LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN FIELDEN
OF WINTERBUTLEE IN WALSDEN
This is the last will and testament of me JOHN FIELDEN of Winterbutlee in Walsden, in the parish of Rochdale, in the county of Lancaster, yeoman.
Whereby I do dispose of my personal estate in manner following, that is to say,
First it is my mind and will that all my just debts, funeral expenses, the charges of this my will in probate, and all my executors necessary and incident charges and expenses, in and about the execution hereof, be first of all fully paid, satisfied and discharged.
Then I do give and bequeath to ELI FIELDEN, my elder son, all my household furniture, bed and bedding, with one clock and case, and fifty pounds in money.
To my second son JOHN FIELDEN, I do give and bequeath the sum of seventy pounds.
To my daughter DOROTHY, wife of JOHN CROSSLEY, I do give the sum of forty pounds.
To my daughter MARY, I do give the sum of thirty five pounds
And to my grandson WILLIAM, son of my said son ELI, I do give the sum of five pounds.
All which said legacies, I do will and direct that the same shall be paid to my said respective legatees, or unto their several representatives within twelve months time next after my decease. But it my personal estate prove insufficient, then I do direct that my said pecuniary legatees shall be abated, in proportion to their respective legacies hereby given unto them.
And I do give and bequeath my wearing apparel unto my said two sons equally to be divided between them, part and part alike.
And all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal estate not herein before by me disposed of, I do give and bequeath the same unto my sons and daughters equally to be divided amongst them, share and share alike.
And lastly hereby revoking all former and other will and wills, by me here before made, I do publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, and thereof do nominate, constitute and appoint my said son JOHN FIELDEN, and the said JOHN CROSSLEY, my son in law, joint executors, hoping they will faithfully execute the same.
In witness whereof, I the said JOHN FIELDEN, the testator, have hereto set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand, seven hundred and eighty six.
Sealed, signed, published and declared by the said JOHN FIELDEN, the testator, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence, have subscribed our names as witnesses.
July 7th 1788
The within named executors, JOHN FIELDEN and JOHN CROSSLEY were sworn in common form before me Tho. Bellas, Surr.
Proved July 24 1788
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