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Alexander Mort of Damhouse in Tyldesley, Gentleman 1737, Oct 18

"In the name of God Amen the twentieth day of March in the year of our Lord God one thousand sevenhundred and eighteen, I Alexander Mort of Damhouse within Tyldesley, Gentleman being in perfect health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. My body to be interred in decent and christian manner in the East End of Astley Chappel near my late wife Elizabeth Mort, and whereas I have a tenement in Pemberton which I hold under Mr Legh of Lyme for certain lives. It is my mind and will that my dear and loving wife shall have the same after her decease I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Mary Mort, whereas I have a certain close in Wigan and whereas I have power to charge my estates in Bedford, and the books. I do make my cozen John Markland of Wigan and my nephew Thomas Wright my executors". Signed by Alexander Mort

Hand written note on the back of the Will: On the thirteenth day of January in the year 1737 appeared Thomas Sutton Esq Administrator within the Will annexed of Alexander Mort, Gentleman and took the oath of an Administrator in common form ( John Markland and Thomas Wright executors named therein renouncing in writing and Mary Sutton otherwise Mort Relict of the said Alexander Mort renouncing in person ) before me Adam Bancks, Surrogate

Another handwritten note: In chancery Wigan Oct 12, 1737 Between Lamberton Astley Esq and Margaret Maudesley, widow Thomas Sutton, Mary his wife.

Amongst the Will is a separate document: Know all men by these present that John Markland of Wigan and Thomas Wright of Cronton, Gentleman executors of the last will and testament of Alexander Mort late of Damhouse within Tyldesley, Gentlemen deceased hath renounced released relinquished and quitclaimed all our right by the authority and power to the executors of the personal estate of the said Alexander Mort and agree that letters of Administration be granted unto Thomas Sutton of Damhouse Esq who is one of the next of Kin to the said Alexander Mort dated Jan 2, 1737 witnessed signature of James Parr and signed by John Markland and Thomas Wright.

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