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Will of Thomas Denne

of Sturry, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.103 folio 279
Transcribed by Brian Denn
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Denne of Whatmer Hall in the parish of Sturry in the County of Kent, Gentleman being of sound perfect and disposing mind memory and understanding (praised be God for the same) do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. Whereas I am seized and possessed of diverse(?) messuages lands tenements hereditaments and real estate and also of certain goods chattels monies securities for money and other personal estate now I do hereby give devise and bequeath the same and every part and parcel thereof (subject to the payment of all my just debts funeral expenses and the charges and expenses of proving this my last Will and Testament) in manner and form following (that is to say)

I give devise and bequeath unto my son in law Edward Blaxland of Dully and Elizabeth his wife and to their heirs executors administrators and assigns one full equal undivided fifth part or share of and in my messuages lands tenements hereditaments and real estate and of and in my said goods chattels monies securities for money and all other my said personal estate.

Also I give devise and bequeath unto my son in law Edward Blaxland of Ospringe and Sarah his wife and to their heirs executors administrators and assigns one other full equal undivided fifth part or share of and in my said messuages lands tenements hereditaments and real estate and of and in my said goods chattels monies securities and all other my said personal estate.

Also I give devise and bequeath unto my son in law William Adams and Hester his wife and to their heirs executors administrators and assigns one other full equal undivided fifth part or share of and in my said messuages lands tenements hereditaments and real estate and of and in my said goods chattels monies securities and all other my said personal estate.

Also I give devise and bequeath unto my son in law John Lake and Ann his wife and to their heirs executors administrators and assigns one other full equal undivided fifth part or share of and in my said messuages lands tenements hereditaments and real estate and of and in my said goods chattels monies securities and all other my said personal estate.

Also I give devise and bequeath unto my son in law Samuel Chambers Furmstone and my nephew Henry Denne of Littlebourne Court in the County of Kent, Gentleman and to their heirs executors administrators and assigns the other and remaining one full equal undivided fifth part or share of and in my said messuages lands tenements hereditaments and real estate and of and in my said goods chattels monies securities and all other my said personal estate. Upon trust nevertheless and to the intent and purpose that they the said Samuel Chambers Furmstone and Henry Denne and the survivor of them and their heirs executors and administrators of such survivor shall and do stand seized and possessed of the said last mentioned fifth part of and in my said real and personal estate for and to and for the sole and only use and benefit of my two grandsons (sons of my said son in law Samuel Chambers Furmstone by Mary my late daughter and his late wife deceased) Thomas Furmstone and Samuel Furmstone equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and to their several and respective heirs executors administrators and assigns to be conveyed assigned and transferred unto them my said grandsons at their respective ages of twenty one years but if either of them shall die before that age unmarried then I give the share of him so dying in my said real and personal estate to the survivor of them his heirs executors and administrators.

Provided always and I do hereby express my will and desire to be that it shall and may be lawful and I do hereby absolutely empower the said Samuel Chambers Furmstone and Henry Denne or the survivor of them or the heirs executors and administrators of such survivor at their or his discretion to fall or call in all or any part of my said last mentioned fifth part of and in my said real and personal estate or any of them or any part or parts thereof and to lay out and invest the monies arising therefrom on real securities good and sufficient mortgages or in some of the public funds and from time to time to transpose and alter such funds and securities. And my will is that the said Samuel Chambers Furmstone and Henry Denne and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor shall stand and be possessed of and interested in such securities or funds and the monies placed thereon upon trust to pay and apply or assign and transfer the same respectively unto my said grandsons Thomas Furmstone and Samuel Furmstone equally to be divided between them share and share alike and to their respective executors administrators and assigns to be paid assigned and transferred unto them respectively when and as soon as they shall attain their respective ages of twenty one years or to the survivor of them his heirs executors and administrators in the manner before mentioned.

Provided also and upon this further trust that they the said Trustees or the survivor of them his executors and administrators shall and do in the mean time and until my said grandsons shall attain their respective ages of twenty one years pay and apply all the yearly rents dividends interests and proceeds of the said last mentioned fifth part of and in the said messuages lands tenements hereditaments and real estate and of and in the said goods chattels monies securities and all other my said personal estate or of such part thereof as shall be necessary for that purpose for and towards the maintenance education and bringing up and for the advancement in the world of my said grandsons until their respective shares and interests therein shall become payable by virtue of this my will notwithstanding the said Samuel Chambers Furmstone their father may be alive and able to maintain them. And for facilitating such sale or sales my will is that the receipts or receipt of the said Samuel Chambers Furmstone and Henry Denne or the survivor of them or the heirs executors or administrators of such survivor shall from time to time be a good and sufficient discharge to the purchaser and purchasers of all or any part of my said last mentioned fifth part of and in my said real and personal estate and his her or their respective heirs executors and administrators for so much of the said purchase money as therein is acknowledged to be received and that such purchaser or purchasers his or their heirs executors and administrators or any of them shall not afterwards be answerable or accountable for any loss or misapplication of such purchase money so received or any part thereof. And also that the receipt or receipts of the said Samuel Chambers Furmstone and Henry Denne or the survivor of them or the executors or administrators of such survivor shall from time to time be a good and sufficient discharge to my executors hereinafter named for any part of my said personal estate which shall be paid to the said Samuel Chambers Furmstone and Henry Denne and the survivor of them his executors or administrators.

And I do hereby make nominate constitute and appoint the said Edward Blaxland of Dully, Edward Blaxland of Ospringe, William Adams, John Lake and Samuel Chambers Furmstone the joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament. And I do hereby declare my mind and will to be that it shall and may be lawful to and for my said Trustees and Executors and their respective heirs executors and administrators by and out of all or any of the monies which by virtue of this my will or any trust therein declared shall come to their ? or either of their hands to deduct retain to and reimburse themselves and himself all such reasonable costs charges and expenses as they respectively shall or may sustain expend or be put unto in or about the execution of this my will and also that my said Trustees and Executors and their respective heirs executors and administrators shall be charged and chargeable only each and every of them for and with his and their own respective payments acts and wilful defaults and not otherwise and shall not be charged or chargeable with or for any loss or damage which may happen in or about the execution of all or any of the trusts hereby in them reposed without his or their respective wilful defaults.

And lastly hereby revoking all former wills by me made I declare this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Thomas Denne the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament in four sheets of paper contained to the first three sheets thereof set my hand and to the fourth and last sheet thereof my hand and seal this twentieth day of October in the thirty ninth year of the Reign of 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 ninety nine. 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 at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
Ann Elfick, Mary Hills, J B Plummer

February ? 1800. Edward Blaxland of Dully, Edward Blaxland of Ospringe, William Adams, John Lake and Samuel Chambers Furmstone the Executors named in this will were duly sworn as equal and that the goods chattels and grain(?) do not amount in value to the sum of ten thousand pounds. Before me Joshua Dix(?) Surrogate.


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