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Will of John Denn

of Rotherhithe, Surrey and Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1747
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen, I John Denn of Rotherhithe in the County of Surrey, Mariner being in good health of body and of sound disposing mind and memory praised be Almighty God and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof do therefore make and declare my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say first and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of God my Creator hoping through the merits death and passion of my only Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ to obtain full pardon and full remission of all my sins and to inherit eternal life and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named and as touching such Temporal Estate as it hath and shall please the Divine Goodness to bestow on me at the time of my decease I give bequeath and dispose of the same in manner following viz.

Imprimis I will order direct and appoint that all such just debts as shall be by me owing at the time of my decease together with my funeral charges shall be fully paid and satisfied.

Item the rest residue and remainder of all my estate both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever I give devise and bequeath unto my loving wife Mary and her assigns forever or according to my Right and Interest therein also I do hereby make constitute and appoint my said loving wife Mary sole Executrix of this my will and lastly I do hereby revoke disannul and make void all former wills and testaments bequests and legacies by me at any time heretofore made bequeathed and given and do make and declare this only to be and contain my last Will and Testament and none other or otherwise. In witness whereof I the said John Denn the Testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of March Anno Domini 1735 and in the ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King George the Second. John Denn signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator for and as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names at witnesses hereto in his presence and in the presence of each other.
James Peters, John Ellis ? Charles Taverner(?)

This will was proved at London before the Worshipful Charles Pinfold(?) Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful John Bettesworth also Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty seven by the oath of Mary Denn widow, the relict of the deceased and sole Executrix named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer.

On the 18th day of November 1824 administration (with the will annexed) of the goods chattels and credits of John Denn late of the Parish of Lewisham in the County of Kent deceased left unadministered? by Mary Denn widow deceased (whilst being ? sole Executrix and Residuary Legatee named in the said will was granted to Mary Sarah Issit wife of Charles Issit Esq. ? (with the will annexed) of the ? goods of the said Mary Denn deceased having been first sworn duly to administer. The said Mary Denn made her will and appointed her son John Denn and Thomas King executors of the said John Denn having survived ? Executor ?


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