Will of Solomon Hougham (1656-1714) transcribed
The twelfth day of May AD 1713, I Solomon Hougham citizen and draper of London being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say firstly my soul I commit to the most merciful God and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried according to the discretion of my executors hereafter named but as privately as can be. And as touching and concerning all such lands goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever as it hath or shall so please God to bless me with at the time of my decease (after the debts by me justly owing and my funeral charges defrayed) I give unto my loving wife over and above her third according to the custom of the City of London one moiety or half part of all my plate. The other two thirds of all my estate I give to my three daughters Mary, Mildred and Sarah Hougham to be divided equally amongst them but in case of further issue then such issue to have an equal share with them.
Item: I give devise and bequeath unto my said three daughters all my lands in Ash and Winsborough now or late in the several xxx of John May and Richard Gillow or their under tenants to hold the same to them for ever to share and share alike in the county of Kent and I do make and appoint my loving wife Mildred Hougham sole and alone executrix of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills by me made and do appoint those xxxx only to stand in witness my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Sealed published and declared by the testator for and as his last will and testament in the presence of us after the interlining those words ( of all my estate)- William Hughes Dorothy Legg Joshua Bryan.