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Will of Thomas Denne

of Bishopsbourne, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol. 92 folio 86, LDS Film # 0188992
Transcribed by Norm Dennie
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Denne of Bursted in the parish of Bishopsbourn, in the county of Kent, Gentleman, being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (God be praised therefore) do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following. That is to say, first and principally I commit my soul to God that gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named. And as for my worldly estate, I give devise and bequeath of the same as followth.

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my sister now the wife of John Proud one annuity or yearly as rent charge of fifty shillings of lawful currency of Great Britain for and during the term of her natural life to yearly issuing and going out of all that my manor of Bursted with the manor house, barns stables, buildings lands tenements and hereditaments as there unto belonging situate lying and being in Bishopsbourn aforesaid to be paid unto her by half yearly payments that is to say at the feasts of the annuniation aforesaid virgin Mary and St. Michael the Archangel the first payment to be made at the first of those feasts which shall happen next after my decease. And my will is that if the said annuity or yearly rent charge of fifty shillings shall be behind and unpaid by the space of one and twenty days next after whereof the said feasts on which the same is herein before appointed as to be paid that there and from thereforth and at any time afterwards the said Elizabeth Proud or her assigns shall and lawfully may enter upon the said manor, manorhouse lands tenements and hereditaments to distraine and the distress and distresses there found to take load devise carry away impound detain and keep and sell and dispose of the same unless the said annuities and all arrear thereof all reasonable charges there upon be fully paid and discharged within five days after the taking of such distress.

I give and bequeath unto my sister Mary the wife of John Atwell for and during the term of her natural life one annuity or yearly rent charge of five pounds of like lawful money to be yearly issuing and going out of my aforesaid manor, manorhouse barn buildings lands tenements and hereditaments to be paid unto her at the aforesaid by equal half yearly payments and I do hereby give and grant unto my said sister Mary full power and authority to distraine? for the same in the like manner as I have herein before given and granted to my said sister Elizabeth.

Item I give and bequeath unto every one of the children of my said two child? sisters Elizabeth Proud and Mary Atwell the sum of ten pounds apiece of lawful money to be paid unto them respectively as they shall soberly attain to their respective ages of one and twenty years.

Item I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Bishopsbourn aforesaid the sum of forty shillings to be distributed amongst them as my executor herein after named shall think fit.
Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth the daughter of Elizabeth West my servant the sum of one hundred pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain and all my household linen to be paid unto her at her age of one and twenty years by my Executor herein after named.
Item I give and bequeath unto my said servant Elizabeth West the sum of ten pounds of like money to be paid unto her within six months after my decease.

Item all the rest residue and remainder of manors mesuages lands and tenements hereditaments goods chattels household stuff ready moneys and all other my real and personal estate what soever and where soever after my said legacies just debts and funeral expenses are paid and satisfied, I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved brother John Denne and to the sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do hereby devise that my said executor would carefully pay and discharge all the aforesaid legacies at the times herein before appointed for the payment of them and in default thereof I charge all my manors mesuages lands tenements and hereditaments with the payment thereof.

And I do revoke and make void all former wills by me heretofore made and do declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper to each of the said sheets set my hand and seal this fifty day of September in the sixth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the grace of God of Great Britain grant? and declared King founder of the faith at Anno 1719.

Probated November 5, 1745


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