Will of James Howcutt of Brixworth, proved 1828
James Howcutt, aged 64, of Brixworth was buried there on 12 March 1828 (Brixworth parish register).
In the Name of God, Amen. I James Howcutt of the Parish of Brixworth in the County of Northampton Miller being of sound mind memory and understanding but sick in body (praised be God for the same) do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say)
I give and bequeath unto Hannah Murdin All and singular my household furniture household goods plate linen china Book debts Bills Bonds notes and all other my personal Estate whatsoever which I may die possessed of Also I give devise and bequeath unto the said Hannah Murdin for and during the term of her natural life All that Messuage Cottage or tenement situate lying an being in the parish of Brixworth aforesaid and now in my own occupation Together with the yard garden out buildings and appurtenances thereunto adjoining and belonging and from and after her decease I give devise and bequeath the same unto Ann Knight now the wife of John Knight of Brixworth aforesaid Miller
Also I give devise and bequeath unto the said Ann Knight All those five several Messuages Cottages or Tenements situate lying and being in the Parish of Brixworth aforesaid and now in the several occupations of William Potter William Gardiner the said John Knight Daniel Robins and the other now used as a lodging house Together with the yards gardens outbuildings and appurtenances thereunto adjoining and belonging And also all that Capital Windmill now in full Trade situate standing and being in a certain Close called Windmill Close in the Parish or Lordship of Brixworth aforesaid To hold to her the said Ann Knight her heirs and assigned for ever after paying thereout all my just debts funeral expenses and all the charges of proving this my will and also subject to the Mortgage upon the said premises as also the said three several legacies or sums of twenty pounds (that is to say)
I give and bequeath unto my Brothers daughter Elizabeth Cory now the wife of Thomas Cory of Sywell in the said county of Northampton labourer the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain
Also I give and bequeath unto my Brother George Howcutt the sum of twenty pounds of like lawful money (which said two legacies or sums of twenty pounds each are to be paid to my said Niece and Brother twelve Calendar Months next after my decease
Also I give and bequeath unto the Four children of my nephew James Howcutt the sum of Twenty pounds (that is to say) five pounds each of lawful money of Great Britain namely George, William, Ann and Eliza, which four several sums of five pounds each are to be paid to the Children of my said Nephew on their respectively attaining the age of twenty one years but in case either of them should die under the age of twenty one years the share or shares of him her or them so dying shall go to and be equally divided between the Survivor or Survivors of them share and share alike.
Also I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Hannah Murdin and John Knight Executrix and Executor of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and do make publish and declare this to be and contain my last Will and testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of December one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven.
Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as Witnesses:
[signed] James Howcutt
[signed] John Morgan, Josh. Flavel of Brixworth
[signed] J Cripps
An Inventry and Valuation of the Household Furniture and effects of the Late James Howcutt of Brixworth in the County of Northampton
Taken on the 23rd Day of April 1828
Saml Adnitt, Appraiser, Brixworth
On the 3rd day of May 1828 the within named Hannah Murdin of Brixworth in the County of Northampton Spinster and John Knight of the same Place Miller the Executors named in the within will of James Howcutt late of Brixworth aforesaid Miller deceased were sworn well and faithfully to perform the same according to Law and that the deceased at the time of his death (which happened on the eighth day of March 1828) was not possessed of a Personal Estate to the amount of Two hundred Pounds
Before me, William Drake, Surrogate.
Transcribed by Francis Howcutt from photocopies of the originals.