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Will of Isaac Rutton

of Folkestone, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1780
Submitted by Rosie Ansell
This is the last will and testament of me Isaac Rutton of the Town of Folkestone in the County of Kent gentleman made ordained published and declared the ninth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven.
First I desire I may be decently buried by and at the discretion of my executors hereafter named.

Also I give and devise all those several messuages or tenements with the outhouses, yard, backsides, garden and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the Town of Folkestone aforesaid and now in the several occupations of myself, William Baker, the Widow Dadd and Thomas Toes together also with the cottages and stables in the yard and the free and joint use of the well there unto my dear wife Elizabeth and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life

and from and after her decease I give and devise all those two messuages or tenements in the several occupations of myself and the said William Baker with the free and joint use of the new necessary house and of the well in the yard and free liberty way and passage to and from the same unto Sarah Wood and Mary Wood children of my late niece Mary Wood deceased their heirs and assigns for ever equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.

Also I give and devise all those other two messuages or tenements with the yard, backsides and appurtenances thereunto belonging in the several occupations of the said Widow Dadd and Thomas Toes and also the said cottage and stables in the yard and the garden thereunto adjoining together with free and joint use of the well and necessary house unto my cousins Thomas Baker and Mary wife of Hammerden Major children of my late nephew Thomas Baker of Folkestone aforesaid but then deceased their heirs and assigns for ever equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.

Also I give and devise all that messuage or tenement with the backside, grounds and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the Town of Folkestone aforesaid and now in the occupation of my father in law Thomas Baker unto him the said Thomas Baker and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life and from and after his decease I give and devise the same unto my said wife Elizabeth her heirs and assigns for ever.

Also I give and devise all that messuage or tenement commonly called or known by the name or sign of the Bull with the stables, outhouses, yard, backside, garden and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the parish of Folkestone in the said County of Kent and now in the occupation of Gaius Batemen unto my said cousin Thomas Baker son of my late nephew Thomas Baker deceased his executors administrators and assigns and during the remainder of the term to come for which I hold the same.

Also I give and devise all that messuage or tenement and farm with the barn, stables, outhouses buildings and three several pieces or parcels of land arable meadow or pasture thereunto belonging with the appurtenances containing together by estimation twenty one acres and an half be the same more or less situate lying and being in the parish of Ivychurch in or near the level of Romney Marsh in the said County of Kent and now or late in the tenure or occupation of William Horn and also all those two pieces or parcels of land meadow or pasture containing by estimation seven acres be the same more or less with the appurtenances situate lying and being in the Parishes of Newchurch and Bilsington or one of them in or near the said Levell of Romney Marsh in the said county which I purchased of Joseph Green and his wife and now in the occupation of Edward Colman unto my nephew Isaac Rutton Baker and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life
and from and after his decease I give and devise the same unto and to the use of all and every the child and children as well daughters as sons if more than one of him the said Isaac Rutton Baker lawfully begotten and to the respective heirs of the body and bodies of such child and children lawfully issuing and for default of such issue thereunto and to the use of the said Thomas Baker son of my said nephew Thomas Baker deceased his heirs and assigns for ever.

Also I give and devise all those three several messuages or tenements with the outhouses, buildings, yards, backsides, gardens and appurtnenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the Town and Port of New Romney in the said County and now or late in the several occupations of .... Bavasa, the Widow Mate and ... unto the said Thomas Baker son of my said nephew Thomas Baker deceased his heirs and assigns for ever.

Also I give and bequeath unto my brother in law John Hague and to Susanna his wife the sum of fifty pounds apiece of lawful money of Great Britain,
unto my brother in law James Clark the sum of fifty pounds of like money,
unto my nephew John Hague the sum of fifty pounds of like money,
unto my niece Susanna (wife of John Holman of Dunkirk merchant) the sum of fifty pounds of like money,
unto the said Sarah Wood and Mary Wood and William Wood (the children of my said niece Mary Wood deceased) the sum of two hundred pounds apiece of like money,
unto the said Thomas Baker (son of my said nephew Thomas Baker deceased) and Mary (wife of Hammerden Major) the sum of one hundred pounds apiece of like money,
unto the said Isaac Rutton Baker the sum of one hundred pounds of like money
unto Susanna (the daughter of Thomas Toes) that latterly lived with me the sum of fifty pounds of like money,
unto my good friend John Foster of Pluckley Grazier the sum of fifty pounds of like money
unto my brother in law William Baker the sum of ten pounds of like money
and unto my executors hereafter named the sum of twenty pounds apiece of like money
which said several legacies before mentioned I do direct shall be paid by my executors within twelve calendar months next after my decease.

Also I give devise and bequeath all other my messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments and all the rest and residue of my ready money and securities for money, plate, linen, woollen, household goods and implements of household, debts, goods, chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever which shall be due owing payable or belonging unto me at the time of my decease (my debts the said several legacies and funeral expenses the charges of proving this my will and all other incident charges relating thereunto being first paid and satisfied) unto my said wife Elizabeth her heirs executors administrators and assigns for ever.

And I do hereby make and appoint my said wife Elizabeth, William Bayly of Broadwood in the parish of Folkestone aforesaid yeoman and John Harvey of the said town of Folkestone gentleman one of the Jurats of the said town joint executrix and executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this to be my last will and testament
in witness whereof I the said Isaac Rutton to this my last will and testament contained in four sheets of paper to each and every sheet thereof have set my hand and to the last my seal dated the day and year first above written Isaac Rutton

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Isaac Rutton the testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto in the presence of each other and of the said testator and the words “son of my said nephew Thomas Baker deceased” being first interlined between the fifth and sixth lines of the third sheet and also the words “one hundred” being likewise first erased and interlined in the sixteenth line of the same sheet.
Willm Baker Stephen Hobday Willson Wilco.

This will was proved at London the tenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty before the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Elizabeth Rutton widow the relict of the deceased William Bayly and John Harvey the executors named in the said will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased they having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer.


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