Last Will and Testament of Richard Rotheram of Mosborough, husbandman (1704)

In the name of god amen I Richard Rotheram of Mosbrough in the p’rish of Eckington in the county of Derby husbandman being but ….. and something weakenes in body through infirmities , and being minded to put my house in order before I die do make this my last will and testament in manner and forme following Item first and principally I commend my soule unto ye hands of almighty god my maker hopeing through the merits of Jesus Christ my only saviour and redeemer to receive free pardon of all my sins and I commit my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and for my worldly goods I dispose of them as followeth.

First I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Rotheram the sum of five pounds.

All the rest of my goods cattels and chattels and household stuffe and leases and whatsoever also I give and bequeath unto my loveing wife Isabell Rotheram and my eldest son Thomas Rotheram whom I make joynte executors of this my last will and testament during the natural life of my sd wife Isabell Rotheram and then at her disease to let her part of the executorship to come unto my son William Rotheram in place of his mother aforenamed and I do utterly revoke and make void all other wills and testaments by me formerly made and do make this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the eight day of December in the third year of ye raigne of our soveraigne lady Anne by the grace of god over England Scotland France and Ireland queen defender of the Faith etc anno domini 1704.

Sealed and declared to be                                           Richard Rotheram his mark
my last will in the presence of

William Rotheram
Thomas Rotheram his mark
William Richardson

I joyn my daughter Mary Rotheram with my son William Rotheram and my daughter Ann Rotheram at the decease of my wife aforementioned and I have cauzed the two lines to be razed out with my consent and will that she the said Mary my daughter may have her part with the rest.