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Will of John Duckesbery

of Bearsted, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol. 62 f.356 1745
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson
In the name of God Amen I John Duckesbery of the parish of Bearsted in the County of Kent yeoman do this first day of March in the year of Our Lord Christ One thousand seven hundred Forty and four make this my last Will and Testament in Writing in manner following / That is to say first and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of God who gave it me and my Body to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executrixes and executor hereinafter named and as Touching such Worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose thereof as follows (Viz)

First I give unto Mary my loving Wife All the many Messuages Lands and Appurtenances whatsoever thereinto belonging situate lying and being In the parish of Bearsted aforesaid lately purchased of the Widow Allen and now in my own occupation and the occupation of Mr Warton with all the Furniture in my said house as it now stands with the stock of poles upon the Loos? ground during the time of her natural Life or so long as she Continues my Widow And after to my Son John Duckesbery and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten And if my said son John Duckesbery should happen to die without heirs of his body lawfully begotten Then my will and meaning is that the said Lands aforesaid shall come to my daughter Mary Duckesbery and the heirs of her body lawfully belonging

Also I give and devise unto my said son John Duckesbery aforesaid and his heirs for ever all (crossed out section) them my Mint? dwellings with their appurtenances situate lying and being in the parish of Maidstone in the County of Kent aforesaid lately purchased of Mrs Rider Widow of Boughton Monthelsea with out? other Messuage Lands and appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the parish of Minster in the Isle of Sheppy and now in the occupation of Richard West

Also I give unto my son John Duckesbery and his heirs for ever All that my lands and Wood in the parish of Hollingbourn in the County of Kent aforesaid which I hold by lease from the Church of Canterbury lately purchased of John Cage Esq. of Thurnham in the County of Kent aforesaid. Also I give unto my son John Duckesbery all my husbandry tackle and horses Bullocks and sheep upon Binbury Farm in the parish of Thurnham in the County of Kent aforesaid with all the Corn in the Barn and Hodder and whatsoever thereunto belonging within doors or without with all the Corn and seeds upon the ground and all household Goods within the house of Binbury aforesaid Also I give unto my son John Duckesbery aforesaid All the Corn and hay in the Barn and all Corn and seeds upon the ground at Ripple in the parish of Hollingbourn in the County of Kent aforesaid and in my own occupation.

Next I give unto my daughter Mary Duckesbery all that my messuage Lands and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the parish of Hollingbourne in the County of Kent aforesaid called by the name of Ripple as aforesaid and now in my own occupation to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten and for want of such heirs to my son John Duckesbery aforesaid and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten And farther my Will and meaning is that if my son John Duckesbery and my daughter Mary Duckesbery should happen to die without heirs or without disposing of their Lands given unto them aforesaid that it shall return and remain unto Mary my loving wife and her heirs for ever And if should happen that Mary my loving Wife shall happen to survive them my son John Duckesbery and my daughter Mary Duckesbery and enjoy all my lands given to them as aforesaid my will and desire is that she shall pay unto my nephew Aron Harris of Maidstone in the County of Kent aforesaid the sum of Two Hundred Pounds of lawfull Money of England within a twelve month after her decease

Also I give and bequeath all the rest of my personal Estate as Mortgages Bonds Bills and all other securities for Money whatsoever after payment of my just debts and Funeral Expenses be discharged unto my loving Wife Mary Duckesbery and my son John Duckesbery and my daughter Mary Duckesbery to be equally divided among them share and share alike And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said loving wife Mary Duckesbery and my son John Duckesbery and my daughter Mary Duckesbery Joint Executrixes and Executor of this my will Revoking all former Wills and Codicils by me made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said John Duckesbery the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. John Duckesbery Signed Sealed published and declared by the above written John Duckesbery the Testator in the presence of us whose names are hereto subscribed. Matt Parkman Wm Wharton Ester Wharton

The before registered Will of John Duckesbery deceased having ? goods etc was proved the 16th day of October in the year of our Lord 1745. Before the Reverend Richard Morris Clerk lawfull Surrogate to the Worshipfull George Paul Docter of Law Commissary General of the City and diocese of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Mary Duckesbery widow John Duckesbery and Mary Duckesbery spinster Executors named in the said Will for whom Administration of the goods etc of the deceased was commited they being first sworn duly to execute therewith.


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