Will made 1844, proved 1849
Transcribed by Carol Metcalfe from the original document held at West Yorkshire Archives
This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Atkinson of Round Hill in the Parish of Masham in the North Riding of Yorkshire made and Published by me this fifteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four as follows, viz. –
I order and direct my Executor hereinafter mentioned to pay my Funeral and Testamentary expences
I give and bequeath unto my son William Atkinson the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid by my Executor hereinafter mentioned
Also I give devise and bequeath unto my said son William Atkinson all them fields pieces or parcels of Land with the buildings thereon situate at Ray Car in Dallowgill in the Parish of Kirkby Malzeard all lying and being situate on the North side of the Lane known by the name of Belford Lane
I say devise and bequeath the same unto my said son William Atkinson his heirs and Assigns for ever subject nevertheless to half of the following Legacies and annuities
I give devise and bequeath unto my son Joseph Atkinson his heirs or Assigns for ever all them fields pieces or parcels of Land with buildings and appurtenances thereon situate at Belford in Dallowgill lying and being situate on the south side of the aforementioned lane called Belford Lane and bounded on the south or south east by land belonging to Joseph Ashby on the West by land belonging to George Ingleson all lying and being situate in Dallowgill in the Parish of Kirkby Malzeard in the West Riding of Yorkshire
I give and bequeath unto my Grandsons William Mark Thomas and Joe Hutchinson each the sum of nineteen guineas
I give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter Mary Eden the sum of Ten pounds the said legacies to be paid to the said William Mark Thomas and Joe Hutchinson and Mary Eden twelve months after the death of their mother Ann Ascough
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Ascough as aforesaid for the term of her natural life an annuity or yearly sum of six pounds clear of all Taxes and deductions the same to be paid to her half yearly the first of such payments to be made twelve months after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Atkinson of North America for and during the term of his natural life an annuity or yearly sum of six pounds to be paid to himself only clear of all Taxes and deductions the first of such payments to be considered due twelve months after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter Jane Spence her heirs or Assigns the sum of Ten pounds the same to be paid twelve months after the death of her aunt Ann Ascough.
I give and bequeath unto my Grandchildren Mary Ann, John, Ellen and Sarah Wright each the sum of nineteen guineas to be paid to each of them when the said Sarah Wright attains her age of twenty one years.
I charge my said Estates of Housing and Land situate at Ray Car and Belford as aforesaid with payment of the aforementioned Legacies and annuities that is to say I hereby order and direct my said sons William and Joseph Atkinson to pay the said Legacies and annuities equally between them share and share alike according to the aforementioned dates or directions.
And lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my said son Joseph Atkinson sole and whole Executor of this my last Will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said Thomas Atkinson the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year hereinbefore written
Thomas Atkinson [signed]
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Atkinson the Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnessess [sic]
Michael Lofthouse [signed]
John Cartwright [signed]
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