Aug 072015
 

The will of William Land is as follows:
“In the name of god Amen. The first day of ffebraury in the yeare of our lord God
one thousand six hundreth thirtie and nine. I William Land thelder of Horbury in
the countie of York Yoem. being of many years of age and crasie in bodie but yet
of sound and perfect remembrance & mind (laud and praise be given god for the
same) calleing to mind the brevitie of this mortal fife and knowing that nothing is
more certain than death and nothing more un certaine then the tyme and houre
of death, doe publish declare ordayne and make this my last will and testament
containing herein my full mind in manner and forme following.
Ffirst and principallie I commend my soule into the hands and custodie of
almightie god my creator assuredly trusting and faith fullie beleeveing through
the onely meritte and bloud shedinge of Jesus Christ the second pson in trinitie
by blessed Saviour and redeemer to obtain pardon and remission of all my sinnes
and everlasting life in the Kingdome of heaven after this transitory life be
consummated & ended, and my bodie I comitt to the earth from whence it came
and to be decentlie buried at the discretion of my executrixe hereafter noiated
and the rest of my friends at and in the chappell or chappell yeard of Horbury if
it soe shall please the maiestie of the almightie. And as touching that worldlie
estate that god hath bestowed upon me I dispose of the same as ensueth.
Ffirst it is my will and mind that all my lawfull debts which I owe together with
my fun’all expences and other church duties be paid and discharged forth of my
goods- Itm. My will and mind is that whereas Ann now my wife joint purchasor
with me in all that land that wee bought it is my mind that she shall have the
same whether it be of the tenure of freehold or coppiehold according to the
custeme of the manner of Wakefield for and sureing her n’rall life.
Itm. I give unto William Land my eldest sonne and Valantine Land my second
sonne to either of them twelve pence in full satisfaction of the children porcons,
and whereas I the said William Land hath heretofore given and granted by my
p’sent writeing and confirmed unto my said sonne Valentine Land and to his heirs
for ever, one messuage or tenament in Horbury aforesaid now in the tenure and
occupation of the said Valentine Land or his assignes, upon condicon that the said
Valentine Land his heirs or assignes doe paie or cause to be paid unto the said
William Land and Ann now my wife dureing our n’rall life or the longer live of
either of us the sume of fifteen shillings And likewise paid or cause to be paid
unto Thomas Land my youngest sonne the summe of foure pounds a whole yeare
after the decease of me the said William Land or Ann now my wife That then the
said gift shall be in ure to the said Valentine and to his heirs & assignes for ever,
but if default be made contrarie to the true intent purport and meaning of the
said gift and writing Then my will and mind is that my sonne Thomas Land shall
enter to the said Messuage or tenement with the appurtenance to have and enjoy
the same to his heirs and assignes forever paying unto the said Valentine Land his
executors administrators & assignes the full and inst sume of foure pounds within
a whole year after the decease of me the said Willm or Ann now my wife.
Itm. I will damise and bequeath unto Elizabeth Sparling, Ann Wood and to Sibbell
Land my three daughters either of them twelve pence in full satisffacon of their
childs porsons. Itm. I give James Land my third sonne five shillings to my fourth
son Cuthbert Land twelve pence and to John Land my fifth sonne twelve pence
and to the said Thomas Land my youngest sonne I give will and bequeath to him
his heirs and assignes for ever The Broad ley close or so much of the same as is
the nature of freehold to have hold possesse and enjoy the said close with all &
singular the appurtenance in Horbury affore said to him his heirs and assignes for
ever after the decease of me the said William and Ann now my wife.
The residue and remainder of all my goods movable and immovable
unbequeathed I give and bequeath the same unto the said Ann Land my loveing
wife and I make and appoint the said Ann (jurat) my said wife sole executrix of
this my p’sent testament and last will.
In Witnesse whereof I have sett to my hand & seale the day and year first
above written
Sealed signed and published in the p’sence and sight of
Richard Kighley, his R mark, Anne Land, her H mark William Land his (an
upside down “W” with the middle crossed) mark

Aug 072015
 

The last will and testament of Thomas Sheard of Ovenden in Halifax Parish in 1565 reads:

“In the name of God, amen, the 12th September, 1565, I, Thomas Sheard of Ovenden, in the prsh of Halifax, within the co. of York, wolman, of whole myne and pfete remembrance but………………………and troubled with seckness, and therefore fearinge and mistrusting the uncertantie of this miserable and wretched world, do ordayne and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme as hereafter ensuythe ffirst and principallie I do giue and bequeathe my soule unto God almyghtie Or heavenie father, surlie Trustynge and stedfastlie belevenge to have full remisscon of all my synes in the bold shedding of his most dearlie beloved sone Or Savor Jesu Christ, and in the meritte of his blessed passion, and my bodie to be buried in the churche or churche garthe of Halifax, emongst the bodies of the other faith full people of God, and one mortuatie to the Vicar of the same church, according to the Raite of the late prince of most famous memory King Henrye the eigth statutes for that purpose established and pvided, ffirst, it is my will that I be decentlie brought further of all my goods according to my vocacon and whereas before the daite here of my deed bearing Date the seavent of June, in this instant seaventhe year of the reign of Or soveryne ladie queene Eliz.th that now is, I have gyven and delivered by good will and concent of Margaret Sheard, my wife, to Mychaell, Martin, Mathew and Luke Sheard, my sones and Sibell Sheard my Doughter, the full some of one hundrethe pounds of good and lawful English money, as by the said deide bearing date as it more plainlie it appeareth, the said whiche gyfte I will shall be and remayne fyrme and stable, and irremovable, in althings, and contente according to the proportine and terme of the same deide, ther my last will, or any other thinge or content to the contarie not withe standing, also, I do gyve and bequithe to the saide Margaret, my wife, the full third part of the Residue of all my goods, cattells, detts, and implements, where with she the said being prst at the making and reading hereof for the naturall faver and goodwill she hath and bearithe to her said children is agred and fulie contented, also I gyve to John Davye  my bastard sone 40shillings, also I gyve and bequithe to …….. Davye my bastard daughter 40shillings. I do gyve also and bequeathe to Thomas byshoppe of Surrobie, in Lincolnshire, 10shillings. I do gyve and bequithe to everyone of my godchildren 12 pence. I do gyve also and bequithe to Grace Dean 6s 8d. I do gyve and bequeathe to Eliz. Barwike, my sister, 3s 4d. I do gyve also and bequeithe to Edward Haldesworthe, my wyfes brother, two stone of shorte wolle, to make his children clothes to array them withal. The other two ptes and residue of all my goods, chattels and implements besides the said hundred pounds given by deede is paid, the said thirde pte appointed to the said Margaret Sheard, my wyfe, my detts, legaces and funeral expences deducted and discharged, I gyve and bequethe to the said Mychaell, Martin, Mathew, Luke and Sibell Sheard, my children, who with the said Margaret Sheard, my wyf, I do ordyne and make my lawful Executors of this my last will and testament, also, I have desired my verye faithful frends Mr John Waterhouse of Schypden, Gentleman, as principall, Robert Sheard, my brother, John Craven, John Whitley, Thomas Wilkinson, and William Otte (Oats), to be supervisors of this my said last will and Testament, unto whom I gyve authoritie and power to ovrsee, correct, and assyste my said Executores in all thing fur about, and concerning the true executing and performance of this my last will and testament according to the terms of the same. The which said supervisors shall shall have there costes and charges fullie borne of my said goods.

Witnes, Robt Bryghouse, Henrie Ryshworthe, John Spensor, Thomas Gledhill, William Burton, Gylberte Haldesworthe, John Ledgyerde

Will Proved 7 November 1565.”

Aug 072015
 

WILL: Copy obtained from the Borthwick Institute, York University, Will

reference: 1803 June – John Archer the Younger – Ossett Parish of Dewsbury T

John Archer the Younger Ossett – Blacksmith.

WILL: In the Name of God Amen this is the last Will and Testament of me John

Archer of Ossett Parish of Dewsbury in the County of York Blacksmith which I now

make publish and declare this sixth day of August in the Year of our Lord one

thousand eight hundred and three whilst I am of sound mind memory and

understanding in manner following, that is to say, First It is my will and mind that

all my just and honest debts funeral expenses and the charges of proving this my

will be first paid and discharged out of my personal estate by my Executrix

hereinafter named And Give to my dear wife all the household goods and

furniture which did belong to her before our intermarriage and which is in my

dwelling house And from and after my decease I give and Bequeath unto my said

wife and her assigns for and during her natural life if she shall so being continue

my widow and not marry again All my real estate situate and being in Ossett

aforesaid and now in the possession of myself, Judith Clayton and Joseph

Illingworth which Premises I have surrendered to the use of my wife and from and

immediately after her decease or intermarriage again Then I give devise and

bequeath my Copyhold Premises to my son Joseph Archer his heirs and assigns

forever But charged and chargeable as is hereinafter mentioned and I give and

bequeath unto my said wife during her natural life if she shall so long continue

my widow All the rest of my personal estate not hereinbefore disposed of after

the payment of all my just debts funeral expenses and the charges of proving this

my will And after her decease or intermarriage then I give and bequeath the

same unto my said son Joseph Archer (except my silver Pint and large Bible) he

paying thereout and out of my said Copyhold Premises after the decease of my

said wife or intermarriage whether shall first happen the several legacies or sums

of Money hereinafter mentioned that is to say To my son George Archer who is at

present in foreign parts within two years after the same become payable if he

shall return and if not then unto my Grandaughter Hannah Ellis wife of David Ellis

of Ossett aforesaid the sum of £20 and to my Grandchildren, Benjamin, James,

Francis, Abraham, Ann Ellis wife of John Ellis aforesaid, Sarah and Elizabeth sons

and daughters of my son John Archer deceased the sum of £40 to be equally

divided to and amongst them share and share alike unto my son Mark Archer the

sum of £20 and to my son Isaac Archer the sum of £20 and to my Daughter Sarah

the wife of Peter Harrup the sum of £20 and to my Daughter Susannah the wife of

Joseph Phillip the sum of £20 and to my daughter Martha the wife of George Ellis

the sum of £20 within twelve months next after the decease of my said wife or

intermarriage all of which said several legacies I do charge my said Copyhold

Estate and premises and my said Personal Estate with the payment of the

aforesaid several legacies or sums of money and for non-payment thereof or of

any part thereof I do hereby give to my said sons and daughters or to such of

them to whom default in payment shall happen to be made full power and

authority to enter into and upon my said Copyhold Premises and Personal Estate

or either of them and the same to hold and enjoy until their respective legacies

or sums of money and all arrears thereof (if any) and all costs and charges

occasioned by non-payment thereof be fully satisfied and paid Provided Always

and my will is that in case any of my said sons and daughters shall happen to die

without lawful issue before his or her legacy or sum of money shall become due

and payable then the legacy of him or her so dying shall go to and be equally

divided amongst the survivors of my said sons and daughters and also my will is

that in case my said wife shall marry again then it is my will and mind that she

shall have the sum of Five pounds a year at two half yearly payments during her

natural life payable out of my Copyhold Premises and for non payment thereof I

do hereby give my said wife full power and authority to enter into and upon my

said Copyhold Premises and the same to hold and enjoy until the same sum and

all costs and charges occasioned by non-payment thereof and be fully paid and

satisfied And I give to my said son Isaac Archer my silver Pint and large Bible

immediately after the decease of any said wife or intermarriage And I do hereby

constitute and appoint my said wife Hannah whole and sole executrix of this my

said will and testament and I do revoke and make void all former will or wills by

me made and do declare this to be my last will and Testament In witness whereof

I have to this my last will and Testament set my hand and seal this day and year

first above written John Archer Senior (seal) signed sealed published and

declared by the said John Archer as and for his will and Testament in the

presence of us the interliucations being first made

Benjn. Lockwood

Mark Mitchell

  1. Oldroyd

Past 14th April 1804

Transcribed by Chris Widdall from a photocopy of the copy of the will on fiche at the Borthwick Institute York

I also have a photograph of a photocopy of the actual will.

Aug 072015
 

WILL: This is the transcript of the will proven in 1774:

The Will of John Archer the Older of Ossett.

In the name of God Amen, I John Archer the older of Ossett, in the parish of Dewsbury in the County of York Blacksmith do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following, whereas I have by my writing of surrender bearing even date herewith surrendered and given up with a Shaw into the hands of the Lord of the Manor of Wakefield in the said County according to the custom of the said Manor, all my copyhold messuages, cottages closes lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever, standing lying and being in the Graveship of Ossett aforesaid or elsewhere within the said Manor with their and every of their rights members privileges and appurtenances To the Due and behoof of such person and persons and to and for such itents an d purposes as I the said John Archer Should in and by my last Will and Testament give devise and bequeath or Limit and Appoint the same as in and by the said in part recited writing of surrender relation thereto being had will more fully appear Now it is my Will and Mind and I do hereby give devise and bequeath all and singular the said recited to be surrendered Tenements and premises and Also all my freehold messuages cottages closes lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever standing lying and being in Ossett Aforesaid or elsewhere within the said County of York with them and every of their rights members privileges and appurtenances in manner following (that is to say) As for and concerning All that one close of Land Arable Meadow or Pasture lying and being in Ossett Aforesaid and commonly called or known by the name of the Runting Pighill and also half a Land lying and being in the Westffield of Ossett Aforesaid on a certain Shutt there called Barraclough with the rights members privileges and appurtenances to the same Testaments and promises belonging or in any wise appertaining I give and devise the same unto my daughter Sarah to hold to her heirs and assigns forever also as for and concerning all those two Rooms wherein my son John Archer now inhabits and dwells commonly Called the House and the Chamber over the same standing and being in Ossett Aforesaid with the rights members privileges and apputenances to the said two Rooms belonging I give and bequeath the same unto my said Daughter Sarah To Hold to her and her Assigns for and during the term of her natural life In case she shall so long keep unmarried And from and immediately after her decease or Intermarriage whether shall first happen I give and devise the same unto my said Son John Archer To Hold to him his heirs and assigns forever And as for and concerning All The residue and remainder of my said Real Estate I give and devise the same Unto my said son John Archer To Hold to him his Heirs and assigns for ever Also I give and bequeath all that one sitting in a certain Pew or Seat standing and being in the Chapel of Ossett Aforesaid Which said Pew or Seat is marked number one Unto my said daughter Sarah To Hold to her her heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever Also I give and bequeath unto my said Daughter Sarah the legacy or sum of one guinea to be paid to her by my executor herein aforementioned immediately after my decease  also I give and bequeath all my Household Goods linnen and ffurniture standing and being in the dwelling house wherein I now dwell unto my said Daughter Sarah To Hold to her her executors administrators and assigns for ever And as for and concerning all the residual and remainder of my Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath the same unto my said son John Archer he paying thereout all my just debts funeral expenses and the said legacy or sum of money to my said Daughter And lastly I do hereby make constitute and appoint my said son John Archer sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of February in the year of our Lord 1757 Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request have subscribed our Names as Witnesses

Joshua Thorns

Ann Thorns

Edward Sykes

Will transcribed by Christine Widdall from a photocopy of the copy of the will held on microfiche at the Borthwick Institute York