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Will of John Denne

of Canterbury, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.50 folio 294 ?
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen I John Denne dwelling in a part of St Georges near and without the walls of the City of Canterbury though not in perfect health yet of a good and sound remembrance (thanks be to God) do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament the eighth day of August in the year of our Lord God 1633 and in the year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland defender of the faith the ninth in manner and form following. First I bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker and unto Jesus Christ my blessed Redeemer by whose most precious death and blood shed I do hope to have remission of all my sins and I commit by Body unto the Earth from whence it was taken hoping at the latter day a blessed and joyful resurrection of the same.
Item I do give unto the poor wheresoever I shall die the sum of twenty shillings to be paid them at the discretion of my Executor.

Item I do give unto Mary my wife my house with the appertuance in Broad Street in the Parish of St Mary, Northgate during her natural life during which term she shall keep the house well and sufficiently repaired.
Item I do give unto Mary my wife half my usual household stuff whatsoever except the five(fine) ? which I do give unto my brother William ? and likewise I give unto Mary my wife ten pounds to be paid her within two months next after my decease.

Item I give ? to my brother(?) Steven(?) Stace and to my sister Mildred Stace if they be alive at my death to each of them twenty shillings.
Item I do give unto Mary Rolfe my first wife’s daughter if she be alive at my decease ten pounds to be paid her within one quarter of a year next after my decease.
Item I do give unto my brother Robert Denne thirty shillings to be paid unto him half yearly within ? ? next after my decease and to continue during his natural life.
Item I do give unto my brother William Denne whom I do make my whole Executor of this my last Will and Testament my annuity I gave going out of his land at ?

further my mind and will is that if Mary my wife shall contend with my Executor and will not ? with these my goods dealing(?) and meaning (for her portion is more than is here expressed) but will vex my Executor with suit at law for more than ? given her as I little doubt of the same then I utterly do take from her whatsoever I have given her by this my last Will and Testament ? it shall be ? and remain in the hand of my Executor.

And I do likewise entreat my wife at the time of my death to deliver to my Executor into his hands all those lands(?) and writings that belong unto him and likewise the ? of the wife of Andrew ? which was put into my hands of trust. And my Executor is to deliver at my death unto Mary my wife the writings of Denne(?) I made by the year during all the term of her natural life which writings remain in his hands at this time.

Item after my wife’s decease I do give to my brother William Denne and to his heirs for ever the third part of my house and lands in Broad Street in St Mary Northgates’ parish.
Item I give unto John Rolfe my sisters son the sum of five pounds to be paid within two years next after my decease.
Item I do give unto Elizabeth Rolfe my sisters daughter ten pounds to be paid within two years after my decease.
Item whatever state or title or interest I have in a piece of land in Sutton near Chart I do freely give unto my brother Alexander Rolfe in as ample manner as law can advise.
Item I do give to Elizabeth Woodlands my now servant five pounds to be paid unto her at her age of one and twenty years.

Item I do ? Mary my wife to bear all the rest of my funeral expenses whatsoever and my brother William Denne as aforesaid my sole and joint Executor and when he hath paid my debts and legacies I do give unto him all my goods and moveables whatsoever which is ungiven and not bequeathed. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. John Denne. Sealed and delivered to the use of my Executor in the presence of us and the word stuff(?) set over the thirteenth line before ensealing hereof.
Sampson Kennard, Daniel Chittenden.

Probatum 1633


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