Will of Benjamin Manners
of Blackland, Calne - 1835

This is the last will and Testament of me Benjamin Manners of the Tythen of Blackland in the Parish of Calne in the County of Wilts made this day December the twenty seventh in the Year of one Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty Five  First I give and Bequeath unto my Son Joseph Manners this my Cottage or tenament with the Garden and Appertentions to it in the Tythen of Blackland and in the Occupation of Henry Wheeler – Also I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Duck wife of Cain Duck this my other Cottage or tenament Garden and Appertentions Ajoining the other Cottage and in the Occupation of William Dew – also my wish will and desire and my Wifes wish will and desire is and we bequeath unto our Son John Manners these our Cottages in the Tythen of Quemerford in the Parish of Calne in the County of Wilts the Cottage gardens Orchards and Appertentions to it in the Occupation of himself and William New also the Cottage that my son John have had Built ajoining William News is his also – also my wish will and Desire is and I bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth Manners all my Effects Farmering stock Cattle Household furniture and goods whatsoever and wheresoever during her life – and after the Death of my Wife her lawful Debts and funerall Expences are paid my Will is that the property is to be parted as I shall mention my son James Manners Carpenter my son Benjamin Manners Wheeler my son David Manners Shoemaker my Daughter Sarah Manners Dressmaker is to have twenty pounds less than my other Children on account of their Trades and my Daughter Hannah Duck wife of James Duck is also to have twenty pounds less on account of James Duck recieveing the above mentioned sum of me on the day of his Marriage with my Daughter my wish is that my Daughter Elizabeth Duck and my son John Manners is not to recieve any of my other property only the Cottage and Cottages as before mentioned  my wish is that my Daughter Harriet White widow of Jacob White my Daughter Leah Manners my son Jacob Manners is to recieve twenty pounds more than them that have Trades and for my son Joseph Manners to share the same as them that have Trades besides his Cottage – if Eather of my Children should Die his or her part is to be given to their Children if any if none to be devided amongst my other Children

Benjamin Manners

I do hearby declear This to be my last will and Testament Signed this day in the presence of these Wittnesss

William Dew
John Dew

[ On 29 July 1837 Elizabeth Manners, the widow, was sworn as the Executrix of the above will, no executors having been appointed in the will, on placement, with two others, of a bond of £400 ]