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Will of Christopher Denne

of Preston next Faversham, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.78 f.9
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen, I Christopher Denne of the Parish of Preston next Faversham in the County of Kent, carpenter being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind memory and understanding praised be God therefore revoking all former wills by me made do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say. First I commend my Soul to Almighty God my Creator hoping by the all sufficient merits of my blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to enjoy eternal ? and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named.

Item I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Elizabeth the sum of fifty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto her by my Executor within one year next after my death over and above fifty pounds which I gave bond on marriage to pay to her for her use.

Item I give and bequeath unto my said loving wife convenient goods to furnish a room that is to say one bedstead mat(?) and ? green mattress(?) and furniture thereunto belonging with the feather bed bolsters(?) and other bedding therewith used one silver cup two silver spoons one ? with the furniture therewith used one case of drawers six pairs of sheets ? napkins two tablecloths six ? four pair of pillowcases one little oval table six of my best chairs four pewter dishes one ? one pair of tongs one kettle and one ? ? skillet

all the rest of my goods chattels(?) and personal estate not herein given and bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my two sons Christopher Denne and Michael Denne equally to be divided share and share alike my debts legacies and funeral expenses being first paid and discharged.
Item I give and bequeath unto my friend John ? of Canterbury one and twenty shillings and six pence.

Item I give and devise unto my said two sons and their heirs and assigns for ever all my messuages with their appertuances and all other my lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever in the Parish of St Mildred in the City of Canterbury charged with the payment of the mortgages thereon and I do hereby make and constitute my said son Christopher Denne sole Executor of this my will and my loving friend Joseph Webb of the said City Gent Overseer of this my will ? him to do the same performed attending to my fine intent and meaning and for his care and trouble therein and the ? and kindness I have received of him.
I give and bequeath unto my said Overseer the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England provided always that if my personal estate shall not be sufficient to pay all my debts and legacies then I do hereby will order and appoint my said Executor and Overseer to make sale of such of my said messuages or tenements as they shall think fit to pay my said debts and legacies and not otherwise.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this five and twentieth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred ninety and one. Christopher Denne. Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us whose names are subscribed who also have set our hand in the presence of the said Testator
Mary Church, John ?, Mary Jennings her mark.

Probatum 1691

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