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Will of John Leeds

of Ashford, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC 17/107/f104
Submitted by Everett Leeds
This is the last will and testament of me John Leeds of Ashford in the County of Kent, yeoman, made and published this nineteenth day of September in the year of our Lord 1818

I give and bequeath all and singular my household goods utencils and implements of household plate linen and china and all my ready money and securities for money goods chattels and personal estate and effects whatsoever whereof I shall die possessed, or which at the time of my decease shall in anywise be due and owing or belonging to me unto my son John Leeds of the town and fort of Hythe in the said county, grocer, and my son in law George Elliot of Ashford aforesaid, cornfactor, their executors administrators and assigns upon trust that they or the survivor of them or the executors or administrators of such survivor, do and shall as soon as conveniently may be after my decease shall dispose of and convert into money such part or parts of my personal estate and effects or shall not consist of money or securities for money, and also shall and do call get in and receive such part or parts thereof as shall consist of money or securities for any money

and out of the monies coming to their or his hands by the means aforesaid, shall and do in the first place pay and discharge all my just debts or sums of money which at the time of my decease shall be due and owing to my two sons the said John Leeds and Thomas Leeds, the expenses of my funeral and of proving my will and all incidental charges and expenses
and after full payment and satisfaction thereof upon trust that they the said John Leeds and George Elliot or the survivor of them his executors or administrators shall and do immediately invest put and place out the net surplied of my said estate and effects or coming to their hands by the same means aforesaid at interest in their or his named or name in some or one of the public stocks or funds of this Kingdom or upon good real security or otherwise do and shall continue the investment upon mortgaged and other securities which I shall have at the time of my decease and from time to time shall and do get in and receive the sum or sums of money so by them or him invested and put out at interest and again invest put and place out such monies at interest in or upon the like security or securities and alter change and vary such security or securities as to them my said trustees or trustee shall seem expedient and shall and do stand and be possessed of such monies stocks funds or securities upon trust

that they the said John Leeds and George Elliot or the survivor of them his executors or administrators shall and do yearly and every year during the natural life of my dearly beloved wife Mary Leeds pay the interest dividends or other annual proceed of such monies stocks or funds as the same shall come to their or his hand or hands or be received by them or him unto her my said wife and her assigns or otherwise do and shall authorize or empower her or them to take and receive the same to and for their own use,
and upon and after the decease of my said wife upon trust that they my said trustees or survivor of them, his executors or administrators do and shall pay assign or transfer the said monies stocks funds or securities and all the unapplied interest in thereof unto and amongst my several children the said John Leeds and Thomas Leeds and also Ann the wife of Jerrubial Knight, Mary the wife of the said George Elliot, Elizabeth the wife of Edward Wright and Charlotte Leeds, equally divided between them share and share alike,

Nevertheless it is my meaning and I do hereby order and direct that before any such division as aforesaid shall be made amongst my children, the debt or sum of fifty pounds due and owing to me the said Jerrubial Knight for money lent shall duly paid or accounted for by him to my said trustees so that he the said Jerrubial Knight or the said Ann his wife shall not have or take of my said estate a greater share than either of my other children shall have or take under this my will

and I constitute and appoint the said John Leeds and George Elliot joint executors of this my will, provided always and it is my will that they my said trustees and executors and their respective executors and administrators shall and may in the first place by and out of my monies estate and effects deduct retain and reimburse himself and his co-trustee and executor the full and whole costs charges and experiences which they or he shall or may bear pay sustain or be put into in or about the execution of this my will or the trust thereof together with a reasonable allowance for their or his journeys attendances and loss of time in anywise relating thereto and that they or either or any of them shall not be answerable for or chageable with any of my said estate and effects or the monies to arise therefrom other than such as shall actually coming to their respective hands by virtue of this my will nor for any loss or deficiency that shall or may happen thereof or any part thereof or the securities in or upon which the same or any part thereof shall be invested without their some or one of their wilful neglect or default and that one of them his executors or administrators shall not be answerable for or chargeable with the acts deeds receipts payments neglects or defaults of this the other or others of them their or his executors or administrator but each of them for his own particular acts deeds receipts payments neglects or defaults only

in witness whereof I the said John Leeds the testator have to this my will and testament contained in this and the two preceeding sheets of paper set my hand and seal to wit my hand to the preceeding sheets and my hand and seal to this last sheet the day and year first above written.
Signed: John Leeds
Witnesses: Michael Burden, butcher, Ashford - Jully Shepherd, Clerk to Mr G.E.Jerrett, Gent Ashford

March 27th [1819]
John Leeds of Hythe Grocer (son of the deceased) and George Elliott of Ashford cornfactor the executors named in this will were duly sworn as usual and that the goods chattels and credits do not amount in value to the sum of One thousand pounds. Before me J.Francis Surrogate

Testator died 10th January 1819


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