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Will of William Bolton

of Lenham, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 110 23 Film 0189011, 1837
Transcribed by Elaine Hamm
The last will and testament of me, William Bolton of the parish of Lenham in the county of Kent, husbandman. I hereby revoke and make void all previous and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and I do declare this only to be my whole and entire last will and testament for and concerning all such temporal estate is it >>>pleased to bestow upon me I give and bequeath the same as followeth that is to say I will and direct that my Body be buried at Lenham that all my just debts and expenses of my funeral which shall be under the direction of my Executor be fully paid and satisfied.

I give and bequeath to Martha, the widow of Raynier Eilliott of Charing the sum of 20 pounds of lawful money in Great Britain.
To Mary, Charlotte, Eliza and Ann, daughters of the above named Raynier and Mary Elliot I give and bequeath the sum of ten pound of like lawful money to be equally divided among them or such of them as shall survive me.
To Elizabeth Miller of Boughton Monchealsea I give and bequeath the sum of twenty pounds of like lawful money provided she survives me But in case of the death of the said Elizabeth Miller previous to my decease then in that case only I give out, bequeath to her husband Richard Miller the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money.

To Thomas, the son of Thomas Bolton of Charing I give and bequeath the sum of twenty pounds of like lawful money.
To Daniel Rawlins of Egerton I gave and bequeath the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money.
To Mary the wife of Samuel Brown of Westwell I give and bequeath the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money.
To George Starr, Commonly called George Hillson and who has emigrated to America I give and bequeath the sum of 25 pounds of like lawful money.
To William Lilley Of Newnham I give and bequeath the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
To Charlotte Smith, Eliza Smithe and Caroline Smith (daughters of Peter Smith) I give and bequeath the sum of five pounds each of like lawful money
To Sarah Bolton (my late servant) I give and Bequeath the sum of five pounds of like lawful money
To Ann Coast wife of John Coast the elder of Lenham I give and Bequeath the sum of fifty pound of like lawful money.....hereby direct that my Executors do pay the foregoing legacies with one year from the time of my decease.

I give and Bequeath to the children of the late John Stanley that is to say John Stanley, Daniel Stanley, William Stanley, George Stanley and Thomas Stanley or such of them as shall survive me the sum of 3 hundred pounds of like lawful money which they my executors shall place out of interest and the sum or sums arising or accruing therefrom as interest shall be equally divided among the said family until they......respectively attain the age of 26 years and as each one attains that age he may take his share of the said...sum of 300 pounds...should the said John Stanley's family be desirous of leaving.... and of...to reside...out remain in England I then and in that case will that my Executor do advance them the sum of 50 pounds for that purpose and which sum of 50 pounds do advance shall be in part payment of the 300 pounds above named, the remaining 250 pounds to continue at interest and the interest and principal divided as aforesaid.

I give and bequeath to the family of the late Daniel Beeching that is to say John Beeching, Daniel Beeching, William Beeching and Mary Ann Beeching or to such of them as shall survive me the sum of 200 pounds of lawful currency in Great Britain which sum my Executors shall place out at interest and the sum of sums arising or accruing therefore as interest shall be equally divided among them until they severally and respectively attain the age of 26 years and as each attains that age be she or they may take....or their share or shares of the said principal sum of this 200 pounds.

To the children of Ann Coast (wife of John Coast the elder of Lenham) lawfully begotten to be begotten I give and bequeath the sum of 250 pounds which sum my Executors shall place out of interest and the sum or sums arising or accruing therefor as interest shall be paid to the said John Coast or Ann his wife so long as they or either of them may live after the decease of the said John Coast and Ann his wife the principal sum of 250 pounds shall continue at interest and the sum arising of accruing therefore as interest shall be equally divided among the children of the said Ann Coast until they severally and respectively attain the age of 26 years and as each one attains that age he or she may take his or her share of the said principal sum of 250 pound.

To George Beeching of Charing I give and bequeath the interest of the sum of 200 pounds for and during the term of life. At the decease of the said George Beeching I give and bequeath the sum of 60 pounds of the said principal sum of two hundred pounds to William Burgess, Phebe Burgess and Martha Burgess late of Lenham and who have emigrated to America that is to say 20 pounds each but if they have no attained the age of 26 years ..the death of the said George Beeching I then will and direct that the said sum of 60 pounds be placed out at interest and the interest accruing therefrom to be divided until they respectively attain that age when the principal then may be divided among them.

To Martha Bolton I give and Bequeath all my wearing apparel and will and divide or and I..direct my Executor to dispose of all those ...or... together with about seven acres of land be>>>work or less with the >>> and appurtenances thereto belong situate lying and being near Charing Health in the Parish of Charing aforesaid and ...in the several occupations of widow Bolton, James Bolton, Thomas Bolton ....and myself (and which I lately purchased of Thomas Bolton, John Bolton, Joseph and James Bolton and that 500 pounds of the proceeds of the sale of this estate to be appropriated to and for and towards the payment of the foregoing Bequest the overplus if any of the net proceeds of the sale of the Estate I give and bequeath to Martha Bolton.

I give and bequeath to Elizabeth the widow of the late William Bolton of Charing for and during the term of her life the use of all... household furniture, plates, line, china, fixtures in the house and implements of household husbandry. Stock and crops are implements of husbandry....sheep...... hop poles and all other..husbandry stock whatsoever and whatsoever and which at her decease I give and Bequeath to Elizabeth Bass (daughter of the said Elizabeth Bolton widow) also wife of Thomas Bass of Pluckley and to her heirs I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Bolton, widow aforesaid, for and during the tem of her lief the use (or if let) the rent derived from all my dwelling House, barn, oasthouse, stable and all hereditary an appurtenenances therein belonging together will all that Land estates at 12 acres be there more or less situate lying and being in the parish of Lenham in the county of Kent. At the decease of the said Elizabeth Bolton I give and Bequeath all my said dwelling house barn, oasthouse, stable and the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging together with all that land estimates at 12 acres be there more or less situate lying and being in the parish of Lenham aforesaid. To Elizabeth, the wife of Thomas Bass and to her heirs on condition that the said Elizabeth Bass, her heirs of assignees shall pay or cause to be paid to Mark Bolton of Charing, son of the late William Bolton the sum of 100 pounds of lawful money currency in Great Britain within one year after the decease of the said Elizabeth Bolton widow.

All the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate, money, securities for whatsoever and wheresoever that I may be possessed of and over which I have a dispensing power over and about what May be sufficient for the foregoing bequest I give and bequest the same to the children of Ann Coast of Lenham, those of the late John Stanley and those of the late Daniel Beeching each and every child of those respective families to share and share alike. But if from my unforseen cause my Executor should find that I have not sufficient property to pay the aforesaid Bequest then and in that case I will and direct that such deficiency be...born by the families of Ann Coast of Lenham that of the late John Stanley and that of the late Daniel Beeching

I nominate, constitute and appoint William Lilley of Newnham and John Beeching (son of the late John Beeching) of Charing Executor of this my last will and testament proper remuneration for their time, trouble and all reasonable charges and expenses in executing this my will and to William Lilley and John Beeching I give and bequeath the sum of 10 pounds each providing they or either of them act as Executors of this my will. In witness whereof I the said testator, William Bolton have to this my last will and testament confirmed in 4 sheets of paper set my hand to the...forever speak.

Codicil:
Be it known to al men by these ? that I William Bolton of the parish of Lenham in the County of Kent, husbandman have made and declared my last will and testament in writing bearing date the 5 day of October, 1836. I the said William Bolton by this present codicil do ratify and confirm so far as my said last will and testament as the end of the 25th line of the 3rd sheet and I hereby amend and make void the remained of the 3rd sheet to the end of the 13th line of the 4th sheet as regards Elizabeth Bolton, Thomas Buss and Elizabeth his wife and in lieu thereof I give and bequeath to Mark Bolton all my Dwelling house, barn, oasthouse, stable and the Hereditament and Appurtenances thereunto belonging together with all my land estimated at 12 acres be there mor or less situate lying and being in the parish of Lenham aforesaid.

I also give and Bequeath to the said Mark Bolton all my Household furnishings, plate, linen, china fixtures in the house implements of husbandry, crops, cows, calves, sheep, horses, hop poles and all other my husbandry stock and crops whatsoever and wheresoever and I will and direct that his mother, Elizabeth Bolton to have the use of my said house, farm furniture, fixtures, stock crops and implements so long as she my live free of all charge for rent. My will and desire is also, I direct that the said Mark Bolton do pay to his sister Elizabeth Buss on the death of his mother the sum of 100 pounds and I hereby ...said house and ...in my furniture stock crops and all other my bequest to Mark Bolton with the payment of the said 100 pounds

I also give and bequeath to Elizabeth Smithe, daughter of Peter Smith the sum of 5 pounds of lawful money current in Great Britain and will and meaning is that this codicil be adjudged to be part of my last will and testament and that all things therein contained and mentioned by performed as full and ... in all respects save and except as far as regards Elizabeth Bolton, Thomas Buss and Elizabeth his wife. Witness my hand this 25 Jan, W Bolton signed in the presence of us who in his presence in the presence of each other have transcribed the ...and ...
Edward Hatton of Charing F. Chapman of Lenham Mary Chapman, Lenham.

The before registered will (with the codicil amended) of William Bolton deceased was proved the 11 March, 1837 before the Reverend John Metcalf, clerk ...gate to the worshipful ...ard Beaumont Burnaby, Doctor of Laws offical General to the Reverend the Archdeacon of Cnaterbury, lawfully constitued by the >>> of William Lilly (Lilly in the will called and John Edward Beeching...that will called John Beeching) the Executors named in the said will they being first sworn duly to perform the same.


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