In the following Will and Testament Joseph shows that he did much care for or trust his son-in-law George Cockayne. His daughter, Sarah Bowmer, married George Cockayne 4 October 1787 at Crich; she was mistress at Crich Workhouse.
He refers to his married daughters Sarah Cockayne and Hannah Noble as "Daughters in Law".
The John Walker mentioned married his daughter Mary.Notes by Peter Patilla
This is the last Will and Testament of me Joseph Bowmer of Fritchley in the Parish of Crich in the County of Derbyshire, Yeoman, and published and declared this Twenty Third day of July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seven.
In the first place I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged and in that behalf I charge such part of my real estate as I hereinafter give devise and bequeath unto my two sons Benjamin Bowmer and Thomas Bowmer with the payment thereof, the said Benjamin Bowmer to pay the said debts and funeral expenses equally share and share alike.
Also I give and devise all those two undivided third parts (the whole into three equal parts to be divided) of and in all that dwelling house or tenement where he my said son Benjamin Bowmer now inhabits, together with a like share of such Outbuildings, Bake house, Orchard and Gardens with the appurtenances as are now connected with or built upon the said premises situated standing and being at Fritchley aforesaid unto my son Thomas Bowmer his heirs and assigns forever, he or they paying thereof unto my two Grandsons Benjamin Cockayne and Joseph Cockayne the sum of Twenty Pounds each, as they shall obtain to their respective ages of Twenty One Years, with lawful interest for the same, during their minority.
Also I give and bequeath unto my said son Thomas Bowmer all and singular the utensils for baking used in or about the said Bake house.
Also I give an devise two undivided third parts (the whole into three equal parts to be divided) of and in all those Lands, Buildings, Mill and Premises with the appurtenances now rented of me by James Turton of Crich aforesaid, situated, standing and being at Fritchley aforesaid unto my said son Thomas Bowmer, his heirs and assigns for ever, he or they paying unto my Daughter in Law Hannah Noble the sum of Thirty Pounds and to my Daughter in Law Sarah Cockayne the sum of Twenty Pounds as and in lieu of any share they might expect of their mothers estate.
And I also will and direct the said legacy of Twenty Pounds to my said Daughter in Law Sarah Cockayne, shall be paid to herself and shall not be paid unto or be subject to the control or intermeddling power of her husband George Cockayne and that her receipt alone shall be a sufficient discharge for the same.
All my Household goods and furniture, plate, linen and china I give and bequeath to and amongst my said son Benjamin Bowmer, my said son Thomas Bowmer and my Son in law John Walker, to be impartially valued and equally divided amongst them within one month after my decease.
Also I give and devise unto my said son Thomas Bowmer his heirs and assigns for ever all that Close Piece or parcel of land called Varden Croft containing one acre and eight perches or thereabouts with two undivided third parts (the whole into three equal parts to be divided) of and in all that Close piece or parcel of land now laid and adjoining the said Croft called Varden Croft, being the close next to the Bakehouse, containing two acres and two roods or thereabouts, and also such part or parts share or shares of the Nether Close at the bottom of the last said Close, and also of the Hagg or Great Pasture and of the Cumberbatch Closes above and below the Cromford Canal as belonging unto me, containing in the whole Thirty eight Acres or thereabouts, be the same more or less, all which said lands and premises are situated and lying within the Parish of Crich aforesaid. To have and to hold the said Croft called Varden Croft the said two third parts of the said Close next to the Bake house and the said part or parts share or shares of the said Nether Close. The said Hagg or Great Pasture and the Cumberbatch Closes with their and every of their rights, members and appurtenances unto my said son Thomas Bowmer his heirs and assigns for ever, he or they paying unto my said son Benjamin Bowmer the sum of One Hundred Pounds within twelve months from the time of my decease.
And also the sum of One Hundred Pound to my said Son in law John Walker within twelve months from the time of my decease, with lawful interest to my said Son in law John Walker for the same.
And it is my Will and desire and I do hereby will and direct that my said son Thomas Bowmer shall have carriage road for himself and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten, through that part of my estate called "The Upper Land unto the said Hagg or Great Pasture" without paying anything for the same until such time as he or they shall sell and dispose thereof and no longer and it is my Will and I do hereby direct that my said son Thomas Bowmer his heirs and assigns shall be entitled to all wood now standing, growing or being or which may hereafter stand, grow or be upon such parts or shares of the said Hagg or Great Pasture or on the Eight six Acres of land called " William Flints Farm" which wood I purchased off Master Bakewell and the Towndrows family.
All the rest and residue of my personal estate, chargeable as aforesaid, I give and bequeath unto my two sons Benjamin Bowmer and Thomas Bowmer their executors, administrators and assigns, equally share and share alike.
And all the rest and residue of my real estate, lands, Hereditaments and premises of what ever nature or kind soever and wheresoever found at the time of my decease with their and every of their rights, members and appurtenances (charged and chargeable as and hereafter mentioned)
I do give and devise and bequeath unto my said son Benjamin Bowmer his heirs and assigns for ever he or they paying there out unto my said Son in law John Walker or his legal representatives the sum of One Hundred Pounds within twelve months from the time of my decease with lawful interest for the same.
And I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said son Benjamin Bowmer and Thomas Bowmer, joint executors of this my said Will, hereby revoking and making void all former or other Will or Wills by me at anytime heretofore made and to declare this to be my last Will and Testament
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first before written
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said Joseph Bowmer the said Joseph Bowmer
Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our name as witness
Ufton Hall 21 April 1813
Let a Probate be made to Benjamin Bowmer and Thomas Bowmer both of Crich, Farmers the exec
They being duly sworn and also that the personal estate will not amount in value to £2000
Thos Buckeridge, Surr
Died 16 Feb 1813
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