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Will of Thomas Denne

of Bishopsbourne, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Original Will PRC 16/305 Vol 2, LDS Film #1042870
Transcribed by Norm Dennie
In the name of God Amen, the season and the twentieth day of March 1662 and the fourteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the second by the years of God of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King Defender of the faith, I Thomas Denne of Bursted in the parish of Bishopsbourne in the County of Kent, Gent, sonne of William Denne late of the Burrough of Long Point in the Countyie of Kent, Gent, deceased, being in perfect health, memory, and understanding, praised be the Almighty God for the same considering the uncertainty of this present life and that is appointed for all men to dye and not knowing when or where Soon it may please God to call me out of this present life do therefore for the settling of my estate to and amongst my wife and children to prevent all troubles that may hereafter arise between them make and publish this my present Last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
... First and principally I commend my Soule into the hands of Almighty God my Creator ... hoping to be saved by and through the only merits Death and Salvation of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer and my body I commit to the earth whereof it was first formed, to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executrix herein after named.

Item, I give to the poor of the parish of Bishopsbourne aforesaid twenty shillings to be distributed amongst them by my Executrix within one month next after my decease.
Item, I give to my oldest sonne William Denne two tables the one now standing in the hall of my now dwelling house and the other in the parlor of the same with all the ... forms belonging to the said tables and my great chest standing against the window of the chamber of my new dwelling house which said goods I do hereby give to my said sonne William to ... and ... the same may remain and continue in my manor house called Bursted aforesaid I having by goods already settled the same and the lands thereto belonging upon my said sonne William upon his marriage.

Item, I give unto my sonnes Thomas Vincent? Edward and John Denne and to my daughter Katherine Denne and to every of them one pair of sheets to be delivered to them at first tymes as my loving wife shall think fit.

Item, I give bequeath to my daughter Katherine Denne the full sum of one hundred pounds of good and lawful money of England to be paid out of my .... that I shall leave at the time of my decease by my loving wife and Executrix hereinafter named to be paid to my said daughter when she shall attain her age of eighteen years or be married which shall first happen.
Also I give to my said daughter Katherine twenty shillings in money to buy her a ring with a deaths head to mourn ... and to be delivered unto her at her age aforesaid or day of marriage which shall first happen.

Residue of my goods, chattels, ... and now for all of that not by ... and bequeathed I give and bequeath to my dear and loving wife Mary after my death and legacies shall be satisfied and I do hereby constitute and appoint my said loving wife to be my full and sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.
And if it please God she happen to die before the same be fully performed, then I do make and appoint my sonnes Thomas and Vincent Denne executors of this my will, requiring them jointly and severly to ... the same. Truly performed in all things according to my ... intent and meaning herein declared and ... hereby referring full power to my said wife to give and dispose of my linen and household goods to and amongst my children in such manner and at such times as she shall ... so fit and as my said children shall best deserve at her hands.

And I do hereby desire and appoint my loving ... John ..... of Minster in the Isle of Thanet and John Stroud of Elham in the County of Kent to be overseers of this my Will and I desire them to be assisting and advising to my Executrix and Executors before named in the operation of this my Will and I do hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time hereafter made or declared.

This is the Last Will and Testament of me the aforesaid Thomas Denne made, published, and declared this day, and year first above written .... of all my lands, tenements, hereditaments not .... by me by deed. First my mind and will is that my dear and loving wife Mary shall hold and enjoy during her natural life one annuity or yearly rent charge of five pounds per Anno ... guaranteed to her for an interval of her .... according to the true meaning of the ...
And my will and meaning is that all such sum and summs of money as I hereby my deed ... to all or any of my children out of any of my Lands and tenements be ...... Satisfied and paid according to the true meaning of such deed or deeds by which the same are ......

Item, I give and devise unto my sonns Thomas Denn and Vincent Denn all that my messuage with the appurtenance situate and being in Great Hardres in the County of Kent at or near to a .... there called Lin? With the barn stable, .... buildings Gardens, orchards, and yard thereto belonging .... all the several parcel and parcels of land, ... and woods therewith enjoyed .... in all by .....

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