|Content Description||Testator: Sir Thomas Hewett, knight.|
Recites details of his marriage settlement dated 23 Feb. 1691 [actually 1692] [see Ne 6 D 2/39/1]; confirms that settlement; leaves to his wife, Frances, all those lands which he has recently purchased in Killamarsh, Stirrup [Styrrup] and Tickell [Tickhill], Derbyshire and Yorkshire, and also two farms and various property in Netherthorpe, Shireoaks, Haggonfield, Gateford and Claylands [includes the names of those from whom the property was purchased]; also lands in Whitwell, Derbyshire; wishes his wife to accept this property as being the property purchased with her £2,000 portion; in default of any heirs of his marriage leaves his property to trustees [named] to the use of St Andrew Thornhaugh for life, afterwards to John Thornhaugh for life, afterwards to his heirs in tail male.
In default of such issue to the use of the second and subsequent sons of St Andrew Thornhaugh and his heirs in tail male; in default of such issue to the use of Hugh Howard for life, afterwards to his sons in tail male; in default of such issue to the use of John Hewett for life, afterwards to his sons in tail male; leaves his lease of the tithes of Thorpe Salvin, Yorkshire to his trustees, with the surplus rents to be paid to St Andrew Thornhaugh and his heirs in tail male; in default of such issue to the use of Hugh Howard and his heirs in tail male; in default of such issue to John Hewett and his heirs in tail male; at the time when any of the divisees succeed to the property, wishes them to take on the surname Hewett; includes power to the divisee to appoint the estate as jointure.
Gives his annuities to his wife for life; wishes all his annuities, personal goods and chattels, government securities and so on as well as his house in London to be used to pay his debts, legacies and funeral expenses; the residue to pass to trustees [named] to be laid out in purchasing property within 30 miles of Shireoaks to be appointed to the same uses as the other property in his will; power to the trustees to put out the money to interest until such time as a purchase is made; orders that his wife should keep his property in good repair and that she should keep 200 deer in his park; makes this a condition of her receiving the annuities; wishes his trustees to pay the surplus of the rents and profits of his tithes to Frances for life and also a legacy of £100.
Sets out details of jewels, linen, cattle, items of furniture and so on which are to be left to Frances; she is also to have use of all his household goods providing she makes an inventory of them within six months of his death; after her death, the goods to remain with the house; wishes his trustees to raise a portion of £2,000 if there should be any daughter of his marriage as an addition to any portion aready provided by the will; makes arrangements for the completion of his house at Scratta Woods; makes a number of financial bequests, including to his servants and to the poor of the parish of Worksop.
Executor: St Andrew Thornhaugh.
Indicates that probate was granted to St Andrew Thornhaugh at London on 3 May 1726.
Further endorsement indicates that on 28 Sep. 1744 administration of Sir Thomas Hewett's goods which were unadministered by St Andrew Thornhaugh was granted to John Thornhaugh.