Ralph Wensley of Reeth 1717                        3073            460

In the name of God Amen I Ralph Wensley of Reeth in the County of York Yeoman being weak in body but of perfect memory and understanding (Praised by God) do make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament, In manner & forme following
Imprimis I Recommend my soul unto Almighty God, my maker & redeemer, And my body to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned. And for my Worldly Estate I will and bequeath as followeth (viz) I will and bequeath what money is over and above of defraying my funerall Charges & my debts to be equally divided amongst my Children (viz) my son James Wensley my son Richard Wensley my son Christopher Wensley my son Joshua Pollard and my Grandson Ralph Wensley. Lastly I do make and ordaine my son Richard Wensley & my son Joshua Pollard my sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. They the said Richard Wensley and Joshua Pollard first paying and discharging my funerall expences and just debts and Legacyes above mentioned. In Witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this first day of Aprill Anno Domini 1717.
Ralph Wensley his mark
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Joseph Scott
George Raw
Thomas Hutchinson

[Probate 6 May 1717]

Edward Holmes, Reeth 1852

This is the last will and testament of me Edward Holmes of Reeth in the County of York yeoman made whilst I am of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding In the first place I order and direct all my just debts my funeral and testamentary charges to be fully paid I give and bequeath to my wife Dorothy all my household goods and furniture beds and bedding dairy and kitchen utensils for her own use absolutely I give unto Leonard Spensley Mason of Hallgate in the County of York farmer and my nephew Joseph Robert Cleminson or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns all that copyhold estate hereditaments and appurtenances situate at West Stonesdale in the Manor of Healaugh together with all those live cottages or dwelling houses with their appurtenances situate at Reeth in the same manor to hold the same unto and to the use of the said Leonard Spensley Mason and Joseph Robert Cleminson or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns for the intent and purposes hereinafter mentioned (that is to say) upon trust to pay and apply the rents interest or annual produce thereof to my wife Dorothy for her own proper use and benefit as long as she shall continue my widow that is to say until her death or marriage. And further I also give to Leonard Spensley Mason and Joseph Robert Cleminson or the survivor of them or the executors administrators or assigns of such survivor the sum of two hundred pounds upon trust that they or he do and shall lay out and invest the said sum of two hundred pounds in their or his names or name upon government or real securities in England with power to alter and vary the same as to them or him shall seem reasonable And shall pay and apply the interest or annual produce of the said two hundred pounds to my wife Dorothy as far as they shall deem necessary for her comfortable maintenance as long as she shall continue my widow And upon the decease or marriage of my said wife then I do declare that the said Leonard Spensley Mason and Joseph Robert Cleminson or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns shall with all convenient speed sell and dispose of all my said copyhold estates situate at West Stonesdale and also all those two copyhold messuages or dwelling houses situate at Reeth with their appurtenances and convert the same into ready money either by public auction or private contract.
And I do declare that the receipt or receipts of my said trustees or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns shall at all times be sufficient discharge to the purchaser or purchasers shall not be liable to see to the application or nonapplication of his or her purchase money nor be accountable for any less misapplication or nonapplication thereof or any part thereof And I do declare that my said trustees or the survivors of the his heirs executors administrators or assigns shall stand and be possessed of and interested in the money to arise from the sale and disposition of my copyhold property and also of the two hundred pounds aforesaid together with all rents or intrerest or accumulation of interest or annual produce due thereupon or connected therewith upon and for the trusts following as hereinafter mentioned of and concerning the same (that is to say)
As to for and concerning the sum of one hundred and eighty pounds part of the above mentioned trust monies upon trust to pay and divide the same unto and equally amongst my great nephews and great niece following (that is to say) William Coates the son of William Coates deceased and to Esther Coates and John Coates the children of John Coates deceased As to for and concerning all that shall remain of the proceeds of my copyhold property and also of the two hundred pounds aforesaid together with the rents interest or accumulation of interest if any over and above the one hundred and eighty pounds and any expenses incurred in the execution of the trust Upon trust to pay and divide the same unto and equally amongst my nephews and niece following (that is to say) William Blytheman Edward Holmes Edward Coates Ann Hodgson and the said Joseph Robert Cleminson and I declare my will and mind to be that the said trust monies be paid and payable twelve calendar months after the death or marriage of my said wife if circumstances will permit.
I give and bequeath to the said Leonard Spensley Mason and Joseph Robert Cleminson the sum of ten pounds each as a compensation for their trouble in carrying into effect trusts of this my will
I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my real or personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever whether in my private possession or out upon securities and of what nature or kind soever the same may be unto the said Leonard Spensley Mason and Joseph Robert Cleminson to hold the same unto and to the use of the said Leonard Spensley Mason and Joseph Robert Cleminson or the survivor of them his heirs executors or assigns upon trust
And I do declare that my trustees or the survivor of them his heirs executors or assigns shall stand and be possessed of and interested in all my aforenamed real or personal estate last mentioned upon and for the trusts intents and purposes following that is to say after calling in all my monies lent on securities and all other the remainder of my personal estate or effects to pay and divide the same unto and equally amongst my nephews and niece the said William Blytheman Edward Holmes Edward Coates Ann Hodgson and Joseph Robert Cleminson share and share alike as tenants in common And I do hereby declare my will and mind to be that the said last mentioned trust monies shall be paid and payable twelve calendar months after my decease if circumstances will permit
Provided always and I do hereby direct that in case any one or more of my said nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces hereinbefore mentioned shall depart this life in my lifetime or before he she or they shall acquire vested interest or interests in the portion or portions hereinbefore bequeathed to them respectively under the trusts of this my will without leaving lawful issue then my said trustees and the survivor of them his executors administrators or assigns do and shall pay assign and transfer the original share or shares of and in the said trust monies which under trusts hereinbefore contained shall belong to such nephews and niece and great nephews and niece respectively who shall die as aforesaid And also that part or share and those several parts and shares of and in the same trust monies which from time to time shall belong to the same nephews and nieces great nephews and nieces respectively so dying as aforesaid under this present provision and also the accumulations if any arising from such share or shares respectively unto the other or if more than one unto the others of the same nephews and nieces great nephews and nieces to be equally divided amongst the same share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants
And in case any oen or more of my said nephews or niece and great nephews and niece who shall died leaving any lawful issue living at his her or their death as aforesaid then I direct that the original and also the derivative share or shares of my said nephews and niece great nephews and nieces so dying and also the accumulations if any of the interest dividends and income thereof shall be and reamin in trust for such issue of my said nephews and nieces great nephews and niece so dying as aforesaid who shall be living at the death or respective deaths of his her or their parent or respective parents and in such parts shares and proportions that such issue of my said nephews or niece and great nephews and niece may take per stirpes and not per capita and so as the issue of each respective parent may take as tenants in common between themselves
I appoint the said Leonard Spensley Mason and Joseph Robert Cleminson trustees and executors of this my will I declare the provision hereby made for my said wife is in lieu of dower or free bench out of all or any part of my said real estates And I do hereby declare that it shall be lawful for my said trustees to deduct and retain all such costs charges and expences as they or either of them shall pay or be put unto in the performance of the trusts hereby in them reposed. And that they shall not be answerable or accountable for any involuntary losses happening to the said trust estate nor for the costs or conduct of each other And hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said testator Edward Holmes have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty nine
Edward Holmes
Proved 11 Sept 1852
Died 7 Sep 1852

Francis Alsop Reeth 1732

In the name of God amen I Francis Alsop of Reeth in Swaledale in ye County of York yeoman being weak of body but of sound & perfect disposing mind & memory do make & ordain this my ast will & testament in manner & form following. Imprimis I give & bequeath to my dear & loving wife Isabell Alsop all that my messuage house & the appurtenances situate at Grinton in the County of York for & during the term of her natural life & from & after her death I declare I give & bequeath the same to my oldest son Francis Alsop his heirs & assigns for ever Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Dorothy Alsop 20.0 in case my youngest daughter Sibill dye before she attain to 21 years of age Item I give & bequeath to my dear & loving wife Isabell Alsop forty shillings to be paid from the hands of my son Francis in balance of my house situate in Reeth so long as she keeps my widow To all other my real & personal estate I give & bequeath the same to my eldest son Francis Alsop & younger son Mark Alsop equally to be divided between them when my younger son Mark attains to the age of 21 years and I do hereby nominate constitute & appoint my two sons Francis and Mark executors of this my last will & testament
In witness whereof I have here unto sett my hand & seal this 15th day of July AD 1732
F Allsop

Mary Pratt her mark
Mary Dawson her mark

I do hereby nominate & appoint my dear & loving friends Mark Whip & James Fryer trustees for my dear children till the youngest child attains to 21 years of age as witness my hand the day & above written
F. Allsop

Francis Charder, Reeth 1713

In the name of God Amen I Francis Charder of Reeth being weak of body but of sound and perfect memory praised be almighty god for the same do make and ordain this my present last will and testament in manner & form following first I commend my soul through the merits death & passion of my saviour Jesus Christ to have free pardon of all my sins & to inherit eterneal life and as touching the disposition of my personal estate as hath pleased almighty god to bestow upon me I give & dispose thereof as followeth first that all my debts & funeral charges be paid & discharged
All the rest and residue of my personal estate goods and chattels whatsoever I do give and bequeath to my dear and well beloved wife Margaret Charder full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke disannul and make void all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made In witness whereof I the said Francis Charder to this my last will and testament have hereunto set my hand this 20th day of November 1714
Francis Charder