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Wills of Rochester Shipwrights 1652 - 1837
Prerogative Court of Canterbury (P.C.C.) Wills  (Pre 1858)

James ACTON 1665

The twentie one day of November One Thousand six hundred sixtie five according to the Computation of the Church of England in the seventeenth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord King Charles the second I JAMES ACTON of the Cittie of Rochester in the Countie of Kent Shipwright by trade being in perfect memorie and remembrance praised be to the Almighty God for it doe here make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth vide Imprimis first I bequeath my Soule into the hands of Almighty God my Maker and Redeemer hoping that trough the merits death and passion of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer to receive free pardon and forgiveness of all my sinns and as for my bodie to be interred in Christian buriall at the discretion of my wife and Executrix hereafter nominated Item I give and bequeath to ELIZABETH my wife all my worldlie Goods and free land? and copiehold? to her and her heires for ever if she have issue by mee But if she have noe issue then I give and bequeath my free land? and Copiehold after her my said wife's death to my Kinsman THOMAS TANDY and doe also give and bequeath unto him Twentie pounds to be paid him by my Executrix six months after my decease and also I give and bequeath to my aforesaid Wife ELIZABETH all my writings and everie other    ?    things as bills bonds leases? or any writings whatsoever Then I give and bequeath to all my Kindred that can claim any way to be related to mee Twelve pence apeece And also I do here ordaine my loveing friend RICHARD SMITH of Deptford Shipwright my Overseer of this my last Will and Testament and I do give and bequeath unto him fortie shillings to be paid him six weekes after my decease And I do make and ordaine ELIZABETH my Wife my Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament revoking all other Wills and Testaments ?   ?    ?    ?   and noe other shall stand In witness whereof I putt my hand and Seale this Twentieth one day of November in the yeare above said JAMES ACTON Signed and Sealed and published in the presence of HENRY PALMER? Phision   ?   the letters (mark) of ALICE WEASY ? LEWIS WALTON

Proved 28th November 1665

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