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Will of John Keeler

of Elham, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 17 /108 / 173, Film # 01089009
Transcribed by Norm Dennie
This is the last Will and Testament of me John Keeler of the parish of Elham, in the County of Kent yeoman being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding. First I commend my Soul unto the Lord Almighty God who gave it and my body to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executor therein named and I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied And that after payment thereof.

I give and devise unto my beloved wife Sarah all that my freehold messuage or tenement garden hereditaments and premises situate lying and being in the parish of Elham aforesaid said and now in the occupation of Mary Keeler for and during the term of her natural life in case she so long continues my widow and no longer and from and immediately after her decease or next marriage which ever shall first happen Then I give and devise the said messuage and tenement garden hereditaments and premises unto to my son John Keeler to hold the same .... and to the ...., of my said son John Keeler heirs and assigns forever

Also I give unto my said wife for and during her natural life in case she so long remains my widow but no longer one annuity or clear yearly rent or sum of twenty pounds of lawful money current in Great Britain free and clear of and from all taxes and deductions whatsoever to be paid and payable by my said executor by half yearly payments the first payment thereof to begin and be made on the second quarter Day which shall happen next after my decease

Also I give to my said son John Keeler the sum of three hundred pounds of lawful money which said legacy I direct to be paid and payable within twelve months next after my decease.

Also I give unto the natural son of my daughter Elizabeth Denne called or known by the name of Thomas Keeler who now resides with me the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money to be paid and payable to him as and when he attains the age of twenty one years old I direct my said executor hereinafter named to place out the said sum of one hundred pounds immediately after my decease on good security and pay and apply the interest dividends and proceeds thereof during the minority of the said Thomas Keeler the said natural son of my said daughter Elizabeth Denne for and towards his maintenance and bringing up And it is my will and desire that he the said Thomas Keeler be sent to school while he shall attain the age of fourteen years and the expense of his schooling be paid by my executor.

Also I give unto my said wife the two beds and furniture thereto in my bedroom.
Also I give unto my said executor twenty pounds for placing out the said Thomas Keeler as an Apprentice in case he shall not be so provided for in my lifetime provided always that in case the said Thomas Keeler shall depart this life before he attains the said age of twenty one years without leaving lawful ... Then I give the said sum of one hundred pounds to my said son John Keeler his executors administration and assigns

and as to all, the rest residue and remainder of my estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal whether possession ........ remainder or .dependency I give devise and bequeath the same unto and to the ... of my said son John Keeler my son Thomas Keeler and my daughter Mary now the wife of Stephen File and my daughter Elizabeth Denne equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and to their several heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely for ever

and do hereby nominate ..... and appoint my said son John Keeler, whole and sole Executor of this my will hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills and testamentary papers by me at any time or times hereto after made do declare this only one to be and contain my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said John Keeler the Testator have to this my last will and Testament contains in three sheets of paper my hand and seal I will my hand to the preceding sheets and my seal my hand and seal to this third sheet and last sheet and my seal at the for where the saw sheets are affixed together this thirtieth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine John Keeler * Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator John Keeler as and for his last Will and Testament in their presence of this who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribe our names as Witness
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The before registered Will of John Keeler deceased was proved the twenty fourth day of October 1829 before the Reverend John Metcalfe Clerk Surrogate to the worship Sir Herbert Jenner Knight Doctor of Laws Official General to the .... the Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constitutes by the Oath also John Keeler son of the deceased the sole Executor named in the said Will He being the first ..... duty to perform the same.


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