Note: 10 April 1730 A precise and careful will
This document is a copy of probate and will of Richard Smyth, gentleman, of Heath, near Wakefield, the Smyth family being important tenants of Carr House Farm.
Richard, who died in 1730, ensured that all his debts and funeral expenses should be paid out of his estate, and left 'unto my dear wife an annuity of 25 pounds but only so long as she shall continue my widow and no longer.' Further gifts to his wife included his chariot, a pair of mares, all the furniture in his best chamber, and 100 pounds in cash.
She was to be allowed to use half his plate and half his linen during her lifetime, but on her death they were to be returned to the estate, allowing for reasonable usage. The remainder of his possessions were bequeathed to his eldest son, John, when he reached the age of 21.
Richard's executors were his brother, John, Thomas Edmunds of Wusper (Worsborough) and John Turner of Dewsbury. They were to supervise the guardianship and education of his four children, and their estates and fortunes. In a codicil, Richard re-emphasised that his wife should use the plate and linen only so long as she continued as his widow. He then relented by leaving his wife 'the gold which she useth' and all her rings, jewels, diamonds and attire.
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