This is the last Will and Testament of me Charles Alderson of Frith in the Township of Muker in Swaledale in the North Riding of the County of York Farmer. I order and Direct that all my just debts and Funeral and Testamentary expenses be paid and satisfied by Executors hereinafter appointed as soon as convenient after my decease. I give and Bequeath unto my dear wife Eleanor Alderson all and every my household furniture linen wearing apparel Beds and Bedding and the Bay Pony and foal for her own use and benefit absolutely. And I also give and bequeath unto my said wife the sum of Forty pounds a year as long as she lives or as long as she remains my widow. And I order and direct that if my said wife with the children during her widowhood choose to reside in or occupy the Dwellinghouse and land at West Stonesdale which now is in the occupation of James Harker as tenant thereof she my said wife to have the privilege to occupy the same rent free as long as she remains my widow. and I also further Give and Bequeath Unto my said Wife the sum of Fifty pounds a year for each child for the bringing up support maintenance clothing and education of my two children untill they my said two children severally attain the age of twenty one years the payment of the above sums to be paid half yearly as hereinafter set forth and described. I give devise and Bequeath unto my two sons Charles Alderson and William Alderson their heirs executors administrators and assigns share and share alike All and every my Freehold and Copyhold Estate houses and land with the appurtenances hereunto belonging situate at Frith and West Stonesdale at or within the Hamlet or Territories of West Stonesdale And the Scar Closes and allotments on Kidson at or within the Hamlet or Territories of Keld and Thorns or Kisdon all in Swaledale aforesaid. Also all the Rest and Residue of my personal estate and effects money securities for money, money due or bonds bills notes or other securities livestock cattle and sheep Hay Crop husbandry Implements And all and every my real and personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever which i may be in possession of or entitled to at the time of my decease unto my said two sons share and share alike with this provision that the Frith Estate be in Charles share. And I give devise and Bequeath the same upon Trust unto my Friends James Alderson Clarkson Strands House near Gunnerside Swaledale Mine Accountant and James Harker of West Stonesdale Swaledale Colliery Agent and my Brother Robert Alderson of Frith also in Swaledale aforesaid upon trust for the following purpose That is to say to act and manage my affairs and to do all matters and things which may arrise to carry out the true meaning and intentions of this my Will during the minority of my said two children until they and each of them attain the age of twenty one years And I direct that my said Trustees shall pay from the rents and profits arising from my real and personal estate and from other monies if required all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses the charge and cost of proving this my will and twenty pounds every half year to my wife as long as she is my widow and the sum of fifty pounds every half year being twenty five pounds each for the proper bringing up and maintenance of my said two children as above described the first of the above payments to take place on the sixth day of April or the sixth day of October which ever day falls first after my decease and to be paid every succeeding half year as to the twenty pounds as long as she remains my widow and as to the twenty five pounds each for the children as long as she has the charge of them. And I order and direct that my Trustees and any future Trustee or Trustees which may hereafter be appointed to be paid all moneys out of pocket and a fair and reasonable charge for their trouble journeys and loss in carrying out and in the due execution of the Trust of this my will - from time to time until my said children attains the age of twenty one years And asto all the rest and residue of my Rents and Profits from time to time after the payment of all costs charges and expenses the yearly amount to my Wife and the amount yearly for the maintenance of my said children to be invested by my said Trustees from time to time and at any time in such Bank or in such securities as they may deem sound and safe and at as good Interest as the said money will command and continue the same Upon trust until my said children attain the age of twenty years should either of my said children happen to die without issue before he attains the age of twenty one years in that case the survivor to have the whole of the property as described above And upon further trust until my said children attains the respective ages of twenty one years then the whole to be divided equally between them and as before stated Charles to have Frith Estate in his share. And I do nominate institute and appoint my Friends James Alderson Clarkson of Strands house near Gunnerside Swaledale Mine Accountant and James Harker of West Stonesdale Colliery Agent and my Brother Robert Alderson of Frith also in Swaledale aforesaid to be my Trustees and Executors of this my will and Testament. And hereby revoking all former or otherWills by me at any time hereintofore made. I declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said Charles Alderson have to this my last will and Testament set my hand the final day of December One thousand eight hundred and seventy five - Charles Alderson - Signed by the Testator Charles Alderson of Frith in Swaledale on the first day of December One thousand eight hundred and seventy five and acknowledged by him to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time and subscribed by us as Witnesses in the presence of the said Testator Charles Alderson and of each other
James Peacock, Skeugh Head Swaledale, farmer
Thomas Close, Frith Swaledale, Farm servant