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Will of William Fuce

of Beakesbourne, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/89/35e
Submitted by Veronica Nops
In the Name of God Amen I WILLIAM FUCE of Beakesbourn in the County of Kent Husbandman being now in a bad state of health in body but of sound mind and memory (God be praised for the same do therefore make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. (That is to say) first I humbly recommend my Soul into the merciful Hands of God Almighty hoping through the merrits death and Passion of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer to Receive forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life
my body to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executor herein after named. And as to my worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose thereof as followeth.

First I give unto my son JOHN FUCE one shilling he having been very expensive to me formerly and upon several occasions.

Also whereas I have in ready money in my house and in my wives keeping the sum of four score pounds or thereabouts and the sum of thirty pounds in my Brother JOHN SPRATTs hands and also what I have in other goods chattels personal estate stock and crop of my little farm and lands I now hold in lease of the Reverend Herbert Taylor (after my debts and funeral charges are paid and satisfied) I give and dispose of in manner and form following (that is to say).

I give unto my loving wife MARY one full third part thereof
and the other two third parts thereof I do hereby give and bequeath unto my son WILLIAM FUCE
and to my Daughter MARY the wife of RICHARD INGE
and to my Daughters? MARTHA FUCE and ELIZABETH FUCE equally to be divided between them share and share alike.

And as to the said lease and the Residue of the term of years thereby granted to me of the said farm and land by the said Reverend Mr. Herbert Taylor I give and bequeath the same unto my said wife MARY and to the said RICHARD INGE and MARY his wife their several Executors Administrators and Assigns.
And Will and Mind is that they use occupy the same joyntly together.

And lastly I do hereby make and constitute the said JOHN SPRATT my Brother in Law Executor of this my last Will and Testament whom I do hereby desire to see this my Will duly performed and to be advising and aiding and assisting to my said wife and children therein.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the second Day of May in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred thirty three.
The mark of WILLIAM FUCE
Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of

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