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Will of John Cooper

of Wingham, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/71/163
Submitted by Veronica Nops
This is the last Will and Testament of one JOHN COOPER ofthe Parish of Wingham in the County of Kent Gentleman I being of sound mind in memory and understanding.
First I devise to be decently interred in a shell and two inch coffin with furniture only in the family vault in Littlebourne Churchyard in the said County of Kent.

And I give and forgive unto my nephew STEPHEN KELCEY the sum of two hundred pounds
which I direct shall be deducted from and considered as part payment of a Debt or sum of five hundred pounds which he now owes one upon his bond.

And I give and bequeath unto my nephew RICHARD KELCEY the sum of two hundred pounds sterling for his own absolute use and benefit.
And I give and bequeath unto my niece ELIZABETH KELCEY the like sum of two hundred pounds sterling for her own absolute use and benefit.
Also I give and bequeath unto my nephew ALFRED KELCEY the like sum of two hundred pounds sterling for his own absolute use and benefit.
And I give and bequeath unto my brother THOMAS COOPER the sum of five hundred pounds sterling for his own absolute use and benefit.

But if I am in my lifetime or my Executors or Administrators are after my death obliged to pay or satisfy a Bond for five hundred pounds for which I am now jointly bound with and as surety for the said THOMAS COOPER then I declare and direct that the said THOMAS COOPER shall not be entitled to claim or receive the above mentioned legacy of five hundred pounds as bequeathed to him as aforesaid or any part thereof. But the same shall go to and form part of the Residue of my Personal Estate anything herein before contained to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding.

Also I give and bequeath unto my sister MARY the wife of DAVID CAREY the sum of eight hundred pounds sterling.
And to my niece ANNE PETTIT the sum of one hundred pounds sterling
both of which I direct to be paid at the end of twelve calendar months next after my decease and after the payment of my just Debts Funeral and Testamentary expenses and legacies herein before bequeathed or such of them as may become payable by virtue of this my Will as aforesaid.

I give and bequeath all my household chattels plate linen and china money securities for money effects Debts and all other my Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my brother WILLIAM COOPER his Executors Administrators and Assigns for his and their own use and benefit absolutely.

And I appoint the said WILLIAM COOPER and my friend DENNE DENNE Esquire (of Elbridge) Executors of this my Will and hereby revoke all former and other wills by me at anytime hereto for made.
And I declare that my said Executors shall be answerable for such monies only as they respectively shall actually receive by virtue of this my Will. And that they shall respectively not be answerable the one for the other or others of them nor for involuntary losses. And that they shall be allowed and may return all their costs charges damages and expenses to be occasioned by the due execution of this my Will or in any wise incident thereto.

In Witness whereof I the said JOHN COOPER the testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th Day of September 1845. JOHN COOPER signed sealed published and declared by the said JOHN COOPER the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other here unto subscribed our names as Witnesses.
W. LEE Solicitor Sandwich - W.F. his Clerk


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