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Will of William Denne

of Holy Cross, Canterbury, Kent


Source: ACC 71/86?
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen I William Denne of the Parish of Holy Cross Westgate in the County of Kent, Tanner being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory the Lord be praised for the same do make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First and principally I commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping and assuredly trusting by and through the merits bitter death and passion of Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour to have everlasting salvation in the Kingdom of Heaven there to behold my God for evermore.

And I commit by body to the Earth from whence it was taken desiring my Executors after herein named to see my body decently buried ? I do make and ordain Ralph Philpot my father (in law?) and Katherine my loving wife the sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament and after my funeral expenses shall be discharged and all my just and lawful debts shall be paid

I give the remainder of all my stock goods and chattels (not herein particularly disposed of) unto my said wife and my two daughters Catherine and Elizabeth to be equally divided between them in case my said wife be not now with child and if my said wife shall be now with child of a daughter then I give unto such daughter the sum of three hundred pounds to be paid to her at her age of twenty and one years or her day of marriage which shall first happen by my said Executors.
And if my said wife shall be with child of a son then I give unto that son my land in Ash Marsh containing by estimation one and thirty acres to him and to his heirs for ever. Also I do give devise and bequeath unto such son my two pieces of meadow ground lying and being in the said Parish of Holy Cross, Westgate containing by estimation nine(?) acres now in my own occupation and are called or known by the name of ? to him and to his heirs for ever.
Also I do give devise and bequeath unto my son my mansion house and messuage wherein I now dwell with all the buildings and appertuances to the same appertaining situate being in the said Parish of Holy Cross Westgate to him and to his heirs for ever.

And if I shall have a son as aforesaid then I give unto my said daughter Catherine the sum of two(?) hundred pounds to be raised out of the profits and rents of my said messuage and lands and to be paid to her at the age of eighteen years or day of marriage which shall first happen and moreover ? aforesaid then I give to my said daughter Elizabeth the like sum of two hundred pounds of lawful money of England to be paid out of the profits and rents of my said messuage and lands and to be paid to her at the age of one and twenty years or day of marriage which shall first happen.
But if I shall have a son then I give and devise and bequeath to the said Catherine and Elizabeth my daughters all my said messuage and lands with the appertuances in Holy Cross Westgate ? and between the same unto the said Catherine and Elizabeth and their assigns ? ? and Katherine my wife and after the decease of the said Katherine my wife then the said last mentioned messuage and lands with the appertuances I give and devise unto the said Elizabeth and to her heirs and assigns for ever.
Also after the decease of my said wife I then give devise and bequeath my said marshland in Ash unto the said Catherine my daughter and to her heirs and assigns for ever.

Item I give unto the poor people of the Parish of Holy Cross of Westgate the sum of twenty shillings.

And I do hereby revoke all other wills by me formerly made and do constitute this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have to these two sheets of paper set my hand and seal this six and twentieth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred fifty and two. William Denne. Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Denne to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us
Thomas Crippen, Peter Evans

Probatum 1661


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