TRANSCRIP COURTESY OF PHILIP HOLMES
In the name of God amen I Thomas Slater of Roosbeck in the parish of Aldingham in Furness and county of Lancaster husbandman being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do therefore make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following First I give and bequeath to Mary Slater my beloved wife the sum of £4 to be paid to her at my decease.
Again I give and bequeath to my said wife Mary Slater the sum of £10 to be paid the first 13th day of February after my decease. And all the rest of my money which I have out at interest or otherwise and all securities by me taken for the same I give and bequeath unto my son Abraham Slater in trust to and for the several uses intents and purposes following, that is to say first that he pay off all my just debts such as stand against me upon bond bill or otherwise, and when that is done the remainder shall be continued at interest as now placed out or call in and replace the same on good security to the best of his discretion and the yearly interest and proceeds thereof as it comes due he shall pay to Mary Slater my beloved wife aforesaid for and during the term of her natural life.
And the first 13th day of February after the decease of Mary Slater my said wife (if her death be three months before, but if not, then the second 13th day of February after her death) the same shall be paid as followeth, viz. I give and bequeath to my son Abraham Slater aforesaid the sum of £90 and my best feather bed, I also give and bequeath to my son Thomas Slater the sum of £5, also I give and bequeath to my daughter Frances Smith the sum of £5, also I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane James the sum of £25 which sums shall be paid to them severally and respectively as above mentioned or their lawful representatives.
Also I give my wife Mary Slater the use of the bed and furniture in the parlour, the table, the clock and such other household goods as she may have occasion for during her lifetime, and all the rest of my household goods which she has not occasion to take for her use and my whole stock of cattle and all my other goods and utensils in husbandry in and about my housing I give and bequeath to my son Abraham Slater for the following purposes, that is to say that he shall as soon as he thinks proper after my decease sell and dispose of the same for the most he can get, and the money arising from thence he shall put out to interest, which interest shall be paid as it comes due to Mary Slater my wife yearly and every year for and during her natural life, and at her death all the goods of mine which she had the use of in her lifetime (except a feather bed which I give to Elizabeth the wife of Thomas Postlethwaite, and the best bed quilt I give to Agnes Hunter her sister) I give and bequeath to my son Abraham Slater to be sold as soon as possible and the money arising therefrom together with the amount of that which my other goods above-mentioned were sold for at my death I give and bequeath the same equally to my daughters Mary Briggs and Elizabeth Cartmel or their lawful representatives share and share alike to be paid to them the first 13th day of February after my wife's decease, if her death be three months before that time, but if not, then on the second 13th day of February after her death as above-mentioned. And all my crop of corn and hay and all vestures that are upon my farm at the time of my death and the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattels personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and not hereinbefore disposed of I give and bequeath the same to my son Abraham Slater whom I appoint executor of this my last will and testament he paying funeral expenses my just debts legacies and annuities as above directed, and I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 24th day of June 1793.
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Thomas Slater to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator
Agnes Hunter X her mark
July 27th 1793
Abraham Slater the sole executor in this will named was sworn well and truly to execute and perform the same and that he believed all personal effects the testator within named died possessed of will not in their real value amount to the sum of £300
Inventory respited under £300
Before me Christr. Couperthwaite surrogate