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Will of Robert Woolley

of Otterden, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury v.98 f.152 1768
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson

In the Name of God Amen I Robert Woolley of Otterden in the County of Kent Farmer being sick and weak in Body but of sound and disposing Mind Memory and understanding praised be God for the same Do make publish and Declare this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I commend my soul unto the hands of almighty God my creator assuredly trusting in and through the Merits Death and passion of Jesus Christ my saviour and Redeemer to obtain full pardon and remission of all my sins and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereinafter named And as to this Temporal Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath the same as followeth

Imprimis my will is that all my just Debts shall be fully satisfied and paid by my said executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my Decease and from and after the payment thereof I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Woolley the sum of Ten Pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain to be paid to him in twelve months after my decease by my Executors hereinafter named.

Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth the wife of John Carter, Susanna Woolley, Martha the wife of Solomon Brice, Joseph Woolley, Stephen Woolley, Margaret the wife of Robert Mercer and Hannah the wife of Thomas Woolley deceased the sum of five shillings apiece of the lawful Money to be paid to each and every of them by my said executors hereinafter named within one year next after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Catharine Woolley all the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever the same shall and may consist of after my debts Lagacies and Funerall Expenses are satisfied and paid To hold unto my said daughter Catharine Woolley her Executors administrators and assignes for ever

And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Brothers James Woolley and Joseph Woolley joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke disannull and make void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and do Declare this to be my only Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Eighth Day of December in the Eighth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third King of Great Britain and so forth and in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and sixty seven Robert Woolley Signed sealed published and declared by the said Robert Woolley the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as Witnesses
Thomas Woolley Wm. Smart

The Before Registered Will of Robert Woolley deceased was proved the Thirtieth Day of January 1768 before the Reverend John Gostling Clerk Surrogate to the Worshipful Francis Simpson Doctor of Laws Official General to the Reverend the Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of James Woolley natural and lawful Brother of the deceased and one of the Executors named in the said Will he being first sworn duly to perform the same the like power being reserved to the other Executor to prove the same when he shall think fit.

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Will of Robert Woolley
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