"The Notices of the Stables Family"
Supplementary Material Added by T. B. Dunn

THE WILL OF JAMES STABLES (Died Sept. 15, 1693)

     In the name of God, Amen, ye seventh day of Aprill Anne Dm 1677, I
James Stable of Stanke in ye Parish of Harwood & County of York, Yeoman,
being weake in body and of perfect memory, yet considering yt death is
common to all Creatures, do ordain & make this my last will and Testament
in manner & form following, that is to say.
     First, I commit my soul into ye hands of God, & my body to Christian
buriall', to be buried in such decent sort, as shall seem best to by
executrix hereafter named, after my debts paid, and funeral expenses
     Item I will & order yt all those closes and lands of mine at Rigton
be disposed of for paying my debts (except one close lying by Thomas
Ducketts called Garbot Close) and also for paying my debts I order my
personal estate, and yt close in ye occupation of Henry Atkinson called
Flask Close.
     Item I give and bequeath to my son John half of ye lands which I had
by my wife lying in Weeton Township, when he shall come to ye age of 24
years, & ye other half after ye decease of my wife Grace, & if it happen
yt ' and my wife shall depart this life before my son John attain to ye
age of twenty four years, that they my son John shall pay Elizabeth my
youngest daughter 40 pounds for her portion, & I give my son John ye close
called Bank-ing adjoyning to Nade-close towards ye Fourty pounds aforesd.
     Item I give my eldest daughter Frances ye land letten out to Christo-
pher Thompson of Huby of ye yearly rent of ten pounds & ten shillings, with
this proviso that she pay my two daughters Mary & Hannah fourty pounds a
piece, or ye lawfull consideration of fourscore pounds, equally betwixt
them, within a year after she shall come to possess ye same & so to continue
till ye sd Hannah & Mary be capable of receiving their portions.
     Item I give to my daughter Rebecca Easterby Garbott Close, to be
possessed by her or her children well she has or shall have by George
Easterby onely.
     Item I give my daughter Grace Breaks-hous & croft & garth, and
gardens with ye appurtenances thereunto belonging amounting to the yearly
rent of three pounds.
     Item I give to my two daughters Sarah and Ann all those closes I
bought of Matthew Rothery of ye rent of six pounds per annm, to be equally
divided betwixt them,
     Item it is my will that if my son John shall happen to dye unmarryed
& without heirs male or female lawfully begotten, yt then ye estate above
bequeathed hom be disposed of equally amongst my daughters & their Heirs
male or female,
     Item it is my will yt ye remainder of my whole estate reall and
personall be disposed of at ye will and pleasure of my loving wife Grace
Stables, whom I constitute and ordain sole executrix of this my last will
& Testament,
     And lastly I renounce & adnull all other will or wills heretofore my
me made in words or writeing, & this onely to be taken for my last will
and testament.
     In witness whereof I ye sd James Stable ye Testator have hereunto set
my hand & seal ye day & year first above written.
Sealed & signed and delivered presence of us.
     Memorandum yt before ye delivery & sealing hereof I do declare yt if
any one of my daughters shall happen to dye unmarryed or under age yt then
ye sd daughters part or portion so dying shall be equally divided amongst
ye rest of my children.
Grace X Thompson        George Ogden         JAMES STABLE
     her mark

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