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Malham Wills -Knowles


James Knowles - Malham 1726

In the name of god Amen the sixteenth day of february in the Yeaer of ouer lord god one thowsand seven hundred and twenty and six.

I James KNOWLES of Mallam in Creven in the Cownty of yorke Knowing death to be certan and the over theard of uncertan being now but weake and feeble in body but of perfect memory praised be god for the same do make this my last will and testyment in manner and form following,

first I Comitt my souel to god hopeing by the pretioues blood sheding of his son Jesus Christ to have free Remityon of all my sins and as for my worldly estate I dispose theareof as followeth

first I do heareby Revoke and make voied all former wills by me hearetofore made and further

Itam I give devise and bequeath unto my onely son Thomas KNOWLES of mallam and to his heiers and Asigns for Ever all my houesis oute howsis Lands and leaesis of lands sheepgates Cattlegates barns buldings quik gods houes howld goods bills bonds and my Estate both Reael and persanall whatever is or was apertaiening unto me the saied James KNOWLES upon condishon that the said Thomas KNOWLES my son shall pay unto my daughter tomasin within one yeaere next after my death the sum of ten shillings and sixpence shee giving a reciete for her Respective legasi

Itam I give and bequeath unto five of [th]e youngist Chilldren of my daughter tomasins five pownds apees to be paied as the Respectively ataien the adge of twenty one yeaers and if any one shall hapen to dye befoaer the Come to that adge the legasy or legasies shall go to the serviver of them

and I do hearby ordayn the saied Thomas KNOWLES (sworn) my son soall Executer of this my last will and testament in witnes whearof I have heaer unto sett my hand and seall the day and yeaer as is the first above written

Sealed Signed and published in the sight and presance of us

Robert HIRD


     James KNOWLES                    his mark and seall


James MAWSON

Tho[mas] KNOWLES sworn

 

Know all Men by these Presents, That We Thomas KNOWLES of Malham in the Parish of Kirby Malham and County of York Yeoman and Thomas KNOWLES of Park House in the Parish of Burnsall & County afores[ai]d Yeoman do stand, and are firmly bounded .... in the Sum of fifty two Pounds ...... Dated the twenty Seventh Day of the Month of January in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty four.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, That if the above bound Thomas KNOWLES of Malham in the Parish of Kirby Malham and County of York Sole Executor of The last Will and Testament of James KNOWLES His Father late of Malham in The Diocess of York Deceased do well and truly Execute and perform the said Will .... etc.

Sealíd and Deliveríd in the Presence of
The mark of James MAWSON Thomas KNOWLES

 

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Anthony Knowles - Malham East 1767

An interesting document detailing his extensive estate to be divided amongst his immediate family. The will includes many field names, some of which are still in use today and an intersting reference to a Maypole on the green in Malham East.


In the Name of God Amen I Anthony KNOWLES of Malham East in the parish of Kirkby in Malham all in the County of York Yeoman - Do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in Manner and fform following, that is to say, ffirst

I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my Son Richard KNOWLES his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns

All my two Messuages or Dwelling Houses situate near the May Poll at the Bottom of the Green in Malham East aforesaid together with the Barn Stable Turfhouse and all other the Outbuildings thereto adjoyning and belonging,

And also two Gardens one Orchard and two Closes of Ground called by the Names of the Higher Croft and Lower Croft to the said Messuages or Dwelling Houses also adjoyning and belonging,

And also all that Close or Meadow Ground situate lying and being in Malham East aforesaid commonly called or known by the Name of Stangs,

And also all that little Wood in the Township of Malham East aforesaid called Gordell,

And also all the Tythe of Corn and Grain growing in and upon all that Town ffield situate lying and being in Malham East aforesaid called Garbreads,

And also one Beastgate or Cattlegate or the Herbage and Grassing for one full made Beast in upon and throughout all that Stinted pasture in Malham East aforesaid called Cawden, and the Soil and ground thereof,

And also Ten Sheep Gates or the Herbage and Grassing for Ten Sheep in upon and over all that Stinted pasture in Malham East aforesaid called Malham Lings, And the Ground and Soil thereof, And also two Beastgates or Cattlegates or the Herbage and Grassing for two full made Beasts in upon and over all that Stinted pasture in Malham East aforesaid called New Close, together with the Soil and Ground thereof,

And all my Estate Right Title and Interest in and to all the above mentioned premisses and every part thereof with the Appurtenances be the same ffreehold or Leasehold, To hold so much and such part of the above mentioned premisses as are ffreehold to and to the Use of the said Richard KNOWLES his Heirs and Assigns for ever and Such as are Leasehold to and to the Use of the said Richard KNOWLES his Executors Administrators and Assigns for the remainder of all such Term and Terms for years as I shall at the Time of my Decease have to come therein,


And my Will and mind is and I do hereby Order and Direct that my said son Richard KNOWLES shall pay out of the above mentioned premisses by me Given and Devised to him as aforesaid All my ffuneral Expences, and the Charges and Expences in and about Proving this my Will.

And also I do hereby Give and Bequeath unto my said Son Richard KNOWLES all my Husbandry Geers and Impliments for Husbandry of what nature and kind soever which I shall happen to be possessed of at the Time of my Decease.

Also I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my three Daughters Ann the Wife of Bernard PRESTON, Mary KNOWLES and Rosamund KNOWLES, their respective Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns, equally to be divided amongst them,

All those several Closes and parcels of Ground in Malham East aforesaid called by the several names following (that is to say) The Bunby Close, the Cnoss Green Close, A parcel of Land in an Open ffield called Middle Tongue commonly called the Middle Tongue Dale, Another parcel of Land in an Open ffield called Cross Green containing by common Estimation about ffive Roods be the same more or less, The ffoorse Close, the Duckgells Close, The Midgehole Close, The High Hawthorn and Low Hawthorn Closes, The Burn Dales with a Barn therein standing,

And also all that Barn in Malham East called the New Laith, Also Thirty Sheepgates or Herbage and Grasses for thirty Sheep in over and upon all that Stinted pasture called Malham Lings, with the Ground and Soil thereof, Two Beastgates or Cattle gates or Herbage and Grassing for two full made Beasts in over and upon all that stinted pasture called New Close, with the Soil and Ground thereof, Six Beastgates or Cattlegates or Herbage and Grassing for six full made Beasts in over and upon all that Stinted pasture called Crossfield, and two Beastgates or Cattlegates or Herbage and Grassing for two full made Beasts in over and upon all that stinted pasture called Malham Weets, together with the Soil and Ground thereof respectively, all which last mentioned closes pieces and parcels of Land Gattlegates and premisses are situate Lying and being in the Township Townfields precincts and Territories of Malham aforesaid, And also all my right Title Interest and Estate in and to all the last above mentioned premisses with the Appurtenances,

To hold so much and such part of the above said premisses as are ffreehold to and to the Use of them the said Ann the Wife of Bernard PRESTON, Mary KNOWLES and Rosamund KNOWLES, their respective Heirs and Assignes for ever, and such of the last above said premisses as are Leasehold to and to the Use of them the said Ann the Wife of Bernard PRESTON, Mary KNOWLES and Rosamund KNOWLES, their respective Executors Administrators and Assignes, for the remainder of all such Term and Terms for Years as I shall at the Time of my Decease have to come therein respectively,

And my Will and Mind is, and I do hereby Order and direct, that they the said Ann PRESTON, Mary KNOWLES and Rosamund KNOWLES, their respective Heirs Executors or Administrators, shall payout of the above mentioned Premisses by me given and Devised to them as aforesaid, All the Debts, Sum and Sums of Money, which I shall justly owe and be indebted to any person or persons whatsoever, and I do hereby Charge all the said last mentioned premisses with the Payment thereof accordingly

And also I Give and Bequeath to my said three Daughters Ann PRESTON, Mary KNOWLES & Rosamund KNOWLES, All my Household Goods and furniture of what kind soever, which I shall be possessed of at the Time of my Decease, to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike

All the rest residue and remainder of my Real and Personal Estate, Moneys, and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever, not herein by me otherwise disposed of (if any there be) I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my said Son Richard KNOWLES and my said Three Daughters Ann the Wife of Bernard PRESTON, Mary KNOWLES and Rosamund KNOWLES their respective Heirs Executors Administrator and Assigns to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike

And I do hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint my said Son Richard KNOWLES and and my Three Daughters Ann PRESTON, Mary KNOWLES and Rosamund KNOWLES, joint Executor and Executrixes of this my Will,

And Lastly I do hereby revoke all former and other Wills by me made, and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Twenty first Day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven

Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said Anthony KNOWLES the Testator, as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in his presence, and at his request, and in the presence of each other, have Subscribed our Names, as Witnesses Attesting the due Execution thereof.

Isaac LEACH

Anthony KNOWLES           Thomas HIRD

John PARKINSON

 

Richard KNOWLES the Executor within named was duly sworn, before me
W PRIEST      Surrogate
Past 21 July 1768


Know all Men, by these presents, that We Richard KNOWLES of Malham East in the parish of Kirkby in Malhamdale in the County of York Yeoman and Isaac LEACH of Malham West in the same parish Yeoman do stand and are firmly bounden ....... in the Sum of five hundred Pounds ......... Dated the second Day of the Month of July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand, Seven Hundred, and Sixty eight


The Condition of this Obligation is such, that if the above bounden Richard KNOWLES Son and one of the Executors named in the last Will and Testament of Anthony KNOWLES late of Malham East aforesaid in the Diocese of York Yeoman deceased do well and truly execute and perform the said last Will and Testament of the said deceased ...... etc.

his mark

RK           Richard KNOWLES

Sealed and delivered in the presence of
Walter PRIEST Surrogate

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Magdalene Knowles widow - Malham 1784/1790

In the Name of God Amen I Magdalene KNOWLES of Malham in the parish of Kirkby in Malhamdale in the County of York Widow. Do this Seventh Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty four make publish and declare my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say)

Whereas my late Husband Marmaduke KNOWLES Did in and by his Last Will and Testament (amongst other Legacys and Bequests therein mentioned) Give and Bequeath unto me the Yearly Interest of Five Hundred pounds (being part of the principal Money which was then due and owing to him from one Thomas LISTER Esquire on Bond) for and during the Term of my natural Life with a power for me to dispose of the said principal Sum of Five Hundred pounds at my Death to and amongst his Children in such manner as I should think proper,

Now therefore I do hereby in pursuance of my said late Husbands Will Give and Bequeath the same principal Sum of Five Hundred pounds with all Interest to grow and become due for the same from the Time of my decease unto my Three Sons and Daughter (to wit) Robert Duke Matthew and Elizabeth KNOWLES (being all the Children of my said late Husband Marmaduke KNOWLES deceased) the same to be equally divided amongst them share and Share alike, And as to all my plate Household Goods and ffurniture Moneys Securitys for Money and all other my personal Estate Substance and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever not herein by me other wise disposed of (after paying thereout all my just Debts ffuneral Expences and the Expences of proving this my Will, which I hereby order and direct to be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my Decease)

I Give and Bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said Daughter Elizabeth KNOWLES to be disposed of as She thinks proper And Lastly I do hereby Nominate constitute and appoint my said Daughter Elizabeth KNOWLES sole Executrix of this my Will and do revoke all former and other Will or Wills by me made, and Declare this only to be my Last Will and Testament, In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and year above written

Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said Testatrix Magdalene KNOWLES as and for her Last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in Magdalene KNOWLES her presence and at her request, have subscribed our Names as Witnesses attesting the due Execution thereof

Ellin PARKINSON

Mary PARKINSON

John PARKINSON


Elizabeth KNOWLES of Kirkby Malhamdale in the Diocese of York Spinster, and the sole executorix within mentioned was duly sworn this twenty fourth day of May 1790 before me
Tho. CARR Surr[ogate]
past 9th June 1790 u[nder] £600


A true & perfect Inventory & appraisment of All the Goods Chattles Rights Credits & Personal Estate of Magdalene KNOWLES late of Kirkby Malhamdale in the Diocese & County of York Widow deceased made by us whose Names are hereunto subscribed the 27th Day of April in the year of our Lord 1790

  £ s d
Purse & wearing Apparrel 5.5.0
Money Lent upon Securitys 625.0.0
Plate Household Goods & furniture 30.0.0
Total
£660.0.0

Appraised as above the Day & year above written by us

John PARKINSON
Duke KNOWLES

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Researching the Knowles families in Littondale, Kirkby Malhamdale and the surrounding area.
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