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Will of Robert Prowse
This is the last will and testament of me Robert Prowse of the Parish of Sec in the County of Kent Gentleman I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be paid and satisfied by my executor as hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease I give devise and bequeath all all and every my household furniture linen and wearing apparel books plate pictures china and also all and every sum and sums of money which may be found in my house or be about my person or due to me at the time of my decease and also all my stocks funds and securities for money book debts money on bonds bills notes or other securities and all and every other my estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal whether in possession or reversion remainder or expectancy unto my wife Jane Prowse during her natural life and after her demise I give devise and bequeath all and every of my estate and effects as follows The houses and land on Tank Hill at St. John’s Newfoundland to my daughter-in-law Elizabeth Prowse for her children Elizabeth and James in equal shares The remainder of my property and effects to be divided in five equal shares I bequeath two fifths thereof to my daughter Mary Julia Hadwen together with the furniture now at Mount Cragg House Rawdon Yorkshire one fifth of my property to my daughter Gertrude Riddle free and independent of either of their present or future husbands two fifths of the said property I give to my son Samuel Saxby Prowse after paying out of and therefrom his debts to the North Kent Bank and George Garrard first and then to P.E.Nixon and Smith
Robt Prowse- Signed and declared by the said Robert Prowse the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other all being present at the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses- E. K. Holdsworth, Manager North Kent Bank Blackheath- G. Buttle, Clerk, ditto.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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