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


I JAMES OLIVER  of Blue Town  Sheerness in the County of Kent late a Shipwright in the Dock yard hereby revoke and make void all other wills made by me at any time and do make and publish this my last Will and Testament 
I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife ELIZABETH OLIVER for the term of her natural life  all that messuage or tenement in which I now reside at Blue Town aforesaid together with the use of all the furniture whatsoever not any of which  shall be sold  during her lifetime 
I give unto my said Wife all my clothes for her own use and benefit  and from and after the decease of my said Wife
I give and bequeath  the said house and furniture unto RICHARD BRIGHTMAN of Sheerness House Agent upon trust that the said RICHARD BRIGHTMAN or his heirs executors administrators and assigns shall absolutely sell the same as son as he or they may deem it necessary either by public auction or private contract  to any person or persons willing  to become the purchaser or purchasers  thereof for such sums of money as he or they may deem reasonable  and for facilitating such sales shall execute all conveyances  necessary thereto  and I do hereby declare that the receipts of my said Trustee or his representatives for the money payable  to him or them shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my will and mind to be that the said trustee shall stand possessed of all the money arising from the said sales upon and for the trusts hereinafter  expressed 
that is to say to pay unto SUSAN JOHNSON  the sum of four pounds to my Executor hereinafter named the sum of five pounds all expenses connected with my own  and my wife's funerals  administering to this my last Will
 and the Residue to be divided  amongst the following parties or the survivors of them without any reference to their heirs in equal proportions  my Son ISAAC OLIVER my daughter SARAH KING  ANN BURLEY  PHOEBE ANSELL  and my grand daughter MARY AUGER 
Now I do hereby appoint RICHARD BRIGHTMAN of Sheerness House Agent Executor of this my last Will and Testament 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of November 1839 JAMES OLIVER Signed sealed published and declared  as and for the last Will and Testament of the said JAMES OLIVER in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other ave hereunto set our hands as Witnesses thereto on the 21st day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine JOHN ADAMS  WILLIAM SMITH Sheerness

Affidavit 11th June 1844
WILLIAM SMITH a Receiving Officer of the Sheerness Union, states, on oath, that he and the other witness signed the will at the same time and after the testator signed in their presence.
Proved 14th June 1844 

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