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Will of James Denn

of West Greenwich, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1700
Transcribed by Brian Denn
'In the name of God Amen' then blacked out. [James Denn of West Greenwich, Malster]
Almighty God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping and confidently believing through the meritorious death and passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and remission of all my sins and to inherit Everlasting Life. And my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named. And as touching the disposition of all such temporal estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth.

First I give and bequeath unto my brother in law John Fuller the sum of one shilling.
Item I give and bequeath unto Mary the wife of Thomas King of Deptford Tailor the sum of five pounds.
Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Brockhurst(?) the wife of John Brockhurst(?) the sum of five pounds.
Item I give and bequeath unto my kinsman James Denn the sum of four pounds.
Item I give and bequeath unto my kinsman Thomas Elgar(?) and his wife thirty shillings apiece to each of them to buy two rings to wear in remembrance of me.

And all and singular the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate goods chattels debts money and all other things whatsoever not before given and bequeathed my debts and legacies being first paid and funeral expenses performed I give devise and bequeath unto Sarah Price the wife of Thomas Price that now lives with me and I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Sarah Price full and whole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby desire and appoint my loving friend Richard Turner of Leasing Heath in the Parish of Erith in the said County of Kent to be Overseer of this my last Will and Testament and to be aiding and assisting unto my said Executrix in the due ? thereof.
And I do hereby give and bequeath unto the said Richard Turner the sum of five pounds for his care and trouble in that behalf.

Revoking all former wills by me heretofore made and ? ordain this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. James Denn. Signed sealed published declared and delivered by the above named James Denn the Testator be his last Will and Testament in the presence of
Edward Cordoroy(?), George Marshall, George Fuller. Probatum in Latin 1700

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