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Will of Hester Allen

of Fawkham, Kent

Source: Public Record Office, Prob 11/1332, PCC 1799
Transcribed by M. Joy Earnshaw
This is the Last Will and Testament of me Hester Allen of Fawkham in the County of Kent Widow first I will order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged with all convenient speed after my decease.
Also I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Allen the sum of two hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid him within twelve months next after my decease and I direct that the same shall be in full satisfaction and discharge of all claims and demands my said son may make on me or my Executors or the residue of my Estate for wages or otherwise.
Also I give and bequeath unto my son John Allen the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain.
Also I give and bequeath unto my son William Allen and my daughters Mary the wife of Edward Wood, Elizabeth the wife of John Swaisland, Sarah the wife of Thomas Hodsoll and Jane Hodsoll Allen the sum of ten pounds apiece and I direct the said several legacies to be paid within twelve months next after my decease.
Also I give and bequeath to my friend Thomas Francis a suit of mourning

And all the rest and residue of my monies and securities for Monies and all my Horses Cattle Hay Corn Stock implements in Husbandry Household furniture and all other my Goods Effects and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind or quality soever I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Allen for his own use and benefit and it is my Will and I do hereby direct that my son Stephen Allen shall be maintained and taken care of by and at the expense of my son Robert so long as he may be incapable of maintaining and taking proper care of himself and I do hereby charge the residue of my Estate and Effects bequeathed to my said son Robert with the expense of maintaining my said son Stephen accordingly

And I do hereby make nominate and appoint my said son Robert and the said Thomas Francis joint Executors of this my Will and revoking all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore Made I declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said Hester Allen have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven. The mark of X Hester Allen. Signed sealed published and declared by the said Hester Allen the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
Tho Walker, Sarah Baker, The mark of X Thomas Stigger

This Will was proved at London the fourteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine before the worshipful Charles Coote Doctor of Laws and surrogate to the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Robert Allen the son of the deceased and one of the Executors named in said will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased he having been first sworn duly to administer - power reserved of making the like grant to Thomas Francis the other Executor named in the said Will when he shall apply for the same.

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Will of Hester Allen
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