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Wills of Sheerness Shipwrights 1693 - 1855
Prerogative Court of Canterbury (P.C.C.) Wills  (Pre 1858)


IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I JOHN BRIDGES Shipwright of his Majesty's Dockyard Sheerness in the County of Kent being very weak in Body but of sound and disposing mind memory  and understanding  do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following 
First and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it hoping for remission of all my Sins through the Merits and Mediation  of Jesus Christ my Redeemer  and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors next
I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife SARAH  BRIDGES the Rents of  all those my three  Houses or Tenements built erected  and set up by me  in Sheppey Street  at Blue Town  in the parish of Minster  in the County of Kent during the term of her natural life  with the use of all the Furniture Plate Linen and China  during her life and from and immediately after her death  then 
I give bequeath and dispose of them in the following manner that is to say the House in which I now dwell I give and bequeath unto my Daughter ELIZABETH  TUCKER  and her children  and the Ground on which it stands being Twelve feet in front and Sixty feet back  with all Erections and Buildings  thereon 
and to my Son JOHN BRIDGES I give and bequeath the house adjoining on the South side  of the House I now dwell in  which is now in the occupation of EDWARD  (    ?       ) Caulker and the Ground on which it stands being Twelve feet in front  and Sixty feet back  with all Erections and Buildings 
and to my Daughter SARAH BRIDGES I give and bequeath the House adjoining the House I now live in on the North side of the Ground  on which it stands being Fourteen feet in Front and Sixty feet back with all Erections and Buildings thereon
my will is that their  (   ?   ) passage  of two feet six inches  between this and the middle House  which shall be free for both Houses 
my further will is that after the death of my aforesaid Wife  then all the Household Furniture  Plate China Linen and wearing apparel  be equally divided between  my Son JOHN BRIDGES  my Daughter ELIZABETH TUCKER and my Daughter SARAH BRIDGES 
and my will further is that my Executors shall collect all Sums of  Money due to me and all the Money I have by me at the time of my death and shall finish the House bequeathed to my Daughter SARAH and after paying my Funeral Expenses and my just Debts  shall pay what Money that may be left to my aforesaid Wife SARAH BRIDGES  and 
I do hereby constitute and appoint JOHN TAYLOR Shipwright and Mr SAMUEL BEBINTON  Butcher  Executors of this my last Will and Testament 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my mark and Seal the fourth day of December in the year of our Lord  one thousand Eight hundred and thirteen the mark and Seal of l= JOHN BRIDGES Signed Sealed and delivered  and declared  to be the last Will and Testament of the said JOHN BRIDGES in the presence of us JOHN ROBERT ORMSTON  ROBERT WYATT  JOHN DAVIS 
Proved 24th January 1814

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