Will of John Page of Erith, Gentleman (1800)
John Page owned Woodins Farm, Church Road, Hartley, having inherited in 1771 from his cousin Finch Taylor. He leaves Woodins to his son James, remarking that he had already "particularly" made "considerable provision" for John already.
This is the last will and testament of me, John Page of Erith in the county of Kent, gentleman.
First I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid and discharged with all convenient speed after my decease. Also I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Elizabeth Page, all the interest, dividends and annual proceeds of all the principal stock, annuities and monies standing and being in my name or belonging to me in the 3 percent reduced bank annuities or in the government funds or annuities or any other security which I have a right to and can dispose of, for and durng the term of her natural life.
And whereas considerable provisions are made for my two sons John Page and James Page respectively and particularly for my said son John, after the decease of the survivor of me and my said dear wife elizabeth, by and under the will of Mr James Marsh deceased. Now I do hereby give, will and bequeath unto my said son John Page, all my live and dead stock, implements and utensils of farming of every sort and kind, and all my crops growing and in the barn and yards, seeds, [....?] and improvements whatsoevr at the time of my decease, in, upon and belonging to all the farms and lands which shall be in my occupation or possession at the time of my decease, to hold the same unto my said son John Page, his executors, administrators and assigns to and for his and their own use and benefit.
And I do from and after the decease of my said wife, give and bequeath all my said principal stock, annuities, and monies in the said government funds or annuities, or on any other security unto my said son James Page, his executors, administrators and assigns, to and for his and their own use and benefit.
Also I give and devise unto my said son James Page. All those my freehold messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments, situate, lying and being in the several parishes of Darenth, Stone next Dartford, Hartley and Sutton at Hone, or some or one of them, in the said county of Kent. And all other my freehold messuages, lands, tenements, hereditaments whatsoever in the said sever parishes of Darenth, Stone next Dartford, Hartley and Sutton at Hone aforesaid or in any other parish or place near or adjoining them, to and with their and every of their appurtenances, which I have a right, and power to dispose of. And also all that my moiety part, share and interest of and in certain woodlands with the appurtenances in the said parish of Darenth, now held by lease from and under the Dean and Chapter of Rochester, and all my right, interest and benefit of renewal therein. To hold the said messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments and the siad moiety part, share and interest with their and every of their appurtenances unto and to the use of my said son James Page, his heirs, executors or administrators and assigns respectively.
Also I give unto my said dear wife Elizabeth, all my household goods and furniture, plate, linen and china which I shall be possessed of or entitled unto or which shall be belonging to me at the time of my decease, for her own use and benefit.
And whereas at the time the said James Marsh deceased purchased the moiety of certain marshes, marshlands and hereditaments it the parish of Occle otherwise Oakley in the county of Norfolk. I advanced and lend to him a sum of money which has been amply repaid by his bounty to me and my family. Now therefore I do hereby acknowledge and declare that I am fully paid and satisfied all the said monies and interest and I do release and discharge the heirs, executors and administrators of the said James Marsh and all his estates, real and personal therefrom, and of and from every part thereof.
And all the rest, residue and remainder of my estates whatsoever and wheresoever, and of what nature, kind or quality soever, goods, chattels and effects, I give, will, devise and bequeath unto my said son James and his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever.
And I do hereby make and appoint my said dear wife Elizabeth and said sons John Page and James Page executrix and executors of this my will, and revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made. I declare this only to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said John Page the testator have to this my last will and testament contained in 2 sheets of paper to each sheet thereof set my hand and to this last affixed my seal this 4th day of June... 1787. (S) John Page
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Page, the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of use who in his presence at his request, and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, (S) Thomas Williams, (S) William Potter, (S) William Woodhams
Proved at London 5 November 1800 by John and James Page.