Item I give and devise all that my Messuage or tenement lands with the appurtences situate lying and being in Beaksbourne aforesaid now divided in two dwellings one whereof is now in my own tenure or occupation and the other in the tenure or occupation of (James Sowton? crossed out) Edward Monds unto my loving wife Sarah Webb during the term of her natural life in case she continue a widow not otherwise and from and after her decease I give and devise all that part of my said messuage and Lands and the appurtences now in my own tenure and occupation unto my two sons Edward and Thomas Webb equally between them and to their respective heirs for ever
Item I give and devise all that other part of my said messuage Lands and appurtences now in the tenure or occupation of the said (James Sowton? crossed out) Edward Monds unto my daughter Elizabeth Webb and to her child or children lawfully on her body to be begotten and to his her or their heirs for ever and also that fence from the corner of the said messuage to the well and the headgarden fence adjoining to other lands North and West and the other part of the Well being at half the charge to maintain it and of the bucket and rope and also a freeway and passage to carry wood through the Court or Yard belonging to the adjoining house at all times hereafter, but for want of such child or children as aforesaid then from and after her decease I give the same to my said two sons equally between them and to their respective heirs for ever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Elizabeth from and after her Mothers decease all the whole furniture as it now is and standeth in my best chamber with all my linnen and a large brass kettle a pinte skillet and a brass pott.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Webb all my wearing apparel both linnen and woollen and all other sorts whatsoever to have and take them soon after my decease
Item my will further is that if either of my two sons before named shall after their Mothers decease have any occasion or are desirous to sell the half part of my reall Estate that it shall be sold to no other person or persons but only from brother to brother being that I am desirous that my said messuage Lands and Premises may be continued in my family.
Item I give and bequeath unto Sarah my loving wife all my household goods and chatels to make use of the same during the term of her natural life but in case the rent and income of my reall Estate should prove to be not sufficient to maintain and support her in a reasonable manner then in such case shall have free liberty to sell some of my said household goods and chatels the better to maintain and support her (except the furniture in the best chamber and other things which I have herein before given to my said daughter after the decease of her Mother)
And I make ordaine constitute and appoint my said loving wife Sarah and my daughter Elizabeth Webb and my sons Edward and Thomas Webb Executors and Executrices of this my last will and testament And I give and bequeath unto my said sons and daughter after their Mothers decease all the rest and residue of all my houshold goods chatels and all other my personal estate whatsoever and of what nature after the funerall expenses of my said wife are paid and discharged and after my said daughter hath had the furniture of the best chamber and the other things I have herein before given to her the rest and residue my will is of my personal estate shall be equally divided between my said sons and daughter share and share alike and I doe hereby revoke all former wills
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this one and thirtieth day of March in
the yeare of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and Fortyfour. (1744)
Signed sealed Published and declared by the said Edward Webb as his last will and Testament in the presence of us whose names are hereunder written who also attested the same in his presence after the interlineation between the seventeenth and eighteenth lines of the first sheet.
Alex Steddy?, Joseph Webb, Philip Lade?
Probate September the 2nd 1760 Before the Revd. Wm. Gostling the Surrogate Pesent
The Will of Edward Webb late of Beaksbourn in the archdeaconry of Canterbury decd. was proved by the oath of Elizabeth Webb one of the Executors therein named to whom Aministration etc. was granted. Sarah Webb another of the Executors dying before the Testator and power being reserved to Edwd. and Thos. Webb the other Executors to prove the same when they shall think fit.
Will of Edward Webb