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Will of Mary Foreman

of Horsmonden, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1759
Transcribed by Jeremy Stroud
In the Name of God Amen the Twelfth day of February In the Twenty Sixth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty three I Mary Foreman of Horsmonden in the County of Kent Widow and Victualler being in health of Body and of a sound and Disposing Mind and Memory (praised be God) Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First and principally I surrender up my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping to be saved by and through the only Merits and Satisfaction of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer and my Body I commit to the Earth to be Decently Interred and buried by and at the Discretion of my Executor hereinafter named

Also I Give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son John Foreman (whom I have hereinafter appointed Executor of this my will) the Sum of One hundred pounds of Good and Lawful Money of Great Britain to be by him had and taken out of my Personal Estate within Twelve Months next after my Decease
And whereas I have already advanced and Given to my Son Thomas Foreman for his better Support And Maintenance in the World in Money and Goods the Sum of Forty one pounds Now I do hereby Give and bequeath to my said Son Thomas Foreman the Sum of Nine pounds more of Good and Lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid to him within Twelve Months next after my Decease by my Executor hereinafter named

And whereas I have also advanced and Given unto my Daughter Ann (the now Wife of John Ballard of Horsmonden aforesaid yeoman) for her better Support and Maintenance in the World the Sum of Twenty five pounds of Good and Lawful Money of Great Britain Now I do hereby Give and bequeath unto my said Daughter Ann (the Wife of John Ballard) the sum of Twenty five pounds more of like money to be paid to her within Twelve Months next after my decease by my Executor hereinafter named
Also I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Frances Foreman the sum of Fifty pounds of Good and Lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid to her within Twelve Months next after my Decease by my Executor hereinafter named

Also I Give and bequeath unto my Son William Foreman the Sum of Fifty pounds of like money to be paid to him within Twelve Months next after my Decease by my Executor hereinafter named if he shall then have arrived to his age of Twenty one years and if not Then so soon afterwards as he Shall arrive to the Age of Twenty one years
And Whereas I have already Advanced and Given unto my Daughter Mary (the Wife of Nicholas Barber of Loose in the County of aforesaid Tanner) For her better Support and Maintenance in the World the Sum of Fifty pounds of Good and Lawful Money of Great Britain Now I do hereby declare that the same was by me Intended and Shall for ever hereafter be Considered as a Free[?] Gift of mine to my said Daughter Mary the Wife of Nicholas Barber and that She or the said husband shall not Be accountable to my Executor or any other person or persons For the same

Also all the Rest and Residue of my ready Money Debts Household Goods and all other my Goods Chattels And Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever (my Debts Legacys and Funeral Expenses and the Charges of Proving) this my Will and other Incident Charges being first paid and Satisfied I Give and bequeath unto my said Six children namely John Foreman Thomas Foreman Mary the Wife of Nicholas Barber Ann the Wife of John Ballard Frances Foreman and William Foreman to be Equally Divided between them Share and Share alike And I do hereby make and Ordain my said Son John Foreman full and Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making Void all former Wills by me formerly made In Witness whereof I the said Mary Foreman the Testatrix to this my last Will and Testament contained in One Sheet of Paper have set my hand and Seal dated the day and year first above written Mary Foreman Signed Sealed Published and Declared by The said Mary Foreman the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who Subscribed our names as Witnesses to the same in the presence of the said Testatrix _
Thos. Scoones, Mary Cocke at the George in Brenchley, Thomas Jeffery of Horsmonden yeoman

Horsmonden february the 28 1759-
The Residue of my Will Mary Foreman is in this Sheet of paper I Give unto my Son John Foreman Twenty pound of Good Lawful Money more than in my other will mentioned
I Give unto my Son John One large Silver Spoon marked with R.F.
I Give unto my three Daughters Mary Ann Frances all my Wearing Apparel of all Sorts
likewise I Give to them all my Four Gold Rings
I Give unto my Daughter Frances Foreman the Bed and hanging and all that belongs to it and the Great Chest in the Closet and a that is in it and one large Silver Spoon mark with T.T.M.F.
I Give unto my Son William Foreman the other Bed in my Room and all that belongs to it and the little Riding Mare only he is to Give to my Son Thomas Foreman three Pound of Money
I Give to my Son Will Foreman One large Silver Spoon mark with T T.M.T.
likewise my Will is to have a Double headstone
And I Give unto my Servant Maid Chalthan Balhost a Black half yard Gamblet[?] Gown to be bought for her
as Witnesses to the same, we set our hands to it,
Mary Foreman, Susanna Twort, Ann Twort, Ann Ballard.

This Will was proved at London with a Codicil annexed the Sixth day of November In the year of of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Fifty nine before the Worshipful Andrew Coltee[?] Durawl[?] Doctor of Laws Surrogate Master Keeper or Commissary of the prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of John Foreman the Son of the deceased and Sole Executor named in the said Will to whom Administration was Granted of all and Singular The Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first Sworn duly to Administer.


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