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Joseph was the son of Richard Muckleston of Salop gent; he was a grocer, lived in Kiln Lane and was made free of the town of Shrewsbury in 1701 and at the same time made an Assistant or Councillor; and served as Mayor in 1716; he married Mary daughter of Hawkins of Burton on Trent, who survived him. He was bound an apprentice on May 1st 1689 to James Phillips a Mercer. He had a son of his own name, who took up his freedom on 29th November 1721, another son Richard and two daughters Mary and Joanna, he was buried at St Chads on 28th June 1730. His widow was buried there on 24th September 1739. His will was proved at London, by his son Joseph on 12th December 1730. Once a person had served as Mayor they were given the title Alderman.

 

Although only 4 children are named he actually had 7 children. Three children predeceased him. Twins Samuel and Daniel born in 1706, died young, Daniel a day after his birth and Samuel a month after his first birthday. Daughter Martha died aged 18 in 1720.

 

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOSEPH MUCKLESTONE

Christened 26 Feb 1672 St Chads Shrews.

Died 28 June 1730 bd St Chads Shrews.

 

I Joseph Mucklestone Alderman and Grocer of the town of Shrewsbury give unto my eldest son Joseph Mucklestone and his heirs all my messuages in Merrington and Preston Gubbals in the County of Salop also four messuages in Kiln Lane which I largely purchased. Mr John Scott and Mr John Waringe being now in possession with John Peake, Sarah Steene, Lucy Cope and William Butcher. I give unto my said son Joseph  the compters, shelves, weights, scales, engines, presses, boxes, sieves belonging to my trade and also my Camblett Cloak and my black and scarlet gowns. And I do hereby give to my dear and loving wife £50 to keep house for the first year after my death and the bed and furniture of the chamber over the parlour in my now dwelling house and the use of all the rest of my household goods and plate. I give to her those two messuages in a street in Shrewsbury called Merevents by the Wall and now in the holding of myself, John Crague and Peter Jones. I give unto her a moiety of all profits that shall arise out of my eighth part share of a lead mine at a place called Minera in County Denbigh and the other moiety thereof I give to my other son Richard Mucklestone and my daughters Mary  and Joanna Mucklestone. I give unto him my messuage and lands in Prescott. I give to my wife Mary and my son Joseph and to their heirs my two messuages in the Castle Foregate, one of the suburbs of Shrewsbury, to dispose of, they to be executors - proceeds to my three children Richard, Mary and Joanna Mucklestone. It is my will that my son Richard shall have as much thereof as will with the estate in Prescott which I hereby give to him and which I value at £440 make his share equal with the share of each of his sisters. I commit the guardianship of such of my children as shall be under 21 at the time of my death.

 

Dated Sept 21st 1725 Witnesses John Taylor, Richard Sandland and William Billingsley.  

 

 

From Chirk Castle Accounts:

 

1718 Sept 2.

Paid Mr Joseph Mucklestone of Salop in full of his bill for 12 pound of sugar at 7d -- 7s and for 12 pound of other at 5.3/4d -- 5s 9d                     paid     0  12  6

 

Chirk Castle is near Wrexham in Wales and still stands today. The Myddleton family owned the castle and in 1718 Sir William Myddleton 4th Baronet, (born 1694) died unmarried and the castle passed to Robert youngest son of the 1st Baronet.  Shrewsbury to Wrexham is about 21 miles. Joseph did well to have such an important customer so far away from his business in Shrewsbury. Although Minera is in the same area and he obviously had a close connection to this part of Wales