In the name of God Amen; I RICHARD JACOB of the town and port of Dover, Jurate being at this time sickly but in perfect memory, thanks be to God for it, and know not how soon it may please God to take away this natural life, I do therefore ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, which is to say: First I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping to be saved by the merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. ITEM; I give unto forty poor widows of St Mary’s Parish in Dover half a crown apiece to be paid unto them within one month after my decease by my executor. ITEM; I give unto my Son ROBERT JACOB the house that I now live in with the three small tenements that are in the occupation of Alice Johnson and the Widow Hutton being all in one harbour lease. ITEM; I give unto my son Robert Jacob the five small tenements that I bought of my Cousin HIDE and now in the occupation of Nicholas Patison and Thomas Noye and John Deanes and the Widow Dyer and Christopher Miller those all being in one harbour lease. ITEM; I give unto my said son Robert Jacob and his heirs my house at Sandwich with the stable and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging and is called by the name of The Starr and is now in the occupation of Thomas Sandome. ITEM; I give unto my son Robert Jacob my two messuages one in the occupation of William Mellow and the other in the occupation of John Rudder both contained in one harbour lease. ITEM; I give unto my son Robert Jacob my house and [herring hang] being in one harbour lease. ITEM; I give unto my son Robert Jacob according to the desire of my loving wife deceased all the household stuff in the dining room and all the household stuff in the garrets over the dining room as it now stands and is mine. Also I give to my said son Robert Jacob the cypress chest in my chamber with the long diaper table cloth with the suit of diaper napkins being thirty and six in number and the best pair of Holland sheets. ITEM; I give unto my Daughter ANNE JACOB three hundred and fifty pounds in money and the bed furnished as it now stands in the little best chamber. ITEM; I give unto my Daughter JOANE JACOB three hundred and fifty pounds in money and the bed furnished as it now stands that Anne and Joane now lie in; and it is my will and meaning that my Daughter SAUNDERS shall have her dwelling in the house that Nicholas Patison now dwells in during her natural life, she keeping it in good repair and paying one third of the harbour rent. ITEM; it is my will and meaning that my daughters Anne and Joane Jacob shall have their dwelling in the house that Thomas Noye now lives in without paying any rent for it so long as they live unmarried they paying one third of the harbour rent and keeping the house in good repair; and it is my will and meaning that my son Robert Jacob shall within six months after my decease pay in my daughters Anne and Joane Jacobs portions or give them good security for it as they and my overseers shall think fitting; and it is my will and meaning that my son Robert Jacob shall give gratis unto my two maiden daughters Anne and Joane Jacob one whole year’s board after my decease without paying anything for it; whereas I have a lease mortgaged in Thanet of three hundred pounds it is my will and meaning that I give it unto my four married Daughters that is to say, ELIZABETH STEVENS and KATHERINE SAUNDERS and MARY KENTON and MARGARET PAITERS [PETERS] and their heirs and assigns to be equally divided between them; and it is my will and meaning that what household stuff not willed away already shall be equally divided between my six daughters which is to say Elizabeth Stevens, Katherine Saunders, Mary Kenton, Margaret Paiters [Peters], Anne Jacob and Joane Jacob. ITEM; I give unto my daughter Stevens twenty pounds over and above to the intent that she may assist my son Robert Jacob to see this my will and testament duly performed; and for all the rest of my goods debts and shipping I give unto my said son Robert Jacob whom I make my whole executor; and I desire my loving friend Sir Arnold [Brames] and my Cousin Mr ABRAHAM JACOB and my loving Brother Mr WILLIAM STRATFOLD to be my overseers of this my last will and testament to be punctually performed; and for their pains I order my son Robert Jacob to give each of them five pounds apiece to buy each of them a ring; and all other wills or will I make void and of no effect. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal dated in Dover this first day of June AD 1678, and in the thirtieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the Second by the grace of God King of England, etc., and furthermore to the intent my children may all agree and live together in love and in the fear of God and be content with their portions which I have herein and hereby willed and bequeathed unto them severally which I hope they will, I do hereby will ordain and appoint that if any of my children be unsatisfied or make any disturbance that my overseers aforenamed or any two of them shall hear and determine the same; and if they shall neglect or refuse to stand to such determination that then they shall have no benefit by this my will and even so I conclude sign and seal the same – Richard Jacob – signed sealed and published in the presence of Joan Valy, William Stratfold notary public, Tho. Stratfold.
Proved 19th September 1678 by Robert Jacob, Son and Executor
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