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Will of Mary Denn

of Lewisham, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1749
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen, I Mary Denn of Lewisham in the County of Kent, widow do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say
I give devise and bequeath unto the Reverend Bartholomew Sabarin(?) of Lewisham aforesaid, Clerk and Thomas Henry of Deptford in the said County of Kent, Carpenter and their heirs all those my four freehold houses with their appertuances in Rotherhithe in the County of Surrey and all other my real estate in Rotherhithe aforesaid and also all those my two freehold houses with their appertuances in Wapping in the County of Middlesex and all other my real estate in Wapping aforesaid to have and to hold all and singular the said premises with the appertuances unto the said Bartholomew Sabarin and Thomas Henry their heirs and assigns to and for the several uses trusts intents and purposes hereinafter limited and declared concerning the same that is to say to the use and behalf of my son John Denn and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life and from and after the determination of that estate then to the use and behalf of the said Bartholomew Sabarin and Thomas Henry and their heirs for and during the life of the said John Denn in trust to preserve the contingent uses and estates hereinafter limited from being defeated and destroyed and to make entries for that purpose if the case shall require and from and after the decease of the said John Denn in case he shall marry and his wife shall happen to survive him then to the use of such wife during the term of her natural life for her jointure and in ? of ? and from and after the decease of the said John Denn and such wife as aforesaid and of the longest lived of them then to the use and behalf of all and every the child and children of the said John Denn lawfully begotten both males and females share and share alike to take as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and their several and respective heirs and assigns forever and if but one such child then to the use and behalf of such only child his or her heirs and assigns forever and if there shall be no child or children lawfully begotten by the said John Denn living at the time of his decease then as for and concerning the freehold lands and premises now or late in the occupation of Mrs ? part of my said estate in Rotherhithe aforesaid to the use and behalf of my Grandson John Blake his heirs and assigns for ever and as for and concerning the other three freehold houses and all the residue of my estate in Rotherhithe aforesaid to the use and behalf of my daughter Mary Green her heirs and assigns forever and as for and concerning the said two freehold houses and ? ? in Wapping aforesaid to the use and behalf of my daughter Elizabeth Drayton her heirs and assigns for ever.

I give and bequeath unto my said son John Denn two of my East India Bonds for one hundred pounds each and all arrears of interest thereon at my death. I give and bequeath also to my said son John Denn the annuity of nine pounds payable by the Parish of Rotherhithe aforesaid during the life of my daughter Mary Denn now Mary Green and all arrears thereof at my death he paying to his said sister Mary Green out of the six pounds yearly during her life but if my said son John Denn should happen to die ? my said daughter Mary Green in such case I give all the said annuity to my said daughter Mary Green and her assigns.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Drayton heretofore Elizabeth Denn and her assigns all that my other annuity of nine pounds payable by the said Parish of Rotherhithe for and during her natural life and all arrears thereof at my death.

I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Mary Green an East India Bond for one hundred pounds and all arrears of interest thereon at my death but if my said daughter Mary Green and her husband shall not within three months after my decease execute sufficient release in the law and thereby effectively and for ever release and discharge my Executors and estates of and from all demands whatsoever on account of the legacies left to my late son Hornblower(?) Denn deceased by my sister Edwards and my Aunt Smith and all his and her demand on the estate of the said Hornblower Denn by virtue of his last Will and Testament or otherwise howsoever then and in such case I give and bequeath the said East India Bond with all arrears of interest thereon unto my said son John Denn.

I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Elizabeth Drayton an East India Bond for one hundred pounds and all arrears of interest thereon at my death, but if my said daughter Elizabeth Drayton and her husband shall not within three months after my decease execute or sufficient release in the law and thereby effectively and forever release and discharge my Executors and Estate of and from all demands whatsoever or amount of the legacies left to my late son Hornblower Denn deceased by my sister Edwards and my aunt Smith and all his and her demands on the estate of the said Hornblower Denn by virtue of his last Will and Testament or otherwise howforever then and in such case I give and bequeath the said East India Bond with all arrears of interest thereon unto my said son John Denn

and my will is and I do hereby order all my plate, household goods and furniture except such part thereof as I have or shall by writing under my hand specifically give away to be sold with all convenient speed after my decease and the money thereto arising and all the rest residue and remainder of my estate both real and personal of what kind and nature soever after payment of my debts funeral expenses and legacies I give devise and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said son John Denn his heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely and forever and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said son John Denn and the said Thomas Henry Executors of this my last Will and Testament and my will is that the said Bartholomew Sabarin and Thomas Henry shall be indemnified out of my estate against all costs, charges and expenses whatsoever which they or either of them may bear, pay,sustain, suffer or be put unto in any matter or thing whatsoever necessarily relating to the execution of this my will and lastly I do revoke and make void all former wills by me made and do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament .

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this three and twentieth day of May in the twenty 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 and so forth and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty nine. Mary Denn. Signed sealed published and declared by the within named Testatrix Mary Denn as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence and at her request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
Ralph Cox, Grace ? Mary Cox.

I note of such things as I have excepted from the sale of my goods after my death as follows. To my son John his fathers picture and mine his own two pictures and his brother would have the two ship pieces and the small print, my work cabinet, his fathers chest and the leather portmanteau, the chinze counterpain and the chinze quilt with a green border, my ? ? scallop bowl if enough to pay my debts and bury me you may keep the silver bowl ? and ladle the books between him and John Blake except Doctor ? Sermons if there is three of them, one apiece to his sisters my Grandson Blake my large prayer book

to my daughter Green her fathersí picture at ? her Aunt Smith and her own my ? ? and all belonging to it, my white quilted gown, my velvet scarf and white Joseph, my best Holland(?) sheets laces(?) in the ? in the forechamber and pillow ? in the same place the furniture of the same room except the ? and the work glass made up with gold and silver lace(?) my white quilt with chinze one side the enamelled bowl and her sons he bought from her own chest of drawers and the other in her room a work(?) box.

To my daughter Drayton, her own picture her uncle and aunt in the forechamber my green satin nightgown the work glass made up with gold and silver lace(?) and work ? two small bowls with one is joined a fine table cloth and a dozen of napkins in the cabinet and a printed satin counterpain in the same place my long blue cloak my wearing linen and house linen to divide between my two daughters. To the Reverend Sabarin(?) the picture of Our Saviour over the forechamber chimney to Mr ? the picture of Solomans Temple over the fore parlour chimney. My funeral charges as little as possible my coffin two ? oak a middling ? and middling cloth one clergyman and that Mr Sabarin(?) if is well and capable of going Mr Drayton to ? the coffin of Mr Henry only the ? work and to send to your house or you to send for it and do everything else Mr Sabarin my best Clarks(?) silk cloak.
Mary Denn. Witness Eleanor Sabarin, Catherine Walker

This will was proved at London (with codicil annexed) before the Worshipful Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate to the Right Worshipful John Bettesworth(?) also Doctor of Laws Master, Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the sixteenth day of October in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and forty nine by the oath of John Denn the son of the said deceased and one of the Executors named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to administer power received of making the life grant to Thomas Henry the other Executor when he shall apply for the same

This will with a codicil annexed was proved at London before the Worshipful Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate to the Right Worshipful John Bettesworth(?) also Doctor of Laws Master, Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted on the third day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty nine by the oath of Thomas Henry the other Executor named in the said will to whom administration was granted being first sworn duly to administer.

On the 29th day of October 1824 administration (with the will annexed) of the goods, chattels and credits of Mary Denn late of Lewisham in the County of Kent widow deceased left by John Denn the son one of the Executors and the Residuary Legatee and by Thomas Henry the other Executor named in the said will was granted to Mary Sarah Issit (wife of Charles Issit Esq ?) the ? of goods of the said John Denn deceased having been first sworn duly to administer. The said John Denn ? the said Thomas Henry and said ?


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