Will of John Miller of Kirby, Kendall, Westmoreland, England
May 29, 1777
1. In the name of God Amen I John Miller of Kirby Kendal in the County of Westmorland
2. being of sound mind and memory do make & appoint this my last Will and Testament in manner
3. following, and first & principally I recommend my soul into the hands of the almighty God my Creator
4. hoping through his great mercy & the miraculous(?) death of Jesus Crist [sic] his only Son I shall obtain
5. pardon for all my sins & enjoy everlasting happiness in Heaven. And as to my temporal estate I
6. do dispose of them as follows & first it is my will & mind & I do hereby give to my son Thomas,
7. Miller all my Demesne Lands known by the name of Hutton Park in New Hutton in the county of
8. Westmorland to him his Heirs and assigns forever also I give to him the said Thomas Miller all my
9. freehold close called Townend Close in Kendal to him his Heirs and assigns
10. forever. He paying out of the said estates of Hutton Park and Townend Close to my Daughter, Rebecca
11. Miller, the sum of Seven hundred & fifty Pounds which said Sum of Seven hundred and fifty Pounds
12. is to be continued upon the sd estates of Hutton Park and Townend Close(?) after the rate of five pounds by the
13. hundred by the year during the time she lives unmarried & when she marries then the said sum of
14. Seven hundred & fifty Pounds to be paid her in one of the sd land and she giving a proper discharge to my son
15. Thomas Miller for the sum of Seven hundred and fifty Pounds as the full of the Portion I intend her.
16. Also I give to my son Thomas Miller and to my son William Miller equally to be divided between
17. them all my estate called Lainefoot in Strickland Kettle(?) to them their heirs and assigns forever also
18. all my other lands in Strickland Kettle and Lawnbarnfeilds to them their Heirs and assigns for
19. ever they paying to my Daughter, Dorothy Miller, the sum of Seven hundred and fifty Pounds of which
20. said sum of Seven hundred & fifty Pounds is to be continued upon the sd estates of Lainefoot & Lawnbarn-
21. fields so long as she the sd Dorothy Miller continues unmarried they the sd Thomas & William Miller
22. paying her in full for the said sum of Seven hundred & fifty Pounds after the sale of five pounds by the
23. hundred by the year during the time she lives unmarried & when she marries then the sd sum of Seven
24. hundred and fifty Pounds to be paid her in out of the sd estates of Lainfoot(?) & Lawnbarnfields she
25. giving them a proper discharge for the sd sum of Seven hundred & fifty Pounds as the fortune
26. I intend her. Also I give to my Daughters Rebecca Miller & Dorothy Miller all my silver & plate, lace, ten tables
27. china ware my best bed & all my linen, the rest of my Personal estate I give to my son Thomas
28. Miller as my Executor & I do appoint hereby the Rev. Mr. Wm. Ramcook of Penrith Trustee in for this my last
29. will hereby executed to which I hereby put my hand & seal this twenty ninth Day of May in the year
30. of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred &Seventy Seven.
31. Signed sealed & published by the sd John Miller [Signed] John Miller
32. to be his Last Will and Testament in our presence who
33. subscribes our names thereto.
2nd July 1778. Thomas Miller, sole Executor in the before written
will named, was sworn well and truly to execute the same and
Josiah Lambert Surrogate [Court?]
John & Margaret Miller of Kendal
William Miller, son of John & Margaret
John Miller, d.1778, wrote his will in 1777, the year before he died. In his will, John mentions his children Thomas, William, Dorothy and Rebecca. His wife is not mentioned, as she died before him. His son Thomas was made executor. His two daughters were unmarried when he wrote his will. His son William is my ancestor.
Will of John Miller, 29 May 1777, Lancashire Record Office, Ref. 1778, Court of Probate: Archdeanery of Richmond.
Date of Probate was 2 July 1778.
The numbers on the left indicate each line of the will as it was written.
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