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Will of Ann Barns

of Higham, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1854
Submitted by Alan Nelson
This is the last will and testament of me Ann Barns of Highan in the County of Kent widow

I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren Matilda and Emily Easdown the sum of three hundred pounds equally to be divided between them and to be paid when and as they each of them and interest of each money thereof to accumulate in the meantime until respectively attain the age of twenty one years
and in case of the death of either of my said grandchildren under the said age of twenty one years I give and bequeath her share in the said legacy and the accumulations thereof to the other of my said grandchildren
[if both shall die] under the said age of twenty one years then I give and bequeath the said legacy of three hundred pounds and accumulations thereof unto and equally between my grandson James Barns and my great grandson William Easdown if they shall be living
and to the survivor of them the said James Barns and William Easdown in case one of them shall be then dead
but in case both of them shall be dead I direct the same to fall into and become part of my residuary personal estate

and I give and bequeath the rest and residue of my personal estate and effects and all my real estate subject to the payment of my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the said legacy of three hundred pounds onto my son Robert Barns his heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely

and I appoint my said son Robert Barns and William Easdown the younger of Higham aforesaid fruiterer and gardener executors of this my will revoking all other wills

in witness whereof I the said Ann Barns the testatrix have to this my last and testament set my hand this third day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty seven.
The mark of the above named X Mary Barns the testatrix
Signed by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
George Essell solicitor Rochester Robert T Moore clerk to messes Essell, Hayward Essell solicitor Rochester.

In the prerogative court of Canterbury
In the goods of Ann Barns widow deceased
Appeared personally George Essell of the precinct Rochester in the county of Kent solicitor and made oath that he is the one subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament hereunto annexed of the said Ann Barns late of Higham in the county of Kent aforesaid widow deceased
and he further made oath that on the day and date of the said will he and Robert T Moore the other subscribing witness thereto were present at the execration thereof by the said Ann Barns who made her mark at the foot or end thereof in the presence of the appearer and of the said Robert T Moore and that immediately thereupon he and the said Robert T Moore attested and subscribed their names to the said will as they now appear thereon in the presence of the said deceased and of each other and that by error and mistake he the deponent wrote the Christian name Mary for that of the at the foot of the said will and immediately following the mark or signature of the said Ann Barns.

George Essell on the 10th day of June 1854 the said Geoge Essell was duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me I.E,T, Robertson, Prot George T Si—olson Not Pub.

Proved at London the 14th June 1854 before the worshipful James Parker Deane Doctor of laws and surrogate by oaths of Robert Barns the son and William Easdown (heretofore the younger) the executors to whom admon was granted been first sworn duly to administer

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