Caverswall Probate Wills and Inventories

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Contents:

Ellen Abnett 1639 - Inventory

Raph Adderley 1685 - Will and Inventory

William Adderley 1697 - Will

James Almand 1632 - Will and Inventory

Thomas Ashburie 1606 - Will and Inventory

William Baddeley 1668 - Will and Inventory

George Barghe 1603 - Will and Inventory

Richard Bennison 1639 - Will and Inventory

Oliver Bentelley 1622 - Will

 

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Ellen Abnett 1639 Inventory

A true and perfect Inventory of all the goods & Chattells

of Ellen Abnett widdow late of Roughcoate within

the parishe of Careswall and Countie of Stafford

deceased taken and prized the 4th daie of Januarie 1639

 

                                                                                                li           s          d

Imprimis in gould and silver in her custody………………..   iij          x

Item two silke girdles & Ribbon & stockings………………   0          x

Item three yards of Clothe & two old hatts…………………  0          viij

Item hempe and flaxe………………………………………..   0          iij          iiij

Item one quoshion and 3 peeces of stuffe…………………   0          x

Item viij pewter dishes 4 saucers…………………………..    0          xiij        iiij

Item in lynnen and naperie ware……………………………   0          xxx

Item one featherbed & two blanketts……………………….   0          xxvj     viij

Item old old trunke……………………………………………   0          ij

Item in monies which              George Parker……………..   xxxij

were owinge unto her             Thomas Braddock senior    xj

at the tyme of her death         Thomas Braddock junior….    ix

                                                Henrie Kinge……………….    xxij

Item a silver salt and spoones which

Thomas Braddock senior hath in his

handes…………………………………………………………  iiij         x

 

                                                                        Sum totalis      87        3          4

Prizers

Robert Parker

John XX Watson

  his marke

 

[All same hand. 17 x 22]

Raph Adderley 1685 Will

In the name of god Amen I Raph Adderley of Careswall in

the County of Stafford being weake and sicke in body but

in good and perfect memory thanks be to god Doe make and

ordaine this my last will and testament in maner and

forme following first I bequeath my soule unto Almighty

god my maker and to Jesus Christ my Redeemer trusting

that through the merrits of his sufferings for mee my soule shal

be saved and my body to be buryed att the oversight of my

executor herafter named and for my worldly estate I give

and bequeath as followeth I doe give unto John Adder

ley my brother one shillinge I doe give unto Richard Adderley

my brother one shilling I doe give unto An tur[…..] my sister

one shilling I doe give unto Raph Adderley my Cosson one

shilling I doe give unto william Adderley my Cosson

one shilling I doe give unto John Adderley my Cosson

one shilling I doe give unto Richard Adderley my Cosson

one shilling I doe give unto Samuell Adderley one shilling

I doe give unto An weadersbee my Cosson one shilling I doe

give unto Mary Adderley my Cosson one shilling I doe give

unto Sara Adderley my Cosson one shilling I doe give unto

mistrris doughty my greatt bible I doe give unto dorothy bux

ton five shillings Lastly I doe make and ordaine master Edward

doughty my full executor to see this my will performed

and funerall expences discharged in wittness hereof I

have here unto putt my hand and seale the first day

of September in the yeare of out lord god 1684

 

Sealed & signed in presents or Raph Adderley

                                                8hb8    his marke

dorothy buxton

her + marke

 

william Cooper

 

[Possibly Cooper was the scribe. All same hand. 17 x 25]

 

Raph Adderley 1685 Inventory

A true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the goods Rights &

Credditts of Ralph Adderley late of Careswall in the County of Stafford

Deceased taken and apprized the 19th Day of May in the yeare

of oure Lord God 1685 by us whose names are subscribed

 

                                                                                                                     li – s - d

Imprimis in the Chamber over the kitchen one feather bed 3 Blanketts       

  one Coverlid one boulster Curtains Vallaines

  and Counterpaine……………………………………………………………   03-10-00

Item 4 paire of sheets, 7 Napkins, 2 Tablecloaths, 3 Pillowbeers……….   01-00-00

Item one Lookeinglass………………………………………………………     00-02-06

Item one Chest………………………………………………………………..    00-06-00

Item one Coffer………………………………………………………………..    00-03-00

Item one trunk with Drawers…………………………………………………    00-03-04

Item two little fforkins…………………………………………………………    00-01-06

Item in the kitchen 1 tinn Dripping pan one little pewter Candlestick

  two little pewter Dishes one pewter porringer one brass skillett

  one Iron Rostinge plate one brass Ladle one tin tundish one

  Dredginge Box & two little spitts……………………………………………   00-08-00

Item two wooden Chaires…………………………………………………….   00-06-00

Item one pockett watch ould & broken………………………………………   01-00-00

Item one ffowlinge piece………………………………………………………   00-06-08

Item one Peale…………………………………………………………………   00-01-00

Item his wearinge Apparrell & money in his purse…………………………   03-00-00

Item for things forgotten & unapprized………………………………………   00-01-00

 

                                                                                    Sum total………….. 10-09-00

 

Apprized by us

 

Thomas

Rowley

 

William Heath junior

 

[All same hand except Rowley’s name indicating that William Heath junior wrote the text. 19 x 24]

 

 

William Adderley 1697 Will

In the Name of god Amen the seventh day of June in the nineth yeare

of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord William the third by the Grace of God of

England Scottland ffrance & Ireland kinge Defender of the faith Anno

Domini 1697 I William Adderley of Cookes=hill in the County of Stafford

Gentleman beinge weake in body but of sound & perfect memory (praised to God)

Doe make constitute and appointe this my last Will & testament in manner &

forme followinge first I comend my soule into the hands of Almighty

God whoe gave it hopinge through the merritts death & passion of

Jesus Christ my alone Saviour and Redeemer to receive full & free pardon

of all my sinnes & my body I comitt to the earth to be decently intered at

the discrecon of my Executors hereafter named and as touchinge that temporall

estate wherewith God in his mercy hath bless’d me with I give & dispose

thereof as followeth (that is to say) I give & bequeath to my

Neece Jane the wife of Ralph Mountfort the sume of three pounds

Also I give & bequeath to my Neece Magdalon the wife of William

Bamford the sume of three pounds Alsoe I give & bequeath to my Cozon

Jane Adderley wife of John Adderley of Derby the sume of three

pounds And to the wife of my Cozon Ralph Adderley of Chesterfield

the sume of three pounds And to his Daughters Lydia and Anne the

sume of three pounds apeice And to my Cozon Elizabeth Adderley wife of my

Nephewe Samuell Adderley the sume of three pound And to my Cozons

Jane & Ralph Adderley sonne & Daughter of my kinswoman Jane Adderley

wife of the said John Adderley three pounds apeice Also I give &

bequeath to my Cozon Charles Adderley sonne of the said John Adderley the

sume of three pound And to my Cozon William Lathropp the older three pound

Alsoe I give & bequeath to William Heath the younger of carswall fourty

shillinges To Anthony Warrilowe of fforbrooke three pound To Anne

the wife of Edward Davenport my servant twenty pounds To Jane Beech

fourty shillinges To William Beech fourty shillinges To William Gallimore John

Clarke & James fflower my workemen tenne shillinges apeice To Oliver

Clarke tenn shillinges To Richard Beech tenn shillinges To John

Tunnicliffe of Carswall twenty shillinges All which sayd Legacyes my

minde & Will is shall be payd by my executors within six months

next after my Decease

Also I give & bequeath to the poore on this side of the water of

the parish of Carswall fourty shillinges And to the poore of the other

side of the water twenty shillinges And to the poore of the parish of

Dillorn fourty shillinges And to the poore of the parish of Cheadle

fourty shillinges. All which sayd sumes to the poore my minde & Will

is shall be payd by my executors before my interrment all the rest residue

& remainder of my personall estate after my debts funerall expences & legacyes hereby

bequeath’d [….] payd & discharg’d I give & bequeath unto my sayd Nephewe

Samuell Adderley & my kinsman John Adderley of Derby Gentleman to be equally

& proportionally divided betwixt them And Lastly I doe nominate and

appointe my said kinsman John Adderley of Derby Gentleman & my lovinge friend

John Hayne of Uttoxiter Gentleman executors of this my last Will & Testament And

doe give & bequeath to the said John Haynes fourty shillinges upon condicon

he take upon him the execucion of this my Will And further my minde &

Will is that what charges & Expences soever my executors shall be at in the

performance of this my Will shall be first deducted & payd out of the surplusage

of my estate before any dividend be made betwixt my Nephewe Samuell

Adderley and my kinsman John Adderley of Derby aforesaid In Witness

whereof I have putt my hand & seale the day & yeare first

 

Abovewritten:/

                                                                                    Will Adderley

Signed sealed published & declared

to be the last Will & Testament of the

said William Adderley (the severall [..]issues made                          

& interlineations being inserted before

the sealinge & publishinge hereof

 

William Cartwright

Edward Hordorn

William Heath junior

 

[All same hand except for the names of William cartwright & Edward Hordorn – All 3 names appear to be signatures indicating that William Heath junior wrote the main text. Although interlienations are mentioned the text doesn’t contain any]

 

James Almand 1632 Will

In the name of god Amen The fifteenth day of march Anno Domini 1632 I James

Almand of Carswall in the Countie of Stafford husbandman sicke in bodie

but of good and perfect remembrance doe make & ordaine this my last will &

testament in manner and fourme following ffirst I give and bequeath my soule

to Almightie God my maker and to Jesus Christ my redeemer and saviour by

whose merits I Hope to be saved and my body to Christian buriall Imprimis

as concerning my worldly goods I give unto Mary Almond my Best daughter

twentie shillings of lawfull money of England Item I give unto the said

Marie the third part of all my goods debts and Chattells moveable and

unmoveable of what Condicon soever Item I give unto Elinor Almond my

younger daughter one other third part of all my goods debts and Chattells

as aforsaid Item I give unto my Executor the other third parte of all my goods

debts and Chattells as aforsaid Item my will is that first my funerall expences

shalbe discharged out of my before mentioned goods and next that my the said

goods as aforesaid shalbe equally and imediatly divided amongst my said twoo

daughters Mary and Elinor and my said Executor and then that the said Mary

shall have the said xxs payd unto her out of the said two parts of my goods

which I give unto the said Elinor and to my Executor And that it be soe

payde unto her within the space of twoo moneths next after the daye of

my decease Item I doe Constitute ordaine nominate and appointe Isabell

Almond my wife my true and lawfull Executor to this my will &

Testament performed in manner as is hereby declared as my trust is in

her

 

Read sealed signed & delivered

In the presence of

Richard Bentley

John Watson senior

John Watson junior

 

[All same hand except Richard Bentley’s name which appears to be a signature. 18 x 15]

 

James Almand 1632 Inventory

A true and just Inventorie of all the goods Cattells and Chattells of James

Almond deceased taken the xith day of Aprill Anno Domini 1633

 

                                                                        li           s          d

Imprimis twoo kyne and Calves……………  vj

Item one Cowe in Calve…………………….  iiij

Item twoo heifers…………………………….  iiij         xiij        iiij

Item twoo stirkes…………………………….  ij           vj         viij

Item one nagge………………………………  ij           xiij        iiij

Item nine hogge sheepe…………………….  i           x

Item one Cubbord……………………………              x

Item brasse and peauter……………………               xiij        iiij

Item for bedding and sheets and naperie

  ware………………………………………..    i           x

Item Coffers and bords and bedstids

  and one bench……………………………..               xiij        iiij

Item haye…………………………………….              iij          iiij

Item linnen yearne…………………………..               iij

Item woodden ware and implements……..                v

Item butter and cheese…………………….                xiij        iiij

Item one carte one paire of horse […….]…               vij

Item yron ware………………………………               iiij

Item one painted cloth……………………..                            vj

Item moneys oweinge………………………   xij         xiij        iiij

Item his purse and apparrell………………..   iiij         x

 

                        Suma totalis    43li 9s 6d

 

Praysers of theise goods were

theise whose names are subscribed

 

John Watson senior  M his marke

William Cookes T his marke

Thomas Austen A his marke

 

[All text same hand. 17 x 22]

 

Thomas Ashburie 1606 Will

In the name of god Amen I Thomas

Ashburie of the meere within the

parishe of Careswall Althoughe sicke

in bodie yet of good and perfecte

remembrance (God be praised therefore

Doe ordaine and make this my last will &

Testament in manner and forme followinge

ffirst I give and bequeath my soule

into the hands of Almightie God my

my Creator trustinge to be saved by the

meritts of Jesus Christ my deare saviour And

my bodie to be buried in the parishe Churchyard

of Careswall And as Concerninge my

wordlie goods first my will is that my debtes

shalbe paied And further I give and

bequeathe unto margerie my wiffe the third

parte of all my goods and chattells Also I

give and bequeathe all the residewe of my

goods chattles and debtes not before bequeathed

among my nyne Children equallie to be

Devided amongest them Savinge that my

mynd and will is and I Doe hereby give and

bequeathe unto my youngest daughter Dorothie

xxs more than the other Children

to be taken for the goods formerlie bequeathed unto my

said children And I make my said

wiffe my sole executrixe of this my last

will And my Overseere to see this

performed accordinglie I entreat my

neighboure Raffe Browne

 

Witnesss hereunto Raffe Browne

George Saunders John Baggyley

& others

 

[All same hand. 17 x 28]

 

Thomas Ashburie 1606 Inventory

A trewe and perfect Invventorie of all

and singular the goods Chattles and

Debtes of Thomas Asburie of

the meere deceased taken the

last daie of Marche Anno

Domini 1606

 

                                                            li           s          d

Imprimis iij mares…………………..   iij          xiij        iiij

Item two Coltes…………………….                xxvj     viij

Item three keene and three

  heifors…………………………….     xj

Item xxtie sheepe…………………..    iiij         vj         viij

Item iij swine……………………….                 xiij        iiij

Item henns & geese………………                 v

Item brasse and pewter…………..                 iij

Item lynnen………………………...                xiij        iiij

Item beddinge……………………..                 xxvj     iiij

Item treyne ware of all sorts……..                  v          vj

Item bords formes shelfes

  tressells stooles and chaires…..                   v

Item bedsteeds coffers and a

  dishborde………………………..                   xij

Item painted Cloathes……………                  ij           vj

Item lynnen yearne……………….                 vij         vj

Item his wearinge apparrell……...                  xiij        iiij

Item husbandrye ware……………                 v

Item a brandard one fireshovle

  two spitts one paire of Cobirons

  gridle pottchaine one paire of

  tonuges a slyce…………………..                 iij          viij

Item bacon…………………………                v

Item Corne uppon the ground……                 xiij        iiij

Item a lease of a tenament for

  two years and a half…………….                  xl

Item Smythie tooles of all

  sortes and iron in the same……..                 xxvj     viij

Item Debtes owinge him………….                 xxxviij  iij

 

            Sum total 35li 12s 5d

 

Praised and valewed by us

Rauffe Browne

John Bolde &

William Done

 

[Bolde’s name is possibly the same hand as the main text – diff to the other 2 names which are diff to each other. Note consistency in Rauffe Browne’s style denoting a signature. 12 x 32]

 

William Baddeley 1668 Will

In the name of god Amen I william baddeley of Careswall

and County of Stafford Mason being sicke and weake in body

but in perfectt memory thanks be to god for that I doe hereby Revoake all

former wills by mee made and I doe ordaine and make this my

last will in maner and forme following first I bequeath my soule

to god my maker and to Jesus Christ my Redeemer trusting that

my soule shall be saved through the merritts of his sufferings for

mee and my body to be buryed in the Church or Churchyard of

Careswall att the oversight of my Executor hereafter mentioned and

for my worldly goods and estate I doe give and bequeath as followeth

I doe give unto my brother John baddeley his two Children fifteene

pounds to be payd Equally betweene them att my mothers decease I doe

give unto John fisher his wife three pound and to his three Children

twelve pound to be payd Equally among them att my mothers decease

I doe give unto my brother Thomas baddeley fifteene pound to be payd

att my mothers decease I doe give unto my brother Richard baddeley

five pound to be paid at my mothers decease I doe give unto my sister

Ellen baddeley fifteene pound to be payd att my mothers decease I doe give

unto my sister Jone baddeley fifteene pound to be payd att my mothers

decease I doe leave Corne meale houshould goods and my apparell

to be disposed of by my Executor and my mother Lastly I doe

make and ordaine my loving ffrend and kinsman Thomas

whithurst my full and lawfull Executor to see this my will

performed my debts payd my legacyes and funerall Expences

discharged witnes my hand and seale the seavententh

day of July in the twentith yeare of the Raigne of our soveraigne

lord King Charles the second and in the yeare of our lord god

1668

 

sealed in witnes of

 

william Cooper                                                   the marke of

Thomas Boulton                                                        [X]

                                                                        william baddeley

 

[written on the reverse side]

 

memornadum that before the sealing and

delivery hereof that my Executor thomas

whithurst shall pay unto my mother for

her maintenance yearely for her life the

interest of the [sume] of these legacyes

before or within mentioned

 

[19 x 27. All same hand. Date of probate Carswell 24 Nov 1668 John Burtinshaw Deputt]

 

William Baddeley 1668 Inventory

A true and perfect Inventory of all the good Cattles and Chattles

of William Baddeley deceased taken and prased by us whose

names are underwritten

                                                                                    li           s          d

Imprimis Brass and pewter..................................       01        00        00

Husbandry wares of all kinds...............................       02        00        00

ffor all his tooles...................................................       00        05        00

one Cheesetubb one Churne and two Cheares..       00        06        00

hay.......................................................................       00        06        08

Weareing Apparrell..............................................       02        10        00

Beddinge.............................................................        02        00        00

one Coffer............................................................       00        03        04

debts due by band

Alice Curtaine......................................................       04        18        00

Thomas Hambleton.............................................       10        03        00

Rogger Degg.......................................................       10        10        00

Thomas Hasslam................................................        21        10        00

William Baddeley................................................        10        12        00

John Sikes..........................................................        00        07        00

Thomas Vize.......................................................        10        00        00

Lawrance Whewhall............................................        05        00        00

debts out of Band

William Baddeley.................................................       03        00        00

Izabell Baddeley..................................................       00        09        00

John Baddeley.....................................................       04        08        00

Richard Baddeley................................................       00        18        00

                                                                                    -----------------------

                                                                                    81        17        00

 

John Smith

William Cooper  apprisers

 

[All same hand with the exception of John Smith’s name which is a signature. 18 x 25]

 

 

George Barghe 1603 Will

[Right side of document torn]

 

In the name of god Amen the xxixth daie of Auguste in [the]

yeare of our Lord Christ a Thousand Sixe hundred and [three]

I George Barghe vicar of Careswall in the Countie of [Stafford]

do make and ordeyne this my last will and Testamente in ma[ner]

and forme following. first I give and bequeath my soule [to]

almightie God my creator, and to Jesus Christ my one

redeemer trusting to be saved by his onelie deathe

and bloudsheeding. And as concerning my worldly

goods first I give to John Ridar iijs iiijd. to John Sin

iijs iiijd  .to John Pighin iijs iiijd. to Joane Don[………]

to Stephen Tammes ijs. to William Clearke ij[……...]

Anne Dowe ijs. To widow Cowper ijs. to Alice Brass[ington]

ijs. to Margerie Cowper wife of John Cowper xijd. to [……..]

paid unto them within one moneth after my decease [by my]

executors. Item I give unto Helene Robynson my […….....]

the best cowe that I have. Item to William B[……….…]

brother John his sonne one Cowe. Item I give un[…..…..]

Deane my Coson two kyne, xxte sheepe […….….]

one halfe of a cloase called Rowleadge durin[……..]

[…….] Item to everie godchild which I have xi[……..]

give unto Thomas Bolton my servant boye [………]

their lambes to be ordered and putt to hi[………]

use by Humprey Deane one of my [………..]

give to the reparacon of the parishe Churc[h]

xxs. Item I give to my Brother William my [………]

and to my brother John my frise Coate & my [……..]

and to Master Deane one peere of Breeches. Item I give […..]

my brother ffrancis Barghe x sheepe. Item I give to […….]

kinswoman Margarett Devile xli in monie to be paid […..]

her by my executors within one moneth after my decease.

Item I give to my serountte boye Thomas Bolton x[……]

in monie to be ordered and putto his use by Humphrey De[……]

The rest of my goods moveable and unmoveable, my

Funerall expences discharged I will shall equally be

devided amongst my servannts Humphrey Deane and

Anne Barghe. Item I make my executors the said

Humphrey Deane and Anne Barghe

 

by me George Barghe

 

These being wittnesses hereof

Thomas Browne

William Cooks

 

[George Barghe’s signature is an almost illegible scrawl, at this point being unable to write any great detail, & definitely diff to the hand that wrote the will. Thomas Browne’s name is also diff to the main text. Possible that William Cooks name is the same as the main text. 16 x 28]

 

George Barghe 1603 Inventory

[Top corners of document torn]

 

A trewe and perfect inventorie […..]

third Daie of August 1603 of [……..]

goods Cattell Chattells and Debtes of George

Barghe vicar of Careswall Deceased

 

                                                                        li           s          d

Imprimis all his bookes……………………….             xx       

Item viij Cushions……………………………..                        iij          iiij

Item iij peeres of lynnen cloaths…………….             xiiij       vj

Item one Desk and a baskett………………..                         vij

Item xj baggs………………………………….             v

Item ij ffeatherbedds…………………………             xx

Item v bolsters and iij pillowes………………              x

Item one bedsteed one bord and

  one forme……………………………………             iij          iiij

Item vj coverletts……………………………..             xxiij      iiij

Item v blanketts………………………………             xiij        iiij

Item one chaffe bett and iij twill

  sheetes……………………………………..               iiij

Item xij peare of sheetes and one

  Dozen of napkins…………………………..              xl

Item iij table cloathes iij hand

  towells and iiij pillow beares………………                xij

Item viij pewter Dishes iiij sawcers

  and ij saltes………………………………..                x

Item two three pannes iij pottes ij kettells

  and ij candlestickes………………………                 xxxiij    iiij

Item two potthookes ij pottchaines

  ij paire of tonges one grate and

  one fire shovell……………………………                iij          iiij

Item one brandiron…………………………                            xij

Item one plate………………………………                            viij

Item one spinnge while……………………                             xij

Item two Chaires one bord and one

  forme………………………………………                 ij           vj

Item iiij bedsteeds…………………………                 vj         viij

Item iiij Chestes……………………………                 v          vj

Item one hutch one steepinge satt

  Iij barrells iiij loomes v bookes and

  piggins…………………………………….                 xvj

Item xxfie wooden dishes and

  trenchers…………………………………                              xvj

Item iij silver spoones……………………                    viij

Item ij pewter spoones…………………..                                j

Item viij gallons of butter and

  xl: cheses…………………………………                 xxxiij    iiij

Item iij sakes of meale ij sakes

  of barley and one sake of Rye…………                  viij

Item in bacon and beefe…………………                   v

Item one backestone and one testerne                      ij

Item iij cheeshatches…………………….                    ij

Item all manner of his wearinge

  apparrell…………………………………..                  iij          vj         viij       

Item a flaskett with dust and hempe….                      iij

Item iij syves and one baskett……………                              ix

Item in wool and timber……………………                 vj

Item glasses and ponpotts………………..                              viij

Item a bason and a Dason………………..                             xij

Item one gallon and a half of

  hunnye & ij hives of bees………………..                 v

Item ij saddles and iij bridles with

  all other furniture thereunto……………..                  v

Item waines yokes plowes and

  other husbandrie ware…………………..                  xl

Item one iron spitt and one paire

  of Cobeeds one fryinge panne one

  Crossett and one Drippinge panne…….                               xx

Item one black bill and one sword………                   ij

Item  ij parcells of ground taken for

  certaine years……………………………      xiiij

Item ij arkes of haye……………………..                   liij         iiij

Item Corne unthrashed………………….        vj

Item iiij oxen and ij steeres………………       xvj

Item vij kyne and iij heiffers……………..       xx

Item iiij stirkes and one twinter

  bullocke…………………………………..      v          vj         viiij

Item iiij weaninge Calves…………………                  xl

Item one mare and a yearlinge………….       iiij

Item iij hogges and ij pigges……………..                   xxxiij    iiij

Item ffowrescore and fowre old sheepe

  and xxxix lambes………………………..      xxiij      iij          iiij

Item geese hens and duckes……………                   v

Item mucke………………………………..                  ij

Item Debtes owinge him…………………       xx        xviij      iiij

Item in readie monie……………………..       xxiiij

 

Rated and praised by us

Thomas Goodanter

Robert Parker

Rauffe Browne &

Thomas Browne

 

[All same hand. 2 pages i)15 x 37. Ii) 15 x 37]

 

Richard Bennison 1639 Will

In the name of God Amen. I Richard Bennison of Hardeswicke in the

parishe of Careswall & County of Staffs Cooke Being Sicke in body yet in

perfect remembrance (Blesied be god therfore) do ordaine & make this my last will

and testament in manner and forme following : And first I comend my Soule into

the hands of almighty god my heavenly father, trusting in & through the meritts of

Jesus his deare Son & my only Saviour to have everlasting life and my body to

christian Buryall at the will of my Executors

 

And further for my temporall estate : whereas Thomas Rudyard of Rudyard esquire

by his Indenture of lease bearing date under his hand & seale bearing date the

fourth day of December in the ffirste yeare of his majesties Reigne did devise unto me

the said Richard one tenement messuage or Burgage with the appurtenances therunto belonging

to have and to hould to me the said Richard my Executors & assignes for & during

the naturall life of me the said Richard Bennison, Grace my wife and Thomas Bennison

of Bridbury in the parishe of [Stoffert] and County of Chester husbandman and

for and during the life of the longest liver of them as by the Same Indenture

more at [large] it doth & may appeare. Now my will & mind is that Grace Bennison

my said wife shall by vertue of this my last will & testament have & enjoy the said tenememt

messuage and Burgage with the appurtenances therunto belonging, together with all the

Rents for which the Same is now lett, in whose possession the same shall now be in

And I doe by these [……] assigne over unto  the said Grace my wife, all the right and

estate […] I have therin, by vertue of the Indenture of the date aforesayd

To have & to hould to her the said Grace, from and after the death of me the said

Richard bennison for & during the tearme of her naturall life, yeelding paying

and performing all such Rents duly as & serving unto the said Thomas Rudyard

as shall borow due by reason of the said Indenture of Lease : And from and

after the decease of her the said Grace my will & mind is And I doe by these

[….] assigne and sett over, give and bequeath all the Right title estate and

interest which I have by vertue and force of the foresaid recited Indenture

of lease unto my three beloved children Thomas Bennison & George

Bennison my sonnes and Grace Bennison my daughter to be equally devided

amongst them. Item my debts paid and my funerall expences discharged, all

the rest and residue of all my goods Cattells and chattells I give and bequeath unto

my thresaid children Thomas Bennison George Bennison & Grace Bennison

equally to be devided amongst them. And lastly I ordaine and make

Grace Bennison my said wife my lawfull & sole Executrix of this my last

will & testament And I desire James Austen my father in law to be overseer

that this my last will & testament be performed according to the true intent and

meaning hereof. In witnes whereof I have hereunto putt my hand & seale

this Twenty day of may in the 14th yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord

King Charles Anno Domini 1639

 

Sealed in the presence of us                          Richard  S Bennison

James Creswall                                                       his marke

Thomas Titterton his marke T

 

[All same hand. 19 x 30]

 

Richard Bennison 1639 Inventory

A true and perfect Inventory of all the Goods Cattells

and Chattells of Richard Bennison late of Hardiwicke

with in the parishe of Careswall and County of Stafford

Cooke deceased taken the 17th day of June 1639 by us

whose names are subscribed

 

                                                                                                            li           s          d

Imprimis one horse……………………………………………………     5                     

Item 2 seiled beds with a payre of bedsteds………………………      2          12

Item 2 bourds with foure buffett stooles……………………………                16

Item one pott………………………………………………………….               xx

Item one seiled coffer………………………………………………..               viij

Item one coffer, one backston with a brundiron…………………..                            xviij

Item 9 shelves, two long formes with a wyne chayre…………….                v

Item one bourd with a frame and one little cupbord………………                vj

Item two salt pyes with a dishe cradell…………………………….                             xij

Item two broaches one fire shovell, with augers, handsawes…..     

  & such like implements with a little table with one cupbord & 2 stooles       xj

Item two featherbeds with five bolsters and two pillowes………       iiij

Item three coverletts and foure blanketts…………………………                 xxvj

Item thre payre of flaxen sheets, two pillowboards

  with two table clothes……………………………………………..                  xliiij

Item two payre of hempen sheets with a towell

  and one peire of napkeyings……………………………………..                  xij

Item two boxes with a truncke and a coffer………………………                  vj         viij

Item pewter…………………………………………………………..                 xij

Item a pott and a skellett……………………………………………                 iiij

Item two leaden waights……………………………………………                             xx

Item a peece and a payre of byrd netts…………………………...                 v

Item his apparrell and money in his purse………………………..                  xxx

 

                                                                                    Suma totalis    22        1          10

Prized by us

John Watson his marke M

John Bagnold his marke X

Thomas Taylor his marke I

 

[All same hand. 18 x 26]

 

Oliver Bentelley 1622

In the name of god amen The xxvth day of Julye in the yeare of

our lord god (1622) I Oliver Bentelley of Careswall in the

countye of Stafforde massone beinge sicke in bodye but of good

and perfecte Remembrance thankes and prayse be to Almightie

god doe make and ordayne this my testament wherein I doe declaire

my last will in manner and forme followinge That is to

say first and principally I bequeath my soule into the hands

of allmightie god my onlye maker and Redeemer and by whose

death and passion I hope to have forgivnes of my sinnes and

inheritance in the Kingdome of heaven And as touchinge my

bodye my will is that yt shall be buried in the parish church or

Churchyarde of Chedleton where yt shall be thought fitt by

the discretion of mine executors And as touchinge my worldly

goods I give and bequeath as hereafter followeth ffirst of

all I give and bequeath unto Constance my wife all that

[?revision] of a lease of a tenement in Bagnold to me belong

inge I likewise give and beqeuath unto my sayd wife all my

tearme and title in four dayes worke with a teame of marked

grounde knowne and paynted forth lyinge in a peere of grounde

called the Kellsons in Dillorne parrish taken and bargayned

of William Watt of fforsbroucke and all the corne now

growinge thereon whereof ij dayes worke be and continew

ij yeares and the other ij dayes worke for three yeares I

likewise give unto my sayd wife one debt of eleaven pounds

ten shillinges dew unto mee beinge in the hands of Thomas

Bentelley of the launde and likewise I give unto my sayd

wife one other debt of ffortye five shillinges beinge in the

hands of Thomas Brassington of Bagnold and likewise one

other debt of ffortye shillinges beinge in the hands of James

willsone of weston coyney and likewise one other debt of

twentye shillinges beinge in the hands of Thomas Bentelley

my sonne dew to be payd at the decease of Thomas wall of

whithurst I likewise give unto my sayd wife four kine and

tow heifer stirkes and ten sheepe and likewise I give unto

my sayd wife all my houshould goods whatsoever both moveable

And unmoveable exceptinge one bed with the furniture thereof which

I give unto Margery my daughter now wife unto Robert Ellsye

And also I doe appoynte and yt is my will and meaninge that

Constance my wife shall pay and discharge all my debts which

art these to Thomas Killvard my sonne in law xjli ten shill

ings at michaellmas next ensuinge, and five pounds at mayday

next followinge, and also seven pounds to Robert Ellsye my other

sonne in law at the feast of St michaell which shall be in the

yeare of our lord god (1623) I likewise give unto my sayd

wife all my tooles belonginge to my trade with tow peare of

bellowes and tow iron studdyes, I likewise give unto my sayd

wife all my apparrell whatsoever I likewise give unto Thomas

Bentelley my sonne and to my tow daughters Margerye and

Issable and to their tow husbands to eaich one of them xijd

for there parte and whole parte of all my sayd goods what

soever and likewise when all thinges are set in order betwene

my master and mee if their happen to be any remainder of money

in his hands be yt lesse or more I give yt whole to my sayd

wife And of this my last will and testament I doe make

and ordayne Constance my wife my sole executor revokinge

all other former will and testaments whatsoever In wittnes

whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seale the day

and yeare first above written these beinge witnesses

 

Robert Cooper

Richard Baddelley

Roger Tames

 

[All same hand. 2 pages, both 18 x 28]

 

Raphe Bolton 1591 - Will

In the name of god Amen the vijth daye of September and in Anno domini 1591 I

raphe Bolton of careswall in the Countie of Stafford husbandman being of good

and perfect remembrance praysed be allmightie god therefore doe make & ordeyne

this my last will and Testament in manner and forme followinge ffirst I geve

and bequeath my Soule to allmightie god my maker and redemer and my

bodie to be buried in the parishe churche of careswall aforesayd Item I bequeath

to Raphe Heiley one broad headed heifer [?fellow to his none]. Item I bequeath

to Raphe Boulton all my husbandrye ware as weanes, plowes, harrowes

yokes cheanes and all other implements belonging to the same Item I bequeath

to Alice Bridgwood my sister one coverlid Item I geve to my cowsen

agnes walker one coverlid being two of my beste coverlids Item I bequeath

to the said Raphe boulton fowre bullockes Item I bequeath to william

Ralin one cowe Item I bequeath to the said Raphe heiley my bedd

which I lye in with all things therto belonging And also my two greateste

coffers standing by it Item I bequeath to my cosen John bridgwood

my best broache or spitt Item I geve to my said sister Alice one [?pide]

cowe Item I geve to my cosen Thomas boulton one calfe Item I bequeath

to my cosen John ralin his children one cowe Item I bequeath to my said

cosen heiley one mare & a foule Item I geve to my said cosen John Ralyn

my obligacon which I have agoynst Thomas Rowley and John wood with

all the debts and damages which the law hath recorded by the same obligacon

and all other debts what so ever in payment of vijli which I borrowed of the

said John Item I ordeyne and make and my will is that after I be honest

lye brought home my debts payd, my legasies performed & my funerals

discharged all the rest of my goods to be bestowed Emongest my frends

at the discrecon of my executors Item I make & constitute John Ralyn

my true and lawfull executor to see this my last will be performed

as my trust is in hym Debtes owing to me first Richard pollson

of boteslow oweth me iijli xiijs iiijd Item Roger foxe late of meere lane end

oweth me xs Debts which I owe first to william heiley for two dayes work

Item to Alice bridgwood xxs Item to John Ralyn xxs

            These being witnesses to the same

                        Thomas walker

                        George Barghe

 

[18 x 22. All same hand]

 

Raphe Bolton 1591 - Inventory

This is the true Inventorye of all the goods & chattels

of Raphe boulton of the parishe of careswall in the countye

of Stafford lately deceased taken the xixth day of october

Anno 1591 and praised by william Browne Thomas hamersley

Robert walker & Godfrey ralyn as followeth

 

                                                                                    li           s          d

ffirst one oxe & iij bullocks priced....................           vij

Item iiij Kyne priced........................................            vj         xiij        iiij

Item ij calves..................................................             x

Item one mare & a fole...................................                        xxx

Item ij Swyne..................................................                        xij

Item v geese...................................................                        ij           vj

Item otes in the barne....................................            iij          vj         viij

Item Rye in the barne.....................................                        xxx

Item french wheat...........................................                        v

Item heye.......................................................             xl

Item corne on the ground...............................                        x

Item ij brasse pannes.....................................             viij        viij

Item ij brasse potts.........................................             vj         viij

Item ij chaffing dishes ij brasen candlesticks.                        iiij

Item one hetchell............................................                                    viij

Item xvij peecs of puter..................................                        xj

Item x puter spones........................................                                    iiij

Item ij waxe cakes..........................................                        ij

Item ij fetherbedds..........................................                        xx

Item iij bolsters...............................................             iij

Item vj coverlids.............................................             xxx

Item ij blankets ij wynosheets.........................                        iiij

Item vij sheets................................................             viij

Item ij table clothes iij towels one pillowbeer

        ij table napkins.......................................             viij

Item weanes plowes yokes picks mattocks

        axes hatchets naggers spads priced......                        xlvj                  

Item ij yron branches and yron grate one

        covbert one land yron priced..................                        v          vj

Item his apparell.............................................             x

Item one cresset one old hanger....................                                    vj

Item ij striks one halfe stryke one perk

        ij bowkes iij lomes ij basens one ca[nn]e priced vij

Item one cheare vj coffers iij bedstockes

        iij fats ij turnels one cheese cratch priced                       xxxix

Item xiiij cheeses..........................................                          iij          vj

Item old stroke & nayle for a weane.............                          x

Item canvas yearne......................................                                      xij

Item iij cheares one table ij formes iij chusshens

        hempe a packsadle a wisket one peer of

        yron tongs one peer of pott hoks iiij sacks

        one brand yron....................................                            xij

 

                                    sum totalis       xxxvjli iijs iiijd   

[15 x 29. All same hand]