1750 - 1838
Farmer And Piece
Maker of Plane Tree Farm,
you to Barbara Greenwood for transcribing and submitting this will
is the last will and testament of me Edmund Woodhead of Clough in
Walsden in the Parish of Rochdale and County of Lancaster Cotton
Weaver as follows ..
I will that all my just debts funeral expenses and the expenses
and charges incident upon the probate and execution of this my last
will and testament be all duly paid and discharged out of my effects
by my executors hereinafter named.
it is my will and mind that my wife Mary and children shall carry
on the concern jointly as we have done so long as they can agree
and that she shall have the command and ordering thereof with the
consent and approbation of my executors hereinafter named, but if
it shall at any time hereafter appear to my said executors to be
better and more convenient for them to part then in that case they
shall make out a valuation of all my assets at that time and my
wife Mary shall take up furniture or money at her option to the
amount of twelve pounds in value for her own use and shall have
twelve pounds a year for her support to be paid to her by two equal
payments half yearly in each year until the youngest of my children
attain twenty one years of [age] and if sickness or any other casualty
that sum may appear to my said executors insufficient for her comfortable
support they shall allow her so much more as they may see necessary
and reasonable for her support.
whereas my son Samuel hath had ten pounds already it is my will
that in case any of my other children do marry before the youngest
attain to twenty one years of age he she or they so marrying shall
each one ten pounds out of the joint stock to set them in house.
when the youngest of my children shall have attained twenty one
years of age the whole of all my effects then remaining after the
payment of all the before mentioned payments and other things are
made and done shall be equally divided amongst my children namely
Edmund, Sarah, Samuel, William, Thomas, George and Joseph and my
wife Mary if she be then living and not married again share and
in case any of my children die before the youngest attains to twenty
one years of age and leaves a child or children (if more than one)
such child or children shall take the parents share equally amongst
them. And every one of them shall have received ten pounds (as before
mentioned) shall allow and account the same in part of their respective
shares but no interest shall be charged them.
whereas my son William is now abroad in the army I do will and direct
that my executors shall retain and keep or put out on interest his
share until such time as he shall come home and be discharged from
the army or until they are fully satisfied that he never will return
then in that case his share shall be equally divided amongst all
my other legatees. And I do give bequeath and devise the same severally
and every part thereof severally and respectively accordingly ...
I nominate constitute and appoint my son Edmund Woodhead, my nephew
Ralph Taylor and John Fielden of Warland joint executors of this
my last will and testament revoking and making void all former wills
by me made I publish and declare this to be my last will and testament
in witness thereof I put my hand and seal the sixteenth day of March
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two.
signed published and declared by the within named Edmund Woodhead
[signed] to be his last will and testament in the presence of us
who in his presence at his request subscribe our names as witnesses:
22nd day of January 1839 - Edmund Woodhead and Ralph Taylor the
surviving 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 two thousand pounds and that John Fielden the other executor
named herein is dead.
testator died on the 28th day of November 1838.
issued dated 21st February 1839
do hereby certify that on the 17th day of March 1842 Edmund Woodhead
the son and Ralph Taylor the nephew the surviving executors in this
will named were sworn well and truly to execute and perform the
same and that the whole of the goods chattels and assets of the
said deceased within the province of York do not amount in value
to the sum of two thousand pounds.
passed 24th March 1842
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