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Will of Dame Alicia Taylor

of Aylesford, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1734
Submitted by John Buckley
In the Name of God Amen.
I Dame Alicia Taylor als Colepeper als Milner of Preston Hall in the Parish of Aylesford in the County of Kent Widow do make this my last Will and Testament in writing in manner following
I recomend my Soul to Almighty God hoping thro' the Merits of my Saviour to enjoy eternall life and my Body I will to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors in case I shall omitt to leave more particular directions touching the same And as to my Temporall Estate I dispose thereof as followeth

Whereas by Indentures of Lease and Release bearing date on or about the 14th and 15th days of October in the year one thousand seven hundred and twenty three diverse Mannors Lands and Hereditaments lying in the County of Kent late the Estate and Inheritance of Sir Thomas Colepeper Bart deceased late Brother of me the said Dame Alicia are and stand limitted to certain Trustees therein mentioned their Heirs and Assigns amongst other uses and Trusts to the use of the honorable John Finch Esqr his Executors Administrators and Assigns for and during the Term of ninety and nine years without Impeachment of Wast upon Trust (amongst other things) from and immediately after my death by and out of the Rents Issues and Profits of the said Premises or by Mortgage or Demise thereof or of any part thereof to raise any sume or sumes of money not exceeding in the whole the sume of two thousand pounds and pay the same to such person or persons at such times and in such proportions as I should by any writing under my hand and seal executed in the presence of two or more credible Witnesses direct or appoint or to that effect

And Whereas I did by Deed poll bearing Date on or about the fifth day of January instant under my hand and seal duly executed in the presence of the credible Witnesses thereto appearing in pursuance of the said power and of every other power and powers I had direct and appoint the said John Finch his Executors Administrators and Assigns within one year after my decease by Mortgage or Demise of the said premisses or of a fitt and sufficient part thereof to raise the full sume of two thousand pounds and pay the same unto Richard Porter of Chayley in the County of Sussex Clerke and Charles Milner now of Preston Hall aforesaid Esqr their Executors Administrators and Assigns to be by them the said Richard Porter and Charles Milner their Executors Administrators or Assigns applied and disposed of as I by any deed or Writing which I should thenafter execute for that purpose in the presence of two or more credible Witnessses or by my last Will and Testament in Writing duely made and published direct or appoint

And Whereas by Indenture quinquepartite bearing date on or about the 22nd day of August one thousand seven hundred and twenty six it is agreed declared directed and appointed that the said John Finch his Executors Administrators and Assigns may and shall from and immediately after my decease by and out of the Rents Issues and Profits of the Mannors Lands and Hereditaments (part of the aforesaid premisses) by the same Indenture indented to be appointed or limitted in Revertion after my decease to the aforesaid Charles Milner and his Heirs or by Mortgage or Demise thereof or of any part thereof levy and raise the further Sume of three thousand pounds over and above the said Sume of two thousand pounds and pay apply and dispose of the said severall Sumes of two thousand pounds and three thousand pounds and every or any part or parcell thereof to such person or persons or for such use or uses and in such manner as I should by any Writing under my hand and seal executed in the presence of two or more credible Witnesses with or without power of Revocation or by my last Will and Testament in Writing duely made and published direct limitt or appoint or to that effect as by the said severall Indentures and Writings may appear.

Now I the said Dame Alicia Taylor by this my last Will and Testament duely made and published in the presence of the credible persons whose names are hereunto sett as Witnesses do confirm the said Appointment of the said two thousand pounds by me already made as aforesaid and to direct limitt and appoint that as well the said two thousand pounds as also the said three thousand pounds shall be by the said John Finch his Executors Administrators and Assigns within one year after my decease leavied and raised by Mortgage or Demise of all or a fitt and convenient part of the premisses subjected thereto and that the said John Finch his Executors Administrators or Assigns do immediately after pay the same two thousand pounds and three thousand pounds unto my dear Kinsman the said Richard Porter and my dear Brother and friend the said Charles Milner their Executors Administrators and Assigns upon Trust

and I do hereby direct and appoint the said Richard Porter and Charles Milner their Executors Administrators and Assigns to apply the said two thousand pounds and three thousand pounds first in payment of all such Debts as I shall happen to owe at the time of my decease and then in payment and discharge of my Legacies herein after mentioned within one year after my decease that is to say

to my said cousin Richard Porter the Sume of one thousand pounds
to his Sister Mrs Catherine Porter the Sume of five hundred pounds
to my kinsman Thomas Porter (Brother of the said Richard and Catherine) and his Wife thirty pounds for mourning
to Thomas Porter their Son (Godson of my Brother Sir Thomas Colepeper) the Sume of one hundred pounds

to the six Children now living of William Colepeper late of Hollingborne in the said County of Kent Esqr the Sume of one hundred pounds apiece
to Frances Twisden the Daughter of Sir Thomas Twisden late of Peckham in the County of Kent Bart deceased by Dame Catherine Twisden his Wife the Sume of three hundred pounds
to Jenny Thomas Robert and Elizabeth Jocelyn four of the Children of the said Dame Catherine Twisden by Brigadier Genll George Joceline her last husband the Sume of one hundred pounds apiece and if either of them die under the age of fourteen years his or her share to go to the Survivors of them

to my Servant Thomas Robinson the Sume of fifty pounds
to my Servant Dorothy Dabbs the Sume of fifty pounds
and also to each of them and to all others my Servants who shall live with me at the time of my decease and shall have been in my Service for the space of one year or more next before my decrease and not otherwise one years wages respectively over and above what shall then happen to be due to them

to my friend Mrs Elizabeth Swaine twenty pounds to buy her Mourning And I release her from all Demands on Account of her board or otherwise
I also give to the said Mr Finch my honoured friend twenty Guineas as an Acknowledgement for the trouble he will have in the Execution of the aforesaid Trusts

I also give to the five Sisters of my late dear husband Dr John Milner and of my said Brother in Law Charles Milner twenty pounds a piece as a token of my respect willing and desiring them upon payment thereof to execute a Release or Discharge of any claim or pretence to all or any my personall Estate by reason of my Intermarriage with their said late Brother

And I will and direct the said Richard Porter and Charles Milner to lay out one hundred pounds (other part of the said Money directed to be paid them as aforesaid) in such manner as they shall judge most proper and advantageous for the use and Benefit of the Charity School now kept and which shall be kept in the Parish of Aylesford aforesaid and to make and ordain such Rules and Orders for the Application thereof and of the proceed thereof and the better Regulation of the said School as they shall in their discretion think fit

I also direct the said Richd Porter and Charles Milner to pay into the hands of the Minister and Churchwardens of Maidstone in the County of Kent fifty pounds to be applied for the use of the Charity School in that Town for which fifty pounds I do hereby declare the receipt of the said Minister and Churchwardens or of the major part of them shall be a full and effectuall Discharge without my said Trustees and Executors being obliged to see to the application of that Legacy

I also give and devise the pictures of Sir Thomas Colepeper late of Hollingborne and Dame Alicia Colepeper his Widow which I am possessed of unto the said Dame Alicia
And if she die before me I give the same to the Rt Honble the Lady Colepeper her Daughter
I also give the said Lady Colepeper the use of my Silver Coffee Pott upon which the Colepeper's Arms are engraved for her life and then I give the same to my Kinswoman Mrs Cecila Stanhope heire of the said Lady

I also give to the aforesaid Frances Twisden my Silver Tea kettle Lamp and Stand and a pair of Silver Candlesticks on which the Arms of my late husband Sir Thomas Taylor are engraved as also a Tea Table and Sett of China Ware belonging to it and a dozen of Silver Tea Spoons

and I give and devise all the lands of Inheritance which I have or am entitlled unto in the Island of Shepway in the County of Kent in the Occupation of the Widow Sewell unto the said Charles Milner his heirs and Assigns forever

And I give all my lands of Inheritance in or near Bobbing in the County of Kent unto the said Richard Porter and his heirs and Assigns forever

And I acquitt my late Servant John Windram now my Tenant of and from all rent and securities taken for rent which he shall owe or stand liable to pay in to me at my decease

And after my aforesaid debts and Legacies and funerall expenses paid and discharged I give and devise the residue of the said two thousand pounds and three thousand pounds (if any shall be) and all other my personall Estate that shall remain unto the said Charles Milner he paying thereout to my said Kinsman Mr Richard Porter one hundred pounds for his Care and Trouble about the Execution of this my Will over and above what is before given him thereby

And I do make and appoint the said Richd Porter and Charles Milner Executors of this my Will And so hereby revoak all former Wills by me made

In Witness whereof to this my Will contained in four sheets of paper to three first of which sheets I have sett my Name and to the last sett my hand and seal the sixth day of January in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven Alicia Taylor
Signed and Sealed published and declared by the said Dame Alicia Taylor as and for her last Will and Testament in the sight and presence of us who have in her sight and presence attested the same
Sarah Thomas - Sarah Green - John Norvell Esq

In the Name of God Amen
The twenty fifth day of March in the fourth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith I Dame Alicia Taylor alias Colepeper alias Milner of Preston Hall in the Parish of Aylesford in the county of Kent Widow doe make and publish this present Writing to be a Codicill to my last Will and Testament and desire the same to be taken and deemed as part thereof (that is to say)

Whereas by my Will which is dated on or about the sixth day of January one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven I have directed and appointed that my Executors therein named should within one year after my decease pay and apply the Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds therein mentioned in payment and discharge of my Legacies therein after mentioned and in part hereinafter mentioned (that is to say)

to the six Children then living of William Colpeper late of Hollingborne in the said County of Kent Esquire the Sume of one hundred pounds apiece
to Frances Twisden the Daughter of Sir Thomas Twisden late of Peckham in the County of Kent Barronett deceased by Dame Catherine Twisden his Wife the Sume of three hundred pounds
to Jenny Thomas Robert and Elizabeth Joceline four of the Children of the said Dame Catherine Twisden by Brigadier Generall George Joceline her last husband the sume of one hundred pounds apiece And if either of them should dye under the age of fourteen years his or her Share to goe to the survivors of them
to my friend Mrs Elizabeth Swaine twenty pounds to buy her Mourning
And by my said Will I have also given to the aforesaid Frances Twisden my Silver Tea Kettle Lamp and Stand and a pair of Silver candlesticks on which the Arms of my late husband Sir Thomas Taylor are engraved As also a Tea Table and Sett of China Ware belonging to it and a dozen of Silver Tea Spoons

Now I do hereby revoke disannull and make void all and every the Gifts Legacies and Bequests contained in my said Will which are herein before particularly recited and mentioned
And I doe hereby ratifye and confirme my said Will in all other respects
And I do hereby Order and direct that I be buryed in Linnen in as decent and private a manner as may be by my Executors named in my said Will in the Parish Church of Aylesford at Twelve o Clock at night And that there be no Escutchions or other Decorations or Ornaments made use of at my Buriall or any person invited to Support my Pall

I also Will and desire that a compleat suit of decent Mourning cloths be given to each of my Servants who shall be living with me at my decrease
I also give to Mrs Catherine Porter my least Silver Tea Kettle and Lamp with the Colepepers Arms on them and the Stand belonging to them with the Top covered with Silver the Arms the Boars heads

I direct that the Executors named in my Will do out of the three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds therein mentioned pay to Jenny Joceline Daughter of Dame Catherine Twisden by the said Brigadier Generall George Joceline one hundred pounds at her age of twenty one years or day of Marriage which shall first happen And that they do pay her Interest for the same at the Rate of five pounds per centum per annum the meantime

And that they doe out of the same Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds pay unto Elizabeth Joceline sister of the said Jenny Joceline three hundred pounds at her age of twenty one years or day of Marriage which shall first happen And that my Executors doe pay her Interest for the same at the Rate of five pounds per centum per annum in the meantime

And after all my Debts and funerall Expenses and the Legacies herein before and hereafter and in and by my Will given and bequeathed (and which are not hereby revoked) are paid and satisfyed I give and bequeath all the Residue of the Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds and also my two Silver Cannisters with Locks and Keys and all other my personall Estate not otherwise disposed of unto my Brother in Law Charles Milner

Item I give and bequeath unto my cousin Ann French twenty Guineas
Item I give and bequeath unto my Godson Archibald Hamilton son of John Hamilton Esq fifty pounds at his age of one and twenty years And I do direct that my Executors do pay him Interest for the same in the meantime at the rate of five pounds per cent per annum

In Witness whereof I have to this present Codicill contained in two sheets of paper to each sheet thereof set my hand and seal dated the day and year first above written Alicia Taylor
Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Dame Alicia Taylor als Colepeper als Milner to be a Codicill to and by her desired to be deemed and taken as part of her last Will and Testament in the presence of
Sarah Thomas - Roger Philips - Fra Brookes

In the Name of God Amen
The twenty fifth day of October in the fifth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith
I Dame Alicia Taylor alias Colepeper alias Milner of Preston Hall in the Parish of Aylesford in the County of Kent Widdow do make and ordain this present writing to be a Codicill to my last Will and Testament and desire the same to be taken and deemed as part thereof (that is to say)

Whereas by a Codicill bearing Date the twenty fifth day of March last which I thereby desired and directed to be deemed and taken as part of my last Will and Testament I have directed that my Executors named in my Will which is dated the sixth day of January one thousand seven hundred and twenty seven should out of the Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds therein mentioned pay unto Elizabeth Jocelyne therein named three hundred pounds at her age of twenty one years or day of Marriage which should first happen And that they should pay her Interest the same at the rate of five pounds per cent per annum in the meantime

And Whereas the said Elizabeth Jocelyne is since dead Therefore I do by this present Codicill revoke the said Legacy so given to the said Elizabeth Jocelyne And do Order that the said three hundred pounds shall go unto my Brother in Law Charles Milner as part of the residue of the said Sumes of three thousand pounds and two thousand pounds given him by the said Codicill

In Witness whereof I have to this present Codicill set my hand and seale dated the day and year first above written Alicia Taylor als Milner
Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Dame Alicia Taylor als Colepeper als Milner and by her desired to be deemed and taken as a Codicill to and part of her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereunto in the presence of the said Testatrix
Sarah Thomas - Thommas Bottle - Fra Brooke

This Will was proved at London with two Codicills annexed on the second day of November in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty four before the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Doctor Charles Milner and Richard Porter the Executors named in the said Will To whom was granted Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of the said deceased they being first sworn by commission duely to administer the same.


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