First I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Mary and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life one annuity or clear yearly sum of three hundred pounds sterling to be paid and payable by two even and equal half yearly payments on the birth of our Lord Christ and the Festivity of Saint John the Baptist in every year the first payment thereof to begin and be made on such of the said feast days as shall first and next happen after my decease which said annuity or yearly sum of three hundred pounds I do hereby direct shall be issued and payable out of and from my personal estate and I do hereby accordingly direct my Executors hereinafter named to set apart appropriate and invest a sufficient sum of money in their names(?) out of my said personal estate to answer(?) and pay the said annuity.
Also I give and bequeath unto my said dear wife the sum of one thousand pounds sterling and my carriage and two horses with the ? and appertuances thereunto belonging together with such furniture and effects as she was possessed of at the time of our intermarriage.
Also I give and bequeath unto my dear sister Martha Denne the sum of
eight hundred pounds sterling.
Also I give and bequeath unto each of my dear sisters Elizabeth the wife of John Bridges Esq., Mary the wife of Joseph Coxon and Sarah Denne the sum of two hundred pounds sterling.
Also I give and bequeath unto my Executors hereinafter named the sum of one hundred pounds sterling apiece as an acknowledgement for their trouble.
Also I give and bequeath unto my old servant Robert ? the sum of twenty five pounds Sterling.
Also I give and bequeath unto the Treasurer for the time being of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital for the use and benefit of that Institution the sum of one hundred pounds Sterling.
All which legacies I do hereby direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay within six calendar months next after my decease.
Also I give and bequeath all my plate,
linen, china, books, wines and liquors unto my said dear wife and to my dear daughter Mary Elizabeth
the wife of the Reverend John Hilton of Wingham in the said County of Kent Clerk in equal shares as
tenants in common and to their respective executors administrators and assigns.
Also I give and bequeath all my household furniture and other household effects not hereinbefore disposed of and except fixtures unto my said dear wife.
Also I give devise and bequeath all and every my manors, messuages, lands, tenements, hereditaments and real estate whatsoever and wheresoever and after payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the annuity and legacies hereinbefore given all my leasehold and other personal estate and effects not hereinbefore otherwise disposed of into and to the use of my said dear daughter Mary Elizabeth the wife of the said John Hilton her heirs, executors administrators and assigns respectively according to the nature and quality of the said several estates and I do hereby make nominate and appoint my said dear daughter Mary Elizabeth, the said John Hilton and the said John Bridges Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby declare that the said annuity and the several legacies hereinbefore by me given to my said dear wife Mary are over and above and in addition to the provision made for her by the settlement executed previously to our intermarriage and hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills and testaments by me at any time herebefore made I declare this only to be my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I the said Thomas Denne the Testator have to the first sheet of this my last Will and
Testament in two sheets of paper contained set my hand and to this second and last sheet thereof have
set my hand and affixed my seal the ninth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and twenty. Thomas Denne. 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 in his presence at
his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names at witnesses.
J L Plummer, J L Plummer Jnr, Edward Plummer.
Proved at London 10th May 1821 before the Judge by the oaths of Mary Elizabeth Hilton wife of the Reverend John Hilton Clerk the daughter, the said Rev John Hilton and John Bridges the Executors to whom administration was granted having first sworn by commission duly to administer.
Will of Thomas Denne