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Will of Joseph Luddington

of Dover, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury Prob 11/1150
Submitted by Gerry Doyle
In the Name of God Amen I Joseph Luddington of the town and port of Dover in the County of Kent Sailmaker being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make and publish and declare my last will and testament in manner following that is to say

I give devise and bequeath all and every my freehold and leasehold messuages lands and tenements and hereditaments and all other my real and personal estate, goods, chattels and effects subject to the payment of my just debts funeral expenses and the charges of proving and executing this my will and every thing incident thereto unto my loving wife Mary and to William King of Dover aforesaid Grocer to hold to them and the survivor of them his or her executors or administrators upon the trusts herein after set forth and ordained that is to say

in trust that she my said wife shall and do have devise and take the rents interests profit and proceeds thereof after and deducting there out the charges and expenses of renewing the several leases of my said messuages which are joined by the board and assistants of Dover Harbour and paying the rents and performing the covenants herein reserved and retained and keeping all my estate in good repair to and for her own use and benefit during the term of her natural life
and from and after her decease then that the said William King or the executors or administrators of the survivor of them or my said wife shall and do pay apply and dispose of such rents interest and profits in and towards the maintenance education duration and support all such children as I shall have at my death or of which my said wife shall be alive __ until they respectively attain the age of twenty one years and when and as my said children shall attain that age then to assign convey transfer and pay my said estate and effects unto and amongst them in equal proportions
and in case any or either of my said children shall as happen to die before they attain that age having then to pay and apply the part and share of him or her who shall so die in such rents interests dividends and profits unto and for the survivor of them or his or her But in case he or she shall be then dead leaving split in equal shares and proportions until the time and for the purposes aforesaid and to transfer assign and convey to them their respective parts of my said estate and effects at their said age of twenty one years as aforesaid

and in case all my said children shall happen to die before they attain the age of twenty one years without issue or leaving issue that all such issue shall happen to die before they attain that age then in trust to assign transfer and convey my said estate and effects unto my loving Mother her heirs executors administrator and assigns if she shall be then living
but in case she shall be then dead into and amongst my brother William Luddington and sisters Catherine Witherden and Mary Menpes in equal shares and proportions

and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife and the said William King joint executors of this my will and do direct that it shall be lawful for them and the such survivor of them his or her executors or administrators in the first place by and out of the said trust estate monies and premises to deduct and reimburse themselves all and every themselves such sum and sums of money costs charges damages and expenses whatsoever which they or other of them shall pay expend bestow sustain or be put unto for or by reason or means of this my last will and testament or of the trusts therein contained or any matter or thing which shall or may be done or happen in about or relating to the execution thereof or to ___ or remaining the same and also that my said trustees or the survivor of them his or her executors or administrator shall not be charged or chargeable with or accountable for any sum or sums of money other than what they or either of them shall respectively and actually receive by virtue of this my last will and testament and also that neither of them shall be answerable for or with the acts goods receipts or disbursements or defaults of the other of them but each of them for herself and himself and for her and his own act good receipt disbursement or default only and also that if any loss shall happen of the said trust estate ___ and promises without the wilful neglect or default of my said trustees or either of them or the survivor her or his executors or administrators they or either of them shall not be charged or chargeable with such loss or liable to answer or make good the same or any part thereof.

In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament contained in three sheets of paper to the first two sheets set my hand to this third and last sheet thereof my hand and seal the twenty seventh day of September in the twenty sixth year of the reign of our sovereign son George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six Jos Luddington signed sealed published and declared by the said Joseph Luddington the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
William Brunker Bates Thos Randall R Thompson

Whereas I Joseph Luddington of the town and port of Dover in the county of Kent Sailmaker have on this day only made and published my last will and testament and appointed my loving wife Mary and William King of Dover aforesaid Grocer executors thereof and trustees of my real and personal estate for the purposes therein set forth.

Also I do hereby declare this to be a codicil to my said will and direct the same to be taken as part thereof and in addition to my said will do hereby authorise direct and empower my said trustees and the survivor of them his and her executors and administrators not withstanding any thing in my said will declared to the contrary as soon as conveniently may be after my decease to proceed to sale and to reinvest into money for the best price or prices that can or may be had or obtained for the same all and every my freehold and leasehold messuages lands tenements hereditaments and real and personal estate whatsoever and after deducting out of the product thereof all costs charges and expenses as shall attend such sale or sales to place out and invest the remainder thereof in some of the public stocks or funds at interest in the name or names of my said trustees or the survivor of them his or her executors or administrators and so hereby declare that my said trustees and the survivor of them his or her executors or administrators shall after placing out and investing same stand possessed of such stocks or funds and the dividends interest and profits thereof for the same persons upon the same trusts and to and for the like several uses interests and purposes as by my said will they are or were to stand possessed and seized of all of my real and personal estate and the interest thereof shall pay apply and dispose of the same according in every aspect whatsoever and do hereby further declare the receipt and receipts of them my said trustees and the survivor of them executors and administrators shall from time to time be a full and sufficient discharge to the purchase or purchases of my said real and personal estate for the sum or sums for which such receipts or receipt shall be expressed to be given and that after payment thereof such purchase or purchases shall not be further liable for the same or to answer or make good any costs for misappropriation or misapplication thereof of any part thereof and I do hereby confirm the appointment of my said trustees and executors as expressed in my said will and appoint them executors and trustees of this codicil hereto to my intent and purpose therein expressed

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty-seventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six. Jos Luddington signed sealed published and declared by the said Joseph Luddington as and for a codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
William Brunker Bates Thos Randall R Thompson.

This will was proved at London with a codicil the sixth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven before the Right worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper commissary of the prerogative court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Mary Luddington widow the Relict of the deceased and William King the executors named in the said will to whom admon was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and trusts of the said deceased having been first sworn by commission duly to administer.


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