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1696

 

WILL OF RICHARD MUCKLESTON

Source: Public Record Office. Prob 11/431.

 

In the name of God Amen. I Richard Muckleston Gent and one of the Aldermen of the town of Shrewsbury in the county of Salop being in perfect health and of sound mind and memory considering the frailty of man and the uncertain time of death do hereby make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following hereby annulling and revoking all former Wills heretofore by me made committing my soul into the hands of almighty God being persuaded by his holy spirit through the death and passion of Jesus Christ to obtain full pardon and omission of all my sins and to inherit life everlasting and my body to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executrix and executor hereafter named. And as for my real and personal estate as it has pleased God to bless me with all over and above what Messuages Lands and hereditments I have heretofore settled on my dear and late departed oldest son Richard Muckleston upon his marriage and upon his heirs as by the deed of settlement may approve I give devise and bequeath in manner and form following. I give devise and bequeath to my oldest daughter Martha Powell of Oswestry All that my Messuages and Tenements called [?Te]kough with all lands and privileges thereunto belonging within the parish of Selattin now in the possession of John Jones And all that dwelling house in Oswestry wherein one David Lloyd dwells and inhabits together with our Malthouse and Garden near thereunto adjoining and one piece of ground and our Barn in Oswestry aforesaid with their and every of their appurtenances to hold to my said daughter Martha for and during the terms of her natural life she committing no wilful waste desiring the said buildings might be by her kept in good and tenantable repair And my will is that she shall enter into and upon the aforesaid premises upon the feast day of the Amunration of the blessed Virgin Mary which shall first happen next after my decease and from and after the decease of my said daughter Martha I give devise and bequeath the aforesaid Messuages, Malthouse, buildings Lands and premises with their and every of their appurtenances to my son Edward Muckleston and to the heirs of his body lawfully issuing. And for default of such issue I give devise and bequeath the premises aforesaid with their and every of their appurtenances to my son Benjamin Muckleston and to the heirs of his body lawfully issuing and for default of such issue I give devise and bequeath the Messuages Lands and Premises aforesaid with their and every of their appurtenances to my son Joseph Muckleston and to the heirs of his body lawfully issuing. And for default of such issue I give devise and bequeath the Messuages Lands and Premises aforesaid with their and every of their appurtenances to my daughter Mary Muckleston from and to the heirs of her body lawfully issuing. And for default of such issue I give devise and bequeath the same to the use and benefit of my eight heirs forever. Item. I give and devise unto my son Edward Muckleston all that my Messuages or Tenements in Brompton in the parish of Chustork in the County

of Salop which I hold by lease wherein one Thomas Pryer doth now dwell and inhabit together with all buildings lands and privileges thereunto belonging to hold to him the said Edward and his assigns for and during all the terms and time I have therein. And my will is and I do hereby give unto my said son Edward Muckleston all my stock of leather and hides in the Tan House and all other my stock thereof what nature or kind forever together with all timber and boards within the Tan House or yards thereunto belonging to be to his own proper use and benefit to be as a further addition to his portion. Item. I give devise and bequeath unto my son Joseph Muckleston and to his heirs all those my several Messuages Cottages Lands Tenements and Hereditum with their and every of their appurtenances situate lying and being in Merrington ats Meriton and Preston Gubballs within the liberty of the Town of Shrewsbury to hold to him the said Joseph Muckleston and to his heirs forever nevertheless under this proviso and agreement and my will and meaning is that my said son Joseph or his heirs shall justly and honestly pay to my said son Benjamin one hundred pounds of good moneys and likewise pay to my daughter Mary two hundred pounds of good moneys within two years after my decease and my will is that in case the said Joseph or his heirs shall neglect the payment of the said sums the said Benjamin or Mary or their assigns shall and may enter into and upon all and every the last mentioned and devises premises and the profits thereof to receive till the same be fully satisfied and paid with their lawful interest and expenses. Item. I give to my son Benjamin Muckleston and his heirs all my messuages or Tenement with its appurtenances in the High Street in Shrewsbury to hold to him and his heirs forever and I do hereby give and dispose to my said son Benjamin all my stock of boards and timber of what nature or kind soever in my Timber Yard in Coleham and at Coton Hill and at the Clive wood together with all my stock of corn, grain, hay, pulse, oxen, horses, cows, sheep, swine, implements of husbandry and all my household goods and other my goods of what nature or kind soever which I have at a farm called The Hayes within the parish of Alberbury within the said county of Salop. Item. I give to my daughter Mary Muckleston the further sum of six hundred pounds of good moneys as a further part of her portion to be paid her out of the remainder of my personal effects hereafter mentioned and not before devised. Item. I give to my said daughter Mary all my plate jewels rings household stuff beddings linens woolens brass pewter and all other my goods of what nature or kind soever to be to her own proper use and benefit whatsoever in my dwelling house. Item. Whereas I stand possessed of a considerable personal estate not before given or devised consisting in ready moneys mortgages bills bonds **** debts, book debts, and other demands my will and meaning is and I do hereby direct and appoint that the six hundred pounds left to my said daughter Mary shall be taken and received by her out of my said personal estate left before mentioned and likewise my will is that all the debts that I shall justly owe at the time of my decease and for my funeral expenses and the legacies hereafter mentioned shall be there out taken deducted and paid. And from and after the said six hundred pounds debts legacies and funeral expenses shall be so justly satisfied and paid which I devise might be done with what convenient speed may be then my will is that the remainder and over plus of my said last mentioned personal estate shall be equally divided amongst my four children Mary, Edward, Joseph and Benjamin as near hand as may be. Item. I give to my daughter in law Lelita Muckleston forty shillings to buy her a ring and to my Grandson John Muckleston five pounds to buy his mourning. And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my said daughter Mary Muckleston and Richard Higgins of Shrewsbury Town to be executrix and executor of this my last Will and Testament desiring the said Richard Higgins to be an assistant to my said daughter Mary of the execution of the provisos and for his pains and time I give him ten pounds to be paid him out of my last mentioned personal estate In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament containing two sheets of paper set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of December in the year of our lord One thousand six hundred ninety five Richard Muckleston. Signed sealed and published and declared by me Richard Muckleston as my last Will and Testament in presence of [?Anchoratte] Atkis, Willm Morgan Akis.

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Will Summary

Date: Written 13th December 1695

Property: Messuages and Tenements in Selattin and in Brompton.

estate at Merrington, Premises in the High Street Shrewsbury. Timber yards at Coleman and Coton Hill and Clive Wood. A farm at Hayes.

Bequests: All children share property plus:

Edward - stock including Leather Hides and the Tan House.

Joseph - Lands at Merrington and Preston Gubbals

Benjamin - £100 plus High Street properties, timber yards and farm.

Mary - a total of £800 plus Household Items

Daughter in law Lelita 40 shillings

Grandson John £5

Richard Higgins £10

Executors: Daughter Mary and Richard Higgins

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Genealogical Information

Richard Muckleston [Ref 0106]

Occupation: Tanner and Mayor in 1688

Baptised: 5th December 1630 Preston Gubbals

Married: Martha Higginson [date unknown] she died 1680

Buried: 23rd March 1696 St Chads Shrewsbury.

Parents: Edward Muckleston and Mary.

Children: Martha, Mary, Richard*, Edward*, Samuel*, Edward, Rebecca*, Sarah, Joseph, Benjamin, Timothy*, Jane*, Daniel*. [* known to have died before their father]