: William Cudworth
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... used as estate offices on the western side of the courtyard is the date 1665. Over the entrance door on the south side of the hall is the date 1674; and over the fireplace in the south-west chamber the date 1675, with the initials I.S.--S.S. There is also a Latin motto of doubtful construction, as follows--Mementem tu est mortallis, and probably intended to remind all, future occupiers that they were but mortal. The initials are said to be those of Isaac Sharp and his wife; but do not accord with the Christian name of the wife, Elizabeth (who was living at the time), except upon the assumption that some familiar cognomen was adopted by the carver. Lieutenant Sharp lived to the ripe old age of ninety-two, having survived all the troubles of the Civil War and the reigns of the second Charles, of James the Second, of William, Prince of Orange, and Mary, his wife; and he witnessed the accession of Queen Anne. At his death in 1705, Lieutenant Sharp was succeeded by his son, also called Isaac, who inherited all his father's lands, and married in 1705 Elizabeth Wood, of Bramley. One of his sisters married the Rev. Matthew Smith, of Mixenden, and another Wm. Young, of Bradford, cutler. He died in 1743, but probate of his will was not obtained until 1761, a recital of which shows that he devised all his lands to Richard Gilpin Sawrey, of Horton, and John Smith, clerk, of Mixenden, in trust for the benefit of his daughter Dorothy, wife of Francis Stapleton; then to her daughter Elizabeth (married to Francis Bridges), and next to his granddaughter, Mary Stapleton. His estate was charged with an annual payment of 20s. to the preachers at Mixenden and Horton Chapels, "so long as Dissenting ministers shall be there." Isaac Sharp is said by...