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The Will of Samuel Knight butcher of Denton 1803

 

 

I Samuel Knight of Denton in the Parish of Manchester in the County

of Lancaster Butcher who being aged but of sound Mind Memory & Understanding

Do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in Manner and Form

following that is to say First I will order and direct that all my just debts

Funeral Expenses and the charges of the Probate and Execution of this my

Will shall be paid and discharged by my Executors hereinafter named and of my

Real and personal Estate and Effects And I order and direct that my Estate of

Inheritance situate lying in and being within Denton aforesaid shall be, as soon as

Conveniently may be after my decease in such shares and propositions and for the

purposes hereinafter mentioned, that is to say, The Messuage of Dwelling House &

other Buildings in the present Occupation of my son John Knight and the three Closes

of Land (part of my said Estate) called the Long Field the Highest Field and Half-

Acre and on such Valuation thereof being so made and taken I order the Amount to

be paid in Money by my said Son John into the Hands of my said Executors

subject to such Division and Application thereof as is hereinafter mentioned

And after the payment of such valuation as aforesaid I do devise the said Messuage

Buildings and the said three Closes of Land to my said son John Knight his

Heirs and Assigns for ever Also I do order and direct the Residue & Remainder

of my said Estate lying and being in Denton aforesaid to be valued by such same

Men and in like Manner as hereinbefore mentioned in respect to the other part

thereof and the Amount in Money of such Valuation shall be paid to by my Son

Samuel Knight into the hands of my said Executors subject to the like

Division and Application And after the payment of such Valuation as aforesaid

I do devise such Residue and Remainder of my said Estate to my son Samuel

Knight his Heirs and Assigns for ever. And I hereby order and direct that

the said Sums of Money being the amount of the Valuations aforesaid

together with all and every part of my personal Estate and Effects of what

Nature of kind soever (Except my Seats or sitting places in Denton (?????)

shall be made into five equal parts or Shares and each of my said Sons

John Knight Samuel Knight Thomas Knight and Nathan Knight and my

Daughter Ann the wife of John Bentley shall have the same share and

part alike and for want of my said Sons or Daughter and the time of such

Distribution the Share of Shares respectively of him her or them shall go to and be

the property of his her of their respective legal Representatives And I give and

devise my three Seats of Sitting Places in that Pew, a part of which belongs to the

Shepley Estate situate and being within the Chapel of Denton aforesaid unto my Son

Samuel Knight his Heirs and Assigns for ever And I give and devise my two

Seats of Sitting Places lately purchased by me from the late Mr Birch

deceased also situate with the Chapel of Denton aforesaid unto my Son Thomas

Knight his Heirs and Assigns for ever Two other Seats or Sitting Places in

the same place purchased also from Mr Birch I give and devise unto my Son

Nathan Knight his Heirs and Assigns for Ever And the remaining part of the

said Pew I give and devise unto may said son Samuel Knight his Heirs

and Assigns for ever And I nominate and appoint my said two Sons Thomas

Knight and Nathan Knight Executors of this my last Will and Testament

 

And direct will and order that they and each of them and each of their Heirs

shall & may retain and satisfy to themselves respectively all such Costs Charges

and Expenses as they or either of them shall be an pay or be put unto in the Execution of

this my will together with a reasonable and fair Compensation and Allowance for

their and each of their Trouble and Attendance in and concerning the same And

lastly I revoke all former wills by me made and declare this present Writing to

be and contain my last Will and Testament only In Witness whereof I the said

Samuel Knight have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the twenty third day of

March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three

 

Signed sealed published and declared by the  }

Above named Samuel Knight the Testator as }              Samuel Knight

and for his last Will and Testament in the      }

presence of us who at his Request in              }

his presence and in presence of each              }

other have subscribed our names as               }

Witnesses to the due Execution thereof         }

James Lord

Ann Moss

Thomas Moss

 

P.S. I leave of my landed Estate to Mary Farmer 20 and

to Ann Bond 20 and to Hannah Wild 10s 10d and a suite

of Morning

 

Ann Knight                                                                   Samuel Knight

                                                                                    John Knight his mark

 

Personalty 300

 

(Note Samuel's son and my great great great great grandfather George Knight died at age only 24 in 1787)

 

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