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Will of David Denne

of Littlebourne, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.46 f.82
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the 22nd day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred eighty five and in the 28th year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth by the grace of God Queen of England France and Ireland Defender of the faith etc I David Denne of the Parish of Littlebourne in the County of Kent, yeoman being sick in body but of good and perfect remembrance (praise be to Almighty God) do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following revoking all former wills heretofore by me made. First I bequeath my Soul unto Almighty God hoping through the merits and precious death of his only son Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour to obtain full remission of all my sins and to be made partaker of his eternal kingdom and my body I will to be buried in the church or churchyard of Littlebourne at the discretion of my Executors.

Item I give to the poor mens box of the Parish of Littlebourne six shillings 8d.
Item I will and bequeath unto Thomas Denne my son fourscore pounds of lawful money of England to be paid him by 20 a year as if need require by five pounds quarterly within four years next after my decease.
Item I give unto Christopher Denne my son three score pounds to be paid him at his age of 21 years if he so long live otherwise I will the said 60 unto Margery my wife.
Item I will and bequeath unto Elizabeth Denne my daughter twenty pounds at the day of her marriage or at her age of 22 years which shall first happen.
Item I will unto my daughter Anne Denne 20 at the day of her marriage or at her age of 18 years which shall first happen.
Item I give to each of my daughters Mary Denne and Margery Denne twenty pounds apiece at their several ages of 18 years or at the several days of their marriages which shall first happen.

And if it happen any of my foresaid daughters do die before their several marriages or before they severally shall accomplish their several ages beforesaid then I will that her or their part so deceased shall remain unto such of those my said daughters as shall survive.
Item I will unto Alice Parker my daughter six pounds thirteen shillings four pence over and above the marks which her father Paul Parker did bequeath her at the day of her marriage or else at her age of twenty years.
Item I will unto David Denne and John Denne my sons all my brewing vessels and three beds for servants with their furniture in the loft behind the back door and all my racks and mangers and two ploughs two courtes(?) and my malt mill.

Item my will is that David Denne my son shall not enter upon the farm of my manor of Littlebourne until the Feast of Saint Michael next after my death nor meddle with any profits thereof save from the said Feast but shall quietly suffer Margery my wife to have and enjoy the same wholly during the said time and thenceforth to have the moiety thereof until my son John shall accomplish the age of 21 years if she so long do live.
Item my will is that John Denne my son shall not enter upon the said farm until he come to the age of 21 years nor shall meddle with any profits thereof save from the said time if his mother shall so long live but shall quietly permit her to enjoy the same during the said time.

Item I give to Alice Rigden my daughter five pounds to be paid to her within one year after my death.
Item I give to William Parker my wifes son my sorrel nag that is gelded.
Item I will to every of the many servants that I shall have in covenants at the time of my death three bushels of barley and to every of my boys that shall be in covenant at the time of my death two bushels of barley and to each of my maid servants as shall be at the time(?) end(?) of their several covenants if they behave themselves dutifully and do my wife faithful service.

The residue of all my goods moveable and chattels unbequeathed my debts being paid and my legacies being performed I give unto Margery my wife whom I make my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. Provided always and my will is that if my said wife do marry again then before her said marriage she shall put in sufficient bond unto my overseers of this my testament or to the survivor of them to pay my legacies and to find my children meat drink and apparel until they shall accomplish the age of fourteen years and if any of my children be not content to perform this my last Will and Testament then my will is that he or they shall receive no legacy nor reap any benefit by this my testament anything before mentioned to the contrary notwithstanding.

And I make my brother Michael Denne and Valentine Austen of Adisham my overseers of this my testament and I do give to either of them for their pains 10s apiece.
Also I give unto Margery Denne my wife my tenement with the lands thereto belonging (which I late purchased of Mr Selby) during her natural life she paying the lords rent and keeping reparations watertight and wind tight and after her decease I give the said tenement and lands unto Christopher Denne my son and to the issue of his body lawfully begotten for ever and for want of such issue to Thomas Denne my son and his heirs forever. Witness whereof I have set my hand to these present by me David Denne. Witnesses thereof
Henry Rigden, William Parker, Nicholas Stacy, Thomas Skipworth.

Probatum 1586


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