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Will of John Ducke

of Hollingbourne, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/100 D/4
Submitted by Mary Connaughton
In the name of god amen the sixteenth day of march in the seaventh yeare of the Raigne of our Souveraigne Lord King Charles by the grace of god over this Kingdome of England and in the year of our Lord god one thousand sixe hundred thirty and one
I John Ducke of Hollingborne in the County of Kent yeoman being of good and perfect memory doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament In manner and forme following
Inprimis I bequeath my Soule into the hands of Almighty god trusting for salvation only by the merits of Jesus Christ and my body to be decently buried in the churchyard of Hollingbourne as neere unto my wife as conveniently may

Item I give Fifteen shillings unto fifteen of the poorest people of Hollingborne equally to be devided to each one shilling
Item I give five shillings of mony unto five of the poorest people of the parish of Hucking equally in the like manner to be devided

Item I doe give unto Margaret Barton my daughter the somme of fifty shillings to be paid by mine Executor within three monthes after my decease

Item whereas by the will of my brother in law Robert Doe I am to pay an annuity of Ten shillings by the yeare unto one Elizabeth Becket the wife of Edward Becket of Maidstone linen weaver for during her natural life, I doe appoint and wil appoint that mine Executor shall adde unto the said legacy two shillings yearely during the natural life of the said Elizabeth

Concerning al my lands and tenements this is the last wil and testament of me the said John Ducke made and declared the day and yeare abovewritten

Inprimis my wil is and heerby I doe give ful power and authority unto mine executor to sel one tenement and halfe acre of land liing in Bearsted in al place called Strutton Streete, and now in the tenure of one Casier, and widow Butler and the monies that shal be made of the said house and lands my wil and meaning it shalbe for the payment of my debts and legacies, which being paid and discharged, the remainder of the said monies to be for the payment of such debts only of my sonne Thomas for which my sonne Beniamin standes equally bound with his Brother Thomas to pay.

Item I doe give unto my executor one annuity of twenty shillings out of certain lands in Stockbury to be sould for and towards the payment of the debts of my son Thomas

Item I doe give unto Beniamin my sonne al that my tenement or dwelling house, with thirty akers of land thereunto belonging lying in the parish of Hucking and Thorneham and to his heires for ever, together with al goods and household stuffe, stocke, chattels whatsoever in or upon the said house and land.

I give unto Beniamin my said sonne halfe of al my linnen, brasse pewter and Iron household stuff within the house wherin I now dwell.
Item I doe give unto my said sonne Beniamin thirty pounds of good and lawful mony of England to be paid unto him by mine executor within two years next after my decease

Al the rest of my goods and Chattels whatsoever within dores and without, my owne proper debts and legacies first of paid and discharged, I doe give and bequeath unto Thomas Becket of Wateringbury for the payment first of such debts of my sonne Thomas for which my sonne Beniamin is bound and next for the payment of such other debts of my said sonne Thomas due unto Edward Clamport of Maidstone and if there shal after any thing remaine I doe give it unto the said Thomas Becket for the payment of other the debts of my said sonne Thomas, and do make and ordaine the said Thomas Becket executor of this my last wil and Testament

In witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and seale the day and yeare abovewritten, and published and declared this to be my last wil and Testament, revoking al others herby whatsoever formerly made
The marke of John Ducke
In the presence of William Cragge & John Elye

Probate 31 July 1633


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