Thomas Mercer of Much Harwood in the County of Lancaster, husbandman.
Will 15 July 1624.
Mentions: his wife Grace Mercer, daughter Elizabeth wife of Henrie Ryley (exempted from a share having had her portion), second son John Mercer (excepted as he had already been assigned a messuage and tenement), Alexander Mercer his son, his grandchildren (sons and daughters of Alexander and Elizabeth), his sister Elizabeth Squires and her children and his youngest son Edward Mercer.
Executor: Grace Mercer his wife.
Witnessed by Edmund Cockshott, Lawrence Hyndle, Thurstan Hyndle and Robert Squire.
Inventory 3 November 1625
Mentioned in the Inventory: Robert Fletcher, John Braddill of Snodworth, William Mercer of Simonstone, Robert Duckworth, John Pollard of Christophers, John Nowell of Clitheerowe, Thomas Hesketh of Martholme, John Feilden of the Bancks, Raphe Whiteheade, Edward Hargreaves of Simonstone, Thomas Mercer of the Parke, Edmund Hill of Wiswall, Widow Pollerd of Fosters and Joan Margerison
Inventory total £192 5s 10d
1 November 1625 Thomas Mercer of Upper Town was buried at St. Bartholomew’s, Great Harwood.
Thomas Mercer, possibly of Tan House, was the ancestor of the Mercer family of Tan House. His sister Elizabeth married Robert Squire of what later became Squires Farm Great Harwood, son of Henry Squire and Dorothy Hesketh and the grandson of Thomas Hesketh (Lord of the Manor) and Alice Holcroft. The family were engaged in all the processes of woollen cloth production, possibly including fulling.
Transcription ©Barbara Youds from original held at Lancashire Archives