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Will of Valentine Denne

of Bekesbourne, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.68 f.333
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen I Valentine Denne of the Parish of Beakesborne in the County of Kent husbandman being sick in body but of good and perfect remembrance praised be given to God therefore do make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my Soul to God my Creator trusting by the death and passion of our Saviour Jesus Christ to have pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and through him to be partaker of everlasting life. And my body to be buried in the churchyard of Beakesborne aforesaid.

Item I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Margery and Mary one house with four and twenty acres of land more or less together with the orchards gardens barns stables and all the appertuances thereunto belonging lying and being in the Parish of Wickhambreaux provided that Elizabeth my wife enjoy the beforenamed house and land until(?) my foresaid two daughters Margery and Mary live unto the age of four and twenty years.

Item I give and bequeath unto David Den my eldest son that my farm and messuage which I lately purchased of John Holloway of Deal gentleman provided that my wife Elizabeth enjoy the same farm until my son live to that age of four and twenty years.

Item I give and bequeath unto Valentine Den my second son seven acres of land lately purchased of Robert Goodman(?) of Grove.
Item I give and bequeath more unto the said Valentine two dwelling houses .......... ?
Item I give and bequeath more unto the said Valentine one lease which I have of my Lord Grace of Canterbury for ten acres of marsh land lying in Chislet commonly called and known by the name of Chislet Salts.
Item I give and bequeath more unto Valentine my son all my stock of what nature being(?) sheep, oxen, cows or horses provided likewise that my wife Elizabeth enjoy all the aforenamed bequeaths until Valentine shall live to the age of twenty four years.

Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Den my youngest daughter all such household stuff goods and chattels as are contained within doors(?).
Item I give and bequeath unto Mr Charles White of Beakesborne, Clerk twenty shillings to be paid unto him within one month after my decease the sum of twenty shillings to be paid out of my stock feeding in my marshes.
Item I give and bequeath unto John Sturges of Beakesborne ? shillings and six pence.
Item I give and bequeath unto the widowed women of Beakesborne one shilling each such legacies to be paid within four days after my decease.

Item I make institute and ordain Elizabeth my wife sole and only Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Valentine Denn have hereunto set my hand and annexed my seal the eight and twentieth day of July 1632 and in the eighth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and in the presence of us whose names are underwritten. Valentine Denn.
Charles White, John Everard.

Probatum 1632


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