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

Will of William Hill of Washington dated 1722

Transcribed by Stuart Hill and reproduced with his permission

In the name of God Amen the 7th day of May in the year of our Lord God 1722 I WILLIAM
HILL of Washinton in the County of Derby yeoman being very Sick and Weake in Body
but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be Given unto God therefore Calling unto mind
the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, doo
make and ordain this my Last will and Testament; that is to say, principally and first of all,
I Give and Recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and for my body,
I recommend it the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and Decent manner, att the
discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting but at the generall Resurrection I shall
Receive the same again by the mighty power of God , and as touching such worldly Estate
wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give, devise, and dispose, of the
same in the following manner and form; Imprimus I give and bequeath to my beloved
Brother THOMAS HILL fifty shillings a year during his natturall Life. Item I leave to
my beloved Brother GEORGE HILL during his natturall Life fifty shillings a year to be
paid att fower payments viz twelfe shillings and sixpence a quarter. Item I leave to my
beloved Sister HELLEN TALOR forty shillings a year during her natturall Life to be paid
weekly if demanded. Item I leave to my loving kinswoman HELLEN RENARD one
shilling to be paid the day of my burial. Item I leave to HELLEN RENARD Junior
daughter to JOHN RENARD one pound one shilling to be paid a year after my decease.
Item I leave to the poor distressed widows of Washinton that have no weekly pay ten shillings
for ever a year to be paid att two paments, viz five shillings att Crismass and five shillings
att Lady day, and for non pament of all or any of the above named legasies to enter upon
my Land, Imprimus I give and bequeath to JOHN HILL my beloved kinsman whom I
likewise Constitute, make and ordain; my only and sole Executor of this my Last Will
and Testament, all and singular my Lands Messuages and Tenements, by him frely to be
possessed and enjoyed; with all my quick goods and househould good and moveables
within upon or any ways appertaining to the said premises: he paing all my Depts; and the
above named Legasies and Defray all my funeral Charges; and I dow hereby utterly disallow
Revoke and disannul all and Every other and former Testaments, wills and Legasies,
Requests, and Executors by me in any ways before this time named willed and bequeathed.
Ratifieing and Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. In witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Will: Hill (signed)


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