PARKES & LISTER FAMILY WILLS

 

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PARKES & LISTER FAMILY WILLS 1

Arthur Josiah Parkes - 1967 2

SAMUEL LISTER - 1923 4

SARAH LISTER - 1938 4

ELIZABETH PARKES - 1927 5

WILLIAM EDMUND PARKES - 1921 6

SAMUEL PARKES - 1920 10

JOSIAH PARKES - 1900 11

CATHERINE PARKES - 1904 12

JAMES SUMPTER HUSBAND -1940 14

GLADY LISTER - 1962 17

HOWARD FRANK LISTER - 1925 19

WILLIAM COOPER - 1820 21

JOHN COPE - 1619 22

Joseph Hemming - 1738 23

Inventory 24

Joseph Heming – 1787 - Admon 26

Ann Heming Renunciation 27

George Baylis - 1726 28

Inventory 29

Robert Wilkes - 1786 30

John Stait - 1808 31

Job Wilkes - 1824 32

John Cope of Warton - 1619 32



Per stirpes is a method for distributing the estate of a deceased individual. Per stirpes (which is Latin for "per branch") specifies that each branch of the deceased person's family receives an equal share of the estate, regardless of how many people are in that branch. For example, if A and B are the children of the deceased, but B is also deceased leaving children C, D, E, F and G (the grandchildren of the original person), then A would receive one half of the estate and each of B's 5 children would receive one-tenth of the estate (essentially, they are dividing B's half). Per stirpes is different from per capita, because per captia weighs each person equally, rather than each branch equally.



Arthur Josiah Parkes - 1967


This the last Will and Testament of me
Arthur Josiah Parkes of the Manor House Oaken Near Wolverhampton in the County of Stafford Company Director

1. I appoint my Daughters Rosemary Joyce Lister Maitland and Elizabeth Ursula Waddell and Geoffrey Fellows of Willenhall in the said County of Stafford Solicitor (who are hereinafter referred to "my Trustees") to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will

2. I give and bequeath to my niece Joy Bridget Power absolutely such piece of silver out of my effects as my Trustees in their absolute discretion shall select and determine.

3. I give and bequeath the following pecuniary legacies and annuities all free of duty and absolutely:-

a) to Joan White of the Paper Mill Hawkhurst in the County of Kent a legacy of One thousand pounds.

b) to Hilda Mary Smith (sometimes known as Hilda Mary Hutchinson Smith) formerly of Oaken aforesaid but now of Dedham in the County of Essex a legacy of Five hundred pounds.

c) to Gladys May Partridge of 69 Dale St Walsall in the County of Stafford on annuity of five hundred pounds

d) to Muriel Smith of the Vicarage Codsall in the said County of Stafford a legacy of Five hundred pounds provided that her husband Reverend Gilbert Smith is Vicar of Codsall aforesaid at the date of my death.

e) to Patricia Hughes of "Bossington" 73 Suckling Green Land Codsall aforesaid a legacy of one thousand pounds.

f) to my Godson Charles Clover a legacy of one thousand pounds and to his mother Diana Clover a legacy of Five hundred pounds.

g) my former gardener George Butters an annuity of One hundred and twenty pounds.

h) to each of Herbert Arthur Saxby and my housekeeper Agnes Kate Saxby (the wife of the said Herbert Arthur Saxby) an annuity of Two hundred and sixty pounds if he and she shall respectively be in my employment at the time of my death.

i) to all persons employed wholetime by me at the date of my death at or about the Manor House Oaken aforesaid or such other dwellinghouses as shall be my permanent residence at the date of my death (except the said Herbert Arthur Saxby and Agnes Kate Saxby) a legacy of Two hundred pounds for each completed year of he or she shall then have completed in my wholetime service and in the application of this Clause of this my will the decision of my Trustees shall be final and binding for all purposes and respects.

3) I give to the Distressed Gentlefolk's Aid Association the sum of Five thousand pounds free of duty and I declare that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper Officer for the time being thereof shall be a sufficient discharge of the same.

4) I bequeath as tokens of friendship and arising out of most happy working relationships the sum of Four hundred pounds absolutely and free of duty to each of the following persons as may be living at the date of my death and (with the exception of Howland Ewart Beckett and Geoffrey Fellows) as shall then be in the employ of Josiah Parkes and Sons Limited and / or its subsidiary company or be fully retired on pension therefrom namely:
(1) Mr L. Blakemore of the Bungalow 9 Wrekin Drive Wergs Wilverhampton in the said County of Stafford (2) Mr J.R. Boston of 4 Roman Road Birstall in the County of Leicester (3) Mr R.L. Downing c/o 127 Wolverhampton Road West Bentley Walsall aforesaid (4) Mr William Ewart Edgar of Whitwick Court Wolverhampton aforesaid and (6) Mr Michael Camden Fryer of 4 Marygate Crestwood Park Brewood in the said County of Stafford (7) Mr T.S. Gibson of 14 Lansdown Road Bilston in the said County of Stafford (8) MR B.K. Godson of "Millbrook" Wolverhampton Road Wedges Mills Cannock in the said County of Stafford (9) Mr. K. Howells of "Tur" Wynnstay Land Marford Near Wrexham (10) Mr. G.C. Jones of "Highbarn" Orton Lane Wombourne Near Wolverhampton aforesaid (11) Mr M.L. Lloyd of "Neene Cottage" 60 Broad Lane South Wednesfield in the said County of Stafford (12) Mr Donald Sydney Maitland of the Dower House Oaken aforsaid (13) Mr Robert Graham McKay of Mere Cottage Pattingham Wolverhampton aforesaid (14) Mr K.F. Moran of "Lyndale" 22 Adams Road Finchfield Wolverhampton aforesaid (15) Mr E.F. Ordidge of "Countisbury" Ashmore Lake Willenhall aforesaid (16 Mr Leslie Southall of 63 Broad Lane South Willenhall aforesaid (17) Mr E. Stringer of 49 Wood Land Wedges Mills Cannock aforesaid (18) Mr K.P Stanworth of "Gavene" Wolverhampton Rd Penkridge in the County of Stafford (19) Mr L.F. Summerfield of 23 Forge Road Short Heath Willenhall aforesaid (20) Mr T.F. Tranter of 48 Wednesfield Road Fibbersley Wednesfield aforesaid (21) Mr G.G. Turner of 8 Spondon Road Wednesfield aforesaid (22) Mr R. H. White of Sandy Lanr South Wallington in the County of Stafford (23) Mr John Williams of Mayfields Elliots Lane Codsall aforesaid (24) Mr E.R. York of 26 Broad Lane South Wednesfield aforesaid (25) Mr Rowland Ewart Beckett of Walsall aforesaid Chartered Accountant and (26) Mr Geoffrey Fellows of Willenhall aforesaid Solicitor and I declare that my Trustees may in their absolute and uncontrolled discretion appropriate in satisfaction of all or any of the legacies bequeath by this Clause of this my Will shares in Chubb and Sons Limited at the Probate valuation thereof and I further declare that the reason that I have not made wider provision by this my will for other employees of Josiah Parkes and Sons Limited with which Company I have been happily associated for most of my working life is that I have in my lifetime made considerable provision for certain section of these employees not covered by this Clause of this my Will.

5) I give Devise and Bequeath all my real and all other of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever situate (after payment thereout of all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses) unto and equally between and among my daughters the said Rosemary Joyce Lister Maitland and Elizabeth Ursula Waddell for their own respective use and benefit absolutely and if only one of them shall survive me I Give Devise and Bequeath all my real and all other personal estate as aforesaid to such survivor for her own use and benefit Provided always that if either of my said Daughters shall die in my lifetime leaving lawful issue her surviving who shall be living at my death and attain the age of twenty one years such issue shall take and if more than one equally between them per stirpes the share his her or their respective parent would have taken in my residuary real and personal estate as aforesaid had he or she been living at my death.

Remainder normal provisions

Dated 29th November 1967



SAMUEL LISTER - 1923



(Copy from Probate Registry)

This is the last Will and Testament of me Samuel Lister of Tettenhall Road Wolverhampton in the County of Stafford Furniture Dealer I appoint my son Howard Frank Lister my son-in-law Arthur Josiah Parkes and Reginald Harris of Willenhall in the County of Stafford Solicitor (who are hereinafter referred to "as my Trustees") to be the Trustees and Executors of this my Will I Gives and Bequeath my Household Furniture and other Household Effects to my wife Sarah Lister absolutely I Give and Bequeath to my Assistant Henry Smith (in case he shall be in my employ at the time of my death) the legacy or sum of fifty pounds (free of duty), I Give and Bequeath (free of duty) to my daughter Gladys Lister an annuity of One Hundred Pounds to commence from my death and to be paid to her until the death of my Wife and which said annuity is to be considered as accruing from day to day but is to be paid by equal monthly instalments the first payment of which to be made one month after my decease I Give and Bequeath the rest of my residue and remainder of my personal estate unto my Trustees Upon Trust to call in sell and convert into money the same or such part whereof as shall not consist of money And I Declare that my Trustees shall stand possessed of the moneys to arise from such calling in sale and conversion and also of such part of my personal estate as may consist of money Upon Trust to pay whereout my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the before mentioned pecuniary legacy and the duty thereon and to invest the residue of such moneys (hereinafter referred to as my ("Trust Fund") and to pay the income to arise from such investments to or permit the same to be received by my said Wife during her life I Give and Devise all my real estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my Trustees Upon Trust to permit my Wife to receive the rents and profits thereof during her life she keeping in good and tenantable repair such part of my real estate as shall consist of buildings or such other erections and  insuring and keeping insured against loss or damage by fire to the extent of two-thirds at least of the estimated value thereof such part of the same real estate as shall be of an insurable nature And from and after the decease of my said Wife I Declare that my Trustees shall sell my real estate and shall stand possessed of the moneys to arise from the sale thereof and also of my trust fund and the investments for the time being representing the same Upon Trust for such of my children as shall be living at the time of my decease and shall or shall attain the age of twenty one years if more than one in equal shares as tenants in common And I Expressly Declare that the said Reginald Harris or any other Trustee of this my Will who may be a Solicitor may make and shall be entitled to receive professional costs charges and expenses in the matter of this my Will and the execution of the trusts thereof in like manner as he might have done if not having been himself appointed a Trustee of this my Will he had been employed professionally on behalf of the Trustees thereof And Lastly hereby revoking all Wills and Testamentary Dispositions at any time heretofore made by me --
Declare this only to be my last Will and Testament
In Witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand this eighth day of February One thousand nine hundred and twenty two.
Signed by the said Testator Samuel Lister as and for his last will and Testament in our joint presence and by each of us in his presence
Clarice D Haden, Winifred Bryan Parker Clerks to Rowland Tildesley and Harris, Solicitors, Willenhall.

On the eighteenth day of April 1923 Probate of this Will was granted at Lichfield to Howard Frank Lister the son Arthur Josiah Parkes and Reginald Harris the Executors.



SARAH LISTER - 1938

 (Copy from Probate Office)

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me SARAH LISTER of Tettenhall Road Wolverhampton in the County of Stafford Widow

  I APPOINT my Son-in-Law Arthur Josiah Parkes and Reginald Harris of Number 1 New Road Willenhall in the said County of Stafford Solicitor to be the - EXECUTORS of this my Will
  I GIVE AND BEQUEATH (free of duty) the following pecuniary legacies:

(a) To my daughter Gladys Lister the sum of twenty five pounds
(b) To my Granddaughter Rosemary Parkes the sum of Twenty five pounds in case she may attain the age of Twenty one years and
(c) To my Granddaughter Elizabeth Ursula Parkes the sum of Twenty five pounds in case she shall attain the age of twenty one years

  I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever Unto my daughter Ethel Parkes for her own absolute use and benefit subject to the payment by her of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the before mentioned - pecuniary, legacies and the duty thereon.
  I DIRECT AND DECLARE that the said Reginald Harris may make and shall be entitled to receive professional costs charges and expenses in the matter of the proving of this my Will and in the execution of the trusts thereof in like manner as he might have done if not having himself been appointed an Executor of this my Will he had been employed professionally on behalf of the Executors thereof
  AND LASTLY hereby revoking all former Wills and Testamentary Dispositions at any time heretofore made by me I DECLARE this only to be my last Will and Testament
  IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Seventh day of November One thousand nine hundred and thirty -

SARAH LISTER

SIGNED by the said Testatrix Sarah Lister as and for her last Will and Testament in our joint presence and by each of us in her presence:

MARTHA J. LISTER Froysell St Willenhall
GERTRUDE NELLIE HUMPHREYSON Long Lake Compton Wolverhampton

Probate Birmingham 27/9/1938.



ELIZABETH PARKES - 1927


 (Copy from Probate Office)

This is the last will and Testament of me ELIZABETH PARKES of Draycott Cottage Newbridge Avenue Wolverhampton in the County of Stafford Widow
I APPOINT my sons William Cyril Parkes and Arthur Parkes (who are hereinafter called "my trustees") to be the Trustees and Executors of this my Will
I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to my brother Harry Fryer the legacy or sum of fifty pounds and to my sister Florence Lines the legacy or sum of fifty pounds


I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to Charlotte Husband the wife of James Sumpter Husband the legacy of sum of twenty five pounds for her own personal use
I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to my Maid Miss Wallis in case she shall be in my employ at the time of my decease a sum equivalent to one seventh of the salary which she shall have received from me for each full year during which she shall have been in my employ
I GIVE AND BEQUEATH two hundred and thirty eight Preference Shares and seven hundred and sixty two "A" Ordinary Shares in Josiah Parkes and Sons Limited Unto my Trustees Upon Trust for such of my Grandchildren as shall be living at the time of my death and as shall attain the age of twenty one years to be divided between them if more than one in equal shares
I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all and singular the rest of my estate and effects both real and personal Unto my said two sons in equal shares Subject to the payment of my just debts funeral and Testamentary expenses
And lastly hereby revoking all former Wills and Testamentary Dispositions at any time heretofore made by me
I Declare this only to be my last Will and Testament
In Witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand this fourth day of July One thousand nine hundred and twenty five

Signed Elizabeth Parkes

Witnesses Reginald Harris, Solicitor
A Roy Harris, Articled Clerk.

Probate Granted 18 June 1927 Lichfield to WCP and AJP.




WILLIAM EDMUND PARKES - 1921

 

(Copy from Probate Office)

 

This is the last will and testament of me WILLIAM EDMUND PARKES of Willenhall in the County of Stafford Company Director and a Justice of the Peace for the said County

I appoint my sons William Cyril Parkes and Arthur Josiah Parkes and Walter John Edwards of Waterloo Street Birmingham in the County of Warwick Chartered Accountant (who are hereinafter called "my Trustees") to be the Trustees and Executors of this my Will

 

I Give and Bequeath all and singular my Furniture and Household Effects to my Wife Elizabeth Parkes absolutely

 

I Bequeath to my son William Cyril Parkes three thousand Ordinary Shares in Josiah Parkes and Sons Limited

 

And to my Son Arthur Josiah Parkes Three Thousand Preference Shares in Josiah Parkes and Sons Limited

 

I Give Devise and Bequeath all and singular the residue of my Estate and effects both real and personal unto my said two sons to be divided between them in equal shares Subject to and charged with the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses

 

and of the annuity or annual sum of Four Hundred pounds which I Bequeath to my said wife during her life

 

and of the annuity or annual sum of Fifty Two pounds to my sister Charlotte Foster during her life and

 

of the annuity or annual sum of Fifty Two pounds to my sister Elizabeth Baxter during her life

 

Provided always and I hereby expressly declare that in the dividing of my residuary estate between my two Sons my Son William Cyril Parkes shall be at liberty to take part of his share and at a value made in accordance with the Articles of Association two-thirds of the Ordinary Shares in Josiah Parkes and Sons Limited which may form part of my residuary estate at the time of my death

 

And lastly hereby revoking all Wills and Testamentary Dispositions at any time heretofore made by me I declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand this twenty second day of December One thousand nine hundred and seventeen

 

Witnessed: Rowland Tildesley, Solicitor, Willenhall

        Annie Beebee, Clerk to Rowland Tildesley and Harris

 

Probate Granted 4 November 1921 at Lichfield to WCP, AJP and Walter John Edwards.

 

 

 

The following was found in the Dower House collection 8/2004. It appears that it was not regarded by the Probate Office as valid.

 

DATED THE 23RD DAY OF JUNE 1920

 

MESSRS WC AND AJ PARKES

 

With

 

MESSRS WC PARKES AJ PARKES AND WJ EDWARDS

 

AGREEMENT.

 

Stamp     THIS IDENTURE is made the 23rd day of June 1920 BETWEEN

£15/15/-  WILLIAM CYRIL PARKES of Tettenhall in the County of

Stafford Company Director and ARTHUR JOSLAH PARKES of Parkdale Wolverhampton in the said County manufacturer of the one part and the said WILLIAM CYRIL PARKES ARTHUR JOSIAH PARKES and WALTER JOHH EDWARDS of Waterloo Street in the City of Birmingham Chartered Accountant of the other part WHEREAS William Edmund Parkes late of Willenhall in the said County of Stafford Company Director and a Justice of the Peace for the said County duly made his Will dated the 22nd day of December 1917 in the words following;-

This is the last Will and Testament of me William Edmund Parkes of Willenhall in the County of Stafford Company Director and a Justice of the Peace for the said County I APPOINT my Sons William Cyril Parkes and Arthur Josiah Parkes and Walter John Edwards of Waterloo Street Birmingham in the County of Warwick Chartered Accountant who are hereinafter called "my Trustees") to be the Trustees and Executors of this my Will I give and bequeath all and singular my Furniture and Household Effects to my Wife Elizabeth Parkes absolutely I bequeath to my Son William Cyril Parkes 3000 Ordinary Shares in

 

 

remainder of this will as above.


 

 

AND WHEREAS the said William Edmund Parkes died on the 20th

day of June instant AND WHEREAS some weeks prior to his

death the said William Edmund Parkes intructed his solicitors

Messrs Rowland Tildesley & Harris of Willenhall to prepare a fresh Will for his signature and such Will was duly prepared in accordance with his instructions and a copy thereof  is set forth in the Schedule hereunder written AND WHEREAS  in consequence of the illness of the said William Edmund Parkes it became impossible for his signature to the said fresh Will to be obtained AMD WHEREAS the parties hereto of the first part being satisfied that the last wishes of the said William Edmund Parkes are expressed in the said document a copy whereof is set out in the Schedule hereto are desirous of giving full effect thereto in manner hereinafter appearing

 

NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH as follows:-

 

 


 

 

(1)       FULL effect shall be given to all the terms of the said

       intended new Will of the said William Edmund Parkes as set

       forth in the Schedule hereto as though the same were actually

       the last Will of the said William Edmund Parkes and had been

       duly executed and attested.

(2)       NEITHER of the parties hereto of the first part shall

       make any claim to any part of the estate or effects of the

       said William Edmund Parkas otherwise than in accordance with

       the terms of the said intended new Will.

(3)       THE said parties hereto of the 2nd part shall stand

       possessed of the real and personal estate of the said William

       Edmund Parkes Upon Trust so divide or otherwise deal with the

       same in accordance with the terms of the said intended new

       will.

(4)       THE parties hereto shall execute and do all such deeds

       and things as may be necessary or expedient for more effec-

       tually carrying out the object of these presents.

           IN WITNESS whereof the said parties to these presents have

       hereunto set their hands and seals.

                    THE SCHEDULE  hereinbefore referred to

        This is the last Will and Testament of me William Edmund

       Parkes of The Manor Willenhall in the County of Stafford

       Manufacturer I appoint my Sons William Cyril Parkes and

       Arthur Josiah Parkes and my friend Walter John Edwards of

       Waterloo Street in the City of Birmingham Chartered Accountant


 Accountant, (who are hereinafter called "Trustees") to be  the Trustees and Executors of this my Will I give and bequeath all and singular my furniture and household effects unto my Wife Elizabeth Parkes absolutely (free of duty) I give and bequeath (free of duty) 200 Ordinary Shares in Josiah Parkes & Sons Limited unto my Son the said A.J. Parkes and my Daughter-in-law Ethel Parkes upon trust for my Granddaughter Rosemary Joyce Lister Parkes if and when she shall attain the age of 21 years and in case my said Granddaughter shall not attain the age of 21 years then upon trust for my said two sons in equal shares and I declare that the receipt of my said Son and Daughter in law shall be a sufficient  discharge to my Trustees for the said shares so bequeathed as aforesaid I give devise and bequeath all and singular my real estate and the residue of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my said two sons to be divided between them in equal shares subject to and charged with the payment by them of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and of the annuity or annual sum of £600 to my said Wife which I bequeath to my said Wife during her life free of duty

  And of the annuity or annual sum of £52 to my sister Charlotte Foster during her life free of duty
  And of the annuity or annual sum of £52 to my sister Elizabeth Baxter during her life free of Duty
  And I direct and declare that my Trustees may retain any stocks shares or securities standing in my name at the time of my decease and hold the same as investments in respect of any part of my estate which may require to be invested under this my Will and that my Trustees shall not in any way be responsible for any loss which may be occasioned thereby And I declare that the said Walter John Edwards may make and shall be entitled to receive professional costs charges and expends in the proving of this my Will and in the execution of the trusts hereof in all respects as he might have done if he had not been appointed an Executor hereof but had been employed professionally on behalf of the Executors of this my Will
  And lastly hereby revoking all Wills and Testamentary Dispositions at any time heretofore made by me I DECLARE this only to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this  day of                 1920.
 SIGNED by the said Testator William Edmund Parkes)
as and for his last Will and Testament in our    )
joint presence and by each of us in his presence )

SIGNED SEALED AND) DELIVERED)
by the before named William)
Cyril Parkes and Arthur    )
Josiah Parkes in the       )         W. Cyril Parkes
presence of;-              )         A. J. Parkes.             LS
           Rowland Tildesley,                                                  
           Solicitor,
           Willenhall.

SIGHED SEALED AND DELIVERED)
by the before named W. J . )          W.J . Edwards             ( rq i
Edwards in the presence of )            
           Rowland Tildesley.



SAMUEL PARKES - 1920


This is the last Will and Testament of me Samuel Parkes of the Wheatlands, Aldridge, near Walsall in the County of Stafford made the 29th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixteen.
I hereby revoke all Wills at any time heretofore made. I appoint Robert James Colley, of Bloxwich near Walsall to be my Executor and I direct that all my just debts, and Funeral and testamentary Expenses shall be paid as soon as possible after my decease.

1. I hereby give and bequeath unto my executor all my Estate consisting of Shares and Interest in the business of Saml. Parkes & Coy Limited and various Life Policies and Properties in Trust.
2. I desire he shall, form the revenue accruing from the Shares in the Company before named pay an annual sum not exceeding two hundred pounds to my wife Harriette Parkes, and Fifty pounds each to my daughters Minnie Hariette Parkes, Mabel Eveline Parkes, Jeannie Gertrude Parkes and Ethel Adeline Parkes, or such proportions as the income may justify.
3. After realising my other properties and Policies of Insurance, I desire the same may be invested. And the revenue arising therefrom distributed in the following manner One fourth to my wife Harriette Parkes, and the remainder equally between my children, William Herbert Parkes, Samuel Rowland Parkes, Minnie Harriette Parkes, Mabel Eveline Parkes, Jeannie Gertrude Parkes,  and Mabel Adeline Parkes.
4. In the event of my wife predeceasing me, or in the event of her subsequent death then I desire my Trustee shall transfer my shares and interest in the Company named as follows, One fifth each to my daughters, Minnie Harriette Parkes, Mabel Eveline Parkes, and Jeannie Gertrude Parkes, one tenth each to my sons William Herbert Parkes and Samuel Rowland Parkes the remainder one fifth to be held in trust for my daughter Ethel Adeline Tildesley, and in the event of her death to be transferred to her children in equal proportions, if and when of the age of 21 or married, the remainder of my Estate to be ?? as ?? or as convenient, realised and equally divided between my surviving Children.
5. My furniture and personal effects I desire to be equally divided between my unmarried daughters.
6. I desire that as long as my Trustee, by this my will, may be interested in the business of Samuel Parkes & Coy Ltd, he shall at all times have access to the books of the Company, and as far as practicable be consulted as and advisory director in my stead.

Samuel Parkes,

etc etc

Witnesses Francis Charles Mountney, Clerk, 42 Albion Rd, Willenhall
A.E. Johnson, Warehouseman, 29, Rose Hill, Willenhall,

Probate at Lichfield, to Robert James Colley, of Bank House, Bloxwich, Bank Manager. 12 October 1920.


JOSIAH PARKES - 1900


(Copy from Probate Office)

This is the last Will and Testament of me Josiah Parkes the Elder of Willenhall in the County of Stafford formerly a Factor and Iron merchant but now out of business I appoint my son Ebenezer Thomas Parkes to be the sole executor of this my will I give and devise my eight dwelling houses two of which front to Wood Street Willenhall aforesaid and the remaining six whereof are the back of the said first two mentioned dwellinghouses unto my Wife Catherine Parkes during her life and after her decease unto my two sons Josiah Parkes the younger William Edmund Parkes and James Harry Parkes in equal shares as tenants in common subject to any charge which may exist on such property at the time of my decease I give devise and bequeath all my personal estate and effects and the residue of my real estate unto my said wife absolutely but in the case my said Wife shall die in my lifetime then I give my household linen to my two daughters Charlotte and Elizabeth in equal shares and I give devise bequeath the residue of my real and personal estate unto my Executor upon Trust to call in sell and convert into money the same or such part thereof as shall not consist of money and I direct that my executor shall stand possessed of the money to arise from such calling in sale and conversion and also such part of my estate as shall consist of ready money upon the trust following that is to say as to one equal half part hereof upon trust to invest the same and to pay the money to arise from such investment to my daughter Charlotte during her life and after her death to stand possessed of such half part and of the investments for the time being representing the same upon trust for such of my children as shall be then living and such of my grandchildren as shall be then living and as shall be the children of any child of mine who shall then be dead in equal shares per stirpes as that my children taking under this trust shall take in equal shares and the children taking under the trust of any deceased child of mine shall take equally between them the share which the parent would if living have taken
And as to the remaining half of the money aforesaid upon trust to invest the same and to pay the money to arise from such investment to my daughter Elizabeth during her life and after her death to stand possessed of such last mentioned half part and of the investments for the time being representing the same upon trust for such of my children as shall be then living and such of my grandchildren as shall be then living and as shall be the children of any child of mine who shall then be dead in equal shares per stirpes as that my children taking under this trust shall take in equal shares and the children taking under the trust of any deceased child of mine shall take equally between them the share which the parent would if living have taken And I hereby expressly declare that my Executor my postpone the sale and conversion of my residuary real estate for such period as he shall think fit and that until such sale conversion the rent and profits arising from my residuary real estate shall go and belong to such persons as would under this Will have been entitled to the income arising from the money produced by the sale conversion of such residuary real estate in case such residuary estate had been sold and converted into money
Provided always and I hereby expressly declare that in case my said Wife shall die in my lifetime and in case the moneys hereinbefore directed to be in that event invested for the benefit of my daughter Charlotte shall not produce for my said daughter and income of at least Five shillings per week then my said sons Josiah Parkes the Younger William Edmund Parkes and James Harry Parkes shall out of the rents of my said eight dwellinghouses in Wood Street aforesaid pay my daughter Charlotte during her life such sum of money as with the income to be derived by her from the moneys hereby directed to be invested for her benefit will make up such income to Five shillings per week and I hereby charge the said eight dwellinghouses with such payment to my said daughter Charlotte
And provided also and I hereby expressly declare that in case my said Wife shall die in my lifetime and in case the moneys hereinbefore directed to be in that event invested for the benefit of my daughter Elizabeth shall not produce for my said daughter an income of at least Five shillings per week then my said sons Josiah Parkes the Younger William Edmund Parkes and James Harry Parkes shall out of the rents of my said eight dwellinghouses in Wood Street aforesaid pay my daughter Elizabeth during her life such sum of money as with the income to be derived by her from the moneys hereby directed to be invested for her benefit will make up such income to Five shillings per week and I hereby charge the said eight dwellinghouses with such payment to my said daughter Elizabeth And lastly hereby revoking all Wills and Testamentary Dispositions at anytime heretofore made by me I hereby declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand this eleventh day of March One thousand eight hundred and  ninety five
Signed by Josiah Parkes snr
In the presence of Rowland Tildesley, Solicitor, Willenhall
Edwin Edwards his clerk

On the tenth day of July 1900 Probate of this will was granted at Lichfield to Ebeneezer Thomas Parkes the son the sole Executor.




CATHERINE PARKES - 1904

(Copy from Probate Office)

This is the last Will and Testament of me Catherine Parkes Wife of Josiah Parkes the Elder of Willenhall in the County of Stafford formerly a Factor and Iron merchant but now out of business

I appoint my son Ebenezer Thomas Parkes to be the sole executor of this my will I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate whatsoever and wherever unto my said husband absolutely but in case my husband shall die in my lifetime then I give my personal and household linen to my two daughters Charlotte and Elizabeth in equal shares and I give devise bequeath all my real estate and the residue of my personal estate unto my Executor upon Trust to call in sell and convert into money the same or such part thereof as shall not consist of money and I direct that my executor shall stand possessed of the moneys to arise from such calling in sale and conversion and also of such part of my estate as shall consist of ready money upon the trusts following that is to say as to one equal half part thereof upon trust to invest the same and to pay the money to arise from such investment to my daughter Charlotte during her life and after her death to stand possessed of such half part and of the investments for the time being representing the same upon trust for such of my children as shall be then living and such of my grandchildren as shall be then living and as shall be the children of any child of mine who shall then be dead in equal shares per stirpes so that my children taking under this trust shall take in equal shares and the children taking under this trust of any deceased child of mine shall take equally between them the share which the parent would if living have taken And as to the remaining half of the moneys aforesaid upon trust to invest the same and to pay the income to arise from such investment to my daughter Elizabeth during her life and after her death to stand possessed of such last mentioned half part and of the investments for the time being representing the same upon trust for such of my children as shall be then living and such of my grandchildren as shall be then living and as shall be the children of any child of mine who shall then be dead in equal shares per stirpes as that my children taking under this trust shall take in equal shares and the children taking under the trust of any deceased child of mine shall take equally between them the share which the parent would if living have taken

And I hereby expressly declare that my Executor my postpone the sale and conversion of my residuary real estate for such period as he shall think fit and that until such sale conversion the rent and profits arising from my residuary real estate shall go and belong to such persons as would under this Will have been entitled to the income arising from the money produced by the sale conversion of my real estate in case such real estate had been sold and converted into money

And lastly hereby revoking all Wills and Testamentary Dispositions at anytime heretofore made by me I hereby declare this only to be my last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand this fourteenth day of March One thousand eight hundred and ninety five

 

Signed by the said Catherine Parkes

In the presence of Rowland Tildesley, Solicitor, Willenhall

Edwin Edwards his clerk

 

On the seventeenth day of July 1904 Probate of this will was granted at Lichfield to Ebeneezer Thomas Parkes the son the sole Executor.

 

 

 

 

 


JAMES SUMPTER HUSBAND -1940


Copy found in Dower House collection

 

THIS  I S  T H E  l A S T  W I L L  A N D  T E S T A M E N T

 

of me

 

JAMES SUMPTER HUSBAND of Durley Court Hotel Durley Road

 

Bournemouth in the County of Hampshire Gentleman

Whereby I REVOKE all Wills and testamentary dispositions at any time heretofore made by me and where I appoint my Solicitor Douglas Cuthbertson of Birmingham my Son-in-law John Frederick Howard Smith of Walsall and my Nephew Arthur Josiah Parkes of Oaken Manor near Wolverhampton to be the EXECUTORS AND TRUSTEES.

 

   I RECORD my intention that my said solicitor shall act as Managing Trustee hereunder and shall as far as possible relieve his co-Trustees of all clerical and other work and for his services hereunder and on condition that he or any firm of Solicitors in which he shall be a partner carries out all necessary legal work (not including any judicial proceeding) entailed in the administration of my estate without making professional charges therefore I direct that there shall be paid to him by way or remuneration out of the income of my estate free from all death duties (but not free of income-tax) the sum of One hundred pounds per annum.

 

      I DIRECT the payment of my just debts and of my funeral and testamentary expenses and that the Estate duty payable on any real estate of mine shall be paid out of my residuary estate and not by the beneficiaries.

 

      I RECORD my wish that there shall be no flowers at my funeral and that no-one shall wear mourning for me either at my funeral or afterwards and that no stone or monument shall be erected over my grave.

 

      I BEQUEATH to my Trustees the sum of One hundred pounds clear andfree of legacy duty to each of my Daughters Mabel Florence, Katherine Emily Frances and Isabel Madeline.

 

      I BEQUEATH to my Trustees the sum of One hundred pounds clear and free of legacy duty upon trust to invest the same in some security hereinafter authorised and to pay the income to arise therefrom to my Daughter Alice Gertrude half yearly.

 

      I DIRECT my Trustees to pay to my Granddaughter Constance Seymour if she shall be under the age of Twenty one years at the date of my death Three pounds three shillings per annum until she shall attain that age such annuity to be paid free of legacy duty.

 

Subject only to the foregoing directions and bequests

I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH the residue of my estate both real and personal (including after the death of my said Daughter Alice Gertrude the One hundred pounds bequeathed upon trust for her for life) unto my Trustees upon trust to sell the same and re-invest the proceeds in some authorised securities but with power at their absolute and uncontrolled discretion to retain the same or any part or parts thereof in the state in which it shall be at the date of my death for so long as they shall think fit and to hold my said residuary estate alike before and after conversion and re-investment upon trust to deal with the net income thereof in each year in manner following but subject to the terms of the proviso hereinafter contained.

 

 

      If and so long as my five children James Fred, Alice Gertrude, Mabel Florence, Katherine Emily Frances, and Isabel Madeline shall all be living my Trustees shall divide such income into eight equal parts and pay one of such parts to each of them the said James Fred (subject nevertheless to the directions hereinafter contained) and Alice Gertrude and two of such parts to each of them the said Mabel Florence, Katherine Emily Frances, and Isabel Madeline.

 

      If either of them the said James Fred and Alice Gertrude shall die before me as also on the subsequent death of either of them then (subject to the provision hereinafter contained for the benefit of the Widow of my said Son) the number of shares into which my Trustees shall divide the said income shall be reduced by one while if any of my other three Daughters shall die before me as also on the subsequent death of any of them then the number of shares into which my Trustees shall divide the said net income shall be reduced by two and such shares shall then in any of the said cases be paid to the survivors of my said five children each of them taking the same number of shares as before

 

      It my said Son shall predecease me as also on his subsequent death my Trustees shall each year pay to his Widow (if living) one half the share of income which would have been payable to my said Son if living.

 

      I give to my Trustees the following absolute Discretion:-           

 

(1)   At any time or times to reduce or stop either temporarily or permanently the payment of income to my said Son in the event of his causing any trouble or annoyance to any of his relations or to any other person and upon this point the decision of my Trustees shall be final and conclusive.

 

(2)   During the period of any such reduction or stoppage to pay to my said Son's Wife (it living) for her sole use and benefit the whole or any part of the monies so withheld and so that subject to such discretion the monies so withheld in any year shall be added to the capital of my residuary estate.       

 

      I DIRECT that each of them my said Daughters Mabel Florence, Katherine Emily Frances and Isabel Madeline who shall survive me shall have absolute power to dispose by Will but not by deed of that share of the capital of my residuary estate to the income of which she shall during her life have been entitled and in default of any such disposal by her that share of capital shall again form part of my residuary estate and be disposed of as to both capital and income accordingly

Provided Always and I hereby direct that each of my said Daughters to whom I have in my lifetime given a share or interest in any freehold or leasehold property or properties shall as a condition of being entitled to a share of the income of my residuary estate hereunder bring into account in each year her net income from her share or interest in such property or properties (or in any other property or investment which with my trustees' written consent shall for the time being be substituted therefore) my intention being that in each year the net income so derived by each of my said children shall be added to the net income of my residuary estate for that year so as to make a common fund and that that common fund then be divided between my aforesaid five children or the survivors of them from time to time in the proportions

and manner already stated.

 

I declare that the yearly proceeds of my residuary estate howsoever the same may be for the time being invested or in whatsoever form the same may be shall be deemed income for the purposes of the trusts hereinbefore declared of such residue.


      I DIRECT that on the death of the last survivor of my aforesaid five children any part of my residuary estate which under the foregoing provisions shall remain undisposed of shall be realised and converted into money and the net proceeds divided equally between my married Daughters then living and the child or children of any married Daughter of mine then dead the child or children of any such last mentioned Daughter taking (and if more than one equally between them) the share only which his her or their Mother would have taken had she survived.

 

      MONIES liable to be invested under this my Will may be invested by my Trustees in or upon any investment or security for the time being authorised by law for the investment of trust monies or in the purchase or upon mortgage of freehold ground rents or any hereditaments or heritable properties in England and whether freehold or leasehold for years held for a term whereof sixty at least shall be unexpired at the time of such purchase or Mortgage and whether such freehold or lease-hold properties shall be already subject to covenants conditions or stipulations of a restrictive nature or otherwise or not or shall be sold subject to the Purchaser entering into such covenants conditions or stipulations or not or shall or shall not be subject to Leases either reserving ground rents or improved rents or rack rents or otherwise or to tenancies or other rights or any easments.

      I DELCARE that if any child of mine shall dispute the validity of this my Will or of any of the dispositions herein or in any Codicil hereto contained or shall refuse to do such acts and things as or him or her can be reasonably demanded for giving full effect to all or any of such dispositions or shall take any legal proceedings whatsoever against my Trustees or any of them as such then and in any such case the dispositions herein or in any Codicil hereto contained in favour of such child shall cease and be void to all intents and purposes whatsoever and are hereby revoked accordingly And (in the event last hereinbefore contemplated) all property the subject of such revoked dispositions shall thenceforth be held in the same manner and subject to the same directions as are herein declared provided and limited of or concerning my residuary estate but as if the child in question had predeceased me.

      I DIRECT that notwithstanding his position as a Trustee hereunder the said Douglas Cuthbertson may act as a Solicitor to my Trustees in any judicial proceedings in which they may be involved and may make all usual professional and other charges as such Solicitor.

IN    WITNESS  whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 14th day of March One thousand nine hundred and forty.

 

JAMES SUMPTER HUSBAND

 

SIGNED by the said James Sumpter Husband as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

 

Georgina Merrett.                       Alice M. Macara

21, Alum Chine Rd.                      (Widow)

Bournemouth West.                       189 Leigham Court Rd

Spinster.                               Streatham Hill, SW16.

14th March 1940.

 

Solicitors: Bradley & Cuthbertson, Birmingham.

 

 

 

 

 

 


GLADY LISTER - 1962


Copy found in Dower House collection


26th Day of April 1962.    WILL of Miss G.H. Lister

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me GLADYS HILDA LISTER

Of 229, Tettenha11 Road, Wolverhampton in the County of Stafford.

1. I APPOINT Midland Bank Executor and Trustee Company Limited, (hereinafter called the Company) to be Executor and Trustee of this my Will upon its published Standard Conditions as now in force (as if the same were here set out) with remuneration as provided by those Conditions and the Company's Standard Scale of Fees in force at my death
AND I DESIRE that the firm of Fowler Langley & Wright of 20 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton aforesaid shall be employed as Solicitors in connection with my Estate unless the company sees reason to the contrary.
2. I BEQUEATH the following pecuniary legacies that is to say:-

(a) To the World Council of Churches and International Missionary Council Joint Committee of 10 Eaton Gate London S. W. L. the sum of Three hundred pounds.

(b) To the Church of England Children's Society of Old Town Hall Kennington London S.E. 11 the sum of Two hundred pounds.

(c) To the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind of 46 Victoria Street London S.W. 1. the sum of Two hundred pounds.

(d) To the Douglas Haig Memorial Homes of 41.b. Kensington High Street London W.8. the sum of Three hundred pounds.

(e) To the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of 105 Jerymn Street London S.W.1. the sum of One hundred pounds.

(f) To the Boy Scouts Association of 25 Buckingham Palace Road London S.W.1 the Sum of Two hundred pounds.

AND I DECLARE that the receipts of the Treasurers or other proper Officers of the above mentioned Institutes shall be a complete discharge to the Company for the legacies to such Institutes respectively.

(g) To my niece Rosemary Joyce Lister Maitland the sum of five hundred pounds.

(h) To my friend Peggy Gibbs of Henleage Stockwell Road Tettenhall the sum of five hundred pounds.

(i) To Ernest Ashhrooke who has for many years been manager of Samuel Lister & Son the sum of Two hundred pounds.

(j) To my Solicitor Walter Boyd-Clark Forsyth of 20, Waterloo Road Wolverhampton the sum of Three hundred pounds.

(k) To Mary Bateman of 195 Sweetman Street Wolverhampton the sum of fifty pounds.


3. I GIVE all of my household furniture and effects and my jewellery and other articles of personal use or ornament to my nieces Rosemary Joyce Lister Maitland and Ursula Waddell in equal shares to be divided amongst them in such manner as they may agree or failing agreement in such manner as the Company may think fit.

4. I GIVE all my personal clothing to the British Council of Churches Inter Church Aid and Refugee Service of 5 Bourne Street London S.W.1.
AND I DECARE that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer thereof shall be complete discharge to the Company.


5. I DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all my real and the residue of my personal estate not hereby or by any Codicil hereto otherwise specifically disposed of and which I can dispose of by Will (including any property over which I have a general power of appointment) and any entailed property of which I have power to dispose by Will unto the Company UPON TRUST to sell call in and convert into money all such parts thereof as may not consist of money (subject to the power to postpone such sale calling in and conversion hereinafter contained) and with and out of the proceeds of such sale calling in and conversion and with and out of my ready money to pay my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses and to pay or provide for any legacies or annuities bequeathed free of duty shall be paid primarily out of my personal estate AND I DIRECT the Company to stand possessed of the net residue my real and personal estate in Trust for such of the following namely Antony Maitland and Lindley Maitland children of my said niece Rosemary Joyce Lister Maitland and Carol Ann Waddell and Angela Waddell children of my said niece Ursula Waddell as survive to and attain the age of twenty one years and if more than one in equal shares.

6.  THE COMPANY all have a separate and substantive power to retain any of my investments or assets in the form existing at the date of my death at its absolute discretion without responsibility for loss to the extent that investments or assets so retained shall be deemed to be authorized investments for all purposes of this my Will.   No reversionary interest shall be sold unless the Company in its absolute discretion sees reason to the contrary but any such interest shall be retained until it falls into possession.

IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Twenty sixth day of April One thousand nine hundred and Sixty-two.


Signed by the Testatrix the said GLADYS HILDA as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us both present at the same  time who at her request in her            G.H. LISTER
presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses :~


J. L . H. Riches.
Articled Clerk with Fowler Langley & Wright, Wolverhampton.
D. Chitty, 10, The Homelands, Ball Lane, Coven Heath. Secretary.





HOWARD FRANK LISTER - 1925

Copy found in Dower House collection


THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT  of me HOWARD FRANK LISTER  of Tettenhall Road Wolverhampton in the County of Stafford furniture Dealer
I APPOINT my Brother in law ARTHUR JOSIAH PARKES of Parkdale Wolverhampton aforesaid Lock Manufacturer and REGINALD HARRIS of Willenhall in the said County Solicitor (who are hereinafter called "my Trustees") to be the Trustees and Executors of this my Will
I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all and singular my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever UNTO my Trustees UPON TRUST to call in sell and convert into money the same or such part thereof as shall not consist of ready money AND I DECLARE  that my Trustees shall stand possessed of the moneys to arise from such calling in sale and conversion and also of my ready money UPON TRUST to pay thereout my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and to invest the residue thereof (hereinafter called "my Trust Fund") and to pay the income to arise from each investments to my Mother Sarah Lister during her life and after the death of my said Mother I DECLARE that my Trustees shall stand possessed of my Trust Fund UPON TRUST during the life of my sister Gladys Lister at the discretion of my Trustees to pay the income thereof to or apply the same in such manner as they shall think best for the maintenance benefit or advantage of my said Sister Gladys and at the death of my said sister Gladys then I DECLARE (subject as hereinafter mentioned) that my Trustees shall stand possessed of my Trust Fund UPON TRUST for my sister Ethel Parkes absolutely PROVIDED ALWAYS AND I EXPRESSLY DECLARE that if at any time after the death of my said Mother my Trustees shall think it desirable to do so they may from time to time apply such portion or portions as in their absolute discretion they may think fit of the capital moneys of my Trust FUND to or for the benefit maintenance or advantage of my sister the said Gladys Lister AND

I FURTHER DIRECT AND DECLARE that my trustees may postpone the sale and conversion of any part of my real and personal estate as they in their absolute discretion shall think fit and that the rents profits and income to accrue from and after my decease of and from such part of my estate as shall for the time being retain unsold and unconverted shall after payment thereout of all incidental expenses and outgoings be paid and applied to the person or persons and in the manner whom and in which the income of the proceeds of such sale and conversion would for the time being be payable or applicable under this my Will if such sale and conversion had been actually made
AND I FURTHER DIRECT AND DECLARE that my Trustees in their uncontrolled discretion may instead of selling or realising any shares or Debentures or Debenture Stock which I may hold in any Company at the time of my decease retain the same for such length of time as they shall deem best and may retain such shares debentures or debenture stock as investments of any part of my estate required to be invested without being in any way responsible for any losses which may be occasioned thereby
AND I DECLARE that the said Reginald Harris may make and shall be entitled to receive professional costs charges and expenses in the matter of this my will and the proving thereof and the carrying out of the trusts thereof in such manner in all respects as he might have done if not having himself been appointed a trustee or Executor of this my Will he has been employed professionally on behalf of the trustees or Executors thereof
AND LASTLY hereby revoking all former Wills and Testamentary Dispositions at any time heretofore made by me 
I DECLARE this only to be my last Will and Testament

IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Third day of January One thousand nine hundred and twenty five.

by the said testator HOWARD
Frank Lister as and for his last
Will and testament in our Joint          HOWARD F. LISTER
presence and by each of us in his presence: -

A.R. Harris,
Articled Clerk to Rowland Tildesley & Harris
Solicitors, Willenhall,


Winifred Bryan-Parker,
Clerk to Rowland Tildesley & Harris
Solicitors, Willenhall.



WILLIAM COOPER - 1820


(provided by Graham Sadler, 2/2006)

This is the last will and testament of me William Cooper of the Heath Side in the parish of Bobbington in the county of Stafford Sawyer
I give and devise all that my messuage or dwellinghouse situate by the side of Bobbington Heath in the parish of Bobbington aforesaid now in my own possession together with the outbuildings garden close of land and all other heridatements and appurtenances thereto belonging and all other (if any) my real estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my wife Elizabeth Cooper and her assignes for and during her natural life and from and after her decease I give and devise the same unto and to the only use of my daughter Sarah Turner (wife of William Turner of Trysull in the said county of Stafford weaver) her heirs and assigns forever but subject nevertheless and chargeable to and with the payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses And subject to and chargeable as aforesaid I give and bequeath unto her the said Sarah Turner her executors and administrators all my goods and chattels personal estate and effects whatsoever for her and their absolute use and benefit And I appoint her the said Sarah Turner sole Executrix of this my Will and hereby revoking all former wills by me heretofore made do declare this only to be my last In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal and published and declared this to be my last will and Testament the twenty ninth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty

The mark of William Cooper.



 

JOHN COPE - 1619


In the name of God Amen 9th day of February and in the ??th year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James of Britain France and Ireland Scotland  ... John Cope of Warton in the parish of Polesworth in the County of Warwick being Weak in Body but of perfect memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following bequeath my Soul to Almighty God my creator .. my body to be buried at the discretion of my executors

 

Item I do give and bequeath to Elizabeth Cope my wife the lease of my house and ?? all the commodities there from to belonging ?? all the time .. expressed and yet unexpired and so long as she do remain Unmarried but if she doe marry before the tyme in the lease be expired then my will is that she shall have ?? only for her part of all my goods

Item I give and bequeath to Gilliam Cope my daughter ?? nobles to be paid and ?? to her ?? ?? she shall come to the age of ?? years

Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Cope my daughter ?? nobles to be paid & som to her ?? she shall come to the age of ??(21?) years

Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas Cope my son ?? nobles to be paid & som to him when he shall come to the age of ?? years

Item I will ?? of my children be fore named shall die be fore they shall be of the age before named then I will that his or her part of ?? shall be equalised? to the Survivor or Survivors

Item the rest of goods and other movable and unmovable my deeth? being paid and my ??? ???? I give and bequeath unto Richard Cope my son whom I do make my full and ?? Executor of this my last will and testament and I do request my Brother Richard Cope to be the ?? of this my last will truly to be ?formed thereof being witness at the making of this my last will Richard Latimer son of my .. Henry Lakin ..

 

Inventory of the goods and chattels of John Cope of Warton in the Parish of Polesworth and county of Warwick taken by Richard Cope and Francis Cope 4th day of March 1628.

 

Horses

??

Old cow

Goats?

12 Sheep

2 hens

Filly

??

Cattle manger?

mostly unreadable

 

To his debts owing unto him the the said John Cope:

17 named individuals:

Henry Lakin of Warton

John Lakin o Warton

Richard Orton?? Of W

William Renold of W

& others

 


Joseph Hemming - 1738


Will and inventories photographed from originals in Worcester RO (5-09).

In the name of God Amen
The eight day of February in the tenth year of the Reign of our sovereign Lord George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and set forth and in the hand of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty six
I Joseph Heming of Great Alne in the County of Warwick flax-dresser being of Sound and perfect mind and memory praised be God for the Same Doe make and ordaine this my Last Will and testament as followeth that is to say
First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Glorious Creator hoping and fimly Believing by and through the Death Merritts and Deserreition? And Intercession of My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to have free remission of all my sins and to inherit Eternal Life and My Body I comitt to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors herein after named And as tourhing? Such Wordly Estate as God hath Given
I will and dispose as herein after mentioned
Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Loving wife Susana Heming All that my messuage or Tenements with the Barnes Stables and Yard Orchard garden and three Closes of Inclosed ground and six acres of Arable Land in the three Comon fields and ye meadow ground and all other premises and Appurtenances thereunto belonging to the said messuage Or common L situate in Cladsall (Cladswell now??) in the parish of Inkberrow in the County of Worcester in the possession of Robert Andrews for the terme of four score and nine ?? ??
Provided my wife Susana Heming shall So Long Live and after her demise
Item I give devise and bequeath the aforesaid messuage or tenement with the Barnes Stables yard Orchard garden and the three Closes of Inclosed ground and six Acres of Arable Land in the three Comon fields and the meadow ground and all other the premises & Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in Cladsell aforesaid in the said County of Worcester unto my Loving Son Samuel Heming his Executors Administrators and Assigns
Item I give devise and bequeath all that my messuage or tenement with the Barnes Stable yard Garden and one Little Close thereunto Adjoining and One other Inclosed ground and three arable lands in Copthorne field with every of the Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in Great Alne aforesaid which where Lately purchased by me of Edward Hobbins unto my Loving Wife Susana Heming During the terme of her Natural Life And after her decease
Item I give devise and bequeath the aforesaid messuage or tenement with the Barnes Stable yard garden and one Little Close thereunto Adjoining and one other inclosed ground and the three arable Lands in Copthorne field with every of their appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in Great Alne aforesaid Unto my Loving Son Joseph Heming his heirs assigns for ever
Item I give devise and bequeath unto my loving wife Susana Heming the Half of all my household goods
Item I give devise and bequeath all that my Barne and the Orchard adjoining to the said Barne with the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate in Great Alne aforesaid unto my loving Son John Heming his Executors Administrators and Assigns
And Also I give devise and bequeath unto my loving son John Heming the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds of Good and Lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid him by my Executors hereinafter named
Item I give devise and bequeath all that my Cottage or tenement with the garden and orchard thereunto adjoining and the appurtenances thereunto belonging called Shepeards Yard in the possession of John Tomblinson situate in Great aforesaid unto my Loving Son Thomas Heming his Executors Administrators and Assigns
Also I give devise bequeath unto my said son Thomas Heming the sum of one hundred and thirty pounds of Good and lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid him by my Executors herein after named
Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Loving Daughter Mary Heming the sum of One hundred and twenty pounds of Good and Lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid her by my executors herein after named
Item after my debts legacy’s and funeral expenses being first paid and satisfied I give devise and bequeath all and singular other my Goods Cattells Chattells Reall and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever not herein before given devised and bequeathed unto my two sons Samuel Heming and Joseph Heming to be equally divided between them whom I make ordain constitute and appoint whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament
And I Doe define my loving cozen John Staples of Wixford the County of Warwick Yeoman to be Overseer of this my Last Will and Testament
And lastly I doe hereby revoke all former Wills heretofore by me made I the said Joseph Heming
Witnessed Dorothy Bayley & Joyce Bayley
Proved 8th April 1738


 

Inventory


A True and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of Joseph Heming late of Great Alne in the County of Warwick and Diocese of Worcester done taken and apprized the 20th day of November 1737 Cylls whose names are hereunto subscribed:

Wearing Apparell and Money in Purse                               £30-00-0
In the Parlour two Beds and all belonging to them                 £5-00-0
One Chest one Coffer and 3 Chairs                                 £0-07-6
In the Room over the parlour 1 Bed and all belonging to it        £4-10-0
3 Boxes and one Trunk                                             £0-06-0
In the Same room linen yarn                                       £6-00-0
2 Coffers                                                         £0-06-0
a Clock                                                           £1-00-0
In the Kitchen Brass and Pewter                                   £4-07-10
For Tin pans, cups and crocks and 3 Lanthorns                     £0-10-6
One Iron Pot and Pot Hooks                                        £0-07-0
2 Tables One Bench a Cow Stool                                    £0-08-0
6 Shelves & 4 Candlesticks                                        £0-01-8
One Spitt one flesh Hook and 12 spoons                            £0-04-0
Fire Licht Fire Shovel and Tongs                                  £0-04-0
2 pairs of Bellows a Chaffin Dish and Gridiron                    £0-04-0
18 Trenchers and a Baron Rack                                     £0-03-0
4 Chairs and on Bench                                             £0-02-6
In the Dairy 16 Barrells, 6 Tubs , 2 Cows                         £3-04-0
2 kettles one Churn and 4 Pails                                   £0-06-0
A Cheese press, Cheese Valy? And Pansy?                           £0-04-0
2 Shelves and a frying pan                                        £0-02-6
Benches and Shelves                                               £0-01-0
In a warehouse Wool                                               £3-10-4
Flax in the Same Place                                            £6-13-10
A Grate                                                           £0-03-10
Flax in the Ruff                                                  £17-13-6
Flax in the Ruff                                                  £75-06-6
Dressed Goods Flax and Hemp                                       £45-11-4
Money in the Book                                               £102-11-4
For Sided Flax in the Noakes                                      £45-00-0
Wheel upon the Ground                                             £6-07-0
Hay                                                               £5-00-0
4 Cows and 2 Horses                                               £18-00-0
Ruff Flax and Hemp                                              £170-11-6
Ruff Flax                                                       £213-09-7
For Dresses Flax and Hemp                                         £90-02-2
For Short Tinder                                                  £20-00-0
For a Brake                                                       £0-05-0
For Traces and Sheppikes                                          £0-08-0
      A term that, according to the OED, is derived from 'Sheaf - pick', and an alternative name for a PITCHFORK OED online earliest date of use: 1602[i].
For Wood and Coal                                                 £0-12-0
Sheets Tables Cloths and Napkins                                  £1-18-0
Money upon Bond                                                   £44-00-0

For Ruff Flax                                                     £3-16-8
Working tools                                                     £3-10-0
For Scales and Weights                                            £1-02-0
For Sadles and Bridles                                            £1-02-0
For Bags Strikes Sieves and Fance                                  £1-00-0
Beds and Bedsteads                                                £1-10-0
                                                                 £944-16-11
James Pettifer  )
John Staples    ) Appds.




 

Joseph Heming – 1787 - Admon


Photographed from originals in Worcester RO (5/2009).
(Pre-printed form – hand entries in italics)

Know all men by these presents that One William Heming of the Parish of Bidford in the County of Warwick Husbandman and Joseph Lloyd of the Parish of St Michael in the county of Worc yeoman are held and firmly bound unto the Right Revd Fath Richard Lord Bishop of Worcester in the sum of sixty pounds of good and lawful money or Great Britain to be paid unto the said Lord Bishop or to his Certain attorney his Executors Administrators or Assigns to which Payment well and truly to be made  One oblige ourselves and each of us by himself the whole one and each of our heirs executors and Administrators firmly by these presents sealed with our seals dated the twenty first day of April in the twenty seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth And in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and eighty Seven.
The Condition of this Obligation is such that if William Heming the son one of the next of kin made Administrator or all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of Joseph Heming late of the Parish of Haslor ??? Deceased makes of cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said Deceased which have or shall cause to the hands possession of knowledge of him the said William Heming or into the hands and possession of any person or persons for him and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Registry of the Consistory Court of Worcester at or before the last day of Decr next ensuing and the same Goods Chattles and Credits and all other the Goods Chattles and Credits of the said Deceased at the time of his Death which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said William Heming or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for him do well and truly administer according to Law And further do make or cause to be made true and just Accompt of his said Administration at of before the last day of April 1788 if reqd? and all the rest and residue of the said Goods Chattles and Credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators Accompt the same being first examined and allowed of by the Judge or Judges for the time being of the said Court shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively as the said Judge or Judges by his of their decree or Sentence pursuant to the true Intent and Meaning of  a late Act of Parliament made in the two and twentieth and three and twentieth years of the Reign of Our late Sovereign King Charles the Second intituted an Act for the better settling of Intestate Estates shall limit and appoint
And of it shall hereafter appear that any Last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased and the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same unto the said Court making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly if the said William Heming above Bounden being thereunto required do render and deliver the said Letters of Administration (Approbation of such Testament being first had and made) in the said Court then this Obligation to be Void or else to remain un full force and Virtue.
Signed by
William Heming
Joseph Lloyd (his mark)
Henry Hand, Notary Public.

Side Note, handwritten:
Ann Heming the widow and relict of ye sd Decd having first renounced the burden of administration by Proxy duly Stamped and Executed.




 

Ann Heming Renunciation


Know all Men by these presents that I Ann Heming the widow and relict of Joseph Heming late of the Parish of Haselor in the County of Warwick and Diocese of Worcester intestate deceased for divers good causes and Consideration me hereunto specially moving do renounce the Letters of Administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased to the end that Administration thereof may be commuted and granted to William Heming the natural and lawful son of the said deceased
And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Henry Hand Notary Public and one of the Procurators General of the Consistory Court County of Worcester to be my true and lawful Proctor for me and in my Name to appear before the Worshipful William Burrell Doctor of Law Chancellor of the Diocese of Worcester his surrogate or other competent judge in this behalf to exhibit this my Renunciation and to pray the same to be admitted and to consent that Administration of the sd goods chattels and credits may be committed to the said William Heming and whatsoever my said Proctor shall lawfully do, or cause to be done, in the premises I hereby promise to ratify and confirm
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 11th day of April 1787
Ann Heming X
witness Thomas Wall.

Next Part:

Before the Reverend John Griffin master of Arts Surrogate in the presence of
Richd Clarke
21st April 1791
On this day Henry Hunt appeared as Proctor for the within named Ann Heming and made himself a Party for her and exhibited this Renunciation which the Surrogate at her petition accepted
Whereupon appeared personally William Heming the natural and lawful son and one of the next of kin of the said deceased and prayed Letters of Administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased to be committed and granted to him under proper security
Which ye surrogate decreed he being foresworn in common form of law
Also that the personal estate of the deceased at his death did not amount to the value of forty pounds
before me John Griffin, Surrogate



 

George Baylis - 1726


Will and inventories photographed from originals in Worcester RO (5/09).

In the name of God Amen I George Baylis senr of the parish of Bidford in the County of Warwick Butcher being weak and infirm but of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make 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 my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial according to the discretion of my executor herein named nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall discover the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life
I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form
Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my loving son George Baylis the sum of ten pounds of Good al fair full money of Great Britain to be paid unto him by my executor in one year after my decease
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving son John Baylis two shillings and six pence to buy him a pair of gloves
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Alce the wife of Paul Smith one shilling to be paid unto her as aforesaid
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Mary the wife of William Crow one shilling to be paid unto her as aforesaid
Item I give and bequeath granddaughter Mary Baylis the daughter of my son Edward Baylis the summe of ten pounds with the bedd whereon she formerly lay with the bedhead beddcloaths and all other furniture belonging to the same as alsoe one coffer and one little table to be paid and delivered unto her as aforesaid
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving granddaughter Ann Alcock the sum of two pounds ten shillings with one truckle bedstead bedd and bedd cloths and all other furniture belonging to the same
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving grandson Thomas Mills one shilling to be paid unto him as aforesaid
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving granddaughter Mary Mills one shilling to be paid as aforesaid
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving grandson Richard Biddle one shilling to be paid unto him as aforesaid
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving grandson George Biddle one shilling to be paid unto him by my executors as aforesaid
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving grandson George Baylis junr whom I likewise nominate constitute make appoint and ordain my sole executor of this my last will and testament all and singular my lands mseeuages and tenements and all other my effects whatsoever not before given bequeathed by him freely to be possessed enjoyed after my decease
and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies and bequests and executor, by me in any way before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament
In witness whereof I have hereunder sett my hand and seal
the fifth day of December in the thirteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the Grace of God now of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and twenty six
signed sealed published pronounced and declaimed by the sd George Baylis as his last will and testament
George Baylis (his mark)
witnessed
Samuel Chamberlin, Thomas Chamberlin, Tho Richards.


Inventory


Two copies of this in the files, one rather untidy, the other a fair copy.

A true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of George Baylis late of Bidford in the County of Warwick and Diocese of Worcester Butcher deceased taken and apprized this fourth day of October Anno Dom 1727 by us whose names are hereunto subscribed (over)
Imp.
Wearing apparel & money in purse                                        £1-00-0
In the further room
1 Cubbord 2 tables 4 chairs                                             £0-12-0
In the hall one table four stools four chairs                           £0-12-0
In the cellar three half hogsheads five quarter barrels                 £1-03-0
In the Kitchnig: One table one warming pan tree spits            
one grate fire stool and tongs                                          £2-15-0
In the Brewhouse:
One furnace                                                             £1-15-0
six Tubs                                                                £1-00-0
1½ doz of Trencher                                                      £0-01-0
In the room over the hall
One flock bed with all things belonging to the same                     £1-10-0
½ Dozen of chairs                                                       £1-00-0
one table one cubbord                                                   £0-07-6
In the further chamber
One flock bed with all things to the same                               £1-15-0
One table and chair                                                     £0-05-6
In the other chamber further
One feather bed with all things belonging to ye same                    £3-15-0
six chairs one table one looking glass                                  £0-10-0
In the room over the kitching
one feather bed with all things to the same                             £2-10-0
One flock bed with all things to the same                               £1-00-0
One cubbard and one chair                                               £0-10-0
In the room over the shop
One flock bed with all things to the same                               £0-16-6
In the shop
One pair of scales and weights and cleaver                              £0-09-2
Seven pairs of sheets                                                   £1-11-0
Two dozen of napkins                                                    £0-10-0
One table cloth                                                         £0-05-0
six pillow bears                                                        £0-03-0
Fifteen Dishes of Pewter six plated Porringers
and flaggons                                                            £3-10-0
Three brass Potts and three Kettles                                     £1-18-0
Total                                                                  £30-00-2
Signed:
Geo Towne
John Gillam


 

Robert Wilkes - 1786

Will photographed from originals in Worcester RO (5/09).

In the name of God Amen
I Robert Wilkes of Bidford in the County of Warwick Maston (mason?) and Stone Cutter being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind memory and understanding, blessed be God therefore do, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner form following, that is to say, first my will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid and satisfied then
Item I give and bequeath to my four sons Joseph John Paul and Solomon Wilks half a guinea a piece,
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah the now wife of William Price the sum of ten pounds
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth the now wife of John Oakes late of Bidford the sum of ten pounds, to and for her own separate use and her receipt alone shall be a full discharge for the same
to be paid to them in one year after my decease by my Executor hereinafter named
Also all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate money at in trust or otherwise goods chattels and effects of what nature kind or quality soever or wheresoever to be found I give devise and bequeath to my well beloved son Job Wilks of Bidford aforesaid to hold to him his heirs executors and administrators and assigns according to the nature and tenure of the same respectively and I make ordain constitute and appoint my said son Job Wilks whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I the said Robert Wilks the testator have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and eighty six
Robert Wilks, his mark
witnesses
William Hemming
Mary Coveless
Mark Osborne

30 December 1786
Job Wilks the sole executor of this will named appeared and was sworn in common form
Also that the personal estate of the decd of his death did not amount to the value of six hundred pounds

 


John Stait - 1808

Will photographed from originals in Worcester RO (5/09).

In the name of God amen
I John Stait of the parish of Temple Grafton in the county of Warwick Carpenter being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all
I give and commend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body to buried in a decent Christian burial, at the discretion of my executor and as touching worldly estate werewith it hath pleased God to bless me I give devise and dispose of in the following manner and form
(from here on the ink changes as though the first part was pre written)
First I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son George Stait my dwelling house with the garden belonging to the same with the orchard called the Upper Orchard on the North side of the same provide he pays (at the time of enjoying the above) the sum of
five pounds to Michael Stait
five pounds to Joseph Stait
five pounds to Charlotte Stait and
five pounds to Mary Stait
his brothers and sisters
I likewise give to Job Stait the house occupied by Abraham West with the garden belonging to the same with the orchard on the South side the same called Lower Orchard provide he pays (at the time of enjoying the above) the sum of
five pounds to Michael Stait
five pounds to Joseph Stait
five pounds to Charlotte Stait and
five pounds to Mary Stait
his brothers and sisters
I likewise give unto my daughter Charlotte Stait the house and garden in the occupation of William Palmer
I likewise give unto my son Michael Stait the next house and garden adjoining the above now in the occupation of John Cornhill
I likewise give unto my daughter Mary Stait the house and garden adjoining (the last mentioned) in the occupation of William Shrivington
I likewise give unto my son Joseph Stait my Dove House with ground adjoining to the same being eleven yards in Breadth from the wall be the lane leading to Whitsun Moore and twenty six yards in length the Dove House being about the middle of it
My will and meaning is that my dearly beloved wife Mary Stait shall enjoy have and hold the above premises and receive their rents and profits arising from the same during her natural life in case she remain a widow, but if she marry again my will is that my children immediately take each to their part above directed and she to have my household goods and nothing else
And as I was under the necessity of borrowing an hundred pounds upon the above mentioned premises my will is that when my children take to their respective shares for each of them to pay the sum of sixteen pound thirteen and four pence into Mr John Fishers hands in order to pay the sum I borrowed of him
And furthermore my will is that if any one of my children die without heir their part to be valued and divided equally among all the rest
And if any of my sons or daughters have a mind to sell their parts that they shall sell it to one of their brothers of sisters and to nobody else
And I do make constitute and appoint Mr John Fisher Senr and John Fisher jnr sole executors of this my last will and testament
And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanull all and every other former testament, will, legacies, bequests and executors by me before in any wise named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament
in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eight
John Stait, the mark of
witness: Richard Foxley & William Cowper
Proved 17 October 1712
the personal estate does not exceed the sum of twenty pounds.


Job Wilkes - 1824

Will photographed from originals in Worcester RO (5/09).

In the name of God amen
I Job Wilkes of the Parish of Exhall in the County of Warwick stone mason being weak in body but of sound mind and ?? mind memory and understanding praised be God Do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say
First I will and direct that all my just debts funeral expenses and the costs and charges of proving this my will be fully paid and satisfied by my executor hereinafter named out of my personal estate with all convenient speed after my decease
I give and bequeath unto my son Jesse Wilkes all that my messuage tenement or dwelling house with the buildings garden and appurtenances thereto belonging And also all those my several pieces or parcels of land belonging thereto, all which said premises are situate and being in the parish of Exhall aforesaid, and contain in the whole eight acres and three quarters of thereabouts to be the same more or less and are now in my own occupation, to hold to him my son Jesse his heirs and assigns for ever subject nevertheless to the payment of the interest and principal money wherewith the same shall happen to be charges at the time of my decease
I also give and bequeath unto my said son Jesse Wilkes all my household goods furniture, stock, crosses, implements of husbandry and all other my personal estate and effects whereof I shall die possessed, interested in of entitled unto, subject nevertheless to the payment of my debts as hereinbefore expressed and also the payment of five shillings each to my four sons (namely) Sampson, Joshua, Job and Benjamin and to my two daughters Jemima wife of Benjamin Harvey and Keziah wife of George Stait
And which said household goods, furniture, stock, crosses, implements of husbandry and personal estate (subject to the aforesaid payments) I hereby give and bequeath to my said son Jesse and his own for ever accordingly
And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint him my said son Jesse sole executor of this my will and hereby revoking all other wills by me at any time heretofore made do declare this only to be my last will and testament
In witness whereof I the said Job Wilkes the testator have to this my last will and testament written and contained on one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this ninth day of October this year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four.

Job Wilkes (very shaky signature)
Witnessed: William Wadams, Wm Spencer, Chas Jones.


John Cope of Warton - 1619

Will & Inventory.
P/C’d from Lichfield – very difficult to read.

In the name of God Amen 9th day of February and in the ??th year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James of Britain France and Ireland Scotland  ... John Cope of Warton in the parish of Polesworth in the County of Warwick being Weak in Body but of perfect memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following bequeath my Soul to Almighty God my creator .. my body to be buried at the discretion of my executors

Item I do give and bequeath to Elizabeth Cope my wife the lease of my house and ?? all the commodities there from to belonging ?? all the time .. expressed and yet unexpired and so long as she do remain Unmarried but if she doe marry before the tyme in the lease be expired then my will is that she shall have ?? only for her part of all my goods
Item I give and bequeath to Gilliam Cope my daughter ?? nobles to be paid and ?? to her ?? ?? she shall come to the age of ?? years
Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Cope my daughter ?? nobles to be paid & som to her ?? she shall come to the age of ??(21?) years
Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas Cope my son ?? nobles to be paid & som to him when he shall come to the age of ?? years
Item I will ?? of my children be fore named shall die be fore they shall be of the age before named then I will that his or her part of ?? shall be equalised? to the Survivor or Survivors
Item the rest of goods and other movable and unmovable my deeth? being paid and my ??? ???? I give and bequeath unto Richard Cope my son whom I do make my full and ?? Executor of this my last will and testament and I do request my Brother Richard Cope to be the ?? of this my last will truly to be ?formed thereof being witness at the making of this my last will Richard Latimer son of my .. Henry Lakin ..


Inventory of the goods and chattels of John Cope of Warton in the Parish of Polesworth and county of Warwick taken by Richard Cope and Francis Cope 4th day of March 1628.

 

Horses
??

Old cow

Goats?

12 Sheep
2 hens
Filly
??

Cattle manger?
mostly unreadable

To his debts owing unto him the the said John Cope:

17 named individuals:

Henry Lakin of Warton
John Lakin o Warton
Richard Orton?? Of W
William Renold of W
& others

 



Changes:

Initial: 14 April 2000

15/6/2001: resaved HTML from Word

3/1/2006: Reformatted Word 03

3/10/2006: AJP
29/5/2009: Worcester Wills
28/10/11: John Cope Will

21/1/2013: removed parish section



[i] From: 'Sheep - Sheppick', Dictionary of Traded Goods and Commodities, 1550-1820 (2007). URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=58869  Date accessed: 24 May 2009.