Thomas Worthington 1679
 

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In the name of god Amen the sixth day of September in the one and thirtieth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord Charles the second by the grace of god King over England etc. Anno Domini 1679 I. Thomas Worthington of Coppull in the county of Lancaster yeoman being somewhat infirm in health of body but of good and perfect disposing memory thanks be  given to almighty god for the same, grieving the mutability of this transitory world and that death is certain to every living creature and the time whereof most uncertain and  not willing to die intestate I to constitute ordeyne and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. And first and principally I commend my soul into the hands of almighty god my maker and the redeemer trusting through the merits of his bitter death and passion for to have pardon and remission of my sins and to be made partaker of his heavenly kingdom amongst his angels and elect. And my body to be buried at my parish church of Standish at the discretion of my executors hereafter named. For and as touching my temporall estate of goods wherewith god have been pleased to bless me my will and mind is and I do hereby devise and dispose the same in manner and form following that is to say and first I will that after my debts and funeral expenses are discharged and paid out of my whole estate the rest residue and remainder thereof as well real as personal goods and chattels whatsoever be divided into two equal parts. The one part or half whereof I give and bequeath unto Mary Worthington my loving wife in performance of  the articles of agreement with her at marriage. And the other part or half I reserve and take to my self and dispose thereof as followeth first I give and bequeath to my good  Mr. Thomas Worthington of Blainscough esquire one two and twenty shillings piece of gold and the like to mine good Mrs. Jean Worthington his wife another piece of gold of like value (having given two such other pieces to my now wife). I give and bequeath to all and every his children sons and daughters of them the said Thomas and Jean Worthington ten pounds apiece. Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Lawrence Worthington and his children forty pounds in manner and form following that is to say to him myself for his life and after his decease to his son Thomas he paying 40 shillings apiece to his brothers and sisters (the same being the sum oweing to me by my said Brother Lawrence. Item I give forgive and rebate to every debtor and person that owes me money upon bond or other security one whole years interest upon payment of the remainder. Item I give and bequeath to the poor people of Standish parish the sum of six pounds as followeth to Coppull and Worthington xxs to Standish and Langtree xxs to Duxbury and Adlington xxs to Charnock and Anderton xxs to Shevington and Welch Whittle xxs and to Charnock Richard xxs over and above the dole and the same to be distributed and given them by my same wife
and other executors with the advice of the several overseers Of the poor in the said towns. Item I give and bequeath unto all the children I am godfather unto ten shillings apiece. Item I give and bequeath unto my brother in law Oliver Totall five pounds. I give and bequeath all my wearing clothes woollen and linen amongst my poorest kindred. (the same to be distributed to them at the discretion of my said wife) and that three pence apiece dole be given to the poor at my death. And that the persons my kinsfolk neighbours and friends attending and going with me to my grave have sufficient of bread cheese and drink and other things necessary and fit at my funeral and yet with all wish is that no excess[iv]e or extravagant drinking be had or made if it can be prevented. Item I give and bequeath to Ann Guest [?] five pounds and to all the rest of my fellow servants five shillings apiece. Item I give and bequeath unto the son of Henry Holmes of Higher Charnock one cow sent to his mother or the value of her. Item I give and bequeath unto my brother in law Richard Waring and his wife and to either of them twenty shillings, to James Charnock and his wife twenty shillings and to her son Robert ten shillings and to all the rest of Richard Waring's children ten shillings apiece. Item I give and bequeath unto James Worthington twenty shillings and to each of his children ten shillings apiece to Edward Worthington and his wife twenty shillings apiece to John Taylor son of George Taylor ten shillings to John Milner twenty shillings and to his wife and children ten shillings apiece. Item I give and bequeath to Thomas Milner and his wife twenty shillings apiece and to his two daughters ten shillings apiece and to Thomas Milner son of Paul Milner ten pounds and to his wife twenty shillings to Richard Taylor of Standish and his wife to either of them twenty shillings and to his children ten shillings apiece and to John Latham and his wife and children ten shillings apiece. Item I give and bequeath to Thomas Taylor of Standish innkeeper and his wife five shillings apiece to John Waring and his wife twenty shillings and to his child ten shillings to Geoffrey Pilkington and his wife twenty shillings apiece and to his children ten shillings apiece to William Baron of Writington carpenter and his wife twenty shillings apiece and to his children ten shillings apiece. Item I give and bequeath to Richard Vause for him self wife and children five pounds and to James Booth his wife and children five pounds. Item I give to Marjorie Grimshaw twenty shillings to Margaret Dawson twenty shillings and to Elisabeth Baron twenty. Item I give and bequeath more to my said Brother Oliver Tootall twenty pounds and it is my further will and mind that if any debts and such as owe me moneys upon bond or otherwise shall fail in their payment either by their own necessities and wants or alterance of times so that my goods and chattels will not extend to satisfy and discharge all the several legacies above mentioned that then and in such case each several legatory to have a proportionall part of loss in the legacies to them so
given. Item I give and bequeath more to the poor people of Coppull aforesaid all my interest title term and estate of in and unto Wigan's House with the appurtenances on Mr. Rigby his land after the death and decease of my said wife and she to have it in the mean time and during her life (if the lease thereof so long lasts. And that my said mr mr Worthington have five pounds paid and put into his hands to review the lease thereof which still as it falls that it may continue unto the said poor people for ever. The residue and remainder of my said half part of goods cattells and chattels after theses my legacies and funeral expenses and debts discharged I give and bequeath to my said loving wife Mary Worthington with William firth of Charnock Richard and Alexander Slater of Welch Whittle in the said county yeoman I constitute ordeyne and make the true and lawful executors of this my last will and testament and my said Mr. Thomas Worthington esquire overseer of the same hoping they will see the same truly performed as my special trust is in them and further hereby give to them the said William Firth and Alexander Slater my said executors five pounds betwixt them. In witness whereof I have here unto put my hand and seal the day and year first above written Anno domini 1679.

Thomas Worthington

Sealed signed and published in the presence of Thomas Lancaster Henry Slater Edward Worthington his son & Bridgett Gerrard.