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Will of John Leeds

of Marden, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1841
Submitted by Everett Leeds
This is the last will and testament of me John Leeds of Marden in the County of Kent, farmer.

Item, I appoint my wife Mary Anne and my son-in-law Richard Knight trustees and executors of my will.
I empower my said trustees to carry on my farming business during the life of my said wife and for that purpose to continue as tenants of the farm which I shall use at the time of my decease and employ my live and dead agricultural stock and such part of my personal estate as they shall think fit.

I empower my trustees to manage my personal estate in such a manner as they shall think fit with liberty at their discretion either to permit it to remain in the state it shall be found at my death or to get it in and invest the proceeds in their names upon any stocks funds or securities and to vary the investment when and as they shall think fit.

I give to my said wife the income of my personal estate inclusive of the profits of the said business during her life
and on her death as to my personal estate and securities whereon the same may happen to be invested I give and bequeath the same unto and equally between Harriet the wife of the said Richard Knight and my daughter Mary Anne the wife of George Sharp of Marden aforesaid labourer for their own absolute use.

I devise to my said trustees all legal interests vested in me a trustee or mortgagee subject to the trusts and equities affecting the same respectively.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of January 1841.
X mark of John Leeds
Signed by the said John Leeds in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
Hy Sears Maidstone George Frost Maidstone

Proved at London the 27th February 1841 before the Judge by the oath of Mary Anne Leeds widow the relict and Richard Knight the executors to whom admon. was granted having been first sworn by commission duly to administer.

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