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Will of John Den

of Eastry, Kent

Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.45 f.332b (and Vol.46 f.11)
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God I John Den of the parish of Eastry in the County of Kent, Yeoman being sick in body but of perfect memory thanks be to God do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first I commend my Soul unto Almighty God trusting assuredly to be saved by the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ. And my body to be buried ? ? ? church.
And as touching my moveable goods my will and pleasure is they shall be sold by my Executors and that all my debts where duly and truly owing and which may be fully and rightfully demanded shall be first duly paid.

Item I give and bequeath to my four daughters Elizabeth, Sara, Mary and Martha and to any of them at their several ages of one and twenty years or days of marriages which shall first happen the sums of forty pounds apiece if my said moveable goods will extend thereto but if that they will not extend to the sum of forty pounds apiece my will is that they and any of them shall have abatements of their ? equally and if ? ? ? then equally divided between my said daughters. And if it happen either of them to die before their said several ages of one and twenty years or days of marriage that then their portions equally to be divided between the surviving sisters.

Item I give to my eldest son John Den the sum of twenty shillings to be paid unto him within three months after my decease out of my said moveable goods.

And as touching the disposement of my lands within the said parish of Deal, item I will that the said shall be sold by my Executors within one year and a half after my decease to the best advantage and the monies thereof coming to be employed by them to the best uses it may till my sons James and Henry shall attain to their several ages of one and twenty years and then the said monies to be equally divided between them by my Executors.

Item I ordain and constitute by my well beloved brothers James Den of Fowlemeade in the said County of Kent and Henry Feach(?) of Dover Castle in the said County my Executors. In witness whereof I have put my hand and seal the seventh day of January Anno Domini 1622. John Den
Witnesses to sealing and subscribing thereof,
Peter White, James Miles his mark.

Probatum in Latin June 1623

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