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Will of Thomas Denne

of Hackington, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.56 f.257
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen I Thomas Denne of the Parish of Hackington also St Stephens near Canterbury in the County of Kent, yeoman being of perfect mind and memory I heartily thank the Lord for it though weak of body do here this present 18th day of August in the year of our Lord Christ 1609 and in the seventh year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord James by the grace of God of England France and Ireland, King Defender of the faith etc and of Scotland the three and fortieth make my last Will and Testament and declare and set down my mind and appointment how I would such worldly goods as my Lord God has bestowed upon me and lent me should be disposed and first knowing that whatsoever is committed unto God cannot perish I do with my whole heart commit my Soul into his hands trusting assuredly in his mercy through the merits and blood shedding of Jesus Christ to be cleansed and pardoned of all my sins and to have peace and conciliation with him and my body I bequeath to the Earth from whence it came trusting to receive the same again at the great day of the coming of Christ through his merits in far better estate then now it is or ever was.
Item for my worldly estate such as it is for which I heartily thank the Lord both goods debts and chattels whatsoever and wheresoever

I give and bequeath one hundred pounds in money thereof to my son Michael Denn to be paid him at his full age of one and twenty years
and also I give and bequeath one hundred marks thereof in money to my son William(?) Denne to be paid him at his full age of one and twenty years and to have such reasonable allowance from my Executor for their maintenance in the meantime as shall be met

and all the rest I solely and wholly give and bequeath to my loving wife Margaret Denne whom I do make my full and only Executor of this my last Will and Testament and yet with and under this condition that she do put in good security within one month next after my decease to my well beloved and good brother John Denne of Ickham in the said County of Kent, yeoman by sufficient bond in the sum of four hundred pounds for the true and ? payment of my said legacies to my said two sons in manner and form as is aforesaid.
Otherwise I wholly discharge her of having any doing or intermedling with this my will and Executorship of the same and then I constitute and ordain my said brother John Denne my whole and only Executor of this my last Will and Testament and for such meddling as my said wife shall make in the meantime I will she shall be accountable of to my said brother and then upon her failing of putting in such security as is aforesaid I only will and bequeath unto her the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid her by my said brother being then my Executor within one quarter of a year next after my decease
and if my said wife do perform the condition aforesaid then yet I make my said brother John Denne the overseer of this my last Will and Testament and do not doubt of my ? true and faithful performance of the trust I do leave her in touching my said two sons and hers and if she does not perform the said condition then my ? is without all doubt that my said brother will do it most faithful and in the good opinion that I have in either of them I am in good peace I thank the Lord and in witness that this is my last Will and Testament I have set my sign and seal unto the same containing two sheets of paper and unto either sheet the day and year first above written. Thomas Denne. Read declared and signed and sealed in the presence of me Mr ? Sylkworth(?)

Probatum 1609

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