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Robert Steatham's Will


This is the last will and testament of me Robert Steatham of Darlaston in the County of Stafford Gunlock Filer first I will and direct that all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses be fully paid satisfied and discharged by my Executrix and Executor herein after named out of my personal estate.

Also I give and devise direct? limit and appoint unto my Loving Wife Hannah Steatham all that my messuage [1] tenement or dwelling house with the shop & outbuildings garden and appurtenances [2] situate in or near a certain place in Darlaston aforesaid called Great Croft and now in my own occupation and also all other my messuage buildings lands hereditaments [3]and real estate whatsoever and wheresoever with ?

Also give and bequeath all my household goods and furniture shop tools money securities for money personal estate and effects of every nature and description unto my said Wife absolutely to and for her own use and benefit and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife Executrix and my friend David? Samuel Williams of Darlaston Gunlock Filer the Executer of this my will hereby revoking and making void all former will and wills by me and I do declare this to be my only true last will and testament.

Where of I the aforesaid Testator Robert Steatham have to this my last Will and testament contained and written on one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and twenty six.

Robert Steatham (signed)

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator Robert Steatham as and for his last Will and testament in the presence after who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have herein to subscribed ours names as Witnesses we having observed the above obliterations [4] and massuner?

Thomas Hemmingsley (signed)
William? Adams (signed)
William Harrison Signed)


[1] In Law the term messuage equates to a dwelling-house & includes outbuildings, orchard, curtilage or court-yard & garden.

[2] In a legal context, an appurtenance could for instance refer to a back-yard that goes with the adjoining house.
     The idea being expressed is that the back-yard "belongs" to the house, which is the more significant of the two

[3] In Law, a hereditament (from Lat. hereditare, to inherit, heres, heir) is any kind of property that can be inherited.
     Corporeal hereditament is land held in freehold.
     Incorporeal hereditaments is rights of way, tithes, advowsons, pensions, annuities, rents, franchises.

[4] In Law the term obliterations means a destruction; an eradication of written words. [Note - on the will itself there are changes to it].



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