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.

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