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Will of Jonathan Denn

of Littlebourne, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.77 f.244
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen, I Jonathan Denn of Littlebourne in the County of Kent, Yeoman being sick and weak of body but of sound good understanding mind and memory taking into consideration and uncertainty of this mortal life do publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First I commend my Soul to God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in the parish church of Littlebourne aforesaid.

Item I give to my cousin Thomas Emptage of Bishopsbourne the sum of ten pounds to be paid unto him by my Executrix within one year next after my decease and if the said Thomas Emptage shall happen to depart this life before the said ten pounds shall become due to him then I give and appoint the said ten pounds to be equally distributed amongst such children of the said Thomas Emptage as shall survive him to be paid unto the said children at the end of one year next after my decease.

Item I give unto my cousin Elizabeth Best widow the sum of fifty shillings to be paid unto her within one year next after my decease.

Item I give unto my loving wife Catherine Denn the sum of three hundred pounds due on a mortgage made to me from Abraham Didier of the City of Canterbury, Merchant to be paid to me within three months after the death of Elizabeth Denn of the City of Canterbury widow and relict of David Denne late of Littlebourne aforesaid yeoman deceased and three months quiet enjoying of the ? and ? mentioned in the said mortgage by the said Abraham Didier.
Item I give unto my said wife Catherine Denn all the residue of my goods chattels household stuff and personal estate whatsoever and I do make and appoint my said wife Catherine Denn full and sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.

Item I give and devise unto my said wife Catherine Denn all that my messuage or tenement malthouse orchard and three acres of land more or less with the appertuances in Littlebourne aforesaid and now in the occupation of John Harmon(?) and Stephen Miles or of their assigns to have and to hold the said messuage or tenement malthouse orchard and land with the appertuances to my ? wife Catherine Denn and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease then I give and devise the messuage or tenement malthouse orchard and land with the appertuances unto such of my relation or relations and his or their heirs as my said wife Catherine Denn by her last will and testament in writing or by any other writing under her hand and seal shall nominate limit and appoint to hold and enjoy the same.

Item I give unto Jonathan Denn son of my cousin John Denn of Littlebourne aforesaid the sum of ten pounds to be paid unto him at his age of eighteen years or within three months next after the decease of my Executrix which shall first happen and my desire is that this my will may be quietly performed with as little trouble as may be to my Executrix.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of April in the four and thirtieth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles the Second now King of England and in the year of our Lord 1682. Jonathan Denn. Signed sealed published and declared by the said Jonathan Denn the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of
R Benister, John ? John Eaton.

Probatum 1689


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