TESTIMONY FOR JONATHAN OSTELL

(In the Library of Friends' House, Euston Road, London.)

Jonathan Ostell of Moorhouse in Cumberland was born of parents of good esteem amongst us who were concerned to give him a sober and religious education; But as he advanced in years, he found his mind strongly inclined to the vain customs and fashions of the world. And, as he sometimes said, I was resolved to cast off all restraint and to gratify his heart's desires. But the Lord, who is rich in mercy, was graciously pleased to visit him in a powerful manner by His Grace and Good Spirit so that by taking heed thereto, he not only witnessed a happy change in himself and a passing from a state of condemnation to that of justification and peace, but was eminently favoured with a gift in the ministry; in the practice whereof he experienced a growth and became an able minister of the Gospel. In prayer he was remarkably fervent and powerful. His stamina and labour of love was great, not only amongst Friends, but even with people of other persuasions with whom he had divers meetings. He has at different times visited the churches in North and South Britain and Ireland which, we hope, tended to their edification and his own peace. His hearth and home were open to Friends and others. He was plain and humble in deportment, visited the sick, relieved the poor, was of a loving and free disposition and generally beloved.

He was remarkable in bearing testimony against Tithes, not only as to paying them but even against receiving the same. In his lifetime, and by his last will (as much as in him lay) invested the several owners of the estates out of which he had formally been paid with the Right of Property, he believed he had or could have claimed in an Impropriate Tithe which evidently demonstrates the sincerity of our Conscientious Scruple about Tithes.

And we may further observe that, in the 74th year of his age, he was concerned to go to London to the Yearly Meeting (which was the last time he attended that meeting) where we believe he had good service and, at his return, experienced much peace and satisfaction. Being of a pretty great age and labouring under infirmity of body, particularly want of sight, he attended meetings diligently and frequently appeared in public testimony and in prayer and supplication in much devotion and tenderness of spirit and, in his last sickness, signified that death was no terror to him and that he was resigned to the will of The Almighty and could say, in the sight of heaven, that he desired no man to do otherwise to him than he had done unto them. And advised Friends that came to see him to maintain and keep up the testimony of truth in every branch thereof. And desired his wife not to fret at his being removed, for he believed he would die well, for The Lord was good to him. And a little before his death, said his heart was full of praise tho' he could not utter it much in words; and so continued in a sweet frame of mind and sensible to the last.

He departed this life the 12th of the tenth month and was buried on the 15th of the same 1752 in Friends' burying ground attended by a great number of friends and others.

WILL OF JONATHAN OSTELL, 1752

WIFE MARY - £25, (To descend to MARY STORDY, dau of THOMAS STORDY if unspent) best cow, bedstead in Millhouse loft, 2 beddings of clothes, one-third of fire fuel, pewter, brass, and eatables. Her own chest, my first wife's chest, two sacks, two pokes, one iron pot and pan, a pair of tongs, round table in the parlour loft, trunk, half of table linen, two bushels of malt.

(Family of brother Daniel) NEPHEW THOMAS OSTLE, son of Daniel * 2/6d. NEPHEW JOHN OSTLE, son of Daniel - £20 NEPHEW WILLIAM OSTLE, son of Daniel, £20 WILLIAM'S WIFE JANE and the son he had by his first marriage 10/6d each NEPHEW DANIEL OSTLE, son of Daniel - £20 FRANCES ROBSON - £20 WILLIAM OSTLE, son of JOHN OSTLE (above) £20. *Daniel died 1749.

SISTER MARY ELWOOD - £15 MUSGRAVE BEEBY son of Mary (above) £20 DAN BEEBY - son of Mary £10 provided he demands it of executor RACHEL BIGLANDS - daughter of Mary -£20 SARAH BOWMAN - daughter of Mary - £20 and a trunk ROBERT BEEBY son of NATHAN BEEBY, dec'd in Dublin - £5 on 21st. * THOMAS BEEBY son of NATHAN BEEBY, dec'd in Dublin - £5 on 21st * *provided he demands it of executor

(Family of Sister Sarah and David Martindale) NICHOLAS MARTINDALE 2/6d JOHN MARTINDALE of London brother of Nicholas - £20 DAVID MARTINDALE brother of Nicholas - £20 JONATHAN MARTINDALE brother of Nicholas - £20 NATHAN MARTINDALE brother of Nicholas - £20 JANE GLAISTER sister of Nicholas - £20 MARY LITT sister of Nicholas - £20

THOMAS STORDY son of Jacob Stordy - £10

MARY ROBINSON sister of Thomas Stordy (above) - £10

SARAH STORDY - sister of Thomas Stordy (above) one house consisting of three rooms and a garth joining there to that which Thomas (P?)Allison lives in during the time she lives unmarried, after her death or marriage to pass to executor, £25 if she gives executors sufficient bond that this will be returned to him if she marries Isaac Mitchinson.

JANE STORDY - sister of Thomas Stordy (above) - £20

RUTH STORDY - sister of Thomas Stordy (above) - £20

SARAH ROBINSON wife of John Robinson - £20

RACHEL SAUL sister of Sarah Robinson (above) - £20

RUTH SKELTON 10s. and a bushel of bigg

JANE BLACKLOCK 1s. JOHN BLACKLOCK son of Jane Blacklock, apprentice with his uncle Robert Bowman - £10 on 21st provided he completes apprenticeship.

JONATHAN OSTLE son of Thomas Ostle of Newtown shop, cellar and lofts in Carlisle on his 21st. his father to have the right to sell before then if needed. THOMAS OSTLE - son of Thomas Ostle of Newtown Silver watch in hands of Jonathan Martindale.

WILLIAM LITT 10/6d

POOR OF THE PARISH - £1 POOR OF FRIENDS' MEETING - £1

Whereas I am entitled by law to the nineteenth part of all the Tithes of corn, grain, wool and lamb growing renewing and arising yearly and every year of the parish of Burgh-by-Sands, and the tithable places thereof of the yearly rent of eighteen shilling and three halfpence to each survey(?) and being fully convinced that the Priesthood is changed to which such tithes did belong and that under the gospel there ought to be a free ministry, in obedience to such a conviction and for these reasons I give and bequeath unto all and every of my neighbours and owners of any land or stocks of sheep within the parish out of their separate and respective lands and tenements chargeable to them proportionably with the aforesaid rent of 18s.0.1d. to each and to hold to them separately and to their several and respective heirs and assignees for ever according to a true intent and ? only reserving to my heirs and assignees for ever that part and share of tithes arising yearly and every year out of my freehold estate at Moorhouse whether grain wool or lamb or any other tithable thing whatever.

NEPHEW THOMAS OSTLE of Newtown all and every of my freehold messagues, lands, tenements and herediments with their apurtanances at Moorhouse or elsewhere , saving what is before excepted to have and to hold the same for the term of his natural life with full power and authority to charge at his death by any will in writing under his hand with the payment of any sum not exceeding £200 in the whole and, from and after the decease of Thomas Ostle I give and devise one third part to Mary now wife of Thomas Ostle for her natural life in case she over live her husband and continue widow chaste and unmarried and from and after the determination of their respective estates herein before bequeathed I give and devise all and every of my said m,l,t and hs unto my heirs general, their heirs and assignees for ever

All the residue bills, bonds, mortgages, notes to my nephew Thomas Ostle and appoint him executor.

CODICIL MAY 2, 1752 Adjusts legacies to Jonathan and David Martindale and Daniel Ostle increased by amount left to Sarah Stordy £30. Also chages Ruth Stordy's sum to £30.

Jonathan must have been blind at this time as he only makes his mark.

INVENTORY

October 1752 by Thomas Stordy, John Norman and Robert Messenger
£. s. d.
Clothing and apparels28. 0. 0
Saddles, bridles and riding furniture 1. 1. 0
Plate and chinaware14. 0. 0
Four cows and one young heifer20. 0. 0
Four carts and harrows and husbandry gear10. 0. 0
Goods in the kitchen10. 0. 0
Goods in the parlour 2. 2. 0
Table linen and other linen6. 0. 0
Goods in the kitchen loft9. 3. 0
Goods in the pantry and cellar1. 0. 0
Goods in the milkhouse1. 10. 0
Goods in the low parlour5. 0. 0
Goods in the low parlour loft14. 0. 0
Victuals for eating and drinking5. 0. 0
One bedstead, curtains, one table, one chest in the house where Ruth Skelton dwelleth 1. 10. 0
Goods in the stable loft1. 10. 0
Goods in the house where Jane Stordy liveth - 15. 0
Wheat, other grain thrashed and unthrashed, corn, hay11. 0. 0
Goods in the brewhouse 2. 0. 0
Arks in the barn, sieves, etc.1. 10. 0
Malt, milk and goods in the milkhouse1. 15. 0
Wood3. 0. 0
Stone, slates, blue and red bricks18. 0. 0
? & ? 2. 10. 0
Money due to the decased upon mortgages, bonds and Notes922. 15. 0
One silver watch4. 0. 0
Total1,098. 1. 0

"purchasing power" of this sum in 2002 = £111,460.00