LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN WOOD
OF STONEHOUSE IN WALSDEN
This is the last will and testament of me JOHN WOOD of Stonehouse in Walsden in the parish of Rochdale in the county of Lancaster, yeoman, which I make in perfect sound mind, memory and understanding in manner following, that is to say.
I will, order and direct that all my full debts, funeral expenses and the charges of proving this my will, and carrying the same into full execution and effect, be paid by my executors hereinafter named, out of the effects coming to their hands by virtue of this my will.
Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter HANNAH, the wife of JOHN BARKER, the sum of two hundred pounds, to be paid to her at the expiration of twelve months next after my decease, whose receipt alone I will shall be the only discharge to my executors, provided that in the case of the decease of my said daughter HANNAH, I give and bequeath the said sum of two hundred pounds to her son ROBERT BARKER.
Daughter MARY, wife of WILLIAM LEEMING, the sum of twenty pounds to be paid to her at the expiration of twelve months next after my decease, and I will that her receipt alone shall be the only discharge to my executors.
Also I give, devise and bequeath unto my son JOSEPH WOOD, all my messuages and tenements called Stone House and two closes or parcels of land formerly purchased from one JOHN CLEGG called the Holmes here before part of Bottomley and Waterstalls estate, all which are situate and being in Walsden aforesaid, which said messuages and tenements are in my own occupation. To hold the said several messuages and tenements unto my said son JOSEPH WOOD, his heirs and assigns forever subject nevertheless.
And I do hereby charge the same hereditaments and premises called Stone House with the payment of the sum of twenty five pounds per annum to my wife ALICE WOOD during the term of her natural life, to be paid to her by my said son JOSEPH WOOD, his heirs and assigns, by half yearly payments in each year, the first payment I will shall be paid to her on that day three months next, happening after my decease.
And I will that the same shall be in lieu and in full of all dower or thirds, which she may be entitled to by common law, custom or otherwise.
And also charged and chargeable with the sum of two shillings per week to my grandson JOHN WOOD CROSSLEY, son of my said daughter MARY, now the wife of the said WILLIAM LEEMING, during the term of his natural life, to be paid to him by my said son JOSEPH WOOD by quarterly payments in each year, the first of which payments I will shall be paid to him on that day three months next, happening after my decease.
And as to all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate and effects not hereinbefore by me otherwise disposed of by this my will, I give, devise and bequeath the same to my said son JOSEPH WOOD, his heirs, executor, administrators and assigns for vere, or according to the nature or tenure thereof.
And I do nominate and appoint my said son JOSEPH WOOD, and my nephew HENRY WOOD of Brown near Rochdale, joint executors of this my will, hereby revoking all former and other will or wills herebefore by me made, and declare this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have to this my said will contained in two sheets of paper, to the first sheet thereof have signed my name, and to this last have sunscribed my hand and affixed my seal, the seventeenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Wood, the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
Richd. Shuttleworth, Attorney at Law, Rochdale
RICHARD MILNE of Shaw, cotton spinner
ROBERT WOOD. Son of HENRY WOOD of Brown
The 7th day of Oct. 1822
JOSEPH WOOD of Stone House in the parish of Rochdale in the county of Lancaster and diocese of Chester, farmer, and HENRY WOOD of Brown in the parish of Rochdale aforesaid, land surveyor, the executors in this will named, were sworn in common form, and they further made oath that the personal estate and effects of the testator within the dioceses of Chester, were under the value of £800.
Before me Wm. Hodgson, surrogate
The testator died the 22nd day of April 1822
Probate issued, dated 7th October 1822
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