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Will of Thomas Denne

of Sandwich, Kent

Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol. 45 f.164
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the second day of March Anno Domini 1620 in the sixteenth 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 four and fiftieth. I Thomas Denne Mayor of the Town and Port of Sandwich in the County of Kent being sick and weak in body but sound in mind and perfect memory do make this my last Will and Testament. First I commend my Soul into the hands of God my maker not doubting but through the only merits of Jesus Christ his Son my Saviour to be made partaker of life everlasting and I commend my body to the earth whence it is made.

Item to Joshua my eldest son I give the house wherein I now dwell with all the gardens backsides outhouses and all other the appertuances thereunto belonging. Item to John and Edward my other two sons I give all my messuages or tenements situate and lying in Motesole(?) in the Parish of St Mary in Sandwich aforesaid with all the orchards gardens backsides and appertuances whatsoever to the same belonging to be divided equally between them and if either of my said sons John or Edward shall depart this life without any issue then my mind and will is that the other of the lands tenements or messuage or fourth part of the share of him so dying or departing this life shall discend and remain and wholly be to the survivor of them two my said three sons paying to Katherine my now wife the yearly sum of forty pounds Sterling out of the said messuage or tenements for her ? during her life.

Item my mind and will is that all my goods and chattels real and personal shall be in best and most ? in time (according to the discretion of my Executors) sold to the most profit and my debts and funeral expenses being first thereat paid and discharged shall then the rest of that money remaining to be equally distributed and divided amongst my three daughters Sara, Elizabeth and Mary. And if any of them depart this life before they be married then I will that the part or portion of her or them so dying or departing this life shall be equally divided between the survivors of her or them so living or if not then wholly to ? the survivor. And I will the portion which shall fall to my said daughters be paid to them when they shall come unto their several ages of eighteen years or to the survivor or survivors of them.

And of this my present last Will and Testament I make and ordain Joshua Fordage my Father in Law sole Executor and on the execution of the same I make and ordain John Jacob of Sandwich aforesaid Jurat overseer.
In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal. Dated the day and year above written. Thomas Denn These being witnesses ???

A codicil Nuncupative to be added and annexed to the last Will and Testament of Thomas Denn Esquire late whiles he lived Mayor of the Town and Port of Sandwich in the County of Kent deceased by him made and declared (being of perfect mind and memory) not long before he died with a mind and intent that it should be added to his said executed and accomplished as part and parcel thereof as followeth or the very like made in effect and substance ? so gave and bequeathed to Catherine Denn his wife all such household stuff as he brought him at the time of her marriage. Witness hereunto
Thomas Jenkin, Edward Jenkin.

Probatum 1621

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