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Will of Thomasine Denne

of Kingston, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.69 f.467
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the twenty day of August in the ninth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the Grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the faith etc and in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred thirty and three I Thomasine Denne of Dennehill in the Parish of Kingston in the County of Kent widow being of sound mind and perfect memory (for which I give God hearty thanks) do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say. First I bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and blessed Redeemer relying on the death and passion of Jesus Christ for the remission of my sins and life everlasting and my body to be buried at the discretion of mine Executor.

Item I give unto the poor of the Parish of Kingston aforesaid forty shillings.
Item I give unto the poor of the Parish of Barham forty shillings
and to the poor of the Parish of Womenswold I give twenty shillings which said several sums of I will shall be paid by my Executor and at his discretion distributed amongst them within one month next after my decease.

Item I give unto Thomas Denne my son forty shillings in money to buy him a ring therewith to be paid him within one month next after my decease.
Item I give unto John Denne the son of my said son Thomas Denne one ring worth twenty shillings to be paid and delivered him by my Executor at his age of one and twenty years.
Item I give unto Thomas Denne son of my said son Thomas Denne so such plate as shall be worth ten pounds of lawful English money to be paid and delivered him by my Executor at his age of one and twenty years.

Item I give unto Katherine Benchkin my daughter all my wearing apparel both linen and woollen one feather bed bolster and one pillow.
Item I give unto Vincent Benchkin and James Benchkin to each of them one ring worth twenty shillings to be ? and delivered them by my Executor at their several ages of one and twenty years.
Item I give unto Thomas Coppin son of my daughter Silvester and to Mary Chapman his sister to each of them one ring worth twenty shillings to be paid and delivered them by my Executor within one year next after my decease.

Item I give unto Mary Osborne my daughter one of my rings of gold.
Item I give unto Catherine Thomasine and Bridget daughters of my son Thomas Denne to every one of them ten pounds of lawful money of England ? ten pounds apiece shall be paid to every one of them by my said son Thomas Denne their father who hath twenty pounds of mine in guineas(?).
Item I give unto them the said three daughters of my said son Thomas Denne to every one of them so much plate as shall be worth ten pounds to be paid and delivered them by my Executor at their several ages of eighteen years.

Item I give unto Anne, Elizabeth and Frances daughters of Mary Osborne my daughter for every one of them each a dozen of silver spoons and I do further give to every one of them two pairs of sheets one pair of pillowcases one tablecloth one towel and one dozen of napkins to be delivered them by my Executor at their several days of marriage.
Item I give unto John Osborne son of my daughter Osborne one ring worth twenty shillings to be paid and delivered him by my Executor at his age of one and twenty years.
Item I give unto Katherine Pordage(?) my goddaughter one ring worth twenty shillings to be paid and delivered unto her at her day of marriage.

Item my will and mind is that if my said son Thomas Denne shall make any claim or challenge unto any of my moveable goods or household stuff now or at the time of my decease in Denhill House now ? that which was given to John Denne my son deceased by his fatherís will or shall pay any claim or shall trouble my Executor for any wont or money which I have anyway ? or shall trouble my Executor for any due or debts which he may claim and due unto him from me then my will and mind my said son Thomas Denne nor any of his children shall gain or receive the benefits of any legacy from me in this my last Will and Testament to them or any of them by me bequeathed.

Item I give to every one of the servants that shall be dwelling with me at the time of my decease ten shillings apiece to be paid unto them within one month after my decease.

The residue of all my moveable goods debts and chattels whatsoever not formerly by me bequeathed after my funeral debts and legacies be paid and discharged I give unto Vincent Denne my son whom I make and ordain sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Thomasine Denne have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Thomasine Denne her mark. Sealed subscribed and published by the Testatrix above named as her last Will and Testament in the presence of
Henry Oxenden, James Mullings(?)

Probatum 1634


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