WILL OF THOMAS TAYLOR OF SQUARE IN WALSDEN
This is the last will and testament of me THOMAS TAYLOR of Square in the Township of Todmorden and Walsden in the Parish of Rochdale in the County of Lancaster, cotton weaver, which I make in perfect sound mind, memory and understanding, and by which I revoke and make void all former will and will codicils heretobefore by me made, and I will order and direct that all my just debts, funeral expenses and the charges of making this my will and the carrying of the same into full execution and effect to be paid by my executors hereinafter named so soon as conveniently may be after my decease out of the effects coming to their hands by virtue of this my will.
Also I give and bequeath to my wife ANN all the rents, issues and profits of my four cottage houses situate at Square aforesaid, and the interest of all my personal estate and effects, and the use of my household furniture, plates, linen and china (but not the disposing power of them) during the term of her natural or widowhood, provided that in case my said wife shall marry again I will order and direct that the provision hereby made for her shall from thence cease and be utterly void to all intents and purposes.
And I give, devise and bequeath all my said estate and effects as follows, that is to say, to my son RALPH TAYLOR all that my house or tenement in the occupation of SAMUEL CROSSLEY. To my son JOHN TAYLOR the house which he now occupies. To my daughter MARY wife of JAMES HOWORTH the house which is now in the occupation of MALLY HOWORTH, widow. To hold the same houses or tenements to my said sons and daughter according to the nature of tenure thereof.
And as to the house I now occupy, I direct my executors hereinafter named to sell the same to the best advantage and for the most money which can be had and gotten for the same, and divide the money arising therefrom as well as the rest, residue and remainder of all my estate and effects equally unto and amongst my said sons and daughter. I will, order and direct that the share or shares of him or her or them so dying shall go to, and I hereby give, devise and bequeath the same to their respective children or child, taking their parent’s share only.
And I nominate and appoint my said son JOHN TAYLOR and my cousin JAMES BAMFORD of Lower Shore in the Parish of Rochdale aforesaid and my nephew JOHN TAYLOR of Higher Shore in the said Parish of Rochdale executors of this my will.
In witness whereof I the said THOMAS TAYLOR the testator, have to this my will consisting of two sheets of paper. To the first sheet hereof have subscribed my name, and to the other have subscribed my name and affixed my seal this eighteenth day of December in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.
Signed Thomas Taylor
Robert Wood, blk to Moss Shuttleworth, Rochdale
Samuel Law of Square
John Heyworth of Square.
Probate 5th January 1830
Testator died 18 August 1829
Value under £50
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