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Will of Margaret Denne

of Elham, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Folio 365, Vol 76, LDS Film # 188977
Transcribed by Norm Dennie
In the name of God Amen. I Margaret Denne of the parish of Elham, in the county of Kent, Spinster, being in perfect memory I do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
Imprimis my soul I bequeath unto God who gave it humbly beseeching him for Christ his son who died for me to give me eternal life. My body I commend to the earth in comfortable assurance of a joyful resurrection by the merits of Jesus Christ my redeemer decently to be interred according to the discretion of my Executor hereafter named.

Item, I give unto the poor of the parish of Elham forty shillings of lawful money of England to be paid within two years after my decease to be divided amongst them.
Item, I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Bishopsbourne twenty shillings of lawful money of England to be paid within two years of my decease to be divided amongst them.
Item, I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Stelling twenty shillings of lawful money of England to be paid within two years after my decease to be divided amongst them.

Item I give unto Susanna White now wife of Richard White of Stelling five pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto her within two years after my decease.
Item I will unto Abraham Lan Denne, Anthony Lan Denne, Anna Lan Denne, and Elizabeth Lan Denne twenty shillings apiece to be paid unto them in two years after my decease.
Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Peter Denne his five daughters, Anne Denne, Margaret Denne, Jane Denne, Susan Denne and Katherine Denne, one hundred and fifty pounds of lawful money of England (that is to say), thirty pounds a piece to be paid unto them in seven years next after my decease (that is to say) twenty pounds for the first six years to be equally divided amongst them, and thirty pounds in the last year.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my brother Peter Denne his two sons Peter Denne and William Denne fifty pounds apiece of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto them respectively within two years next after my decease.

Item I give and bequeath after my decease all that my mesuage or tenement commonly called or known by the name of Deane Farm lying and being in the several parishes of Upper Hardres, Elham, and Barham in the county of Kent or in one of them by estimation seven score? acres more or less of arable pastures and woodland now in the tenure or in the occupation of David Denne or of his assigns lying in several pairs? and enclosures with the house barns stable and other the outhouses, the yard orchard garden and all other appurtenances there unto belonging unto my brother Peter his son David Denne my nephew and unto his heirs forever charged with the legacy of hereafter mentioned and my debts.

Item I will and bequeath after my decease and the determination of one lease bearing date the fifth day of March one thousand six hundred seventy and seven granted by my brother Peter Denne unto his son David Denne for seven years and a half from the day of the date thereof as by the said indenture more at large appeareth unto my brother Peter Denne during his natural life all that my mesuage or tenement lying in the parish of Bishopsbourne in the county of Kent, with the dwelling house, stable barns, outhouse place orchard and gardens with all other the lands arable and pasture thereto belonging lying in several pieces and enclosures with appurtenances by estimation thirty acres be there more or less and all that small mesuage and one acre of land with appurtenances in the occupation of John White lying in the parish aforesaid now or late in the tenure or occupation of David Denne or of his assigns and immediately after the decease of the aforesaid Peter Denne I will and bequeath my aforesaid farm and every part thereof unto his son David Denne my nephew and unto his heirs forever and for none other use intent or purpose what soever.

And lastly I appoint nominate and make my nephew David Denne sole executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this ninth day of July Anno one thousand six hundred eighty one, the mark of Margaret Denne, signed sealed and declared to be the last will and testament of the above said Margaret Denne in the presence of after the inclination? between the five and thirtieth and six and thirtieth lines
Vincent Denne, Thomas Gindon, Thomas Graunt.
Probated 1686


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