The will of Mary Rickson ( – 1697)

Mary Rickson was the third wife of Michael Rickson, Michael probably being a 7 x great grandfather of mine. Mary was a widow when she married Michael, and I have not (yet) found her maiden name. If she was a similar age to Michael then her first marriage may well have been during the interregnum when their are gaps in many PRs. However, as she left bequests to quite a number of cousins it may be possible to identify a likely Mary from looking at these families. (line breaks as in the register copy simply to make it easier to refer back to that copy if necessary) There is no underlining in this document – anything that looks like it is overlining, and is my attempt to show where there was overlinging in the register copy of the will, one way of indicating letters were omitted.
In the name of God Amen the 4th. day of May in the 7th. yeare of the Raigne of our Sov[e]raigne Lord William the 3d. by the grace of God of England Scotland France & Ireland King Defender of the faith Annoq3 Dni 1695 I Mary Rickson wife of Michael Rickson in the Towne of Fav[er]sham in the County if Kent Marriner being of sound and p[er]fect mind & memory praised be God for the same doe make & ordaine this my Last Will & Testament in manner and forme Followeing hereby anulling revokeing & makeing void all other and former Wills by me made at any tyme before Impis. I comend my soule into the hands of Allmighty God my Creator assuredly trusting by the meritts of my Saviour Jesus Christ to be made p[ar]taker of eternall life And my body to be devently buryed at the discretion of my Loveinge husband whome I do appoint to pay the suverall charges with the ten pounds in his hands & other money which I order for that purpose Item I give and bequeath to mysaid loveing husband the sume of five pounds to be paid him by my Executrix hereafter named Item I give & bequeath to my two sons in Law Michael & Thomas Rickson the sume of twenty shillings apeece Item I give to my three daughters in Law as Followeth vizt to Amy Goatham twenty shillings to Mary Mason five pounds & unto Dorothy Vandipeer twenty shillings And that these be paid in three years after my Decease And I give my daughter Mary Mason one whole suite of cloaths inward & outward to take her choice out of all my weareing apparell Item I give to my Couzens Edward & Stephen Russell the sume of twenty shillings apeece Item I give to my Couzen George Knight & his wife ten shillings apeece to their two children John and Susanna five pounds apeece & to theire son George forty shillings & to theire son William forty shillings Item I give to my Couzen Joseph Knight fifteen pounds & to his wife ten shillings Item I give to his daughter Susanna forty shillings Item I give to my Cozen Susanna Gibbs daughter of Thomas Gibbs and Mary his wife late decd the sume of fifteen pounds & also one silver spout pott Item I give to my cozen John Smith Stephen Smith & George Smith sons of John Smith & Susanna his wife the sume of ten pounds apeece & to my cozen Thomas Knight son of Thomas Knight decd the sume of ten pounds apeece towards the putting him out apprentice in the neare tyme my Will is that my Executrix pay towards his schooling twenty shillings yearely Item I give to Elizabeth Knight daughter of Tho: Knight decd the sume of forty shillings Item I give to Mrs. Sarah Salter the sume of five pounds Item I give to twelve poor Widdowes forty shillings to be equally divided between them Item I give to my Executrix my diamond ring Item I give to my cozen Elizabeth Jeakins ten shillings Item I give to Mrs. Rebecca Weeks the sume of ten shillings My Will is that after my daughter Mary Mason hath made her choice of a suite of apparrell as aforemenconed that then the other two sisters Amy and Dorothy before menconed have equally divided between them all the rest of my weareing cloathes of all sorts And my desire is that my Loveing husband and my Couzen Susanna Smith see them divided & that the Legacyes & bequests herein menconed be onely paid within the space of three months next after my decease except to such as are under the age of Eighteen years And my mind & Will is that they be duely paid when they shall come to their respective ages of Eighteen years or if any of them shall happen to dye before or dep[ar]te this life ere they attaine the age of Eighteen years And then it shall be paid to the brother or brothers sister or sisters of the decd at theire respective age of Eighteen But if there be none such then I give & bequeath it to my Cozen Susanna Smith wife of Mr. John Smith of Fav[er]sham whome I make my sole Executrix of this my Last Will & Testament And what money shall be then in her said husbands hand or upon Bond I give unto my said Executrix after all my Legacyes are paid In Wittness whereof I the said Mary Rickson unto this my Last Will & Testament have subscribed my name & affixed my seale the day & yeare above written Mary Rickson sealed & deliv[e]red in the pr[e]sence Izard Coggan William Grant Susanna Browne
Probatum ... vicesimo quinto die Februarii Anoq3 Dni 1696 ... Susanna Smith & Johannis Smith Executriuis ...
The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury and is viewable on microfilm at the CCA or CKS. CCA ref: PRC17/79/96 (more details about source on Mary’s page) The original will also survives (CCA ref: PRC16/332 R/2); I have not yet viewed this.

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