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Will of George Dann

of Hunton, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Ref. PROB11/1061
Submitted by John Dann
I George Dann of Hunton in the County of Kent Blacksmith being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praised be to God do make this my last will and testament in manner following

I give and bequeath unto my son Daniel Dann the Leases of my workshops and my Tools Implements and utensils of my Trade for his own use and benefit
I give unto my wife Elizabeth the use of all my household goods and furniture during her life

and I do direct that my said wife jointly with my executors hereafter named do immediately after my decease or so soon after as conveniently may be take an inventory of my said Goods (except what is above given to my son Daniel) and that two Copies be made thereof and signed by my said Wife and Executors and that one of the said copies shall remain with my said wife and the other with my Executors she my said wife signing an engagement that all my said household goods and furniture shall be restored to my Executors within one month after her decease in good plight and condition (reasonable use and wear in the mean time and accidental damage by fire excepted)

and I do direct my Executors as soon as may be after my decease to collect and get in all Monies owing unto me either on Book Bills bonds Notes or other Securities either publick or private and also to sell my Stock in Trade and the Monies arising thereby with the ready money I shall die possessed of after discharging all my just Debts to put and place out at Interest either on private Securities or in the publick funds as they think proper and the interest or Dividends from time to time arising therefrom to pay unto my said wife Elizabeth for and during her natural life and which I do hereby give unto her for her own use and benefit during her life
and from and immediately after her Decease I do direct my said Executors to call in the said Monies so out on Security as aforesaid and together with the Monies that shall arise from the sale of my household Goods which I would have sold at the same time divided equally amongst my Four children George Daniel Luke and Elizabeth the wife of William Pearce share and share alike
but my will is that my Executors do retain in their hands my said daughter's share of my said Monies and from time to time pay and dispose of the same as my said Daughter shall direct and her receipt only shall be a Discharge to my said Executors for the same it being my intention that the same shall not be liable for the Debts or Controul of her said Husband

and I do hereby make and appoint my said two sons George and Daniel Dann joint Executors of this my Will and revoke all former wills by me at any time heretofore made
In Witness whereof I the said George Dann the Testator have hereunto set my hand and Seal the thirteenth day of February in the year of our Lord 1778 George Dann LS Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said George Dann the Testator as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses
David Tanner - Stephen Read

This Will was proved at London the eighth day of February in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and Eighty before ....
by the oaths of George Dann and Daniel Dann the Sons of the deceased and the Executors named ....

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