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Will of Gregory Brett

of Wye, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/47/302b
Submitted by Helen Plowes
In the name of God Amen. The nineteenth day of April in the year of our Lord God one thousand five hundred and eighty five. And in the reign of our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth, by the grace of God of England, France and Ireland Queen Defender of the faith.
I Gregory Brett of Wye in the County of Kent, Yeoman, in perfect memory, do make ordain and order this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First I bequeath my soul into the hands of God assuredly hoping for my salvation through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus and my body to be buried in the church or churchyard of Wye aforesaid

Secondly I bequeath and give unto the poor people of Wye aforesaid forty shillings to be distributed amongst them by my executor in and upon the day of my burial. And to the poor people of Great Chart twenty shillings to be distributed among them by my executor within one fortnight next after my burial.

Also I give and bequeath unto each one of my godchildren twelve pence of lawful money of England when they or him of them shall require it of my executor
Also I give and bequeath unto five of my godchildren of my name such as shall be in readiness on the day of my burial to carry me to my grave each of them for them payments of two shillings of lawful money of England to be paid unto them in the day of my burial by my executor.

Also I give will and bequeath unto Elinor Brett my kinswoman in lue and recompense of forty shillings which I have of hers and do now unto her make the .... in the whole sum according to my will bequeath and plain meaning four pounds thirteen shillings and four pence of lawful money of England and it to be paid by my executor within one year next after my decease or at one time other when she shall require it.

Also I will and bequeath unto John Boacely? twenty shillings of lawful money of England to be paid unto him by my executor within one month next after my burial.
Also I give will and bequeath unto Joan Boacely, the now wife of John Boacely that twenty pounds thirteen shillings and four pence of lawful money of England which is and doth remain in the hands of Thomas Tilden of Wye which I lent unto him and is due to be repaid ………………………………… by his obligation with conditions thereupon whereby he standeth ……… unto me all which said money The obligations and bill whereof I freely absolve and …… do give unto the said Joan forever to dispose at her will and pleasure.

Also I will my godson Thomas Brett if it fortune me to depart this transitory life before the feast of St Michael which time the first money is due to be paid that then he to be a …… and assistant to the said Joan for the having and receiving of the said money for her and to her.

The residue of my goods and chattels reals and personal before not bequeathed, my debts, legacies and funeral expenses paid and faithfully discharged I give and bequeath unto Thomas Brett my godson the son of Edward Brett my brother Which Thomas I make and ordain my sole executor of this my last will and testament, trusting assuredly that he will use it to the glory of God and to the releasing? of mine and his poor neighbours.

This is the last will and testament of me the said Gregory Brett made this day and year before, in the first sheet hereunto annexed and written Touching my houses lands tenements and heriditaments wheresoever they are being in the realm of England.

First touching my house with all the appurtenances wherein one Edward Houham? now holdeth for certain years yet to come situate in Wye aforesaid together with three yards of meadow more of less lying in Milkham? Meade in the parish of Wye aforesaid. I will and my mind is that the re…… of the said house and the said three yards of meadow shall remain unto Agnes Peene widow my daughter in law for and during her natural life and after her decease the said house and meadow with their appurtenances shall remain unto Jonas Brett son of my brother Edward Brett and to he heirs and assigns of the said Jonas for ever.

Also I will and my mind is that Jacob Pilcher my servant shall have his dwelling in the house which he now dwelleth with such rooms within the same as he now occupieth together with the hempland and the three acres of meadow which he also now occupieth with the same for and during his natural life, The said Jacob paying and from time to time discharging the rents and ………… due to the chief lord or lords of the fee or fees thereof with necessary paving fencing and amending of the said premises from time to time so often as need shall require during all the term of his natural life.

Also I will and my mind is that Gilbart Ferris and his now wife shall have their free dwelling in the kitchen of the same house in such sort and with such commodities as they now have it and this shall they two have and enjoy ……… during their two lives and the longer lived of them two freely.

Also I will and my plan and meaning is that John Payne and his now wife shall ………… have and hold and enjoy my house at Mondes? with the hempland, orchard and such other commodities as they now have therein for and during their two lives and the life of the survivor of them yielding and paying unto that person or persons that shall be in………… or remainder thereof four shillings eight pence of lawful money of England, keeping the said premises of his proper costs and ………… repaired from time to time……… during their lives and the said s……… to be paid at the feasts of the Annunciation of our Blessed Lady the Virgin Mary and St Michael…………… equal portions the first payment to be at the first of the aforesaid feasts which shall next happen after my decease.

And as to the three acres of meadow I have purchased of John Burch lying in Wye aforesaid, I will and bequeath the same unto Richard Jarman (German) my last wife’s son to him and his heirs and assigns for ever under condition that if the said Richard do make unto me at any time during the term of my natural life or unto my executor within one month next after my decease, one good sufficient and lawful ………………… for of and … covering all and singular debts, duties, legacies accompted titles and rights and demands actions real and personal whatsoever which have or may grow by many means or occasion of ………. of the testament and last will of Thomas Jarman or by administration or otherwise had or having comemement? being or beginning from the beginning of the world until this day. Otherwise I give will and bequeath the said premises unto Thomas Brett my godson to be had to him, his heirs and assigns for ever.

And as to all other my houses, messuages, lands, tenements rented ……… remainders and all other my hereditaments with all and singular their members and apportionments whersoever within this realm of England before not given ……… now bequeathed I do freely and absolutely give will and bequeath unto the said Thomas Brett my said godson and executor to be and ……… unto the said Thomas Brett his heirs and assigns for ever

Present at the reading and publishing of this present testament and last will
Gabryall Morland John Denst Willyam Mapleson Thomas Welles

Probate 2nd day February 1586


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