Thomas Staniforth & Co. Sickle works at Hackenthorpe.
Thomas Staniforth's mark on the will.
Below is the will of Thomas Staniforth, baptised on the 13th September 1721, the son of Samuel Staniforth and Mary Tompson, and the husband of Sarah Holmes.
In the Name of God Amen, I THOMAS STANIFORTH of HACKENTHORPE in the Parish of Beighton and County of Derby Sicklesmith do make and Publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.
First my Mind and Will is that my Just Debts and Funeral Expences be paid and discharged by my executor hereafter named -
Then I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife all my Share of the Wheel Situate and being on Woodhouse
Common Likewise all my Personal Estate of Goods Chattels and Cattle of what kind and nature soever And
Also all my Working Tools belonging my Trade to and for her own proper use likewise a Seat in the
Gallery in Beighton Church all for and during her Natural Life. Then my mind and Will is that after my Wife decease my Sons that shall Then be living shall have the Sum of Ten Pounds apiece paid to them out of my Personal Estate, and if any of them be not living at her decease to be paid to their Children among them equally divided, Then the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Personal Estate to be divided equally among my Sons and Daughters share and Share alike. I likewise give unto my beloved Wife all my
Stock in Trade and Books debts whatsoever and wheresoever and likewise to continue on my Trade of Sicklesmith in her own name and lastly I constitute and appoint my Wife Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me heretotore at any time made. In Witness
Whereof I the said THOMAS STANIFORTH have hereunto put my hand and Seal the Twentv fourth day of' March One Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Six.
Signed Sealed and declared by the above named
Thomas Staniforth to be his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who have hereunto subscribed THOS. STANIFORTH our names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator
JOHN HURT HANNAH HURT JOHN ?Earnshaw?
[Probate granted at Chesterfield l7th October I776 to Sarah Staniforth, Widow, Executrix