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Will of James Bate

of Sittingbourne, Kent


Source: Archdeaconery Court of Canterbury 1796 Vol 103 p. 7
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson
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In the Name of God Amen I James Bate of Sittingbourne in the County of Kent Grocer being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind memory and understanding praised be Almighty God for the same. And being willing and desirous to settle my worldly affairs whilst I have strenghth and capacity so to do, Do make publish and declare This my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First and principally of all I commend my soul into the Hands of Almighty God who gave it me in all humble Hopes and with a firm assurance of its future Happiness And my body I commit to the Earth (when it shall please God to take my life) to be decently interred at the Discretion of my Executrix and Executor hereinafter named. And as to such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me I give and dispose of the same in manner and form following (that is to say)

I give and dispose all that my Messuage or Tenement wherein I now dwell with the Backside Yard Garden Long Shed and appurts. thereunto belonging Situate Lying and being in Sittingbourne aforesaid. And also all those two Tenements and shoemakers shop adjoining to the said last mentioned premises and now in the tenures and occupations of John Hoyles and John Wraight their assignes or undertenants. And also all that Cooperage and coalhouse adjoining or belonging to the said premises and now in the Tenure or Occupation of my son John Bate. And also all that piece or parcel of Land called the Old Fellmongers Yard adjoining the Ship Meadow otherwise Bayford Meadow in the parish of Sittingbourne aforesaid and now used as Garden Ground and in my own occupation.

And all and every other my Real Estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my wife Ann and her assignes for and during the Term of her natural life She keeping the same in good and sufficient tenantable repair and keeping the Interest of the mortgage thereon duly paid. And from and immediately after the decease of my said wife Then I Give and Devise all that my said messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell with the Backside Yard Garden Long Shed and appurtenances thereto belonging unto my son James Bate his heirs and assignes for ever.

And I Give and Devise all those my said tenements and shoemakers shop with the appurtenances and also all that the said cooperage and coalhouse thereto adjoining or belonging with the appurtenances unto my said son John Bate his heirs and assignes for ever.

And I give and Devise the said piece or parcel of land called the Old Fellmongers Yard and now used as Garden Ground with the appurtenances unto my said two sons James Bate and John Bate their heirs and assignes for ever equally to be parted and divided between them as Tenants in Common and not Joint Tenants. And whereas the said Messuages or Tenements Hereditaments and premises hereinbefore mentioned being now mortgaged for securing the Sum of Two Hundred and Thirty Pounds and interest I so hereby will and direct that the said messuage or tenement hereditaments and premises hereinbefore by me given and devised to my said son James Bate shall stand charged with the payment of the sum of Two Hundred Pounds part of the said principal sum of Two Hundred and Thirty Pounds and the said two tenements shoemakers shop cooperage and premises hereinbefore by me given and devised to my said son John Bate shall stand charged with the payment of the sum of Thirty Pounds only being the residue of the said sum of Two Hundred and Thirty Pounds. And I hereby charge the several Hereditaments and premises with the payment of the same in manner aforesaid.

I give and bequeath the use interest produce and profits of all and every my Goods Chattels Rights Credits Ready Money Securities for Money Household furniture Stock in Trade and Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind sort or quality soever the same shall be and consist of at the time of my decease (from and after payment of all my Just Debts Funeral Expenses the charges of proving this my last will and testament and other incident charges and expenses) unto my said wife Ann and her assignes for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease Then I Give and Bequeath unto my two daughters Ann the wife of Thomas Sharpe of Croydon in the County of Surrey Linen Draper and Elizabeth Bate the sum of Two Hundred Pounds each of good and Lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid unto them respectively within six months next after the decease of my said wife .

And all the rest residue and remainder of my said personal estate and effects (if any) which shall remain after the payment of the said sum of Two Hundred Pounds each to my said two daughters I Give and Bequeath unto my said two sons James Bate and John Bate their executors administrators and assignes equally to be parted and divided between them share and share alike I hereby make Name Constitute and Appoint my said wife Ann and my said son James Bate executrix and executor of this my said last Will and Testament. And I hereby revoke annual(?) and make void all former and other wills and other testamentary Dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be my last will and testament. In Witness whereof I the said James Bate the Tesator have to this my said last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper subscribed my name to the bottom of the first sheet and set and affixed my Hand and Seal to the second and last sheet thereof this Twenty second Day of October the Thirty Fourth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Four Jas. Bate Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said James Bate the testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us the Witnesses hereunder written who have hereunto at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other Subscribed our Names as Witnesses to the Due Execution of this his said last will and Testament Ann Senior Ann Senior Junr. J. Hinde
Exd. Wm Cullen

The before registered Will of James Bate deceased was proved the twenty eighth day of October 1796 before the Reverend Joshua Dix Clerk Surrogate to the Worshipful Sir William Scott Knight Doctor of Law Official General to the Reverend the Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Ann Bate widow the Relict and James Bate the son of the Testator and the Executors named in the said will They being first sworn well and truly to perform the same.


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