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Will of Katherine Denne

of Bishopsbourne, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.81 folio 123
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the two and twenty day of August in the sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith Ano Domini 1707 I Katherine Denne of Bishopsbourne in the County of Kent, Spinster being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (God be praised) do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say. First I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my gracious and merciful Creator hoping that I shall obtain everlasting life through the precious and meritous death of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and my body to the Earth to be decently buried by my Executor hereafter named in the parish church of Bishopsbourne aforesaid as near my dear mother as conveniently may be.

Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Anne Denne spinster the full sum of ten pounds of good lawful money of England.
Item I give and bequeath to my sister Jane Landon, widow twenty five pounds of like lawful money of England.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Margaret Robbins five pounds of like lawful money of England.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sister Susan Denne, spinster the sum of five pounds of like lawful money of England.

Item I give and bequeath to my most affectionate and loving kinswoman Mrs Elizabeth ? the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money of England and also her brothers and her own pictures(?).
Item I give and bequeath unto my brother David Denne if living at the time of my death twenty shillings for a ring.
Item I give and bequeath to my brother Peter Denne and Elizabeth his now wife twenty shillings apiece to each of them for rings.
Item I give and bequeath to Mrs Mary Sabine, Mrs Roberta(?) Marshall and Mrs Elizabeth Gatward(?) twenty shillings apiece to each of them for rings.
Item I give and bequeath unto my three nephews Anthony, Abraham and Tristram Landon twenty shillings apiece to each of them.

Item I give to my niece Anne Fremley the now wife of William Fremley of Sandwich in Kent, Blacksmith twenty shillings.
Item I give to my two nieces Anne Horton the now wife of David Horton of Stelling and to Susan Gibbons the now wife of James Gibbons of Norton twenty shillings apiece to each of them.
Item I give to my three goddaughters Anne Shoveller Katherine Nash and Mary ? ten shillings apiece to each of them.
Item I give to Mrs Mary Sharpe the now wife of William Sharpe of the City of Canterbury, Butcher twenty shillings for a ring.
Item I give to Mrs Mary Wood of Sarre in the Isle of Thanet, widow ten shillings for a ring.
Item I give to the poor of the Parish of Bishopsbourne aforesaid twenty shillings to be distributed amongst them as my Executor shall think fit

and ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever not herein or there bequeathed after my just debts legacies and funeral expenses are paid I give and bequeath unto my loving brother William Denne whom I make and ordain sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke and make void all former wills made by me and do constitute declare and appoint this to be my last Will and Testament containing two sheets of paper both subscribed with my name and to the last of them I have affixed my seal dated the day and year first above written. Katherine Denne. Signed sealed published and declared by the said Katherine Denne to be her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses hereof in the presence of the Testatrix the words of Kent and first being first interlined.
John Denne, Daniel Shoveller, Susan ? her mark.

Probatum 1708


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