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Will of Sampson Sidden

of Rochester, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1807
Transcribed by Moira
This is the last Will and Testament of me Sampson Sidden of Saint Margaret next the City of Rochester in the county of Kent, Mariner. Made published and declared the first day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and One in manner following. (That is to say) first I do hereby revoke and make void all former Wills and codicils by me at any time hereforeto made. Also I desire I may be decently and privately buried by and at the discretion of my Executor herein after named

Also I make constitute and appoint my son SAMUEL SIDDEN Executor of this my last Will and Testament

Whereas by indenture ..... bearing date on or about the third day of September which was in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six and made or mentioned to be made between MARY my now wife by the name and description of MARY ATHAWES spinster of the first part and the said SAMPSON SIDDEN of the second part and GEORGE GREEN of Stockbury in the said county of Kent ,Yeoman, and STEPHEN BASSUCK of Saint Margarets aforesaid, Gentleman, of the third part being a settlement made previous to and upon my marriage with my said wife the sum of Five Hundred Pounds five per cent Bank annuities was settled upon the several Trusts and for the said several purposes herein after particularly mentioned now I do hereby ratify and confirm the said deed or settlement in every respect

and whereas in and by certain Indentures of Lease and release bearing date respectively the second and third days of September One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six and the release being of five parts and made or mentioned to be made between the said SAMUEL SIDDEN of the first part me the said SAMPSON SIDDEN of the second part the said MARY ATHAWES now my wife of the third part and the said GEORGE GREEN and STEPHEN BASSUCK of the fourth part being a settlement made previous to and upon my marriage whereby a certain piece or parcel of freehold land and the messauge or tenement and her’its? thereon erected and built and there unto belonging and then and now in my own occupation situated at or near a certain place called Star Lane in the parish of Saint Margaret aforesaid with their appurt’s was and were conveyed and settled to the uses therein mentioned Now from and after the decease of my said wife MARY I give and devise the said messuage or tenement garden Hereditaments and premises unto my said son SAMUEL SIDDEN to his heirs and assigns for ever

and whereas by a certain Bond or obligation bearing date on or about the third day of September which was in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Six previous to and in contemplation of my said marriage I did become bound unto the said GEORGE GREEN and STEPHEN BASSUCK in the penal? sum of Five Hundred And Forty pounds with a condition there under written but if the said marriage should take effect and the said MARY should survive and out live me then if my said wife should and did from such my death have the custody of and their use and enjoy for and during the term of her natural life all and every the household goods and implements of household plate household linen china and household furniture of and belonging to me then standing lying and being in upon and about my then dwelling house situated in Saint Margaret aforesaid with the appurt’s or of some other household goods and implements of household plate household linen china and household furniture of or belonging to me or to my executors or adm’ors of the value of One Hundred and Twenty pounds at the least without any let disturbance or interruption whatsoever of or by the Executors adm’ors or assigns of me the said SAMPSON SIDDEN or any or either of them and she my said wife keeping and leaving the same at her decease in a good plight repair and condition as she received the same the reasonable wear and tear thereof duly excepted that then the said obligation should be void otherwise remain in full force and virtue.

Now I do hereby in performance of the said Bond or obligation give and bequeath unto my said wife, during the term of her natural life, the custody holding use and enjoyment of all and every the household goods and implements of household plate, household linen, china and household furniture of and belonging to me which shall be in and about my said dwelling house with the appurt’s at the time of my decease. She my said wife keeping and having the same at her decease in good plight repair and condition as she received the same the reasonable wear and tear thereof only exempted And from and after the decease of my said wife MARY I give and bequeath the said household goods and implements of household plate household linen china and household furniture unto my said son SAMUEL SIDDEN his executor’s adm’ors absolutely to and for his and their own use and benefit Also I give and bequeath unto my said wife MARY the legacy or sum of twenty pounds of lawful money Great Britain to be paid to her within six months next after my decease.

Also I give, devise and bequeath unto my said wife Mary during the term of her natural life if she shall so long continue my widow sole and unmarried one annuity or clear yearly Rent Charge of ten pounds a year of good and lawful money of Great Britain to be issuing and payable and had received and taken out of all and every my Manors Messauges Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever situated lying and being in the said county of Kent or elsewhere in the Kingdom of England and parts and shares thereby which I shall at my decease be seized or possessed of or interested in save and except the said Messauges and Hereditaments wherein I now dwell in Saint Margaret aforesaid and my Will and Mind is that the said annuity or yearly Rent Charge of Ten pounds as aforesaid shall be paid at or in my Dwelling House situated in Saint Margaret aforesaid yearly and every year during the natural life of my said wife if she shall so long continue my widow sole and unmarried by quarterly payments on the four following feast days or days of payment in the year that is to say the Twenty Fifth day of December the Twenty Fifth day of March the Twenty Fourth day of June and the Twenty Ninth day of September by even and equal portions or quarterly payments free and clear of and from all parliamentary or other taxes charges and deductions whatsoever the first payment of the said annuity to begin and to be paid to my said wife upon such of the said feast days as shall first and next happen after my decease and if default shall happen to be made in payment of the said annuity or yearly rent charge of Ten pounds or any part thereof at any or either of the days and places appointed for payment thereof as aforesaid then I do hereby give full power to her my said wife her executors adm’ors and assigns not only to distrain for the said annuity upon the said premises chargeable therewith as aforesaid but also to enter into and upon all or any the said premises chargeable as aforesaid and to hold and enjoy the same and receive and take the Rents Issues and Profits thereof until my said wife shall be therewith or otherwise paid and satisfied the said annuity and every part thereof and all arrears of the same incurred before or after such entry or entry’s together with all such damages as shall be sustained by reason of the non payment thereof

Also I give, devise and bequeath all and every my said Manors, Messauges, Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments and parts and shares thereof subject nevertheless to and charged and chargeable with the said annuity or yearly sum of ten pounds hereby charged thereon as aforesaid and also to and with the remedies hereafter mentioned for the recovery thereof unto my said son SAMUEL SIDDEN be hold to him my said son SAMUEL SIDDEN and to his heirs and assigns forever provided always that if my said son his heirs Executors adm’ors and assigns shall at any time during the life of my said wife and at her continuance to be my widow sole and unmarried transfer or cause to be transferred to and in the names of the said GEORGE GREEN and STEPHEN BASSUCK their Executors or administrators as much principal stock in any of the parliamentary funds as shall by the annual interest or dividends thereof raise and produce the sum of twelve pounds per annum at the least and shall by any declaration or deed of trust under the hand and deal of my said son his heirs Exors adm’ors or assigns authorize and empower the said GEORGE GREEN and STEPHEN BASSUCK their Executors adm’ors and assigns to receive such interest and dividends and thereout to pay my said wife the said annuity or Rent Charge of ten pounds per annum during her natural life if she shall so long continue my widow sole and unmarried that then and from thenceforth paid all arrears of the said annuity or Rent Charge up to the day of payment thereof as aforesaid last proceding the transfer of such stock and all the costs and charges of recovery thereof in case any such shall have been incurred having been first duly paid and satisfied to my said wife and her assigns the said annuity or Rent Charge so herein before charged on my said Real Estates shall cease and determin? and be no longer charged and chargeable thereon and I do hereby from thenceforth discharge and exonerate my said Real Estates therefrom and from the payment thereof and I do hereby declare that the acknowledgement or declaration of the said GEORGE GREEN and STEPHEN BASSUCK their Executors and adm’ors under their respective hands and seals that the said SAMUEL SIDDEN his heirs Executors adm’ors and assigns have or hath transferred such stock to them as aforesaid and by such declaration or deed of trust as aforesaid under the hand and seal of my said son his heirs Executors adm’ors or assigns as aforesaid duly authorise and empower the said GEORGE GREEN and STEPHEN BASSUCK their Executors Adm’ors and assigns to receive the interest and dividends thereof as aforesaid and thereout to pay my said wife the said sum of ten pounds per annum during her natural life if she shall so long continue my widow sole and unmarried I say I do declare that such acknowledgement or declaration of the said GEORGE GREEN and STEPHEN BASSUCK their Executors and adm’ors as aforesaid shall be a sufficient discharge and discharges to my said son his said executors adm’ors and assigns and to my said Real Estate and every part thereof and to all and every the purchaser and purchasers thereof of and from the said annuity or Rent Charge by me charged thereon as aforesaid all arrears thereof having been paid as aforesaid

Also I give and bequeath all and every the Rest Residue and Remainder of my ready money and securities for money, money in the publick stocks or funds, Debts, Goods, Chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever not herein before by me disposed of, my Just Debts Legacies and Funeral expenses being thereout first paid and satisfied, unto my said son SAMUEL SIDDEN his Executors and adm’ors absolutely to and for his and their own use and benefit

In witness whereof I the said SAMPSON SIDDEN the testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in four sheets of paper to the three first sheets thereof have set my hand to this fourth and last sheet thereof my hand and seal the day and year first above written- SAMP. SIDDEN|-| - signed sealed published and declared by the said SAMPSON SIDDEN the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto –
E S TWOPENNY attor’ at Law Rochester- EDWARD WICKHAM - JOHN SHARP clerks to Messers TWOPENNY’S att’eys at Law Rochester.

This Will was proved at London the tenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven before the worshipful SAMUEL PEARCE PARSON doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir WILLIAM WYNNE Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the Oath of SAMUEL SIDDEN


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