died 1806

Fulling Miller



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This is the last will and testament of me William Ingham of Inchfield Mill within Walsden within Parish of Rochdale and County of Lancaster, Fulling Miller, which I make and ordain in manner following.


First I do give and devise unto Betty my well beloved wife all those my 4 now built cottages or dwelling houses, situate and standing a little above and near Inchfield Mill aforesaid, now occupied by:- William Crabtree, Thomas Taylor, Thomas Butterworth and Eli Fielden or their assignees, with all the gardens, hereditaments and appurtenances to the same belonging, to hold to her and her assignees from the time of my decease, for and during the term of her natural life.


From and immediately after her, my said wife's, decease I give and devise the 2 lowermost cottages or dwelling houses now occupied by the said William Crabtree and Thomas Taylor, with gardens, hereditaments and appurtenances to the same belonging unto William Taylor my grandson, son of my daughter Sally, deceased, to hold to him, his heirs and assignees forever.


From and after my said wife's decease aforesaid, I also give and devise unto my reputed granddaughter, Nancy Ingham, natural daughter of my said Daughter, Sally, deceased all those 2 uppermost cottages or dwelling houses lately occupied by Thomas Butterworth and Eli Fielden, with the stables and garden thereto adjoining and all the hereditaments and appurtenances unto the same belonging and therewith occupied, to hold to her, my said reputed granddaughter, her heirs and assignees, forever.


As for my personal estate I do will and direct that such part of it as consists in goods of any kind shall be sold and converted into ready money as soon as convenient after my decease, and with the money so to be raised, or with such money as I happen to have by me at the time of my decease I will that all my just debts, funeral expenses with the charges attending the probate of this my said will shall be paid and discharged. All the residue and remainder thereof I wish to be placed out at interest as soon as it can be, and with safety, and the interest from thence arriving I will to be paid to my said wife yearly and every year during her natural life as aforesaid for her better maintenance and support, and if through sickness, lameness or other bodily or mental indisposition the said interest together with the rents of all my said cottages or dwelling houses shall not be sufficient for a comfortable subsistence then I do hereby allow her to make use of such part of the principal itself as her necessity may call for or be required.


After my said wife's decease and funeral expenses paid I give and bequeath out of what shall remain unto my natural daughter Sarah or Sally Casson begotten by me out of the body of Mary or Mally Casson, the sum of ten pounds, to be paid as soon as it can be got in after my said wife's decease if she, my said reputed daughter, to be then living, otherwise not to be paid at all.


After my executors wages and necessary expenses are deducted I give what shall then remain unto my 2 grandchildren Nancy Ingham and William Taylor before named, equally to be divided between them, share and share alike. My will further is that if the said William Taylor my grandson happens to die under the age of 21 years and without lawful issue of his body begotten, then I give devise and bequeath all the estate both real and personal herein before given to him unto his reputed sister, Nancy Ingham, to hold to her, her heirs, executors, administrators and assignees forever.


In like manner, in case she, my reputed granddaughter happen to die under the same age and without lawful issue then I give, devise and bequeath all the estate real and personal herein before given to her unto my said grandson William Taylor, to hold to him, his heirs, executors, administrators and assignees forever.


Lastly, revoking all former will and wills by me hereto for made I do publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, and thereof do constitute, nominate and appoint her, my said wife, and my friend James Scholfield the elder of Todmorden in the Parish of Rochdale aforesaid joint executor and executrix. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal the thirtieth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and six.


Signed sealed and published by the said William Ingham, the testator, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and at his request and in each others presence here subscribe our names as witnesses.


Robert Law

Samuel Law

Betty Law


The mark and seal of William Ingham.


Probate granted 22 January 1807

Personal estate and effects under the value of £200

The testator died 25 August 1806.