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Wills of Caulkers of Chatham and Gillingham 1638-1841

John SELMARKE 1788

I JOHN SLEMARKE of Chatham in the County of Kent Caulker being of a perfect mind and memory tho' in a languishing state of Bodily Health Do constitute this my last Will and Testament And do desire it may be received by all as such
I do most humbly give up my Soul to God my maker hoping in the Merits of my Redeemer to be accepted of him and my Body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named and as for my Temporal Estate and Effects of what kind soever I am possessed of I give and bequeath of them in the following manner
to my Dearly beloved Son JOHN SLEMARKE I give and bequeath my silver watch likewise Ten pounds which I stand possessed of in the three per cents to be reserved for his use and benefit due to my dearly beloved Wife MARY SLEMARKE I give Sixty pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain that is now in the three per cents     ?     for my Son as before said Ten pounds lawful Money of Great Britain likewise to my Wife all my Household Goods Linen China Plate Debts and moveable Effects of what kind soever or wheresoever
also give to my aforesaid Wife all and Singular such Wages or Sums of Money that shall be due to me at the time of my decease for her own use and benefit
likewise constitute make and ordain my aforesaid Wife whole and Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and all and every other former Wills Testaments Legacies bequests and Executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 1st day of March 1788 and in the 28th Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third King of Great Britain etc JOHN SLEMARKE X his mark Signed Sealed published and declared to be his last Will and Testament on the Say of the Date on the other side in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our names as Witnesses in his presence and at his request

Proved 18th March 1788

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