my sd Brothers Death (inserted)] with his Uncle at Lyme Handley (about two miles from the place where his said Brother lived and died) which Uncles name was also Peter GASKELL, one Francis GASKELL another Relation, who lived nearer to the Decedent than this Deponent did, bid this Deponent at the [said] time of his said Brothers Death advise with his said Uncle about the funerall of his said Brother, for that he believed his said Brother had not left Money enough in the house to defray the expence thereof, wherefore this Deponent going to his said Uncle and acquainting him with what the said Francis GASKELL had said to his said Uncle bid this Deponent go back to the said Francis and desire him to assist him to buy what was necessary for the funerall of his said Brother and that whatever he laid out should be repaid him again, which this Deponent accordingly did and the said Francis GASKELL lending this Deponent Money to pay for severall things and paying for others himself relateing to the said funerall and afterwards giveing this Deponent an Account at his  Uncles Request of what he had laid out which amounted to three pounds twelve shillings, the Deponent received the same Sum from his said Uncle Peter GASKELL and repaid it to the said Francis, but this Deponents Brother John GASKELL the Plaintiff in this Cause was not that time by and present. And further he knows not

The mark of James GASKELL        repetit &recognit coram ... P GASTREL

Sheet Six 3rd Feb 1731

This is a mixture of Latin & English.  The first paragraph in Latin refers to John GASKELL & Elizabeth SLACK wife of Thomas SLACK.  The second paragraph begins in Latin & then switches to English. 

................................ save that he this Respondent neither knows nor believes the Copy of the Indenture allte to be a true Copy of the Original Indenture of Lease, the sd Original Indenture not being exhibited in this Cause so as to be seen and examined by him this Respt. And further saving that the fifth Exhibit or Receipt exhibited in this sd Cause does not according to the Tenor & Substance thereof appear to be the Debt of the sd Peter GASKELL the Younger the Testator in this sd Cause Nor that the sd William CLAYTON who has signed the Receipt had a right to receive the sd Debt and for that the sd Rect purports to be given for the Sum of four pounds five shillings and the sd Deft SLACK in his Acct exhibited in this sd Cause chargeth the Effects of the sd Decd with the Sum of four pounds only for which reason .................lapses back into Latin.

John GASKELL (the mark of) 3 Feb 1731 before Edw TURVILE Snr 

Sheet Seven 18th March 1731 

John GASKELL & Elizabeth SLACK als GASKELL now wife of Thomas SLACK mentioned at the top of the document which is mainly in Latin & refers to another document of the 10 May 1703

The handwriting looks like that of the lawyer employed by Elizabeth.

Sheet Eight 17th Jun 1731

First paragrah in Latin refers to John GASKELL & Elizabeth SLACK als GASKELL wife of Thomas SLACK

(Latin).... That he this Respondt does not believe that all & singular the particulars and Items of the Account allte were & are true & just as allte and so had & expedited as in the same is containd And that the sd Elizabeth SLACK otherwise GASKELL did not really pay & disburse the several sums of money as mentioned & containd in the sd Account nor were the same due & payable out of the Goods & Chattels of the said Deced and to be allowed to the sd Accomplant as allte, sient credit, And further this Respt answere & says that he this sd Respt was not by & present at the payment of the several & resp(ec)tive sums of money allte to the several & respective persons allte nor of any of them nor of any other sum in the sd account mentioned, saving eleven shillings paid to him this sd Respt to the best of his knowledge rembrance or belief, And therefore does not believe the same to be paid as allte of atr noseit ronotore

Signed Joanis GASKELL (mark)            17 June 1731 repetit et recognit per Gastrell

Sheet Nine 4 May 1732

First paragraph in Latin refers to John GASKELL & Elizabeth SLACK alias GASKELL now wife of Thomas SLACK and appears to refer to the court case between the two.

1. In Latin

2. begins in Latin but then ................ that in the said Inventory of the rights goods, Credits Cattells and Chattells of the said Peter GASKELL deceased Exhibited into this Venerable Court by and on the part and behalf of the said Elizabeth SLACK otherwise GASKELL Administratrix of the goods rights Credits and Chattells with the last will and testament annex`d of the said deceased by virtue of her oath in  that behalf taken divers goods therein mentiond & sett down and much undervalued & not apprised and valued according to the true worth & estimation of them as they might may or were sold for and that the said, Elizabeth SLACK otherwise GASKELL hath willfully fraudulently and contrary to truth and good conscience omitted out of the said Inventory divers goods and Chattells which were the said Deceaseds & at the time of the death of the said deceased in his the said deceaseds own custody & possession & hath also omitted out of the said Inventory severall debts due & owing to the said Deceased at the time of his death from divers and sundry persons upon bills bonds or other securitys & contracts as in the subsequent artes (articles?) more plainly are specified and declar`d et pt ut supra.

3. It pt & allt that the accounts of the discharge or disbursments of the said Elizabeth SLACK otherwise GASKELL af`d, exhibited into this said Court by virtue of her oath as af`d are very false and untrue and divers Items & particulars therein mencon`d are unjustly & fraudulently sett down and inserted others unnecessarily expended & much over charged for that severall of the said sums in the sd acctt charg`d and by her the sd Elizabeth SLACK otherwise GASKELL pretended to  be paid & expended were not so really & bona fide lay`d out & pd to the persons therein mencon`d, & others very extravagantly and unnecessarily expended by her the said Elizabeth SLACK otherwise GASKELL as by the sd subsequent articles which this party proponent desires may be made part of the articles of this allegation reference being thereunto had will more fully and clearly appear .. (sheet ripped) ponit ut Supra. 

4. It Pont. allt. That whereas the said Elizabeth SLACK by the first and second Inventory by her Exhibited upon oath into this venerable court at the Instance and promocon of him this party promonent (sic) has charged her self but with two cows of & belonging to the said Testator Peter GASKELL yet the truth is that he the said Peter left at the time of his death at least three cows which came to the hands possession or knowledge of her the said Elizabeth SLACK or to the hands & possession of some other person for her use, by and with her pr...ty & consent, And this was and is true publick and notorious in and throughout the parish of Prestbury and other places adjacent and so much the said Elizabeth SLACK knows hath heard & believes in her conscience to be true  et .... (Latin phrase)

5. It pt & allt that whereas in and by the said Inventorys she the said party promote (?) has valued and charged the hay therein mentioned without naming the eddish or after grass of the ground, from which the said Hay was gotten, but at the sume of £4. 10s & no more yet the said hay with the said eddith or after grass was really and bona fide worth the sume of £8. at least and this was and is true publick and notorious within and throughout the parish of Prestbury afd and other places adjacent & so much the said Elizabeth SLACK knows hath heard & believes in her conscience to be true (Latin phrase)

6. It Pt & allt That by the last will and Testamt of the said Peter GASKELL, he the said Testator gives and devises the Remainder of his Tenement in Lyme Handley held by Lease from and under Peter LEIGH of Lyme Esq. for the term of 99 years if three lives there mentioned should so long live unto his brother John GASKELL this said party proponent with all the priviledges & appurtenances thereto belonging as by the said original will remaining at the acts of this sd court retain (?) being thereunto had will more fully and at large appear.

7. It Pt allt The she the said Elizabeth SLACK has possessed and enjoyed the said tenement and ... .. the profitts thereof to her own use ever since the death of the sd Peter GASKELL now 28 years ago and upwards without rendring any account thereof to him this sd party proponent & that the annual rent or value of the said tenement was for all the said time and now is at an easy rent well worth the sume of £20 19 18 17 or at least £16 per annum and has been sett or lett for the said sum or sums or more & not less for all or any part of the said time., And this was and is true publick and notorious within and throughout the parish of Prestbury & other places adjacent and so much the said Elizabeth SLACK knows hath heard & believes in her conscience to be true (Latin phrase)

8. It pt & allt That by the perception of the rents of profitts of the said tenement by the said Elizabeth SLACK for all the sd time as in the next precedent article is mentioned she the sd promote has had & reced and now has in her hands & possession unaccounted for to him this said party proponent & not comprised in either of the said ...... (torn page) torys exhibited in this cause ......... of £560 £532 £504 or £476 of la...........y of great Britain or thereabouts, And the true value or estimation of the present term in the said tenement is now well worth the sume of £180 £170 or £160 of like lawfull money both which said values or amounts she the said party promote was and is now answerable for to him this sd party proponent, And this was and is true publick and notorious within and throughout the parish of Prestbury afd & other places adjacent  & so much she the sd Elizabeth SLACK knows hath heard & believes in her conscience to be true (Latin phrase)

9. It. Pt & allt That the Item or particular of £40 charged in the sd Accte exhibited in this Cause in these words following viz. Item due to this Accompt by her marriage settlement at £4 p annum the sume of £40 ought not to have been charged in the sd acctt nor allow`d, for that by an agreement made some little time before the death of the said Testator betwixt him the sd Testor and the sd Elizabeth SLACK on the one part and Joseph WATSON her father of the other, It was concluded and agreed that he the said Testator should by his last will and Testament or Otherwise give and bequeath unto her the said Elizabeth the Sum of £100 to be charg`d and chargeable upon his said Tenement as by the said will more at large appears. And that in her and consideration thereof she the said Elizabeth should relinquish acquitt and Release to the said Testor the sd £4 p annum secured to her by settlement at the marriage of them the said Peter GASKELL and Elizabeth his wife and this was & is publick notorious true & much the sd Eliz. SLACK knows hath heard & believes in her conscience to be true. (Latin phrase)

10. It. Pt & allt That in pursuance of the said agreement he the said Peter GASKELL by his said last will and testament or otherwise bequeath`d unto the sd Elizabeth his then wife the sume of £100 charged the same upon his said Tenem(en)t to be raised & paid for the use of the said Elizabeth to the said Jos(eph) WATSON and one John HEWITT of Bolton in the County of Lancaster two of the Trustees nominated & appointed for her the said Elizabeth by the said marriage settlement, and accordingly the said marriage settlement was surrender`d and deliver`d up to Peter GASKELL Senr father [should this be uncle?] of the said Testor Another of the Trustees nam`d in the said deed of settlem(en)t And he the said Peter GASKELL the elder was sometime after the death of the sd Testator wheedled & persuaded to Return of sd settlement either to the said party promote or her husband Thomas SLACK And this was and is true publick and notorious within and throughout the parish of Prestbury afd & other places adjacent & so much the sd Eliz. SLACK well knows hath heard & believes in her conscience to be true. (Latin phrase) 

11. It. Pt & allt that the Item of four pound in the said account charged as paid to one Edmond CLAYTON ought not to have been so charged nor allowed for that the same by a receipt given by one Wm CLAYTON for the said sume of £4 appears to have been the debt of the said Thomas SLACK the husband of the said party promote and not .... (bottom of page torn) the said Testators. And this was and is true ......... and notorious .................. throughout the parish of Prestbury .............. .ther places adjacent (Latin phrase)

12. In Latin & very feint  Then longish paragraph also in Latin   

Sheet Ten 27 Jul 1732

Begins with a Latin introduction.

1. Imps Whereas it is alledged in the seventh Arte of an Allegation admitted on the eighth of June last on the part and behalf of the sd John GASKELL as follows That the annual Rent or Value of the sd Tenement was for all the sd Time and now is at an easy Rent well worth the Sum of twenty pounds, nineteen pounds, eighteen pounds, seventeen pounds or at least sixteen pounds per Ann. and has been so sett or lett for the sd Sum or Sums, the Truth further is that the same might have been or now may be so sett or lett as in the sd article is mentioned or was or might have been or now may be sett for the Sum of twenty four pounds, twenty three pounds, twenty two pounds or twenty one pounds of lawful Brittish Money (Latin phrase)

2. Item whereas in the eighth article of the sd Allegation it is alledged that the sd party has had and received by the perception of the Rents and profits of the sd Tenement the Sum of five hundred and sixty pounds, five hundred and thirty two pounds, five hundred and four pounds or four hundred and seventy six pounds and that the Estimation of the present interest thereof is now well worth the Sum of one hundred and eighty pounds, one hundred and seventy pounds or one hundred and sixty pounds the same is further or at least so far forth true that she has had and received and now has in her hands and possession from the sd Tenem(en)t in the sd Arte mentioned the Sum of four hundred and forty eight pounds at the least, and that the present Estimation of the said Term therein is worth at least the Sum of one hundred and fifty pounds of lawful money of Great Brittain (Latin phrase)

3. Item whereas is alledged in the ninth Arte of the sd allegation that the Settlement therein was made betwixt the sd Elizabeth SLACK on the one part and Joseph WATSON her father on the other the Truth further is that one John BRUERTON and one Thomas GASKELL were likewise Trustees mentioned and contained in the sd Marriage Settlement together with the sd Joseph WATSON on the other part and that not only she the sd Elizabeth but also the sd John BRUERTON and Thomas GASKELL the sd Trustees should relinquish acquit and release to the sd Testator Peter GASKELL the four pound p Ann. in the sd Article mentioned secured to her by the sd Settlement of the marriage of them the sd Peter GASKELL and Elizabeth his wife (Latin phrase)

4. Item Whereas in the tenth Article of the sd Allegation it is alledged that in pursuance of the sd Agreem(en)t he the sd Peter GASKELL by his last Will and Testament bequeathed unto the sd Elizabeth his then wife the Sum of an hundred pounds and charged the same upon his sd Tenem(en)t to be raised and paid for the life of the sd Elizabeth to the sd Joseph WATSON and one John HEWIT of Bolton in the County of Lancaster two of the Trustees the same is further or at least so far true that the sd Sum was to be raised and paid as aforesaid to them the sd Joseph WATSON and John HEWIT they being two Trustees nominated and appointed for her the sd Elizabeth by the consent and agreem(en)t of all the sd parties in the last Article mentioned, And thereupon the sd Marriage Settlement was surrenderd and deliverd up to be cancelled unto Peter GASKELL Senr therein mentioned Uncle of the sd Testator Lessee of the sd Tenement and Grantor or Assignor in the sd Deed of Settlement and the sd Settlem(en)t was actually cancelled accordingly (Latin phrase)

5. Latin paragraph follows but appears to be the statement that this was known throughout the parish of Prestbury etc.

Three more lines of Latin follow.

Sheet Eleven  28 Sep 1732

The personal answer of Elizabeth SLACK otherwise GASKELL made to the pretended articles of a certain pretended Exceptive Alleg. and position additional given in and admitted ag(ains)t her on the part and behalfe of John GASKELL as follows,

The document in the hand of Elizabeth`s lawyer then goes through each Article of Sheet Nine & rebuts each one.

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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 GASKILL of Lime in Hanley: 1720

11 March 1720 Peter GASKILL of Lime in Hanley, will

Concerning m, t and leasehold estate called the Hagg, assigned to Thomas GASKILL late of Bredbury and his executors for the raising of money to pay debts, to pay debts owing to James GASKELL of Worth and afterwards to pay legacies.

Mentions:

Thomas GASKELL son of Thomas GASKELL of Bredbury

Peter GASKELL son of William GASKELL late of Beard in Derbyshire

Peter GASKELL one of the sons of James GASKELL of Worth, and his sisters Mary, Margaret, Elizabeth and Sarah

The Hagg to James GASKELL of Worth

James GASKELL of Disley, one of the sons of my brother John

Copyhold in Disley and Kettleshulme

Peter GASKELL son of William GASKELL of Disley, my eldest brother John’s grandson and John and Francis, brothers of the said Peter

Peter GASKELL of Hockerley in Whaley

Sarah GASKELL daughter of Mary,  now wife of Thomas FITTON (of Worth it later says), Elizabeth and Margaret GASKELL, her sisters

James GASKELL, my brother John’s son

Cousin Mary GASKELL, daughter of William GASKELL of Disley, and Ann her sister and brothers Francis and John

John GREEN the younger of Adlington

James and Peter GASKELL, brothers, of Worth

A field house in Hanley in possession of Thomas SLACK, left to nephew William GASKELL

Elizabeth, Sarah and Margaret daughters of James GASKELL of Worth, my half brother

Probate 17 October 1721

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Peter GASKELL of Lyme Handley: 1794

A True full plain particular and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of Peter GASKELL late of Lime Handley in the County and Diocese of Chester Yeoman deceased which in any wise since his death have come to the hands possession or knowledge of Ralph CLAYTON and John TAYLOR the surviving Executors named in the last Will and Testament of the said Deceased follows. to wit,

The Household Goods of the Deceased were valued and appraised on the twenty eighth day of January one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine by Edward BOOTH appraiser at the several sums affixed to the same 

In the Lower House 

 £    s    d   

Cash in Deceaseds possession at his Decease his wearing apparel

02  10  00   

Fire Irons Tong Fire poker Rack hook chaffing Dish

00  12  00   

Dresser

01  00  00   

Screen and Corner Cupboard

00  16  00   

Table and Stand

00  03  00   

Six Rush Chairs

00  04  00   

Warming pan

00  05  00   

Small Cupboard

00  01  06   

Six pictures and map

00  02  00 

Pair of Bellows

00  01  00   

Iron Things

00  04  00   

Box Iron and Heaters

00  02  00   

Knives and knife Box

00  02  00   

In the Parlour   

.

Bed and Bed clothes

03  00  00   

Six Rush Chairs

00  06  00   

In the Chamber   

.

Bed and Bed Cloaths

03  00  00   

Two Rush Chairs 

00  01  00  

Desk and Table

00  04  00   

Spinning Wheel

00  01  00   

Looking Glass

00  02  06   

Cloaths Press

00  10  00   

Four pictures

00  00  08   

In the Higher House   

.

Clock and Case

02  10  00   

Dresser

00  16  00   

Three oak Chairs 

00  04  06  

Fire Iron and Fender

00  18  00   

Fire Poker and Tongs

00  01  08   

Rack hook and Fire Crow  

00  02  02 

Tea Crow and Bread Iron  

00  02  04 

Old Warming pan

00  01  00   

Three rush Chairs  

00  01  06 

Dripping pan

00  02  00   

Iron pot and Cover

00  01  06   

In the Kitchen   

.

Cubboard

00  10  00   

Pan Crow

00  02  00   

Butter Weighs and Churn  

00  02  09 

In the parlour   

.

Bed stocks  

00  08  00 

Blanket

00  01  06   

Rugg

00  00  06   

Feather Bed

00  12  00   

Bolster

00  06  09   

In the Chamber

.

Kneading Trough  

00  01  06 

Bed stocks and Bedding  

00  07  06 

In the Buttery   

.

Meal Ark  

00  15  00 

Pewter

01  00  00   

Six Trenchers

00  01  00   

In the Great Chamber   

.

Chest

00  10  00   

Bedstocks

00  12  00   

Chaff Bed

00  02  00   

Blanket and Rugg

00  09  06   

Ovel Table  

00  17  00 

Half measure

00  03  06   

Bedstocks and Iron Rods 

00  05  06  

Sack  

00  03  00 

Band and a Tub

00  04  06   

Two piggins and a Sigh

00  01  05   

Three Oak Chairs

00  04  00   

Mans Saddle   

00  04  00

Mail pillion 

00  02  00  

Womans Saddle

00  08  00   

Three Rush Chairs 

00  01  06  

Feather Bed and two Bolsters   

02  09  00

In the Out Buildings   

.

Lead weights 

00  05  04 1/2  

Brass pan   

01  00  00

Shovel and Gorse Stack  

00  01  08 

Stone pick and iron Crow

00  03  00   

Thurl Hammer   

00  01  06

Dubbing Sheers and Hand Bill   

00  01  04

Dock Fork and Garden rake  

00  01  06 

Steaming Rake  

00  00  06 

Two walling Hammers and old Bill  

00  00  11 

Little Cheese press   

00  03  00

Cuple of Harrows 

00  06  00  

Two Hammers and a pair of Pincers

00  01  06   

Spoke Shave and four Gimlotts   

00  00  06

Large Cheese press  

00  02  06 

Barrel and Tub   

00  05  00

Hustlement  

00  12  00 

One Cow   

05  00  00

Total

38  00  00 1/2 

The Deceased in and by his last Will and Testament bearing date the twenty ninth Day of December one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight Gave such of his Household Goods as his wife should make choice of to her with power to sell all or any part thereof in case she continued a Widow till her death and the remainder he directed to be sold towards discharging such Debts as should be owing at his decease and after his Decease she accordingly selected and retained to her own use divers of the Goods and Chattels out of those before mentioned amounting in the whole to the sum of nineteen pounds and half penny

The Deceased at the time of his Death was possessed of and well intitled unto a certain Estate or Tenement called Cornfield where he dwelt held by Lease under Peter LEGH Esquire for the life of his then wife Jane GASKELL and the Deceased in and by his said Will directed that his Executors and Executrix should have power to let the same at a full yearly value and to pay thereout to his Wife an annuity of seven pounds for life, she continuing his widow and the remainder to go towards paying his Debts; as soon as they were satisfied he directed the surplus of the said Rents to be applied annually amongst his four Children.  Jane GASKELL the widow survived the Deceased eleven years and for that space the said Estate cleared annually the sum of sixteen Guineas exclusive of the annuity of seven pounds which she retained whereby these Exhibitants received.  Eleven years produce of the said Estate exclusive of the annuity of Seven  Pounds per annum amounting to £184. 16. 00

These Exhibitants declare that no other Goods Chattels or Credits of or belonging unto the Estate or Effects of the said Deceased have at any time since his Death come to the hands possession or knowledge of these Exhibitants but should any such hereafter come to their hands or possession they will account for and set forth the same.

Ralph CLAYTON; John TAYLOR   April 2d 1794 Repeated and acknowledged before me W. Bowne Surrogate  

On a separate sheet

The true and just account of Ralph CLAYTON and John TAYLOR the surviving Executors of the last Will and Testament of Peter GASKELL late of Lyme Handley in the County and Diocese of Chester Yeoman deceased, follows;

The Charge 

These accountants charge themselves with all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased mentioned and comprized in an Inventory thereof by them herewith exhibited amounting to the sum of

 

£222. 16. 00 1/2

 The Discharge

Out of which these accountants have paid expended and disbursed or is liable to pay and disburse the several and respective sums following in the payment of Debts and other Expenses attending the execution of the said Will of which they crave an allowance. 

.

These accountants crave to be allowed the sum of nineteen pounds and an half penny  being the amount and value of such part of the Deceased`s Goods and Chattels as were selected and retained by the Widow agreeable to the Directions and powers of Testators Will

 

19  00  00 1/2 

1779 June 12

Paid Henry HEYWARD of   (Blank)  a Balance of account due to him

10  16  06 

1780 Mar 18

Paid the said Henry HEYWARD on account of principal sum of Ninety Pounds due unto him on Mortgage of the Cornfield Estate £6. 0 0 Paid Interest due at 5 per cent on same £4.10. 0

 

10  10  00 

1781 Feb 6

Paid the said Henry HEYWARD further on account of the remaining principal sum of £84           13.  0.  0          Paid interest due on the same 4.  4.  0

17  04  00 

 1783 Jan 28

Paid the said Henry HEYWARD further on account of the remaining principal sum of £71           28. 0. 0     Paid two years Interest due on the same 7. 2. 0      

35  02  00 

1785 Feb 5

Paid the said Henry HEYWARD further on accounts of the Remaining principal sun of £43          29. 6. 0    Paid two years Interest due on the same 4. 6. 0

33  12  00

1786 22 Feb

Paid the said Henry HEYWARD further on account of the remaining principal sun of 13.14. 0                  13.14. 0    Paid Interest due on the same      13. 6     

14  07  06

-

Paid the Testators four children the surplus of the rents for the year 1786 when the Debts were discharged    

16  16  00

-

Do for the year 1787

16  16  00 

-

Do for the year 1788  

16  16  00

-

Paid Mr DEWHURST Attorney at Law for his advice

00  06  08

-

Paid for the probate of the Will

02  10 00 

-

Paid Thomas GASKELL a Son of Deceased part of the surplus

04  04  00

-

Paid Mrs HEYWARD a daughter of Deceased Do   

02  02  00

-

Do    Mrs BAILEY           Do

01  01  00

These Accountants crave to be allowed for their loss of time and Expences in attending the execution of the Deceased Will Settling his Affairs and also Such Expences as they have been and may be put to in the just Defence of this Suit. April 2d 1794

Ralph CLAYTON; John TAYLOR Repeated and acknowledged Before me W. Bowne Surrogate

On a separate sheet In the Goods of Peter GASKELL deceased 

1793 Triny Term   

 £    s    d

Proctors Fee retained   

00  05  00

Attending to file Warrant 

00  03  06  

Citation under Seal 2 Tickets

00  10  06   

Paid for service of Citation   

00  05  00

Drawing Affidavit of Service; Copy and Stamps 

00  05  06  

Caption fees to Court & Surrogate   

00  03  00 

Entry of the Cause in Court  

00  06  08 

Court & Act  

00  02  04 

Mich Term   

.

Drawing Bill of Costs & Copy   

00  03  06

Information   

00  05  00 

Office fees of Taxation    

00  01  09

Corts and Acts   

00  18  08

Letters & Portage 

00  03  06  

.

03  13  11

 5 Dec 1793 We tax this Bill to £3. 3 besides Joseph Eaton Sur.

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(Peter GASKELL, widower late of New Mill, Glossop p: 1808)

Died intestate.  William VYSE, Clerk, Doctor of Laws, Vicar General of the honorable and right reverend Father in God James, by Divine permission, Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, To Samuel GRUNDY Clerks, jointly and severally Greeting: Whereas we have decreed Letters of Administration of the Goods and Personal Estate of Peter GASKELL late of New Mill, in the parish of Glossop in the county of Derby and Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry deceased, who died intestate a widower (as is alledged) to be granted to the Reverend Thomas GASKELL the natural and lawful son of the said deceased; We therefore Commit and Grant to you jointly, and severally, full Power and Authority, as well to administer the Oath under-written, to the said Thomas GASKELL And what you shall do in the Premises you are to Certify us, or our Surrogate within three months from the date hereof, Provided nevertheless that this Commission shall be of no Effect unless certified and transmitted to Us within that time: Dated at Lichfield the Fourth Day of July in the year of our Lord 1808

(signed) Wm MOTT D Regl.

The Oath Your oath is, that you believe Peter GASKELL deceased died without a Will, that you are his natural and lawful son and will faithfully administer his Goods and personal Estate, that you will pay his Debts, as far as his Goods and personal Estate will extend, and the law charge you; that you will make a true Inventory thereof, and a just account of your Administration, and exhibit the same into the Bishops` Registry at Lichfield, when you are thereunto lawfully required; and that the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased as they were at his Death without deducting Debts owing by the said deceased therefrom, do not amount in Value to the sum of Twenty Pounds    So help you God etc.

When he died? On the 8th Day of July 1808

This Commission was duly executed and the said Thomas GASKELL Clerk was sworn according to the tenor of the above oath Before me, Samuel GRUNDY Comm(issioner)

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Peter Gaskell of Lyme Handley: 1824

In the name of God Amen I Peter GASKELL of Lyme Handley in the County of Chester being weak in Body but of sound mind do make and Order this my last Will and Testament as followes First it is my will and mind that all my Debts Funeral Expenses and Probate of my last Will and Testament be paid and Discharged out of my real and personal Estate - Item I give and devise all the rest and remainder of my property both real and personal Estate to Geo BROCKLEHURST and Will WILLOT both of Kettleshulme In Trust for such uses and purposess as are herein after appointed and to suffer my wife Ann GASKELL to have receive and Enjoy for her own use and purpose and for the bringing up and Educating of my Children and no other use and purpose whatsoever - Item I give and devise unto my said Wife my two Estates calld Kettleshulme Crofts and Priest both in Kettleshulme aforesaid and all my other property whatsoever and wheresoever for her own use and the purpose of bringing up and Educating of my children till the youngest is Twenty one years old - Item it (is) my Will and Mind that when my youngest child is Twenty one years old my said wife shall have or receive the Rents and Profits of all my real and personal Estate and property during the Time and Term of her natural life to be disposed of for her use and that of my Children as she sees fit Then it is my Will and Mind that at the Decease of wife my son Thomas GASKELL shall have my two Estates calld Kettleshulme Crofts & Priest aforesaid at a fare and reasonable valuation if he chuses and the money so valued shall be divided amongest my Children share and share alike and if any be dead and leave any child or children lawfully begotten they shall be Intitled to there Fathers or Mothers respective share but if he refuses my next child or children shall have the said estates on the same Conditions as above according to there respective ages and the money arising therefrom Divided as above and if none of them are willing it is then my will and mind that the shall be sold to the best advantage and the money divided as above Directed Item but if it shall happen that my said wife be married again in such case my other Executors Geo BROCKLEHURST and Will WILLOT shall be Intitled to receive the rents and profits of my Property both real and personal to be by them applied for the use of my Children at there Discretion as above directed and appointed - Item notwithstanding all or any of the above directions and appointments that if my Wife and Executors shall find it Necessary or Judge it proper at any time the shall have power to sell or dispose of my property either real or personal and dispose of the money arising therefrom for any of the above purposes as directed for the benefit of my said wife or children and no other purpose whatsoever - Item I nominate and (appoint) Geo BROCKLEHURST and Will WILLOT of Kettleshulme and my wife Ann GASKELL as Executors and Executrix pf this my last Will and Testament and lastly I declare and appoint this as my last Will and Testament and revoking all others by me made or appointed  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this seventh day of Feby in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Four.     

(signed) Peter GASKELL plus seal

Sealed signed delivered and Declared by the within testator Peter GASKEL as his last Will and Testament in his presence and the presence of Each other as hereto Subscribed  Abel BOOTHBY; James GASKELL (x); Ann BEARD  

On a separate sheet The twenty second day of June 1824 George BROCKLEHURST, Willm WILLOT and Ann GASKELL, the Executors and Executrix 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 was under the value of Two hundred Pounds before me Lawrence Heapy Surrogate

The Testator died the 10th day of Feby 1824 Probate issued Dated 22nd June 1824

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Thomas GASKELL, tanner of Bredbury: 1716 (not Disley but probably connected)

In the name of god amen I Thomas GASKELL of Bredbury in the county of Chester tanner being infirm of Body but of good & perfect memory praised be god for the same but knowing the frailty of man & that in the midst of Life we are in death I do hereby make this my Last Will and Testament in manner & forme following First I comitt my soul into the hands of god who gave it hoping through the meritorious death & passion of my lord & saviour Jesus Christ to have full & free pardon for all my sins My body I comitt to the Earth from whence it was taken And as concerning that worldly Estate which it pleased Almighty God to bestow on me I give and dispose of as follows First it is my will & mind that all my just debts & funerall expenses be first discharged out of my whole Estate Item I give unto my sone Thomas GASKILL & his heirs for ever all this my land & tenements in Bradbury on which I now live Item I give unto my sone Thomas GASKILL & his heirs for ever all that my messuage & land in Marple now in the holding of Thomas TORKINGTON Item I give unto my sone Thomas GASKILL all that my Right Title & Interrest I have in the Tenement att Clegg`s Yate which I hold by Lease under Richard ARDERNE Esq., And as touching my personal Estate of Cattell Chattells Leather Barke all manner of goods both within doors & without any money oweing unto me att the time of my death I give & Bequeath unto my son Thomas GASKELL Item It is my desire that my son in law William DEANE & his wife my daughter should if they think proper take David BARRETT a young boy who is very lame & infirm & whom I obliged to maintain & provide for during his life into their family care & management And that they provide for him during his life sufficient meat drink cloathes apparrell attendance and other such necessary accommodation of Life as his condition may Require And if my said son in law be willing to take upon him to maintain & provide for the said David as aforesaid And doe within six weeks after my decease give bond or other sufficient security To my sone Thomas GASKELL that he will maintain and provide for the said David in manner aforesaid during his Life & discharge or indemnifie? My sone & Executor from all charge or cost about the same That Then I will order devise direct and appoint my sone Thomas GASKELL shall pay or give to my sone in lawe William DEANE security for the payment of sixty pounds by Twenty pounds per annum during the terme of three years next after my decease But in case my sone in law decline & refuse to take upon him the maintenance of the said David then I order my sone to retain the sixty pounds aforesaid in his own hands & to take care & Look after the maintenance & support of the same David during his life and then I only give to my sone in lawe William DEANE & his wife one shilling a peice In full of what I intend then of all my will & personall estate whatsoever And upon payment thereof my Executor shall stand discharged & acquitted of all Legacies Claims & demands that my sone in Lawe William DEANE or his wife my daughter can or may either by lawe or Equity have or claim to any my Estate Either reall or personall.  And Lastly I do hereby constitute and Leave my only sone Thomas GASKELL my full and sole Executor of this my last will & Testament And in Testimony that this is my last will & Testament I have hereunto putt my hand & seale this fourteenth day of Aprill 1715

(signed) Thomas GASKELL plus seal

Sealed signed published & declared to be the last will & Testament of the above named Testator in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the Execution hereof in the sight & presence of the said Testator Samuel CUNSHINE? Samuel BROOCKSHAWE John JKCLD?

A true Inventory of all the goods & Cattels (sic) of Thomas GASKELL of Bradbury in the county of Chester Taner Late deceased made the Seventeenth day of May Anno Domony 1716: by Ottiwell HEGINBOTTOM and Thomas ROBINSON

.

 £    s    d

In Cattell nine cows one twinter and one calf

29  00  00

Allso In two mares and one coult

10  00  00

Allso In one fireiron And other Iron ware 

00  10  00

Allso In brass in the butery and else where  

03  00  00

Allso In pouter on the cubboard and else where  

01  10  00

Allso In one cubboard and coach Chairs  

01  10  00

Allso In one table and form and chairs 

00  17  00

Allso In one clock and cushions in the house 

02  14  00

Allso In one coffer in the house  

00  10  00

Allso In one Looking Glas Salt pie and wooden ware  

01  18  00

Allso In one standing bead in the parlor 

02  10  00

Allso In one chest and one coffer and cheairs in the parlor 

00  12  00

Allso In one bead in the har chamber and boxes and stools  

00  17  06

Allso In one table and coffers in the har chamber

00  08  00

Allso In three peeses of linin cloath  

02  00  00

Allso In sheets and ould linin  

01  18  00

Allso In one featherbed tick and boulster 

00  18  00

Allso In one spinning wheel and linin yearn and one cofer 

01  14  00

Allso In one pillion and cloath and woollen yearn 

00  15  00

Allso In one arke and two beds in the loar parlor 

02  15  00

Allso In two ould coffers and kneadturnel

00  05  00

Allso In one peare of bedstoks and other things

00  16  00

Allso In one cheesepres and two coffers

00  08  00

Allso In two leads and mustard ball 

00  04  06

Allso In cheene ware and pots 

00  10  00

Allso In chesfords and basons and trenchers 

00  12  00

Allso In one table in the buttery and weigs and weights 

00  14  06

Allso In corn and hay 

05  10  00

Allso In two Rearing calves and one swine  

01  10  00

Allso In carts and wheels and ploos and harrows  

04  00  00

Allso In broaken timber 

01  10  00

Allso In wiskets and ridels and measuers 

00  05  06

Allso In secks and bags and pokes 

00  10  00

Allso In Rakes and pikels and one coffer in the barn  

00  03  06

Allso In Shoos and mattaks and hors geers  

01  17  00

Allso In axes and weges and husbandre ware  

00  13  06

Allso In fore pare of cards

00  02  00

Allso In chees and bacon 

01  00  00

Allso In flaks and linin yearn  

00  10  00

Allso In Books and bees  

02  10  00

Allso In silver spoons and ould silver 

00  11  06

Allso In Leather and Barke           

110  00  00

Allso In broaken timber 

01  08  00

Allso In purs and aparrell  

06  10  00

Allso In huselments and things forgotten

00  05  00

The totall is           

208  04  00

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Thomas GASKELL senior of Lyme Handley: 1726 

In the name of God Amen I Thomas GASKELL Sen. of Hanley in the parish of Prestbury and County of Chester, yeoman being very aged & infirm but of sound & perfect memory & understanding, praised be God for the same do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament herein thereby making void & revoking all other former wills and testaments by me heretofore made and do own and acknowledge this and none other to be my last will & testament as followeth: And first I commit & command my soul into the hands of my heavenly father hoping by his mercies & through the alone merits of my blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ to have full & free pardon of all my sins and to inherit eternal life and my body I commit to the Earth there to be interred at the discretion of my Executors herein hereafter by me named & expressed And as touching & concerning such Temporal Estate as it hath and shall please God to bless me with far above my deserts I devise dispose of the same as followeth:   I will & devise that my Herriot all my Debts Funeral Expenses and the probate of this my will be paid & discharged out of and from my Messuage Lands & Tenements with their and every of their Appurtenances lying & being in Handley aforesaid which I hold by Lease from & under Peter LEGH of Lyme in the parish of Prestbury Armige (??) for & during the natural lives of me the said Thomas GASKILL; Thomas GASKELL my elder son and John GASKILL my second son now of Manchester in the county of Lancaster, tailor and for and during the natural life of the survivor of us within the space & time of Three whole years next together ensuing and to be accounted immediately from and after my death if my Term in the said my Original Lease for the same shall so long continue.  And I do hereby charge all my said Messuage & Tenement with the Appurtenances with the payments of the same conditionally as aforesaid.  And I give unto my said son John GASKILL the sum of Ten pounds.  And I give unto my daughter Mary BENNET now wife of William BENNET of Hanley aforesaid, yeoman Ten pounds and to my daughter Anne Ten Pounds all which said Legacies to my said children by me so bequeathed I will & devise that the said Legacies and every part thereof be paid and discharged out of my said Messuage & Tenement within the space & time of Four whole years ensuing immediately next after, and to be accounted from the final end & expiration of the said three years herein before by me limited devised & expressed conditionally as aforesaid for the paying & discharging of my Herriot Debts funeral expenses & the probate of this my last will & testament if my Term in the said Lease for the same shall so long continue. And I do hereby charge my said Messuage & Tenement with the Appurtenances with the payment of the said Legacies conditionally as aforesaid.  And after my said Herriot Debts funeral expenses and probate of this my said will & testament and Legacies paid & discharged in such wise & manner & upon such conditions as is herein before by me limited devised & expressed I give & devise all my said Messuage Tenement Lands & premises together with their & every of their Appurtenances unto my said son Thomas GASKELL his executors & administrators for & during all the then rest residue & remainder of my said Term in my said lease for the same to me granted and all my Right Property & Interest after my death (charged as aforesaid unto & in the same together with my Original Lease for the same) And I give all my household goods & utensils unto my said son John GASKILL and to my said two daughters Mary & Anne to be divided equally amongst them share & share alike.  And I give all my wearing apparel unto my grandson John BENNET now eldest son of my said son in law William BENNET.  And lastly I do make constitute and ordain my said son John GASKILL & Thomas SMITH of Northbury in the parish of Stockport county of Chester aforesaid yeoman, Executors of this my last Will and Testament hoping they will truly execute the same as my trust in them is.

In witness thereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the fourth day of January 1721

The mark & seal of the testator Thomas GASKILL   

Signed sealed & published by the testator Thomas GASKILL as his last will & testament in the presence of  Henry  ......... ; William HAYWARD; William BANCROFT

 Probate Granted 29 Aug 1726

An Inventory of the Goods of Thomas GASKILL of Handley in the County of Chester, Yeoman taken the 22nd day of September 1725 as follows:

.

 £    s    d

His purse and apparel

02  01  04

Bed and Bedding

02  00 04

Two coffers and a chair

00  09  00

One other bedstead

00  02  00

Wooden ware three sto(o)ls and a chair

00  08  00

One iron pot and a chair 

00  01  00

One other bedstead coverlet and rods

00  10  00

One great Ark and two coffers

00  14  02

One harrow

00  04  00

Total

06  09  10

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Thomas GASKELL, yeoman of Lyme Handley: 1737

In the name of God Amen.  The fifteenth day of January in the Tenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second over Great Britain & so forth King defender of the faith & so forth & in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred & Thirty six  I Thomas GASKELL of Lime Handley in the county of Chester yeoman being weak & infirm of Body but of sound perfect & disposing mind & memory thanks be to God for the same considering the uncertainty of this Transitory life & that all flesh must yield unto Death Do make ordain & declare this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following (That is to say) First & principally I recommend my soul to almighty God that gave it & my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named & as touching my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give devise & bequeath the same & every part thereof in manner & form following (To wit) I will & desire that all my just Debts funeral expenses & the Probate of this my last will & testament be faithfully paid & discharged within convenient time after my decease out of my personal estate And whereas I have lately purchased a copy-hold Estate in Renow (Rainow) in the parish of Prestbury in the said county of Chester & have according to the custom of the manor & forest of Macclesfield pas`d (sic) a Surrender to friends in Trust for the better settling of the same called or known by the name of Sowcar Also another parcel of Ground called the Hedgerow Also another parcel called Gaskell`s Tenement or Lain Side which I hold by Lease of Lives under Peter LEGH of Lime Esquire & now in the holding or occupation of William SWINDELLS All which said Lands & Tenements with their & every of their rights members & appurtenances I give & devise unto my nephew John GASKELL the younger of Adlington & his Heirs for ever He paying or causing to be paid to my Executors hereafter named the sum of six hundred pounds sterling within the space of One year after my decease But if my said nephew thinks himself to much? (original ripped) charged in the premises then I give my said executors power & authority to sell & dispose to the best bidder all the aforesaid Lands & Tenements with their appurtenances for the raising of the said sum of six hundred pounds rendring the overplus to my nephew John GASKELL the younger aforesaid with a true account of their reasonable expenses in conveying & selling the same Also I give & devise unto my brother Peter GASKELL all my Lands & Tenements in Derbyshire called the Nightwig (modern name Knightwake) with their appurtenances during his natural life & after his decease I devise the same to my Godson Thomas GASKELL son of my said Brother John GASKELL to him the said Thomas GASKELL & his heirs for ever & for want of him or his heirs then to my said nephew John GASKELL & his heirs male or female for ever

Also I give & devise unto my Brother William GASKELL all my Lands in Marple with their appurtenances called The Mores he paying or causing to be paid to my said brother Peter GASKELL the sum of one hundred pounds sterling by paying Ten pounds yearly & every year until the said sum of one hundred pounds be satisfied & paid & then he the said William GASKELL shall have & enjoy all the aforesaid Lands in Marple aforesaid & his heirs but for want of heirs I give the same to my said nephew John GASKELL & his heirs charged as aforesaid & for want thereof I give the same to my said nephew Thomas GASKELL & his heirs for ever But if default be made in the payment of the said sum of ten pounds a year until the said sum of one hundred pounds be paid to the said Peter GASKELL then it shall & may be Lawful to & for my said Brother Peter to enter into have hold occupy or enjoy the said Lands in Marple aforesaid with their appurtenances until he be satisfied & paid as aforesaid And my will & mind is that if any of them aforementioned shall offer to sell either the said Nightwig or Mores or any part thereof his or their part or parts thereof shall cease & be void to all intents & purposes & my Executors hereafter named shall dispose of the same to the next heir of the said Thomas GASKELL with the same restraint that the said lands or tenements or any part thereof shall not be sold by them or any of them

Also I give the sum of one hundred pounds to be laid out in Land at the discretion of Peter LEGH of Lime Esquire & my said Brother John GASKELL as soon as they can the interest thereof to be paid after four pounds ten shillings for a year yearly & every year for ever for the purposes hereafter mentioned (That is to say) The annual sum of Twenty shillings to the Lawful Minister of Disley for ever Also the sum of three pounds ten shillings to the school of Disley for teaching of six poor children as long as there shall be a Master capable of teaching a Grammar School there & until then the same to be withheld & not paid by my Trustees in whose power it shall be to make choice of such a Master & of the said six poor children the children to be inhabitants of Lime Handley aforesaid

Also I give to Elizabeth Daughter of my said Brother John GASKELL Ten pounds

Also I give to my sister Joan LUCAS`s children (To wit) To John & James LUCAS each of them the sum of Thirty pounds of Lawful money of Great Britain Also I give to Joseph LUCAS`s two children fifteen pounds apiece

Also I give to Mary DOESON their sister the sum of Thirty pounds

Also I give unto as many of my sister Anne ROYL`s children as shall be alive at my decease male & female the sum of Thirty pounds apiece

Also I give to the child of Elizabeth daughter of the said Anne ROYLE fifteen pounds

Also I give to as many of my sister Mary JUDSON`s children as shall be living at my decease the sum of Thirty pounds apiece

Also I give to as many of my sister Eamy`s children as shall be living at my decease the sum of Thirty pounds apiece

Also I give to my cousin Mary GASKELL now living with me the sum of forty pounds with all my stock of cattle household goods & husbandry ware of what kind quantity or quality soever one chest only excepted the which I give to my said nephew John GASKELL his name being upon it

Also I give to my cousin Elizabeth now living with me the sum of Forty pounds

Also I give to Anne wife of Jasper FRYTH the sum of Twenty pounds 

Also I give to Eamy wife of Nicolas CRESWELL the sum of Twenty pounds

Also I give to James CARRINGTON of Blakebrook the elder the sum of Ten pounds

Also I give to John & Thomas children of Martha MORTAIN five pounds apiece

Also I give to Samuel KIRK of Whitehough one guinea

Also I give to Arnold KIRK of the Martain Side one guinea

Also I give to Robert HARRISON if he stays with me till my decease five pounds

Also I give to John HARRISON the younger of Lime Handley aforesaid One guinea & one half of my wearing apparel & the other half to Robert his brother

Also I give to Peter STEEL the present Steward at Lime five shillings

Also I give to John WORTHINGTON late Steward at Lime Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to John SHIRT of Kettleshulme Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to Henry REDFERNE of Kettleshulme Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to William ASSMAN of Kettleshulme aforesaid Two shillings & sixpence

 Also I give to Francis GASKELL of Kettleshulme aforesaid, blacksmith Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to George GARLICK of Wailey Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to Robert GARLICK of Wailey aforesaid Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to Alice WRIGHT of Marple aforesaid Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to Elizabeth DOWNS of Fernelegh (Fernilea) Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to Elizabeth BENNET of Lime Handley aforesaid Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to Peter GASKELL of Cocksheads Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to my late servant Elizabeth BORE Two guineas

Also I give to her sister Mary RICHARDSON One guinea

Also I give to Peirce LEGH One guinea

Also I give to my Brother John One guinea

Also I give William BROCKLEHURST of Gap house One guinea

Also I give to whosoever is my maid servant at my decease One guinea

Also I give to John RICHARDSON of Cocksheads Two shillings & sixpence

Also I give to the Minister that bury`s me One guinea

Also I give the sum of Five pounds for clothing the poor of Kettleshulme

Also I give the sum of Five pounds for clothing the poor of Lime Handley

Also I give the sum of Five pounds for clothing the poor of Yeardsley-Waley

All which said sums shall be laid out in clothing & given to such poor as receive no pay nor pension from their Towns nor other wise Burthensome    

Also I give to the Ringers where I am buried five shillings

Also I give to Ralph BORE the sum of Twenty shillings

Also I give to as many poor people as attend at my Burial Two pence a piece

Also I give to the poor of Renow (Rainow) Twenty shillings in clothing as aforesaid

Also I give to Peter NEEDHAM of Marple aforesaid Five pounds

All which said Gifts & Legacies with the following not otherwise directed I will & desire that they & every of them be paid & discharged within Twelve calendar months after my decease except such as are not arrived to a competent age to discharge my Executors hereafter named from their Legacies & further I will that such legacies as cannot be paid in that time for want of such Legatees being at age shall be put out to interest for the advantage of the infant legatees

Also I give to Thomas OLLERENSHAW son of John OLLERENSHAW my neighbour Two shillings & sixpence & to his brother Francis the like sum of Two shillings & sixpence And after my Debts funeral expenses Heriots & the probate of this my last Will & Testament with all the Legacies Gifts bequests & devises herein before mentioned & expressed be fully & faithfully paid performed & kept according to the true intent & meaning hereof Then I give & bequeath all & singular the rest residue remainder of my personal estate to & amongst my Brothers Peter & William GASKELL & my nephew John & my cousin Mary GASKELL to be equally divided amongst them share & share alike

And I do hereby nominate constitute & appoint my said Brothers John Peter & William GASKELL & my cousin Mary GASKELL jointly to be Executors & Executrix of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking & making utterly null & void all former Will & Wills by me heretofore made declaring this & none other to be my last Will & Testament  In witness whereof I the Testator Thomas GASKELL have hereunto put my hand & seal the day & year above written.

Signed Thomas GASKELL

Sealed & delivered by the said Testator this & the other two sides being his last will & testament in the presence of John OLLERENSHAW his mark; John BENNET his mark Abraham BENNET

A true and Perfect Inventory of all the Goods Debts Cattle Chattels and Credits of Thomas GASKELL late of Lyme Handley in the county of Chester yeoman deceased As they were valued the 30th April in the year of our Lord 1737 By John HARRISON and William SWINDELLS apprized:

.

 £    s    d

In cattle

.

One pair of bullocks

04  14  00

One other pair of bullocks

07  00  00

One bullock

02  05  00

Two twinters

02  10  00

Two cows

04  05  00

Two heifers & a calf

05  10  00

Three calves

02  10  00

One cow

01  10  00

Two cows

06  00  00

In the Cart House

.

One wain

02  10  00

Several odd things

00  02  06

In the Stable

.

One bay mare

05  10  00

One black mare

05  00  00

One colt

02  10  00

Two pair of chains

00  04  00

Two chains and a stade? bridle

00  03  06

Two collars and balars?

00  02  00

Two pack saddles wantoes? and oarleys?

00  10  00

Two steaning malls and one old cart saddle

00  01  00

One shovel a mattock and a crow

00  05  06

Two hackney saddles

01  00  00

Five sacks

00  07  06

In one parlour

.

One pair of bedstocks and bedding

06  00  00

One little chest

00  07  06

One larger chest

01  00  00

A parcel of cheese

01  00  00

Ten loads of meal

06  10  00

Two axes and a augur

00  02  00

A parcel of bacon

01  05  00

Ploughs and Irons

00  05  00

One gun

00  02  06

Some harrows

00  13  06

Owing to the deceased upon bonds            

100  00  00

Owing to the deceased upon bills

20  00  00

Owing to the deceased upon mortgage            

160  00  00

Owing to the deceased for interests and rents

50  00  00

The deceaseds purse and wearing apparel

17  00  00

In moneys found by the Deceased?

48  13  06

Total           

467  09  00

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Thomas GASKELL, yeoman of Offerton 1745

(not Disley but the fact he has a tanning yard suggests a link to Disley GASKELLS)

In the name of God Amen I Thomas GASKELL of Offerton in the county of Chester, yeoman being indisposed in Body yet of sound mind & memory praised be God for the same Do make & publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following That is to say First I humbly commend my immortal soul into the hands of almighty God hoping thro` the merits of my blessed saviour to be saved My body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors herein after named And I do hereby dispose of all my Temporal Estate as follows To wit First I will that all my just debts funeral expenses & the charge of the probate hereof may be paid & discharged out of my personal estate And I do hereby Give & bequeath unto my son Thomas GASKELL & his assigns all the rest of my personal estate (the sums of seventeen pounds & ten shillings due to me from John AXTON of Bradbury & eight pounds which Esther FALLOWS of Bradbury aforesaid also owes me & for which sums I have their mortgages & the afterwards? & ensuing interest of the same sums both which sums & the said interest I hereby give my son Peter GASKELL & his assigns only excepted) on the condition herein after mentioned And I do hereby also Give and Devise unto my said son Thomas GASKELL his heirs & assigns for ever all my messuages tenements lands hereditaments & premises in Bradbury aforesaid on the condition herein after mentioned And I do hereby declare that the said Bequest & Devise to my son Thomas as aforesaid are so made upon express condition that he his heirs; Executors Advowsons? or assigns do & shall well & truly pay or cause to be paid unto my son in law John CLAYTON the sum of twenty pounds & to my Executors the further sum of Eighty Pounds which eighty pounds & the interest thereof I Order my Executors to pay to the separate use & benefit of my daughter Jane WADSWORTH in such proportions & at such times as they shall in their discretions think necessary & so proper And so that her present husband may have no power over or benefit from the same for which reason I hereby will and appoint that my said daughters receipts signed by her own hand shall be sufficient receipts for what shall be so paid her And in case of her death leaving a child or children lawfully begotten what shall remain in my said Executors hands of the said eighty pounds & interest for the same shall be applied for the bringing up or other uses or benefit of such child or children as my Executors shall think most meet And I do hereby Give and Devise my messuage or tenement lands & hereditaments at How Lane in Marple in the said County unto my son William his heirs & assigns for ever he or they within twelve months after my death paying to my son in law John CLAYTON to his own use the full some of eighty pounds.  And I do hereby Give and Devise unto my son John GASKELL his heirs Executors Advowsons? & assigns all my right title & interest to my messuage or tenement with the lands & hereditaments thereunto belonging situate in Offerton aforesaid he or they paying therefore within twelve calendar months after my death to this his wifes Aunt Mrs Ann SHUTTLEWORTH the sum of fifty pounds which I now owe her or as much thereof  as shall be due at my death and also Three pounds yearly to my wife while she lives as an addition to her jointure Provided always & my will is anything herein before contained notwithstanding that my son Peter GASKELL shall have full & free liberty as often as he shall think proper during his life to Tann in my yard at Bradbury Green & shall have all proper conveniences there for that purpose & either jointly with my said son Thomas his heirs or assigns or separately by himself & servants for his own benefit during his life he being at one half of the charge of any repairs that the mill may have occasion for or the building over it & shall have free ingress egress & regress for himself & servants to & from the said yard or buildings aforesaid And that my said son Thomas shall pay our of my personal estate the Legacies following To wit to my son in law Edward WADSWORTH the sum of one shilling To my son in law Charles SHEPLEY one shilling & to my son in law Hugh WORTHINGTON one shilling to be returned him when he pays the fifty pounds which he owes me & all interest then due for the same And I do hereby nominate & appoint my said son Thomas GASKELL & my said son Peter GASKELL Executors of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this Thirtieth day of October One thousand Seven hundred and Forty four

(signed) Thomas GASKELL  

Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator as his last will & testament (the devise on this side of three pounds yearly to his wife for her life as an addition to her jointure being first interlined) in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in his sight & presence

William FOGG; Charles FOGG; Thos. DEANE  

Codicil Whereas I Thomas GASKELL of Offerton in the county of Chester ..... have lately made & duly executed my Last Will & Testament in writing wherein & whereby the sum of Three pound a year is left to my present wife Margaret for & as an addition to her jointure by me settled upon her before our intermarriage Now know all men by these presents  that I the said Thomas GASKELL being of sound mind & memory Do by this my present codicil to my said last will & testament & which codicil I desire & mean to be as part of my said last will & testament utterly revoke & absolutely make void the said bequest of Three pounds a year as an addition to my said wifes jointure & do hereby declare that what jointure I so settled upon her before our said intermarriage shall be in full of what she shall or may have claim challenge or demand out of my Temporal Estate real or personal in any wise whatsoever.  In witness whereof to this my codicil to my said last will & testament I have put my hand & seal this eighth day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Forty four.

Thos GASKELL his marks (looks like an attempt at a signature)

Signed sealed published & declared by the said Thomas GASKELL as & for a true codicil to his said Last Will & Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in his sight & presence John BUCCSHAW; Thos DEANE; Charles FOGG  

10 May 1745 Thos GASKELL & Peter GASKELL Executors above named were duly sworn to ..  truth of this will & codicil before us Per GASKELL

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Thomas GASKELL of Harrop, Lyme Handley: 1749 

In the name of God Amen I Thomas GASKELL of Harrop in the parish of Prestbury & county of Chester, yeoman being but weak of body but of sound & perfect memory do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following And first I commend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God my creator hoping by his mercy & in & through the alone merits of Jesus Christ my redeemer to have full pardon of all my sins & an inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven & my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors herein after named and as concerning my Temporal Estate I dispose thereof as followeth & whereas I have in my own possession a certain copyhold Tenement lying in Rainow aforesaid called the Billinge which said Tenement with the Appurtenances I give & devise unto my nephew Thomas GASKELL yet paying thereout from the Issues and Profits thereof the sum of fifty shillings a year to my brother Anthony GASKELL by even & equal portions yearly & every year during his natural life beginning & accounting from the day of my death.  I also give unto my said nephew Thomas GASKELL the sum of Twenty Pounds which he hath in his hand which said sum was owing by my brother Francis GASKELL deceased him paying further unto my said brother Anthony twenty shillings a year during his natural life which tenement I give to the said Thomas GASKELL & his heirs male or female but for want of such heirs I give & devise the said estate called Billinge unto my brother Anthony`s daughter Jane GASKELL paying at entrance unto her two sisters each of them twenty five pounds a piece equally share & share alike.  Also I give unto Ann LOMAS daughter of Lawrance LOMAS the sum of Ten pounds & I further direct that my debts heriot funeral expenses & probate of this my last will And the legacy of ten pounds given to Ann LOMAS shall be paid from out of my personal estate and when these my charges are paid & this my will performed I give all the rest residue remainder & remainders of all my personal estate both same more or less unto my brother Anthony`s children that is Jane; Thomisin & Hellin & my sister Jane ORM`s children that is John Hellin & Thomas And my late sister Hellin`s two daughters that is Ann LOMAS & Elizabeth GASKELL To be divided in three equal parts & my two nieces Ann LOMAS & Elizabeth GASKELL to have one third part divided equally between them share & share alike And I do further direct & order that my sister Jane ORM shall have the ordering of and disposing of her children`s money And her receipt shall be my Executors discharge she not putting it to another use nor uses but to her children & divides it at her own discretion & as to the dividing of my brother Anthony`s children`s part I do declare shall be in the power of my Executors to give it them as they shall think fit when occasion requires & necessity offers itself at their own discretion & Lastly I do declare that if any of the Legatees shall offer to make any disturbance or commence any suit in law him her her so doing shall receive the sum of twelve pence & the Legacy shall be void & I do hereby constitute & appoint my so nephew Thomas GASKELL; Lawrence LOMAS & John ORM Executors of this my last will & testament hoping they will truly fulfil & perform the same & I give to all & every of them one guinea a piece for their trouble in managing the same.  In witness whereof hereunto set my hand & seal this sixth day of May in the year of our Lord 1749

Sealed signed & delivered the words being first interlined by the testator in the presence of:

The mark & seal of Thomas GASKELL

Roger GASKILL; Humphery SWINDELS; Thomas GASKELL

12 Jun 1749 Thomas GASKELL; Lawrence LOMAS & John ORME the Executors within named took the oath of an Executor each in common form before Jonas HANSON Snr.

Probate issued 24 June  

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Thomas GASKELL: 1817 

In the name of God Amen.  I Thomas GASKELL of Lyme Handley in the county of Cheshire and parish of Prestbury yeoman being of weak body but of sound mind and memory (thanks be to God for the same) but calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing its appointed for all men once to die do hereby make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in the following manner (viz.) First and principally I comment my Soul into the hands of God who give it and my body to the dust to be buried in a decent and xtri? like manner hoping for a Joyful resurrection through the minsts? of Jesus Christ my Saviour and my worldly property  I give bequeath and devise as follows (viz.) first it is my will and mind that all my Debts Funeral Expenses and Probate of this my last Will and Testament be paid and discharged out of my personalty and the remainder or residue thereof (Except hereafter Excepted) shall be equally divided share and share alike among my children in the following manner (viz.) According to the no. of Children one part shall be paid the first year another Equal part the Second year  and so on every year till the whole is paid being divided into as many equal parts as I shall have children alive Except the sum of Twenty pounds whish shall be reserved out of the last payment which I give and bequeath to my son in law Thomas MARSLAND of Disley if he be alive when the last payment is made if he be dead it shall be divided share and share alike among my children [NB Thomas & Mary had 10 children baptised] and if any of my children die before their respective share become due and leave any child or children lawfully begotten they shall be entitled to their Father or Mothers respective share (Except Betty GREEN daughter of Martha GREEN deceased who shall have no share) Item I give and devise unto my beloved wife Mary GASKELL all my Leasehold Tenement called Lane Head in Disley in the aforesaid county and all my dwelling house called New Hay situate lying and being in Handley aforesaid to have and to hold during the time or term of her natural life (if the lives in the Leases be so long) unless she be married again in which case and from thenceforward it is my will and mind that all the rents and profits thereof the be thereof to be Equally divided yearly and every year among my children share and share alike also it is my will and mind that my wife shall have Liberty to take and have for her own use as many of my Household Goods and Furniture as she chooses during the time or term of her natural life (unless she be married again) and after the death (or marriage) the[y] shall divided among my children share and share alike Item I give and bequeath the yearly rents or profits of my Leasehold Tenements called Corn Field and New Hay (situate lying and being in Handley aforesaid) and the rest of my undivided property whatsoever and wherever it may happen to be equally divided among my children share and alike yearly and every year during the time or term of their natural lives if the time or lives in the said leases so long continue and live so long and if any of my children be dead or die and leave any children or child lawfully begotten they shall be entitled to share Father or Mother`s respective share Except my Grand Daughter Betty GREEN who shall be entitled to no part or share whatsoever Item I give and devise unto my son Peter GASKELL all my copyhold estate called Kettleshulme Croft situate in Kettleshulme to have and to hold to him or his Executors Administrators or Assigns on condition of him herse? paid to me or my Executors all the money which is owing him to me and Interest thereof and also paying to my Executors the sum of One Hundred and Twenty Pounds at my Decease which money shall be equally divided among the rest of my children twelve months after my decease share and share alike and if one of my children be dead and leave any child or children lawfully begotten they shall be entitled to their Father or Mother`s respective share except my Granddaughter Betty GREEN who shall be entitled to no part or share but nevertheless if my son Peter GASKELL shall refuse or neglect to comply with these conditions the said estate shall be sold or let out at the discretion of my Executors and divided among my children share and share alike as in the same manner as the rest of my property herein devises Item I give and bequeath unto Maria GASKELL natural daughter of Martha GREEN deceased the sum of Twenty Pounds to be paid out  of my personalty twelve months after my decease if she then be twenty one years old Lastly I nominate and appoint my wife Mary GASKELL and George BROCKLEHURST of Kettleshulme to be my Executrix and Executor of this my last will and Testament and likewise to be my Lawful Attornies and Trustees to Set Sell or receive and rents or profits on my account and hereby compound them to do any thing relating to the fulfilling and performing any part of this my last Will and Testament according to the true intent and meaning thereof Also disanulling all former wills by me made I do hereby declare this to be my Last Will and Testament As Witness my hand and seal the eleventh day of March one thousand eight hundred and eleven.

Thomas GASKELL his mark 

Witnesses: Aaron NEWALL; John BROADHEAD; Betty BROCKLEHURST her mark  

Codicil Whereas I Thomas GASKELL of Lyme Handley in the county of Chester yeoman have made and duly executed my last Will and Testament in writing bearing date the 11th day of March 1811 now I do hereby declare this present writing to be as a Codicil to my said will and testament and direct the same to be annexed hereunto and taken as part thereof And I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Peter GASKELL to be executor of my will and testament together with my wife Mary GASKELL and George BROCKLEHURST of Kettleshulme as hereunto afore appointed in the will and testament hereunto annexed And I do further declare and Testify that I have already paid my daughter Jinney the sum of Thirty pounds and my daughter Betty the sum of Twenty pounds as part or towards their respective legacies as bequeathed to them by me in the annexed will and testament  In witness thereof I the said Thomas GASKELL have to this codicil set my Hand and Seal this thirtieth day of Dec 1813

Thomas GASKELL his mark

Witnesses: John LEEDHAM; Ann WALKER; Hannah BROADHEAD  

The sixteenth day of December 1817 Mary GASKELL, George BROCKLEHURST and Peter GASKELL, the Executrix and Executors in this will with a codicil named were sworn in common form and they further made oath that the Personal Estate and Effects of the Testator with the Diocese of Chester were under the value of Two Hundred Pounds - before me Laurence HEAPY surrogate

The testator died the 27th day of August 1817  Probate issued 16 December 1817 

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William GASKELL of Lyme Hanley: 1664

In the name of God Amen the tenth day of June in the yeare of lord god 1662 I William GASKELL of Lyme in Hanley in the Countie of Chester husbandman doe ordaine and make this my last will and testament in maner & forme following. First I give and bequeth my soule into the hands of Allmighty god my Heavenly father trusting that by the merits & death of my Lord and saviour Jesus Christ to bee one of the number of those that shall be saved at that ..... and last generall? daie.  And I committ my bodie to the earth whereof it was made to be buried in the church yard at Disley as near unto my fathers sepullcare as maie bee.  And for such worldly goods as it plesed god to bles mee withall  I give and bequeth as followeth. First it is my will and I doe give unto my wyffe and my chilldren those litle things that god hath bestoed uppon mee. And if it please god that my wiffe brings forth a sone it is my md that it heise my litle Tenement and if not that my Daughter shall heise it.  And for my Brothers and Sisters it is my will and my mind that the shal have everie one of them three pound of good and lawfull monie of England and to bee paid as it will be Bese.. of that grond that Thomas HULME houlds when it commeth Louse that is to saie the lower woode and the further lymed filde Lastly I doe constitute & ordaine & make my Brother in lawe Thomas OLIVER Thomas HULME and Reignold RICHARDSON the yonger my true and Lawfull Executer to perform this my last will and testament as my trust it is in them.

William GASKELL (his mark & seal)

These being witnes Reignold RICHARDSON; the mark of Elizabeth OLIVER

 The thirteenth day of June in the year of our lord god 1662 A true and pfectt Inventorie of all the goods and chattels of William GASKELL late of Lyme in Hanley in the Countie of Chester Husbandman decessed  ............ by John RICHARDSON of Lyme in Hanley in the countie aforesaid Husbandman and Edward COUCKIN of Marple In the countie of Chester aforesaid Husbandman /as followeth/

Imprimis one board? as it stands

00  08  00

Itm Twoe whiled? one boyed? one litle arke & one coffer

00  05  06

Itm In Husbandrie ware

00  05  08

Itm one sithe & one shovle

00  03  00

Itm Bouler and ticknall ware

00  02  04

Itm a litle chife

00  02  04

Itm one litle loom?

00  01  00

Itm Twoe pigens and an ould chorne

00  01  06

Itm Trsse & formes and louse bords

00  01  06

Itm Purse and Apparell

00  10  00

......  .........

00  00  08

Itm moner

00  02  00

Itm sume other litle Implements

00  00  06

Itm two lumpes of woode

00  02  00

.

02  03  04

Exhibit the 6th May 1664 E.D.

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William GASKILL, tanner of the Hagg, Lyme: 1673

In the name of God Amen, the twelfth day of March for the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred seventy two William GASKILL of the Hagg within Lyme Hanley in the county of Chester, Tanner being reasonably in health in perfect memory praise God for the same, And being mindful to follow and dispose of my worldly estate both real & personal to & for the use of my wife & children if the Lord will, so as no strife nor contention may or shall be stirred up amongst my said wife children or friends for or concern the same after my decease, or of for or concerning any such  thereof.  Make ordain publish & declare this mine Act & Deed containing my Last Will & Testament in Manner & Form following , In sp: It is my will & mind that my Just Debts funeral Expenses & all necessary charges about the same be first deducted & taken out of my whole Estate. Item it is my Will & Mind that my Wife & those my sons that will live together (my eldest son John GASKILL & my son William GASKILL excepted) reserveing for my said son within &ldots; as hereafter herein  appointed And occupie my whole estate if it is not already disposed of shall & may occupy the same for long time or until mine executors hereafter named shall have &ldots; taken up & had one whole years profit of & out of the whole real & personal estate to & for the Joint use & advantage of my good Wife my son Peter & my younger children & the better enabling of my good executors to pay & discharge my Just debts  if any shall be without felling (?) up my personal estate to their disadvantage paying out of the said years profits the sum of fifty shillings to my good eldest son John towards keeping him a cow yearly And likewise & &ldots; five shillings to bestowed yearly upon him for Apparel for him when necessity or his &ldots;..  And after the said one year my mind is if my son Peter shall pay unto my said son John the sum of three pounds & fifteen shillings aforesaid in form aforesaid yearly during the life of Katharine MEYRE (?) of Hanley provided that in case the said Peter shall decease before the said Katharine then this my tenement in Lyme aforesaid be chargeable with the said yearly sum.  Item I give unto my said son John one plain Bedstead & a sufficient Bed, Item it is my Will & I do hereby give bequeath & Assign over unto my son Peter & his Assigns all of my Messuage & Tenement at the Hagg aforesaid. With Appurtenances after the said one year`s profit (excepting John`s Legacy aforesaid & some other grants hereafter specified) for & during all the &ldots;. Interest & Estate therein of me the said Will GASKILL of in & to the same or any such (?) thereof  as will by &ldots; & &ldots; of a Lease thereof to me made & Granted by the Right &ldots; Richard LEGH of Lyme aforesaid Esq. as otherwise howsoever .  Item my Will & Mind is that the said messuage & tenement shall continue to the use & in manner & form following And the mine executors hereafter Named shall stand & be possessed of the same to the use of my said son Peter.  And after the decease of the said Peter then to the use  of the Lawful issue of the body of the same Peter, saving & except of .. herinafter mentioned & with one moitie or half .. thereof for such woman as shall be lawful wife to the said Peter at his death for her jointure if her die without issue, Item my Will & Mind is if my son Peter die without issue by him lawfully begotten that the said last mentioned tenement shall descend & come to my son James & his lawful issue during the remainder (?) of mine estate (provided always the &ldots;. notwithstanding) And it is my Will that such of my younger children as shall follow &ldots; shall have free Liberty together with my son Peter to use & occupy my Tanyard & Tanpitts at the Hagg aforesaid & our Mill to Grind Bark in & the water courses which &ldots; for the use thereof.  And liberty to stop open & change (?) the same for his & their  best Advantage  And Liberty to make Bark stacks near about the said Tanyard Ane liberty in the stable for the stand of two horses, And liberty in my shippon for two kind so long as they or any of them shall continue there & have need thereof & be of honest Life & Conversation  And liberty in my field to lay their May.. & water their cattle, And also the use of two rooms in my new building in the field & the garden at  barkfield of the stable but not to get or let any &ldots;  &ldots; liberties to any &ldots; son whomsoever  Item it is my Will & Mind of my son James shann have the one half of the Hay grass in the plain to keep him an horse & stable room for him so long as he shall dwell at the Hagg & be of Honest life & conversation but shall not let the same to any person.  Item I give unto the said Peter our Bedstead standing in my parlour & one fouling &ldots; over & above his portion to James our little table in the chamber  Item it is my will & Mind that my said son Peter shall pay or cause to be paid the sum of eight pounds of lawful money unto my son William to buy a Dirbar of Leather .. &ldots; a Months time &ldots; after &ldots; James tide or Christmas whether shall first happen after my decease Item I give & bequeath unto him my said son William my studded Bible one silver spoon one plain pair Bed&ldots;. To be made at the Hagg, Timber to be a table frame which six foot, A seven? Timber planks  to be a f&ldots;. for the said table And four short but thick boards to be him a little table Item I give & bequeath to my son James  twelve pounds to be paid to him by my son Peter within one whole year and a half end after my Deceased Item (whereas I &ldots;. Already followed the yearly rent or Jointure of eight pounds to be paid forby out of my lands in Bradbury for the use of Margaret my wife it is my Will & Mind if my son Peter shall pay unto her my wife the yearly rent or sum of twenty shillings during her life forby of the Issue of my said tenement  at Hagg disposing feast of St Michael the Archangel & Annunciation of Mary by equal portions the first payment to begin on the expiration or whole year next after my decease Item I give unto my said wife one third of all my moveable goods And the remainder to be divided equally amongst my sons Peter, James & Thomas the said Thomas allowing nothing my said division save only an &ldots; is now in his possession Item I give unto my three sisters Grace, Mary & Amy every of them one King Edw: shilling And it is further more my Will & Mind if in case I shall bestow any of my said &ldots; goods in my life time the Bestowing thereof shall not Infringe  Impugn nor Impede nor destroy this my last will & testament And finally I do make constitute & ordain my Dear & Loving son Peter GASKILL my full whole & sole Executor to Execute & perform this my last will & testament According to the tenor hereof & the trust in him reposed.  In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand & seal the day & year first above written &ldots; not withstanding. I do Appoint Margaret my wife to have a Com&ldots;.. room liberty to the fire for her use at the Hagg so long as she shall please there to stay (Anything above notwithstanding)

The seal & mark of me William GASKILL

Sealed signed & discharge by the Testator in witness Ralph LEAH; Mary STRAIT.....  ; John HAIGE

Will proved 4 November 1673

 A true inventory of all the Goods, Cattle and Chattels of William GASKELL of the Hagg in Lyme late deceased in the county of Chester Tanner Apprised & valued by George ETCHELLS John GASKELL & William RICHARDSON of Lyme aforesaid and Thomas LEAGH of Adlington within the county of Chester Yeomen Upon the 10th day of May in the year of Our Lord God one thousand six hundred and three as followeth:

.

 £    s    d

First in Cattle & Horses

50  05   00

Also in Corn, meal and malt

35  02  00

Also in Cupboards, Arks & Coffers

09  18  04

Also in Tables, Trestles, Quis&ldots; stools & chairs

02  11  00

Also in Bedsteads and bedding

13  17  04

Also in Linen cloth & yarns

11  16  06

Also in Wool & woollen cloth

01  08  00

Also in Books

02  00  00

Also in Sacks

01  02  00

Also in Ironware

02  00  00

Also in Brass and pewter

06  01  06

Also in Lead

00  08  00

Also in one Table Leaf and one Cheese Press

00  14  00

Also in Three Spinning wheels

00  05  00

Also in Treen? Ware

04  03  06

Also in Beef and Bacon

02  00  00

Also in Cheese

00  18  00

Also in &ldots; ploughs, harrows and such things

03  08  06

Also in Whole Timber

01  07  06

Also in Boards and broken Timber

06  13  00

Also in weights and measures

00  05  00

Also in Beer

00  10  00

Also in Horse Guards

01  00  00

Also in Saddles & Bridles

00  09  00

Also in husbandry ware

02  04  00

Also in Hay

00  06  00

Also in Debts owing

45  10  00

Also in the deceased`s purse & Apparel

12  00  00

Also in Leather & Bark valued by Ralph CLAYTON of Northbury and Henry HEGINBOTHOM of Marple within The county of Chester aforesaid Tanners         

213  04  00

The whole sum          

431  15  10

Apprizers Henry HEGINBOTHOM; Ralph CLAYTON his mark; Thomas LEAY; John GASKELL; George ETCHELLS; Will RICHARDSON

4th November 1693

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William GASKELL, tanner of Adlington: 1740 (not Disley but likely to be connected)

 In the name of God Amen I William GASKELL of Adlington in the County of Chester, Tanner being in health a sound and perfect mind and memory Blessed be God for the same.  First I command my soul unto the Hands of Almighty God my Redeemer, First it is my Will and Mind that all just Debts and Funeral Expenses be first of all paid and Discharged out of my Personal Estate and after such Debts are paid and Discharged I do Direct in form and manner following First I give and Bequeath to my brother John GASKELL One Old shillings and one Guinea Also I Give and Bequeath to my brother Peter GASKELL all my Messuage Land and Tenement lying and Being in Kettleshulme Being now in the Holding of Thomas BROCKLEHURST and Robert POTTS paying One Hundred Pounds to him and his heirs forever.  Also I give to my nephew John GASKELL son of my Brother John GASKELL that parcel of land lying in Marple that was left me by my Brother Thomas GASKELL paying One Hundred Pounds that is to say fifty to my nephew Thomas GASKELL and fifty pounds to my niece Elizabeth GASKELL.  Also I give to my nephew John LUCAS fifty pounds to be paid with eight years after my disease.  Also I give to James LUCAS fifty pounds to be paid him in eight years after my decease.  Also I give to Mary DOSSON wife of John DOSSON fifty pounds to be paid in eight years after my decease.  Also I give to the two children of Joseph LUCAS the whole sum of twenty pounds apiece to be paid them at the full age of One & Twenty years.  Also I give to the four children of Ann RYLE the sum of fifty pounds apiece to be paid within eight years after my decease.  Also I give to the child of Elizabeth WORTHINGTON the sum of twenty pounds to be paid at the full age of one and twenty years.  Also I give to the three daughters of Mary JUDSON every of them fifty pounds apiece.  Also I give to the six children of my sister Amy LEAH fifty pounds apiece to be paid them eight years after my decease.  Also I give and bequeath to Elizabeth CARRINGTON of Buggsworth One pound ten shillings.  Also I give to Mary GASKELL of Lyme Hanley the sum of Two Pounds ten shillings.  Also I give to Elizabeth GASKELL of Lyme Hanley One Guinea and a Half.  Also I give to Ann FRITH the sum of One Guinea,  Also I give to Amy CRESSWELL One Guinea.  Also I give to Disley Church and Disley School the sum of Ten Pounds to be laid out for the use of them Both to be equally divided share and share alike .  Also it is my Will and Mind that as many poor people as shall attend at my Burial may have the sum of two pence a piece And likewise do In power my Executors to sell all the rest of my Land Hereafter mentioned Also it is my Will and Mind that when Peter NEEDHAM of Marple pays the money due to me on mortgage he may have the sum of two pounds ten shillings.  Also if it falls out that Edward GREEN cannot Loose the Turf Legh it is my Will and Mind he shall have five pounds if he comes in to seal with the executors it being to be sold to best Bidder.  Also I give to Martha BROWN five shillings Also it is my Will and Mind that the Land which I have of purchase of Comissary DEVENPORT lying and being in Marple, it is my Mind it may be sold to best Bidder And likewise I do direct and appoint my Brother John GASKELL and my nephew Thomas GASKELL Executors of this my last Will and Testament And Likewise it is my Will and Mind that after such Legacies be paid and Discharged within mentioned that the surplus of the money be equally divided between my Executors share and share alike.  In witness hereof I have put my Hand and Seal this twenty eighth day of September in the year our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty Nine.

Before the sealing of these presents I give to George HOLLINGSHEAD the sum of five shillings.  Also I give and Bequeath to Prestbury Church the sum of Four Pounds. (signed) William GASKELL

Witnesses: William FALKNER; John BARBER; Jeremiah D SHAW 

 A True and Perfect Inventory of all the Goods Debts Chattels & Credits of William GASKELL late of Adlington in the county of Chester Tanner Deceased As the ware (were?) valued the 15th October in the year of our Lord 1740 By George HOLLINGSHEAD and Jeremiah ADSHEAD Apprizers

.

    £    s    d 

The Deceased Purse and wearing Apparel

   10  00  00

In Bark and Leather Wett and Dry  

   66  11  06

Owing to the deceased upon bills and other securities

 964  00  00

Further owing to the deceased

   14  00  00

Total

1054  11  06

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James GREEN of Pott Shrigley, Yeoman: 1852

(Connections to Lyme Handley)

This is the last Will and Testament of me James GREEN of Pott Shrigley in the County of Chester Yeoman made this Thirty First day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight Hundred and forty five First I will order and direct that all my just debts Heriot funeral and testamentary Expenses and the expenses approving this my Will shall be paid and discharged out of my personal Estate and in case that shall be insufficient then I charge my Copyhold Estate with the payment of the deficiency and subject thereto I give and bequeath to my niece Anne CLAYTON the wife of James CLAYTON the sum of Two Hundred Pounds out of my personal Estate for her own use absolutely and I will order and direct my Trustees and Executors hereinafter named to pay the Interest of  the sum of Two Hundred Pounds other part of my personal Estate unto Elizabeth BROWN the wife of Richard BROWN of Lyme Labourer during her life for her own sole and separate use and benefit and direct that the same shall not be subject or liable to the debts power or controul of her present or any future husband but her receipt alone shall be a sufficient discharge for the same and on her decease I give and bequeath the sum of One Hundred Pounds part of the said last mentioned sum of Two hundred Pounds unto and amongst all and every the child and children of the said Elizabeth BROWN that shall be then living and the lawful issue of such of her children as shall be then dead leaving lawful issue equally share and share alike the issue of a deceased child taking only their deceased parents share equally amongst them if more than one .  And I give devise and Bequeath to my said niece Anne CLAYTON all my Household Goods and furniture plate linen and china Live and dead Farming Stock and all other my personal Estate of what nature or kind the same may be for her own absolute use and property And I do give devise and bequeath direct limit and appoint unto Peter PENNINGTON of Bollington in the said County Yeoman John BROWN of Lyme Hanley aforesaid Farmer and James CLAYTON of Pott Shrigley aforesaid Farmer Husband of my said niece Anne CLAYTON, all that my Copyhold Messuage Farm Outbuildings lands hereditaments and premises with the appurtenances thereto belonging situate in Pott Shrigley aforesaid and commonly called or known by the name of the Needy Gate and now in my occupation To hold the same to them the said Peter PENNINGTON John BROWN and James CLAYTON their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns upon the following Trusts (that is to say) upon trust to permit and suffer my said niece Anne CLAYTON to reside and dwell upon and occupy my said copyhold Estate and premises during the term of her natural life subject to and charged and chargeable with the payment of the clear Annuity or yearly rent or sum of Twenty Pounds to my Nephew William GREEN during his natural life by two half yearly payments the first payment to be due and payable at the end of six months from my decease and I charge my said copyhold Estate with the payment thereof accordingly and in case of nonpayment thereof or of any part thereof I do hereby authorize and empower my said Trustees or my said nephew William GREEN to distrain for the same upon my said Copyhold Estate in the manner as and for rent in arrear But in case my said niece Anne CLAYTON shall happen to die before the expiration of fourteen years from my decease  Then upon trust to permit and suffer the said James CLAYTON to reside upon and occupy my said Copyhold Estate and premises for the term of fourteen years from my decease subject and charged with the payment of the like annuity or yearly sum of Twenty Pounds to my said nephew William GREEN in like manner and subject to the like power of distress as hereinbefore mentioned my said niece Anne CLAYTON and her said husband keeping the premises in proper condition and from and after the decease of my said niece or at the expiration of the term of fourteen years from my decease in case my said niece shall be dead Then upon trust that they my said Trustees or the survivors or survivor of them his Heirs or Assigns do and shall let and let my said Copyhold Estate for the best rent that can be obtained for the same either for a term of years or from year to year and after paying the said Annuity of twenty pounds to my said nephew William GREEN during his life if he shall be living do and shall divide the surplus of such rent or the whole if my said nephew shall be dead and after his decease [next phrase inserted here: before the decease of the said Anne CLAYTON or before the expiration of the said term of fourteen years then the said yearly rent of twenty pounds]  and equally between William GREEN and Eli GREEN, sons of my said nephew William GREEN, and James GREEN, son of my said niece Anne CLAYTON, equally during their joint lives and on the death of one of them then equally between the two survivors and on the death of one of the two survivors then I give devise and bequeath direct limit and appoint my said Copyhold Estate with the appurtenances unto the last survivor of them the said William GREEN and Eli GREEN (sons of my said nephew) and the said James GREEN (son of my said niece Ann CLAYTON) To hold to such last survivor his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever subject to the payment of the said annuity of twenty pounds to my said nephew William GREEN (if he shall be living) for his life in manner and subject to the like power of distress as aforesaid

And I give and Bequeath to my brother John GREEN the legacy or sum of Ten pounds to my niece Mary SHRIGLEY the sum of Twenty pounds to Maria CLIFFORD the daughter of Thomas BECKETT the sum of Five pounds to Jane GREEN daughter of my late nephew Henry GREEN the sum of Ten pounds to my half sister Martha CHAPMAN the sum of Ten pounds to James GREEN son of said niece Anne CLAYTON the sum of Twenty pounds to place him out Apprentice and to Elizabeth GREEN daughter of my said nephew William GREEN the sum of Twenty pounds and to enable my said trustees and Executors to pay the said several legacies or sums of money I hereby authorize and empower them to fall (sic) timber on my said Copyhold Estate and pay the same to the said legatees as soon as the same can conveniently be done And I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Peter PENNINGTON John BROWN and James CLAYTON Executors of this my Will and declare that they shall be answerable for their own respective acts receipts and defaults only and shall be at liberty to retain and to allow to each other out of the monies coming to their hands by virtue of my Will all expenses incurred in executing the trusts thereof 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 James GREEN have hereunto set my hand the day and year first before written. 

(The mark of) James GREEN

Signed by the said testator James GREEN 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 the several interlineations and obliterations being first made.

Jas PLANT; Wm BROWN; Thomas SYDEBOTHAM    

On a separate piece of paper:

Pro: issued Dated 13th Jul 1852

The sixth day of July 1852 John BROWN and James CLAYTON two of the Executors in this Will named were sworn in common (power being reserved to Peter PENNINGTON the other testator therein also named to take upon him the Execution of the said Will when he shall lawfully request the same) and they further made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of six hundred pounds.

Before me C A J Smith Surrogate

The Testator died the 21st June 1852

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James GREEN, grocer late of No 19 Higher Hillgate, Stockport: 1872 

 I, James GREEN of Higher Hillgate, Stockport devise this to be not a distinct deed of Gift and to be solely regarded as my last Will and Testament I give (and bequeath) to my wife Sarah GREEN for the use of herself and my daughter Margaret Ann GREEN the whole of my property (hower (sic) realised or wherever situated) after the payment of three hundred and fifty pounds borrowed by me of my Father James CLAYTON of Shrigley Farmer and other lawful debts, this is my last Will and Testament and I hearby appoint William GASKELL of Nottingham, schoolmaster and James JOHNSON pawnbroker of 17, Higher Hillgate to act as Executors (for the due carrying out of my wishes) with my wife the said Sarah GREEN Executrix.  In witness whereof I subscribe my name this 10th day of October 1872

(The mark of) James GREEN

Signed in our presence while James GREEN was in a proper state of mind to make a disposition of his effects.

Edward HENVILLE  Curate of St Thomas, Stockport

Signed in testators presence and in presence of each other at his request

John METCALFE; James SWINDALL 

Proved at Chester the 14th day of November 1872  by the oaths of William GASKELL James JOHNSON and Sarah GREEN widow, the Relict, the Executors to whom administration was granted

The testator James GREEN was late of No 19 Higher Hillgate, Stockport in the county of Chester Grocer And died on the 11th day of October 1872 at Stockport aforesaid.

Under £450 No Leasehold

NB Wife Sarah GREEN was born in Lyme Handley and, after husband`s death lived in Disley

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Thomas GREEN late of Withens Load in Rainow Yeoman: 1736

(Not Disley but there could be connections)

Title Sheet: GREEN The Will and Invy of Thomas GREEN late of Withens Load in Rainow Yeo: Exted & Exon granted to Mary GREEN widow & Thomas GREEN Ext: for sworn etc. 28 Oct 1736

In the name of God Amen I Thomas GREEN of Withens Load Rainow in the parish of Prestbury and County of Chester Yeoman being in good health of Body and of sound perfect and Disposing mind memory and understanding (praised be God for the same) doe make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner & form following that is to say.  First and Principally I comend my soul into the Hands of Almighty God the fountain of all happiness hoping through the merits and mediation of my Redeemer Jesus Christ To meet with full and free pardon of all my sins and acceptance with God.  My Body I comit  to the Earth to be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named.  And as for such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I Give Devise and Bequeath the same as follows, First of all It is my Will and Mind that all my honest and Just Debts and Funerall Expences shall be first of all Paid off and Discharged out of my Personal Estate by my Executors hereafter named & Alsoe I Give and Bequeath unto Peter GASKELL of Rainow aforesaid,  Butcher the sume of one shilling Alsoe I Give & Bequeath unto Sarah GASKELL daughter of the said Peter GASKELL aforesd The sume of Twenty Pounds to be paid her within Twelve months next after my Decease Alsoe to Thomas PARSEFULL the younger My Godson I Give and Bequeath the sume of five shillings Alsoe to Edward GREEN the younger My Godson I Give and Bequeath the sume of five shillings to be paid them within twelve months next after my Decease.  And if there shall remain anything of my Personal Estate (after the payment of my Debts Funerall Expences Legacies herein before by me disposed of, and of such part as I shall hereafter give to my Wife which I Direct and order shall be paid, thereout) I Give and Bequeath such overplus thereof to and amongst John Hugh & Sarah MOTTRAM Children of Samuel MOTTRAM`s to be divided amongst all or such of them as shall be Living share and share alike.  And I order that such Division shall be made within Twelve Months next after my Decease.  Alsoe to my Cousin Thomas GREEN the younger of Butley Ash in the County of Chester Husbandman I Give and Bequeath all and singular my Copyhold or real Estate and all other my Lands Tenements and Heraditaments whatsoever lying within Withen Load Rainow or elsewhere in the County of Chester for the Term of his natural Life and from after his Decease to the Heirs Male of his Body lawfully begotten and the Heirs of such heirs forever.  And if my said Cousin Thomas GREEN has no issue Male or have more than one son in either of these cases it is my Will and I do hereby impower power him to Charge all or any part of my said Estate with the payment of any sume or sums of money not exceeding in the whole the sum of One Hundred Pounds for younger children or Daughters fortunes.  But in default of Issue Male of the Body of my said Cousin Thomas GREEN I Give Devise and Bequeath the same and every part thereof at after his Decease (being lyable to such charges as aforesaid) To my Cousin John GREEN of Derby, maltster and the heirs Male of his Body and the Heirs of Such Heirs male forever, and in Default of such issue to the right Heirs of my said Cousin Thomas GREEN forever.  Alsoe to my said Cousin John GREEN I Give and Bequeath the sum of One Hundred Pounds to be paid him by Ten Pounds a year out of my real Estate, the first Payment to be made within twelve months next after my Decease.  But in case of his death before the said sum of One Hundred Pounds be all paid and leave a child or children the same to be paid to such child or if more then one to such children share and share alike, but if no child or children the payment thereof to cease.  Alsoe To Mary my Loving Wife I give and Devise & Bequeath the sum of six pounds a year for the Term of Her Natural Life to be paid her out of my said Estate called Withen Load And the Chamber over the house for her to Live in.  I also Give & Bequeath unto my said Dear Wife one of the best Beds and its furniture.

Alsoe To my niece Ann the wife of (blank) HIGGENBOTHAM I Give Devise and Bequeath the sume of Two pounds a year for the Term of Her natural Life, And further I do hereby Charge my said Estate called Withen Load and all and singular my Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever herein before by me given and Bequeathed with the payments of the Legacies of Six Pounds a year to my wife of Two Pounds a year to my niece Ann the wife of (blank) HIGGENBOTHAM And of One Hundred Pounds Left to my Cousin John GREEN as aforesaid

And Lastly I Doe hereby nominate and appoint my said Loving Wife and my said Cousin Thomas GREEN Executors of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former Wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made and Doe Declare this to be the Last Will and Testament of Me the said Thomas GREEN the Testator.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto put my Hand and seal this Twenty Second Day of July in the ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King George the Second over Great Brittain, and so forth, And in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Five

Alsoe it is my Will & Mind before the signing & sealing of this my Last Will & Testament that if my Personal Estate falleth short of paying My Debts & Funerall Expences That they shall be paid out of my real Estate before any Legacy by Me before Given & Bequeathed

His mark T & Seal of Thomas GREEN

Sealed Signed Published and Declared by the herein before named Thomas GREEN to be his Last Will and Testament In the Sight & Presence of Us John GASKELL; William GASKELL; Jno GASKELL Jun.

 A True and Perfect Inventory of all the Goods Debts Cattle Chattels and Creditts of Thomas GREEN of Withen Load, Rainow in the parish of Prestbury and County of Chester Yeoman Decd. Taken and Valued the first Day of June Year in the Year of our Lord 1736.  By John GASKELL and Thomas GASKELL Apprized as followeth

In One Chamber  

  £    s   d

The best Bed and its furniture          

03    5  00

One feather Bed and one boulster

01  00  00

Two Bed Covers and one blanket

00  05  00

One Little Table

00  01  00

One Coffer and some wheat in it

00  08  00

Four Old Chairs

00  01  04

One Little buffet stool

00  00  04

One Little Box 

00  00  10

One Livery Cupboard

00  02  06

One Daslon (?) and a Little Stoond

00  01  00

One Little Salt Tye (?)

00  00  08

One Frying Pan

00  00  10

One broad Iron, a Sprittle and a Spit

00  01  00

One brass Skellet

00  00  06

Two Large Stools

00  01  02

One Weigh beam and Weights

00  01  06

One Cheese Tubb and a Cheese Ladder (?)

00  02  00

One Looking Class and a Pair of Bellows

00  00  06

In the shop

.

One Iron Crow, a kavel bacucuer (?) & a Tub

00  05  06

Two Mattocks two picks and a hammer

00  02  06

One Pair of Plow Irons & 15 White Wood Boards

00  08  06

One Oval Table and a little Skreen

00  12  00

Two Old Chairs and five stools

00  06  00

One Large Chair and a half Coop

00  02  06

One Fire Iron and Pott hooks

00  03  00

One Large Mugg and a Cheese board

00  01  00

One Ax and aback (?)

00  01  00

Two old Shoo&ldots; and a cowrake

00  01  06

One Little brass pond and a Lead

00  09  00

In the Shop Chamber

.

The Deceased`s Working Tools

00  17  00

Four Fellies (?) for a Cart

00  01  04

One Door Case

00  02  06

Four Bed Stoops a buckstand and two Coops

00  05  00

One Lathe and a Vice

00  03  00

One Large table and formes and a Cupboard

01  08  00

One little Cupboard and a Chest

01  03  06

One Hamper and a Pair of Bedstocks

00  08  00

(At least one item missed from photocopy here-items below may therefore be in a different room)

.

Two blankets and a coverlid 2 boulsters And a Chaf bed

00  08  00

In Puter

00  08  06

The Deceased`s Purse and Wareing Apparel

02  10  00

One Little Box and a Coffer

00  08  06

Oweing to the Deceased

02  09  06

Also oweing to the Deceased

03  02  06

One Hackney Sadle and a bridle

00  03  00

Two Pickels Three riddles and a flale

00  02  00

One Cheese Press

00  05  00

Two Little Pickels and some rakes

00  01  00

One Grinding Stone

00  02  00

One Provender Tubb

00  01  00

An old Cart Saddle and Chains

00  01  00

Some Sowls

00  01  00

A Dung Cart and Wheels

00  06  08

An old Pair of Cart Wheels

00  06  00

One black Mare

03  10  00

One Coffer and three Sacks

00  10  00

In the Further Barne

.

One Pair of Harrows and an Ox Yoke

00  05  06

One Winding glass and some other odd things

00  01  00

One Hackney Saddle and an old halter

00  08  06

In Cattle

.

Five Twinters

07  00  00

Three Heifers and some Hey

06  00  00

Two Cow Calves

01  18  00

One bullock Calve

00  15  00

Total

43  17  02

A Chattel Lease valued at 

20  00  00

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William GREEN of Stockport, Grocer: 1795

 Not Disley but there were connections

This is the Last Will and Testament of me William GREEN of Stockport in the County of Chester Grocer I Give devise and Bequeath unto my sister Elizabeth GREEN her Heirs executors Administrators and assigns for ever All my Messuage or Dwellinghouse and Tenement with the out buildings Lands and Hereditaments and Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate standing and being at or near Stockport Little Moor within Stockport aforesaid now in the tenure holding or occupation of William STANDLEY his assigns or undertenants And also All my Messuages or Dwellinghouses and Tenements with the Hereditaments and Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate standing and being in the Under Bank in Stockport aforesaid And Also All other my Real And also All my personal Estate of what and every nature or kind soever or wheresoever with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances Subject to and chargeable with the payment of All my just debts funeral expences and the charges of the probate and execution of this my Will And I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said sister Elizabeth GREEN Sole Executrix of this my Will hereby revoking All former Wills by me made and Declaring this to be my last  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Ninety three. (signed) William GREEN

Signed sealed published and Declared by the above named Testator William GREEN 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 thereof

James OLDFIELD; James ROSE; John Newsam HOLME 

Probate dated 28 Sept 1795

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Katherine HEGINBOTHAM 1610

In the name of &ldots;.. the xxiiiith day of Februarie 1609 Kathryn HEG&ldots;.. in the pishe &ldots;..pport & County of Chester spinster beeing of p&ldots;. memory did &ldots;.. the witnesses undrnamed declare in expresse &ldots;. Writing hir &ldots;. Will & Testament in mannr & forme following viz &ldots;.. & bequeathed &ldots;.. soule to god & hir body to Christian burial.  It &ldots;.. all hir goods &ldots;.. moveable & unmoveable to Edward HEGINBOTH&ldots; &ldots;&ldots; in ______ _______ &ldots;.. is the great change wch he the sayd Edward had &ldots;.. at in keeping &ldots;.. maynteining for the sayd Kathryn & _____ ______ for lyfe & at her ___________ he the sayd Edward HEGINBOTHAM to be my &ldots;. ho___se.  It hir will & mynd was that Richard HEGINBOTHAM hir brothers sone have no pt nor porcon of hir sayd goods but all whole to bee & remayn to the above named Edward HEGINBOTHAM.  Itm the appointed the sayd Edward HEGINBOTHAM hir sole Executor to pforme this hir last will in the psence & wytnes of Edmund PICKFORD & Robt HEGINBOTHAM

Debts owing to the sayd Kathryn HEGINBOTHAM

Imprimis George HEGINBOTHAM xliiiis of wch debt she dischared[?] hir sayd Executor to abate iiiis to the sayd George

The true Inventorie of the goods of Kathryn HEGINBOTHAM deceased Anno Regn Jacobi ___ _________ septimo ____ber xliii prysed rated & valued by Edmund PICKFORD & George ETCHELS the xiiiith day of mch Anno Jacobi xld

Imprimis  one Ark

iis

It  Apparall

xiis

It  one __at wch was taken for the ha__yett

vis

 Page Damaged. Note* I have placed dots “&ldots;.” where illegible and “____” where I was unable to decipher the handwriting    Holly Gaskell

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Robert HEGINBOTHAM 1610

A true Inventorie ..... the goods and cattels of Robart HEGINBOTHOM of Disley deceased the xxiiiith day of June in the yeare of our lorde god one thous..d six hundrethe and tene and there prysed by George MILNES Edmund PICKFORDE Edward HEGINBOTHOM George ECCLES

First one ould cowe

xls

Ite one heffer

liis

Ite psell of ground taken of Edward HEGINBOTHOM

Ite one litle medow taken of Edward now[?]

iii£

Ite one litle sacke of hey

xs

Ite brasse and pewter

xs

Ite three litle leades

vs

Ite two arkes & one coffer

ixs

Ite woden ware

iis

Ite in bedding

xvs

Ite a payr of bedstockes

xiid

Ite a brundreth pott houkes & a payr of tonges a rake

xiid

Ite a mattock a showe and an axe

iiiis

Ite apparrell

xs

the whole some is

xv£  xixs

Dette oing unto the sayd Robart HEGINBOTHOM of Hughe ALLEN    vis

Dette wch the sayd Robart HEGINBOTHOM did owe

First unto George NEWTON  viis

Ite unto John HEGINBOTHOM  viis

Note* dots '....' placed where text is illegible

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Thomas HEY 1617

This is the last will and testament of mee Thomas HAY alias GRANT of Dysly in the Countie of Chester Labourer made the xxxth day of January Anno Dom 1617.

First I beequeath my soule to god almightie hopeing to be saved thorow the merits of my saviour Christ Jesus.  First I doo gyve unto my syster Jane BRIDDOCKE iii£ vis viiid.  I doo gyve unto my brother Nycholas HAY iii£ xiis iiiid.  I doo gyve unto my brother John HAY his chyldren everie one of them xxs apyce.  I doo gyve unto my brother Peter HAY xiiiis.  I doo gyve unto my brother in law Bryan CLAYTON his sonnes Bryan CLAYTON and John CLAYTON ether of them xxs apyce.  I doo gyve unto Robert BERCHYNHOUGH yonger xiiiis iiiid.  Willyam BERCHYNHOUGH xis[?] iiiid  ........... BERCHYNHOUGH xiiiis iiiid Elyzabeath BERCHYNHOUGH xiiis iiid and Elin BERCHYNHOUGH xiiis iiiid.  I doo gyve unto my syster the wyfe of Bryan CLAYTON xxs.  I doo gyve unto Edward WYLD xls.  I doo gyve unto the wyfe of John BENYT xxs.  I doo gyve unto Elyzabeath WYLD the daughter of Edmund WYLD xxs.  I doo gyve unto my brother in law Rychard WYLD xxiiis iiiid.  I doo gyve unto Rychard WYLD his chyldren xxs amongst them.  I doo serve[?] to my funurall[?] x£ and the resydu of goods and catteles my funurall expences legacyes and probations dyscharged.  I doo gyve unto my executors heare after named my brother John HAY of the mouslebothom and my cosyn George WOOD of marple to see this my last wyll and testament performed as my trust is in them.  In witnesse where of I have heare unto set my hande the day and yeare above written.

Thomas HAY alias GRANT

These beinge witnesses - John BENYT; William BERCHYNHOUGH; Edmund WYLD; Edmund CLAYTON

Dettes which I doo owe

First Robert GASKELL

iii£ iis

George NEWTON

xviiis

Elyzabeath HAY spynster

ls

Dettes the which are owing unto mee

First the wyfe of George BROWNE

xls

to the same wyfe of George BROWNE the which she leante unto Hugh HAY

xxs

Robert COTTEREL of the dyglay

xxs

Roger ALYN

iii£

Bryan CLAYTON of dysley

xls

John MORE of marple

xls

William MARSLAND of norbury

iii£

Rychard WYLDE my brother in law

xxiiis iiiid

George COTTERELL of norbury

xs

my brother John HAY

xls

his wyfe

iiiis

the wyfe of Rafe HYDE of the hay

lvs xd

Edward BROWNE, John BROWNE did gyve his worde yf his brother did not pay this some hee wolde pay it

vs

Thomas ANDREWS

xxs

Nycholas HAY of beeley

iii£ xiiis iiiid

Edmund WYLDE

vi£ xvid

John WYLD thelder

iii£ xvis iiiid

John HAY of the mouslebothom

xxvs

Rychard WYLDE thelder

xixd

Ann WYLDE his Daughter

iis vid

Edmund WYLD his sonne

xviiid

Omfre CLAYTON

xxs

John BROWNE of poynton

iis vid

Peter HAY my brother

xiiiid

Leonard WYLDE

xxs

John HEGGINBOTHOM

ii byls

Thomas ANDREW

one byll

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John INGHAM of Furness, Disley, Stone Mason: 1850 (died 1841)

In the name of God, Amen. The twenty eight day of May, one thousand eight hundred and forty one.

I John INGHAM, Stone Mason of Furness in Township of Disley and Parish of Stockport and county of Cheshire, being very sick and weak of body but perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God. Therefore calling into mind, the mortality of my body, knowing that it is appointed once unto all man 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, in the hands of Almighty God, that give it and my body, I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting. But at the General Resurrection I shall receive, the same again by the Almighty power of God.

And touching such Worldly property wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise, and dispose, of the same in the following manner and form.

First I give and bequeath to Martha my dearly beloved Wife, Four Cottage Houses and all goods and chattels situated at Furness aforesaid, And to be by her possesed during her life to bring up their children and if she should die, before the youngest child arrives to the age of twenty one the other executors are to keep possession of the said property until the youngest child is twenty one years of age. And then the said property to be sold, And divided amongst the children equal share alike.

Also I appoint Martha INGHAM my  Beloved Wife and Peter INGHAM my beloved son, also Peter PENNINGTON my Brother in law to be executors of my last will and Testament. I witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and seal this day and year above written.                                                                                                     

                                                                 (signed)     John Ingham

Signed sealed, published, and declared by the said John INGHAM as his last will and Testament, in the presence of us the subscribers

Andrew WELCH

John MELLOR (see affidavit below)

                                                     4th January 1850

I? wife of Joseph MOSS formerly Martha INGHAM, widow Martha INGHAMPeter INGHAM, and Peter PENNINGTON the executrix and 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 300 Pound

                                                      before me  C. B. Jeaffreson ?   Surrogate

The Testator died the second day of June 1841;  Probate issued Dated 21st January 1850  

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In The Consistory Court Of Chester          The Sixteenth day of January 1850

I John MELLOR of Furness in Stockport in the County of Chester—Bookkeeper being of the sect or people dissenting from the United Church of England and Ireland commonly called Quakers do solemnly sincerely and truly affirm and declare that I am one of the Attesting Witnesses to the last Will and Testament of John INGHAM late of Furness in the Township of Disley in the parish of Stockport and County of Chester Stone Mason deceased bearing date the Twenty eight day of May one thousand eight hundred and forty one and hereto annexed that I was present on the said twenty eighth day of May one thousand eight hundred and forty one and saw the said John INGHAM deceased duly execute the same as and for his last Will and Testament by signing his name “John Ingham “ at the foot or end  thereof as it now appears. Andrew WELCH the other attesting Witness being also present at the same time and this Affirmant  and the said Andrew WELCH did then in the presence of the said Testator and each other set and subscribe their names thereto as Witnesses as they now appear.

Affirmed at Heaton Norris John Mellor Bookkeeper at Furness Print Works

before me C. B. Jeaffreson ? Surrogate - the day and year aforesaid  

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Will of David JACKSON: 1814

In the Name of God Amen I David JACKSON of Lyme Handley in the parish of Prestbury in the County of Chester Yeoman Do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say  First and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it hoping and trusting through the merits and mediation of his blessed Son Jesus Christ to obtain remission and forgiveness of all my Sins and to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven and my Body I commit to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executrix and Executor hereinafter named.  And as to my worldly Estate and Effects I give devise Bequeath and dispose thereof as follows.  First I will order and direct that all my Just debts, funeral expences and the Charges of the probate of this my Will shall be paid and discharged out of my personal Estate by said Executrix and Executor as soon as Conveniently may be after my decease.  And I give devise and bequeath all that my messuage or Dwellinghouse with the Yard and Outbuildings therewith belonging situate and being in or near Higher Hillgate in Stockport in the said County now in the occupation of my Son in law John BARDSLEY and which I lately purchased from the representatives of James PLATT deceased.  And also all that my Leasehold messuage farm and tenement with all the Lands thereunto belonging situate lying and being in Lyme Hanley aforesaid which I hold by lease under the Lyme family for the lives of my Son John and of William MELLOR.  And also all my Household Goods and furniture of every description and Stock of Horses, Cows and other Cattle, Hay, Corn, Straw and implements of husbandry that I shall die possessed of or entitled unto and also all my ready Money and Money out at interest on Mortgage bond, Note or otherwise.  And all other my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever unto my loving Wife Martha JACKSON and Isaac HILL of Lyme Handley aforesaid Yeoman  To Hold the same to them and their Successors, Heirs, executors and Administrators.  Upon the several trusts and for the several purposes hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) as to my said Leasehold Estate and premises upon Trust to permit and suffer my said Wife Martha JACKSON to reside upon and occupy the same and to take and use all my live and dead Stock thereon or belonging to me.  And also all my household Goods and furniture for and during the term of her natural life if she remains my Widow and my Estate and Interest in the said leasehold premises so long continues and she my said Wife thinks proper to Carry on the farming Business without paying any rent for the same except the Chief rent, but keeping the said Leasehold tenement in Good repair and as to my said Messuage and premises at Stockport and the interest of my said personal Estate upon trust for my said trustees to receive the rent and proceeds thereof and to pay to or otherwise permit and suffer my said Wife to receive so much and such part thereof as with the clear profits arising from my said Leasehold tenement will be a sufficient and comfortable maintenance and livelihood for her during her natural life in case she continues my Widow and the remainder of such Rents and Interests do and shall from time to time put out to interest until her death or marriage which shall first happen.  Provided always that if my said Wife shall happen to marry again then from and immediately after such marriage my Will and Mind is and I do hereby revoke the bequests and Devises hereinbefore and hereinafter made to her and in lieu thereof I give and bequeath to her the Sum of Ten pounds Yearly and every year during her life for her own use and benefit and do hereby direct my said trustees and their Successors, Heirs, Executors or Administrators to place out at interest as much of my Personal Estate as will raise the said Annual Sum of Ten Pounds and pay the same Sum of ten pounds to her or her assigns by two equal half yearly payments on the twelfth day of May and the Eleventh day of November.  The first payment to be made on the first of those days which shall first and next happen after such Marriage but to apportion such first payment according to the time of such Marriage.  And from and immediately after her death or Marriage or declining the farming Business which shall first happen.  Upon further Trust that my said trustees and their Successors, Heirs, Executors, or Administrators do and shall Set and let my and Leasehold tenement (in case the same shall be then in Lease) unto my Son John JACKSON at a fair rent as much as any indifferent person would give for the same he my said Son John procuring sufficient surety for the due payment of the rent agreed upon to the satisfaction of my said trustees but if my said Son John shall refuse to take the same at the rent to be fixed for the same Then I direct that the same shall be offered to my Son Samuel JACKSON in the like manner he my said Son Samuel procuring sufficient Surety as aforesaid but in Case both my said Sons shall decline taking my said Leasehold tenement at the rent fixed upon for the same Then I Direct my said trustees, their Successors, Heirs, Executors and Administrators to let the same during all my Estate and interest therein for the best rent that can be obtained for the same and receive the rent thereof and I do hereby order and direct my said trustees or their Successors, Heirs, Executors, or Administrators to pay all such rent to be received from my said Sons or other person or persons for the same as the Case may be unto my said Wife during her natural life in Case she be then living and my Widow but if married or dead Then I direct my said trustees to pay and divide the same half yearly unto, between, and amongst my children, John JACKSON, Samuel JACKSON, Martha Wife of John BARDSLEY of Stockport aforesaid Shopkeeper.  In Case the property hereinafter by me bequeathed to her shall not amount to and make her share equal to her Brothers and Sister /and Margaret Wife of James BEARD of Lyme Handley aforesaid Farmer equally share and share alike during all my Estate and Interest in the said leasehold tenement and as to my Live and dead Stock and Household Goods and furniture immediately after my said wife declining to reside on my said leasehold tenement in case she does so during her life I give and bequeath to my said Wife such of my household Goods and furniture as she shall make Choice of for and during the term of her Natural life if she remains my Widow and the remainder of my said Household Goods and furniture (Except such as I have hereinafter Given my Children).  And all my live and dead Stock on my said leasehold tenement I do hereby Order and direct my said trustees, their Successors, Executors or Administrators to Value and make sale thereof by public auction or private Contract as they or he shall think proper and put and place out interest the Money arising from such Sale and pay and apply the interest thereof in such and the same manner as I have hereinbefore directed the interest of my personal Estate to be applied during the life of my said Wife.  But in Case my said Wife shall continue to reside upon and farm my said leasehold tenement until her death or Marriage Then from and immediately after her death or Marriage which shall first happen.  I Give and bequeath unto my Son John my Oak Square Cupboard, to my Son Samuel, a Mahogany Tea table and the Bedstocks and Hangings belonging to my late Daughter Betty deceased.  He my said Son Samuel paying my Son John Two Pounds and Ten Shillings as his Share of the said Bedstocks and Hangings but if he declines paying that Sum then I Give and bequeath the said Bedstocks and Hangings unto my said Son John he paying my said Son Samuel the Sum of Two pounds and ten Shillings for his share thereof.  To my daughter Martha a large looking Glass and to my Daughter Margaret an Oak Corner Cupboard and all the rest residue and remainder of my Household Goods and furniture and also all such Household Goods and furniture and Live and dead Stock as my said wife shall be possessed of at her decease or Marriage which shall first happen I do hereby Order and direct my said trustees, their Successors, Executors or Administrators to Sell by public Auction or private contract as they shall think proper immediately after the Death or Marriage of my said Wife for the most Money that can be obtained for the same.  And also to collect and Get in all the Money that shall be out at Interest or owing to me (except in Case of the Marriage of my said Wife such Sum of Money as will be sufficient to produce the said Yearly Sum  of Ten Pounds herein before mentioned). And do and shall divide all the Money arising from such Sale together with all such Money as shall be out at interest and the interest and accumulations thereof and in Case of the marriage of my said Wife then immediately after her decease the principal Money so placed out at interest for the purpose of making the said Yearly Sum of Ten Pounds between and amongst my Children the said John JACKSON, Samuel JACKSON, Martha BARDSLEY in Case the property herein after bequeathed to her shall not be equal to her (Brothers and Sister) Margaret BEARD and Jesse JACKSON of Newton in Cheshire, Hatter, Son of my late Son William JACKSON late of Hattersley, Weaver deceased equally share and share alike the share or Shares of my said Sons John And Samuel and Grandson Jesse JACKSON (in Case he shall have attained his age of Twenty One Years, if not, on attaining that age) to be paid in twelve Months next after the Death or Marriage of my said Wife or sooner if my said trustees and Executors can make it convenient to pay the same.  But the Share of my said daughters Margaret and Martha (in case Martha shall be entitled to any share) I do hereby order and direct my said trustees or their Successors, Heirs, Executors or Administrators to put and place out at interest on good security during their respective natural lives and pay them the interest only of their respective  Shares and for their own Sole and separate use and not to be Subject to the debts for power or Controul of their respective present or future husbands.  But the Receipts alone of my said Daughters shall be a sufficient discharge to my said trustees for any Money which they shall pay to my said Daughters under this my Will and from and immediately after the death of each of my said daughters.  Then upon further trust that they my said trustees and their successors, Executors or Administrators do and shall pay and divide such deceased Daughter's Share between and amongst her Child or Children at such time and in such manner and proportions as such deceased Daughter shall by her last Will and testament in Writing or Codicil or any Writing purporting to be or in the nature of her last Will and testament to be by her Signed in the presence of two witnesses Direct, Give, Bequeath or Appoint the same and in default of such direction, Gift, Bequest or Appointment or in case any such shall be made and the same shall not be a complete disposition thereof.  Then upon further Trust to pay and divide such deceased Daughters Share and all Interest unto between and amongst all and every her Child and Children equally Share and Share alike at their respective ages of twenty one Years in Case they shall not have attained that age in the lifetime of their Mother the Interest of the Shares of such of them as shall not have attained that age to be applied in their maintenance until they attain that age.  And in Case any such Grandchildren shall die before attaining that age leaving lawful issue, such issue to have their deceased parents Share divided equally between them.  But in Case any of them shall die before attaining that age without leaving lawful issue then the share or shares of such of them so dying shall be divided and paid between his, her or their Surviving Brothers and Sisters and the issue of such of them as shall be then dead leaving issue such issue to take only their deceased parents share Equally share and share alike.  And as to my said Freehold Messuage and premises in Stockport aforesaid in Case my said Wife declines the farming business and Continues my Widow and is desirous of residing in the back part of the said Messuage and premises then my Will and mind is and I do hereby Give her liberty and privilege of residing therein rent free during her life if she remains my Widow and do Direct my said trustees, their Successors, Heirs, Executors and Administrators to Set and Let the remainder of such premises during the life of my said Wife if she Continues my Widow and apply the rents thereof in the same manner as I have hereinbefore directed the interest of my personal Estate to be applied And from and immediately after the death or marriage of my said wife which shall first happen.  Then upon further trust that they my said trustees do and shall Set and let the whole of the said Messuage and Premises to my said daughter Martha at a fair Rent and receive the rent thereof until they have thereby and therewith paid and discharged a debt of Eighty pounds and all interest which my Son in law John John BARDSLEY owes to Jonathan JOWETT of Ludworth in derbyshire, Coal Master and for which Sum I have joined my said Son in law in a Note of hand and Subject thereto I Give and devise all and singular my said Messuage Buildings and premises in Stockport aforesaid unto my said daughter Martha BARDSLEY and her Assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after her death I Give and devise the same premises with their appurtenances Subject nevertheless to the payment of so much of the said Sum of Eighty pounds and Interest as shall not have been paid in the lifetime of my said Daughter unto such Child or Children, Grand-Child or Grand-Children of her my said Daughter Martha BARDSLEY then born or thereafter to be born which shall be living at the time of her death either wholly or in such parts and proportions and for such Estate and Estates and charged and chargeable or otherwise with any Sum or Sums of Money to or for the benefit of any others or others of them and in such manner and form as she my said daughter Martha by her last Will and testament duly executed in the presence of and attested by three or more credible Witnesses Shall Give, Devise, Order, Direct, Limit or Appoint.  And in default thereof I give and devise the same Subject as aforesaid unto and equally amongst all and every the children of my said daughter Martha which shall be living at the time of her decease and the lawful Issue of such of them be then dead equally amongst them and to their several and respective Heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in Common and not as joint tenants such issue and their respective Heirs.  Nevertheless to take equally amongst them as tenants in Common the like share or shares as their respective Parents would if living have been entitled to and if there be only one child of my said daughter Martha Or Issue of only one Child then the whole thereof unto such Child or its issue his, her or their Heirs and Assigns for Ever Provided always that if the Messuage and premises so by me devised to my said daughter Martha and her children as aforesaid which I estimate at the Sum of two hundred pounds shall exceed the respective shares of my other children by me bequeathed to them as aforesaid.  Then my Will and Mind is and I do hereby order and direct my said daughter Martha or her Children to pay such overplus unto my said trustees to be by them divided amongst my other Children with my personal Estate equally share and share alike.  And if my said Daughter Martha and her children shall neglect or refuse to pay the same upon demand then I do hereby authorize and empower my said trustees to mortgage the same premises for such overplus Money for any term or number of years they think proper.  But if the said Messuage and premises shall be less than the the respective shares of any other Children then I direct my said trustees to pay my said daughter Martha or her Children so much of my said personal Estate as will make her equal with her Brothers and Sisters.  Provided further that if any of my said children or Grandchild Jesse JACKSON shall happen to die before receiving the several bequests hereinbefore by me made to them respectively leaving lawful issue of his, her or their body or bodies Then I Give and bequeath such deceased child’s or Grandchild’s Share unto such issue equally share and share alike.  But if any of my said Children or Grandchild Jesse JACKSON shall happen to die before the receipt of the several bequests by me made to them as aforesaid without leaving lawful issue Then I Give such deceased Child’s or Grandchild’s share unto his or her Surviving Brothers and Sisters and the issue of such of them as shall be dead leaving issue such issue to take only their deceased parents Share.  And I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my said wife Martha JACKSON and the said Isaac HILL, Executrix, Executor and trustees of this my Will Provided always that when either of them my said wife and Isaac HILL the trustees hereinbefore named shall happen to die it shall and may be lawful to and for the Survivor of them immediately after such death of either of them to Appoint and choose such person or persons as the Survivor of them shall think proper to act as a trustee or trustees in the place of or Stead of such of them so dying and so from time to time hereafter until all the aforesaid trusts are executed to appoint New and other trustee and trustees as often as there shall be occasion.  And that immediately after such appointment as aforesaid the trustee or trustees then in being or the Heirs, Executors or Administrators of the Survivor of them (in Case they shall all happen to be dead before such appointment) shall from time to time assign and transfer the personal Estate and securities relating thereto, unto and to the Use of himself or herself and such new trustee or trustees as aforesaid.  Nevertheless upon the trusts and to and for the purposes hereinbefore mentioned To the intent there may always be kept up the same number of trustees to act in the trusts aforesaid.  And I do hereby order and direct that my said trustees and Executrix and Executor hereinbefore named or either of them shall not be chargeable or accountable one for the other or for any Acts, receipts, Defaults or disbursements the one of them for the other of them but each of them for her and his own respective acts, receipts, defaults and disbursements only and not otherwise Nor for any loss which may happen without her, his or their wilful defaults or by or in placing out all or any of the Trust Monies on any such securities aforesaid or in the public funds or in any Bank or Bankers hands or elsewhere for safe Custody or by default of any Security or Securities to be taken as aforesaid.  And that they or either of them shall and may retain and Deduct out of the Money which shall Come to their or any of their hands all such Costs, Charges, damages and Expences as they or any of them shall sustain, expend or be put unto in the execution of or in anywise relating to the trusts of this my Will.  And also for their loss of time and trouble in and about executing the same.  And Lastly I do hereby revoke all former and other Will and Wills by me at anytime heretofore made and publish and declare this to be my last Will and testament.  In Witness whereof I the said David JACKSON the testator have to this my Will contained in Six Sheets of paper subscribed my name at the bottom of each of the five preceeding Sheets and Set my hand and Seal to this Sixth and last Sheet this Fourteenth day of December in the Year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and twelve.

David JACKSON his mark

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said testator David JACKSON 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 each other have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses

Robert BAGSHAW; Jas PLANT; Isaac THOMPSON Junr

The seventh day of March 1814

Martha JACKSON and Isaac HILL the Executrix and Executor 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 Four hundred and fifty Pounds

The Testator died in January 1814    Probate issued  Dated 7th March 1814

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Will of John JACKSON 1832 (probate 1835)

In the name of God Amen – I John JACKSON of Disley in the County of Chester yeoman do hereby revoke all Wills, Codicils and other testamentary dispositions made by me at any time or times heretofore and do publish and declare this to be my last Will and testament.  I charge all my real and personal Estate of what nature or kind soever with the payment of all my Debts, the Costs and Charges of proving this my Will, and Legacies as well such as I shall hereby give as also such other Legacies as I may hereafter give by any Codicil or Codicils to this my Will.  I give, devise and bequeath to my Wife All those two several Messuages, Cottages or Dwellighouses situate in Disley aforesaid and which I now reside in and occupy for and during the term of her natural life if she shall so long remain my widow but in case she shall marry again I then direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay to her the sum of Ten pounds and to take the possession of the premises Upon the trusts and in manner hereinafter mentioned.  I also bequeath to my Wife All the Household Furniture, China, Beds, Bedding and Linen which I may be possessed of at the time of my decease for and during the term of her Natural life or during the time she shall remain my widow.  And after her decease I give and devise the same upon the trusts hereinafter mentioned that is to say I give, devise and bequeath All those my two Messuages, Cottages or Dwellinghouses and premises situate in Disley aforesaid unto William OLLERENSHAW of Disley aforesaid Laborer, Robert JACKSON of Edgely in the County of Chester aforesaid Bookkeeper and James JACKSON of Disley aforesaid Machine Printer, their Heirs, executors, Administrators and assigns upon trust that they the said William OLLERENSHAW, Robert JACKSON and James JACKSON or the Survivor of them or the Heirs, executors, Administrators or assigns of such survivor do and shall make sale of the said two several Messuages, Cottages or Dwellinghouses and premises for the best price or prices that may be gotten for the same either by public auction or by private contract:; And to divide the produce thereof equally amongst all my children share and share alike the shares or share of him or them dying to go to their Issue if any and if none to go to the Surviving Brothers and Sisters share and share alike.  I further direct that my said trustees shall sell the Furniture after the decease of my said Wife or such parts thereof as shall not by this Will be bequeathed and divide the same as hereinafter is mentioned that is to say equally amongst my Children And for facilitating such Sale or Sales I declare and direct that the receipt or receipts of the said trustees or the Survivor of them or the executors, administrators or assigns of such Survivor shall be a sufficient discharge for the purchase Money And that my said Executors shall not be liable to any loss, misapplication or nonapplication thereof respective and shall not be liable for the acts and Deeds of each other but for their own acts and Deeds only.  And I further give and bequeath to my children to be given to them after the decease of my Wife or Marriage the several pieces of Furniture hereinafter mentioned, that is to say, To my Son Samuel, the Square Oak Cupboard; To my Son John, the Bed and Bedding which was his Grandmothers; To my Son Robert the Tea Table; To my Son James, the House Clock; To my Son David, the clock which was his Grandmothers and the family Bible; To Mary, the Corner Oak Cupboard in the front chamber; To Martha, the Bed and Bedding with the Green Hangings; To Ellen the Mahogany Cupboard; To Betty, the Looking Glass in the chamber and the China Tea Service; To Hannah, the Oak Chest or Mule upon her paying Two pounds to my Executors to be divided amongst my Children.  In Witness whereof I the said John JACKSON have to this my last Will and testament set my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of January 1832

(signed) John JACKSON                                                                  

The writing contained in this sheet of paper was signed and sealed by the above named John JACKSON and by him published and declared as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other.

Chas BEARS; John TOMLINSON; James TAYLOR

As a Codicil to my last Will and testament I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary the Low Stooped Bed and Bedding in addition to the former bequest to her in this my Will.  Dated this twenty ninth day of January 1832.

(signed) John JACKSON

I hereby Publish and declare this as a Codicil to my last Will and Testament in the presence of 

John TOMLINSON; Chas: BEARS

Probate issd. Dated 20th Apl 1835

The 20th Day of April 1835 _ James JACKSON, one of the Executors in this Will, named by construction, was sworn in common form, (power being reserved to William OLLERENSHAW & Robert JACKSON, the other Executors also named by construction, to take upon them the execution of the said will, when they shall lawfully request the same,) and he also further made oath, tht. The Personal Estate & Effects of the deceased Testator within the diocese of Chester, were under the value of Two Hundred Pounds. - Before me, Jno. HOLLIST, Surrogate

The Testator died August 30th 1834

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John JACKSON – Admin 1854

Know all Men by these Presents, That we Hannah JACKSON of Lyme Handley in the County of Chester, Widow, Isaac LUCAS of Bollington in the same County, Auctioneer, Isaac LOMAS of Yeardsley cum Whaley, in the same County, Farmer are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God Johnson by Divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the Sum of nine 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 first Day of August 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 Hannah JACKSON, above bounden the Relict and Administratrix of all and singular goods, chattels, and credits of John JACKSON, late of Lyme Handley, Farmer, 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 Hannah JACKSON or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her use and for 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 first 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 Hannah JACKSON or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for her use do well and truly administer according to law, and further do make, or cause to be made, a true and just account of her the said adminstration, at or before the first day of August which shall be in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty five and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels, and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said administratrix account, the same being first examined and allowed of by the judge or judges for the time being of the said court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as the said judge or judges, by his or their decree, or sentence, pursuant to the true intent and meaning of an Act of Parliament, made in the two-and-twentieth and three-and-twentieth years of the reign of His late Majesty King Charles the Second, entitled, An Act for the better settling Intestates estates, shall limit and appoint.  And if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the executor or executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said court, making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Hannah JACKSON above bounden, being thereunto required, do render and deliver the said letters of administration, (approbation of such testament being first had and made in the said court) then this obligation to be void and of none effect, or else to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of C A SMITH  Surrogate

Hannah JACKSON; Isaac LUCAS; Isaac LOMAS

The first day of August 1854

Hannah JACKSON within named took the oath of an Administratrix in common form and she further made oath that the personal Estate & Effects of the Intestate, within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of four hundred and fifty pounds Before me C A SMITH Surrogate

The Intestate died the 22nd day of July 1854; Admon issued Dated 7th Aug 1854

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Robert JACKSON – Admin. 1845

Know all Men by these Presents, That we John JACKSON of Lyme Handley in Prestbury Co & Diocese of Chester, Farmer – William JACKSON of Lyme Handley aforesaid, Farmer and Samuel BIRCHENOUGH of Kettleshulme Co & Diocese aforesaid, Farmer 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 Four 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 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 twenty third Day of June in the ninth 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 forty five.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, That if John JACKSON above bounden, the natural or lawful Brother, one of the next of kin, and as such, Administrator of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of Robert JACKSON late of Lyme Handley aforesaid, Turner, a Bachelor deceased, without Parent living at the time of his death 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 JACKSON 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 23rd 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 to the hands or possession of the said John JACKSON or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for his use do well and truly administer according to law, and further do make, or cause to be made, a true and just account of his administration, at or before the 23rd day of June which shall be in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & forty six and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels, and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said administrator’s account, the same being first examined and allowed of by the judge or judges for the time being of the said court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as the said judge or judges, by his or their decree, or sentence, pursuant to the true intent and meaning of an Act of Parliament, made in the two-and-twentieth and three-and-twentieth years of the reign of His Majesty King Charles the Second, entitled, An Act for the better settling Intestates estates, shall limit and appoint.  And if it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the executor or executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said court, making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said John JACKSON above bounden, being thereunto required, do render and deliver the said letters of administration, (approbation of such testament being first had and made in the said court) then this obligation to be void and of none effect, or else to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of 

John JACKSON; William JACKSON; Samuel BIRCHENOUGH

Wm C A WITTENDEN? RM Surrogate

The 23rd day of June 1845 John JACKSON within named took usual oath of an Admonr. in common form, and also made oath, that the personal Estate & Effects of the Intestate within the Diocese of Chester, were under the value of Two Hundred Pounds before me      Wm C A WITTENDEN? RM Surrogate

The Intestate died the 22nd day of March 1845    Admon issued Dated 25th June 1845 

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Will of Roger JACKSON - Proved 5th June 1819

In the name of God Amen I Rodger JACKSON of Lyme Handley in the County and Diocese of Chester and Parrish of Prestbury being wake in Body and of sound mind and Memory (thanks be to God for the same) but calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is Appointed for all Men Once to die do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in the Following Manner.  First I recommend my Soul into the hands of God who give it to me Humbly hoping for Salvation and mercy through the Merits of Christ alone.  My body I recommend unto the Dust to be buried in a Christian Like Manner at the direction of my Executors hereinafter Mentioned hoping for a Joyfull resurrection at the last day to Eternal Life and as to my worldly property I give and dispose of it as follows (viz).  First it is my Will and Mind that all my Just debts, Funeral Expences and the probate of this my last Will and Testament be paid and discharged out of my personalty Immediately after my Decease.  Item I give and bequeathe unto my Well Beloved Wife Martha JACKSON or her Assigns the sum of Twenty Pounds per Annum by Two even and Equal payments, the first half yearly payment to take place at my decease and so at the end of every Six succeeding Months during the time or term of her Natural life which said Annuity shall be charged upon or paid from my Leasehold Tenement called the Cliff, situate and being Handly aforesaid and if any of the said half yearly payments or any part thereof be behind or unpaid for the space of Twenty days after the same shall become due it shall be layfull for my said Wife or her assigns to enter upon the said premises and Disdain upon whatsoever may be found thereupon and sell or dispose thereof for whatever is due the said Annuity and all Expences attending the said Disdain and so hereafter at any time, when any part of the said Annuity shall become due or in Arrears as before directed to be done.  Also I give and bequeathe unto my said wife the sum of Forty pounds to be paid out of my personalty Twelve Months after my Decease.  Item I give and devise unto my Son Robert JACKSON all my Copyhold Estate called New House with all its Appurtenances there to belonging situate and being within Whalley in the Parrish of Taxal in the County of Chester aforesaid to have and to hold unto him and unto his Heirs and Assigns forever.  Also I give and devise unto my said son Robert JACKSON my Leasehold Tenement called the Cliff situate lying and being in Lyme Handley aforesaid with all its Appurtenances there to belonging to have and to hold unto him and his Assigns for and during the time or term contained in the said Lease Changed and Changeable nevertheless as above directed to be done or Subject unto half yearly Annuity of Twenty Pounds per Annum unto the use of my Wife during her Natural life as also the Chief Rent payable on account of the same and Also an Annuity of Six Pounds six Shillings unto my Brother Thomas JACKSON during his Life as According that Agreement between him and myself.  Item I give and bequeathe unto Two Daughters Sarah LOMAS and Hannah GODDARD and there Assigns the sum of one Hundred Pounds Each to be paid out of my personalty Twelve Months after my decease.  Item I give and bequeathe unto my Daughter Mary GOULD the sum of one Hundred Pounds to be paid out of my personalty which said Money shall be lade out by my Executors herein mentioned for the purpose of buying her a suit of Mourning and any other necessary? at her Discretion and by her Direction and her Precept shall be a full discharge or Aquitance to my Executors for the said Legacy and every grant there of.  Item I give and bequeathe unto my Grand Daughter Ann JACKSON and her Assigns the sum of Forty pounds to be paid out of my personalty Twelve Months after my decease.  Item I give and devise unto my Two Sons John JACKSON and William JACKSON all the rest remainder & residue of my undevised property whatsoever and wheresoever with all debts due to me to be Equally divided between them Share and Share alike.  And lastly I nominate, constitute, and appoint my Son John JACKSON and my Wife Martha --- Executors of this my last Will and Testament declaring this to be my last.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal the Sixteenth day of March in year of our Lord 1819.  Named Testator Rodger JACKSON in his presence & in the presence of Each other Subscribing Witnessess

Geo BROCKLEHURST; Peter GASKELL; Ann WOOD her mark

The fifth day of June 1819 John JACKSON one of the Executors in the Will named was sworn in common form (Power being reserved to Martha JACKSON the Executrix therein also named, to take upon her Execution of the said Will, when she 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 Four Hundred and fifty Pounds before me Lawrence HEAPY surrogate

The Testator died the Twenty Second day March 1819   Probate issued 5th June 1819

Additional Info 

Marriage at Prestbury 24 Dec 1775 Roger JACKSON of Lyme Handley  Husbandman & Martha WRIGHT of  Kettleshulme  Spinster Witnesses  George NIXON & Thomas JACKSON

Baptisms with parents Roger or Roger & Martha of Hanley or Handley (all at Taxal)

Mary JACKSON  29 Sep 1776; Robert JACSON  12 Apr 1778; Sarah JACKSON  23 May 1779; Martha JACKSON  6 May 1781; Hannah JACKSON  27 Oct 1782; David JACKSON  19 Sep 1784; John JACKSON  24 Jan 1790; William JACKSON  18 Jan 1795;

Marriage of Thomas JACKSON (probably Roger’s brother) at Prestbury 21 Dec 1773 Thomas JACKSON of  Lyme Handley  Husbandman & Martha GASKELL of Taxall  Spinster Witnesses  Thos JOHNSON & Roger JACKSON

1841 Lyme Handley Census Address Cornfield All the family born Chshire

JACKSON John aged 50 Farmer; JACKSON Hannah aged 40; JACKSON Martha aged 15; JACKSON John aged 15; JACKSON Hannah aged 13; JACKSON Elizabeth aged 11; JACKSON Robert aged 10; JACKSON William aged 5; JACKSON James aged 2; JACKSON Robert aged 60 Ind.; JACKSON William aged 45 Ag Lab  

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Will of Samuel JACKSON: 1818

In the name of God Amen I Samuel JACKSON of Lyme Handley in the Parish of Prestbury in the County and Diocese of Chester being wake in body but of sound mind and Memory thanks be given to God for the same but calling to mind the Mortality of my body and knowing its Appointed for all men once to die do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in the following manner (viz)  First and principly I recommend my Soul unto the Hands of God hoping for Mercy thru[?]The Merits of Christ.  My body I recommend to the dust to be burried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter mentioned hoping for a Joyfull resurrection to Eternal Life at the last day and as to my worldly property I give and dispose of as follows (viz).  First it is my will and mind that all my Just Debts and Funeral Expencis and Probate of my Will and Testament be paid and discharged out of my property immediately after my decease.  Item it is my will and mind that my Wife and Children shall hold the Farm I now Occupy during the time and term belonging to me in the Lease and that she and they shall have and enjoy every advantage and privilidge thereunto belonging.  Item it is my will and mind that all my Household Goods, Husbandry ware and Cattle taken account of and an Inventory be made thereof at my decease and that my said Wife and Children shall have the use thereof till my Youngest Child is Twenty one years Old but that nothing shall be embezzled or willfully made away but if at the Expiration of my Lease or any other time it is not Agreable to my said wife to hold the Farm or so to Continue together it is my Will and mind that the same shall be sold at the discretion of my Executors.  Also I give and devise unto my Wife and Children the Interest of all money what now or hereafter belongeth to me to be Applyd towards bringing up the said Children.  Item I give and divise unto my beloved wife Ten pounds to be paid her when my youngest Child is Twenty one years Old.  Item it is my will and mind that when my youngest Child is Twenty one years old that all that I have be Sold and I give and devise the same with whatever I have unto my Children Share and Share alike and if any be dead and leave and Child or Children lawfully begotten they shall be Intitled to their Father or Mothers Share.  Lastly I nominate and Appoint George BROCKLEHURST of Kettleshulme and William WILLOTT of Handley Aforesaid to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Soul this Fourteenth day of August in the of our Lord 1818.

Saml JACKSON his mark

Seald  Signd and declared by the said Samuel JACKSON (Testator) as his last Will & Testament in the presence of

John JACKSON; James BEARD

The tenth day of December, 1818   George BROCKLEHURST & Willm WILLOTT, 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 one hundred Pounds before me

Lawrence HEAPY Surrogate

The Testator was a Farmer and died the fifteenth day of August 1818        Probate issued 10th Dec 1818

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Thomas JEPSON: 1877 (died 1858)

In the name of God Amen I Thomas JEPSON of the Crescent Disley in the parish of Stockport and County of Chester Labourer being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following And first I direct that all my just debts and expenses be paid and satisfied by my Executors hereinafter named as soon as convenient after my decease out of my estate and effects I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Hannah JEPSON all the rest residue and remainder of money or securities for money together with the rents and profits of two cottage houses situate and being in High Lane in the said County of Chester and now in the occupation of my son John JEPSON and Rebecca TABERNER (widow of the late William TABERNER) as tenants also I give and bequeath unto my said Wife the use of my household furniture In short everything that I am possessed of at the time of my death I say I give and bequeath the same unto my said wife to be freely used and enjoyed by her during the term of her natural life And at the death of my said Wife provided my youngest child shall have attained to the age of twenty one years (but not till then) I direct that the said cottage houses and household furniture shall be sold and the money arising from the sale thereof or any other money or property whatsoever or wheresoever found at that time (after payment of all expenses) I say I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto and among and to be equally divided between my children both sons and daughters namely Elizabeth BENNETT John JEPSON Thomas JEPSON Mary JEPSON Margaret JEPSON and Samuel JEPSON share and share alike But should any of my said children die (leaving issue) before receiving his or her share as aforesaid then I direct that the issue of such deceased child shall take the share which their deceased parent would have been entitled to if living If my said wife should die before all my children have attained to the age of twenty one years such being not able to earn their bread I direct that the rents of the said houses shall be applied towards their support till they come of age And I nominate and appoint my sons John JEPSON and Thomas JEPSON Executors of this my Will and hereby revoking and making void all other former Will or Wills by me at any time made I do declare this present writing to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my mark and seal this twenty sixth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven

The X mark and seal of Thomas JEPSON

Signed sealed and acknowledged by Thomas JEPSON the testator as and for his last Will in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses

John PATERSON; Edward FLEMMING

Proved at Chester the 4th day of May 1877 by the oath of John JEPSON the son the surviving Executor to whom Administration was granted.

The Testator Thomas JEPSON was formerly of the Crescent Disley in the parish of Stockport in the County of Chester but late of Stone Head Whaley Bridge in the same county Laborer and died on the 19th day of January 1858 at Stone Head aforesaid

Under £100 No Leaseholds

John W JOHNSTON Solicitor Stockport       Charles T W PARRY District Registrar     

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Sir William KAY 1577

In dei nomine [the name of God] Amen, the fifth daye of August Ao Dni 1577 and in the nyntenth yeare of the Raygne of our Soverygn Ladie Elyzabethe by the grace of god of England, France & Irelande, Queene defender of the faith.  I Sr Willm KAYE of Diselydeane, wythin the diocese of Chestr, clerke, of good & perfect remembrance thanks be given to god, do make this my prsent testament, concerninge therin my last will in mannr & form &ldots;.. [torn page] First I give & comende my Soulle into the hands of Almyghtie god when hit shall departe frome my bodie, & my sayd bodie to be buryed in Christene buriall where hit shall please my executors hereafter named, in a sure & perfect hope of resurrection to eternall joye throughe the merytts of Christe passions.  I will & hit is my mynde & will that my debts be contented & payd of my wholle goods by my executors.  I geve & bequeth to the poore inhabitans of Diselydeane & to be devided amongste them where moste neede shalle by the discretione of my executors.  I geve & bequeth to the poore  dwellinge wythin the townshippe of Great Budworth & pirkmoire & in like mannr to be devided amongste them.  I will, & hit is my fulle wille & mynde & I geve, grante and assigne to Lawrance KAYE and Robert KAYE my brothers, towe parts of the wholle somme of eyghte pounds a yere wyth eyght pounds Thomas KAYE my nevewe is bondene to paye to me in the perishe churche of great Budworthe yearlye for foure years next after the fyrst daye of Saynet Martine the bysoppe in Wyntere next after the date hereof over & beside the paymente due to be payd the same daye as appayreth by certene conveyncs thereof made to be had & receaved att towe tymes in the yeare that is to whitte, at & in the foare days of the Nativitie of Saynete John Baptiste & Saynte Martene the byshoppe in wyntere by evene portione yearlye to be payde.  The other parte of the sayd sume of viii£ during the sayd terme, my will & mynde is, and I geve and assigne to Edward KAYE my brother towe parts of the sayd laste parte & the other parte thereof, I geve to Thomas KAYE, John KAYE his brother & Eme KAYE there sister, equally to be devided amongst them, by the hands of my executors: excepting xxvis viiid of this last parte wych is dewe to be payd at and uppon the feast of Saint Martine the bishoppe in winter next to one after the datte hereof & other xxvis viiid beinge sresidue[?] of the sayd last part for one year wych is dewe to be payd at the feast of the Nativitie of Saynet John baptiste next to cmme after the datte hereof, the wych towe sums, hit is my will that the shall remayne, towards the dischardinge of my funerall & other my expenses, as shalle thought necessarrie to my executors.  I geve to Robert KAYE my brother all my baks[?] & my best gowne.  I will & hit is my fulle wille & mynd, that my executors hereafter named doe collecte & receave all debts & summes of money, as hereafter perticularly are menconed & declared wych percells are dewe to me.  I geve to Thomas KAYE my nevewe one great cheste wych is at the house of the sayd Thomas.  I geve to the sayd Thomas, one bushelle of berlie & an other of ots wych I lete to hime.  The reste & residue of all my goods, my debts payde & my legaces & funerall expencs discharged & deductede out of the whole, my will & minde is & I geve & bequeth to Lawrance KAYE Edward KAYE my brothers equally to be devided betwixte them.  I ordeyne, constitute & make Lawrance KAYE, Edward KAYE & Robert KAYE my aforesayde brothers full & lawfulle executors, to execute, performe & fulfille this my laste will, accordinge to the true meyninge thereof.  In wyttnes whereof I the sayd Sr Willm KAYE to this my presente testamente concerninge therein my last will I have putt to my hand & seall the daye & yeare fyrst above wryttene.

Dets that are owinge unto me:/

My brother Lawrance oweth to me foure ..ks for a nage.  All other debts & sumes of money what s&ldots;. my sayd brother Lawrance doth owe to me, I freyle geve to my sayd brother Lawrance, & do discharge him thereof by this my sayd will.  John HOLCROFTE Knyght oweth to to me for a quarter wayges[?] xxvs  Thomas HULINE[?] for three books viiis , Robert STANDLEY viiis of the wych his wife must have iis for washinge my clothes.  Willm SHERT Scholler xiid Edmunde CLAYTONE iiis.  James SWINDELLS in lente money vis viiid.  George JAUTHRELL & his wif viiis xd.  The sayd George and his wif for yorne xd.  The sayd George & his wif for yorne if the will have hit or ells xvid other xvid of whiteh&ldots; & the &ldots;. wych that iorne was bought.  John WHITEHEAD iiis and out specallyhe of the sayd John WHITEHEAD for vis deibts.  My ladie WARBURTONE doth owe to me xxiis iid wych is dewe to me by the gyfte of Sr John WARBURTON Knyght deceased.  John WHITEHEAD aforesayd iiis that I lente hime to boye a Syth.  George JAWDRELL xxis  Hompreye WYRALL xvs.  James ARMETIDINGE, by a bill of his owne hand wrytinge vis.  John WHITEHEAD remayninge unpayde of the discharge of bill of xxs to one presonall iiiis.  Item John WHITEHEAD, Raffe SWINDELLS & George JAUDRELL xiis.  Ould masters BREDBURIE of Oller-sette for wrytinges iiis iiiid.  Thomas LUMAS of the Chapell pishe & Thomas LUMAS his sonne and heyre for wrytinges viiis.  Peter KAYE for a jeste viiis.  Item Widowe POTTE xiiis iiiid.  The sayde WHITEHEAD xiiiid.  Debts that I oweth.  My brother Edward oweth me xs wych I doe geve hime.  To John KAYE iiis vd.  To Jane STANDLEY ixd.  To SWINDELLS of th Dracher id.

A true and pfecte Inventorye of all the goods that William KAY late of Disseley Dayne was possein in his lyfe tyme the vi Daye of August ased by these psons viz Mr William SHORTE & Thomas LEGH, Rob STANDLEY, Ryc STANDLEY the vi Day of Aug [page damaged] 157&ldots;

Ite one ould fether bedde And fethers

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Ite all lynens

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Item waxe

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Ite ii cadowes[?] And a pilowe

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vs

Ite one gowne and a scarfe

xxs

Item one f&ldots; &ldots; a pere of hose And a dublet a pere of shoues a hatte

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Ite a sanding belle and a truccle belle[?]

xs

Ite one cowlett[?]

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Ite serten pewter dyshes

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Ite a warmynge pane

xvid

Item one chest

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Item serten baks

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Ite half a galon of honeye & ii dr&ldots;. glassos

xvid

Item serten hayefes of byefe

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Ite a formding de&ldots;.

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Ite a peare of scissores

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A &ldots;.. & pfecte Inventory of certen goods of the seid Willia KAYE that were at Pycmere and the ..eare towne in the Countye of chester ased by these psons John WIRRALL Steve NEWALL[?] George NEWALL[?]the vi dya of august Anno Dmi 1577

Imprimis &ldots;. shorte clokes

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..ne gr&ldots;am Dublet

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Ite one peare of hose

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Ite tow peare of showes & one peare of pantaples

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Ite certen brasseletes of Corrall & Sylver

viiis

Ite one peare of &ldots;.. brasseletes

vid

Ite one egle claye pott in Sylver & on louthe[?] pycke

xiid

Ite towe corner capes

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Ite towe brusshes

vid

Ite one peare of sh&ldots;. & pressinge Iorne

xiid

Ite one Stone Inge[?]

iid

Ite xxx books

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Ite one sch&ldots; & one knyfe

xvid

Ite one peare of Ieorne tonges

vid

Ite one peare of olde boutes & boute hose

xiid

Ite vi glasses & ..tyle

vs

Ite one chyste

xxd

Ite v ladder[?] schines

iis vid

Ite one pewter pote

vid

Ite iii bottelles

xiid

Ite vii sylver spones

xxs

Ite one s&ldots;. dyshe wth certen littell things wthin hit

vs

Ite one &ldots; &ldots;er

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Ite c..peases

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Ite one Saddell

iis

Ite one borde

viiid

Ite olde hatt

viiid

Ite one olde covlet tow quishins & on carpet

vs

Ite one grogram[?]

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Joan LUCAS of Adlington, Widow: 1734 

In the name of God Amen I Joan LUCAS of Adlington in the county of Chester Widow being in good health as to my body, And of Sound and Disposeing mind and memory at the Execution .. (edges of lines cut off on photocopy) hereof praised be God for it, For the preventing of suits and Differences amongst my children at after my Decease, Doe make and Declare this my last will and testament in manner following First I commend my Soul into the hands of God my Creator and Saviour in hopes of a joyfull resurrection my Body (I) commend to a decent yet plain Interrment at the Discretion of my executors herein after mentioned touching and (...) my Worldly Estate both real and personall I dispose of the same as followeth Imprimis It is my Will and mind that all my Debts Funerall Charges and probate of this my will & Testament be first paid (&) Discharged out of my whole personall Estate. Item I give and Devise unto my son James LUCAS and his Assignes all and singular that my Leasehould messuage and tenement with the appurtenances w(hat)soever situate in Adlington aforesaid for and dureing all the time and terme the same is Leased and granted unto me in and by the Originall Indenture of Lease thereof, (...) the said James LUCAS or his assignes paying two third parts of the full value of the said messuage and tenement unto my son Joseph LUCAS and my Daughter Mary LUCAS within the space of twelve months next after my Decease share and share alike And I will that the said messuage and tenement be valued and apprized honestly Imediately at after my Decease by two honest men to be chosen by my two sons James and Joseph LUCAS aforesaid and Daughter Mary LUCAS, that thereby my said son and daughter Joseph & Mary may know their severall sha(res) and sumes of money the shall have to receive of the two third parts of the said messuage and t(ene)ment as the same is hereby before herein given them. Yet nevertheless it is my will and mind that my said son James LUCAS in the valuation of the aforesaid messuage and tenement shall have one guinea allowed to his third part thereof out of the above mentioned two third parts thereof. And in case my said son James L(ucas) happen to dye before the Expiration of one year next at after my decease or refuse to pay the said two third pa(rts) of the full value of the aforesaid messuage and tenement aforesaid (Except one guinea) in manner and form aforesaid Then (I) give and Devise the said messuage and tenement aforesaid unto my son Joseph LUCAS dureing the then rem(aind)er of the said term the same is Leased unto me as aforesaid he paying to my said son James LUCAS and Daughter Mar(y) LUCAS within one year`s space next after my Decease two third parts of the full value of the said tenement af(oresaid) (to be valued as above said) the same to be equally Divided between them share and share alike and if either of them happen to dye before their severall part or parts share or shares becomes due to them ( ) by virtue thereof then I will that the share of her or him so dyeing shall be equally divided amongst  ( ) then surviveing Legatees share and share alike, Item if both my said sons James and Joseph LUCAS refuse ( ) messuage and tenement aforesaid under the payment and conditions aforesaid then it is my will and mind and I Doe ( ) by order authorize Empower and appoint my said Executors hereinafter named to sell the same Tenement to the best bider and the money that comes clear into their hands for the same to give unto and equally divide amongst all or such of my said sons James and Joseph LUCAS and Daughter Mary LUCAS as the ( ) be then alive share and share alike. Item I will that my said Son Joseph and Daughter Mary aforesaid ( ) and enjoy (notwithstanding anything herein before mentioned to the contrary) that part of the house called the Sho(p) the chamber over it and the chamber over the house while the live unmarried, but if the one of them hap(pen) to marry then the other shall only have afterwards the said Shopp and the chamber over it, while he or (she) is unmarried if the term in the aforesaid lease soe long continues Item I give my son John LUCAS one shilling and do hereby acquitt and Discharge him from all bonds bills and notes I have against him, Item I give ( ) Daughter Mary all my Wearing Apparell both Linnens and Woollens, and all my Linnens and all my Pewter, whiteware. Glass ware, one looking Glass, one smoothing Iron and heaters, One silver rin(g) one old silver shilling given me by my uncle Francis GASKELL, she the said Mary paying unto h(er) Brothers James and Joseph Either of them Ten shillings apiece as alsoe I give unto my said Daughter Mary my Pillian.  Item I give unto my mother Alice GASKELL one pair of gloves, I give unto my Brothers John GASKELL Thomas GASKELL Peter GASKELL and William GASKELL Each of them one pair of Gloves apiece. Item the rest residue and remainder of my personall Estate goods Chattles and other personalities not heretofore given and bequeathed I give un(to) my said sons James LUCAS and Joseph LUCAS and my Daughter Mary LUCAS to be Equally divided amongst them share and share alike, And it is further my mind and will that if any of them happen to dye before the shall attaine to one and twenty years of age then I will that the said Legacy or Share of him or her or them soe dyeing shall be paid and equally divided amongst my surviving children (my son John excepted) And of this my last Will and Testament I appoint my said Brothers John GASKELL Thomas GASKELL Peter GASKELL and William GASKELL Executors hopeing they will see the trust in them reposed faithfully performed, I willing that they shall be allowed all reasonable charges that any of them shall be put unto in the Execution hereof, And I doe hereby revoke all former wills and in testimony that this is my last will and Testament I have hereunto put my hand and seale the twenty seventh Day of March Ano Dom. 1729

Joan LUCAS her mark and Seal 

Sealed signed published and declared to be the last will and testament of the said Joan LUCAS the Testator (and severall words first Interlined) in the presence of us

Robert HILL; Thomas ALLEN; Rand. JANNION(?)

(NB Marriage: Joseph LUCAS & Joanna GESKELL at Alderley P Church 25 Jun 1696)

Oct 24 1734 John GASKELL & Peter GASKELL two of the Extors. were sworn in common form(power etc. reserved to Thomas GASKELL & William GASKELL the other Extors. before us Per. GASTRELL 

October 19th 1734

A True and Perfect Inventory of all the Goods and Creditts of Joan LUCAS late of Adlington in the county of Chester Deceased Widdow Taken & Valued by Robert SKELLHORN & Daniel ARNFIELD Apprizers

.

 £    s    d

In the House Place as Followeth

.

One Cupboard

00  14  00

One Large Table

00  12  00

In the parlor

.

One pair of Bed Stocks

00  06  00

In the Chamber

.

One pair of Bed Stocks & Beding

02  00  00

One Coffer

00  01  06

One Screen

00  08  00

Four Chairs

00  03  00

One Trunk

00  01  00

One Little Table

00  05  00

Four Buffet Stools

00  06  00

One Pillian

00  02  00

Three Chussheons

00  01  00

In Linnens and Woollens

00  10  00

In Pewter

00  07  00

One Looking Glass

00  00  06

One Smoothing Iron & Heaters

00  00  06

One Coffer

00  02  00

One Little Box

00  01  00

One Little Grate

00  01  00

In Husslements

00  00  03

Monies Oweing to the Deceased

70  10  00

                 Total

76  11  09

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Robert LUCAS 1602

The Inventorie of Robart LUCAS his goods latlye desessed of disley within the Countie of Chester sett downe by these foure mene Thomas KYLE Renould RICHARDSONNE Renould RICHARDSONNE the elder & Robert HEKENBOTHOME

Imprimis. one oulde coverlet

iiis iiiid 

Itm. one paire of sheetes

iis viiid

Itm. twoo oulde blankets & one olde boulster

iis iiid

Itm. one oulde paire of house & ould doblet

iiid

Itm. one paire of ould showes[?]

xiid

Itm. one ould hatte

xiid

Itm one paire of ould stockings

viiid

Itm. one ould gerkine

xiis

Itm. twoo little coffers

vs

Itm. one litle leade one litle cettlee[?] two litle pewter dishes

iis vid

Itm. other litle things in the house trine dishes platters & such things

xviii...

Itm. in monye

xs

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Elizabeth MOORE 1630

In the name of god Amen:  I Elizabeth MORE of disley in the Countie of Chester and pish of Stockporte Widdowe and spinster beeing in perfect memorie, but sicke in bodie I thank god for it, doe ordaine and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme followinge  First I bequeath my soule into the hands of god my father who created mee, the sonne who redeemed mee, and the holy ghost who sanctified mee.  My bodie to the earth from whence it was taken. And to be buried neere the corpses of Lawrence MORE my deceased husband at the Chappell of disley aforesaid.  As for my worldly goods wch hath pleased god to blesse mee wth all, I give and bequeath as followeth.

First I give unto my sonne John MORE xls.  Item I give unto Grace NEDHAM my daughter wife of James NEDHAM of Ringstones xls  Item I give to Ellen MORE widdowe, late wife of Robert MORE my sonne, unto her and her children I give xls.  Thomas TORNER wch is deceased, sonne of Richard TORNER deceased, did owe unto mee eight pounds of good and lawfull English money, for the wch of viii£ Jane LORTE[?] Nowe wife of George CLEATON, doe give her words to mee for the payment of it, whereof shee hath payed foure pounds of it allreadie, and foure pounds is to pay;  The wch foure pounds I give unto my granchilde Lawrence MORE, sone of Robert MORE deceased.  Item I give unto my daughter Jane CHAPPMAN widdowe, after my heriott Funerall expences and probacon of this my last will beeing taken up.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane CHAPMAN all the rest of my goods, quick and dead, moveable and unmoveable wthin the house and wthoute whatsoever.  Lastly I Constitute, ordaine and make, my daughter Jane CHAPPMAN widdowe, my soule Executor to execute and performe this my last will and testament in maner and forme as I have herein expressed.  And I humbly intreat my verie good maister Sr Peter LEGH, to bee the overseer of it.  Dated the viith day of December Anno Domi 1629

Sealed and in the prnce of these whose names as published

the marke of John GASKELL; the marke of Edwarde [or Edmunde?] SWINDELLS; Renould [?] RICHARDSON

the marke of Elizabeth MOORE

A perfect Inventorie of all the goods Chattells and Cattell of Elizabeth MOORE late of disley in the Countie of Chester widdowe deceased  As it was prized by Thomas HAMMER, Renold RICHARDSON, John GASKELL of Lyme in the said Countie, and John SWINDELLS of disley aforesaid this third day of May Anno Domi 1630

.

 £   s   d

Imprimis two kyne, one stirke and a sucking calfe

  6   3   4

Itt one ould Mare

  1   6   8

Itt in silver plate and silver spoones

  5   0   0

Itt in brasse and Pewter

  3  12  8

Itt in Iron ware

  0  18  0

Itt in wooden ware

  1  15  6

Itt in potts and glasses

  0   1   3

Itt in Arkes cofers and chests

  1  18  0

Itt in Tables, frames[?], tresses, shelves and boards

  1  13  0

Itt in bedstocks

  0   8   0

Itt in cheares stooles and cushans

  0   9   0

Itt in Linnens

  2   5  0

Itt in bedding

  5   0   5

Itt in yoarne and hempe

  0  11  0

Itt in pullen

  0   2   0

Itt in sacks, poaks, windowsheets, wisketts and three spinning wheeles

  0   5   0

Itt in beefe and bacon

  0  15  0

Itt in meanure

  0   3   4

Itt two swine

  0  18  0

Itt one tack of grounde

  4   0   0

Itt her apparrell

  3  17  6

Itm x bound by John HIGGINBOTHOME And Willm HIGGINBOTHOME

 11  0   0

Itm x bound by John HIGHAME, Willm HIGHAME and George HULME

 10 16  0

Itm x bound by Thomas ANDREWE, Willm ANDREWE and John WARRINGTON

 21 12  0

Itm x bound by Willm BRADDOCKE and Thomas GODDARD

 11   0  0

Itm by James NEEDAME

  3   0   0

Itm by Willm HIGGINBOTHOME

  1   1   3

Itm by Bryonne CLAYTON of Disley

  0  18  9

Summ totals ys

100 10 8

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Thomas MOREWOOD 1650

In the name of God Amen.  I Thomas MOREWOOD of the Elebanke in Disley in the Countie of Chester yeoman, beeing in good and pfect health and memorie doe ordayne, and make this my last will and Testament in maner and forme followeing vidz:  Imprimis I give my soule unto the all suffitient, and allmightie God my Creator, saviour and redeemer, trusting unfaynedly to bee saved by, and through the mirritts of my only saviour and redeemer Christ Jesus.  And my bodie to the earth from whence it came to bee intered at Disley, in the usuall place of buriall wch appertaines to my house the Elebanke in disley aforesaid.  And for my worldly estate in lands goods and Chattells, My will and mynde is, and I doe by this my will dispose of, and give it as followeth.  ffirst whereas I have (accordeing to the Custome of the Manor of Macclesfeild) passed a surrender of all my lands in disley aforesaid to the use of my last will, as more at large it doeth and may appeare by the said surrender beareing date tercio die Maii, vicessimo tercio of kinge Charles & Anno domi 1647.  Therefore for the discharging, and paying of all such debts as I doe, or shall owe, at the tyme of my death.  My will is, And I doe by this my will, give full power authoritie, to my two Executors hereafter, and heare in named, To sell, bargaine, and convay away, one pcell of land lyeing and beeing in the drake Carr in disley aforesaid, contaynoring by estmation, eight acers, bee the more or lesse, And now in the houldeing, and occupation of John CLAYTON of dissop head in Lyme in Hanley, in the Countie aforesaid, And if the value, and worth of the aforesaid eight acers of land bee it more or lesse, doe not extend, and bee suffitient, and enough to pay all my debts, Then my will is, that my Executors shall hand and possesse two parts of all my goods Cattells, and Chattells, for and towards the payment of the same.  Item it is my will, Thatt my Mansion house, wth the appurtenances sittuate lying and beeing in disley aforesaid, comomly called the Elebanke wth all the rest and residue of my lands there unto appertaineing or belongeing shalbe equally devided My loueing wife Elizabeth MOREWOOD (after my decease) to have and bee possesst of the Moetie, and halfe of my said house and lands wth there, and euerie of theire appurtenances ..... ..... ..... use dureing her naturall life, in consideration of her joynture.  And the other Moetie, and one halfe of my said house and lands wth there and euerie of theire appurtenances, I give to the bringing up and mayntenance of my childe, or children.  And after the death of my said wife Elizabeth MOREWOOD I give my said Mansion house, comonly called the Elebanke in disley aforesaid, wth the appurtenances wth all my lands there unto beloneing, unto the heires of my bodie, Male, or female.  And for want of heires of my bodie Male, or female, Then I give my said Mansion house comonly called the Elebanke in disley aforesaid, wth the appurtenances, wth all my lands there unto  appertaineing or belongeing unto Andrew MOREWOOD, second sonne of my brother Rowland MOREWOOD of ffairefeild in the Countie of Derbie yeoman, and to his heires foreuer; and for want of heires, of him the said Andrew MOREWOOD, Then I give my aforesaid Mansion house, and lands wth theire, and euerie of theire appurtenances, unto John MOREWOOD, eldest sonne, and heire of my said brother Rowland MOREWOOD, and to his heires for euer; And for want of heires of him the said John MOREWOOD, Then I give my aforesaid Mansion house and lands wth theire and euerie of theire appurtenances, unto the next heire of him the said John MOREWOOD, whome soeuer it shall happen to bee, and to theire heires foreuer.  And lastly I ordayne constitute and make my loueing brother, Rowland MOREWOOD of ffairefeild in the Countie of derbie aforesaid, And my Nephew George BROCKLEHURST of Ketleshulme in the Countie of Chester yeoman, my true and lawfull Executors of this my last will, and Testament, desireing them to execute this my will, accordeing to the true intent and meaneing here of.  In witnesse where of to this my last will and Testament I have heareunto putt my hand and seale, the tenth day of August, in the Foure and twentieth yeare of the raigne of our souraigne Lord Charles, by the grace of god kinge of England, Scottland, ffrance, and Ireland defender of the faith Anno domi 1648

Thomas MOREWOOD

In the psence & witness of  Thomas HANMER; William BROCKELLHURST; John BROCKELLHURST

A true and pfect Inventorie of all the goods Cattells and Chattells, of Thomas MOREWOOD of the Elebanke in disley in the Countie of Chester yeoman deceased, as they weare praysed by Thomas HAY of Poynton, Peter NEEDHAM of Ringstons in Wayley, John WYLDE of disley in the Countie aforesaid yeoman, and Gilbert MOREWOOD of ffairefeild in the Countie of derbie yeoman, the xiiiith day of June Anno domi 1650

.

  £   s   d

Imprimis his purse and apparrell

   3   0    0

Itt Three kyne and one heffer

 13  10   0

Itt one Twinter bullock, two stirks, and two Calves

  7    0    0

Itt one litle Nagg

  2    0    0

Itt one Swyne

  0  17    0

Itt one flitch of Bacon

  0   13   4

Itt one peece of rugh new Cloth

  0  15    0

Itt iiii sacks

  0    8    0

Itt Meale and Malte

  1    3    4

Itt in Bedding

  3    6    8

Itt in Beddstockes

  1    0    0

Itt in sheets and other lynnens

  1    2    4

Itt Butter, and Cheese

  1    0    0

Itt Arks, and Cofers

  2    0    0

Itt Pewter and Brasse

  2    0    0

Itt Treene ware, and wooden ware

  0  13    4

Itt in Burslome ware

  0    3    4

Itt one Bushell of oates in the Arke in the barne

  1    4    0

Itt in wheele Timber

  1  15    4

Itt in sawen Boards

  0    8    0

Itt in Husbandry ware

  2    5    0

Itt in sives, wisketts and maunds

  0    5    0

Itt one hetchell, and one lanthorne

  0    2    0

Itt one Iron Grate, and other Iron ware

  0  10    0

Itt Two Bybles

  0  10    0

Itt Cheares, stooles, and Cushens

  0    2    0

Itt Corne groweing upon the grounde

  9    0    0

Itt iii sheepe hoggs

  0  12    0

Itt one flock of Geese

  0    9    0

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Humphrey MORTEN 1664

In the name of god Amen the twentie sixt daie of februarie in the yeare of our Lord god 1660  I Homphrey MORTEN of Disley in the Countie of Chester blacksmyth beinge aged & weake in bodie but in good and pfect memory praysed bee god therefore doe deliberatelie and admisedlie make this my last will & testamt in maner & forme followinge.  ffirst I Comend & Comitt my soule into the hands of allmightie god trustinge in the onely merritts of the Lord Jesus to obtayne eternall life & I comitt my bodie to the earth to bee interred in or att the chappell of disley.  And of my howse & other my temporall & worldlie estate I dispose in manner herein hereafter mencoed & expressed:  ffirst it is my mynde & will That all my debts & funall expences be forthwith after my deceasse first payed out of my whole estate goods & Chattells  Itm I give & bequeath unto my twoe oldr daughters Marie & Alice sixe shillings & eight pence a peece  Itm I give & bequeath unto everie one of my grandchildren twelve pence a peece  Itm I give & bequeath all & evrie my mooveable goods chattells & Cattells whatfore they be or shalbe or in whose hands soever they or any of them shall or may be found att or after the deceasse of me the said Homphrey MORTEN my now wife Elizabeth & the survivr of us, unto my soninlawe francis COTTRELL the yonger & Jane his wife yongest daughter & itt is my mynde & will that my said wife & son in law & daughter live together after my deceasse duringe the life of my said wife & be maintayned together of & out the said goods & chattels  Itm itt is my mynde & I doe hereby assigne leave give & bequeath my now dwelling howse Barne & shippon & garden to the said howse belonginge unto my said wife Elizabeth during her natrall life & after her deceasse then I assigne leave & give all & evrie the said housinge & premisses wth th appurtennces unto the said francis COTTRELL the yonger my soneinlaw & Jane his wife & the longer lives of them & to the heires of their bodie lawfully begotten & to be begotten for ever  And itt is my mynde & will that in case they the said francis COTTRELL the yonger my said soneinlaw & his wife Jane noe issue That then my said daugh Jane shall dispose of the said dwellinge howse Barne shippon and garden to when she pleaseth:  Itm I utterly revoke all former & other wills by me att any tyme heretofore made  And lastlie I ordayne & appo.... the said francis COTTRELL the yonger my soneinlaw & my said wife Elizab... to be my lawfull executors of this my last will & testament  In wittnesse whereof I the said Homphrey MORTEN have hereunto sett my hand & seale the daie & yeare first above written

Homphrey ...........

Read & pnounced to be the last will & testament of the said Homphrey MORTEN & published & sealed by the said testator in the prse.... of

ffrancis COTTRELL thelder; Sam ........

A true & pfect Inventorie of all the goods Cattells & Cattells of Homphrey MORTEN late of disley in the Countie of Chestr Blacksmyth prized and valued the 4th daie of June in Ano doi 1664 by John WYLD ffrancis COTTRELL theldr of disley afforesaid yeoman srt[?] and others

.

  £    s    d

Impris his purse & apparell

  1   00   00

Itm Bedstockes & Beddinge

  2   10   00

Itm 3 Coffars & an Arke

  1   00   00

Itm Oate meale & Barley

  1   14   00

Itm Tables & Loose Boards

 00  10   00

Itm Lynnens

  1   00   00

Itm Iron ware

  0   13   00

Itm Stools Cheeres Quishions & all maner of Treenware & husbandrie ware

  1   13   00

Itm one Cupboard Pewter & Brasse

  2   10   00

Itm twoe Cowes

  6   00   00

Itm one Tacke of ground of the Closse called the deane Meadowe

  6   10   00

Itm one Backstone cheese presser & Trough & mean

 00   05  00

Itm one dwellinge howse wch was buylt by the said Homphrey MORTEN the testator and Bay of a Barne & one Smythie buylt alsoe by the testatr

 30   00   00

The whole sume is

55£   5s    4

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William PEARSON, farmer of Lyme Handley, Chs. : 1861mentions:

wife Ruth

sons George; John

Robert BAGSHAW, wharfinger of High Lane, Chs

Thomas BULLOCK, tailor of Lyme Handley

made 1855

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Alice PICKFORD 1603

In the Name of god Amen the vth daie of Januarie in the xlvth yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lady the Queene mats that nowe is ... & in the yeare of our lord god 1602:  Al...[page damaged] PICKFORD of Disley in the pishe of Stopford & County of Chestr Wyddowe PICK...[page damaged] but sound in soule and of good and pfect remembrance thanks be to god, dreedinge tyme of Naturall death wch man is uncertayne, doe ordaine, constitute & make this m..[page damaged] last will & testamet in mannr & forme followinge.  And first I comende my soule to allmightie god my makr & to Jesu Christe my Savioure & Redeemer hopinge & trusting through his death and passion to have free Remission and forgivenes of my syns & to be one of his electe and chosen children and my body to be buryed att disley Chappell in the Church yarde there in full Assuranc of a Joyfull Resurreccon at the general judgment, And for my m...[page damaged] howe to dispose my wordly goods.  I give and bequeath them in maner & forme following .....[page damaged] give to & assigne and sett over all my tytle clayme and ......[page damaged] Tenement wch I hould of the demyse & grant of the Right Wooll Mr Josp WOORTH Esquire unto my Sonne Edmd PICKFORD, allsoe I give unto the same Edmd xiiis iiiid.  I freelie give unto Margarett PICKFORD daughter to the same Edmd vis viiid  Itm I give to wiffe of Roger ALLEN xiiis iiiid.  Itm I give to Ales ILEE the wife of Hughe ILEE my beste petyc..  Itm  Whereas Hughe ILEE and his wiefe oweth me the some of v£ I freelie give the half of the said v£ to my sonne in lawe Hughe and the other halfe my mynde is that Hughe shall paye unto my sonne John PYCFORD towards the payment of debts & the dyscha... of my funerall expenses & Legacyes  Itm I give to my servant Joane ii blankets ii sheets one coverlett.  Itm I give to the same Joane one litle poott.  Itm  I give the rest of my goods moveable & unmoveable in whose hands or custody soever then bee unto my sonne John PICKFORD & my will is that my debts Legaces & funerall expenses shalle discharged of my whole goods  Itm I make constitute & appoynt my sonne John PICKFORD my soule executr to pforme & fullfill all things herein conteyned  Itm I desire my verie good Neighbor George MYLLNES & my said sonne Edmd to be supvisors of this my last will & Testamt to see all things herein conteyned executed.  Those beinge wittnesses George MYLLNES Richard TURNER Edmd PICKFORD Robt PICKFORD & William SHERTE

Debts wch are owing unto me

Itm Thoms ILEE

v nobles

Itm Thoms ALLEN

xs

 Debts wch I owe

To William PICKFORD 

To my brother George

v nobles iiiid

To Margery ROBOTHOME 

iiii nobles

To John SWYNDELLS 

xiis

To Henry SWYNDELLS 

iiiis

Itm I give to Ales ILEE my daughtr vis viiid

Itm my will is that my sonne John shall have one wholle yere & quartr after the day of my death to discharg my debts & Legacs

The True Inventorie made .....[page damaged] viith daye of .....[page damaged] in the yere of the Queene M...e that nowe is & ....[page damaged] ..he yeareof our Lord god 1602:  of all & s..gular goods & chattells of Ales PICKFORD late of disley in the Countie of Chestr Wydowe deceased Praysed, rated & valewed by George MYLLNES, of Marpull yoman Edmd PICKFOED Edward HEGGENBOTHOME and Hugh ALLEN husbandme as followeth

Imprimis one steare

ls

Itm Twoe Incalfe Kyne

ls a paire

Itm one lytle barre cowe

xxxiiis iiiid

Itm one lytle heyfer styrke

xxvis viiid

Itm one lytle calfe

xiiis iiiid

Itm one oulde mare

xxxiiis iiiid

Itm one coulte of a yere ould

xxvis viiid

Itm sheepe

iii£

Itm one swyne beinge a shote

vis

Itm Corne & Heye

ls

Itm Brasse & Pewter

xs

Itm Irone ware

vs

Itm one lytle arke one lytle cofer & other treen ware

xs

Itm Salte fleshe, butter & cheese

xxs

Itm Beddinge

xxs

Itm Appell

xiiis iiiid

Some is

23£ 17s 8d

Whereof the above named Ales had but a propertie in the halfe because the goods above valewed weare meane betwixt the said Ales & John her sonne execute her appell: Soe the her pte commeth to  xii£ vs vid

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Edmund PICKFORD 1626

In the name of God Amen the 23th day of July Anno Dmi 1626.  I Edmunde PICKFORTHE of Dysley Standley in the County of Chester husbandman sicke of bodie but of pfecte memorie (God be praysed) doe make and ordayne this my last will and Testament in manner and forme followinge: that is to say:  First I Commende my soule unto Almightie God my maker and redeemer hopinge assuredlie thorowe the merittes of Jesus Christe my Saviour to be partaker of life Everlastinge:  And my bodie to the earthe whereof it is frome and to be interred in the Chappell yarde of Dysley neare the monumente of my mothers bodie.  Itm my will is that Alice my wyfe and Jesper my son shall enioy the whole housinge, and grounde, goodes, Cattells, and Chattells ioyntly betwixt them, wch I the saide Edmunde PICKFORTHE stande possessed of, till sure tyme as the debtes of me the said Edmunde the Testator shalbe fully discharged excepte my said sonne Jesper doe marie before all my Creditors be Contented and satisfied, and if he chance to contracte or marie then my will is that he shall defray for much money out of his mariage porcon as shall pay the residue of my debtes wch are behinde unpaide, if his said porcon so farre will extende, and if it happen that Alice my said wyfe and Jesper my said sonne doe fortune to disagree betweene themselves after my said debtes be discharged my will is that all my said housinge and grounde, goodes, Cattells and Chattells whatsoever wth in the house and wth out shalle equally be devided betwyxte them is their owne and pp[?] goodes to be disposed of as they please save onely theise things hereafter to be nominated.  Itm my will is that Jesper my said sonne shall give unto my daughter Alice the some of xx£ wthin two whole yeares after the decease of me the said Edmunde, and other xx£ wthin foure whole yeares after my decease.  Itm I give unto my said daughter Alice five good oulde sheepe to be delivered to her or to some other for her use when the goodes shalbe estimated and praysed  Itm I give one entyre good bedde wth bedcloathes, and apprtenncs[?] thereunto belonginge one Brasse Potte, foure Pewter dishes, one Coafer wch Alice my said daughter hath in her custodie, all wch things I bequeath unto my said daughter Alice, wch shalbe marked out for her by the discretion of her said mother, at such tyme as my said goodes shalbe praysed.  Itm my will is that John PICKFORTHE my brother shall have meate, drinke and lodginge, wth my said wyfe and said sonne as he hath had heretofore duringe the tyme that he shall live sole and unmaried, till such tyme as parte houskeepinge, and then to goe to my said son Jesper to be kepte wth meate, drinke and lodginge  as aforesaide, doinge for my said sonne as heretofore he hath done for me.  Itm I give to everie Childe wch I am Godfather unto vd  Itm my will is that my funerall expences shalbe disbursed out of my whole goodes.  Itm I Constitute and appoynte my welbeloved wyfe Alice, and my son Jesper to be Executors of this my last will and Testament, hopinge in God they will execute that wch is reposed in them, and I most humbly entreate the Ryghte Worshipfull Sr Peter LEYGHE my singular and lovinge Mayster to be the overseer of the same.  And if it happen at anie tyme hereafter anie ambiguitie doubte, or question to growe, or arise by reason of the imperfection, or deserte of or in anie the wordes and clauses and sentences in this my prsent last will and Testament, or my true intente, and meaninge thereof: That then the further and better explanation interprtation, and Constitution of the said doubte and ambiguitie: I will that the Ryghte Worshipfull Sr Peter LEYGHE my singular and verie good Mayster and my said Executors shall expounde, explane, and interprette accordinge to theire wisdomes, and good discretions.  In witnes whereof I the said Edmunde have hereunto putt my hande and seale the day and yeare first above written.

The mrk and seale of the said Edmund PICKFORD

These being witnesses

Edw CRESWELL; Edward HEGINBOTHOM; William HEGINBOTHOM

This is the true and pfecte Inventorie of all the goodes, Cattells moveable and unmoveable of Edmunde PICKFORTHE of Dysley Stanley late deceased, prysed, & valued by Anthonie HEGINBOTHOME, Willm PICKFORTHE, & Edwarde WYGAN, as followeth viz:

 £    s    d

Imprimis in Oxen, Kyne, Heyfers, Styrkes and Calves

40   3   4

Itm in oulde Sheepe, Lambs, and Wooll

  8   0   0

Itm an oulde Mare and a Nagge

  4   6   8

Itm two Lyvinge Swyne

  1  10  0

Itm in Geese and Hens

  0   5   0

Itm in Barly and Oates growinge upon the grounde

  8   0   0

Itm in oulde Barly

  3   0   0

Itm in Hay

  1   0   0

Itm in Meale and Groates

  1   6   8

Itm in Malte

  0  13  4

Itm in Butter and Cheese

  1   4   0

Itm in Beefe and Bacon

  0  10  0

Itm in Brasse

  2  13  4

Itm in Pewter

  0   8   0

Itm in Iron Ware

  1  19  2

Itm in Beddinge and Lynnens

  9  16  8

Itm in Bedstockes

  0  10  0

Itm in Hempe and Yrone and Lynnen Cloathe at the wayvinge

  2  15  4

Itm in Cushins

  0   4   0

Itm in Coafers and Arkes and a Knoppe

  2   9   0

Itm a meate Boarde and a forme

  1   0   0

Itm a Dishboarde, Stooles and Chayres

  1   0   0

Itm in Treen vessels and a Cheese presse

  2   6   0

Itm in windowe sheetes, sackes and Poakes, sines, Rydles & wysketts

  0  12   0

Itm one Spinninge wheele and Cardes

  0   2   0

Itm in Shovels, Spades, Mattockes, Hammers, forkes and Muckhooks

  1   0   0

Itm in Sawes, Axes, Nogers, and Chissels

  1   0   0

Itm in Sythes and Syckles

  0   5   0

Itm in Rakes, Pykels and weeding tongues

  0   2   6

Itm in Horse Gayres, Sadles and a Brydle

  1   0   0

Itm a Garner in the Barne

  0   6   0

Itm in Flayles

  0   1   0

Itm in Boardes and Joystes

  1   5   0

Itm in Tymber

  1   5   0

Itm in Cartes, waynes, Carte Cheastes, wayne Cheastes, wheels, Axeltrees, Nathes, Spoakes felies, Shoole shaftes, Draughtyoakes[?] & slaydes

  5  16  0

Itm in Plowes and Harrowes

  1   0   0

Itm in woode and Turues

  0   3   4

Itm a Tacke of grounde in the Reychay

  5   0   0

Itm his bodilie Apparell

  3   6   8

Itm in money owinge by John YOUNGE thelder of Kettleshulme

  0   8   0

Itm in money owinge by Edwarde HEGINBOTHOME of Dysley

  0  18  0

Itm in money owinge by John WOODE of Adlington

  0  16  0

Summ tot of

118 17  0

The praysres of the testators goods were these: Anthonie HEGINBOTHOM; William PICKFORD; Edward WIGAN

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Thomas RICHARDSON 1603

The true Inventorie made the xviith daye of november in the yeare of the Raigne of or Soveraigne Lorde James by the grace of god of England France & Ireland Kinge defender of the fayth the firste & of Scotland the xxxviith & in the yeare of our Lorde god 1603 of all & singular goods of Thomas RICHARDSON late of Disley in the Countye of Chester deceased, praysed rated & valewed by Reynould RICHARDSON yoman Robert HEGGENBOTHOM husbandman & Willm SHERT scholler as followeth

Imprimis  corne

vis

viiid

Itm  heay

iiis

iiiid

Itm  Brasse & Pewter

iiiis

.

Itm  treeneware & earthenware

iis

vid

Itm  yrone ware

.

xxd

Itm  pullen

.

vid

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Richard SHIRT: 1625

In the name of God Amen I Richard SHIRTE of disley in the County of Chester yeoman beinge in pfect sence and good memory do make my last Will and Testament in manner and forme followinge (viz)  First I bequeth my soule into the hands of God my Father who makes me, the sonne who redeemes me & the holy gost who sanctifyes me, my bodie to the earth from whence it was taken and to bee buryed in the Chappell Church of disley on the North side of the Famstone[?] as neere as wch conveniencie it may  Secondly my harriott debts and funarall expences beinge discharged I geve to my wife Joane SHIRTE all my goods and Cattalls and Chattalls as well moveable as unmoveable, whether within my house or without whatsoever.  Save onely that I geve and bequeath unto my brother Thomas SHIRT the one halfe of all my husbandry wares and engines correspondent to the other halfe wch my said wife Joane SHIRT shall have equally devyded against him by the prysors and estimators of my said goods.  Itm I geve to my brother Thomas SHIRT the Garner or Arke wch nowe standeth my Barne  Itm I geve to my said brother Thomas the bed which now he lyeth in, wth the bedstockes and all that thereto belongeth.  Itm I geve to my godsonne Richard STANLEY twelve pence. Itm I geve to my godsonne Richard TURNER als WAYNWRIGHT twelve pence.  Itm I geve to my Godsonne Jervais[?] HAIGH twelve pence.  Itm I geve to my servant Vincent BROOKESBANCK two shillings  Itm I Geve unto Jane FOXE my servant three shillings  Itm I geve to Mary BEARD my servant xviiid  Itm I constitute ordeyne and appoint Joane SHIRT my said wife my executrix to execute my last will and Testament in suche manner & forme as I have herein expressed  And I humblie entreate the right worll[?] Sr Peter LEIGHE to bee the Overseer of this my said last Will and Testament and hereby I doe revoke all former wills by me made.  In witnes whereof I have here unto put my hand and Seale the second daie of June in the yeare of our Lord god 1625 

Richard SHIRTE

Witness to theiss puts of - Edward CRESWELL and Edmund WYLD

A true and perfect Inventory of all the goods Cattalls & Chattells of Richard SHIRT of Elibancke yeoman late deceased had and made the xxiith day of June Ao dni 1625 apprysed by us Reginald RICHARDSON Robert HAIGH William CARRINGTON and Raph CRESWELL as followeth

Imprimis three kyne and one calfe

ix£

Itm twoe Twinter heyffers and Twoe Stirks

vii£

Itm one ould nagy and a mare

v£ xs

Itm Seaven sheepe

xls

Itm two Swyne

xxxs

Itm in Brasse

xls

Itm in Pewter

viis iiiid

Itm in Beddinge and lunens

iii£ vis viiid

Itm in oate meale malt & corne sowen

iiii£ viiis viiid

Itm in Arks & coffers

xlis

Itm in Saltes Flesh

xxs

Itm in Sacks and poks

viiis

Itm in woodden ware

vis viiid

Itm in Bedstocks, bords, bread[?], quishions, chaires, tresles, stooles, seeves[?], wisketts, & __ddles

xs viiid

Itm one paire of weyvers loomes

vis viiid

Itm in plowes, harrowes, waines, carts, yoks & Iron ware

iii£ vis

Itm his apparell

iii£

Itm in pullen geese and hens

vis vid

Itm in mainure

xs

Itm in Lymestone

xxs

Debts owing by the testator

Imprimis William CARRINGTON

Itm Jane FOXE

xiiis

Itm Vincent BROOKESBANCK

vis viiid

Itm Marie BEARD

iiis

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Edward [Edmund] SWINDELLS 1664

February the 17th in the yeare of our lord god (English Accompt) one thousand six hundred sixty and two Edmaund SWINDELS of dryhurst in disseley Standley in the County of Chester husbandman being sick and weake in body but of sound and pfect memory did publish and declare this to be his last will and testament

first bequeathing his soule into the hands of Almighty god and his body to the earth of which it was formed & as for such goods Cattels Chattels & debts which god had indowed him with he did give & bequeath solely & wholely all & singular unto his daughter Mary SWINDELS and did also desire his natuarall father Henery SWINDELS to take care & charge of his sd daughter Mary and to be a father unto her and did also make his sd father Henery SWINDELS his sole executor of this his last will and testament

Hee whose names are published will testifie that this was the whole will of the late deceased Edmaund SWINDELS expressed in words with his owne mouth

Charles HADFIELD his marke; Margret HADFIELD her marke; John SWINDELS his marke

Latin intro - dated 4 March 1664

The Condicon of this obligacon is such that if the above bounden Henry SWINDALLS doe well and truely Admster all and singlar the goods Cattells and Chattells of Edmund SWINDALLS late of Disley Standley in the County of County [sic] - deceased and likewise execute and pforme the last will and testament nuncupative of the deceat vzt pay all the debts and Legacies soe farre forth as the same goods will extend and the Law bind him and doe make and exhibite into this Court or some other judge competent in yt behalfe a true and pfecte Inventorii of all the deceats goods and thereof doe make a just accompt when and as oft as hee shallbe thereunto lawfully called and required, And lastly doe att all times hereafter save and keepe harmlesse the sd Rurall Deane and all other his Officers and Ministers for and concerning the granting of the said tres of Admrasons then this obligacon to be voyd and of none effect or else to remayne in full power and vertue.

Henry SWINDALLS his marke    sealed and delivered in the prsence of Isaac L CHARLTON

Evan DAVIES; Charles HADFEILD his marke

March the 26th 1663

A true and pfect Inventory of all the goods Cattels Chattels and debts of the late deceased Edmand SWINDELS of dryhurst in disseley Standley according as the were prised & valewed by us John SWINDELS & Charles HADFIELD of disseley afore sd & shalbe further answered if need require

.

  £   s    d

Impr purse and apparrell

  3   6   8

It ine Cow

  2  13  4

It one pistall

  0  02  0

It oweing by due debt upon bond from John SWINDELS of deane bank in disseley aforesd

  5  06  00

It oweing by Charles HADFIELD of disseley aforesd

  4  10  00

Totall

15  18  00

 John SWINDELS his marke; Charles HADFIELD his marke

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Peter SWINDELLS 1628

In the name of God Amen.  The Seventeenthe day of July in the yeare of our Lorde God one thousande, sixe hundred twentie and seaven.  I Pears [?] SWINDELLS of Disley Standley in the Countie of Chester husbandman sicke of bodie, but of good and pfecte memorie (God be praysed) doe make and ordane this my last will and Testamt in manner and forme followinge that is to say, First I Comende my soule into the handes of Almightie God my maker hopinge assuredlie thorowe the onelie merritts of Jesus Cryste my saviour to be partaker of life everlastinge.  And I Comende my bodie to be buried in the Chappell of Disley Standley aforesaide aggainst the forme and (neare unto the Pullpitt) upon the northe side of the Chappell.  And my will is that may funerall expences and debtes shalbe payd and discharged out of my whole goodes.  Itm I give and bequeathe unto Alice my wyfe the moytie or half parte of my Mesuage and tenemente wth apprtencs in Dysley Standley aforesaide and in the saide Countie duringe the rest and residue of fourscore and nynteene yeares wch are yet behinde and unexpired of the tearme of my lease, if Henrie SWINDELLS and John SWINDELLS my sons doe and shall fortune soe longe for to live.  Itm my will is that Henrie my saide son shall have the other moytie or half pte of my saide Mesuage and Tenemente wth apprtennces in Disley Standley aforesaide, not formerlie limitted in use to and for Alice my saide wife duringe his naturall life if anie the saide rest and residue of the tearme of fourscore and nynteene yeares be then behinde and unexpired and John SWINDELLS my saide son doe and shall fortune soe longe for to live and after the decease of Alice my saide wife then my will is that Henry my saide son shall possesse the saide moytie or half pte of my saide Mesuage or Tenemente wch was formerlie limitted in use to and for the saide Alice.  Itm my will is that Alice my saide wife shall take and receive all the Rentes, issues, and pfitts of all the buyldinges and edifices wch are in the tenure of Elizabeth BANCROFTE of Disley Standley aforesaide and in the saide Countie wydowe and the Crofte upon the backside of the saide house wth apprtennces comomlie called Bancrofte Crofte duringe her naturall life.  And from and after the decease of Alice my sayde wife, then my will is that Henry my saide son shall have the saide buildings and edifices, and the saide Crofte upon the backside of the saide house wth apprtennces, duringe his naturall life and from after the decease of Henry my said son, I bequeathe the buildings and the Crofte aforesaide wth apprtennces unto Henry SWINDELS son of the aforesaide Henrie and to the heyres of his bodie lawfullie issuinge and hereafter to be borne.  And for defaulte of such issue, I give the buildings, and the Crofte aforesaide wth apprtennces unto Willm SWINDELLS my son and to the heyres of his bodie lawfullie issuinge and hereafter to be borne.  And for defaulte of such issue, I give the buildings, and the Crofte aforesaide wth apprtennces unto John SWINDELS my saide son, and to the heyres of his bodie lawfullie begotten and to be begotten.  Itm I give & bequeath unto Willm SWINDELS my saide son all the landes and Tenements wth apprtennces in Marple and in the saide County from and after the decease of Thomas WYCHE of Marple aforesaide, and in the saide Countie and nowe in the tenure or occupacon of the said Thomas, and to the heyres of the bodie of the saide Willm lawfullie issuinge and hereafter to be borne.  And for such defaulte of issue then to the use and behoofe of John SWINDELS my saide sone and of the heyres of his bodie lawfullie begotten and to be begotten (excepting one thirde pte as hereafter is specified duringe the naturall life of Alice my saide wife)  Itm I bequeathe all the landes and Tenemente wth apprtennces in Lensome, and in the County of Lancaster, nowe in the tenure of Robt BAGULEY of Lensome aforesaide yeoman, unto John SWINDELS my sayde son and to the heyres of his bodie lawfullie begotten and to be begotten (excepting one thirde pte as hereafter is specified duringe the naturall life of Alice my saide wyfe)  And for defaulte of such issue, then to the use and behoofe of Willm SWINDELS my saide son and the heyres of his bodie lawfullie issuinge and hereafter to be borne.  Itm I give the thirde pte of the landes and Tenements in Marple and in Lensome aforesaide wth apprtennces nor formerlie limitted in use to and for Willm and John my saide sonnes, unto Alice my saide wife duringe her naturall life (from and after the decease of Thomas WYCHE aforesaide)  Itm my will is (at after the decease of Alice my saide wife) that Willm SWINDELLS & John my saide sonnes shall have the saide thirde pte of the landes and Tenements aforesaide (beinge before excepted) & theire heyres as aforesaide.  Itm my will is that when Willm SWINDELS or his heyres shall possesse the landes and Tenements wth apprtennces in Marple aforesaide, that then he or his heyres shall pay soe much money to John SWINDELS or to his heyres, as shalbe iudges & thoughte by my saide son Henrie that the landes & Tenementes wth apprtennces in Marple aforesaide are more worth then the landes & Tenementes wth apprtennces in Lensome aforesaide.  Itm I give unto Alice my saide wife the halfe of my husbandrie ware, duringe her naturall life.  And the other halfe of the saide husbandrie ware unto  Henrie my saide son.  Itm my will is after the decease of the saide Alice, that Henrie my sayde son shall have the saide half of her husbandrie ware wch was given to her, and the standinge table in the fire house, & the forme standinge by it, for & in full discharge & satisfaction of his Filliall porcon & childes pte of my goodes Itm I give unto Randall OLLIVER my soninlawe one pounde, And unto Alice his wife one Pounde, for & in full discharge and satisfaction of their Filliall porcon & childes pte of my goodes  Itm I give unto John OLLIVER son of the saide Randall one pounde & tenne shillinges.  And unto Willm OLLIVER son of the saide Randall one pounde & tenne shillinges.  Itm I give unto everie one wch I am Godfather unto xiid  Itm my will is that Alice my saide wife shall have the halfe of any goodes (excepte before excepted) & Willm SWINDELLS and John SWINDELLS my saide sons the other half of my saide goodes for and in full discharge and satisfaction of their Filliall porcon and childes pte of my saide goodes.  Itm I constitute and appoynt my welbeloved sonnes Willm and John to be Executors of this my last will and Testament, hopinge in god they will exorcise that wch is reposed in them, and I most hartelie intreate Henrie SWINDELS my brother and Henrie SWINDELLS my said son to be overseers of the same.  And if it happen at anie tyme hereafter anie ambiguitie, doubte, or question to growe or arise by reason of the impfection or defecte of or in anie the words and clauses and sentences in this my prsente last will & Testemente or my true intente & meaninge thereof; That then the further and better explanation, interprtacon and construction of the saide doubte & ambiguitie I will that my saide Executors shall expounde explane and interprett accordinge to their wisdomes & good discretions.  And finallie my will & mynd is that Alice my saide wife and Henry, Willm, and John my saide sons shall take and receive the issues and pfitts of two cloases in Marple aforesaide called wettyearthes and nowe in the tenure or occupacon of me the saide Peirce equally amongst them duringe the naturall life of Thomas WYCHE of Marple aforesaide.  In wittnes wherof I the saide Peirce to this my prsente last will & Testament have put my hand & seale the day and yeare first above written

Peirs SWINDELLS his Marke

Sealed as my last will & Testament in the prsence of George ETCHELLS & Willm HEGINBOTHOME

Me:d yt theese words (third pte of that in the 31 Line wth in written & wth apptnans[?] in the 37 Line wthin written were interl.... before then sealeinge hereof theise beinge wittneses George ETCHELLS & Willia H......

The true and pfecte Inventorie of all the goods, Cattalls and Chattalls of Peirce SWINDELS of Disley Standley late deceased, praised and valued by Reynolde RICHARDSON, Richarde NICKSON, Christopher WAYNWRYGHTE als TURNER, & Henry SWINDELS thelder as followeth

.

 £   s    d

Imprimis foure litle steeres, three kyne, foure stirkes, and three calves

20  0   0

Itm in horses & furniture belonginge to them

10  0   0

Itm in Sheepe

 8   0   0

Itm in Swyne

 2   0   0

Itm in Corne & hay

17  0   0

Itm in Meale and Malte

 6   0   0

Itm in Butter and Cheese

 2   1   0

Itm in Beefe and Bacon

 0   6   8

Itm in Beddinge and Linnens

10  0   0

Itm in Brasse, pewter, and leades

 2   6   0

Itm in Iron ware

 0   5   0

Itm in Arkes, Cofers, and Bedstockes

 1 15   0

Itm in Treen ware

 0 10   4

Itm in Chayres, stooles, quishins, tables, formes, and boardes

 0   8   0

Itm in wooll and woollen yorne

 2   0   0

Itm in Sackes, poakes, sives, ridles, wisketts, baskets and tennells

 0 13   4

Itm in pullin

 0   5   0

Itm in husbandrie ware

 4   0   0

Itm in Bees and honye

 0   5   0

Itm his purse, and his bodilie apparell

 2 15   0

Itm in money wch is owinge by Mr John SHERTE

12  0   0

Itm in money wch was due by Thomas WAYNWRYGHT als TURNER deceased

 4   0   0

Sume tot of

115 10 4

Itm a pcell of grounde in Marple called wettyearthes duringe the tyme & tearme of Fortie yeares of Thomas WYCHE of Marple aforesaide wch is both oulde & Blynde soe longe doe live worthe yearly the somme of

 3   0   0

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William SWINDELLS 1637

The true and pfecte Inventory of all the goods Cattals & Chattalls of Willm SWINDELLS late of Dysley Stanley in the County of Chester yeoman deceased pryced and valued by Richarde NICKSON of Hokerley & Willm HEGINBOTHOME of Marple the County aforesaide yeomen as followeth

.

  £   s   d

Imprmis his purse and his bodilie apparell

  2  10   0

Itm his movable goods

  8    6   8

Itm a Cloase wch the decedente had for yeares of John MOORES of Dryhurste eleven yeares unexpired

  5  10   0

Itm an other Cloase of the said John MOORES called the Gryppe yorde two yeares unexpired

  0  12   0

Itm money owinge by the said John MOORES at our Lady day 1638 or els the said decedents Administrators to enioy the sayde Crofte called gryppe yorde for other 3 yeares

  1    0   0

Itm Thomas MARSLANDE of Marple

  3    0   0

Itm Hugh RICHARDSON of further woode by Specialtie

  3    0   0

Itm Francis COTTRELL of Disley

  2  10   0

Itm the Executors of Bryan CLAYTON of Disley deceased

  3    0   0

Itm Thomas HAYGHE of Poynton

  2    0   0

Itm John POTTE of water

10    0   0

Itm Olliver HEGINBOTHOME of Turuelee

  2    0   0

Itm John WAYNWRYGHTE als TURNER

  2    0   0

Itm Jeffrey BRAMALL Thorsett feilds

  4    0   0

Itm Robte MARSLANDE of Marple

  0  14   0

Itm Thomas STANFEILDE and John HYGHAM the younger by Specialtie

  7  11   0

Itm Willm HEGINBOTHOME of Wibersley in Marple by Specialtie

  4    0   0

Itm Joane ETCHELLS wydowe late wief of John ETCHELLS deceased

  4  18   6

Itm John ETCHELLS of Dysley Stanley 3 hoopes of Oates

  0    7   0

Itm Humphray MORTIN fyve hoopes of Oates

  0  12   6

Itm Nycholas SWINDELLS of Disley Stanley

  0  14   0

Itm Edmunde SWINDELLS

  0  10   0

Itm Mary SWINDELLS wydowe late wief of Francis SWINDELLS deceased

  0    8   0

Itm Francis COTTRELL

  0    4   6

Itm a standinge bed a Table & other boards

  2    0   0

Itm three Coafers and an Arke

  0  12   0

Itm Willm SHERTE Junior Gent for Thomas SWINDELLS his meadowe

  3    0   0

Itm Humphray CLAYTON

  3    0   0

Sum tot of

 8[sic]0  2

The condicon of this obligacon is such that if the wthin bounden John SWINDELLS bee well & truely Administer all & singular the goods rights creditts Cattells & Chattells of Willm SWINDELLS late of disley in ye Countie of Chester deceased accordinge to the fects of tres of Administracon to him in that behalfe granted viz paye all the debts the said decead owed at the tyme of his decease soe farr forth as the same goods rights creditts Cattells and Chattells will thereunto extend & as the lawe in that behalfe will charge him  And doe exhibite in wrytinge into the Consistorie Court in Chester a true and pfect Inventorie of all the goods rights creditts Cattells & Chattells of the said decead

And of & upon the same doe make a iust & pfect accompts unto the wthin names revend father his vicar god all or orther judge competent in that behalfe when & as often as hee shalbe thereunto lawfullie called or required And all such pte & porcon of the said goods rights creditts Cattells & Chattells as shalbe founde doe and remayninge upon his said Accompts Exated and allowed shall distribute & dispose as by the discrecon of the said Revend Father his vicar god all or other Judge Competent in that behalfe shalbe lymitted & appoynted And finally doe at all tymes hereafter save[?] harmeles the said Revend Father his vicar god all & other his offices & ministers for & concerninge the grantinge the said trs of Administacon Then this obligacon to be voyde or ells the same to stand in full power & vertue

Note** The other side of this page contains a blurb in Latin.  The preamble mentions 'Johan SWINDELLS de Disley' 'yeomn' and 'Richardus NICKSON de Taxall' 'yeomn'.  It is dated 24 April 1637 and is signed by John SWINDELLS (his mark) and Richard NICKSON

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William SWINDELLS 1660

A true and pfect Inventorie of all the goods Cattels Chattels and debts of the Late deceased William SWINDELS of dryhurst in disseley Standley in the County of Chester Blacksmith being prized the 14th of october 1658 as followeth by Henery SWINDELS & Edmaund SWINDELS of Disseley yeomen

.

  £    s    d

Impr in ready money

08  13  08

Item in his studdey bellowes & vice and harness and other working tooles

02  10  00

Item in debts as apeares by a catalogue expressed by himselfe given forth before his decease owing by Mr William SHIRT

03  03  04

Item by Mr Francis CLAYTON

00  05  02

Item by Edward WILD

00  08  00

Item by Thomas STANDLEY

00  11  04

Item by Francis WOOD

00  04  04

Item by Robert WORTH

00  01  00

Item in his weareing apparell Woolen & Linen and other odd things

01  00  00

Someis

15  16  10

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 Samuel TAYLOR of Birch Cottages Furness Vale: 22nd August 1907

This is the last will and testament of me Samuel TAYLOR of Birch Cottages Furness Vale in Stockport Cheshire.  I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth the whole of my property and other belongings for her use and benefit during her life time.  And at her death it is my wish and intention that the said property and other belongings be equally divided between my two sons Jacob and John JosephJacob my eldest son to have the two houses known as Sunny Bank and my second son John Joseph to have the two houses known as Birch Cottages.

I appoint my two sons to be my executors.  In witness where of I have hereunder signed my name this seventh day of June one thousand nine hundred and seven.

(Signed) Samuel TAYLOR

The will was signed and the name was written by the testator in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other sign our names as witness

Lydia Wigley

William Alfred Bradbury

On the 22nd August 1907 testate of this will was granted at Chester to Jacob TAYLOR and John Joseph TAYLOR the executors.

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John THORPE of Disley

Chester: 9 July 1883

This is the last Will and Testament of me John THORPE of Disley in the County of Chester Assistant Overseer who make and publish the same in manner and form following that is to say First 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 order and direct my said Executors to permit my Wife the use of all my household goods and furniture linen china etc etc for the term of her natural life and all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate effects of whatever nature or kind soever or wheresoever situate including Freehold Leasehold or Copyhold Money and all securities for Money or other property unto my Sons George THORPE and John Edward THORPE Schoolmasters their heirs or assigns Upon the trusts following that is to say Upon trust that they my said Trustees their executors or assigns do and shall after my decease collect al rents and income of every description and after deducting the cost of all necessary repairs rents rates taxes insurance and the cost of the collection of the said rents and income to pay the balance of such income to my Wife so long as she shall live And immediately after her decease I order and direct my said executors or assigns to sell all my personal and real estate either by public auction or private contract and convert into money all securities which I may die possessed of and divide the same into six equal shares or parts one such share to be paid to each of my children namely George, Mary Elizabeth, John Edward, James and Frances and the remaining or sixth share to my two Grandchildren Lilian May and Harry WILLIAMS the children of my Daughter Jane Ann now deceased to be equally divided betwixt them but with respect to the sum of Forty five pounds which I have already advanced to Ralph Worthington WILLIAMS the husband of my Daughter Jane Ann I order and direct my Trustees their executors or assigns to deduct the said sum of Forty five pounds from the said share of my said Grandchildren Lilian May and Harry WILLIAMS should any of my said children die before attaining the age of twenty one years then the share or shares of the child or children so dying shall be equally divided amongst the  survivors and of either of my said Grandchildren should die before attaining the age of twenty one years my surviving sons and Daughters shall receive such share equally or share and share alike And I order and direct that my said Trustees shall and may reimburse themselves out of my estate all reasonable and necessary cost charges and expenses whatever they shall or may bear pay be put unto or sustain in or about the execution of this my Will or the trusts therein reposed And I hereby exonerate my said Trustees from any loss he or they may sustain in carrying out this my Will And lastly I nominate and appoint my two Sons George THORPE and John Edward THORPE Executors of this my Will and Testament and declare this to be my Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said John THORPE the Testator have at the foot of this my Will and of the three preceeding sheets of paper set my hand this seventeenth day of February in the year One thousand eight hundred and seventy seven

John THORPE

Signed by the said Testator John THORPE as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as attesting Witnesses thereto

James TURNER Architect & Surveyor New Mills    Witnesses

James THORPE Farmer Whitle

Proved at Chester the 21st day of July 1883 by the Oaths of George Thorpe and John Edward Thorpe the Sons the Executors to whom Administration was granted The Testator John Thorpe was late of Disley in the County of Chester Assistant Overseer and died on the 29th day of June 1883 at Disley aforesaid Gross amount £119-1-7 Including Leaseholds

 Messr  JOHNSON & JOHNSON Solicitors Stockport

Charles T. W. PARRY District Registar

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Ann TURNER of Disley, Chs: 1801

In the name of God Amen, I Ann TURNER of Disley in the County of Chester do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.

First I will and direct that all my Just Debts, funeral Expences  and the charge of the Probate hereof be paid and discharged out of my personal estate.  I also give and bequeath to my executor hereafter named the House I live in and the House that John YOUNG lives in with all the appurtenances there to belonging for the life of my Nephew John TURNER the Executor to have the power of letting the same to the best advantage and the rental arising from the same after my Just Debts and Funeral Expenses are paid and discharged to be equally divided betwixt the said Richard TURNER and John TURNER during the life of the said John TURNER and at the death of the said John TURNER I give and bequeath to my Nephew Richard TURNER the House I live in and the house John YOUNG lives in with all the appurtenances there to Belonging to him and his ares For ever Also I give to my late sister Sarah HOWARD`s son the sum of two Guineas Also to her two daughters two Guineas each also to each of them two Gowns and one Silk Handkerchief each Also I give to Sarah Wife of John HOWARD of Disley one Blue Stript Gown one black Quilt one Blue Cloak Also John TURNER my small Oak Chest Also to Richd TURNER the remainder of all my Househould goods together with the remainder of all my wareing apparel

Also I nominate and appoint Thomas BOWDEN as my sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament disanuling all other Wills whatsoever  In witness hereof have set my hand and seal this Twenty first day of June and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety Eight.

Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us and each other Mary ALLEN; Ann ALLEN; Jno WOOD

Probate dated 8 Aug 1801 

Effects under £10 (As she has left substantial bequests this is puzzling)

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Administration for Francis TURNER 1804

Know all Men by these presents, that we Francis TURNER of Disley, in the county of Chester, Laborer and William HOWARD of Disley aforesaid, Joiner, and Anthony KENEDY of the same place, Yeoman, 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 thirty eight pounds of good and lawful money etc. etc.

Sealed with our seals and dated the twenty fourth day of September in the forty fourth year in the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third etc. one thousand Eight hundred and four.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Francis TURNER, the natural and lawful son, next of kin and Administrator of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of Francis TURNER, senior late of Disley in the parish of Stockport and 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 him the said Francis TURNER 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 fourth day of March 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 Francis TURNER 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 fourth day of September  which shall be in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five etc. etc.

The mark and seal of Francis TURNER

(signed) William HOWARD & Anthony KENEDY

September 24 1804 The within named Francis TURNER took the normal (?) Oath of an Administrator before me W Bowness surrogate    Under £20

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George TURNER, shoemaker of Disley will with codicil: 1877

This is the last Will & Testament of me George TURNER of Disley in The County of Chester Shoemaker I appoint my friend William LATHAM of Disley aforesaid Innkeeper to be the sole trustee and Executor of this my will  I bequeath to my cousin Martha WHITTAKER all my household goods and furniture linen china beds and bedding and other household stores and effects for her own use and benefit absolutely and I also bequeath to her the legacy a sum of fifty pounds  I also bequeath to my friends Mary SHUFFLEBOTHAM and Robert JOHNSON the legacy or sum of five pounds and I devise all the messuages & dwelling houses and real estate to which I shall be entitled at my decease or have power to dispose of by this my will And I bequeath the residue of my personal estate and effects unto my said trustee his heirs executors administrators and assignes upon trust with all convenient speed after my decease to sell and convert into money my said real estate and residuary personal estate and effects and to stand possessed of the money so arising from such sale and conversion as aforesaid and the rents and income of the said trust? premises in the meantime and the ready money I shall be possessed of at my decease (after payment therewith of my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and the several legacies herein before bequeathed) In trust for and to pay the same unto and equally amongst my brother James TURNER and my sisters Mary TURNER Martha GASKILL and Ann GREAVES or such of them as shall be living at my decease and the issue then being of such of them as shall be then dead such issue nevertheless to take amongst them and equally if more than one the part or share only which their respective parents could have taken or been entitled to if living at my decease  I declare that the legacy and share under this my will of every person being a female shall be for her own sole and separate use independently of every husband and that her receipt alone (notwithstanding coverture) shall be an effectual discharge for the same.  I direct my said trustee to invest in his name the part or share to which every legatee (being a minor) shall be entitled under the aforesaid trust in or upon real or government securities or the mortgages bonds or debentures of any municipal or trading corporation with full discretionary power to change and vary the same from time to time as my trustee may think proper Next(?) I authorise and empower my said trustee in his discretion from time to time to apply all or any part or parts of the annual produce and income and also of the capital of the share of each or any of such minors on `r towards his or her maintenance and education or in any manner for his or her advancement benefit or advantage either directly or by paying the same to his or her parent  or guardian to be so applied without setting to the application thereof or requiring any account for the same And to invest and accumulate any surplus income and add the same to the capital from which it shall have arisen with power to apply such accumulations in manner aforesaid I devise all the real estate vested in me at my decease as trustee or mortgagee to my said trustee his heirs and assigns subject to the trust and equities (?) affecting the same respectively I empower my trustee to give receipts to purchasers and others for all moneys and effects to be paid or delivered to him by virtue of this my will and declare that such receipts shall exonerate the person or persons taking the same from all liability to see to the application or disposition of the money or effects therein mentioned I declare that the trustees powers and discretions herein before vested in my trustee shall be exercisable by the trustees or trustee for the time being of my will and I exempt every trustee of my will from liability for losses occurring without his own wilful default and authorise them respectively to retain and to allow to each other out of moneys coming to their respective hands by virtue of my will all expenses incident to the trusteeship as well as a reasonable compensation for their respective loss of time and trouble in or about the same ... I revoke all other wills by me heretofor made  In witness whereof I have ..... Set me hand this twenty first day of November one thousand eight hundred and seventy six - George TURNER

Signed by the said George TURNER 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 to attest the same John R SMITH Clerk with Mr Smith Solicitors, Stockport James BRAMHALL, tailor Disley

This is a Codicil to the within written Will of me George TURNER of Disley in the County of Chester shoemaker I revoke the bequest contained in my said will of the legacy of fifty pounds to my cousin Martha WHITTAKER and instead thereof I do hereby bequeath to her the legacy or sum of one hundred and fifty pounds And I confirm my said Will in all other respects In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty third day of November one thousand eight hundred and seventy six George his X mark TURNER Signed by the said George TURNER the testator 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 presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses to attest the same – John R SMITH Clerk with Mr Smith Solr. Stockport – William JOHNSON Tailor Disley

Proved at Chester with a codicil the 22nd day of January 1877 by the oath of William LATHAM the sole Executor named in the Will to whom administration was granted

The Testator George TURNER was late of Disley in the county of Chester Shoemaker and died on the 15th day of December 1876 at Disley aforesaid. Charles T W Parry District Registrar

Under £450 Including Leaseholds 

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James TURNER of  Deanbank, Disley, Stockport  p.: 1785

This is the last will & Testament of me James TURNER of Deanbank in the township of Disley and parish of Stockport, in the county of Chester Being of sound Disposing mind  Memory & Understanding Praised to God for the same, made in manner & form following.

First it is my mind & will that all my just Debts, Funeral expenses & the charges attending the Probate & Execution of this my Will be paid out of the Rents Ariseing from my Tenement In Lyme now in the holding & tenure of Charles GEE, And as to my  Houseing & Gardens at Deanbank now in Lease under Peter LEGH Esq. I do leave as hereafter mentioned whilst any of the Lives do Live which are now mentioned Iin the said Lease

First my son Richard TURNER shall have the Old House where I now Live In, Except that Dwelling where Mary BOWLER now lives in and that Piece of Garden Ground on the Left hand from the Door going into the backside down to the Privy house and so joining to James BOARD`s Premises and that part of Ground shall be equally divided between my son John TURNER and my son in law John WOOD. My son John TURNER shall have the Little House where Mary BOWLER now Lives In And my Son in law John WOOD to have the Little House where Sarah SWINDELLS now Lives In with the Old Shipen and one half of the Land beforementioned next to it for convenience if he Builds.  And the (sic) shall have and hold the said Premises Peaceably and Quietly and free from all Rents & Charges so long as the Lives Live which are in the Lease.  But if my son Richard thinks proper to fill up the Lease when any Lives die the (sic) shall pay their shares towards filling up the Lease again. And to Hold & enjoy the same so long as the (sic) join at the same In paying their equal proportion either them or their children Male or Female and if either my son John, or my daughter Mary WOOD Die and Leave no Children Living, or their Children die Then their House & share of the Garden shall return & go to my son Richard, or his Children if he be not alive.  And after all my Debts are paid out of the Rents arising from my Tenement In Lyme now in the Holding of Charles GEE, I Leave and Order that my son John TURNER shall have the sum of ten pounds a year paid him by my Executors & Trustees, hereafter named half yearly, Clear of any deduction whatever, and shall have the same or his children so long as any Lawfully begotten shall Live & the Lives now in being in the Lease are Living, and if he dies and Leaves no Children Lawfully, his share shall go equally betwixt my son Richard and my Daughter Mary or their children of the be not then alive.  And also after all my Debts are paid, I Leave and Order that my Daughter Mary WOOD shall have the sum of four Pounds a Year paid her half yearly by my Executors & Trustees out of the Rents arising as before mentioned or to her children so long as the Lives Live in the Lease.  And if she dies and Leaves no Children Living her share shall go equall betwixt my son Richard and my son John or their children of the (sic) be not alive.

And if my son Richard dies and Leaves no Children his share shall go equally betwixt my son John TURNER and my daughter Mary WOOD or their children as shall be then alive And if he should leave a Widdow she shall have the sum of five pounds yearlt after all my Debts are paid so Long as she Lives.  If the Lives be Living any of them which are in the Lease now In being and she shall have no more to do with either, Housing at Denebank or my Tenement in Lyme, But while my son Richard or his Children are alive the (sic) shall have the remainder of the Profits Isues and Income of my Tenement In Lyme so long as the Lives Live which are in the Lease paying to my son John and my Daughter Mary WOOD as before mentioned, And further as to my Household Goods and all other my Personal Effects whatever, shall Imediately after my Decease be Honestly Valued by two Men chosen by my Executors and Trustees.  And what Goods my son Richard chuses to have of the Valuation and stand fixed as the are he shall have them so Accounting and paying to my son John and my Daughter Mary WOOD for what value he takes above one third part, and the rest which he does not take to, the (sic) shall divide or sell as my Executors and them shall agree so that the (sic) have each an equal share both my son Richard and my son John and my Daughter Mary.  And lastly Thereby Nominate Constitute and appoint James SWINDELLS and John SWINDELLS at Disley hall his Brother and my son Richard TURNER to be Joint Executors and Trustees of this my last Will & Testament, and revokeing all other Will & Wills by me heretofore made by Writing or Word of Mouth and do declare this to be my last Will & Testament Only.

In Witness whereof I the said James TURNER the Testator have put my Hand & Seal this Twenty first day of August One Thousand and seven hundred and Eighty

Sealed, Signed, Published and declared by the Within named Testator to be his Last Will & Testament in the sight & in the presence of us as Witnesses –  Thos BRADBURY; Sarah HOWARD

28th Oct 1785 James SWINDELLS; John SWINDELLS and Richard TURNER the Exors in this Will named were sworn in common form.  Probate issued the same time.

 Made 21 Aug 1780 Probate Issued 20 Oct 1785

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John TURNER of Disley: 1672

The Accompt of Margaret ..... (torn page) widow relict and ....... ........ of the Goods and Chattells of John TURNER late of Disley Stanley in the Count of Chester deceased rendered and made the fifteenth day of November in the yeare of our Lord God 1672 by vertue of her .... in that behalfe heertofore taken

Imp the Accomptant chargeth herselfe with the totall sum of the Inventary of the Goods and Chattells of the said deced heertofore exhibited anyhow into the registry of the Consistory Court Chester accounting in the whole to the sume of

 

£53: 3s: 4d

Out of wch this Accomptant hath paid and discharged and ricivved allowance of the summe as followeth

Discharge 

£    s    d

Imps paid the deceds funerall Charges 

00  14  00

Itm paid for Letters of Administration and the Charges in obtaineing a f ch..

01  11  00

Itm paid to John ASTLEY a debt due by bond from the said decedt

10  00  00

Itm paid to Richard CROWTHER a debt due by bond from the sd decedt

10  00  00

Itm paid to George ROLLINSON a debt due by bill from the said decedt

05  13  04

Itm paid to Mr JODRELL for rent

10  00  00

Itm paid to William SMITH a debt due by bond from the sd deced

14  10  00

Itm paid for the Charges of the Executors upon the said Wm SMITH his bond

01  00  10

Itm paid for reploiying of a horse

00  09  00

Itm paid to George ROLLINSON

00  01  0. (torn)

.

53: 19: .. (torn)

Sheet Two

Itm paid to Richard CROWTHER (for) Interest money

00  12  00

Itm paid to William SMITH for Interest Money

01  04  00

Itm paid to John ASTLE for interest

01  00  00

Itm paid for the Quiet A/c

00  15  00

Itm paid for drawing copying and registering these Accounts 

00  02  06

.

03: 14: 02

Suma Exposita

57: 13: 04

Suma perepta

53: 03: 04

Exposit plud? of the percept

04: 10: 00

15 Nov 1672 (the mark of) Margaret TURNER

Peter LEDSHAWE Surrogate

Sheet 3

Memda to add..(torn page) the Inventory of the goods Cattalls Chattalls & debts of John TURNER als WAINWRIGHT late of Disley in the County of Chester chapman deceased exhibited on the first day of February in the yeare of our Lord god one thousand six hundred seventy one

.

£    s    d

Impris for woollen yarns

00  15  00

Item for Hay

00  05  00

Item for Mucke

00  02  00

Item for six pound of rough wooll

00  01  00

Item for a hanging seill?

00  01  00

Item two stooles

00  01  00

Item Seav...

00  01  00

Item one paire of verginalls

01  00  00

 Item one load of malt brought to Thomas HEYLEGREAVE?

00  18  00

Item in meale and drinke

00  01  00

Item in Seeled Seales

00  10  00

Item one landering iron

00  00  06

Item two racks and one pikell

00  00  06

Item one deshat debt

00  02  00

.

03  19  06

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49  03  10

15 Nobris 1672

53  03  04

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Richard TURNER, yeoman of Lyme in the parish of Prestbury, Chs: 1823

This is the last Will and Testament of me Richard TURNER of Lyme in the parish of Presbury and County of Chester, Yeoman, being in good state of Helth and of sound and disposable mind Memory and Understanding, first I hereby charg all my personal estate of whatsoever I shall Dye possesed off or Intitled unto, with the payments of all my Just Debts that I shall owe at the time of my decease also my funural Expenses, and the charges in proveing this my Will.

I give and bequeath all my Rents Isshues and profits ariseing out of my five Messuage Houses in Dislebothem also the Tenament in Lyme where I now live.  The Houses Shop that my son James TURNER and Willm BENNET James HAYES and Josh BENNET now lives in also the Intrest that shall from time to time Occur or become due from all my monys and securetyes whatsoever either from Disley or Lyme But if my Brother John TURNER should then be liveing affter my decease he is to have his yearly Anuaty ten pounds to him yearly as left by my Father`s Will dureing his Natural life and three pounds three shillings from Disleybothem leaft by my Ant Anne TURNER Agreed on to be paid dureing his Natural Life by the Executor Thos BOWDEN and my Brother John TURNER at Altring the House and Building the Shop my son James now lives in.

And also I give and devise and Bequeath that all the life stock and Hay and Corn and Farmeing Utensills whatsoever which shall so happen to be at my decease shall be sold by Auction and the money put out to Intrest upon Usury for the Benefit of my der Children, And the Tenement in Lyme to be let dureing my Brother John TURNERs Natural life also the five dwelling cottage houses at Disley botham to be let during his my Broather John TURNERs Natural life and the rents arriveing from these shall be put to Intrest upon Usury, by my Executors for the benefit of my der children, and if it should so hapen that I and my broather John TURNER should die before my son Sam Holinshead TURNER be at the age of twenty five years, the rents and arears of rents shall be put out to Intrest as above mentioned and not to be altred until he be at age of twenty five years - When at that time they shall give a just Account of the profits with Intrest arising from the same, and at the term of all this before mentioned, And Immaidiatly affter this I devise and bequeathe that the said Houses with the Appurtanances the Dunghill and Gardain belonging thereto be Sold - I will and bequeath to my son Sam Hollinshead TURNER the sum of Thirty pounds to be paid first, I now will and bequeath unto my son William TURNER my son Thomas TURNER my son James TURNER my daughter Elizabeth FRITH my son John TURNER my daur Mary BENNET my dr Ellen Ann FLETCHER and my son Sam Hollinshead TURNER the property and proffits arising from this my personal Estate with the rents and Arears ariseing from before mentioned, to be eaquley devieded share and share alike amongst the said Wm Thos James Elizabeth John Mary Ellen Ann and Sam Hollinshead TURNER or to there Executers Administraters or Assigns And I do hereby Nominate and Apoint my son Willm and Son James TURNERS and Josh CLAYTON shoemaker in Disley bothem Executers of this my last Will and Testament In Wittness whereoff I the said Richard TURNER the testeator have hereunto sett my Hand and sale the twentyth day of Sept in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and twenty  one.

(signed) Richard Turner

Signed and published and delivered by the said Richard TURNER the testater as and for his last will and Testament and in the presants of whose names are under mentioned for Wittness

Witnesses signed James Turner George Pearson William Bennett

The fourth day of November 1823 William TURNER one of the Executors in this will named being one of the sect called Quakers made the solemn affirmation instead of the usual oath of an Executor in common form, and James TURNER another Executor in this will named was sworn in common form power being reserved to Joseph CLAYTON the other Executor therein also named to take upon him the execution of the said will, when he shall lawfully request the same, and they further affirmed & made oath that the personal estate and Effects of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester was under the value of £200 before me Lance? (Sam?) DIXON Surogate

The Testator died on the 28th day of April 1823

Probate Issued Dated 4th Nov 1823

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Samuel Hollinshead TURNER, yeoman formerly of Bramhall and late of Disley: 1861

This is the last will and Testament of me Samuel Hollinshead TURNER of Bramhall in the county of Chester Yeoman.  I bequeath all my personal estate chattels and effects whatsoever and wheresoever the same may be (after payment of my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses as follows namely one third part to my sister Mary BENNETT if she shall be living at my decease and to and equally amongst her children if she shall be then dead, one third part thereof to my sister Ellen Ann FLETCHER (wife of George FLETCHER) for her sole and separate use if she shall be living at my decease and to and equally amongst her children if she shall be then dead And the remaining one third part thereof to and equally amongst the children of my late brother James TURNER.  I appoint my nephews Matthew Shaw TURNER and James TURNER (sons of my said late brother James) to be executors of my will and authorize them to retain and to allow to each other all costs and expenses incurred by them respectively in or about the execution of this my will as well as reasonable compensation for their or his time and trouble in or about the same And I revoke all other wills by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand this fourth day of July one thousand eight hundred and sixty one

The mark X of Samuel Hollinshead TURNER as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses to attest the same the said will having been first read over to him whereby he had full knowledge of the contents thereof and the word “Hollinshead” having been first interlined between the first and second lines and in the first line of this attestation clause    Wm Smith Solr. Stockport - J R Smith Stockport

On the fifteenth day of October 1861 the Will of Samuel Hollinshead TURNER formerly of Bramhall and late of Disley in the county of Chester, yeoman deceased was proved by the oaths of Matthew Shaw TURNER and James TURNER the Nephews of the said deceased (sons of his late brother James) the Executors named in the said Will having been first sworn duly to administer

Effects under £200 No leaseholds Testator died 5th August 1861 Probate Extracted by Wm Smith, Solicitor of Stockport

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Sarah TURNER of Saltersford: 1829

This is the last Will and Testament of me Sarah TURNER of Salters Ford, within Rainow in the County of Chester Subject to the payment of my Just Debts Funeral Expences and the charges of proving this my Will I give devise and bequeath All and singular my Farming Stock and all and every my Household goods and Furniture which I may die possessed of unto my Daughter Lois TURNER her Executors Administrators and Assigns for her particular care and Attention to me and as a remuneration for the monies which she has from time to time expended for my use and benefit And subject as aforesaid I do hereby give devise and bequeath all and every my Debts securities for Money Sum and Sums of Money out at Interest or otherwise in manner following that is to say nine tenth parts or shares thereof unto my said Daughter Lois TURNER her Executors Administrators or Assigns and the remaining Tenth part or share thereof unto and equally amongst my Sons & daughters Joseph TURNER James TURNER Ann MORES wife of Joseph MORES Sarah LOWE wife of Richard LOWE and Mary WAINWRIGHT wife of Samuel WAINWRIGHT share and share alike And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Daughter Lois TURNER sole Executrix of this my Will And I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other Will or Wills or Codicils by me at any time heretofore made declaring this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my Seal this Twenty Eight day of December one Thousand eight hundred and Eighteen

Sarah TURNER her mark (plus seal)

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testatrix Sarah TURNER 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: James DIXON; John DEANE

The twenty third Day of May 1829 Lois TURNER the Executrix in this Will named was sworn in common Form, and she further made oath that the personal Estate and Effects of the Testatrix, within the Diocese of Chester, were under the Value of forty Pounds, before me Thomas PARKER Surrogate

The Testatrix died the second Day of March 1828

Personal Estate and Effects sworn under the Value of forty Pounds

Probate issued 23 May 1829 pending distribution

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William TURNER of Lyme Handley, Admin: 1757 mentions:

Frontispiece: TURNER Adon V&ldots; of Wm late of Lyme Handley that was granted to Henry RICHARDSON & Thos TORKINTON  pl (?) creditors First sworn etc. 7 (?) July 1757

Know all men by these Presents, That we Henry RICHARDSON and Thomas TORKINGTON of the parish of Stockport Husbandmen, Thomas HOBSON Inn holder of the parish of Stockport and James RICHARDSON of Worth in the parish of Presbury Husbandman all in the County of Chester  are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God Edmund  by Divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Chester, in the Sum of two hundred & 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 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 be these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals, and dated the seventeenth Day of June in the thirtieth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the 2nd, 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 Fifty Seven.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Henry RICHARDSON AND Thomas TORKINGTON Administrators  of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of William TURNER late of Lyme Handley in the parish of Presbury in the county of Chester deceas`d do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the good, chattels and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of them the said  Henry RICHARDSON and Thomas TORKINGTON or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for them 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 ninth day of June next ensuing.  And the same goods, chattels, and credits, and all 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 Henry RICHARDSON and Thomas TORKINGTON or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for them do well and truly Administer according to law; and further do make, or cause to be made, a true and just account of their said administration, at or before the twenty fourth day of June which shall be in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight And all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels, and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said administrators their account, the same being first examined and allowed by the judge or judges for the time being of the said court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, as the said judge or judges, by his or their Decree, or Sentence (pursuant to the true intent and meaning of an Act of Parliament, made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth years of the reign of his late Majesty King Charles the second Entitled An Act for better settling Intestates estates), shall limit and appoint.  And it shall hereafter appear that any last will and testament was made by the said deceased, and the executor or executors therein named do exhibit the same into the said court making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly, if the said Henry RICHARDSON  and Thomas TORKINGTON  above bounden, being thereunto required, do render and deliver the said letters of administration, (Approbation of such Testament being first had and made by the said court) Then this obligation to be void and of none effect, or else to remain in full force and virtue.

Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of  Jn Knowles Sur`te

(signed) Thos TORKINTON; Henry RICHARDSON Junr.; Tho HOBSON; James RICHARDSON

On a separate sheet

The seventeenth day of June in the year 1757 the h`in named Henry RICHARDSON and Thomas TORKINGTON took the usual oath of Administrators in common form before me Jn Chorley Knowles Surrogate

By Decree of Court Admn issd 8th July 1757 

Inventory (two copies in different hands with some spelling differences)

A true and perfect Inventory of the goods and Chattles of Wm TURNER late of Lyme Handley in the Parish of Presbury in the County of Chester Deceased, Taken and appraised by Thos LOWE & John BULLOCK the 15 of June 1757 as Followeth

Imprimis  In the House

£    s    d

To one Dresser

02  10  00

To one Ovel Table

00  10  00

To one Corner cupboard

00  12  00

To a Fire Iron, Tongs, Putter And Shovels To a Fender Ash great and gard

01  10  00

To a Squab and Cousion

00  10  00

To a Round Table and six chairs

00  07  00

To a Sort Box and Belless

00  02  06

To the Brass Candlesticks, one Brass mortter, and Pestill, and Iron Candle Sticks & Copper Coffey Potts, one Flow Box, One Pepper Box    

00  15  00

To a Wharming Pann, Bread Iron and Gridel

00  11  00

To Tinn Wear, 20 Pieces? Of Different sorts

00  03  00

To 3 Cast Smoothing Irons, one Box Smoothing Iron One stand, Cleiver, Spitt, Fork, a Three leg stand And a Iron Crow Reack       

00  10  06

To 2 maps and 11 Pickturs

00  05  00

To a Bible, and the whole Duty of man

00  10  00

To Window Road and Cortins

00  05  00

In the Parlor

.

To a Clock and Case

07  00  00

To a marble Table and a mahogne Table

02  02  00

To a Snap Table, and 2 Hand Boards

00  10  00

To 6 Chears and 2 large St&ldots;. Chear

01  00  00

To a Stand fire Iron, Tongue, Putter, Shovel And a brass fender

01  00  00

To Cortins and Corting Road for the window

00  05  00

To a Coubboard in the wall and Fornnitude

01  00  00

To a Cornner Cobboard and Fornitude

01  00  00

To 5 gross Pickturs one map and 6 Pickturs

00  10  00

Buttery

.

To a white wood Dresser

0 0  05  00

To 12 Putter Dishes and 12 Putter plates 

01  04  00

To Pott Plates and Potts

00  02  06

To a Dishboard, Charn and a Stoond

00  05  00

To Glass Bottles 6 Duz`n

00  10  00

Kitchen

.

To a Dishboard, Shelf and 12 Trenchers

00  05  00

To a Brass Pann, one Iron Pott, and a Kettle

01  05  00

To 4 Copper Sasepann, 2 Brass Sasepanns

00  12  00

To a Tub and 3 pigens, one Sive, one Round Stoole

00  04  00

To another Dishboard and maiden

00  01  00

To a Iron Great, Tounges, and a Chaveing Dish Frieing pann and Ax 

00  07  00

To a Tinn Oven and Potts

00  02  06

Chamber over Parlor

.

To a Yeollow Bead and Beading

07  00  00

To one Stanfire Iron tounges, Potter, Shovel; Brass Fender and Belless

01  00  00

To a Glooking (sic) glass and 7 Picktuers

01  01  00

To 6 Chears , and one Cloose Stool Chear

01  10  00

Chamber over the House

.

To a green Bead and Beading

07  00  00

To a Chest of Drawers and Seructory?

03  00  00

To a Glooking Glass and Nine Pickturs

00  08  00

To a Fire Iron and 3 Chears

00  10  00

To 8 pair of Sheets, and Table Linnen

02  02  00

Chamber over the Kitchen

.

To a bead and Beading

02  10  00

To a Cheast

00  10  00

To one Chear 2 Boxes, and 4 Pickturs

00  04  00

Chamber over Buttery

.

To one Bead and Beading

01  00  00

To 2 Little Barrels

00  04  00

In the Garnner

.

To One Ark

00  05  00

To Six Little Barrels and 2 Great ones

00  16  00

To One Tub and Burn Shovel, Ridels, 7 Pichforks, 2 Bills one peak and a Quarttern

00  05  00

To a Mattock and Wiskitt

00  01  06

To a Cheese Bress

00  04  00

To a Fork and Shovel

00  02  00

To 2 milk cows and one Coush?              

10  10  00

To one year old calf

01  10  00

To Purs and apperril              

30  00  00

To od Hustlements

00  01  06

.

100 05  00

 Witness our Hands Thomas LOWE; John BULLOCK

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Christopher WAINWRIGHT 1630

In the name of God Amen.  The two and twenty day of Januarie 1629.  I Christopher WAYNWRYG... als TURNER of Disley Standley in the Countie of Chester husbandman sick of bodie but of good & pfecte memorie (God be praysed) doe make and ordayne this my last will and testamt in manner and forme followinge, that is to say First I Comende my soul into the handes of God my maker hopinge assuredlie thorowe the onelie meritts of Jesus Christe my Saviour to be ptaker of life everlastinge.  And I Comend my bodie to the earthe whereof it is made.  Itm my will is that my funerall expences and debtes shalbe paide out of my whole goods.  Itm I give and bequeathe .... pte of all the tackes of grounde wch I have in possession, and the thirde pte of all my goods Cattalls and Chattalls unto Anne my wife and the other two ptes of all the tackes of grounde, and of all my saide goods Cattalls and Chattalls unto John, Willm, and Richard my sonnes, and Marie my daughter to be equallie devided amongste them, Itm my will is that Anne my saide wife and John my saide sonne shalbe the Executors of this my last will and Testamt hopinge in God they will execute that wch is reposed in them, and I most humblie intreate the ryght worshipfull Sr Peter LEYGHE my verie good Maister to be overseer of the same.  In Witnes whereof I the saide Christopher WAYNWRYGHTE als TURNER, to this my last will and Testamt have put my hande and seale the day and yeare first above written.

theise beinge witnesses

Edward CRESWELL; Reynold RICHARDSON of the banke his marke; & Willm HEGINBOTHOME

Memorandum that my will is that Anne my said wife shall have the thirde pte of the half of the great Harie Rydings feilde wth apprtencs, and the other two ptes wth apprtennces unto John, Willm, and Richarde my saide sonnes, and Marie my said daughterto be equallie devided amongst them and after the decease of Anne my saide wife, my will is that John, Willm, and Richarde my saide sons and Marie my said daughter shall have the issues and pffitts wch shall growe and arise of and from the said great Harie Rydings feilde to be equallie devided amongst them accordinge as the lawe will pmitt be it by surrender or by other Coarse of lawe

Memorandum that my will is that Anne my saide wife shall have the tuition and gardianship of Willm, Richarde & Marie untill Richard be eyghteene yeares of age excepte they can pvide better for themselves by their fre..... and advise.

This is the true & pfecte Inventorie of all the goods Cattall and Chattalls of Christopher WAYNWRYGHTE als TURNER of Disley Standley deceased prised and valued by Edwarde THORNELEY, Reynolde RICHARDSON thelder, Willm ANDREWE and Willm HIBBART[?] as followeth

.

  £   s   d

Imprimis in kyne, twinters, stirks & Calves

 40   0   0

Itm in sheepe

 20   0   0

Itm a mare

  4   0    0

Itm a swyne

  0  15   0

Itm in pullin

  0    1    0

Itm in corne & hay

 14   0    0

Itm in Arks, Coafers, tables, chayres, stools, boards, bedstocks & all treen ware

   3   0    0

Itm in brasse, pewter and leades

   3   0    0

Itm in beddinge and linnens

   6   0    0

Itm in wooll & wollen yorne

   2   3   4

Itm in Meale and malte

   1   0   0

Itm in butter, cheese, & Bacon

   0  10   0

Itm in swyne grasse

   0   1   0

Itm in husbandrye ware & Ironwares

   1   0   0

Itm in sackes, poakes, sives, ridles, wiskets and a windowe sheete

   0  10  0

Itm a tacke of grounde for 16[iv?] yeares at Willm ALLENS if the Executors soe longe owinge it worthe yearlie the some of

   2   6   8

Itm a tacke of grounde at Olliver JACKSONS for two yeares

   2   0   0

Itm in fewell and Mucke

   0   4   0

Itm in money

   5   5   9

Itm his bodilie apparell

   3   6   8

 Itm in wooll Combes & Cardes

   0   1   0

Itm in Meale, malte, & oates wch are lent to diuerse[?] psons

   1  10  0

Debtes owinge to Cristopher WAYNWRYGHTE als TURNER decease  

Imprimis George BARBER

 42   0   0

Itm George COTTRELL beside 2£ 2s wch is alreadie paide

 11  18  0

Itm Richarde STANDLEY

   1   6   0

Itm Edwarde HEGINBOTHOME

   0   8   0

Itm Edward WYGANNE

   0   5   6

Itm Olliver JACKSONNE

   1   0   0

Itm John SHERTE

   0   8   6

Itm Edmunde SWINDELLS

   0   1   5

Itm Mr LATAME

   0  13  8

Itm George JODRELL for strawe & for layinge downe money for souldiers for him

   0   3   0

Itm Thomas WARREN of Poynton

   0   2   8

Itm for dressinge of linnen yorne

   0   5   0

Itm Thomas WYLDE

   0   1   6

Itm John WAYNWRYGHT

   1  12  3

Itm Hugh HAYGH

   1   0   0

sum tot of

172 19 11

Debtes owinge by Christopher WAYNWRYGHTE als TURNER deceased as followeth

Imprimis to the Ryght worshipfull Sr Peter LEYGHE for foure kyne grasse

   2   8   0

Itm to the said Sr peter LEYGHE for the half of Midlwoode

   1 13   4

Itm to the said Ryght worshipfull Sr Peter LEYGHE for pte of Clithey & a tythe Lambe

   2   3   4

Itm to John PATNER

 21 12   0

Itm to Jane ADSHED

 13   3   0

Itm to Elizabeth WARINGTON of wayley

   5   8   0

Itm to Rbt CARINGTON of Bugsworth

   2   3   0

Itm to Alice ANDREWE

   2   0   0

Itm to Thomas COTTRELL

   3   0   0

Itm for a harriott

   4   0   0

Itm to Alexander TAYLOR

   2   0   0

Itm to George SYDBOTHOM

   1   0   0

Itm to Margrett ETCHELLS

   1  18  0

Itm to Mrs WARREN widowe

   1  12  3

Itm to Humphray WAYNWRYGHT als TURNER

   0  10  0

Itm to John WAYNWRYGHTE als TURNER

   0   6   8

Itm to the said Alexander TAYLOR for the aforesaid Hughe HAYGHE

   0  10  0

Itm to Edmunde JODRELL for a payre of boules

   0   2   6

sum tot of

 65   2   9

Remaininge to be devided am