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Will of William Major

of Folkestone, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/99/91
Submitted by Rosie Ansell
In the name of God Amen I William Major the elder of the town of Folkestone in the County of Kent mariner being in good bodily heath and of a sound mind and perfect understanding praised be Almighty God for the same do make and publish my last will and testament in manner following. First and principally I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator in all humble hopes of its future happiness and my body I commit to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named and as such worldly estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with and that I shall have at the time of my decease I do give devise and bequeath the same in manner following.

I give and devise unto my son John Major and to my good friend Robert Milton of Folkestone aforesaid …all and every my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments and also all my money security for money goods chattels and real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever that I shall leave at the time of my decease or be any way intitled unto to hold all the same unto my said son John Major and friend Robert Milton and their heirs executors administrators and assigns upon the trusts nevertheless and to and for the several uses intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same (that is to say)

upon trust to permit and suffer my beloved wife Elizabeth Major and her assigns to have receive and take the rents issues and profits income and proceeds of all and every my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments and all my real and personal estate for and during the term of her natural life she and they committing no waste but keeping all and every my messuages and buildings in good repair and not any way diminishing or making away with any of my said real and personal estate
and from and after the decease of my said wife Elizabeth Major then upon trust to pay and I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto my son William Major the sum of three hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain and from and after the payment of the said three hundred pounds then as to all my said real and personal estate which shall remain upon and to and for the several uses intents and purposes hereafter mentioned (that is to say)

As to one full equal sixth part or share thereof in trust to and for the only proper use and behoof of my son David Major and of his heirs executors administrators and assigns
As to one other full equal sixth part or share thereof in trust to and for the only proper use and behoof of my son Henry Major and of his heirs executors administrators and assigns
As to one other full equal sixth part or share thereof in trust to and for the only proper use and behoof of my said son John Major and of his heirs executors administrators and assigns
As to one other full equal sixth part or share thereof in trust to and for the only proper use and behoof of my son Hammerden Major and of his heirs executors administrators and assigns
As to one other full equal sixth (part or share) thereof in trust to and for the only proper use and behoof of my said son William Major and of his heirs executors administrators and assigns

And as to the remaining sixth part or share thereof in trust to and for the only proper used and behoof of my daughter Elizabeth wife of William Pepper butcher and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life in case she shall die in the life time of her said husband and from and after the decease of my said daughter Elizabeth in the life time of her said husband then upon to and for the only proper use and behoof of all and every the child and children both male and female of my said daughter Elizabeth Pepper which she shall leave at the time of her decease his her or their heirs executors administrators and assigns equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common
and in case my said daughter Elizabeth Pepper shall die in the lifetime of her said husband leaving no child or children or leaving any such and they shall all die without attaining the age of twenty one years then up on trust as to the said last mentioned sixth part to and for the only proper use and behoof of my said sons David Major Henry Major John Major Hammerden Major and William Major and of their heirs executors administrators and assigns equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants
but in case my said daughter Elizabeth Pepper shall survive and outlive her husband the said William Pepper then upon trust as to the said last mentioned sixth apart to and for the only proper use and behoof of my said daughter Elizabeth Pepper and of her heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever

and I do hereby order and direct that my said Trustees or either of them their or either of their heirs executors or administrators shall not be answerable or accountable for any goods sum or sums of money whatsoever but what shall naturally come to his or their respective hands or possessions nor for any involuntary loss or losses what shall or may happen in the calling in and receiving or putting or placing out at interest any sum or sums of money as Trustees and executors of this my will and that …one of them shall not be answerable or accountable for the other of them as for the acts receipts or defaults of the other of them but each of them for himself and for his own act receipt and defaults only shall be accountable and not otherwise
and that from and after payment of all and every my just debts funeral expences and the charges and expences of proving and executing this my will and other charges any way incident thereto it shall and may be lawful for my said Trustees to deduct and retain to themselves out of my said real and personal estate the sum of four guineas apiece and also all such costs charges damages and expences which they or either of them shall at any time hereafter pay lay out sustain or be any way put unto for or by reason or means of the Trusts aforesaid or for any deed act matter or thing whatsoever any way touching or concerning the same

and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Robert Milton and my said son John Major executors of this my said will and thus I conclude the same hereby revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made in witness whereof I the said William Major the testator to each sheet of this my said will contained in four sheets of paper have set and affixt my hand and seal the eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy two Wm Major Signed sealed delivered published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses after interlining in the third sheet the following words vizt “The sum of four guineas apiece and also”
James Mullett Senr James Mullett Samn Farbrace

I give seventy pounds to be paid into the hands of my son William Major for him to distribute in brown bread weekly ten pounds every year for seven years. Wm Major witness our hands
David Major Robert Milton


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