Daniel Emptage left forty shillings of lawful money to be distributed equally between the children of his brother Jeffery and, following certain bequests to Mary Friend, a widow, the remainder of his estate to his sons Thomas and Daniel.
We are currently working with 95 wills, most of them dated before the days of censuses and civil registration and some even before the parish registers and in Latin. We are extracting information in the hope of establishing the various family branches.
George Emptiach left his goods and lands to his wife Johanne and to his sons when they reached 21.
Michael Emptiach left his goods and lands to his wife Christina and his sons
When we embarked on our project looking at the Early Emptages, we decided that we needed a way of grouping the early parish register entries for births, marriages and burials into families. We hoped that there would be enough information in the wills and testaments of our ancestors to help us.
We were delighted to find more wills than we had imagined and, though the olde English writing and language (in Latin for the very early wills) takes time to interpret and transcribe, we are making progress.
The Wills Project is our attempt to transcribe the wills, probate accounts and inventories that we hope will provide insight into the history of our Thanet ancestors.