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Wills of the Ball Family

of Dolphin Lee and Fleetwood

  1. Robert Ball, 1717-1767, Yeoman
2. Thomas Ball, - 1769, Husbandman
3. William Ball - 1771, Yeoman
4. Robert Ball, - 1807, Gentleman
5. Thomas Ball 1738-1821, Husbandman
6. Ellen Ball,, - 1842, 2nd wife of Thomas Ball
7. John Ball, 1763-1847, of Poulton
8. William Ball, 1785-1854, Farmer of Heaton with Oxcliffe, (letters of administration)
The Wills are formatted, with names in bold and added commas for greater legibility. No other changes have been made.

1. Robert Ball, - 1767, Yeoman

Will made 12 May 1742, proved 12 Jan 1767

In the name of God Amen.

I Robert Ball of Dolphin Lee in Bulk in the County Palatine of Lancaster Yeoman do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made: that is to say I order my executor herinafter mentioned to pay or see paid all my debts and funeral expenses: and as to the worldly goods which God in his goodness has bestowed upon me I give and bequeath as follows:

And I do constitute and Appoint my son(s) George and Robert joint trustees to the execution of this my last will and testament, empowering them upon non-payment of legacies or any infringements of this my last will and testament to enter upon the premises of Dolphin Lee Tenement to receive the profits of the estate or dispose of it in any manner as shall seem to them meet or necessary for the execution of this my will; and I allow them all charges and expenses they shall bear as usual upon such occasions.

In writing this my Last Will and Testament I here set my hand and seal May the 12th 1742

Robert Ball

Signed sealed and delivered
by the said Testator in
the presence of us
Thomas Davis
Edmund Lawson
Richard Gibson X his mark

Footnote - 12th January 1767
William Ball, son of the Testator above - named and residuary legatee name in the will above written, appeared personally and was sworn well and truly to administer the Goods and personal Estate of the said testator pursuant to the Directions of the said Will and so forth, no Executor being appointed thereof.

before me,
Franc. Lee Surrogate

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2. Thomas Ball, husbandman

Will made 26 Apr 1766, proved 10 Apr 1769

The Last Will and Testament of me, Thomas Ball of Lancaster in the County Palatine of Lancaster, now very sick and feeble of body but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, is as follows. As I am formed of the opinion that man was formed out of the dust of the eath by an All-wise Being invisible to my mortal eye I do therefore most humbly submit myself to that Great Creator who in his dispensing mercies has bestowed upon me in this life very convenient temporal blessings, and knowing the uncertainty of these earthly enjoyments when it shall please that good governor for to separate me from them, I do, by the laws of this kingdom, order and dispose of the same, to wit:

In witness whereof I have to this my same last Will and Testament put my hand and seal the twenty-sixth day of April in the sixth year of the reign of King George the Third and in the year of our lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and sixty six.

Signed sealed published and
declared by the above testator, Thomas
Ball in the presence of us
and for his last will and
Testament, who in his presence
and at his request and in
the presence of each other
have subscribed our names
as witnesses thereto (the
word 'my' being first underlined)

His
Thomas (T.Ball)
Mark
witness {Alice Harsnap
{Bryan Shaw
10th April 1769
Agnes Ball Sole Executrix
named in this will
appeared personally and
was sworn well and truly
to execute the same and so forth
before me Franc. Lee
Surrogate

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3. William Ball, Yeoman

Will made 18 Nov 1768, proved 1771

I, William Ball of Dolphinlee within Bulk in the County of Lancaster, Yeoman, being in perfect health of body and sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding do make, publish and declare this is my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say. In the first place I do order that

And so I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint the said Thomas Mason, Robert Ball and William Ball Joint Executors of this my will and appoint my brother, John Ball and my son-in-law, the said Robert Croskell supervisor of this my will to see the same duly and truly performed. Provided and it is hereby declared and agreed that my said Executors and Trustees shall not nor shall any of them be chargeable with any sum or sums other than shall actually come to his or their stands respectively of any of them with the receipts, payments, acts, or defaults of the other of them, but each of them for and with his or their own receipts, payments, acts and wilful defaults only and not otherwise.

And lastly I do hereby revoke all former will and wills by me at any time heretoforeunto and declare this alone to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I, the said William Ball, the said testator, have hereunto set my hand and seal the eighteenth day of November in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight.

William Ball

Signed, sealed, published and declared
the said testator William Ball
and for his last will and testament
In the presence of us who have thereunto
subscribed our names in the presence
of the testator at their request and in the presence
of each other.
Ann Atkinson
Anthony Atkinson
John Hankinson

The final document relating to this, dated 1771, will be added as soon as possible.

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4. Robert Ball, Gentleman

Will made 4 Jun 1807, proved 8 Feb 1808

I Robert Ball of Dolphin Lee near
Lancaster, gentleman, do make
publish and declare this my
last will and Testament as follows,
that is to say -

In the first place I order and direct all my just Debts, funeral and Testamentary Charges and Expences to be paid and satisfied and I desire that I may have a plain decent funeral, and wish it to be conducted in the same manner as my late wife's -

Whereas a Settlement was made between me and my present wife Agnes immediately preceding our marriage, which settlement I herby confirm in every respect, and I invest my said wife with the power and liberty of removing and taking away from my Dwelling House every Article and thing she brought there on our marriage, and that peaceably and without molestation -

I Give and bequeath all my Household Goods and Furniture, ready money, Debts, Securities for money and all my Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever (except as hereinafter is excepted) unto my Son in law Randal Phonswick [Randolph Penswick] of Ashton in the said County, Manufacturer, and my Daughter Sarah their Executors, Administrators and Assigns, upon Trust that they or the Survivor of them his or her Executors or Administrators shall and do as soon as conveniently may be after my decease make public Sale of all my said Household Goods, furniture and Effects or such parts thereof as are saleable and also to collect in all outstanding Debts and reduce the whole of my Estate and Effects into ready Money, and the Money arising therefrom I order and direct to be paid applied and disposed of as follows viz.;

unto my said present wife the sum of Five Guineas only, -
Unto my Daughter Mary the sum of One Hundred Pounds,
Unto my Daughter Agnes Fifty Pounds,
Unto my daughter Alice Forty Pounds
and unto my man and maid Servant each their full years wages altho' the current year of their service may not be expired,
which said several Legacies I direct shall be paid at the end of the twelve Calendar months next after my decease

And with respect to all the rest residue and remainder of my Effects not otherwise disposed of by this my will I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto the said Randal Phonswick and my Daughter Sarah equally between them share and share alike -

And whereas I am possessed of several pieces of Silver Plate, which I am desirous should go amongst my children agreeable to the Tickets I intend to put on each, with the name of such of my Children as each piece of Plate is designed for, now I hereby Give and bequeath the same Plate unto such of my Children as shall be specified on the said Tickets in my own handwriting

And Lastly I appoint the said Randal Phonswick and my Daughter Sarah Executor and Executrix of this my will, hereby revoking all others by me at any time made.

In witness whereof I the said Robert Ball the Testator have hereunto set my hand and seal the Fourth day of June in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven -
Signed, sealed, published
and declared by the said as and for
his last Will and Testament
in our presence -
"the words 'Sixty', 'Forty' being first altered."
Ann Ball
Eph.m Atkinson

4th June 1807
Mr Robert Ball's will

On this Eighth Day of February one thousand eight hundred and Eight. This will was proved in common form and Sarah Ball one of the Executors therein named was Sworn well and faithfully to execute and perform the same, and that to the best of her knowledge and belief the whole of the Personal Estate and Effects of which the within named Testator died Possessed within the Archdeaconry of Richmond and Diocese of Chester did not in real value amount to the sum of One Thousand Pounds -

Before me
Joseph Rowley
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5. Thomas Ball 1738-1821, Husbandman

Will made 20 Apr 1816, proved 2 May 1821

This is the last will and Testament of me Thomas Ball of Lancaster in the county of Lancaster, Husbandman, made the twentieth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen….

I give and bequeath unto my wife Ellen one pair of Bedstocks and a feather bed, one pair of sheets, one blanket and a quilt thereunto belonging, one clock, one pair of Chest of Drawers and one armed Chair
and whereas I am possessed of certain premises at Bulk in the said County, which are held for the Lives of myself and my Sons Richard and John Ball,
and am also possessed of certain Dwelling houses and premises in Penny Street in Lancaster aforesaid for the residue of a term of eleven years or thereabouts
Now it is my Will and Mind and I give and bequeath the said Messuages, Dwellinghouses and premises situate in Bulk and Lancaster respectively unto

and divide the same to and amongst the same persons and in the same proportions as the Rents hereinbefore mentioned are directed to be paid and I order and direct that the Receipt and Receipts of my said Trustees and the Survivor of them, their or his Executors or Administrators shall in all Cases be good and sufficient Discharges to any Tenant or Tenants of all or any part of the said premises and for all other money paid to them and after such receipt or receipts shall be so given, he she or they shall not be obliged to see to the application thereof and that one of my said Trustees shall not be answerable for the Acts of the other but each for himself,

And lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other Wills by me made and do declare this alone to be my last Will and Testament and I hereby nominate and appoint the said John Ball and Thomas Ball the Executors hereof.

In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Ball, the Testator have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year first herein before written.

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the sight and presence of each other have hereunto set our Names as Witnesses to attest the due Executors thereof.

 

Ro. Clark
Tho. Rawsthorne
Thos Toulmin

The Mark & Seal of
Thomas X Ball

On the second day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty one this Will of Thomas Ball late of Lancaster in the Parish of Lancaster in the County of Lancaster within the Archdeaconry of Richmond in the Diocese of Chester Husbandman who departed this life on or about the sixth day of April last past and was proved in common form and John Ball of Rossall in the parish of Thornton in the said County of Lancaster - Husbandman and Thomas Ball of Rossall aforesaid, Husbandman, Executors therein named were sworn well and faithfully to execute and Perform the same and so forth and that according to the best of the Knowledge ,information and belief of the said John Ball and Thomas Ball the Executors, the whole of the Goods, Chattels and credits of which the said Testator Thomas Ball died possessed within the Archdeaconry of Richmond in the Diocese of Chester (exclusive of what the said Testator might have been possessed of or intitled to as a Trustee for any other person or persons and not beneficially and without deducting any thing on account of the debts due and owing by and from the said Testator) were under the value of two Hundred pounds,

Before me -
J. Rowley
Surrogate

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6. Ellen [?, Parker], - 1842,
2nd wife of William Ball

Will made 20 May 1842, proved ?

This is the last Will and Testament of me, Ellen Ball of Lancaster in the County of Lancaster, Widow, as follows. I direct all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expences to be paid and discharged immediately after my decease and with the payment thereof I charge my real and personal estates.

Signed sealed published and declared
the said Ellen Ball Testatrix
as and for her last will and
testament in the presence of
us present at the same time
who at her request in her
presence and in the presence
of each other have hereunto
subscribed our names and
witnesses
The mark and seal of
Ellen X Ball
Robert Taylor
Wm Malley
Tho. Dobson
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7. John Ball of Poulton 1763- 1847

Will made 5 Nov 1831, proved 3 Dec 1847

I, John Ball of Poulton, being of sound and disposing mind, do appoint the following as my last Will and Testament.

I therefore, direct, that all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as convenient. My book of accounts will serve as a guide to my hereinafter named Executors; the arrangements then entered into, to stand good -

I further, hereby appoint, that my Dear Wife, Mary Ball (should she survive me,) shall have all my house-hold goods and furniture, just as they stand at my death, to dispose of them as she may think proper-

I further direct, that the sum of ten pounds shall be given to the fund of the Catholic Clergy-

And I do also direct, that Richard Ball, Robert Ball, Agnes Abram, Mary Whittam, being all my sons & daughters, shall have paid to them fifty pounds each, out of my property, before any of it is divided (William Ball, Thomas Ball, Elizabeth Kirkham, Jane Clarkson, Revd John Ball all my sons and daughters, having already received their fifty pounds each.) then the remainder shall be divided equally among all my children, or their representatives-

But I further hereby direct, that if my daughter Agnes have no child, that the fifty pounds above mentioned and the rest of her share shall be put together, & put out to safe interest; and the interest thereof to be paid to her every year, after my death, during her life; and after her death, her Brothers and Sisters or their representatives.

And I further direct, that if any thing happen to her by ill health, or by any other cause, that the interest will not make her comfortable, my Executors shall have power to give her as much of the principal stock, as they may judge proper to make her comfortable- And now I hereby appoint my son Richard Ball and Thomas Walmsley of Thornton, as my Executors:-and, revoking all my former wills, I do appoint this as my last will and testament, in testimony of all which, I do here affix my name and seal, this fifth day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty one-

John Ball  
Signed, sealed and delivered
in the presence of us who have
hereunto signed our
names as witness,
Richard Ball
Thomas Walmsley

On the third of December one thousand eight hundred & forty-seven this will of John Ball, late of Poulton, Gentleman, who died on the fourteenth day of July last was proved in common form & Richard Ball of Thornton, Farmer, one of the executors therein named was sworn well & faithfully to execute & perform the same & so forth, power being reserved for Thomas Walmsley of Thornton, the other executor therein named & so forth, & that to the best of the knowledge & belief of the said Richard Ball the whole of the goods, chattels & credits of which the said John Ball died possessed & without deducting any thing on account of his debts, were under the value of eight hundred pounds.

Before me, John Hale, Surrogate

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8. William Ball 1785-1854,
Farmer of Heaton with Oxcliffe

d. intestate; Letters of Administration 15 Jul 1854

Know all Men by these Presents that We
Margaret Ball of Heaton with Oxcliffe in the Parish of Lancaster in the County of Lancaster, Widow, and Richard Ball of Thornton in the parish of Poulton, Farmer in the County of Lancaster and James Rae of Heaton with Oxcliffe in the parish of lancaster in the County of Lancaster, Farmer, are holden and firmly bound unto the Right Reverend Father in God John by Divine Permission Lord Bishop of CHESTER, is the sum of three thousand Pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto the said Right Reverend Father, his certain Attorney, Executors, Administrators or Assigns, for which payment well and truly be made. we bind ourselves and each of us jointly and severally for and in the whole, our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, and the Heirs, Executors, and Administrators of each of us, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated the fifteenth Day of July in the Year of our Lord God one thousand eight hundred and fifty four.

The ~Condition of this Obligation is such that

Sealed and delivered}
in the presence of}

J. Rowley M.A.
Surrogate

Margaret Ball
Richard Ball

James Rae

On the fifteenth day of July in the Year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty four the within-named Margaret Ball was sworn well and truly to administer the Goods and personal Estate of the within-named William Ball deceased, within the Diocese of CHESTER and Manchester and ARCHDEACONRY of RICHMOND in the DIOCESE of RIPON within-mentioned and so forth. And this according to the best of the knowledge, information and Belief of the said Margaret Ball the whole of the Goods, Chattels and Credits, of which the said William Ball died possessed within the Dioceses of CHESTER and Manchester and ARCHDEACONRY of RICHMOND in the DIOCESE of RIPON aforesaid, exclusive of what the deceased might have been possessed of or entitled to, as a Trustee, for any other Person or Persons, and beneficially, and without deducting any thing on Account of the Debts due and owing by and from the said William Ball deceased were under the value of fifteen hundred pounds.

Before me,
J. Rowley M.A.
Surrogate

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