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Will of William Holmes

of Dover, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1801
Submitted by Shelagh Mason
In the name of God Amen I William Holmes of the Town and Port of Dover in the County of Kent Victualler being in tolerable bodily health but mercifully ffavoured with clearness of mind memory and understanding God be praised & therefore I make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and fform ffollowing (that is to say)

ffirst and principally I recommend my soul to God and Body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named and as for all such worldly estate as it hath pleased almighty God to bestow upon me

I dispose thereof as ffolloweth I give and devise unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Holmes for and during term of her natural life all that my leasehold messuage or tenement with the Ground and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being at the pier in Dover and now in my own occupation and being used as a public house and called or known by the name or sign of The Green Dragon she keeping the same in good and tenantable repair thereof and paying the expense of renewing the Harbour lease thereof when required

and from and immediately after her decease I give devise and bequeath the said Green Dragon or tenement ground and appurtenances thereof unto and among my children equally to be divided between them share and share alike and to their several Executors administrators and assigns

also I give and bequeath unto my said wife Elizabeth Holmes for and during the term of her natural life the use and benefit of all and singular my household furniture plate linen and china and from and immediately after her decease I give and bequeath the same unto and among my children totally to be divided between them share and share alike

also I give and devise unto my said wife Elizabeth Holmes the interest of the sum of two hundred pounds to be paid unto her so long as she shall continue my widow and no longer which sum of two hundred pounds to be put out at interest as them my Trustees and Executors hereinafter named shall think most advantageous and from and immediately after the next marriage or decease of my said wife I give and bequeath the said principal sum of two hundred pounds unto and among my children equally to be divided between them share and share alike at their respective ages of twenty one years

also I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my leasehold estates monies goods chattels and personal estate not hereinbefore disposed of (after all my just debts ffuneral expenses charges of proving this my Will and other indirect expenses being thereout paid and satisfied) unto my brothers-in-law John Fagg of Dover aforesaid Trinity Pilot and William Manger of the same place Draper and Taylor (whom I hereby nominate and appoint Executors of this my Will) their Executors administrators and assigns upon trust that they the said John Ffagg and William Manger or the survivor of them or his Executors or administrators shall and do as so as conveniently may be after my decease sells and disposes of all and every my said leasehold estates (my foresaid dwelling house excepted) together or in parcels goods and chattels for the most money they can and shall and do place the same upon sure security as they shall think proper and pay and apply the interest arising therefore to my said wife Elizabeth Holmes so long as she continues my widow and until my youngest child shall attain the age of twenty one years

and my mind and Will is and I hereby order and direct my said Executors or the survivor of them if they shall think it necessary for the better advancement and putting fforward any of my children in the world when and as they shall respectively attain the age of twenty three years to pay and advance any sum or sum or sums of money not exceeding one hundred pounds to each of them or if they shall think it proper and necessary to advance any sum or sums of money to any or either of my said children before they attain the age of twenty three years I hereby order and direct them so to do

and that in case any of my children shall at the time of my decease be indebted to me in any sum or sums of money on bond or note such sum or sums of money shall be considered as debts owing to my estate and shall be accounted? by such of my said children from whom the same shall be respectively due as part of their respective share of and in my said estate and my mind and will ffurther is that if either or any of my children shall happen to be leaving a child or children such child or children shall have receive and be intitled to what his her or their respective parent named by virtue of this my Will been intitled to if living provided such parent shall have not received what was due to them

and I hereby declare that the purchase or purchasers of all or any part of my said leasehold estates goods chattels or effects shall in no wise be answerable for the misapplication or nonapplication of the purchase monies by him them or either of them paid to my said Trustees and my mind and Will ffurther is and I hereby declare the same to be that my said Executors or either of them shall or may from time to time as occasion may so require at their discretion call in and place out my monies at interest on sure security or securities as they shall think proper and do every other act requisite for the execution of this my Will without being liable to account for or make good any loss or losses which may happen without them or either of their wilful neglect or default in or about the same and that the one of my said Executors shall not be answerable or accountable for the acts deeds receipts or default of the other of them but each of them for his own acts deeds receipts and defaults only

and I hereby revoke and make void all former and other Wills by me made and publish and declare this and no other to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said William Holmes the testator to each sheet of this my last Will and Testament in two sheets of paper contained have set and put my hand and seal the fifteenth day of February in the year of Our Lord One thousand seven hundred and ninety eight
The Mark and Seal of X William Holmes
Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Holmes the testator as and for and to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto
Wm Collison - Wm Brockman

This Will was proved as London the thirty ffirst day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and one before the Right Honourable Sir William Wynn Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the prerogative court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of John Ffagg and William Manger the Executors named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the deceased having been ffirst sworn by Commission duly to administer.


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