The following was copied in part from old familly will written on sheepskin, the original has since been lost. If anyone has any information on this familly or any of the names I would love to hear, email

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN     I John Hotham of West Butterwick in the Parish of
Curton in the County of Lincoln Husbandman being weak in
Body but of a perfect mind and memory do make this my last will and
Testament in manner and form as followeth:
        Imprimis         I give to my daughter Elizabeth Godfrey Forthy
Pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain whereof Twenty
Pounds to be paid one year after the first payment
        Item       I give to my daughter Eleanor Bowman my best bed and
Bedding thereto belonging a dressing table and the glass upon it
Two of my best table cloths one of my best cows and shall then have
Her choice four pewter dishes of her own choice six of the best
Pewter plates and delft case with what is therin and the chest of Drawers in the great
parlourAnd my Will further is that my Grandson  John Hotham Bowman shall Have the
first foal out of my riding mare and produce of it if any to be kept free upon  the farm and
continue until he shall arriveat maturity then to be for his own use      Item        Give to
my nephew Joseph Parkinson of Birmingham my Mule
To his own use and to my two sons James Bowman and Edward Stothard
Whom I make and Ordain Executors of this my last Will and Testament
I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels and personal Estate
whatsoever and wheresoever charging them jointly with the payment of my debts
legacies and funeral expenses
                 In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand
                 And seal this thirtieth day of October in the
                Year of our Lord 1783
Signed                                           JOHN HOTHAM
                Signed Sealed published and declared by the above
                Named John Hotham for and as his last Will and
                Testament in the presence of Johathan Lumb and
                John Lunn Edward Foster

After close inspection, we realised that the Parish is OWSTON not CURTON, and Joseph Parkinson came from BURRINGHAM, and not BIRMINGHAM. These are obviously spelling mistakes made when the original was transcribed.
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