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Will of Michael Bassett

of Chiddingstone, Kent


Source: PCC
Transcribed by David Auger
In the name of God Amen the thirteenth day of November in the four and thirtieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the second by the Grace of God King of England Scotland France & Ireland Defender of the Faith or annus dei 1682 I Michael BASSETT of Chiddingstone in the County of Kent yeoman being ancient in years but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be God do make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner & form following. That is to say first I commend my soul to God Almighty hoping & assuredly believing in and through the merits of death and passion of my blessed Lord Saviour Jesus Christ to receive a full pardon for all my sins and a joyful resurrection in the Kingdom of Heaven and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named.

Item I give to the poor people of the parish of Chiddingstone fifty shillings of lawful money of England to be paid within a month after my decease by my executor and to be distributed amongst the poor at the discretion of the minister and my executor and the chief inhabitants of the said parish.
Item I give to the poor people of the parish of Cowden in the County aforesaid twenty shillings of lawful money of England to be paid by my executor within one month after my decease and distributed amongst the poor at the discretion of my executor and the minister and chief inhabitants of the said parish.

Item I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Anne WOODGATE of Chiddingstone aforesaid widow the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto her by my executor hereinafter named within twelve months after my decease.
Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas WOODGATE son of my said daughter Anne the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto him by my executor at his age of one and twenty years if he so long live
and I give unto my grand daughter Anne WOODGATE the daughter of my said daughter Anne the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto her by my executor at her age of one and twenty years or day of marriage which shall first happen if she so long live
and I give to my grandson Wm WOODGATE oldest son of my said daughter Anne twenty shillings of lawful money of England to be paid him by my executor within one month after my decease.

Item I give to my maid servant Anne ROFYE ten shillings to be paid her by my executor within a month after my decease and I give to my two man servants James FRIEND & Wm PECKHAM & to my maid Anne RIVERS five shillings a piece to be paid them within a month after my decease.

Item I give & bequeath unto my youngest son John BASSETT upon condition he shall immediately after my decease release unto his brother Thomas BASSETT my oldest son all the estate right title & interest of him the said John BASSETT of in and to all the cattle corn goods husbandry tackling chattels & stock which the said Thomas & John have lately and between them as co-operators upon my farms & lands in Chiddingstone & Cowden so that the said Thomas may clearly enjoy the said stock and upon like condition that the said John shall within two years after my decease will and freely pay or cause to be paid unto his brother Thomas his appointees or assignees the full sum of three hundred pounds of lawful money of England.

I give to my said son John BASSETT and his heirs for ever all that my Manor of Stangrove and all that messuage or tenement called Stangrove and all the barns buildings yards gardens orchards several parcells of land & appurtenancies to the said mefsuage belonging or obtaining lying in Eatonbridge in the county aforesaid. And all the land rent or quit rent costs royaltyes profitts commodities and appurtenances whatsoever to the said Manor of Stangrove belonging or appertaining or accordingly reputed or taken as part parcel or number thereof all which said Manor messuage & lands I lately purchased of George LEIGH deceased and of Robert LEIGH his son and I further give unto my said son John and to his heirs for ever all that my messuages or farms commonly called Linhurst wherein Thomas BROWNE lately lived and the barns outhouses lands & premises thereunto belonging with appurtenancies containing by estimation sixty acres more or less lying in Eatonbridge aforesaid to have and to hold the said manor messuage lands & premises with their appurtenances unto my said John BASSETT & to his heirs for ever

and my will & meaning further is that if my son John his heirs or assigns do not within two years after my decease well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto my son Thomas or his assigns the aforesaid sum of three hundred pounds of lawfull money of England then it shall & may be lawfull to & for the said Thomas BASSETT his heirs & assignees to enter into & upon the aforesaid manor messuage lands & premises or any part thereof in the name of the whole and the [WORDS] peaceable & quietly to have hold & enjoy until he & they shall be fully satisfied & paid the said three hundred pounds with all rights & damages which he or they may or shall sustain by reason of the non payment thereof.

Item I give and devise unto my oldest son Thomas BASSETT & to his heirs & assigns for ever all that my messuages or tenements or farms wherein I now dwell and also all other my messuages tenements or farmes and all the mills millponds barnes buildings lands belongings or therewith [WORD] and furnaces? whatsoever thereunto belonging or therewith used or enjoyed with their appurtenances which are situate lying or being in Chiddingstone and Cowden aforesaid.
And also I give and devise unto my said son Thomas all my messuages farms lands at Cowden with their every of their appurtenances whatsoever & wheresoever lying within the Kingdom of England (except the manor messuages & lands which I have before [WORD] devised to [WORD] son John) to have & to hold all & singular the said messuages farms mills lands in Cowden & assign with their appurtenances unto my son Thomas BASSETT and to his heirs & assignees for ever he paying my legacies aforesaid.
Item I give unto my said son Thomas BASSETT all my goods & household effects & all my ready money bills bonds mortgages debts & all other my goods chattels & personal estate whatsoever & wheresoever. And I make & ordain my son Thomas BASSETT full & sole executor of this my last will & testament. And I do hereby will & appoint that my son Thomas shall immediately after my decease release to his brother John all his title and interest in and to all the corn cattle husbandry tackling goods & stocks whatsoever which they have & use between them as co-operators upon all or any of my lands at Eatonbridge aforesaid except two [WORDS] John hath at Eatonbridge & by agreement he is to deliver the same to his brother Thomas for his own use. In Witness whereof I the said Michael BASSETT have to this my last will and testament containing two sheets of paper sett my hand & seals to each sheet thereof the day & years first above mentioned in the first sheet thereof.

Signed Sealed Published & Declared by the said Michael BASSETT to be his last will and testament in the presence of
Henry STREATFIELD. David HAMMOND. the mark of Thomas BATUPPE.

Probate in Latin granted 7 February 1682 to Thomas BASSETT son.


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