1783 Florentia King


I FLORENTIA KING of Warden in Bedfordshire do make this my last will  I desire to be buried in the church yard of the said parish of Warden in the most private manner I give to eight of the poorest men in Warden two guineas each to carry me to the grave which two guineas I desire my sister Frances King will lay out in cloaths for their children or some other necessary  I give to my brother William Smyth King two hundred pounds to my sister Hannah Cassamaijor a mourning ring and the same to Mrs Palmer wife of Henry Fish Palmer I give to Thomas Peake of Warden in Bedfordshire two guineas a year during his life with a proviso that he continues a member of Southills or some other club of the same nature which will be a provision for him in sickness or old age I give to Sam Cotton the sum of five pounds I give to Matthew Cook five pounds The remainder of my money and effects I give to my dear sister Frances King who with my dear brother William Smyth King I leave executor of this my last will wrote with my own hand and signed this eighth day of January one thousand seven hundred and seventy twoFlorentia King –


Affidavit 2/1/1783

Appeared personally the Revd John Trollope of Huntingdon and Catherine his wife and severally made that they knew and were well acquainted with Florentia King late of Old Warden in the County of Bedford deceased for several years before her death during such time they have often seen her write and subscribe her name whereby they became to know and be well acquainted with the manner and character of handwriting and subscription and having viewed and carefully perused the paper writing hereunto annexed purporting to be the last will and testament of the said deceased beginning thus “I Florentia King of Warden in Bedfordshire” ending thus “wrote with my own hand and signed this eighth day of January one thousand seven hundred and seventy five and thus subscribed Florentia King” do depose that they truly and in their consciences believe the whole lines and contours of the said will and the name of Florentia King thereto subscribed to be all of the proper hand writing and subscription of the said deceased – John Trollope – of Huntingdon Clerk – Cath Trollope – Same day the said John Trollope clerk of Huntingdon and Catherine his wife were duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit by virtue of the commission hereto annexed before me – Rob Hodgson Surr/g


Probate 9/1/1783

This will was proved at London the ninth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty three before the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Frances King spinster the sister of  the deceased and surviving executrix named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the deceased having been first sworn by commission duly to administer.


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