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Will of John Alchorne

of Boughton Monchelsea, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1687
Submitted by Steve Green
In the name of God amen I John Alchorne of Boughton Monchelsea in the County of Kent Esquire being in reasonable good health considering my great age of eighty years and upwards yet of sound mind and memory do this present eighth day of November in the year of our Lord God according to the computation of Church of England one thousand six hundred eighty and six make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following
First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God and creator hoping to attain eternal salvation in and through the merits and passion of his son the Lord Jesus Christ

And as touching the disposition of my personal estate consisting of ready money plate rings seals and all my household goods whatsoever I do give and bequeath the same unto my dearly beloved wife Mary Alchorne to be by her disposed of as she shall think fit

And all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels after my debts legacies and funeral expenses are satisfied and paid I do likewise give and bequeath unto my said dearly beloved wife and to my daughter Anne Savage whom I do hereby make joint Executrices of this my will

And as touching and concerning my real estate consisting of messuages lands and tenements not already by Act executed titled and disposed of I do by these presents give and devise the same with all and singular their appurtenances as hereafter followeth

And first I do give and devise unto my said beloved wife Mary Alchorne all that my capital messuage wherein I now dwell with all the barns outhouses orchards gardens and hopgardens and all other the lands thereunto belonging and therewith usually occupied or enjoyed and two other messuages or tenements with the lands thereunto respectively belonging one of them being last in the occupation of the widow French and now in my own occupation and the other also in my own occupation commonly called the Lower House And the lands below the hill heretofore in the occupation of Christopher Brunger? and are now also in my own occupation with their and every of their appurtenances All which before mentioned messuages lands and premises with the appurtenances are situate lying and being in the parish of Boughton Monchelsea and Loose or one of them in the county of Kent aforesaid And also all that farm and lands in the occupation of John Smyth Yeoman And also one other farm and lands late in the occupation of Michael Fludd and now in my own occupation both which said last mentioned farms are situate lying and being in the several parishes of Boxley Lidgen Gillingham and Chatham or some or one of them in the county aforesaid and all the woodland lying or adjoining to or near the said lands and premises and are now in my own occupation And also all that my farms and lands lying and being in the parish of Marden in the said county commonly called or known by the name of Hallands now in the occupation of Thomas Reynolds Yeoman and also one other farm with all the lands thereunto belonging now in the occupation of Richard Parkes Yeoman lying and being in Marden aforesaid with all and singular the appurtenances unto the said last mentioned farms respectively belonging or therewith usually set occupied or enjoyed And lastly one other farm commonly called or known by the name of Harpers with all the lands thereunto belonging or therewith usually set or enjoyed now in the occupation of Thomas Clout Yeoman situate lying and being in the parish of Goudhurst in the county aforesaid to have and to hold all and singular the before mentioned messuages farms lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever with all and singular their appurtenances unto the aforesaid Mary Alchorne my wife for and during the term of her natural life

And from and after the decease of her the said Mary Alchorne Then as for touching and concerning the two respective farms aforementioned now and late in the several occupations of the aforesaid John Smyth and Michael Fludd and in the woodlands thereunto belonging in my own occupation I give and devise the same as hereafter followeth that is to say
unto my daughter Ann Savage now wife of John Savage Gent for and during the term of her natural life without impeachment of or for any manner of waste
And from and after her decease Then I give and devise all the said farm late in the occupation of the said Michael Fludd and the woodlands thereunto belonging in my own occupation except such and so much of the said farm and lands as are lying and being in the parish of Boxley aforesaid unto my grandchild John Savage eldest son of them the said John Savage and Ann his said wife and the heirs of the body of the said John Savage the son lawfully to be begotten
and for default of such heirs then I do give and devise the same unto Richard Savage younger son of him the said John Savage the father by Ann his said wife and to the heirs of the body of him the said Richard Savage lawfully to be begotten
and for want of such issue then to the said Ann Savage my daughter and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten and for default of such issue the remainder to me the said John Alchorne my heirs and assigns for ever
And as touching my said other farm in the occupation of the said John Smyth and such and so much of the said farms and lands abovementioned late in the occupation of the said Michael Fludd and now in my own occupation as are lying and being in the parish of Boxley aforesaid from and after the decease of my said daughter Ann Savage I do give the same unto Richard savage her said younger son and to the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten
And for want of such issue then unto John Savage his said elder brother and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten
And for default of such issue then to my said daughter Ann Savage and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten And for default of such issue remainder to me the said John Alchorne my heirs and assigns for ever

And as touching and concerning my said farm called Harpers and all the lands thereunto belonging in Goudhurst aforesaid in the occupation of the said Thomas Clout I do give and devise the same from and after the decease of the said Mary Alchorne my wife unto my aforesaid grandchild Richard Savage and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten
And for want of such issue then to John Savage his brother and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten
And for want of such issue then to my aforesaid daughter Ann Savage and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten
And in default of such issue the remainder to my right heirs for ever

And as touching and concerning all that my capital messuage wherein I dwell with all the barns outhouses orchards gardens and hopgardens and all other the lands thereunto belonging or therewith usually enjoyed as aforesaid situate and being in Boughton Monchelsea and Loose aforesaid And also the aforesaid two other messuages with the lands thereunto respectively belonging one of them being heretofore in the possession of the Widow French aforesaid and the other in my own occupation commonly called the Lower House and the lands below the hill in Boughton aforesaid late in the occupation of the said Christopher Brunger with all and singular their and every of their appurtenances situate and lying in the said parish of Boughton and Loose or one of them And also all that my farm beforementioned together with all the lands thereunto belonging commonly called or known by the name of Hallands in the occupation of Thomas Reynolds And the said other farm with the lands thereunto belonging in the occupation of Richard Parkes aforesaid and both situate and being in Marden aforesaid I do give and devise the same with all and singular the appurtenances from and after the decease of the said Mary my wife in manner following that is to say
unto my said grandchild Richard Savage for and during the term of his natural life the remainder to John Brewer of West Peckham in the county aforesaid Esquire and William Binge of Linton in the said county Gent for and during the term of eighty years if he the said Richard Savage shall so long live To the only intent to preserve the contingent estates hereinafter to be limited from being cut off and destroyed by him the said Richard and for that purpose to make entries to revest the same as occasion shall require and according to my true intent in this my said will expressed
And from and after the determination of the said estate for years and decease of the said Richard then to the only use and behoof of the first son of the body of him the said Richard to be begotten and the heirs of the body of such first son lawfully to be begotten
And for default of such issue then to the use of the second son of the body of him the said Richard to be begotten and to the heirs of the body of such second son lawfully to be begotten
And for default of such issue of such second son then to the use and behoof of the third fourth fifth and sixth and all and every other son and sons of the body of the said Richard to be begotten severally and successively one after another as they and every of them shall be in seniority and priority of birth and of the several and respective heirs of the body of all and every such first and every other son and sons issuing the elder of such sons and the heirs of his body being always preferred before the younger of such sons and the heirs of his body issuing
And for default of such issue as aforesaid then to all and every daughter and daughters of him the said Richard and the heirs of their respective bodies lawfully to be begotten and equally to be divided between them
And for default of such issue then I give all and singular the aforesaid messuages lands and premises with the appurtenances to the right heirs of my aforesaid daughter Ann Savage for ever

Nevertheless it is my true intent and meaning And I do further declare this to be my will that in case the said Mary my wife shall depart this life before the said Richard Savage shall attain his full age of one and twenty years That then my said son in law John Savage father of him the said Richard and George Maplesden of Marden aforesaid Gent and the survivor of them shall take and receive the rents issues and profits of all and singular the messuages farms lands and premises aforesaid other than such as are given as aforesaid to the said Ann Savage for her life and afterwards to her two sons in manner as aforesaid until my said grandchild Richard Savage shall attain his said age of one and twenty years
and out of the said rents and profits shall raise and pay the sum of one hundred pounds unto my grandchild Elizabeth Savage the only daughter of my said daughter Ann Savage and the surplusage shall be paid by my said Trustees to my aforesaid grandson Richard Savage at his said age of one and twenty years other than what shall be by then laid out and expended for his maintenance and education
And further my will is that my said Trustees shall deliver up the quiet possession of the said messuages farms and premises unto my said grandchild Richard Savage at his said age of one and twenty years and in the meantime they the said Trustees or either of them shall not let out any quarries belonging to any part of the premises to dig stone therein nor shall they or either of them commit any waste on the premises either in destruction of the houses cutting down the timber trees thereon growing ploughing up the meadows or otherwise howsoever
And if my said Trustees or either of them shall plough up or cause to be ploughed the Tamter? Meadow or two other meadows thereunto adjoining the field commonly called the Broadfield the meadow commonly called the Blackfield the meadow over against the house the cherry garden or orchards to the said capital messuage belonging or any part thereof then for every acre or lesser proportion so ploughed they shall pay the sum of ten shillings unto the Overseers of the Poor of Boughton Monchelsea aforesaid for the only use and benefit of the poor of the said parish

And lastly my will is that my Trustees shall be allowed their reasonable costs and charges for and in respect of the due execution of their said trusts out of the rents and profits aforesaid

I give unto my daughter Mary Alchorne the sum of ten pounds if she be living at the time of my decease
To my godson George Maplesden son of George Maplesden of Marsden aforesaid Gent I give the sum of five pounds
to such of my servants as shall be dwelling with me in my house at the time of my death I give five shillings apiece
Item I give to such and so many of the poor of Boughton aforesaid as my aforesaid Executors in their discretion shall think fit which have not relief of the said parish and were born there the sum of three pounds

And I do hereby revoke countermand and annul all former and other will and wills by me at any time before made published or ordained John Alchorne sealed and published by me John Alchorne and my name subscribed unto every sheet being four in number in the presence of
Tobias Young William Barnyard Isaac Kemp and Ellinor Cary

Probate (in Latin) granted 15 Jun 1687 to Mary Alchorne relict and Ann Savage wife of John Savage daughter.


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