The Will of Henry Weadley, Baker
Source: Copied from the Text at the Borthwick
Institute of Historical research,
THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ME HENRY WEADLEY of the City of York made this eighth day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight in manner and form following:
IT IS MY WILL AND MIND that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall in the first place be well and truly satisfied and paid.
I GIVE, DEVISE AND BEQUEATH unto my son THOMAS WEADLEY of the same City of York, baker and to ANN his now wife all that my leasehold messuage house or tenement and premises with the appurtenances belonging wherein they now inhabit and dwell situate and being in Goodramgate in the City of York for and during their joint lives and the life of the longer liver of them and thereafter the decease of the survivor of them I GIVE, DEVISE AND BEQUEATH the same to all the children of my said son ThomasWeadley lawfully begotten or to be begotten of the body of his said wife which shall then living equally to be divided amongst them if more than one as tenants in common and if there shall be only one child then living I GIVE the same to suc only child his or her executors or administrators.
I ALSO GIVE AND BEQUEATH unto my dear and loving wife MARY WEADLEY all that my leasehold messuage house or tenement and premises with the appurtenances thereunto belonging situate and being in the Bedern in the City of York now occupied by Thomas Note and divers other persons as tenants thereof to hold to her my said wife for the term of her life and after her decease I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the same to my said son THOMAS WEADLEY and ANN his wife for their joint lives and the life of the longer liver of them and after the survivor of them I GIVE the same to the children of the same THOMAS then living by the said ANN his now wife to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike.
I ALSO GIVE AND DEVISE unto my said wife MARY WEADLEY for and during the term of her natural life all those three freehold houses or tenements situate in Aldwark in the City of York, the one occupied by myself and the other two by my present tenants John Mook and John Leadlock and from and after her decease I GIVE AND DEVISE the same to my second son JOSEPH WEADLEY for and during the term of his natural life and from and after his decease I GIVE AND DEVISE the same to the issue of his body lawfully to be begotten and to their heirs forever to take as tenants in common if more than one and if to one then to such one child his or her heirs forever and in default of such issue I GIVE AND DEVISE the same freehold houses and premises with same to such of the children of my said son THOMAS as shall be then living their heirs forever as tenants in common and in case my said son THOMAS shall have only one such child then living I GIVE AND DEVISE the same to such one child his or her hiers absolutely forever.
AND WHEREAS I am seized of one copyhold house and premises with the appurtenances and three acres of copyhold land more or less situate lying and being at Earswick in the Manor of Strensall in the County of York which I some time ago surrendered into the hands of the Lord or Lady of the said manor according to the custom thereof to such uses intents and purposes as should be mentioned and declared in and by my last will and testament the same to my said dear and loving wife MARY WEADLEY for her life and after her decease I GIVE AND DEVISE the same to my said son THOMAS for his life and after his death to his children those living share and share alike and to their heirs forever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.
I GIVE AND BEQUEATH unto my grandson HENRY WEADLEY son of my eldest son HENRY WEADLEY the sum of two guineas to be paid him when he attains twenty and one years and subject to the payment thereof I GIVE AND BEQUEATH of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my said wife MARY WEADLEY absolutely and forever in case she continued my widow and unmarried but if she marries again I GIVE the same unto my two sons THOMAS and JOSEPH WEADLEY their executors and administrators of this my said will.
I APPOINT my said wife sole executrix in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above said
Signed Henry Weadley
Signed, sealed, published and declared
by the said HENRY WEADLEY as his Last
Will and Testament in our presence who
in his presence and at his request and
in the presence of each other have set
our names and witness hereto