The will of Judith Rickson née Macaré ( – 1727/8)

Judith Rickson nee Macaré was the widow (third wife) of Michael Rickson, probably a 7 x great uncle of mine
In the Name of God Amen this twenty Eighth day if February in the first year of the Reign of of his present Majesty King George the second Anno Domini 1727 Judith Rickson of the City of Canterbury Widow being in perfect health and of sound and disposeing mind and memory but considering the Incertainty of human life do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament as followeth first I commend my Soul to God through the Merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ ^ {Jesus} and my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and as to my Worldly Estate I give and dispose thereof as followeth Item I give and bequeath unto my son Michael Rickson the sume of Fifty pounds of good and lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid unto him by my Executors hereafter named if my said son upon my Request or the request of my Executors or administrators do make and execute levy and Suffer any Conveyance and Conveyances assurance and assurances in the Law whatsoever for the more and absolute Conveying and assuring a Messuage or Tenement with the appurtenances in Faversham which I lately sold and Conveyed unto Edward Hart of Faversham Hoyman or his heirs be it by Fyne or Fynes Recovery or Recoverys or by such ways and means as by the said Edward Hart his heirs or Assigns or his or their Council shall be reasonably devised or advised & required or in default thereof my said son shall have no benefit by this my Will and then I give the said Fifty pounds unto my two Daughters Mary and Judith equally to be divided between them and my Will and mind is that the said fifty pounds be paid him within one year next after my decease Item I give and bequeath all and singular my houses Lands Tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever and all other my real and personal Estate unto my two Daughters Mary Rickson and Judith Rickson to them and their heirs for every equally to be divided between them To hold as Tenants in Common and not as Joynt Tenants and as for all my Goods Chattles whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath the same after all my Just Debts funeral Charges and Expences first paid and satisfyed unto my said two Daughters Mary and Judith equally to be divided between them Item I do make constitute and appoint my Brothers John Macaree and Benjamin Macaree Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby giving them or either of them express power and authority to deduct and retain to themselves out of my personal Estate all such Sume or Sums of money Cost Damage & Expence which they or either of them shall expend suffer or be at for or by reason of the Execution of this my Will or for or by reason of Suit or suits to be commenced or prosecuted against them or either of them by my son Michael Rickson his heirs Executors administrators or assigns In witness whereof to this my last Will and Testament in one sheet of paper contained whereunto I have set my hand and Seal hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made and declaring this to be my last Will and Testament the day and year first above written Judith Rickson her mark signed sealed published and declared by the said Testatrix to be her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who as witnesses thereunto have subscribed our Names in the sight of the said Testatrix John Wellbe Simon Wellbe Mary Carder Exr.
Transcription / translation of the probate statement to be completed when I have the time.
Probatum fuit hujusmodi Testamentum apud London duo decimo die mensis Junii Anno Domini Millesimo septuigentesimo vicesimo nono coram venerabili viro Carolo pinfold Legum Doctore surrogato venerabilis et Egregii viri Johannis Bettesworth Legum Doctorio ... Magistri Custodie ... Johannis Macree ... Commissa fuit administratio a ... et Creditorum dictie... eadem ad ... similem ... Executor in dicto Testamento nominat cum venerit eaudem petur. ./. Exr,
This will appears to have been proved first in the Consistory Court of Canterbury but subsequently in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury in London. This is a transcription of the PCC register copy which is held at the National Archives. TNA ref: PROB 11/408/137 (more details about source on Judith’s page). The original and register copy at the Consistory Court can be seen on microfilm at the CCA or CKS. Original copy ref: PRC/31/197 R/3, register copy: PRC/32/60/295 (I have not seen these)

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