The will of Susanna Rickson (née Homersham) ( – 1681)

Susanna Rickson was the second wife of Michael Rickson, Michael probably being a 7 x great grandfather of mine. (line breaks and page numbers 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 I Susanna Rixon wife of Michael Rixon of Faversham in the County of Kent Marriner the first day of March in the three and thirtieth yeare of his Majesties reigne that now is Annoq3 Dom 1680. being sick of body but of sound and perfect minde and memory praise bee therefore given to Almighty God doe make and ordeyne this my pr[e]sent Last Will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to Say First and principally I comend my Soule into the hands of Almighty God hopeing through the meritts death and passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgivnes of all my Sinns and to inheritt everlasting life And my body I comitt to the earth to be decently buried at the discrecon of my Executor hereafter And as touching the disposition of all such Temporall Estate as it hath pleasd Almighty God to bestowe upon mee I give and dispose thereof as followeth First I will that my debts and funerall Charges shall bee paid and dischardged Alsoe I give devise and bequeath unto my Sonne John Austen all & Singuler my goods Chattells and Householdstuffe p[ar]ticulerly menconed and specified in a schedule annexed unto a certain Indenture of Covenants made betweene my said Loving Husband Michaell Rixon of the first part my brother William Homersham of the second part and my Selfe of the third part concerninge the disposicon of the said goods and Chattells by my Last will and Testament But my Will and minde is that my said Loving Husband Michaell Rixon shall have the use of all my said goods and Chattells & householdstuffe except that Linnen and plate untill my said Sonne John shall attaine and been of the full age of one and Twenty yeares But if my said Husband shall happen to dye before my said Sonne ^ {John} shall attaine unto the age as aforesaid then the said goods Chattells and Householdstuffe to remaine come and be unto my said Sonne John as aforesaid And alsoe I give and devise unto my said ^ {Sonne} John Austen all & singuler such debts Sume and Sumes of money as are any wayes due and oweing unto mee the said Susanna Rixon or any other waies oweing unto mee as Adminis= =tratrix of Mathew Austen my Late husband deceased Alsoe I make and ordaine my said Sonne John Austen Sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament & my Loveing Husband Michaell Rixon and my Loving brother William Homersham I make and ordayne as Overseeres of this my Last will and Testament requireing them in the name of God to see my last Will and Testament performed accordingly And I doe utterly revoake all former Wills and Testaments by ^ {me} in any waies heretofore made or declared And further my Will and desire & minde is That in case my said Sonne John Austen shall dye before he come of age as aforesaid that then my minde is that the Executor or Administrator of my said sonne John shall pay unto Elizabeth Daughter of my said brother William Homersham the sume of Tenn pounds wch I give unto her as a Legacy And Likewise that the executor or Administrator of my said sonne John Austen in case he dye before he comes to age as aforesaid shall give and deliver unto John Homersham sonne of my said​ brother William Homersham my Silver Tankard marked with M:A:S [I guess this means Mathew Austen Susanna] which I give unto him as a Legacy and for the rest residue and remainder of all such goods Chattells and Householdstuffe in case of the death of my said sonne John as aforesaid my Will and desire therein is that they may bee equally divided and then shared and distrubuted to and amongst the Children of my brothers Henry Austen William Austen Thomas Austen Thomas Dann and William Homersham In Witnesse whereof I the said Susanna Rixon have to this my pr[e]sent Last will and Testament Sett my marke & Seale the day and yeare first above written. The marke of Susanna Rixon. Sealed and delivered published and declared by the said Susanna Rixon to bee her Last Will and Testament in the pr[e]sence of us [p.3] The marke of Mary Arther widdow the marke of Mary Neale Tho: Waterman ./. Exacatir (?)
Probatum fuit Testamentu humoi suprascriptum Susanna Rixon nup[er] de Faversham defunct Septimo die May Anno Dom: 1681 Coram Mr: Willimo Lovelace ...
I will attempt to transcribe and translate the Probate statement in full. It refers to William Homersham teacher and John Austen minor - I think probate was granted to William deputising for John because the latter was too young to be granted probate directly. The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury and is viewable on microfilm at the CCA or CKS. CCA ref: PRC17/75/315 (more details about source on Susanna’s page) The original will also survives (CCA ref: PRC16/306 R/8); I have not yet viewed this.

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