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Will of Elizabeth Bates

of Hawkhurst, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/90/54
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson
In the Name of God Amen – I Elizabeth Bates of Hawkhurst in the County of Kent Widow being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory praised be God therefore do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following
I commend my soul into the hands of almighty God my creator hoping through his mercies and my dear Redeemers merits to be made partaker of eternal happiness and my Body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named and as for the Estate with which it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give and dispose thereof as followeth

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah the wife of Thomas Potter ten pounds of good and lawfull money of great Britain
I give and bequeath unto my Grandchildren Thomas and Elizabeth Price the sum of five pounds apiece of like lawfull money
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Allen of Sevenoaks in Kent Widdow ten pounds of like lawfull money
I give and bequeath unto my Granddaughter Barbara and Mary Sims the sum of five pounds apiece of like lawfull money
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary the wife of Joseph Goff the sum of five pounds and to her two children five pounds a piece of like lawfull money
I give and bequeath unto the two daughters of my son in law Edward Tompsett five pounds apiece of like lawfull money
I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth the daughter of my son John Stunt? five pounds of like lawfull money
And my mind and will is that the before mentioned Legacys be paid within twelve calendar months next after my decease

I give and bequeath unto my Granddaughter Lydia Tubman the sum of twenty pounds of like lawfull money to be applied by my Executor hereinafter named for her use maintenance and education as he shall think most proper and convenient

I give unto my said daughter Sarah Allen all my wearing apparel linen woollen and the like and all my other linen and one chest

all the rest and residue of my goods chattles and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give unto John Stunt and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said John Stunt the sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke annul and make void all former and other Wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal December the tenth 1737 Elizabeth Bates
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Elizabeth Bates as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence subscribed our names as Witnesses hereunto
Thos. Bishop – Tho. Spice

The above registered Will of Elizabeth Bates deceased was proved the 21st day of September 1739 before the Rev’d James Lensbridge clerk lawfull Surrogate to the worshipful George Lee Doctor of Laws Official General to the Rev’d the Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of John Stunt Executor herein named to whom administration of the Goods Chattles and credits of the said deceased was committed they being sworne well and truly to performe the same.


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Will of Elizabeth Bates
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