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William Badnall of Leek 1779 


WILLIAM BADNALL, DYER, OF LEEK
STAFFORDSHIRE: 1761

In the name of God Amen, I William Badnall of Mill Street in Leek in the County of Stafford Dyer, being of sound and disposeing mind and memory and being desireous in such condition to settle my worldly affairs, Doo make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, That is to say First I commend my soul into the hands of almighty God my heavenly father assuredly hopeing that through the merits, suffering 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 committ to the earth to be decently so buryed at the discretion of my Executor herein after named .And as to ye worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose thereof as follows

And first all those my several messuages or dwelling houses situate, standing and being in Macclesfield in the County of Chester with all rights, members and appurtences thereunto belonging commonly called or known by the name of the Garretts late in the tenure, holding or occupation of William Swindelles but now of Robert Greaves his undertenants or assigns I hereby give devise and bequeath the same to my daughter Esther her heirs and assigns forever.

Also All that my dole, piece, or parcell of land lyeing or being near the kiln in Mill Street in Leek aforesaid with its appurtences late in the possession of Henry Nixon deceased and heretofore purchased by me from George Hunt Esquire I hereby give, devise and bequeath the same unto my son Joseph Badnall his heirs and assigns forever

Also All that my other messuages or dwelling houses situate, standing and being in Mill Street in Leek aforesaid wherein I now live with the Workhouse, Dyehouse, Counting house, Engine house, and Stable, Backside and Yard all buildings and appurtences thereunto belonging and which I lately purchased from Samuel Lankford of Macclesfield in the County of Chester Button merchant and which were lately the estate and inheritance of Richard Ferne of Leek aforesaid Threadmerchant.  And also al that my moiety or half part (into two equal parts to be divided) of all those two closes pieces or parcelles of land meadow or pasture ground lying or being near the town of Leek commonly called or known by the names of the Hencroft and the Brewhill and all the ways, water easements, commons, priveledges and appurtences whatsoever to the same belonging All which said last mentioned premises were lately purchased by me and my eldest son John Badnall from John Hollins, Gentleman and was heretofore the estate and inheritance of John Wedgewood Esquire deceased  I hereby give, devise and bequeath the same unto my loving wife Esther and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life or untill her second marriage whether shall first happen and from and after her decease or second marriage Then I give, devise the aforesaid messuages, lands , parts and shares of land and premises with their and every of their appurtences respectively thereunto belonging Unto my two youngest Sons William Badnall and James Badnall and to their respective heirs and assigns forever Equally to be divided betwixt them share and share alike and to take as tennants in common and not as joint tennants.

And it is further my will and mind that my said loving wife do and shall during that time that she shall be in reciept of the rents issues and profits of the said premises bring up educate & maintain and provide unto and for my said two youngest sons William and James with meat, drink, washing and lodging and all other necessarys suitable to their degree during their minority or place them or either of them out apprentice to such Tradese or buisness as she in her discretion thinks fit.

Also I give to my said two sons William and James all the implements, Tolles Utensils, engines, Furniture, Blewfatts, Mills, Twisting Mills and other fixtures heretofore purchased by me from the said Samuel Lankford Equally to be divided betwixt them share and share alike

Also it is my will and mind that my loving wife Esther shall have the true and fair wearing of all my household goods, implements and utensils of Household stuff for her life And from and immediately after her decease I hereby give, devise and bequeath the same unto my three sons Joseph, William and James and to my daughter Esther equally to be divided amongst them share and share alike

Also All the tools in the Old Dyehouse, new dyehouse and shopp and the four mills which were removed from the old house and which are now standing in the large mill chamber late belonging to the said Richard Ferne I hereby give, devise and bequeath the same to my two eldest sons John Badnall and Joseph Badnall Equally betwixt them It being my will and mind that my said two sons John and Joseph shall jointly carry on Trade betwixt them

And I doo direct that the sum of One Hundred pounds shall be paid by my executor hereafter named out of my personal estate either for the placing out of my said two youngest sons William and James Apprentice to such trades or business as they shall think fit or otherwise to be paid or laid out for their use respectively as my said executors shall in their discretion think fit

And from and after all my debts the above mentioned legacies funerall charges and expenses in proving this my will are all paid off and discharged all the rest, residue and remainder of my goods, cattle, chattells, ready money bills, bonds, mortgages and securities for money and also all my stock in trade book debts and all other personal estate whatsoever or wheresoever not herein before specifically mentioned I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto and equally amongst my four children Joseph Badnall, Esther Badnall, William Badnall, and James Badnall equally to be divided amongst them share and share alike.

And I hereby nominate and appoint my loving wife Esther and my eldest sons John Badnall and Joseph Badnall to be executors and executorix of this my last will and testament And to revoke all former wills by me heretofore made and do make this my last will.

IN WITNESS whereof I the said William Badnall the Testator have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this Twenty Third day of November in thirty second year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the second by the Grace of God King over Great Britain and so forth and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty eight.

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said William Badnall (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 thereto

SAML LUCAS                   WILLIAM BADNALL

CATH. CONDLYFFE        WILLM. CONDLYFFE


LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION

Leek the 29th April 1761  Let a probate of the will be granted to Joseph Badnall one of the executors. a Power being reserved for John Badnall the older executor to act at pleasure, Esther the executorix being dead in the life of the Testator. Its being proved before me DANIEL TURNER Surrogate

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WILLIAM BADNALL ,THREADMAKER, OF LEEK
 STAFFORDSHIRE:1779

This his my last will and testament of William Bandall of Leek in the county of Stafford Thrid=maker.  first I Desire that all my just Depts shall be Paid then my Brothers Joseph Badnall and my Brother James Badnall I leave the whole of my Real and Personal Estate consisting of my Share of Land Building Stock in Trade Book Depts and working Tooles that his to say the whole I am posest off, to be Equaly Divided betwixt them I likewise Nominate them my Executors, I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Twenty Eight Day of March One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Seven.

WILLIAM BADNALL (Signed)

Sealed and Delivered in the Presance of [       ] YOUNG  Tho. WRIGHT

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  THE INVENTORY OF WILLIAM BADNALL, THREADMAKER OF LEEK
 STAFFORDSHIRE :1779

A true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods Chattels Credits and personol Estate of William Badnall late of Leek in the County of Stafford Threadmaker Deceased which since his death have come to the hands possession or knowledge of Joseph Badnall and James Badnall Executors named in the Will of the said William Badnall Deceased as follows To wit,  

 

s

d

The Deceaseds ready money

0

7

1  

His Wearing Apparel of all sorts being very old

1

10

0

An old Silver Watch

2

0

0

A Gun Shot Bag and powder Flask

1

1

0

A Writing Desk

2

2

0

Three small Tubs, A Bowk, and a Wooden Bowl

0

15

0

The Deceaseds Moiety of an old Iron Furnace, Two old Blue Vatts, a Stove and stampers

4

5

0

Seventeen pounds of Soft soap at 5d.        lb

0

7

1

Half a hundredweight of Fustick at 14

 0

7

0

Half a hundredweight of Shumach at 12

1

4

0

Two hundredweight of logwood at

1

12

0

 In the Shop

The Deceaseds half share of Two old Benches at

0

3

0

Do of the Stringing Post and stretching frame with Irons

0

6

0

Do of a Smoothing Iron

0

3

0

Do of some old shelves and six Drawers

0

0

6

 In the Warehouse

The Deceaseds half share of a Counter and Book Case

0

5

6

The Deceaseds whole share of some shelves

0

10

0

A pair of Brass Scales with some few Iron Cast Metal Weights                     

0

10

0

 The following Debts have been reced by these Exhibitants To wit,

A Book Debt from Messrs Daintry and Knight of Leek

5

2

11

A Book Debt ftom Mess: Pratt & Badnall of the same

11

14

0

Do from James Badnall one of the Exhibitants of the same

20

0

0

Do from Mr Joshua Strangman of the same

10

10

0

Do from Messrs Salt and Smith of the same

4

4

0

A Book Debt from Jane Turner of the same

0

4

0

Do from Mr Walker of Cheadle

0

5

0

Total of the Inventory of the Goods & Debts received

69

17

4

The following Debts Appear to be due to the said William Badnall Deced, but have not been received by these Exhibitants or either of them, And they will not Charge themselves therewith As they are Esteemed to be Desperate & irrecoverable   To wit,

A Debt Due from Thomas Beard of Ipstones

9

10

0

Do from George Wood of Flash

17

10

0

Do from John Wardle of

1

3

3

Do from Francis Moore of Leek

30

0

0

Do from Thomas Wright of the same

3

3

0

Cash lent to Messrs John and Joseph Condlyffe of the same about

0

10

0

Total of the Desparate Debts

61

17

9

                                                                                    

There is an Unsettled Account between the Deceased and Mr. John Badnall, but the balance will be in favour of the said John Badnall however it cannot at present be ascertained. There is likewise an Unsettled Account between the deceased and Mr Thomas Smith, but the Ballance will be in favour of the said Thomas Smith, However it cannot at present be ascertained. There is also an Unsettled Account between the Deceased and Joseph Badnall one of the Exhibitants, But the Ballance will be in favour of the Exhibitant.

And these Exhibitants do upon their Oaths declare that the foregoing Inventory contains all and singular the personal Estate of the said William Badnall Deced. Which since his death have come to the hands possession or knowledge of them or other of them, but if at any time hereafter they or other of them shall discover any further or other Personal Estate of the Deceased will readily Charge themselves therewith and add the same to this Inventory.

JOSEPH BADNALL (Signed)  JAMES BADNALL (Signed)


The 10th  Day of March 1779 The above named Joseph Badnall and James Badnall were sworn to the truth of the the foregoing Inventory and Declaration. Before me Daniel Turner Surrogate.


These Accomptants Crave the Allowance of a Bill which they are to pay to Mr Thomas Walthale of Leek their Attorney for his trouble in procuring them the probate of the Will of the said William Badnall Deceased. These Accomptants further Crave the Allowance of all the Charges in this Court which will Attend the passing and Exhibiting of this Inventory Which will be due to M... Fletcher there proctor and the said Thomas Walthale, Bills at present the same are not settled they not having their Bills.

JOSEPH BADNALL  JAMES BADNALL


The 10th day of March 1779 The above named Joseph Badnall and James Badnall were sworn to the truth of this Accompt. Before me Daniel Turner Surrogate.

The true and Just Accompt of Joseph Badnall and James Badnall Executors of the Goods Chattels and Personal Estate of William Badnall late of Leek in the County of Stafford Threadmaker Deceased made Aswell of all their receits as of their Disbursements had and made by virtue of their being his Executors as follows,

To wit. These Accomptants charge themselves with all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits in the Inventory hereto annext, Amounting to the sum of  69 -17s - 4  d.

But protest against charging themselves for several uncollected and Desparate debts as mentioned in the said Inventory
Amounting to the sum of  61-17- 9.

Out of which these Accomptants Crave the Allowance of the several sums following being paid and expended by them by virtue of their said Executorship, To wit.

Paid the Surplice Fees Clerk and Sexton

0

9

6

Paid for the Coffin

1

11

2

Paid Mr Etches for Coffin furniture and Hatbands for Underbearers

3

16

0

Paid Miss Sutton for Hatbands for the Funeral

10

1

0

Paid Miss Oakes for Gloves for the Funeral

2

12

2

Paid Joseph Tunnicliffe a Debt due from the Deceased for Ale and for washing his linnen

0

17

10

Paid M. John Hulme for Gunpowder and Cash lent the deceased

1

9

0

Paid Tho. Dure for Ale due from the Deceased

0

1

0

Paid Ralph Walles the Ballance of an Account between him and the Deceased

6

14

0

Paid M[  ] Hordern the like

7

16

0

Paid M.[  ] Clowes for Yarn due from the Deced

2

2

0

Paid Samuel Goodwin the like

1

10

0

Paid Tho. Cotton for a pair of Shoes for the Deceased

0

6

6

Paid John Sheldon for making a suit of Cloaths for the Deceased

0

10

6

Paid Mr Daniel Simpson for White Thread sold to the Deceased

0

10

0

Paid Mr .Tho. Sutton for soap sold to the Deceased

1

6

10

 

 

42

2

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