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Will of Richard DAVIDGE [1655-1689]
Mariner of East Greenwich in Kent

Will dated 20 February 1691/2

Will Proved PCC 11/410 on 4th June 1692

Modern English Transcription below - Link to Original Transcription

Transcribed by Michael Russell OPC Dorchester - December 2010 - queries in red
for Nancy Frey of Newcastle, Ontario, Canada
who has kindly agreed to this being displayed on the OPC website.


Know All Men by these presents: that I Richard DAVIDGE of east Greenwich in County of Kent Mariner has and by these presents made ordained and constituted my loving brother John DAVIDGE of the same Parish Watchman irrevocably my true and lawful Attorney for me and in my name and for my use to [be] able [to] demand and receive of and from the Right Honourable the Treasurer or Paymaster of their Majesties Navy and Commission for Prize money and whom else it may concern as well all such wages and pay, bounty money, Prize money, and all other sum and sums of money whatsoever as now is and which hereafter shall or may be due or payable unto me pursuant to their Majesties gracious declaration of the twenty third of May One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty Nine,

And also all such pensions, salaries, smart money (1)and all other moneys and things whatsoever which now and at any time hereafter is and shall be due to me for my service or otherwise in any of their Majesties Ships Frigates or vessels or any Merchant Ship or Ships

As also to demand recover and receive of all other person or persons whatsoever whom it doth or may concern all and singular such other sum and sums of money goods wares effects wages debts dues claims and demands whatsoever which now and hereafter is or shall be due and payable unto me either by bond bill book amount or otherwise howsoever

And moreover in my name and for my proper use to demise and let by lease in writing or otherwise allow any of my messuages lands or tenements to such person or persons and for such term of years conditions and reservations as my said Attorney or his Council shall think fit and convenient giving and hereby granting unto my said Attorney my full and whole power in the premisses and to recover and receive all and singular the sum and sums of money matters and things aforesaid and upon nonpayment thereof or any part thereof all such person or persons whom it may concern and where need shall require their executors administrators and goods to sue arrest attach seize imprison prosecute and condemn and to compound and agree out of prison to release and discharge And upon receipt of the said premisses or any part thereof acquaintances releases or any other discharges for me and in my name to make seal and deliver and one Attorney or more to substitute and at pleasure to revoke and generally to act and do all other acts matters and things whatsoever needful and necessary to be done in and concerning the premises as fully and efficiently as I ought or could do if I were personally present ratifying and allowing for firm and valid and irrevocable and all whatsoever my said Attorney shall lawfully do or cause to be done in or touching the premises by virtue of these presents

And I the said Richard DAVIDGE considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make and declare these presents to contain my Last Will and Testament that is to say All
such wages sum and sums of money lands tenements goods chattels and estate whatsoever wherewith at the time of my decease I shall be possessed or invested and which shall then belong or of right appertain unto me I do give devise and bequeath unto my said loving brother John DAVIDGE

And I do hereby nominate and appoint my said loving brother John DAVIDGE sole executor and do revoke all former Wills and Deeds of gift by me at any time heretofore made and do ordain these presents to stand and be for and as my only last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the five and twentieth day of february Anno Domini 169½ And in the fourth year of the reign of King William &
Queen Mary of England Richard DAVIDGE Signed Sealed published and declared In the presence of Dorothy BUSFEILD, Jno EDWARDS Joseph BUSFEILD Sid


Genealogical notes:-
(1) Smart money was 17th century British slang for a serviceman's disability pension

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