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The Will of Joseph Hanson of Long Lee, Keighley, Yorkshire

Dated 28 November 1846

        In the Name of God I, Joseph Hanson of Longlee in the Parish of Keighley and County of York so make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: My Will and mind is that all my just debts, funeral expenses and the Probate of this my Will be paid by Executors hereinafter named. Likewise the mortgage that Samuel Smith holds upon the house and barn that I now inhabit. I give to my six Daughters: Martha Smith, the Wife of Richard Smith; Sarah, the Wife of John Bracewell; Betty, the Wife of Thomas Kay; Rebekah, the Wife of John Riley; Deborah Hanson and Esther Hanson, All that cottage in the Blind Lane in Keighley with the appurtances thereto belonging where John Moorhous now inhabits. Likewise the house and barn that I now ocupy at Longlee in the Parish of Keighley in the County of York to them, their heirs and assigns for ever. Nevertheless my said six daughters to let to my Sons Joseph and John Hansons the said house and barn for the term of twenty-five years for the sum of eight pounds per year to be paid to my said Daughters by two half yearly payments to begin and be made six months after my decease. If any of my afforsaid Daughters should happen to die leaving no issue, In that case I give the share of her so dying to the rest of my Daughters, share and share alike. My Will and mind is that my six Daughters nor the survivor of them shall not sell or dispose of the house in the Blind Lane or the house and barn where I now dwell for the space of twenty-five years after my decease. My Will and mind is that my Son Thomas Hanson shall hold and enjoy the house he now inhabits. Likewise John Smiths house and pig coat and garding, Charles Rhodes Chamber and Out Cellar and half of the barn and half of the fole coat. My will and mind is that my Son Jesse Hanson shall enjoy and hold James Hellewells house, Pig coat and garden, Jesse Rhodes House and Pig coat and half of the barn and half of the Foal coat. Likewise that my said Sons Thomas and Jesse Hansons shall enjoy and ocupy the following peeses or plots of ground, namely the Croft back of the Housefield, Long field, Far Field, Cawood field, Lowfield, Well Croft, Waste Top field and great allotment Subject to the payment of one pound each yearly to my Sons Joseph and John Hanson towards the house or rent that I now dwell in. The said one pound to be paid by my Sons Thomas and Jesse to my sons Joseph and John as long as the afforsaid Thomas and Jesse shall enjoy the property under the Earl of Burlington. Likewise that my said Sons Thomas and Jesse Hansons shall pay one pound each towards the maintenance of my wife during the term of her natural life, to be paid by two half yearly payments, the first payment to be in three months after my decease. The said Thomas and Jesse Hansons to pay for the above heraditments the sum of seventeen pounds - fifteen shilling To Joseph and John Hanson towards the rent to the Earl of Burlington. My Will and mind is that my Son John Hanson shall injoy the Benjamin Smith house and pig coat, John Lilly house and pig coat, helm and boar cotes. My will and mind is that my Son Joseph Hanson shall enjoy John Wignall's house and pig cote, Sarah Smith's hous and pig cotes subject to the payment of fifteen shilling yearly and every year to my Son John Hanson. It is my Will and mind that my two Sons Joseph and John Hansons shall enjoy the following peeses or plots of ground that is, to say Crag field, Great field, Little field, Pig Yard and garding, Sam.l Waste Peese, Emmot Croft, Intake Field, Square Peese, Middle Allotment and the High Allotment subject to the payment of one pound each yearly and every year towards the mantenance of my Wife, to begin and be made three months after my decease. The said Joseph and John Hanson to advance the yearly rent of seventeen pounds-fifteen shillings of rent for the same and may said Son Joseph Hanson to pay the rent to the Earl of Burlington. My Will and my mind is that my Wife shall take such furniture out of the house as will furnish her one room and at her death to go to my four Sons or their heirs at the time of her death. I give to my four Sons, Thomas, Joseph, Jesse and John all the residue of my furniture and all my personal property wheresoever and whatsoever for the payment of all my afforsaid debts. I appoint and nomenate my four Sons, Thomas Hanson, Joseph Hanson, Jesse Hanson and John Hanson Executors to this my Will as witness my hand this twenty eight day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty six.

          Joseph Hanson

Signed published and declared by the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presance of us and at his request in his presence and in the presance of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses
          Witnesses Israel Rishworth -- William Rishworth -- Mary Rishworth.

Passed 8th April 1854


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