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

Thomas BICKHAM 1699

I THOMAS BICKHAM Shipwright of Rochester in the County of Kent and Master Carpenter of his Majestie's Shipp Tilbury being in bodily health and of sound and disposing mind and memory and considering the perils and dangers of the sea and other uncertainties of this transitory life doe for avoiding controversies after my decease make public and declare this my last Will and Testament that is to say First I recommend my Soul to God that gave it and my body I comitt to the Earth or Sea as it shall please God to order And as for concerning all my worldly Estate I give and bequeath and dispose thereof as followeth (That is to say) All or singular such Wages sum and sums of money and Tenements Goods Chattels and Estate whatsoever as shall be any ways due owing or belonging unto me at the time of my decease I doe give devise and bequeath unto my beloved Wife ANN And doe hereby nominate and appoint her to be my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Testaments or Deeds of Gift by me at any time heretofore made And I foe hereby ratify these presents to stand and be for and as my only last Will and Testament In Witness whereof to this my said Will I put my hand and Seal this eighteenth day of March Anno Dni 1699 And in the Eleventh Year of the Reign of our Sovereign
Lord King William the 3rd of England etc THOS BICKHAM Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of ELIAS WAFF? RICH SHEPERDER C. AMOS Clk

Proved 23rd January 1699 (1700 in modern calendar)

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