Will of Cornelius Cayley
Transcription by Michael Cayley, released into the public domain
The National Archives, PROB 11/1309/156
In the name of God Amen. I Cornelius Cayley of the parish of Leigh in the County of Surry Esquire being not well in health but of sound mind memory and understanding do make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament in manner following First and principally I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executrix herein after named and as to my worldly estate with which it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of the same as follows Whereas I have previous to my marriage with my loving wife Elizabeth made a settlement on her on my Estates situate and being in the parish of Leigh aforesaid called Great Shelwood and Little Shelwood now I do hereby ratify and confirm the said settlement I give and devise unto my sisters Isabella Cayley and Elizabeth Barker now the wife of William Barker of Whitby in the County of York merchant (late Elizabeth Cayley spinster) all those my messuages or tenements with the buildings farm and lands with the appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being at Ruswarp in the said County of York to hold unto the said Isabella Cayley and Elizabeth Barker their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common and not as joint tenants subject to and my will is and I do hereby charge the said Estate so by me devised to my said sisters with the payment of all my debts and also with the payment of the sum of nine hundred pounds together with all interest due and to grow due thereon unto Robert Piper of Dorking in the County of Surry butcher his Executors administrators or assigns being the sum secured to him on a mortgage on my said Estate called Great Shelwood and I do hereby direct by said sisters their heirs Executors or administrators to pay the said sum of nine hundred pounds and all interest due thereon and all other my debts within twelve months next after my decease and I do hereby exonerate my said Estate called Great Shelwood and also all my personal and other Estate and Effects whatsoever of and from the payment of the said sum of nine hundred pounds and interest and of and from the payment of all my debts and lastly all the rest and residue of my Estates both real and personal (forming stock of all sorts and kinds) whatsoever and wheresoever I do give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Elizabeth Cayley her heirs Executors administrators and assigns for ever and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife sole Executrix of this my last will hereby revoking and making void all former and other will or wills by me heretofore made declaring this writing only to be my last will in witness whereof I the said Cornelius Cayley hath to this my last will and testament written on one sheet of paper set my hand and seal the seventeenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight - Cornelius Cayley.
Witnesses Michael Bowyer and Michael Bowyer. Dorking.
Will proved in London 13 July 1798.