The Sutcliffe Family Tree

The Last Will and Testament of Joseph Sutcliffe

Joseph Sutcliffe of Yeomans within Briercliffe in the chapelry of Burnley and County of Lancaster Husbandman being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say, after the payment of my debts burial expences and charges of the probate hereof. I Will and direct that my wife, Margaret shall have the Interest use and profits of all my personal estate as long as she continues my widow, and in case the said Interest use and profits shall at any time be insufficient for her maintenance and support I direct my Executors herein after named to take and apply so much of the stock or principal itself to the same uses or they or the major part of them shall in their discretion think needful and proper during her said Widowhood. And from and after the decease or second marriage of my said wife whether shall first happen I Will that all my said personal estate or so much thereof as may remain unexpended as afore said shall be equally divided amongst all my children then living with the lawful Issue of such as maybe deceased such Issue notwithstanding to take only the deceased Parents share, equally amongst them if more than one child. And lastly I appoint William Robertshaw of Burwains Gentleman and John Utley of Slack a yeoman both within Briercliffe aforesaid in the said Chapelry and County and my son William Sutcliffe Executors of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills by me made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Eighth day of the first month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.

The mark of Joseph Sutcliffe

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us…………….Moses Sutcliffe & James Haworth

The Twenty eighth Day of September 1816
William Robertshaw of Burwaines in the chapelry of Burnley and County of Lancaster, Gentleman and William Sutcliffe of the same place, Cordwainer, two of the Executors in this will named, were sworn in Common Form/Power being reserved to John Utley of Slack in the said Chapelry and County, Yeoman, the other Executor therein also named, to take upon him the Execution of the said Will, when he shall lawfully request the same and they further made Oath that the Personal Estate and Effects of the Testator, within the Diocese of Chester, were under the value of Two Hundred Pounds.

before me, J Raws, Surrogate

The Testator died the Nineteenth Day of August 1816
Probate issued Dated 21st September 1816