Cross John 1864 of Scalford Will

John Cross of Scalford 1864 Will

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Archives DE 462/7 page 469

This is a probate copy recorded in a book.  The book has not been sufficiently opened such that in the photograph frequently one or two words are missing from the right hand side of the page.  Where it is apparent what the missing words would be they have been included in italics.

This is the last Will and Testament of me John Cross of Scalford in the County of Leicester Farmer

I give and devise to my Brother William and to his heirs and assigns all my closes and Land situate in Upper Broughton in the County of Nottingham called South Hook containing thirteen acres or thereabouts and Willoughby Gate Close containing seven acres or thereabouts subject to an annuity of Seventeen Pounds per annum to my housekeeper Ann Gilbert to be paid as hereinafter mentioned

I give and devise to my Brother in law James Orson my three closes in Upper Broughton aforesaid called Great Hill Cliff Little Hill Cliff and Linib [hidden] hold to him his heirs and assigns for ever but subject to the payment of one other annuity of Seventeen Pounds per annum to my aforesaid housekeeper as hereinafter mentioned

I direct the said Annuity to be paid half yearly and during such part only of the natural life of the said Ann Gilbert as she shall continue single and unmarried and that the first half years Payment shall be made at the [word to the effect of “end”] of six months from my death

I give and devise all that my moiety or half part of my Estate at Willoughby in the County of Nottinghamunto my Brother in law John Bowley his heirs and Assigns for ever

I give to my said Housekeeper Ann Gilbert during such part of her life as she shall remain single and unmarried my House and [hidden] situate at Upper Broughton aforesaid formerly belonging to [hidden] and after her death to my own right heirs for ever

I also give and bequeath to the said Ann Gilbert a Legacy of One hundred and fifty Pounds and to my Cousin Sarah Barnett a Legacy of five Pounds and subject to the Payment of the said Legacies my Funeral and Testamentary Expences I give and bequeath all my Furniture Farming Stock Money Securities for money and all my Personal Estate and effects unto my said Brother in Law James Orson and my friend Thomas Morris of Wykeham whom I appoint Executors upon Trust to divide the same equally between my two Nieces Elizabeth Wright and Alice Bowley share and share alike

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty [hidden] day of May 1859

                                                                                                                John Cross

Signed sealed and declared by the said John Cross the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the Presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses

W Latham, Solr Melton

Thomas Goodacre, his Servant

On the first day of August 1864 the Will of John Cross late of Scalford in the County of Leicester Farmer was proved by the Oaths of James Orson and Thomas Morris the Executors named in the said Will they having been first Sworn duly to administer

Sworn under £1500 and that the Testator died on the eighteenth day of June 1864