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Will transcribed by Janet Meads 2016
The Will of Thomas Coleman,
Blacksmith - 1814

Thomas Coleman's house, built in the late 1700s.

After carefully reading his will, it is now thought
that the blacksmith's shop described in it was on
another site, possibly in Meeting Lane.

From the 1930s for about twenty years the property
was a barber's shop after which a carpenter lived
there while his wife ran a wool shop.
It is now a private residence again.

Extracted from the Registry of the Archdeaconry of Northampton.

The last Will and Testament of Thomas Coleman of Burton Latimer in the County of Northampton Blacksmith I give and devise to my son John the shop I built and which I now occupy standing on the spot of ground on which stood the Parish Pound formally situate in the Parish of Burton in the County of Northampton together with the shed and spot of ground adjoining there unto his heirs and assigns for ever. I give to my daughter Elizabeth the house in which I now dwell situate in Burton in the County of Northampton with the out buildings and appurtenances belonging thereto during her natural life and my Will is after her decease the said house shall be sold and the money divided to my then surviving children share and share alike. I give to Mr Samuel Millar of Fineding Yeoman and Mr William Millar Dealer junior and who sometime occupied the Bell Inn in Burton both in the County of Northampton All that six acres of land that I purchased of the Commissioners of Burton Inclosure In Trust for my children after my decease John Thomas William Samuel Elizabeth Mary Eliza Martha and I do hereby nominate constitute authorise and appoint the said Samuel Millar and William Millar as Trust for my fore named children. I do also hereby authorise the said Samuel Millar and William Millar to let or sell the above fore mentioned six acres of land for the benefit and advantage of all my children to apply the money to any branch of my family under sickness on necessity as they shall deem convenient. I do hereby on this condition authorise the said William Millar and Samuel Millar to sell and sign over to the purchaser the said six acres of land the same as though it had been their own real estate. I give also to the said Samuel Millar and William Millar all my household furniture whatever it may consist of or contain at my decease to dispose of for the benefit of my children or creditors. I give also to the said Samuel Millar and William all the tools instruments or whatever my shop contains or may  contain at my death to dispose of for the benefit of my children or creditors the whole that my shop as aforesaid contains at my decease. I do hereby authorise the said Samuel Millar and William Millar to receive all my money securities for money at my decease for the benefit of my children or creditors also to receive my book debts bills and accompts both to receive what is legally due to me also to discharge my debts and to settle all my worldly affairs after my decease and to give my mortal remains a decent burial thus I do appoint the said Samuel Millar and William Millar the soul trust and Guardians of my children and I do also hereby nominate authorise constitute and appoint the said Samuel Millar and William Millar the joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament my Trustees and Guardian of my children John Thomas William Samuel Elizabeth Mary Eliza and Martha revoking all former Wills by me made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I do set my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen.

Signed sealed published and declared by the:-                      Thomas Coleman

 Testator Thomas Coleman to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us and in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses the twenty seventh day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen.

Robrt Capps

Thos Croxen

James Presland

The Original Will was proved in common form of Law on the first day of July on thousand eight hundred and fifteen on the Oaths of Samuel Millar and William Millar the Executors named therein to whom etc.

Effects sworn under £200 -  Examined with the Original Will and is a true Copy thereof this twenty eighth day of April 1840     By me    Wm Gates     Depty


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