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Will of John Leeds

of Hythe, Kent

Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC 32/71/368
Submitted by Everett Leeds
This is the last will and testament of me John Leeds of the town of Hythe in Kent, grocer,

I appoint my brother in law George Elliot of Ashford in Kent, Gentleman and William Argare Court of Hythe aforesaid grocer to be executors and trustees of my will and I devise unto them and their heirs all estates vested in me as trustees or Mortgages

I give to the said William Agare Court the legacy or sum of twenty five pounds
and to John the natural son of Sarah the wife of Samuel Bailey of Folkestone in Kent Grocer formerly Sarah Sharwood the legacy or sum of one hundred pounds

I give all my real and personal property to my said trustees their heirs executors administrators and assigns in trust as soon as conveniently may be after my decease to get in sell and convert the same into money in such a manner as they or he shall think fit with power to sell subject to special conditions and to buy in and resell any property and to recind or vary any contract for sale to accept compositions for debts to compromise or suspend claims made in behalf of or against my estate or to refer them to arbitration and to forego or satisfy such claims as they or he deem it just or expedient so to deal with whether legally enforceable or not and to stand and be possessed of the proceeds arising from the sale and conversion into money of my said real and personal property (after payment there out of my funeral and trust expenses debts and legacies) in trust

to pay and divide the same equally and between my two sisters Elizabeth Wright and Ann Hughes the said George Elliot and the widow of my late brother Thomas Leeds
I declare that if any legatee herein named be now dead or die before me I give the legacy or gift intended for him or her to his or her executors or administrators to be applied as if the same had formed part of the personal estate of such legatee at his or her decease

I declare that my said Trustees or Trustee may give valid discharges for all trust monies which shall be received by them I declare that each trustee shall be answerable only for losses arising from his own default and may retain and allow to his co trustee all expences incident to the performance of the Trustee

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eighthundred and fifty John Leeds- Signed and acknowledged by the above named John Leeds as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence in the presence of each other and at his request have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
George Shipdem, Gent of Hythe
Thos.Millhouse, Clerk to Messrs Brockman & Watts, Sols. of Hythe

Proved: 11 Oct 1850 executors as above.

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