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Will of John Ladbrook

of Maidstone, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury Prob11/1713
Submitted by Ros Dunning
In the Name of God Amen I John Ladbrook Patten Maker in the parish of Maidstone in the County of Kent being of a sound mind and understanding do make this my last Will and Testament that is to say

after my decease I humbly desire that Mr Jas Stanger Mr Stepn Link Hazell and Mr Thos Standen First as soon as the first eligible opportunity according to their judgement should present help the patten trade with all its stock and utensils shall be disposed of at the best and most advantageous terms together with all the little stock connected with the Grocery business for the benefit of my dear Children and that all monies connected with the business together with all my own lawful debts be duly arranged and settled

and what remains shall be equally divided between my four daughters Martha Elizabeth Mary & Hannah save only that Mary by reason of the peculiar infirmity under which it pleases God she labours shall be entitled to receive twenty pounds prior to the monies being divided amongst the whole

and that it is particularly requested they will take care and provide for the dear orphan Sarah Head during her minority proportioned to the means Providence may bless them with
And that Sarah Head and her sister Ann Cotterill Head do receive after my death ten pounds each and that it be given them out of the monies and that it be given them at a time my Executors may think may think most likely to be useful to them rather than regarding the time or age supposing either or both should die in that case the money shall be equally divided between my four daughters to share and share alike

secondly that all the household furniture with all other utensils of every description together with wearing apparel linen books plate & all other utensils of every description be equally divided and share alike by my four daughters
In case of the decease of either of my said daughters their portion shall be equally distributed to the survivors

John Ladbrook Witnessed singed sealed and published this 18th day of April in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty six
John Little Taunton _ Thomas Sutton

Proved at London 26 June 1826 PCC

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