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Will of William Webb

of Rochester, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1738
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson
In the Name of God Amen the Twenty Fifth day of November in the Eleventh year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and thirty seven I William Webb of the City of Rochester in the County of Kent Esq’r being in perfect health and of sound and disposing mind and memory praised be God for the same do for the quieting of my mind and settling that Estate which God in his mercy hath afforded me make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say)
First and principally I surrender up my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator believing to be saved by and through the only Meritts and satisfaction of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred and buried by and at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named in the Chancell of the parochial Church of Frindsbury in the said County in the grave of my late dear father John Webb Esq’r

Secondly I give and bequeath my Fee Farme messuage or tenement Lands and premises with the appurtenances situate standing lying and being in the parish of High Halstow and Saint Maries in the Hundred of Hoo in the County aforesaid in the tenure or occupation of Thomas Knowe or his assigns or undertenants unto my dear and loving Wife Elizabeth Webb for and during the terme of her naturall life in case I leave no child or children by me begotten on her body living at the time of my death or that there be no posthumous child or children by me begotten born of her body after my death But in case there should be any such child or children as afors’d mentioned Then I give and bequeath the aforesaid Fee Farm Messuage or tenement Lands and premises aforesaid to her the said Elizabeth my said Wife only for and during so long time after my death as she shall continue a widdow and unmarried but if in case she my said wife shall at any time after my death marry againe or be marryed to any person whatsoever Then I give and bequeath after the death or day of Marriage of my said wife the aforesaid Fee Farme Messuage or tenement Lands and premises with the appurtenances in High Halstow and Saint Maries aforesaid in the Hundred of Hoo aforesaid unto such child or children lawfully by me begotten on the body of the said Elizabeth my said Wife share and share alike as tenants in common and not as Joynt tenants and in default of such issue Then I give and bequeath the said Fee Farme Messuage or tenement Lands and premises with the appurtenances in High Halstow and Saint Maries in the Hundred of Hoo aforesaid after the death of my said Wife unto my right heires for ever

Thirdly after my debts Funerall expences and probate of this my last Will and testament are first paid and satisfied all and singular the rest and residue of my personall Estate whatsoever as ready money Monies due from the Government Monies due at Interest upon Mortgage either on Fee or Leasehold Estate or Estates or upon Bond Bill or otherwise and all my plate Rings Jewels gold watch pictures glasses china ware linnen woollen beds bedding pewter brass copper and all household goods and implements of household stuff whatsoever I give and bequeath to my said wife Elizabeth Webb And I doe hereby make and ordaine my said Wife Elizabeth Webb full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and testament and doe hereby revoke and make void all former Wills and Testaments by me formerly made In Witness whereof I the said William Webb have to this my last Will and Testament sett my hand and seale dated the day and yeare first above written – Will’m Webb – Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Webb the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses hereto in the presence of the said William Webb the said Testator
Tho. Olive – Rob’t Percy – Tho. Baldwin – Rob’t P--- Baldwin

This will was proved at London before the Worshipful Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the First day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred Thirty Eight by the oath of Elizabeth Webb Widow the Relict and Sole Executrix named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer.

William Webb was buried at Frindsbury 4 Jan 1738/9
John Webb, Govern'r of Upnor, was buried at Frindsbury 2 Nov 1733


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Will of William Webb
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