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Will of Joseph Russell

of Wittersham, Kent

Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/Vo57/Fo329, 1704
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
In the name of God Amen The first of December in the year of our Lord God One Thousand six hundred and ninety five. I Joseph Russell senior of Wittersham in the Isle of Oxney and County of Kent, Yeoman being weak in body, but of good and perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following viz: first I trust my spirit into the hands of God that gave it and my body to be decently buried in the Earth by my Executor hereafter mentioned. Imprimis I give and bequest unto Thomas Russell my grandson forty pounds of good money to be paid to him at his age of one and twenty years.

Item I give and bequest unto Elizabeth Russell my granddaughter five pounds of good money to be paid her age of one and twenty years or time of marriage.
Item it is my mind and will that if Margaret my loving wife shall give up relinquish discharge unto my Executor all her rights, tithe, claim and interest, of all and all manner of goods and Chatel that were her's before our marriage and now in my custody that then under that condition aforesaid I do give unto the said Margaret my wife the best bed in the Chamber over the Parlour and all furniture thereunto belonging with one pair of sheets and one pair of pillow coats to the bed aforesaid.

Item I give her also six pounds worth of housoll more? as two men shall prize it, such housoll as she shall then have occasion for, or else six pounds in money, which she pleaseth. I also give her two trunks, one marked with a P and a G and the other marked with two P and those things to be delivered unto her by my Executor within one month after my death.
Item I do give unto her also the dwelling in my now dwelling house three months after my death.
Item I did also give and bequest unto the said Margarett my wife the sum of twenty pounds of good money to be paid her the one half within six weeks after my death and the other half within three months after my death.

Item all the rest of my goods and chattels whatsoever I give and bequeath unto Joseph Russell my only Son whom I make and ordain the whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament he paying my Debts and Legacies and Funeral expenses. This is the last Will and Testament of me the said Joseph Russell Senior in witness hereof I set my hand and Mark the day and year first above mentioned. Signed sealed and declared? in the presence of
Phillip Goldsmith, Margery Goldsmith, Thomas Paine.

Probate 27 Jul 1704 Joseph Russell Junior Executor

1 Margaret, Nee Luck, Nee Wendy, Nee ? was Joseph's second wife, no children found - his first wife, Ann Luck was the mother of Joseph jun Bn 1662 plus Elizabeth Dec'd and Thomas Dec'd.

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