Thomas Crooke of Tytherton Lucas - his Will - 28 May 1751

Sunday, 21 May 2017 10:28 AM BST

Contributed by: Jerry Green

Thomas was my 7xG Uncle

In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Crooke the elder of Tytherton Lucas in the County of Wilts gentleman being of sound and disposing Mind Memory and understanding do make and ordain my last Will and Testament in Manner following First I commend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God who gave it to me and my Body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and as to my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I dispose thereof as follows First I give and devise unto my Nephew Edward Crooke second Son of my late Brother Edward Crooke deceased all that Close of pasture Ground containing by Estimation about five Acres with the Appurtenances lying and being in Tytherton Lucas aforesaid which I purchased of John Gardner To hold from and immediately after my decease unto my said Nephew Edward Crooke his heirs and Assigns for ever Also I give and bequeath unto my said Nephew Edward Crooke two hundred pounds of lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid to him by my Executor hereinafter named within six Months next after my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my Nephew Robert Crooke another Son of my said late Brother Edward Crooke all those my two Leasehold Closes of Meadow or Pasture Ground called Gooseys lying within and parcell of the Mannor of Stanley in the Parish of Chippenham in the said County of Wilts with the Appurtenances and also all those my leasehold Mills called Stanley Mills together withg the several Closes of Arable Meadows and Pasture Ground thereto belonging situate lying and being within and Part of the said Mannor of Stanley which I purchased of Jeremiah Linnys? Merchant and his Wife with the Appurtenances To hold from and immediately after my decease to my said Nephew Robert Crooke his Executors Administrators and Assigns for and during all the Remainder of the ===== several Terms and Estates that I shall then have therein to come? and unexpired Also I give and devise unto my said Nephew Robert Crooke all Messuage or Tenement with the Appurtenances heretofore in the Possession of Chapman [] deceased together with one Ground thereinto adjoining called Stanley Bridge Mead containing by estimation eight Acres be the same more or less and all that Meadow Ground called Stanley Bridge Mead containing by estimation four acres be the same more or less which said Messuage or Tenament and two last mentioned Closes are situate lying and being in Tytherton Lucas aforesaid and were lately purchased by me of and from Richard Murser? of Tytherton Lucas aforesaid Yeoman to hold from and immediately after my decease to my said Nephew Robert Crooke his heirs and Assigns for ever Also I give and bequeath unto my Nephew Simon Crooke (another Son of my said Brother Edward Crooke) two hundred pounds of like lawfull Money to be paid to him by my said Executor within six Months next after my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my Nephew John Crooke (another Son of my said Brother Edward Crooke) one hundred pounds of like lawfull Money to be paid to him by my said Executor within six Months next after my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my Niece Alice one of the daughters of my said Brother Edward Crooke and now the Wife of Mr Anthony Brooks fifty pounds of like lawfull Money to be paid to her by my said Executor within six Months next after my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my two nieces Elizabeth Crooke and Catharine Crooke other daughters of my said Brother Edward Crooke two hundred pounds apiece of like lawfull Money to be paid to them by my Executor within six Months next after my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my two Nieces Catharine Eddolls and Mary Eddolls fifty pounds apiece of like lawfull Miney to be paid to them by my said Executor within six Months next after my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my Sister in Law Elizabeth Crooke all such of my household Goods as she shall have in her dwelling house at the time of my decease Also I give andbequeath unto my Brother Simon Crooke my said sister in Law Elizabeth Crooke my Sister Mary ?urkles and my Sister Elizabeth Eddols and to all and every of them that shall be living at my decease twenty pounds apiece of like lawfull Money to be paid to them by my said Executor within six Months next after my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my Nephew Thomas ?urtles and Simon ?urtles (Sons of my said Sister Mary ?urkles fifty pounds apiece of like lawfull Money to be paid to them by my said Executor within Six Months next after my decease all the Rest and Residue of my Lands Tenements Goods Chattels Ready Money Securities for Money real and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever after payment of my debts Legacies and funeral Expenses I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto my Nephew Thomas Crooke eldest son of my said Brother Edward Crooke his heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns And I do hereby make constitute and appoint my said Nephew Thomas Crooke sole Executor of this my Will and I do hereby revoke all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and I do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hands and seal the eight and twentieth day of May One thousand seven hundred and fifty one Thomas Crook Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Testator Thomas Crooke as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our Names in his presence John Bull Dane Bull, Anne Johnson This Will was proved at London the fourth day of February in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty eight before the Right Honourable Sir George Lee Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Thomas Crook the sole Executor named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased he having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer

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