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Will of Henry Denne

of Chislet, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC 17/102/382, LDS Film # 189002
Transcribed by Norm Dennie
This is the Last Will and Testament of me Henry Denne of Highstead in the parish of Chislet in the county of Kent, yeoman. I desire to be buried in a grave bricked from the bottom upwards to be made for that purpose in the churchyard of the parish of Chislet aforesaid in as decent a manner as may be which grave I do order shall be arched over and have a proper head stone and foot stone, so such worth estate as it hath pleased Almighty God ?? me. I give and dispose thereof as followith.

First I give and bequeath unto William Minster of the parish of Ickham in the said County of Kent, yeoman, the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain.
Also I give and bequeath unto my cousin Sarah Wood the wife of Thomas Wood of the parish of Littlebourne in the said County, Plumber, the sum of one hundred pounds of lawful money.
Also I give and bequeath unto William Minster of the parish of Chislet aforesaid, Butcher, the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money.
Also I give and bequeath unto Sarah Wood, wife of John Wood of the parish of Goodnestone next Wingham in the said County the sum of one hundred pounds of like lawful money.

Also I give and bequeath unto Thomas Denne and David Denne the two sons of William Denne of the parish of Reculver in the said County, Gentleman, the sum of fifty pounds a piece of like lawful money.
Also I give and bequeath unto Henry Minster of Littlebourne the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money which sum I do order and direct shall be paid by my Executors herein after named into the hands of his brother Thomas Minster of whose receipt shall be sufficient release and discharge to them for the same to be by him applied in such manner as he may principary for the ??? of his said brother Henry Minster and his family.
Also I give and bequeath unto my friend John Carey of the parish of Chislet aforesaid, Carpenter, the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money.
Also I give and bequeath unto John Petman of the parish of Hearn in the said County, Butcher, the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money.

Also I give and bequeath unto the said Sarah Wood of the parish of Littlebourne aforesaid all the furniture in my parlour or usually belonging thereto at the time of my decease and my best case of drawers with the contents at the time of my decease and ten pair of good sheets.
Also I give and bequeath unto John Stephens my servant in the ??? the sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money.
Also I give and bequeath unto my maid servant Mary Denne the like sum of fifty pounds of like lawful money.
Also I give and bequeath unto my other servant Jane Milgate good and decent mourning

and I do honestly charge my leasehold farm and lands wherein I now dwell and by me herein after dispose of with payment of the said money legacies by me herein before given and bequeathed and do hereby subject and make the same liable to the payment there of ?? and do hereby order and direct my Executor hereafter named to pay and discharge the several money legacies by one ... before given to the said several legacies within six calendar months next after my decease.

Also I give and bequeath unto my uncle Lawerence Minster and his assigns foresaid during the term of his natural life one annuity clear yearly next charge or sum of ten pounds of lawful money of Great Britain free from all taxes and other deductions to be issuing and payable out of and charged and chargeable upon my leasehold farm and lands by me herein after given and bequeathed and the same annuity to be paid and payable by equal quarterly payments at the four most usual feasts or days of payment in the year, that is to say the first of the Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary the nativity of said John the Baptist, Saint Michael the Archangel, and the birth of our Lord Christ. The first payment to be made on such of the same feasts as shall first and next happen after my decease and in case the said annuity yearly rent charge or sum of ten pounds or any part thereof shall be behind and unpaid or in all by the apace of twenty eight days next does or after any or either of the said feasts whereon the same is herein before appointed to be paid as aforesaid, then and so often it shall and may be lawful for the said Lawrence Minster and his assigns into or upon the said lease to farm and lands or any part thereof to enter and distrain for the same annuity or for so much there of as shall be so in ??? and all charges occasioned by non payment thereof

Also I give and bequeath all my leasehold messuage or tenement with the barn stables, gardens, orchards, lands and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being at Highstead aforesaid in the said parish of Chislet and wherein I now dwell which farm and lands that by virtue of and under a certain .... whereof lease ..... by the Diocese and Chapter of Christ Church Canterbury charged and chargeable ...... and subject to the several money legacies and the said annuity ..... herein before given and bequeathed Unto Thomas Denne son of Thomas Denne of the parish of Chislet aforesaid gentleman Francis his wife and the said Thomas Minster equally to be divided between them share and share alike as Tenants in Common and to their respective executors, heirs and assigns.

Also I give and devise unto the said Sarah Wood of Littlebourne her heirs and assigns, all that I ??? of half part of and in a certain cottage cast and land at Highstead aforesaid in the said parish of Chislet.
Also I give and devise ???? or half part of and in the said cottage ???? land unto Sarah Haisman? during the term of her natural life and ???? and immediately after her decease I give and devise unto the said Sarah Wood of Littlebourne and her heirs and assigns forever.

Also I give, devise, and bequeath all and every my household goods, furniture, plates, linen, and chairs except what I have herein before bequeathed, and also all my stock and crafts upon my farm and lands and all my money, for money debts due and owing unto me at the time of my decease, and all other my ??? estate of what nature or kind so ever subject to the payment of my just debts funeral expenses and the charges ??? this my Will and all the residue of my real estate unto the said last named Thomas Denne and the said Thomas Minter equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and notes joint tenants and to their respective heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns.

And I do hereby make, nominate, and appoint the said last named Thomas Denne and the said Thomas Minster the executors of this my last Will and Testament and hereby revoking all others I declare this only to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I the said Henry Denne the testator have to this my last Will and Testament in four sheets of paper contained to the first three sheets thereof I set my hand and to this fourth and last sheet my hand and seal the third day of June in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and ninety five. Henry Denne signed. Sealed published and declared by the said Henry Denne the testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names at his request and in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other
J.B. Plummer, John Carey, Thomas Denne

The before ??? will of Henry Denne deceased was proved the twenty second day of August 1795 before the Rev. Joshua Dix ?????? Sir William Scott Knight, Rector of Laws Official General to the Rev. the Archdeacon of Canterbury. Lawfuly ????? by the oaths of Thomas Denne and Thomas Minter the Executors named in the said Will, they being first ??? duly to perform the same.


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