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Will of Henry Hougham (1742-1818) transcribed



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This is the last will of me Henry Hougham of Tenterden in the County of Kent Surgeon and apothecary made published and declared this fourteenth day of August One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven.

First my will is that all such debts as I shall justly owe to any person or persons at the time of my decease together with the expenses of my funeral the charges of proving this my will and all incidental charges shall be truly and honestly paid and satisfied

and subject thereto and the payment and satisfaction thereof I do give and dispose of my estate and effects in manner and form following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Jane all and every my household goods household furniture and implements of household plate linen and china (except my stock of drugs and other things relating to or belonging to my profession) which shall be in or about my dwelling house and premises at the time of my decease to hold the same and every part and parcel thereof unto her my said wife to and for her own sole and absolute use and benefit

also I give and bequeath unto my brother Solomon Hougham and my good friend Jeremiah Curtis of Tenterden aforesaid esquire and to their executors and administrators all my ready money debts securities for money and money in the public shares funds drugs and all other my personal estate and effects whatsoever not hereinbefore by me bequeathed as aforesaid and which shall not by any codicil to be hereafter made by me be otherwise disposed of upon trust that they the said Solomon Hougham and Jeremiah Curtis their executors or administrators do and shall do soon as conveniently may be after my decease receive sell and absolutely convert all in ready money all and singular my said personal estate and effects whatsoever or such part or parts thereof as shall not consist of monies

and I do hereby declare and my will to be and I do hereby direct that the said Solomon Hougham and Jeremiah Curtis their executors and administrators shall stand interested in my said personal estate so bequeathed to therein manner aforesaid in trust in the first place to pay and satisfy thereout all my just debts the expenses of my funeral the charges of proving this my will and all indirect charges and after payment and satisfaction thereof upon trust that they the said Solomon Hougham and Jeremiah Curtis their executors and administrators do and shall in his or their name or names lay out and invest what shall be then remaining of the said principle monies to assist in pursuant of the trusts aforesaid (or continue out at interest as the case may happen) either in the public stocks or funds or Government or real securities ( all which stocks funds and securities it shall and may lawful to and for the said Solomon Hougham and Jeremiah Curtis their executors and administrators to change alter vary and transpose when and as often as to him or them shall seem meet and most for the benefit and advantage of my said estate and of the personal entitled thereto ) and the whole of the interest dividends profits and proceeds of the monies so to be invested (or to continue invested) as aforesaid upon trust from time to time as it shall become due and be received to pay the same unto my said wife Jane or her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from

and after her decease upon trust to call in the said principal monies and the dividends and interest which shall be then due thereof and pay the same or otherwise assign transfer or otherwise make over the said principal monies and the said dividends and interest and the stocks funds and securities wherein the same shall be invested as aforesaid into between and amongst all and every my children as well female as male who shall be living at the time of the decease of my said wife and unto between and amongst the issue of such of them who shall then happen to be dead leaving issue in equal shares and proportions and to be paid to them respectively as they shall severally attain their ages of twenty-one in case such age shall not arrive in the lifetime of my said wife but if such age shall arrive in the lifetime of my said wife then their parts and shares respectively to be paid as soon as conveniently may be after her decease but to become vested and xxx interest in such children or the issue of any such children so dying and leaving issue as aforesaid immediately on his her or their attaining the age of twenty-one years and the interest dividends and annual produce of their shares from and after the decease of my said wife during their minority to be applied in their maintenance and education respectively as they the said Solomon Hougham and Jeremiah Curtis their executors or administrators shall in his or their discretion think most proper but the issue of such of my children who shall happen to die under the age of twenty-one years leaving issue shall not be entitled to receive any more of the said trust monies than their respective fathers or mothers would have been entitled to if they had been living and in case xxx or any of my said children shall happen to depart this life under the age of twenty-one years and without leaving issue of his or their body or bodies lawfully begotten then the share or shares of him her or them so dying as last aforesaid shall go and be paid equally unto between and amongst the survivors or survivor of my said children and the issue of such of them who shall happen to be under the said age of twenty-one years leaving issue when and as his her or their original or proper share or shares of and in the said trust monies shall become payable but the issue of such one or more of them who shall happen to die under the said age of twenty-one years leaving issue shall not receive any more of such last mentioned share or shares than his her or their father of mother or respective fathers and mothers would have been entitled to in the case he she or they were they then living providing always and my mind and will is that is shall be lawful to and for Solomon Hougham Jeremiah Curtis their executors administrators and he and they are hereby empowered at any time or times during the minority of any or either of my said children or the issue of any one or more of them who may happen to die leaving issue in manner aforesaid (with the consent and approbation of my said wife during her lifetime testified in writing under her hand and after her decease as he or they shall in his or their discretion think fit) to advance pay assign transfer and make over unto any one or more of them or unto any person or persons for their advancement and promotion in life or for their benefit or advantage the whole or any part or parts of his her or their share or shares of the said trust monies provided also and I do hereby direct and order that the said Solomon Hougham and Jeremiah Curtis their executors and administrators shall and may out of the monies which shall come to his or their hands by virtue of the trust aforesaid retain and reimburse himself and themselves all such costs charges loss of time damages and expenses whatsoever which he or they shall respectively bear pay expend or do put unto in and about the execution and performance of the trusts in him and them reposed as aforesaid and that he and they shall not be answerable or accountable for any of the monies hereby directed to be put and placed or continued out at interest as aforesaid which shall happen to be lost by mistaken securities nor for any loss which shall happen by depositing any of the said trust monies in any place or places or with any person or persons for safe custody and until the same can be conveniently put and placed out as aforesaid unless such loss shall happen through his or their wilful neglect or default

and lastly I do hereby make constitute and appoint the said Solomon Hougham and Jeremiah Curtis joint executors and also trustees of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I the said Henry Hougham the testator have to this my last will and testament contained in four sheets of paper set my hand and seal (to zxx) my hand at the bottom of the three first sheets hereof and my hand and seal to this fourth and last sheet on the day and year first herein before written

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signed sealed published and declared by the said Henry Hougham the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses xxxx alterations erasures and interliniacations being first made Edward Willis Charles xxx

Proved at London 25th February 1819 before the worshipful John Danbury Doctor of Laws surrogate by the oath of Jeremiah Curtis esquire xxx the executor to whom administration was granted being first duly sworn to perform

Transcribed by Robin Young


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