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Will of Thomas Jorden

of Northbourne, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/91/4

This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Jorden of the parish of Northbourn in the County of Kent Husbandman made this thirteenth day of January Anno Dmi 1732 and in the sixth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith etc.

Imprimis I do hereby nominate and appoint my Loveing [wife] Elizabeth sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament

Item I give devise and bequeath unto my said Wife Elizabeth all that my messuage or tenement outhouses yard backside bildings garden ground and premises thereunto belonging and appertaining with the appurtenances situate lying and being in the parish of Northbourn aforesaid and now in my own occupation To hold unto my said wife Elizabeth for and during the term of her natural life In case she shall so long live and remain a Widow and unmarried and not otherwise

And immediately from and after the death of my said Wife Elizabeth or remarriage which of them shall first happen Then I give and devise the same premises unto my children Thomas, Elizabeth the wife of John Prior, Mary the wife of John Newin, Ann the wife of Richard Taylor, Alexander and Amy the wife of John Maxlen and to their heirs and assigns for ever equally to be divided between share and share alike

And lastly I do hereby give and bequeath unto my said wife Elizabeth all and singular my household goods linen beding and all other my Estate whatsoever and wheresoever

In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Jorden have to this my last Will and Testament contained in this single sheet of paper set my hand and seal the day and year first aforesaid Thomas Jorden his mark Signes sealed published and declared to be the last Will and Testament of me the said Thomas Jorden in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereto at his request and in his presence
George Shocklidge John Friend Gab: Drayson

The above registered Will of Thomas Jorden deceased was proved the 3d day of November 1740 before the Reverend William Gostling Clerk lawfull Surrogate to the Worshipfull George Lee Doctor of Laws Official general to the Reverend the Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Elizabeth Jorden Executrix herein named to whom administration of the goods chattles and credits of the said deceased was committed She being sworn well and truly to perform the same.

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Will of Thomas Jorden
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