LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN CROSSLEY OF HOLLINGREEN IN TODMORDEN
This is the last will and testament of me JOHN CROSSLEY of Hollingreen in the Township of Todmorden and Walsden in the Parish of Rochdale in the County of Lancaster, weaver.
Whereby my will and mind is that all my just debts, funeral expenses with all other necessary charges and expenses which may be incurred in or about the proving and executing of this my will shall be first paid off and discharged out of my whole property or estate by my executors hereinafter named and appointed, together with their own reasonable wages and expenses for their trouble in and about the execution of this my will.
First I give I give and bequeath to my three children, viz: JAMES, MARY and SUSAN CROSSLEY their heirs and assigns, equal shares, share and share alike of my whole property and personal estate, to be paid therein in the following manner, that is to say, I will that my executors pay unto my son JAMES CROSSLEY his equal share at the end of six months after my decease, provided that it can be collected and got in, if not, as soon after as it can be collected.
And likewise I will that my two daughters, MARY and SUSAN CROSSLEY have their equal shares paid to them when they attain the age of 21 years. And the interest thereof in the meantime to be paid towards the maintenance of them if occasion may require. But if any of them should happen to die before me or before they attain the age of 21 years without issue, then I give and bequeath the share of him or her dying to the survivor or survivors of them, share and share alike.
Lastly, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me heretobefore made, I do publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, and therefore do nominate, constitute and appoint my son JAMES and my brother ELY CROSSLEY of Cross Lee joint executors of this my will, hoping they will faithfully execute the trust I have in them reposed.
Given under my hand and seal this 10th day of May in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Four.
Signed sealed and published by me the said JOHN CROSSLEY – his mark
The 27th day of September 1824
JAMES CROSSLEY of Higher Hangingshaw, cotton weaver, and ELY CROSSLEY of Cross Lee, cotton weaver, were sworn in as executors.
Value under £300
The testator died the 3rd day of July 1824.
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