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Will of Thomas Denne

of Wingham, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1648
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Denne of Wenderton in the Parish of Wingham in the County of Kent Gentleman being in good health and perfect memory (God be praised) this 15th day of July in the two and twentieth year of King Charles his reign do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. First I commend my Soul to God that gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be buried by the discretion of mine Executor hereinafter named in the Parish Church of Wingham if conveniently it may be.

Item I give to the poor of the said Parish of Wingham 5 and to Mr Samuel Stevens, Minister 40 shillings.
Item I will and devise to my honoured father Thomas Denne the elder Esq and to his heirs all my lands tenements and hereditaments lying in the Parish of Womenswold or Kingston in the said County of Kent.

Item I will and devise unto my very loving and faithful friend Henry Oxenden of Barham Esq all my lands tenements and hereditaments in Barham aforesaid in the foresaid County to be had and hold on ? the said Henry and his heirs which said Henry Oxenden I do appoint and make sole Executor of this my last Will and do give unto him more one hundred pounds of lawful money.

Item I will and bequeath unto my loving sisters Dorothie Denne Bridgett and Mary Denne to each of them the sum of one thousand pounds and to my sister Thomasine Denne fifteen hundred pounds of like money. Provided and my will is that if my said sisters Dorothie Bridget and Mary or either of them happen to be married or to take a portion for marriage given them by my said father before my death then I give to her or them so married or provided of a portion only the sum of five hundred pounds and no more. And to my sister Thomasine if she be married or provided of a portion from my father before my death then I give her three hundred and fifty pounds and no more.
Item I give my sister Katherine Jackman two hundred pounds and my will is that all my said sisters legacies shall be paid them within two years after my decease.

Item I do will that my said Executor shall pay all my debts and legacies herein bequeathed and to be bequeathed and all the debts of Vincent Denne late of Wingham aforesaid and his legacies yet unpaid out of the rents, revenues and sale of all my lands except those formerly herein devised and to that end and purpose I do will and devise unto my said Executor Henry Oxenden and his heirs all that my mansion house of Wanderton also Wenderton in the Parish of Wingham aforesaid with all the barns stables outhouses gardens orchards lands meadows pastures woods and appertuances thereunto belonging or therewith all usually occupied or enjoyed. And also all other my manors farms lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever with their appertuances situate lying and being in the said Parish of Wingham and in the Parishes of Ickham, Wickhambreaux and Preston Next Wingham in the said County now or late in the tenure and occupation of myself, John Andrew, James Cox, Robert Buttry, Henry Buttry and Robert Smeed or their or some of their assigns and after all that my manor or farm and farmhouse of Wingham Barton also Barton Wingham in the Parish of Ash and all the barns stables buildings orchards gardens lands meadows pasture and wood with the appertuances thereunto belonging or therewith usually letten or enjoyed now in the tenure or occupation of Mrs Gibbs, widow or her assigns. And also all that my farm and farmhouse with the lands and appertuances thereunto belonging or therewithall occupied letten or enjoyed situate in the Parish of Minster and St John Baptist or elsewhere in the Isle of Thanet in the occupation of Richard Fairbrass or his assigns. And also all that my farm and farmhouse with the lands tenements and appertuances thereunto belonging or therewithall usually letten or enjoyed situate lying and being in the Parish of Stourmouth in the tenure or occupation ? ? or his assigns. And also all those my marshlands with their appertuances situate in the several parishes of Fairfield, Brenzett, Warehorne, Ivychurch and also situate at or near a place called Buttery Bridge in the several occupations of Clement Collyer, William Gilbert, John Browne or their or some of their assigns. And also that my annuity or rent charge of fourteen pounds by the year issuing out of Ripple Court and also all and singular the lands tenements and hereditaments of me the said Thomas Denne within the said County of Kent wheresoever lying or by whomsoever occupied except in the Parishes of Womenswold Barham and Kingston aforesaid all my said manors lands tenements and hereditaments aforesaid whatsoever except before excepted unto the said Henry Oxenden and his heirs to be sold by him for the payment of mine and my uncle Vincent Denne debts and legacies and if my loving brother John Denne shall within four months after my decease pay unto my Executor so much money as the then known debts of me and my said uncle Vincent and our several legacies then unpaid due amount unto and shall give my Executor good security for the discharching of all such debts of me or my said uncle as shall after come to light and shall discharge my Executor of all suits in Law then I will that my Executor shall sell unto my said brother all my said lands tenements and hereditaments in fee simple but after the said time of four months after my death my Executor shall be at liberty to sell the same or any part thereof at his own pleasure giving an account of the execution thereof unto my said brother at the end of four years after my decease and not before.

Item I will to every one of my Aunt Osbornes children and to Mr Thomas Copin, Mr William Merryweather, Mr Edward Denn and Mr Paul Pettit to each five pounds to buy them a ring.
Item I give to my loving friend Mr Edward Roberts one hundred pounds and to Mr Peter Porter of Holborn twenty pounds and to my servant Nicholas Taylor five pounds.

Thomas Denne published and declared in the presence of
Thomas Hardres, William Belke Edward Roberts, Charles Edolph

Probatum in Latin 1648


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