"I Silvester Huddleston, Constable of Castle Rushen, sick and weak in body,
but of sound and perfect memory, (praised be God) do make this my last will
and testament, in manner following:
First, I commend my soul to Almighty God, hoping through the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ, to obtain remission of all my sins; and I commit my body to Christian burial.
Item, I bequeath to the poor of this Parish a bowl of barley.
Item, to Mr. Turner Calcott ten shillings.
Item, to Mrs. Stevenson of Scaldeby seventeen shillings.
Item, to Elizabeth Corrin (daughter of Mr. John Corrin & Elizabeth Corrin als Wood my stepdaughter) five pounds.
Item, I bequeath to my son Charles Huddleston my part of all my houses and land, with their appurtenances, which he is to enjoy and possess after my wifes decease, and not till then; in consideration whereof she is to sent fourteen pounds to my kinsman William Huddleston of Dublin, to buy a stocking loom for my son aforesaid, and three pounds per annum to my said son during her life, whilst she possesses my part of the houses and land aforesaid, only to be free from the payment of the said three pounds per annum for five years, in lieu of the above fourteen pounds.
Item, it is to be understood, and I do hereby settle my houses and land on my son Charles aforesaid on this condition, that he shall neither sell or mortgage the same (except my part of the new mansion house of Ballalough, if it may be for his advantage to dispose thereof) which if he does, the Deeds of Sale or Mortgage are to be null and void and the said houses and land are to descent to my kinsman William Huddleston of Dublin aforesaid. But if my son Charles Huddleston shall decease without issue, he may then bequeath the premises on his last will, as he shall see most convenient. Lastly, I constitute and appoint my loving wife Elizabeth Huddleston als Tubman sole Executrix of all the rest of my goods and chattels whatsoever, and to see this my last will duly executed; and I do humbly and earnestly request Mr. Stevenson of Balladool, and Mr. Wybrants of Ballachott to oversee my son Charles abovementioned, to advise and direct him in a discreet and frugal management of his affairs, and to see that he sustain no detriment in any of his concerns. And to testify this to be my last will and testament, I do subscribe my name, and affix my seal thereunto, this second day of March, anno domini 1716/17.
Item, I bequeath to each of my next relations one shillings. [signed] Silverstor Huddleston. Signed, sealed & published in presence of: Wm Sedden, J: Woods.
Before the sealing and signing of this will, the Testator bequeathed his wife abovesaid the houses and land free of the three pounds per annum payable to his son Charles, till after the expiration of eight years, in regard she is to pay some considerable sums of money, that may be burthensome to her. [signed] Silvestor Huddleston. Witnesses: Wm Sedden, J: Woods.
Memorandum, March 8, 1716/17: The Testator (speaking of Mr. Seddens friendship, & hoping he would advise and direct his son Charles Huddlestone) bequeathed his part of the mansion house of Ballalough to him the said Mr. Sedden, provided he would discharge his part of the principle and interest money due to Mr. Turner Calcott; which Mr. Sedden engaged he would do, being about seven pounds principle. Witnesses: J: Woods, John Corrin.
March 15, 1716/17: The Testator considering, that his wife would have considerable sums of money to pay after his decease, bequeathed the houses in Castletown & the land at Ballalough to his wife, as expressed in the above will, and to be exempted from the three pounds per annum to his son Charles, for twelve years. Witnesses: J: Woods, John Hutchin.
He also desired his son Charles might have his lodging in that house: And bequeathed some of his old apparel to his Manservant Ewan Christian. Witnesses: J: Woods, Jon: Woods junior.
Memorandum: When I had read this will to Captain Huddleston, he said there should have been mentioned 10 shillings legacy to my father, and added, Ill consider him. Witness: Jon: Woods junior.
The Executrix sworn in Court in form of Law.
Probatum est & solvit 1 pence.
Pledge, to secure the office, pay all debts, &c., Mr Robert Maddrell.
June the 22nd, 1717: Mrs. Lettice Caser enters her claim against the Executrix of Captain Silvester Huddleston for the sum of 8 shillings 3 pence, & craves the Law.
At a Court held at Castletown, February 11th, 1717/18: Captain John Corrin this day came into Court, & producing his Marriage Contract, wherein Capt: Silvester Huddleston obliged himself, his heirs, and assigns, to give unto the said Capt: John Corrin and his wife the sum of twenty pounds out of his part of the houses, lands and goods, and desiring his claim might be entered xxxx xxxxx xxxxable on the Decedents effects; His claim is therefore accordingly entered for the said sum. And a doubt, also arising touching the proper term that the houses & lands are to be possessed by the Executrix, the witnesses, vizt., the Revd. Mr. Woods & Mr. William Sedden do declare (which Charles Huddleston being present acknowledges) that the Testators will was the Executrix and her assigns were to enjoy the houses & lands for twelve years towards the payment of all debts in case she lived longer than the said 12 years, then to pay three pounds per annum to Charles Huddleston during her life. Memorandum, xxx xx the xxxxx of the Court, in regard, Mrs. Huddleston & her Executors or Administrators enjoy the Decedants part of houses and lands, for 12 years, xxx that she is liable to the payment of 20 pounds due to Mr. Corrin xxx other the Decedents debts whatsoever. [signed] William Walker, John Curghey, Charles Wattleworth.
February 21st 1717/18: Mr. Ellinor Murrey of Douglas enters a claim against the Executrix of Captn Silverster Huddleston for the sum of seventeen shillings and seven pence, and craves the Law.
Castletown, February 4th 1717/18, A true and perfect Inventory of the goods
and effects of Capt: Silvester Huddleston deceased, viewed and prized by four
sworn men, vizt., Mr. John Rothmell, Mr. Richard Thompson, Edward Corris, and
John Hinley, as follows:
Imprimis, pewter 119 pounds at 8 pence per: 3 pound 19 shillings xx pence;
Item, brass 18 pound at 7 pence per: 0:10:xx;
Item, cast brass 8 pound at 3 pence per: 0:2:xx;
Item, old irons 51 pounds at 2 1/2 pence per: 0:10:xx;
Item, old pots and kettles 0:13:xx;
Item, an old brewing pan 50 pounds[?] at 8 pence per: 1:13:xx;
Item, a dozen of trenchers 0:1:0;
Item, kieves, kievestools, working tubs & the wooden vessels 1:17:2;
Item, four old spades and a grape 1:2:4;
Item, a warming pan and a pair of bellows 0:2:0;
Item, ten small pieces of timber 0:10:0;
Item, a wheel carr and 3 sledge carrs 0:5:0;
Item, two old ladders 0:0:10;
Item, a plow and two pair of harrows 0:6:0;
Item, a colter, sock and other old iron 46 pounds at 1 1/2 per: 0:5:9;
Item, a young mare 2:15:0;
Item, two cows and a young steer 3:0:0;
Item, a bedstead in the parlour 0:13:0;
Item, an oak table 0:10:0;
Item, a small bedstead 0:3:0;
Item, an old table 0:1:6;
Item, two other tables in the kitchin with two buffet stools 0:6:0;
Item, six turky-work chairs 0:12:6;
Item, five other old chairs 0:5:10;
Item, a settle 0:2:0;
Item, two chests 0:6:0;
Item, two bedsteads 0:7:0;
Item, two tables in the room over the parlour 0:11:0;
Item, seven chairs in the room over the parlour 0:10:6;
Item, a bedstead there 0:4:0;
Item, a glasscase with white ware, ibid[?] 0:3:4;
Item, a looking glass cracked 0:1:6;
Item, another looking glass 0:0:8;
Item, a chest of drawers and four old trunks 0:13:0;
Item, a small desk 0:1:0;
Item, a little old box 0:0:3;
Item, two baskets 0:0:8;
Item, another looking glass 0:0:8;
Item, a small table 0:1:0;
Item, a furnished bed and bedstead with curtains 3:16:0;
Item, another bed and bolster 1:6:10;
Item, another bed and bolster 0:14:2;
Item, another bed and bolster and 3 pillows 0:16:10;
Item, coverleds and blankets 1:9:10;
Item, ten pounds of old iron at 2 pence per 0:1:8;
Item, window curtains and rods 0:2:6;
Item, an old suit of curtains and valance 0:5:0;
Item, two other old suits of curtains 0:5:0;
Item, a flock bed & bolster 0:3:0;
Item, three pair and a half of coarse sheets 0:17:6;
Item, two pair of sheets 0:6:6;
Item, a pair of fine and a pair of course sheets 0:10:0;
Item, six pair of fine sheets 2:10:0;
Item, table linen, vizt., two table clothes and three other plain ones, two dozen and eleven napkins 1:6:0;
Item, more coarse table linen 0:3:6;
Item, 4 towels & 8 pillowbeers 0:4:4;
Item, 5 old coarse towels 0:0:10;
Item, a great wheel and 2 little ones 0:5:6;
Item, a silk ringe and a hair ringet 0:1:4;
Item, a heckle and spool nave 0:0:10;
Item, two old bedsteads 0:6:0;
Item, a pitchfork, 3 rakes and 2 herg[?hug] stores 0:1:1;
Item, a hogshead, 2 tubs, & 2 small barrels 0:3:0;
Item, plow gears 0:1:6;
Item, an old chest and a firlet 0:1:0;
Item, a close stool with the pan 0:2:6;
Item, sixteen yards of sack cloth 0:8:0;
Item, seven old sacks and two canvases 0:4:6;
Item, two pair of window curtains & rods 0:3:6;
Item, a glass case and some white-ware and earthen ware 0:1:6;
Item, three silver spoons 1:2:6;
Item, more white ware 0:2:2;
Item, tin ware 0:1:0;
Item, a chafing dish 0:2:0;
Item, a mare & foal sold for 2:0:11;
Item, a horse sold for 2:19:9;
Item, a horse sold for 2:17:0;
Item, a cart sold to Mr. Wybrants for 3:0:0;
Item, old barrels sold for 1:0:0;
Item, two oxen sold for 4:10:6;
Item, an old horse sold for 0:6:10; Total: 58:1:2 1/2.
Memorandum, In this Inventory the goods are wholey prized, the Deads part whereof amounts to the sum of 29 pounds 1 shillings 7 1/2 pence.
February 4th 1717/18: to be added to the Inventory of Capt: Silvester Huddleston: Imprimis, Barley threshed and unthreshed computed to be 14 bowls at 9 shillings per: 4:16:0;
Item, oats 8 bowls at 3 pence per, being half corn 0:4:0; subtotal 6:0:0.
Item, more added his salary 4:0:0;
Item, money in the house 1:10:0;
Item, hay 1:5:0;
Item, two bowls of wheat 1:0:0; Subtotal 7:15:0; Total 13:15:0.
Half of which sum is the Decedents part: 6:17:6; From the other page, the Decedents part: 29:0:7 ½; Total: 35:18:1. Funeral charges deducted 4:19:8; Legacies 20:17:0; The Decedents part of other debts 13:2:8; Total 39:19:xx.
February the 25th, 1717, Pray pay all sight hereof to Mrs. Elizabeth Huddleston or order the sum of twelve pounds English value received and place it to the account of the loving husband, [signed] Will. Wybrants. Elizabeth Huddleston, her mark, I do hereby acknowledge to have received from Mr. William Wybrants by the hands of Mrs. Wybrants the contents of the above bill witness my hand this 19th day of March 1717/18, Will Huddleston. Know all men by these presents that whereas I Elizabeth Huddleston widow and Executrix of the last will and Testament of my deceased husband Cap: Silvester Huddleston am obliged to pay unto my son in law John Corrin the sum of twenty pounds, out of part of effects, and also the sum of fourteen pounds unto Charles Huddleston for and towards the buying of a stocking loom for Charles Huddleston as by his said will is expressed, and that for and in consideration whereof the land that is to fall unto the said Charles Huddleston after my decease was to be free unto me during the terms of twelve years, the better to enable me to pay the said legacies and debts, and for as much as I cannot without much inconveniencey to myself advance the said money at present, Therefore for and inconsideration of ten pounds of the twelve pounds due unto my said son in law John Corrin and Elizabeth his wife and also on condition that the said John Corrin my son in law will pay or cause to be paid unto the said Will: Huddleston of the City of Dublin for buying a loom for the said Charles Huddleston as aforesaid the sum of fourteen pounds Manks value, Have given granted and assigned and do by these presents give grant surrender and assign unto my said son in law John Corrin Elizabeth his wife their heirs executors administrators & assigns all and ever that part or one half of the lands & meadows in Ballalough (to his and their proper use & benefit) that was left me for and during the terms of twelve years free of any payment to the said Charles Huddleston, To hold and enjoy the same during the said terms, he or his assigns paying besixx the sum before mentioned the Lords Rent and all other dues duty xx & incumbrances upon the same, for the performance whereof I xxx bind myself my Executors, Administrators & Assigns in the penalty of fifty pounds in nature of all such forfeitures within this Island. As witness my subscription the 25th February 1717/18. [signed] Eliz: Huddleston. Witnesses: Will. Wybrants, Wm Sedden.
25th February 1717/18: Received from my son in law John Corrin the sum of fourteen pounds Manks value, which sum is to be sent to Mr William Huddleston of Dublin Grit[?] to be laid out for a stockin loom for Charles Huddleston according to my deceased husbands will and for which Mr Wybrants hath given a bill payable to the said Mr. William Hudleston of this date, and do therefore acquit and discharge the said John Corrin for the said sum being paid of the consideration money mentioned in the within Assignment. Witness my subscription the day and year above written. [signed] Elizabeth Hudleston. Witnesses: Wm Sedden, Charles Huddleston."