John Crook of Chippenham - his Will - 16 Jul 1773

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 11:57 AM GMT

Contributed by: Jerry Green

John was my 6x Great Uncle

In the Name of God Amen I John Crook of Chippenham in the County of Wilts Clothier being of sound Mind Memory and understanding do revoke and make void all former Will and Wills Testament and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made and do hereby make Publish and declare this to be my Last Will and testament in manner and form following that is to say wherreas I some time past I bought and purchased of and from George Trott? of Chippenham aforesaid Innholder deceased the Messuage or Dwelling house Garden and appurtenances Situate Standing and being in a certain Street within the Borough of Chippenham aforesaid commonly called or known by the Name of saint Mary Street late in the posession of Mrs Elizabeth Stott? Widow of Richard Stott deceased To hold the same and every part and parcel thereof unto me the said John Crook my Heirs and assigns for ever from and immediately after the [] Estate and Interest of the said Elizabeth stott which she Claims therein for and during the term of her natural life and which the said Elizabeth Stott hath by Indenture of Lease demised the said Messuage or Dwelling House and Garden to me the said John Crook for and during the term of her natural life Subject to the Payment of the Yearly Rent of Thirteen Pounds as by the said Indenture of Lease will appear and solutions? I have built our part of the said Garden Ground hereinbefore mentioned a workshop and warehouse? for the carrying on the business of clothier Now I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto my loving wife Sarah Crook and unto my Nephew Edward Crook son of my Brother Edward Crook of Heddington in the said County of Wilts Gentleman all that my Interest of and in the said Messuage or Dwelling House Garden and Appurtanences thereunto belonging and purchased by me as aforesaid after the Death of the said Elizabeth Stott together with all the new erected Buildings thereon which is now used by me for Carrying out the Business of a Clothier and which said Messuage or Dwelling House Gardens and Workshops are now in my own Possession and in the Possession of said Nephew Edward Crook To hold the same and every part thereof unto my said Wife Sarah Crook and my said Nephew Edward Crook their admons and assigns for ever as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants also I give devisend bequeath unto my said Wife Sarah Crook and to my said Nephew Edward Crook all that my Messuage or Dwelling House with the Appurtanences thereunto belonging situate standing and being in the High Street in the Town and Borough of Chippenham aforesaid and now in the possession of Jane Brinisdon as Tenant to me To hold the said last Mentioned Messuage or Dwelling House unto my said Wife Sarah Crook and unto my Nephew Edward Crook their heirs and assigns for ever as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants Also I give devise and bequeath unto my said Wife Sarah Crook and unto my Nephew Edward Crook all those my Messuages Tenements or Dwelling Houses with the Gardens and Appurtanences thereunto belonging now in the several Tenures or Occupoations of John Angell sen John Angell junr Joseph Angell William Ship and Edward White as Tenant or Tenants to me together with a Close of Ground adjoining to the said last mentioned Messuages or Dwelling Houses containing by Estimation two acres (more or less) now in the occupation of Richard Taylor as Tenant to me Also my two other Closes of Meadow or Pasture Ground called or known by the Name of Ashleys containing by estimation Ten Acres (be the same more or less) now in the posession of the said Richard Taylor as Tenant to me all which said last mentioned Messuages Tenements or Dwelling Houses and Closes of Ground are situate lying and being in the Parish of Lacock in the said County of Wilts To hold the said last mentioned Messuages Tenements or Dwelling Houses Gardens and Appurtenances thereunto belonging together with the said three Closes of Meadow or Pasture Ground hereinbefore mentioned unto my said Wife Sarah Crook and unto my said Nephew Edward Crook their heirs and assigns for ever as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants also I give devise and bequeath unto my said Nephew Edward Crook All that my Dye Coppers or Dye Furnaces together with all my Utensils Tools and Implements in Trade with every appurtenant thereunto belonging for carrying on the Business of a Clothier To hold the same and every part and parcel thereon? unto my said Nephew Edward Crook as his own proper Goods and Chattels for ever and Lastly as to all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Real and Personal Estate of what Nature or kind soever and wheresoever Stock in Trade Cloth together with my Book Debts Sum and Sums of Money due and arising? to me from any Person or Persons at my decease Leasehold Goods Plate Linnen Chattels and all other Effects belonging to me at my decease except what I have already disposed of to my said Nephew Edward Crook after payment of all my just Debts Legacies and Funeral Expenses I give and bequeath the same and every part and parcel thereof unto my said Wife Sarah Crook and unto my said Nephew Edward Crook equally to be divided between them share and share alike and I do hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint my said Wife Sarah Crook and my said Nephew Edward Crook Joint Executrix and Executor and Residuary Legatees to this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other Willsy me at any time heretofore made and do decare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said John Crook the Testator have to this my will contained in two sheets of paper and affixed together to the first sheet set my hand and to the last sheet set my hand and seal this Sixteenth day of July in the thirteenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King defender of the faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and seventy three John Crook Signed sealed and delivered published and declared by the above named John Crook the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto in the sight and presence of the Testator and at his request and in the sight and presence of each other Cath Crook Wm Pape Gab Goldney This Will was proved at London on the fourth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Seventy three before the Right Worshipful George Hay Norton of Lord Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully Constituted by the Oaths of Sarah Crook Widow the Relict and Edward Crook the nephew of the deceased and Executors named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first Sworn by Commission duly to administer

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