And I give to my nephew William Lester the sum of five pounds for
his promise to me to see the grave opened and the ? restored again as it now is where my dear partner and
son layeth as he promised me to see it done not for him to pay for it only to see it done.
And I give to my nephew William Lester the sum of three pounds for any trouble he may be at as an Executor to this my last will
respecting goods and chattels I give to my daughter Grace Gibbs the picture over the mantle, the ? ? and the sailor ? ? in the foreroom and to my daughter Elizabeth Canham the gilt framed looking glass and the gilt framed picture ? ? And I give to my daughter Sarah Dowett the large dining table and the tea tray on it and I nominate and ? Roger Blackmore, William Lester and William Canham as Executors to this my last will
and when the moneys can be collected and every thing paid out and settled I give the residue of all my goods and chattels to my daughter Mary Ann Rossiter(?) for the sake of her children except my books and the book case to my two daughters Grace Gibbs and Elizabeth Canham to be divided between them. In witness thereto I the said Testator Anthony Blackmore have set my hand and seal this ___ day of May in the year of our lord 1830.
In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury the goods of Anthony Blackmore deceased.
Appeared Personally, Robert Dowett of Troy Town in the Parish of St Margarets Rochester in the County
of Kent Shipwright, George Fidler of Troy Town in the Parish of St Margarets aforesaid,Grocer and
Richard Rowe of the Parish of Chatham in the said County of Kent Shipwright and made oath and first the
said Robert Dowett for himself made oath that Anthony Blackmore late of Troy Town in the Parish of St
Margarets next the City of Rochester in the County of Kent deceased departed this life on Wednesday the
fifth day of this present month of May and that on Wednesday the same fifth day of the same month he
proceeded to search for his will and in searching a cupboard in the house of the said deceased in which he
was accustomed to keep his private papers and papers of moment and ? he discovered the will now hereto
annexed and on reading over the same he observed in the twenty first line from the top of the said will the
word ‘Gilt’ interlined between the words ‘ the and framed’ and in the last line of the said will he also
observed the blank left for the day on which the same should bear date and he also observed that there was
no seal to the said will although the same professed to be sealed and he further made oath that the said will
is now in all respects in the same plight and condition as when found by him the said Appearer as aforesaid
and hath not since that time secured any manner of alteration either by interlineation(?), obliteration erasure
or otherwise and that he hath made diligent search and enquiry and hath not been able to find any will
codicil or other testamentary paper of the said deceased and the said George Fidler and Richard Rowe for
themselves made oath that they know and were well acquainted with the said Anthony Blackmore deceased
for some time before and to the time of his decease and that during such their knowledge of and
acquaintance with him have frequently seen him write and also write and subscribe his name and have by
that means become well acquainted with his manner and character of handwriting and subscription and
having now carefully viewed and perused the said will and the words or names Anthony Blackmore set and
subscribed at the foot thereof, these Appearers say that the whole body ? and contents of the said will
together with the words or names Anthony Blackmore set and subscribed thereto were and are of the proper
handwriting and subscription of the said Anthony Blackmore and of no other person or persons
whatsoever. Robert Dowett, George Fidler, Richard Rowe.
On Monday the thirty first day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty the said Robert Dowett George Fidler and Richard Rowe were only sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me Edward ? ? Commissioner..
Proved at London 5th June 1830 before the Judge by the oaths of Roger Blackmore and William Lester two of the Executors to whom administration was granted having been first sworn by commission only to administer power reserved of making the like Grant to William Canham the other Executor when he shall apply the same.
Will of Anthony Blackmore