Thomas Mort born abt 1540 Farnworth (15.1.)


Data 15.1. 

THOMAS MORT AND LETTICE BOULTON
Extracted from Lunn's History of Astley under the heading Adam Mort, 1586
The great Adam Morts forebears are obscure. For his wife he took Janet Mort, daughter of Thomas Mort of Tyldesley, which Mort was a friend of the Earl of Derby, 
acting as his vice-chamberlain. He was by profession a lawyer. Adam married at Leigh Church on 16th May, 1586: he himself came from the Mort family of 
Highfield in Farnworth, and probably from the slight evidence of settlements among the Dam house deeds his father was Thomas Mort. The wife Janet
died before her husband. Adam Mort was High Constable of West Derby Hundred in 1612 and churchwarden at Leigh in 1618 and 1620.
Adams father died prior to 1612, when Lettice, his widow laid claims to certain
lands in Little Bolton, which were part of her dower on her first marriage with
Robert Boulton, whose father was Peter Boulton inquest p.m. Rec Soc Lancs &
Cheshire iii 196
According to the Palatine Notebook, Nov 1883 page 250 which reproduced a family tree of the Morts of Damhouse Adam Mort of Bolton (who married Jennet Mort)
was the second son of ___ Mort of Highfield in Farnworth
If this is the case then who was the eldest son, and this may account for the number of Morts christened in Farnworth (IGI) that does not appear in this family tree
ADAM MORT AND JENNET MORT
A marriage at Leigh on May 16, 1586 (IGI)
    Adam Mort and Jennet Mort
Baptisms at Leigh to parents Adam Mort and Jennet Mort (IGI) at Leigh
    Elizabeth christened Feb 14, 1587
    Richard christened Feb 7, 1589 Note: see Richard Mort and Elinor Holme
    Adam christened Dec 24, 1591 Note: see Adam Mort and Elizabeth Bushell
    Robert christened Feb 25, 1593
    Bridget christened Jan 28, 1595 Note: see Bridget Mort and Richard Houghton
    Elizabeth christened Sep 18, 1597
    Arnold christened Dec 1, 1598
    Thomas christened about 1599 Note: incorrect date see notes below, see Thomas Mort and Margaret Smith
From the Will of Adam Mort
    In the name of God Amen. The nineteenth day of May Anno Domit 1630 I Adam Mort of Tildesley in the parish of Leigh, Gentleman
    now being aged and diseased infirm in body but of good and perfect memory. I commend my soul and spirit into ye hands of Almighty God
    for that I have builded a Chappell or house for ye public worship and service of God in Astley near my abode.
    And for that many of the inhabitants of Bolton in the Moores, being the place of my birth.
    Thomas Mort my eldest son and heir apparent and Adam Mort my younger son. All that Messuage and tenement in Tildesley
    and land and meadow in Pennington called the great Backfield and Stockeyes. The profits thereof to be yearly and every year for
    and towards the wages and maintainances of a Schoolmaster in Astley. That ye said Thomas Mort my son shall during his life have
    nomination and election power and authority of displaceing and removing as he shall see cause of ye said preaching Minister and Schoolmaster.
    Also it is my will give devise and bequeath all that messuage and tenement in Bedford called Serjeants for and until Thomas Mort my grandchild son
    of my deceased son Richard Mort shall have attained the full age of twenty and one years.
    I bequeath unto Margaret Mort youngest daughter and child of my deceased sonne Richard Mort do attain the full age of twenty and one years
    one rent charge of ten pounds. Also it is mind that my eldest sonne Thomas Mort shall have and enjoy all that messuage and tenement in Little 
    Hulton commonly called Wartons. Thomas Mort and Adam Mort my sonnes all my messuage buildings lands tenements in Lyme and Lymeboothes
    in ye county of Chester .
    I give and bequeath to my said sonne Adam Mort all my leased and termes fof years which I have
    in any messuages in Bolton Halywal Tonge Harwood and Leaver. And to my old servant Jane Worsley forty shillings. And whereas I have already
    delivered tm said sonne Adam Mort the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds which I intend for ye three youngest children of my said son Richard
    deceased called George Bridget and Margaret respectively accomplish the age of twenty and one years.
According to Lunn, Adam Morts eldest son, Thomas was married in 1619 and on October 21st of that year an annuity of £60 was settled on the bride,
Margaret Smith daughter of yeoman Robert Smith of Little Hulton. This money was to be paid twice yearly on June 24th and 
December 25th in the south porch of the parish church at Leigh. If any part remained unpaid for ten days after these feast days, a penalty of 
£15 was incurred. This settlement deed is one of the rare documents bearing the signature of the great Adam Mort. Margaret outlived her
husband by many years and on October 28th 1675 her executor Robert Mort released all money due to her estate under this 1619 deed.
Very much later, April 14th,1699 Thomas Mort, grandson of Margaret showed the writing to Nathan Mort and Margaret Finch, and explained
why he thought the arrears had been forgiven. On the day after this annuity grant, October 22nd 1619, Adam Mort settled the whole estate
and lordship on Thomas Mort, the eldest son and any male issue of the marriage with Margaret Smith. If no son happened to be born, but
only daughters, their heir Thomas had powers to grant them annuities of £100 or less. 31 tenants heard the settlement deed read over 
them on Dec 23rd 1619 and signified their agreement to it.
Note: In the Will of Adam Mort it is mentioned on several occasions that the eldest son in 1630 is Thomas. The IGI reference that Thomas was christened
abt 1599 must be wrong as he must have been born and christened before Adam in 1591. Lunn also states that Thomas was Adams eldest son.
Richard who was christened in 1589 was deceased before 1630. No mention in the will of Robert and Arnold or their children so they must have died young.
There is no provision for any daughters, so they must have also died young, and presumably unmarried.
Extracted from Lunn's History of Astley
Revocation of a deed, 1615
One of the earliest deeds of prosperous Adam Mort was a revocable settlement made in favour of his three sons on April 1, 1609: its main purpose was to stabilise 
and ensure the prosperity of the family and its "stay" of living. The list of properties brought into the settlement recites some early leases of land in Bolton, 
before the Morts settled in Astley. One was dated August 20th, 1574: it was for four acres of land in Great Lever and made by Adam Lever to his son Andrew. 
Another bears date, Feb 27th 1580, and a third Jan 28th 1592. These record facts of great importance and perpetuate Thomas Mort of Little Bolton, gentleman, 
France Nuttal of Highfield, yeoman and Jannet Mort, daughter of Thomas Mort, deceased, names which have some bearing on Dugdales pedigree of the Mort family. 
The deed carries the signature of Adam the father and of two sons, Thomas and Richard. 
Note: If this deed of 1609 contained the signatures of Thomas and Richard then Thomas would not have been old enough to sign if he was born in 1599
Richard born in 1589 would have been 20 or 21 when he signed. Thomas must have been born abt 1587 then he would have been about 23 when he signed
Also Adams Will states that the youngest children of his deceased son Richard are George Bridget and Margaret, but Thomas is the second youngest.
RICHARD MORT AND ELIONOR HOLME
A marriage at St Katherines, Blackrod (IGI) on Sep 24, 1614
    Richard Mort and Elinor Holme
Also entered in the Deane Parish Registers LPRS Books 53, 54 and 79
    Richardus Mort pochia de Leighe et Ellinora Houlme de Blakerod pochia de Boulton married Octobris 1, 1614
Extracted from a very difficult to read Will of Richard Mort
In ye name of God Amen ye twentieth day of March in ye year 1627, I Richard Morte of Blackrodde, yeoman
being poor in bodie but of good remembrance, granted for ye terme of thirtie years to my brother Adam Mort and
my good friends Richard Turner and George Longworth. All messuage and land in Blackrodde aforesaid in ye holding
of my father in law George Holme. And all other buildings, land and appertences in Blackrodde…….and appoint following
Elizabeth Holme my mother in law…….. And Elonor my wife
my two brothers Thomas Morte and Adam Morte……..
Witness signed Thomas and Adam Morte. Richard Morte made his mark RM.
Also long inventory on parchment dated Apr 18, 1628 totalling £232 16s 4d of Richard Morte late of Blackrodde
Baptisms to parents Richard Mort and Elioner at Blackrod (IGI)
    George christened Aug 22, 1615
    Briched christened Jan 29, 1617
    Thomas christened Feb 6, 1620
Baptisms to parents Richard Mort and Elioner Holme at Blackrod (IGI)
    George christened Aug 22, 1615
    Briched christened Jan 29, 1617
    Thomas christened Feb 6, 1619
Marriage Records from Blackrod Parish Registers 1606-1701 LPRS Book 36
    Richard Mort and Elioner Holme married Sep 24, 1614
Baptism Records to parents Richard Mort and Elioner from Blackrod Parish Registers 1606-1701 LPRS Book 36
    George christened Aug 22, 1615
    Briched christened Jan 29, 1617
    Thomas christened Feb 6, 1619
Baptism Records at Blackrod Parish Registers 1606-1701 LPRS Book 36
Thomas Mort son of Mr Mort christened Jul 13, 1652
Burial Records from Blackrod Parish Registers 1606-1701 LPRS Book 36
    Richard Morte burial Mar 29, 1628
    George Mort burial Apr 11, 1668
Note: Thomas Mort son of Mr Mort christened Jul 13, 1652 could be the son of either George or Thomas
Marriage Records from Blackrod Parish Registers 1606-1701 LPRS Book 36
    Thomas Morte and Hellen Smith (Tho married at Standish) on Oct 23, 1671
Baptism Records to Thomas Mort taken from the Parish Registers of Chorley St Lawrence 1653-1708 LPRS Book
    Richard christened Dec 22, 1672
    George christened May 13, 1676
    Francis Margaret christened Sep 8, 1678
Burial Records taken from the Parish Registers of Chorley St Lawrence 1653-1708 LPRS Book
    Richard son of Thomas Mort buried Mar 2, 1683
Records for a marriage on Oct 23, 1671 (IGI) 
    Thomas Mort and Helen Smith at Blackrod
    Thomas Morte and Helen Smith at Standish
Baptism Records to parent Thomas Mort at Chorley (IGI)
    Georgius christened May 13, 1676 Note: see George Mort and Margaret Barrow
    Francisca Margreta christened Sep 8, 1678
Extracted fom the Will of Elioner Mort of Chorley widow 1700 July 20
In the name of God amen I Eleanor Mort of Chorley in the county of Lancaster, Widdow make this my last will and testament in manner
and form following
First I command my soul unto the hands of Almighty God hoping for the pardon of my sins through my saviour Jesus Christ. And my body
to christian burial. And as to that temporal estate God has blessed me with I dispose of it as followsth.
First it is my will and mind that my debts and funeral expenses and the probate of this my last will and testament be first paid and
discharged and the residue and remainde I dispose of as follows.
First I give and bequeath to Ann wife of Roger Hodson of Chorley Moss Side the bedstead standing in the room below and the hangings
belonging to the same bedstead
Item I give to my maid Katherine Tassaker all my wearing apparell and the residue and remainder of my estate I give to my grandson
George Mort of Atherton. And do ordain and appoint him sole executor of this my last will and testament.
Witness my hand the twelve day of June in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred.
Out of my wearing apparel given to my maid Katherine Tassaker I except my hood which I give to Robert Orrots wife of Barton.
She made her mark EM
Note added that the inventory will not exceed five pounds
Note: If this is Elioner Holme then she would have been about 100 years of age or more, and the Grandson George would in fact be her great grandson.
The way in which both Richard Mort and Elioner Mort made their mark by using their initials RM and EM on their wills is quite unique as most people who could not
sign their name made an X for their mark.
Burial Records taken from the Parish Registers of Chorley St Lawrence 1653-1708 LPRS Book
    Elioner Mort, widow buried Jul 30, 1700