John Smith 1735





In the name of God Amen I John Smith of Coppull in the county of Lancaster husbandman being sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory praised be God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of the flesh do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in following manner and form. First of all I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my executors here after named.  And as to such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same as follows to wit my will and mind is that all my debts funeral expenses and probate hereof be first discharged and paid and that there be a two penny dole given at my funeral and what remains over and above discharging the same be given and divided amongst my brothers and sisters Thomas Smith, William Smith, Mary Waring and Ann Sumner share and share alike.  And I do hereby give devise and dispose of the same to them in like manner.  And my will and mind is that the fifty pounds which is due to me from Elizabeth Duxon of Shevington in the county aforesaid widow relict of late John Duxon and the twenty pounds due to me from Ellen Walsh of the same widow and relict of late William Walsh and all other monies whatsoever due to me be forthwith paid or secured to be paid into the hands of my executors for the purposes above mentioned.  And that the said Elizabeth Duxon do forthwith surrender and deliver up into the hands of my executors all and all manner of bills and bonds and writings whatsoever and all goods or chattels belonging to me and now in her custody.  And also of all my wearing apparel.  And I do hereby nominate and appoint my said brother William Smith and my brother in law Ralph Waring to be executors of this my last will and testament hoping they will truly perform the same.  And my will and mind further is that my executors allow unto the above named Elizabeth Duxon the sum of one pound seven shillings which is in her hands over and above the sum of fifty pounds above mentioned.  And lastly I do hereby revoke disannul and disallow all former wills or bequeaths by me at any time heretofore made ratifying and confirming this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of November in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred thirthy five.

 John Smith

 Signed and sealed published and declared by the above named John Smith as his last will and testament in the presence of us who subscribe our names as witnesses in his the said testators sight (the words Elizabeth Duxon and Thomas Duxon being first interlined or raised and corrected

 Thomas Summer

James Smith

Alexander Marsdens


On the eighth day of December 1735 the above named William Smith and Ralph Waring executors of this will appeared personally and took the usual oath of an executor before me Samuel [illeg]

Probate issued out the 13th December 1735