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Wills of Gillingham Shipwrights 1621 - 1852
Prerogative Court of Canterbury (P.C.C.) Wills  (Pre 1858)

Joseph SHORTE 1621

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN the thirtieth daye of January in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand sixe hundred and Seventeene* and in the fifteenth yeare of the reigne of our Sovereigne Lord James by the grace of God King of England France and Ireland defender of the faith and of Scotland the the Fifteenth I JOSEPH SHORTE of Gillingham in the Countie of Kent Shipwright being in good and perfect memorie    ?    and praise be given unto God therefore Doe make and ordayne this my last will and Testament in manner and forme followinge that is to saie First and principallie I Commend my Soule into the hands of Allmyhtie God my havenly father and of his deare Son Jesus Christe my only Saviour and Redeemer by whose merritts death and passion I hope to have full remission of all my Sinnes and to be partaker with him of life everlasting As touching my yearlie rente or Annuitie of eight pounds by the yeares growing or arising out of one messuage or tenement called the Brewhouse (late of JOHN SHORTE my father deceased) lyinge or beinge in Maidstone in the County of Kent in one street thetre called Weake Street I give unto ELIZABETH SHORTE my mother duringe her naturall life with all [crops?] that are now or shall grow hereafter together with as    ?    full    ?    for the    ?    of the same as I myselfe by the gift of my said father have or may have and after the decease or death of her the said ELIZABETH my mother I give the said yearlie rente or Annuitie unto my three brothers MARK SHORTE HARRIE? SHORTE and JOHN SHORTE to be devided into equal parts and portions to either of them and to theire heires for ever And further my Meaning and Will is that if it shall happen that any of my said brothers M ARK HARRIE and JOHN shall dye without heires or issue that the part or portion of him or them so dyeinge shall [go?] and remaine to the Survivor or Survivors and theire heires by equal portions for ever Item I give and bequeathe further unto my brother JOHN SHORT all my Working tooles and Clothes and all other my goods    ?    I    ?    carrie to Sea with me And for my Executrix to this my last will and testament I ordeyne and Constitute ELIZABETH SHORT my saide mother In witness whereof I have the daye and yeare above written sett my hand and seale in the presence of JOSEPH SHORT / WILLIAM MARKETT JOHN TENONE ?

Proved 23rd October 1621

* 1618 in the modern calendar

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