The will of Thomas Mason ( – 1727/8) (husband of Mary Rickson)

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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