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Will of Richard Leeds

of Biddenden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/495
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen. I Richard Leeds of Biddenden in the county of Kent, singleman, being of perfect mind and memory, make this my last will and testament, First I desire to be privately and decently buried in the churchyard of Biddenden and my personal estate I bequeath and dispose of in the following manner.

Imprimis to my niece Deborah the wife of David Colman I bequeath the sum of Forty Pounds at my sister Elizabeth Crampton’s decease.
Item I give and bequeath to my niece Mary the wife of James Skinner the sum of Twenty Pounds at my sister Elizabeth Crampton’s decease.
Item to my nephew James Jennings the son of Martha the wife of James Jennings I give and bequeath the sum of Thirty Pounds at my sister Elizabeth Crampton’s decease.
Item to my niece Elizabeth the sum of Ten Pounds at my my sister Elizabeth Crampton’s decease.
Item to William Brook the husband of my niece Catharine I give and bequeath the half part of the sum of money he now stands indebted to me on note of hand.
Item to my nephew Paul Sharpe I give and bequeath the half part of the sum of money he now stands indebted to me on note of hand.

Item to my sister Elizabeth Crampton I give and bequeath the other half part of the sum of money William Brook stands indebted to me on note of hand, also the other half part of the sum of money the above Paul Sharp now stands indebted to me on note of hand
and at her decease the above half part which she receives of Paul Sharp I give and bequeath to my nephew Stephen Sharp and my nephew James Sharp to be equally divided between them,
also the half part she receives of William Brook I give and bequeath to my nephew James Jennings, my niece Deborah the wife of David Coleman, my niece Mary the wife of James Skinner and my niece Elizabaeth the wife of Samuel Mace to be equally divided between them
if my sister Elizabaeth Crampton survives me which please God she should survive me she is to enjoy the interest of the aforesaid sums given to my niece Deborah, my niece Mary, my nephew James and my niece Elizabeth during her life.

Also I constitute and appoint David Coleman of the parish of Biddenden and Richard Freeman bricklayer of the same parish executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly revoke, disallow and disannul all former requests, wills and legacies by me heretofor in any wise left or made declaring, ratifying and confirming this, and no other to be my last will and testament; in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eleven.
Signed: Rich. Leeds
Signed sealed published and declared by the within named Richard Leeds to be his last will and testament in the presence of the said Testator, and of each other
Witness: William Cole Senior - William Cole Junior

February 20th 1812
David Colman and Richard Freeman both of Biddenden named in this will were duly sworn as usual and that the goods, chattels and credits do not amount in balance to the sum of two hundred pounds before me. John Francis, Surrogate.

(Burial Register at Biddenden 19 Oct 1811, age 67)


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