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

Henry BEST - 1651


I HENRY BEST he elder of Eastgate streete within the liberty of the Citty of Rochester in the County of Kent Shipwright being at this present in reasonable & good health and of perfect memory praise be therefore given to Almighty God calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this miserable life and the certainty of death the end of all flesh doe therefore for the settling of the estate both reall and personall werewith it hath pleased God to blesse me Make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first I give devise and bequeath unto my loveing wife HANNA BEST for and during the terme of her naturall life All that my Messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell with the backside or yard and garden with the appurtenances situate lying and being in Eastgate Streete with the liberty of Rochester aforesaid And after her decease I give devise and bequeath the same Messuage or Tenement and premisses with the appurtenances unto my daughter HANNA PAMFLETT the wife of DAVID PAMFLETT To have and to hold the same unto the said HANNA my daughter and to her heires and assigns for ever Item I give and bequeath unto my Sonne THOMAS BEST one shilling and six pence To my Sonne GEORGE BEST one shilling and six pence And to my Sonne HENRY BEST one shilling and six pence And to every one of my Grandchildren twelve pence apiece to be paid unto them within six months after my decease All the rest and residue of my goods chattels household stuffe rights and    ?    my Debts being first paid I give unto my said daughter HANNA PAMFLETT her executors administrators and assigns Item I ordaine and make my said HANNA PAMFLETT Executrix of this my last will and testament and make my said daughter HANNA PAMFLETT Executor of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I the said HENRY BEST the Elder to this my last will and testament have sett my hand and seale this six and twentieth day of Apprill in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and fifty one HENRY BEST Read Signed sealed and acknowledged as his last will and testament in the presence of us MARY HEATH THOS. STAINES ROB. HEATH Script.

Proved 8th January 1651 (1652 in the modern calendar)

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