Laslett family history
Thomas Lasslett the Elder of Ash - 5 October 1815
I Thomas Laslett the Elder of the parish of Ash next Sandwich in the County of Kent Gentleman being (thank God) of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament as follows (that is to say) I give and devise all that my Freehold Messuage or Tenement and the Outhouses Buildings Yard Garden and Land Arable and Pasture now used therewith containing by Estimation five acres be the same little more or less with their and every of their Rights Members and appurtenances situate lying and being in the said parish of Ash next Sandwich in the said County of Kent at or near a certain place there called Cobb Street unto my dearly beloved wife Susan Laslett for and during the term of her natural life she keeping the same in tenantable repair and committing no manner of waste And from immediately after her decease I Give and Devise the said Messuage or Tenement Outhouses Edifices Buildings Yard Garden Land with their and every of their Appurtenances unto my eight children hereinafter named (that is to say) Elizabeth Kelsey Thomas Laslett Susan Giles Ann Laslett Sarah Paramor Fanny Pott John Laslett and Maria Read equally to be divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants and to their several and respective Heirs and Assigns for ever And I Give and Bequeath the use of all and singular the Household Furniture Implements of Household Beds Bedding Plate Linen China Goods and Chattels whatsoever which at the time of my Decease shall be in upon or about my then Dwelling House unto my said wife Susan Laslett for the term of her natural life And from immediately after her decease I Give and Devise the same Household Furniture Implements of Household Beds Bedding Plate Linen China Goods and Chattels whatsoever unto my aforesaid eight children the said Elizabeth Kelsey Thomas Laslett Susan Giles Ann Laslett Sarah Paramor Franny Pott John Laslett and Maria Read equally to be divided between them share and share alike and to their respective Executors and Administrators Also I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Thomas Laslett and my Son in Law John Kelsey their Executors and Admors the Sum of One Thousand pounds of lawful money of Great Britain upon Trust and Confidence Nevertheless that they or the Survivor of them his Executors or Admors do and shall within Six Calendar months next after my Decease invest or lay out the same in their or his names or name upon Government or Real Securities in England and to vary and transpose the same from time to time as they or he shall think fit And upon Further Trust that they my said Trustees or the Survivor of them his Executors or Admors do and shall pay all the Interest Dividends and Annual Produce of the said Sum of One thousand pounds as the same shall from time to time become due and be received unto my said Dear Wife Susan Laslett for and during the Term of her natural life to and for her own use and Benefit And from and immediately after her decease I Give and Bequeath the said Sum of One thousand pounds and the Stocks Funds and Securities in or upon which the same shall or may be invested or laid out unto my aforesaid Eight Children the said Elizabeth Kelsey Thomas Laslett Susan Giles Ann Laslett Sarah Paramor Fanny Pott John Laslett and Maria Read equally to be divided between them share and share alike and to their respective Executors and Administrators And it is my Will and I do hereby declare that the Provision hereinbefore made for my said Wife Susan Laslett shall be in full recompense care and satisfaction of all Dower and Title and right and title of Dower and that which she may have claim of into or out of my real and personal Estate and Effects or either of them or any part of them or either of them Likewise I Give and Bequeath unto my said Daughter Ann Laslett the sum of One hundred pounds of lawful British money which I direct shall be paid to her by my Executors within three Calendar months next after my decease Also I Give and Bequeath unto Nimrod Laslett the illegitimate Child of my said Daughter Ann Laslett the sum of Fifty pounds Sterling to be paid to him by my Executors hereinafter named when he shall attain the Age of twenty one years and in case he shall die under that age then I direct that the said Legacy or Sum of Fifty pounds shall sink into and become part of the residue of my Personal Estate and Effects And I hereby expressly give and bequeath the same accordingly And from and after the Decease of my said Wife Susan Laslett I Give and Bequeath unto my Grandchildren Thomas Hatcher Bing Henry Bing and Jarvis Bing the sum of One hundred pounds each provided they shall then respectively have attained the Age of Twenty one years And in Case my said wife shall die while they or any or either of them shall be in their or his Minority then I direct that the Legacy of such of them as shall be under the age of twenty one years on the decease of my said Wife shall be paid to Jarvis Bing their Father for their or his use And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate and Effects both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever which I shall be possessed of or entitled unto at the time of my decease Subject to and after payment thereout of all my just debts Funeral Testamentary and other incidental charges and Expenses and the Legacies hereinbefore by me bequeathed I Give and Devise and Bequeath One equal eighth part thereof unto my said Daughter Fanny Pott her Heirs Executors Admors and Assigns for ever upon Condition that she allow the sum of Fifty pounds of sterling British Money to be received thereout by my Executors hereinafternamed and paid by them or the survivor of them unto the said Thomas Laslett the illegitimate Child of her my said Daughter Fanny Pott on his attaining the age of twenty one years and I Give and Bequeath the same to him accordingly And in Case the said last mentioned Thomas Laslett shall die under the said Age of twenty one years then I will and direct that the said last mentioned Sum of fifty pounds shall revert to her the said Fanny Pott her Executors Admors and Assigns to whom I hereby give and bequeath the same And I Give Devise and Bequeath the remaining Seven Eighth Parts of the said Rest Residue and Remainder of my said Real and Personal Estate and Effects unto my seven Children next hereinafter named (that is to say) the said Elizabeth Kelsey Thomas Laslett Susan Giles Ann Laslett Sarah Paramor John Laslett and Maria Read equally to be divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in Common and not as Jointenants and to their respective Heirs Executors Admors and Assigns for ever And I constitute and appoint my said son Thomas Laslett and my said Son in Law John Kelsey Executors of this my last will and Testament And I do hereby declare that it shall and may be lawful to and for my said Son Thomas Laslett and my said Son in Law John Kelsey and each of them their and each of their Executors and Admors by and out of the said Trust Monies to reimburse themselves respectively all such Losses Costs Charges Damages and Expenses as they or either of them shall or may sustain or expend in or about the Execution of the Trusts aforesaid or in any wise relating thereto And that they or either of them their or either of their Executors or Admors shall not be answerable or accountable for any more Monies than they shall respectively actually receive or shall come to their respective Hands by virtue of the Trusts aforesaid nor with or for any Loss or Losses that shall or may happen of the same without their respective wilful Defaults nor shall the one of them be answerable or accountable for the office of them but each of them only for his own Acts Deeds Receipts Disbursements Neglects or Defaults And I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made and declare this only to be and contain my true last Will and Testament IN WITNESS whereof I the said Thomas Laslett the Elder the Testator have to the first sheet of this my last Will and Testament in two Sheets of Paper contained set my Hand and to this second and last Sheet thereof my Hand and Deal the twenty fifth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator Thomas Laslett the Elder as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses
Ge Garrett Atty at Law Sandwich Kent
The before registred Will of Thomas Laslett th Elder was proved the fifteenth
day of March 1817 .... by the Oaths of Thomas Laslett and John Kelsey the