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Will of John Doe

of Wormshill, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 16/401 D/1
Submitted by Mary Connaughton
In the Name of God, Amen the second day of January in the sixth Year of the Reign of our Soveraigne Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c 1733
I John Doe of Wormshill in the County of Kent Yeoman being Infirm and Weak in Body but of Sound Mind & Memory Do Make & Ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner following, That is to say
First I commend my Soul unto the Mercy of Almighty God Trusting in & through the passion & Merits of my Blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ to have the free pardon of All my Sins & to Inherit eternal Life; 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 God to bless me withal I do Give Devise & Bequeath as followeth

It is my Will that All such Debts as I may Owe to any person or persons whatsoever be out thereof in the first place paid & discharged

I give & bequeath to my Beloved Wife Elizabeth One Cottage Divided into Two Dwellings with the Outhouses Garden & Appurtenances, and One small piece or parcel of Land thereunto belonging scituate in the parish of Borden in the said County of Kent in a certain Street there called Chestnut Street now in the occupation of Edward Marshal & Thomas Thompson for and during the term of her Natural Life
And from and after her decease I do Bequeath & Devise the said One Cottage of Two Tenements to my Eldest son William Doe To hold the said premises with their appurtenances to him the said William Doe & to his Heirs for ever.

I give to my son John Doe the sum of Three pounds of Lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid to him by my Executrix in Twelve months after my decease

I Give Devise and Bequeath to my said Wife Elizabeth One Tenements with the Outhouses Garden Lands containing about fifteen Acres be the same more or less and all & singular the appurtenances thereto belonging or therewith usually occupied & enjoyed scituate in the Parish of Hollinborn in the said County of Kent in a Street there called Broad Street and now in the Tenure or Occupacon of William Wills (which said premises were by me purchased of Robert Wood) to her for and during the Term of her Natural Life
And from and after her decease I do Give Devise and Bequeath the said Tenement and premises to my Two Younger Sons Thomas Doe and Isaac Doe and to their Heires for Ever To Hold the same as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants.

It is also my Will that all the Rest and Residue of my Estate whatsoever, either real or personal Debts Goods Chattels Houshold Stuff Ustensils of Husbandry Corn on the Ground or in the Barn Stock of Cattell Horses Cows Sheep as of any other kind The Lease of the Farm which I hold of Mr Thatcher with all other writeings of whatever Nature or Quality I do Give & Bequeath the same to my said Wife Elizabeth Doe whom I do hereby Nominate Appoint and Ordaine to be full & Sole Executrix of this my Last Will & Testament

And I do hereby Revoke disannul & make void all or any other Will or Testament by me heretofore made In witness whereof I have to this my Last Will & Testament put my Hand & Seal the Day & Year Above written
John Doe his marke

Signed Sealed published & declared by the Testator to be his Last Will and testament in presence of Us who have hereunto Subscribed in presence of the said Testator
Elizabeth Thompson, her mark, Arthur Seed, his mark, & Abraham Tilghman

Probate 6 May 1736
This will was proved by the Oaths of Thomas Doe and Isaac Doe the naturall and lawfull Sons of the deceased to whom Administration with the will annexed of the Goods of the said deceased was committed they being sworne duly to administer the same (Elizabeth Doe the Relict of the deceased and sole Executrix herein named dying before she had taken upon her the Execution of)

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