WILL OF JOHN FIELDEN OF HARTLEY ROYD
Transcribed by Henry Fishwick
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In the name of God, Amen. The 22nd October 1645
I John Fielden of Hartleyroyd in Stansfield, in county York, yeoman, being infirm in body etc., do make this my will.
I appoint Joshua Fielden and Anthonie Fielden, my bretheren, shall receive and take the issues of two messuages at Further Shore, now in occupation of Miles Stansfield at a yearly rent of £5-10s., and shall pay the same towards the help, maintenance and education of Sarah Fielden, my daughter, during the time of four score years if she so long live.
I give to John Fielden, my son and heir apparent, all my lands, etc., in the county of York and Lancaster now in my occupation for his life, after his decease unto my grandchild John Fielden, son of said John, and his heirs forever.
Whereas I have not given to John Law so large a marriage portion with Mary, my eldest daughter, deceased, as I gave to Alexander Clegg, my son in law, with my second daughter Susanna, I therefore give to the children of John Law, begotten of Mary my said daughter, £24 apiece.
I give to Agnes and Jenet, my last wife’s daughters, 5s.
To each of my servants…..
To each child that I am godfather to 12 pence
To Robert, base son of my daughter Sarah, all such saplingsm sprigs and trees as I bought of Joshua Fielden my brother, and Samuel Fielden, my brother’s son, deceased, growing at the Mires Wood, now in occupation of John Fielden, son of Anthonie Fielden, my brother, with such liberty to remove same as may appear in writing from Nicholas Fielden, deceased, and said Anthonie Fielden, my brother.
Residue to James and Mary Clegg, younger children of Alex Clegg, and to John, Mary, Elizabeth and Susanna Law, children of John Law, to Robert, base son of Sarah Fielden, and to Mary Fielden, daughter of said Sarah Fielden, and Judith Clegg my granddaughter, being all my grandchildren.
Exors Joshua and Anthonie Fielden
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