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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
STEPHENSON Thomas Farmer Farnley Leeds 27 Apr 1851 5 Sept 1851
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
William Stephenson grandson John Hardcastle John Woodhead - Accepted
George Stephenson son Details
Thomas Stephenson son Thomas died 6 August 1851 at Low Moor Side Farnley. I have full family history.)
Sarah Stephenson granddaughter

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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
STANSFIELD Ellen Barnes Spinster Stanningley 14 Jan 1889 20 June 1894
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
Mary GAUNT cousin John Edward Gaunt Solicitor Alfred Woolley clerk   No
Thomas BARNES
uncle Details
   

Spinster of Varley St, Stanningley died 24 Apr 1894 aged 44 yrs. Executors Joseph Gaunt, Woolcomber and James Everett Watkinson, Agent.
One moiety in trust for my cousin Mary Gaunt the wife of the said Joseph Gaunt and the other to my uncle Thomas Barnes of Stanningley, Grocer.

   
   

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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
STRICKLAND William Clothier Stanningley 09 Sept 1834  
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
William Strickland Grandson       Accepted
Alfred Strickland Grandson Details
Abimilech Hainsworth Grandson

A very interesting will, dealing with the early mills in Stanningley.
Visit http://www.armitage-family-of-pudsey.co.uk/LastWillofW_Strickland.htm to read the will and visit http://www.armitage-family-of-pudsey.co.uk/F-Strickland-father-of-Fred.htm to read about the Stricklands.

Betty Strickland wife
John Hainsworth Son in law
George Hainsworth Friend
Maria Farmer Daughter
Harriet Hainsworth Daughter
Children of Joseph Strickland Grandchildren

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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
SMITH Jonas Carpenter Eccleshill 20 June 1836 28 Jan 183?
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
Ann Smith* granddau Thomas Hagar/n Joseph Whitley Jonas Foster Accepted
Betty Smith   Details
Sally Hartley***  

This is the LW&T of Jonas Smith (1751 - 25 July 1835). It does not give his occupation at the time. When he was married, in 1751, he was a 'worsted man'; in 1800 he was a carpenter; and in 1823 he was the architect of the Salem Independent Chapel, Eccleshill.

The Executors & Adminstrators of the Will were: Samuel Nichols, worsted spinner of Morton, Bingley, nephew of Jonas SmithWilliam Johnson, junior, friend of Jonas Smith. *Wife of Ephraim **Spinster of Stanningley ***Wife of Thomas Hartley of Eccleshill, Stone Merchant

Mercy Greaves greatgdau
   
   
   
   

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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
SMITH William Cloth Manufacturer Eccleshill 14 July 1854 21 April 1855
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
Sarah Womersley daughter Joshua Smith John Wilson Benjamin Smith Accepted
Hannah Smith daughter Details
Mary Smith daughter

This is the LW&T of William Smith, (abt Dec 1786 - 12 Dec 1854), who was the son of Jonas Smith of Eccleshill (1751 - 25 July 1835).
William Smith, together with his friend John Hutton, was the founder of the Eccleshill Congregational Church, for which Jonas Smith was the architect.

Executors of the Will were:
Jonas Smith, William Womersley, Jonas Womersley.

Other names mentioned in the Will are:
John Firth
Benjamin Smith (not necessarily the same as the witness)
Jonas Ibbotson
John Thornton (father in law)

Martha Smith daughter
Elizabeth Smith daughter
John Smith son
William Womersley son in law
Jonas Womersley
nephew

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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
STEPHENSON Benjamin Farmer Farnley 6 May 1887 16 Oct 1888
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
Joseph Stephenson son Edwin J Barker sol. George Humpheryes   Accepted
Henry Stephenson son Details
Grace Stephenson wife Left money also to the offspring of deceased children William, Thomas and Sarah. Henry and Joseph executors. Benjamin died 1st Oct 1888 leaving £839 9s. 7d.
Emma Ingleson daughter
Mary Stephenson daughter
Edward Stephenson son
Hannah Stephenson daughter
Ann Stephenson daughter

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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
STRICKLAND Elizabeth   Farsley 23 Jan 1863 5 Dec 1864
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
Joseph Strickland husband John TURNER Cloth Manufacturer George HAYNES School Master   No
Elizabeth Strickland daughter Details
Mary Hannah Strickland daughter

Elizabeth Strickland, formerly Hainsworth, Widow.

Will mentions an Indenture of Settlement dated 23rd Feb 1843.
There is also a comment in Reuben Gaunts diary on the same date (rgd 51).

Cottages in Farsley occupied by Samuel Douglas, William Hainsworth & Thomas Walker, and a share in the Sunny Bank Mills.

Married daughters: -
Rose the wife of Benjamin [ missing line here, probably as follows: Waite of Springfield House Farsley Cloth Manufacturer; Eliza the wife of Benjamin] Keighley of Milner Field near Bingley, Farmer.
Priscilla the wife of Isaac Gaunt of Farsley, Cloth Manufacturer.
Sarah Elizabeth the wife of William Hudson of Lancaster, Photographic portrait painter.

Testatrix died 26 Jan 1863 at Farsley.

Job Hainsworth son
Eliza Keighley daughter
Rose Waite daughter
Priscilla Gaunt daughter
Sarah Elizabeth Hudson daughter
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
STEEL Benjamin Woolsorter Windhill, Idle Admon 19 Jan 1856
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
Mary STEEL his Widow       No
    Details
    Died intestate.
Letters of Administration granted.
under £100.
   
   

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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
SMITH Samuel Esquire Calverley House 8 Mar 1872 14 Oct 1873
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
Mary (nee AKED) wife William Philip HARRISON, MD of Ilkley Wells House, Ilkley Henry STRACHAN, Ilkley Wells House   Accepted
Samuel Milne [Aked] SMITH son Details
Edward James SMITH son

Formerly of Calverley House, but late of Cliff Hill, Warley, Halifax. Died 3 Jul 1873 at Cliff Hill. Codicil dated 3 Jul 1873 was witnessed by John Edwards HILL, solicitor of Halifax, Ellen WALKER of Cliff Hill ** John Henry was still a minor at the date of probate. The other 4 sons were executors. Information in square brackets [] is from other sources than the will or probate details.
Others mentioned in will: - son-in-law John Joseph COLEBY [married to Elizabeth] - William BINNS under the firm of Samuel Smith & Co. at Horton Dye Works, Bradford

Charles Telford SMITH son
Robert Harrington SMITH son
John Henry SMITH ** son
Isabelle [SMITH] daughter
Elizabeth [Aked] COLEBY  

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Surname Name Occupation Abode Date Proved
SUGDEN Robert Yeoman Tong 17 May 1854 27 Sept 1855
Legatee Relation Witness Witness Witness Enquiries
Isabella Sugden wife Benjamin Marsden Henry Marsden - No
Thomas Sugden son Details
William Sugden son

My Executors are my friend Joseph Oddy, Blacksmith of Tong Street and my son Thomas Sugden of Tong. My estate consists of
-freehold property in Sticker Lane in the township of Bowling in the parish of Bradford in the county of York, consisting of eleven dwelling houses in the occupation of Henry Brooke, Thomas Beadle and others
- leasehold property in Wakefield Road at or near the Wheat Sheaf Hotel in Bowling and consists of three dwellings occupied by William Cook and others
- freehold property in Tong now occupied by myself and Dyson Dennison - other items such as personal goods, money and securities
My will is that
My Executors pay as soon as convenient after my death 45 pounds owing by me to my nephew John Ramsden, Dyer, of Chapel Town near Leeds.
I direct that my Executors pay to my wife Isabella 6 shillings per week for the rest of her life, to be paid out of the monies arising from my Sticker Lane real estate and my leaseholds in Wakefield Road both in the township of Bowling.
I give to my natural son Thomas Sugden the son of my first lawful wife Rachel Oddy all my freehold property in Tong Street now occupied by myself and Dyson Dennison.
I will that should Thomas die not leaving lawful issue that this property be bequeathed to my grandson William the oldest son of my youngest son Robert Sugden Junior by his first lawful wife subject to the payment of a legacy to his sister Esther Sugden.
I will that should William die not leaving lawful issue that the real estate be sold and the monies be distributed among my lawful grandchildren as tenants in common.
I give to my son William Sugden one shilling.
I give to my youngest son Robert Sugden, Dyer, of Leeds all my freehold property in Sticker Lane and my leasehold property in Wakefield Road both in Bowling and all other property not already devised subject to the payment each week to Isabella. At her death, it all goes to Robert Sugden.

William Sugden Grandson
Robert Sugden Son