The Will of Robert Croft of Withernwick 1719
  
Robert was the father of the Robert Croft who's will of 1742 appears on the website - click here.
To see a family tree of the Croft and Lowson families - click here.
He clearly was a relatively rich man, 650 in 1719 must have been a significant amount of money.
         



    

In the name of God, Amen, this Eighth day of August Anno Domini 1719, I Robert Croft of Withernwick in the East Eiding of the County of York. Husbandman, being sick and waek in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God therefore for calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that if to say first of all I give my soul into the hands of God that gave it and for my body I recomend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the disrcetion of my executrix in and here after named and as touching such Worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and forms.
Imp: I give to my son Robert Croft all that my house garth with a (?) also my oxgang of land in Withernwick, during his natural lifeand for the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for ever and also thirty pounds in  money to be paid when he shall attain the age of twenty and one years and in case he shall die before he arrive to that age my will that the said thirty pounds be divided amongst my surviving children.
It: I give to my daughter Ann Croft the sum of forty pounds to be paid out of my personal estate when she shall arrive at the age of twenty one years and in case she shall die before she comes of that age, that part of portion to be equally divided among my surviving children and (?).
It: I give to Margaret Croft my daughter the sum of forty pounds to be paid asforsaid when she shall arrive at the age of twenty and one years and if she shall die before she comes to that age my will is that the said forty pounds be equally divided among my surviving children (?).
It: I give to Elizabeth Croft my daughter the sum of forty pounds to be paid as aforsaid when she shall arrive at the age of twenty and one years and my will is that if she shall die before she attains that age, her childs part and portion to be equally divided among the surviving children (and twenty pounds to my ?).
It: I give to Jane Croft my daughter the sum of forty pounds when she shall attain the age of twenty and one years and in case she shall die before she arrives at that age then her childs her part and portion to be equally divided amongst the surviving children.
And where as my dearly beloved wife Margaret Croft is big with child at the line of m y making. This my last will I give to the said child as to each of my daughters within named viz forty pounds to be paid when the child shall attin the age of twenty and one years and in case the said child dies before it comes of that age my will is that the said childs portion be equally divided among my surviving children.
It: I give to my dearly beloved wife Margaret Croft (?) make and ordain my only and sole executrix of my last will and testament all and singular  my goods and chattels, bills, bonds etc whatsoever and wheresoever by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disanull all and every other will and testament by me in any ways before this time named, willed and bequeahed. I witness wherof shown here unto, my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the said Robert Croft as his lat will in front of us
Robert White
Ann Watson
Tho Fisher

    


     

A  true and perfect inventory of all the goods and chattels of Robert Croft late of Withernwick, appraised by us whose names are here under written this day and year aforesaid.
       
His purse and apparell 20 : 0 : 0
In the inner parlour one bedstead and beding
Two chests and other implements
05 : 0 : 0
In the other parlour two bedsteads and beding
One table, two chairs and one chest
05 : 10 : 0
In the fore houses and kitchen, two tables, one buffet form,
two chairs, two (?) cupboards, (?)
one copper one (?) churn, milk vessels with other implements
07 : 10 : 0
In the chamber two servants beds and beding forms
Old (?) and other implements
10 : 0 : 0
In the milk house beast milk vessel and other implements 02 : 0 : 0
Seven milk cows, a young calf, eight (?) 40 : 0 : 0
Two (?) and two (?) five three year old beasts 42 : 0 : 0
Six draught beasts 34 : 10 : 0
Five calves 06 : 5 : 0
Three swine hoggs 08 : 5 : 0
Three foals 04 : 10 : 0
Eight draught horses 31 : 0 : 0
Eleven ewe sheep 04 : 13 : 0
Wheat growing upon the ground 42 : 0 : 0
Wheat and beans upon the Holme
and in the barns.
30 : 0 : 0
Barley in the barn 04 : 0 : 0
Plough and plough gear, wagon and wagon gear 18 : 0 : 0
Stand hooks and cribs and gates 02 : 3 : 0
(?) in the yard and in the barns 40 : 0 : 0
Whims (a vertical horse powered hoist) and other fire elding (fuel) 02 : 10 : 0
Rape growing upon the ground 100 : 0 : 0
Poultry in the yard 01: 5 : 0
649 : 1 : 0
John North
David Ruby
John Norham
Thomas Fisher

  

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