EXTRACTS FROM THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN HILL (DIED 1689)
Husbandman of Lightowlers in Blatchinworth & Calderbrook
Dated 25 July 1689
Proved 26 October 1689 by the sole executor
I JOHN HILL of Lightowlers in Hundersfield, husbandman, make this my last will and testament.
I give unto MARY BREARLEY my sister of the half blood, all my apparel with one brown kersey coate, one gray wastecoate, which were my wifes’ as also the worser sorte of my bedding.
And all the residue of my goods I give unto my only daughter MARY HILL, provided that if my daughter may marry or be espoused before she attains to 21, contrary to the mind of my executor and overseer, or depart this life within the said aged of 21, in such case, I give the said goods and co. as follows:
I give unto CHARLES HILL & JANE HILL, sonne and daughter of RICHARD HILL, of Hilltop, my cousins, to each £5.
Unto my cousin CHARLES HILL of Hilltop, my cousin ADAM’s son, £5.
Unto MARY BREARLEY widow aforesaid, £5 and my executor and overseer, each 50 shillings.
All the residue of my goods I give unto RICHARD HILL and ADAM HILL, aforesaid and my half brother THOMAS HEALEY.
Moreover it is my will that if JOSEPH UNSWORTH, my tenant have a mind to hold the tenement which I hold by lease, he shall pay payeigne the lords rent and other things thereon incumbent ye said JOSEPH shall have cattell of myne to stock himwitall for occupyinge the said tenement at a reasonable rate.
Executor my friend WILLIAM NEWELL of Lower Townhouse
My father in law CHARLES DUERDEN, overseer
RICHARD x HILL
Inventory 4 October 1689
£123-6s-9d by E. BUTTERWORTH, EDMUND (worn), CHARLES DEARDEN senior and CHARLES DEARDEN.