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Will of William Dann

of Leeds, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury 1685 Vol.76 f.257 #188977
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson
In the name of God Amen the tenth day of Aprill in the yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord James the second by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King defender of the Faith Anno dom 1685 I William Dann of the parish of Leeds in the County of Kent yeoman being sicke and weake in body but of sound and perfect minde and memory, And mindfull of the fraile and uncertaine condicon of this mortall and transitory Life doe make this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) first and principally I commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God my creator And Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer by whose mercy and the merritts of my said saviour I do beleive and assuredly to obtaine free remission of all my sinns and offences and to inheritt Eternal Life with others the Elect in the Kingdom of heaven And as touching my goods Chattells household goods plate stock Crapp And money which God of his exceeding goodness and bounty hath given and endowed me with I give and bequeath the same in manner and forme following vizt

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margarett Clench the summe of Twenty shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid her within six moneths after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Baker widdow the summe of Twenty shillings of like money to be payed her within six moneths after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Frances Benson wife of Nathaniell Benson the like summe of twenty shillings to be paid her within six moneths after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Spurke the wife of Thomas Spurke the summe of five poundes of lawfull money of England to be paid her within six moneths after my decease And in case my said daughter Anne Spurke shall happen to overlive her said husband Thomas Spurke and be a widdow then my will and mind is and I do further give and bequeath unto my said daughter Anne Spurke the summe of five poundes of lawfull money of England over and above the five poundes before mentioned to be paid to her within three monethes after her said husbands decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Thomazin Peirce the wife of John Peirce the summe of twenty and five pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid her within six moneths after my decease and one great brasse kettle

Item I give and bequeath unto my two Grandchildren Dann Clench and William Spurke the summe of ten shillings apeice to be paid unto them at the expiracon of their indentures of Apprenticeshipp

Item I give and bequeath unto my son John Dann all that messuage or tenement and Orchard with thappurtenances situate lyeing and being the said parish of Leeds in the County of Kent aforesaid now in the Tenure or occupacon of Thomas Carter or his assignes To have and to hold the said messuage or tenement and Orchard with Thappurtenances unto my sonne John Dann for and during the terme of his naturall Life and after his decease to my grandchild and his sonn William Dann and to his heirs and assignes for ever and in Case my said grandchild William Dann shall depart this life before my said sonne John Dann That then and if it shall so happen my will and mind is that the aforesaid messuage or tenement and orchard with thappurtenances shall be and come to the right heires of my said sonne John Dann for ever

The rest and residue of all and singuler my estate as well reall and personall of what nature or quality soever it be I doe hereby give and bequeath unto my said son John Dann whom I make and ordaine sole executor of this my last Will and Testament beseeching God to blesse the same unto him In witness whereof I the said William Dann to this my last will and Testament have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written William Dann sealed subscribed published and declared by the Testator William Dann as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of
Anne Wollett her marke, Henry May, Thomas Sudger

Probate 5 May 1685 to John Dann, son and executor

Inventory taken 22 April 1685


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Will of William Dann
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