Transcript of the will of James Burrow 1787

James Burrow (Burrough used at some of the children’s baptisms) the son of William Burrow and Mary Garnet was baptised at St. Mary, Crosthwaite, Westmorland on the 13th September 1728.  Husband to Agnes Cartmell, and dad to Mary, Elizabeth, William, James (my line), Isaac, Mary, Joseph, Agnes and John is one of my 7th great grandfathers.

James was a yeoman of Tarnside in Crosthwaite.  He died in 1787 and was buried at St. Mary, Crosthwaite on the 14th December 1787.

His will was signed on the 13th October 1787, and was proved on the 17 May 1788.

In the name of God Amen, I James Burrow of Tarnside in Crosthwaite in the parish of Heversham and county of Westmorland, yeoman, being advanced in years but of sound perfect disposing mind and memory (Praised be Almighty God for the same) and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following;

First, I give grant and devise unto my eldest son James Burrow and to his heirs and assigns for ever, all that my freehold messuage and tenement situate lying and being in Underbarrow called and known by the name of Birks, with all its rights and appurtenances thereunto belonging. He paying out of the same unto my loving wife Agnes yearly and every year during the term of her natural life the sum of two pounds, the first payment to be and commence at the end of three calendar months next after my decease and so become payable yearly, the same to be in lieu of her dower or thirds out of my Freehold lands aforesaid.

Also I give grant and devise unto my son Joseph Burrow all that my freehold messuage and tenement lands grounds and premises situate lying and being in Strickland Kettle and called and known by the name of Cragg to hold to my said son Joseph Burrow his heirs and assigns for ever;

But subject and chargable with the payment of three pounds yearly and every year unto my said wife Agnes during her natural life, the first payment to be made at the end of six calendar months next after my decease and so become payable yearly, the same to be in full for her dower or thirds out of the said lands or tenement,

also I give grant and devise unto my son John Burrow and to his heirs and assigns all that my freehold and customary lands messuages and tenements situate standing lying and being within Crook and Crosthwaite with all their rights members and appurtenances unto my said son John Burrow his heirs and assigns for ever commonly called and known by the name of Bullman Strands, subject charged and chargeable with this yearly annuity or sum of four pounds to be paid to my loving wife Agnes yearly and every year during her natural life the first payment to be made at the end of nine calendar months next after my decease and so payable yearly, the same to be in full satisfaction for her claime or thirds out of my freehold and customary lands aforesaid,

also I give grant and devise unto my said son Joseph Burrow his heirs and assigns, all that my freehold messuage and tenement called and known by the name of Tarnside in Crosthwaite aforesaid whereon I now dwell with all its rights and appurtenances thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said messuage tenement lands grounds and premises unto my said son Joseph Burrow his heirs and assigns for ever subject charged and chargable nevertheless with one annuity legacie and sums of money hereafter by me given and bequeathed.

First I give unto my said wife Agnes the sum of six pounds to be paid her yearly and every year during her natural life, the first payment to be and commence at the end of twelve months next after my decease and so payable yearly, in full satisfaction and in lieu of her dower she may claim thereout or otherwise howsoever;

Also I give unto my daughter Agnes Burrow the sum of three hundred pounds to be paid out of my said estate at Tarnside at the end of twelve months next after my decease;

Also it is my will and mind, and I order and direct that my son James Burrow shall pay forth and out of my messuage and tenement called Birks in Underbarrow aforesaid, unto my grand daughter Agnes Burrow daughter of my son Isaac Burrow the sum of forty pounds, one moiety or half part thereof, I order shall be paid to my said grand daughter when she attainsher full age of twenty one years, and the other moiety or remaining part at the end of twelve months next after my wife Agnes decease, but in case my said grand daughter Agnes Burrow should happen to die before her legacy falls due and leaves no lawful issue such legacy shall cease and not be payable,

also I give to my son John Burrow all my heath gone sheep at Bullman Strands, also I give unto my loving wife Agnes my best feather bed with sutable bedding thereto, and lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my three sons James Joseph and John Burrow joint executors of this my last will and testament to whom I give all my bills, bonds, ready money or securities for money, and all other my goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever (not otherwise disposed of) or in whose hands soever.

They paying out of the same all my just debts funeral expenses and all other contingent charges about this my will, and I do set void and revoke all other wills be made.

In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator James Burrow as and for his last will and testament in the sight and presence of us:
Jno. Cartmell
Tobias Strickland
Isaac Cartmel

Kendal Visitation 17th May 1788:
This will was proved in common form by Joseph Burrow one of the executors. Power being reserved for James Burrow and John Burrow the other executors. (effects under one hundred pounds) before me Thomas Symonds (signed)

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