This is the last Will and Testament of me Christopher Metcalf of Lodge Green Swaledale in the Township of Melbecks, Parish of Grinton & County of York, miner, made this twenty fourth day of February one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine. I give devise and bequeath to my executors hereinafter named their heirs and assigns. Upon Trust for the sole use and benefit of my dear wife and children the whole of my copyhold property situated at Lodge Green consisting of one messuage or dwellinghouse and one garth or garden with the appurtenances of the ancient yearly fineable customary rent of one half penny. Also one close or parcel of land called Mow Bank now divided into two closes with a stable and cowhouse thereon and one cattlegait in Lodge Green pasture with the appurtenances situated and being at or within the territories of Lodge Green in the said Manor of the Ancient yearly fineable customary rent of two shilling and sixpence. And I require my executors herein after named to pay my dear wife Mary Ann Metcalfe for the support of herself and my two children the whole of the income arising from the before named property until they both attain the age of twenty one years. I then give devise and bequeath the whole of my copyhold property as before named and described to my two children Margaret Spensley Metcalf and James Metcalf their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common and should one of my children die before they come to the age of twenty one years and die without lawful child or children I give devise and bequeath to my surviving child his or her heirs and assigns for ever the whole of my copy hold property as before named and described and should they both die before they come to the age of twenty one years and die without lawful issue my executors hereinafter named shall pay to my dear wife the sum of six pound a year during her life or so long as she may remain my widdow but not further or otherwise. At the death of my wife or in case she marry again I then order my executors hereinafter named to sell and absolutely to dispose of all my copyhold property as before described and after all expences is paid to divide all the remainder equally among my brothers and sister. To my Brother James Metcalf John Metcalf and to my sister Mary the wife of Joseph Bruskill (all three now living in America) and to my Brother Leonard Metcalfe of Lodge Green. To my sister Ann the wife of Thomas Waggett to my sister Margaret the wife of Ralph Waggett share and share alike their heirs and assigns. I give devise and bequeath to my dear wife all my personal property wheresoever after paying all my just debts funeral and testamentary expences. Lastly I appoint my Brother Leonard Metcalfe of Lodge Green miner and George Waggett son of Thomas Waggitt of Hilltop joint trustees and executors of this my last will and testament and hereby revoke all former and other wills by me before at any time made. I do declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this twenty fourth day of February one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine.
Signed Christopher Metcalfe
Signed published and declared by the said testator Christopher Metcalf and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other at one and the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
John Coates Joseph Cottingham
Proved in Her Majesty's Court of Probate
The District Registry at York on the Twenty eighth day of August one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine by Leonard Metcalfe the Brother of the said deceased, and George Waggett the nephew of the said deceased, son of Thomas Waggett (in the will written Waggitt) of Hill Top the executors named in the said will
Effects sworn under £20
Testator died on the 31st March 1869.