This is the last Will and Testament of me William gregory of Mill House in the parish of Youlgreave and County of Derby, Yeoman, and First I will direct and appoint that all my just Debts Legacys and Funeral Expences shall be paid by my Executors hereafter named out of my personal Estate.
Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Hannah Thompson the Sum of One Hundred and Ninety Pounds Sterling. I Give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter Elizabeth Thompson the sum of Ten Pounds to be paid by my Executors into the hands of Humphrey Thompson her Father for her use.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Samuel Haynes the sum of Fifty Pounds. I Give and Bequeath unto my Grandaughter Hannah Haynes the sum of thirty Pounds. Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Foxlow the sum of One Hundred and Sixty Pounds. I also give unto the said Mary Foxlow a Box that was her Mothers Six Silver Tea Spoons a Silver pair of Tongs all my China Ware the bed she lyes on with all the sheets Blankets and furniture thereunto belonging.
I Give and Bequeath unto my Grandson William Foxlow the sum of Ten Pounds to be paid by my Executors into the hands of his father for his use And I do hereby direct that the several Legacys and Sums of money above mentioned shall be paid in Twelve months next after my Decease.
I Give and bequeath unto my sister Mary Platts the sum of Two Guineas to be paid in one month after my Decease.
I Give and Bequeath the sum of Thirty pounds to be paid by my Executors at such time and times and in such manner and form as they shall think proper unto or to the Use of my Daughter Jane Smith but not to be Subject to the Controul Intermeddling or disposal of her husband John Smith or liable to his Debts And Whereas I have a Mortgage Security upon all that Messuage House or tenement with the Appurtenances situate in Winster in the Parish of Youlgreave belonging to the said John Smith husband of my said daughter Jane Smith and wherein she doth now Inhabit and dwell for Secureing to me the sum of One Hundred and Ten Pounds and Interest.
Now I do hereby Will and direct that my said Executors so long as the said principal money shall continue unpaid or they shall forbear to enforce the payment thereof or the same being paid and they shall have placed the same out upon other Security as hereafter mentioned shall and do as they receive the same pay or cause to be paid all the Interest and produce due and ariseing or to become due and arise for the said principal sum of One Hundred and Ten pounds unto or to the sole and seperate Use and benefit of my said daughter Jane Smith for and dureing the term of her natural life, but not to be subject to the Will controul Intermeddling or anyways liable to the Debts of the present or any future husband of my said Daughter Jane Smith and from and Immediately after the Decease of my said Daughter Jane Smith Then I Give and bequeath all the principal money on One Hundred and Ten pounds and all Interest then due or to become due for the same and also so much of the said Thirty pounds as shall then remain
unpaid ??? and amongst all and every of the Children of my said Daughter Jane Smith as shall be living at the time of her decease equally to be divided amongst them share and share alike And I do hereby further will and direct that when and so soon and as often as the said principal money of One Hundred and Ten Pounds shall be paid into the hands of my Executors that they shall Immediately place the same upon some other good and sufficient real security and shall pay and Apply the Interest thereof as herein before mentioned.
And I do hereby order and declare that the receipt and receipts of my said Daughter Jane Smith shall notwithstanding her Coverture for the said sum of Thirty pounds or any part or parts thereof and for the said Interest moneys to be paid her as aforesaid and for every or any part or parts thereof be to my Executors and to each or either of them good and sufficient discharges for such payment and payments.
Item I give and Devise unto my Daughter Joanna Ellis all that Messuage House or Tenement in Winster aforesaid and wherein the said Joanna Ellis doth now Inhabit and Dwell with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging for and dureing the Term of her natural life and from and after her decease I Give and Devise the said House or Tenement unto and amongst all and every the Children of my said Daughter Joanna Ellis as shall be living at her decease and to their Heirs and Assigns for ever to as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants.
Item I Give and Devise unto my Son Joseph Gregory and to his Heirs and Assigns for Ever all that Messuage Dwelling house or Tenement situate standing and being in Elton in the said County of Derby and wherein he the said Joseph Gregory doth now Inhabit and Dwell Together with the Outbuildings Garden and Appurtenances thereunto belonging.
And also all those Closes pieces or parcells of Land situate lying and being in the Liberty of Elton aforesaid and now in the possession and Occupation of the said Joseph Gregory or his Undertenants and commonly called and known by the several names of the Overshut and Nether Shut otherwise the White Lows containing by Estimation about Four Acres of Land and which I purchased of John Smith And also all those other Closes pieces or parcells in the Liberty of Elton aforesaid and now also in the possession and Occupation of the said Joseph Gregory or his Undertenants and commonly called and known by The Names of Overdale and Nether Dale and containing by Estimation about Ten Acres of Land and purchased by me of and from John Adams
also my Fourth part or share of the Tyths of Corn Grain and Hay in the Liberty of Elton aforesaid and all my share of the Tyth Barn there with its Appurtenances and Ground where the same stood or stands with all the Apputenances to the said premisses belonging. Item I Give and Devise unto my Son William Gregory his Heirs and Assigns for ever All those Four Closes pieces or parcells of Land Situate lying and being in the Liberty of Elton aforesaid and now in the holding and possession of the said Joseph Gregory or his Undertenants and containing by estimation Fourteen Acres of Land
or thereabouts and commonly called and known by the Names of The Cliff Close Crosey Cliff Close Undertown Close and Pingle with a Barn standing on some part of one of them with their appurtenances which said last named Four Closes I purchased of John Dakeyne.
Also all that my messuage or Tenement with all the Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate within the Liberty of Stanton in the said Parish of Youlgreave and wherein my said son William Gregory doth now Inhabit and Dwell and also all that my Messuage or Tenement with the Croft and Appurtenances thereto belonging at Ecclester in the Liberty of Stanton aforesaid now in the holding and possession of John Watts And also all that Messuage Dwelling house or Tenement with its Appurtenances situate standing and being in Winster aforesaid and now in the several possessions and Occupations of George Wall George Boam and Thomas Hawthorn.
or in case I have not an Absolute and Compleat Title thereto then all my Mortgage Title thereof and thereto and the money thereon due and to become due which said last mentioned Messuage Dwelling house or Tenement was Mortgaged to me by Thomas Lea deceased.
Item all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate whatsoever and wheresoever both Real and Personal I Give Devise and bequeath unto my said Two Sons Joseph Gregory and William Gregory and to their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever equally to be divided between them share and share alike and to hold to them as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants
And I do hereby Nominate constitute and Appoint my said Two Sons Joseph Gregory and William Gregory Joint Executors of this my last Will hereby revoking all former Wills by me made In Witness whereof I the said William Gregory have to this my last Will and Testament wrote upon Three Sheets of paper to the first Two Sheets thereof set my mark and to this the Third and last sheet thereof Set my mark and Seal the Eigth day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Three.
[William made a X for his mark]
Signed Sealed published and Declared by the testator William Gregory as and for his last Will and testament in the prescence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have Set our names as Witnesses thereof
[Ralph Housley’s signature]
[James Norman’s signature – as best as I can read it]
[Then in a different hand at the bottom…]
At Lichfield 3rd March 1783 –
Let a Probate of this will be Granted to William Gregory one of the Executors named therein – a ?????? being ??????? for Joseph Gregory the other Executor to prove in like manner. The said William Gregory being then duly sworn before me.