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Will of John Humphrey

of Hever, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1799
Submitted by Rick Hinde
Dated June 25, 1799.

To James Doubell, of Brasted, farmer, all my messuage, farm etc at Pootings in Westerham, now in the occupation of John Coalgate, also all my messuage, farm etc. in Whistler's Green in Edenbridge parish, Brasted and Hever, now in the occupation of myself and John Malyan, also 3000 at the end of 12 months after my death.

To my niece Mary Blake spinster who now resides with me all my messuage, farm etc. in Edenbridge in the occupation of James Alexander and William Longley, also 1000 at age 21 or on day of marriage, which ever shall first happen.

To my nephew William Blake of Croydon, plumber and glazier, all my messuage, farm etc. in Oxted, Surrey, now in the occupation of James Gibbs, also 835 at the end of 12 months.
Whereas the said William Blake was heir to his father William Blake late of Westerham deceased, he is indebted to me in the principal sum of 110 on Bond, which sum was laid out in repairing a house and premises which my said nephew now holds. I forgive him the sum and the interest and my executor is to give up the said Bond to him as soon as possible after my death.

To my nephew John Humphrey of Hever Lodge farmer all messuages, farms etc. not otherwise bequeathed.

To Bernard Beckett of Hever, farmer, 20.
To Thomas Turvey, who now lives with me, 20.
To my servant, Margaret Gainsford, 20.
To my kinsman, John King junior, of Whistlers Green, 20.
To James Saunders of Edenbridge, miller, 20.
To the poor of Hever 20 and it is to be paid at the end of 12 months after my death; 10 within 2 months and to be distributed at the discretion of the Executor, the Minister, Churchwardens and Overseas of the Poor and the other 10 on Christmas Day.

To my nephew John Humphrey and James Doubell all my linen equally divided.

Residue of money, goods and personal estate after payment of debts etc. to the said John Humphrey and he to be Executor.

Witnesses, Timothy Moon, Anthony Richardson, William Saxby.

Probate granted July 22, 1799 to John Humphrey the nephew.
1810, June 1: Administration with will annexed of the goods of the said deceased, left unadministered by his nephew the said John Humphrey deceased while living, to Mary, wife of Henry Rowed, relict [widow] and administrix of the goods of the said John Humphrey the nephew who died intestate.

[John Humphrey [senior] died on the 8th July 1799. John Humphrey [junior] was murdered at Hever Lodge farm in May 1808.]

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