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Will of James Dadd, of Ickham, Kent, Shopkeeper, 1813

The following Will has been contributed by Carol Valantine Dugger.  Please contact her if you have any comments or questions concerning the Will and/or the family of Dadds and Dadds.  This Will had been previously transcribed by Carol Kelly and sent to Carol Dugger Oct 30, 2007.
Source:  Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Canterbury, Kent, England, Will, Consistory Court of Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Archives PRC32/68/173A, 15 March 1813. [Also available via U.S.A., Salt Lake City: Family History Library, 35 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, USA, microfilms #0188889, vol. 68, fol. 173].

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of JAMES DADD, of the parish of Ickham, in the County of Kent, Shopkeeper, made and published this fifteenth [15th] day of March one thousand eight hundred and thirteen [1813].

First, I give Devise and Bequeth [sic] all and every Messuages, Lands, Tenements, Real Estate whatsoever and wheresoever And also (after and subject to my Just Debts, Funeral Expenses, Charges and Expenses of proving this my Will and all other expenses) all my personal estate unto my two sons, THOMAS and JAMES to be equally divided between them share and share alike and they to take as Tenants in Common and [not as] joint Tenants and to their respective heirs, Executors, Administrators and assigns.

And I hereby Make, Nominate and Appoint my said sons THOMAS and JAMES the joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament,

And, hereby revoking all formers Wills by me made, I hereby declare [this] to be my last [Will].

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I the said JAMES DADD, the Testator, have hereby set my hand and seal the day and year first above as written.

"James Dadd"1

Signed, sealed, published and declared by
the said JAMES DADD, the
Testator, as and for his last Will and
Testament in the presence of us who, at
his request in his presence and in the
presence of each other, have hereunto
subscribed our names as witnesses.
Thomas Minter
Rob Overden

The before registered Will of JAMES DADD, deceased, was proved the seventeenth [17th] day of April 1813 before the Rev. John Francis, Clerk, Surrogate to the Right Honourable Sir William Scott, Knight, Doctor of Law, Commissary General of the City and Diocese of Canterbury, lawfully constituted by the oaths of THOMAS DADD and JAMES DADD (the sons) Executors named in the said Will, They being first sworn that they perform the same.

1  Legal device used to indicate that the Will had been a " legal true copy" of the transcribed version of the original document and that the original document had been signed by the person whose signature appears, in this time period, as in a distinctly different format from the remainder of the writing in the document.