WILL OF JOHN FIELDEN OF INCHFIELD
Transcription and extracts by Henry Fishwick
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John Fielden of Inchfield 1666 Dated 1st March 18 Charles 11
I, John Fielden of Inchfield in Hundersfield in ye county of Lancaster, yeoman, being sick and weake of body, yet notwithstanding of perfect mind and memory, praised be to God, and calling to remembrance ye uncertaine eastate of this transitory life, and that all flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call, and being desirous to settle things in order..... as touching my temporal estate which ye Lord hath in mercy blest me withall, I dispose thereof as followeth:
My lands etc. I give to ABRAHAM Fielden (under 25 years), sonne and heire apparent of me ye said John Fielden.
ESTHER my now wife, my messuage and tenement in Inchfield.
My messuage and tenement att Swinshead in Langfield to NATHAN and SAMUEL, two of my younger sons under 21 years old.
Unto SARAH Fielden, my daughter, and unto my little infant, be it sonne or daughter, which Esther, my said wife is now great withall, ye sum of twenty pounds.
My son JOSHUA is to have such lands as were bequeathed to the testator by the will of my uncle, JOSHUA (of Warland), whose will bears date 20th October, 17 Charles 11., annoque D'ni 1665
To my sons NATHAN and SAMUEL I give my messuage at Swinshead forever and all those three oaks now standing and growing upon ye lands, of my said brother, ABRAHAM Fielden of Rowroyd, in a place called Deyne, situate in Inchfield aforesaid, and also all those two other oak trees now standing and growing upon the lands of my said brother, ABRAHAM Fielden, att Swinshead aforesaid.
Residue of goods and chattels unto all ye yongest of my children. to witt,
ELIZABETH Fielden, MARY Fielden and SARAH Fielden, my daughters, and also to my infant yet unborn, to be equally divided amongst every one of them.
My will is that ESTHER, my said wife, shall have ye tuition of my children during their minorities so long as she doth keep herself wholly my wife and doth not marry nor other ways miscarry.
My two brothers, ABRAHAM Fielden and JOSHUA Fielden, to be ou'seers and tutors of my children during their minorities.
Sole executrix, Esther, his wife
By codicil of same date attached, testator provides that if his son JOSHUA, at this present being sick, should die, then the lands above bequeathed to him shall go to NATHAN Fielden, and those bequeathed to NATHAN shall go to SAMUEL Fielden.
Extract from Inventory
Item in cloath wooll and yarn £99-00-00
Item twelve bease (beasts) £27-00-00
Item sixty sheep £15-00-00
Item in bookes £00-10-00
Item for five trees standing upon the land of Abraham Fielden £2-05-00
Item in wheels, combe and cards £00-05-00
Item one baikstone and baking instruments £00-03-06
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