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This is the last will and testament of me Mary Hougham of the city of Canterbury, widow. I do hereby order and direct my executors herein after named to immediately after my decease to pay unto William Hougham of the parish of Saint Paul in the County of Kent, esquire, all such sum and sums of money as I may owe and stand indebted unto him at the time of my decease, he having graciously offered and advance to me money for and towards my support and maintenance and from and immediately after payment thereof and of all other debts and funeral expenses and the charges of proving this my will and all other interest charges.
I give and bequeath all and every my goods chattels effects and debts due and owing unto me monies securities monies in the public stocks or funds of this kingdom and all other my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever of what nature kind or quality the same shall consist and be at the time of my decease unto my grandson Charles Houn, son of my late daughter Elizabeth, also deceased and my great grand daughter Mary Hougham daughter of my late grandson George Hougham, deceased. To be divided equally between them share and share alike and I direct that the part and the share of my great granddaughter to be paid assigned and delivered unto her mother Sarah Hougham and the receipt of the said mother ...
... shall be good and sufficient discharge unto my executor for the said part or share and that he shall in no wise be answerable or accountable for or with the loss misappropriation or non application of the same or any part thereof and I do appoint my worthy friend Mr Stainsby xxxx of the Tower of London executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of January in the twenty fifth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord George the Third now King of Great Britain and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five. [18 Jan 1785]
Signed sealed published and executed by the said Mary Hougham the testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us John Cumming, Elizabeth Cumming
This will was proved at London the twelfth day of December in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine [12 Dec 1789] before the worshipful George xxx, Doctor of Laws, surrogate of the right honourable Sir William Wynne, Knight, Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper or commissary of the prerogative court of Canterbury, lawfully constituted by the oath of Stainsby otherwise Stainsby xxxx the sole executor named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer
Transcribed by Robin Young