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Will of William Briggs

of Boughton Malherbe, Kent

Source : Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 16/382 B/4
Submitted by Mary Connaughton
In the Name of God Amen. I William Briggs of the Parish of Boughton Malherb in the County of Kent Husbandman : Being sick of Body but of perfect & sound Memory, Thanks be given to God for it; Therefore calling to mind the Mortallity of my Body & knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to Dye : Doe Make and ordain this My Last Will and Testament; That is to say Principally; And first of all I recommend My Soul into the hands of God that gave it And my Body I recomend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian Buriall Att the Discretion of my Executors Not Doubting but att the general Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the Mighty power of God; And as touching such worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased Allmighty God to Bless me with in this Life : I give Devise and dispose of in Manner and form as followeth

Item I give unto Eldest Son William Briggs the sum of five shilling of good & lawfull Mony of England to be paid to him in six Months after my Decease by my Executors her after named

Item I give unto my Daughter Jane Briggs wife of John Town of Staplehurst in the County aforesaid five shillings of good and Lawfull mony of England to be paid in six months after my decease

Item And all the Rest of my goods I give unto my Son Robert Briggs and Jane my Loving Wife after my depts and funeral Expenses are Discharged Whome I make full and sole Executors of this My Last will and Testament

In witness hereof I have sett my hand & seal this fourteenth day of January in the year of our Lord God 1723/4
William Briggs, his mark
Sealed published pronounced & declared in the presence of
John Towne, Robert Sedweeke, John Blondell

Probate 12 September 1724

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