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Will of Mary Sidden

of Rochester, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1816
Transcribed by Moira
This is the last Will and Testament of me MARY SIDDEN of Saint Margaret Rochester in the county of Kent, Widow, made published and declared the Twenty Fourth day of August in the year of our Lord 1812 in manner following that is my first. I desire that I may be decently and privately buried at Boxley in the said county as near my late father and mother as may be. That a Head Stone and body Stone may be put up to my grave and that WILLIAM CLEMMANS of Rochester aforesaid may be employed to serve my funeral.

And I give and bequeath to my brother JOHN ATHAWES the dividends and annual interest of the sum of two hundred and twenty five pounds Navy five per cent annuities part of the stock now standing in my name in that fund for and during the term of his natural life and at his decease I give and bequeath the principal of the said sum of two hundred and twenty five pounds Navy five per cent annuities unto and equally between and among such of the children of my said brother who shall be then living.

Also I give and bequeath to my brother WILLIAM GREEN the dividends, annuities and interest of the sum of one hundred and twenty five pounds of the like Navy five per cent annuities, other of the stock now standing in my name in that fund, for and during the term of his natural life and at his decease I give and bequeath the principal of the said sum of one hundred and twenty five pounds Navy five per cent annuities unto and equally between such of his children of the said WILLIAM GREEN including his reputed son, JOHN GREEN otherwise ORAM, who shall be then living.

I give and bequeath unto and equally between such of my late brother GEORGE GREEN as shall be living at the time of my decease the sum of one hundred and seventy five pounds like Navy five per cent annuities other part of the stock standing in my name in that fund.
Also I give and bequeath unto my niece MARY THURSBY the sum of fifty pounds like Navy five per cent annuities then part of the stock standing in my name in that fund.
Also I give and bequeath unto my maidservant SOPHIA PECKHAM if she shall be living with me at the time of my decease the sum of twenty pounds sterling and my best Bombazeen Gown.
Also I give and bequeath to my three nieces MARY THURSBY, MARY HOPE and ELIZABETH TAUNTON the residue of my wearing apparel and wearing linen the same to be divided between them by my Exors thereinafter named with as much equality as may be.
Also I give and bequeath to the said WILLIAM CLEMMANS the legacy of twenty pounds.
Also I give and bequeath to my friend DAVID BAXTER LEWIS of the College Green Rochester the legacy of ten pounds
and to my friend ANN RUDD LEWIS his wife the like legacy of ten pounds for mourning and request my said friend ANN RUDD LEWIS to assist my Exors in the division of my wearing apparel among my said nieces.
And I do hearby direct that all the before mentioned legacies and bequests shall be paid and transferred to the several legatees as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

Also I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my monies and securities for money Goods Chattels and effects whatsoever and wheresoever after subject to the payment of the legacies herein before given and my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses unto the said JOHN GREEN otherwise ORAM absolutely.

And I do hereby make constitute and appoint the said DAVID BAXTER LEWIS and JOHN GREEN otherwise ORAM executors of this my Will and do revoke and void all former Wills and Testaments by me made. In witness whereof I the said MARY SIDDEN the testatrix have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this day and year first above written |-| MARY SIDDEN /…../ signed sealed published and declared by the said MARY SIDDEN the testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have inscribed our names as witnesses thereto
J COPE - GEO FIDLER

This is a codicil to the above written Will of me the named testatrix MARY SIDDEN and which I desire may be amended to and taken as part there of. First I give and bequeath to my brother JOHN ATHAWES and his children the further sum of twenty five pounds Navy five per cent annuities in addition to and in the same manner and form in all respect as I have in and by my said Will given and bequeathed to him and them the sum of two hundred and twenty five pounds of such annuities.

And I give and bequeath to my brother WILLIAM GREEN and his children including his reputed son JOHN GREEN otherwise ORAM the further sum of twenty five pounds like Navy five per cent annuities in addition to and in the same manner and form in all respect as I have in and by my said Will given and bequeath to him and them the sum of one hundred and twenty five pounds of such annuities.

And I give and bequeath unto the children of my late brother GEORGE GREEN who shall be living at my decease the sum of twenty five pounds like Navy five per cent annuities in addition to the sum of one hundred and twenty five pounds of such annuities by my said Will bequeathed to them.

And I do hereby revoke the legacy of twenty pounds by my said Will bequeathed to WILLIAM CLEMMANS and in here there of do give and bequeath to him the legacy of ten pounds only.
And I give and bequeath unto SAMUEL, MARY, THOMAS, JOHN and HENRY SIDDEN the five children of MR SAM’L SIDDEN the son of my late husband the legacy of ten pounds apiece for mourning.
And I give and bequeath to the maidservant who shall be living with me at the time of my decease the sum of five pounds for mourning.

And I notify and redefine my said Will in all points where the same is not hereby altered or varied do witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and soul the thirteen day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen |-| the mark of the above named testatrix X MARY SIDDEN /…../ |-| Signed sealed and published by the said MARY SIDDEN the testatrix in the presence of us (the said testatrix being from illness unable to write her name and therefor set her mark.
PHILIPPA COLLET, ELIZABETH ASHENDEN

Proved at London 20th Feb 1816 with a codicil before whipful Jesse? Addam D of Laws and /…../ by the oath of JOHN GREEN (in the Will written JOHN GREEN other wise ORAM) one of the Exors to whom admon was granted bring first sworn duly to Adm. power and to DAVID BAXTER LEWIS the /…./ Exor.//.


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