CRICH PARISH

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

Will of Thomas Woodhouse dated 1722

Transcribed by Stuart Hill and reproduced with his permission

In the name of god amen February the 11th 1722
I Thomas woodhouse of critch being sick and weak of body but of perfect memory thanks to almighty god and calling to amidst uncertain estate of this transistory life and that all flesh must qiots unto death; whom it shall please god to call; do make and declare this my last will and testament. In manner and form following; first being penitent and sorry for all my sins; most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same I commend my soul unto almighty god, my saviour and redeemer in whom and by whose merits I trust and believe assuredly to be saved and my body to be committed to the earth, to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter named. And for the settling my estate and such goods chattells he as bestowed upon me; I do order give dispose the same in manner and form following (that is to say) imprimus I give and bequeath to my daughter mary woodhose the sum of forty five pounds; item I give and bequeath to my son William woodhouse the sum of fifty five pounds; item I give and bequeath to my daughter Dorothy woodhouse the sum of eighty five pounds; item I give and bequeath to all my grandchildren the sum of twenty shillings apiece; item I give and beqeath to my cousin anne hearth ten shillings; item I give and bequeath to my cousin elizabeth holmes the sum of ten shillings; item I give and bequeath to the poor widows of critch 20 shillings, and hereby appoint my son Thomas woodhouse and my son david woodhouse full and sole executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and bequests by me made and declaring this only to be my last will and testament.
Witnesses Joshua smith,
rebecah smith her mark,
mary mather her mark,
signed thos woodhouse with seal.

 

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