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Wills of Caulkers of Chatham and Gillingham 1638-1841

Joseph PEARCE 1826

I JOSEPH PEARCE of the parish of Gillingham Caulker in the County of Kent being of sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding praised be God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say
   First and principally I surrender my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping to be saved by and through the only Merits and Satisfaction of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer
   And my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred and buried by and at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named and to such Worldly Estate wherewith it it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose thereof as follows
   I give and bequeath unto my son JOSEPH GEORGE PEARCE my violins and Music for the same in books and all my Wearing Apparel and my Watch but the Watch to be in the hands of one of my Executors 'til he arrive at the age of Eighteen years but by a good Character from his Mother if the Executor pleases he may have it sooner
   I give and bequeath unto my daughter SARAH PEARCE the piano forte with the Musical Books belonging to the Instrument
   all the Rest and Residue of my Effects plate linen china household furniture of all descriptions I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife ELIZABETH PEARCE I likewise give and bequeath to my wife One hundred pounds which is in the Westminster Insurance on lives all ready Money that shall be found in the house at my Decease and likewise part of any pension due to me in Chatham Yard at my Decease notwithstanding being subject to the (notwithstanding being subject) (sic) payment of my just Debts Funeral Expenses and the proving of this my last Will and Testament
I desire my Executors will pay out of my Wife's portion
   And I do constitute and appoint Mr JOHN WHIFFEN Shipwright Mr WM LESTER PATRICK Shipwright and Mr HENRY WITHERIDGE Gent to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do authorise Mr JOHN WHIFFEN and Mr WM LESTER PATRICK to take on them the care of Mr JOHN and ELIZABETH * PETTY Charity they being Trustees of that Charity and I do make void all or other Wills at any time by me heretofore made declaring this only to be my last Will and Testament
   In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal dated the twelfth day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty two JOS. PEARCE Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Testator JOS. PEARCE to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses in his presence WM WHITTLE ELIZABETH MIDDLETON
   Proved 10th August 1826 Power reserved to JOHN WHIFFEN and WILLIAM LESTER PATRICK

* The name Elizabeth is crossed through.

See Monumental Inscriptions of St Mary, Chatham for John and Elizabeth Petty 174

Joseph Pearce was the principal trustee, from 1784, of the Petty charity, which was founded by Elizabeth Petty in 1723. One of the houses which, through the rents financed the education of 7 poor children, was occupied by Pearce himself. He was criticised for this by a Commission appointed to enquire into the education of the poor and the appointment of "active" trustees was recommended, presumably Whiffen and Patrick. (Ronald Baldwin, The Chronicle of Gillingham, 1998)

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