|Content Description||Testator: William Mellish of Blyth, Nottinghamshire, Esq.|
Devises freehold lands in Blyth, Oldcoates, Torworth and Barnby Moor and woodland on Babworth Forest in Nottinghamshire, and freehold and copyhold lands at Austerfield, Yorkshire (lately purchased and not yet settled), to his sons Charles, John, William, Joseph, Edward and Thomas Mellish and their male heirs, successively and in tail male with remainder to the person entitled to the mansion house at Blyth; bequeaths £1,000, jewels, £500 worth of plate and household goods, and a coach and chaise and two horses, to his wife Ann.
Bequeaths all the stock, crops and utensils at the farm at Blyth to his son Charles, and the household goods at Blyth; monetary bequests and annuities to family, friends and servants; bequeaths the residue of his real and personal estate to his wife Ann Mellish and his brother Joseph Mellish, upon trust to sell the same and to divide the residue equally the children of himself and Ann Mellish, and to use the interest for their maintenance and education.
Executors: Ann Mellish and Joseph Mellish.
Codicil (31 Mar. 1789):
Declares that the £5,000 each advanced to his sons John and William, and any other sums which may be advanced to any other of his children, should be taken as forming part of their portions; settles two farms in Blyth lately purchased to his son Charles and his heirs with remainders as above; bequeaths £1,000 each to Charles Mellish's daughters Ann and Elizabeth;
Codicil (13 Dec. 1790):
Reciting the death of his brother Joseph Mellish, appoints his sons John and William Mellish and also Jonathan Price of Salters Hall, London, gent., as trustees and executors of the will along with his wife.
Memorandum of probate at London on 2 Jan. 1792.
Extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
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