WILL OF JAMES FIELDEN OF WALSDEN
Transcribed by Henry Fishwick
In the name of God etc. The ninth daye of September 1587.
I, James Fieldinge, sicke in bodye but weale in mind, thankes be to God, do make this my last will etc. First I commit my soule into the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the ground, to be buried in the churchyarde at Todmorden.
Items whereas I am possessed of one tenement by lease from the right worshipful Mr. Charles Rattcliffe and his son and heir apparent, Mr. Charles Ratliffe, for an during certain years yet unexpired.
I give and bequeath the same tenement and lease aforesaid unto Grace, my wife, and James, my eldest son, to be occupied jointly together during the term above said.
If the said Grace marry, or if it please God to call her to his mercy, with the term yet unexpired, then I give and bequeath the residewe of yeres unfulfilled unto Edmond, Edwarde, Jennett and Alice, my younger children, to be occupied as aforesaid.
But if sayd James, my eldest son, will not be content to occupye the sayd tenement together with his mother or the said children, but will have the same divided, then I will that the said James shall have the one halfe and his mother during her widowhood the other halfe, and afterwards her children.
In consideration if the said James have one halfe of the said tenement my will is that he shall give unto every one of his brothers and sisters xx5 at the day of his marriage.
My goods I dispose of in three parts:
One third to Grace my wife, another third to my children, the other part, commonly called the deade parte, after my funeral expenses discharges, I give to Edmond, Edward, Jennet and Alice, my children.
I constitute Grace, my wife and James, my eldest son, the executors of this my last will and testament.
Witnesses, Andrew Shepherde, Edward Lorde, Tho. Fowler.
Debts that I owe:
To Edmond Lord …
To my stepmother….
To Ottiwell Hill…..
Proved 4th October 1587
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