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Will of Michael Bassett

of Cowden, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, PROB11/691, 1738
Transcribed by David Auger
In the name of God Amen I Michael BAFSETT of Cowden in the County of Kent Yeoman being upwards of nineteen years of age and somewhat indisposed in body but of sound and disposing mind and understanding thanks be given to Almighty God for the same doe make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say I first give my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator and my body I recommend to the Earth to be decently buried and as to my worldly Estate I give and dispose of as followeth

First I give unto the poor of the several parishes of Cowden and Chiddingstone the several sums of fifty shillings to each parish to be distributed amongst them within one month next after my decease by the Minster and Church wardens of each parish
I also give and bequeath unto my Grandmother Elizabeth GAYNSFORD five pounds to be paid her within twelve months next after my decease

I also order and appoint that my loving mother Elizabeth and sister Elizabeth BASSETT shall use and occupy my farm lands I now use in Cowden and Chiddingstone aforesaid until my youngest sister Mary shall attain her age of twenty one years and do order and appoint that my said mother and sister Elizabeth shall maintain educate and bring up my two sisters Sarah and Mary until my said sister Mary shall attain her said age of twenty one years as aforesaid out of the produce of my personal estate and of the rents and profits of my real estate and as soon as my said sister Mary shall attain her said age of twenty one years then I order give and appoint that all and singular my goods chattels bills bonds and personal estate whatsoever shall be divided into two equal parts One part whereof I give and bequeath unto my said mother Elizabeth and the other moiety or half part thereof I give and bequeath unto my said three sisters Elizabeth Sarah and Mary to be divided between them share and share alike and I make ordain and appoint my said loving mother Elizabeth and sister Elizabeth BAFSETT joint executrices of this my last will and testament in Trust and to and for the uses aforesaid and I order and appoint Mr Robert STREATFEILD of Heaver and Mr Stephen WOODGATE Trustees of this my will to whom I give a Guinea a piece in remembrance of me

In witness whereof I the said Michael BAFSETT have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper to each sheet set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of June in the twelfth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord King George the Second and in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and thirty eight Michael BAFSETT Signed sealed published and declared as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto in the testatorís presence and at his request.
Edw HARBY Robt STREATFEILD Fran GREEN Edward GREEN

This Will was proved at London the nineteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty eight before the Right Worshipful John [WORD] Doctor of Laws [WORD] or commissary of the prerogative court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Elizabeth BAFSETT widow the mother and Elizabeth BAFSETT spinster the sister and executrix named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased been first sworn by commission duly to administer.


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Will of Michael Bassett
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