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Will of Thomas Denne

of Canterbury, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1656
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the seventh day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred fifty and six, I Thomas Denne of the City of Canterbury Esquire being weak of body but of good and perfect memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. First I bequeath my soul unto Almighty God my maker hoping assuredly through the only merits of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer to receive remission and pardon for all my sins and my body I commend unto the Earth to be buried in decent manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named in the parish church of Kingston where my late wife and ancestors were interred. And as touching my worldly estate I have already settled and disposed of the chief part thereof by several deed by me already executed and also for the payment of such debts as I shall owe at the time of my decease nevertheless for the prevention of strife and continuation that might otherwise happen in case I should depart this life intestate and to the end that all such debts which I shall owe at the time of my decease upon specialities for which I have not already otherwise made provision for the payment thereof may well and truly be paid and satisfied.

I do nominate ordain and constitute my loving son in law Vincent Denne Esquire and my daughter Mary his wife my Executors which is all I praise my God that I have now left undone concerning my worldly estate. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and year first above written Thomas Denne. Sealed and published by the said Thomas Denne as his last Will and Testament in the presence of
Francis Loveland, William Jacobs, John Whitfield

This will was proved at London before the Judge for probate of wills and granting administration lawfully authorised the thirteenth day of February in the year of our Lord God according to the computation of the Church of England one thousand six hundred fifty six by the oaths of Vincent Denn Esquire and Mary his wife joint Executors named in the said will to whom was committed administration of all and singular the goods chattels and debts of the said deceased they being first sworn by commission well and truly to administer the said will being pronounced for by a definitive sentence in that behalf read and promulgated.


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