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Will of John Cooke

of Cranbrook, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1741
Submitted by John Buckley
In the Name of God Amen
I John Cooke of Swifts in the parish of Cranbrooke in the County of Kent Esquire do this twentyeth day of November 1740 make this my last Will and Testament in the manner following.
I surrender my soul into the hands of my most mercifull Redeemer whose purchase it is, my body to be decently buried without pall bearers, without show and without noise if possible.
And as to my real and personall estates which I have power to dispose of and which is not in settlement I give devise and bequeath the same as follows.

I give and devise all my Copyhold Lands Tenements in the County of York which I have before surrendred to the use of my Will to my eldest son John Cooke and his heirs.

I give also and devise all my Marshlands lying in Newchurch and Ivychurch in the said county of Kent to my son George Cooke and his heirs but my Will and Intent is that my said son George shall pay out of the said Marshlands unto my Executors hereinafter named the summe of one hundred and eighty pounds for the use and benefit of my youngest son Charles Cooke and I do hereby charge the said Marshlands with the payment of the same.

I give also and devise my Mannors of Creals Fairstead and Shadoxhurst in the said county of Kent with their appurtenances called Creals with the lands therewith letten in Shadoxhurst aforesaid in the occupation of Stephen Bonden and also my tenement and lands with the appurtenances in the said parish of Shadoxhurst in the occupation of Edward Elvey and also my tenement and lands with their appurtenances lying in Shadoxhurst aforesaid in the occupation of ---- Pinion and also my woodlands called Great Lount Wood with the underwood timber and tillers which shall be thereon growing or standing at the time of my death in the said parish of Shadoxhurst to my said son Charles Cooke and his heirs.

I give also and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Ellen Cooke the summe of two thousand pounds.

I give also and devise my messuage and lands with their appurtenances in the said parish of Cranbrooke late in the occupation of John Holden and now of Michael Dove and his son and also my Barn Stable and Lodge with the lands therewith letten in the parish of Frittenden in the said county of Kent in the occupation of Richard Hills and also my farm which I purchased of the widow Osborne and the lands therewith letten in Cranbrooke aforesaid now in the occupation of William Cuckow and Abraham Fenner to my daughter Elizabeth Cooke and her heirs.

I give also and devise my messuage called Little Heath with four pieces of meadow and pastureland therewith usually letten with their appurtenances in the said parish of Cranbrooke in the occupation of John Morfett and John Marlow and also all my Marshland in the parish of Snave in the said county of Kent in the occupation of John Bourne and also my messuage or tenement called Prichet Gate and the lands therewith letten in Cranbrooke aforesaid in the occupation of Thomas Jennings to my youngest daughter Ann Cooke and her heirs.

I give also and bequeath to my said eldest son John Cooke one hundred pounds
and also I give and bequeath to my said son George Cooke one pair of silver candlesticks with the old silver snuffers and their holder, my least silver punchbowl and cover, two midling silver salvers, my largest silver spoon and the seven old silver spoons now in common use six of which have my crest on them and two oval silver salt sellers, my rose diamond ring set round with small rose diamonds and my Scrutore.

I give also and bequeath to my said youngest son Charles Cooke one pair of silver candlesticks, two midling silver salvers, the least of my two large silver spoons the two old silver salt sellers, my Ring set with my two first wives hair set round with ten brilliant diamonds.

I give also and bequeath to my said eldest daughter Ellen Cooke my biggest silver can and cover, my biggest silver coffee pot, my silver Bohea Teapot and Lamp, my amber snuff box rimmed with gold, a childs silver panakin, a childs coral set in silver with bells, and my looking glass with a silver frame and also my hoop ring set round with eighteen brilliant diamonds, and all my small diamonds now loose and made to be strung, and my gold watch with the chain and hook all of gold and my best cabinet.

I give also and bequeath to my daughter Mary the wife of Henry Steers my silver bason and lesser silver coffee pot and my inlaid olive chest lined.

I give also and bequeath to my said daughter Elizabeth Cooke my silver skillett, my silver sugar box and spoon my six tea spoons and tongs gilt and my silver marrow spoon and also my cross with six rose diamonds and my little gold watch with a gold filigree case and my trunk lined and marked with the letters N R.

I give also and bequeath to my youngest daughter Ann Cooke my sauce pan, tea canister, six tea spoons, tongs and strainer, my Nutmeg grater and case all which are silver and also my large buckle set with twenty two rose diamonds, my pearl Necklace, and my writing table lined with velvet, my little black cabinet, my small worked cabinet and a little paper cabinet or box.

I give also and bequeath to my said eldest son John Cooke the use only of all the rest and residue of my plate and the use only of my books, linen, pewter, pictures, household goods and furnitures of my house called Swifts not herein before specifically bequeathed for his life and after his decease I give and bequeath the same to my grandson John Cooke.
I give also to my said son John Cooke the liquors in my vault and cellars.

I give also and devise unto Sir Edward Filmer of East Sutton in the said County of Kent Baronet and my nephew George Cooke Esq Chief Prothonotary of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas at Westminster and to their heirs all my woodlands (except Lount Wood before devised to my said son Charles) with the underwood and timber which shall be thereon growing or standing at the time of my death with all their appurtenances in the said parish of Shadoxhurst and also my messuage and lands with their appurtenances lying in Cranbrooke aforesaid late in the occupation of Robert Fryman and now of Peter ?ame, and also my tenement on Milkhouse Heath in the said parish of Cranbrooke with the lands therewith lett in the occupation of John Marton and also my woodlands with the underwood and timber which shall be thereon growing or standing at the time of my death with all their appurtenances in the parish of Great Chart in the said County of Kent for all the rest and residue of a certain term of years thereof granted by the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury yet to come all my Right Title and Interest of in and to the said leasehold woodlands and premises and also my Marshland lying in Margate in the said county of Kent for all the rest and residue of a certain term of years thereof granted yet to come and unexpired and all my Right Title and Interest of in and to the said leasehold Marshlands and premises and also all other my messuages lands tenements hereditaments and woodlands whatsoever and wheresoever with their and every of their appurtenances not by this my will disposed of to hold to the said Sir Edward Filmer and George Cooke and their heirs upon this special trust and confidence in them reposed that they the said Sir Edward Filmer and George Cooke and their heirs shall and do with all convenient speed after my decease sell and dispose of all and singular the said messuages lands woodlands tenements and hereditaments so devised to them for the best price that can be got for the same and do pay and divide the moneys raised by such sale to and amongst all my said six younger children or their legal representatives in equal shares and proportions.

I give also to the said Sir Edward Filmer and my said nephew George Cooke ten pounds apiece.
I give also to my said six younger children and to the said Henry Steers ten pounds apiece.
I give also to my said son Charles Cooke fifty pounds at his age of one and twenty years.
Also I give unto my servant William Hewes all my wearing apparel both linnen and woollen.
Also I give my perewigs to John Leigh and Richard Butler, the said John Leigh to have the first choice.

I give also and bequeath all the rest and residue of my personal estate after my funerall expenses debts and legacys shall be paid to my said six younger children as they shall attain or will have attained their respective ages of one and twenty years to be equally divided between them share and share alike provided nevertheless and it is my will intent and meaning that if my said son Charles shall happen to dye before he attains his age of one and twenty years or shall marry under that age without the consent of his Guardians hereinafter named that then the estates and portion hereby given to him shall survive and go to and amongst the rest of my younger children or their legal representatives equally to be divided between them share and share alike.

and I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Sir Edward Filmer and my said nephew George Cooke executors of this my last Will and Testament and also I do appoint them Guardians both of the person and estates of my said son Charles untill he shall attain his age of one and twenty years and I do hereby direct and empower them out of the growing rents, issues and profits of the portion and estates hereby to him given, devised and bequeathed to layout and disburse in his maintenance and education any summe or summes of money not exceeding the summe of fifty pounds a year untill he shall attain his age of one and twenty years as they shall think fit and because a larger summe may be wanting and necessary and proper to be raised for placing my said son Charles out in the World or for a more chargeable Education I do hereby empower my said executors by mortgage sale or otherwise to raise any summe of money out of the estate hereby given to him for the purposes before mentioned as they shall think necessary and convenient who my will is shall have full allowance for all just expenses they shall be put unto in the execution of the trusts hereby in them reposed and that no one of them shall be answerable for the acts or receipts of the other of them nor for any more than he or they shall actually receive nor shall be answerable for any unforeseen accident that may happen

and I do hereby revoke all former Wills and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament containing three sheets of paper in witness whereof I have to the first two sheets set my hand and to this my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Jno Cooke
signed sealed published and declared by the above named John Cooke to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereof.
Ann Beale, Joseph Disney, W. Cuckow

This will was proved at London the thirteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty one before the Worshipfull George Lee Doctor of Laws Surrogate to the Right Worshipfull John Betteworth Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted, by the oath of George Cooke Esquire one of the executors named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer, reserving power to make the like grant to Sir Edward Filmer Baronet the other executor named in the said Will whom he prays the same.


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