The Will of Job Spendlove of Shottle made 6-7-1781
                                            Copied from original located at Lichfield joint records office
In the Name of God Amen I Job Spendlove of Shottle in the County of Derby Yeoman being praised be God of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make and publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following,that is to say, First I do will order and direct that all my just debts shall be fully paid and disharged Also I do give and devise that all my freehold and copyhold Messuages Farms Closes Lands Tenements and Hereditments and parts and Shares of Freehold and Copyhold Messuages Farms Closes Land and Tenements and Hereditments and all other my real Estate victuals and lying within the Kingdom of Great Britain or elsewhere unto my Nephew Thomas Spendlove his heirs and assigns forever .And I do also as much _3 words_ and I lawfully may give the Tenant right and possesion of all my farms and Lands which I hold under his Grace the Most Noble William Duke of Devonshire to my said Nephew Thomas Spendlove and I do humbly recommend him to the said Duke to be accepted as Tenant thereof.And in case he shall be permitted to hold the same,I do direct that my Wife Elizabeth shall have a habitation for her life in such two rooms in the Dwellinghouse upon the said Farms or other them --1word--all think fit or make a choice of.And I do give to my said Wife One Annuity or yearly Sum of Ten pounds to be paid to her by my said Nephew Thomas Spendlove for her life by four equal payments in each year clear of all taxes and deductions upon the twenty fifth day of March,twenty fourth day of June,twenty nineth day of September and twenty fifth day of December in each year the first payment thereof to begin and be made upon such of the said days as shall first and next happen after my decease.And I do charge the said Annuity both upon my real and personal Estates and each of them.I also give to my said Wife such one of my Beds with the Bed?????? and other furniture belonging thereto as she shall chuse.And I also give to her such a reasonable quantity of other furniture for one Room as she shall make choice of.Also I giveto my said Wife Eighty Pounds in money over and above the annuity and other legacys I have hereinbefore given to her.Also I give to my Sister Mary Hay One Hundred pounds , to my Sister Lucy (Key)? the like sum of One Hundered pounds,Also I give to my Brother Thomas Spendlove twenty pounds,Also I give to my friend John Bambriggs of Biggin five pounds.And I give to my Nephew Anthony Street One shilling All which said percunary legacy I will shall be paid within twelve months next after my decease.And I do give my worthy friend Mr Richard Statham of Shottle three pounds three shillings to be paid imediately upon my decease and I do request him to be an (accountant)??? and give advice to my Executor in the Execution of this my Will and lastly I do appoint my said Nephew Thomas Spendlove sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this sixth day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundered and eighty one.
Signed Job Spendlove (seal)
Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Testator Job Spendlove as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence have hereunto subscibed our names as Witnesses thereto.
Joshua Statham
Martha Statham
Job Redfern
at Derby 14th October 1788 Let a probate of this Will be granted to Tho.Spendlove the sole Exec therein named .He being duly sworn,As also that the deceased personal estate doesnot amount to 600li Before me T.Buckeridge,Sur