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GREAT HARWOOD

The Will of William Mercer 1754
Lancashire Record Office
WCW/INFRA/Mercer, William/1754

In the name of God Amen the seventh day of October in the Year of our Lord God one Thousand seven Hundred and fity four I William Mercer of Great Harwood in the County of Lancaster Yeoman being sick and weak of Body but of Perfect mind and memory Praised be to God Almighty therefore desirous to File and have things in order at my death knowing the uncertainty of the time hereof Do make and declare this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me heretofore made and I hope god will not reject me a returning Penitient when I come to him for mercy. And as for my Body I commend it to the Earth to be buried at the Discretion of my executor hereafter mentioned in full assurance of its Resurrection at the last day. And as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to blese me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. (first) It is my mind that all my Just Debts and funeral Expenses be paid and also the Probate of this my Will. Then I give and Bequeath unto Thomas Mercer son of my Brother Richard Mercer deceased the sum of Ten Pounds then I give unto Ellen Tattersal the wife of James Tattersal Daughter of the aforesaid Richard Mercer the sum of Ten pounds. Then I give unto Mary Mercer the Wife of William Mercer Innkeeper in Whalley the sum of five pounds. Then I give unto Mary Boocock the widow of Benjamin Boocock late deceased of Downham in the aforesaid County The sum of five pounds. Then I give unto Elizabeth Wigglesworth Wife of John Wigglesworth Carpinter of Downham the sum of five Pound . Then I give Jennet Tattersall Widow to Lawrence Tattersall of Downham the sum of five Pounds. Then I give unto Tamer the sister to William Mercer skinner of South Oram Near Halifax in the County of York the sum of ten pounds then I give unto Mary Hindle single woman my Housekeeper the sum of ten Pounds. Likewise I give unto the aforesaid Mary Hindle one Cottage now inhabited by Robert Mercer During her life if she pleaseth to dwell in it being part of a Tenement that I hold by lease under Thomas Hesketh of Rufford Esq. Then I give unto Thomas Mercer son of Alexander of Harwood aforesaid the sum of ten shillings and sixpence. Then I give unto William Whittaker son of William Whittaker of Rishton the sum of ten shillings. Lastly I give and Bequeath unto William Mercer Skinner in South Oram Near Halifax in the County of York he the said William Mercer being the Eldest son of my Brother Thomas deceased all the rest residue and Remainder of My Estate whatsoever and wheresoever of what Nature or kindsoever all which leggacies Aforesaid I order to be paid by my Executor hereafter named with Twelve Months after my Desease. And I constitute and make the said William Mercer of South Oram aforesaid and William Peacop of Great Harwood aforesaid Executors of this my last Will and Testament hoping they will faithfully Perform the same as my trust in them reposed.

In Witness whereof I the said William Mercer Testator have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator William Mercer to be his last Will and Testament before us
James Wenslay
Rogger Wenslay
William Aspden
The mark of William Mercer

Nov. 12th 1754 William Mercer and William Peacop the within named Executors took the Oath of an Executor in common form before me. Amos Ogden Surr.
Under £40
William Mercer, Husbandman of Lower Fold was buried on the 11th of October, 1754.

 

A True Inventory of the Goods Cattles and Chattles of William Mercer late of Great Harwood in the County of Lancaster Deceased appraised the 12th day of October 1754 by us whose name here under written

 
L
S
D
 
Purse and Apparel
3
0
0
 
In the House
       
I press and Cupboard
1
1
0
 
2 Tables 2 Forms 6 chairs a long settle and pewter case
1
5
0
 
1 Clock with Case
1
0
0
 
Brass and pewter with Iron Ware
0
15
0
 
1 Chest with Oatmeal
0
10
0
 
In the Parlour
       
1 Bedstead with Hangings £1 10s Chests 7s 6d
1
17
6
 
1 Desk 2 Boxes 1 Chair
0
2
0
 
In the Buttery
       
Wooden Ware 7s Earthen Ware 3s
0
10
0
 
In the Chamber over the Buttery
       
1 Bedstead with Bedding
0
10
0
 
In the Lower Parlour
       
1 Bedstead with Bedding and Hangings
1
1
0
 
1 Chest
0
5
0
 
         
In the Stable
       
1 Hagna Saddle 5s a Collar (------) (-----)
0
5
0
 
In the Barn
       
Corn 15 L Hay 1 L
16
0
0
 
2 Beasts 6 L 1 Calf 15s
6
15
0
 
Cart and Wheels
1
10
0
 
Hustlement
0
1
8
 
  £ 36
8
9
 

Apprized by us
Alex. Mercer
the mark of
Richard Walmsley

Novr. 12th 1754 this Inventory ws exhibited by William Mercer and William Peacop the appointed Executors of the said deceased for a full and true one.
Amos Ogden Surr.

(Transcribed by Barbara Youds and reproduced with kind permission of the Lancashire Record Office.)

 

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