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Wills of 17th Century Chatham Shipwrights
Prerogative Court of Canterbury (P.C.C.) Wills 1603 - 1699)

John PIRKIS - 1653

In the name of God amen
the twenty fifth day of June in the yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred fifty and three I Joseph Pirkis of Chatham in the county of Kent shipwright though weake of body yett of a sound mynde and memory (praysed be God) doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) Imprimis I give and comend my soule into the hands of Almighty God my creator and my body to bee decently enterred according to the discretion of mine executix hereafter named Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Nathaniel Pirkis and unto my brother Benjamin Pirkis to each of them one shilling to be paid unto them within six months after my decease and buriall Item all the rest of any goods chattells ready money and whatsoever belonging unto mee (my funerall expences and debts being paid ) I give and bequeath unto my deare and loveing wife Anne Pirkis whom I doe hereby nominate ordaine and appoint to be the sole executrix of this my last will and testament and I will that the edifice that is now a building upon a peece of ground which I hold by lease from John Cozens of Chatham aforesaid bricklayer I will that the same together with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto in any wise appertaininge be possessed and enjoyed by my said deare and loveing wife her executors administrators and assignes for the whole tyme that is to come and unexpired of the terme mentioned in the same lease in witnesse thereof I have hereunto put my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written this was read unto and approved by the said Joseph Pirkis as his last will and testament in the presence of us whose names are hereunto subscribed Wal. Rosewell Richard Martin his mark Tho. Heavyside

Proved 17th September 1653

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