First I do give and bequeath unto my loving son Thomas Denne to and for his own proper use and benefit one large chest together with the linen and other ? contained therein late belonging to my wife Elizabeth Rigden deceased.
Also I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Elizabeth Denne and to her heirs and assigns for ever all and singular my messuages lands tenements hereditaments and premises lying situate lying and being in the County of Kent or elsewhere and also all and singular my ready money bonds bills mortgages goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever whether in possession reversion remainder or expectancy and whereof I have ? ? she my said loving wife and her assigns first paying all my debts funeral expenses and the charges of proving and executing this my will.
Provided nevertheless and my mind and will is that in case my said loving Elizabeth Denne shall marry again then I do hereby order and direct and do hereby give and bequeath unto my loving brother William Denne of the Parish of Adisham in the said County of Kent yeoman and unto my good friend Henry Wise of the town and port of Sandwich in the said County, Linen Draper the sum of three hundred and twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain upon ? ? and confidence(?) nevertheless that they the said William Denne and Henry Wise and the survivor of them and the executor administrators and assigns of such survivors shall and do as soon as conveniently may be after the receipt thereof put and place out the same at interest in some one or more of the Public Funds or upon some good real security or securities and that they do from time to time call in remove change and now place and put out the same again at interest upon such other security or securities as aforesaid and do pay and apply all the interest profit and proceed of the said sum of three hundred and twenty pounds so to put and placed out at interest as aforesaid for and towards the maintenance and education of my loving children Thomas Denne, John Neame Denne, Henry Denne and Mary Denne until they severally and respectively shall attain their age or ages of twenty one years and when and as soon as my said children shall have attained their said age or ages of twenty one years then I give and bequeath the said sum of three hundred and twenty pounds together with the interest profits and proceed thereof unto my said loving children Thomas Denne, John Neame Denne, Henry Denne and Mary Denne to and for their own proper use and benefit.
And in case any of my said children shall happen to die before his or her age or ages of twenty one years then my will is the part and parts and shares of such ? children so dying of and in the said sum of money shall go and be paid unto the survivors and survivor in equal share and proportions if more than one share and share alike at the ? aforesaid. And if all my said children shall die except one before his or her share of the said sum of money shall become payable unto them by virtue of this my will then I give and bequeath the said sum of three hundred and twenty pounds together with the interest profits and proceed thereof unto such survivor child to be paid at the time aforesaid.
And I do hereby give and bequeath unto my said loving wife Elizabeth Denne the tuition and management of my said loving children during their respective minorities for and during so long time as she my said loving wife Elizabeth keep and remain my widow and in case of her marriage again then I give and bequeath the tuition and management of my said children unto my said Trustees William Denne and Henry Wise or the survivor of them the executors or administrators of such survivor during the minorities of my said children.
And I do charge and make liable all and singular my estate both real and personal with the true payment of the said sum of three hundred and twenty pounds in case my said wife Elizabeth Denne shall hereafter marry again and I do hereby devise and authorise my said Trustees to reimburse themselves all such costs charges and expenses as they shall sustain or be put unto in the management or tuition of this my will or the trust hereby created and that shall not be answerable for any loss that may happen without their wilful neglect or defaults and that they shall separately account each frivolous act and receipts and not the one for the other of them.
And I do hereby make constitute and appoint the said William Denne and Henry
Wise Executors of this my will hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I the
said Thomas Denne the Testator have to each sheet of this my last Will and Testament contained in two
sheets of paper affixed together set my hand and seal the first day of February in the year of our Lord
one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven and in the seventh year of the Reign of King George the
Third over Great Britain and so forth. Thomas Denne. Signed sealed published and declared by the said
Thomas Denne the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have
hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence and at the request of the said Thomas
Denne the Testator. The words (and the survivor of them in the seventeenth line the word [and twenty]
in the twenty fifth line of the first sheet of this my will being first interlined).
Stephen ? Susan Hart John Matson.
The before registered will of Thomas Denne was proved the eleventh day of February 1767 before the Reverend William Goulting, Clerk Surrogate to the Worshipful Andrew Coltee Ducarel Doctor of Laws Commissary General of the City and Diocese of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Henry Wise and William Denne the Executors named in the said will they being first sworn duly to perform the same.
Will of Thomas Denne