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Will of Henry Bassett

of Chiddingstone, Kent


Source: PCC
Transcribed by Alwynne Mackie
In the Name of God Amen. The three and twentieth day of March one thousand five hundred and eighty five and in the seven and twentieth year of the reign of our sovereign Lady Elizabeth by the grace of God Queen of England France and Scotland Defender of the Faith etc. I Henry Bassett of the parish of Chiddingstone in the county of Kent yeoman and in the Diocese of Canterbury being sick in body but of good and perfect remembrance (thanks and laude be unto Almighty God) I do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first and before all things I bequeath my soul to Almighty God my maker and redeemer and my body to be buried in the parish church yard of Chiddingstone aforesaid.

Item. I bequeath to the poorest people of the said parish of Chiddingstone to be bestowed in the day of my burial in meat drink and money at the discretion of my executors and overseers.
Item. I bequeath to every of my godchildren that do demand it three pence.

Item. I bequeath to Joan my eldest daughter twenty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto her within one year after my decease.
Item. I bequeath unto Katherine my second daughter twenty pounds of like lawful money to be paid unto her likewise within one year after my decease.
Item. I bequeath to Suzan my daughter twenty pounds of the like lawful money to be paid unto her in like sort
and my very will and mind is that my executors and overseers or two of them so that one of them be one of my overseers do receive and take the said money so above given to my two youngest daughters and to put forth their said stocks of money to some one many or more of trust for the best and most advantage and profit thereof until they shall accomplish their several ages of one and twenty years or happen to be married: and then my will and mind is that my executors and overseers do see my said two daughters paid their several stocks with interest thereof as they shall severally accomplish their said ages or happen to be married which shall happen first.
And if it happen that any of my said three daughters die before they shall be able to receive their said stock according to this my last Will that then my last will is that her or their share so dying shall remain equally to the rest of my said daughters then living.
Also I bequeath to every of my said daughters two pairs of sheets and one cover to be likewise delivered unto them within one month next after my decease.

Item. I bequeath unto Pentecost Bassett my son thirty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto him within one year next after my decease.
Item. I bequeath unto John my son three score pounds of like lawful money to be paid unto him in like sort.
And my will also is that my overseers or one of them do take and receive the said several sums of money so above given to my said sons and do put it forth for the best and most advantage thereof until they do accomplish their several ages of one and twenty years and then my will and mind is that my said overseers do see my said two sons paid their said several stocks with the profit thereof as they shall severally accomplish their said ages.
And if any or both my said sons Pentecost or John happen to die before they shall receive their portions as aforesaid that then I will that his or their portions so dying shall equally be divided among my sons and daughters then living.
Item. I bequeath to either of my said two sons Pentecost and John two pairs of sheets and one chest of the worse sort of chests in my house.
Item. I bequeath unto Henry Bassett my son two pairs of sheets and one chest of the like sort.

All the residue of my goods chattels and debts (my debts paid my funeral expenses and my legacies in this my last Will performed) I give and bequeath wholly to Thomas Bassett and William Bassett my sons whom I ordain and make my joint executors of this my last Will and Testament.
And I ordain and appoint Henry Ashdown Junior of the Hothe and my brother-in-law Robert Vane of Sevenoak to be overseers of this my said Will. And I give to either of them for their pains herein to be taken over and above their expenses thirteen shillings four pence apiece.

This is the last Will and Testament of me the said Henry Bassett the elder made the day and year above said concerning the disposition of my lands tenements and hereditaments lying and being in the said county as followeth.

First I give and bequeath unto Thomas Bassett my son and to his heirs all that my dwelling house and all barns stables mills lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever to the same belonging which did descend and come unto me by way of inheritance from John Bassett my father which said lands tenements and other the premises lying and being in the said parish of Chiddingstone.

Item. I bequeath unto William Bassett my son and to his heirs all that my tenement and lands and other hereditaments lying and being in the parish of Penshurst called Walter Hill Land which I lately purchased of Thomas Jervis and Jane his wife.

Item. I give and bequeath to Henry Bassett my son all that my tenement and lands and other the premises thereunto belonging lying in the parish of Little Peckham and also all those lands tenements and hereditaments to the said tenement now belonging and lying in the parish of Peckham and which I lately purchased of John Maister Thomas Master and Thomas Baten.

Item. I bequeath to Pentecost Bassett my son and to his heirs those three parcels of land lying in Chiddingstone called Gowche Lands and Maules which I lately purchased of Mr Willoughby of Bore Place and John Carrell

and also it is my will and mind that my overseers shall have full power and authority for the good manners ruling and bringing up of all my said children which be now under the age of one and twenty years until they shall severally accomplish the said age of one and twenty years or other time herein limited when they shall receive their portions as also the rule and government of all their several stocks lands and tenements as well for the letting and demising of their said lands and also for the receiving taking paying and performing all and every the thing and things in and about the same until such time as such one of my said sons whose land they do so let and demise shall accomplish his full age of one and twenty years.

And my will and mind is as well my said sons and my said daughters shall have receive and enjoy to themselves their several stocks and lands so to them herein given as they do severally accomplish their several ages or other time herein limited when they should receive their portions as is aforesaid so as my said overseers do become bounden to my said executors within one month next after my decease to make a true and just account to each of my children within one quarter of a year after the accomplishment of their several ages or other time herein limited when they should enjoy their said stocks and lands as well for the charges they be at for the bringing up of him her or them to whom they shall so give account as also of all receipts payments profits and commodities for or concerning as with their stocks and portions of money and also his lands and tenements to whom such account is made: and also it is my will and mind that if any of my said sons or daughters die before their full ages of one and twenty years or other time as is aforesaid so that there can be no account made to him her or them in such case aforesaid then I will that the same account shall be made to the husband with child or children of the same so dying (if he or she or they have any at the time of his or their decease) or for such default then to all the residue of my said sons and daughters which shall then be living.

Provided and also it is my will that William my son have no interest by this my Will of in and to one lease which I have of the demise of John Combridge of one pond of water being in Browmy Lane and if his executors or assignees refuse to suffer Thomas my son and his heirs to enjoy the same lease wholly to his use then my will is that he lose the benefit in being joint executor of this my Will and then I will his part of my said executor to Thomas my son: and also it is my will that it shall be lawful for my overseers to lease or put out and to seizure one parcel of land above given to my son Thomas containing seven acres called Orchgyland in Chiddingstone above given to my son Henry containing seven acres and one parcel of land called Lynches in Peckham to such person as they shall think good to be put out for the best profit and the money or best profit thereof coming to be employed towards the bringing up of my two youngest daughters yearly as it is received.

And I will that they shall have full authority to enter into the said parcels of land immediately after my decease and the same to let and devise at their pleasure during and until both my youngest daughters accomplish the full ages of fourteen years so that the whole and best profit thereof be yearly employed towards the bringing up of my said two daughters.
And if any of my said sons or their heirs refuse to execute this my Will herein then I will that he or they so refusing shall have no benefit by this my Will but his or their portions as well of money as of lands hereby to him or them given shall remain to the residue of my sons then living.
Sealed read delivered and published in the presence of
Daniel Woodgate Tristram Goward and Edward Baldwyn.

[In Latin]
This Will was proved on the twentieth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and eighty five by the oath of Henry Ashdown and Robert Vane overseers named in the Will and Testament of the deceased having been first sworn duly with Thomas Bassett and William Bassett the executors named in the Will to administer thereof.


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