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Will of Elizabeth Denne

of Wingham, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.63 f.135b
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the Name of God Amen the thirteenth day of May in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and thirty eight, I Elizabeth Denne of the Parish of Wingham and in the County of Kent, Widow being in good health and of sound and perfect mind and memory (praised be God for it) but considering the uncertainty of this life do hereby make and ordain this my last Will and Testament 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 as for my Body I do bequeath that to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named.
Also I do hereby give and bequeath unto the poor of the Parish of Wingham aforesaid the sum of forty shillings to be distributed and given amongst the said poor by my Executor within twelve months next after my decease.

Also I do give and bequeath unto my Executor and to my daughter Denne of Higham, widow of my son David Denne one chest with what linen that shall be in it at the time of my decease (except a pair of the best sheets hereafter bequeathed) which chest is now standing in my own bedchamber which chest and linen I would have divided in the following manner (that is to say). One half to my Executor and the other half to my said daughter Denne for her to divide equally amongst the children of my said son David Denne and the division to be made within three months next after my decease.

Also I do give and bequeath unto my grandson Thomas Denne one bed and bedstead with all the furniture belonging to the same all as it stands in the chamber over the parlour where I now dwell.
Also I do give and bequeath unto my said grandson Thomas Denne one small chest now standing in my own bedchamber with two silver spoons and some linen and some pewter in it which spoons linen and pewter I also give with the chest.
Also I do give and bequeath unto my said grandson Thomas Denne my large looking glass in the parlour where I now dwell.
Also I do give and bequeath unto my grandson David Denne one silver mug.
Also I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Denne aforesaid all my wearing of all sorts and a chest of drawers now standing in my own bedchamber with all that shall be found in it at the time of my decease.
Also I do give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Mary Denne a small black trunk (with her name upon it) and also what linen is in it being one pair of sheets one tablecloth and eighteen napkins.
Also I do give unto my said granddaughter Mary Denne two silver salts and a double guinea.
Also I do give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Elizabeth Denne two silver spoons a piece of gold called a Septre(?) piece and a pair of the best sheets that are in the chest in my own bedchamber aforesaid.

Also I do give and bequeath unto my grandson Ralph Philpott a red trunk with a certain parcel of table linen in and being at this time in my closet within the bedchamber which trunk and linen I would have delivered to him my said grandson by my Executor at such time as he my said grandson shall attain or be of the age of five and twenty years or day of marriage which shall first happen but if my said grandson shall happen to die before he is of the age of five and twenty years without being married then my will and mind is that the last mentioned trunk and linen shall rest in the hands of my Executor for his own use and benefit.

Also my will and mind further is that my daughter Denne aforesaid do within three months after my decease take from my dwellinghouse all those things that I have hereby given to them in this my will and my desire is that she my said daughter do take care of those things that are hereby given to her children till such time as they are capable of taking care of them themselves according to the true intent and meaning of this my will.

All the rest and residue of all and singular my goods chattels household stuff and personal estate whatsoever and not hereinbefore bequeathed (my debts legacies funeral charges and probate of this my will being first paid and deducted) I do give and bequeath unto my son Richard Denne.
And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint him my said son Richard Denne sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

Touching the disposing of all and singular my lands and tenements I do hereby give and dispose thereof as follows first I do hereby give and devise unto the heirs of my said son David Denne and to their heirs one piece or parcel of fresh marshland lying and being in the Parish of Ash next Sandwich containing by estimation four acres be thereof more or less and now or in the tenure or occupation of William Couper or of his assigns which land I purchased of John Bridger Esq to have and to hold the said four acres of marshland with the appertuances thereof unto them the heirs of my said son David Denne and to their heirs and assigns for ever upon the following consideration and not otherwise (that is to say) that whereas I have by Bond or other Contract obliged my Executors to pay to my son in law Mr William Philpott of Eastry the sum of one hundred pounds after my death. Now if the heirs or executors of my said son David Denne do pay or cause to be paid unto the said William Philpott his heirs or assigns the sum of fifty pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain and that according to the true intent purpose and meaning of the said Article ? between the said William Philpott and myself and take a receipt for the same as money paid for and towards the discharging of the debt aforesaid that then the aforesaid heirs of my said son David Denne shall the aforesaid parcel of marshland to them their heirs and assigns for ever as is before mentioned. But if the said heirs and executors of my said son David Denne shall refuse or neglect to pay unto the said William Philpott his heirs or assigns the aforesaid sum of fifty pounds (for the uses aforesaid) that then it shall and may be lawful to and for the said William Philpott his heirs or assigns (according to law) to enter into and take possession of the said piece or parcel of marshland and the same to hold and keep and take the rents and profits thereof until the said sum of fifty pounds be fully satisfied and paid with legal interest and charges and then to return to the heirs of the said David Denne for ever as is before mentioned.

Also I do hereby give and devise unto my said son Richard Denne my Executor all that my messuage or dwellinghouse with the garden orchard stable and other buildings belonging to the same lying and being in the Parish of Wingham aforesaid and now in the occupation of me the said Elizabeth Denne to have and to hold the said messuage lands and the appertuances thereof unto him my said son Richard Denne and to his heirs and assigns for ever upon the following consideration and not otherwise that is to say that whereas I have by Bond or some other contract obliged my Executor to pay to my son in law Mr William Philpott of Eastry the sum of one hundred pounds after my death. Now if my said son Richard Denne his heirs or assigns do pay or cause to be paid unto the said William Philpott his heirs or assigns the sum of fifty pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain and according to the true intent purpose and meaning of the said Articles made between the said William Philpott and myself and take a receipt for the same as money paid for and towards the discharging of the debt aforesaid that then the aforesaid Richard Denne shall enjoy the aforesaid dwellinghouse with the appertuances thereof unto him the said Richard Denne and to his heirs and assigns for ever as is before mentioned. But if the said Richard Denne shall refuse or neglect to pay unto the said William Philpott his heirs or assigns the aforesaid sum of fifty pounds (for the uses aforesaid) that then it shall and may be lawful to and for the said William Philpott his heirs or assigns according to law to enter into and take possession of the said messuage lands and premises and the same to hold and keep and take the rents and profits thereof until the said sum of fifty pounds be fully satisfied and paid with legal interests and charges and then to return to the said Richard Denne and to his heirs for ever as is before mentioned.

This is the last Will and Testament of me the said Elizabeth Denne made and declared the said 13th day of May in the year of our Lord 1738. And I do hereby revoke and renounce all former wills by me made. In witness whereof to this my last Will and Testament in three sheets of paper to every sheet thereof my hand and seal have set at put the day and year first above written. The mark of Elizabeth Denne. Signed sealed published and declared by the said Elizabeth Denne to be her last Will and Testament the said 13th day of May Anno Domini 1738 in the presence of
Elizabeth Garrett, Richard Garrett, Richard Terry.

The before registered will of Elizabeth Denne, widow deceased having goods was proved the eighth day of August in the year of our Lord 1748 before the Reverend Francis Walkyn, Clerk lawful Surrogate to the Worshipful George Paul Doctor of Laws Commissary General of the City and Diocese of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Richard Denne the sole Executor named in the said will to whom administration of the goods of the said deceased was committed he being first sworn duly to execute the same.


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