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In The Name of God Amen The Twelfth day of Aprill in the yeare of our Lord God One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty and Three I Michaell Blackett of the Towne and County of Newcastle upon Tine Esquire being sick and Weak in body but of sound and perfect memory (praise be Given to God for the same) And Knowing the uncertainety of this life on earth and being desireous to setle things in order Doe make this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (That is to say) First and principally I Commend my soul to Almighty God my Creator assuredly beleiveing that I shall receive full pardon and free remission of all my sins and be saved by the precious death and meritts of my blessed saviour and Redeemer Christ Jesus and my body to the earth from Whence it was taken to be buried in such decent manner as to my Executrix hereafter named and expressed by this my will shalle thought meet and convenient And as touching such worldly Estate as the Lord in Mercy hath Lent me My Will and meaning is the same shalbe Imployed and bestowed as hereafter by this my Will is expressed And First I doe Revoke Renounce frustrate and make void all Wills by me formerly made and declared and appoint this my last will and Testament Item I Give Devise and bequeath unto my loveing friend Mr Richard Wall of Newcastle upon Tine Merchant (Whom I make Supervisor of this my will) the sume of One Hundred pounds which sume of One Hundred pounds that I leave to the said Richard Wall was due to me from Henry Bell late of Sandgate within the liberties of Newcastle upon Tine Anchorsmith deceased by booke Debt (be it more or lesse) and now due to be paid to me by the Executors or Administrators of the said Henry Bell) for the Care and pains that I expect the said Richard Wall shalbe att in the Helping and Assisting the Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereafter mentioned in and about the Getting in of what Debts are due to me from any person or persons Item I Give Devise and bequeath unto my Affectionate and loveing wife Dorothy Blackett All my Estate Goods Chattells Mortgages plate Gold Household stuffe Jewells Rings parts of shipps and all other moveables Whatsoever And I Alsoe make and ordaine my said loveing wife Dorothy Blackett sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament she paying and discharging out of my Estate all such Debts as of right I owe to any person or persons Whatsoever and alsoe paying and dischareging my funerall expenses In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seale the day and yeare first above written And further my will and pleasure is that Whereas I have a Mortgage from Robt Isle dec[ease]d and Bulmer Isle his son of severall Messuages in Newcastle and Certaine Lands in the County of Durham <called> Darlington Waists and Low park for the sume of Foure Hundred and fifty pounds w[hi]ch mortgage by decree in Chancery is to be redeemed att a Certaine day or else the said Mortgagors and their heires are to pass an absolute Estate to mee, w[hi]ch if not Redeemed at the <time> in the decree mentioned I Give devise and bequeath the said houses and Lands unto my said Loveing wife Dorothy Blackett and her heires for Ever [signed:] Mich[ael] Blackett Signed Sealed published and declared to be the last will and Testament of the said Michael Blackett in the presence of us whose names are underwritten the d<e..> of the houses and Lands unto his wife Dorothy and her heires being first underwritten and published by the said Michael Blackett to be his will [signed:] Hen[ry] Brabant <Hen> Lambton <…….> <M….> A True and perfect Inventory of the Goods and Chattells of Michaell Blackett late of the Towne and County of Newcastle upon Tine Esquire taken and Apprized the second day of May in the five and Thirtieth yeare of his Ma[jes]ties Reigne that now is Annoq Domini 1683 by us Abraham Drake James Hargrave Ralph Elstob and Christopher Wetherell of Newcastle upon Tine Merchants as followeth In The Kitchen Imprimis Two and Twenty pewter dishes 04 08 00 Foure dozen and a halfe of plates 01 11 06 Six pye plates and one pasty plate 00 17 06 Two Massereen plates 00 04 00 Three pewter Flagons 00 08 00 Fower Litle pewter Candlesticks 00 04 00 Seaven Sawcers 00 01 09 Foure Brass Candlesticks 00 08 00 Two Hanging Candlesticks the one ot them Brass the other Laten 00 02 06 Three paire of brass Tongs Three brass fire Shovells 00 14 00 Two Warming pans 00 08 00 Two Chafeing dishes 00 03 00 Three Copper Ketles 01 12 00 Two Brass potts 00 08 00 Five pans 00 13 04 Six spits 00 09 00 One brand Iron two Fire shovells two paire of Iron tongs one Choping Knife one Shreding Knife two porrs 00 10 04 One paire of Cranks one paire of Iron Racks one frying pan one Iron Girdle five scuers one Wafer pan one Griddle Iron and other small Iron Geer 01 00 00 One Mortor and pestell 00 05 00 Two box Irons and a beife fork 00 04 00 Two pott <lips> and one Cole rake 00 00 09 Two Ratten Crooks 00 02 00 Earthen dishes 00 06 00 Latten Waire 00 01 06 One Wax Candle frame and one wood frame 00 04 00 One Lantern 00 04 00 Three Trays two pasty boards and one dozen of wood Trenchers 00 02 06 Two Spining Wheels one pale & one bucket 00 05 00 Fouer Juggs 00 01 06 In the Hall Two dozen of Thrum Chaires 08 08 00 One Cantore one desk and frame one litle table and Cloath 03 00 00 Six pictures two Maps and Chimney Toys 01 10 00 One Large Glasse 03 00 00 End Irons and brasses 00 10 00 Reed Leather Hangings Gilded Linnen Curtains and Rodds 06 00 00 In The Dineing Roome One and Twenty Old sett work Chaires two Spanish tables and one Glasse 06 13 06 One Iron Chimney and Brasses 01 00 00 One Iron Load and Frame 03 00 00 One Seattoull [settle] 00 05 00 In The Reed Chamber One Feather bedd, bedsteed, sheets, blanketts, Curtains, valens, and Rugg, and one Truckle bedd and beding 04 10 00 Ten Reed Chaires 01 10 00 One Case of Drawers One box one stand and one Knave 01 10 00 One old presse, One paire of playing tables and one Litle Case of Drawers 00 12 06 In The Green Chamber One Feather bedd, furniture and bed steed 02 15 00 Two stands and one Case of Drawers 00 15 00 Seaven Chaires 01 00 00 One plate Case and frame, Toys for a Chimney piece hanging shelves and foure window Curtains and Rodds 01 00 00 £48 05 06 In The Yellow Chamber One Camlett bedd, Lined with sersnett Twill Curtains and other furniture and one feather bed 09 00 00 Nine Camlett Chaires 02 05 00 One Case of Drawers frame and Glasses Chimney toys and one Trunk Maill 05 00 00 The Dec[ease]ds Books 05 00 00 Callicoe Curtains and Rodds and one little Cabinett 00 10 00 One Silver hilted sword 01 15 00 Two Ordinary Swords 00 05 00 One Case of pistolls and powder horn 01 00 00 In the Chamber over the Dineing Roome One seeing Glasse one table one Iron Chimney and Brasses Doggetts and toyes for a Chimney 04 00 00 In The Mourning Chamber One Feather bedd, bedsteed and other furniture belonging to it 03 00 00 Three old stools three old Chaires and one Case of Drawers 01 03 00 In the Garretts Two old beds and furniture and two Spanish tables 02 10 00 One painted Screen 01 10 00 Two Chists and one table 01 05 00 In The Little parlor One Ovall table one picture one Chaire and one Napkin presse 00 17 00 One Clock 04 00 <..> One Hundred seaventy three ounces and three quarters of silver plate att 5s per ounce 43 08 09 £86 08 09 In Linnen Seaven Damask table Cloaths Containing 27 yds and one halfe att 4s 6d per yard 06 03 09 Seaven dozen and five Damask Napkins att 12s p[er] dozen 04 09 00 Thirteen yards of Holland att 6s p[er] yard 03 18 00 One paire of Holland Sheets 02 14 00 Five Holland pillow bers 00 12 06 Seaven yards of Lin Cloath att 1s 6d p[er] yard 00 10 06 Fifteen paire of sheets 06 00 00 One and Twenty pillow bers 01 00 00 Eight Old Table Cloaths 00 16 00 Thirteen old Napkins 00 05 00 Thirty foure old Huckaback Napkins 00 15 00 Two Diper Towells and one Lin one 00 02 00 One Sword with an Aggott handle 02 10 00 One Large Iron Chimney in the back Kitchen 00 18 00 One Bay Gelding 06 00 00 One Grey Gelding 10 00 00 Lumber and horse furniture 01 10 00 The Dec[ease]ds purse and Apparell 40 00 00 88 03 09 14 12 08 48 05 06 86 08 09 Totall 237 10 08 [signed:] Abraham Drake James Hargrave Ra[lph] Elstobb Christop[her] Wetherell
DPR/I/1/1683/B7/1. This inventory was drawn up very soon (2 May) after MB's death on April 26 1683 so they would not have had time to sort out any of the debts, mortgages etc mentioned in the will and they have not included the specified £100. This may be because his widow wanted to make it clear what tangible goods were hers, in case any other member of the family claimed anything. MB must have expected the sorting out of his debts, credits, ‘parts of ships’ etc to be very complicated if he is paying Richard Wall £100 to help sort it out (albeit from a debt he is owed).