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Will of John Den

of Tilmanstone, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.32 folio 198, 1557
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name Amen in the first day of February Anno Domini 1557 and in the third and fourth year of Philip and Mary I John Den of the Parish of Tilmanstone being in good and perfect remembrance thanks be to God not withstanding sick in body do make my Testament and last Will in manner and form following. First I bequeath my Soul to Almighty God to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to all the holy company of Heaven and my body to be buried in Tilmanstone churchyard.
Item I will have at my forthfare(?) trentall(?) of masses with drudge at my months mind as many with drudge and at my twelve months mind likewise a trentall(?) with drudge after the most solemn fashion used in the church.
Item I bequeath to the poor people at my forthfare months mind and twelve months mind at every time 20s and as for meat and drink for the people I put it to the discretion of my Executors as they may be honestly refreshed.
Item I bequeath to every one of my godchildren one ewe to be delivered by Michlemas next after my decease.

Item I bequeath to my sister Awdlest(?) 10s
and to my sister Christyns(?) 10s
and to William Den the son of James Den late deceased 10s
and to Thomas Den his brother 10s
and to Peter Den their brother 10s
and to John Den their brother 10s
and to Gelayne and Cysely Den their sisters to either of them 10s
and to Lawrence Awdlest 10s
and to Thomas Awdlest 10s
and to John Pamores(?) wife 10s
and to Vincent Awdlests youngest daughter 10s
and to my brother John Den’s daughter Johane 10s
and to Marge Godfrey(?) my sisters daughter 10s
and to James Godfrey 10s.

Item I bequeath to Agnes my wife my annuity in the range term of her natural life which is yearly 20s 20d and after to remain to Richard Ower(?) and also 32 acres of leasehold(?) land taken off Richard Ower to Agnes my wife till Michelmas next after my decease free for I have paid for it for 9 years to come and afterward the profette(?) of the said lost for the said term to remain to John Church and to Thomas Ower and if either of them do die before the year be expired that then his part to remain to the other living I will that my executors shall have ? hereof till they come to 20 years of age.

Item I bequeath to John Church 45 wethers and 45 ewes and to Thomas Ower 45 wethers and 45 ewes to be delivered at 20 years of age and if either of them die before the come to the age aforesaid then his part to remain to the longer liver.
Item I bequeath 40 ewes to the poor people of this Parish of Tilmanstone after this sort that the most honest men of substance shall put them out to farm for the most vantage for the poor with the advisement of the vicar for the time being for ever and the money thereof ? to be delivered to the poor people at two times in the year that is to say on St Thomas ? day before Christmas and on Good Friday by even portions these to be delivered at Michelmas next after my decease.

Item I bequeath to Richard Ower £40 upon ? ? that he be a good husband and Christyns(?) that honest men will testify for him to be my Executors that then they shall deliver him at Candlemas come the twelve months £20 and at Candlemas next after £20 if no honest man will witness so for him that then I will my Executors shall pay this £40 of his debts where they so most need and necessary.

Item I bequeath to John Church and to Thomas Ower to either of them £10 to be delivered as before at the age of 20 years and if either of them die before the time appointed his part to remain to the longer liver.
Item I bequeath to Matthew Wolfe a seame of wheat and a seame of barley to be delivered at Michelmas next after my decease.
Item I bequeath to John Hayward a seame of barley to be delivered at Michelmas next after my decease.
Item I bequeath to John Wolfe a seame of barley likewise to be delivered at Michelmas.
Item I will that all my bequeaths bequeathed to John Church and to Thomas Ower if they both die before they come to the years appointed Agnes my wife then alive(?) that then she to have the disposing of it and if she die before and they two die after before the time appointed that then it shall remain to the next heir
Item I bequeath to Eden Harrison 40s.
Item I bequeath to Christian Colverhouse 10s.

The residue of all my moveable goods my debts and bequeaths fully contented and paid I give to Agnes my wife the which Agnes and John Den my brother I make Executors and I give to my brother John Den for his labour £4

the said John Den being in perfect rememberence but sick in body and seeing his wife sick also on the 24th day of October called for his will to hear it read ? his brother James Den to be put out and Alice Owers by cause they were dead and said if my wife die of this disease that then I give the residue of all my moveable goods my debts and bequeaths paid I give to John Den my brother the which John Den my brother I make sole Executor to dispose for my Soul and all Christian Souls as he thinks best. Witness
Thomas Lylford(?) vicar Matthew Wolfe and John Wolfe with other…

Probatum in Latin


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