Wills of families from Charlesworth 

and Chisworth


A number of wills for the Charlesworth & Chisworth area are shown in full on the Glossop Wills page.  If the name is highlighted, just click on it to take you there.

My thanks to Michael Spencer for some of the post 1858 wills.

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Thomas BOOTH of Charlesworth, labourer: 1876

mentions: Wife Hannah

Sons Joseph (Joe); Thomas

Witnesses: John BOOTH; George BOOTH

made 1865

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Edward BOTHAM of Chisworth: 1713

In the name of God Amen the ninth day of April in the eleventh year of the reighn of our sovereign Lady Queen Ann and in the year of our Lord 1713.  I Edward BOTHAM of Chisworth in the parish of Glossop and County of Derby Yeoman being wake of body but of good and sound memory blessed be God for the same do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manor following first I give unto the mercyfull hand of God  my sole hopeing for eternall life through the merits of Christ my redeemer my body I give to the earth to be  buried in Christian manor at the discretion of my executors and hereafter named and for my worldly goods with which god hath blessed me with I dispose there of as followeth

first my mind and will is that my just debts and funerall expenses be paid and discharged out of my personall estate/

I give to ould Edward BOTHAM of Rosegrove twenty pount to bee payd att one yeres end after my death

I give to Elin MARSHALL five shillings Mary SHEPPARD five shillings Elizabeth BOWERS five shillings Mary BORDEKIN five shillings

I give to my loving wife seven pounds a yere after my death during her life to bee paid quarterly out of my tenement in Chisworth and a cow and three pound of money to bring her when and what goods shee hath a mind of in the house of house hould goods.

It is my mind and will that after my debts and legetes are paid and discharged I give to yong Edward BOTHAM at Rosegrove son to ould Edward my Tenement in Chisworth and the Reverstion of my whole estate.

I appoint make and ordane Jeremia HOLINGWORTH and Robert GODDARD of Chisworth to be my sole executors of this last will and testement confirming this and no other to bee my last will and testement in witnes where of I have sined and deleverd in the presence of us

Edward BOTHAM; Samuel BOOTH; William ROWBOTHAM; John BOTHAM

Edward BOTHAM desired Robert GODDARD to do and fixe these legases to my will.  I give to Elizabeth BORE of Whitle five shilling.  I give to Mary BOTHAM of Chisworth five shilling.  I give to Martha BOTHAM of Chisworth 5 shilling I give to John BOTHAM of Chisworth my son Edward Clothes

April the 21. 1713 An Inventory of all and singular the goods cattells and chattells of Edward BOTHAM of Chisworth in the parish of Glossop and county of Derby husbandman lately disseased taken and valued and apprised by us who names are here unto subscribed

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  £    s    d

His purse and apparel 

  0  10    0

8? cows

 10    8    0

1 mare 

  3  19    6

2 sterks, 3? calfes 

  6    5    0

Puted, brass, lead  

  1    8    0

corn & hay 

  7  10    0

fire iron & other iron ware about fire     

  1    0    0

one cofer and cubord chers boards table and forms in house 

  1    4    0

half hoop peck, half peck and all wooden ware in house  

  1    5    4

Goods in the butery

  0    8    0

Goods in the nearer parlor

  1  10    0

All the goods in the chapel 

  1  14    6

goods in the chappel chamber 

  1    6    8

goods in the parlor chamber 

  0  17    0

goods in the house chamber  

  0  10    0

eight sacks and husbandry ware in the house 

  1    9    0

in linin 

  0  14    6

goods in the stable 

  1    7    0

goods in the foloe house

  1    7    0

Goods in the garner in the barn 

  0  10    0

a tenement in Chisworth att

145  0    0

In all huslements 

  0  13    4

In corn and ploughing 

  6    0    0

Total

199 10  10

Thomas STANEY; Will BOOTH

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Mary BRADBURY of Charlesworth: 1860

mentions:

Sons John; Thomas; Dan 

Daus Maria; Sarah; Elizabeth

Brother Peter HIGINBOTTOM

Witnesses: Goodwin PURCELL; Thomas GOODWIN 

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Margaret BROOK of Chisworth: 1710

In the name of God Amen.  The fifth day  of July in the yeare of our Lord ... (one thousand seven hundred and ten  I Margaret BROOK of Chisworth in the parish of Glossop) and County of Derby being wake of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be the Lord for the same I doe hereby constitute and make this my last will and testament in maner and forme following.  First and principaly I commit and commend my soul into the hands of my most mercifull father and creator hopeing by and through the merits passion and intersection of his son and my blesed savior Jesus Christ the Righteous to be eternally saved. my body I commit to the earth from whence it was taken and to be buried at the discretion of my executor heare after named and as for the estate that it has pleased god to indow me with in this life I give and dispose as heare after followeth

First I give devise and bequeath to William DOWNS of greave Clough one shilling

I give devise and bequeath to Robert DOWNS of Melor one shilling

I give devise and bequeath to Margaret GARSET and wife of James GARSET one shilling

I give devise and bequeath to Thomas DOWNS my fire irone bricks toungs and one suppeling coafer standing under the fall board and the bible.

I give devise and bequeath to Rebeca NORBURY the wife of John NORBURY of Marple my beter

which legesis gifts and bequeaths I appoint my good friend Georg SHUTELWORTH of Melor to pay unto the hands of the said legatis within the space of 12 months next after my deces and I doe ordaine constitute and make George SHUTELWORTH my sole executor of this my last will and testament revoking all other wills by mee made or supposed to have beene made.  Witness my hand and seale the day and yeare first above writen published and declared to be the last will and testament of Margaret BROOK in the presence of and witnes of us John BOOTH; Anne BOOTH; Will BOOTH

An Inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels of Margaret BROOK of Chisworth in the parish of Glossop and county of Derby widow lately deceased taken valued and appraised the eighth day of August in the year of our lord god one thousand seven hundred and tenn by us whose names are heare unto subscribed Robert GODDARD; John BOOTH; Will BOOTH

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  £    s    d

Imprimis purse and apparel 

  1  10    0

In linens  

  0  15    0

In beding 

  2    1    0

for one paire of bedsteads 

  0    2    6

for goods in the parlor 

  0    8    8

one lead  

  0    1    0

in woolen wares  

  0    7    2

for chairs stools and quishons 

  0    5    2

in irone wares  

  0    4    6

for one coafer in the house 

  0    7    6

.........

  ...........

for four stone troughs and one cheese press  

  0    5    8; 10s; 3s 6d

for hustelments 

   0    5    8

Sum total 

  8  14    8

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George COOPER of Hole House, Chisworth, cotton spinner: 1858

mentions:  

Wife Sarah

Sons: Phineas; George; Collin

Daughters: Christiana wife of Joseph CLARKSON; Margaret wife of George HETT

Executors: Wife Sarah & son Phineas

Witnesses: Joseph COOPER, farmer; Solomon SIDEBOTTOM, farmer

Will made 3rd May 1858 Proved 30 Dec 1858

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John COOPER, farmer of Hilltop, Chisworth: 1873

mentions:

Wife Betty

Sons: John; Cephas; George; Jesse; Joseph

Daughters: Ann HYDE; Sarah BOOTH

Brother Cephos deceased 

Executors: Sons John; George & Jesse

Witnesses: Cabel COOPER of Hilltop, Chisworth & Samuel WOOD of Holroyd, Glossop

Will made 13 Nov 1873 John COOPER died 3 Apr 1877 Will proved 16 Jul 1877

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Mathew COOPER of Charlesworth:  1745

In the name of God Amen I Mathew COOPER of Chalsworth in the parish of Glossop in the county of Derby being sick & weak but of perfect mind & memory praised be God therefore yet not knowing  how soone it may please God to call for me being sencible of the frailty of human nature have thought fitt to dispose of all such Temporal Es(t)ate as it pleased Allmighty God to bestow upon me Therefore I do make this and ordain it to be my Last Will and Testament in Manor and form following first I will that all my Just Debts funerall Expenses charges of of (sic) probat hearof be fully paid and discharged.

Allso I give and Devise unto my well beloved wife Ann COOPER and her Asignes During her Widdowhood  the mesuage & Dwelling house with its Apurtenances situate in or neare the Hillgate in Stocport in the county of Chester and the medow there unto belonging now in holding of Joseph BARLOWs holding and from and after her second marriage my will is that her right to the said pmises shall cease for in such case I will an Anuity or or (sic) yearly payment of fourty shillings to be paid her out of the Rents and profits arising out of the said premises every year During her natural Life to be paid her at Two Equall payments the first payment to be within six calendar months after my Decease and from and Imediately after second marrige (subject  to the said Anuity) or death which shall first Happen Allso I give and devise unto my Eldest son Thomas COOPER the Close or Parcell of Land called the Long Shut which I am in present possion of to Enter upon it Imediatly after my Decease.  And allso from and Imediatly after my father and mother their severall deceases I do devise and give all other Lands Hereditments and premises att Stockport aforesaid wherto I am intitled on Reversion or Remaned (?) or Expectant on their deaths unto my said Eldest son Thomas and his Asigns Subject and Liable (Subject and Liable after the death of the survivor of my said father and mother to the payment of these respective sums here after mentioned that is to say I will that he my eldest son Thomas pay to my second son Benjamin COOPER the sum of thirty pounds att the Death of the survivor of my said father and mother Allso I will that he the said Thomas COOPPER my Eldest son pay unto my Daughter Ann the sum of Twenty pounds att the time aforesaid allso I will that my Daughter Ann have four pounds paid her out of the first years rent of my wifes Anuity Allso I will my son Thomas COOPPER pay unto my daughter Abigal the sum of Thirty pounds att the Time Aforesaid Allso I give unto my Loving wife Ann COOPER one Bed furnished redy with all sorts of Bed Cloths redy for Lying in her chest one Table with a Drawer in, the Round Ashe stook one Brass Kettle one chaire.  And as for my Leasehold Estate in Chalsworth I give and Bequeathe the same to my Two sons Thomas and Mathew equally Between them their Heirs Executors Administrators or Asignes During the Term in the originall Lease to Injoy as Tenants in Comon Allso I give unto my son Benjamin one Paire of Bed Stocks and my Top Coate.  and all the rest of my Goods Chattles and Aparel and money and Cattel and Personall Estate of what kind and nature so ever I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved son Mathew COOPPER he being subject and Liable to pay my funerall Expenses and charges of Probat heareof out of the said Personall Estate Allso I do hearby nominate and Apoint My well beloved wife and my son Benjamin COOPPER to be the sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hearby frustrate and make void all other Bequests will or wills by me formerly made Ratifeing Confirming and declaring this and none other to be my Last Will and Testament as witness my hand and seale this fourteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred fourteen.

Sealed Published and declared as and for the last will and testament of the above said Mathew COOPER the testator in presence of us: James ASHTON; Thomas DAWSON; Cha: GARSIDE

Be it known to Any whom it may concern that it is my mind who am the testator that if it so Happen that Benjamin my second son or my Daughter An or my Daughter Abigal Dye without Ishue before the said money become Due and payable that then that shall be Paid to the other Two that remaine but if it so Happen that if any of the above said three do die leaveing child or children then such child or children shall enjoy the part of money left to their Deceased parent and to that child or children the money when due shall become payable.

Mathew COOPER - Hand and Seal    

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Ann HOLINGWORTH of Chisworth, widow of William: 1619 

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 Will & Inv. of Jeremiah HOLLINGWORTH of Chisworth, Glossop p. (Page 240 at Lichfield RO)

Will dated 27th Dec 1734 Proved 7th Nov 1738 

(My thanks to Lyniece Brereton for this)

In the name of God amen.  The 27 day of December in the eighth year of King George the Seconds reign over Gt Britain and so forth and in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and thirty four.  I Jeremiah HOLLINWORTH of Chisworth in the Parish of Glossop and County of Derby, yeoman being aged but of a sound mind and a disposing understanding (Praise be God for the same) do make ordain and declare this my last will and Testament in manner and form following (omitting all formal ceremonial and usual forms of words commonly compris`d in Wills touching and concerning a future state which are of no advantage to the Testator nor the essential part of a Will).  And as concerning my worldly estate which it has pleased God to bestow upon me I do hereby express and declare my full will and mind as followeth.

First I will direct and appoint that all my just debts funeral expenses and the charge of the probate and execution thereof be paid and discharged out of my whole estate by my executors hereinafter named.  I give and bequeath unto my eldest son John HOLLINWORTH the moiety of the messuage tenement land and premises situate lying and being in Chisworth aforesaid now in the possession of the said John HOLLINWORTH during the residue and remainder of my terme and estate therein upon condition that he pay unto the said Testator the yearly sum of eight pound of lawful money of Gt. Britain for three years to be accounted from the date hereof.  As also one half of the leys and lords rent.  I give and bequeath unto my younger son William HOLLINWORTH all that my messuage tenement lands hereditaments and premises and called and known by the name of the lower house in the Woodseats for and during the remainder of the terme of years mentioned in the original lease of the said premises.  As also the sum of Twenty pounds of lawful money of this realm to be paid him in six months next after my decease.  I give and bequeath unto my two youngest daughters Jane and Mary either of them one hundred pounds to be paid them in manner following that is to say, it is my will and mind and I do herby order my executors to put out the last mentioned legacies at interest and pay the same to my daughters when they arrived at the age of twenty one years.  I give bequeath unto my now loving wife Jane and the other moiety of the messuage in Chisworth aforesaid I now hold and enjoy for and during the terme of her natural life in case the terme of lease so long continue for and in lieu of her dower so long as she continues unmarried.  But if she marry it is my will and mind she remove from the said premises and I order my son John to pay her six pound a year for her natural life as aforesaid.  I give unto my younger son William a bed to be delivered to him by my executors within six months next after my decease.  The rest remainder and residue of my goods cattells and chattells share and share alike after my wifes decease or marriage.  And lastly I nominate and appoint my said eldest son John HOLLINWORTH and my now loving wife Jane Executor and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament only if my wife happen to marry again.  I appoint my son in law John SHEPLEY of Hyde yeoman to be executor.  Hoping and confiding in them that they take care to see that these things be done according to my will and mind etc. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the day and year first above written.    

Jeremiah HOLLINGWORTH 

 Witnessed by William JACKSON; Samuel GARSIDE; Ottiwell HEGIN-BOTHOM

November 1st 1738  A true and perfect inventory of all the goods cattells chattells and effects of Jeremiah HOLLINWORTH of Chisworth in the parish of Glossop and County of Derby, late Deceased, Yeoman which were appraised and valued by us whose names are here unto subscribed the day and year above written as follows.

.

  £    s    d

In purse and apparrell

 52    0    0

In the house: In one fire iron and 2 pair of tongs and fire shovel 

  0  14    0

In one brass pan and skelet and possnet 

  0    8    0

In one pair of hand hooks chafing dish and dripping pan and some odd things there 

  0    2    0

In one salt pye, 4 chairs and 5 stools  

  0    2    0

In the pewter shelf 8 dishes, 2 plates, 4 pottengers and some other small pewter 

  0  10    0

In one cupboard 

  0    6    0

In two tables and fourms 

  0  12    0

In two coach chairs  

  0  14    0

In wooden ware In 3 cheese tubs one washing tub, one churn and cheese press and 7 piggons, 4 bowls 6 basons 

  1  10    0

In one clock  

  1    1    0

In one dish board 

  0    1    6

In the Parlour: In one rugg one blanket and 2 chaff bolsters and one feather bolster  and a chaf bed and hangings

  0  12    6

In one table 3 buffets and 4 chairs a cloath press and a box  

  0  10    6

In a fire pan and backstone 

  0    2    0

In the little parlour: In one bedstocks a coverlidd, 2 blankets, a chafe bed a chaff bolster a feather bolster and a feather pillow 

  0  10    0

In one table and a stool 

  0    2    6

Chamber over little parlour: In one pair of bedstocks and bedding  

  0  10    0

In one coffer a little table a swine tunnell and dalion 

  0    4    0

a gauage, 3 chissels etc.  

  0    3    0

Chamber over great parlour: In one bed and bedding to it 

  3    0    0

In one other bed and bedding to it that is bed stocks and blew hangings a rugg, 2 blankets a feather bed, a chaf bed a feather bolster and a chaf one 

  2  10    0

In two coffers, a little coffer a tresl and 2 ceiled chairs 

  0  10    0

In a piece of white leather 

  0    1    6

The chamber over the house: In one meal ark 

  0    4    0

In one other meal ark and 18? cheese breads, weighs, weigh ceane a counter  

  0  11    5

In 3? 8? hundred of cheese

  2    8    0

In the kitchen: In one cheese press, kneading tunnell and mooding board  

  0  10    0

In one mattock 2 axes a great hammer a crocks etc. 

  0    4     0

In the barn: In corn and hey

10    0    0

In two pair of chains 4 swingle trees and half a collar and share, one pair of fone geens and some halms

  ??

In two arks and half a phan, a half hoop, 6 pitch forks, a shickle etc  

  0    4    4

Carthouse: In one pair of shod wheels, half of the cart and half a plough

  1  15    0

In two harrows 

  0    4    6

In four cows

 12  10    0

In two heifers  

  6  10    0

In two twinters and two calves  

  4  10    0

In one colt 

  3  10    0

In one swine  

  1  10    0 

In money owing upon bond

119  0    0

In money owing by Bill

100 12   0

In money owing upon single contract 

  5    4    0

In more money owing  

  0    ..    0

In more money owing by mortgauge

 10   0    0

In the moiety of Chisworth tenement and Woodseats tenement

 25   0    0

In all other things not named or forgotten as husslements  

  0    5    0

Sum of Inventory

414  2   10

In two bills more

 12    0    0

True Inventory

426  2  10

Appraisers John SUMNER; John WAGSTAFFE

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John HOLLINGWORTH of Chisworth, yeoman: 1811

Synopsis of Will - dated 20 Aug 1810

John HOLLINGWORTH of Chisworth, yeoman, .... after debts paid I give and bequeath all my household goods, cattle, chattels and other personal estate unto my son in law James MOORES of Marple in the county of Chester, weaver and John BRADDOCK of the same place, Gent. ........ upon trust to permit and suffer such part thereof as my wife shall make choice of to be used and enjoyed by her ........ my widow.  Also I give her use of one room of my present dwelling house and use of the kitchen pump and other suitable conveniences.  Also I give to James MOORES of Marple and John BRADDOCK All that my lease hold estate whereon I now live and which I hold by lease under Bernard Edward HOWARD Esquire.  [The will goes on to say that James MOORES & John BRADDOCK are to offer his son Jeremiah his leasehold estate (with HOWARD`s permission) `for the sum of £60 subject to a deduction thereout after the rate of £10 p.a. from the date of this my will to the day of my death but if he shall not chuse to accept thereof then my will is the same shall be disposed of to such of my daughters (except my daughter Betty) as will give the best price`.  If no offers are made then sell.  Bequests: 

To daughter Mary wife of Thomas SHEPLEY £16

To daughter Lettice wife of John HYDE £25

To daughter Jane wife of James MOORES £46

To daughter Hannah wife of John BOOTH £46

To daughter Rebecca wife of Joseph BOOTH £46

To daughter Nancy wife of John THORNILY £46

All the rest and residues of the said monies to be given equally among all these daughters plus

daughter Betty wife of James STANNEY `share and share alike`.

The trustees (& Executors) James MOORES of Marple, weaver and John BRADDOCK of Marple, Gent. to have a reasonable allowance for their expences.]

(signed) John HOLLINGWORTH (X) his mark

Witnesses: John WOOD; William BOTTAM; An ECCLES (?)

John HOLLINGWORTH died 3 Sep 1810

Oath signed 16 Feb 1811  Will Proved 20 Feb 1811

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Margaret HOLLINGWORTH of  Moorside, Chisworth, widow: 1623

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Sarah PURCELL of Davenham, Cheshire now of Charlesworth, Derbys: 1861

mentions:

Husband Rev. Goodwin PURCELL

Brother Joseph LEA of Davenham

Sons Joseph Goodwin and James George

Property at Witton.

Margaret MEACHIN

Witnesses: John GILMAN; Joseph MALPAS; Elizabeth ROWBOTTOM 

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Moses ROWBOTTOM of Chisworth: 1859

mentions:

Jesse ROWBOTTOM; Tho ROWBOTTOM; John ROWBOTTOM; Abraham ROWBOTTOM; Moses ROWBOTTOM

Lord Edward HOWARD

Cecily ROWBOTTOM my son James widow

Jane HEGGINBOTTOM

Sarah BOOTH

Hannah THORNLEY

Witnesses: Geo DRAKE, Dissenting Minister; Alexander MAXWELL of Dinting, Railway Station master 

Tho Michael ELLISON Commissioner for Oaths.

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John SAVILLE of Charlesworth: 1864

Mentions;

Daughters: Hannah ROWBOTTOM; Mary ARMFIELD

Syndonia ROWBOTTOM

Son Joseph`s daughter Ann

John; Stephen; Mary; Hannah; Jemima (presume SAVILLE - this is not made clear.  He mentions three daughters but does not make clear in the Will who John and Stephen are.  However a later reference confirms Stephen as a son).

Ann SAVILLE my granddaughter, spinster

Witnesses: John GILMAN; Elizabeth ROWBOTTOM; John WOOD  Will made 1860

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William SHAW Charlesworth cattle dealer: 1873

 mentions: wife Rachel

friend Joseph DEWSNAP of Hargate Hill, Charlesworth

Eva SHAW natural dau of my dau Emily

children Chas Wm SHAW, John James SHAW, Clara SHAW

Witnesses: John BROOKS Solr. of Ashton u Lyne; John Hall BROOKS of Hill Bank, Hyde

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Betty SHEPLEY of Chunall, Glossop p., farmer: 1869

mentions:

to son William the farm which I hold under Lord HOWARD

Son James

Dau Mary ROBERTSA; Ann WALSTON ?( WALTON); Ellen SHEPLEY

Executors: John NIELD of Chunall; John BRADBURY of Whitfield

Witnesses: Harvey SIMPSON; John BRAMHALL

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John SLACK of Chunal: 1709

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George SWINDELL of  Chisworth, beer seller: 1858

mentions:

Hannah wife of James SMITH

Brothers Samuel; Thomas; John

"if brother Thomas SWINDELLS daughter does not return from Australia"

Nephew George son of Joseph SWINDELL

Joseph DEAN

Witnesses: John SHEPLEY; John ASHTON of Chisworth, coal miner; Joseph WOOD

Thomas Michael ELLISON Comissioner

Executors: James CLAYTON; Abraham ASHTON

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