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Will of John Den

of Bridge, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.44 f.172
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the 26th day of February in the five and twentieth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth and in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred four score and two, I John Den of the Parish of Bridge in the County of Kent, yeoman being sick of body but of good and perfect memory and remembrance God be thanked therefore do ordain and make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First I commend my Soul to Almighty God my Creator and Redeemer by whose passion and blood shedding I my only hope is to be saved my body to be buried with a Christian burial at the discretion of my Executor.

Item I give towards the ? of Bridge Church ten shillings.
Item I will unto the poor people of the Parish of Tilmanstone ten shillings whereof my mind is that Mother Buffam there being a poor blind woman shall have three shillings and 4d.
Item I will to the poor people of the Parish of Eastry ten shillings.
Item I will to the poor people of the said Parish of Bridge ten shillings.
Item I will unto every godchild of mine 6d that shall come to mine Executors within the space of one year next after my decease and demand the same.

Item I bequeath unto Alice Den my wife three score pounds of lawful money of England in full recompence discharge and satisfaction of one bond or obligation or other writings by me made to Thomas Austen or to any others to her use and in full recompence of all her dowry and reasonable parts as well of my lands and goods the same three score pounds to be paid unto her at the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord commonly called Christmas Day next coming after my decease.

Item I bequeath unto Christian Wallop of Hythe widow my sister fifty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto her within two years next after my decease.
Item I bequeath to Jane my daughter the wife of William Travell ten pounds of like money of England to be paid within one year next after my decease.
Item I will unto George Austen my wife’s son the sum of forty shillings to be paid unto him within one year next after my decease.
Item I bequeath unto Valentine Austen my wife’s son the sum of 20s to be paid unto him within one year next after my decease.

Item I will and bequeath unto the said Jane my daughter two kine, eight tagges some wether tagges and some ewe tagges and the fourth part of my household stuff to be delivered to her within six months next after my decease.
Item I bequeath unto William Den my son five ewes and their lambs if they have any being at Kingston with Robert Bugley(?) and six wethers ? being with the said Robert Bugley at Kingston to be delivered to him at Llamas next.
Item I will unto the said Alice my wife eleven ewes which I have going with John Swinford at Wickham to be delivered to her at St George next with half their lambs and half their wool.
Item I will unto the said Alice my wife the three parts residue of all my household to be delivered to her within six months next after my decease.

The residue of all my goods and chattels my debts legacies and funeral discharged I give to William my son to be paid unto him within five years next after my decease in the mean time my will is that my Executor shall have the keeping of the same towards the performance of this my last Will and Testament.
Item I ordain and make Thomas Denne of Adisham my cousin my sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament to whom for his pains in that behalf I will and bequeath the sum of forty shillings.
And I make Vincent Den of Kingston my cousin my overseer of this my last Will and Testament to whom for his pains I give the sum of 40s
the ? of my lease land which I have of Mr Edward ? I will half thereof unto William Den my son and the other half thereof unto William Den my cousin and Richard Harvey of Northbourne equally to be divided. The mark of John Den Witnesses hereof
Thomas Den the writer hereof Robert Barger, Valentine Austen, George Austen, John Hallam.

This is the last will of me the said John Den made the day and year above said touching the disposition of my lands tenements annuities and rent charges.
Item I will and bequeath unto Alice my wife my orchard and my meadow spot(?) in Bridge during her life after her decease I will the same shall remain unto William my son and to his heirs forever.
Item I will that my said Executor shall take the profit of all the residue of all my lands tenements annuities and rent charges for the term of five years next after my decease towards the performance of my last Will and Testament and after the five years ended I will that all my lands tenements and hereditaments shall remain unto the said William Den my son and to his heirs.
Nevertheless my full mind is that my said Executor shall have the ordering of and all the dealing with my annuities and rent charges in releasing discharging bargaining and selling of the same and in having and in receiving of such sums of money as the said annuities or rent charges are to me granted and assigned for towards the performance of my last Will and Testament.
And after the said five years ended I will that my said Executor shall make an account(?) and the overplus in his hands remaining over and above all debts legacies and funerals for me paid and discharged and over and above forty shillings yearly to be retained in the hands of the said Thomas Den during the said five years. I will that the said Thomas Den my Executor shall pay unto the said William Den my son his executors or assigns and during the said five years I will that the said William Den my son shall have yearly such portions paid unto him by the said Thomas Den towards his maintenance as the said Vincent Den, Thomas Den my cousins and my friend Robert Bugley(?) of Bridge shall by their discretion’s think ? and expedient. Witness hereof
Thomas Den the writer hereof Robert Bargar, Valentine Den, George Austen, John Hallam and others.
The mark of John Den.

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