Transcript of the will of Nicholas Wright 1845

Nicholas Wright, born in about 1765, was one of my five times great grandfathers, via my paternal grandad’s mother, Ann Wright, Wife of Frederick Pointon.  Although there is no substantial evidence that his parents were John Wright and Ann Barton, I believe it to be the case, both through discounting others, naming traditions and due to the fact that I have managed to confirm a DNA link back to John Wright and Ann Barton, via one of Nicholas’s supposed siblings.

Nicholas was a farmer who lived in North Meols, Lancashire, who married twice.  The first time to Anne Boond, the second to Alice Howard.  My ancestor is, I believe, Nicholas and Anne’s only child, John Wright born in about 1790/1.  Anne Boond died shortly after  giving birth to John,  and Nicholas went on to have another 7 children with his second wife, Alice;  Jenny, James, Ann, Peggy, Elizabeth, Alice and Mary.

All 8 children are named in Nicholas’s will, who died on the 11th January 1849, of Little London, and who was buried at St Cuthbert’s, North Meols on the 15th January.  Probate was granted on the 1st February 1849.

This is the last Will and Testament of me Nicholas Wright of Little London within North Meols in the county of Lancaster Farmer made this second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five (being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding)

First I order and direct the payment of my just debts funeral and Testamentary expences from and out of my personal Estate and Effects Then I give and devise my Messuage or cottage situate in Seabank road in South Port within North Mels aforesaid with the appurtenances thereto belonging which I hold by Lease under Peter Hesketh Fleetwood Esquire, unto my Sons and Daughters hereinafter particularly mentioned viz. John, James, Jane, the children of my daughter Ann late wife of James Rimmer Farmer, Margaret wife of Peter Rimmer, and Alice wife of James Ball their respective heirs executors administrators and assigns Share and Share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.

And the issue of such of them as shall be then dead each set of children to take the share which their parent would have taken if then living

I do order and direct that my hereinafternamed executors shall as soon as convenient after my decease make sale of the whole of my Household Furniture Farming Stock Goods Cattle Chattels by Public Auction for the best price and most money that can be got for the same and with the money to arise from such sale my executors shall pay divide and apportion the same unto and amongst my Sons and Daughters hereinaftermentioned into eight equal shares and proportions (that is to say)

– One eighth share thereof unto my Son John his heirs and assigns – One eighth share thereof unto my Son James – One eighth share thereof unto my Daughter Jane – One eighth share thereof unto the children of my Daughter Ann late wife of James Rimmer Farmer aforesaid – One eighth share thereof unto my Daughter Margaret – One eighth share thereof unto my Daughter Alice – One eighth share thereof unto the children of my Daughter Betty late wife of Peter Rimmer of Little London – One eighth share thereof unto the child of my Daughter Mary late wife of Thomas Ball Blacksmith South Port

-It is my will and mind and I order and direct that in case any of my said Daughters shall be dead at the time of the division and apportionment as aforesaid Then the share of such Daughter so dying before that time to be paid and payable unto her children share and share alike

-I do hereby nominate and appoint my said Son James and my said Son in law – Peter Rimmer of Birkdale Executors of this my Will and I do hereby declare that they their Executors and administrators shall be chargeable only for such monies as they shall respectively actually receive by virtue of this my Will that they shall not be answerable for each other’s acts –

And I do declare that the receipts of my said executors shall be good and sufficient discharges and I direct them to retain out of my Effects all costs they may be put unto in the execution of this my Will:-  And revoking all other wills or testamentory dispositions made by me at any time or times heretofore:-  I do declare this present writing contains in one sheet of paper to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written

[Nicholas Wright signature] [seal]

Robert Ball

John Ball

James Coxhead

 

 

Transcript of the will of Thomas French 1794

Thomas French (Abt. 1731 – 1798) is one of my 6th great grandfathers.

He was married to Mary “Finey”(Finney) the daughter, I believe of William Finney and Alice Bulkly, at All Saints, Runcorn, Cheshire, England on the 5th February 1747.

Thomas and Mary had at least 6 children born in Cheshire – Margaret, Joshua/Joseph (my line), Isaac, Mary, Shadrack and Sarah.

Thomas died in March 1798 and was buried at Aston by Sutton, Cheshire, England on the 26th March 1798.

This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas French of Sutton in the Parish of Runcorn and County of Chester Labourer made the fourth Day of January in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and ninety four

First I desire and direct that all my just debts funeral Expenses and for the Probate of this my will be paid and discharged out of my Personal Estate by my Executrix herein after named Also I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Wife of Robert Shingler of Aston in the said County of Chester Carpenter my son Joshua my son Shadrach and my daughter Mary wife of George Dunbabin of Halton in the said County each the sum of one Shilling to be Paid to them respectively Immediately after my decease (and)

as to all the rest residue and remainder of my Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever the same shall happen to be at the time of my Death I give and Bequeath the same unto my dear wife Mary French Her Executors administrators & assigns for ever and lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife Executrix Timothy Lamb Weaverham in the said County of Chester Husbandman Executor of this my will hoping and not Doubting that they will see the same carefully Performed and declare this to be my last will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and year above written.

[Thos. French signature] [Seal]

[Jno. Redish signature]

[Thos. Smith signature]

[John Earl signature]

 

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]

 

Transcript of the will of William Glover 1818

William Glover (abt. 1746 – 1819) is one of my 6 times great grandfathers, via my great grandfather, William Bibby.

William Glover was a husbandman of Rainford, Lancashire, England, at the time of his marriage to Ruth Sephton, daughter of Hugh Sephton (1710 – 1793) at Rainford on the 2nd October 1773.

William and Ruth had 9 children – Hugh (my line), Thomas, Elizabeth, John, William, Ann, Ruth, Joseph and James.

He was buried at St Thomas the Martyr, Upholland, Lancashire, England on the 22nd August 1819.

This is the last Will and Testament of me William Glover of Balcony House within Upholland in the Parish of Wigan and County of Lancaster made and published the sixth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight Hundred and eighteen in manner following that is to say

I order and direct all my just debtes funeral Expenses and the charges of the probate of this my will to be paid by my Executrix and Executors hereinafter named out of my Personal Estate as hereinafter mentioned.

I give and devise unto my Sons Joseph Glover and John Glover and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors and administrators of such Survivor All that my Messuage or Dwelling house and Tenement Outbuildings and the several Closes Closures or Parcels of Land or Ground thereunto belonging situate lying and being in Pimbo Lane within Upholland aforesaid and called or known by the name of Ambroses Estate part whereof is in the possession or occupation of my Son Thomas Glover as Tenant thereof and the remainder in my own occupation upon Trust to permit and suffer my Dear Wife Ruth to receive and take the yearly Rents Issues and Profits thereof and of every part thereof to and for her own use and benefit for and during the Term of her natural life or until her intermarriage And from and after the decease or intermarriage of my said wife Ruth which shall first happen.

I give and devise all that the said Messuage or Dwellinghouse and Tenement Outbuildings and Closes Closures or Parcels of Land or Ground Hereditaments and Premises unto my said Sons Joseph Glover John Glover my Daughter Ruth Fairclough and my Son James Glover To hold to them their respective Heirs and assigns for ever as Tenants in Common and not as joint Tenants Subject nevertheless and I do hereby charge and make chargeable the same Estate called Ambroses with the payment of the Yearly Rent Charge or Sum of Five Pounds to my Son Hugh Glover and his assigns for and during the Term of his natural life the first payment thereof to become due and payable to my said Son Hugh Glover at the Expiration of Twelve Months after my said wife’s death or intermarriage

And in default of payment of the said Rent Charge or Sum of five Pounds to my said Son Hugh Glover I do hereby order and direct that he shall have liberty to enter upon the said Premises and distrain for the same as if it were Rent due upon Lease.

I give and devise all those my Cottages or Dwellinghouses with the appurtenances situate lying and being in Upholland aforesaid and called or known by the name of the Tontine Houses unto my Son William Glover his Heirs and assigns for ever.

I order and direct my Executors hereinafter named to permit and suffer my said wife Ruth to take such part of my Household Goods Beds Bedding and Furniture Plate Linen and China as she shall think necessary which I hereby direct shall be enjoyed by my said wife until the time of her decease or her intermarriage which shall first happen they my said Executors taking an Inventory of the same and as to the residue and remainder of my Household Goods and Furniture Implements of Household Beds Bedding Plate Linen China live and dead stock I order and direct my Executrix and Executors hereinafter named to sell and dispose of the same within Twelve Months after my decease

And I further order and direct my Executrix and Executors hereinafter named to collect get in and receive all my ready Money Money out at Interest as well Mortgage as otherwise and all other my Outstanding Debts of what nature or kind soever and by and with the Money arising therefrom and from the Sale of my Household Goods and Furniture and other things as aforesaid in the first place to pay all my just debts funeral Expenses and the charges of the Probate of this my Will and the Surplus thereof pay and divide the same unto and equally among my said Sons James Joseph and John and my Daughter Ruth Fairclough equally share and share alike

nevertheless it is my will and mind that in case my said Three Sons and Daughter can agree to occupy the Farm which I now carry on they may do so and let my Stock and other Things remain thereon for their joint benefit and from and after the decease or intermarriage of my said wife I order and direct my Executors hereinafter named to sell and dispose of all the Household Goods Beds Bedding Plate Linen and China so to be enjoyed by her my said wife as aforesaid and the Money arising therefrom to pay and divide the same unto and among my said three Sons James Joseph and John and my said Daughter Ruth equally share and share alike

Nevertheless I do herebyy declare that I have already advanced to my said Son James One Hundred and thirty Pounds and to my Daughter Ruth Fairclough One Hundred Pounds which I do hereby direct shall stand as debts owing by them and the said Sums of One Hundred and thirty Pounds and One Hundred Pounds shall go in advancement of my Personal Estate.

I give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my Personal Estate and Effects not hereinbefore disposed of unto my said four children James John Joseph and Ruth equally share and share alike And it is my will and mind thatin case any of my said Children shall have departed this life before they shall received their shares of the same leaving lawful Issue such Issue shall be entitled unto and shall receive his or her deceased Father or Mothers share

And I do herebydeeclare that the Receipt or Receipts of my Executrix and Executors hereinafter named shall be good and sufficient discharges for all payments to be made to them by virue of this my Will and I do hereby declare that the reason that I have not made any Devise or Bequest to my Son Thomas Glover and my Daughter Elizabeth Tasker is because I have already advanced to them their shares in full of my Property

And lastly hereby Revoking all former and other Will or Wills by me at any time heretofore made I publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament and do nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife Ruth and my said Sons Joseph Glover and John Glover Exectrix and Executors thereof

Nevertheless it is my will and mind and I do hereby expressly declare that they my said Executrix and Executors or any of them or any of their Heirs Executors or Administrators shall not be charged or chargeable with or answerable or accountable for more money than they shall severally actually receive or which shall come to her his or their respective hands by virtue of this my will nor with or for any loss which shall happen so as the same shall happen without her his or their wilful neglect or default nor the one of them for the other or others of them but only each of them for her his and their own Acts Deeds Receipts neglects default and disbursments only

And I further declare that they my said Executrix and Executors shall be allowed to retain and reimburse themselves and himself all reasonable Costs Charges and Expenses for their trouble in and about the Execution of this my Will

In Witness whereof I the said William Glover the Testator have to the three first sheets of this my last will contained in four sheets of paper set my hand and to this being the fourth and last sheet thereof my hand and seal the day and year first above wriiten

[William Glover Signature] [Seal]

[Thomas Hall signature] Clerk to Mr Bretherton Wigan

[John Kenyon signature] of Upholland

[Lewis Foster signature] of Upholland

 

Transcript of the will of James Burrow 1729

stmarycrosthwaite2
St. Mary, Crosthwaite, Westmorland

James Burrow, one of my 9th great grandfathers, was born in about 1657, and was a yeoman.  At the time of his marriage to Jennet Swenson, daughter of Edward on the 4th October 1682 at St. Mary, Crosthwaite, Westmorland, James was of Underbarrow and Jennet was of Winster, both close by to Crosthwaite.

The couple had 6 children that I know of;  William, Septimus, Elizabeth, Janett, James and Miles.

At the time of his death in 1730, James was living at Crosthwaite Green.  He was buried at St. Mary, Crosthwaite on the 8th March 1730.

James’s will is dated the 14th December 1729, and probate was granted in 1730.

In the name of God amen, I James Burrow of Crosthwaite in the parish of Heversham and county of Westmorland yeoman being at this time aged and infirm of body;  yet of sound and perfect mind and memory, doe make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

First and principally I commit my soul into the merciful hand of almight God my maker and creator and my body to the grave to be interred according to the discretion of my loving wife and executor hereinafter named and my temporal estate I dispose of as followeth.

Imprurius I give and devise all that my freehold messuage and tenement situate lying and being at Tarnside in Crosthwaite of the annual free rent of eleven shillings and ten pence with all the rights and appertenances thereunto belonging unto my son William Burrow and his heirs and assigns forever upon the conditions hereinafter mentioned.

Upon condition that he my said son his heirs and assigns shall and doe well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto Jennet my loving wife the sum of five pounds yearly during her natural life at four even and equal payments in every year during the said term on the second day of February on the first day of May on the first day of August and on the eleventh day of November yearly for and in full satisfaction and lieu of her dower forth and out of the same if my said wife please so to accept thereof and the first of the quarterly payments to commence on the first of those days which shall happen next after my decease

but if my said wife refuse to accept thereof in full satisfaction of her dower then the above said annuity to her bequeathed to be null and voyd and also upon condition that he my said son William Burrow his heirs and assigns shall and doe pay forth and out of the said estate the sum of two hundred and forty one pounds fifteen shillings of good and lawful money of Great Britaine in manner following:

the sum of one pound fifteen shillings part thereof unto my son Myles Burrow his executors and administrators at the end of one whole year after my decease and the sum of one hundred and sixty pounds also part thereof unto my son James Burrow at the end of one whole year next after my decease and the sum of eighty pounds and residue thereof at the end of one year next after my decease of my said wife unto my daughter Elizabeth Burrow

and it is further my will and mind that if either of these my two last named children and legators shall happen to dye before his or her legacy fall due and without lawful heir then living past them then five pounds of the legacy of him or her so dying shall be paid to my son Myles Burrow his executors and administrators and one half of the residue thereof unto the survivor of them and the other half of the said residue will shall be and remain to my said son William Burrow and his heirs but if the deceased leave issue that then the legacy of him or her so dying shall be paid to his or her heir equally amongst them at the same time it would have fallen due to him or her so dying.

I give and devise all that my parcel of peat moss which I purchased of Robert Noble of Mosside belonging to Whitebeck and also all that my parcel of peat moss late in the possession of John Atkinson and adjoining to a parcel of moss belonging to William Gibson together with three yards in length of the west end of my peat coat adjoining to the highway heading from Whitebeck to Cockmoss with all the rights and appertenances belonging to them or any of them unto my son James Burrow and to his heirs and assigns forever.

And the residue of my peat coat aforesaid I give and devise unto my said son William Burrow his heirs and assigns forever.  I give and bequeath all the loose wood lying and being in my peat barn at Tarnside aforesaid unto my son James Burrow.  I give and bequeath all my household goods and husbandry gear situate lying and being at Crosthwaite Green where I now dwell unto Jennet my loving wife sole executor of this my last will and testament.

I constitute and appoint my son William Burrow abovenamed unto whom I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my goods cattell and chattels rights credits and personal estate whatsoever unbequeathed he paying all my just debts legacies given out of my personal estate anf funeral expences and supravisors of this my last will and testament I nominate and appoint my brother William Burrow and my brother in law Joseph Garnett and my friend William Williamson —ring them as I espose trust in them to see this my last will and testement truly performed and I give to each of them the sum of five shillings a token of my love to them.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and twenty nine.

Signed sealed published and declared by James Burrow the testator to be his lst will and testament (these words [and sixty] in one place and those words [and my friend William Williamson] in another place being first Interlined and one erased out of a line and one half being also made be sifore execution or sealing thereof) in the sight and presence of us whose names are hereunto subscribed who also attended the same in the presence of the testator as follows

James Burrow [Seal]

G Pennington

Agnes Pennington

Edward Scales

 

Transcript of the will of James Burrow 1828

Tarnsidefarmcrosthwaite
Tarnside, Crosthwaite, Westmorland, England

James Burrow the son of James Burrow and Agnes Cartmell was born at Tarnside, and baptised at St. Mary, Crosthwaite, Westmorland on the 15th August 1757, he is one of my 6 times great grandparents.

He married Elizabeth Atkinson, the daughter of George Atkinson and Agnes Jackson at Crosthwaite on the 2nd December 1782, and was a yeoman, who lived at Tarnside, and Nook, Crosthwaite.  The couple had 4 children;  Agnes (my line), Isabel, James and Betty.

James died at Nook, Crosthwaite in 1828 and was buried at St. Mary, Crosthwaite on the 10th October 1828.  His will is dated 9th March 1828, and it was proved on the 18th April 1829.

This is the last will and testament of me James Burrow of Nook in Crosthwaite in the parish of Heversham and county of Westmorland yeoman.  In the first place I order and direct all my just debts funeral and testimentary expenses to be paid and discharged by my son James Burrow out of his share of my personal estate immediately after my decease.  I give and devise unto my son James Burrow all that messuage and tenement and real estate at Dodge How in Crosthwaite aforesaide with all the lands grounds hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging and also all that allotment of common set out for the same unto and to the use of my said son James Burrow his heirs and assigns for ever subject nevertheless to the payment of the sum of two hundred pounds which I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth the wife of Robert Willison to be paid to her at the end of twelve calendar months next after my decease.

 

I also give and devise unto and to the use of my son James Burrow his heirs and assigns for ever all that my moiety or undivided half part or share of and in a certain tenement or estate called and known by the name of Bulman Strands situate within the townships of Crook and Crosthwaite Lyth in the townships of Kirkby Kendal and Heversham in the county of Westmorland with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging subject never the less to the payment of forty pounds a piece without interest to each of my three grandchildren, namely Betty and Sarah Docker and James Docker son and daughters of my late daughter Isabella Docker deceased and to be paid to them as they severally attain the age of twenty one years.

 

I give and devise unto and to the use of my daughter Agnes Holme the wife of John Holme to hold the same for and during the term of her natural life, all that messuage tenement or estate called Nook situate in Crosthwaite aforesaid with all the rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging and from and after the decease of my said daughter Agnes Holme, I give and devise unto my sole executor hereinafter named and to his heirs and assigns all that messuage and tenement or estate called Nook situate in Crosthwaite aforesaid.  To have and to hold the said messuage and tenement with the lands and hereditaments whatsoever unto the said executor his heirs and assigns for ever, upon trust only and to and for such uses ends intents and purposes as shall be by me hereinafter mentioned.

 

In trust in the first placethat he my said executor his heirs or assigns shall do as soon as conveniently may be after my daughter Agnes Holme decease sell in open sale all that my messuage and tenement lands and hereditaments whatsoever and convey the same to the purchaser or purchasers thereof he my said executor paying and discharging all expenses attending such sale out of the purchase money and whatsoever sum or sums of money shall be remaining from such sale of my said messuage and tenement lands and hereditaments then my will and mind is and thereby give and bequeath the same and every part thereof to be equally divided amongst the sons and daughters of my said daughter Agnes Holme share and part alike as they severally attain the age of twenty one years in case any child or children happens to die before they attain the full age of twenty one years then my will and mind is that the said legacy or legacies shall go to my son James Burrow his heirs and assigns for ever.  But in case my daughter Agnes Holme should die before any of her children attain the age of twenty one years then their legacies to remain in the hands of my said executor without interest until they attain the full age of twenty one.

 

I also give and bequeath unto my said daughter Agnes Holme one full hung feather bed with its appurtenances and lastly I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever that I may die possessed of unto my son James Burrow and I hereby appoint my son James Burrow my sole executor of this my last will and testament.  I hereby revoke all former and other wills by me heretofore made, in witness whereof I the said testator James Burrow have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this ninth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.

James Burrow (signed) [Seal]

Joshua Dixon

John Dixon

John Bell

 

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)

Transcript of the will of Agnes Burrow

Agnes Burrow, nee Cartmell is a 7th great grandmother.   Agnes Cartmell married James Burrow, son of William Burrow and Mary Garnett on the 12th June 1750 at Crosthwaite, Westmorland.

The daughter of Isaac Cartmell, and Agnes Barrow was baptised at Crosthwaite on the 7th February 1731/32, and was one of 7 children that i’m aware of, the others being Mary (died as a child), John, James, Isaac, Mary and Ann.

James and Agnes Burrow had 9 children, Mary, Elizabeth, William, James (my line), Isaac, Mary, Joseph, Agnes and John.

Agnes, of Tarnside in Crosthwaite died on the 16th July 1810 and was buried at St. Mary, Crosthwaite.  Her will is dated the 26th September 1806, and the will was proved on the 16th January 1811.

In the name of God amen – I agnes Burrow of Tarnside in Crosthwaite in the parish of Heversham in Westmorland, widow being of sound mind memory and understanding, praised be to God for the same, but considering the uncertainty of life do make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say

– First it is my will and mind that my body be decently buried in the chapel of crosthwaite near my late husband, in much the same manner that he was and that my funeral expenses and just debts be paid by my executrix hereinafter named, and as to the property wherewith it has pleased God to bless me I dispose of as follows –

First I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Agnes Vasey now or late of Bustletown in America the sum of twenty pounds, also I give and bequeath unto my son James Burrow of Crosthwaite Green the sum of five pounds,

both which legacys it is my will and mind shall be paid at the end of twelve months after my decease by my executrix hereinafter named, all the rest residue and remainder of my money, securities for money, household furniture, wearing apparel and personal property, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Agnes the wife of William Field of Church in the parish of Cartmel in Lancashire,

on condition that she give unto my grand daughter Agnes Vasey/Nasey all my household goods and wearing apparel, provided she arrive in England within seven years from the time of my death as I apprehend should that happen she will have great occasion for them, and I nominate and appoint my said daughter Agnes Field executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of September one thousand eight hundred and six.

Signed sealed published and declared by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, who in her presence, at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses:

 

James Cartmell

Nancy Cartmell

Dorothy Green

 

On the sixteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven this will was proved in common form and Agnes Field the now wife of William Field of Church Town in the parish of Cartmel in the county of Lancaster, shopkeeper, sole executrix therein named was sworn well and faithfully to execute and perform the same and so forth and that to the best of her knowledge, and belief the whole of the personal estate and effects of which the testatrix within named died possessed on the sixteenth day of July last, within the archdeaconry of Richmond in the diocese of Chester, did not in real value amount to the sum of two hundred and forty pounds.

 

Before me

John Bramwell.

Transcript of the will of Ellen Coxhead

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

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Ellen Coxhead

John Smith

 

Transcript of the will of Edmund Coxhead

The mark of Edmund Coxhead 1781Edmund Coxhead (Surname variants appearing in documents at various times through this family including Cockshead, Cockshutt, Cockshoot, Cockshott, Cockshot, Cockshut, Coxed, Coxsed and Cockside) is one of my seventh great grandfathers, via his son, John and his wife, Alice Harrington.

Edmund was born in about 1709, and is listed on the 1767 papist returns/resusants rolls for Scarisbrick as a husbandman aged 58.

To date no baptism has been found for Edmund, but through naming traditions and others living in the area, we can say with a certain amount of certainty that his parents were most likely James Cockshead and Margaret Morecroft, who married at St. Peter and St. Paul, Ormskirk on the 20th December 1703.    We know that he married Ellen Hesketh at Walton on the Hill, Lancashire on the 14th November 1730.  At the time of their marriage both were of the parish of Ormskirk.

Edmund died in the December of 1781 aged about 72, and was buried at St. Peter and St. Paul, Ormskirk, Lancashire on the 26th December 1781.

His will was made on the 14th April 1781, and probate was granted to Ellen, George and Thomas Coxhead in 1782.

In the name of God Amen I Edmund Coxhead of Scarisbrick in the county of Lancaster yeomanbeing of sound mind memory and understanding (Blessed be Almighty God for the same) do for the settling my temporal concerns make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  (that is to say)

First I order and direct that all my just debts funeral expenses and the charge of the probate hereof shall be paid and discharged out of my personal estate and after payment thereof respectively I give and bequeath to my loving wife Ellen Coxhead the legacy or sum of two hundred and fifty pounds of lawfull British money and to be paid to her her executors and administrators out of my personal estate within six calendar months next after my death.

I also give to my said wife such and so many of my household goods and furniture as she shall chuse to accept of to and for her own distinct use and benefit for ever and I order and direct that such household goods and furniture as my said wife shall take for her self shall not be subject or liable to the payment of my debts funeral or other expenses or the legacies afore and after mentioned or any of them or any part thereof.    I give and bequeath unto my sons George Coxhead John Coxhead Thomas Coxhead and William Coxhead the legacy or sum of forty pounds a piece to be paid to them their executors and administrators out of my personal estate within twelve calendar months next after my decease.  I give to my daughter Anne Coxhead the sum of thirty pounds to be paid to her her executors and administrators out of my said personal estate in two calendar months next after my decease.

I give to my grandson James Linekar the sum of five pounds to be paid to him when he shall attain the age of twenty one years.  I give and bequeath to my executors herein after named the sum of thirty pounds upon trust and confidence that they and the survivors and survivor of them and the ex ors and admors of such survivor do and shall pay to my daughter Alice Linekar wife of James Linekar of Scarisbrick aforesaid labourer the sum of forty shillings a year only (without interest) untill the whole of the said sum of thirty pounds last mentioned shall be run up and fully disbursed and paid the first payment thereof to commence and be made at the end of twelve months next after my decease and after the death of my said daughter Alice and the said James Linekar her present husband shall happen to survive her and the whole of the said sum of thirty pounds shall not be then run up and paid.

Then upon trust and confidence that my said executors and the survivors and survivor of them and the exors and admors of such survivor do and shall pay to my said son in law James Linekar the like sum of forty shillings a year out of the residue of the said sum of thirty pounds which shall be undisbursed and unpaid at the death of my said daughter Alice –

And after the decease of the said James Linekar my son in law and the whole of the same sum of thirty pounds shall not be then run up and discharged then upon trust to pay out of the residue of the said sum of thrity pounds the like sum of forty shillings a year unto and amongst the child and children of the said James Linekar begotten or to be begotten upon the body of my said daughter Alice equally share and share alike until such residue shall be fully disbursed and paid and to and for no other use intent or purpose whatsoever.

I also give and bequeath unto my said wife Ellen and my said sons George Coxhead and Thomas Coxhead all that my leasehold messuage and tenement with the apputenances and the several closes and parcels of land theretobelonging situate and being in Scarisbrick aforesaid which I some years since purchased from the said James Linekar my son in law to hold to them their heirs exors admors and assigns from the june of my decease for and during all my farm estate and interest therein or thereunto upon special trust and confidence that they my said trustees and the survivors and survivor of them and the exors and admors of such survivor do and shall as soon as conveniently may be after my decease sell and absolutely dispose of the said messuage tenement lands hereditaments and premises and every part thereof for the most money and best price that can be reasonably had or gotten for the same and the money arising by sale thereof do and shall divide distribute and pay unto and amongst my son James Coxhead and my said sons and daughter George John Thomas William and Anne and their respective exors and admors equally share and share alike and not otherwise.

And I order and direct that my said trustees and the survivors and survivor of them his or her exors and admors shall and may retain and satisfy out of my estate and effects all reasonable and necessary costs and expenses which he she or they shall pay sustain or expend in the execution of the trust hereby created or anything relative thereto.

I also give to my said sons and daughter George John Thomas William and Anne the sum of four pounds ten shillings a piece to be paid to them within twelve months next after my death out of the part or share of my estate and effects herein before and herein after by me given to or intended for my said son James Coxhead and I do direct my executors to retain deduct and pay the same out of such share as my said son James shall take and be entitled to under this my will any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

And all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate and effects of what nature or sort soever I give and bequeath to my said sons James George John and William and my said daughter Anne and their respective exors and admors share and share alike.

And lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills by me made and do nominate and appoint my said wife Ellen and my said sons George Coxhead and Thomas Coxhead executors and executrix of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I the said Edmund Coxhead the said testator have hereunto set my hand to the first two sheets and to the last my hand and seal this fourteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty one.

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Edmund Coxhead

Mary Irving

Susanna Cropper

John Smith