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Will of Thomas Handcock

of Shadoxhurst, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/103/719b
Submitted by Veronica Nops
I THOMAS HANDCOCK of the Parish of Shadoxhurst in the County of Kent Farmer being of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God for it knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die ordaine this to be my last Will and Testament made this 3rd Day of June in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred. That is to say.
Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the Hand of Almighty God who gave it and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executor nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God.
And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose the same in the following manner and form.

First I give and bequeath unto FRANCES my beloved wife all and every part of all my money household furniture live and dead stock husbandry utensils together with all and every other property that I stand possessed of at my decease for the term of her natural life.

Secondly at the expiration of the natural life of my well beloved wife FRANCES I give all and every part of what is left to be equally and even divided between all my children that may then be living. And in the case of the death of any of my said children unmarried then this share to be equally divided amongst my children then living. But in case of any of my children married should die before that time then their father or mothers share to be equally divided amongst their children.

Thirdly I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved son W1LLIAM to be my Executor to this my last Will and Testament with the addition of ten pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be raised out of my effects over and above his equal and even share for the trouble that he may take therein.

And I do hereby utterly revoke and discount all and every other former Will and Testament by me in and every willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
In Witness hereto I have set my hand and seal dated the day and year above written. THOMAS HANDCOCK signed sealed published and declared that this is my last Will and Testament in the presence of us

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