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Catherine A. (Farris) Needham wrote: "These people lived on the London Road east of Wyoming Ont. and as a child I visited these people with my parents. The last time I saw the old folks was in 1926 when I visited them in a smaller house built for Mary, unmarried, and the father and mother lived a short distance from the old farm home. The sons all live in the same neighbourhood. Clara is married and lives on the London Rd. West of rest of the family."
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They are to be found in the 1901 census in Brandon, Manitoba with his bother Walter and his wife and children.
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I know she was born before July 1705 as she is mentioned in her grand mother's will of that date. Len Sturch says that she was
Is this her burial? "Deborah Holtom of Sutton widow was buried at Cherington, June 14, 1766."
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In his uncle's will of May 1760, he is said to be the only surviving son of Sara.
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Here is a copy of his will, courtesy of Clive Jones. Note the spelling of Holtom as opposed to Holtum. I find it most interesting that he refers to his friend John Timmes of Stowerton, Lanes End. Which John was this? The only John Timms of Lanes End that I know of was the son of Edward Timms and Elizabeth Rouse but that was much later. Was it John, the son of Edward Timms and Judith Mason?
7th May 1760.
This being the last Will and Testament of me John Holtom of Cherington in the County of Warwick being weak in Body but of sound Mind and Memory and knowing the uncertainty of this transitory life do make ordain and appoint this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:-First I give to Ann my beloved Wife all that my House wherein I now dwell, with the out Houses, Barns, Stables, Back Side and Orchard with all the appurts thereunto belonging, or in any wise appertaining for and during the term of her natural life. Also I give to Ann my Wife all my Household goods and furniture belonging to the same, for her own proper use for and during the term of her natural life. And all the Household goods she brought and all that have been provided into the House wherein I now dwell since she became my wife and all linen cloth both old and new, with yarn or joe to make cloth, and all eatables and flesh to be eat with all my stock of butter and cheese I give to Ann my beloved wife for her to possess and enjoy and dispose of the same according to her own will and pleasure forever. Also I give to Ann my wife all that One Yard Land, with all the appurts thereunto belonging. Or in any wise appertaining being that I Purchase of Edward Day. Also I give to Ann my wife a half yard Land withall the appurts thereunto belonging or in any wife appertaining, being that I purchase of R.Claridge with full power to lop trees and cut hedges bor fire wood for her own proper use but not to cut or fall timber trees (except it be for building or repairing of building on the premises) then for such uses she hath full power to cut and fall timber trees to build and repair the same, all which one yard Land and half yard Land situate and being in the common field of Cherington aforesaid. I give and bequeath to Ann my wife for her freely to possess and enjoy for and during the term of her natural life without any lett or hinderance from any person or persons whatsoever. Also I give to Ann my wife my close called pinfold for and during the term of her natural life. Neverless Ann my wife is subject to and hereby charged for of what I give her with the payment of Fifty Pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain which I gave my Nephew Richard Day the only surviving son of my sister Sara to be paid by All my wife unto sim within one year after my decease. Also I give to my two nieces Mary and Sarah daughters of Mary Shaw my sister of Stowerton the sum of Thirty Pounds apiece of like lawful money to be paid to them by Ann my wife within one year after my decease. Also I give to my brother Nicholas Holtom all that my old estate not before bequeated which was gave me by my father Nicholas Holtom deceased in and by his last Will and Testament for him freely to enjoy the same until his son John Holtom shall arrive to twenty eight years of age. That then and directly from that time I give the before named old Estate of Lands to John Holtomm my nephew and his heirs forever. Also I give to my nephew John Holtom (after the death of Ann my wife) my close called pinfold to him and his heirs for ever. Also my will is that if Ann my Wife do die before my brother Nicholas Holtom's son Nicholas is twenty eightyears of age, that then my brother Nicholas shall enjoy and freely possess the same one yard land and a half (before bequeathed to my wife for her natural life) from the time of my wife's death untill his son Nicholas shall arrive at twenty eight years of age, but if my brother Nicholas dies before Ann my wife, then the said one yard land and a half, at my wife's death I give to my nephew Nicholas Holtom and his heirs for ever, at which age ever he be arrived at. Also I give to my nephew Nicholas Holtom son of my brother Nicholas the house wherein I now lived with all out houses Back side and Orchard there unto belonging, or in any wise appertaining immediately after the death of Ann my wife to him my nephew Nicholas Holtom and his heirs forever But if my wife dies before my nephew Nicholas Holtom arrives at twenty eight years of age and his father shall still be living at her death then my will is that my brother Nicholas Noltom shall possess the ? housean appurts thereunto belonging and have the profits of the same until such time as my nephew Nicholas Holtom shall arrive at twenty eight years of age. Also I give to Ann my beloved wife and my brother Nicholas Holtom all my Personal Estate (except before and what follows after excepted) as cattle, corn, hay, all implements of husbandry, harness for horses and all utencils belong to husbandry, all ready money, Bills, Bonds and all due debts belonging to me to be equally divided between my wife and brother Nicholas Holtom share and share alike, nevertheless my brother Nicholas his heirs or assigns are subject to, and hereby absolutely charged with the payment of the following legacies:
I give and bequeath to my three sisters Sarah, Deborah and Mary the sum of one shilling apiece of good and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to them within one year after my decease, by my brother Nicholas Holtom, if he's living when these legacies become due, and if me dies before they come due, then his son and heir John Holtom to pay the same, and those following. Also I give to my brother Nicholas Holtom's three daughters Ann, Sarah and Mary the sum of thirtry pounds apieceof like lawful money to be paid them within one year after my decease by my son Nicholas Holtom or his heir as aforesaid. Also I give to my nephew John Kite and his sister Sarah, being the son and daughter of my sister Ann Kite deceased, the sum of thirty pounds apiece of like lawful money to be paid them by my brother Nicholas Holtom or his heir as aforesaid within one year after my decease. Also I give to my nephew John Wilkes, son of my sister Deborah, the sum of five pounds of like lawful money to be paid him by my brother Nicholas Holtom or his heir as aforesaid within one year after my decease. Also I give to the other six sons of my sister Deborah (viz) Richard, James, Nicholas, Thomas, William and Stephen, the sum of thirty pounds apiece of like lawful money to be paid them severally by my brother Nicholas Holtom or his heir as aforesaid within one year after my decease. Also I give to my nephew Robert Shaw son of my sister Mary, the sum of five pounds of like lawful money to be paid unto him by my brother Nicholas Holtom, if he's living when these legacies become due, and if me dies before they come due, then his son and heir John Holtom to pay all these legacies at such time as they are appointed to be paid, which is one year after my decease, and if they shall both happen to die before these legacies become due that then the next heir of them shall pay the aforesaid legacies at such time as is before named.
I give my household goods which were mine before I married and are old standards in the House after the death of Ann my wife I give to the children of my brother and the children of my four sisters or the survivors of them be be equally divided between them share and share alike at such time as they shall become due to be paid and also I give to Ann Holtom Grand-daughter to my cousin Deborah Holtom, being the girl that how lives with me the sum of ten pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to them within one year after my decease, by my brother Nicholas Holtom, or his heir or assigns at such a time as she arrives at twenty six years of age. Also I give to the poor of Cherington the sum of five pounds of like lawful money to be paid to them within one year after my decease, by my brother Nicholas Holtom, immediately after my decease.
I do nominate ordain and appoint Ann my beloved wife and my brother Nicholas Holtom Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and I do will and require them to execute and perform all things herein contained without any fraud or deceit, and for the true performance of all legacies and everything herein contained and I do desire the favour of my two friends John Timmes of Stowerty Lanes End, and Thomas Attwood of Cherington both in the county of Warwick to be overseers of this my last Will and Testament to aid and assist my Exors to the true performance of all and every part of the same, also my Will that my two Executors discharge my debts and funeral expenses aand bury me in a decent Christian like manner, and to the best of their thowledge perform everything herein contained, also my Will is that my Will is that my debts and funeral expenses, also servants wages for the time being shall be paid and discharged by my two executors share and share alike, my meaning is, such servants that live with me at the time of my death shall be equally paid by my executors for that year share and share alike, because their shares are equal in the stock of Corn, Hay, Cattle etc. I do revoke all former Wills and have set my hand and seal witnessing and confirming the same on the 7th day of May 1760. Signed sealed pronounced and declared by the Testator for and as his last Will and Testament. (Containing two sheets of paper) in the performance of us whose names are hereunto subscribed.
John Holtom SEAL
Witnesses Elizabeth X Clark her Mark