Ellen Hesketh, wife of Edmund Coxhead is one of my 7 times great grandmothers, and was baptised to George and Jane (nee Birchall) Hesketh of Scarisbrick, on the 28th September 1712 at St. Peter and St. Paul, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Mother to Alice, Ann, James, John, George, Thomas and William, she died in 1788, and was buried on the 3rd August 1788 at St. Peter and St. Paul, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

Ellen’s will was written on the 28th June 1788, and probate was granted on the 29th January 1789 to James and Thomas Coxhead.

In the Name of God, Amen I Ellen Coxhead of Ormskirk in the County of Lancaster Widow do make my Will as follows____

I give to my Daughter Anne the Sum of Forty Pounds with so many of my Household Goods and, Furniture and suck parts of my Linen as she shall chuse to accept of which said Pourniary (?) Legacy I order to be paid in Six Months next after my Decease____

I give to the Children of my late Son George The Sum of Five Pounds a Piece And all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate and Effects (Subject to the Payment of any Debts Funeral Expenses and the said Raipothire (?) Legacy ) I give and bequeath to my Sons and Daughters James, John, Thomas, William, Anne and Alice, equally amongst them share and share alike

And Lastly I revoke all former Wills and nominate and appoint my said Sons James and Thomas Executors hereof

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the twenty eighth Day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight

The mark of


Ellen Coxhead

John Smith



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