26th July 1782
Will of Corbett Whitton late of Sulgrave gent. Deceased
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I Corbett Whitton of Sulgrave in the county of Northampton Gentleman DO make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) I GIVE and devise unto my daughter Elizabeth Adkins wife of John Adkins of Helmdon in the said county of Northampton Gentleman the sum of two hundred pounds to be paid to her executors administrators or assigns within twelve months next after my decease which said sum of two hundred pounds I do hereby intend direct and declare shall be and be deemed and taken in lieu and full satisfaction of and for the said sum of two hundred pounds in and by the settlement made at my marriage and which can may or ought to be paid or payable to my daughter Elizabeth wife of the said John Adkins by virtue of the said settlement I GIVE and devise unto my granddaughter Alicia eldest daughter of the said John Adkins by my said daughter Elizabeth the sum of twenty pounds And to my Grand Daughter Elizabeth second daughter of the said John Adkins by my said daughter Elizabeth the sum of twenty pounds And to my grandson William Adkins second son of the said John Adkins by my said daughter Elizabeth the sum of twenty pounds AND I give unto my housekeeper Persis Barrott if she liveth with me at my decease the sum of ten pounds to be paid to her by my executors one year after my decease And I give the half of my household goods furniture Implements Beds Bedding and of every other kind or thing which is in my house and other premises at my decease unto my daughter Elizabeth Adkins AND my will and desire is that the Legacies to my said Grand children be paid and managed according to this my direction (that is to say) THAT my son John Whitton is pay the said legacies at the end and expiration of two years next after my decease unto either my son in law John Adkins or to be daughter Elizabeth Adkins and they or either of them are to be put the same out at interest for the education of my said grandchildren until they do attain their several ages of twenty one years which said legacies then become their own property BUT provided my said son John Whitton doth not pay in the same according to these my directions he is then to pay after the rate of five pounds per cent for so long as he doth keep it BUT if either of these my said Grandchildren shall depart this life before they do attain the age of twenty one years and my said daughter shall have another child lawfully begotten of her body by her now husband John Adkins to live it shall receive his or her legacys then deceased And I do hereby charge a certain close or Inclosed ground called or known by the name of Langland with the appurtenances so devised to my son John Whitton and to his heirs and assigns for ever with the payment of the said several legacies or sums of money according to the true remainder of my real and personal Estate ready money and money as use goods and chattels and of every other kind of thing it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with I Give and devise unto my acknowledgement of Deeds by Married Women, pursuant passed in the fourth year of the Reign of his last Majesty King William the fourth intituled “An Act for the Abolition of Fines and Recoveries, and for the Substitution of more simple modes of Assurance” appeared personally Elizabeth Whitton wife of Corbett Whitton and produced a certain indenture marked A having date the eight day of March one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight and made between Corbett Whitton and Elizabeth his Wife of the first part Joseph Malsbury of the second part and John Aplin of the third part and acknowledged the same to be her Act and Deed and WE DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the said Elizabeth Whitton was at the time of acknowledging the said Deed of full age and competent understanding and that she was examined by us apart from her said Husband touching her knowledge of the contents of the said Deed and that she feely and voluntarily consented to the same signed Tho. Sherrard. Clerk of the Enrolment of Certificates etc., and W Walford, Thos. Draper
Sulgrave Manor has kindly given permission for the above document to be put on the Helmdon web site.
It was originally transcribed by local historians from documents held by the Manor in their archive and then re-typed.