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Will of Thomas A'Den

of Barham, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.28 folio 25
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the 3rd day of May in the year of our Lord God one thousand five hundred and fifty three and in the sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Edward the Sixth by the grace of God King of England France and Ireland Defender of the Faith and of the Church of England and also of Ireland in earth the supreme head I Thomas A’Den the elder of the Parish of Barham being whole of mind and in good remembrance thanked be God make and ordain this my present testament and last will in manner and form following that is to say. First I bequeath my Soul to Almighty God and my body to be buried in the church yard of the parish aforesaid.

Item I will to the poor mens box of the said parish 6s 8d.
Item I will to 40 poor households within the hundred of Kinghamford 40s to be paid within one year after my death.

Item I will to Margaret my wife all those parcels that the said Margaret brought to me at the day of our marriage which parcels be written in the inventory of William Naishe except and ? ? of the said parcels ? ? Chappell thereunto belonging the podware(?) and the price thereof all the barley and malt 3 calves 3 ? 2 working bullocks William Naishe’s apparel and his purse and money.
Item I will to my said wife 40 parts of barley and malt and 2 quarters of wheat ? measure.
Item I will unto her all my crop on the ground within Barham and two acres of wheat at Elding(?) in the piece next to Petwoods(?) to take it at whether end she will north and south and 2 acres of oats growing on the Newlands.
tem I will to my said wife a grey mare called Mouse I will also that Margaret my wife shall have the ten acres and my yards of arable land which I late bought ? her occupying for the space of 2 years next after my decease paying no ? to my Executors for the said lands but the lords rent.
Item I give to my said wife one ? 3 lyeware(?) and other 3 young lyeware(?) 4 fifths of ? and all my poultry.

Item I will that my Executors shall deliver all the bequeaths and legacies that Richard Naishe John Naishe and the two children of Margaret Wraith had to them bequeathed by the last will of William Naishe and not as yet paid or delivered to Margaret my wife or to her assigns within one year after my death.

Item I will all give to Edith Austen one ewe and two lambs.
Item I will to every of the residue of the children of Richard Austen 2 ewe lambs to be delivered at weaning time next after my death if any of them ? the one to be the others heirs.

Item I will to either of the children of Christopher A’Den my son that then shall be alive one ewe and a lamb to be delivered at weaning time next after my death.
Item I give to Michael A’Den my son one acre of wheat one acre of barley and one acre of tares(?) at Elding.
Item I give to David my son all my crop growing at Elding except before given.
Item I will to the said David my son my weane(?) the ox cart and two of the best oxen with their apparel and a horse cote with 4 of the best horses and 4 kine of mine own mark six score wethers 40 cows and 40 lambs to be delivered immediately after my death.
Item I will to Michael my son my cart and 2 mares with their apparel and 2 working bullocks fifty wethers and 80 ewes to be delivered immediately after my death.
Item I will to Christopher A’Den my son fifty wethers and fifty ewes upon condition that the said Christopher shall first discharge my Executors of all such debts as I have promised to pay to the said Christopher.

And as touching my lands first I give and grant to Margaret my wife 2 acres of ? lying at a ? place called ? in fee simple which I lately purchased upon a condition following that is to say that the said Margaret her heirs executors or assigns shall yearly for ever pay to the Lord ? 2 eggs half a bushel of barley out of the said land.

Item I give and grant to David my son all my lands and tenements lying and being in Barham in fee simple.
Item I give and grant to Michael my son in fee simple all my lands and tenements lying and being in the Parishes of Lyminge and Elmsted with all the moveables in and upon the same except two trees that lies in the field which trees David shall have.
Item I will to my son Michael 3 platters, 3 pewter dishes and two candlesticks a little kettle and the ? of my feather beds one blanket one pair of sheets and two silver spoons.

The residue of my household not given I will and give to David my son.
The residue of all my goods not bequeathed I give to Michael and David my sons my debts and legacies fully contented and paid whom I make and ordain my Executors of this my present testament and last will and I make my overseers of this my will and testament Richard Austen and John Derant(?) and they to have for their pains either of them 20s.

Item I will that if any of my said sons be not content with this my will and testament that the same shall be void of the bequests benefits of the same will and his legacies to be divided to the other or if any variance shall chance among my sons for any thing in this my will and testament he or they that will not abide the order of my overseers shall have no part of the thing that they ? for Witnesses hereof.
Richard Austen, Henry ?, John Austen and John Bland, Parson of Adisham.

Probatum 1552

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