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

Will of John Reynolds of Plaistow dated 14 October 1780

Transcribed by Stuart Hill

I John Reynolds of Plaistow in the parish of Crich and County of Derby Gentleman do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say First I will that all my just debts & ffuneral Expenses be fully paid and discharged by my Executors hereinafter named Also I give and divise unto my dear wife Susanna Reynolds for and during the term of her natural life All that my Messuage house at Plaistow aforesaid wherein I now live with the Stable(s) Barns Cowhouses & other Buildings thereunto belonging together with those(?) Closes or parcels of land lying near theme?) and on the south side of the Dark lane containing about sixteen acres with the Appurtenances now in my own possession and which divise to my said wife I will shall be in consideration of her (receaving?) her Dower of and in my other Estate Also I give to my said wife the use and Enjoymnt. of so much of my furniture now in my said Messuage house as she shall make choice of for and during the Term of her natural life and I also give to my said wife Twenty Pounds to be paid to her within one month after my Decease and all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate both real and of personal of whatsoever(?) kind so ever and wheresoever I give and devise and bequeath unto my good ffriend the Reverend Laurence Bowne of Dronfield in the said County of Derby Clerk and my Brother Mr. George Reynolds and their heirs In trust that they and the survivors of them and the Heirs Extors and Aductors of such survivor shall by Sale Mortgage or otherwise of my said Personal Estate and of all or any of part of my said real Estate as to them in their Discretion shall seem must raise so much as shall be necessary to pay and discharge all my Just Debts ffuneral Expenses and the Legacy hereby given to my said dear wife and after payment and discharge thereof and subject thereto I give and bequeath all that shall remain of my said rest and residue unto my said dear wife for and during her natural life and from and after her decease I give and bequeath all my real and personal Estate that shall then remain undisposed of for the purposes aforesaid unto my said Brother George Reynolds his heirs Extors Aductors and Assigns and I do hereby appoint the said Laurence Bourne & my Brother George Reynolds Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other Wills leg(ally) made and I do hereby will and devise that my said Executors and Trustees shall not be answerable or accountable one for the other or for the Acts of the other but each of them for his own Acts only nor for any Money but what shall actually come to their own ( ..... ) hands and I do authorise them to deduct out of the Trust Moneys and premises all such Costs Charges and Expenses as they or either of them shall or may incur by reason or means of executing the Trusts hereby in them reposed In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the fourteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty.

(signed J Reynolds)

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