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The will of Ellen Stonehewer of Sutton, Staffordshire

Dated 5 April 1722, Inventory taken 1 May 1723

SourceCheshire East council


In the name of god Amen, I Ellen Stonehewer now wife of Joseph Stonehewer senenier of Sutton in the Countey of Chester being in perfect mind and memory ? and therefore given to Almighty god Do make and ordain this muy last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I commend my soul into the hands of almighty god; hoping through the(?) merits death and passion of my saviour Jesus Christ to have full and ? of all my sins; and to ? to everlasting life; and my body I commit to your? earth to be decently buried at the direction of my husband.
And as touching the disposition of all such ? estate as it has pleased almighty god to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as follows
Item I leave to my Daughter Ann Cheffener fourty shillings a year to be paid to her ? ? Walt (Watt?) Croft during her natural life; to be paid her at too (sic) payments by her fifteen said ?.
? ? is sixteen shillings over and above the fourty shillings belongng to the Watt Croft which I ? said to ? towards(?) ? finding Thomas Cheffener clothes until his apprenteship be out what is wanting(?) is I allow to make out and when his time is out I ? the said 16 shillings to ?; and at the decease(?) of Daughter Ann I leave unto Daughter Sara of Watt Croft during her natural life.
And then at Sara's decease/demise(?) I leave it to be equally to be divided betwixt Ann and Sara children not that my will is it should be sold;
Item I leave Ann a surge(?) suit of clothes with a riding hood and cloth(?) a suit of plain ? and too ? flock cloth handkerchifs.
Item I leave Sara Cheffener a gray monty and potecoal(?) and a coat(?) & middle ? ? 2 blankets and ? bolster 2 pillows as much cloth as to make her a pair of sheets 2 pillow drawers a pair of bed socks and ? hanging it one at ? bed at ? pairs ? and a piece of huckaback and a little chest.
And item I leave unto daughter Sara any thing it is mind I ? he may have it.
Item I leave unto Joseph Stonehewer junier a five(?) shilling ? of gold,
to Ellen Jackson senior a white muslin hood and handkerchiff
Ann Stroo(?) I leave my every day mantey(?), black surge polocool(?) cloak and cap hood a gray silk hankerchiff and ? ? Daughter Sara may have ? of Sara Cheffener ? ? ? to ?
Item I leave my Daughter Sara to be my sole executor and to perform this my will and ? and after my funeral and debts be charged I leave all the remainder to her ? and ?; her children

? April the 5th 1722 in the eight year of our ? ? ? hereof I put my hand and seal

Signed by

Joseph StonehewerEllen Stonehewer her mark
John Slack
Roger Broadhurst


A true and exact inventory of the goods and chattells of Ellen Stonehewer of Sutton late deceased taken the first day of May ano.Dom. 1723 valued and appraised by Joseph Reditch and John Curbitchley.

Eight leather chairs0200
Four sealed chairs00180
One Square Table000200
One Looking Glass000800
In Pewter020000
Iron Stand and Hacking Knife000300
Six Cloath Chairs001500
Folding Screen001000
Valance Hangings & Bed Cover010000
One Chest and Trunk001100
Bed Stocks & Cover for a Table010100
One Feather Bed & One Do. 2" 10" 00"031000
One Chest of Drawers001500
One Chest000500
One Bedstead and Curtaines001000
Piece of Huckle Beck & new Cloath020000
Three Blanketts 18? Boulsters & 2 Pillows 12?010500
La Lumiere020000
A Boulster ? and ?001300
Breefs Pan and Wooden Ware001900
Ovel Table4? One Oak12?001600
Iron Grate Chaire & bakestone000500
Bedstead and three Buffots and Table001500
Earthen Ware000200
Jars and Apparrell000000

People Mentioned

Joseph Stonehewer snr
Joseph Stonehewer jnr
Ann Cheffener
Ann (possibly Ann Chefferner)
Thomas Cheffener (son of Ann Cheffener?)
Sara Cheffener (daughter of Ann Cheffener?)
Ellen Jackson snr
Ann Stroo(?)
John Slack
Roger Broadhurst
Joseph Reditch
John Curbitchley

Transcribed by David Newbold

Last modified by Alan Stanier on 8 March 2011