In the name of God Amen. I, John Kidner of the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the county of Middlesex, Victualler, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding; God be therefore praised and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say - First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named. And as to such worldly Estate of what nature or kind soever wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, after payment of my just debts and funeral expenses and the expenses of my executors in the execution of this my will, I give and bequeath the same unto my mother Ann Kidner and to my brothers William Kidner, Thomas Kidner and George Kidner and to my sister Ann Palmer to be equally divided between them.
And of this my last Will and Testament, I nominate constitute and appoint John Flower of the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the said county of Middlesex, Timber Merchant, and my said brother Thomas Kidner joint executors, hereby revoking all former and other Will and Wills Codicil and Codicils of Wills and declaring this to be my last will and Testament, In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-seventh day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and fifty seven.
John Kidner - Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have signed our names as witnesses hereto at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other
This will was proved at London the eighth day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty-seven before his worshipful George Harris, Doctor of Laws and surrogate of the Right Honourable Sir George Lee Wright Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of John Flower and Thomas Kidner brother of the deceased and executors named in the said Will to whom administration was granted having been first sworn only to administer the same.
Comment (2014): John, the testator, was baptised in Breamore, Hampshire, in 1716, the son of another John Kidner and his wife Ann. His sister Ann Kidner married William Palmer at Salisbury on 5th June 1748.
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