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Will of James Shoobridge

of Benenden, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1853
Transcribed by Barbara Wilson
I James Shoobridge of the Parish of Benenden in the County of Kent, Gentleman, do hereby revoke all former Wills, Codicils and Testamentary Dispositions made by me at any time heretofore and so make this my last Will and Testament.

I give and devise unto my nephew John Shoobridge of Wadhurst in the County of Sussex, Farmer and Jane Shoobridge the daughter of my nephew Joseph Shoobridge and now the wife of Owen Southon who is now living with me as Housekeeper their heirs and assigns all that messuage in two tenements situate in Iden Green in the said Parish of Benenden part whereof is now in the occupation of Anne, the wife of my said nephew Joseph Shoobridge Upon the trust thereinafter mentioned and I give and devise all that my single messuage or tenement situate at Iden Green aforesaid and adjoining the said messuage devised to my said Trustees Jane Shoobridge the daughter of my said nephew Joseph Shoobridge and now the wife of Owen Southon I also give and devise all that my dwelling house and heriditaments situate in the village of Benenden unto the said Jane Southon the wife of Owen Southon aforesaid her heirs and assigns and I give and bequeath unto the said Jane Southon the whole of my household furniture, linen, books and china

I give and bequeath to my said nephew John Shoobridge the sum of ten pounds and I give devise and bequeath unto the said John Shoobridge and Jane Southon their heirs executors administrators and assigns all the residue and remainder of my real and personal estate upon trust hereinafter mentioned and I direct my said Trustees John Shoobridge and Jane Southon their heirs executors administrators and assigns to stand possessed of my said real and personal estates upon the following trusts that is to say upon trust to pay the following legacies that is to say
to pay to my brother Oak Shoobridge the sum of three hundred pounds together with all my wearing apparel should he be living at the time of my decease
To pay to my nephew Edward Shoobridge the son of my said brother Oak Shoobridge should he be living at the time of my decease the sum of one hundred pounds
To pay to my nephew and two nieces following mentioned John Merrion , Mary Smith the wife of …… Smith and to Sarah White the wife of John White the sum of one hundred pounds each to such of them the said John Merrion, Mary Smith and Sarah White as may be living at the time of my decease
Also to pay to John Campany, George Campany and Sarah Campany the sum of fifty pounds each to such of them (the said John Campany George Campany and Sarah Campany) as are living at the time of my decease
and to pay to George Shoobridge, James Shoobridge and Ann Shoobridge children of my nephew Joseph Shoobridge the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to each of them (the said George Shoobridge, James Shoobridge and Ann Shoobridge as are living at the time of my decease
and subject to the payment of all the said annuities and legacies to transfer and secure the residue unto the said Jane Southon the wife of the said Owen Southon that she the daughter of my nephew Joseph Shoobridge may have the interest and rents received from this my property the said interest and rents to be paid into her own hands (and the same not be in the least subject to the control of her husband) during the term of her natural life and should she die before her said husband Owen Southon the interest which his wife has in this my property named in this my will shall be continued to him the said Owen Southon her husband during the term of his natural life and should the said Jane Southon have children by her present or any future husband the aforesaid property is to descend to such children and not to the children of the present husband Should he marry hereafter and leave children by such second or any other marriage he may enter into and also should my niece the wife of Owen Southon survive her present husband and she should marry again the interest of this my property is not to be continued to such second husband or any other husband whom she may marry that is to say after her death But the property herein given to the said Jane Southon the wife of Owen Southon upon her dying without issue after the death of her husband shall be equally divided between my brother Oak Shoebridge’s children and the children of my sister? their heirs or assigns.

I devise that the legacies given in this my will to the aforementioned Oak Shoebridge the said Edward Shoobridge the said John Merrion Mary Smith Sarah White John Campany George Campany Sarah Campany George Shoebridge James Shoebridge and to Ann Shoobridge to upon the death of either of them taking place before my decease that the share of each of such legatees who shall die before my decease shall be transferred and secured with the residue unto the said Jane Southon the wife of Owen Southon the daughter of my nephew Joseph Shoobridge that she may also have the interest and rents of this my property paid into her own hands as is mentioned before and the same to it continues to her present husband during the term of his natural life

I also request that the portion of money given in this my will to George Shoobridge as he is now abroad in the Army be secured by the executors so that should he return to England he may receive the same. The interest of this legacy of George Shoobridge to be paid into the hands of the aforesaid Jane Southon wife of Owen Southon during the absence of the said George Shoobridge the said George Shoobridge to have no claim of the interest for the time he may be abroad and I appoint the said John Shoobridge and Jane Southon Executor and Executrix of this may will In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty first day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty one – James Shoobridge – signed published and declared by the said James Shoobridge the Testator as and for this last will and testament in the presence of us who being present at the same time have at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as witness hereto
Benjamin Southon Butcher Benenden – Stephen Davis Walker? Schoolmaster Benenden.

Proved at London the 14th July 1853 before the Worshipful Thomas Spinks Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the oath of John Shoobridge, the nephew the surviving executor to whom admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer


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