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Will of Richard Handcock

of Mersham, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/100/461
Submitted by Veronica Nops
In the Name of God Amen I RICHARD HANDCOCK of the Parish of Mersham in the County of Kent being of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God for it therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the Hands of Almighty God that gave it. And my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the direction of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty Power of God. And touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

First I give and bequeath to THOMAS TAYLOR of Eastwell the sum of two hundred pounds of lawful money of Gt. Britain
I give and bequeath to cousin JOHN HANDCOCK the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
I give and bequeath to cousin W1LLIAM HANDCOCK the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
I give and bequeath to WILLIAM HANDCOCK the son of THOMAS HANDCOCK of Shadoxhurst the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
I give and bequeath to RICHARD POTTER of BOWER FARM in Mersham the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
I give and bequeath to THOMAS POTTER als (TAYLOR) of Mersham the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
I give and bequeath to DANIEL CHITTENDEN the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
I give and bequeath to ELIZABETH the wife of the aforesaid DANIEL CHITTENDEN the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
I give and bequeath to JOHN CHITTENDEN son of the aforesaid DAN1EL and ELIZABETH CHITTENDEN the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
I give and bequeath to JOHN ________ of the Parish of Hothfield the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money
I give and bequeath to MARY TUMBER widow of Swingfield Minnis the sum of ten pounds

I give and bequeath to THOMAS NORRIS that married ANN TUMBER the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money and two pair of sheets if he is living at the time of paying the Legacies are to be paid.

I give and bequeath to MARY TUMBER that now lives with me and her uncle ROBERT TUMBER all and singular my house and lands with what buildings shall be upon it in the Parish of Mersham together with the Household furniture and other effects except what is mentioned to be given away
I will that the part given to ROBERT TUMBER to descend to ROBERT TUMBER his brothers son at his decease.

I give and bequeath to ROBERT TUMBER son of EDWARD TUMBER the sum of five pounds of lawful money
I give and bequeath to THOMAS TAYLOR aforesaid two pair of sheets
and his daughter JANE a large silver Tablespoon and a gold ring.

And I constitute make and ordain the aforesaid MARY TUMBER and ROBERT her Uncle and DANIEL CHITTENDEN of the Parish of Hothfield to be my Executors
To pay the above Legacies in twelve calendar months after my decease out of my money and other effects whether out upon bonds notes or otherwise and all unavoidable expenses to be allowed the Executors.

RICHARD HANDCOCK - His Marke
Signed sealed pronounced and declared by the said RICHARD HANDCOCK this 28th Day of September 1782 in the presence of us the subscribers
John Huggins - Thomas Horton - John Elgar


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