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Will of Sarah Coleman

of Saint Nicholas Atwade, Kent


Source: Norm Keaton, Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1773
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson
This is the Last Will and Testament of me Sarah Coleman of the parish of Saint Nicholas Atwade in the Isle of Thanet in the County of Kent Spinster I being of sound and disposing mind and memory
First I give and devise unto my two sisters Mary wife of Thomas Lacey and Elizabeth Lednor widow all that my messuage or tenement with the outhouses buildings garden ground priveledges and appurt’s whatsoever thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the parish of Minster in the said Isle of Thanet and now in the tenure or occupation of Richard Brown or his assigns and all other my real estate whatsoever to hold to them my said two sisters and their assigns to be equally divided between them for and during their joint natural lives

and from and immediately after the decease of either of them I devise all my said messuage heredit’ts and premises and all other my Real Estate with the appurt’s unto the survivor of them and her assigns for and during her natural life (they my said sisters and the survivor of them keeping the same in good repair)

And from and after the decease of such survivor I give and devise all the said messuage heredit’ts and premises and all other my real estate with the appurt’s unto my nephews and nieces Thomas Lednor Edward Lednor Sarah wife of Daniel Gardiner Elizabeth Lednor Sarah Lacey and Ann Lacey and to their heirs and assigns equally to be divided between them and to be by them held as tenants in common

And as for and concerning all such monies and stocks whatsoever in the publick Funds as I shall be possessed of or intitled to at my decease I give and bequeath the same unto John Cooper of Cliffs End in the parish of Saint Lawrence in the said Isle of Thanet yeoman and to his Executors and admo’rs but upon trust and confidence nevertheless that he the said John Cooper his executors or admo’rs shall and do receive and take all the yearly dividends interest and produce thereof as the same shall become due and payable and forthwith pay the same to my said two sisters for their own uses (equally between them)for and during their joint lives and to the survivor of them for their own use for and during the life of such survivor
and from and after the decease of both my said sisters upon Trust to assign transfer and pay all my said monies and stocks in the publick Funds and all such interest and profits thereof as may then happen to be unreceived by my said sisters or the survivor of them unto all my said nephews and neices herein above named equally to be divided between them to and for their own respective uses discharged of all further Trusts

And I give and bequeath all other my monies and all my apparel effects goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever (not herein before bequeathed) unto my said two sisters equally to be divided between them they paying all my just debts and Funeral charges And I do constitute and appoint them my said sisters executrixes of this my will and do hereby revoke all former wills by me made
And my will is that it shall be lawful for the said John Cooper his executors and admo’rs to deduct and retain out of the monies that shall come to his or their hands by virtue of this my will all such loss costs charges and expences as he or they shall pay expend or be put to in or about the due execution of the Trusts afores’d or any way concerning the same And that he or they shall not be answerable or accountable for any more of my monies than he or they shall actually receive nor for any loss or damage that may happen without his or their wilful default

In witness whereof I have to each of these two sheets of paper (which together contain my will) set my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of June in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Five and in the fifth 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 – Sarah Coleman – signed and sealed by the testatrix Sarah Coleman and by her published and declared as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names in her presence
Haman Kenard – John Gifford – John Fagg.

This Will was proved at London the Eighth day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and seventy three before the Right Worshipful George Hay Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Mary Lacey (wife of Thomas Lacey) and Elizabeth Lednor widow the sisters of the deceased and executrixes named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased they having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer.


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Will of Sarah Coleman
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