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Will of William Arthur

of Chatham, Kent

Source: Rochester Court?
Transcribed by Diana Wilkinson
In the Name of God Amen The Twenty Fourth Day of May in the Second Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the Grace of God King of Great Britain in Anno Domini 1716. I William Arthur of Chatham in the County of Kent Housecarpr. being in perfect and bodily health* and not knowing how it may please God to deale with me hereafter But considering the Uncertainty of this present Transitory Life doe make and declare these presents to containe my Last will and Testament in manner and Forme Following (That is to say) First and principally I commend my Soule unto the hands of Almighty God hoping to be Saved through the Merrite Death Passion & Resurrection of Jesus Christ my only Saviour And my Body to the Earth I Committ to be decently Interred & buryed by & att the Discretion of my Executrix hereafter named

ITEM I give & bequeath unto my Brothers Robert James & Joseph Arthur One Shilling a yere & unto my Sisters Mary Stephens Katherine White and Elizabeth Wildron (?) One Shilling a yere

ITEM all and Singular Such Wages Sume and Sumes of money Lands Tenements Goods Chattles & Estate whatsoever wherewith at the time of my decease I shall be possess’d or invested or which shall then belong or of right Appertaine unto me I doe give Devise & bequeath unto my Dear and Loving Wife Susannah Arthur her heires Executors Admrs. And Assignees for ever And I doe hereby make & ordaine her my said Wife Sole Executrix of this my last Will And doe revoke all Former Wills & Deeds of Gift by me at any time heretofore made And doe Ordaine these presents to Stand and be for and as my Last Will & Testament for ever Witness my hand & seale the day & year first above writen
SIGNED William Arthur
Ann Best - The (mark?) of Elizth Dodd [Dadd?] - Edwd Dodd [Dadd?]

Footnote by DW
Looks as though both William and the Clerk who copied it for Probate missed out “mind” or some such otherwise it doesn’t make sense!

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Will of William Arthur
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