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Will of William Denne

of Chilham, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.100 folio 105
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen I William Denne of Chilham in the County, Gentleman being of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind and duly considering the uncertainty of Human Life do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say. First and principally I commend my soul unto Almighty God my Creator humbly hoping for a blessed immortality through the merits and mediation of my Blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ. And my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named. And as to such Temporal Estate as the Lord hath given me I give devise and dispose thereof as follweth.

I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Denne and to his heirs and assigns forever all that my messuage or tenement called Bursted with the lands and premises thereto belonging and the woods and timber growing thereon and also the just rents of the manor thereto belonging situate and being in the Parish of Bishopsbourne in the said County of Kent. Also one piece or parcel of land containing by estimation two roods be thereof more or less situate and being in the Parish of Stelling and now in the occupation of John Pearson. Also one moiety or half part of a messuage barn stable and thirty acres of land be thereof more or less situate and being in the Parish of Elmsted and now in the occupation of William Fox. Also one piece or parcel of wood land containing three acres one rood and eighteen perches and sixteen acres of arable land in the occupation of James Finch lying and being in Upper Hardres in the said County of Kent held by a mortgage deed from Edward Mantell.

I give and bequeath unto my son William Denne and to his heirs and assigns for ever all that my messuage barn stable and fifty acres of land and woodland be thereof more or less situate and being in Upper Hardres aforesaid and known by the name of Dane also a farm and lands with two messuages containing twenty eight acres be thereof more or less situate and being in the Parish of Wingham in the said County of Kent now in the occupation of James Beech and William Friend held by a mortgage deed from David Atwell. Also one messuage barn and lands situate in the Parish of Herne in the said County of Kent and now in the occupation of William Clark. Also one moiety or half part of a farm and lands situate in the Parish of Petham in the said County of Kent containing fifty acres of arable and wood land be thereof more or less now in the occupation of William Ford. Also one messuage and five acres of land called New Jersey be thereof more or less situate in Petham aforesaid now in the occupation of William Prichard. Also one messuage and six acres of land be thereof more or less situate in the Parish of Waltham in the said County of Kent late Mrs Lushington.

I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Denne and to his heirs and assigns for ever all my messuages lands and appertuances situate at or near Shottenden in the said Parish of Chilham and Parish of Selling now in the occupation of myself George Meers and John Ward containing one hundred acres be thereof more or less.

I give unto my three daughters Mary Denne, Sarah the wife of Bennett Smith and Martha Denne all that my messuage or tenement called Pontus with the barn stable buildings lands and appertuances situate in the Parish of Molash in the said County of Kent containing by estimation one hundred and forty five acres be thereof more or less now in the occupation of Nicholas Amos to be divided equally between them and their lawful issue share and share alike and if it shall happen that either of my said daughters shall and do die without such issue then her part or share to go to and be equally divided between the two surviving and in case two of my said daughters shall happen to die without such issue the whole then to go to her that is surviving and her heirs and assigns forever.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Denne all that my messuage or tenement situate in the Street of Chilham aforesaid with the lands and appertuances containing seven acres be thereof more or less now in the several occupations of myself and John Penfield. Also my other two messuages or tenements with the lands and appertuances situate in the said Street of Chilham now in the several occupations of James Sharlock and my sister Elizabeth Wraith. Also a parcel of marshland containing twenty acres be thereof more or less situate in Romney Marsh now in the occupation of my said son Edward Denne. Also a messuage barn and lands thereto belonging situate in the Parish of Herne aforesaid and in the occupation of James Goodwin. Also two messuages or tenements with the appertuances situate in the town of Wye in the said County of Kent now in the several occupations of Mr Willis and Daniel Fagg for and during the term of her natural life.

And from and immediately after the decease of my said wife I give and bequeath unto my said son William Denne and to his heirs and assigns forever all that my messuage barn and lands thereto belonging situate in the said Parish of Herne now in the occupation of James Goodwin. Also I give and bequeath unto my said Edward Denne and to his heirs and assigns forever all those my three messuages or tenements aforesaid with the lands and appertuances situate in the Street of Chilham in the several occupations of myself John Penfield James Sharlock and my sister Elizabeth Wraith. Also I give and bequeath unto my said three sons Thomas Denne William Denne and Edward Denne and to their several heirs and assigns forever all that parcel of marshland aforesaid situate in Romney Marsh in the occupation of my said son Edward Denne equally to be divided between. Also I give and bequeath unto my said three daughters Mary Denne Sarah the wife of the said Bennett Smith and Martha Denne all those two messuages or tenements with their appertuances aforesaid situate in the town of Wye in the several occupations of Mr Willis and Daniel Fagg to be divided equally between them and their lawful issue after the manner that I have appointed my aforesaid messuage or tenement called Pontus with the lands and appertuances to be divided between them.

I give and bequeath unto my said wife all my plate linen and household furniture to be at her disposing.
I give and bequeath unto my said son Edward Denne all my stock and crop at Bursted aforesaid. I also give and bequeath unto my said son Edward Denne all my horses wagons carts ploughs harrows and all other my utensils in husbandry upon my premises at Shottenden aforesaid.

All the rest residue and remainder of my goods chattels effects debts money mortgages and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever (after deducting my funeral expenses and debts by me owing and also the proving of this my last Will and Testament) I do give and bequeath unto my said three sons Thomas Denne William Denne and Edward Denne and to their several executors administrators and assigns equally to be divided between them share and share alike. And lastly I do hereby make ordain constitute and appoint my said three sons Thomas Denne William Denne and Edward Denne Joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking disannulling and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made and I do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said William Denne the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in three sheets of paper to the two first of the said sheets set my hand and to this third and last sheet my hand and seal this tenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy six. William Denne. Signed sealed published and declared by the said William 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 of and at the request of the said Testator.
Thomas Mantell John Coleman Edward Cozens.

The before registered will of William Denne deceased was proved the 12th day of December 1778 before the Reverend John Gostling, Clerk Surrogate to the Worshipful Francis Simpson Doctor of Laws, Official General to the Reverend the Archdeacon of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Thomas Denne William Denne and Edward Denne the Executors named in the said will being first sworn well and truly to perform the same.


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