I give devise and bequeath unto my son in law James Major of the Town of Folkestone aforesaid, surgeon, and unto my sons Hammerden Major of the parish of Folkestone in the County of Kent, Farmer, and John Major of the Town of Folkestone aforesaid, Gentleman, (whom I do hereby nominate and appoint executors of this my last will and testament) and unto their heirs executors administrators and assigns all that my freehold messuage or tenement garden and appurtenances situate lying and being in Dover Street in the Town of Folkestone aforesaid and now in my own occupation and also all that moiety or half part of and in a certain building situate in Radnor Street in the said town of Folkestone commonly called or known by the name of the Appollo Room and all other my real estate whatsoever upon Trust
that they the said James Major, Hammerden Major and John Major or the survivor of them or the heirs executors or administrators of such survivor do and shall with all convenient speed after my decease sell dispose of and convey all and singular my said freehold hereditaments and premises with the appurtenances and the inheritance thereof in fee simple either entirely and together or in parcels by public auction or private contract unto any person or persons who shall be willing to become the purchaser or purchasers thereof for the most money that can be reasonably had for the same and do and shall for that purpose make and execute all such deeds conveyances surrenders and assurances as they the said James Major, Hammerden Major and John Major or the survivor of them shall think fit
and I do hereby declare my will is that upon payment of the money to arise by such sale or sales of the said premises or any part or parts thereof respectively [it] shall and may be lawful to and for the said James Major, Hammerden Major and John Major or the survivor of them and the heirs and assigns of such survivor to give and sign any receipt or receipts for the money to arise by such sale or sales as aforesaid which receipt or receipts shall be good and sufficient discharge or discharges to any purchaser or purchasers his her or their respective heirs executors administrators and assigns for as much of the said purchase money as shall be therein certified to be received and such purchaser or purchasers his her or their respective heirs executors administrators and assigns shall not afterwards be obliged to see to the application of such purchase money or be answerable or accountable for any loss misapplication or nonapplication thereof
and my mind and will is and I do hereby declare and direct that the said James Major, Hammerden Major and
John Major or the survivor of them and the heirs executors administrators and assigns of such survivor
shall stand and be possessed of and hold the monies to arise or be gotten in by the … aforesaid or
otherwise under or by virtue of this my will in trust in the first place to satisfy and discharge all my just
debts funeral expenses the charge of proving this my will and all other incident expenses and in the next
place of the several legacies hereinafter by me given and bequeathed and that in case the produce arising
from the sale of my said freehold property shall not be sufficient to pay the full amount of the several
pecuniary legacies hereinafter by me given and bequeathed then and in such case the said legacies shall
scale proportionately and in case the amount of the produce of such sale shall exceed the amount of the
said legacies then the overplus arising therefrom shall be divided proportionately among such legatees
according to the amount of their respective legacies
and I do hereby further declare my mind and will to be that on the sale of the moiety of the said building called the Appollo Room my said son John Major do have the first offer to purchase the same he being the proprietor of the other moiety thereof.
Also I give and bequeath unto my son David Major the sum of fifty pounds of lawful British money.
Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary the wife of James Major the sum of fifty pounds of like money.
Also I give and bequeath unto my son Hammerden Major the sum of three hundred pounds of like money.
Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Major the sum of three hundred pounds of like money.
Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Harvey the wife of Richard Rouse the sum of one hundred pounds of like money.
Also I give and bequeath unto my son John Major the sum of fifty pounds of like money.
Also I give and bequeath unto my two grandchildren William Major and Thomas Major the sons of my deceased son Thomas Major the sum of fifty pounds of like money ….
I do hereby charge on my said real estate and direct them to be paid within six calendar months next after my decease and do hereby give and bequeath the same accordingly.
Also I do give and bequeath unto the said David Major, Mary the wife of James Major, Hammerden Major, Elizabeth Major, Ann Harvey the wife of Richard Rouse, John Major and unto my two grandchildren William and Thomas Major all and every my household goods, household furniture, plate, linen, china and all other my personal effects whatsoever and wheresoever (wearing apparel excepted) equally to be divided between them share and share alike and unto their several executors administrators and assigns absolutely for ever.
Also I give and bequeath unto my three daughters Mary Major, Elizabeth Major and Ann Harvey Rouse all my wearing apparel equally to be divided between them share and share alike.
And I do hereby publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills
and testaments by me made in witness whereof I the said Mary Major the testator have to this my last will
and testament contained in three sheets of paper set my hand and seal to wit my hand at the bottom of the
two first sheets thereof and my hand and seal to this last sheet thereof this twenty sixth day of May in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Mary Major. Signed sealed published and
declared by the said Mary Major the testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us
who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as
Ann Holt. David Major. Henry Major
The below registered will of Mary Major widow deceased was proved the thirteenth day of September 1833 before the Reverend John Pechey Francis clerk surrogate to the Worshipful Sir Herbert Jenner Knight Doctor of Laws Official General to the Reverend the Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of James Major and Hammerden Major and John Major sons of the deceased the executors named in the said will they being first sworn duly to perform the same.
Will of Mary Major