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Will of Thomas Page

of Sutton Valence, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/396
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson
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In the name of God Amen I Thomas Page of the Parish of Sutton-Valence in the County of Kent Victualler tho’ weak in body but of a sound & perfect mind & memory Praise be therefore given to Almighty God do make & ordain this my present last Will and Testament in manner & form following (that is to say)
First and Principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through the Merits, death & passion of our Saviour Jesus Christ to have full & free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and to inherit everlasting life, And my body I commit to the earth to be decently Buried by my Executrix hereafter named, declaring before God & Man that I die a true Church-man according to the ancient & true Church of England which I take to be the best constituted Church & nearest to the Primitive Church in the whole world, And I pray God of his infinite mercy to pardon and forgive all her enemies and all that speak evil of her or her worthy Members
And as touching the disposition of all such temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give devise bequeath & dispose of as follows

First I will that my debts & funeral charges be paid & discharged by my Executrix hereafter nominated & appointed
Item I give & bequeath unto my loving wife Elizabeth all that my freehold messuage and all other the appurtenances thereunto belonging together with all & singular the rents issues & profits thereof all which s’d messuage & all other the premises are situate lying & being in Lenham in the County aforesaid, for & during the term of her natural life but no longer

And then I give devise & bequeath the said messuage and all other the s’d premises unto my son John during the term of his natural life provided my sd son should have no heirs lawfully begotten of his own body,

But if my sd son should happen to have heirs lawfully begotten as afores’d Then I will devise & bequeath the sd messuage and all other the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto my sd son John and his heirs forever, To have and to hold unto my sd son John & his heirs forever

But my sd son John shall pay unto my two grandsons Thomas Ballard & George Ballard out of the sd messuage and premises the sum of ten pounds of lawful money of Great Britain six months after the decease of my sd wife, and see that the money be put out to use for the two children and be equally divided between the sd Thomas & George when they arrive at the age of one & twenty years

Item I will devise give & bequeath the sd messuage and all other the appurtenances thereunto belonging after the decease of my sd son John provided he die without issue unto my two daughters Elizabeth and Anne and to them & their heirs for ever
But if my sd daughter Elizabeth should die and leave no issue lawfully begotten of her own body then to go to my daughter Anne and her two sons (viz.) Thomas & George & to them and their heirs forever And to have and to hold unto my sd daughter Anne & her two sons aforesd and to them and their heirs forever

Lastly all the Rest Residue & remainder of my real & personal Estate not herein particularly devised I give devise & bequeath to my loving wife Elizabeth and with full power for her to dispose of the same at her will & pleasure and be disposed of by her last Will & testament or by any other ways as she shall think proper

And I do make Elizabeth my sd wife my full & sole Executrix of this my last Will & testament revoking all other or former will & wills by me heretofore made

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this thirteenth day of March in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France & Ireland King defender of the Faith &c. Am.Dom. 1730/1
Thomas Page his mark

Signed sealed published & declared by the sd Thomas Page Testator to the same as for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who were present at the signing & sealing thereof N.B. the interlineations being but two were in before the signing & sealing of the same
Thomas Claggett – Robert Norwood – John Loy.

Probatum … 26 April 1731 to Elizabeth Page relict and Executrix

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