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Will of William Denne

of Bishopsbourne, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.60 f.409b?
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the 12th day of December in the year of our Lord Christ 1616 and in the year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord James by the grace of God King of England France and Ireland Defender of the Faith the 13th and of Scotland the Fiftieth, I William Denne of the Parish of Bishopsbourne in the County of Kent, yeoman being sick in body but of good and perfect remembrance God be praised therefore do make and ordain this my present testament and last will in manner and form following that is to say. First I bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my ? only Father ? ? ? ? ? to be saved by the merits death and passion of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and my body to be buried in the churchyard of the parish of Christ of Bishopsbourne aforesaid near unto the place where ? of my children have been formerly buried.

Item I give and bequeath unto the poor people of the Parish of Bishopsbourne aforesaid the sum of twenty shillings of lawful English money to be distributed amongst them by my Executrix hereafter named within one month next after my decease.
Item I do give and bequeath to the poor people of the Parish of Kingston in the County aforesaid the like sum of twenty shillings to be distributed likewise amongst them by my said Executrix within two months next after my decease.

Item I do will give and bequeath unto Ann Denne my eldest daughter the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of England to be paid her by my Executrix at her age of twenty years or day of marriage which of them shall first happen.
Item I do give and bequeath unto Margaret Denne my youngest daughter the like sum of one hundred pounds of like money to be paid her by my said Executrix at her age of twenty years or day of marriage which shall first and next happen as aforesaid
and if either of my said daughters shall fortune to die before they shall accomplish their several ages of twenty years or day of marriage then my will and meaning is that the portion of her so dying shall be and remain to the survivor.

Item I do give and bequeath unto David Denne my eldest son all my lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever situate lying and being within the Parish of Bishopsbourne aforesaid to be had and holden to the said David Denne and to his heirs for ever.

Item I do will give and bequeath unto Peter Denne my youngest son all those my lands whatsoever within the several Parishes of Elham and Stelling in the aforesaid County of Kent and which are now in the occupation of Nicholas Rigden of Stelling aforesaid yeoman to be had and holden by the said Peter Denne and his heirs forever.

Item my will and meaning is that Joane my well beloved wife shall take and receive the profits and yearly revenues of all my said lands tenements hereditaments in Bishopsbourne aforesaid formerly bequeathed to my said son David Denne and to his heirs towards his education and bringing up until he shall attain to his age of three and twenty years and likewise my will and meaning is that my said wife shall also receive and take the profits of all my said lands in Elham and Stelling aforesaid formerly bequeathed to my said son Peter till he shall attain to his like age of three and twenty years towards his maintenance and bringing up

and if it shall fortune either of my said sons do die before they shall attain to their several ages of three and twenty years then my will and meaning is that the one shall be the others heir and if they both shall fortune to die before they shall accomplish their said several ages of three and twenty years then my will and meaning is that all my said lands tenements and hereditaments in the said Parish of Bishopsbourne formerly bequeathed to my said son David shall be and remain to my said daughter Anne and to her heirs for ever. And likewise my will and meaning is if both of my sons shall happen to die before they shall attain to their several ages of three and twenty years then my will and meaning is that all my said lands in Elham and Stelling aforesaid formerly bequeathed to my said son Peter shall be and remain to my said daughter Margaret and to her heirs forever.

And if it shall fortune that all my said children do die without an heir of their bodies lawfully begotten then my will and meaning is that all my said lands in the several parishes of Bishopsbourne Elham and Stelling aforesaid after the decease of Jane my now wife shall come and remain unto Vincent Denne and Walter Denne sons of John Denne late of the City of Canterbury Esquire deceased so and to their heirs male for ever and for default of such heirs male then to the right heir male of him the said William Denne for ever.

Item I do give and bequeath unto the said Jane my now wife all my lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever with their appertuances commonly called Dane and formerly by this testament and last will bequeathed situate lying and being in the several parishes of Elham aforesaid Great Hardres and Barham in the County aforesaid to be had and holden to the said Jane and her heirs for ever notwithstanding my will and meaning is that if at the time of my decease there shall not be good cattle and chattels sufficient for a payment of my debts and legacies then I will that my said lands called Dane shall be sold towards the payment of my said debts and legacies and the remainder thereof to be and remain to my said wife

and the residue of my goods chattels and cattles whatsoever unbequeathed my funeral debts and legacies being first paid and discharged I do give and bequeath unto Jane my now wife whom I make and ordain sole and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said William Denne have to either leaf of this my testament and last will published my name and have caused ? to be fixed a label comprehending both the said leaves and have hereunto set my seal the day and year first above written. William Denn. Read sealed ratified and approved by the Testator above named in the presence of
William Pulham(?) and Richard White both of Bishopsbourne and of me John Sharman

Probatum 1619


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