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Will of Margaret Denn

of Wingham, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.44 folio 325a
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the fifteenth day of July 1617 I Margaret Denn of Wingham in the County of Kent widow being in good health and of perfect remembrance thanks be given to Almighty God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First I will my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker praying by the death and merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer to receive life eternal and my body to be buried in the churchyard of the Parish of Ickham.

Item I give unto Mary West wife of Robert West my kinswoman the sum of twenty pounds presently after my decease. But my will is that the said twenty pounds shall remain in the hands of the Mayor of the City of Canterbury for the time being and the ? thereto by them to be put out to the most and best advantage and the profit thereof coming to be paid to the said Robert West and Mary his wife during the life of the said Robert and after his decease then I will the said twenty pounds to be delivered by the said Mayor and comminantly to the said Mary her own proper use and behalf

now I will unto Robert West and John West sons of the said Mary twenty pounds equally to be divided between them but my will also is that the said twenty pounds shall remain in the hands of the Mayor of Canterbury and cominalty of the City of Canterbury aforesaid for the time being and by them to be put out to the best advantage and the profit thereof coming to be paid to the said Mary towards their bringing up and when they come to years of discretion to be put out to be apprentices and to give their several portions before bequeathed unto them as they shall attain to their several ages of one and twenty years.

Item now I give unto the said Mary my best flock bed one bolster two pillows one pair of blankets my coverlet red and green three pairs of sheets on pair of pillow beeres(?) one of my best tablecloths half a dozen of napkins one of my best towels my brass pot two posnetts my biggest and my best my biggest kettle one trunk my little table two wine ? my biggest chair two platters two small pewter dishes and one pewter candlestick.

Item I give unto Mary Davies my sister thirty pounds be paid unto her within one month next after my decease.
Item I give to Robert ? my godson son of my said sister Mary forty pounds to be paid unto him six weeks next after my decease.
Item I give unto Elizabeth Rice(?) my goddaughter forty shillings to be paid unto her presently after my decease.

All the residue of my goods unbequeathed I will and bequeath unto Margaret Turley(?) my kinswoman whom I make sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. The mark of the said ? read declared and published to be the last Will and Testament of the said Margaret Denn in the presence of .
Item I give unto the poor people of Ickham twenty shillings.
Item I give unto the poor of Wingham twenty shillings to be paid to each parish within six days after my death.
The mark of Margaret Denn ? witness unto this will on the fifteenth day of January 1618
the mark of Richard ? the mark of ? Stevens, William Forstall.

A codicil nuncumpative to be annexed to the last Will and Testament of Margaret Denn widow late of the Parish of Wingham deceased by her witnessed and declared with an intent and purpose that it should stand for a part of her last Will and Testament before by her made in writing the night before her death she being then of perfect and good memory in these words following or the like in effect viz.
She the said Margaret Denn being requested to bestow something on Alice Pattison her maid servant said that she did give her her best hat her best gown two ? woolsey aprons and two pieces of new cloth for the ? of Affra Stephens and Rose Summers.
The mark of Affra Stephens, the mark of Rose Summers.

Probatum in Latin February 1618


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