LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN CRABTREE
OF FURWOOD IN WALSDEN
I JOHN CRABTREE of Furwood within Walsden in the Parish of Rochdale and County of Lancaster, cotton weaver, do make my last will and testament in manner following.
First I will that all my just debts, funeral expenses, with the probate of this my last will and testament and all my executors reasonable charges and wages in and about the execution hereof be paid out of my estate.
And I do give and devise unto my brother-in-law JEREMIAH BOTTOMLEY of Inchfield in Walsden aforesaid, cotton manufacturer, and EDMUND WOODHEAD of Clough in Walsden aforesaid, cotton manufacturer, all that my cottage or dwellinghouse called Square with the hereditaments and appurtenances thereto belonging or in anywise appertaining, now in the occupation of ELY FIELDEN or his undertenants standing or being at Square in Walsden aforesaid. To hold to them, the said JEREMIAH BOTTOMLEY and EDMUND WOODHEAD and the survivors of them and the heirs and such survivor forever as Feoffees in Trust to and for such uses as are hereinafter mentioned and declared.
That is to say that they shall take all the rents, issues and profits thereof until they make have a convenient opportunity to sell the same, and at any time they may think convenient that they shall sell the same for the best price they can get. And their receipt shall be a good discharge to the purchaser for the purchase money. And I will and direct that the rents and profits thereof (before sale) and the interest of the purchase money (after sale) augmented by all my personal estate be applied for and towards the support and maintenance of my children and my widow during her widowhood, and until the youngest of my children attain to fourteen years of age, at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named. And if the interest arising from the purchase money and all my personal estate shall be insufficient for the maintenance of my widow and children, then I will and direct that my executors at their discretion shall take so much of the principal for that use as may be necessary to afford them reasonable maintenance.
And when the youngest of my children that shall then be living shall attain 14 years old I will and direct that the executors do divide the said purchase money and all my estate and effects then remaining by equal shares amongst my wife HANNAH and all my children then living, and in case any of my children die before that time leaving any issue, the issue of him, her and them so deceased shall have an equal share with those who are living, that is to say so much as would have fallen to their father or mother if he or she had then been living.
And lastly revoking all former wills by me made, I publish and declare this to be my last will and testament and I nominate and appoint them the said JEREMIAH BOTTOMLEY and EDMUND WOODHEAD joint executors. In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal, the nineteenth day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and three.
The mark and seal of John Crabtree
The mark of JOHN MITCHELL of Bottoms
The mark of ABRAHAM HOWARTH of Roughstones
JAMES SCHOLFIELD Todmorden
Probate issued July 11th 1803
Value under £300
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