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Will of Stephen Huffam (1721-1784) transcribed



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This is the last will and testament of me Stephen Huffam of Margate in the parish of St John the Baptist in the Isle of Thanet in the County of Kent, Mariner. I being at the time of xxx xx xx of sound and disposing mind and memory

First I give and bequeath unto William Stone of Margate aforesaid late rope maker (one of my executors hereafter named) my corner cupboard standing in my best parlour also

I give and bequeath all my real and leasehold estate together with all my household goods household furniture linen woollen plate china and all my wearing apparel whatever unto my sister Mary Taylor and her heirs executors administrators and assigns also I give and bequeath unto my said sister Mary Taylor during her life all the interest dividends and profits of all my monies securities for money monies in the public stocks or funds and all other my personal estate whatever belonging to me at my decease (after all my just debts and funeral expenses are thereout paid and discharged) and

after the decease of my said sister Mary Taylor I give and bequeath all my said monies securities for money monies in the public stocks or funds and all other my personal estate whatever (not herein by me before disposed of) unto all and every the child or children of my late brother John Huffam deceased equally to be divided between them share and share alike at their respective ages of twenty one years and to their respective executors administrators and assigns with full power and authority for the said William Stone (after the decease of my said sister Mary Taylor ) to apply the same or any part thereof towards the support and maintenance of the children of my said brother John Huffam during their minority and if any or either of the children of my said brother John Huffam shall happen to die under the age of twenty one years without issue lawfully begotten then and in such case I give and bequeath the part and share or parts and shares of him her or their so dying unto the survivor or survivors of them equally to be divided between them at their respective ages of twenty one years with like power and authority for the said William Stone to pay and apply the said part or share parts or shares of such child or children so dying without issue as aforesaid unto the survivor or survivors of them during their minority but if any or either of the children of my said late brother John Huffam should happen to die under the age of twenty one years having issue lawfully begotten ...

... then my will is that such issue shall have take possess and enjoy the part and share which his her or their father or mother would have been entitled to if living equally to be divided between them if more than one share and share alike and to be paid transferred and assigned to them at their respective age or ages of twenty one years with like power and authority for the said William Stone to apply the same or any part thereof towards the support and maintenance of such issue during their minority and

I do by this my will devise and request my said sister Mary Taylor to give and dispose at her decease of my leasehold estate hereinbefore given to her unto and amongst all the children of my said brother John Huffam deceased in equal shares and proportions and lastly I do make and appoint my said sister Mary Taylor and the said William Stone joint executors of this my will and also the said William Stone (after the decease of my said sister Mary Taylor) to be the guardian of all the children of my late brother John Huffam surviving their respective minorities In witness whereof I the said Stephen Huffam the testator have to this my will ( in two sheets of paper contained) set my hand and seal this second day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty four [2 Aug 1784]

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signed sealed published and declared by the said Stephen Huffam the testator for and as his last will and testament in the presence of us who leave hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said testator Martha Small John Harman Ira Small

This will was proved at London the twenty eighth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five [28 Jan 1785] before the worshipful George Harris Doctor of Laws surrogate of the right worshipful Peter Calvert also Doctor of Laws master keeper or commissary of the prerogative court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Mary Taylor Widow sister of the deceased and one of the executors named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and effects of the said deceased she having been first sworn to administer power xxx of making the like grant to William Stone the other executor named in the said will when he shall apply for the same

[Transcribed by Robin Young]


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