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Will of John Alchorne

of Boughton Monchelsea, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1618
Submitted by Steve Green
In the name of God amen the twentieth day of October in the year of our Lord God 1617
I John Alchorne of Boughton Monchelsea in the Diocese of Canterbury in the County of Kent Gent being of good health and perfect memory thanks be to God Do make this my present testament and last will in manner and form following
That is to say first I bequeath my soul to Almighty God my maker and redeemer hoping to be saved by the merits of Christs death and passion
Item I give to a sufficient preacher to make a sermon at my burial ten shillings
Item I give to the poor people of the parish where I shall be buried forty shillings and to the poor of the parish of Brenchley forty shillings to be distributed by the discretion of my Executors

Item I give to Anne my wife my lease of those lands in Romney Marsh which some time were Mr Henry Crispes some time her husband
Item I give to William Young the Elder of the parish of Loose three pounds
and to his son Ralph Young twenty shillings
Item I give to Edward Alchorne and Robert Alchorne to each of them a cloak
Item I give to every of my three daughters a gown
Item I give to Edward Alchorne a chest standing in my chamber where I lie with all his writings in it
Also I give to Robert Alchorne my son my chest standing by my bedside in my chamber where I lie with all the writings in it which chest was my son in law Michael Ponnets?

All the residue of my goods and chattels moveables and unmaoveables whatsoever I give to John Alchorne my eldest son except my ring and my plate which I give to John Alchorne my godson
which said John Alchorne my eldest son I make my sole executor paying my debts and legacies and seeing my funeral discharged.

This is the last will of me the said John Alchorne made the day and year abovesaid concerning the disposition of all my lands tenements and hereditaments

Item I give and bequeath unto Agnes Balser my daughter all those my lands and tenements which I bought of Thomas Swinock one of the Jurors of the town of Maidstone in the county of Kent aforesaid to have and to hold to her during the whole term of her natural life
And after her decease I will it to remain to Agnes Balser her daughter and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten
And for lack of such issue I will it to remain to John Balser her brother and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten
and for lack of such issue I will it to remain to Agnes Balser my daughter and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten

Item I give and bequeath to Robert Alchorne my son all my houses messuages lands and tenements in Maidstone which I bought of John Alchorne my son to have and to hold to him the said Robert and to his heirs paying to John Balser son of Ralph Balser the sum of twenty pounds of lawful English money within two years after my decease
And also paying unto Agnes Balsar ten pounds of like money within one year after my decease which said Agnes is his sister

Item I give and bequeath more to the said Robert my son all my lands and woodlands in the parish of East Farley to have to him and to his heirs for ever

All the residue of my manors messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever I will and bequeath to my eldest son John Alchorne and to his heirs and assigns for ever

In witness whereof I have subscribed my name and set my seal by me John Alchorne senior published in the presence of
John Kemp his mark John Martin his mark Thomas Woodman his mark

[Latin] Proved at London by John Hayward 5 May 1618 to John Alchorne, son.


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