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Extracts from various wills proved at Chester

at Lancashire Record Office, Preston.


Richard ALLEN of Spen Moor, Radcliffe, yeoman, 1791

Henry ASHWORTH of Turton, mason, 1699

Henry ASHWORTH of Turton, yeoman, 1790

Ann ASPINALL of Ainsworth, spinster, 1739

John ASPINWALL of Ainsworth, yeoman, 1718

John ASPINWALL of Ainsworth, yeoman, 1729

John ASPINWALL of Darcy Lever, gentleman, 1797

Margaret ASPINWALL of Darcy Lever, widow, 1732

Margaret ASPINWALL of Darcy Lever, spinster, 1741 (admon)

Robert ASPINALL of Ainsworth, yeoman, 1723

John BARLOW of Water, Bury, 1747 (admon)

Ann BARON of Ainsworth, widow, 1798

James BOOTH of Tottington, 1765

James BOOTH of Ainsworth, weaver, 1799

John BRADLEY of Ainsworth, husbandman, 1765

Ann BRADSHAW of Darcy Lever, 1781

James BRANDWOOD of Entwisle Hall, yeoman, 1716

John BRANDWOOD of Bolton, innholder, 1728 (admon)

John BROOKE of Castle, Harwood, mason, 1702

John BROOKS of Harwood, yeoman, 1756

John BROWNE of Bolton-le-Moors, yeoman, 1802

Thomas BURTON of Farnworth, yeoman, 1725

John BURY of Sharples, yeoman, 1714

Thomas BURY, of Worsley, Agent of Trustees of late Duke of Bridgewater, Oct 6th 1813

James CHANTLER of Ainsworth, warehouseman, 1837

James CHANTLER of Eccles, cotton weaver, 1801

Samuel CHANTLER of  Pendleton, gent.,  Jul 1826 ; Jan 1827

Samuel CHANTLER  of Elton, innkeeper, 1837

Thomas CHANTLER of Pendleton, malt & hops dealer, 1829

Thomas CHANTLER of Elton, yeoman, 1837

John COOPER of Halliwell, yeoman, 1818

Ellis CROMPTON of Great Lever, paper maker, 1760

James CROMPTON of Hacking, gent., 1727

James CROMPTON of Darcy Lever, yeoman, 1776

John CROMPTON of Bolton-in-le-Moors, yeoman, 1665

John CROMPTON of Breightmet, clerk, 1703

John CROMPTON of Hackin, gent, 1703

Samuel CROMPTON of Breightmet, weaver, 1767

William CROMPTON of Darcy Lever, 1726 (admon)

Christopher CROSS of Ainsworth, husbandman, 1725

Egerton CROSS late of Kearsley, esq., 1803

John CROSSE of Over Darwen, gent, 1664

Thomas CROSS of Kearsley Hall, gent., 1738

William CROSS of Upper Darwen, Esquire, 1696

Edmund DAVENPORT of Ainsworth, yeoman, 1765

Evan DEWHURST of Turton, yeoman, 1663

John DEWHURST of Turton, yeoman, 1818

Mary DEWHURST of Turton, widow, 1785

Richard DEWHURST of Turton, yeoman, 1772, admon

John DORNING of Farnworth, chapman, 1765

Jonathan DORNING of Farnworth, yeoman, 1684

Roger EDGE of Middle Hilton, 1663

Elizabeth EGERTON of Shaigh Hall, 1662

Jane EGERTON of Turton, admon, 1702

Mary EGERTON of Shaw, widow, 1681

Peter EGERTON of Shaw, Esquire, 1699

Ralph EGERTON Esq, of Turton,  1702

John FARNWORTH of Little Hulton, yeoman, 1666

William FARNWORTH of Farnworth, husbandman, 1666

James FIELDING of Radcliffe, yeoman, 1784

Litchford FLITCROFT of Manchester, gentleman, 1760

John FOGG of Darcy Lever, shopkeeper, 1797

Jeremiah FRANCE of Rumworth, yeoman, 1808


John FRANCE of Rumworth, yeoman, 1822

Mary FRANCE of Deane, admon, 1792

William FRANCE of Lostock, weaver, 1829

John GORDON of Great Bolton, spirit-merchant, 1818

James GREEN of Farnworth, 1803, admon

Thomas GREEN of Farnworth, 1834, admon

Margaret GREENHALGH of Breightmet, spinster, 1777

Robert GREENHALGH of Ainsworth, weaver, 1775

Thomas GREGORY of Radcliffe, yeoman, 1771

Denis GRUNDY of Farnworth, yeoman, 1633

Ely GLEDHILL of Great Bolton, machine maker, 1803

Edward HAMER of Harwood, weaver & farmer, 1785

James HAMER of Bradshaw, farmer, 1800 (admon)

Joseph HAMER of Bradshaw, yeoman, 1753

Richard HAMER late of Hollins in Bradshaw, weaver, 1802

Robert HASLAM of Harwood, 1592

John HAMPSON of Turton, yeoman, 1787

Henry HARDMAN of Turton, yeoman, 1754

James HARDMAN of Ainsworth, chapman, 1718 (admon)

James HARDMAN of Great Bolton, gentleman, 1802

John HARDMAN of Ainsworth, chapman,  1715 (admon)

William HARDMAN of Little Lever, papermaker, 1757

Dionysius HAWORTH of Turton, innkeeper, 1783

James HEATON the elder of Heaton, 1793

John HEATON of Heaton, yeoman, 1819

John HEATON of Breightmet, yeoman, 1821

Lambert HEATON the elder of Heaton, yeoman, 1793

Thomas HETON of Harwood, weaver, 1725

James HEYS of Ainsworth, farmer, 1778

Abraham HEYWOOD of Harwood, 1802

Anne HEYWOOD of Farnworth, widow, 1821

Ellen HEYWOOD of Little Lever, widow, 1783

James HEYWOOD of Little Lever, merchant, 1811

Mary HEYWOOD of Little Lever, 1800

Peter HEYWOOD of Little Lever, blacksmith, 1783 (admon)

Samuel HEYWOOD of Little Lever, yeoman, 1776

Samuel HEYWOOD of Little Lever, shopkeeper, 1811

Robert HOLT of Bolton in the Moors, schoolmaster, 1783

Christopher HORROCKS of Turton, gent, 1629

Edmund HORROCKS of Turton, weaver, 1801

Elizabeth HORROCKS of Turton, widow, 1650 (admon)

James HORROCKS of Turton, yeoman, 1780 (admon)

James HORROCKS of Turton, weaver, 1836

James HORROCKS of Top Croft, Turton, wheelwright, 1836

John HORROCKS of Turton, yeoman, 1731

John HORROCKS of Turton, yeoman, 1776 (admon)

John HORROCKS of Dimple in Turton, yeoman, 1833

Thomas HORROCKS of Turton, yeoman, 1664

Isabel HORWICH of Turton, widow, 1679

Elizabeth HOBSON of Darcy Lever, widow, 1799 (admon)

John HOKER of Darcy Lever, yeoman 1834

James HOLT of Great Bolton in the Moors, cordweaner, 1799

William HOLT of Turton, 1799 (admon)

John HOULT of Turton, 1625

Peter HOWCROFT of Radcliffe, 1805, admon

Francis ISHERWOOD of Turton, 1664, inventory

James ISHERWOOD of Little Bolton, chapman, 1781

James ISHERWOOD of Little Bolton, fustian manufacturer, 1784 (admon)

James KAY of Radcliffe, yeoman, 1775

John KAY of Bolton-le-Moors, fustian dyer, 1756

Richard KAY of Baldenston, yeoman, 1696

Robert KAY of Baldingstone, yeoman, 1752

John KAYE of Turton, blacksmith, 1729

Thomas KENT, of Worsley, Bookkeeper, Agent to his Grace the Duke of Bridgewater, 1796

John KINDER, of Breightmet, yeoman, 1801

Hannah KIRKMAN of Ainsworth, spinster, 1758

John KIRKMAN of Ainsworth, yeoman, 1764

Zachariah KIRKMAN of Ainsworth, yeoman, 1779

James KNIGHT of Kersley, weaver (admon), 1758

Jane KNOWLES of Little Bolton, widow, 1783

Robert KNOWLES of Little Bolton, 1783

James LEVER of Darcy Lever, yeoman, 1778

Lawrence LIVESEY of Halliwell (admon), 1737

Adam LOMAX of Turton, yeoman, 1790

John LOMAX of Harwood, yeoman, 1756

Peter LOMAX of Ainsworth, chapman, 1765

Richard LOMAX of Harwood, 1779

LONGWORTH (various) see Extracts from Longworth Wills

Richard LONGWORTH of Turton, husbandman, 1690

Robert LORD of Bolton-le-Moors, 1824, liquor merchant

Joseph MAKEN of Moss Shaw in Radcliffe, yeoman, 1765

Elizabeth MARKLAND of Bolton-le-Moors, 1823, widow

Thomas MARKLAND of Heaton, yeoman, 1800

William MARKLAND of Heaton, yeoman, 1803

William MARKLAND of Heaton, yeoman, 1832

John MASON of Little Lever, chapman, 1760

Nathaniel MASON of Little Lever, gent., 1774

James MATHER of Turton, woollen webster,  1654

Samuel MATHER of Camsacer in Radcliffe, yeoman, 1763

Thomas MATHER of Darcy Lever, weaver, 1823

Alexander MAYOH of Longworth, fustian-weaver, 1728

Christopher MAYO of Turton, husbandman, 1624

John MAYO of Longworth, husbandman, 1626

John MAYOH of Turton, 1731, infra

Lawrence MAYO of Longworth, husbandman, 1680

* This lease is at LA Ref DDHU/25/30: Thomas Lacy of Longworth, esq to Lawrence Mayo of Longworth, husbandman; for the surrender of an indenture and £24; lease of a messuage in Longworth with ¼ of common pastures called Longworth Pasture and Cow Hey, and a half of a mean field called the Marchcroft Feild; for the lives of Lawrence Mayo and Lawrence and Thomas his sons; paying annual rent of 17s 2d and additional sums for the services which he ought to provide; land previously leased 10 May 1630 by Thomas Longworth of Longworth esq deceased to Lawrence Mayo for lives of Lawrence and Thomas his brother.

Peter MAYO of Longworth, tailor, 1639

Thomas MAYO of Longworth, yeoman, 1673

Thomas MEADOWCROFT of Harwood, yeoman, 1720

Richard NELSON of Darcy Lever, 1813

John NORRIS of Farnworth, husbandman, 1768

John OPENSHAW of Ainsworth, yeoman, 1715

Oliver ORMROD of Harwood, yeoman, 1757

Oliver ORMEROD of Harwood, yeoman, 1803

* Probably Oliver Row, mentioned in the will of Oliver Ormrod of Harwood, 1823.  13 houses listed on 1841 census.  These can be found on the OS 25 inch map published 1893, just off Water Street, next to Wharf Iron Foundry.  Still there in 1939.

Oliver ORMROD of the Hill, Harwood, yeoman, 1823

John ORRELL of Turton, yeoman, 1789

Richard ORRELL of Turton, yeoman, 1702

James PENDLEBURY of Halliwell, yeoman, 1794

Jeremiah PENDLEBURY of Heaton, 1741

William PLATT of Rumworth, farmer, 1806

John POLLITT of Breightmet, 1783 (admon)

William POLLITT of Darcy Lever, 1819 (admon)

Ann RAMWELL of Harwood, widow

Dorning RASBOTHAM of Birch House Farnworth, Esq., 1793

Thomas ROSCOW of Ainsworth, fustian weaver, 1633

Peter ROTHWELL of Darcy Lever, yeoman, 1719

John RIDING of Ainsworth, yeoman, 1773

Christopher RISHTON of Farnworth, 1668

Edmund RISHTON of Great Lever, Yeoman, 1742

Edmund RISHTON of Farnworth, yeoman, 1662

John RISHTON of Farnworth, gent., 1633

James ROBINSON of Heaton in Parish of Dean, slater, 1741

James RUSSELL of Darcy Lever, gentleman, 1774

John SANDIFORD of Radcliffe, yeoman, 1730

Mary SANDIFORD alias SANDFORD of Ratcliffe, minor, 1735

Roger SANDIFORTH of Radcliffe, yeoman, 1718

John SCOWCROFT of Darcy Lever, yeoman, 1819

John SHARROCKS of Dove Bank, Darcy Lever, cotton-spinner, 1813

Roger SHORROCK of Turton, 1632, husbandman

Roger SHARROCKE of Turton, husbandman, 1684

James SHUTTLEWORTH of Unsworth, weaver, 1800

John SHUTTLEWORTH of Poppy Thorn, Prestwich, manufacturer, 1823

Robert SHUTTLEWORTH of Hardmans Fold, Prestwich, farmer, 1824

Henry STONES of Horrocksfold, Sharples, yeoman, 1729

John STONES of Horrocks Fold, Sharples, husbandman, 1681

John STONES of Sharples, 1702, infra / admon

Margaret STONES of Bolton, widow, 1588

Marie STONES of Sharples, 1632

Mary STONES of Little Bolton, 1766

William STONES of Horroxfold, husbandman, 1724

John STREET of Pilkingtons, Radcliffe, 1814

Samuel TAYLOR of Moston, yeoman, 1664

Samuel TAYLOR of Moston, gentleman, 1775

Samuel TAYLOR of Moston, merchant, 1802

Zachariah TAYLOR of Moston, linen-weaver, 1662

Zachary TAYLOR of Wigan, clerk, 1705

James THOMASON of Turton, yeoman, 1696

Richard THOMASON of Turton, yeoman, 1802

John THORNLEY of Little Lever, wheelwright, 1810

Peter THORNLEY of Bolton, weaver, 1831

James THWEAT of Bolton, cotton manufacturer, 1782

TONGE (various) see Lancashire Wills Proved at Chester 1545 - 1837

John VAREY, of Worsley, Agent to the Trustees of his Grace the late Duke of Bridgewater, 7th May 1819

Francis WALKDEN of Sharples, 1588

Roger WALKDEN of Sharples, husbandman, 1633

Nathan WALKER of Little Lever, weaver, 1775

Richard WALKER of Smithfold with Ainsworth, yeoman, 1810

Ann WALLWORK of Darcy Lever, widow, 1729

Elizabeth WALMESLEY of Eccles, widow, 1723 (admon)

John WALMESLEY of Wigan, esquire, 1734

John WALMISLEY of Bolton, gentleman, 1779 (admon)

James WARBURTON of Turton, yeoman, 1716

James WARBURTON of Turton, yeoman, 1745

John WARBURTON of Turton, 1722, hubandman

John WARBUTTON of Turton, yeoman, 1739

John WARBUTTON of Turton, yeoman, 1788

Thomas WARBURTON of Turton, husbandman, 1679

John WARR of Great Bolton, shopkeeper, 1806

William WARTON of Little Hulton, husbandman, 1631

John WELSH of Turton, yeoman, 1671

William WELSH of Turton, 1690, admon infra

Elias WHITTAKER of Ringley, Innkeeper, 1806

James WHITTAKER of Outwood, manufacturer, 1806

John WHITTAKER of Ringle Bridge, Prestwich, blacksmith, 1802

Thomas WHITTAKER of Ringley, blacksmith, 1819 (admon)

Adam WHITTEL (Whittle) of Darcy Lever, yeoman, 1724

Edmund WHITTEL (Whittle) of Darcy Lever, yeoman, 1786

Note: Henry Ashworth died in 1790, and left property in Darcy Lever under the tenure of Widow Tonge and Thomas Mather to his son Edmund Ashworth, and property in Darcy Lever under the tenure of Robert Openshaw to his daughter Alice. In 1860, Benjamin Ashworth and his sister Esther Ashworth, executors of the late Edmund Ashworth, entered into an agreement with John Seddon of Breightmet, allowing him to mine coal from under Top o'th Meadow Farm (also known as "Barlows")

William WHITTLE of Ainsworth, 1804

Edmund WOOD of Turton, 1789, widower

Thomas YATES of Radcliffe, yeoman, 1721