Thomas Mason was the husband of Mary Rickson, probably a 7 x great aunt of mine. However, it appears that Mary died in 1710 and the references to a wife Mary in this will were to his second wife who had the same Christian name.
In the name of God Amen I Thomas Mason of the Town and Liberty of Faversham in the County of Kent Cordwainer being in Health of Body and of sound and perfect mind and memory; praised be Almighty God therefore do make publish and declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following; that is to say; First I recomend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God in Hopes of attaining Everlasting Life after Death thro' the alone merits and mediation [p.2] of my blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ And my Body I committ to the Earth to be decently interred in Christian burial at the discretion of my loving Wife and Executrix hereinafter named And as for my worldly Estate I give and dispose thereof as followeth; that is to say; Item I give devise and bequeath unto my loving Wife Mary Mason for and during the Term of her natural Life All that my Messuage or Tenement with all Buildings and Hereditaments whatsoever thereunto be= =longing situate lying and being in the Town and Liberty of Faversham aforesaid and now in my own Ocupation And from & immediatly after the decease of my said Wife I give and devise my said Messuage or Tenement and pr[e]mises unto my Sister Bennet Coningsby for and during the term of her natural Life And from and immediatly after the decease of my said Sister Bennett Then I give devise and bequeath my said Messuage or Tenement and pr[e]mises with the Appurtences unto my good friend Elizabeth Barns Wife of John Barns of Faversham aforesaid Butcher and to the Heirs and Assigns of her the sd. Elizabeth Barns forever Chargable nevertheless with the payment of the Sum of Twenty pounds of lawfull money of England thereout to my Brother in Law Phillipp Philpot late of Faversham aforesaid Bricklayer But in Case the said Phillip Philpot shall not happen to survive and overlive my said Wife and Sister Then I give [p.3] devise and bequeath unto the Child or Children of the said Phillip Philpot that shall happen to believing at the decease fo my said Wife & Sister the Sum of Twenty pounds of like money chargable upon and payable out of my said Messuage or Tenement and pr[e]mises aforesaid in equal Shares and proportions if there shall happen to be more Children than One living otherwise to one such Child Entirely if there be but one then living Item I give and bequeath unto my said Sister Bennett Coningsby the Sum of Twenty Shillings to buy her a mourning Ring to wear in Remembrance of me Item I give & bequeath unto my said Brother in Law Phillip Philpot if he happens to be living at my decease otherwise to the Issue of his Body that shall happen to be then living the sum of Twenty Shillings to be paid to him or them within Three months after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto the said John Barns and Elizabeth his Wife Two Rings of the value of Twenty Shillings each Ringe or in lieu thereof Twenty Shillings apiece in money Item all the rest of my goods chattels plate ready money linnen beding and personal Estate whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my loving Wife Mary Mason she paying my debts legacies funeral and other incident charges improving this my Will or other= =wise Item I do make nominate and appoint my said loving Wife Mary Mason full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills and Testaments In witness whereof I have here unto set my [p.4] Hand and Seal the Five and Twentieth day of April in the Sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King George over Great Britain &c Annoq3 Dni 1720 Thomas Mason Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Mason the Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in the pr[e]sence of us who at his Request and in his pr[e]sence subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto Thomas Down John Keene, Walter Jones
Probatum fuit humoi antescriptum Testamentum Thoma Mason nuper de Faversham in fra Arctii= = nat Cant defunct Viresimo Octavo die Februarii Anno Dni 1720 Coram ...
The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury and is viewable on microfilm at the CCA or CKS. This is a transcript of the register copy, CCA ref: PRC17/85/18a (more details about source on Thomas’s page) The original will also survives (CCA ref: PRC16/404 M/3); I have not yet viewed this.


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