Last Will and Testament of Joseph Higgenbotham the elder of Mosborough (1726)

In the name of God Amen I Joseph Higgenbotham the Elder of Mosbrough in the parish of Eckington in the County of Derby being sickly and infirme but of Sound and pfect minde and memory (praise be given to Almighty god for the same) And considering the frailty and incertainty of this humane life doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following First I comend my Soule into the handes of Almighty God my Creator who gave it hopeinge through the merritts and mediation of the death and passion of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and Redeemer to obtaine pardon and forgivenesse of my Sins And my body I comitt to the Earth from Whence it came to be decently buryed att the discretion of my friends And as for my Temporall and Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased Almighty God of his Goodness to bless me I Give and dispose thereof as followeth First my Will and minde is and I doe hereby Give and bequeath unto my Sonne Robert Higgenbotham and to his heires and assignes for ever All my Messuages Cottages Lands and Tenemts Whatsoever and every of their Appurtenances Excepting One Cottage Standing and being at Mosborough aforesd with theappurtenances Which is in the possession of James Cowley Which my Will and minde is Martha my loveinge Wife shall have hold and enjoye for and duringe the Term of her natural life And after her decease the same to goe and be to the use and behoof of my sd Sonne Robert Higgenbotham and his heires My sd Sonne Robert and his heires Settinge the sd Cottage into good repaire fit for my sd Wife to live in att his and their ….. propper cost and charges Also I doe hereby Give and bequeath unto Martha my sd Wife One Bedstead Standinge in the parlour of the house I live in With all the furentur belonging to it Also One Sealed Chest and one little Table standing in the chamber over the parlour Which were her fathers Also Three beste Chaires standing in the house Also I Give and bequeath unto my Sonne Joseph Higgenbotham Twelve pound Also I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Higgenbotham fifty pounds it to be paid to her by my Executor Within the space of Two years after my decease Also I Give and bequeath unto my sd daughter Anne Higgenbotham Two of the best ….. in the chamber over the parlour Also five pewter dishes and a dozen of pewter plates standing tin the pewter case in the house All the ressidue and remainder of all and singular my Goods Cattle Chattells ….and personal Estate Whatsoever (after my debts legacies and funerall expenses are discharged) I Give and bequeaty unto my sd Sonne Robert Higgenbothom Whome I doe hereby make and ordaine Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament Revoakinge all former and other Will and Wills by me heretofore made And doe publish and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witnesse whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale The Third day of August in the Thirteenth yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraine Lord George by the Grace of God Kinge over Great Brittaine &c. Anno Dm 1726

Signed Sealed and Published                                               Joseph Higgenbotham
in the psence of

John Jarvis(?)
Elizabeth Taylor her marke
Marm: Carver