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Will of Thomas Manning of Ringstead 6th January 1800

The following transcript was kindly provided by Derek Duddington. I have made some amendments after checking the original in the Northampton Record Office. See also King versus the Inhabitants of Ringstead 1829 (on page 2 of this Section) which quoted this will as it applied to a legal point. The typography is not as in the original (Capitals etc.) and paragraphs have been introduced to make it more readable. Spelling is as far as can be deciphered as in original.


In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Manning of Ringstead, in the county of Northampton, farmer do make and publish my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say , first I direct that all my just debts, funeral expences, and the charges of proving this my will, shall be fully paid and satisfied by my executor herein aforenamed.

I give and devise unto my son John Manning, all those five acres, more or less of copyhold Arable land and Ley ground, and one rood more or less of copyhold meadow land with their and every of their  appurtenances, lying and being dispersed in the Open and Common fields and meadows of Ringstead aforesaid, now in my own occupation and which i have duly surrendered to the use of this my Will, to hold to him, his Heirs and Assigns, for ever  subject nevertheless and I hereby subject and charge the same estate  to and with the payment of twenty five pounds of lawful money of Great Britain, unto my daughter Mary, the wife of Thomas Plant, to be paid to her within twelve calendar months next after my decease.

I give and devise to my daughter Elizabeth, the widow of my late son Thomas Manning, all that part of a messuage or tenement with the appurtenances which is now in the occupation of Henry Sawford situate in Ringstead aforesaid, and adjoining the tenement in the occupation of James Manning  to hold to her the said Elizabeth Manning and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life if she shall so long continue a widow and unmarried, and from and after her decease or day of marriage, which shall first happen I give and devise the said part of a messuage or tenement with the appurtenances, and also all that the aforesaid tenement with the homestead, and appurtenances,  in the occupation of James Manning.  and also all that my close or orchard, lying above the said homestead on the north side of a back lane, and now in the several tenures of myself, Samuel Hackett and Mary Whitney, unto the four children of my late son the said Thomas Manning, deceased, namely   Henry, John, Thomas, and Rebecca Manning, to hold to them and to their several and respective heirs and assigns, for ever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.

I give and devise unto my sons, Henry Manning and James Manning. all those seven acres (more or less) of Arable land, and Ley ground, lying and being dispersed in the Open and Common fields of Ringstead, aforesaid.  and also all those four pieces or parcels of meadow ground lying and being dispersed in the meadow of Ringstead, aforesaid in my own occupation with their and every of their appurtenances  (being Freehold)  to hold to them my said sons Henry and James as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and to their several and respective heirs and assigns,  for ever subject nevertheless and I do hereby subject and charge the said estate so devised to my said sons Henry and James, as aforesaid to and, with the payment of the sum of twenty five pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to my daughter Rebecca the wife of Thomas Stains, to be paid to her within twelve calendar months next after my decease.

i give and bequeath to my said daughter Elizabeth Manning, the bed and bedding that she now lies on, and so much and such of my household furniture as she shall think proper, which she shall not amount at a fair apportionment to more than the value of five pounds, to and for her own use and benefit.

And as to and concerning all my ready money and securities for money, stocks, crops  farming, utensils, goods, chattels , and all other, my personal estate and effects, whatsoever and wheresoever of what nature, kind, quality soever the same, shall  or may consist, at the time of my decease.

I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my friend William Geary the elder, his Executors, Administrators and Assigns (subject nevertheless to the payment of my just debts and funeral expences upon Trust and Confidence that he the said William Geary his Executors Administrators and Assigns do and shall as soon after my decease as conveniently may be, sell and dispose of such parts of my personal property as he shall judge proper for the most money and at the best price that can be had or gotten for the same and shall and will pay apply and divide the money arising by such Sale unto between and amongst the said four Children of my late son the said Thomas Manning deceased and the survivors or survivor of them equally share and share alike as they shall severally arrive at the age of Twenty-one Years and I do direct that the said William Geary in the meantime and until they shall respectively attain the said Age of Twenty-one Years shall have power to put out at Interest in his own Name the said Trust Monies and that the Interest to arise in the meantime shall be applied for and toward their respective Maintenance and Education.

And my Will is that my said Trustee shall not be answerable or accountable for any more Money than shall actually come to his hands And that is shall and may be lawful for my said Trustee to reimburse unto himself out of said Trust Money which may come to his hands and such reasonable Costs Charges and Expences which he shall sustain or be put unto in the Execution of the Trust hereby in him reposed. And do hereby appoint the said William Geary the Executor of this my Will hereby revoking and making void all former and other Wills by me before made. I declare this only to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Sixth day of January in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred. 

X The mark of Thomas Manning

Witnesses           Tho. N. Maydwell

                                Thomas Ekins

                                John Ekins


Note: William Geary died and his wife Ann became Executrix. On the “Twentieth day of September 1802” she swore before Isaac Gaskarth (the Ringstead vicar who was acting as “surrogate” for the Bishop) that she would carry out these duties and that the Goods Chattels and Credits of Thomas did not amount to more than three hundred pounds.



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