I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my Sons John Bate and William Bate, and to my Son in Law Edward Hickmoth and to their heirs and assignes All those my several Messuages or Tenements, Lands, Hereditaments and Appurtenances thereto respectively belonging situate, lyeing and being in the several parishes of Sittingbourne aforesaid, Milton and Newington both next Sittingbourne aforesaid or elsewhere in the said County of Kent And also All my personal Estate of what nature or kind soever or wheresoever To hold the same and every part thereofunto them the said John Bate, William Bate and Edward Hickmoth and their heirs and assignes for ever Upon this special trust and confidence that they my said Trustees and their heirs do and shall with all possible speed, sell and convey my said several Messuages, Lands and premisses and convert my personal Estate for the most Money that can reasonably be had and got for the same and from and after the same shall be sold and converted as aforesaid Then upon further Trust that my said Trustees and their heir... pay and discharge all my just Debts and ffuneral Expenses as aforesaid and after the same shall be so paid and Discharged Then In Trust and I do here by give and Bequeath all the Rest residue and Remainder (after payment of such Debts and ffuneral Expenses) unto and amongst my said sons John Bate and William Bate and my Daughters Anne and Elizabeth and my Granddaughter Anne Hickmoth and to their several Executors and administrators, equally to be divided between them share and share alike, and which I direct my said Trustees to divide and pay accordingly. And of this my will I constitute and appoint the said John Bate, William Bate and Edward Hickmoth joynt Executors. And Lastly hereby revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made I do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and year first above written Jas. Bate Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other Sam Pillard, John Rayner, Gib. Hanker.
The before Registered Will of James Bate deceased was proved the Eleventh Day of May 1769 before the Reverend Sir John Mead Baronet Doctor in Divinity Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of John Bate, William Bate and Edward Hickmoth the Executors named in the said Will they being first sworn duly to perform the same.
Will of James Bate