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Will of Thomas Denne

of Minster, Isle of Thanet, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.79 f.434
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the eight and twentieth day of September Ano Domini 1700 and in the twelfth year of the Reign of King William the Third over England etc I Thomas Denne the elder of Minster in the Isle of Thanet in the County of Kent, yeoman being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (praised be God for the same) do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in writing in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I yield my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator with full assurance and steadfast hope in my Redeemer Christ Jesus to live with him eternally after this my mortal life shall be ended and my body I bequeath to the Earth whereof it was first formed to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named.

Also I do give to the poor of the Parish of Minster aforesaid three quarters of good wheat and the like quantity to the poor of the Parish of Eastry to be delivered to the churchwardens of each parish within three months next after my decease and by them to be distributed to the poor of the said respective parishes.

Also I give and bequeath unto my son Richard Denn the sum of one thousand and four hundred pounds of lawful money of England to be paid to him my said son Richard by my Executrix hereafter named when and so soon as my said son Richard shall attain the age of one and twenty years also my will and meaning is that my said Executrix shall pay unto my said son Richard for pocket expenses the sum of ten pounds per annum to begin from the time when he my said son Richard shall attain the age of fifteen years and to continue until his said age of one and twenty years.

Also I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Denne the sum of six hundred pounds of like lawful money of England to be paid to her by my said Executrix hereafter named when and so soon as she my said daughter shall attain the age of one and twenty years or her day of marriage which shall first happen.

Also my wife being now with child I do give and bequeath unto the said child whosowith she now goes the sum of five hundred pounds of like lawful money of England to be paid to such child by my said Executrix as such child attainment to the age of one and twenty years
and my will and meaning is that my dear and loving wife Elizabeth do and shall maintain educate and bring up all and every my children as well those before named and also my two other children David Denn and Thomas Denn and provide for them all manner of ? fitting for them until they shall attain their several and respective ages of one and twenty years
and also that she my said wife do and shall pay unto my said children David Denn and Thomas Denn the yearly sum of ten pounds apiece for their pocket expenses the said payment to begin from the time when they shall respectively attain the age of fifteen years and to continue until they shall respectively attain the age of one and twenty years and that my said wife shall not charge any of my said children for their maintenance and education.

All the rest and residue of my goods cattle chattels leases money plate and personal effects whatsoever wheresoever and of what nature quality and degree soever the same shall exist and be my debts legacies funeral charges and profits of this my will being first paid and deducted I do give and bequeath the same unto my said wife Elizabeth Denn and hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife Elizabeth sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and my brothers in law Michael Terry and Ralph Terry Overseers of this my said will desiring their interest use and endeavour to assist my said wife and to do this my said will performed and I do hereby devise my said wife to gratify them for their time and trouble therein.

This is the last Will and Testament of me the said Thomas Denn the elder made and declared the said eight and twentieth day of September Anno Domini 1700 and I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills by me made. Touching the disposing of all and singular my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever situate lying and being in the Parishes of Eastry, Ash next Sandwich, Ham, Bettishanger and Sholden and elsewhere in the said County of Kent I do give and dispose thereof as followeth.

First I do give and devise unto the said Elizabeth my said loving wife all that my messuage or tenement, barns stables orchards gardens yards and lands thereunto belonging containing by estimation eighty acres more or less with the appertuences in the Parish of Ash next Sandwich aforesaid in occupation of John Cleveland(?) or of his assigns and also all those three pension(?) parcels of pastures or fresh(?) marshland containing together in the whole by estimation eighteen acres more or less with the appertuances in Ash aforesaid in a certain place called Ash Marshes and now or late in the tenure or occupation of Daniel Brown and William Pryor or their assigns to have and to hold the same and every part thereof with their appertuances unto the said Elizabeth my wife and her assigns until my said son David Denn shall attain the age of one and twenty years (she my said wife keeping the same in good repair) and from and after his my said son David attainment to the age of one and twenty years then I do give and devise the said messuages lands and premises unto my said son David Denn his heirs and assigns for ever he and they paying out of the same unto my said wife Elizabeth for and during the term of her natural life the yearly sum of thirty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid by quarterly payments viz the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary St John Baptist St Michael the Archangel and the Nativity of our Lord Christ the first payment thereof to begin and to be made on the first of the said feast days which shall first and next happen after my said son David shall attain the age of one and twenty years as aforesaid.

Also I do give and devise unto the said Elizabeth my said wife all that message or tenement barn stable orchard garden yard and lands arable and pasture thereunto belonging containing by estimation one and thirty acres more or less with their appertuances situate lying and being in the Parish of Ash aforesaid at or near a place there called Sandhills and now or late in the tenure or occupation of Thomas White or of his assigns and also all that messuage or tenement barns stables orchards gardens yards and lands thereunto belonging containing by estimation seventy eight acres more or less with their and every of their appertuances situate lying and being in the said several parishes of Ham, Bettishanger and Sholden or in all some or one of the said parishes and now or late in the tenure or occupation of Daniel Hood(?) or his assigns and which I lately purchased of John Jenkin to have and to hold the said two last mentioned messuages lands and premises with their and every of their appertuances unto the said Elizabeth my wife and her assigns until my said son Thomas Denn shall attain the age of one and twenty years she my said wife keeping the same in good repair and from and after my said son Thomas has attained to the age of one and twenty years then I do give and devise the said two last mentioned messuages lands and premises with the appertuances unto him my said son Thomas Denn his heirs and assigns forever he and they paying out of the same unto my said wife Elizabeth for and during the term of her natural life the yearly sum of thirty pounds of lawful money of England by quarterly payments viz on the feast days of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St John the Baptist, St Michael the Archangel and the Nativity of our Lord Christ the first payment thereof to begin and to be made on the first of the said feast days which shall first and next happen after my said son Thomas shall attain the age of one and twenty years as aforesaid

and in case either of my said sons David Denn and Thomas Denn shall neglect or refuse to pay to the said Elizabeth my wife the said several annuities of thirty pounds per annum on the days and times hereinbefore limited for payment thereof then I do hereby give full power and authority to the said Elizabeth my wife and her assigns to enter into and upon the lands before mentioned of such of my said sons as shall so neglect or cease to pay the said annuities and to take such distress and distresses as shall be then found and the same from time to time to sell and dispose of until the said annuity or annuities in ? and all charges of taking such distress and distresses shall be well and truly satisfied and paid unto the said Elizabeth my wife and her assigns and whoever on marriage with the said Elizabeth my wife I settled an annuity on her out of the messuage and lands in Ash aforesaid called Sandhills now my intent and meaning is that she my said wife do and shall surrender up the said settlement and take no benefit thereby or by any other settlement made to her out of the said messuage called Sandhills but in lieu thereof shall receive the said several annuities of thirty pounds given to her by this my will as aforesaid

and in case the said child whosowith my said wife now goes should happen to be a male child then I do hereby give unto such male child the sum of five hundred pounds of lawful money of England (over and above the aforesaid sum of five hundred pounds in this my will before given) to be paid to such male child when and so soon as the said male child shall attain the age of one and twenty years (that is to say) two hundred and fifty pounds part thereof to be paid by my said son David Denn and the like sum of five hundred and fifty pounds ? thereof to be paid by my said son Thomas Denn and in case either of my said sons David Denn or Thomas Denn shall refuse to pay this sum then I do hereby authorise such male child to enter into the messuages and lands hereby devised of such of them as shall refuse to pay the said sum of two hundred and fifty pounds and to hold and enjoy the same until the said sum of two hundred and fifty pounds and all charges for so doing shall be paid and satisfied out of the profits thereof.

And I do hereby give and devise unto my said son Richard Denn and his heirs and assigns forever all that my messuage and about half acre of land lying near ? in Eastry aforesaid and now or late in the tenure or occupation of John Smith or of his assigns

also I do give and devise to the said Elizabeth my wife until my son Thomas shall attain the age of one and twenty years all that messuage and lands thereunto belonging containing by estimation three acres and a half at Coopers Shoot in Ash aforesaid in occupation of Richard Gardner and also all that messuage and land thereunto belonging containing by estimation four acres at Coopers Shoot aforesaid in occupation of James Kingsland or his assigns and from and after my said son Thomas his attainment to the age of one and twenty years then I do give and devise the same unto my said son Thomas Denn his heirs and assigns forever.

In witness whereof, I the said Thomas Denn the elder to this my last Will and Testament in five sheets of paper contained to every sheet thereof my hand and seal have set and put this eight and twentieth day of September Anno Domini 1700. Thomas Denn. signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Denn the elder to be his last Will and Testament after the words until my son Thomas shall attain the age of one and twenty years now interlined in this fifth sheet this eight and twentieth day of September Anno Domini 1700 in the presence of
Elizabeth Fairbrass(?), Thomas Buis(?) John Paramor.

Probatum in Latin 1700.


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