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Will of Thomas Bolton

of Lenham, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol 98 Folio 191 film 0188998, 1769
Transcribed by Elaine Hamm
In the name of God, Amen. I Thomas Bolton of Lenham in the county of Kent, yeoman, being in good heal of body and sound and disposing mind, minory and all ?? Praised be God for this same do make, publish and display this to be my last will and testament in manner following (that is to say) first I commend my soul into the hands of almighty God my creator assuredly trusting in and throu his ?? Death and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour and redeemer to abtian full pardon and remission of all my sins and body commit to the earth to be directly buried at the direction of my Executors herinafter named as as to this worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with...I give and bequeath the same as follows

First I give and divide unto my dear and loving wife Mary Bolton for and during the course of her natural life all the my ?? Or tenement lands, hereditaments and privledges thereunto belongin with their and every of their appurtnenances sutiate lying and being in Lenham aforesaid and now in my own occupation.
2nd All that my ?? or tenement lands hereditaments and priviledges thereunto belonging with their and every of their appurtenences situate lying and being at or ?place called Lehams health in Lenham aforesaid now in the tenure or occupation of Thomas Bolton, his assignees or undertenants and which lately purchased of Elizabeth Rolfe and John Earl.
And also all that my ?? Or tenement lands, their and every of their appurtenances situate lying and being in Charing within said county and now in the ? Or occupation of my said son Thomas Bolton or his assignees and which I purchased of John Scott to hold. Unto my said dear and loving wife Mary Bolton and her assigness foresaid during the term of her natural life without ? Of ? Whe keeping the same in good and ? Repair from and after her decease I give and divide the said ?? Lands hereitaments and premises thereunto belongin with theri and every of their appurtenances in manner following, that is to say

first I give and devise all my said ? Or? Lands heremitaments and prmises therunto belonging with their and every of ther appurtnancnes and herunto for mentioned to be situated and being in Lenham aforesaid and now in my own occupation unto my daughter Catherin Hayes wife of Thomas Hayes of ? In the siad county ? For and during the term of her natural life and ? After her decease I give and divise the same unto my grandson Thomas Hayes son of the said Thomas Hayes and to his heirs and assigness forever.

Also I devise unto my son William Bolton all that my ? Or tenement lands heriditaments and premises thereunot belonging with their and every of theri appurtenances and hereinbefore ? To be situate lying and being aforesaid ? called Lenhamheath in Lenham aforesaid and to be now in the tenure or occupation of my said son Thomas Bolton, his assignees or under tenants and which I purchased of Elizabeth Rolfe and John Earll for and during the term of his natural life and after his decease I give and devise the same unto my grandson William Bolton son of my said son William Bolton and to his heirs and assigness forever.

And lastly I give and divide unto my said son Thomas Bolton for and during the term of his natural life all that my said ? Or tenement lands hereditaments and premises thereunto belong with ther and every of their appurtenances heretofore mentioned to be situate lying and being in Charing aforesaid and to be now in the tenure or occupation of my said son Thomas Bolton or his assignees and which I purchased of John Scott and from and after his decease I give and divse the same unto my grandson Thomas Bolton son of my said son Thomas Bolton and his heirs and assigness forever.

Item and the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattels ready ? And all other my personal estate wheresoever and of what matters or kind soever the value shall or my ? Of probate of this my will being first paid and satisfied I give and bequest the same and every part and parcel therof unto my said dear and loving wife Mary Bolton her executors administrators and assignees forever and I do hereby nominate constitute and app0int my said dear and loving wife Mary Bolton whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament and Lastly I do hereby revoke And make void all former and other wills ? At any time hertofore made and do declare this to be my only last will and testament contained in three sheets of paper to the first and second of which I have set my hand and to this third and last sheet my hand and seal the 12 day of January in the 5th year of the reign of our sovereign lorde George the 3rd by the grace of Gold of Great Britain, Franz Ireland, King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord 1765. Thomas Bolton signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Bolton the testator avowed for his last will and testament in the presnece of us who have herunto and in his presence and at his request subscribed our names as witnesses.
Martha Smart John Smart William Smart.

The before registed will of Thomas Bolton was proved this 24 July 1769 before the worshipful Francis Simpson Doctor of Laws official General to the Reverend the arch deacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Mary Bolton widow, the relict of the deceased and sole Executrix In the said will being first sworn Duly to perform this


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