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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 BENJAMIN OAKSHOTT late acting Master Shipwright in Her Majesty's Dock Yard Bermuda but now of Sheerness in the County of Kent being in health of body  and of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praise be unto Almighty God for the same but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life Do make publish and declare  this my last Will and Testament  in manner following that is to say I recommend my Soul into the hands of my Maker  in full assurance of Salvation  My Body I commit to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named And as to my worldly Estate  wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me 
I give and bequeath all my household goods and furniture and all my money securities for money chattels and effects of what nature and Kind soever and wheresoever the same shall be or   ?     which I shall have any controlling  or    ?     power at the time of my death  unto my dear Wife BETSEY BISHOP OAKSHOTT and at her decease (after taking therefrom whatever she may require  during her life for the education and maintenance of my dear children  or for any other necessity which may arise) then my will is that the residue  (if any) shall be equally divided between al and every  the children by me lawfully  begotten  that may be living at the time of her decease share and share alike  Provided the youngest of them shall have attained the age of twenty one years But if the youngest of such surviving children shall not have attained his or her  age of twenty one years then
I give and bequeath the same unto my Nephew JOHN JAMES PIDDELL his executors and administrators Upon trust  to receive and apply all monies towards  the maintenance education  and advancement  in life of such of my said Children as he or she be unprovided for To hold the same unto the said JOHN JAMES PIDDELL his executors and administrators until the youngest of such children shall have attained his or her age of twenty one years or being a girl shall be married  whichever shall first happen then equally to be divided whatever he may stand possessed of between the survivors of such children and if one only  survivor he or she  to take the entirety  of such remainder But if none of my said Children shall be living at the death of my dear Wife  nor any issue by them lawfully begotten then
I give and bequeath all that my said personal estate and effects  monies and securities for money  unto and among my four sisters share and share alike  but if either or any of them shall have departed this life  her or their share  or shares proportion or proportions  shall be equally divided between the surviving Daughter or Daughters  of such deceased sister or sisters  But if MARY OAKSHOTT one of my said four Sisters and now unmarried shall depart this life  without issue female  lawfully begotten  then her share or proportion  to be equally divided between  her surviving sister or sisters  or between her or their surviving daughter or daughters  share and share alike 
And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said dear Wife BETSEY BISHOP OAKSHOTT  sole Executrix  of this my last Will and Testament 
In Witness whereof I the said BENJAMIN OAKSHOTT have to this my last Will  written on two sheets of paper hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this thirteenth day of December in the year of our Lord  one thousand eight hundred  and forty two  BENJN. OAKSHOTT Signed sealed published and declared by the above named BENJAMIN OAKSHOTT as and for his last Will and Testament  in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other  have subscribed our names  as Witnesses  thereto R. DARLEY?  F. COFFEE
Proved 30th March 1846

Headstone, once in the Churchyard of St. Mary Magdalene , Gillingham
(From my Monumental Inscriptions of St. Mary Magdalene, on this website)



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