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18TH CENTURY RECORDS OF THE GENT FAMILY AT LEEK
The Will of Clulow Grindy of Middlehulme, Leek, Staffs
In the name of God Amen. I Clulow Grindy of Middlehulme in Leekfrith, in the Parish of Leek, in the County of Stafford, yeoman, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory thanks be to God for the same do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following. (That is to say) First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of almighty God my creator hoping through the merits of Christ Jesus my saviour to receive free pardon and remission of all my sins, and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named. And as touching such worldly estates as God hath been pleased to bless me with I do dispose of the same as followeth. Imprimis, I give devise and bequeath unto my eldest son John Grindey and to his heirs and assigns for ever all that my messuage or tenement situate at Middlehulme aforesaid where I now inhabit and dwell and all buildings lands tithes and premises to the same belonging with their and every of their appurtenances and all other my messuages and tenements and heriditaments whatsoever situate in Leekfrith or elsewhere in the said county of Stafford and also I do hereby devise and bequeath unto the said John Grindy my said son all my goods cattle chattels money bills bonds and other my personal estate whatsoever of what nature kind or quality soever upon this consideration nevertheless and my mind and will is that my son John Grindy shall [ ] after my decease out of my real and personal estate pay and discharge all my debts and funeral expenses and shall also pay the interest of the sum of £60 a year to Jane Gent wife of John Gent of the Booths during her natural life the first payment to be paid on the first of March next after the date hereof and after the decease of her the said Jane Gent my will is that my said son John Grindy his heirs and assigns shall pay the said principal sum of £60 to the children of Jane Gent equally to be divided amongst them share and share alike. Item my said son John Grindy to pay the sum of £5 to Dorothy Gould so soon as she shall come to the age of one and twenty years and to John Gould and Thomas Gould brothers to the said Dorothy Gould and children to John Gould and Ann his wife late of the Waterhouse in Leekfrith aforesaid the sum of £5 each so soon as they shall come to the respective years of twenty one pursuant to the request of my daughter Sarah Grindy late deceased as being part of her portion but my mind is that if any of the three sisters and brothers viz. `dorothy Gould John and Thomas Gould should happen to die before they arrive at the said age of one and twenty then the survivor or survivors shall receive the same. Item I give to William Grindy of Baslow county of Derby and his wife each the sum of ten shillings and to Samuel Grindy of Bayley and Mary his mother and to Benjamin Brown of the parish of Stayley and to his wife each the sum of twenty shillings Item, my mind and will also further is and I do hereby also will and devise that both my real and personal estate and every part and  shall be charged with and liable and subject to the payment of the debts and funeral expenses and legacies herein mentioned and do hereby nominate and appoint my son John Grindy sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all and every will and wills heretofore by me made.
In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament written on one sheet of paper put my hand and seal this ninth day of March in the year of our Lord God 1727.
Signed Clulow Grindy his mark
Signed and sealed by the testator Clulow Grindy and by him published and declared to be his last will and testament (these words the first payment to be paid on the first of March after the date hereof being written first on the left hand side before the publication thereof in the presence of us who subscribed
Witnesses Moses Mellor Ann Harrison Henry Royle
In the name of God amen I John Grindy of Middlehulme in the parish of Leek in the county of Stafford yeoman being very much indisposed but of sound and disposing mind and memory and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say Firstly I commend my soul into the hands of almighty God my heavenly father assuredly hoping that through the merits sufferings and passion of Jesus Christ my blessed saviour and redeemer that my sins will be pardoned and that I shall have everlasting life in the world which is to come And my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named And as to such worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose thereof as follows And first I do devise my loving wife Ellen Grindy to accept of the sum of three and twenty pounds a year during the term of her natural life to be paid her out of my real estate hereafter mentioned by two equal payments to wit Michaelmas and Ladyday in lieu and in satisfaction of what I settled upon her before my intermarriage and which she has promised and agreed to take in discharge and satisfaction thereof if she survives me Also I give devise and bequeath unto my nephew Joseph Gent the son of my sister Jane Gent all that my messuage farm or tenement situate standing lying and being at Middlehulme aforesaid wherein I now live with all buildings closes pieces and parcels of land meadow or pasture ground thereunto belonging and the tithes thereof and all other my messuages lands tenements tithes and hereditaments with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging To have and to hold the same unto my said nephew Joseph Gent his heirs and assigns for ever subject to the payment of the said annuity thereout to my said wife Ellen during her life to be in lieu of the annuity I settled upon her as afgoresaid And subject to the payment of three pounds a year payable at Michaelmas and Ladyday to my sister Jane Gent by equal payments which I give to her during her life and after my said wife's decease subject and liable to the payment of thirty shillings a year apiece to my nieces Mary Gent and Anne Gent which I give to them respectively during their natural lives and the life of the survivor and longer liver of them to be paid in the like manner and subject to the payment of the further annuity of six pounds after my wife's decease which I give to my said nephew John Gould during the term of his natural life to be paid him in the like manner and subject to the payment of the further sum or yearly payment of forty shillings apiece which I give to Dorothy Rowley and William Gent (the son of my late brother in law John Gent deceased) during their respective natural lives to be paid to them respectively in the like manner and subject to the annuity of thirty shillings a year payable to my nephew John Gent during the term of his natural life which I give to him and I do direct the said annuities respectively given to the said John Gould, Mary Gent, Anne Gent, Dorothy Rowley, William Gent and John Gent shall begin and be payable to them respectively after my said wife's decease and not before and in default of payment thereof I do hereby empower them or any of them to enter upon my said real estate and to hold and enjoy the same until the said several annuities shall be respectively paid to them and the charges about the recovery thereof of all such annuities to be made tax free and free from all deductions whatsoever And I give to my said nephew William Gent ten pounds and to my said nieces Mary Gent and Anne Gent the like sum of ten pounds apiece to be paid out of my personal estate hereafter mentioned And from and after all my debts the above mentioned legacies funeral charges and expences in proving this my will are all paid off and discharged all the rest residue and remainder of my household goods implements and utensils of household stuff stock of cattle bills bonds mortgages and securities for money and all other my personal estate whatsoever or wheresoever I hereby give devise and bequeath the same unto unto my said nephew Joseph Gent his executors and administrators And I do nominate and appoint my son in law Mr Ralph Oakden to be sole executor of this my last will and testament And I do revoke all other wills by me heretofore made and do make this my last In witness whereof I the said John Grindy have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this eleventh day of April one thousand seven hundred and fifty five in the twenty eighth year of the reigh of our sovereign lord George the Second by the grace of God King over Great Britain and so forth.
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Grindy the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence and at the request of the said testator subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
I John Grindy being very much indisposed but of perfect understanding do make and add this my codicil which is by me declared to be a further part of my will and made in manner following That is to say Whereas my late father Clulow Grindy did by his last will and testament duly executed (amongst other things) direct that I the said John Grindy should forthwith after my said father's decease out of my real and personal estate pay and discharge the interest of the sum of sixty pounds yearly and every year to Jane Gent then wife of John Gent during her natural life and after her decease his will was that I the said John Grindy my heirs and assigns should pay the said principal sum of sixty pounds to the children of the said Jane Gent equally to be divided amongst them share and share alike as by the said will may appear Now I the said John Grindy do (by this my codicil annexed to this my said will) declare that the said annuity of three pounds given by me by my said will annexed to my said sister Jane Gent and the several other annuities given by me to her children are in full discharge and satisfaction of the said annuity and legacy of sixty pounds given to her and her said children by my said late father's will and also in full of all legacy and legacies given to the children of my said sister Jane in and by the last will and testament of my late brother Joseph Grindy deceased And I give to my nephew William Gent the further annuity or yearly sum of twenty shillings during the term of his natural life to be paid him half yearly by equal payments by his brother Joseph Gent his heirs or assigns clear of all deductions in the same manner as the said annuity of forty shillings is directed to be paid to him And I do hereby ratify and confirm my said will annexed in all other matters and things whatsoever In witness whereof I the said John Grindy have to this my codicil annexed to my said will set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of April 1755 and in the twenty eighth year of the reign of our sovereign lord King George the Second by the grace of God king over Great Britain and so forth
This codicil was signed sealed and published in the presence of us who in the presence and at the request of the said John Grindy subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
Richard Smalbroke Doctor of Laws Vicar general of the Right Reverend Father in God Frederick by divine permisson Lord Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry by these presents maketh known to all men that the original last will and testament and codicil of John Grindy late of the parish of Leek in the county of Stafford and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry yeoman deceased ( a copy of which said original will is hereunto annexed) was proved before Thomas White clerk Master of Arts his surrogate at Lichfield the fourteenth day of the month of February in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty eight and that administration of all and singular the goods rights credits cattle and chattels of the said deceased concerning the said will was legally granted to Ralph Oakden the sole executor named in the said will being first sworn in form of law.
W. Buckeridge Deputy Reg.
John Grindy son of above by will 1755 gives £23 per annum to his wife Ellen Grindy besides what was settled on her at marriage; unto his nephew Joseph Gent son of his sister Jane Gent the farm at Middlehulme subject to the annuity to Ellen Grindy and £3 per annum to Jane Gent [Joseph's mother] and thirty shillings per annum to nieces Mary Gent and Ann Gent and £6 per annum to nephew John Gould and £2 per annum to Dorothy Rowley son and daughter of his sister Ann and John Gould and £2 per annum to William Gent son of late brother-in-law John Gent and a further twenty shillings per annum to William Gent by codicil and thirty shillings per annum to John Gent also his nephew to begin after his wife Ellin's death and legacy of £10 each to William Mary and Ann Gent and all residue to his nephew Joseph Gent. His son in law Ralph Oakden sole executor.
Witnesses Mary Brough Sarah Gould William Condlyffe