WILL OF JAMES FAIRCLOUGH SENR
No. 1 F.
In the Name of God Amen I James Fairclough Senr of Rustico Farmer being weak in body though of sound mind, memory and recollection – Do make and publish this my last will and testament – First I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be duly paid, and as to the residue of my estate, my will is that it be disposed of as follows
First the farm now in my occupation by lease from John Hodges Winsloe Esquire together with all the furniture with the exception of the clock/stock, farming utensils and property of every description belonging to it I give unto my son James Fairclough provided he will not sell or dispose of the same to any person out of the Family. It is also my will and intention that my wife and Son Peter have comfortable maintenance and support from and out of the said Farm and be suffered to reside in the House in which I now live for and during the whole of their natural lifes. And I also will that my said wife shall have the bed room we now occupy for her own especial use. Secondly I give to each of my daughters three sheep my daughter Margaret to have hers this spring if required my daughter Sarah to have hers the spring following, my daughter Elizabeth to have hers the spring following and Mary the spring after. Thirdly I give to my daughter Elizabeth the clock. Fourthly it is my wish that my daughters Elizabeth and Mary should be allowed to keep the 2 Heifers I gave to them.
Lastly I consitute and appoint William Craswell Esq. Executor of this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal set and subscribed this eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty.
(sgd) James Fairclough (L.S.)
Signed sealed and delivered published
And declared by the said James Fairclough as and for his last will and testament in his presence and in the presence of us who have signed the same as witnefses thereto(sgd) Eliza Fowle
(sgd) Charles Fowle