Source: TNA, PROB 11/1150
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This is the last Will and Testament of me James Harding of Stonehouse in the county of Devon Gentleman Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my Nephew James Harding two hundred Pounds consolidated three P Cent Bank annuities I give and bequeath to my Nephew William Harding three hundred pounds consolidated three per cent Bank annuities I give and bequeath unto my Nephew John Harding two hundred and Fifty pounds consolidated three P Cent Bank annuities I also give and bequeath unto my Nephew Charles Harding two hundred and Fifty pounds consolidated Three per cent Bank annuities I also give and bequeath unto Captain Thomas Haugharne of the Navy seven hundred pounds now standing in my Name int he three per cent reduced annuities and I do direct my Executrix herein after named to transfer all the above Legacies within six months after my decease I also give and bequeath unto my Brother Richard Harding the Sum of twenty pounds a year during his natural life to be paid in half yearly payments and in case my said Brother shall happen to die before his present wife Then I give and bequeath unto his said wife the Sum of ten pounds a year during her natural life to be paid in half yearly payments All the rest residue and remainder of my Estate and Effects of what nature quality or kind soever I give devise and bequeath unto my Dear Wife Mary Harding and to her Heirs Executors and Administrators for ever and I do hereby make constitute and appoint my said Dear Wife Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I do revoke all former wills by me made In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the seventeenth day of February n the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six Ja: Harding LS Signed Sealed published and declared by the said James Harding as and for hist last Will and Testament in the presence of W Dansey Attorney Plymouth Dock 19 Febuary 1787 Appeared Personally Thomas Burnett of Kensington in the County of Middlesex Gentleman and made Oath that he knew and was well acquainted with James Harding formerly of Stonehouse in the County of Devon and late of Gosport in the County of Southampton deceased for several years before and to the time of his Death which happened in the month of January last and that during such time he has often seen him write and subscribe his name whereby he came to know and be well acquainted with the manner and Character of his hand writing 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 "This is the last Will and Testament of "me James Harding of Stonehouse in the County of Devon "Gentleman" ending thus "In Witness whereof I have "hereunto set my hand and Seal the seventeenth day of "February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred "and eighty six" and thus subscribed "Jas Harding" doth depose that he verily and in his Conscience believes the Name "Jas Harding" subscribed to the said Will to be of the proper hand writing of the said deceased Thomas Burnett Same day the said Thomas Burnett was duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me Geo Harris Surrogate Present R? Willis Not Pub This Will was proved at London the twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven 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 Mary Harding widow the Relict of the deceased and Sole Executrix named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first sworn by Commission duly to Administer
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