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Will of John Denne

of Christ Church Canterbury, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Folio 6, Vol 88, LDS Film #0188988
Transcribed by Norm Dennie
In the name of God Amen. I John Denne of the precinct of Christ Church Canterbury, in the county of Kent, Gent, being in perfect health of body and of sound and perfect memory God be praised for the same do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator begging pardon for all my sins and hoping to obtain everlasting life and my body I commit to the earth desiring that it may be interred in a decent manner but with as little expenses as conveniently may be at the direction of my Executor hereafter named in the Church yard of the parish of Littlebourne in the county aforesaid and I desire and order that my Executor shall lay over my grave a large black marble stone with my Coat of Arms Engraved or cut thereon and as to my worldly estate, I give and dispose thereof as followeth.

In primis I give and devise unto my dear beloved wife Hester Denne all that my mesuages or Tenement with the Barn stable, buildings and three acres of land more or less there unto belonging lying and being in Littlebourne, aforesaid and now or last in the occupation of John Emphage and my son Henry Denne or their assigns and also all those full .. parts the whole in four equal parts to be divided of all that mesuages or tenement with the stable buildings garden and the acres of land now planted with fruit trees there more or less there unto belonging lying and being in Littlebourne aforesaid and now in tenure or occupation of .... Metcalfe, Thomas Denne and my wife and our assigns and also all those my mesuages or tenement in the parish of Northgate in Canterbury, aforesaid one ... given my by Robert Billinghurst and the other I lately purchased of Michael Billinghurst also all that my mesuage and Lands that I lately purchased of John Mayh-- within the parish of Northgate aforesaid to hold the same unto my said wife Hester Denne and her assigns for and during the terms of her natural life if she shall so long continue and be a widow and from and after her decease or marriage again which shall first happen, I give and devise all and singular the aforesaid mesuages lands and tenements unto my son Henry Denne for and during his natural life, and after his decease, I give and devise the same unto my grandson John Denne son of my son Henry Denne his heirs and assigns forever.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my said wife Hester Denne all my household goods, plate and linen provided always and my will and meaning is that if my said wife shall or do neglect or refuse within one month next after my decease to release unto my sons John and Henry Denne and their heirs and assigns all her right and claim of dower of maid to all and every the mesuages Lands which I shall dye possessed of during our coverture that thou that several legacies and bequeaths and desires herein before given and devised to my said wife shall be last and utterly void and of none effect.

Item - I give and devise and bequeath unto my son Henry Denne all those my three? pacts or parcels of Land lying and being in the parish of Westbeer that I purchased of .... containing twelve acres more or less and now or late in the occupation of James Mayfram or his assigns and also all those four tenements with their app'tonces lying and being in Littlebourne aforesaid now or late in the occupation of Thomas Maple, Thomas Jordan, John Marted and William Armstrong or their assigns and also all those two meadows called Stonebright Meadows and Noxwood Meadow lying and being in the parish of Ickham in the occupation of my son Henry Denne or his assigns and also all that mesuages and one acre of land lying and being in Littlebourne afore said and now or late in the occupation of William Cardon or his assigns and also all those two mesuages or tenement with nine acres of land be there more or less that I purchased of Edward and William Hibble while lying and being in the parish of Littlebourne aforesaid and now or late in the tenure or occupation of Asten Sibynoles and Thomas Cook or their assigns and all one piece of Marsh land lying and being in the parish of Ash next Sandwich containing ten acres more or less in the occupation of Richard May or his assigns and also one annually or rent charge of five pounds per Anno that I purchased of Benjamin Gibbs and payable of certain lands lying and being in that county aforesaid and now or late in the tenure or occupation of Mathias Hopson or his assigns all the above devise to my son Henry Denne.

I give devise and bequeath to him and his heirs forever and thereas by several indentures of mortgage and several assign tenants in the land or otherwise I now am and stand lawfully possessed of one or more term or terms of five hundred years and for a longer or other term or terms of and in one mesuage or farm called Watmor shall with the barn stable buildings lands and appurtenances there unto belonging situate lying and being in the parishes of Westbeer and Sturry in the county of Kent and now in tenure or occupation of James Maythorne or his assigns for security of several sums of money due and owing unto me by virtue whereof I am now in present possession of and receive the rents and profits of the said farm and lands. Now I do hereby give devise and bequeath the said farm and lands called Watmerhall with their appurtenances and all the mortgages assignments or securities and all the sum and summs out and owing unto me at the time of my death on the said securities and all the benefit infers and advantage thereof concept only the rent of the said farm which shall be out and owing to me after the time of my death in manner and form following, that is to say:

Imprimis I give unto my daughter Hester Denne the sum of one thousand pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto her by my Executor hereafter named out of the said farm and lands called Watmershall within one year after my decease and also thirty pounds of like money for and in lieu of interest for the same to be paid by my Executors as aforesaid and I do hereby charge and make lyable the said mesuage farm and lands called Watmershall to and with the payment of one and thirty pounds unto my said daughter Hester Denne

I give devise and bequeath the said farm and lands called Watmershall with the benefit interest and advantage thereof unto my son Henry Denne his executors demonstrators, and assigns for and during all the rest and undue and remainder of the farm of five hundred years or other term such as is granted of and is the said farm and .... my will and meaning that all of the rent that shall be out to me at the time of my death for the said mortgaged farm shall be had and received by my Executor forward the payment of my grandson John Denne son of my son Henry Denne the sum of three hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid him by my executor hereafter named when he shall attain the age of one and twenty years and I do hereby order and devise my said executor his executors or Administrators to pay and allow unto my said Grandson John Denne yearly and every year for and toward his education and maintenance the sum of thirty pounds of like money to be paid him quarterly the first payment to be paid him within three months after my decease until he shall attain the age of one and twenty years and if he dies before he attains the age of one and twenty years

I give and bequeath the above said sum of three hundred pounds to Henry, Hester, and Elizabeth Denne children of my son Henry Denne each one hundred pounds to be paid by my executor or his executor or Administrator.

Item - I give and bequeath unto my Grandson John Denne son of my son John Denne the sum of five hundred pounds of like money when he shall attain the age of one and twenty years to be paid by my executors as aforesaid.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Susanna Denne daughter of my son John Denne the sum of one hundred pounds of like money to be paid by my executor when she shall attain to the age of twenty one years.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my grandson John Hollingbury the sum of one hundred pounds of like money to be paid by my executors as aforesaid when he shall attain to the age of one and twenty years.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my grandson Thomas Hollingbury the sum of one hundred pounds of like money to be paid by my executors when he shall attain to the age of one and twenty years.
Item - I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Littlebourne the sum of ten pounds of like money to be paid by my executor within six months after my decease to such poor as are legally settled there and are resident at the time of my death as my executor shall direct in the presence of the Churchwarden of the said parish for the time being.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my son John Denne the sum of thirty pounds of like money to be paid by my executor within three month after my decease to buy him and his wife mourning.
Item - I give unto my sons and daughter Hollingbury the sum of ten pounds to buy them mourning to be paid by my executor within three months after my decease.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hester Denne the sum of ten pounds of like money to buy her mourning to be paid by my executor.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my grandson John Denne son of my son Henry Denne the sum of five pounds of like money to buy him mourning to be paid by my executor within six months after my decease.

Item - I give unto my brother Thomas Denne the ring that I had at the funeral of William Denne.
Item - I give unto my sister Mary Pilcher and to my sister Elizabeth Andrew, the sum of thirty shillings to buy them each a ring to be paid by my executor within one month after my decease
and my will and meaning is that my executors hereafter named shall pay all the above said legacies that the time of payment is not mentioned when to be paid and discharged by my executor within three months after my decease.

Item - It is my will and desire and I do hereby make as well all my personal estate as also my said farm and estate called Littlebourne Court and all the ensuages lands and tenements before devised for my son Henry Denne subject chargeable and lyable to the payment of all my justified debts one to any persons whatsoever at the time of my death and also of a rent charge to Elizabeth Raymer widow of twenty pounds per annum during her life which I have given her security for one my land and tenement in Littlebourne, Ickham and Ash and all the legacies herein before bequeathed.

Item - all the rest and residue of my mesuages lands and tenements here within whatsoever and wheresoever not herein before bequeathed after my debts funeral charges and legacys are paid and discharged I give and devise all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels and money and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever not herein before bequeathede unto my son Henry Denne his executor, Administrator and assigns and I do hereby ordain constitute and appoint my said son Henry Denne to be my sole Executor to this my last will and testament and I do hereby denounce frustrate and make void all former wills and testaments by me at any time made and I do hereby make ordain publish and declare this to me my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have for this my last will and testament conveyed in these sheets of paper to every sheet set my hand and to the last sheet set my seal this twenty seventh day of February in the second year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King Defender of the faith one thousand seven hundred twenty and eight. John Denne signed ....

Probated November 1730


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