Will of John Wheatcroft of Wessington dated 1752

Transcribed by Neil Mitchell and reproduced with his permission


In the name of God Amen I John WHEATCROFT of Washington in the/ parish of Crich in the County of Derby Yeoman being of sound and disposing mind memory/ and understanding (praised be God for the same) do make and declare this my last Will and/ Testament in manner and forme following (That is to say) First I order and direct that all/ my just Debts shall be fully paid and discharged. also I give and bequeath to my Gran/daughter Mary WHEATCROFT only surviving child of my oldest son Samuel WHEATCROFT deceased/ the sum of five pounds to be paid her when and at such time as she shall attain her full age/ of one and twenty years. also I give and bequeath to my Grandson William HODGKINSON/ son of my Daughter Mary HODGKINSON the sum of twenty pounds the same to be paid him when/ and at such time as he attains to his full age of one and twenty years. also I give and/ bequeath to my Grandaughter Sarah HODGKINSON Daughter of my said Daughter Mary/ HODGKINSON the sum of fifteen pounds the same to be paid her when and at such time as/ she attains to her full age of one and twenty and I do hereby charge my whole Estate in Washington aforesaid with the payment of the before mentioned legacies in manner as before/ specified. Also I give and devise unto my Son William WHEATCROFT all those my two Houses/ with the Gardens and appurtenances hereto belonging situate and being in Washington aforesaid/ and nor(now?) or late in the possession of Godfrey NOBLE and Joseph THORPE, and also all those Two/ Closes situate lying and being in Washington aforesaid and commonly called or known by the/ name of The Moor pieces containing by Estimation nine acres be the same more or less and all/ Tythes(tithes) of Hay Corn and Grain thereon and therein yearly growing arising and renewing, To/ hold to him the said William WHEATCROFT his heirs and assigns for ever and all the Rest Residue and render of my Estate and Effects both real and personal of what Nature or Kind/ soever and whosesoever and I give devise and bequeath the same to my said son William/ WHEATCOFT his heirs Executors administrators and assigns for ever and do nominate/ constitute and appoint my said son William WHEATCROFT sole Executor of this my Last/ Will and Testament hereby revoking all other and former Wills by me at any time/ heretofore made declaring this only to be my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof/ I have hereunto set my Hand and seal this Sixth day of april in the year of our Lord/ God One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Two./

Signed Sealed published and declared by/ the said Testator John WHEATCROFT and for/ his Last Will and Testament in the presence/ of us who have subscribed our names as/ witnesses thereto in the presence of and at the/ request of the said Testator/
John his X mark BENNET/

John his D mark WHEATCROFT (seal also)/

at Ufton Barnes 3d May 1764/ Let a Probate of this Will be/ granted to William WHEATCROFT/ the sole Executor/ He being sworn in before/ me/ Thos WHITE Snr/ Jno FLETCHER/ Undr £20./


John WHEATCROFT/ his Will/ (Dat. 6. April. 1762)/

Ufton Bs. 3. May/ 1764/ T. Johis WHEATCROFT/ de Crich/ I: Ex: C: Inf: 20£./