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Wills of 19th Century Chatham Shipwrights
Prerogative Court of Canterbury (P.C.C.) Wills  (Pre 1858)

William STONE proved 1839

of me William Stone of His Majesty's Dock yard at Chatham in the County of Kent Master Shipwright First I desire to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executrix & Executors hereinafter named & appointed & do direct them to pay and satisfy all my just debts funeral & testamentary charges & expenses as soon as conveniently may be after my decease & I do hereby give and bequeath to my dear Wife Dinah Stone all such part and so much of my household goods and furniture plate linen and china as she may choose to select for her own use & accommodation and do direct my said executrix and executors to sell and dispose of the residue and all other my Personal Estate not consisting of money or securities for money & with the monies arising therefrom & any other monies which shall come to their hands by virtue of this my Will after discharging the aforesaid debts and expenses lay out the residue in the purchase of Government Stock in the same funds in which my other monies may be standing at the time of my decease and I do hereby give and bequeath unto my said dear Wife Dinah Stone the dividends or Interest of such respective Stock funds or securities for & during the term of her natural life for her own absolute use and benefit and from & after her decease I do hereby give & bequeath the said Stocks funds and securities and all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever the same   ?   shall or may consist unto my dear Children namely Sarah Booth now the Wife of William Booth William Stone Joseph Stone Josiah Stone Ebenezer Stone Elizabeth Stone Reuben Stone and Charles Stone in and by equal parts shares and proportions for their respective use & benefit and do direct the same to be paid or transferred to them accordingly within three months next after the decease of the Survivor of me and my said Wife and I do hereby nominate constitute & appoint my said dear Wife Dinah Stone Executrix and the said William Stone and Josiah Stone Executors hereof and hereby revoking & making void all former other Will and Wills by me at any time heretofore made do declare this only to be and contain my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said William Stone the Testator have hereunto set my hand and Seal this twelve day of March in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty four Wm Stone Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Stone the Testator as and for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request & & in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto Wm Morgan J Moore

Proved 15th April 1839 Power reserved to Dinah Stone and William Stone

William Stone was not a Shipwright as the others recorded here but the Master Shipwright of Chatham Dockyard, 1830 to 1839; previous to coming to Chatham he was Master Shipwright at Deptford Dock Yard, 1813 to 1830. A post usually filled by a "Gentleman". He was in charge of the shipwrights and responsible for their work, constructing ships and for rebuilding them. His will is of interest, contrasting with many of the wills published here, rather brief with no real estate or personal estate detailed, and no value of the estate indicated. In 1830 he was responsible for converting the Bomb Vessel Terror for Arctic Service, this ship, with the Erebus, was used by Sir John Franklin in his ill - fated attempt to find the "North West Passage" in 1845.

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