Transcript of the will of John Middlehurst 1802

Windleshaw Chantry, Lancashire, England
Windleshaw Chantry, Lancashire, England

John Middlehurst (Abt. 1740 – 1803) is one of my 6 times great grandfathers, via his daughter, Elizabeth Middlehurst (Abt. 1770 – 1832)

Elizabeth was one of 8 children of John, the others being Thomas, William, Alice, Mary, Ann, John and Martha.  The family were Catholic.

John was a farmer who lived in the Windle area of what is now known as St. Helens, Lancashire, England.

He died on the 18th August 1803, and was buried at Windleshaw Chantry.

Unusually for wills of this time that i’ve seen so far, there are paragraphs, commas and full stops.

I John Middlehurst Senior of Windle in the County of Lancaster, Farmer, being of perfect Mind, and Memory, make this my last Will, and Testament.

I order, and direct, that all just Debts due from me, together with my Funeral Expenses, and the Probate of this, my last Will and Testament, shall be first discharged and paid out of whatever Estate and Effects I may happen to die possessed of.

The Rest, Residue, and Remainder of whatever Estate and Effects I may happen to die possessed of, I give and bequeath to my Wife Mary Middlehurst, to enjoy the same during the Term of her natural Life, provided she keep herself unmarried, but not otherwise.

And, at the Death of my said Wife, or if she marry again, then at the Time of such Marriage, I give and bequeath the Rest, Residue and Remainder of whatever Estate and Effects I may happen to die possessed of, to my Son Thomas Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid, Delf Man, my Grandaughter Mary Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid (who is the Daughter of my Son William Middlehurst of Manchester, in the said County, Blacksmith), my Daughter Mary Boardman, Wife of Thomas Boardman, of Windle aforesaid, Farmer, my DaughterElizabeth Molsdale, of Parr in the said County, Widow, my Daughter Anne Birchall, Wife of William Birchall, of Sutton in the said County, Farmer, my Son John Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid, Delf Man, my Daughter Alice Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid, and my Daughter Martha Middlehurst, of Windle aforesaid to be divided amongst them the said Thomas Middlehurst, Mary Middlehurst, Mary Boardman, Elizabeth Molsdale, Anne Birchall, John Middlehurst, Alice Middlehurst, and Martha Middlehurst, equally, Share and Share alike, but with this Distinction, whereas my said Son Thomas Middlehurst, my said Son William Middlehurst (Father of the within mentioned Mary Middlehurst) my said Daughter Elizabeth Molsdale, and my said Daughter Anne Birchall have severally had certain Sums of Money from me, I order and direct that the said Sums of Money shall be deemed as a Part of my Estate, and Effects, and whatevermy said Son Thomas Middlehurst, my said Daughter Elizabeth Molsdale, and my said Daughter Anne Birchall have had from me shall be stopped out of whatever their Shares may amount to, by such Division as aforesaid, and whatever my said Son William Middlehurst has had from me shall be stopped out of whatever the Share arising to my said Grandaughter Mary Middlehurst may amount to by such Division, as aforesaid.

If at my Decease, my said Son John Middlehurst wish to have my Watch, I order that he have it, provided he leave his own Watch in the Place thereof.

And I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint Hugh Ainscough, of Ormskirk, in the said County, Liquor Merchant, William Young, of Windle aforesaid, Farmer, and my said Wife Mary Middlehurst, to be the Executors, and Executrix of this my last Will, and Testament, into whose Hands I commit whatever Estate, and Effects I may happen to die possessed of, for the within mentioned Purposes, and no other, in any wise;  and I do hereby utterly revoke, disallow, and disannul all former Bequests, Wills, and Legacies by me heretofore in any wise 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 twenty first Day of June, in the Year of our Lord one Thousand, eight Hundred, and two.

[John Middlehurst signature] [Seal]

Signed by

[Joseph Rylands]

[Joseph Cook]

[William Glover]

 

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Transcript of the will of Betty Mousedale

Windleshaw Chantry
Windleshaw Chantry

Betty (or Elizabeth as she was born) is one of my 5 times great grandparents, the daughter of John Middlehurst and Mary Ollershaw, born in about 1770.  She was married to John Mousedale/Mosdel/Mousdell in 1789 at Prescot parish church, Lancashire, the family were Catholic.  Their son, James, baptised on the 24th June 1792 at St. Mary, Blackbrook is my line.

Betty died in the March of 1832, buried at Windleshaw Chantry in St. Helens, and the will was proved on the 2nd April 1832.

This is the last will and testament of I Betty Mousedale of Saint Helens in the county of Lancaster Widow, which I do make and publish as follows that is to say.    I order and direct all my just debts funeral expenses and probate charges to be in the first place paid by my executors hereinafter named out of my property – and subject thereto I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth one feather bed, one bolster, two pillows, four blankets, two quilts and all my linen (except three pairs of sheets)

I also give and bequeath unto my said daughter Elizabeth all my wearing apparel and one silver table spoon, six silver tea spoons and one pair of silver sugar tongs.  I also give and bequeath unto each of my three sons John James and Thomas one silver table spoonand one pair of sheets.  Also I give unto each of my my said sons and their respective wives and unto my said daughter and any husband she may have at my decease one suit of mourning for my funeral and all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate and effects whatsoever and of what nature or kind soever the same may be or consist of at the time of my decease.

I hereby give and bequeath the same unto my said four children in equal shares and proportions for their own absolute use and benefit nevertheless I direct that a valuation shall in the firsty place be made by my executrors of all the residue of my household goods and furniture not herein before specificallydisposed of and after such valuation shall have been so made that my said daughter Elizabeth shall and may have and take to her own use such part or parts thereof as she shall think fitat the price and prices mentioned in such valuation in which case I direct that the amount of the goods which shall be so taken by my said daughter at a valuation shall form part of the residue of my estate and effects and be applied accordingly providedalways and I do hereby order and declare that all the money which any of my said sons and daughter have already respectively had and received from me by way of advancement (the particulars of which will appear in writing in some book or writing in my dwellinghouse at my decease) shall be brought by them my said children  so having received the same as aforesaid into hotchpot before he she or they shall be entitled to  have or receive from my said trustees any part or share of my estate and effects or otherwiseand that the sum or same of money which he she or they shall have had and received shall be deemed and considered as part of the original share or shares of him her or them who have so received the same it being my intention that the shares of all my said children of and in all and singular my personal estate and effects shall be as equal to and near the value of each other as circumstances will admit of.

And I do hereby declare that my said executors or either of them their or either of their heirs executors or administrators shall nor be charged or chargeable with or answerable or accountable for anymore or other monies or effects that what shall actually come to their respective hands by virture hereofnoe shall they or either of them be charged or chargeable with or answerable or accountable for the receipts acts deeds payments neglects or defaults of the others of them nor with or for any loss or losses that shall or may happen of the said trust effects or any part thereof except the same shall happen through their wilful neglect or default and also that it shall and may be lawful to and for my said executors respectively and their respective heirs executors or administrators to deduct and retain out of the monies which shall come to their respective hands by virture of this my last will all such costs expenses and charges as they shall respectively pay bear expend or be put into in or about the execution of this my will or of the trusts herein contained or in anywise relating to or concerning the same and lastly hereby revoking all former wills by me heretofore made.

I publish and declare this to be my only true and last will and testament and thereof do nominate constitute and appoint Robert Dugdale of Windle in the said county gentleman and William Henry Lynass of Saint Helens aforesaid surgeon to be executors.  In witness whereof I the said testatrix have hereunto set my hand and seal the eighteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and twenty four.

Betty Mousedale X her Mark and Seal

Transcript of the will of Hugh Sephton

Father (5)
My great grandfather, Hugh Sephton’s 4th great grandson, William Bibby

Hugh Sephton is my 7 times great grandfather, via his daughter, Ruth.  Hugh died in February 1793, and is buried at All Saints, Rainford, Lancashire, England.

Ruth Sephton was baptised at Rainford in 1756, and married William Glover (a husbandman) in 1773.

William and Ruth’s son, Hugh, is my line.  His daughter, Ruth Glover, born in Dalton, near Wigan in 1804 gave birth to my 3 times great grandfather, William Owen Bibby, on the 11 March 1845.

William Owen Bibby and Helen/Ellen Mousdel’s son, Francis Bibby, was born in York Street, St. Helens in 1874 and he married Ellen Cundliffe at St. Peter, Parr, in 1895.

Their son, my great grandfather, William Bibby, was born on the 26 April 1901 in Tickle Street, Parr.

The transcript of Hugh Sephton’s will…….

I Hugh Sephton of Rainford in the County of Lancaster, yeoman, do this seventeenth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred & Ninety two, make & publish this my last will & testament in manner following:  First, at the request of my wife Ruth Sephton, I give unto my son Hugh Sephton, that Chest, feather bed, chaff bed, & that pair of linen sheets, all which were my said wife’s before our marriage, and my two armed popular chain.         Also, I give & bequeath unto my said wife Ruth Sephton the use of all the rest of my estate, money & effects, that is to say, One annuity, …. yearly rent, or sum of six pounds of lawful money of Great Britain, for & during the term of her natural life, to be issuing & payable out of my said estate, money & effects, & to be paid & payable by equal quarterly payments, on the first day of January, on the first day of April, on the first day of July, & on the first day of October, the first payment thereof to be on such of the said days as shall first & next happen after my decease, & from & immediately after the decease of my said wife Ruth Sephton I order & direct my said Estate, money & effects to be divided into five equal parts or shares, & give & bequeath the same in manner following:  First, I give & bequeath unto my said son Hugh Sephton one fifth part or share of my said Estate, money & effects, to be paid unto him my said son Hugh Sephton, or his assigns, immediately after the decease of my said wife Ruth Sephton.

 

Also, I give & bequeath unto my daughter Ruth Glover, one other fifth part or share of my said Estate money & effects, to be paid unto her my said daughter Ruth Glover, or her assigns, immediately after the decease of my said wife Ruth Sephton.

 

Also, I give & bequeath unto my daughter Johanna Leyland, one other fifth part or share of my said Estate, money & effects, to be paid unto her my said daughter Johanna Leyland, or her assigns immediately after the decease of my said wife Ruth Sephton.

 

Also, I give & bequeath unto my daughter Elisabeth Sutton, if she shall survive her husband Peter Sutton, one other fifth part or share of my said Estate money & effects, to be paid unto her my said daughter Elisabeth Sutton immediately upon the death of her said husband Peter Sutton, & if ny said daughter Elisabeth Sutton shall happen to die before her said husband Peter Sutton, then I give & bequeath the said one fifth part or share of my said Estate money & effects, immediately after her decease unto my said son Hugh Sephton & my said daughters Ruth Glover, Johanna Leyland & Christian Tyrer, or their assigns, to be divided equally among them;  & I authorize & impower, & direct my Executors hereinafter named, & their executors, from & after the decease of my said wife Ruth Sephton until the death of the said Peter Sutton, or of my said daughter Elisabeth Sutton, which shall first happen, to manage & improve the fortune of her the said Elizabeth Sutton, by one hereby given her, at their discretion.

 

Also, I give & bequeath unto my daughter Christian Tyrer, one other fifth part or share of my said Estate, money & effects, to be paid unto her my said daughter Christian Tyrer, at such time & in such manner & proportion as my executors hereinafter named, may, at their discretion, see necessary, & shall think fit, & her receipt shall be unto them a full & sufficient discharge & acquittance against all claims & demands of her husband William Tyrer, of all such sum of money, as she, either in part or full of the said legacy, shall receive;  and if my said daughter Christian Tyrer shall happen to die before she has received the whole or part of the said Legacy, by me hereby given her, then I give & bequeath the same, whither whole, or part, or whatsoever the same shall then happen to be, unto my grandson Hugh Tyrer, son of the said Christian Tyrer, to be paid unto him the said Hugh Tyrer, or his Assigns, immediately upon his said mother’s decease.  And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said son Hugh Sephton & my son in law Ralph Leyland Executors of this my last Will & testament;  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year first above written.

 

Signed, declared & published as & for his last will & testament, in the presence of us:

 

Catharine Shuttleworth                                              Hugh       [Seal]    Sephton

 

John Webster                                                                    his   X    mark

 

Matthew Robinson

 

The 24th Day of March 1794, Hugh Sephton and Ralph Leyland, the Executors within named, were sworn in common Form,

 

before me,

 

Above 100 & under 300                                                  R:  Carr, Surrogate

 

Prob:  issued

 

10th of April 1794