The will of Michael Rickson (est. 1630 – 1721)

Michael Rickson was probably a 7 x great grandfather of mine

(Michael was great grandfather of a George Goatham, one of  two second cousins called George Goatham, one of whom I believe was my 4 x great grandfather. If I have the wrong George then Michael was father-in-law of my 7 x great uncle, another George Goatham!)

(line breaks and page numbers as in the register copy simply to make it easier to refer back to that copy if necessary)

In the name of God Amen
[I guess ‘I Michael Rixon …’ was accidentally missed from the register copy – I will look at original to compare ]
of the Town and Liberty of Faversham in
the County of Kent Hoyman being aged
and Infirm in body but of sound and perfect
Mind and memory (praised be almighty God
therefore) do make publish and declare this my
last Will and Testament in maner following
(that is to say) Imprimis I recommend my
Soul into the hands of Almighty God in
Hopes of attaining Everlasting Life after
death through the alone Meritts and mediacon
of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus
Christ and my body I co
mitt to the Earth to be
decently interred in Christian buriall at the
discreco
n of my Executors here in after named
And as for my Worldly Estate I give and
[p.2]
dispose thereof in maner following (that
is to say) First my Will and mind is that
all my Just debts be with all Convenient
Speed after my decease fully paid and Satisfied
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son
Thomas Rickson and unto his wife one Guinea
a peece and also to my Said Sons Wife my Silver
Tankard and also to my Said Son all my
Cloaths both Linnen and Woollen and all
my Cordwood and Coales to be paid and
delivered to my Said Son and his wife by my
Executo
rs hereinaftered named within one
Y
eare month next after my decease Item I
give and bequeath unto my Grandson Michael
Rickson (Son of my Said Son Thomas) the Su
me
of one Hundred pounds of
good and lawfull
money of great britain to be paid to him by
my Executors in one Month next after my
decease Item I give and bequeath unto my
Grandson Thomas Rickson (another Son of my
Said Son Thomas) the Su
me of two Hundred
pounds of like money which Said Su
me of
Two hundred pounds I have agreed to layout
With other money to pay for a new hoy now
a building at Faversham aforesaid for my Said
Son Thomas And I do hereby Impower and
order my Executors to lay out and expend
the Said Su
me of two Hundred pounds for the
use aforesaid But my Will and Mind is that my
Said Son Thomas shall forthwith after my
decease or at the Launching of the Said
Hoy make and duly execute to my Executors
a bill of Sale of a Competent and Sufficient part or
Share of the Said Hoy or Vessel or Some other
good Security Such as my Executo
rs shall
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Approve of for repayment of the Said
Su
me of two hundred pounds (So agreed to
be laid out) unto my Said Grandson Thomas
Rickson at his age of two and twenty Yeares
Item I give and bequeath unto my
Grandaughter Mary Rickson (Daughter of my
Said Son Thomas) the Su
me of two Hundred
pounds of like lawfull money to be paid to
her at her age of two and twenty Yeares
one Hundred pounds whereof I have agreed to
layout with the aforesaid Su
me of two
Hundred pounds in building the Said Hoy And
I do hereby Impower my Executors to layout
the Said one Hundred pounds accordingly But
my Will and mind is that my Said Son
Thomas shall make Seale and deliver unto
my Executors a bill of Sale of a Sufficient and
Competent part of the said Hoy or Such other
Security as they shall approve of for payment
of the said sume of one Hundred pounds unto
my said Grandaughter at her age aforesaid Item
I give and bequeath unto my said Grandaughter
Mary Rickson my Great Case of Drawers and all
that is in it, my great oaken Chest and all that is
in it my Corner Cupboard a Nest of Drawers a
Tea table and furniture two Cloath presses and the
bedstedle feather bed bolster Curtains Vallance
Covering and Appurte
nces wherein she
Usually lyes to be paid and delivered to her
Within one Month next after my decease
Item I give and bequeath to my Grandson
Michael Goatham the su
me of two hundred
pounds of like money and all my household
goods whatsoever not before disposed of to be
paid and delivered to him at his age of two
and twenty Yeares. But if the said Michael
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Goatham shall happen to dye before she
Attains to the age aforesaid then I give and
bequeath the said su
me of two hundred
pounds and the said Householdgoods to my
aforesaid Grandchildren Michael Rickson Thomas
Rickson and Mary Rickson equally to be divided
between them Item I give and bequeath unto my
Grandaughter Elizabeth wife of John Barnes of
Faversham aforesaid Butcher the su
me of
one Hundred pounds of like money and my
Clock and Case and Weights and all my brush
Wood or Faggotts to be paid and delivered to
her in one Month next after my decease
Item I give and bequeath to each of
my
son Michaels Children by his last Wife twelve
pence apeece Item I give to my Executo
rs
for their Care and trouble three Guineas apeece
And if there be any more left after payment
of my debts Legacies funerall and other
Charges I give and bequeath such overplus
Money unto my Grandchildren the aforesaid
Michael Rickson Thomas Rickson and Mary
Rickson and unto my Great Grandchildren
Elizabeth Barnes Mary Barnes and Dorothy
Rickson of Hearne equally to be divided
between them Item I do hereby make
Nominate and appoint my very Good Friends
Stephen Everard of Faversham aforesaid
Physitian And George Smith of the same
Woollan Draper Joynt Executors of this my
last Will and Testament Hereby revoking
all former Wills and Testaments In Witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand
and Seale the Second day of August in the
Eighth Year of the reigne of our Soveraign
Lord King George over Great Britain &c.
[p.5]
Annoq3 Dni 1721 Michael Rickson his mark
Signed sealed published and declared by the
said Testator as and for his last Will and
Testamentas in the presence of Hannah Iden
Thomas Clarke Walter Jones./
Probatum fuit … Decmio die Novembr Anno Dni 1721 … Stephano Everard et Georgio Smith Executoribus …

The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury and is viewable on microfilm at the CCA or CKS.

CCA ref: PRC/17/85/43f (more details about source to be added to Michael’s page)

The original will also survives (CCA ref: PRC/16/378 R/2); I have not yet viewed this.


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