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James Mort of Manchester, Calenderer 1774 June 6

In the name of God Amen, I James Mort of Manchester Calenderer do make this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath the residue of my personal estate of what nature or kind unto Benjamin Halsworth of Manchester Fustian Calenderer, Joseph Armstrong of the same place Wine Merchant and Edmund Tetlow of the same place Chapman, my executors hereinafter named. In trust, nevertheless they my said Trustees and the survivors of maintenance education and bringing up of my two children James and Mary until they respectively attain their full age of twenty one years or be married which shall first happen, to be equally divided between them. Set my hand and seal eighteenth day of November 1773. He made his mark X

Note: added to the will states James Mort, testator died Nov 2, 1773

Henry Mort of Liverpool, mariner 1775 Aug 19 Admon

Know all men that we Martha Mort widow and relict and Thomas Parker and John Seeton (Victualler) of the parish of Liverpool. Signed by Martha Mort. Sworn in common form Aug 17, 1775

George Mort of Huyton, Gentleman 1775 Sept 14

This is the last will and testament of me George Mort of Huyton in the county of Lancaster, Gentleman I bequeath unto my loving wife Margaret the use of all the household furniture, plate, linen and china now being in the house where I dwell for and during the term of her natural life, and I also give and bequeath unto my said wife my two wheeled chaise and the mare which I generally drive, and wheras my brother in law Thomas Thompson and his partner William Atherton now stand justley indebted unto me by virtue of their bond in a very considerable sum of money. I give devise and bequeath my seat or pew situate in St Thomas Church in Liverpool togetherwith all my houeshold goods and furniture now being in my brother in law Thomas Thompsons dwelling house in Liverpool. And I likewise give, devise and bequeath my two dwelling houses situated in Liverpool, the one in Pool Lane lately occupied by John Leverton and the other on the north side of the Old Dock in the occupation of John Fearon unto my sister Ann Mort for and during the term of her natural life. Upon the respective deaths of my wife and my sister Ann to be taken over by my brother in law Thomas Thompson for and during his natural life and after his demise between the children of Thomas Thompson. I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife and Samuel Livesley of Liverpool, Bricklayer, Executrix and Executor Signed Aug 18, 1775. Sworn in Common form Sept 8, 1775. proved Sep 14, 1775

John Mort of Astley, gent 1776 10 Feb

This is the last will and testament of me John Mort of Astley in the county of Lancaster, Gentleman I give and devise unto my grandson John Farnworth, his heirs for ever all my messuage and tennement where I now live together with the land and provisors with the payment of the sum of one hundred and twenty four pounds within twelve months of my decease. Twenty pounds unto my grandaughter Mary Hope whether she should be sole or marryed. If my said grandaughter Mary Hope shall happen to dye without issue, then I give and bequeath the said unto the rest of the children of my daughter Mary Farnworth as shall be living at the time. I give and devise unto my grand son Arnold Farnworth, his heirs for ever all that my estate called Tongs (except the cottage which Jane Piercy lives in which I shall give to my dear wife for and during her life) and also all those closes or parcells of land in astley called the Scotfield and Shoffalong with the payment of one hundred pounds unto my grandson Richard Farnworth and my grandaughter Ann Farnworth to be divided equally betwixt. Also I do hereby give and devise unto my loving wife Mary Mort for and during her natural life all that and my cottage called Tongs. Also I give unto my nephews Piers Brimelow, John Brimelow and George Brimelow the sum of one guinea apiece. I do hereby constitute and nominate and appoint my son in law John Farnworth and my friend John Green of Bedford executors. In witness I have here unto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of November one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven. Addition to this will- I do hereby give to my grandson Thomas Farnworth my two tennements called Walkinsons and Guests. Second day of July 1768.

Note added to this will states John Mort the testator died on Jul 3, 1768

Alice Mort of Little Hulton, co Lancaster, widow 1779 Mar 22

I Alice Mort, widow of Ralph Mort in the township of Little Hulton in the county of Lancaster. I give and devise unto my grandaughter Martha Halliday the bed I now lie in and the great spinning wheel and twenty spindles. Also my Best Cloak and Best quilted coat. Also my Best Silk Hat and Lawn Apron and handkerchief. Also I give and devise all the remaining part of my waring Apparel unto my two grand daughters Martha Greenhalgh and Alice Bradshaw to be divided between them share and share alike. Also all the money arising from the sale of my goods I give and devise unto Christopher Mort one fourth part, unto Joseph mort one fourth part, unto Ralph Mort one fourth part, and unto John Halliday deceased, his children Ann Halliday, George Halliday and Alice Halliday one fourth part to be devised amongst them share and share alike. Also I give and devise unto John Mort one shilling. Also I do nominate constitute and appoint Ralph Mort, weaver of Little Hulton and John Hope of Boothstown in the county of Lancaster, yeoman executors. The will of Alice Mort signed by her mark Apr 3, 1778

Notes added to the will state Proved 18th day of March 1779 John Hope, power reserved for Ralph Mort

Probate issued Mar 22, 1779

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