John Mercer of Cowden, Great Harwood, Husbandman

Made on the 20th August 1669
To Margery his wife a third part
To children William, Thomas, Edward, Elizabeth, Alice and Cycely a third part equally
To children Thomas, Edward, Elizabeth, Alice and Cicely remainder of his third part.
Expresses desire to be buried in Great Harwood church.
John made his mark.
Executors: Thomas and Edward Marcer his sons.
Witnesses: Thomas Mercer and Thomas Mercer.

Inventory total £140 5s, but £122 2s remained after debts deducted.
Most of the value was in husbandry, about £90 in livestock.
Debts owed were ground rent and house rents and several small amounts. Funeral expenses were over £6 and included items to John Taylor and Henri Feilden, both known alehousekeepers, and also Thomas Cockeshoot, John Rishton and Richard Waddington.

John Marcer of Coulden was buried at Great Harwood on the 23rd September 1669.

Transcription ©Barbara Youds from original held at Lancashire Archives