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Wills of 17th Century Gentlemen of Chatham 1647-1698

Rowland CRISPE 1692

Rowland Crispe was probably a member of the Crispe family of Quex, at Birchington. His wife was Anne Pett, one of the famous Pett family of ship designers and builders and Peter Pett was a witness of this will. So that probably links him to Chatham Dockyard.

In the Name of God Amen
I Rowland Crispe of Chatham in the County of Kent gent beinge sicke and weake in body but of sound perfect and disposing mind and memory praised be God Doe make and Declare this my last will and testament in manner and forme following that is to say
   First and principally I comend my Spirit unto the Lord who gave it and my body I comit to the Earth from whence it was taken to be decently interred by and at the discretion of my Executrix by me hereafter named assuredly beleiving by and through the only Merrits death and passion of Jesus Christ my only Redeemer to Obtaine a glorious resurrection of soul and body in a full pardon of all my Sinns
   And as for touching and concerning that worldly estate the Lord hath pleased to bless mee with all in this life I give and dispose the same as followeth (that is to say)
   I doe hereby give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Anne All and every my debts plate gold and silver rings jewells ready money goods chattels and estate whatsoever
   And I doe hereby nominate ordaine and appoint my said well beloved wife Anne full and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament and my loveing Son Rowland Crispe Overseer of the same whom I will and desire (not questioning his will and readiness) to be aiding and assisting to my said Executrix in the same Executorship
   And lastly I doe hereby revoake annull and make void all and every former and other will and wills by me made or published at any time or times before the date hereof and these presents to be and contain my only last will and testament
   In witnesse whereof I have here unto sett my hand and seale this seven and twentieth day of September Anno Rex & Regina William & Mary Angl Tertio Anno Din One Thousand Six hundred ninety and one Rowland Crispe Signed sealed published and Declared by the above named Rowland Crispe the Testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses in the said Testator's presence Peter Pett Col L Burnish? John Rosewell
   Proved 29th April 1692

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