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Will of Gyles Brett

of Barham, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/239 B/8 No. 332
Submitted by Helen Plowes
In the name of God Amen The fourteenth day of August Anno 1643 I Gyles Brett of Barham in the County of Kent, yeoman being sick in body but of ------ mind and memory thanks be given to Allmighty God therefore do make this my testament and last will in manner and form following.
First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God – hoping assuredly through the -------- of Christ my Saviour of remission and pardon of all my sins and my body to be buried in decent and Christian like manner of burial

Item I give and bequeath unto the poor people of the parish of Barham the sum of 10 pence. And likewise to the poor people of the parish of Elham the sum of 10 pence.

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne the sum of three score pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto her, her - -------- or assigns when she shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years by my executor

Item I give and bequeath unto Richard Brett, Stephen Brett, Nicholas Brett, and Edward Brett my sons to each of them the sum of fifty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto them or either of them when they shall attain to their said all respective ages of one and twenty years by my executor.
And if either of my said four sons shall fortune to decease this life before the said age of one and twenty years then my will and meaning is that the survivors of them shall have the portion of him or them deceasing equally shared among them.

The residue of all my goods and chattels ---------- my debts being paid, my legacies and funeral expenses discharged, I give and bequeath unto Mary my wellbeloved wife towards the education and bringing up of my children whom I make sole executrix of this my testament and last will.

This is the last will and testament of me the said Giles Brett made declared the day and year above said touching and -------- all and singular my lands and tenements with apportionments situated lying and being in Elham in the said county of Kent.

First I give and bequeath unto the said Mary my wife all my land called Soleground --------- upon ------- hold the same----------- until Gyles Brett my son shall attain his age of one and twenty towards his and my other children’s bringing up.
And immediately after the said Gyles shall attain his age of one and twenty years, I give and bequeath the said land called Soleground with apportionments unto the said Gyles Brett my son his heirs and assigns forever.

Moreover my will and meaning is that the said Gyles Brett my son and his heirs shall immediately after he shall accomplish his said age of 21 years. Yearly and every year during the naturel life of the said Mary my wife shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto her and her assigns out of the said land called Soleground an annuity --------- of six pounds of lawful money of England at two feasts or terms in the year that is to say at the feast of St Michael the archangel and the Annunciation of our blessed Lady Mary the Virgin by equal portions the first payment -------- to begin and be made at that feast of the first aforesaid which shall next happen after the said Gyles shall attain his age aforesaid of 21 years.
And if the said Annuity or yearly ------ shall be behind or unpaid in part or in all, then it shall be lawful for the said Mary and her assigns to the said land called Soleground to enter and distrain the ------- and keep until it shall be satisfied and paid.

Item I give and bequeath unto the said Mary my wife my messuage, tenement and land--------------------- at------------------ in the said parish of Elham until Thomas my son shall attain his full age of 21 years towards his education and bringing up
And immediately from and after the said Thomas shall accomplish his age of 21 years for and during all the time and for --------- at the said Mary shall live and continue a widow he keeping all the ------- ------------. And immediately from and after the death or marriage of the said Mary ------------- the said messuge or tenement and lands or herediments at -------------- unto my said son Thomas his heirs and assigns forever.
Nevertheless my will is that Mary my wife shall well and trult paid unto the said Thomas my son after he shall accomplish the age of 21 years out of the said messusges tenements and lands the sum of four pounds by the year of lawful money of England at two feasts or terms in the year. That is to say at the feast of St Michael the archangel and the Annunciation of our blessed Lady Mary the virgin by equal portions. The first payment -------- to begin and be made in ------ that feast of the feast aforesaid shall not happen after the said Thomas shall accomplish his age of 21 years.
And if default of payment shall be made then it shall be lawful for the said Thomas or his assigns to enter the said messuage or tenement land or apportionment and distrain And the difference to be held or kept until he shall be satisfied and paid

In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year above said.
Signed sealed and published in the presence of
John Hogben, Francis Pilcher

Probate 18th October 1643


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