This is the last Will and Testament of said Reuben Haigh of Dean in Walsden in the parish of Rochdale in the county of Lancaster, Yeoman.

Whereby I do give bequeath and devise unto my brother John Haigh of Pastureside in Walsden aforesaid and Samuel Greenwood of Dobroyd yeoman All that my Messuage Cottage House Barn and other Buildings Land and Grounds unto me belonging in Walsden aforesaid and commonly called Dean together with all ways waters watercourses Hereditaments, privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining and also my personal estate and effects whatsoever to hold to them and their heirs In Trust always for all such uses intents and purposes as are or shall be mentioned and declared in this my Last Will and Testament or any Codicil thereunto to be annexed and to or for no other intent whatsoever that is to say

I do will and direct that Mally my wife be suffered to occupy and enjoy both personal and Real Estate and to take all the Rents and profits thereof for and towards the maintenance and support education and bringing up of my children and herself until the youngest of my children shall attain to fifteen years of age provided that she can and so maintain and bring them up in a reasonable manner but in case that she cannot or do not so maintain and bring them up and support herself in a comfortable and reasonable manner then I do will and direct that they the said John Haigh and Samuel Greenwood do sell the said messuage and premises hereinbefore mentioned to be bequeathed and devised or to Advance and procure so with money do they in their discretion may see meet and necessary for the support of my wife and children and to convey or charge the same upon the said premises or any part thereof and also that all my just dues funeral and all other expenses attending the probate and execution of this my last will and testament be charged upon and paid out of or by the said premises and that when my youngest child shall attain fifteen years of age they the said John Haigh and Samuel Greenwood or their successors shall so soon as they see convenient sell all the said premises both Real and personal and pay off all debts and demands then owing upon the same and after all the debts due thereall are paid and also saving and reserving Unto Mally my wife if she be then living her dower and my best bed and that they so divide the money arising by the sale thereof equally amongst all my children and pay them their shares as they attain twenty one years of age respectively and in case any of them happen to die before that age and leave any child or children they shall have the parents share so dying And also that what is reserved for my wife's dower shall be divided in the same manner as soon as convenience will admit after her death

And I do so nominate constitute and appoint my brother John Haigh and Samuel Greenwood to be executors of this my last will and testament.

In witness thereof I do hereunto put my hand and seal the fifth day of March one thousand eight hundred and six Reuben Haigh (Seal)

Sealed signed published and declared by the witness named as Reuben Haigh to be his last will and testament some words being first enter??? In the presence of us who at his request do herewith subscribe our names as witnesses:


Tho' Hiley his mark.

the mark of William X Law Gauksholme

James Scholfield Todmorden



Probate dated 1 September 1806

Granted 1832 after the death of his wife.

On Account of the personal and real estate of Reuben Haigh late of Dean in Walsden in the Parish of Rochdale in the County of Lancaster, Yeoman who died on 11 March 1806 Between Executors:

John Haigh Executor of John Haigh deceased of Middleton, Coal Merchant Son and Executor of the said John Haigh deceased

Samuel Greenwood the other executor named on the Will is also dead.

Acting under Probate of Will granted on 1 September 1806

Name of Legatee or next of kin

Joseph Haigh

Abraham Crossley and Esther his wife she being a daughter of the Testator

William Greenwood and Ellen his wife she being a daughter of the Testator

Nicholas Fielden and Ann his wife she being a daughter of the Testator


Nature of bequest

4/8 share of the Testator's widows dowry who enjoyed the interest of it during life she died in July 1831 The said will states that the money should be divided amongst his eight children or their descendents. These four are still living and the other four are dead. The number of their descendents are listed below.





The other 4/8/shares as follows:

1/8 share of £90 to the 5 children of Mary Ogden deceased daughter

1/8 share of £90 to the 3 children of Sally Fielden deceased daughter

1/8 share of £90 to the 5 children of Hannah Ogden deceased daughter

1/8 share of £90 to the 3 children of Reuben Haigh deceased son


Some of the above are minors and the rest will be paid their proportional share, taking receipts for the same.

Joseph Haigh, Abraham Crossley and wife, William Greenwood and wife, Nicholas Fielden and wife all made their marks and received the sum of £90. Dated 3 August 1832.