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Will of David Denne

of Chislet, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1777
Transcribed by Brian Denn
This is the last Will and Testament of me David Denne of Chislet Court in the Parish of Chislet in the County of Kent, Gentleman. First and principally I commend my Soul to God and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor herein after named and as for all such worldly estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I dispose thereof as followeth.

I give and devise unto my Honoured Mother Anne Denne and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life all that my messuages or tenement wherein she now dwells with the garden and appertuances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the Parish of Chislet aforesaid in the said County of Kent and from and immediately after the decease of my said mother Anne Denne I give and devise all and singular the said messuage or tenement garden and appertuances to my cousin Edward Reynolds of ? in the County of Kent aforesaid Hayman(?) and to his heirs and assigns for ever.

Also I give and bequeath unto my said mother Anne Denne an annuity or yearly sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto her yearly and every year for and during the term of her natural life out of my personal estate by my Executor herein after named free from all deductions whatsoever upon the feast days of St Michael the Archangel and the Annuriation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by even and equal half yearly portions the first half yearly payment thereof to begin and to be made upon such of the said feast days which shall first and next happen after my decease

I give and bequeath unto my sister Mary Vandepeer the sum of four hundred pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto her out of my personal estate by my Executor herein after named within nine calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my brother Thomas Denne the sum of seven hundred pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto him out of my said personal estate by my Executor herein after named within nine calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my sister Anne Collard the sum of five hundred pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto her out of my said personal estate by my Executor herein after named within nine calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my brother William Denne the sum of seven hundred pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto him out of my said personal estate by my Executor herein after named within nine calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my sister Sarah Wood the like sum of seven hundred pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto her out of my said personal estate by my Executor herein after named within six calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my brother John Denne the sum of eight hundred pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto him out of my said personal estate by my Executor herein after named within nine calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto Miss Anne Spray whom I hoped and intended to marry the sum of one thousand pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain as a token and in memorial of my great love and affection for her to be paid unto her out of my said personal estate by my Executor herein after named within nine calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my Bailiff William Ralfe(?) the sum of one hundred pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto him out of my said personal estate by my said Executor herein after named within nine calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my nine workmen Thomas Knott, William Fryer(?) William Spicer, William May, William Cadman, James Barnett, Richard Boughton, Valentine Brittenden and John Gardiner the sum of forty shillings apiece of like lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto them severally and respectively out of my said personal estate by my said Executor herein after named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my housekeeper Susannah Down the sum of ten pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto her out of my said personal estate within three calendar months next after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my two(?) man servants and two other maid servants now living with me the sum of ten shillings apiece of like and lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto them severally and respectively out of my said personal estate by my Executor herein after named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.

And for the better(?) securing the payment of the said annuity and the said several and respective legacies or sums of money herein before by me given and bequeathed I do hereby charge all my messuages, lands, tenements, hereditaments and real estate whatsoever and wheresoever (other than and except the messuages or tenement and premises before given and devised to my said mother for her life) with the payment of the said annuity and legacies or sums of money in manner aforesaid.
I give and devise all my said messuages, lands, tenements hereditaments and real estate whatsoever and wheresoever charged as aforesaid unto my said cousin Edward Reynolds his heirs and assigns for ever and also I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my goods, chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever after the payment of all my just debts, legacies aforesaid funeral expenses charges of proving this my will and all other incident charges unto my said cousin Edward Reynolds his executors administrators and assigns for ever to and for his and their own proper use and benefit and I do hereby make nominate constitute and appoint the said Edward Reynolds sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby publish and declare this and no other to be my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills and testaments by me made.
In witness whereof I the said David Denne the Testator have to each sheet of this my last Will and Testament in two sheets of paper contained set by my hand and seal the twenty fourth day of May in the seventeenth year of the reign Our Sovereign Lord George the Third 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 seventy seven. Signed sealed and published and declared by the said David Denne the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto at the request and in the presence of the said David Denne the Testator….
John Diamond, John Simmons, Thomas Hammond.

This will was proved at London the fifth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven before the Worshipful Andrew ? Durant(?) Doctor of Laws, Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Sir George May(?) Knight, Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Perogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Edward Reynolds the sole Executor named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.


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