Last Will and Testament of Thomas Bolsover of Mosborough, sickle-maker (1738)

In the Name of God Amen. I Thomas Boulsover of Mosbrough of the parish of Eckington in the County of Derby, Sickle-Maker being weak in body but of a sound and perfect Understanding and Memory (Praised be God) Do Constitute and Make this my last Will and Testament as followeth, that is to say, First and Principally I Give and Devise to my Loving Wife Sarah Boulsover those my two Dwelling Houses, Situate and being in Mosbrough aforesaid during such time as my Son Thomas Boulsover shall attain to the Age of Twenty One Years, and when he shall attain to that age that Dwelling House now in my own Occupation and premises thereto belonging I Give and Devise to my said Son Thomas Boulsover his heirs and assigns for ever. And my other Dwelling house now in the Occupation of Thomas Brierly I Give and Devise to my said Loving Wife during the term of her Natural life and at her Decease I also Give and Devise the same to my Son Thomas Boulsover his Heirs and Assigns for ever And if it shall happen that my Son Shall die in his Minority without heirs begotten of his body I then Give both the Dwellings abovenamed to my Loving Wife During the term of her natural life and at her Decease My Meaning then is that the Dwelling house and premises now in Thomas Brierly possession descend then to my Nephew John the Son of John Boulsover he paying to my two Sisters Martha Hayne and Elizabeth Boulsover or to their Heirs then living, five pounds of Lawful Money each. And also that Dwelling house now in my own possession to Descend at my said Wife Decease to the …. Heir which shall be born of her own body, and for want of Heirs then born of her body then the same likewise to descend to my Nephew John Boulsover aforesaid he paying to my Two Sisters abovenamed or to their Heirs the further sums of five pounds each. I also Give and Devise to my Brother John Boulsover one shilling to be paid him within twelve months after my Decease And I do hereby order and Impower my two trusty friends Robert Turner of Ridgeway and John Foster of Bradsworth Joyntly and Severally immediately after my Burial to make sale of so much of my household Goods, Chattells, Stock in trade, Corn as will raise the Moneys Sufficient to Discharge my Just Debts, Legacies and Burial Expenses. And I Desire them to see my Just Debts paid and Discharged therewith. And the residue of my Goods and personal Estate remaining after my Debts are Discharged I Give and Devise to my Loving Wife and to my Son whom I make Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament Revoking and making void all former Wills. And I do publish and Declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seal this Seventeenth day of April in the Year of our Lord 1738.

Signed, Sealed and Published in                                Thomas Boulsover his mark

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Thomas Brierley
Edward Frith