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Will of Susanna Sales

of Lamberhurst, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1787
Submitted by Kathy Wallwork
This is the last Will and Testament of me Susanna Sales of the parish of Lamberhurst in the County of Kent widow made and published this third day of september in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty four First and principally I commend my soul unto almighty God and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and do dispose of such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to Intrust me with as follows /

I Give and Bequeath unto my Grand daughter Elizabeth Turner who now lives with me the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid her by my Executor hereafter named within three months next after my decease

also I Give and Bequeath unto my son Richard Sales the sum of fifty pounds of like Money to be paid to him within three months next after my decease
and I do hereby Charge and make liable all those my Messuages or Tenements Lands and Premises with their Appurtenances situate lying and being at or near a certain place called Hook Green in the parish of Lamberhurst aforesaid in the County of Sussex and now in the several Occupations of James Hickmott Edward Latter and David Quaterhouse their assigns or undertenants with the payment of the said legacy to my said son it being the desire of my son John Latter deceased that my said son Richard Sales should after my decease receive fifty pounds out of the said premises

also I give and desire the said messuages or tenements Lands and Premises (subject to the payment of the said legacy) and all the Rest and Residue of my Real and personal Estates whatsoever and wheresoever (after payment of my debts legacies and Funeral Expences) unto and amongst the same persons and their Respective heirs Executors and administrators and in the like proportions as my former husband James Latter the Elder of the parish of Fant otherwise Frant in the County of Sussex yeoman did by his last will and Testament in Writing bearing date the nineteenth Day of April one thousand seven hundred and forty nine give and dispose of the remainder of his real and personal Estates (after my decease)
and in case of the death of any or either of the Legatees or decisees named in the said will of my said late husband before me then my will and mind is that the part and share or parts and shares of him her or their so dying of and in the remainder of my said Real and Personal Estates Representatives and their Respective heirs and I do hereby give and devise the same Accordingly

and I do hereby appoint my son in law Samuel Bellingham of Hamsell in the parish of Rotherfield in the County of Sussex Farmer Executor of this my Will and do revoke all former wills by me made declaring this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Susanna Sales to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written Susanna Sales - Signed sealed published and declared by the said Susanna Sales as and for her last will and Testament in the presence of each other have Subscribed our names as Witnesses hereunto
Elizabeth Taylor, Samuel Winder, Jn Pope.

This Will was proved at London the tenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven before the worshipful George Harris doctor of Laws. Surrogate of the right Worshipful Peter Calvert doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Samuel Bellingham the sole Executor named in the said Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.

It would appear that Susanna was married twice. She mentions Richard Sales as her son, but also John Latter deceased as her son. Since her husband James Latter the Elder is deceased, it would seem that she remarried, to a Sales. We think that this is the Susanna Latter from Fant, or Frant, in Sussex, who married Joseph Sale from Hadlow in Kent. They married in Wilmington, Kent 15 September 1750, a strange move.
She was a landowner, letting some lands at Hook Green to three tenants, including Edward Latter, who sublet to 'undertenants'. A daughter had married Samuel Bellingham of Rotherfield. She had a grand daughter Elizabeth, whose surname was Turner.
There is a marriage in the Frant registers for James Latter and Susanna Beecher, 3 June 1729. Found a baptism for James Latter, parents Edward and Mary, 7 September 1706. Found an IGI baptism for Lamberhurst for a Susanna Beacker, parents Richard and Mary, 30 November 1708.

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Will of Susanna Sales
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