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John Williscroft 1678-1746 of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
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John Williscroft 1678-1746

of Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

John the son of John and Sarah christened at Milwich on the 23 Jan 1678 lived in Uttoxeter with his wife Elizabeth. I have not located a marriage for the couple so far in my research. They are known to have had three children christened at Uttoxeter. Sarah b.1704, Mary b.1706 and Esther b.1709. John died in 1746 and was buried at Uttoxeter on the 26 July. Probate of his will was granted to his wife on the 21 August 1746.  

St Mary the Virgin Church, Uttoxeter

St Mary the Virgin Church, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

In his will he left his wife the house and goods where he was living, the 2 houses in Petticoat lane for her natural life and after her decease they were to be divided between the family. To his daughter Sarah and her husband Thomas Key  he left the house he was living in which was to pass to their eldest child on their death.

To his grandson John Moore he left the 2 houses in Petticoat lane. He stated that after his wife’s death his two daughters Mary Oldfield and Esther Kynnersley  could  have the 2 houses in Petticoat Lane until his grandson John Moore returned home. John stated that if John Moore did  not return home then the house next to lane in Petticoat Lane was left to Sarah Key his granddaughter and the other house backward to Elizabeth Kynnersley his granddaughter. 

He also left £5 to Elizabeth the wife of Edward Bladon. At present I am unsure how Elizabeth is connected to the family. His wife Elizabeth died in Burton upon Trent in 1752 and was buried there on the 13 June.

John and Elizabeth's daughter Sarah married twice. She married Joseph Moore on the 4 December 1722. They had a son John who is mentioned in his grandfathers will. Sarah married for a second time on the 9 April 1729 to Thomas Key at Uttoxeter. The couple had seven children, their daughter Sarah who is mentioned by her grandfather was born in 1732.  

Sarah's sister Esther married Thomas Kinersley on the 7 June 1731 at Hanbury, Staffordshire. Their daughter Elizabeth is mentioned by her grandfather. Sarah & Esther's sister Mary married John Oldfield at Doveridge, Derbyshire on 1 June 1726. 

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