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Will of John Tomsett

of Cranbrook, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/362
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson
In the name of God Amen I John Tomsett of Cranbrooke in the County of Kent Cordwayner being infirme as to body but of sound and disposeing mind and memory (praized bee almighty god therefore) doe make & ordaine this my last will & Testament in writeing in manner and forme following vzt.
First and principally I bequeath & commend my soul to God who gave itt me & my body I comitt to the Earth to bee decently buryed att the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named not doubting but att the general resurrection both body & soul shall bee reunited & received into everlasting bliss And as touching and concerning what Worldly Estate itt hath pleased almighty God to bless me with I give and dispose of the same in manner following

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto Mary my loveing wife All that my messuage or tenement and premises with the backside and appurtenances to the same belonging situate lying & being in Cranbrooke aforesaid & now in my own occupation To have and to hold the said messuage or tenement or premises unto the said Mary my loveing wife and her assignes for and dureing the terme of her naturall life

and from and after her decease Then as to for touching and concerning one moiety or halfe part of the said messuage or tenement and premises I give and bequeath the same unto Henry Palmer son of Henry Palmer of Hasting in the County of Sussex Cordwayner my bro’s daughters son To have and to hold the said moiety or halfe part of the said messuage or tenement & premises unto the said Henry palmer the son his heirs & assignes for ever

And as touching and concerning the other moiety or halfe part of the said messuage lands and premises I give and bequeath the same unto John Coleman son of John Coleman of Cranbrooke aforesaid Clothworker To have and to hold the said other moiety or halfe part of the said messuage or tenement and premises unto the said John Coleman the son his heirs & assignes for ever.

Item all my goods chattells & personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath unto Mary my said loveing wife & her assignes and of this my last will and testament I make and ordaine the said Mary my loveing wife full and sole Executrix

In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seale this eighth day of Aprill Anno Dni 1713
John Tomset
Signes Sealed published and declared by the said John Tomsett the testator as & for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the said testator
John Coleman – Jacob Hollingworth – Samuel Haywards – John Munn

Bee it known unto all men by these presents that whereas I John Tomsett of Cranbrooke in the county of Kent Cordwayner have made & declared this my last will & testament in writeing beareing date the eighth day of Aprill now last past and for severall reasons me the said John Tomsett thereunto moveing I the said John Tomsett doe hereby declare my mind & will to bee & I doe hereby give & devise unto my loveing wife Mary her Executors adm’rs & assignes full power & authority to mortgage the messuage or tenement and premises in my said will hereunto annexed mentioned for the sume of ten pounds as soon as conveniently she & they can after my decease

& my mind & will is that Henry Palmer and John Coleman to whom my said will I have in the revertion of the said messuage and premises after my said wifes decease shall have noe advantage of my said will untill they or some for them have paid and discharged the said mortgage equally between them share & share alike

and? anything in my said will which I hereby ratify & confirme (except before mentioned) conteyned to the contrary And my mind & will is that this Codicil or Schedule bee & bee adjudged to bee part of my said will and performed as such

In Witness whereof I the said John Tomsett have hereunto sett my hand & seale this nineteenth day of July Anno Dni 1713
John Tomset
This Codicil or Schedule was sealed published & declared by the said John Tomsett to bee part of his last will & testament in the presence of
Jacob Hollingworth – Samuel Hayward – John Munn

Probate 24 August 1713 to Mary Tomsett widow relict & Executrix


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Will of John Tomsett
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