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Will of Margaret Culmer

of St Peter's Thanet, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC 17, vol. 67, folio 94 [CKS]
Transcribed by NoŽl Siver
The last will and testament nuncupative of Margaret Culmer late whilest shee lived of the parishe of St. Peter the Apostle in the Isle of Thanett and County of Kent widdowe deceased by her made uttered and declared in the tyme of her sicknes whereof she dyed and in or aboute the beginninge of the moneth of December in the yeare of our Lord God 1627 she beinge then of verie good and perfect understandinge and memorye in the so wordes followinge or the verie like in effect and substance, That is to say,

ffirst she gave to her daughter Anne Culmer one fayre presse cupboard payinge xx s out of it to her the said Annes two youngest brothers[.]
More she gave to her the said Anne one little joyned table[,] two kettles[,] one stupnet[,] one iron pott[,] three peeces of pewter and one candlestick, one bed blanekett[,] one pillowe, and all her christeninge Lynnen[,] one payre of streaken sheets and one odd sheete wch was her the sayd Margaret Culmers mothers, one bearinge blaneket, and all her the said Margarets wearinge apprll lynnen and woollen;

ffurther she expreslie declared her will and mynde to bee that her two lovinge Neighbors and faythfull frends John Hall and Gregorie Philpot of St. Peters parishe aforesaid should be gardians to the children and that they shold have the educacon of them her said children and the guidance and governemt of them and theyre porcons and estates;

There beinge present together and wytnesses of the guifts or legacies given as above sayd to the sayd Anne Culmer the abovenamed John Hall and Margaret Culmer widdow; And there beinge present together at the utteringe of the last speeches touchinge the nominacon of the said John Hall and Gregorie Philpot to be gardians to her children and they to have the educacon of them and the governemt & guidance of them and theyre porcons the said Margaret Culmer and Elizabeth Russell wife of Thomas Russell of St. Peters aforesaid.
John Hall[,] Elizabeth Russell her marke[,] Margaret Culmer widdow her marke

Probatum fuit [Will proved on 7 May 1628]

Although an entry was not found in the parish register, Margaret Nethersole is supposed to have been married by licence to fisherman Valentine Culmer at St Maryís Sandwich on 13 March 1607/08. Valentine Culmer predeceased her. The 1631 probate account of the estate of Margaret Nethersole Culmer, DCb/PRC2/31/18, mentions that she was the executrix of her late husbandís will and that she had not completed the administration of his estate at the time of her own death in early December 1627. The date and place of her burial have not been found.


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