Will and inventory – Michael Blackett – 12 Apr 1683

Document Type: Will and inventory
Date: 12 Apr 1683
Correspondent: Michael Blackett
Archive Source: DUL DPRI Wills
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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


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


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


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).

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