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Will of James Matson

of Shepherdswell, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/81/113
Submitted by Veronica Nops
In the name of God Amen this 26th Day of March 1708 I James Matson of the parish of Shepherdswell in the County of Kent, Yeoman, being in sound and perfect mind and memory, forever blessed be my God and my Redeemer do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I give my soul into the hands of the Almighty my Maker, hoping that by the meritorious Death and Salvation of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ my only Redeemer, to receive free pardon for all my sins and my body to be buried in Christian buriall at the Discretion of my Executor.

ITEM I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved wife the sum of twenty pounds to be paid her in six months time after my decease and also my executor to pay her twenty pounds a year during her naturall life and I further will unto her all that chest of linnen that is at Weest Court to her and her disposing.

ITEM I give unto my son John Matson the sum of fifty pounds to be paid in ten months time after my decease.
ITEM I give unto my daughter Sarah Mereweather the sum of twenty pounds to be paid her in six months after my decease.
ITEM I give unto my daughter Mary the wife of Thomas Sladen the sum of twenty pounds to be paid her in six months after my decease.

ITEM I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Matson wife of James Matson five pounds.
ITEM I give unto my grandson John Matson son of James Matson the sum of ten pounds to be paid him in six years after my decease.
ITEM I give unto my servant Thomas Marsh the sume of ten shillings
ITEM I give unto the poor of Shepherdswell the sum of twenty shillings.

My Rest and Residue of my tresuary goods and chattells whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Matson my full and sole executor upon condition he pay all my debts and legacies to this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills and testaments by me formerly made.

In Witness I set my hand and seale JAMES MATSON
Witnesses: Henry Pemble, Anne Mereweather, Thomas Gold

Probate 17 Jul 1708


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