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John Mort of Atherton, chapman 1788 Nov 7

As in the presence and fear of Almighty God I John Mort of Atherton in the County of Lancaster, Chapman, do make this my last will and testament. I would have the estate God has entrusted me with dispose of in the following manner. I order all my just debts, funeral expenses, probate of this my last will to be paid out of my personal estate. I give and devise my freehold estates of Messuage and lands called Alderfold, where I now live, with all the rents from all those parcels of lands which I have to several persons, which were taken from land of the same Alderfold Estates and messuage which was conveyed to me by William Chorlton, now inhabited by Roger Eckersley, being formerley taken out of this same Alderfold Estate, also those eight cottages or dwelling houses called Pendleburys, now leased to John Sidlow being part of Alderfold Estate. I give and devise them, with all my right, tittle and interest to Peter Valentine my Friend and assistant and to his heirs for ever, nevertheless devise the same estates on this condition and subject to the charge od twelve hundred pounds which shall be accounted as part of my personal estate. I give and devise my Freehold Tenement and messuage called Ringley Fold held by lease of the Earle of Derby to my nephew John Rigby of Manchester. I give my tenement in Atherton called Gibfold held by lease of Robert Atherton Esq to the Rev'd Samuel Mercer. I bequeath the following legacies to be paid fifteen months after my decease to my Grand neices Sarah Parry and Elizabeth Bunny each three hundred pounds. To my neice Mabel six hundred pounds. I give to the Rev'd Samuel Mercer and to my cousin James Astley each twenty pounds, Also Ellen Hodkinson ten pounds. All the residue of my estate I leave to the aforementioned Peter Valentine whom I nominate and appoint to be executor. Signed Twenty second day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six. Witness Alex Gordon, Thomas Sale and William Slater. Value of the effects 1000. Will proved 7 Nov 1788

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