ABSTRACT OF WILL OF MICHAEL HELLIWELL
OF EAST GREENHURST HEY IN STANSFIELD
Kindly transcribed and sent to us by Reg Postlethwaite
Will 1802 Aug Michael Hellewell of Stansfield pa Halifax Vol. 146 Fol. 244, York (Abstract)
Michael Hellewell of East Greenhursthey in Stansfield yeoman. All just debts and funeral expenses out of my personal estate.
To my son John Hellewell all my messuage or tenement called East Greenhursthey in my own occupation with all houses outhouses, barns or other buildings, closes, lands and appurtenances (save my new built factory standing in the Greenhursthey Clough with wheels, gears, mill dams and machinery belonging); and one half part of one drying Kiln at Greenhursthey; also the large close of pasture ground called the Whorlaw Common which I bought of Mr John Sutcliffe of Stansfield Hall; my other messuage or tenement called Heyhead in Stansfield in the occupation of David Hollinrake lately purchased of Banastre Walton esq. and all thereunto belonging - all to my son John and his heirs for ever.
To my younger son Thomas Hellewell my messuage or tenement called Friths in the occupation of James Haigh or his assigns and all belonging (except the fall or descent in the river or brook running through the same common called the Mitchelden brook and all privileges needful to the erecting & occupying any factory or factories which may be erected thereon) – all within the township of Todmorden and Walsden pa Rochdale co Lancs. to him and his heirs for ever.
And as touching my new built factory saved out of the premises devised to John, and the fall in Mitcheden Brook and other privileges saved out of the premises devised to Thomas - to my two sons equally. They have equal right to the descent in the said brook from a stone post now put down at or near the top of Mr Edward Dearden’s mill dam up to the lower end of the Tail Gait belonging to Messrs Greenwood and Hamer’s factory and to divert it to any factory to be built by them on any part of my tenement called Friths as tenants in common.
To my son Thomas my chest marked M.H.
To my son John the remainder of my household furniture, beds, bedding, cattle, husbandry tools and farming stock at East Greenhursthey.
Residue of my personal estate to John and Thomas equally they joint executors.
Mark & Seal 10th March 1802
Thomas Webster X
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