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Will of Thomas Morphett

of Tenterden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/102/400
Submitted by Kevin Yeats
In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Morphett of Tenterden in the County of Kent Gentleman being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding Praised be God for the same do make this my last Will and Testament in writing in manner and form following (that is to say)

First I give and devise All that and those my Lodge and Classes and all those my five pieces or parcells (lately in four pieces or parcells) of meadow pasture and fresh marshland commonly called or known by the Names of the Rushy Marsh the Braehousefield the Chapelfield and the three acre Sheerway Marsh or however otherwise called or known containing together by Estimation Twenty Eight Acres more or less with their and every of their Appurtenances situate lying and being in Tenterden aforesaid and now in the Tenure or Occupation of John Morphett his Assigns or undertenants Unto my Son John Morphett his Heirs and Assigns forever

Also I give and Devise all that and those my Two pieces or parcells of Land (formerly in one piece) commonly called or known by the Name of the Sixteen Acres containing together by Estimation Twenty Acres more or less with their and every of their Appurtenances situate lying and being in Tenterden aforesaid and now in the Tenure or Occupation of my son John Morphett his assigns or undertenants Unto my son George Morphett his Heirs and Assigns forever

Also I Give Devise and bequeath unto my said son John Morphett his Executors Administrators and Assigns all that Barn and all those Lands and Marshlands commonly called or known by the Name of Cheesmans or howsoever otherwise called or known or wether called or known by any Name or Names or not containing by Estimation Sixty Acres be the same more or less with their Appurtenances situate lying and being in Wittersham in the Isle of Oxney in the said County and now in the tenure or occupation of my Grandson Thomas Morphett his assigns or undertenants which said Barn Lands and premisses (together with other hereditaments) I hold by and under Lease from Trinity College in the University of Cambridge He my said Son John Morphett his Executors Administrators and Assigns Proprietors of the said Barn Lands and premisses called Cheesmans from time to time and at all times hereafter bearing paying and discharging one full moiety or equal half Part or share of the Yearly rent reserved by such Lease to the said College and of the Fine and Fees on the renewal of the Lease of all the said Hereditaments and Premisses and of all other Charges and Expenses incidental to the said Leasehold Premisses

Also I give devise and Bequeath unto my Son George Morphett his Executors Administrators and Assigns All that and those Messuage Barn Buildings and Lands with the Appurtenances late in the Tenure or occupation of William Willard his undertenants or assigns and now in the Tenure or occupation of my said Son George Morphett his Assigns or undertenants
And also all those Lands and Uplands with the appurtenances commonly called or known by the names of Dobles or howsoever otherwise called or known or wether called or known by any name or names or not late in the Tenure or occupation of Jeremiah Morphett deceased his undertenants or Assigns and now of my said Son George Morphett his Assigns or undertenants
And also all those Lands and uplands late in the tenure or Occupation of William Mom (?) his Assigns or Undertenants and now in the tenure or Occupation of my said Son George Morphett his Assigns or undertenants All which said Messuage and three last mentioned parcells of Land are situate lying and being in Wittersham aforesaid and are the Residue and remainder of the said Hereditaments which I hold by and under the said Lease from the said College He my said Son George Morphett his Executor Administrators and Assigns Proprietors of the said Messuage and these three several last mentioned Parcells of Land from time to time and at all times hereafter bearing paying and discharging the the (sic) other full Moiety or equal half Part or share of the said yearly Rent reserved by the said Lease to the said College and of the Fine and Fees on renewing of the Lease of all the said Hereditaments and Premisses and of all other Charges and expences incidental to the said Leasehold premisses

Also I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Mary the sum of Five Pounds of lawfull Mony of Great Britain to be paid to her in one week next after my Decease by my Executor hereafter named
Also I give and bequeath unto my said Wife Mary my best Bed and the Furniture in the best Chamber in my now dwelling house and all other the furniture of whatsoever kind that shall be in the said Chamber at the time of my Decease to be delivered to her immediately after my Decease by my Executor hereafter named

Also I Give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas Morphett the sum of Two hundred Pounds of like mony to be paid to him in six Months next after my Decease by my Executor hereafter named

Also I Give and bequeath unto my Grandson Charles Morphett the son of my son Robert Morphett the sum of one hundred pounds of like Mony to be paid to him in twelve Months next after my decease by my Executor hereafter named

Also I give and forgive unto my said son Robert Morphett the sum of Five hundred Pounds which he is indebted unto me on Bond together with all arrears of Interest that shall be due for the same at the time of my decease and I desire the said Bond to be delivered up to him and cancelled within one Month next after my Decease upon this express Condition that he my said Son Robert Morphett do within one Month next after my Decease convey and assure and acquit release and discharge all his Estate right Title and Interest whatsoever of and in all those my Lands and premisses situate lying and being in Tenterden aforesaid and hereinbefore given and devised unto my said sons John Morphett and George Morphett and their heirs respectively
But if he my said son Robert Morphett shall neglect or refuse to sign such Conveyances or Assurances as aforesaid then the said Bond is not to be delivered up and cancelled But to be in full force against the said Robert Morphett his Heirs Executors or Administrators

Also all the Rest and residue of my personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever my just Debts Legacies aforesaid funeral Expences Probate of this my Will and all other Charges incident thereto being first paid and satisfied I Give and bequeath unto my said son John Morphett his Executors and Administrators

And I do hereby make name constitute and appoint my said son John Morphett sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Morphett the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in three sheets of paper together affixed set my hand at the bottom of the two first sheets and my hand and Seal to this third and last sheet of paper this Twenty fourth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two ~
Thos Morphett

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Morphett the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who have hereto subscribed our Names as witnesses in his Presence and in the Presence of each other.
John Gilbert ~ James Smyth ~ Wm Finch ~

The before registered Will of John (sic) Morphett decd was proved the twenty sixth day of May 1795 before the Revd Joshua Dix Surrogate to the Worshipfull Sir Wm Scott Knight Doctor of Laws Official General to the Revd the Archdeacon of Cantby lawfully constituted by the oath of John Morphett the son of the decd and the sole Executor named in the said Will he being first sworn duly to perform the same ~


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