which consists of the villages of Crich, Fritchley and Whatstandwell.

Will of Nahum Holden of Fritchley dated 1886

(He died 30 October 1886)

Transcribed by Jackie Russell and reproduced with her permission

This is the last Will and Testament of me Nahum Holden of Fritchley Crich in the County of Derby, Blacksmith. I hereby revoke all Wills by me at any time heretofore made. I appoint Mr Henry B Boag, Crich Common, who is now Manager of the Clay Cross Lime Works, Amber Gate, and also Mr John Higton, Butcher, Crich to be my Executors , and direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease. I give and bequeath all my real and personal estate whatsoever & wheresoever unto my Wife Elizabeth Holden, and unto my Children that may be then living at my decease, or at the decease of my wife, that is to say at the decease of the longest liver. First unto my dear Wife (if she survuves me) all my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever with all ready money in the post office saveings bankor elsewere with one hundred pounds in Briton Medical and Genaral Life Association on my own life the said moneys to be placed in the post office saveings bank unto her credit as soon as convenient for her own use and benefit so long as she remains my Widow, but if otherwise then she relenquish all claims. Second, I give and bequeath all the residue of my real and personal estate with all moneys whatsoever and wheresoever, with fifty pounds in the Briton Medical and Genaral Life Association on the life of my dear Wife unto my son John Holden, and my two Daughters Hannah Wetton, who is now married, and unto Tryphena Holden who is now at home with us, but not married, for their own absolute use and benefit. I devise that at my decease, or the decease of the longest liver, me or my dear Wife, that all my prints, plate, linens, -------, Household Furniture, goods and effects (other than money or security for money) which shall at the death of the surviver, be in or around my dwellinghouse or the outbuildings or grounds thereof, together with all my real property Houses & to be sold by public auction & the proceeds to be devided as hereafter described. Everything to be sold as soon as convenient Except the long cased clock which I bequeath to my son John and his heires for ever, also a Tablet framed in Remambrance of Adkinson Holden, that is to say if my son be then liveing, if not, they go unto my next Daughter and her heires forever. With a Sample framed and worked by Sarah Ann Holden ----pictures of Willm C---ton; that is to say, if Hannah be living, if not they go unto Tryphena my next Daughter with a Rose wood Portable Writing Desk with all its contents and also a Bed Complete which she comonly calls her own, with sundry linens and ---- bedclothes &c. I also devise that Matthew Henry's Fameley Bible be given unto my Daughter Hannah's eldest son Charles, and the other Familey Bible published by W R Mcphen? be given unto Tryphena my youngest Daughter. And that all the remainder of my Books be equally devided and not sold. I devise that everything else must be sold forthwith and the proceeds be devided as follows, one half unto my Daughter Tryphena that is to say if she remains single at the death of me or my dear Wife and still live at home with the surviver, but if she be married, then the money must be equally devided with my son and other Daughter or as many of them that be living at our Death. That is to say if Tryphena remains single and lives at home with the surviver, me or my Wife, then she receive one half of the money the other half to be equally to be devided between John Holden and Hannah Wetton, but if Tryphena be married then they all receive share and share alike. I also devise that the moneys comeing unto the shares of my two Daughters shall be put forthwith into the post office saveings bank for their own absolute use and benefit and that it be put in their own names by the Executors of this my last Will and Testament and that the bank books be given unto my two Daughters, the ----- ----- with ---- of my Brother's portraits in ----- given to Tryphena. In witness thereof I the said Nahum Holden have written my last Will and Testament set my hand the 14th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty three._____________________

Signed by me the Testator Nahum Holden and acknowledged by him to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time and subscribed by us in the presence of the said Testator and of each other __________________ Edward Holden Masonic Halls, Gower Street, Derby ___________________ William Slack, Middleton by Wirksworth, Foreman for stone & mineral company, Wirksworth.

Proved at Derby the 17th day of January 1887, by the oaths of Henry Basil (in the Will written as "Henry B") Boag and John Higton the Executors to whom Administration was granted.
The Testator, Nahum Holden, was formerly of Fritchley in the Parish of Crich in the County of Derby, but late of Crich aforesaid, Blacksmith, and died on the 30th day of October 1886 at Crich aforesaid.
Gross value of Personal Estate £63.15.8.
Extracted by the Executors in Person

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