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Will of Robert Denne

of Kingston, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.49 folio 59
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the two and twenty day of March in the five and twentieth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth and in the year of our Lord 1593 I Robert Denne of the Parish of Kingston in the County of Kent, yeoman being sick in body but in perfect remembrance (God be praised for the same) do make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First I will and bequeath my Soul to Almighty God my Creator and Redeemer by whose passion and bloodshedding my only hope is to be saved my body to the Earth from whence it came. And my mind is that my body shall be buried in Kingston church beneath the way into the church at the discretion of my wife for the which I give to the ? of the said church the sum of 10s to be paid presently(?) after my death.
Item I give to the poor of Kingston the sum of 20s to be distributed amongst them at the time of my burial at the discretion of my wife.
Item I bequeath to the poor of the Parish of Barham the sum of ? of lawful money of England to be paid within one month after my death and to be distributed amongst them at the discretion of my wife.
Item I bequeath to the poor of the Parish of Womenswold the sum of ? of like lawful money of England to be distributed amongst them within one month after my decease at the discretion of my wife.

Item I bequeath to Mary Goldsmith(?) one ewe and one lamb to be delivered presently(?) after my decease.
Item I bequeath to Silvester my eldest daughter the sum of one hundred marks of lawful money of England to be paid to her at her age of twenty years.
Item I bequeath to Mary my daughter the sum of one hundred marks of like lawful money of England to be paid to her at her age of twenty years.
And if any of my said daughters fortune to die before her said age of twenty years then I will the one of them to be have to the other so deceasing.
And if they both die before they shall accomplish their said ages then I will their said portions shall remain to my wife.

Item I will that if my wife fortune to be with child at the time of my death be it a manchild or a manchild(?) I will to the said child the sum of one hundred marks to be paid by my wife at his or her age of twenty years.
Item I will to Thomasine my wife all my household stuff and implements of household and plate. Nevertheless after her decease I will all my ? glass table ? stools bed steddles(?) of my two best lodging chambers one feather bed furnished with the ? ? and ? of my house where I dwell shall ? remain to John my son ?.
And if it fortune that the said John my son die during the life of my said wife then I will that after the decease of my wife my said household stuff shall remain to Robert my son.

Item I will and bequeath to Edward my son the sum of one hundred marks to be paid unto him at his age of twenty and four years.
Item I will and bequeath to Robert my son the sum of one hundred marks of lawful money of England to be paid unto him at his age of twenty and four years.
And I will that if any of them fortune to die before their said ages then I will the one of them to be the others heir.

The residue of all my goods and chattels after my ? discharged my debts paid and my legacies performed I will and bequeath to Thomasine my wife whom I ordain and make my sole and only Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. And I ordain and make my cousin Thomas Denn of Adisham my overseer of this my testament and last will to ? for his pains in that behalf I give the sum of 10.

This is the last will of me the said Robert Denn made and declared the day and year aforesaid concerning the disposition of all my lands tenements and hereditaments.
Item I will to John Denn my third son to him and to his heirs forever my capital messuage wherein I inhabit with all the housing lands tenements wood and hereditaments to the same belonging or in any wise appertaining situate lying and being in the Parish of Kingston, Barham and Womenswold in the County of Kent together with all such lands hereditaments as I recently bought of Robert Walker Thomas and John ?. Nevertheless my mind is that my said wife shall take the rent and profits of all the said housing land tenement wood and hereditaments with their appertuances until such time as the said John shall accomplish his age of twenty and four years towards the performance of my last Will and Testament.

Item I will and bequeath to Vincent my son to him and to his heirs forever my messuage called ? with all the lands tenement woodland and hereditament now in the tenure or occupation of William Allen my farmer or of his assigns situate lying and being in the several Parishes of St John the Baptist and St Nicholas at Wood or elsewhere in the Isle of Thanet. Nevertheless my mind is that my said wife shall take the rents and profits of my said messuage called ? land tenement wood and hereditaments now in the tenure or occupation of the said William Allen or of his assigns until such time as the said Vincent my son shall accomplish his age of twenty and four years towards the performance of my last Will and Testament and the bringing up of my children wherewith my wife shall be charged.

Item I bequeath to Thomas my son to him and to his heirs forever all such lands tenements and hereditaments with their appertuances as I purchased to me and to my friend of Henry Blomfield(?) now being in the tenure or occupation of Robert ? or of his assigns except such lands and tenements before willed to Vincent my son. Nevertheless my mind is that my said wife shall take the rents and profits of all my said land and tenements with their appertuances until the time that the said Thomas shall accomplish his age of twenty and four years to the performance of my last Will and Testament and the bringing up of my children wherewith my wife shall be charged.
Provided always that if it fortune that the said John my son do die without heirs of his body lawfully begotten before his said age of twenty and four years then I will my said messuage wherein I inhabit with all the lands tenements and hereditaments before willed to John my son and to his heirs shall remain to Robert my son to him and to his heirs forever.
Nevertheless my mind is that if it so come to pass that from my said wife shall take the rents and profits of all my said lands and tenements with the appertuances until such time as the said Robert my son shall accomplish his age of twenty and four years towards the performance of my last Will and Testament and the bringing up of my children wherewith my wife shall be charged.

Item I will to Edward my son to him and to his heirs forever one messuage one barn and one garden situate lying and being in the said Parish of St John the Baptist purchased of one John Humphreys now in the tenure or occupation of one John Gamon(?) or of his assigns. And also one other my messuage or tenement garden loft and one acre and a half one acre of pasture land be there more or less lying in the said Parish of Womenswold by me purchased of one William Knoller. Nevertheless my will is that my said wife shall take the rents and profits of the said two messuages barn gardens loft and one acre and a half one acre of pasture land be there more or less until such time as the said Edward my son shall accomplish his age of twenty and four years towards the performance of my last Will and Testament and the bringing up of my children wherewith my wife shall be charged.
Provided always that if it fortune that the said Vincent my son do die without issue of his body lawfully begotten before his said age of twenty and four years.
Item I will my land messuage called ? with all the lands tenements and hereditaments I before willed to Vincent my son and to his heirs shall legally remain to Edward and Robert my sons to them and to their heirs equally between them to be divided. Nevertheless my will is that then my said wife shall take the rents and profits thereof until the time that the said Edward and Robert shall accomplish their several ages of twenty and four years towards the performance of my last Will and Testament and the bringing up of my children wherewith my wife shall be charged.

And where I stand ? together with Thomasine my wife of a certain tenement and land called ? in the Isle of Thanet to ? and to the heirs male of our two bodies lawfully begotten. And where(?) also my said wife stands ? to her and to her heirs of the manor called Westgate Court in the said Isle of Thanet my mind is that the said tenement and land called ? and the said manor of Westgate Court after the decease of my said wife shall defend by coarse of law to Thomas my son and to his heirs and that the said Thomas shall enjoy all such land in the Isle of Thanet except the land my ? and garden bought of the said John Humphreys whereof I and my wife have ? our time with proclamation(?) to him and to his ? according to an indenture leading the case(?) of the said son Robert Denn ? ?
Thomas Denne the writer hereof John Nethersole, Vincent Nethersole.

A codicil annexed unto the last Will and Testament of me the said Robert Denn the ? of March in the year first above said. Memorand that where in my former will I have given full power and authority unto Thomasine my wife to take the rents and profits of all and singular my lands and tenements until such time as my sons to whom I have devised the same shall accomplish their several ages of twenty and four years my mind meaning and understanding is that she shall not fell or cause to be felled any timber or timber like growing near or about my foresaid house at Denehill in Kingston aforesaid. Robert Denne. Witness hereunto.
John Nethersole and Vincent Nethersole.

Probatum 1594


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