The Will of George May

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(From Alf “Legs” Beeching)

In the name of God Amen, I George Stone of the Parish of St. Joh the Baptist in the Isle of Thanet, County of Kent, Merchant, Being sick in body but in good and perfect remembrance, God be thankful, therefore, ordained and constituted this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.

First—I commend my soul to God and my body to be buried at the discretion of my executors.

I give unto Elizabeth Stone, my niece (daughter of William Stone of London), Mariner my mansion or dwelling house situate and being in Margate in the Parish of St. John the Baptist now in the occupation of Fabritio Digges, Gent; will all and singular the appurtenances there into belonging.

I give to the said Elizabeth Stone all that my right part of the good vessel or Ketch called the “Mayflower” of London whereof, Now is master one Anthony Loaman with All, he right part of the stock unto the vessel belonging.

Lastly, I give unto the said Elizabeth stone my death’s head ring.

I give unto Mary Stone, my other niece (daughter of the said William Stone) my house or tenement situate at Church Hill in the said Parish with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging now in the occupation of me the said George May and Thomas Chappell or his assigns.

I give unto May Stone all that my right part of the good vessel or Ketch called “Te Grace” of London Whereof, late was Master one John Cadwell with all the right part of the profit and stock unto the said vessel belonging.

Lastly I will and bequeath the said May Stone my Hoop Ring.

I give unto my Cousin Ann (the wife of Daniel Virior) the sum of Five Pounds to be paid unto her by my executors within one whole year after my decease.

I give unto my God Daughter, Joane Turgis (Daughter of one Turgis of Fordwych in Kent) the sum of Five Pounds to be paid to her by my executors when she shall accomplish the age of eighteen years or within one month of the day of her marriage which, shall first happen.

I give unto my Kinsman, Osmond Cazby of London, the sum of Eleven Shillings of current English money to be paid by my executors within one month after my decease. And whereas I have debts of £40 and upwards due to me in Flanders and Nui Suite, There my will is that within two months next after the recovery of the greater part thereof, my executors pay unto my said Kinsman Osmond Cazby the sum of Ten Pounds of Lawful, English money.

Unto the poor of St. Johns Parish, Twenty Shillings to be paid within one month by my executors unto Humphrey Punder one of the overseers there and by him, be distributed unto Ten Poor people of the parish of St. Johns.

I give all the rest of my bills, Funeral expenses etc, unto my Brother-in-law William Stone aforesaid whom I make sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.

Dated - 1639

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