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Will of William Denne

of Bishopsbourne, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1713
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen the ? fourth day of August in the twelfth 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 Anno Domini 1713, I William Denne of the Parish of Bishopsbourne in the County of Kent gent. being in good health and of sound mind and memory (God be praised) do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. And in the first place do in all humility commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through the merits of my Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ my most gracious Redeemer to have pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried as my Executor hereafter named shall think fit.

Item I give to the poor people of the Parish of Bishopsbourne five pounds to be distributed amongst them in one month after my decease as my Executor shall think fit.
Item I give to my brother Peter Denne the sum of fifty pounds and to his wife five pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain.
Item I give to my sister Anne Denne, spinster, to my sister Jane Landon, widow and to my sister Susanna Denne, spinster the sum of sixty pounds apiece to each of them of like lawful money.
Item I give to Anthony Landon the sum of fifty pounds to Abraham Landon the sum of eighty pounds and to Tristram(?) Landon the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money.

Item I give to my cousin Anne Horton the wife of David Horton of the Parish of Stelling in the County of Kent, husbandsman the sum of fifty pounds to be put out upon good security by my Executor and the interest arising and becoming due thereunto be half yearly paid to her for and towards her support and maintenants and after her death to be employed towards the education of such children in reading and writing as she shall happen to leave behind her and lawfully to be begotten on her body and as her said children shall grow up and be fit to be put out apprentices that then the principal money shall be employed to the putting them out to some handy craft trades and not ? the sum of seven pounds in binding out any one child an apprentice and if any surplusage of the said fifty pounds shall remain after the binding out such child or children as aforesaid apprentices that then the remainder thereof shall be kept out as interest and both the principal and interest arising and becoming one thereon to be equally divided between them when they shall attain their several ages of one and twenty years. And if any of them shall happen to die before such part becomes due to them or either of them then the part of such dying child or children to be equally divided amongst the survivor or survivors of them. And my will is that her said husband David Horton nor any other husband that she shall happen to marry in case she shall survive him shall in anywise meddle or be ? with any part of the said fifty pounds or the interest thereof hereby given or bequeathed as aforesaid.

Item I give to my cousin Susan Gibbons the wife of James Gibbons of Horton in the County of Kent yeoman the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money.
Item I give to my cousin Elizabeth Wise the wife of Joseph Wise of London coach harness maker the sum of forty pounds of like lawful money.
Item I give to my cousin Elizabeth Full(?) of London widow, the sum of twenty pounds of like lawful money.
Item I give to Thomas, William and Jane Cromby(?) children of my late cousin Anne late wife of William ? of Sandwich in the County of Kent, blacksmith five pounds apiece to each of them to be paid to them when they shall have attained their several ages of one and twenty years.
Item I give to my cousin Mr Robert Knaplock(?) of London, bookseller and to Elizabeth his wife ten pounds apiece to each of them of like lawful money.
Item I give to Mr Richard Knaplock(?) of London, joiner and Elizabeth his wife ten pounds apiece to each of them of like lawful money.
Item I give to my cousin Captain John Denn of Rotherhithe near London the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money.
Item I give to Mr Humphrey Jones, late of Great Tower Street, London, tobacconist ten pounds of like lawful money.
Item I give to Mr Anthony Job of ? London wharfinger ten pounds of like lawful money.
Item I give to Mr John Burgoyne of the Custom House, London ten pounds of like lawful money.
Item I give to Mr John Chitty of St Margarets at Cliffe near Dover and to his wife ten pounds apiece to each of them of like lawful money.
Item I give to William Crayford Esquire Controller of Law ten pounds of like lawful money.
Item I give to Mr John Hawkins Jnr Attorney at Law and to Anne his wife the sum of thirty pounds apiece to each of them of like lawful money.
Item I give to my most honoured relation Mrs Mary Sabine a gold ring of a ? value.
Item I give to Mr Samuel Sheppard living at Stratford near London and to his two widow sisters Mrs Lambert and Mrs Chaplain twenty shillings apiece for each of them for rings.
Item I give to Mrs Rebecca ? and Mrs Elizabeth Howard(?) of London twenty shillings apiece to each of them for rings.

All which said legacies given and bequeathed as aforesaid will and hereby appoint to be paid out of such moneys as and one to me on Mortgages of lands at St Margarets at Cliffe near Dover and on a Mortgage made unto me by Thomas Bigg late of Bishopsbourne in the County of Kent Gentleman deceased or out of any other Mortgages Bonds or ready money that I may happen to leave at the time of my death. And in case the moneys allotted for the payment of the several legacies aforesaid ? be raised or got in within three months after my decease that then and from that time it is my will and I do hereby appoint that the interest arising and becoming due for the moneys I have on the several Mortgages or Bonds aforesaid all necessary charges that my Executor shall be at about raising and getting in the same being first allowed and ? to him shall be paid to the several and respective legacies proportionally to what it shall amount into for the sums so severally given and bequeathed to each of them till such time as the moneys can be called in and the said several legacies fully paid and discharged according to the ? ? and meaning of this my will.

Item I give unto Mrs Anne Alexander of Great Tower Hill London ? ten pounds which she oweth me on bond and all the interest that shall appear to be due for the same.
Item I give unto James Tull(Full) five pounds which he oweth me on bond and all the interest that shall appear to be due for the same.

Item I give and devise all that my tenement farm stable outhouses orchard garden and backside and about five acres of ? ground with their and every of their appertuances thereunto belonging to the same more or less situate lying and being at a place called Underdown in the Parish of Chatham in the County of Kent and now in my own occupation and the occupation of John Austin and also I give and devise all that my ? Simple Estate lying at St Margarets at Cliffe near Dover in the occupation of John Chitty unto the said Robert and Richard Knaplock and their heirs for ever to be equally divided between them provided and upon this condition that the said Robert and Richard Knaplock their or either of their heirs executors or administrators do pay or raise to be paid unto their aunt Elizabeth Wise the wife of Joseph Wise aforesaid if living at the time of my death the sum of thirty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain. And to their sister Sarah Cuthbert if living at the time of my death the sum of twenty pounds of like lawful money. And to Elizabeth Morgan daughter of the said Elizabeth Wise if living at the time of my death the sum of twenty pounds of like lawful money.

Moreover my will is and I do hereby direct and appoint that if any of my relations or others to whom I have given or bequeathed any sum or sums of money as aforesaid happen to die before me so that the sums intended for such relations and others shall not become due to them that then and in such case my Executor shall according to his discretion distribute the said sum or sums amongst such of my nearest surviving relations in this my will named whose poverty and distressed condition may appear to most need and deserve the same and whereas my late brother Mr David Denne deceased did by his last Will and Testament bearing date the second day of July 1712 give and devise all his messuages lands tenements and hereditaments lying and being in the Parish of Bishopsbourne in the County of Kent to me and my heirs for ever I do hereby give and devise unto my Executor and his heirs all those my said messuages lands tenements and hereditaments lying and being in the said Parish of Bishopsbourne in the said County of Kent to be by him or them (as soon conveniently may be) sold for the best price be got for the same subject nevertheless unto the several annuities or yearly rent charges given and bequeathed out of the same unto any person or persons whatsoever in and by the said last Will and Testament of my said brother David Denne deceased or in and by the last Will and Testament of Mr Richard Coote/Crooke(?) deceased and the moneys arising by such sale to be immediately employed for and towards the payment of my just debts and of the several legacies by me before in and by this my last will given and bequeathed.

Lastly I give and bequeath to my aforesaid loving kinsman Mr Robert Knaplock aforesaid the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain which said Robert Knaplock I do hereby constitute and appoint to be sole Executor to this my last Will and Testament. All the rest and residue of my personal estate whatsoever or of what sort nature or kind soever after my funeral charges just debts and legacies are fully paid and discharged and that my said Executor do first out of the same satisfy and pay himself for whatever charges trouble or expenses he shall be at in the execution of this my will I give and bequeath the same to my surviving brother and sisters to be equally divided amongst them and I do hereby revoke and make void all other wills formerly made by me and do constitute declare and appoint this to be my last Will and Testament containing four sheets of paper all written with my own hand and have to the first and last sheet set my hand and seal and to each other sheet my hand the day and year first above written. William Denne
Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Denne the Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who as witnesses have subscribed our names in the presence of the said Testator.
William Crayford, John Comorford(?), ? Harris, Thomas Noble.

Probatum in Latin 18 Dec 1713


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