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Will of Henry Denne

of Littlebourne, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1794
Transcribed by Brian Denn
This is the last Will and Testament of me Henry Denne the elder of Littlebourne Court in the Parish of Littlebourne in the County of Kent, Gentleman, published and declared this eight day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four.

I give and devise all and every my messuages, farms, lands, tenements, hereditaments and real estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my son Henry Denne and the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for default of such issue I give and devise the same and every part thereof unto Edward Blaxland son of John Blaxland late of Graveny(?) Court and unto Henry Blaxland son of Edward Blaxland of Ospringe equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and to their several heirs and assigns for ever.

Provided always nevertheless and my mind and will is and I do hereby will devise order and direct that my said son David Denne and such other person or persons who by virtue of this my will shall be in possession of my said real estate shall permit and suffer Ann Hollingbery, widow who now lives with me to hold and enjoy my messuage or tenement yard and appertuances situate and lying in the Parish of Littlebourne aforesaid and now in the occupation of Thomas Minter(?) during so long time as she the said Ann Hollingbery shall live and think fit to dwell and reside therein gratis and without requiring any rent to be paid or other satisfaction to be made by her for the same anything in this my will contained to the contrary thereof in any case notwithstanding.

I give and bequeath unto my brother Thomas Denne a mourning ring of two guineas value.
I give and bequeath all and every my goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my said son Henry Denne his executors administrators and assigns and I do hereby make ordain constitute and appoint my said son Henry Denne Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Henry Denne Senior. Signed sealed published and declared by the said Henry Denne the Testator and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as witnesses.
John ?, George Hollingberry, John Cumming(?).

This will was proved at London the fifteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four before the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne ? Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Henry Denne the son of the deceased and sole Executor named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn by commission duly to administer.

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