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Will of George Duck

of Eastling, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury : PRC16/382 D/3 or PRC17/84/24a
Submitted by Mary Connaughton
In the name of God Amen I George Duck the Elder of the Parish of Eastling in the County of Kent Yeoman being in health of Body and of sound mind and memory, praised be Almighty God therefore do make publish and declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say : First I recommend my soul into the Hands of Almighty God in Hopes of attaining Everlasting Life after death thro' the alone Merits and Mediation of my Blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and as to my temporal Estate I give and dispose thereof in manner and form following, that is to say

Imprimis my will and mind is that all such debts as I shall owe to any person or persons whatsoever at my decease be with all convenient speed fully paid and satisfied

Item I give devise and bequeath unto my loving wife Ann Duck One Annuity or yearly Rent charge of Thirty shillings of lawfull money of Great Britain to be issuing had taken and received out of all that my Messuage Lands Tenements and Hereditaments with the Appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or used as part or parcell thereof To have and to hold the said Annuity or yearly Rent charge of Thirty Shillings above mentioned and every part and parcell thereof unto my said loving Wife Ann Duck and her Assigns for and during the Term of her natural Life payable and to be paid on the Feast days of St Michael the Archangel and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by even and equal portions half yearly to be paid the first payment thereof to begin and to be made at the next Feast of the Feasts aforesaid that shall happen after my decease All which said Messuage or Tenement Lands and Premisses are situate lying and being in the said Parish of Eastling in the said County and now are in my own Occupation
And if it shall happen the said Annuity or yearly Rent charge of Thirty Shillings or any part thereof to be behind or unpaid in part or in all by the Space of One and Twenty days next over any or either of the said days or times whereon the same of right ought to be paid as aforesaid that then and so often and at any time then after it shall & may be lawfull to and for the said Ann Duck or her Assigns into the said Premisses or any part thereof to enter and distrain And the distress and distress then and there found to lead take carry away and impound And the same in pound to detain and keep untill the said Annuity and all arrears thereof (if any be) and all Costs and charges sustained thereabouts shall be fully paid and satisfied

Item I give devise and bequeath unto my son George Duck for and during the term of his natural Life (subject to the Annuity) All my said Messuage Lands Tenements and Premisses with the Appurtenances And from and after his decease to the Heirs of his Body lawfully begotten or to be begotten
And for want of such Issue I give devise and bequeath the said Messuage Lands and Premisses unto my grandson Thomas Ward son of my daughter Mary and to his Heirs and assigns forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandchildren Anne Mary Elizabeth and James Ward Children of my said daughter Mary the sum of Ten pounds a piece of lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid to them at their respective Ages of One and Twenty years

Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandaughter Ann Burck the sum of Ten pounds of like money to be paid to her by my Executors at her Age of One and Twenty Years

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elinor Duck the sum of Fifty pounds of like money to be paid her within one year next after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandchildren John Wood George Wood and Ann Wood the sum of Ten pounds a peice of like money to be paid to them by my Executors at their respective ages of One and Twenty Years

Item all the rest residue and remainder of my goods Chattels Rights Credits and personal Estate I give and bequeath unto my said wife Ann Duck and my son George Duck equally to be divided between them
And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife Anne Duck and my son George Duck joynt Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all Former Wills and Testaments

In witnes whereof I the said George Duck the Testator have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the ninth day of September in the Eighth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King George over Great Britain etc Anno Domini 1721
George Duck Sen his mark Signed sealed published and declared by the said George Duck the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto
Eliza Skinner, John Berry & Walter Jones

Probate 9 September 1724


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