John Mastin of Walkeringham
(Born 1723 at Laneham. Died 1810 at Walkeringham.)
[Original at Nottingham archives No. PRGW 3/15]
I, John Mastin, in the County of Nottingham, being of sound mind and memory do make and appoint this as my last Will and Testament. First I will, give and bequeath unto my son Willm Mastin and his heirs Executors or [assigns?] the sum of ten Pounds of good and lawful Money over and besides the sum of twenty Pounds which he my said son received some years ago of my son in Law John Greaves on a Note, which Note I have destroyed previous to the execution of these Presents, my said son in law John Greaves being herein after named and appointed sole executor of this my last Will and Testament. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Pycroft the sum of twenty Pounds of good and lawful money for her my said daughter’s own and sole use. Also I give and bequeath unto my son John Mastin the sum
[This is the end of the first page where he has made an attempt at signing his name, not very successfully]
Of Thirty Pounds of good and lawful money or to his heirs Executors or [assigns?]. All which said sums of Money or Legacies herein above willed and bequeathed to my said son William Mastin my said Daughter Mary Pycroft and my said son John Mastin shall be paid twelve months after my Decease by my Executor hereafter named and appointed. Lastly I nominate and appoint my son in Law John Greaves whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament: revoking and disallowing any other Will heretofore made by me. I appoint and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have set my Hand to the first Page and my hand and Seal to this second and last Page this twenty sixth Day of March one Thousand Eight Hundred and Eight.
[Next his name, not written by him, with a cross noted “his mark” then a mark of the sea]
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Mastin as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto set our Hands as Witness to the due execution hereof.
[One name,not readable
John seems to have been fairly well off, either with inherited money or money he made. In any event, he was described as a freeholder, and on his death he left a substantial legacy (about £½ million at today's values), as outlined in the will at right. He lived to a good age of 84, and his death is recorded in " the Little Book ". He is buried at Walkeringham church.
On the 18th November, 1751, at the age of 25, he married Anne Wardley. They had four children: William, born in 1752; Mary, born in 1754; Anne, born in 1757; and John, (who is my ancestor) born in 1760. Mary married in 1797 to John Pycroft, and Anne in 1790 to John Greaves, and it is known that they had children.
This is all we know of John, except that his wife died in 1794.
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