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

Judith Rickson née 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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