Transcription of Will of John Caldecot, Gentleman of Bickley, Cheshire, Who Died 1785

This is the Last Will and Testament of me John Caldecot of Bickley in the Parish of Malpas in the County of Chester Gentleman whereby I am desirous to dispose of such Worldy Estate and Effects as it hath pleased Almighty God to Bless me in manner and form following (that is to say) It is my Will and I do hereby direct that all my just Debts and funeral Expenses shall be in the first place paid and Discharges and I do hereby subject  and charge all my Leasehold and Personal Estates and Effects with the Payment thereof and Subject thereto I give devise and bequeath all and singular my said Leasehold and Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and of what Nature or kind soever unto my Dear Wife Amy Caldecot for and during the Term of her Natural Life and from and immediately after her decease I Give devise and bequeath all and singular my said Leashold and Personal Estate and Effects aforesaid unto my Son Thomas Caldecot and such other Child or Children that I may hereafter have by my said Wife either Born in my life time or in due time after my decease to be equally divided between them (if more than one) share and share alive Provided always that if my said Son Thomas Caldecot shall happen to dye without Issue in the Life time of my said Wife and there shall be no Child or Children of me by my said Wife then living Then and in such case it is my Will and I do hereby Direct and Appoint that my said Dear Wife shall have the Absolute disposal of All my said Leashold and Personal Estate and Effects subject as aforesaid to such Person or Persons and in such parts shares proportions manner and form, as she shall think proper. And Lastly I do hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint my said Dear Wife Amy Caldecot John Mason of Nantwich in the said County of Chester Feltmaker and Richard Lewis of Wrenbury Smith in the Parish of Wrenbury in the said County of Chester Yeoman Executrix and Executors of this my Will and Guardians of my said son Thomas Caldecot during his Minority hereby revoking and making void all former Will and Wills by me heretofore made and

Ratifying and Confirming this to be my last Will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I the said Testator John Caldecot have hereunto set my Hand and seal this eighteenth day of December in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Eighty one.

Signed and Sealed by the said Testator John Caldecot and by him Published and Declares to be his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who in his Presence at his Request and in the Presence of each other have Subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto.
Ralph Hales
Michael Mason
M Shelvoke
John Caldecot

For images of this will please go to the profile page of John Caldecot which can be found here – John Caldecot d. Yes, date unknown (

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