From the Will of Adam Mort
In the name of God Amen. The nineteenth day of May Anno Domit 1630 I Adam Mort of Tildesley in the parish of Leigh, Gentleman now being aged and diseased infirm in body but of good and perfect memory. I commend my soul and spirit into ye hands of Almighty God for that I have builded a Chappell or house for ye public worship and service of God in Astley near my abode.And for that many of the inhabitants of Bolton in the Moores, being the place of my birth.
Thomas Mort my eldest son and heir apparent and Adam Mort my younger son. All that Messuage and tenement in Tildesley and land and meadow in Pennington called the great Backfield and Stockeyes. The profits thereof to be yearly and every year for and towards the wages and maintainances of a Schoolmaster in Astley. That ye said Thomas Mort my son shall during his life have nomination and election power and authority of displaceing and removing as he shall see cause of ye said preaching Minister and Schoolmaster.
Also it is my will give devise and bequeath all that messuage and tenement in Bedford called Serjeants for and until Thomas Mort my grandchild son of my deceased son Richard Mort shall have attained the full age of twenty and one years. I bequeath unto Margaret Mort youngest daughter and child of my deceased sonne Richard Mort do attain the full age of twenty and one years one rent charge of ten pounds. Also it is mind that my eldest sonne Thomas Mort shall have and enjoy all that messuage and tenement in Little Hulton commonly called Wartons. Thomas Mort and Adam Mort my sonnes all my messuage buildings lands tenements in Lyme and Lymeboothes in ye county of Chester.
I give and bequeath to my said sonne Adam Mort all my leased and termes fof years which I have in any messuages in Bolton Halywal Tonge Harwood and Leaver. And to my old servant Jane Worsley forty shillings. And whereas I have already delivered tm said sonne Adam Mort the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds which I intend for ye three youngest children of my said son Richard deceased called George Bridget and Margaret respectively accomplish the age of twenty and one years.