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Will of John Day

of Tenterden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/78, PRC17/44/33b
Submitted by Roy Day
In the name of God, Amen, the second day of Aprill 1582 Anno xxiiijto Regine Elizabeth [in the 24th year of Queen Elizabeth].
This is the last will of me, Jhon Day, of Tenterden in the countie of Kent, Tailor, made and declared the day and yeare above wryten, touchinge and concerninge [all] my landes, ten[emen]t[es] and hereditament[es] scituate, lyinge and beinge in Rolvinden in the said countie of Kent.

First I gyve and bequeath unto Jervise Day and George Day my sonnes all tha[t] my p[ar]te or purp[ar]te, that is to say, the half p[ar]te of all and singuler the land[es], ten[emen]t[es] and hereditament[es] w[hi]ch late were George Daie late of Rolvind[en] in the countie of Kent deceased, and gyven by the last will and testament of the said George Day unto me, the said Jhon Day and Jervise Day my brother equally betwene us, nowe in the tenure and occupac[i]on of Thomas Evernden or of his assignes.

Also I gyve unto them, the said Jervise Day and George Day my sonnes, all thoes my land[es], ten[emen]t[es] and hereditament[es] s which I late bought of Will[ia]m Marden the yonger of Tenterden aforesa[id], scituate, lyinge and beinge in Rolvinden aforesaid, To be had unto them, the said Jervise Day and George Day, and to theire heires and assignes for ever, equally to be devided betwene them, then they shall co[m]me to theire sev[er]all ages of one and twenty yeares,
And yf it fortune any of them, the said Jervise or George Day my sonnes, to decease before he shall come to his age of 21 yeares, Then I will that his p[ar]te so dyinge shall remayne to the survivor of them at his age aforesaid.

Also I will that Elizabeth my wife shall receyve and have the p[ro]ffitt[es] of all my kabd[es], ten[emen]t[es] and hereditament[es] before gyven to Jervise and George my sonnes, to bringe them uppe withall, untill they shall come to theire age or ages aforesaid, kepinge the said howsinge sufficiently repaired, and payinge the lord[es] rent of the land[es], ten[emen]t[es] and hereditament[es] before given,
Provided alwaies that my said wife nor her assignes shall not fell any man[er] of wood[es] or underwood[es], timber or timber trees uppon the p[re]misses aforesaid growinge or beinge, but only for the necessary rep[ar]ac[i]ons and closures of the same p[re]misses,
Provided also, and my will is, that yf it fortune the said Elizabeth my wife to be w[i]th child and same to be a man child, Then I will that he shall have his p[ar]te or purp[ar]te, that is to say, the third p[ar]te in three p[ar]tes to be devided of all and singuler my land[es], ten[emen]t[es] and hereditament[es] before gyven to George and Jervise my sonnes, To be had unto him and his heires for ever when he shall come to his age of 21 yeares,
And that the said Elizabeth my wyfe shall bringe him uppe w[i]th the p[ro]ffitt[es] of my land[es] and ten[emen]t[es] aforesaid.

Provided alwaies that yf it be a woman child, Then I will and [geve] unto her tenne poundes, [to] be paid unto [her] at her age of eightene [yeares] out of the p[ro]fitt[es] of my l[andes] and ten[emen]t[es] aforesaid [by the s]aid [Elizabeth my] wife and she [to bringe her] uppe w[i]th the p[ro]ff[ittes of] my land[es] and t[ementen]t[es] [aforesaid].]

Also I gyve and bequeath unto Elizabeth Day my daughter tenne pound[es], to be paid unto her when she shall come to th’age of 18tene yeares out of the p[ro]fitt[es] of my land[es] and ten[emen]t[es] before given unto my sonnes by the said Elizabeth my wife, and that she bringe her uppe w[i]th the p[ro]ffitt[es] aforesaid,

And further I will that the said Elizabeth my wife shall prove this my last will.
Witnesses hereunto George Sard [?or Sare] - Richard Marden - Will[ia]m Marden scr[iptor]

Probatu[m] fuit h[uius]mo[d]i testa[men]tum secundo Julii 1582 iura[men]t[i]s testium in d[i]c[t]o test[ament]o no[m]i[n]ator[um]
Et quia testator nullu[m] no[m]i[n]avit executore[m] ideo d[omi]n[u]s off[icia]lis co[m]misit ad[ministracio]nem bonor[um] Elizabeth[e] relicte dict[i] def[unct]i iurat[e]
Reg[ist]ratur

[This will was proved on the second of July 1582 by the oaths of the witnesses named in the said will,
And because the testator named no executor, therefore the Lord Official committed administration of the goods to Elizabeth, the relict of the said deceased, she being sworn.
It is registered]


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