Vyner Deeds (Galphay and Cowmires)

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Vyner MSS: 1114-1118, 65/3, 5 TITLE DEEDS relating to a messuage, garth and land at Cow-mires

(Latin - 2 copies) Final Agreement made on 23 October at the Court of the Lord King at Westminster between Thomas Sword, plaintive, and William Wells, Charles Richmond and Francis Richmond his wife, deforciants, of one messuage, 10 acres of land, 10 acres of meadow and 10 acres of pasture with the appurtenances in Cow Mires and Rippon, whereupon a plea of covenant was summoned between them in the same court, William, Charles and Francis have acknowledged the aforesaid lands with appurtenances to be the right of Thomas Sword as those lands which he has of the gift of them, the said William, Charles and Francis. Warranty. Thomas Sword gave William, Charles and Francis £60 for this acknowledgement.

Indenture of release made 10 June 1669 between William Wells of Cow Mires, yeoman, Charles Richmond of Cow Mires, yeoman, and Francis his wife on the one part and Thomas Sword of Rainton, yeoman, of the other part. William Wells and Charles and Francis Richmond, for diverse good reasons and for 5s. paid to them by Thomas Sword, granted and sold to Thomas Sword forever all the old fire house and adjoining barn, one garden, one fold garth lying on the north side of the pasture, the North Car, and so much of the North Pasture from the ditch of the said Car to the southeast corner of one close of arable ground called the Becke Close together with the said Becke Close, all the Low Meadows Closes from the head of John Wells Meadows, with Thomas Sword making the moiety of the fence dividing the said Cars westwards along the pasture from the said Car to the said Becke Close, all which said premises are at Cow Mires and contain about 30 acres with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to Thomas Sword forever, to be held of the Chief lord of the fee or fees by the rents and services therefore due and of right accustomed. Warranty.

Final Agreement made on 6 February 1673/74 at the Court of Canterbury between Henry Wells, plaintive, and Charles Richmond, Francis his wife, Richard Anderson and Mary his wife, deforciants.

It was alleged that Christopher Wells, the plaintive's father, was seized of several lands and tenements in the bill mentioned and did by his last will in writing dated 1657 (amongst other bequests) give and devise the said premises, after the death of Frances his wife to whom he devised the said premises for her life in lieu of thirds, to William Wells his younger son and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten. And if the said William should die without issue then the same to go to the right heirs of the said Christopher, they paying after their entry upon the premises xl li. to Mary Wells daughter of the said Christopher. Christopher Wells shortly after died and Frances his relict became seized of the premises as of her freehold for the term of her life, the remainder to the said William Wells in general taile. The said Frances afterward married the deforciant Charles Richmond and they have ever since enjoyed the premises and the said William Wells having since died without issue of his body, the deforciants Charles and Francis Richmond with Richard Anderson and Mary his wife, full sister of the said William Wells and daughter of the said Frances, do endeavour to defeat and defraud the plaintive, who is son and heir of the said Christopher Wells, by a former venture of the said premises. The deforciants being served with process to appear and answer the plaintive's bill have accordingly appeared and for delay craved a commission to answer in Countrye and yet in the meantime commit great wastes and spoils upon the said premises. It was prayed that an injunction might issue against the said deforciants to restrain their committing any further wastes, spoils or destructions in and upon the premises until they shall directly answer the plaintive's bill and this Court takes other order to the contrary, which is ordered accordingly.

(Latin) Final Agreement made in the Octave of the Holy Trinity (ie. 14-21 June) 1674 at the Court of the Lord King at Westminster between Henry Wells and Antony Beckwith, gentlemen, plaintives, and Richard Anderson and Mary his wife and Elizabeth Duman, deforciants, of one messuage, 11 acres of land, 11 acres of meadow and 17 acres of pasture with appurtenances in Cowmyers, Galwhey alias Galghaugh, Asserley and Ripon, whereupon a plea of covenant was summoned between them in the same court, Richard, Mary and Elizabeth have acknowledged the aforesaid lands with appurtenances to be the right of Henry Wells and Antony Beckwith as those lands which they have of the gift of them, the said Richard, Mary and Elizabeth. Warranty. Henry and Antony gave Richard, Mary and Elizabeth £60 for this acknowledgement.

 

Vyner MSS: 1119-1130, 66, 12 TITLE DEEDS relating to a messuage, barn, garden, land and pasture at Cowmires

Copy of the will of Henry Wells of Cowmires, 9 July 1712

Indentures of lease and release made on 14 and 15 March 1716/17 between William Wells of Cowmiers, yeoman, one of the younger sons of Henry Wells late of the same deceased, of the one part and John Wells of Cowmiers, yeoman, eldest son and heir at law of Henry Wells, of the other part. In his will dated 9 July 1712 Henry Wells (amongst other things) gave and bequeathed unto Henry Wells, the said William Wells and George Wells, his three younger sons, forever equally to be divided amongst them all that messuage or tenement called the old fire house and diverse lands, tenements and premises at Cowmiers. The said three younger sons have made partition of the said messuage, lands, tenements and hereditaments so bequeathed, upon which partition the below mentioned premises (amongst others) with appurtenances were allotted and given in partition to William Wells. Now William Wells, in consideration of 5s. paid to him by John Wells (in the lease) and in consideration of £18 paid to him by John Wells (in the release), has granted, bargained and sold to John Wells forever all that messuage or tenement called the Old Fire House with one barn thereto adjoining with one garden and one fold garth adjoining to the barn and house, one parcel called the Garth or Littlegarth lying on the north side of the messuage wherein Henry Wells, the father, dwelt called the New Fire House from the casement thereof eastwards to the Old Fire House extending between the said two houses and the north end of an old barn, Carthouse or Flaughthouse from the North Seiles thereof northwards together with the North Seiles and one great oak tree with full liberty to and for John Wells to enter into the Well Garth to fetch and carry water from the well or spring there, all which premises are at Cowmiers and were lately in the possession of Henry Wells, the father, with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises unto John Wells forever, paying annually forever 3d. as a proportional part of the ancient fee farm rent.

(Written on the back of the release, presumably by John Wells, is the following): My rent is 0 8 3 Mr Palliser rent 0 2 6 Henry rent 0 0 8 William rent 0 0 9 George rent 0 0 10

My half year rent My rent is 0 4 1-2 Mr Palliser rent 0 1 3 Henry rent 0 0 4 William rent 0 0 4-2 George rent 0 0 5

Indentures of lease and release made on 30 and 31 December 1717 between John Wells of Cowmiers, yeoman, son of Henry Wells late of the same deceased, of the one part and William Thirkell of Galwhay woods, yeoman, and John Thirkell his son of the other part.

John Wells, in consideration of 5s. paid to him by William and John Thirkell (in the lease) and in consideration of the marriage intended between him and Mary Thirkell daughter of William and of £100 to be given to John Wells by William Thirkell as Mary's marriage portion (in the release), has granted, bargained and sold unto William and John Thirkell forever all that messuage, tenement or dwelling house where John Wells now dwells called the new fire house with one garden and one orchard adjoining to the said house, one barn called the new barn standing on the east of the orchard, one parcel called the Fold Garth, one house called the Flaught house or Geerehouse standing on the west of the said fire house, one part of the garth from the northwest corner of the fire house to the southeast of the Carthouse westward, the High Meadow lying on the southwest of the firehouse, the Cow Pasture, containing in all about 20-some acres at Cowmiers and now in the tenure or occupation of John Wells with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises unto William and John Thirkell forever, paying annually forever 3s. 6d. for the fee farm rent.

Copy of the will of John Wells of Cow Myers, 12 May 1740

In the name of God Amen I John Wells of Cow Myers in the parish of Ripon and County of York yeoman do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following First I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Mary all and singular my messuages lands and tenements whatsoever and wheresoever and the rents issues and proffits thereof from the time of my decease until my eldest son John shall attain to the age of one and twenty years for the maintenance and education of all my Childer And also I give and bequeath unto my said son John all my Estate Right Title and Interest of in and to all that my messuages lands and tenements whatsoever not in jointure of my said wife when and so soon as he shall attain to the age of twenty one years To hold to him his heirs and assignes forever subject nevertheless to and Chargeable with such payments to my younger Children as are herein after mentioned with the payment whereof I do hereby Charge all and singular my said messuages lands and tenements that it to say I give and bequeath unto my younger sons Thomas and Christopher and to my daughter Issabell Each of them the sum of eighty pounds to be paid to them respectively when they shall respectively attain to the age of twenty one years with interest from the time that my said son John comes of age to be yearly paid to them by him after the rate of two and a half by the hundred with the payment whereof I do hereby charge all and singular my said messuages lands and tenements And in case any of my said younger children should happen to dye before he she or they attain the said age then the portion of him her or them so dying shall be equally divided amongst all the rest of my Childer equally which shall survive And I also give and bequeath the sum of eighty pounds to my daughter Mary to be paid to her by her mother out of my personal estate within one year after my decease And my will and mind is that in case there shall be any overplus of my personall estate after the payment of my said daughter Mary's fortune and the maintenance and education of my said Childer the same shall be applyed towards the payment of my said daughter Issabells fortune in case of my real estate And I do hereby make and appoint my said dear wife Tutor and Guardian to and for all my said Childer during their respective minorities And in case she should happen to dye during the minorities of them or any of them then it is my mind and will that John Wells and my two Brothers in Law William Thirkell and John Thirkell shall have the care and tuition of such of my said Childer as shall then be minors and it is my mind that my said wife in case she live or other tutor to and for my said Childer may apply a reasonable part of my personal estate to put forth my said younger Childer to some honest trade or Calling as they shall think Convenient And for the purposes aforesaid I do hereby give and bequeath unto my said wife Mary all and singular my goods cattles Chattels and personall estate of what nature or kind soever the same be And my mind and will is that in case my said wife shall be with Child at the time of my death that such after born Childer or Children if more than one shall have eighty pounds or eighty pounds apiece paid to him her or them as his her or their portion or portions with interest for the same out of the messuages lands and tenements before by me devised to my said son John with the payment whereof I do hereby charge the said messuages lands and tenements And I do hereby make constitute and appoint my said dear wife sole Executrix of this my last will and testament And I do hereby revoke all former and other will and wills by me at any time heretofore made And I do publish and declar this to be my last will In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this twelfth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty John Wells Signed sealed published and declared by the testator in our sight and presence and by us signed as witnesses in the sight and presence of the said testator the words respectively being first interlined and within the year after my deceased being first interlined and John Wells also being interlined Elizabeth Middleton Thomas Middleton George Hassell

Indentures of lease and mortgage made on 14 and 15 November between John Wells of Peter Street, Bloomsbury in Middlesex, Officer of Excise, son and heir of John Wells late of Cowmyers, yeoman deceased, and devisee of the lands and tenements hereinafter mentioned in and by the last will and testament of the said John Wells deceased, of the one part and Elizabeth Barroby of Dishforth, spinster, of the other part. John Wells, in consideration of 5s. paid to him by Elizabeth Barroby (in the lease) and in consideration of £200 paid to him by Elizabeth Barroby (in the mortgage), has granted, bargained and sold to Elizabeth Barroby all that messuage or tenement called the Old Fire House at Cowmyers with one barn thereto adjoining with one garden and one foldyard thereto also adjoining, one parcel called the Garth on the north of the New Fire House with free entry, exit and passage to fetch and carry water from the spring or well at Cowmires to the Old Fire House, and all those closes called the Great Thistle Close and the Little Thistle Close (10 acres), the Farr Pasture alias the Carr with a spring of wood (20 acres), Farr Pasture Leas (5 acres), Farr Close with a spring of wood (3 acres), Lare Close with a barn (4 acres), Low Close (2 acres), all at Cowmires now in the possession or occupation of John Wells with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to Elizabeth Barroby forever, provided always that if the said John Wells pays to Elizabeth Barroby the full sum of £200 with interest at the rate of £4 by the hundred by 14 November 1756 that then the present indentured shall be void.

Release of Legacy by Thomas Wells of the parish of St James Westminster, labourer, and Christopher Wells of Ripon, coachmaker, younger sons of John Wells late of Cowmyers, yeoman deceased. The said Thomas and Christopher, in consideration of £80 apiece paid to them by John Wells of Peter Street, Bloomsbury, Officer of Excise, eldest son and heir of John Wells deceased, have released and forever quitclaimed to the said John all legacies of, in or by the last will and testament of John Wells deceased or of, in, to or out of any of the lands, tenements and hereditaments late of the said John Wells deceased.

Indentures of lease and release made on 30 and 31 May 1760, the lease between Elizabeth Barroby of Dishforth, spinster, mortgagee of the lands and tenements hereinafter mentioned, and John Wells of the parish of St Bartholomew the great, London, Officer of Excise, son and heir at law and devisee of the last will and testament of John Wells late of Cowmires, yeoman deceased, of the one part and William Aislabie of Studley Royal, esquire, one of the Auditors of his Majesty's Imprest, of the other part, and the release being tripartite between Elizabeth Barroby of the 1st part, John Wells and Mary his wife of the 2nd part and William Aislabie of the 3rd part. Elizabeth Barroby, John Wells and Mary his wife, in consideration of 5s. apiece paid to Elizabeth and John by William (in the lease) and in consideration of £206 paid to Elizabeth and £894 paid to John by William, have granted bargained and sold to William Aislabie forever all that messuage or tenement called the Old Fire House at Cowmires with one barn thereto adjoining with one garden and one foldyard thereto also adjoining, one parcel called the Garth on the north of the New Fire House with free exit, entry and passage to fetch and carry water from the spring or well at Cowmires to the Old Fire House, and all those closes called the Great Thistle Close and the Little Thistle Close (10 acres), the Farr Pasture alias the Carr with a spring of wood (20 acres), Farr Pasture Leas (5 acres), Farr Close with a spring of wood (3 acres), Lare Close with a barn (4 acres), Low Close (2 acres), all at Cowmires now in the tenure or occupation of Ann Tailforth, widow, and/or Matthew Tailforth and all other lands and tenements of John Wells party hereto at Cowmires with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to William Aislabie forever. John Wells and Mary his wife agree to acknowledge and levy at the Court of Common Pleas at Westminster in Trinity Term next one or more fines unto William Aislabie of all the said released premises.

The said Final Agreement (2 copies in the form of a chirograph) dated 2 June 1760.

 

Vyner MSS: 1131-1147, 67, 17 TITLE DEEDS relating to lands, tenements and a messuage at Cowmires, viz. Nabb Field and Wells Pasture

Office copy of the will of Thomas Wells, dated 15 February 1709/10.

Grant of Probate of Thomas Wells of Missis deceased to Ellen Wells his widow and executrix, dated 7 May 1712.

Indentures of lease and release made on 12 and 13 February 1716/17 between John Wells, Henry Wells, George Wells and William Wells, all of Cowmires, all sons of Henry Wells late of Cowmires deceased, and Isabell Wells of Cowmiers, widow and relict of Henry Wells, the father, of the one part and Stephen Palliser of Ripon, Alderman, of the other part. The said Wells, in consideration of 5s. paid to them by Stephen Palliser (in the lease) and in consideration of £120 paid to them by Stephen Palliser (in the release), have granted, bargained and sold to Stephen Palliser forever all those three closes of meadow and one other close of meadow called an Ealand, all lying together and called the Low Meadows, containing about 9 days mowing at Cowmiers between two rivers there called Laver and Kesbecke, the latter running in part on either side of the said Ealand, with free entry, exit and passage for the said Stephen from the Millpasturegate for cart, carriage horse and foot and into and through the several and respective closes and garths of the said Wells' and of John Wells son of Robert Wells and thence into and through the several closes and grounds of John Wells party to these presents called the Laith Close and Meadow Hill to the above granted premises all year and for cattle between 29 September and 1 May yearly, all which said premises are at Cowmiers and were late in the tenure or occupation of Henry Wells, the father, with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to Stephen Palliser forever, paying yearly forever 2s. 6d. as a proportionable part of the fee farm rent.

Indenture of Partition being quadripartite made on 4 March 1716/17 between John Wells of Cowmiers, yeoman, of the 1st part, Henry Wells of Cowmiers, yeoman, of the 2nd part, William Wells of Cowmiers, yeoman, of the 3rd part and George Wells late of Cowmiers and now of Kirkby Malzeard, cordwainer, of the 4th part.

Henry Wells late of Cowmiers, yeoman deceased, late father of all the said parties was seized in his demesne as in fee simple of and in the messuages, lands and premises hereafter mentioned and by his last will and testament in writing dated 9 July 1712 (among other things) gave and bequeathed the same unto his three younger sons the said Henry, William and George Wells forever equally to be divided among them, viz. all that messuage or tenement called the Old Fire house with one barn thereto adjoining, one garden and a foldgarth adjoining to the said house and barn, the Pasture, the Corn Close on its north side, the North Carr as the same was at 1st divided and so much of the North Pasture from the ditch of the said Carr to the southeast corner of the Beck Close together with the said Beck Close and one parcel called the Garth or Little Garth on the north side of the messuage or tenement wherein Henry Wells the father then dwelt called the New Fire House from the casement thereof eastwards to the Old Fire House extending between the said two houses and also the north end of an old barn, Carthouse or Flaughthouse from the North Seiles thereof northwards together with the said North Seiles, all which premises are at Cowmiers and were then in the occupation of the said Henry Wells the father with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. The closes at Cowmiers called the Well Garth, John Close, Well Close and the Orchard lying in the midst of the said closes, containing in all about 4 acres were intended by the said Henry the father to be given to his said three younger sons but by some casual means the same were omitted. John Wells, eldest son and heir at law of Henry Wells deceased, is aware that this was his father's intention. Now, John Wells, in compliance with his father's wish and in consideration of 43s. paid to him by his three brothers, has granted and forever quitclaimed unto Henry, William and George Wells all his right and claim in the said closes called Well Garth, John Close, Well Close and the Orchard with their appurtenances. To have and to hold the said premises to Henry, William and George Wells forever. Henry, William and George Wells agree that the said lands shall be equally divided among them and have made full and perfect division and partition of the same, viz. Henry Wells the son shall have, hold and enjoy forever all that close called the Pasture als. Well Pasture and the Corn Close parcel of the same pasture, containing in all about 5 acres on the north of the Well Garth and Well Closes and on the west and south parts of the pasture of John Wells son of Robert Wells deceased and on the pastures of Thomas Bucke on the east with full entry, exit and passage from the Millpasturegates through the High Meadows and over the west end of the garth of John Wells party to these presents into and through Well Garth and Well Close to the Pasture als. Well Pasture with all appurtenances thereto belonging and with liberty to fetch and carry water from the well in Well Garth. The said Henry must keep the gate of Well Pasture fully repaired. William Wells shall pay to Henry £10 as the said premises hereinafter allotted to William are worth so much more than the part allotted to Henry. William Wells shall have, hold and enjoy forever all that messuage, tenement or dwelling house called the Old Fire House with 1 barn thereto adjoining together with one garden and a foldgarth adjoining to the said house and barn, one parcel called the Garth or Little Garth on the north of the New Fire House from the casement thereof eastward to the Old Fire House extending between the two houses, and the north end of the barn, carthouse or flaughthouse from the north seiles thereof northwards together with the said north seiles and one great oak tree and the Well Garth, John Close, Well Close and the Orchard which adjoin Well Pasture on the south and were formerly part of it, containing in all 41/2 acres with all the appurtenances thereto belonging. He is to make the division fences between Well Pasture and his closes with full entry, exit and passage from the Millpasturegates through the High Meadows and over the west end of the garth of John Wells party to these presents to Well Garth. George Wells shall pay to Henry 50s. as his premises are worth so much more than the part allotted to Henry. George Wells shall have, hold and enjoy forever all that North Carr as it was first divided and so much of the North Pasture from the ditch of the said Carr to the southeast corner of Beckclose together with Beckclose, repairing 1/2 of the hedges, fences and ditching dividing the said Carr westwards to Beckclose except those fences at the west end of North Carr which John Wells agrees to maintain with full entry, exit and passage from the Millpasturegates through the High Meadows and over the west end of the garth of John Wells party to these presents into and through the pasture of John Wells son of Robert Wells deceased and from thence through the pasture of John Wells party to these presents to Beckcloses, containing in all 9 acres and adjoining the land of John Wells party to these presents on the south and southwest and the River Kesbeck on the north and northeast with all appurtenances. And Henry Wells will pay yearly forever 8d. for his part of the fee farm rent, William will pay yearly forever 1s. for the same and George will pay yearly forever is. for the same.

Indenture made on 26 December 1717 between William Wells of Galwhay, thatcher, son of Tristram Wells late of the same deceased, George Wells of Pannell, linen weaver, and John Fell of Ripon, thatcher, of the one part and Henry Wells late of Cow Miers and now of Galwhay, linen and woollen weaver, of the other part. William and George Wells and John Fell, in consideration of £21 3s. paid to them by Henry Wells, have granted, bargained and sold to Henry Wells all that messuage, tenement or dwelling house wherein Edward Snowden now dwells in Galwhay and two parcels of arable in Galwhay containing 1/2 acre each, one in Nab Field adjoining on the lands of Francis Browne on the south and of Jane Loftus on the north, the other in Stokbecke Field, both in Galwhay between the lands of William Bramley on the south and of Nicholas Wells on the north, heretofore in the tenure of Thomas Wells deceased and now in the tenure of William Wells, George Wells and John Fell with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to Henry Wells forever in fee simple, paying yearly the ancient fee farm rents for the above premises, viz. 6d. for the said two parcels of land, 1d. for the dwelling house, issuing out of the town of Galwhey.

Indenture made on 29 April 1723 between John Shackleton of Ripon, gentleman, of the one part and Henry Wells of Galwhay, weaver, of the other part. John Shackleton, in consideration of £6 paid to him by Henry Wells, has granted, bargained and sold to Henry Wells forever all that barn or laith called the Old Barne and all the parcel of ground heretofore used as a foldstead lying between the Old Barne and another barn called the New Barne which said premises are in Galwhay with full entry, exit and passage from the towngate of Galwhay to the said parcel of ground and the Old Barne with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to Henry Wells forever.

Copy of the will of Henry Wells of Galwhey, weaver, dated 1 June 1760

Inventory of the goods and chattels of Henry Wells of Galphway dated 28 April 1761 (The total of his estate totalled): £15 7s. Appraiser John Wells

Indenture made on 28 January 1767 between Edward Wells of Norton in the Clay, yeoman, of the one part and Stephen Wells of Cowmyers, yeoman, of the other part. Edward Wells, in consideration of £10 10s. paid to him by Stephen Wells for the absolute purchase of the premises herein mentioned, has granted, bargained and sold to Stephen Wells forever all that one fifth part of all that messuage, cottage or tenement, barn and stable with appurtenances in Galwhay now in the possession or occupation of Stephen Wells and 1/2 acre in the Nabfield and 1/2 acre in Stock Beckfield with appurtenances also in Galwhay and in the occupation of Stephen Wells, and Well Close at Cow Myers with appurtenances now in the possession of occupation of Stephen Wells. To have and to hold the said premises to Stephen Wells forever.

Assignment of Legacy dated 31 January 1767

Henry Wells of Galfway, weaver, did in his last will and testament (among other things) give unto Christopher Wells one moiety of some messuages or tenements and the ground thereto belonging with appurtenances after the death of Jane Loftus. Christopher Wells is indebted to John Wells of the parish of St Andrews, Holborn, broker, in the sum of £45. Christopher Wells for better securing the repayment of the said sum and interest has agreed to assign over all his moiety or legacy which he is entitled to under the will of Henry Wells to John Wells. Now, Christopher Wells, in consideration of the said loan of £45 and of 5s. paid to him by John Wells, has granted, bargained and sold to John Wells the said recited legacy given to Christopher Wells by Henry Wells deceased. Christopher Wells makes John Wells his attorney to ask, demand, sue for, recover and receive from the executors of the said Henry Wells the said moiety or legacy left as abovesaid.

Letter of Attorney dated 29 July 1767 to sell an estate in Yorkshire and receive the rents thereof John Wells of Holborn in Middlesex, broker, Thomas Wells of Drury Lane in Middlesex, Ironmonger, and Christopher Wells of Long Acre in Middlesex, Coachmaker, have appointed Thomas Horner of Ripon, coachmaker, as their attorney to sell to the best bidder all their Estate, share, right, title and interest in all that messuage or tenement at Galwhey where Henry Wells late of Galwhey, weaver, their late uncle deceased, dwelt with turfhouse, barn and ground thereto belonging and 21/2 acres in Nabfield and Stock Beckfield and in Wells Pasture at Cowmyers and all other messuages, lands, tenements, hereditaments and premises devised and given to them by the last will of Henry Wells deceased in the county of York and until the time of the sale to collect rents and arrears for them from the same.

Indentures of lease and release made on 20 and 21 October 1767 between John Wells of Holborn in Middlesex, broker, Thomas Wells of Drury Lane in Middlesex, ironmonger, Christopher Wells of Long Acre in Middlesex, Coachmaker, Edward Wells of Norton in the Clay, yeoman, and Stephen Wells of Cow Miers, yeoman, of the one part and William Aislabie of Studley Royal, esquire, and one of the Auditors of King George III's Imprest of the other. The Wells, in consideration of 5s. apiece paid to them by William Aislabie (in the lease) and in consideration of £160 paid to them by William Aislabie (in the release), have granted, bargained and sold to William Aislabie forever all that messuage, cottage or tenement, barn, stable and turfhouse with appurtenances in Galwhey now in the possession or occupation of Stephen Wells and half an acre of land in Nabfield and another half acre in Stock Beck Field with appurtenances also in Galwhey and also in the occupation of Stephen Wells (received after the death of Jane Loftus by the will of Henry Wells deceased) and of Well Close in Cowmiers with appurtenances now in the possession of occupation of Stephen Wells. To have and to hold to William Aislabie forever.

Acquittances bequeathed by Henry Wells dated 21 October 1767 (Including): £2 to Stephen Wells (then a minor), son of Stephen Wells (And the note that): Ann Anderson and George Wells the remaining legatees under the will of the above named Henry Wells died in the lifetime of Jane the widow of the testator Henry Wells and the same Jane after the decease of the said Henry married one Ralph Loftus of Galfay and died about Mayday 1767. (List of devisees): John, Stephen, Thomas, Edward and Christopher Wells.

 

Vyner MSS: 1148-1168, 546, 21 TITLE DEEDS relating to land at Cowmires and Witch-in-the-Woods

Copy of the 1716 Partition Deed between John, Henry, William and George Wells - see pp.9-10.

Indentures of lease and release made on 19 and 20 February 1750 between Stephen Wells late of Hutton Hall but now of Cowmyers, yeoman, son and heir of William Wells formerly of Cowmyers but late of Azerley, yeoman deceased, of the one part and John Wells of Cowmyers, yeoman, of the other part. Stephen Wells, in consideration of 5s. paid to him by John Wells (in the lease) and in consideration of £80 paid to him by John Wells (in the release), has granted, bargained and sold to John Wells forever all those closes called Well Garth, John Close and Wells Close and the Orchard lying in the midst thereof which said closes adjoin on Well Pasture on the south and were formerly part of Well Pasture, containing about 41/2 acres with full liberty of entry, exit and passage for cart, carriage horse, foot and cattle from the Millpasturegate through the High Meadows over the west end of the Garth, all which said premises are at Cowmyers and are now in the possession or occupation of Stephen Wells with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to John Wells forever. The premises are under a mortgage for 3000 years in consideration of £20 made by Stephen Wells to John Wells. John must also pay the fee farm rent yearly.

Probate Copy of the will of John Wells, 1 February 1768

Indentures of lease and release made on 15 and 16 March 1771, the lease made between Mary Wells of Nether Close in the township of Galwhay, spinster, of the one part and Edward Wells of Norton in the Clay, yeoman, of the other part and the release being tripartite made between Mary Wells of the 1st part, Stephen Wells of Nether Close House, yeoman, cousin to Mary Wells, of the 2nd part and Edward Wells of the 3rd part. Mary Wells, in consideration of the natural love which she has for Stephen Wells and of 5s. paid to her by Edward Wells, has granted, bargained and sold to Edward Wells forever all that messuage or tenement with the barns, stables and outhouse thereto belonging and all those four closes called Beck Closes containing about 8 acres all at Cowmyers and now in the tenure or occupation of Stephen Wells as tenant to Mary Wells with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to Edward Wells upon the trust and to and for the use and behove of Mary Wells during her natural life and then to the use and behove of the heirs of her body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue to the use and behove of Stephen Wells forever.

Copy of the will of Stephen Wells, 25 June 1795

I Stephen Wells the elder of Nether Close in the Township of Azerley in the County of York farmer do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say First I will and direct that all my just Debts funeral expences and the proving of this my will to be fully paid and satisfied by my executor hereinafter named I give and devise All my estate lands tenements hereditaments and premises with the appurtenances called Kess Beck now in my own possession adjoining a certain farm called Cow Myers in the occupation of John Hammond unto my son William Wells his heirs and assigns forever subject nevertheless to and chargeable with the payment of the sum of twenty pounds unto my son in law Robert Hammond six months after the decease of my Cousin Mary Wells I give and devise all that my estate and Reversionary interest expectant upon the decease of the said Mary Wells of and in all that messuage cottage or tenement with the barn stable and other the appurtenances thereunto belonging and also of and in a certain piece or parcel of land thereunto belonging situate standing lying and being in Grewelthorpe in the said County or within the township precincts or territories thereof now in the occupation of Christopher Harrison unto my son Stephen his heirs executors administrators or assigns for and during all my estate terms of years and interest therin subject nevertheless and chargeable with the payment of all sum and sums of money which I now stand indebted or shall owe jointly with my said son Stephen to one Edward Hebdin which said sum and sums of money so owing shall be paid six months next after the decease of the said Mary Wells And as to all my personal estate of what nature or kind soever or wheresoever I give and bequeath the same unto my son John Wells his executors administrators and assigns And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said son John Wells sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this 25th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five Stephen Wells Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator Stephen Wells the elder as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who all of us in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto Charles Harrison Elizabeth Harrison John Cartman. Proved at York on 23 May 1801.

Indenture of release of a legacy charged on real estate made on 14 May 1801 between Robert Hammond of Gayles, farmer, of the one part and William Wells of Cow Miers, farmer, of the other part. Stephen Wells of Nether Close in the township of Azerley, yeoman, by his last will and testament in writing dated 25 June 1795 directed all his just debts, funeral expenses and the proving of his will to be paid by his executor and gave and devised all his lands and estates with appurtenances called Kess Beck then in his own possession adjoining a farm called Cow Miers in the occupation of John Hammond unto his son William Wells forever subject nevertheless to and chargeable with the payment of £20 to his son in law Robert Hammond six months after the decease of his cousin Mary Wells and bequeathed his personal estate unto his son John Wells and made him sole executor. Then Stephen Wells died. Mary Wells has now been dead upwards of six months and Robert Hammond has become entitled to the said legacy of £20 payable out of the said estate devised to William Wells who this day paid the same. Now, Robert Hammond, in consideration of the said £20 paid to him by William Wells, has forever quitclaimed to William Wells their and every of their goods and chattels, lands and tenements and estates, hereditaments and premises with appurtenances called Kess Beck devised by the will of Stephen Wells to John Wells as aforesaid of and from the said of £20 charged thereon as aforesaid.

Indentures of lease and mortgage made on 21 and 22 May 1817 between William Wells of Cowmires, yeoman, and Mary his wife of the one part and Thomas Yeates of Langthorpe, gentleman, of the other part. William Wells is seized of the messuage or tenement, closes, lands and hereditaments hereinafter mentioned and the inheritance thereof in fee simple and Thomas Yeates has agreed to advance him £150 at interest upon the security of the said premises.

Now William and Mary Wells, in consideration of 5s. paid to them by Thomas Yeates (in the lease) and in consideration of £150 paid to them by Thomas Yeates (in the release) have granted, bargained and sold to Thomas Yeates all that messuage or tenement with all the barns, stables and outhouses thereto belonging and all those four closes called Beck Closes containing about 8 acres, all of which premises are at Cowmires and were heretofore the estate of Stephen Wells the elder of Nether Close in the Township of Azerley, farmer deceased, who devised the same in his last will and testament to William Wells by the name of Kess Beck with all appurtenances whatsoever. To have and to hold the said premises to Thomas Yeates forever provided that if William Wells pays to Thomas Yeates £150 by 22 November next with interest at the rate of £5 by the hundred by half yearly payments on 22 May and 22 November then Thomas Yeates will convey the said premises with appurtenances to William Wells. William and Mary Wells agree to levy a fine for the same at the Court of Common Pleas at Westminster.

Indentures of lease and release made on 7 and 8 April 1824, the lease between William Wells of Cowmires, yeoman, and Thomas Yeates of Longthorpe, gentleman, of the one part and Matthew Pennington of Burton Leonard, yeoman, of the other part and the release being quinquepartite between William Wells and Mary his wife of the 1st part, Thomas Yeates of the 2nd part, Matthew Pennington of the 3rd part, John Bell of Hartwith with Winsley, gentleman, of the 4th part and William Collins of Kirkman Bank in the Township of Scriven with Tentergate, gentleman, of the 5th part. By indenture made 22 May 1817 between William Wells and Mary his wife on the one part and Thomas Yeates of the other, William and Mary, in consideration of £150 paid to them by Thomas, granted, bargained and sold to Thomas forever all that messuage or tenement with appurtenances hereinafter mentioned, subject to a proviso for redemption of the said premises on payment of £150 with interest to Thomas by William and Mary. William and Mary agreed to levy a fine for the same. William Wells did not pay to Thomas Yeates the said £150 at the time appointed whereby the estate and interest of Thomas Yeates in the said premises became absolute at law. There is now due and owing to Thomas Yeates by virtue of the said recited security the said £150 only (all interest having been fully paid). Matthew Pennington has contracted with William Wells for the purchase of the said premises for the price of £370 out of which it has been agreed that the said £150 shall be paid to Thomas Yeates in discharge of the said mortgage and Matthew Pennington has asked John Bell to lend him the sum of £350 upon security of the said premises to enable him to complete the said purchase. Now, Thomas Yeates and William Wells, in consideration of £150 paid to Thomas by John Bell at the direction of Matthew Pennington and of £220 paid to William by John Bell and Matthew Pennington, have granted, bargained and sold to Matthew Pennington all that messuage or tenement with all the barns, stables and outhouses thereto belonging and all those four closes called Beck Closes containing about 8 acres, all of which premises are at Cowmires and were heretofore the estate of Stephen Wells the elder of Nether Close in the Township of Azerley, farmer deceased, who devised the same in his last will and testament to William Wells with all appurtenances whatsoever. To have and to hold the said premises to Matthew Pennington to the use of John Bell from 7 April 1824 for the term of 500 years, provided always that if Matthew Pennington pays to John Bell £350 on 8 April next with interest after the rate of £4 10s. by the hundred that then John Bell will at the request of Matthew Pennington surrender all the said premises with appurtenances to Matthew Pennington for all the residue of the said term of 500 years. William Wells and Mary agree to levy a fine unto Matthew Pennington at the Court of Common Pleas at Westminster for the same.

Final Agreement (2 copies in the form of a chirograph) made on 28 May 1824 at the King's Court between Matthew Pennington, plaintive, and William Wells and Mary his wife, deforciants, of one messuage, one barn, one stable, one garden, one orchard, 5 acres of land, 4 acres of meadow, 4 acres of pasture and common of pasture with appurtenances in Azerley whereupon a plea of covenant was summoned between them in the same court, William and Mary have acknowledged the aforesaid lands with appurtenances to be the right of the said Matthew as those which they have of the gift of them, the said William and Mary and those which they quitclaimed to him forever. Warranty. Matthew gave William and Mary £60 for this acknowledgement.

 

Vyner MSS: 1169-1180, 68, 12 TITLE DEEDS relating to Laith Close and Hebble Close at Cowmires

Indenture of release made on 1 May 1717 between Philipp Sands of Sutton Grainge in the parish of Ripon, yeoman, and John Wells the younger of Cowmiers, yeoman, son and heir of Robert Wells late of Cowmiers and since of Liverpoole, yeoman, deceased, of the one part and John Walker of Bland Close in the parish of Ripon, yeoman, of the other part. Philipp Sands, in consideration of £100 paid to him by John Walker at the direction of John Wells, and John Wells, in consideration of £10 paid to him by John Walker, have granted, bargained and sold to John Walker forever All those two closes of meadow containing about 6 days mowing at Cowmires called Laith Close and Hebble Close with all barns, outhouses and appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. And John Wells, for the above considerations, has granted, bargained and sold to John Walker forever full liberty of entry, exit and passage for cart, carriage horse and foot from the Millpasturegate into and through a close of his called High Meadow and from thence into and through several of his garths and those of John Wells the elder, son of Henry Wells deceased, and from thence into and through the several closes of John Wells son of Henry Wells called Laith Close and Meadow Hill to the said Laith Close and Hebble Close at all times and for cattle between Michaelmas and 1 May yearly. To have and to hold the said premises with appurtenances to John Walker forever, paying yearly forever 2s. 31/2d. as a proportional part of the ancient fee farm rent issuing out of Cowmiers.

 

Vyner MSS: 1190-1205, 77/1, 16 TITLE DEEDS relating to a messuage, garths and tenements at Galphay Mill and Mill Closes

Indenture of release made on 3 August 1610 between George Maulthouse of Galgagh als. Galghey, yeoman, of the one part and Francis Wells of the same town of the other part. Sir John Mallory of Stubley, knight, and William Mallory, esquire, son and heir apparent of Sir John by their indenture of 15 September 1609 granted, bargained and sold to George Maulthouse (amongst other things) half of one close of meadow called Little Inges and Francis Wells (sic), lying within the fields of Galgagh als. Galghey which said half close is now in the tenure or occupation of George Maulthouse. To have and to hold the same (amongst other things) to George Maulthouse forever to be held of the King as of his Manor of Eastgrenewich in the county of Kente by fealty only in free and common socage and not in chief or by knight's service under a yearly rent or fee farm to the Lord King. Now, George Maulthouse, in consideration of £20 paid to him by Francis Wells, has granted, bargained and sold to Francis Wells the said half close called the Lytle Inges within the Lordship of Galgagh als. Galghey with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to Francis Wells forever to be held of the Lord King as of his Manor of Eastgreenewich in the county of Kente by fealty only in free and common socage and not in chief nor by knight's service, paying yearly forever to George Maulthouse 20d. yearly.

Indenture of release made 13 April 1650 between Sir Bryan Palmes of Lindley, knight, of the one part and Richard Richmond of Gaughay, Lancelot Browne of Baldersbie, Christopher Wells of Cow Myers, John Wells of the same and Edward Browne of Baldersbie, yeomen, of the other part. Sir Bryan, in consideration of £1336 paid to him by Richard Richmond, Lancelot Browne, Christopher Wells, John Wells and Edward Browne, has granted, bargained and sold to them all that Watercorne Milne called Gaughay Milne and all those closes sometimes called the Milne Closes, Cow Myers and Gaughay Wood as the same are now divided into many several closes in Gaughay or elsewhere in the parishes of Rippon and Kirkby Malzard and a parcel of pasture or wood in Clitheram in the parish of Rippon containing about 7 acres sometimes in the occupation of John Norton, all which premises were sometimes part of the possessions of the late dissolved Monastery of Fountaynes together with all houses, barns, edifices and buildings and all appurtenances whatsoever in and upon the Commons and Moors of Gaughay and Rippon to the said premises belonging with free exit, entry and passage to and from the said premises and to and from the said towns of Gaughay or Rippon. To have and to hold the said premises to Richard Richmond, Lancelot Browne, Christopher Wells, John Wells and Edward Browne forever, paying yearly forever the fee farm rent of £10 3s. (One of the witnesses is a William Wells)

Notification dated 18 December 1675 by William Steelle of Galgagh als. Galwhey, yeoman, that, in consideration of a certain sum of money, he has granted, bargained and sold to Tristram Wells of Galwhey, husbandman, one piece of arable containing 12 yards lying on a headland in the fields of Galwhey called Nabfield at the west end of two lands called Carld Dayle belonging to Tristram Wells on the north of Nabfield and two other lands likewise called Carld Dayle on the south and now belonging to William Steell. To have and to hold the said land with appurtenances to Tristram Wells forever.

Indentures of lease and release made on 30 and 31 August 1703, the lease between William Wells of Galwhay, yeoman, and Edith his wife and Barnabas Long of Crow Close in the parish of Ripon, yeoman, of the one part and Samuel Coulton of the City of Yorke, milliner, of the other part and the release being tripartite between William and Edith Wells of the 1st part, Barnabas Long of the 2nd part and Samuel Coulton of the 3rd part. William Wells by Indentures of lease and release dated 5 and 6 June 1700, in consideration of £100 paid to him by Barnabas Long, granted, bargained and sold to Barnabas Long all those closes called New Close and Dell Flatt in Galghey als. Gawhay als. Galwhay, containing about 18 acres with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to Barnabas Long forever, provided that if William Wells pays to Barnabas Long £102 15s. on 6 December then next then the said indenture of release to be void. The principal sum of £100 or any part thereof has not been paid to Barnabas Long so the estate and interest of Barnabas Long of, in and to the said premises in now absolute and indefeasible. Now, Barnabas Long and William and Edith Wells, in consideration of £100 paid to Barnabas by Samuel Coulton and of £10 paid to William and Edith by Samuel Coulton, have granted, bargained and sold to Samuel Coulton forever all the said premises called New Close and Dell Flatt with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises to Samuel Coulton forever. William and Edith Wells also sold one moiety of the Close in Galwhey called Bull Inge and all other their lands at Galwhay with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold to Samuel Coulton forever, provided always that if William Wells pays to Samuel Coulton £10 with interest at the rate of 6s. by the hundred on 3 March next that the above recited indentures and this indenture to be void.

Indenture of release made on 28 December 1704 between William Wells of Galwhey als. Galgagh, shoemaker, of the one part and Tristram Tennant of the same, yeoman, of the other part. William Wells, in consideration of £14 paid to him by Tristram Tennant, has granted, bargained and sold to Tristram Tennant forever all that acre of arable land and half of the Rane and the headland belonging to the same, which premises are in the Nabbfeild within the township of Galwhey and are now sown with corn, abutting on the north on the lands of John Aislaby, esquire, and on the south on the lands of Nicholas Wells with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises with appurtenances to Tristram Tennant forever, paying yearly forever as a proportional part of the fee farm rent 6d.

Indentures of lease and release made on 8 and 9 May 1705 between William Wells of Galgagh als. Galwhey, yeoman, and Edith his wife of the one part and Tristram Tennant of the same, yeoman, of the other part. William and Edith Wells, in consideration of 5s. paid to them by Tristram Tennant (in the lease) and in consideration of £88 paid to them by Tristram Tennant (in the release), have granted, bargained and sold to Tristram Tennant forever all that west end or part of a close called New Closes lying westward from a hedge by the side of the street which leads from Azarley to Galgagh als. Galwhey which said street lies through the said premises and which hedge divides the said premises from the east end of the said New Close in Galgagh als Galwhey containing about 8 acres with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging now in the possession of William Wells. To have and to hold the said premises with appurtenances to Tristram Tennant forever, paying yearly forever the ancient yearly rent of 4s. 3d.

Indentures of lease and release made on 8 and 9 May 1705 between William Wells of Galgagh als. Galwhey, yeoman, and Edith his wife of the one part and Edward Thirkill of the same, yeoman, of the other part. William and Edith Wells, in consideration of 5s. paid to them by Edward Thirkill (in the lease) and in consideration of £39 paid to them by Edward Thirkill (in the release), have granted, bargained and sold to Edward Thirkill forever all that east end or part of a close called New Closes lying eastward from a hedge by the side of the street which leads from Azarley to Galgagh als. Galwhey which said street lies through the said premises and which hedge divides the said premises from the east end of the said New Close in Galgagh als Galwhey containing about 3 acres with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging now in the possession of William Wells. To have and to hold the said premises with appurtenances to Edward Thirkill forever, paying yearly forever the ancient yearly rent of 1s. 9d.

Indenture of release made on 17 May 1709 between Edith Wells of Galgagh als. Galwhey, widow and relict of William Wells late of the same, yeoman deceased, of the one part and Edmund Thirkill of the same, wheelwright, of the other part. William Wells by his last will and testament in writing dated 25 May 1705 gave and bequeathed the lands hereinafter mentioned (amongst other things) to Edith Wells to be sold for payment of his debts. Now, Edith Wells, in execution of the said will, has granted, bargained and sold to Edmund Thirkill forever, in consideration of £70 paid to her by him, all those closes called Dellflatt containing about 8 acres with all appurtenances whatsoever thereto belonging. To have and to hold the said premises with appurtenances to Edmund Thirkill forever, paying yearly forever 2s. rent to Jepsons Hospitall at Ripon.

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Wells Families c1516 - 1900 ...descendants of Robert Welles of Galphay inc extracts of wills

Extracts from Masham Peculiar wills and administrations...a small sample which refer to Wells, Beckwith... etc

 

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