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Will of Stephen Wigzell

of Kemsing, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury Prob 11/877 Image Reference:394
Submitted by Peter Relph
In the Name of God Amen
I Stephen Wigzell of Kemsing in the County of Kent Yeoman calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory Life and that it is appointed for all persons sure to dye and the uncertainty of the time when the same shall happen and being of sound Mind Memory and UnderstandingPraised be Almighty God for the same do therefore make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I resign my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named and as to the temporal Estate which it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with in this world I give devise and and dispose thereof as followeth

First I [ ] order and direct that all my just Debts Legacies Funeral Expenses and the probate of this my Will shall be first paid and discharged
Also I give and bequeath unto my Nephew John Wigzell Son of my Brother Robert Wigzell one hundred pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid by my Executrix immediately after my decease

Also I give and bequeath unto my trusty and Well beloved friend Thomas Horton of Sevenoaks in the said county [ ] Master the Sum of five hundred pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain In Trust for the said Thomas Horton his Executors and Administrators to put and [?place] out to interest in some of the public Funds or other good Securities in parcels or otherwise and the interest therefrom arising I will shall from time to time be applied to the Maintenance and bringing up of my grandchildren Mary Relph Sarah Relph and Thomas Relph
he the said Thomas Horton from time to time paying himself his reasonable Expenses and for his Time and Trouble in the Execution hereof and my Will and Mind is that two hundred pounds thereof shall be paid to my said Grandaughter Mary at her age of twenty one Years the like sum to my Grandaughter Sarah at the same age and the then remaining Sum of one hundred pounds shall be paid to my said Grandson Thomas at his age of twenty one Years and in case of the death of any or other of my said Grandchildren duing their Minority the Legacy or Legacies of him her or their so dying shall go and be paid to the Survivors or Suviver of them at their respective ages of twenty one Years

Also I give unto my said friend Thomas Horton the sum of ten pounds and ten shillings to be paid him by my Executrix immediately after my decease and I will that he shall be no ways accountable for any involuntary Losses that may happen touching the Execution of this my Will

Also I give and devise unto my loving daughter Elizabeth the Wife of Robert Relph all my Messuages Farms Lands and Premises whatsoever situate lying and being in the Parish of Kemsing aforesaid or elsewhere To a[] unto my said Daughter Elizabeth Relph and her Assigns during the Term of her natural life and from and immediately after her decease then to the [] Male of her Body lawfully begotten and to be begotten and their heirs and assigns for ever as Tenants in Common and on Failure of [] Male surviving the age of twenty one Years then to [] [] [] of my said Daughter their Heirs or Assigns forever as Tenants in Common

Also after all my just Costs Legacies and Funeral Expenses and the probate of this Will are paid and discharged all the Residue and Remainder of personal Estate I give unto my loving Daughter Elizabeth whom I nominate full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament thereby revoking all former Wills and Bequests by me made

In Witness thereof I the said Stephen Wigzell the Testator have by this last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of February one thousand seven hundred and sixty two Stephen Wigzell Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request have subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereto in the presence of each other
Thos Richardson - James Russell - John [indecipherable]

This Will was proved at London this twelfth day of June in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty two before the Worshipful Andrew [] [indecipherable insertion] Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Sir Edward Simpson Knight also Docter of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterebury lawfully constituted by the oath of Elizabeth Relph - Wife of Robert Relph the Daughter of the deceased and sole Executrix named in the said will and to whom Administration was of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased granted [indecipherable insertion] having been first sworn duly to administer


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