Will & Inventory of Richard Mellor of Abbey Hulton , 1715

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Description:Wills and their accompanying inventories of goods and chattels, are an excellent source of information for family, social and economic history. A will can provide all kinds of useful information about family relationships and the social and economic status of the testator, that is the person making the will. In addition before 1750, an itemised inventory of the goods of the deceased was drawn up by between two and five unbiased persons called appraisors, overseers or supervisors. The inventory includes all the moveable goods, including where appropriate household goods, clothing, stock-in-trade, farm stock, growing and cut corn, loose money and any rent and debts due but it does not include land.

"In The name of god Amen I Richard Mellor of Aby Hulton this 28 day of October 1715 Being Weake of Bodey But In good And perfect memory do make this my Last Will and Testament In maner And forme Following that Is to say
Imprimis my Will Is that my Body Be desently Buryed Att Burslem Att the discresion of my Excecetors herein Affter appointed And After the Funeral expence payd And Charge off proufeing this my Will: that all my Just depts Be payd And In order therunto: I give And Bequeath All my goods Catells & Chattells Lands And tenaments unto my dearly Beloved wife Impowering her to make sale of all my Lands att hob Hills And after my depts paid the overplus money to Be Imployed to & for the Bringeing up of my son Thomas : And Anny other Child or Children my wife may have she Being now with Child But the tenant Right of the Liveing my father Thomas Mellor And I Live on I Leave to my son Thomas And In Case he or other Child or Children dy then
I give all to my Dearly Beloved wife & to her Heirs forever
And I do herby Appointe And Constitute my Father In Law John Burgess And my wife Sarah Mellor To Be my Execetetors to see this my will to Be performed Truly
Signed sealed And published in the
presence of
Richard Meller

Ralph Adams
John Aspinall

Francess Tittensall
her marke"

Copyright : Lichfield Record Office , B/C/11 1715 Mellor , Richard

Reproduced by courtesy of the Lichfield Diocesan Registrar.