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Will of Esther Denne

of Rochester St Margaret, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1742
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen, I Esther Denne, widow of the Parish of St Margaret next Rochester in the County of Kent being aged and weak in body though sound in mind, God be praised and considering how uncertain life is do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament. First of all I resign my Soul into the hands of my glorious Creator in good hope of having full pardon for all my sins and offences in this state of ? and of inheriting in a better world life everlasting through the merits of my Blessed Redeemer. In the next place I give my Body to the ground willing it to be decently but privately buried under the same stone with that of my dear deceased husband in the Churchyard of Littlebourne Parish. As to that small portion of worldly goods I shall leave behind me being desirous of giving all my children the last proofs I can of that tender love and parental affection I have always had for them. I do bequeath and devise such my goods after my decease in the manner following vis:

first I give to my son John Denne Archdeacon of Rochester my silver tankard with my wedding ring that was made into a burying one at the death of my husband.
Item I do give to my son Henry Denne of Littlebourne Court one silver cup with a spout together with six large silver spoons and also ten silver tea spoons and tea tongs.
Item I do give to my daughter Sarah Hollingberry one silver ? and four large silver spoons marked with ? and two silver ? with two small silver salvers.
Item I do give to my daughter Esther Denne four silver salts with the spoons belonging to them and also six large silver spoons whose old mark was taken out but now marked with ?
Item I do give to my grandson John Denne son of Henry aforesaid by his first wife one gold ring with a crystal stone and ? in it and also a parcel of linen as it is now put up for him having nursed and brought him up as my own after the decease of his mother in childbed.

Item I give to my daughter Esther Denne all my household goods and furniture together with all the household linen I have at Rochester.
Item I give to my two daughters Sarah Hollingberry and Esther Denne all the rest of my household linen together with my wearing apparel to be equally divided share and share alike between them.

Lastly I do hereby constitute and ordain my daughter Esther Denne to be sole Executrix and Administratrix of my last Will and Testament and after her discharging all my debts and funeral charges together with the legacies above mentioned and giving likewise to each of my sons and daughters one ring of twenty shillings value. I do further will bequeath and give unto her the whole remainder of my personal estate of what kind soever it be making her my sole Residuary Legatee.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of October in the year of our Lord 1738. Esther Denne her mark. Signed sealed and declared by the within named Esther Denne as her last Will and Testament in the presence of
Nathaniel Hawes Junior. John Edison

This will was proved at London before the Worshipful Edward ? Doctor of Laws Surrogate to the Right Worshipful John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty two by the oath of Esther Denne, spinster the daughter of the deceased and sole Executrix named in the said will to whom was granted administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer.

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