John Collier is my 7 x Great Grandfather, all that I know about him can be gleaned from his will which I have done my best to transcribe below.
We learn that he had seven children, each of them received 20 shillings (a pound) in his will as well as anything stated below. So his offspring were:
Ann Scott I think she was married to a Richard Scott.
William Collier, he was given £10 for funeral expenses.
Mary Podmore my 6 x Great Grandmother, she was married to John Podmore.
Eleaner Collier, who appeared to be the favourite and inherited £100, a bed and a chest of linens, maybe she looked after him after his wife died.
He also gave twenty shillings to Mary Collier of Woodford his daughter in law, I don’t know which son she was married to, maybe she was a widow of an unnamed son.
He gave £10 a year to the poor of the parish to be given at Christmas Day by the church wardens. I hope it was used wisely.
In the name of God Amen I John Collier of Bescot in the County of Stafford yeoman being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect memory thanks be to God for it do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (Viz) first I commend my soul to God that gave it hoping for salvation through the merits of Christ my savor and my body to the earth to be decently buryeed at the discretion of my executor herein after named and as for all the worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with after my funeral expenses and just debts are paid and discharged I give and bequeath in manner and forme following
I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elenar one hundred pound and one chest of linnens and one bed. Item I give to the poor of the parish of Gnossall ten pounds to be laid out upon security by the parish church wardens
and overseers of the parish aforesaid at my decease & to their successors for ever
and it is my will that the use of the said ten pounds shall be given
and distributed to the poor by the churchwardens and overseers of the aforesaid
parish yearly and every year upon the Nativity of our savior Commonly called
Christmas Day Item I give unto my son William Collier ten pounds
Towards his charge in expenses for my funeral. Item I give and bequeath
Unto every one of my children that is to say Ann Scott John Collier William Collier Thomas Collier Joseph Collier Mary Podmore Eleaner Collier and my daughter in law Mary Collier of woodford the sum of twenty shillings
a piece and I do nominate and appoint my son William Collier
the executor of this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke
all former wills by me heretofor made. In witness whereof I have
hereunto put my hand and sealed this fourth day of March in the second
year of the Reign of our sovereign Lady Queen Ann over England
the Queen and in the Yeare of our Lord God 1703/4
The mark of John Collier