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Re: Some help with reading a will
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 06 July 19 17:59 BST (UK) »
Extract 2:

...in lawe for payment of my debts and raisinge Twentie pounds a peece

for Elizabeth Smallman Jane Smallman Richard Smallman

William Smallman and Samuell Smallman my ffive youngest children

in such manner and forme as is sett downe [limited?] and declared in

A certaine Indenture of Lease unto them by me thereof made bearinge

date the tenth day of december in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand

sixe hundred ffiftie one And I [doe?] desire my said brother and my said

sonne in lawe that they wilbe carefull to see the said summes raised...

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Re: Some help with reading a will
« Reply #10 on: Saturday 06 July 19 21:17 BST (UK) »
Thanks for that hd, that's amazing work! This is largely the reason I'm looking into this will - I have no idea if this Richard Smallman has anything to do with the Smallmans of my tree, but it's useful to get an idea of who was who in the village.

Apologies for the delay for the third section:

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Re: Some help with reading a will
« Reply #11 on: Saturday 06 July 19 21:50 BST (UK) »
Extract 3

... and paied to my said ffive children or sett forward for their benefit
and advantage yearely as they shall receive the same in such sorte as
I have especially trusted them concerninge the same  Item I give and
bequeath unto my three daughters Mary Anne and Margarett two
shillinges a peece  Item I give and bequeath all the rest of my goods
Cattells personall Estate and substance (my debts beinge paid and
funeralle discharged) unto Margarett my wife towards payment
of my Debts and bringinge upp and maintaininge my five younger
children and setlinge them to live in the feare of God  And of this ...

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Re: Some help with reading a will
« Reply #12 on: Saturday 06 July 19 22:09 BST (UK) »
Thanks, Bookbox! Your transcription work is much appreciated.  :)

Question on what is meant by 'or sett forward for their benefit
and advantage yearely as they shall receive the same in such sorte as
I have especially trusted them concerninge the same' 
, is this referring to the sum of money paid to the children or to something else?

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Re: Some help with reading a will
« Reply #13 on: Saturday 06 July 19 22:32 BST (UK) »
                                        ................................ ...........this
my last will & nominate and appoint Margarett my said wife my
Sole Executrixe hopinge that she will see the same duely performed;
And I desire the said ffrancis Smallman and William Lage to be
aidinge and assistinge unto her therein In witnesse whereof I have
unto this my last will and testament subscribed my name and putt to
My seale the day and yeare first above written the marke of Richard
Smallman in p(re)sence of the persons whose names are underwritten
William Hassould (?) the younger, L?  Shipman
Lane, Burgess: Cheshire. Finney, Rogers, Gilman:Derbys
Cochran, Nicol, Paton, Bruce:Scotland. Bertolle:London
Bainbridge, Christman, Jeffs: Staffs

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Re: Some help with reading a will
« Reply #14 on: Saturday 06 July 19 23:00 BST (UK) »
Thanks for that, Goldie, and thanks to everyone for the transcriptions! The rest of the will seems to be pro forma closing along with the oath of Margaret Smallman.

It's super interesting to see that Smallmans had land in Monkhopton in 1651. I have a hunch that my (probable) 5x grandfather Thomas Smallman may also have had some kind of landholding in Monkhopton from the 1760s on (I think he may have been born sometime in the 1730s or 40s, so I wonder if he came from this branch of the Smallmans or another one. Maybe there's some later documentation to find.


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Re: Some help with reading a will
« Reply #15 on: Saturday 06 July 19 23:06 BST (UK) »
Question on what is meant by 'or sett forward for their benefit
and advantage yearely as they shall receive the same in such sorte as
I have especially trusted them concerninge the same' 
, is this referring to the sum of money paid to the children or to something else?

I read it as referring to the money that is to be paid to each of the children, reinforcing the instruction that it should be made available and paid over to them every year, in accordance with the terms of the indenture referenced above.

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Re: Some help with reading a will
« Reply #16 on: Sunday 07 July 19 09:54 BST (UK) »
Ah, I understand, so itís a one off payment that the children should have the opportunity to claim every year (presumably when they are of age).

Thanks once again to everyone who helped me out with this document! 🙂