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I, Anna Curteis, of Otterdenplace in the county of Kent, widow, being of perfect health and of sound mind and understanding praised be God for the same do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following
First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty Good my creator hoping through the merits of my blessed redeemer to have everlasting life, my body I commit to the earth to be interred int he church of Otterden under the great stone where Thomas St Legar lies betwixt the two pillars in my chancel of the said church of Otterden and my funeral expenses not to exceed one hundred pounds but as ... that sum as my executors who ... to manage the same I shall find necessary and convenient and I also appoint that my said executors do raise a remembrance in marble to ... near the place I am interred as they shall think fit. And as for and concerning that worldly estate ... it hath pleased God to bess me withal I give and bequeath the same as followeth, imprinis my will and desire is and I do hereby ... and appoint that all such sum and sums of money whatsoever that I shall or may be indebted in to all and every person and persons whatsoever shall be paid by my executors hereafter named as soon after my decease as moneys can be raided by or out of my assets to satisfy and discharge the same and that all and every legacy and bequest by this my will given shall be paid within one year next after my decease or unto such persons as are underage at the time of my decease when and as soon as they shall respectively attain their ages of one and twenty years or sooner if my said executors shall think fit for their benefit to pay it
I give and bequeath to my daughter, Anna Walcott all my plate that has her father's or families ... on it joined with the Bandis Arms and all the pictures in Otterden place which were her family picture then.
I give and bequeath unto my brother Edward Harwood, the sum of two hundred pounds to be placed out at interest by and in the names of my said executors (when raised from my personal estate) and the interest thereof from time to time to be paid by them unto my said brother Edward Harwood yearly for and during the term of his natural life and from and after his decease the said sum of two hundred pounds to be paid, applied and disposed of to and amongst the children of my said brother or any one of them such manner and in such proportions as my executors shall find with ... used to the advancement of them and wherein it will, in their opinion do most good.
Item: I give and bequeath to my sister Mrs Mary Harwood my dressing plate with the Harwood Arms upon it [unclear]a large glass plated and topped with silver, a comb box, two powder boxes, two watch boxes, two sweet bottles, two comb brushes, two salvers, two porringers with covers to them, a pair of candlesticks and pincushion all plated with the Harwood Arms on every piece and also my chairiot with the harness thereto belonging and the pair of mares I use with that chairiot, I also give and bequeath to my said sister to keep for her use and pleasure.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my sister Mrs Abigail Congreve, my repeating watch with the gold chain and all things belonging to it as I wear it
Item: I give and bequeath to my niece?  Mrs Ann Harwood, daughter of my brother, John Harwood, Doctor of Laws, twenty broad pieces of gold now commonly passing for three and twenty shillings a piece and I also give unto her my diamond ring with a cipher of Mr Curteis hair and mine and set round with eight diamonds
Item: I give and bequeath unto Mrs Martha Gough the eldest daughter of my brother Thomas Harwood my set of desert knives, forks and spoons being twelve of each sort with the case and also my two waiting salvers with Mr Curteis his arms and mine in a lozenge stem
I give and bequeath unto Mrs Anne Kynaston my niece?and God-daughter, the second daughter of my said brother Thomas Harwood, my diamond earrings
Item: I give and bequeath unto Mrs Martha Hanmer, my neice, the sum of fifty pounds to be paid her by my said executors within one year next after my decease and to Mrs Ann Hanmer, sister of the said Martha Hanmer, I give my silver coffee pot with Mr Curteis and my names upon it
Item: I give and bequeath unto my neice Mrs Mary Congreeve twenty broad pieces of the like value with those above mentioned to be given unto Mrs Ann Harwood.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my God-daughter Mrs Martha Congreeve sister of the said Ann ??? Congreeve, the sum of fifty pounds to be paid into her own hands at her age of twenty one years in case she lives so long.
Item: I give unto Mrs Mary Southouse , sister to my executrix hereafter named the sum of ten guineas to buy her mourning and to all and every the servant and servants that shall be living with me at the time of my decease.
I will and appoint my executors to pay unto each of them their full years wages provided they do what service my executors shall employ them in during the time of the sale of my goods and effects with ... any ... and mourning to such or all of them as my said executors shall think fit to buy them.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my said brother Doctor Harwood and Mrs Anne Southouse my executors hereafter named the sums of fifty pounds apiece my will and desire is and I do hereby direct and appoint my executors with as much convenient speed as may be after my decease to sell and dispose of all my goods, chattels and cattle .... growing ... the barn and all other my personal estate to raise money to answer and pay all my just debts and the several legacies hereby given and all the rest and residue of my estate of what kind soever after by debts are paid and the legacies satisfied and the conditions of this my will performed
I give and bequeath unto my nephew John Harwood eldest son of my said brother Doctor John Harwood, and in case of the death of my said nephew John Harwood before 21 or without ... male then to the next eldest son of my said brother, Dr John Harwood, upon this condition nevertheless that the sum of two hundred pounds now due to me from the said Mrs Anne and Mary Southouse and securely by a mortgage upon their estate called Kickmays in the ... if Hactey in the said country of Kent shall not be called in during the life of the said Ann Southouse no shall any interest be demanded or paid for the same during her life it being my will and intent that she shall have th said sum of two hundred pounds without paying any interest for the same concerning her life and from and after the death of the said Ann Southouse it shall and may be lawful to and for the said John Harwood to take and receive interest of and from these to whom the said mortgaged estate shall belong from the time of the death of the said Ann Southouse only and also to call in the said principal sum upon giving six months notice thereof. And in case any of the said persons shall happen to die before their legacy or legacies shall become payable then my will and desire is : And I do hereby give the legacy and legacies of the person not dying unto my said brother Doctor John Harwood. And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my said brother Doctor John Harwood and the said Mrs Anne Southouse joint executors of this my last will and testament hereby willing and desiring them to see the same performed within one year after my decease and my further will and meaning is that my said executors and each of them shall ... to him and her self all expenses and charges that they shall or may be ... in the execution of the trust hereby imposed in them (over and besides their irrespective legacies of fifty pounds apiece) out of the money that shall be raised by sale of my said ... and personal estate
And I do hereby revoke all former wills by me heretofore made and declare this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have to this my will contained in two sheets of paper set my hand and seal to each of the said sheets this four and twentieth day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and seventeen.
Anna Curteis


Signed, sealed published and declared by the said Anna Curteis as and for her last will and testament and then signed in case of the death of my said nephew John Harwood before 21 or without issue male, then to the next best son of my said brother Dr John Harwood, being first interlined.
... Trubshaw Thomas Bridgen
Probatum ... in Latin



Last Will of Anna Curteis (b. Harwood) 1717




Linked toAnn Congreve; Martha Congreve; Anne Curtis; Ann Hanmer; Martha Hanmer; Abigail Harwood; Ann Harwood; Anne Harwood; Anne Harwood; Edward Harwood; Dr. John Harwood; John Harwood; Martha Harwood; Mary Harwood; Thomas Harwood

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