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Will of Thomas Baker (1768-1842)

of Folkestone, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1842
Submitted by Rosie Ansell
This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Baker of Folkestone in the County of Kent late one of the Jurats there I desire to be decently interred and a Stone to be erected in my memory with an Inscription (a Copy whereof is enclosed herewith)

I give to my nephew David Major and to his Son Thomas Baker Major all my wearing apparel equally between them
I give unto my niece Mary the wife of James Major five volumes of Doctor Scott’s Bible and testament my large portrait four volumes of Woodfall’s reports my Weather Glass Testament and prayer Book
I give to James Clark Major a son of the said James and Mary Major my Copper Model of a Boat and the two decanters belonging thereto
I give to my niece Elizabeth Major Sister to the said Mary Major two volumes of Stennett’s Sermons and three volumes of Grove’s Sermons

I give to my Nephew Hammerden Major four volumes of Moss’s Sermons four volumes of Burn’s Justice the explanation of the Testament my small portrait two volumes of the History of France four volumes of the Wars of England and to Sarah Ann his wife my largest Prayer Book used by me at Church
I give to his Son Isaac Major my Silver Watch and Case over the Mantle and my Glass with an Alligator thereon and to his Brother Richard Major Addington’s Penal Statistics my Geographical Grammar by Guthrie and the Whole Duty of Man

I give to my Niece Ann Harvey Rouse my plated handle knives and forks three volumes of Grove’s Sermons and two volumes of Langhorne’s Sermons and to her Son Alfred Rouse my small writing Desk
I give to my Nephew John Major my large Scriptural Picture my small Likeness over the Mantle my Map of Kent my old family Bible three volumes of Roman’s Sermons one volume of Missionary Sermons and a Book of Flavell’s Sermons
Also I give to the said John Major all my Moneys and securities for Moneys due to me from the Trustees of the Chapel in Little Fancy Street in Folkestone aforesaid and all other my eight title and interest in the said Chapel

I give to Ann Harvey of Hythe three volumes of Romaine’s Work and Life of Faith
I give to Hunt Jeffery of Godinge? the first and second volumes of the Britannia Magazine
I give to Samuel Bayly two volumes of Jacob and Squire’s Gleanings and to his Son John Bayly the third and fourth volumes of the Britannia Magazine
I give to Thomas Caister the younger the fifth and sixth volumes of the Britannia Magazine
I give to Henry Hart the picture of the Speedwell Cutter my Skip and Glass Case three volumes of Dodd’s Sermons and the fifteenth and sixteenth volumes of the Evangelical Magazine
I give to my friend Robert Petman a small portrait of Lord Rokeby
I give to William Brett Merritt two volumes of Stern’s Reflections
I give to John Creasty? (late Attorney’s Clerk) the seventeenth and eighteenth volumes of the Evangelical Magazine
I give to George Putter one volume of Whitfield’s Sermons
I give to Thomas Ash my Steep Pipe Copper Cast and Glass Case
I give to my Kinswoman Sarah Baker (Widow) the sum of two pounds
I give to the said James Clark Major Richard Major Isaac Major and Alfred Rouse all my Books and Pictures not heretofore bequeathed equally to be divided between them

I give devise and bequeath all the residue and remainder of my estate and efforts both real and personal unto and amongst my said Nephews and Nieces the said David Major Mary Major Elizabeth Major Hammerden Major Ann Harvey Rouse and John Major and to Thomas and James Major the two Sons of my deceased Nephew Thomas Major share and share alike and to their several and respective heirs executors and administrators for ever But the said two Sons of the said Thomas Major only taking the part and share of their said Father

And I do hereby appoint the said James Major Hammerden Major and John Major Executors of this my Will and I do hereby revoke all former Wills In Witness thereof I the said Thomas Baker the Testator have hereunto set and put my hand and Seal this second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine – Thomas Baker – Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Testator Thomas Baker as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses – Mary Fox – George Stone.

Proved at London the 18th Oct 1842 before the Judge by the oath of John Major one the surviving Executors to whom admon was granted having been first sworn by Common duty to Administer. Power reserved of making the like grant to Hammerden Major the other surviving Executor whom he shall apply for the same.


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