Courtesy J. M. Oates
"In the name of God Amen. I THOMAS NORRIS gentleman, Deemster of the Isle of Mann, being in good and perfect mind and memory,
thanks be given to Almighty God for the same, though infirm and weak in body and being willing and desirous to settle and
put in order that Estate of goods which it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me withal before my decease as knowing the
cause of mortality to be incidxxxxx to all men, and uncertain of what time it shall please God to call upon me, Do therefore
make my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First, I commit my soul to Almighty God, trusting through the merits of my Blessed Saviour Christ Jesus to have full pardon and remission of all my sins, and my body to be buried in the Church of KK Arbory amongst my Relations there, in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named.
Item, I leave to the poor of KK Arbory one bowl of barley, and to the poor of Castletown one bowl more of barley to be distributed at my Executors discretion.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my SON HENRY NORRIS half the crop of corn and half the team of ox, and all the bought lands in the same nature as MY FATHER left it unto me, excepting only such land as hath been bought by myself, which I leave wholly to my WIFE during her own natural life, and then to come to my said SON after her decease to be united with the Estate, Also I leave my said SON my swords, guxxxx and all other things due to him as heirlooms as also one cow and a steer, and my half of a furnished feather bed and bedstead;
And if it shall please God xxxxxx [corner of page crumpled away] for my said SON before he have issue, that xxxxxxxxx his second brother, or whom xxx of his brothers xxxxxxxx as heir, is to have the benefit of all xxxxxxxx unto him;
also I leave him that xxxxxxxxxxx bequeathed unot me.
Item, I leave unto my DAUGHTER ELLIN twenty shillings in moneys or goods at the discretion of my Executors, and to my DAUGHTER ANN thirty shillings in money or goods likewise.
Item, I leave and bequeath unto my dead and loving WIFE my gray mare with a choice cow as a legacy.
I leave to Capt RICHARD STEVENSON five shillings.
Item, I leave to Mr. JOHN PARR five shillings.
Lastly, I constitute nominate and appoint my THREE CHILDREN VIZT., RICHARD, RALPH, AND THOMAS NORRIS my true and lawful executors of all the rest of my goods moveable and immoveable whatsoever, and do leave the tuition of the said CHILDREN with their goods unto my dear and loving WIFE, until they come to lawful age, and if any of my said Executors die before they come to enjoy or dispose of their part of the Executorship, that then the same is to fall equally to the other Executor or Executors that shall survive as above nominated. And I do desire my loving FRIENDS CAPT. RICHARD STEVENSON AND MR. JOHN PARR to be overseers of my said Children, and to see this my will duly performed. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this 4th day of February anno domini 1688. [signed] THO: NORRIS.
Signed, sealed and published in presence of us, John Parr, William Cubbon, Richard Quillin, jurati.
MRS. DOROTHY NORRIS hath taken the Execution of HER HUSBAND's will on behalf of her CHILDREN & is sworn to bring in a perfect Inventory, and to Administer according to Law.
THE INVENTORY OF THOMAS NORRIS DEEMSTER taken & prized by 4 sworn men 2xth of June 1694, viz: John Cubbon Ballecredgeen,
Henry Waterson, William xxxxxx and Henry Maddrell[?] as followeth:
Imprimis, 4 cows prized being the dead's part to 4 pounds 17 shillings 00 pence;
Item, the dead's part of one bullock and 1 heiffer 01:08:00;
Item, the dead's part of three young steers prized to 00:15:00;
Item, the dead's part of 4 calves being two 00:12:00;
Item, the dead's part of 9 horses betwixt old and young 02:15:00;
Item, the dead's part of 20 chayres the half prized to 01:05:00;
Item, the half of four cushions, dead's part prized to 00:04:00;
Item, 1 bed with all furniture belonging to it, the dead's part prized to 01:10:00;
Item, 7 old feather beds, the half of them being the dead's part at 01:05:00;
Item, the dead's part of eleven blankets and 5 cadowes 00:16:06;
Item, the dead's part of 6 table clothes being 30 yards, the half at 00:12:00;
Item, the dead's part of 50 yards of sheeting, the half at 00:18:09;
Item, the dead's part of 2 dozen of fine napkins, the half at 00:10:00;
Item, the dead's part of 1 dozen and a half of old napkins, the half 00:03:00;
Item, the dead's part of 4 old coarse sheets, the half at 00:01:06;
Item, the dead's part of 5 pair of curtains, the half at 00:02:0x;
Item, the dead's part of 4 pair of bedsteads, the half at 00:05:00;
Item, the dead's part of a cupboard the half prized at 00:05:00;
Item, the dead's part of 2 trunks, 1 desk with drawers, 2 chests & a little box 00:08:0s;
Item, the dead's part of a dry stool not the half at 00:01:03;
Item, the dead's part of 3 chests, 1 great wheel, 2 little wheels, 1 box, 1 press and a little table, the half at 00:11:03;
Item, 6 old barrels, 2 kevies, 2 keibes, 2 keibe stools, and a stone trough, the dead's part 00:07:xx;
Item, 7 old barrels betwixt new and old, 1 frame, 7 little vessels and two cheese flats[?]: the dead's part being the half at 00:07:03;
Item, more old vessels, 2 dozen of trenchers, 1 churn and staff, dead's part 00:02:0x;
Item, in earthen mugs 1s 3d, in earthen white wane 1s 6d, dead's part in all 00:02:0x;
Item, 62 pound weight of pewter betwixt new and old prized at 7d per pound, the dead's part being the half amounts to 00:18:0x;
Item, the dead's part of 15 pound of brass, the half being at 00:06:xx;
Item, the dead's part of 1 dozen of glass bottles, half at 01:01:xx;
Item, the dead's part of plow irons, being 42 pounds, 2 spits, 1 pair of tongs, 1 pair of hanging trippetts, and some pieces of iron 00:xx:xx;
Item, 4 potts and one kible, the dead's part being the half 00:xx:xx;
Item, pair yokes, 3 pair of old harrows, the dead's part comes to 05:xx:xx;
Item, small carrs, 1 old wheelcarr, 1 old plow, 4 stradles, 4 pullins[?], the halfe xx:xx:xx;
Item, the dead's part of xxxxxxxx xx:xx:xx;
Item, a stuff gown the dead's part thereof 6s, 1 coat hat & breeches, the hals 2s 6d 00:08:06;
Item, the dead's part of 3 tables 8s, and the half of 3 pieces of dales 6d, in all 00:08:06;
Item, the dead's part of a leaden still, the half prized at 10:02:06. [total] 23:14:07.
A XXXX OF DEBTS XXXXXX TO BE DUE from the Executors of THOMAS NORRIS late deceased as follows:
Imprimis, due to our honorable Lord upon Governor Kennions acct as appears by accts 01 pound 00 shillings 00 pence;
Item, due to John Christian of Duglas 01:07[?]: 00;
Item, due to to John Coultry of Duglas 03:00:00;
Thomas Costen 00:06:00;
Item, due to John Gell 00:16:00;
Item, to Thomas Cain upon the account of Ballacagin 06:10:00;
Item, due upon his own accts 00:12:00;
Item, due to Mr. Henry Harrison as part of his portion as appears at record 06:08:00;
Item, due to William Kissack 00:03:02;
Item, due from the said Executors to Mr. William Farcher 03:15:00;
Item, due to Thomas Crellin for work 00:06:00;
Item, due to Margaret Kermot 00:06:01;
Item, due to Mr. Tyldsley 01:09:x0;
Item, due to the Executors and Sr. Thomas Harrison 80:00:x0;
Item, due to Mrs. Ann Norris upon the acct of her annuity according to Covenants made with her SON, MRS. ANN NORRIS her other xxx are left to further consideration, 23:00:xx;
Item, due to Henry Wattleworth of Peeltown 00:08:00;
Item, due to Captn John Wattleworth Ramsey, proved 00:12:0x;
Item, due to Charles & Nick Shimmin 01:15:00;
FEBRUARY 6TH 1693/4: FERD: CALCOTT enters his claim against the widow and Executors of the late DEEMSTER NORRIS for wrongfully
detaining from him eight pounds eighteen shillings 3 pence, which he received of Mr. Thomas Globir[?] of Linscott[?]. is
cancal[?] xxx & promise[?], to pay next May 31, 1687, as he will make to appear.
FERD: CALCOTT enters his claim against the widow and the said Executors, for five pounds as may appear by accompts taken by Mr. Deemster Parr & left in the hands of the said DEEMSTER NORRIS in xx xxx last, die et anno predicto.
FERD: CALCOTT enters his claim against the widow and Executors of Mr. ROBERT CALCOTT for rent[?] money & other goods to the value of four pounds sterling. FEBRUARY 7TH 1693/4: MR. CHARLES MOORE enters his claim in the behalf of himself and his SISTER IN LAW MRS. MARY HARRISON against the Executors or Administrators of Mr. Deemster NORRIS for the sum of 60 pounds due debt as will be made to appear and craveth the Law. Per me, Sam: Wattleworth, Reg.
FEBRUARY THE 8TH 1693/4: THO. COSTES OR LOSTES enters his claim against the executors of Mr. THOMAS NORRIS Deemster for 21[?] shillings[?] xxxx as will be made to appear & craveth tryall.
MAY THE 7TH[?] 1694: CAPT. JOHN WATTLEWORTH enters his claim against the Executors of Mr. Deemstere NORRIS for 12s 8d due &c.
JUNE THE 12TH 1694: MR. THURSTAN TLDSLEY enters his claim against the Executors of Mr. THOMAS NORRIS Deemster for the sum of thirty pounds sterling due to the said Mr. THURSTAN TILDSLEY in his own behalf and in the behalf of Mr. JOHN WHETSTON, and MARY HEYLAND as will be made to appear and craveth tryall.
JUNE THE 12TH 1694: MR SAM: ROBINSON & JOHN WATERSON[?] enter their claim against the executors of Mr. THOMAS NORRIS Deemster for the sum of 18s for the year 1693 due fee xxxx hay & cord as will be made to appear &c.
Mr. SAM: ROBINSON enters his claim against the Executors of Mr. THOMAS NORRIS Deemster for the sum of 15s betwixt Niland Clerk moay, and choice house due &c
JUNE THE 13TH 1694: NICH SHIMMIN AND CHARLES SHIMMIN enter their claim against the Executors of Mr. THOMAS NORRIS Deemster for the sum of thirty five shillings due by specialty as appears and craveth trial.
JUNE THE 13TH 1694: NICH: BRIDSON enters his claim against the Executors of Deemster THOMAS NORRIS for the sum of thirty shillings due by specialty &c.
JUNE 13TH 1694: ISALL:[?] QUAYLE enters her claim against the said Executors for the sum of two pounds and four shillings and craveth trial.
JUNE THE 13TH 169X: ISALL:[?] HIGNET enters for 8:9s:10p.
JUNE THE 18TH 1694: JOHN CHRISTIAN enters his claim against the said Executors for the sum of 18 shillings due by specialty as will be made to appear & craveth trial.
SEPT 28, 1694: MRS. ANNE NORRIS enters her claim against the Executors of her SON THOMAS NORRIS for the sum of fifty & three pounds 7s 8d, &c.
NOVEMBER THE FIRST 1694: GEORGE WALKER enters his claim against the Executors of Deemster NORRIS for the sum of 17s and 8d due as will be made to appear.
NOVEMBER 1ST 1694: MR. HENRY HARRISON & WILLIAM FARCHAR enter their claim against the Executors of Mr. Deemster NORRIS for the sum of 12[?] pounds due debt as will be made to appear and craveth tryall. Per me, Johan Curghey, Registrar Archd.
NOVEMBER THE 1ST 1694: MR. DEEMSTER PARRE enters his claim against the Executors of Mr. Deemster NORRIS deceased for the sum of 25s due for the profit of a close in Ranoldsway which was rented by him for some years, and left to the claimer's DAUGHTER ANNE by one ROGER NOWELL, to whome the profits of the said Close did belong for the said xxx xxxxxxxxx for 5s left the claimer by his FATHER COMPTROLLER NORRIS and for other particulares the value of 10s & craveth trial.
MRS. MARGT HALSALL enters her claim againstthe Executors of Deemster NORRIS for the sum 27s and 5p &c.
NOVEMBER THE 2ND 1694: MR. NICH: HARLIE enters his claim against the Executors of Deemster NORRIS for the sum of 15s 6d due &c.
November the 2nd 1694: Sir JOHN CHRISTIAN enters his claim against the said Executors for the sum of 4s &c.
NOVEMBER THE 4TH 1694: HENRY BRIDSON enters his claim against the Executors of Deemster NORRIS for 2 pounds 5s &c. "
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