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In the name of God Amen. I john Featherston of Duxfield Hall in the County of Northumberland Gent being sick and weak in Body of sound and p.fect mind and memory praised be God for the same do make & ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say I commit my Soul into the hands of almighty God my Creator hopeing assuredly through the merits death passion of my Blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ to be Saved and Rec.d into Eternall rest, my wretched Body in hopes of a Joyfull resurrection I comit to the Earth to be decently buried by my Exec.rs hereinafter named and as to my worldy estate I give and dispose thereof as followeth. And first I do give and devise unto my Real and wellbeloved wife Ann Featherston all that my Capitall messuage tenemt or freehold with its rights members and appurtenances commonly called and known by the name of Black Hall together with all the Lands and Grounds to the same belonging to have and to hold the said Capitall messuage tenemt or farmhold & p[re]misses with their appurtenances unto the said Ann Featherston and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease then the said pmisses to be and remain unto my son Jonathan Featherston hie Heirs and assigns for Ever and my will and meaning further is and I do hereby order and appoint that my Exec.rs hereinafter named shall as soon after my decease as Conveniently She can pay all such debts and sumes of money as I do owe unto any p.sons whomsoever and I do hereby give legate and Bequeath unto my daughter Margaret wife of John Hodgson of the City of Durham <…..> the <line> Sume of Ten pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid her yearly and every year during the term of her natural life at Two feasts or <Termes> in the year , that is to say the feast of Pentecost commonly called Whitsuntide and the feast of St Martin the Bishopp in <Winter> commonly called Martinmas they in Equall porcons the first payment thereof to begin and to be made on which of the two said feasts shall first happen next after my decease and the sume to her in full of any part or share that she or her said husband shall [obscured 1-2 words] or claime out of my p.sonall Estate after my decease. And I do Give legate and bequeath unto my said son Jonathan Featherston the sume of Ten pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid by my Exec.rs hereinafter named within six months next after my decease and all the rest and residue of my goods and Chattles and psonall Estate whatsoever I do hereby Give legate and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Ann Featherston whom I do hereby make and appoint sole Exec.tx of this my last will and testament and I do hereby void disavow and make void all former and other wills and Testaments by me hereinbefore made Either by word or in writeing. In witness whereof I have here set my hand and seale this Eighteenth day of <decbr> Anno Dom 1727 Jo Featherston Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator to be his last will and testament in the p’sence of us within his p’sence and at his request have hereto <declared> our names as Witnesses- John <Rainlames> Thos Carr George White Ent 7 Mar 1727
BIA Prerogative Court York 79/651 1727/8. Featherstone apparently succeeded his father Thomas as the mills agent at Dukesfield in 1699. His own property, Blackhall, a mile or so from Dukesfield, is dated 1714, and a sundial there carries the initials JF. The will of Ann Featherston of Blackhall was proved in September 1733 at York.