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Will of Thomas Hobbs

of Elham, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/Vo92/Fo105, 1746
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN - I Thomas Hobbs of Elham in the County of Kent Yeoman being infirm in Body but sound and perfect mind and memory (praised be to God for the same) Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following ffirst and principally I most humbly recommend my soul to the mercy of Almighty God my Creator having through the Merrits of Jesus Christ my Savior to have forgiveness of all my Sins and to Inherit eternal life and my body I will to be decently Interred at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named and as to my Worldly Estate both real and personal wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me I dispose of the same as followeth (that is to say)

All that my Messuage or Tenement with Garden Backside and Ground thereunto belonging with their Appurtenances situate lying and being in the Town of Elham aforesaid and now in my Occupation and all my Household Goods and Utensils and Implements of Household Shift? whatsoever and wheresoever unto my loving Wife Margaret her Heirs Executors or her Administrators and assigns for Ever And whereas I have surrendered into the hands of the Lord of the Manor of Elham by this hand and acceptance of his steward thereof all my copyhold lands Tenements and Herreditaments situate lying and being in Elham aforesaid to the life of such person and persons and for such Estate and Estates and for such Intails? and purposes as the said Thomas Hobbs in and by my last Will in Writing under my hand and seal should and shall limit declare and appoint Now I the said Thomas Hobbs do hereby moreover give unto my said loving Wife for and during the Term of her natural life if she being continue my Widow but not otherwise the Rents and Profits of all those my copyhold Lands Woodlands Tenements and Premises with their Appurtenances And the Rents and Profits of all that my other ffreehold Messuages Tenement with their Buildings Lands and Tenements are situate lying and being in the Parish of Elham aforesaid and now or late in the Tenure or Occupation of George Dadd? his Undertenants or Assigns

And I immediately following? after my said Wife's decease or next marriage which shall first happen I then give and devise all aforesaid Copyhold Lands Woodlands Tenements and Premises and all my said last mentioned ffreehold Messuages Tenements with the Buildings Lands Herreditaments and Premises with their and every of their Appurtenances unto my three sons John Hobbs, Richard Hobbs and Benjamin Hobbs and their respective heirs and Signs for ever equally to be divided between them then they my three sons and their heirs paying out of the same Copyhold Lands Woodlands Tenements and Premises and out of my said last mentioned ffreehold Messuages Tenements Buildings Lands Herreditaments and Premises unto my Daughter Katherine Hobbs Spinster and unto my Daughter Margaret Hobbs the wife of Richard Harrison the Sum of Sixty pounds of lawfull Money of Great Britain apiece and unto my Daughter in Law Elizabeth Hobbs Widow the sum of Twenty pounds apiece of like lawfull Money to be severally and effectively paid unto them my said two Daughters and Daughter in Law within two years next after decease or next marriage of my said Wife which shall first happen and they my said sons paying out of aforesaid ffreehold estate last mentioned unto my Granddaughter Margaret Hobbs the sum of Twenty Pounds of like lawfull Money of Great Britain when she shall attain to the age of One and Twenty years in case she shall live so long but not otherwise.

Item all the rest of my residue and remainder of my Personal Estate whatsoever not herein before bequeathed after all my just Debts ffuneral Expenses and the Charges of Proving and Executing of this my last Will and Testament shall be fully paid and satisfied I give and devise the sum and every part thereof unto my said loving Wife Margaret her ? and Administrators
Item I do hereby nominate and appoint my said loving Wife Margaret Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament And hereby revoking all former and other wills I give heretofore made to this my present last will and Testament contained in these these two sheets of paper together annexed I have to the first sheet thereof set my hand and to this second sheet my hand and seal dated this thirteenth day of November in the fifteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord (George - omitted) the second by Grace of God King of Great Britain ffrance and Ireland defender of the faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and fforty One Thomas Hobbs Signed Sealed Delivered published and declared by the said Thomas Hobbs the Testator for and as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence Subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto
Eliz Spillett, Daucus? Spillett, White? Spillett

Proved 29th March 1746 Executrix Margaret Hobbs

1 Thomas Hobbs married Margaret Allen (widow) Nee Horsfield on 23rd Sept 1701 at St Alpherge Canterbury by licence
2 Thomas Hobbs buried Elham 25th March 1746
3 Margaret Hobbs widow - Death & Will followed 1757
4 Copyhold - A tenure for which the tenant has nothing to show except the rolls made by the steward of the Lord's Court ; land held in copyhold - Blackie's Dict. circa 1920
5 The film of the transcript is heavy scored and the ink has bled through from the other side of the folio hence the ?

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