Aspects of Kentish Local History

News & Events
  Publications Archaeological
Local & Family
by Parish

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

John STURLA proved 1828

I John Sturla of Chatham in the County of Kent Shipwright being in Bodily Health and of sound and disposing mind and memory but knowing the uncertainty of life do for avoiding controversy after my decease make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Wife Catherine Sturla of Chatham aforesaid all and singular whatsoever I may be possessed of at the time of my decease for her use during her natural life and at her decease I give and bequeath unto my youngest Son William Sturla the interest of all money that I or my Wife shall be in possession of at the time of my decease with the rents arising from my two freehold houses situate in Ordnance Place Chatham to be laid out for the purpose of bringing him up and otherwise providing for him till he is twenty one years old at which time I give all my surviving Children at the decease of me and my Wife and after my youngest Son shall arrive at the age of twenty one years All my property real and personal to be divided amongst them share and share alike and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Wife Catherine Sturla and Captain John Kains of Rochester in the County of Kent Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills Testaments and deeds of gifts by me at any time hereforeto made and I do ordain and ratify this present to stand and be for and as my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof of this my said Will I have set my hand and Seal this twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and in the fifty ninth year of our Sovereign Lord George the third of Great Britain and Ireland King etc. John Sturla Signed Sealed published and declared in the presence of Benj. Bovid? John Kains Senr. John Collne? Shipwright

Proved 21st October 1828 Power reserved to John Kains

Note in margin 17th October 1837 The will was not administered by Catherine Sturla, who died intestate or by John Kains. So, administration was granted to John Sturla the son.

Back to 19th Century Chatham shipwright Wills introduction       Back to Wills Introduction

This website is constructed by enthusiastic amateurs. Any errors noticed by other researchers will be gratefully received so 
that we can amend our pages to give as accurate a record as possible. Please send details to