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Will of Joseph Culmer

of St Peter's Thanet, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC 17, vol. 79, folio 475 [CKS]
Transcribed by NoŽl Siver
In the name of God Amen I Joseph Culmer of the parish of St. Peter the Apostle in the Isle of Thannett and County of Kent Fisherman being of sound and perfect mind and memory (God be praised) doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following[.] Impris I commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God my heavenly father trusting to obtaine eternall life by the alone merritte and mediacon of my lord and Saviour Jesus Christ[.] And my body I comitt to the earth to be decently buried att the discrecon of my Executors hereafter named[.]

Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild Mary Culmer daughter of my late sonn Stephen Culmer one old chest and one other chest with five pair of sheets[,] three pillowcoates[,] six tablecloathes[,] eight napkins[,] my furnace and copper as it stands[,] two iron potts[,] one little table[,] one ioyned stoole[,] the bedsted and bedding and all furniture as it now stands in the loft[,] the warmeing pann[,] one bed pann[.]

Item I give and devise to my said Grandchild Mary Culmer her heires and assignes for ever all that Messuage or Tenement wherein I now dwell with the appurtenances and one halfe part of the orchard thereunto belonging and also one halfe part of a straw house there nigh being scituate and being at Reading Streete in the parish of St. Peter aforesaid[.]
Item I give and devise to my said Grandchild her heires and assignes for ever the garden spott and one acre of land lying att Stone I bought of the Cooklings to be laid to my dwelling house and to fall in possession and come to her at her age of sixteene yeares[.]

Also I give and bequeath to my Grandaughters Kesiah and Sarah daughters of my sonn Jonathan Culmer my brass mortar and pestle[,] a large brass kettle[,] two pair of hempen sheetes[,] two napkins equally to be devided betwixt them[.]
Item I give and devise to my two Grand-daughters Sarah and Kesiah Culmer daughters of my late sonn Jonathan their heires and assignes for ever equally to be devided betwixt them all that my Messuage or Tenement and appurtenances wherein Thomas Norton lately dwelt with the other halfe part of the Orchard aforesaid the Orchard to be devided betwixt my Grandchildren East and West and the other halfe part of the straw house and the free use of the water well there nigh being and all other priviledges and conveniences to the said Messuage or Tenement belonging or appertaineing scituate also and being att Reading Streete aforesaid[.]

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter[-in-law?] Sarah Culmer one table chaire
and further my will and meaneing is And I doe hereby direct that if my Grandaughter Mary Culmer shall happen to dye or depart this life before she attaine the age of sixteene yeares that then and in such case I give and devise to my nephew Joseph Culmer of Broadstairs and his heires for ever all such Messuages lands and premisses with their and every of their appurtenances as I had given unto my Grandaughter Mary Culmer[.]

Also I give and bequeath to my loving freind John Shenk[?] and William Grant twenty shillings a peice and I doe hereby make constitute and appoint them Executors of this my last will and testament likewise all the residue of my goods and Chattells whatsoever not herein otherwise bequeathed I give and bequeath to my said Grandchild Mary Culmer[.]

Also I will and appoint that my said Executors shall and may have power and authority to sell and dispose of my sea venter or part or share of boat vessell or vessells with their furniture and apparell or any other my goods or Chattells for the educacon or bringing up my said Grandchildren or such of them to whome the same is given to also my will and mind is that my said Executors shall and may lett and sett all my said Messuages and land aforesaid and receive the rents and profitts thereof for the repairing the same and for the better education of my said grandchildren and that according as the same are before given and devised also I will that all my debts funerall expences and these my legacies aforesaid and probate of my will shall first be paid and satisfied out of my personall estate before any division shall be made thereof[.]

Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Biddenden the little house she now dwells in dureing the terme of her naturall life with the free use and liberty of the water well and oven belonging to any of my houses[.]

Item I devise and request my Executors to take care of my grandchild Mary Culmer till she comes to her age of sixteene yeares and to give and allow her yearly and every yeare the sume of twenty shillings to buy cloathes out of the rent and profitts of her estate[.]

Item I give and bequeath to my [former] daughter[in-law?] Mary the wife of Isaac ???dith the sume of twenty shillings to be paid her within three monthes next after my decease and I hereby revoake and make void all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto putt my hand and seale this eighteenth day of December in the twelfth yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord William the Third by the Grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the faith & Annoq Dni One Thousand Seaven Hundred Joseph Culmer signed sealed published and declared by the said Joseph Culmer to be his last will and Testament in the presence of
Paul Grant[,] Michael Grant[,] Silas Johnson

Probatum [Will proved on 28 June 1701]

Fisherman Joseph CULMER was probably the son of fisherman Valentine CULMER and Margaret NETHERSOLE who was baptised at St Peters Thanet on 13 April 1623. However he may have been the son of yeoman John CULMER and Margaret SAMSON, baptised at St Peters Thanet on 26 Dec 1623.
Testator Joseph CULMER married twice and outlived both his wives and all of his children. He married first Dennis PAULEN on 8 Dec 1648 at St Peters Thanet. Their son Jonathan was baptised at St Peters Thanet on 23 Sept 1649. Jonathan married Sarah COCKLYN on 1 Dec 1678. Their daughters Sarah and Kesiah are beneficiaries of this will. Jonathan CULMER predeceased his father and was buried at St Peters Thanet on 22 Dec 1692.
Dennis PAULEN CULMER was buried at St Peters Thanet on 12 April 1666. Joseph Culmerís second wife was Mary MOCKNES who he married at St Peters Thanet on 29 Dec 1667. Their first- born child was Stephen CULMER who was baptised at St Peters Thanet on 12 Sept 1669. Their second child was Joseph CULMER, baptised on 13 April 1673 and buried on 21 July 1673. Stephen married Mary WILD at St Peters Thanet on 14 July 1691. Their daughter Mary, who is a benefiary of ths will, was baptised on 24 Sept 1692. Stephen CULMER predeceased his father and was buried at St Peters Thanet on 18 July 1693. His widow remarried.
Mary MOCKNES CULMER was buried at St Peters Thanet on 25 Feb 1690/91.
Joseph CULMER was buried there on 24 June 1701.


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