Will of Elizabeth Bland, Hurworth, 1781

This is the last Will and Testament of me Elizabeth Bland Widow of James Bland late of Harworth in the County of Durham Esq deceased I desire to be buried at Harworth aforesaid as near to my late dear husband and son as may be I hereby charge all my real and personal estates with the payment of my debts legacies and funeral expences I give to Dorothy the Wife of Francis Chapman Esq the sum of one hundred pounds I give to Stephen Pybus formerly a servant in the family the Annuity I now pay him of ten pounds a year during his life which I direct shall be paid him by equal quarterly payments I give to each servant which shall be living with me at the time of my death one year’s wages and ten pounds to each servant for mourning I give ten pounds to the poor of Harworth to be distributed at the discretion of my Executor and whereas in case of the death of my dear daughter Barbara Wrightson under the age of twenty one years without issue I am by writing and Codicil of my late husband entitled to all such of my said husband’s estates as my said daughter or her issue would be entitled unto under the said Will and Codicil I hereby give devise and bequeath all and every the messuages lands tenements hereditaments and premises and personal estate whatsoever and all securities for money whatsoever given and devised by my said husband as aforesaid and all my contingent or reversionary interest therein as aforesaid and all my estate or effects whereof I am now seized or possessed of or may hereafter become entitled to by any ways or means whatsoever unto my son William Wrightson late William Wrightson Battie Esq of Casworth in the County of York his Executors Administrators and Assigns for his sole use and benefit and I do hereby appoint the said William Wrightson Battie sole Executor of this my last Will In Witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Bland hath to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this twentieth day of May in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty one Elizabeth Bland

(Attestation Clause)

Sarah Watson    W Masterman  F Rivers

Having by my Will desired to be buried at Harworth in the County of Durham now I do hereby declare that my desire is that I should be buried there if I should there die but in case I shall die elsewhere I desire to be buried at Hemsworth in the County of York as near the remains of my dear daughter Barbara Wrightson as may be and I desire this which is in my own hand to be considered as a Codicil to my said Will dated this 12th day of January 1784 Elizabeth Bland

Whereas by a deed dated 14th and 15th of July 1784 Executed by Fran. Crosfield Esq I am entitled to the reversion in fee jointly with my Sister Dorothy Chapeau in certain premises at Brompton East Ranston and Highgate Hills in the County of York I do hereby this Codicil to my Will give and devise the same to my Executor William Wrightson late William Wrightson Battie his heirs and ass for ever Witness my hand and seal the 25th day of June 1793 Elizth Bland

Jno Hinton       John Liversage         Stephen Bond

Proved at London with two Codicils 12 January 1822

PCC     Prob11/1652