Last Will and Testament of William Watson dated 10th May 1761
Transcribed by Sheila K Douglas
In the name of God amen I William Wattson of Wakehill in the Parish of Kirkby Malzeard and the County of York Yeoman being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be Almighty God for the same And calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all once to die, do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say)
First and principally I give my Soul unto God who gave it me and my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and touching Such Worldly Estate as it hath pleased God in this life to bless me with all I give devise bequeath and dispose of the same as followeth
First I give and bequeath to Elisabeth Wattson my Loving Wife all the Household goods I got with her when I married her and her bed, bedstead and beding thereto belonging Also I give to my Said wife house room, and Liberty to Dwell in that House wherein Wilfrid Piper did late inhabit, without paying any rent for the same, during her natural life if she have a mind therein to dwell, but not otherwise, neither shall she to farm, lett the said house to any person or persons whatsoever, which said House is Standing and being in Robert Garth in Wakehill aforesaid.
Also I give to my Said wife yearly and Every Year during her natural life three pounds ten shillings to be paid her at two half year payments in each year by eaven and equal portions by my Executor hereafter named the first half year payment to be made on the half year day next after my Decease And the other half year payment at the years end which will be the day of my death And for default of payment to enter upon all my Lands and tenements at Wakehill aforesaid and the Same have hold possess and enjoy till payment shall be made in full, with all Costs and Charges about the same I also give to my Said Wife During her Natural life one pound ten shillings yearly, and every year out of Some lands tenements and premises lying at Green Hippings in the Parish of Long Preston and County aforesaid now or late in possession of John Willson her brother to be paid her in such manner and at such times as the Deeds Evidences Writings and Ininuments long since made express.
And Lastly all the rest residue and remainder of my Goods Chattels and personal estate and all other my effects whatsoever and wheresoever And all my Houses Lands tenements and premises with Appurtenances lying and being at Wakehill aforesaid I give and bequeath to John Wattson my Son Whome I do hereby make and Ordain Sole Executor of this my last Will and testament and I do hereby nill and make void all former and other Wills by me made or for me made
In Witness whereof I William Wattson have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this tenth Day of May in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty one
Signed, sealed published, pronounce and declared }
by the said William Wattson for and as his last Will }
and Testament in presence of us and Witnessed by us }
in his presence and at his request }