Daniel Hickling of Wymeswold 1746 Will
Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Archives, Leicestershire Wills and Probate Records 1746
In the Name of God Amen I Daniel Hickling the Elder of Wymeswould in the County of Leicester Framework knitter being weak in Body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be the Lord for the same therefore calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and that it is appointed for all men once to die Do make this my last Will and Testament in Manner as followeth
First that my Debts paid and Funeral Expences defrayed Then I Give and devise unto my loving Wife Mary Hickling all that my little House adjoining to the House I now live in during the Term of her natural Life then immediately after her Decease I Give the same to my Son Daniel Hickling
I also Give and bequeath unto my Son William Hickling the sum of three Score Pounds of good and lawful Money to be paid by my Executor hereinafter named to be paid to him within twelve Months next after my Wifes Decease and I also Give to my Son William Hickling the Frame which he commonly works in immediately after my Decease
Also I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Hickling the Sum of fifty Pounds of good and lawful Money to be paid to her by my Executor within twelve months next after the Decease of my said Wife Mary Hickling and I also give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Hickling all my Household Goods of what nature or kind soever after the Decease of my said Wife Mary Hickling
And my Will is that if my said Son William Hickling decease or die before my said Wife Mary Hickling then I Give and bequeath to my said Daughter Elizabeth Hickling twenty Pounds more over and above the said Legacy of fifty Pounds to be paid on the appointed time of twelve months next after the decease of my said Wife Mary Hickling
And also if my said Daughter Elizabeth Hickling decease before her said Mother Mary Hickling then I Give unto my Son William the Sum of thirty Pounds more over and above to be paid to him at the above appointed time of twelve Months next after the decease of my said Wife Mary Hickling
I give unto my Son Daniel Hickling my two Frames that I used to work in and then which himself worked in
And I also do hereby make ordain and appoint Son Daniel Hickling full and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament revoking and disannuling all other Will and Wills by me in any wise heretofore made
In Witness whereof I have hereto set my Hand and Seal this twentieth Day of February One thousand seven hundred fourty and five six
Signed sealed published and declared by Daniel Hickling the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us
The 24th day of May 1746 Daniel Hickling the sole Executor within named was Sworne And at the same time made Oath that the Deceased’s Personal Estate at the time of his Death was not worth Twenty Pounds
Before me G Broughton Surrogt:
Hickling Family in Wymeswold.
This will is one of three surviving wills in sequence; father, son, grandson which follow the progress of younger sons from farmers to framework knitters.
Johanne Hikelyng, (John Hickling) is listed as a poll tax payer in Wymeswold in 1379, about the time when English surnames are starting to crystallise. His occupation is given as faber, ie carpenter or builder.
Since there was still a Mr Hickling living in the village up to about 10 yrs ago, Hicklings have lived in Wymeswold continuously for over 600 years.
(J Clough nee Hickling)