Will of John Wheatcroft of Wessington dated 1762

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 remaihttp://secure.livechatinc.com/licence/2516761/open_chat.cgi?groups=0&embedded=1&session_id=S1435924491.2460ce7a00#nder 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£./