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Last Will and Testament of William King
In the Name of God Amen, The second day of March in the ninth year of our sovereign Lord George the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain and Ireland, King, Defendor of the faith and soforth, and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty five. I William King of Capell in the county of Surrey, Blacksmith, being well in health and good and perfect memory, thanks be to almighty God for the same and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this transitory life, knowing that all flesh must yeild unto death when it shall please God to call, have thought good to make and decare this my last will and testament in manner and form as followeth. That is to say first being penitent and sorry for all my sins, most humbly begging forgiveness of the same, I commend my soul to almighty God, my Saviour and Redeemer and my body to the earth to be decently buried in christian burial at the disposition of my Executors hereafter named, and for setling my temporal estate, I do order give and dispose of the same in manner and form following. That is to say I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph King my dwelling house, being copyhold, together with the orchard and the smiths shop and the other buildings thereunto belonging Provided he pay or cause to be payed unto my two sons, William King and Richard King, each, the sum of thirty pounds and unto my five daughters, that is to say Mary King, Sarah, the wife of Richard Bosher, Elizabeth, the wife of James Weller, Jane King and Rebecca King, each, the sum of four pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain, within one year after my decease without fraud and if any of my said children happen to die before receiving their legacy, my will and desire is that it shall be paid unto the heirs of the deceased person. To have and to hold the said the said house and orchard together with the smiths shop, with the appurtenances thereunto belonging, unto the said Joseph King and to his heirs forever, provided he pay the sums above mentioned at the times above mentioned. But if the said Joseph King shall or do refuse to pay the said sum of thirty pounds unto my son William and thirty pounds unto my son Richard and four pounds apeice unto my five daughters above mentioned or to the heirs of the deceased person or persons if any of my children happen to die before receiving their legacy as above said, if the said Joseph King do not pay the several sums above mentioned amounting to the whole of the sum of eighty pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain within one year after my decease, then my will and desire is that my son Richard King shall have the said house and orchard together with the smiths shop and the appurtenances thereunto belonging provided he pay or cause to be paid the sum of thirty pounds unto my son William King and thirty pounds unto my son Joseph King and unto my five daughters above mentioned each the sum of four pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain within one year after my son Joseph shall make publick refusal to pay the said sums, or to their heirs if any of my children happen to die before they have received their their legacy. To have and to hold the said house and orchard together with the smiths shop and the other buildings with the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the said Richard King and unto his heirs forever Provided that the said Richard shall and do pay the several legacies within the time mentioned after Joseph has refused to pay the same as aforesaid. Note whereas my son William King has borrowed and received of my daughter Mary King, the sum of ten pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain, now my will and desire is that if my son William has not paid the said ten pounds to my daughter Mary, before the time of payment for his legacy that my Executor do pay the said ten pounds to my daughter Mary and to abate it in the money I have given to my said son William and pay him ten pounds less than what he otherwise ought to have had, had he paid the said ten pounds to my daughter Mary himself. Note all my household goods, the heads whereof is mentioned in a schedule bearing date the day before the date of these presents, and all other my household goods whether therein mentioned or ommitted I give and bequeath unto my five daughters, that is to say, Mary King, Sarah, the wife of Richard Bosher, Elizabeth, the wife of James Weller, Jane King and Rebecca King, to be equally divided between them, by my Executors or such persons as they shall think competent judges to divide the same and if one or more of my daughters happen to die before the time of dividing, which I desire may be within six months after my decease, my will and desire is, that the heirs of the deceased person shall have the parts belonging to the deceased. Note all my stock of out door goods and chattels and the stock of iron, working tools, and whatever else belonging to the stock of the smiths shop and all my ready money and wearing apparrel and all debts due to me, I give and bequeath unto my two sons Richard King and Joseph King whom I do hereby make and appoint full and sole Executors of this my last will and testament, desiring them to bury me decently in christian burial and to pay all my debts within one year after my decease. Note if at the time of my decease I happen to oweth, be in debt unto one or both of my executors, my will and desire is that as soon as they have any money come to their hands by their Executorship, that Executor whose debt is biggest shall keep so much of the money that first comes to their hands by their Executorship as will bring down his debt to be equal with the other Executor and afterwards to go coheirs with whatsoever comes to them by their Executorship. Hereby revoking, disannulling and making void all former wills and bequests by me made and declaring this only to be my last will and testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written.
Signed, sealed and published by the testator, William King, as his last will and testament, in the presence of William Constable, William Greenfeild, Thomas Crews
24th April 1748
Richard King, the surviving Executor in the above written will named, was sworn before me, John Martin, Surrogate
This will of William King, late of Capel in the county of Surrey, deceased, was proved on the twenty fourth day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty eight, before the reverend John Martin, clerk and surrogate lawfully appointed, by the oath of Richard King, the survivng Executor, to whom administration was granted, being first sworn duly to administer.