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Will of Luce Denne

of Hackington, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.55 f.4
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen I Luce Denn of the Parish of Hackington otherwise St Stephens near the City of Canterbury in the County of Kent widow being of good and perfect mind and memory I thank my God for it do here at this second day of March Ano Domini 1611 and in the ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King James make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following and set my ? mind how I would ? such worldly estate as God of his great goodness hath lent me shall be disposed and first of all will knowing that whatsoever is committed to God cannot perish I do all heartily commit my Soul unto his merciful hands in whom my love is above all lying and only lodged who never repelleth or sorrow beaten Sinner nor forsaketh any that trust in him into his hands I commend my poor Soul which although it be miserable and abominable by reason of sin yet his blessed son Jesus Christ by his sufferings hath freed me of this misery and abomination and has taken the ? of my sinful debt upon him and undertaken sure payment of it for me in whom I have laid up my hope and repenting me of my sins even ? and or coming out of my sinful self into the arms of his exceeding mercy I do assuredly ? to have my eternal salvation by him. My body I bequeath to the Earth from whence it came and for the corruption it is now ? which I hope in my Saviour that by his merits and precious blood shedding only it shall be ? ? ? ? the white garment of ? ? ? in the good time of his holy will.

Item I give to my daughter Joane Denne one hundred pounds to be paid her at her age of one and twenty years or the day of her marriage which shall first happen.
Item I give to my daughter Luce Denn fifty pounds to be paid her at her like age or day of her marriage which shall first happen.
Item I give to my two daughters Ann Denn and Elizabeth Denn one hundred and fifty pounds apiece to be paid them at their several ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage which shall first happen.

And if my said daughters Joane and Luce Denn or any of them do happen to die before their ? of my said gifts unto them then I will the portion of her so dying and of both of them if they both die to be equally divided part and part like to and between my son Vincent Denn and my daughter Ann Denne and my daughter Elizabeth Denn or to and between such of them as shall be then living to be paid them at their ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage which shall first happen.

And if any of my said daughters Anne Denn and Elizabeth Denn or both of them do happen to die before their ? of my said gifts of one hundred and fifty pounds apiece unto them then I will the portion of her so dying and of both of them if they both die to go and be part and part like to and among my other daughters then living and if none shall be living then to my two sons Vincent Denn and Walter Denn to be paid them and any of them at time and in manner as is aforesaid

and whereas my loving and kind uncle Mr John Stockett deceased by his last will and testament did give unto me his lease of the parsonage of River in the County of Kent and also his lease of Wickland in the County of Essex to be to me my executors and assigns if his nephew Thomas Stockett should die and be unmarried before his age of one and twenty years of the benefit of this his gift to come to be unto me my Executors or administrators in enjoying or other wise disposing then I will the said lease of Wickland shall be to my son Vincent Denn and the said lease of River to my son Walter Denn they to have at their several ages of one and twenty years allowing all and every such charge as from time to time shall be for and about all and every the receivings of them and if any of them do die before his ? his gift then the lease of him so dying to be to the survivor of them at his age aforesaid allowing all charges that shall be from to ? for and about the receiving of them and every of them and if they both die then both the leases to be sold to the best value by my Executors and upon the refusal of any of them the rest shall and the survivor of them shall and the money thereof coming to be amongst my daughters then living part and part like saving that I will my daughter Joane Denn her part thereof to be a hundred pounds more than any of the rest to be paid them at their several ages of one and twenty years or day of marriage of them which shall first happen.

And I pray my Executors to be very careful in and about the timely receiving of these leases but if at the time of benefit of this gift of my said uncle’s said leases come to ? me or my Executors in ? at what time if my cousins Luce Stockett and Frances Stockett be then living that the portions of money from my said uncle hereafter spoken of to be to my said children be living ? by the discretion of the executors of my said uncle to go ? for the better supply of the decrease of portions to my said two cousins that the executors of my said uncle may then think good to make them then I do appoint that out of the yearly benefit coming upon these leases the said portions of money from my said uncle to my said children be to my said children and any of them supplied and that this supply have in every degree of being to them and any of them as is by me hereafter appointed for and to the said portions of money by my said uncle given them and hereafter next be spoken of that is to say that whereas also my said uncle by appointment to his executors (though not intoned into his written will) did give to my son Vincent Denne and to my son Walter Denn and to my daughter Joane Denne and to my daughter Luce Denne fifty pounds apiece and to my two youngest daughters Anne Denne and Elizabeth Denne a hundred pounds apiece to be paid unto my said sons for them (after his debts should be paid) and otherwise by me to be ordered at and by my discretion to their several good. These gifts of my said uncles kindness unto them and unto me in them I will to be paid them at their several ages of one and twenty years or at their several marriages which shall first happen and if any of them do die before their receiving those their said uncles gifts in manner of payment of it unto them as is before me written then I will that the part and parts of them so dying to be equally divided among and between the survivors of them to be paid to them at time and in manner as is before said.

Item I give my two silver pots one of them to my son Vincent Denn and the other to my daughter Joane Denn to be delivered them at time and manner as is aforesaid for their portions and I give to my daughter Joane Denn my gold ring with a ? diamond in it and my girdle with gold buttons and to my daughter Luce Denn I give my gold ring with knobs and the better of my small jewels and my maudlin cup of silver with the cover spoon to it. And to my daughter Anne Denne my gold ring with two small stones in it and the other of my small jewels. And to my daughter Elizabeth Denne my other gold ring that was a ? ring.

And if my daughter Joane Denn do die then I give the ring with the diamond to my daughter Luce Denne and her silver pot to my daughter Anne Denne and the girdle with gold buttons to my daughter Elizabeth Denne.
And if both my said daughters Joane and Luce do die then I give the ring with the diamond to my eldest daughter then living and next to the other daughter then living and after them both to my son Vincent Denne and after him to my son Walter Denn.
And these my gifts unto them and any of them to be delivered them at time and in manner as is aforesaid for their other portions.
And I will that any of my said children shall upon the yearly profit of their said portions have their maintenance education and bringing up and such increase as may over and above grow and be raised thereupon to be to the bettering of their several portions.

Item I ? all and every my household stuff of what sort soever (except my linen and except also all that of my said uncles that he gave me in his will) to be sold to the best value by my Executors and upon refusal of any of them by the others and by the survivors of them and after my debts funeral expenses and other my legacies paid by the money coming thereon the remainder over and above I will shall be to my daughter Joane Denne if my Executor think it convenient to be paid her for time and manner as aforesaid or else to my two youngest daughters and my son Walter Denne part and part like to be paid them for time and manner as is aforesaid and for my linen (saving that bequeathed by my said uncle) I give and bequeath all and every of it to and among my said daughters in equal value between them and if any of them die before the time they are to receive the same then their part so dying to be to and among the survivors of them

and whereas to my charge I have procured by the Kings Grant hereof to me the wardship of my son Vincent Denne from heir male to heir male I do freely give to him his wardship at his coming to the age of one and twenty years and if he do die before I do as freely give to my son Walter Denn his wardship at his said age.

Item I do give to my dear mother Mrs Joane Aylesworth all and every the household stuff given and bequeathed to me by my said uncle in his last will and testament.
And I will and appoint all and every my apparel to be also to her and at her disposing saving that I give to my sister White my satin gown and to my sister Sara Aylesworth my riding cloak and saveguard(?).

Item I commend my poor daughters especially to the blessing of God (and then) to my said mother and my sisters their love and care for their education and bringing up upon their yearly benefit of their several portions and if all and every my children do happen to die before their several ages their said legacies or portions then I give and bequeath them all and every to my brother Peter Aylesworth if so be then living and if so be not then to my sister White my sister Sara my sister Frances and my sister Marie such of them as shall be then living and to their children in equal division

and of this my last Will and Testament I make and ordain the Executors my loving father Mr Walter Aylesworth and my said mother and my good brother in law Mr John White and my said brother Walter Aylesworth.

Item I give to my good uncle Edward Aylesworth a piece of gold of twenty shillings and to my sister Frances and my sister Marie and to my cousin Thomas Stockett and my cousin Luce Stockett and my cousin Frances Stockett I give for a remembrance to each of them a gold ring of ten shillings value and I give to my sister Sara a piece of plate of three pounds value to be given her a year after my death and such of the servants in my father’s house as take pains about me and to my own maid I leave it to my Executors to consider it.

And in witness that this is my last Will and Testament I have set my signature to every leaf thereof being three in number. Luce Denne. Acknowledged and declared in the presence of me
Stephen Colbrand, Laurence Denne.

Probatum 1612


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