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Will of Francis Alchin

of Marden, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1592/3
Submitted by Steve Green
In the name of God amen the 12th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred ninety and two and in the five and thirty year of the reign of our sovereign lady Elizabeth by the Grace of God Queen of England France and Ireland Defender of the Faith etc
I Francis Alchin of Marden in the county of Kent and diocese of Canterbury being weak in body but of good and perfect remembrance thanks be given unto Almighty God therefore do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following
First of all bequeathing my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator redeemer and sanctifier steadfastly trusting and believing that by the precious blood shedding by Gods son Jesus Christ all my sins and offences are freely pardoned and forgiven me And my body to be buried wheresoever it shall please God to appoint

Item I give unto the poor people of the parish of Marden aforesaid three shillings four pence to be bestowed amongst them within one month of my decease at the discretion of my executor
Item I give unto my son John Alchin my best joined bedstead one featherbed one feather bolster one feather pillow one pair of blankets one coverlet and one fine pair of sheets to be delivered unto him at his age of one and twenty years
Item I give and bequeath unto Richard Waghorne Calerized? Clerk of Penshurst my brother in law my doublet and hose of Ash colour? and my hearne coloured cloak to be delivered unto him within one quarter of a year after my decease
Item I will and bequeath unto my father in law John Markelie my best cloak and I also ordain him the said John Markelie mine executor

All the residue of my moveable goods chattels ready money and plate I give unto Sara Alchin my wife
In witness whereof I the said Francis Alchin have set my hand and seal the day and year first above written
These being witnesses
William Wilkinson William Taylor Salmon Boxer minister of Marden

This is the last will and testament of me the said Francis Alchin made and declared the day and year above dated concerning the disposition of my messuage or tenement and all and singular my lands in Marden aforesaid

Item my will and mind is for the answering and discharging of my debt legacies and other charges whatsoever being indebted to sundry persons that mine executor abovenamed John Markelye shall have full power and authority to make sale of six pieces or parcels of land with a lodge thereupon unto any manner of person or persons which pieces or parcels of land rightly descended and came unto to me the said Francis by the last will and testament of Robert Alchin my father of Mden? (Marden?) late deceased containing by estimation twenty six acres of land more or less and which now are in the occupation of the said John Markely mine executor abutting onto other lands of me the said Francis and of Samuel Loue gent against the north to the lands of John Hodges and of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester against the south to the lands of Edward Wootton knight against the east and to the Queens High Street there against the west as the metes and bounds thereof on every side so divide thence forth with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging whatsoever

And if it shall so fall out that after the sale of the said six pieces or parcels of land and the lodges thereupon the sum of money for the which they shallbe sold for shall not amount to the sum of money that my debts legacies and other charges shall extend unto
Then my will and mind is that so much money as shall be wanting for the compassing and discharging of all such debts legacies and other charges as my executors may be burdened and charged with all over and beside the receipts of money for the aforesaid six pieces or parcels of land and the lodge upon the same shall be answered and paid out of the moveables goods chattels and ready money before given unto Sara Alchin my wife so that my will and mind is that my executors will not be prejudiced or burdened any manner of way

Item I give and bequeath unto Sarah Alchin my wife five pieces or parcels of land which are called the two Hamstocke meades the little Hamstocke and great Hamstocke the third Church Fields, the fourth the Long Reed and the fifth the Little Croft adjoining to them to have and to hold the said five pieces and parcels of land unto her the said Sara and to her assigns until such time as my son John Alchin accomplishes the full age of one and twenty years making no strip nor waste upon the said lands but only to perceive and take sufficient hedgeboote [the right of getting wood for mending fences] and other enclosure for the said lands from time to time during all the said term

Item I give unto my son John Alchin the aforesaid five pieces or parcels of land before bequeathed called the two Hamstocke meades the Church Field the Long Reed and the Little Croft when he shall accomplish his full age of one and twenty years to have and to hold the said five pieces or parcels of land unto him and to his heirs in fee simple for ever
And if it shall fortune that my said son John shall not live unto the said age of one and twenty years Then I give and bequeath unto my wife Sara so surviving her said son the aforesaid five pieces or parcels of land during all her time and term of her natural life making no waste but taking sufficient closure as aforesaid And after the decease of my said wife and after the decease of my said son so deceasing without heirs of his body lawfully begotten I will the said five pieces or parcels of land unto my brother Edward Alchin and his heirs forever

Item I will give and bequeath unto my wife Sarah Alchin my mansion house or tenement in Marden aforesaid with all the easements and housing thereunto belonging one orchard and ten pieces or parcels of land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging containing by estimation twenty and six acres of land more or less and also one small tenement with a garden plot thereunto belonging now in the tenure and occupation of Jaspar Rogers als Voyden? in Marden aforesaid to have and to hold the said premises with the appurtenances to them belonging unto the said Sara and her assigns until such time as the said John Alchin my son shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years upon this condition nothwithstanding hereunder following viz
That the said Sara or her assigns do pay or cause to be paid yearly unto Mercy Kerwyn of Penshurst my mother according unto my fathers will one annuity or yearly rent of ten pounds
And also upon this condition that if my said mother shall depart this natural life before the said John my son shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years then from the time of my said mothers departure the said Sara my wife do yearly pay out of the said five tenements and ten pieces of land with appurtenances unto the use of my said son John (for the increase and raising of a stock of money for him) the full sum of six pounds which I will shall remain in the hands of my executor to be paid unto my foresaid son John at his foresaid age of one and twenty years

Also my will and mind is that the said Sara my wife during all the said term from time to time shall well and sufficiently maintain sustain and uphold all the housing of the said premises both with reparation and refection? taking upon the said six and twenty acres of land sufficient timber
And also shall repair and make the hedges and enclosures of the said lands having in and upon the said premises sufficient tynnett (tenant?) for the enclosures

Item I give and bequeath unto my foresaid son John Alchin if he shall accomplish the full age of one and twenty years all those my mansion dwelling house and the other small tenement with all the housing thereunto belonging and the foresaid orchard and ten pieces or parcels of land containing by estimation twenty six acres of land with all and singular the appurtenances unto them belonging to him and to his heirs in fee simple for ever

And if it shall so happen that my son shall depart this life before he shall accomplish the full age of one and twenty years Then my will and mind is that Sara my wife surviving my son shall enjoy the said two tenements and lands next before given with the appurtenances whatsoever until such time as my said son should have been of 21 years of age if he had lived so long paying to my mother as aforesaid and repairing and sustaining the houses and fencing the lands as aforesaid
And when that term of years so expired and if my said son be so deceased I do give the said two tenements one orchard and ten pieces or parcels of land containing by estimation twenty six acres of land more or less with all and singular the appurtenances unto them belonging unto my brother Edward Alchin of Horsmonden and to his heirs in fee simple for ever
Provided nevertheless that the said gift made unto my said brother Edward shall be upon this condition
that the said Edward or his heirs do pay or cause to be paid unto my sister Raynes? Waghorne or her heirs thirty pounds of good and lawful money of England within one year next after the said Edward shall enjoy the said premises
And also the said Edward or his heirs shall pay or cause to be paid unto my sister Raynes or to her heirs the full sum of ten pounds within one year next after the said Edward shall enjoy the said premises
And also that the said Edward or his heirs shall pay or cause to be paid unto Marjory Markelie Dorothy Markelie and Elizabeth Markelie my wives sisters five pounds of good and lawful money of England by equal portions to be paid unto them within one whole year next after the said Edward shall enjoy the said premises
And also that the said Edward or his heirs shall pay or cause to be paid unto Sara Alchin my wife the full sum of thirty pounds of like lawful money of England within one half year next after he shall enjoy the said premises

In witness whereof I the said Francis Alchin have set my hand and seal the day and year first above declared These being witnessed also abovenamed who have also set their hands
William Wilkinson William Taylor and Salmon Boxer Minister of Marden
The mark of William Taylor the mark of William Wilkinson - Francis Alchin

Probatum 15 Feb 1592 ... John Markelie executor ...


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