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Will of William Hodges

of Barham, Kent

Source: KFHS fiche 434/6, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/559 1847
This is the last Will and Testament of me William Hodges of the parish of Barham in the County of Kent Parochial Clerk I bequeath unto my son William Hodges of Scriba New York North America the sum of ten pounds to be paid within six months after my decease

I also bequeath unto my daughter Marianne the wife of Henry Miles of Barham aforesaid Cordwainer the sum of five pounds

I devise my Freehold Messuage or tenement now used as a National School with the garden and appurtenances thereto belonging situate in the said parish of Barham and also all that piece of land at the North side of the said school and abutting to the same containing one perch or thereabouts to my sons Thomas Hodges of the Castle Hotel Ramsgate and Montague Hodges of Barham aforesaid their Executors and administrators during the life of my said daughter Marianne the wife of the said Henry Miles without impeachment of waste upon Trust to preserve the contingent remainders hereinafter limited and to pay the rents and profits thereof as and when the same shall become due and not by way of anticipation into her own hands to be enjoyed by her as an unalienable personal provision and while covert free from the controve and engagements of her husband and for which rents and profits her receipts alone shall be sufficient discharges to my executors and administrators

And I declare that if during the life of my said daughter the rents and profits of the said hereditaments or any part thereof shall from any cause whatever cease to be payable into her own hands to be enjoyed as aforesaid the trust lastly hereinbefore contained in her favor shall henceforth be void and the same rents and profits shall during the then remainder of her life be paid to the person or persons who would for the time being be entitled to receive the same if my said daughter were dead with remainder to the child if only one or the children if more than one of my last mentioned daughter who either before or after this limitation shall take effect in possession shall attain the age of twenty one years or who shall die under that age and leave issue living at his her or their death or respective deaths in fee simple such children if more than one to take as Tenants in common But if no child of my said daughter shall attain the said age or shall die under that age and leave issue living at his or her death then to my own right heirs

And as to all the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever I devise and bequeath the same unto my said son Montague Hodges his heirs executors and administrators absolutely but as to estates vested in me upon Trust or by way of Mortgage subject to the equities affecting the same respectively I appoint my said sons Thomas Hodges and Montague Hodges Executors of this my Will with power to compound debts and settle claims And I absolve them and the Trustee and Trustees for the time being of my Will from all responsibility for the receipts and defaults of each other and for involuntary losses and also authorize them and such Trustees and Trustee to retain and allow to each other all expenses incurred in or about the execution of the Trusts of my will and I give unto my said son Thomas Hodges a legacy of ten pounds to be retained at the end of six calendar months from my decease as an ackowledgment for the trouble he will have in the execution of my Will

And lastly I revoke all former and other wills declaring this writing alone to express the whole of my will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the ninth day of January one thousand eight hundred and forty seven
William Hodges
Signed by the said Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
George Winch, John Carter

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