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Will of John Culmer

of Deal, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC 32, Book 54, folio 669 [CKS]
Transcribed by NoŽl Siver
The last will and testament of John Culmer late of Deale in the County of Kent Mariner deceased which he declared by word of mouth the seaven and twentieth day of August Anno Dni 1671 and in the three and twentieth year of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord being Charles the second over England being then sick and weak in body but of good and perfect mind and memory in the presence of us Elnathan Hannam of Deale in the said County of Kent Chirurgien[,] Martha Jackson of Deale aforesaid widow and Jane Savage of Deale aforesaid widow witnesses in this behalfe as followeth vizh

In primis he did give and bequeath unto his dearly beloved wife Joane Culmer his best silver Tankard and in case his said wife should marry again then he willed the said silver Tankard should imediately after her said marriage be given to his four daughters Elizabeth Margaret Mary and Johanna to be equally divided between them

Item it was his will and desire and he did order and appoint that his said wife Joane should have and enjoy the use possession and living in the house in his owne occupation wherein he then lived situate in Deale aforesaid so long as his said wife continued a widow and in case she should marry again then imediately after her said marriage she should leave the same and it to be let out and the rent thereof to be equally divided between them his said wife and children

Item he did give and bequeath unto his said daughter Elizabeth his second silver Tankard with his arms upon it, with the gold chaine and moddace
Item he did give and bequeath unto his daughter Margaret a silver case
Item he did give and bequeath unto his daughter Joanna tenne pounds

Item he did give and bequeath unto his uncle Joseph Culmer his two ordinary suites of clothes with his Cloake then at London and his new paire of shooes
Item he did give and bequeath unto his uncle George Culmer his Cloake then at home with a spott in it
Item he did give and bequeath unto Mr. Elnathan Hannam aforesaid his Cane with a silver head then in his Closett
Item he did give and bequeath unto John Wynmouth his Cloath coate with silver button
Item he did give and bequeath unto his kinsman Thomas Jackson his plush Capp

Item all the rest and residue of his estate he willed should be equally divided between his said wife and his said daughters Elizabeth Margt. Mary and Joanna and he willed his said daughter Elizabeth should have and receive her part or portion of his estate at her age of eighteen years or day of marriage which should first happen, and that the rest of his said daughters should likewise receive and take their said parts and portions of his estate att their severall ages of eighteen yeares or dayes of marriage which should first happen, and in case any of his said daughters should dye before the said severall ages of eighteen yeares or daies of marriage then he willed the part and portion of his said estate of her or them so dyeing should be equally divided between the surviving daughters

Item he did appoint his said uncle George Culmer and his uncle John Jenkins overseers of this his lt will
In witness whereof we the said witnesses have hereunto sett our hands and seales this two and twentieth day of September Anno Dni 1671 and in the said three and twentieth year of the raigne of our sd soveraigne Ld. King Charles the second of England
Elnath: Hannam - the marke of the said Martha Jackson - the mark of the said Jane Savage

[probate of the will is in Latin: proved on 28 October 1671.]


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Will of John Culmer
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