Will of George SEWARD of Greygarth 1700

[Father of ISABELL PICKERSGILL neƩ SEWARD, wife of JOHN PICKERSGILL]
Transcribed by Carol Metcalfe from the original document held at West Yorkshire Archives

In the Name of God amen, I George Seward of Gragrett within the County of York yeoman being weake in Body but sound in Mind and of Good and perfect Memorie praised be Almighty God for the same But Calling to Mind the uncertaintie of this Transitorie Life heare on Earth, and that all flesh must yield unto Death, when it shall please God to Call, and being Desirous to Satle things in order before I Leave this world Doe make and ordaine this my Last will and Testament in Manner and forme following, first and principally I Commend my soule of Almighty God my Maker, hopeing that thorrow the Meretorious Death and passion of Jesus Christ my onely Saviour and Redeemer to receive free pardon and full remission of all my sins and my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be Buried in such Christian and Decent Manner as to my Executrix hereafter named shall be thought mete and Convenient, and as to my worldly Estate and such things as the Lord in Mercy far above my desert hath blest me withall, I give and Dispose the same as followeth

Imps I give and bequeath unto Isabell Seward my Daughter, the sum of Fifty pounds, the same, to be paid to her, when she shall Accomplish the age of one and Twenty years

Item I give and bequeath unto Isabell Seward my now wife, all and singuler the yearely Incum and profits of all my Houses and Lands Lying and being at Gragrett aforesaid dureing her Naturall Life (if she Continues my widow soe long) but if she Marries againe and takes another Husband, then I revoke this my gift to her, and doth give and bequeath to her, the third part of all my said Houses and Lands dureing her Naturall Life, and the other two parts, to Isabell my Daughter, to be Entered unto and of att ?d the time of the Said Marage by my Trustees hereafter named, to be managed for the use of my said Daughter and I doe give and bequeath unto Isabell Seward my said Daughter after the Death and Decease of the said Isabell my now wife [who, by the way, did remain a widow and lived to be 93!!!] , all and singuler my said Houses and Lands with there and Every of there appurtenances to her and her heires for Ever, but if it shall hapon that my said Daughter Isabell Seward shall Leave and Depart this Life before she shall accomplish the age of Twenty one yeares, Then I give and bequeath unto John Seward and Thomas Seward my Nephews, all my said Houses and Lands, with appurtenances Lying and being at Graygrett aforesaid Equally betwixt them to Enter to, and of the same, at the Death and Decease of Isabell my now wife

Item all the rest of my goods and Chattells, after my Debts paid and Funerall Expences Discharged, I give and bequeath unto Isabell Seward my now wife, whome I doe make and ordaine Sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament, and I do heareby Constitute and appoint George Raynard and William Horseman, Supervisors and Trustees, to see that this my Last Will and Testament, be fairely Executed according to the true intent and Meaneing heareof.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the Four and twentieth day of May in the ..nenth yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord William the third, by the Grace of God, of England …land ??imice and , King…………………..in the yeare of our Lord God 1699

Sealled Signed and Published Georg Seward [signs]
in the presence of us / after the Enterbinding
of these words, Equally betwixt them/

Thomas Houldsworth [signs]

George Raynard [signs]

Jos: Russell [signs]

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