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Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury v.40 folio 194 Probate 8 Oct 1605
John Fyshenden of Tenterden, clothier, nuncupative will dated 19/20 Aug 1605
Wife Mercy/Mary?
Brothers Thomas (executor) and Jervace
Brother in Law Thomas Vanne
Mother Jane Fyshenden
Sister Alyce Fyshenden.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/162, Probate 28 Oct 1618
John Fyshenden of Gowtherst, carpenter, original will dated 21 Sep 1618
Children Richard, John, Elizabeth and Martha
Son Andrew
Daughters Joane and Susanna
Wife Judith, Executrix
Kinsman John Genner of Geatling?, Sussex, carpenter
Kinsman Thomas Genner of Ewehurst, smith
Uncle Thomas Roade, overseer
Brother Edward Roade, overseer
Witnessed by Edward Roade, Edward Roade Jr., Thomas Lake.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/181 Probate 13 Nov 1625
Stephen Fyssenden of Goodherst, original will dated 25 Jan 1624
Wife Mercy, executrix
Daughter Mercy
Son John
Daughter Elizabeth wife of Thomas Whitten
Edward Maplisden the elder, gent
Witnessed by Thomas Greenfield and John Jarvis.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/1646, Probate 17 Aug 1646
Thomas Fishenden the elder of Ruckinge, nuncupative will dated 9 Jan 1653
Son Thomas
Wife Anne, executrix
Witnessed by Thomas Tookey and Mary wife of George Fishenden.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/1648, Probate 17 Apr 1648
Thomas Fishenden of St John the Baptist, Thanet, fellmonger, original will dated 13 Mar 1647
Son Thomas
Daughters Mildred and Marie
Wife Alice, executrix
George Palmer and Nathaniel Purton.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/109/120, Probate 29 Apr 1833
Elizabeth Fissenden of Canterbury, widow, will dated 27 May 1825
messuage given by her sister Magdalen Loubert, widow of Canterbury, deceased in her will 4 Feb 1823.
son Peter Fissenden of Chilham, farmer
dau Magdalen Marten
Thomas Goodban of Canterbury, teacher of music, sole Executor
Witnessed by T P Lewes, attorney, Canterbury, George Lewin & George Turmaine, his clerks.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC 31/63, Probate 26 May 1613
William Foach of Deal, yeoman, original will dated 20 Mar 1610
Sons Henry, executor and John, minor
Wife Cecily, executrix
Sister Joane Foach and her son Thomas and two daughters
Thomas Foach, son of my brother Henry and his 3 daughters
Landowner Sir John Boys
Daughters Cisilie (crossed out), Sarah, Mary and Elizabeth
Brother Henry Foach, overseer
Probate to brother Henry Foach, with inventory.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury v.70 folio 148 Probate 8 Aug 1641
Henry Fordred of Elmsted, yeoman, will dated 11 May 1638
Goodwife Pilcher wife of William
Maid servant Tamsin Woodyer
Servants John Goldsmith and Henry Renolls
Sisters Elizabeth Miller and Ann Amis
Wife Johan
Daughters Mary and Johan Fordred
Brother Thomas Fordred and his son Augustine
Brother Henry Amis, executor
Witnessed by John Dunkin, William Spicer and Thomas Draye
Probate to Jone Fordred, relict.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC 16/764 (or 16/249?) Probate 27 Nov 1646
Dionise Foster, widow of Thomas Foster of Ston, Goudhurst, original will dated 22 Jan 1644/5
William Foster of Sandhurst, husbandman
Son's son Edward Brooker, minor
Thomas and Mary Foster, children of William
Witnessed by Richard Stephens of Sandhurst, Victualler (bondsman) and Robert Paris.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury v.76 folio 39/40 Probate 17 Dec 1682
Thomas Foster of Goudhurst, will dated ?
Thomas Smith apprentice of my son Richard.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.72 folio 413 Probate 12 Feb 1668
Thomas Fowle of Hawkhurst, yeoman, will dated 13 Jan 1668
Kinsman Thomas Fowle of London, ironmonger
Sister in law Mary Matkis/Mathes? of Peasemarsh, Sussex, widow
Anne Holman wife of Edward of Peasemarsh, husbandman
Thomas Vale of Peasemarsh, taylor, executor
William Gibbs and Joseph Watts, overseers
Witnessed by Richard Holden, William Gibbs and John Foord.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.51 folio 103 Probate 1637-8
Gresegon? Fowle of Lydd, yeoman, will dated 20 Jan 1637
Poor widows Banter, Blatcher, Robbins, Stevens, Greenfield and Katherine Couchman
Cousin Katherine wife of Thomas Elkington
Cousins John and William Sladden
Cousins Katherine Nicoll and John Lording
Cousin Elizabeth widow of Timothy Huggline?
Katherine Lordinge wife of John Remke
Mary Lordinge, Elizabeth Bonbon, Jane Godfrey, Mary Godfrey, Edward Crosse, Mathew Craft
William and John Morris
William Godfrey of Lydd, gent., executor.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.70 folio 420? Probate 7 Nov 1638
William Fowell of St Paul's, Canterbury, tailor, will dated 20 Sep 1638
George Knott
Son Richard
Children John and Margaret
Wife Ellen.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.76 folio 119 Probate ?
Elizabeth Fowle of Tunbridge, widow, will dated 8 Jan 1683
Nephew William Reader, executor
Sister Alice Philpot and her daughter Alice Turner
Nephew Thomas Philpot
tenant John Walter at Tunbridge
tenant Thomas Webb at Cranbrook.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.75 folio 238 Probate 14 Apr 1681
Thomas Fowle of Otham, miller, will dated 16 Nov 1678
Daughter Anne Ward wife of John Ward of London
Daughter Dorothy wife of William Randall of Hollingbourne, executor.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.80 folio 123 Probate 15 Apr 1703
Thomas Fowle of Headcorne, clothier, will dated 10 Dec 1701?
Son Samuel Sotherden
Daughter Charity wife of Samuel Sotherden
Wife Mary, Executrix.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.80 folio 123 Probate 15 Apr 1703
Mary Fowle of Headcorne, widow, will dated 17 Mar 1700/1?
Son in Law Samuel Southerden and his wife Charity
Daughter Patience Fowle of Headcorne (executor)
Witnessed by Thomas Fowle, Frances Fowle and William Walter.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.80 folio 390 Probate 12 Feb 1707
Theophilus Fowle of Borden, husbandman, will dated 10 Apr 1635
Brother Richard of Cranbrook, executor.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.70 folio 45 Probate 8 Dec 1637
Richard Fowle the elder of Stone, Oxney, will dated 10 Jul 1636
Son Richard, overseer
Thomas Paris
Wife Mildred
Thomas, John, William and Francis? Fowle, sons of my son Richard
Francis Fowle, son of my son Francis, deceased
Mary and Anne Petter, daughters of Harbert Petter
Ann daughter of William Blackmore
Son in Law William Blackmore, executor.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.111 f.125 Probate 8 Mar 1844
John Fryer the elder of Bladbean, Elham, yeoman, will dated 27 Dec 1838
tenant Valentine Ellen of Elham
Daughter Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Fox of Barham, yeoman
Sons John and William
Robert Sukey of Canterbury, gentleman.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.54 folio 438 Probate 12 Apr 1679
Phillip Gibbon of Pedling, Saltwood, gent., will dated 16 Mar 1678
Brother in law William Writtle and his wife Dorothy
Sister Frances Allen, widow
Sister Elizabeth Eaton, widow
Sister Margaret Hain, widow
Wife Susan, executor
Witnessed by Francis Peck, Rector of Saltwood, Richard Jacob, William Baker and Edward Cheyney.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC 31/340/1644 Probate 26 Oct 1644
John Gibbes of Ash, gent., will dated 16 Jul 1644
Wife Elizabeth
Josiah Gage
Son in Law George Huffam of Ash, gent. and his wife Martha
Brother Richard Baxe and his wife
Brother John Solly and his wife
Brother John Jones and his wife
Witnessed by William Pett and Petley Wyborne the elder.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury Fairfax 30, Probate 21 Mar 1648
Richard Gibbes of Worth, Sandwich, yeoman, will dated 19 Jan 1648
Wife Jone
Sons John, Christopher and Richard (deceased)
Daughters Gredner, Hunt and Fantinge
Daughters Anna and Bennet.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.71 folio 270 Probate 8 Apr 1662?
Edmund Gibbes of Elmstone, gent., will dated 7 Jul 1643
Wife Martha
Son Thomas
Daughters Jane and Martha
Widow Neame and Widow Foate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.86 folio 35 Probate 17 Nov 1727
Edmund Gibbs of Canterbury, gent. aged 84, will dated 19 Jul 1727
To be buried at Elmstone
Widow Morris
Mary Gardner, servant
Cousin William Gibbs, executor, and his children
Cousin Thomas Cleaveland's 2 sons
Cousin Henry White's 3 children
Cousin John Ashley, executor.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.75 folio 53 Probate 26 Feb 1680
Stephen Gibbs of Crondall, yeoman, nuncupative will dated 5 Feb 1680
Brother William Gibbs's children
Brother Richard Gibbs
Sister Jane wife of Thomas Austen
Lawrence Austen, son of Jane
Brother Laurence Gibbs
Elizabeth daughter of William Austen of Wye
Margaret daughter of Laurence Gibbs
John Bax of Staple
Mr Robert Greene of Wye, late deceased at 21
Witnessed by John Booth, William Pilcher and Thomas Whitehead.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.54 folio 504 Probate 29 Jul 1680
Symon Gilbert of Smeeth, tanner, will dated 20 Jul 1680
Brother Thomas Gilbert of Newington
Nephews Thomas, Symon, John, sons of Thomas Gilbert
Niece Jane, daughter of Thomas Gilbert
Brother Richard
Nephew Richard, son of Richard Gilbert
Niece Elizabeth, daughter of Richard
William, Edward, Elizabeth and Jane, children of Edward Gilbert, deceased
Thomas and Margaret Marsh, children of David Marsh
Elizabeth Marsh
Brother John Gilbert
Simon, Thomas, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary, Jane, Susan, Dorothy, children of my brother John
Peter, son of my brother Peter Gilbert, executor
Simon and Mathew Gilbert
tenant Edward Godherd
Alice, Susan and Margaret, daughters of Peter Gilbert
Wife Jane, executor
Witnessed by Valentine Austen, Elizabeth Greenhill and Thomas Morley.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.63 folio 71 Probate 3 Jun 1617
John Gyles of Frensted, will dated 29 Apr 1597
Wife Alice, executrix
Daughter Joan Gyles
Sons Thomas and William
Witnessed by Ralph Brockhill, clarke, Edward Downe, John Stronige and John Whitehead.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC 16/1224 Probate 26 Dec 1649
Thomas Gyles of St Mildred's, Canterbury, maltman, original will dated 10 Dec 1649
master Stephen Gilbert, executor
Kinsman George Drayton
Widow Steed, Mary and Elizabeth Steed
Sister Lithalls 2 children, children of my late brother Heeler?
2 children of Edward Nicholson
Sister Mary Wright and her daughter Elizabeth Knott
Daughter Elizabeth Dankin
Witnessed by John Merser and Thomas Shindler.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC 31/215 Probate 5 Jul 1642
Thomas Gyles of Moncton, yeoman, original will dated 8 Jun 1642
Wife Margaret, executrix
Sons William and Thomas
Daughters Elizabeth, Margaret and Mary
Witnessed by John Picard, script, Percivall Turner and William Watson.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.40 folio 139 Probate 26 Apr 1610
Francis Giles of Sheldwich, will undated
Wife Dorothy, executrix
Mr John Edwards of Davington, overseer
Brother Foggs of Challock, gent., overseer
tenant John Watlen?.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.63 folio 451 Probate 4 Sep 1623
Thomas Gyles of Bethersden, yeoman, will dated 15 Aug 1623
Son John
Daughter Margaret
Brother Avery Gyles
Wife Mary, executrix.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.70 folio 151 Probate 20 Jun 1640
Richard Ginder of Elham, yeoman, will dated 10 Jun 1640
Daughters Agnes, Affra and Elizabeth
Son Richard
Wife Amy
Brother in law John Sander of Elham, yeoman, executor
Thomas Tibbold of Elham
John Hayman of Elham
Brother in law William Smith, overseer
Brother Anthony Ginder, overseer.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.56 folio 12 Probate 6 Sep 1616
John Goatley of Molash, yeoman, will dated 24 Apr 1616
servants Thomas Lybye and Frances Halle
Daughters Elizabeth, Joane and Alice
Sons Thomas, John and Christopher
Kinsman John Baker of Tenterden
Wife __ane?
Witnessed by John Baker, Anthony Wanstall and Andrew Hills.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.41 folio 212 Probate 14 Nov 1608
Lawrence Gotteley of Molash, yeoman, will dated 16 Aug 1608
Sons Thomas, Serles, Laurence and John, executors
Henry Heart of Selling
Marie wife of my son Thomas
Thomas Gibbs of Chilham, gent.
Serles Hawker of Challock, gent.
John, son of Katherine wife of Raffe Duble? of Charing, and reputed son of my son John.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.58 folio 132 Probate 7 Nov 1707
Richard Goatley of Boughton under Blean, gent., will dated 20 Oct 1703
Thomas Sladden of Petham, executor
Anne, wife of Thomas Halse late of Boughton
Isaac son of Anne Halse
Brothers Thomas, Searles and Christopher Goatley
tenants Widow Pysing, Thomas Fright and Edward Tunbridge.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.53 folio 542 Probate 8 Apr 1667
Thomas Goatley of Maidstone, cooper, will dated 23 Aug 1666
Wife Martha, executrix
Daughter Elizabeth, (her grandmother Avis)
Francis Barrell of Maidstone
Daughter Martha
Anne and Mary, daughters of my sister Alice wife of Thomas Meter
Mr Jonathan Shipper.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.53 folio 251 Probate 8 Oct 1604
Jarman Glover of Great Chart, tanner, will dated 6 Jul, James 2
Daughter Ellen
Sons Gregory and Jarman
Daughter Elizabeth Passonne
Henry G____? my kinsman, executor
Wife unnamed.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.66 folio 32 Probate 29 Apr 1775
Robert Goddard of Westenhanger, Standford, yeoman, will dated 9 Oct 1773
Sons Robert, Hawkins and Henry
Daughter Ann wife of Robert Steed of Aldington, grazier
Samuel Goddard
tenant John Bishop at Birchington.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.92 folio 981 Probate 21 May 1745
John Goddard of Bonnington, yeoman, will dated 13 Apr 1745
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Sons John and Samuel
tenant Thomas Wybourn at Aldington
Daughter Sarah wife of William Spaine
Codicil dated 6 May 1745:
Elizabeth daughter of my wife.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.89 folio 20 Probate 3 Dec 1733
Thomas Godfery of Sibertswold, yeoman, will dated 2 Dec 1723
Wife Mary, executrix
Nephews Thomas, Richard and Michael, sons of Thomas Fox of Eightorn?
Nieces Anne, Elizabeth and Sarah Fox, daughters of Thomas Fox
Sister Ann wife of Thomas Fox
Sarah wife of Charles Thompson of Nothane?
Nephew John son of William Godfray.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.77 folio 141 Probate Sep 1687
Nicholas Gouldsmith of Boxley, yeoman, will dated 30 Aug 1683
Sons Nicholas and John (executor)
Son in law Matthew Lee, married to my daughter Luce
Daughter Luce.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury Pell 502, Probate 8 Oct 1659
Thomas Goulden of Faversham, seaman, will dated 19 Jan 1658
Marett wife of Henry Bearling, executrix
Elizabeth Cheesman, widow, executrix
Elizabeth Lidham and Henry Bearling.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.54 folio 18, Probate 19 Dec 1670
Stephen Goulding of Linton, yeoman, will dated 20 May 1670
Sister Joane Goulding
Cousin Elizabeth Ashkew
George Goulding son of my deceased brother William
Mary Goulding daughter of my deceased brother William
Sister Anne wife of Jarvis Copping.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.100 folio 528 Probate 13 Dec 1783
Thomas Gray of St Peter, Thanet, mason, will dated 23 Aug 1780
Son John
Wife Susanna
Daughter Sarah Huggett widow and her 3 daughters
Granddaughters Susanna and Sarah Reynolds
Jane Kirby, widow.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.52 folio 200 Probate 19 Dec 1600
Edward Greenell of Rolvenden, singleman, will dated 20 Nov 1599
William Wevenden, Abraham Hope
Joane and Margaret Faireway daughters of Henry of Benenden
Henry Faireway and his wife Anes
John and Henry, sons of Henry Faireway
Isabell wife of Robert Hubbard of Rolvenden and daughter Elizabeth
William Whitwood of Rolvenden and his son Richard
George son of George Preston of Rolvenden
Mary and Edward children of Henry Earle of Benenden
Clement Goldfinch of Rolvenden
Mother Joan, wife of Clement Goldfinch
Henry Earle, executor
Witnessed by Thomas Frencham and Robert Hubbard.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.71 folio 278 Probate 11 Jun 1662
Thomas Gurney of Eythone, yeoman, will dated 12 May 1662
Wife Margaret
Daughter Mary
Son John
Brother John, executor
Brother Edward
Thomas Walton, Minister of Eythorne, overseer
John Nerrier of Sandwich, overseer.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC 16/431 Probate 17 Feb 1763
Edward Gurney of Thannington, yeoman, original will dated 15 Dec 1762
Wife Alice
Sons John and Edward
Daughter Elizabeth
Daughter Susanna wife of James Elliot/Albot?
Son in law Henry Clements
Brother in law John Coveney.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.71 folio 99 Probate 1660-3
Edward Gurney of St John, Thanet, yeoman, will dated 23 Sep 1659
Sons Edward and John
Daughters Mercy, Anne and Elizabeth.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.86 folio 37 Probate 23 Mar 1727
Sarah Gurney of Canterbury, spinster, will dated 1 Jan 1724
Father Edward
Brothers William (executor), Edward and John
Sisters Mary, Ann and Susanna Halsted.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.86 folio 14 Probate 2 Apr 1722
Susanna Garrett of Canterbury, widow of Robert, will dated 27 Jan 1721
Cousins John and Edward, sons of John Bridges, deceased, of Canterbury
Cousin Jane Bridges, widow of John and her daughter Deborah
Cousin Sarah Fisher daughter of Sarah wife of Benjamin Fisher of Faversham
Cousin Robert Fisher son of Sarah wife of Benjamin Fisher
John and Isabell Frank, children of Thomas and Isabell frank of Canterbury.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.60 folio 47 Probate 4 Feb 1723
Ann Garrett of Wingham, spinster, will dated 9 Jan 1723
Brothers Richard and Thomas
Elizabeth and Ann Wise daughters of my sister Elizabeth
Sister in law Elizabeth Garrett wife of my brother Richard
John, Richard, James, Stephen and Charles, sons of my brother Richard.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.92 folio 69 Probate 11 Feb 1744
Thomas Garrett of St Lawrence, Thanet, farmer, will dated 18 Aug 1741
Wife Thomasin
Brother John deceased
Sons Stephen, Mark Seller and John
Daughters Sarah Garrett, Mary Casby widow and Ann Herbert widow.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.63 folio 197 Probate 23 Sep 1749
Richard Garrett of Wingham, cordwainer, will dated 5 Feb 1744
Sons John, Richard, James, Stephen, Charles, Thomas and Septimus
Wife Elizabeth.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.94 f.484 Probate 20 Jul 1753
Thomazin Garrett of Nethercourt, St Lawrence, Thanet, widow, will dated 16 Apr 1753
Daughter Sarah wife of Henry Brown
Sons John and Mark Seller
Daughter Ann Homans
Granddaughter Anne wife of Mr John Bax the younger, late Anne Casby.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.97 f.206 Probate 1765
James Garrett of Woodnesboro, yeoman, will dated 23 Dec 1758
Wife Margaret
Mr Richard Gillow late father of my wife Margaret
Brother ? of Sandwich, tallow chandler.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.100 f.151 Probate 9 Apr 1779
Mark Seller Garrett of St Lawrence, Thanet, yeoman, will dated Feb 1770
Sons Thomas and John
Sister Sarah Brown, deceased, wife of Henry Brown
Daughters Thomazin and Sarah
Brother John, executor and guardian.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.101 f.387 Probate 7 May 1789
Andrew Garrett of Broadstairs, mariner, will dated Apr 1789
Wife Sarah
Granddaughter Jane Mussared
Lucy wife of Richard Edwards
Sarah wife of John Mussared
Mary Garrett
Cousin Thomas Elgar of Broadstairs, mariner, executor.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.104 f.107 Probate 27 Aug 1808
Jane Hales of Ramsgate, daughter of Thomas Hales, spinster, will dated 29 Mar 1808
Mercy wife of Robert Stock of Ramsgate, mariner
Elizabeth wife of William Stock of Ramsgate, mariner
Elizabeth daughter of William Stock.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.69 f.286 Probate 4 Jul 1634
Richard Hambrook of Denton, miller, will dated 27 Jun 1634
Sons John and Richard
Father Robert
Daughter Susan
Wife Sara
Mr Edward Swan, overseer.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.52 f.247 Probate 16 Jan 1601
Francis Hammon of Swinfield, will dated 3 Sep, Eliz 43
Brothers Joseph and William (executor)
Sisters Joane and Ursula.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.54 f.447 Probate 22 Jan 1679/80
Susanna Hammon of Dover, widow, will dated 20 Nov 1679
Son Thomas and his children Edward and Susan
Grandchild Ann Smith
Son William and his children William and Anne
Daughters Elizabeth and Mary, executrixes.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.58 f.94? Probate 8 Nov 1706
Barbara Hannington of Canterbury, will dated 23 Mar 1705
Daughter Elizabeth Boughton
William Coleman, clerke
Granddaughter Barbara Somner.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.81 f.267? Probate 9 Jun 1710
George Beddingfield of Throwleigh, husbandman, will dated 20 Apr 1710
daughters Elizabeth Peak, Katherine Staines, Martha Bedingfield
wife Martha, executrix
son George, executor
Witnessed by Jonathan Bernard & John Bunse.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.80 f.32, Probate 1702
George Golding of Ulcomb, cordwainer, will dated 13 Sep 1701
eldest daughter Elizabeth Golding
wife Ann
children George, William and Mary
Witnessed by Richard Bate, clerke - Robert Caster? - Mary Ware.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/16/8
Bartholomew Harrenden of St Mildred Tenterden, will dated 1533
Richard Bate, executor, residue
his daughter Wynyfryde (Bate)
brother in law Robert Harworthe
Marten Bate
Sister Joane Harynden
Witnessed by Sir Thomas Manser, curate - Richard Alcocke - Adam Pelland.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.57 f.33, Probate 18 Mar 1697
Anne Deedes of Hythe, widow, will dated 22 Mar 1696
uncle Dr Wallis
brother Mr Stephen Bate & his wife
son William, executor (Dr of Medicine) & his wife
Godson Julius Deedes, son of my son William
Mary Deedes dau of my son William
son Henry & his wife Margaret
godson Julius Deedes, son of my son Henry
William, Susan and Margaret Deedes, children of my son Henry
son Julius Deedes & his wife
dau Margaret Deedes
Witnessed by John Gray - Anne Barkley - Tho: Clendon
Codicil undated.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.59 f.147, Probate 27 Mar 1716
Henry Deedes now Mayor of Hythe, will dated 13 Jul 1715
eldest son Julius, executor
land purchased from Mr Lawrence Minter
farm in Ruckinge in occupation of John Dennis
farm called Brookgate in Hawkhurst, Ticehurst & Echingham, Sussex in occupation of William Tournay?
youngest son Abraham Harrison Deedes
property called Sandling Farm in Saltwood, Postling & West Hythe in occupation of David Oldfeild, purchased from Richard Musgrove Esq., Edward Copley Esq. & Mrs Ruth Finch
daughters Susan and Margaret
Witnessed by William Deedes - Margaret Cooling - Robert Tournay.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.64 f.11, Probate 2 Aug 1755
Dorothy Deedes, widow of Rev. Julius Deedes of Great Mongeham, clerk, will dated 20 Oct 1752
indentures made previous to my marriage dated about 13th or 14th March 1732 between 1) me Dorothy Ibbetson, widow, 2) my late husband & 3) Sir William Boys, Kt Doctor in Physick & Julius Deedes Esq. (both since dec'd)
son William Deedes, gentleman, executor
daughter Dorothy Deedes
Witnesses by Herbert Randolph, William Gurney, Henry Farley.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.90 f.57, Probate 24 Mar 1739
William Deeds of Canterbury, Doctor in Physick, will dated 6 Aug 1733
wife Mary
Bishop of Gloucester and my daughter his wife
John Gore and Mary Booker if they live with me at my decease
Frances Osborne
son Julius, executor
Witnessed by Anth: Oughton, John Lukyn, Nich. Fowle
Codicil dated 12 Oct 1736
Witnessed by Mary Sydalls?
Codicil dated 29 Dec 1736
Mrs Cumbelan
Mrs Booth
Granddaughter Dorothy.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.15 f.107, Probate 1530
Johan Payn of Smeeth, widow, will dated 6 Jul 1530
Stephen Webb
Johan Webb my daughter in law
Johan Webb daughter of Richard Webb
Isabell Webb my god daughter
my daughter Georgys
son George Webb
children of my son Richard
Stephen Webb, executor
John Cowper, overseer
Witnessed by John Cowper, Richard Osborn, Mathew Clark?, Richard ?
lands in Chilham or elsewhere - Thomas Wod, Rychard Tyll feoffees
John Webb the elder son of John Webb of Chilham.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.65 f.512, Probate 1772
Rebecca Hammond of Dover, widow, will dated 2 Nov 1772
late husband John Hammond [married 29 Apr 1758 St Mary, Dover]
brother Richard Tumber
nephews William Tumber Smith and John Isaac Smith
sister Ann Smith
sister Susanna Peake, widow
nephew William Webb
Godsons Thomas Polhill, John Peake
sister Elizabeth Tumber, spinster.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.103 f.222, Probate 17 May 1799
Thomas Kitney of Doddington, yeoman, will dated 1 May 1797
Godsons Thomas Kitney and Abraham Kitney
wife Elizabeth
Friend John Green of Stockbury, yeoman, executor
Friend Thomas Butler of Stockbury, yeoman, executor
Nephew John Liddle
Brother James
Ellis Taylor of Thurnham, watchmaker
Thomas Liddle & his mother Tabitha Marsh of Maidstone.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.108 f.39, Probate 6 Jun 1828
Robert Joy the elder of Headcorn, farmer, will dated 7 Apl 1828
John Mannering of Headcorn, grocer, executor
sons Jesse and Thomas Joy, executors
John Oare son of my late wife Ann Joy
sons John, Robert, William, Joseph
daughter Sarah Bridgland
son in law John Mannering
witnessed by W.N.Ottaway of Staplehurst - Ann Spicer - Wm Honiss.
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/88/H/7, Probate 2 Nov 1587
Nicholas Hatch of Wormshill, will dated 8 Apr1586
Wife Agnes
Son Richard Hatche
Philice Buck & Agnes Buck
Witnesses Raffe Brockhull, clerk, John Brenchley, Thomas Cooke, Robert Thatcher
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/110/H/13, Probate 23 Mar 1597
Elis Hatch of Wormshill, will dated 15 Sep 1595
Body to be buried in churchyard of Wormshill
To Son John Hatch & heirs, Tenement & lands in Wormshill
Son William Hatch
Wife Joan
Daughter Frances Hatch
Daughter Joan Whetland
Witnesses Thomas Cooke, Robert Thatcher, Francis Reader
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/69/H/1, Probate 10 Mar 1616
Ellis Hatch of Bobbing, yeoman, will dated 24 Jan 1616
Body to be buried in churchyard of the parish of Bobbing
£200 to Godson Ellis Hatche, the son of John Hatche of Wormshill (my kinsman), when he attains age of 20. If he should die, then the money should be divided between the rest of John Hatche’s children.
£50 to each of the children of niece Rebecca Mann of Eastchurch
Son-in-law John Hoope
Godson John Godfrye, son of Ruffin Godfrye
To wife Marye houses & landes in parish of Iwade, during the term of her natural life and, after her death to Godson Ellis Hatch.
Also to wife Mary the farm which I now occupy of Sir Marke Jeene (?)
£200 to Neice Elizabeth Hatche, daughter of my late brother John Hatche deceased.
Contract was made between the testator and his deceased brother John Hatch.
Yearly rent of £5 from lands of John Blackbourne of Milton
20 shillings to servants Thomas and Bartholomewe Walbancke.
10 shillings to servant Edwarde Rose.
Executor - kinsman John Hatche of Wormshill.
Witnesses – Richard Lifford, John Milway, John Blackborne
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/188/H/22, Probate 26 Feb 1627/8
John Hatch of Wormshill, yeoman, will dated 15 Jun 1627
Wife Ann Hatch
Son Ellis Hatch (under 21)
Daughters Alce and Elizabeth Hatch (both under 24 years old)
Youngest daughter Frances Hatch
To youngest son Robert Hatch Tenement & lands in Wormshill lately purchased from John Millway of Newington.
Son Thomas Hatch (under 21) (Jane his mother??) Tenements & hereditaments in Hucking.
Executor : son Thomas Hatch.
Witnesses : Richard Tylden, _----- Boate, Robert Hatch
Codicil : witnessed by Bartholomew Newman (rector of Wormshill), Richard Tylden and Robart Hatch
In the Probate, written in Latin, concerning wife Anne Hatch, figure the names of William Terry of Tonge and Robart Hatch of Bapchild.
John Hatch, son of Ellis Hatch and Johan Dane, was baptised in Wormshill on 17 March 1573.
He married Jeane Cooke in Wormshill on 10 May 1604. She died twenty years later on 7 July 1624.
On 16 January 1625, John remarried in St Mary Bredman, Canterbury, to Anne Taylor, widow of John Thayer and James Newland.

Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/213/H/7, Probate 28 April 1636
Robert Hatch of Borden, Husbandman, will dated 6 Jan 1635
Eldest son Henerie Hatch (under 21)
Daughter Elizabeth Hatch (under 21)
Son William Hatch (under 21)
Daughter Ann (under 21)
Wife Jane – executrix
Witnesses : John Lane, clerk, Henerie Leston
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/112/IJ/4, Probate 25 Sep 1639 (codicil) & 19 Dec 1639
Joseph Hatch of Ulcombe, Bellfounder, will dated 29 Jun 1639
To be buried in churchyard of Broomfield beside my deare mother and brothers.
Wife Jane – executrix.
To Brother Thomas Hatch, house & lands at Maidstone in occupation of John Chunkes (?); also house & lands in Headcorn in the occupation of John Wollet; also house and lands in Broomfield in the occupation of John Milles.
To Brother Edward Hatch, houses and lands in Harrietsham & house & orchard in Headcorn in the occupation of Goodman Gyles; also 2 houses in Broomfield near Thomas Robins, in the occupation of Thomas Willmote. Another House & lands in Broomfield in the occupation of Col….?
To my Sister Elizabeth, widow of John Goddard, rents and profits from houses and lands in the city of Canterbury, during her natural life and after her death to brother Thomas Hatch.
To Cousin William Claget & his wife 8 acres of land in Staplehurst.
£20 to godson Joseph Proud, son of Thomas Proud.
£20 to godson Joseph Proud son of Richard Proud.
£20 to cousin John Paulle.
To Thomas Gilbird & his wife the house in where he now lives, during their natural lives and after to Joseph Gilbird his son, my godson.
To Joseph Hatch my godson son of William Hatch, (when he is 24 years old) houses in Broomfield occupied by Edward Christian, widow Baker & Widdow Turle.
To Thomas Gaylor, son of Thomas Gaylor of Broomfield late deceased, one house being in occupation of Abraham Cappnutt? in Broomfield.
£20 to William Hatch, my servant.
£10 to John Copp my cousin.
Witnesses : Thomas Willmote & Danell Morsole
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/11 A/4, Probate 19 July 1569
Alexander Adams of Ulcombe, Yeoman, will dated 27 Apr 1569
Wife Johan – Executrix
Witnesse John Grennell, Barty(?) Fyshecocke
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/74 A/2, Probate 3 July 1580
Thomas Addams of Lenham, Brewer, will dated 13 February, 22 Eliz
Wife Mildred
Daughters Ellen, Elizabeth & Joane Addams (under 21)
Son John Addams
To wife Mildred messuage in which I now dwell & others in Lenham
Son Thomas Addams (under 21)
Witnesse : John Archeley, Nicholas Rainold, Richard Andrews, John Stroode
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/101 A/2, Probate 5 Mar 1593
Mildred Adams of Lenham, Widow, will dated 9 December 30 Eliz (1593)
Son Thomas Adams
Son John Adams
Daughter Ellen Botley
Daughter Elizabeth Adams
Daughter Joane Adams
Daughters Elizabeth & Joane Adams Executrices
Witnesses Thomas Pery.. Richard Stroode
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/114 A/8, Probate 15 May 1599
Thomas Adams of Ulcombe, will dated 21 Mar 41 Eliz
Burial in churchyard of Ulcombe
10 shillings to son Henry Adams
20 shillings to daughter Agnes Adye
6s.8d to John Bond my daughter’s son (under 18)
and to Christopher Bond my daughter’s son (under 18)
20 shillings to Arthur Leache my daughter’s son (under 18)
3s.4d to Thomas Overe my daughter’s son (under 18)
3s.4d to Ane Overe
One lamb to Thomas Darly
Wife Ane Adams – Executrix
Witnesses Richard Horsmonden, Christopher Wynbronk
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/152 A/8, Probate 26 October 1615
Thomas Adams the Elder of Smarden, Tailor, will dated 13 Aug 1615
To my three children – Thomas, Susan and Fillipe my house in equal portions
Son Thomas Adams
Wife Jone to have profits of house & household stuff during the term of her life; if she should marry then will receive 40 shillings a year
Son Robert to have 40 shillings if he “com within to years after the decease of my wife; if not the 40 shillings to be divided between Thomas Adames children and my son Steaven Parkeres in even portions.
Grandson James Adames (son of Thomas Adams) to have house after death of son Thomas and daughters Susan and Fillipe.
Witnesses : Edward Pett, John King
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/158 A/6, Probate 2 October 1617
Anne Adams of Ulcombe, widow, will dated 18 April 1608
Burial in churchyard of Ulcombe
30 shillings to daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Earle
46 shillings to daughter Katheryn, wife of Michael Forde
46 shillings to daughter Sara, wife of William Wells
53 shillings to daughter Bridget wife of Nicholas Moorfoot
53 shillings to daughter Eden, wife of William Butcher
53s.4d to daughter Marian Adams
6s.8d to daughter Margaret, widow of Thomas Wheeler
3s.4d to Anne Overe daughter of Paul Overe
William Butcher son in law, executor
Witnesses William Raye, William Ade, Christopher Ade
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/158 A/5, Probate 12 Jun 1617
Robert Adams of Bobbing, Husbandman, will dated 16 April 1608
£15 to Sister Elizabeth Adams
Wife Alice – executrix
Witnesses : Francis Reynolde & two others (illegible)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC/16/158 A/1, Probate 18 Sep 1617
Nicholas Addames thelder of Lenham, Yeoman, will dated 7 Mar 1616
20 shillings to Brydgett Morefoott wife of Nicholas Morefoott
12 pence apiece to every one of my godchildren
Household stuff to wife Elizabeth, and after her decease, to daughter Brydgett
Cauldron to daughter Annys wife of William Atwater
1 chest to Elizabeth Styles, daughter of Arthur Styles
1 chest to Elizabeth Addames, daughter of my son Henry
1 chest to Brydgett Addames, daughter of my son Henry
£10 to Arthur Styles which I trusted him with my daughter
£5 to John Styles, son of Arthur Styles, when apprenticeship is ended
Son Henry – sole executor
Arthur Styles overseer
To son Henry all lands & tenements in Headcorn except houses & lands at Lyfferton upon condition that he shall maintain & keep his mother (my wife) for the terme of her natural life, and shall also kep Bridgett my daughter
Son Henry should allow unto John Freance (Freame?) & his wife… (document damaged)
To daughter Bridgett messuages lands at Lyfferton Street and after her decease to Nicholas Addames the sonne of my son Henry
Woods called Hyghshrubbes & Symmons Hyll
Witnesses: Erasmus Elmstone & Henry Addames thelder
Codicil 9 March 1616
I will unto my 2 daughters Katheryn (the wife of Arthur Styles) and unto Ann (the wife of William Atwater) to each of them 10s a piece
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/169 A/2, Probate 12 Mar 1621 (1622)
Henry Addams thelder of Lenham, Husbandman, will dated 26 May 1621
Legacy to the poor of both the parishes of Lenham & Ulcombe
£5 to Symon Studd, if he allows my wife to take all my part of the wood. If not, Symon should only receive 40 shillings.
10 shillings to each of the children of Symon Studd : Thomas Studd, Sarah Studd, Elizabeth Studd.
£5 to sister Margaret Wheeler
£5 to Arthure Leech son of sister Margaret, and £3 to Arthur’s sister, Elizabeth Leech
20 shillings to Ann Wheeler, another of my sister Margaret’s children
£5 to sister Brydgett Morfoot
10 shillings to sister Katheryn Foarde
10 shillings to sister Sarah Welles
10 shillings to sister Earles the wife of John Earles
10 shillings to sister Marryan the wife of Daniell Bratell
5 shillings to sister Breecher the wife of William Breecher
20 shillings to William Bylles (the son of John Bylles) & 2 sheep
30 shillings to Jane Bylles the widow of John Bylles
£5 to Christopher Harte & 10 shillings to each of his three children
£5 to John Harte
£3 to Robert Harte
20 shillings to Thomas Bonnye
£4 to Christopher Bonnye
£3 to Elizabeth Bonnye
12 pence to cousin Robert Haule of Wyllesborough
5 shillings a piece to each of my godchildren
Residue to Isabell Bylles, executrix
House and lands at Lifferton Streat to be sold by my executrix & the money used to pay my legacies, she keeping what is left over of the monies
House, lands and lease being at Eastwood in the parish of Ulcombe to Isabell Bylles and, after her decease, to Arthur Leech who, in turn should pay £8 to Henry Moorfoot and £8 to Nicholas Studd, son of Symon Studd
Christopher Harte shall have the occupation of the house, lands and lease in Ulcombe for term of 4 years after my decease, paying £3 to Isabell Bylles
To Isabell Bylles my annuity on the lands of Robert Parknam deceased
Witnesses : John Younge, Erasmus Elmestone
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/197 A/3, Probate 1 Jun 1631
Steven Adams of Stone, husbandman, will dated 14 May 1631
Body to be buried in Stone
Wife Anne
£15 to son John Adams (under 21)
£10 to daughter Elizabeth Adams (under 21)
To Elizabeth Ace a weaning lamb
Brother John Adams, Executor
Witnesses: Thomas Martin, Vicar, Johane Adames Senior
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/218 A/7, Probate 3 Oct 1638
Tymothye Adames of Lenham, Carpenter, will dated 5 Aug 1638
20 shillings to Charitie (under 21), daughter of my son Robert Adames
20 shillings to Henrie Rayner (under 21), son of my daughter Joyce deceased, by William Rayner her late husband
£10 to son Robert Adames
£10 to three daughters : Susan Adames, Elizabeth Adames & Margaret Adames
Wife Charitie – Executrix
Neighbour & friend Augustine Henneker, overseer.
Messuage, lands & premises at or near Lenham to wife Charity during her natural life & then to son Robert Adames
Witnesses : Robert Marriott, B.Coddle?, William Filmer
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/235 A/9, Probate 1642
Henry Adams of Lenham, Yeoman, will dated 6 Aug 1639
Sarah my now wife
£30 to Daughter Brockwell & £5 to each of her 3 children
£3 to daughter Anne Adams
Residue & lands to son Nicholas Adams
Brother Anthony Dive – overseer
Witnesses George White, William White (scribe)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB11/261 (Reg.Ruthen), Probate 7 Jan 1657
Nicholas Adams of Lenham, Husbandman, will dated 3 Nov 1647
£15 to eldest son Nicholas Adams (under 21)
£15 to son Stephen Adams (under 21)
£15 to youngest son Edmund Adams (under 21)
Wife Ellen – executrix, to bring up the children
Witnesses: John Colgate, Thomas Strainsham
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/272 A/3, Probate 2 Nov 1664
Nicholas Adams of Lenham, Yeoman, will dated 24 October 1664
To be interred in the churchyard of Lenham
20 shillings to William Waters which he owes me + 40 shillings
£3 to Anne wife of John Adams
Elizabeth Clark, wife of John Clark, 30 shillings (as well as the 30 s. John owes me)
£4 to Samuel Beletss for the use of his son Samuel when he comes of age
£4 to Hester Wilkins daughter of Ann Wilkins
£4 to Frances Evenden wife of John Evenden
£4 to Thomas Styles
To wife Elizabeth Adams, Executrix, lands goods etc
After her decease, bequeaths to Mark Quested & Thomas Figg his brother, sonnes of Elizabeth Figg my sister’s daughter, lands bought of Sampson Kennard in the parish of Ulcombe
To Elizabeth Quested, daughter of my niece Elizabeth Figg, lands in Smarden called Hickmets containing 22 acres, bought of Widow James, paying there for three score pounds (£60) to William, Elizabeth & Mary James - £20 each.
After my wife Elizabeth’s decease, I bequeath to John Adams my sister Anne Adam’s son, and also to Thomas & John Brockwell, my sister Elizabeth Brockwell’s sons, the house where I now dwell upon Green Hill, which I had as an inheritance from my father, to be divided between them… As also a parcel of land which I have annexed to it, bought of Anthony Idenden.
I ordaine Thomas Dives of Boughton Malherbe & Thomas Figg of Ulcomb to be my overseers.
Witnesses : Thomas Shewell, George Coldgate
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/ 286 A/6, Probate 1 Feb 1671
Robert Addams of Linsted, husbandman, will dated 3 Jan 1671
To Thomas Lagitt son of Mary my sister, now wife of Thomas Lagitt of Linsted, my messuage or tenement or lands at Wood Seade in the parish of Lenham
Goods and chattels to brother in law Thomas Lagitt and brother in law John Tapley of Milton husband to my sister Bethulia to be equally divided between them
12 pence to sister Charity, wife to Robert Huggins of Lenham
Witnesses: Thomas Stonestreet, John Smith
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/316 A/1, Probate 8 April 1687
Bridgett Adams of Ashford, widow, will dated 26 Mar 1685
5 shillings to son John Adams
1 Shilling to grandson Edward Adams
Son Thomas Adams, Executor
Witnesses: Phillip Howard, Ann Baker, John Bettenham
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/327 A/2, Probate 23 Aug 1693
John Adams Junior of Raynham, Blacksmith, will dated 29 Jul 1693
To daughter Elizabeth Adams, (under 21) messuage, lands & tenement called by the name of Cheeks Court in the parish of Tong and also one other house in Raynham near the pond.
£300 to son John Adams (under 21) which I have layd out to buy in several mortgages upon an Estate of Nathaniel Nicholson in the parish of Charing.
Father John Adams of Raynham, Executor
Wife Elizabeth Adams
Witnesses: Thomas Cradock, John Godfrey, Jane Terry
Source : Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/369 A/7, Probate 16 Apr 1717
Nicholas Adams the Elder of Harrietsham, Yeoman, will dated 23 Jun 1713
Eldest son Nicholas Adams
Daughter Elizabeth Adams
Wife Ann Adams
Daughter Mary, wife of Richard Potter, her daughter Elizabeth Potter
To Daughters Elizabeth Adams & Bridgett, wife of Alexander Bottle, house & garden in Lenham Town
£5 to daughter Ellen, wife of William Cox & £5 to their daughter Anne Cox
To wife Ann messuage & lands in a place called Runham in parish of Lenham now in tenure of (blank) Hernden
Sons Edmund & Robert Adams
£15 to daughter Isabell Adams wife of John Hope
Daughter Ann Adams
Twelve pence a piece to all of grandchildren lawfully begotten on the body of daughter Bridgett wife to Alexander Bottle
daughter Mary wife to Richard Potter
daughter Ellen wife to William Cox
daughter Isabell wife to John Hope
Executors – wife Ann Adams & son Nicholas Adams
Witnesses James Wood (or Hood), William Amos? John Holden
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/189 A/1, Probate 26 May 1719
Elizabeth Addames of Egerton, widow, will dated 25 April 1719
To my Well be Loved daughter Elizabeth Crones (Executrix), house and land in the parish of Smarden, land at Charing and all other houses that belong to me.
£5 to John Dune of Smarden
Witnesses: George Gouldsmith Senior, George Gouldsmith, Edward Spice
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/382 A/11, Probate 2 Jun 1724
John Adams of Raynham, Blacksmith, will dated 19 Feb 1719
To loving grandson Gybbon Gyles, son of Richard Gyles, tenement, barn, lands etc in Raynham,which I purchased of Madam Cod & Mr Atkins of Gravesend and now in tenure of William Johnson, Thomas Carpenter & Michael Hodges.
To Grand daughter Mary, wife of John Hollyday of Milton next Sittingbourne, house and garden situated in Raynham Street which I purchased from Thomas Wickenden.
Grand daughter Susanna, wife of John Bowtell of Woolwich, carpenter
Grand daughter Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Willmot of Bethersden, Gent.
Yearly legacy of 20 shillings to the poor of the parish of Raynham from profits of Dore Lane cherry garden in Raynham.
To loving friends & relations Thomas Willmot & John Hollyday (Executors) my house at West Raynham now in the tenure of Widow Daniel
Witnesses: William Hooting, Sara Hooting, Thomas Cradock
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/404 A/3, Probate 27 Oct 1739
Nicholas Adams of Harrietsham, Yeoman, will dated 12 Jul 1738
To nephew Alexander Bottle, son of Alexander Bottle of Harrietsham, carpenter, my Messuage, Mills, Millhouses & all other outhouses, Edifices and buildings with all lands, hereditaments, premisses and appurtenances belonging, situate, lying or being near a place called Farborne in the parish of Harrietsham, now in my own occupation.
Nephew Alexander Bottle and his heirs to pay rent every year to loving sister Elizabeth Adams as long as she remains unmarried.
Nephew Alexander Bottle, sole executor
Witnesses : Helen Dixon, John Munn, Henry Dixon
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/404 A/5, Probate 9 Feb 1739 (1740)
Elizabeth Adams of Harrietsham, Singlewoman, will dated 1 Nov 1739
To Cousin Benjamin Bottle (son of Alexander Bottle by Bridget his wife) mortgage on house at Liverton Street in occupation of Robert Cleverly.
Interest to sister Bridget Bottle during her life & then to Benjamin Bottle
£5 to Sarah Bottle (daughter of Alexander Bottle)
£5 to cousin Elizabeth Godding (daughter of Stephen & Anne Godding)
Cousin Ferdinando Bottle (son of Alexander Bottle), Executor.
Witnesses : Catherine Hope, Robert Bottle
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/409 A/2, Probate 14 Apr 1743
Robert Adams of Lenham, Yeoman, will dated 4 May 1741
To wife Elizabeth, messuage & lands in Lenham Heath, & my part of that messuage, lands & tenements wherein I now dwell called Runham
After her decease to be equally divided between daughters Elizabeth Norham & Anne Adams
Wife Elizabeth, Executrix
Witnesses : Nicholas Smith, Thomas Millen, Mary Carter
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/424 A/2, Probate 18 Dec 1758
Edman Adams of Ospringe, Batchelor, will dated 12 Aug 1757
£10 yearly to Cousin Ann Adams of Lenham, spinster, daughter of Robert Adams
£5 to poor widows of Harrietsham
Rest & residue, in particular house, barn, stable & 40 acres of land in Lenham in the occupation of Robert Baker; barn & lands in Harrietsham called Hogbarn in tenure of John Mantle or his undertenants; also my half part of a dwelling house, barn & 3 pieces of land commonly know as Runham in tenure of Ann Adams & Elias Cleverly; the last three mentioned I bequeath to William Norham – sole Executor
Witnesses : Thomas Fry, Richard West, Thomas Wood
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/88/H/2, Probate 11 Jul 1587
Robert Hatche of Milton, will dated 18 May 1587
£30 and chest to son Ellys Hatche
£10 to son Water Hatche
£20 to son John Hatche (under 25)
Wife Margaret (executrix) to pay £10 owing to William Rogers
£20 to daughter Rebecka (unmarried)
Witness : Nicholas Champion
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/153 H/24, Probate 6 Feb 1615 (1616)
John Hatch of Bobbing, will dated 15 Dec 1615
Wife Sara
To Brother Ellys Hatch (executor) – lands in Iwade
Daughter Elizabeth
Witnesses Stephen Peyth----- John Blackborne
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/156 H/23, Probate 27 May 1616
William Hatch of Tonge, will dated 19 Dec 1615
£4 to mother
£4 to sister Collyer
Wife Jane (might be pregnant)
Godson Thomas Hatch, son of brother John Hatch
Goddaughter Susan Whetland
Godson George -------
Son Robert Hatch (under 20)
Brother John Hatch, executor
Overseers : William Tonge & his brother James Tonge
Witnesses : William Tonge, James Tonge, James Tonge
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/159 H/15, Probate 23 Sep 1617
Mary Hatche of Bobbing, widow of late Ellis Hatch, will dated 6 Sep 1617
Body to be buried in churchyard of the parish of Bobbing
Eldest son Richard Hope
“Nephew” (Grandson) John Hope (under 21), son of Richard
“Niece” (Granddaughter) Marye (under 18), daughter of son Richard
“Niece” (Granddaughter) Elizabeth (under 18), daughter of son Richard
Son William Hope
Servant Thomas Walbancke
Son John Hope – executor
Witnesses : Francis Reynold, vicar of Bobbing, Pearcival Manning
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/188 H/5, Probate 6 April 1627
William Hatch of Bredgar, Yeoman, will dated 17 Sep 1617
Daughter Patience, wife of John Lake
Daughter Johane wife of Richard Tassell
To youngest son John Hatch, lease of my farm called Swanton Court
To eldest son William Hatch (executor), lands & tenements at Beddenton in the parish of Wormshill
Witnesses : Symon Whetland, William Guildeford, Richard Brenchley
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/201 H/12, Probate 17 Apr 1632?
William Hatch of Wormshill, Yeoman, will dated 24 Apr 1632?
Daughters Patience & Mary (both under 18)
Wife Johan
Brother John Hatch executor
Witnesses : Benjamin Dowle, Robert Christfeild, Christopher Lane
There must have been a mistake in the writing or copying of this will as regards dates…
William Hatch was buried in St Giles Churchyard, Wormshill on 20 April 1632

Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/243 H/2, Probate 4 Nov 1644
John Hatch of Bredgar, will dated 19 Jun 1644
Mr Lane Minister of Bredgar
Christopher Lane, son of the above
Godson Walter Vyney
Martin Bishopp daughter of James Bishopp the son of... (document damaged)
Wife Ann – executrix
Witnesses : Terrey Aldersley, William Guildeford, Marke Reader
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/408 H/12, Probate 5 Feb 1742
William Hatch of Leeds, Yeoman, will dated 19 Apr 1740
Sons John Hatch, William Hatch
Daughter Lucy wife of James Dabbs
Annuity to wife Lucy
Son Robert Hatch, executor
Witnesses : Edward Harrison, Francis Hartridge, Samuel Belcher
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/409 H/7, Probate 9 Dec 1743
Mary Hatch of Leeds, Spinster, will dated 19 Apr 1740
To nephew Robert Hatch, son of William Hatch, messuage & tenements in Leeds
Nephews John & James Hatch
Niece Lucy Hatch
£1 to Susanna Cox, wife of John Cox
£1 each to the four children of John Bentley of Sutton, farmer
£1 each to Elizabeth Quaife & Mary Quaife
£1 each to Elizabeth Beesham, Mary Beesham & Mary Ellis the younger
1 Shilling each to Robert Hatch & William Hatch, sons of (nephew) Robert Hatch
To William Quaife, bed & furniture
Robert Hatch executor
Witnesses : Edward Harrison, Francis Hartridge, Samuel Belcher
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/437 H/6, Probate 5 May 1768
Robert Hatch of the Back Street, Leeds, Farmer, will dated 25 Mar 1767
£5 each to nephews John Cox & Robert Cox, sons of my Brother John Cox
£5 each to nieces Ann Cox and Susanna the wife of (blank) Egiller, daughters of my said Brother John Cox
£5 to Frances the Wife of William Marchant of Sheerness
£5 to niece Elizabeth wife of Jone Austen of Biddenden
£5 to Sarah Waterman, daughter of William Waterman
£5 to Robert Hatch, son of Robert Hatch of Leeds
£5 to Robert Hatch, son of William Hatch the Younger of Maidstone
£5 to Margaret Sheaf of Langley, spinster
£5 to my much esteemed Friends, Richard Gibbons of Leeds and John Oliver of Doddington
Residue to wife Mary – if she still be living- or else to John Cox the Younger, Robert Cox, Ann Cox, Susanna Egiller, Elizabeth Austen, Sarah Waterman, Robert Hatch the son of Robert Hatch, Robert Hatch the son of William Hatch the younger and Margaret Sheafer, to be equally divided among them
Brother William (if still living), wife Mary & friends Richard Gibbons & John Oliver, executors.
Witnesses : John Hodges, Thomas Willard
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/241 H/5, Probate 12 Dec 1771
William Hatch late of Maidstone, now of Leeds, Wheelwright, will dated 23 Nov 1765
Wife Susanna, executrix
Witnesses : Samuel Fullager, Chr. Fullager
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/254 H/3, Probate 12 July 1784
Susannah Hatch of Maidstone, Widow, will dated 3 August 1782
Son William Hatch of Maidstone, Blacksmith.
£2.2/- to each of Grandchildren (children of son William) : William Hatch, John Hatch, Mary Hatch, Elizabeth Hatch, Susanna Hatch and Jane Hatch.
Residue to grandson Robert Hatch – Executor.
Witnesses : William Roffe & William Roots
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/492 H/8, Probate 8 Mar 1811
John Hatch of Rodmersham, Yeoman, will dated 13 Jan 1807
Wife Sarah sole beneficiary and Executrix
Witnesses : John Ellis of Rodmersham, Richard Tanner Attorney at Law, Sittingbourne
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/15/245, Probate 1534
John Tong of Hollingbourne, Yeoman, will dated 10 Sep 1534
Wife Mercy
son William Tong
Lands in Hollingbourne, Tunstall and Milstead (or elsewhere)
Son James Tong, sole Executor
Son Thomas Tong
Lands and tenements in Smarden, come by heritage of the mother of James and Thomas, sometime my wife
Witnesses: Wyllyam Reynold, Robert Seathe, John Reader, Wyllyam Reader and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/19/32, Probate 5 May 1544
William Tong of Hollingbourne, will dated 16 Mar 1544
Body to be buried in churchyard of Holingbourn
To Wife Cycely (sole Executrix) - maybe “with child” - all my houses and lands during her natural life
Eldest son Arthur? Richard? Tong
Daughter Jone Tong
Overseers ? of Bredgar?, my father in law, and John Raynolde of Hollingbourne
Witnesses: Arthur Sentleger, Christopher Badcock --------- John Raynolde and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/30 T/8, Probate 2 Jul 1559
Agnes Tonge of Sittingbourne, (document damaged) will dated 2 Feb 1559
To be buried in churchyard of Sittingbourne
To son Thomas Cole, Executor, lands in the parishes of Bredgar & Mylsted which I bought of Wyllyam Cole & Thomas Lewys
To son Edmond Tomlynge one featherbead with all things thereunto belonging
To Symode Boytt, my sister’s son, one cowe
To Ellis Boytt, his brother 5 yewes
Witnesses: Richard Beddall, John Cranwell
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/36 T/2 Probate 8 Feb 1562 (1563)
John Tonge of Lynsted, will dated 12 Dec 1562?
Body to be buried in churchyard of Lynsted
7s to seven poore folke in the parish of Lynsted
(several names illegible)
£6 to Brother Rechard Tonge and his son Nicolas
Brother Wylliam Tonge
Brother Nicholas Tonge
My systers son John Borton (under 21)
To my sister Quyntes 2 children
A chest to John Catlett
My brother Ralfe Catletts 3 children
Ralfe Catlett sole executor
Witnesses: David Downne, Richard Mote & John Dugdale
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/ Probate 23 Oct 1571
William Tong of Lynsted, will undated
20 marks to eldest son John Tong
20 marks to son Nycollas Tonge
20 marks to daughter Marye Tonge
20 marks to daughter Katheryne
Wife Ellyn, Executrix
10s to poore of the parish
2s 6d to the reparation of the bars of the playstall
No Witnesses
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/104 T/8, Probate 26 Sep 1594
John Tonge of Tenham, Yeoman, will dated 19 May 36 Eliz
Body to be buried in churchyard of Linsteede
10 shillings to poor of Tenham
£50 to son John Tonge (under 21)
£20 to daughter Anne Tonge (under 18)
Wife Elizabeth, Executrix
Debts: I owe to the poor of Tenham 23s 4d
I owe to Nicolas Catlet 9s 2d
I owe to Salomon Porridge 50s
I owe to Wise of Linsteed 4s
Rafe Clarke oweth me £10
Nicolas Tonge of Linsteede oweth me 15s
Harrie Longe of Linstede 9s
John Brewster oweth me 42s 8d
Witnesses: John Simons, minister, John Brewster & John Webbe
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/145 T/2, Probate 27 Mar 1612
Nicholas Tong of Linsted, will dated 6 Feb 1611
Wife Frances Tong
Daughter Elizabeth Tong
Son Nicholas Tong, Executor
Witnesses: John Bradley, Symon Greenestreet
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/ Probate 25 Mar 1619
Anne Tonge of Iwade, Widdowe, will dated 4 Sep 1618
£10 to son Thomas Tonge, Executor
£10 to son John Tonge
£10 to son Richard Tonge
20s to son Symon Tonge during his life to be paid by my Executors
20s a year to daughter Snodue during her natural life
£5 to Goddaughter Anne Snodue (under 21)
20s a year to my other grandchildren Robert & Elizabeth Snodue
£12 to daughter Henneker
£5 to cosen Susan Allen, the daughter of William Allen
£5 to Goddaughter Anne Tonge (under 21). Should she die before the age of 21, then the Legacy should be shared between her four sisters when they attain the age of 21
20s a piece to my sonne Thomas Tonges children
40s to my grandchild Thomas Durrant (under 21)
40s to grandchild Nicholas Snodue
One payer of sheetes to my kinswoman Robert Brokholls wife
Witness: William Tonge
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/179 T/1, Probate 6 Dec 1624
William Tonge of Baxton in Bredgar, Gentleman, will dated 28 April 1619
20 shillings to Preacher at my burial
10s to poor of Sittingbourne and to the poore people of Borden
20s to the poore people of Bredgar
3s 4d to everie one of my servants that shall be dwelling with me at the time of my death
Wife Katherine, Executrix
Sons, John Tonge (eldest), William Tonge, James Tonge, Richard Tonge – all under 21
Daughters, Ann Tonge, Martha Tonge, Charity Tonge, Elizabeth Tonge & Alice Tonge – all under 21
To son John Tonge
- all my bookes of all sortes whatsoever, printed as manuscript
- all my principal Messuage or Mansion House where I now dwell and all other messuages, lands etc in Bredgar, except 5 parcels of land and wood called Prickdfieldes, Conycroft and Court Garden Wood in Bredgar and Tunstall which I give to my son James Tonge (or to son Richard Tonge should James die without Issue).
- all my lands and Tenements whatsoever except 2 tenements and about 32 acres of lands lately purchased of my brother James Tonge, scituate, lieinge and beinge in the parishes of Milsted and Frensted.
To son William Tonge and heirs, Messuage called the Round House with 2 cherry gardens, one orchard, in Borden in the occupation of Robert Raisdowne.
Legacy to wife for upbringing of the children
Son John Tonge to be a student in the Innes of Court and that my daughters be educated & schooled and that daughter Charity Tonge be maintained during her life out of my lands in Bredgar by my son John
To daughters Anne, Martha, Elizabeth & Alice £100 each, plus an Annuity of £8 yearly to each of them, and two leases of the Parsonage of Sittingbourne
To Brother James Tonge and uncle Mr Richard Tonge (they being my dear friends in whom I repose speciall trust and confidence), one silver bowle worth five markes a peece, with this word or poesye ingraven in the foote thereof – (Esto fidus)
Other persons mentioned in this will:
John Crole(?), concerning leases of the King’s land
Sold to John Stace, Gent (to come into effect after the death of my mother) reversion of land in Nonington with indenture
Sold to Richard Redman reversion of Messuage & orchard in Milton (also after death of mother) with Indenture of lease and term of lease.
Sold to Francis Marten, Gent, my reversion of one tenement, 3 orchards etc in Milton, (also after death of mother) with Indenture
Inheritance from Thomas Bradbury of Milton (PRC16/120 B/1) – his Executor Mr Jackman
(NB the Testator’s mother, Phillis Tonge, survived her son William by 14 years, dying in 1638)
No witnesses…
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/191 T/1, Probate 19 Aug 1628
Anne Tonge of Stockbury, Spinster, will dated 24 Mar
£4 to James Coock (under 21), son of Edward Coock
£4 each to Jone Coocke and Elizabeth Coock (both under 21)
Tomasine Coock late wife of Edward Coock
William Knight of Stockburie, Gent, Executor
Witnesses: Thomas Langham, Robert Kemsley & Ann Coock
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/208 T/8, Probate 3 April 1634
Thomas Tonge of Mylsted, will dated 5 Jan 1633 (1634)
20 s to poor of Mylsted
£45 to daughter Elizabeth
£40 to daughter Joane
£40 to daughter Susana
£40 to daughter Frances
£5 Annuity to son Robert
One silver spoon of 10 shillings a peece to Mary and Elizabeth Wheatland, daughters of Simon Wheatland my son in law
Three and a half crowns in gold to daughter Marye, wife of Edward Filmer
Son Thomas, Executor
No Witnesses
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/238 T/1, Probate 1642
Nicholas Tonge of Bredgar, Gent, will dated 6 Aug 1642
20s to Churchwardens for the poore of Frinsted
20s to Churchwardens for the poore of Bredgar
To son in law Thomas Thatcher, my seale ring (which I now weare) to weare in remembrance of me.
40s to John Lane, Vicar for his paines to be taken in preaching at my funeral
20s to maidservant Martha Chrisfield
10s to John Nightingale for his paines taken with me in my weaknes
Indebted to Elizabeth Guildford, widow and Ann Thatcher my Grandchild £20 a piece and to John Bowell of Bredgar the sum of £10 and my moveable goods not of sufficient value to satisfy the said sums, my will and mind is that James Tonge of Bredgar, James Tonge of Borden Gent and William Guildford of Bredgar Gent, being all my kinsmen and loving friends in whom I repose speciall trust and confidence … sell all or any of my lands and tenements in Leeds in the said County of Kent.
The overplus of the money soe raysed to daughter Elizabeth Thatcher wife of Thomas Thatcher and to their heirs for ever.
Rest of goods & chattels whatsoever to wife Rebecca, sole Executrix.
Witnesses: John Lane, Clarke & Thomas Batchelor
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/259 T/9, Probate 10 Apr 1648
James Tonge of Borden, Gentleman, will dated 15 Mar 1642
To be buried at Bredgar
20s to poore people of Borden, 20s to poore of Borden, 20s to poore people of Sittingbourne
20s to Minister of Bredgar to preach at my funeral
6s 8d to all the servants that shall live with my sonne in Lawe John Greestreete at the time of my death
4 marks to Goddaughter & Grandchild Maria Greenstreete to buy a silver bowle
To loving wife Frances Tonge, all my goods & household stuff in Borden and my Nurserie in Borden
Daughter Greenstreet
John Greenstreet, Executor
Witnesses: John Mowtinge & Benjamin Dowle
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/132 T/4 Probate 14 Mar 1663
Katherine Tonge of Maidstone, widow, will not dated
To be buried at Ottham in Kent
My Estate in Land I thus dispose of, I give all my lands at Bredgar to my Grandchild John Tongue and his heirs for ever, paying out of it £20 to my daughter Elizabeth Course and £20 a peece to her son and daughter; £60 to my daughter Katharine Miller and £10 to her son William Miller, £10 to my Grandchild Mary Tongue
Witnesses: John Davis, Curate of Maidstone, Elizabeth Course, Henry Course, Mary Aymes
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/165 G/8, Probate 17 Nov 1619
William Guildford of Bredgar, Gent, will dated 28 Oct 1619
20 s to poore people of Bredgar
Wife Elizabeth (née Tonge), Executrix
Property in Bredgar, Lynsted and Mylksted
Son William Guildeford
Son Jeames Guildeford
Son George? Guildeford
Daughter Jayne Guildeford
Witnesses: James Tonge, Nicholas Tonge
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/8/143, Probate 5 Nov 1501
Adam A’ Wood (of Canterbury), will dated 1 Oct 1501
To be buried in churchyard of the Holy Cross of Westgate
13s.4d and my best doblett to Laurence Rolf my Maistre for his labour and for my chamber in his house
witnesses: John Ball, John A’ Wood, Philip Newell, John Tupper?
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/8/10, Probate 1504
John A’ Wood of Hollingbourne, will dated 9 April 1504
Body to be buried in churchyard of Hollingbourne
Wife Elizabeth
son John
witnesses: Edward Culter, Willliam Elyot and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/8/81, Probate 1504
John At Wodde of Hucking, will dated 30 Aug 1504
Property in Hucking & Hollingbourne
Wife Isabell
Sons Thomas, Harry, Richard
Daughter Johan
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/9/16, Probate 1506
John at Wodde the younger of Hollingbourne, will dated 4 Feb 1506
burial churchyard Hollingbourne
I will that Harry at Wodde & Edward Culter (Executors) pay all my debts and bequeathes,
Residue of all my goods to Maryon my wife
son Thomas
My executors to pay to John at Wodde £48 for a peece of land which the said John the Younger leyd to him to Mortgage.
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/9/72, Probate 1507
Richard At Wodde of Hollingbourne, will dated 7 Jun 1507
Body to be buried in the churchyard of Hollingbourne
20 marks to daughter Margarett at the tyme of her marriage; she to be ruled by her brother
John Wodde & William Raynolds
£4 to each of my godchildren
2 seames of wheat to Anne my servant
(Legacy) to any honeste preeste to syng for my soule
Feoffees: William Raynold, William Combe, Edward Culter, Thomas a Down and Nicholas Southouse
£21 Annuity to wife Johanne, and she, during her natural life, to have chamber in North End of House at the charge of John Wodde my son
To son John – Messuages Hollingbourne & “Hacking above the hill” (Manor of Moston).
To son William, when he attains the age of 23 years, a Messuage and all my lands and tenenements in the parish of Charte before Sutton.
To son Edmund, at such tyme that he is of the age of 17 yeres, the Manor of Moston with all the lands and tenements, Rentes and ----- and all other lands in the said parish of Hollingbourne from the toppe of Hollingbourne downward.
If Edmund shoud dye, then manor of Mostone to his brother John.
Witnesses: Syr John Rosebury, Vicar of Holyngbourn, John Seth, William Raynold and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/10/9, Probate 1509
Henry At Wode of Hucking, will dated 18 November 1509
My body to be buryed in the Churchyard of Sainte Margarette of Hucking
Lands in Hucking & Hollingbourne
Wife Johan
Brother Richard Awode, Executor
Brother Thomas Awode
Overseer Edward Cutler
Witnesses : Sir Harry Bowregg , John Cole & Thomas A Wode
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/12/515, Probate April 1516
Richard At Wode of Bredgar, will dated 1 April 1515
First part in Latin, mentions (feoffees?) William Mody, Thomas Colley, Henry Bowregg, Elizeo Bertey, Johanne Vinseay
My wife Johanne to have my tenement called Downynge and also that she have my howse next the stret with the chimney and all my lands in Hunkynffeld for the terme of her life
20 marks to each of my daughters Alice and Isabell
John Gurley to have my lands in Bredgarfeld and pay to William Raynold of Holyngborne
£44 at Alhalowtyd (All Saints) next coming
I ordayne and make John Gurley and Thomas A’Chamber to be my executors
Overseer: Richard Henacre
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/12/598, Probate 29 Jul 1517
John At’ Wood of Bobbing, will dated 19 June 1517
My body to be buried in the churchyard of Seynt Bartholumewe in Bobbing
Wife Anne, Executrix
Overseer William Strangbowe
Daughters Alice, Marianne & Elizabeth
Sons John & Thomas
Wife Anne to sell my tenement & garden in Borden which I bought of Roger Halls irynmownger of London, and if she have no need to sell the said tenement, then I would that Alice my daughter have it
Marianne my daughter to have the tenement & garden in Bobbing after my wife’s decease
Son John to have my tenement a smythforge and a garden thereto in the parish of Bobbing if he will be of the occupation of a smyth paying to my son Thomas yerely 20 shillings to the value of £6 be fully complete and payed
(Testator then explains that if his son John doesn’t want to be a Smith, then he wills the Forge to son Thomas who in turn should pay John 20 shillings yearly)
Witnesses: John Gowen, John Hoggynge John Cardon, William Edwardes and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/17/238, Probate 26 Feb 1526
Elizabeth At’ Wood of Lenham, widow, will dated 6 Jan 1526
4d to everyone of my godchildren
3s.4d to Walter Spice, the son of Spice and of my daughter
Residue of my goodes not given nor bequeathed to Katheryne my daughter
John Spyce to be my Executor
Walter Spyce, Overseer
Winesses; Robert Chalker and Edward Spyce
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/17/131, Probate 17 May 1526
Elys At’ Wode of Bredgar, will dated 26 April 1526
My body to be buried within the churchyard of Saynt John the Baptist yn Bredgar
5 shillings towards church repairs
2 shillings to the poor people at my burial
Richard Myllar of the parishe of Maidstone shall have the disposing of my estate to the behalf of my children when they come to Age of 21 yeres, whome I make my sole executor of this my present testament
Lands and tenements in Bredgar & Wormshill
If my sonne Richard live tyll he come to the age of 21 yeres, then I would that my Feoffees shall delyver Astate to hym
And if it happen the said Richard my sonne to decease… I would that my said Feoffees shall delyver Astate to Johane my daughter
And if it happen that both my children do decease… then I would that all my said landes and tenements shall remain to the children of the said Richard Myller myn Executor
Witnesses: Sir William Garlyng vicar, John Cole, Stephen Byrlyng, Henry Drewry, Symon Wheteland, John Stedeman & Richard Wyche with others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/15/43, Probate 28 Jul 1528
John At Woode of Holyngborn, will dated 7 June 1528
My body to be buried in the churchyard of Allholowen in Holyngborn
Wife Agnes
Son John at Woode
Benyt Hawkyns, my wyffes daughter
John Hawkyns and William Hawkyns my wyffe sonnes (under 18)
I will that my Feoffees shall suffer Agnes my wife to have all my lands and tenements in Holyngborn or elsewhere with all thappurtenances and profittes according to her Joynter thereof made at her marriage, during all the terme of her lyffe.
After the decease of the said Agnes my wyffe I will that all the said lands wythe thappurtenances shall remain to Richard, Robert and Cristoffer my sonnes and to ther heires and assignes.
I will that my Feoffees shall delyver estate immeyately after my decease to John Grene of Holyngborn of and in one pece of my land called Parkers contaynyng 15 acres of land, also he, John Grene, shall have free goyng and coming to my woode called Tanners to carry his woode at his pleasure
Also I will that my said Feoffees immediately after my decease shall delyver estate to John Seath of Herne of an in one pece of my land called Parkercrofte according to his wrytyng therof made and sealed
I make and ordeyn my executors of this my present Testament my Sonne John at Wood & Robert Saeth, and them to fynd my children Richard, Robert and Christopher homsely until they be able to get ther owne lyvyng
The said John shall fynde Johan, my daughter, mete and drynke and payment and all other thynges necessary for her during her lyffe
And I make Nicholas Wade overseer
Witnesses: William Reade, John Tonge, John Grene, Edmond at Woode and Edward Blechynde
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/20/65, Probate October 1534
Richard A Wodd of Bredgar, will dated 18 July 1534
My bodie to be buried yn the churchyard of Saynt John the Baptiste of Bredgar
4d to High aulter of Bredgar for my tithes and offerynges forgotten
4d to the High Aulter of Bycknor
2d to each of my Godchildren
Wife Clemence, Executrix
Witnesses William Harlyng, vicar, Richard Coke and William Segar and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/20/94, Probate 1534
Hugh At Wodd of Lenham, will dated 26 April 1533
My bodye to be buried in the churche yarde of Leneham
4d to every one of my godchildren
wife Agnes, Executrix
son Thomas At Wodd
5 markes to daughter Elyne on the day of her marriage
Source: Carol Hutchinson, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/77/407b, PRC16/322 M/3, Probate 1690
Thomas Merriall of Cranbrooke
children of my son Thomas Merriall late deceased,
Margaret daughter of my son Thomas Merriall
Thomas Godfree? son of my son Thomas Merriall
grandchild Mary Godfree?
my daughter Anne of my late son Thomas at her age of 1 and 20( granddaughter?)
Susan daughter of my late son Thomas
Thomas Merriall my grandson
daughter Elizabeth Vinsett, widdow late wife of Richard Vincett
Thomas Vinsett son of daughter Elizabeth Vinsett
Elizabeth Vinsett daughter of my daughter Elizabeth Vinsett
Thomas, Richard, Elizabeth Vinsett
son John Merriall
Katharine, John, and Elisabeth son and daughters of sayd son John Merriall
Robert, Richard, Elizabeth, and Mary sons and daughters of my son Richard Merriall
Mary Howland daughter of Thomas Howland of Marden
Thomas Howland husband of late wife Margaret (Margaret Merrall daugther of Thomas Merrall)
Edward Merriall son of my late son Edward Merriall after he turns 21
Mary Merriall widow of my son Thomas Merriall
sons John Merriall, Richard Merriall, daughter Elizabeth late wife of Richard Vinsett,
Mary Howland daughter of Thomas Howland
wife Jane (second wife)
son Richard Merriall is executor
daughter Mary Merriall my sayd daughter (daughter in law, widow of Thomas Merrall)
his mark Thomas Merriall
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/4/126, Probate 14 March 1496 (1497)
Henry Wood of Upchurch, will dated 31? Dec 1496 (1st part in Latin)
Wife Margaret & Thomas Wood, Executors
This is the last will of me the seyd Harry Wode…
Wife Margaret to have all my lands and Rents in the parish of Upchurch
After wife’s decease, son William to have tenement that I dwell in with all the lands lying and being in the West side of a way ledyng to Sademanys gave unto church steete to hym hys heyres and assignes for evermore
Also that Thomas my son have my tenement called Fends (Fords?) with all the lands lying and being in the East side of the sayd way to the sayd Thomas his heyres and assigns
Also I will that each of my sonnes have 20 shepe called moder shepe
Also I will that Agnes my daughter have to hur marriage £6.13s 4d. And yf so be the seyd Agnes die or she be maryed than I will the seyd £6.13s 4d remaynyng to a prest to syng for my soule, fader and moder and all Cresten soules in the church of Upchurch
Also I will that William my brother have 20 moder shepe
3 shepe for Richard Cumchemer(?)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/5/41, Probate 8 July 1499
William Wood of Adisham, will dated March 1498 (1499)
In Latin… People mentioned are the following:
Margerie
John Wodd
Andrew Pyrotte
Katherine Wodde
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/30 W/11, Probate ?
William Wood of Bearsted, will dated 7? Sep 1559
My body to be bureyd in the churchyard of Bearsted
£5 to my wyffe
6s.8d to Roger Dealle & beloved wyffe 3s.4d
6s.8d toward the reparacion of the church of Bearsted
Residue of my moveable goods to my 2 children to be equally devided
I do accomplyche all my lande and tenements that I have in the paryshe of Bearsted or ellswhere the wych landes and tenements I wyll and bequeath to Wylliam my sonne to hem and his eyres forever
Should Wylliam die without eyres, then I will my landes and tenements to my doffter to her and her eyres fore ever
Should she die without eyres, then I will my landes & tenements to my gooddoffter Jonne Senppett the doffter of George Senpett
My Wyffe and George Senpett, Executors
Thomas Gooddyn, Overseer, and I wyll to hem fore hys paynes 10s.
Witnesses: Robert ------, Roger Dealle & Thomas Goddyn
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/32 W/9, Probate 20 Mar 1560
Wylliam Wood of Bearstead, will dated 21 January 1560
30 shillings to Wylliam Tylden of Langley, my godson
13s 4d to the children of Agnes Wylde
10 s to Margarete Woodd daughter of Edwarde? Woodde
6s 8d to Agnes Howlett wife of Wylliam Howlett
20s to Jone Tylden wife of James Tylden
13s 4d to John Tylden & James Tylden (both under 16) sons of James Tylden
Elizabeth Tylden (under 20) daughter of James Tylden
Isabel? Tylden
Residue to James Tylden, Jurat of Bearsted
John Sowthowsand of Holynbourne to be overseer
Witnesses John Alyn, Edmund Burleye & Robert Grenehud? Clarke
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/29/95, Probate 17 Oct 1562
Thomas Wood of Herne, will dated 28 August 1562
Wife Agnes & son Robert (under 16), Executors
John Parramore of Minster in Thanet, Overseer
£3 to my Sister Henche
A lamb for each of my two maydes
A lamb each for Thomas Henche and Margaret Henche
Also, as I the aforesaide Thomas Woode have taken upon to be my brother Robeart Woodes Overseer, I will that Master Christopher Harflet and Thomas Gybbes do take that upone them which I hadd
Witnesses: William Kinge, Curatt, John Chapin, John Johnson and James Crypin with others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/75 W/8, Probate 13 Oct 1580
Robert Wood of Harrietsham, Husbandman, will dated 27 June 1580
My bodye to be buryed within the churcheyarde of Harrietsham or elleswhere yt shall please god to call me
£6.13s 4d each to Amye & Alyce Wood my daughters
To son Hue (Hugh) Wood, my Cobborde standinge in the haule where I nowe dwell
Residue of all my goods, corne & cattell I bequeath to my three sonnes William Wood, John Wood & Hue Wood equally to be devided amongst them
George Quested, my sonne in lawe & William Wood, my sonne to be Executors
Hue Hutchins, my brother in lawe, to be my Overseer
My will is that my lands in Harrietsham shalbe equally devided amongest my three Sonnes William Wood, John Wood and Hue Wood
Witnesses: John Browne, William Ashedale & Harry Smothinge
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/36/116a, Probate 28 Jan 1588
Richard Wood of Maidstone, Nuncupative will
Wife Alice
Loome and other implements (detailed) to Thomas Wood
Morter & pestle to Joane Gore, daughter of Steven Gore
5 shillings to daughter Mary Tumber
Another loom & accessories to son in law George Carter after the decease of Wife Alice Wood
Witnesses: John Crew, Margery Morton, Thomas Wood & George Carter
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/36/168a, Probate 9 April 1590
Julian Wood of Hollingbourne, widow, Nuncupative will
Apparell to daughter Elizabeth Pecknum (?)
Bedstedle, featherbed and all things thereto belonging to Julian Pecknum, daughter of the said Elizabeth
Residue of moveable goods to be divided among the children of the sayd Elizabeth according to the discretion of sons Richard Wood & William Wood.
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/36/168b, Probate 1590
Lever Wood of Hollingbourne, Clarke, will dated 6 May 1590
£100 to Wellbeloved wife Frances – the entyre payment to be made in the west porche of the parishe Churche of Maidstone within three yeres next after my decease
Also to wife Frances, £9 per year
£20 to daughter Indurer?
My will and mynd is that my fathers sister & my mother or either of them shall have the custody and bringing of my said daughter with her portion aforesaid
£30 to my son Moretriall
£25 to my sonne Hellidecaye
My will and mynde is that if Frances my wife be nowe with childe that childe shall have £20 to be payd unto my wife to the use of the childe within three monthes after the birth thereof if it be then living and …. that my wife shall have the custody and bringing up aswell of the said Helldecay my son
I will unto my wellbeloved mother Wood one Annuity of £4 by the year during the term of her natural lyfe which I have to me and myne heires out of the lands of Nicholas Reder, And after her decease I will the sayd Annuity unto my sonne Moretriall & to his heires So as the said Moretriall do yerely pay unto his brother Healedcayes fortie shillings a yeare half yearly to be payd in the west porch of the parishe Churche of Maidstone
10 shillings to the pore people of Hollingborne
I make and ordayne my welbeloved brother John Eps of Debtling my sole Executor
Witnesses: Martin Barnham, John Terry, Thomas Tudnam, John Dale, John Tray, William Tray
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/35 W/3, Probate 23 Dec 1591
Walter Wood of Hollingborne, will dated 20 April 1591
My bodye to be buried in the parish churchyarde of Holingborne
To Brother Richard Wood my Nags & 26 Ewes
£10 a peace to my sisters Jonne Woode and Alles Woode
I geave unto my verie good father Nycollas Wood a Horse Colt which he did geave me
Father, if I die I pray you let my cosen Thomas Tudman have the 12 acres of marsh land which I ocupie of Mr John Cobham at Michelmas next & I will and bequeath him 40 shillings
I will and bequeath to everie servante of my Fathers house, manservants and maiden servants 2 shillings a peace
To my sister Sead and my sister Raynoldes I bequeath my flockbed and covertler an 2 blanketes & tabell clothes to be devided between them
To Thomas Parker my best Jerkin
To my sister Jonne Woode my silver sponns
The deates that are owen unto me Walter Woode : John Gardener oweth me 40 shillings; William Houtinge oweth me £24 for bulockes; my brother William Woode owethe me £10.15s
The deates that I Walter Woode owe is 11 shillings to John Longe
I ordaine and Apointe my trustie an welbeloved brother William Woode to be my sole and onlie Executor
Witnesses: William Whyet vicar & Thomas Tudman
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/100 W/22, Probate 22 Mar 1592
John Wood of Sittingbourne, Yeoman, will dated 25 January 1591/1592
£10 Thomas Ploughe my sonn in law & to Agnes my daughter, his wife
£5 Richard Knight my sonn in law & to Marryan my daughter, his wife
£5 to Daniel Pawson alias Parson my sonn in law & to Margarett my daughter, his wife
£5 to Elizabeth Wood my daughter
10s each to John West and Barbara West, my wife’s children
All my house, barne, lands, tenements & hereditaments whatsoever lying in Sittyngbourne which I now have & which I purchased of Henry Saker, Yeoman & William Spatchurst, unto Elizabeth my now wife for the terme of her natural life
After the decease of my said wife, I will give all the said lands….(etc) aforesaid unto the said Thomas Ploughe and my daughter Agnes
After their decease, to their son John Plonghe, my godson
To daughter Maryan, wife of Richard Knight – house & land, part of which planted with apple trees, in Hartlip, which I purchased of Thomas Lawrence and now in the occupation of Richard Wood
Then to godson Richard Knight, and should he dye, then to his sister Jane Knight, my Goddaughter
To Daniell Pawson, alias Parson & Margarett my daughter, for terme of their natural lives, all yt my house & garden lying at Cruy? Hill in the parish of Hartlipp, which I purchased of Thomas Norton, now in the occupation of the said Thomas Ploughe my son in law
Then to the heires male lawfully begotten of Daniell & Margaret
To daughter Elizabeth Wood & to her heires, my house & garden with thappurtenances lying in Minster within the Isle of Sheppey which I purchased of Richard Askene, now in the occupation of Michaell Woolley.
I bequeath further to my said daughter Elizabeth my pece of lande containing one acre lying in the parish of Hartlipp which I purchased of George Clifford and now in the occupation of John Reader
I will & bequeath to Elizabeth my wife during her lyfe all yt my messuage or Tenement with thappurtenances called the Flewer de Lune, now in the occupation of Robert Buck in Syttingborne
I will and bequeath to Elizabeth my wife my parcel of land containing by estimation six days work & on Pearche lying in Syttingborne now made parcel of one orchard adioyning to my Tenement there lately by me built, which said parcel of land I purchased of Salloman Pordage, gent
I will & bequeath to Richard Knight, my godson, an Annuity or yearly rent of £5 for the terme of three yeares
I will & geve to Jane Knight, daughter to Richard Knight my son in law, one annuity or yearly rent of £5 for the terme of twoe yeares
I will and bequeath to Roger Jenkyns of the Town of Sittingborne my other gold seale Rynge engraven with the two letters viz: I W
10s to Margarett Pott my maid servant
To my fellow Mathew Ruck my longe white sylver Pott which I lately bought at London
20s each to Mathew Otley & Robert Newton of Sittingborne
Jesse Harbar of Middleton (Milton Regis) is indebted unto me 40 shillings as appeareth eyther in my books or by bill, I do forgive him and clearely release him from the payment thereof
Wife Elizabeth, sole Executrix
Witnesses: Roger Jenkins & John Amyas, Robert Newton
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/104 W/7, Probate 30 Jun 1594
Robert Wood of Minster in Sheppey, will dated 28 May 1594
My body to be buried in the church yard of the parish church of Mynster
3s.4d to the poor of the parish of Mynster
£5 to son Thomas Wood and also one fether bedd and boulster, one payer of shettes, one payer of blankettes, one coverlet belonging to the same bedd, one pillow of fethers and the bedstedle
I give to him mor 5 peeces of pewter of the middle plates and 10 bowles
I give to him my best Dublett, my best ---------- my best petticoat one ----- payer of spurs and my boottes
20s to Elizabeth Fynne my daughter
To Katherine Fynne her daughter the sum of £3.6s.8d to be payd unto her at thadge of 18 yeares
£8 to Ellen Wood my daughter
Allen Jasper
Four sons: Thomas Wood, John Wood, Robert Wood & Henry Wood
£15 to Robert Wood, my son (under 20) and 3 peaces of my best pewter
£15 to Henry Wood, my son (under 20), 3 peaces of my best pewter, one chiste of oken ---- with lock and caye thereunto belonging
To my son Robert one chist with lock and caye …
Elizabeth Hayward, my kinswoman
Son John Wood, sole Executor, and to bring up my two youngest sons
William Byefelde & Henry Harris, Overseers
Witnesses: William Byefelde & Henry Harris
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/111 W/16, Probate 11 Jul 1597
Thomas Wood of St John in Thanet, will dated 8 June 1597
My bodye to bee buried in the church yard of the parishe of St John
£12 to son Thomas Wood
£15 to son William Wood
£20 to son Christopher Wood
£20 to son Richard Wood
£20 to son Henrie Wood
£4 to daughter Doritie
£4 to daughter Marie
40s to Margarett Hager, my daughters child
£10 to daughter Tomsine
40s to Elizabeth Wood, my sons daughter
To Wife Gillian, sole executrice, all the rest of my goodes & chattels unbequeathed and my house and land att ---come in fee simple & to have itt sold by her within one yere after my decease for the payment of my depts. & the legacies before bequeathed
Danyell Phamplett my overseer
Witnesses: Willyame Barlinge & John Archer
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/5/75, Probate 23 Aug 1488
John Hacche of Lenham, will dated 16 Aug 1488 (in Latin)
Body to be buried in Lenham
6d to High Altar, 6d to High altar of parish of Wormesell
2 sons Richard & John, equal portions
Wife Wilhelmina? (Wylmyn) – Messuage, garden and a croft in parish of Wormshill
If she marries the above messuage and appurtenances to son Richard
Brother Richard Hacche Executor
John Howlett
Witnesses: Sir John Hertylpole, chaplain, Thomas Husey Geldose, Thomas Tylden & others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/15/147, Probate 18 Nov 1522
Richard Hache of Wormeshill, will dated 2 Nov 1522
My body to be buried yn the churche yarde of Saynt Giles in Wormesell
To wife Cicelye my best materas, one paire of blankettes, two payre of sheets, two pillows and a coverlight, all my brass pewter and Naprye and one ewe. Also ? (a sum) of lawfull money of yngland which I had of her for her marriage money to be payed her ten yeres by myne executors and my heirs.
Residue to John Hache to fynde Nicholas and Robert my sonnes till thei com to the age that thei be able to do fynde for their liveyng, whiche John Hache I make and ordeyne my executor
Elis Hennaker Overseer to this my will
To Robert Redar of Lenham, I will that Cicelye my wife shall have the parlour yn the north end of my house that I now dwell yn with free goyng and coming yn to the hall and kechyn during her life
I will that my sayd feoffe shall deliver a seate to Nicholas Hache my son of and yn my sayd howse & lands with all the appurtenances to the same belonging lieng and beying yn the parisshe of Wormesell
Son Nicholas to have house & lands after death of Cicely
Should son Nicholas decease, then house & lands bequeathed to son Robert
Witnesses: Sir Elis Mathew, William Leade, Eliz Hennake, Thomas Stapell, Thomas Thecher and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/42/193, Probate 25 Oct 1575
John Hatche of Wormshill, will dated 20 June 1575
To wife Clemence the choice of one of my two cows, tenne ewes (in repayment) of 10 ewes she broughte me and all my poultrie, one sowe a weaning pigg. Also one Seame of wheate which my sonne Ellyce dothe owe me and whiche I have paid him for before hande. I give unto her all suche Implements and house holde stuff as she broughte me, and over and besides… (etc…)
I will that my wife shall inhabit and dwell within my mansion house during all the tyme of her naturall life according to the true meaning of one dede thereof made to her, without any vexation or indiscrecon of my sonne Ellyce Hatche or any other whatsoever person they be.
To son Robert Hatche, my other cowe & one weyning calfe, one Ewe and two lambes.
To my son Ellyce’s son, too lambes.
To Jone Hatche, my sonne Robert’s daughter, tenn shillings.
Wife Clemence Hatche sole Executrix.
Witnesses: John Harris & John Pepper with others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/32/25a, Probate 4 September 1555
John Peryn of Cranbrook, wever, registered will not dated
Mye bodye to be buryed in the churche yard of Cranbroke
I give to the Highe aulter for mye tithes necgligentlye for gotten 6d
46s.8d to Rychard Borande, mye Sonne in lawe
20s each to my Sonnes Rychard and Wyllyam and to ether of them a Lome at mye wives appointment without tacklinge savinge that ether of them shall have a payer of shuyttells
To Abraham Borande, a calfe of five wekes old
Residue of all mye goods, my dettes payed and my funeralls donne I give to Margarett mye wyffe whom I make mye Sole Executrix of this my laste wyll and Testament
Stephen Sharpe, Overseer
Witnesses: Sir George Atkynson, vicar, Robert Forster, Henry Whittemoore & Jasper Roode
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/32/263, Probate 24 Feb 1556/7
Johane Peryn of Lenham, will dated 10 Oct 1556
I wyll my bodye (my soule departed) to be buryed where yt shall seme good to them that shall have the order thereof
To my daughter Johane Cartrydge 20 shillings, one kertle and one petycote
20 shillings to Edwarde Goodson
10 shillings parcel of a more some nowe in the handes of Agnes Goldwell to be devyded equallye amongst the children of Roberte Gyllam and the said Agnes
To John Pery 20 shillings towarde the repacyon of the house in the whiche I now dwell
I wyll there be bestowed at my funeral towarde the releyfe of the poore 20 shillings
Residue to John Pery whome I ordeyne and make to be my sole Executour of this my testament and last wyll
To Wyllyam Peryn my sonne all my howse and landes situate lyenge and beynge in Leneham… to be had to hym and his heyres for ever upon condytyon followinge that ys to saye that yf the same Wyllyam Peryn his heyers or assigneis or one of them paye or cause to be payde within two monthes next ensuynge after my decease unto the said John Pery fyftye shillings of lawfull money of yngland towards the performance of this my laste wyll and testament.
And if the same Wyllyam his heyres or assigneis do not paye the same fyftye shillynges wythein too monthes next after my decease to the said John Pery in forme aforesaide then my wyll ys that Tomasyn (blank) my daughter shall have and take all the yssues and profittes of all the sayde howse and landes to her owne use durynge and by all the terme of eight hole years nexte ensuynge… then when the said eight yeares shalbe fully expired my wyll ys that the same howse and landes shalbe and remayne to the saide Wyllyam Peryn his heyres and assygnes for ever
Witnesses: John Pery, Johan Farrow & Robert Drake
Source : Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/12/328, Probate 25 May 1514
William Peryn of Bilsington, will dated 17 Sep 1513
My body to be buried in the church of Saynt Petre and Paule of Bilsyngton
6s.8d to Sir John Goldeston my gostly father and curate ther that he praye for my soule and my father and mother soules
Also I bequeath to Bartholome Borden for his greate labore that he had with me in my sekenesse for his true diligent besynes with me 26s.8d
Also I bequeath to the wife of Bartholome Borden for her true labore with me 6s.8d
Also I bequeath to 3 young children of the said Bartholome unto eche of them 6s.8d
Also I bequeath to my brother & my sister my house with my gardeyne being in the parishe of Hedcorne
Also be it knowen that James Newenden of Smarden oweth to me £9 for house & land that he bought of me lyeinge being in Smarden for the whiche he must paie me at Easter next coming £4 And at Easter cometh 12 monthly £5
Bartholome Borden, Executor
Also I will that the said Bartholome shall receve of James Newenden of Smarden £9 and the said Bartholome shall first with the said money paie all my dettes and bequests
And the residue of the said £9 I bequeath unto my sister that she praie for my soule
Witnesses: Sir John Goldestone curate, William Burle, William Punchon, parish Clarke, with others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/ 90 D/2, Probate 7 July 1627
Thomas Ducke of Hucking, Yeoman, will dated 31 Mar 1627
My body to be buryed in the Churcheyard of Hucking neere unto the place where my father lyethe
10s to Maister William Cragge, Clarke to preache at the tyme of my buryall
20s to the poore people of Hucking
20s to the poore people of Hollingbourne
£10 each to James Boycott, Henry Boycott & Elizabeth Boycott, sonnes & daughter of James Boycott and Anne Boycott my daughter
£5.6s.8d, that is to say 13s.4d a peece to Edmonde Staples Children
To my sister Hellen Packman one bay geldinge
50 shillings to Elizabeth Peene, servant to my Cosin Henry Staple
20 shillings to Mary Reader the wife of Robert Reader of Hucking
£5 to Thomas Lott, my godsonne, the sonne of Josua Lott thelder
10 shillings to Anne Yorke my servant
Residue of all my moveable goodes unbequeathed to William Filmer & Robert Packman whom I make my twoe executors of this my last will & Testament
I give & bequeathe my Mansion house wherein I now dwell together with the barnes, stable, Closes, orchards & 27 acres of lands, arable, pasture & wood with all & singular their appurtenances lyinge in Huckinge aforesaid, unto Hellen Packman and Elizabeth Carden my two sisters duringe their two natural lives.
After their decease I give and bequeath the said mansion (etc) to the heires males of the body of Roberte Ducke of Gillingham deceased, to them & to their heires in fee simple for ever.
I give unto my cousin Henry Staple one parcel of woodland called Glovers Wood conteyning 10 acres of lands more or lesse.
I give my house & lands called Cosers with all & singular their appurtenances lyinge & beinge in the parishe of Hollingbourne & Hucking to William Edwardes, Henry Edwardes & their heires
My sister Hellen Packman to be overseer
(signed) Thomas Ducke
Witnesses : John Dale & Edmonde Staples
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/119 W/5, Probate 10 June 1601
William Wood of Bobbing, husbandman, will dated 10 Feb 1601
Body to be buryed in church yard of Bobbing
£5 to the pore of the parish of Bobbing
£5 to sister Katherin Bing & £5 to her daughter at the age of 20 years
40 shillings to Widow Partryge of Quyton Streat
20 shillings to Elizabeth Buck
10 shillings a peece to Wydow Potrells two children
10 shillings to John Overy
40 shillings to Mary Pottryl
10 shillings each to Rafe Cranmer and Thomas Walbank
5 shillings to Steven Walbank
5 shillings to Unglis widow
5 shillings each to Mychaell Legru, William Pett the elder, John Gennyngs
5 shillings to Mr Pattrick
6s.8d to Mr Shaw to see me buryed
Thomas Fareman, executor
Witnesses: Richard Pattrick, clark & William Overye
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/49 W/3, Probate 30 Mar 1604
Nicholas Wood of Charing, will dated 20 Sep 1603
My bodye to be buried in the Churchyard of Charing
5s to my Daughter Elizabeth Dubble
£10 do my daughter Sara Wood at day of marriage or at the age of thirtie years
The rest of my goods & chattels to Betteris my wife whome I make Executrix of this my last will and Testament to see it perfourmed and fulfilled in all poyntes
Witnesses: John Monde & John Hudson
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC31/49 W/5, Probate 21 April 1604
Nicholas Wood alias Atwood of Hollingbourne, Yeoman, will dated 14 Sep 1603
My body to be buried in Churchyard of Hollingbourne churchyard besides my first wife, my brother William Wood & my sonne Walter
£3 to poor of Hollingbourne
20 shillings to poore people of other parishes
20 shillings to poore people of Hollingbourne every Christmas for four years
10 shillings to the poore of the parish of Snargate in Romney Marsh
20 shillings each to my old servant John Ashdowne & to my man William Clarke
20 shillings to Alice the wyfe of James Harman
20 shillings each to all my servants that shall dwell with me at the tyme of my decease
To Thomas Parker alias Silver, one payre of hose both upper stocke and nether stocke and my best frise Jerkin
£20 to my sonne William Wood, his wife Grace,
£10 to my son William’s sons Richard & William (under 21)
£20 to granddaughter Elizabeth Wood, daughter of my sonne William, to be paid on day of marriage
2 ould royalls of 15s apiece and one ould angell to Frances wife of my sonne Richard
3 silver spones etc… to daughter Mercy Wattle & legacies to her daughters Agnes Reinolds & Joan Reynolds on the day of marriage
£5 to Thomas Reinolde (under 20)
3 silver spones & other legacies to daughter Alice, wife of Thomas Napleton
£5 to Richard Seade sonne of Robert Seade, besides that which my sister Wood of Brodstrete gave him by her will which resteth in my hands, to be paid to him at his age of 22 years
20 shillings apiece to William Seade and Agnes, other children of Robert Seade
20 shillings to Robert Keene my said late wives son, in token of my good will and in respect the sayd Robert Keene hath suffered his part of the howse and land in Cuckstone that was his mothers and hath bin by him condiscionally conveyed unto me to fall into my hands I forgive him fifty pounds out of a more somme that he doth owe me
And for the greate good will that I did beare unto my sayd late wife and for the entire love and frendshipp that hath bin always between William Wood of Snodland gent my said wives Brother and me I do give and forgive him all such sommes of money as he doth owe unto me by bill bond obligacion or otherwise saving £10 which I will shall be payed unto my executor.
10 shillings each to John Wood, Walter Wood and Agnes Wood children of the said William
£20 to Agnes my well beloved wife, over and above such sommes of money as I stand bound to pay her
10 shillings to her sons Stephen Tomlin, John Tomlin & Ambrose Tomlin & her daughter in law, the wife of Thomas Bates
2 ould Angells to Sir Thomas Fludd, knight and Sir Martin Barnham
To son William Wood, all my lease and terme of yeares of the marsh land lyeing in the parishes of Snargate & Fayerfield which I lately tooke of Thomas Bradbery late of Milton, yeoman, which was bought of Mr Humfry Thwayte and I will that my sonne Richard Wood shall have the use and profits thereof until 12 months after my decease
To my daughter Alice, so much of the marshe land that I lately tooke in lease of the Lady Baker as lyeth in Fairchurch and 2 other parcells, one called the Forteene Acres the other the eighteene acres lying together innermost against Sir Thomas Fanes wall
To my sonne Richard Wood the land in Pygfielde, the pece of grownd called Cowlease, the parcel of land in Squires church field conteyning two acres and the pece of meadow called Chalkewell, all which are parcel of my lease of Pencourt Elnodington and Portsashe by and during all my lease and leases therin for the yearly rent of 20 shillings to be payd unto my son William Wood
Whereas I and my sonne William Wood stand bound for the payment of £100 to the children of Ann Duminge and £10 yearly to her during her life to be paid by my son Richard Wood
To wife Agnes, household stuff & 2 rooms in my house beside the pond in Hollingbourne the lease whereof I bought of Mr Aldersea
Residue to sonne Richard Wood, executor
Overseers: William Wood of Snodland, my sonne Thomas Napleton, my cosin William Wood on the hill and my cosin John Reynolde late of Hollingborne
To my eldest son, William Wood, all those lands called Beckards Marshe alias Byshopps-marshe
To my sonne Richard Wood my mannor of Muston within the parish of Hollingborne and Hucking, except such lease land as I have bequeathed to my son William Wood
Also to my sonne Richard, my land in Romney Marsh called the Thirty Acres lying in the parish of Newchurch which I lately bought of my cosin Thomas Tomson
Nevertheless, I will that Thomas Parker alias Silver, shall have his dwelling in the house which he hath of mine duryng his life, paying such rent for the same to my sonne Richard Wood & his heires as he now payeth unto me And that after his decease Elizabeth Silver shall have the same three yeares yf she so long live paying the same rent
Also I will that Alexander Laughton shall have his dwelling house…
Also that William Clarke shall have the house and lands wherin he now dwelleth…
Also that Goody Gill shall have the house with thapppurtenances wherin she now dwelleth
50 shilling Annuity for Ann Tonge out of a peece of land calle Stockgatefield in Hollingborne besides that which her father gave her to be had unto her durynge her naturall lyfe yf she keepe herselfe unmarried
Witnesses : Launcelot Lovelace, Wyllyam Wood, George Denley
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/39/276, Probate 10 May 1608
William Wood alias Atwood of Hollingbourne, will dated 21 Sep 1607
20 shillings to the pore people of Hollingbourne
To Well beloved wife Alice, best bedsted & other furnishings & household stuff
£100 to son Nicholas Wood to be paid unto him upon Nicholas Woods tombe in Hollingbourne churchyard upon the feaste of St Michaell next ensueinge one whole yeare after my decease
£100 to son Edmund Wood to be paid to him upon Nicholad Woods tombe aforesaid upon the sixe and twentithe day of Marche in the yeare of our Lord God 1618 if he shallbe then livinge
10 shillings to my daughter Amie Wood, wife of my son Richard Wood
10 shillings to my daughter Anne Wood, wife of my son Robert Wood
10 shillings to my daughter Anne Marshe
10 shillings to daughter Joane Wood & £60 to be paid to her upon Nicholas Woods tomb aforesaid the last day of December 1612, half of which to be given to her brother Nicholas Wood, should he then be living
My son Richard Wood full and sole Executor, unto whom I give all my leases and all the residue of my goods and chattels moveable and unmoveable, my debtes and legasies beinge paid
I appointe my sonne Francis Marshe Overseer, desiring him to take paines to see my said will executed accordinge to the effect and true meaning thereof. I give unto him for his paines 10 shillings
Disposicion of all my messuages, lands, tenements & hereditaments with all & singular their appurtenances situate, lyeinge & beinge within the parish of Hollingbourne, Hucking, Leeds, Langley, East Farley, Chart next Sutton Vallance, Pluckley and Peyington or elsewhere in the said County of Kent :
To my wife Alice for Jointure and in full rembrance of her dower, one annuitie or yeerlye rent of £5 of good and lawfull money of England out of all that parcel of Land in Hollingbourne called Barneclose alias Westhouse and out of all that wood and woodground called Parkewood alias the Parke in Hollingborne
I will unto my said wife Alice one other Annuity or yearlye rent of £5 for increase of her Jointure out of all my messuage, land, tenements and hereditaments in Leedes
I will unto my said wife Alice for further increase of her Jointure on Annuitye or yearly rente of fortye shillings out of all my lands and woods called Parppmers (?) which I late purchased of Robert Seathe and out of my tenement on the easte side of the the Kinges Streete leadinge from Hollingborne Church towards Bredgate in a peece of land called Padsole and out of the said peece of land called Padsole and out of three other parcells of land at or neere a place called Portishashe together lyeing and out of one other peece of woodland called Tanners alias Boxes and out of one other peece of woodland called Tomlins Wood alias Meiles wood with thappurtenances in Hollingborne and Huckinge.
I give and bequeath unto my sonne Richard Wood… Barneclose alias Westhouse and Parke Wood in Hollingbourne
I give and bequeath unto my sonne William Wood all my messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments with thappurtenances in Leedes and Langley
I will that my sonne William Wood, his heires and assignes shall pay unto my sonne Nicholas Wood £100 upon Nicholas Woods tomb in the churchyard of Hollingbourne on the feast of St Michaell, one whole year nexte after my decease
To son Thomas Wood all the lands and woods called Parcemers & tenements on land called Padsole & lands neere Partishishe & Tanners Wood & Tomlins Wood
To son John Wood lands, tenements & hereditaments in Chart next Sutton Vallance
To son Edmunde Wood, messuage, lands, tenements & hereditaments with thappurtenances in Pluckley & Pevington and my son Richard Wood to receave the rents, issues & profittes till the said Edmund shall come to the age of 21. And my will is that the said Richard Wood shall by and during all such time of his receavinge and takinge the rents, issues andprofitts aforesaid, see him, the said Edmund therwith maintained and well brought up
Witnesses: Launcelot Lovelace, John Longe, George Denley
Receaved the originall will of the said William Wood alias Atwood the eleventh day of May 1608
By me Rychard Wood Executor
Concordance with original testament : John Fishe & Edward Chapman, public notaries
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/58/331, Probate 16 Sep 1608
George Wood of Charte next Sutton Vallance, Yeoman, will dated 5 Feb 1607/1608
My body to be buried in the churchyard of Charte at the discrescion of Winifrith my wife whom I make my Executrix
12d to Edmund Wood of Smarden my kinsman
12d to Warham Wood my kinsman of the parish of Hoo…?
12d to Thomas Wood of Leneham
12d to Winifred Wood of Ulcombe
12d to Ursley Areme? of Ulcombe
George Francklin, overseer
Witnesses: John Stoks & George Frankley
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/142 W/23, Probate 15 July 1611
Edmund Wood of Smarden, Tymber & leaver, will dated 1 July 1611
To Edmund Burrell my daughter’s son, one cowe now in the keeping of Quantance Burrel his father
To George Wood, son of my son Josias Wood & my godsonne, one browne cowe now in my owne keeping which I bought of my sonne Josias
To Marrie the wife of my sonne Josias one browne cowe with a white face now in my own keeping
To every of my daughters Marrian and Mildred’s children and to my sister Mildred, twelve pence & to my son George Carre six pence
10 shillings to my son Josias
Julian my wife to have the profits & commodities of all my goods & chatles during her life towards the keeping of herselfe & pay my debts, whether howshold stuff, corne, hay, catles or other things. And that shee shall see my former legaceys payd & debts dischardged. And dispose of the surplus as shee shall see good hopein that shee will not be forgetfull of my sonne Josias who hath spent his tyme with us to doe us the best offices & service hee could, both hee & his wife. Also I ordayne & make the said Julian my Wyfe my full, whole & sole executor of this my last Will.
A Codicil. That is to say I give towards the mending of the highways in Smarden sixe shillings to be payd after the decease of my said wife.
Witnesses: Josias Wood & John Langley, clerk
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/142 W/19, Probate 31 July 1611
Julian Wood widdow of Edward Wood of Smarden, will dated 11 July 1611
My body to be buried in the churchyard of Smarden neere to my said husband
I do in all poyntes ratify my said husbands last will & testament… and that all the legacies therein by him bequeathed shall be paid & discharges by my executor
To my Daughter Burrell wife of Queyntance Burrell, sixe ---? one patched cowe, which cowe I will that the said Quayntance shall not have any property in but only to have the benefits towards the releife of his wife & children & not to sell or exchange the same but by the consent of my sonne Josias.
I gyve unto my sonne Josias wife my best petticoate which was my Daughter Marries …(& other legacies of the sort)
Thomas Burrell, son of my sonne Burrell to have the greate platter that was his godmothers and the white pewter candlestick that was his godmothers
To George Wood, sonne of my sonne Josias, all that is in his godmothers chest & the chest that was his grandfathers and the cupboard in the parler.
To my servant Jane Scotte the gowne that was my daughter Thomsines, two holieday neccarchers (neckerchiefs?) twoe working day neccarchers, twoe square clothes & my russet petticote & the chest that was George Woods godmothers.
To Susanna Carre twoe coyves (?) & twoe square clothes.
To every other of my Daughter Carres children fower pence a peece.
To my sonne Burrell, my husbands blacke dublet & his russet jerkyne … etc
To Edmond Burrell my sonne Burrells sonne one pewter dish.
Rest of goods to sonne Josias, Executor
Witnesses: Thomas Smotheing, John Langley, clearke & Nicholas Taylor
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/42/221, Probate 26 March 1614
Richard Wood of Hollingbourne, Husbandman, will dated 22 Nov 1611
15s to be distributed amonge the poor at my buriall
I will and bequeath unto Frances my wellbeloved wyef all my plate and household stuff and £40
My loving brother William Woodd, sole Executor and do entreat my loving brothers John Semour and Thomas Napleton to bee Overseers and do give unto each of them as a small remembrance of my love towards them two Angells
To my said brother William Wood one parcel of marshland & appurtenances in Snargate, called the Lower hutfield (?) …(illegible text ).. Bishoppes marsh and one other parcel called Guttfield lying and being in Snargate, being parcel of the marshland called Beckearde
After the death of my wife my said brother William to have the Manor of Murston by indenture bearing the date of 21 November 1611.
Wife Frances may be pregnant
Witnesses Lancelot Lovelace, Nicholas Denley, George Denley
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/43/115, Probate 30 Sep 1614
William Wood the elder of Broad Street in Hollingborne, Yeoman, will dated 26 Apr 1614
My body to be buried in the churchyard of Hollingbourne after the laudeliest manner that a Christian man ought to be buried
I give unto the poore Folk 30 shillings to be distributed by my Executor on the day of my buriall
To Son Ottewell Wood, the bed and bedstedle which I lie on with the Coverlett, two blankets, two bowlsters, two paier of sheetes & two chests and one olde Cauldron without a baile
To William Wood son of Alexander Wood, my godson £5 and a brasse pott to be delivered to him at the age of 24
To Nicholas Wood, the son of Alexander Wood, £5 to be paid him at the age of 24
To Benjamin Wood, another son of Alexander Wood £5 when he’s 24 yrs old
£6 to the children of Thomas & Nicholas Wood which are now borne before my decease
2s.6d to Son Thomas Wood in token of good will and for remembrance of me and to be paid within a fortnight after my decease
Likewise to Son Nicholas Wood
Alexander Wood, my Son, my sole executor
All the residue to Alexander Wood
Witnesses John Longe the writer, John Mills (his marke), Thomas Wood (his marke) The marke of William Wood the Testator
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/47/149, Probate 16 Jan 1625/1626
Isaac Wood of Charing, Yeoman, will dated 23 Dec 1625
Wife Abigail, by whom I have one son Henry & 5 daughters : Ann wife of Samuell Whitehead, Joane, Jane, Elizabeth & Mary
Messuages lands & tenements in Charing to wife Abigail during her natural life, she paying during her life tyme such Annuities to my said daughters as are in this present will £40 a peece to 4 unmarried daughters out of my lands at a rate of £3.6s.8d yearly
Samuell Whitehead to receive £10 yearly for four years
After wife’s decease all property to son Henry and his heirs
13s.4d to Mr Robert Ely, Minister, to preach at my buryall
6s.4d to the poor of the parish
Wife Abigail, sole executrix
witnesses : Robert Ely, Nicholas Deringe
The Mark of Isaac Wood
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/191 W/4, Probate 4 Aug 1628
George Wood of Ulcombe, Husbandman, will dated 10 July 1628
£10 to Daughter Elizabeth Austen
Daughter Frances Austen & her child
20 shillings to Son in Law, Thomas Austen
To Bengeben Halle, one Jerken & one payer of breches
To Daughters Winnefride Wood, Elizabeth Wood, Margaret Wood, Annes Wood all the residue of my goods equallie to be devided by Christopher Barling and Christopher Adie of the same parish
Daniell Swane, executor
Witnesses: John Hickes & Cateren Burton
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/199 W/16, Probate 20 Dec 1631
Nicholas Wood of Harrietsham
My body to be buried in the churchyard of Harrietsham
5 shillings annuity to my Neice Anne Willson until she attains the age of 21
Lease of lands lying & being in the parish of Hollingbourne commonly known or called by the name of Snockhurst, land ----- of Christchurch in Canterbury shall be sold to my cosen Alexander Wood for the price agreed upon viz £80 if he wills for the paying of my debts, dischargeing of my legacies and funeral expences
Any money remaining I will that Alexander Wood pay out to my wife and child £5 a year until all be payd them
I give unto Marie my Wife, my house and landes in Harrietsham, Lenham or elsewhere during the term of her life, paying to my daughter Margrett Wood five pounds a year for soone as she shall be fourteen years of age, and after my wife’s decease my will is that my daughter Margrett Wood shall have those my aforesaid lands to her and her heirs forever
I give to the four sonnes of my cosen Alexander Wood, Willyam, Nicholas, Beniamin and Alexander 30 shillings to be divided amongst them
My will is that my funeral expences sha----bratt the discretion? of my cosen Alexander Wood and my brother John Willson whom I ordaine and apoynt to be sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament
Last of all I bequeath to my brother John Willson my Executor his charges being borne for the proveing of my will or the like Thirty shillings in consideration of his payne in that behalfe
Witness hereunto: Thomas Pausone & Alexander Wood
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/54/469, Probate 17 Feb 1679/1680
Richard Wood of Charing, Yeoman, will dated 31 March 1679
My body I desire to be decently interred in the churchyard of the parish of Chareing
£5 to Thomas Wise and John Wise, my wife’s two sons
5 shillings appece to foure of my Servants which I order shall carry my Corps to the grave
3 bushells of wheat to be made out in bread and to be be disposed to the poore of the parish of Charing after my funeral
To my grandson Richard Wood one tenement and 10 acres of land thereunto belonging lying and being in Charing, to him and his heirs, on condition that they do not sell it
To my loving wife Elizabeth all that tenement called or known by the name of the New House and 2 acres of land thereunto belonging… in Charing for and during the term of her natural life
I doe order and appoint my Executrix to cause to be sett over my grave a tombstone not exceeding the value of £5 in remembrance of me
All the rest of my goods, chattels, cattle, money and plate I give and bequeath to my loving wife Elizabeth Wood whom I make sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament and I doe desire my two friends John Abdey of Charing and Henry Wood of Sturry to be overseers… and desireing them to be ayding and assisting unto my said Executrix in the performing and executing of this my last Will & Testament
And I give unto the said John Abdye the sum of 40 shillings
This is the last Will and Testament of me the said Richard Wood touching and concerning that temporal Estate which I have in this world and I wish a blessing my goe along with it to them which I have bestowed it upon
The mark of Richard Wood
Witnesses: Edward Young, George Poole & Elizabeth Poole
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/82/398, Probate 30 Aug 1715
Richard Wood of Smarden, Yeoman, will dated 4 June 1714
To Elizabeth my ever loving Wife, all the Rents, Issues and Profits of the Farm where I now live during the term of her natural Life. More I give unto her my best Bed with all the furniture as there now standeth and all her Maiden Linnen and household of every sort to furnish a Room with
I give, devise and bequeath unto my Son Richard the Farm where I now live with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging and if he shall dye without heir or heirs then my will is that the said Farm shall be equally divided between my daughters
£70 to my daughter Mary Greenhill
£100 to my daughter Elizabeth
£100 to my daughter Sarah
£100 to my daughter Martha to be put out to interest by her Mother until she the said Martha shall attain the age of Twenty One years or day of marriage and the interest of the said £100 to be towards her brining up and better Education until that Time
£100 to my daughter Ann (same conditions as for Martha)
To son Richard, whom I constitute full and sole Executor, All that my own Messuage or Tenement which I purchased of Mr Hayward, situate, lying and being in Smarden containing by estimation 30 Acres and now in the Tenure or Occupation of Richard Tippett or his Assigns; I also give, devise and bequeath to my son Richard my own messuage or tenement with all the Appurtenances thereunto belonging commonly called or known by the name of Kempe Farm containing in the whole by estimation 15 acres situate lying and being in Smarden and now in my own Occupation.
And further my will and meaning is that my Son Richard shall sell the said two Messuages quickly after my decease to pay his sisters portions without he can raise the money otherwise.
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Richard Wood Senior to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us whose names are hereunto subscribed as Witnesses
Elizabeth Potter (her mark), William Mills (his mark) William Paine
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/232 W/3, Probate 16 Jun 1762
George Wood of Charing, will dated 26 June 1756
Calling to mind that all men must die and the time when is uncertain…
My body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix
£1.1s to my Niece Elizabeth Stanley
£1.1s to my Nephew John Stanley son of John Stanley
£1.1s to six other children of my said brother John Stanley, namely William, George, Ann Bolton, Mary, Daniel and Thomas
£1.1s to Nephew Isaac Acres? son of my sister Susan Wood
£1.1s to Niece Anne Wood daughter of my brother John Wood
Rest & residue of my Ready Money, Goods, Chattels, Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever I give & bequeath unto my two Sisters, namely Elizabeth & Joyce Wood equally to be divided between them and their heirs for ever
My two sisters Elizabeth & Joyce Wood, Executrix
Witnesses: William Johnson, Elizabeth Draper & Thomas Johnson
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC 31/80 D/1, Probate 13 Nov 1622
Nicholas Doe of Hollingbourne, Yeoman, will dated 13 Aug 1622
My Bodie to be buried in the Churchyard of Hollingborne
10 shillings to poore people of Hollingborne
£150 and all my household stuff to well beloved wife Marie
£240 to be equally divided between Daughter Margarett Doe and the child that my said wife is nowe great with if it be a daughter, but if it be a sonn then my mind and will is that my said daughter Margarett shall have but Three Score pounds of the said £240 and my son shall have the nine score pounds
My welbeloved brother in law Henry Staple and my unckle Isacke Doe to be my Executors – they to sell my lands and tenements
Witnesses: Henry Coulter Senior & Thomas Coulter Junior
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/68/420, Probate 22 January 1632/3
John Coxe of Mersham, Miller, will dated 16 Dec 1632
12 pence each to my sisters – Margaret, Ellen & Elizabeth
Wearing apparel & 5 shillings to brother James Coxe
5 shillings to my brother James’s first son John Coxe
Wife Mary Executrix
Witnesses: George Lott & William Golover
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 16/218 D/10, Probate 15 Nov 1638
Margaret Doe of Ulcombe, Widow, will dated 24 July 1635
Body to be buried at Ulcombe at the discretion of my Executor
£20, brasses, pewter, bedsteddle, Cubbard, 2 bedds, blankets, coverlets, 3 chests to Daughter Joane Dooe
£10 to Daughter Alice, wife of Mathew Barnard dwelling in Lenham
5 shillings each to grandchildren Nicholas Doe & Margarett Doe (both under 21)
Daughter Elizabeth Kingsnoth, wife of Henry Kingsnoth
10 shillings a peece to Grandchildren James Kingsnoth, Henry Kingsnoth, Richard Kingsnoth, Danyel Kingsnoth, John Kingsnoth, Robert Kingsnoth & Thomas Kingsnoth when they shall severally come to the age of Fowerteene yeares
5 shillings to Elizabeth Beckett
Son in law, Henry Kingsnoth Executor
Witnesses: Thomas Handfield & Willyam Ren
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/29 G/8, Probate 15 Mar? 1558/9
John Gyles of Throwley, will dated 14? Sep 1558
My body to be buryed in the churche yard of Sheldwyche beside my Wyf
To Son Thomas Gyles, all my lands & tenements in Sellynge & Boughton under the blean which I late purchased of John Horton deceased
To Son Anthony Gyles, 4 acres of woodland in Sellyng which I purchased of John Hache? deceased, also all my lands & tenements in Throughley & Sheldwyche
To Son George Gyles all my lands & tenements in Leveland which I now occupy & lands & tenements in Throughley & Sheldwyche which I purchased of ---- Fylpott
Thomas Upton & son George Gyles, Executors
Thomas Gyles overseer
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/63 G/3, Probate 17 Dec 1574
John Gylles of Sheldwich, yeoman, will dated 11 May 1574
Body to be buried in the parish church or churchyard of Sheldwich
20 shillings to pooremens boxe & 20 shillings towards reparacions of the parishe church of Sheldwiche
20s towards reparacons of parish church of Leavland
10s towards reparacons of church of Badismer
Son Averey Gilles late deceased was bound unto me his father for the sum of £100 to be paid at the rate of £7 yearly during my natural life… I bequeath this sum to my wife Alce & Gabriel my son
My wife Alce to have the best chamber that she shall like of within my mansion house which I nowe dwell
House & tenement in Backsall
Witnesses: Thomas Vucle (mark), William Upton (mark), Thomas Byrksell vicar of Throwleigh
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/99 G/11, Probate 9 Jan 1592 (1593)
John Gyles of Faversham, will dated 12 Dec 1592
My bodie to be buried in the churche yard of Faversham
£5.10s to my Mother
£5 to my brother Richarde, and all my bookes
£5 to my brother Gaberrell
£5 to my sister Godden yf she be now livinge, or eles to be paid unto her children
40 shillings to my brother Oliver
40 shillings to my brother Steven, provided always that if my brother Steven refuse to make a relese to my brother Danyell of the parte of the house and orchard that I bought of him that then my will is that he shall have noe benyfit of this my will
20 shillings to my sister Godden of Ofspringe
To my brother Danyell Gyles his wife one Elizabeth, ten shillings pese and my Ringe
20 shillings to the poore
To Marie my god daughter, my great chest and my gowne of silver and gylt and my cloke
To Elizabeth Gyles, my brother Danyells daughter, my litell cheste and my bockes and haulfe crowne of gould that is in my chist
5 shillings to my brother Danyells mayd servante
To my brother Danyell & his heires, my house, and orchard nerr Canterburie in the parish of Thannington
Residue of goods to brother Danyell, executor
signed: John Gyles
Witnesses: William Blanket (mark) & Josephe Porridge
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/110 G/4, Probate 5 or 31 Mar 1597
Oliver Gyles of Preston near Faversham, will dated 27 Feb 1597
My body to be buryed in Prestone churchyarde
To John Haris, my cloak & dublet
20 shillings to my mother, and my chest
20 shillings to my brother Daniel Giles of Favershame, maltemaker
40 shillings to my brother Richard Giles
40 shillings to my brother Gabriell Giles
40 shillings to my brother Steven Giles, whereof he hath now in his hands 20s.
40 shillings to my brother Thomas Suthonson
20 shillings to my sister Godden of Ofspringe, her children, to be equally devided amongst them
10 shillings to my sister Gilian Suthonson
Brother Richard Giles, sole executor
The mark of Oliver Giles
Witnesses: Richard Gyles, Thomas Atte Wood? & Thomas Arnood?
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/116 G/7, Probate July? 1600
John Gyles of Stellinge, will dated 15 April 1600
Wife Joane Gyles & Father in lawe, John Bridge, Executors
Daughter Marthi
Daughter An
Mother in law
An, the daughter of Henry Bridge
Witnesses: Robert Belle?( Belk? Belte?), William Menden (mark) & Henry Bridge (mark)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/159 G/6, Probate 3 June 1617
John Gyles of Frinstead, will dated 29 April 1597
Wife Alice, executrix
40 shillings to daughter Joane Giles (under 21)
Tenement & lands in Frinstead to wife Alice during the terme of her naturall life & after her decease, to sons Thomas Gyles & William Gyles
The mark of John Giles
Witnesses: Ralfe Brockhull, clearke, Edward Downe, John Straigne (mark) & John Whitehedd (mark)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/165 G/5, Probate 20 July 1619
Thomas Gyles of Rodmersham, will dated 8 June 1619
40 Shillings to Daughter Thomasin Gyles & all her mother’s wearing apparel
£10 to Son Robert Gyles (under 24)
40 shillings to Son Alexander Gyles (under 24)
£8 to Son Boyes(?) Gyles (under 24)
£10 each to Daughters Joyes & Annis Gyles (under 21)
Residue of goods & cattell to Son Edmond Gyles, executor
The mark of Thomas Gyles
Witnesses: William Branch, Minister of Rodmersham & Richard Carter
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/175 G/1, Probate 6 July 1623
Thomas Gyles of Sheldwich, will dated 2 May 1621
To Arthur Francklin & his wife Frances, one messuage & garden, barne, orchard & 60 acres of land in the parish of Challock, now in the tenure & occupacion of George Adkins
Provided they shall well & trewly pay or cause to be payd within the terme of one whole yeare after my decease, the debts & legacyes hereafter mentioned
To John Belke £10 of debt
To Cutbert Lyme £10 of debt
To Henry Richarde, my kinsman £10
To Gabriell Richarde, his brother, £20
To my nephew Richard Fogge, £20
To Thomas Fogge the younger, £5
£5 to be equally devided between the poore of the parishes of Challock & Sheldwich
To godson John Gyles, £5
To goddaughter Catherine Francklin, £5
Remaynder to my sister Franclen & to her Children
20 shillings to my sister Fogge to buy her a payr of gloves
10 shillings to my sister Austen to buy her a payr of gloves
10 shillings to my sister Pearce to buy her a payr of gloves
10 shillings to my sister Hammond to buy her a payr of gloves
To conclude, I doe desire that in my remembrance I will that the sayd Arthur upon his cost & chardges shall bestow ten pounds upon a dinner to invite all my brothers & sisters together & as many of my kinred as you can get together
Nephew Richard Fogge & Gabriell Richarde overseers
(signed) Thomas Gyles
Witnesses: (all signed) Daniell Edwards, ----y Wyles, Edward Lucas, Edward Corbet? Thomas Denne & Samuell Nayelar
This will appears to have been written by the Testator, Thomas Gyles, himself
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/175 G/10, Probate 4 Sep 1623
Thomas Giles of Bethersden, yeoman, will dated 15 Aug 1623
My body to be buried in the churchyard of Bethersden
10 shillings to the poor of Bethersden
Son John Giles (under 21) to have lands & house where I now dwell in Bethersden
£80 to Daughter Margaret (under 21)
Brother Averie Giles
Residue to wife Marie, executrix
Signed: Thomas Giles
Witnesses: George Trust & Bartholomew Fowle
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/181 G/8, Probate 29 April 1625
William Gyles of Rodmersham, will dated 9 March 1624 (1625)
Wife Margerie, executrix – she to have myne house wherin I now dwell with the orchard & all other appurtenances, during the terme of her naturall life and after her decease, unto my Daughter Anne Gyles
The mark of William Gyles
Witnesses: William Branch, vicar of Rodmersham & James Farley (mark)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/185 G/6, Probate 16 Jun 1626?
Gabriel Giles of Sheldwich, gentleman, will dated 16 Feb 1618
£10 to godson Gabriel Gylles
£100 to Joane Gylles, daughter of my sonne Robert Gylles
To son Sampson Gylles, one annuity of £20 during his naturall life, out of my lands called Mallmayenes field
To my sonne Thomas Gylles thelder, one annuity of £6.13.4d during his naturall life, out of my lands called Longcroft
£100 to my sonne Thomas Gylles the younger
£5 to my Godson Gabriel Richarde
40 shillings to the pore of the parishe of Sheldwich
20 shillings to the pore of Challock, 20 shillings to the pore of Molash, 20 shillings to the pore of Throwley
10 shillings to the pore of Leavland, 10 shillings to the pore of Badlesmere
10 shillings to servant Mary March
I will that my executor shall make a tomb of monument for me my wives & children & place it in the East ende of the Chauncell wher my two late wyves lye in Sheldwich & that my executor shall bestow upon it £20 at the least
Robert Gylles, my sonne, executor
Arthur Franklyn, my sonne in law, overseer
To my sonne Thomas Gylles the younger, one house at Challock Lease wherin the widow of Raph Yeomanson lately dwelt, with appurtanances & 3 parcells of land called Squeek containing 15 acres, now in the occupation of George Attkins, lyinge in the parish of Challock, together with all my other lands in Challock
To my sonne Robert Gilles, all my moveable goods, leases, lands, tenements & hereditaments not yet bequeathed, lying & being in the parishes of Sheldwich, Molash, Badlesmere or elsewhere in the county of Kent
Signed: Gabriell Giles
Witnesses: John Hunt & John Phillipps
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/188 G/4, Probate 30 March 1627
Stephen Gilles of the City of Canterbury, Cordwainer, will dated 12 March 1626/7
My body to be buried in St Andrews Church in Canterbury neere unto my wife late deceased
To Katheren, Danyell, Susan & John Gilles, my youngest sonnes & daughters, all such monyes as shalbe made and arise of my personall estate
Roger & Elizabeth, twoe other of my children
40 shillings to son William Gilles
5s.8d to my owne Mother at Wye
An whereas here is at this Instant remayning in my hands the some of £40 of Thomas Mayne my wifes sonne I will it be paid unto him within five dayes after Whitsontide next coming by my executor, the bond thereof had and cancelled remayning in the hands of Richard Carr his unckel
20 shillings to Anne my nowe wife on and above such money as I had in marriage with her Thomas Ludd of the City of Canterbury, glasier, my sole executor
Daniel Masterson & Thomas Wilkenson, overseers
The mark of Stephen Gilles
Witnesses: John Meryam & Simon Railton
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/190 G/1, Probate 16 Aug 1628
Mark Giles of Sellindge, will dated 20 July 1628
To Son John Giles, the house where in I now dwell & lands
To Son Edward Giles (under 21), my other house which standeth betweene my barne & my house in which I now dwell, also cherry orchard & the orchard called the beane orchard & 2 parcells of lands called Geale feilde & Lower Croft
To my other two sonnes Thomas & George (under 21), my house & land att Selling Street called Yoocklets & one parcel of land called minise? to be equalie devided betweene them
£20 to Daughter Juce (married name)
£20 to daughter Marie (under 18)
£20 to daughter Mildred (under 18)
One shilling to Daughter Margarett
£20 to Daughter Alice (under 21)
To my Daughter Margaretts three children John, Elizabeth & Thomas £3.6s.8d
Sons John & George executors
John Juce, overseer
The mark of Mark Giles
Witnesses: Edmond Anderton & John Bradstrete
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/94 G/5, Probate 6 March 1629
John Giles of Minster in Sheppey, nuncupative will
… the day next before his death… the said John Gyles beinge asked who should have his goods after his decease, hee replienge said, I give all my goods to my brother Henry Giles and then beinge asked if hee would give nothinge to his brother William Gyles hee againe replied that in case there werd any goods spare hee did give unto his brother William Gyles three or fouer shillings
in the presence of John Gylles (signed)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/198 G/4, Probate 16 Dec 1631
Richard Giles of St Mary Bredham, Canterbury, yeoman, will dated 3 Oct 1631
£50 to eldest son George Giles (under 21)
£20 a peece to my other children Jane, Annis, Susan & Richard Giles (all under 21)
Wife Marian Giles (possibly pregnant) executrix
R the mark of Richard Giles
Witnesses: Robert Beake & Stephen Gilbert
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/198 G/7, Probate 29 Jun 1631
Michaell Gyles of the City of Canterbury, will dated 21 Mar 1630/1
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
3 Children - unnamed
signed: Michaell Gyles
Witnesses: Peter Pyard, Alice Giles (mark), Cristian Bridge (mark), Godfrey Pyard (mark)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/200 G/7, Probate 11 Aug 1632
Agnes Gyles of Swingfield, widdowe, will dated 23 July 1632
£10 to my son Richard Gyles, Executor, which he hath in his hands all redie
10 shillings to the poore of the parish of Swinckfild
£5 to Thomas Ditton and his wife, my dafter, which he hath in his hands all redie
£5 to my daughter Elizabeth Gyles
40 shillings to my dafter Martha, the wife of William Frind
£20 to Margrit Gyles, my dafter, which is in the hands of Thomas Ditton on a bond
To Elizabeth Poute, one payer of sheets which I lie in & 6 table napkins
To my sister Poute, my russet petticote
To everie on of the mayd servants a ?
To John Gyles, my godson, on draing table in the parler
To my dafter Frind, on(e) stoke of beese & on silver spoone
To Jone Gyles, on(e) stoke of beese & John Gyles the first swarme of them
To my dafters Elizabeth & Margret Gyles, my other 2 silver spones & all the rest of my wearing apparel & housestufs which is not all redie given, that is to saye my pewter, brase, Iron, linen, wallen, bedding, tables, bedstadles, chistes & all other my house all stufe whatsoever with that which was my mother Gyles equalie to be devided between them
I give them all wooll that is dewe to mee of my sone Richard Gyles & the residewe of my beese & my hempen worke spunne & unspunne with my side saddle pillion & saddle cloth
I give all the residue of my monie which is un given to my sone Richard Gyles
The mark of Agnes Gyles
Witnesses: Richard Gyles & Avery Gyles
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/200 G/1, Probate 20 Dec 1632
Richard Gyles of Swingfield, yeoman, will dated 10 Dec 1632
My body to be buryed in the Chancell of the Church of Swinkfield
10 shillings to the poore people of Swinkfield
£400 to my third youngest sonne, Richard Gyles (under 21)
£200 to my daughter Joane Gyles (under 22)
20 shillings to be bestowed upon rings for each of my 4 Sisters
5 shillings a piece to every of my servants which shall be dwellinge with mee at the day of my death
All the residue of my goods to be equally devided amongst Serles Giles, my second sonne and my – son Richard & daughter Joane before named.
Avery Giles of the parish of Challock, yeoman, my uncle, to be sole executor of this my will & testament
To John Giles, my eldest sonne, my messuage or tenement with all barnes, stables, outhouses, edifices and buildings and the lands thereunto belonging with thappurtenances, scituate lyinge & beinge within the Parish of Challock
To sonne Serles Giles, all the residue of my messuage or tenement, lands and premises… in the parishes of Woodnesborrowe & Norborne & elsewhere within the county of Kent
The mark of Richard Giles
Witnesses: Edward Hawker, Thomas Dytton & William Foster
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/206 G/5, Probate 11 July 1634
Andrew Gyles of Westbere, Taylor, will dated 15 Jan 1633/4
Body to be buried in the parish church yard of Westbere
To wife Joane Gyles, three dwelling houses in Westbere together with the backsides, orchards & gardens thereunto belonging, during the terme of her natural life and after her decease, unto my grand child, John Gyles the sonne of James Gyles my natural sonne late deceased
Daughter Joane Lamming wife of Thomas Lamming of Wingham
My Brothers sonnes and daughter, James Gyles, Robert Gyles & Margery
Wife Joane Gyles, executrix
The mark of Andrew Gyles
Witnesses: John Johnson & Richard Barryt
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/108 G/1, Probate 12 April 1638
Avery Gyles of Challock, yeoman, will dated 7 March 1637 (1638)
40 shillings to the poore people of Challock
£5 to Anne, the wife of Thomas Ditton of Swinkefield, my cosen
40 shillings to John Ditton (under 21), my godsonne, sonne of the said Thomas Ditton & Anne his wife
20 shillings each to Daniell & Richard Ditton, two other sonnes of Thomas Ditton (both under 21)
20 shillings to Anne Ditton (under 18), daughter of the said Thomas Ditton & Anne his wife
£5 to Elizabeth, the wife of Edward Hawker
50 shillings to Searles (under 21) the sonne of the said Edward Hawker & Elizabeth his wife
£10 to Martha the wife of William Frend, my goddaughter
20 shillings a piece to Agnes & Martha (both under 18), daughters of William Frend & Martha
£5 to Margaret the wife of Sampson Farbrase, my cozin
20 shillings to Jane (under 18), daughter of Sampson Farbrase & Margaret his wife
40 shillings to Agnes (under 18), daughter of the said Sampson, she being my goddaughter
£40 to John Gyles (under 21), the eldest sonne of Richard Gyles, late of Swinkelfield, yeoman, deceased
And whereas the foresaid Richard Gyles by his last will and Testament bearing date the Tenth day of December 1637 (whereof I am whole Executor) hath given and bequeathed unto Searles Gyles, Richard Gyles and Jone Gyles his three younger Children all the overplus of his goods to be equally divided amongst them: Now my will and meaning is that that overplus be made an hundred pounds a piece, for every one of them, to be payd by my Executrix, when they shall accomplish their severall ages of one & Twenty yeares
£5 each to John & Margaret, the children of Thomas Gyles, late of Bethersden
£5 to Searles Gyles, eldest sonne of my brother Richard Gyles of Challock
£10 to Jane, the wife of the said Searles Gyles
£6 to Richard (under 21), the sonne of Searles Gyles & Jane his wife
£5 each to Anne, Mary & Jane Gyles (all under 21), daughters of my Brother Richard Gyles
£5 to Anne, wife of John Ramsden of Hedcorne
£5 to Avery, the eldest sonne of John Ramsden & Anne his wife, my godsonne, and to John, their younger sonne, 20 shillings (both under 21)
5 shillings a peece to those of my godchildren not before mentioned, if the same be lawfully demanded
5 shillings to every one of my household servants which shall be dwelling with me at the time of my death
The rest of my goods & chattels to Jane my loving wife, executrix
My wife Jane to receive profits of all my lands during the terme of her natural life
After her decease, I bequeath my house & lands within the parishes of Challock & Westwell to my brother Richard Gyles during the terme of his naturall life
After his decease, the said house & lands unto Avery Gyles, sonne of the said Richard Gyles
After the decease of my wife, I will & bequeath my lands in Egerton to Searles Gyles, son of the foresaid Richard Gyles, late of Swinkefield, deceased, under condition that when he come to the age of one and Twenty yeares, he do release unto his brother John Gyles all such right and inheritance which hee may have in any part or parcel of Challock which were his fathers aforenamed, but if he the said Searles shall refuse… then I will and bequeath my lands in Egerton, after the decease of my wife Jane, unto his brother John Gyles
Provided always that if my wife Jane shall happen to be with child at the time of my death, then that child, after the death of my said wife, shall possesse, have, hold and enioy all my lands, tenements.. before in this my present testament mentioned
signed: Avery Gyles
Witnesses: Robert West & Robert Love
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/124 G/3, Probate 18 April 1644
Richard Gyles of Challock, yeoman, will dated 1 March 1643/4
Wife Francis
To Daughter Ann, wife of Andrew Hawker of Challock, one house & six acres of land in Westwell called Rootome in the occupation of Nicholas Lee
40 shillings to daughter Mary, wife of Michaell Ladd of Linmage?
£60 to daughter Jane, wife of Edward Hawker of Godmersham
To son Avery Gyles, 8 acres of land in Challock
To son Seares (executor) my Mansion in Challock where he now liveth
signed: Richard Gyles
Witnesses: Thomas Howell (mark) & Thomas Farbrace
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/2/256, Probate 1473
John At Wode of Hollingbourne, will dated 15 Aug 1473
In Latin… People mentioned are the following:
Wife Alice
Son William
Son Henry
Son Robert
Son Thomas
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/2/250, Probate 16 Sep 1473
Robert At Wode of Hollingbourne
In Latin… People mentioned are the following:
Daughters Isabella, Cristina, Ann
Joanna Heane or Heart?
Richard Snoth (Executor)
Roger Boycot of Ulcombe
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/2/326, Probate 15 July 1474
John Wode of Luddenham
In Latin… People mentioned are the following:
Thomas Rycard & John Edward, feoffees
Thomas Vyne & wife Margaret Wode, Executors
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/3/482, Probate 17 Dec 1483
John at Wode of Harrietsham, will dated 21 June 1483
In Latin…
Body to be buried in St John the Baptist church yard of Harrietsham
Wife Roberge
Witnesses: John Chambers & William Brown
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/2/593
Richard A Wode of Faversham, will dated 29 Jan 1483 (1484)
To be buried in the parish church of St Nicholas Acons, Lombard street, London, beside the place where the body of Daughter Lucy, late wife of William Colyns, lyeth
Wife Agnes, Executrix
Lands in Ospringe
After wife Agnes’s death, lands to go to son in law William Colyns, yeoman of the Kinge and Soveren Lord Chambyr
Witnesses: Stephen Cottesserth? citizen and Tayllor of London, Thomas Warner of London & Hugh Standysh, public notary
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/5/361, Probate 11 May 1493
John at Wode of Leysdown, will dated 10 April 1493
First I bequeath my soule to allmyghtie god & my body to be buried in the churchyard of our Lady of Leden
Also I bequeath to the high Auter ther for my tithes & offerings forgotten 4d
Also I will that a Cowe half an acre of whete & a pair of shetes be sold and ----- for my soule my wiffes soule & all christen soules by the discrecion of John Lot & John Lane whom I ordayne to be my Executors
Also I will that my tenement & gardyn in Leden shalbe sold and the money thereof coming to be put to the most necessari use of the said Church by the disrecion of my said Executors
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/4/150, Probate 20 June 1497
John Wade of Hollingbourne, will dated 16 March 1496 (1497)
Wife Johanne & Son William, Executors
Thys is the Last Wyll of me…rehersed by me personally to Richard at Wod, Laurens Baker, William Combe and to William Gyllys… feoffes
Lands within the shyre of Kent
To Son Edmund (under 24), after the death of his mother, my principall messuage the which I now dwelleth with a garden and 2 parcels of land, one of them called Sodynton another called Shepeladecroft and half a Barn
To Son Thomas (under 24), messuage in Holyngborne called Maundes (?) with a garden and the other half Barn and 3 parcels of land whereof oon ys called Portyfasshe and another called Crabbe, the thryd ys called Longcroft
To Son Nicholas, when 24 years of age, my barn with a garden at Bradestreete in the parishe of Holynborn and 4 parcels of lands lying in the same parish, one called Pygfeld, another called Pyggyfeld, the thryd called Grenefeld, te 4th is called Twelve Leaves (?)
Son William
Son Robert
Should my wife Johanne die before my sons Edmund and Thomas come to the age of 21, then I wyll that my sonnes William and Nicholas have the gydyng and the Rule of theym
To my feoffees a peace of land called Halescrosse
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/8/113, Probate 17 June 1501
Nicholas A Wood of Milton, will dated 24 May 1501
In Latin…
To be buried in Milton
Son William Awoode
Debts owing to :-
John Berye : 22s 4d
Snelling : 2s 2d
Hod of Tenham : 5s
Widow …. : 3s 4d
Henry Croche : 17d
Thomas Shomaker of Sittingbourne: 15d
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/8/240, Probate 22 Nov 1502
Robert Wood of Lenham, will dated 3 Sep 1502
To be buried in the churchyard of our Lady of Lenham
4d to each of my godsonnes and goddaughters
6s 8d to my father
To John Hadde & Richard Brooke, my servants, to each of them 3s 4d
3s 4d to my servant John Wood
6s 8d each to my sister Margaret and my sister Johane
To Son Edmund, my leade (?) and …. with all the implements belonging to the same craft of dying and I will that he have all other implements belonging to my crafte of clothemaking… to be delivered to him at his reasonable age of discretion
Residue of my goods to Johanne my wife, she to doe with all at her free will and libertie without lett of any persone or persones, which Johan I make and ordayne of this my present testament and last will, myn executrix forthwith John Ive her brother, he havying for his labour 6s 8d
Lands & messuages in Lenham & Charing
If my wife be with child an it a manchild, then I will that the messuages and lands be shared with his brother Edmund
rode of meadow that I purchased of John Miller
rode of meadow that I purchased of Robert Nynne
I will that my feoffees shall suffer my father to occupie and take the profits of my peces of lands and brooke called Cukkowes and Roytonsole for the term of his life
Brother Richard to have to his owne use £4 13s 4d.
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/7/63, Probate 19 Sep 1503
Robert Wade the Younger of Hollingbourne, will dated 20 Aug 1502
My body to be buried in the churchyard of Holynborn
Wife Mildrede, Executrix
Witnesses: William Wade the Elder, William Snothe, John Snoth & others
My feoffees shall suffer the said Mildrede my wife to have and occupy a pece of wood called Herwod beyng in the parish of Holyngborn for the terme of her life
If both of my sons die without heirs, then my feoffees to sell the woodland and the money to go to the Wardens of the Church of Holyngborn and they to bestow yt about the reparacon of the said Church
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/10/98, Probate 28 March 1506
William Wodde of Upper Hardres, will dated 26 May 1505
In Latin…
Son Richard
Wife Johane
Witnesses: Edmund Wilson, Thomas Marche, William Rayner, Johanne Wodde, John Broksoll, William Besand
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/10/6, Probate 5 March 1509/10
Richard At Wode of Hucking, will dated 23 Jan 1509 (1510)
My body to be buryed in the Churchyard of Saynte Margarete of Howking
To Thomas At Wode, my brother, 13s 4d
Residue of all my goodes not bequeathed , my debts paid, I geve and bequeth to Johane At Wode late the wiff of Henry At Wode my brodre to the which I am and was made Executor
The which foresaid Johanne with Edward Culter I make myne Executors and also I will that they be the Executors of the Testament and Last Will of Harry At Wode my brodre and like as I was put on trust to & for hym, I put the said Johanne and Edward for to do for me the said Richard and for the said Harry
Thies being witness, Sir John Herchepole, vicar of Holyngborn, William Grene, Thomas At Wode, William Bowell, Thomas Baker and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/15/174, Probate 10 June 1522
William Wodde of Selling, will dated 1522
My body to be buried in the churche yard of the parishe of Sellyng
I will that Richard my son shalhave my place and all my landes that I have withyn the parishe of Sellynge
Item I will that Richard shalpaye to Thomas my son £12 to be payed yn eight years
Son Richard, Executor
Witnesses: William Lamberd, Richard Knythe
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/16/18, Probate 1 Oct 1523
George at Wode of Ospringe, will dated 2 Aug 1523
Daughters Johane & Margaret
Wife Alice
Sons John & Richard to have lands equally divided between theym bothe and my wife to have Richard’s part till he come to 18 years of age
Should wife be pregnant with male child, then the lands to be divided into three parts
Wife Alice & Robert Vale executors
Witnesses: Richard Drayton?, John Middelton, John Penfold, John Atwode & others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/15/57, Probate 26 Jan 1528/9
Joan Wade of Hollingbourne, Widow, will dated 6 Jan 1528 (1529)
Wedowe of William Wade of Holyngborn
My body to be buryed in the church yard of Holyngborn
To John Wade my tabill and my forme
To Margaret Wade the Wyff of William Wade my best kercher
To Alys Water my ketyll
To Thomas Water and Johan his Wyff 3s 4d, my Matterys (+bedding and various implements…)
To Gregory Hannygest 6d
To Cesly Hannygest 6d
To every of my godchildren 4d
To Godlesse my daughter, my chest, my grote platter a shete, a towel, my bason
To every child of Godlesse my daughter, a pece of pewter
To Margaret Fordrett 6d
To Robert Seth 6s 8d
Residue of my goods unbequethed to Christopher Badcokke vicar of Holyngborn and to Robert Seth that they shall bestowe it at ther discression in charitable dede for my soule & all Christen soules the which Christopher & Robert Seth I make and ordeyn myn Executors of this my last testament
Witnesses: William Heysted, John Hannygest, Thomas Water & others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/15/195, Probate 1533
Thomas Wade of Hollingbourne, will dated 10 April 1533
My body to be buryed within the church yarde of Allhalowen in Holyngborne
To the Fryers of Aylysforde to pray for my soule 2 busshells whete
I wyll that myn executors shalbestowe on the day of my burying to paryshe & Clarke & other charytable dede to poore people & at my moneths mynde in like manner
To Alyce & Agnes my daughters, every of them, 5 markes of lawfull money of Inglande
To John, Wylliam & Richard my sonnes to every of them 20s money to be payed by my Executors to Nycholas Wade & Wylliam Wade my brothers to the use and behove of my said children tyll they come to ther lawfull age
Resydue of all my moveable goodes & Catelles not given nor bequeathed I gyve & bequeth unto Joane my wyffe whom I make & ordeyne myn Executryceof this my present testament & last wyll and John Grene her father with her to helpe her
Edmonde Wade my brother to be Overseer
Lands in Holyngborn & Wormesell
John Lambe of Ledes gentylman, Edmunde Wade my brother, William Grene & William Wade the younger my feoffes shall suffer Johane my said wyffe to take & receayve all the issues & profittes of all my said lands & tenements… and keeping the Reparacons of the said tenements tyll Richard my youngest sonne come to the age of 18 yeres
My Feoffes & foure honest men of Holyngborn to divide all my sayd lands & tenements equally between the foresaid John, William & Richard my sonnys and each of them to take and receive the profittes of their parts of the same
Witnesses: Edmund att Wode, Willyam Reade, William Wade, Nicholas Wade & others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/15/202
Robert at Wode of Hythe, will dated 19 June 1533
My body to be buryed in the churchyarde of saynt Leonard of Hethe
To sone John £2 & a cowe
To daughter Margarett a cowe
To daughter Isabell a cowe
Residue of goods & chattels to wyffe Johane, Executrice
Witnesses: John Eeman, jurat, Edward Carden, Clement Kyng & others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/15/235
Joan Wade of Hollingbourne, Widow, will dated 3 March 1533 (1534)
Late the wyffe of Thomas Wade of Holyngborne
My body to be buryed in the Churchyerde of the parishe of Holyngborne
2 Bushells of whete to the poor both on day of burying & on moneths day
To my two daughter, Alys & Agnes all my utensylls of howsholde & howsehold stuffe evynly to be devyded between them in the day of there maryage
Residue of all my goodes unbequethed I gyve & bequeth unto my 3 sonnes, John, Wylliam & Rycharde & evynly to be devyded between them when they come to there fathers landes the which he hath wylled to them
And yf it fortune all my said sonnes to dye and none of my daughters lyvyng, then I wyll the Resydue of all my goods to be bestowyd at the dyscretyon of Robert Seathe & Rycharde Lynke whome I make & ordeyne my executors
Witnesses: John Raynold, Stephyn Tong, Thomas Tong & Wylliam Tong
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/15/234
William Wade the Elder of Hollingbourne, will dated 12 April 1534
My body to be buryed in the Church yerde of Holyngborne
To Margaret my wyffe £2 the which I have delyverd & payed unto her by my lyvyng dayes
I gyve & bequeth unto Margarett my wyffe a Cowe & all my ustensyles & stuff of housholde
To John Wade, my sone, all my whete barley other … that I have now growing upon the grownde or to be sowen this season for the entent that he shall pay & discharge my ferme at the feaste of saynt mychaell tharchangell nexte coming
Resydue of all my moveables I gyve & bequeth unto John Wade, Thomas Wade & to Edmund my sonnes equally to be devyded between them
To Nycholas Wade my brother 6s 8d, the which Nycholas Wade and John Wade my sone I make & ordeyne my executors of this my present wyll & testament
To son John Wade, my howse that I dwell in and the gardens courte thereto belonging & my grett barne & my barne called the home Barne & that he shall have & occupye all my felde called Ayhorne felde & my garden called warrener garden & my pece of land called myll grownde within the parish of Holyngborne and have the profetts of the same for 7 years after my decease and at the ende & time of the said 7 yeres after my decese I wyll that all the said Ayforne felde, warrener garden & the pece of land called myll grownde shalbe equally devyded in 2 equall partes one to John Wade my son and the other to Thomas Wade my son
I wyll that Thomas Wade my sone shall have to hym & to hys heyres & assygnes my howsse called Adams howse and the gardyn, barne & stable thereto belonging & my lytle barne nexte unto the said Adams howsse
I bequeth unto Edmonde Wade my sone my messuage called Faffylcotes & my gardyn called Drynckewoys & my pece of land called Adams Croft & my lands called myll grownde within the parishe of Ledes
Annuity to wife Margarett during her naturall lyff
Witnesses: Christopher Badcoke, vicar of Holyngborne, Rycharde Lynche, John Hammygeste & Wylliam Fowlle
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/24/175, Probate 11 March 1545/6
Christopher Woode of Smarden, will dated 3 Dec 1545
My body to be buried in the Churchyarde of the parishchurch of S. Mighell in Smarden
To Wife Elinor whom I make & ordeyne my Executrix, £15, the which money I lente unto John Wood my sonne dwelling in London and John Abregge of Warthyng in the Countie off Sussex
Residue of all my goodes & catalles I geve & bequeth unto Elinor my wiff
I will that Elinor my wiff have my mesuage and gardeyn which I bought late of George Fowle lyinge and being in Smarden streat for the terme of her liff
After her decease I will that Agnes Wood my daughter have the said mesuage & garden at the age of 18 yeres
Should Agnes die before the age of 18 yeres then I will that the said mesuage to be solde to the best price and the money thereof coming of the said sale I geve and bequeth to Johan Charrant (?) my wyves daughter £5 if she be then alive or els not and if she should dye before that sale be made then I will the £5 to be distribute to poore householders of the said parishe of Smarden
Witnesses: Osmond Chubbe, John Wolton, Thomas Sharpe, John Anderson with others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/26/113, Probate 8 July 1547
Geoffrey Wod of Smarden, will dated 3 June 1547
My body to be buryed in the churche yeard of Smarden
I will that Christopher Wod my sonne shall have all my Tooles and instrements & all other things belonge to myne ------- ymmedyatly after my decease
To Beatrix Wod my daughter, 2 payre of sheets, 2 blanketes, a coverlet, 2 platters & 2 ---- and when she shall come to the age of 16 yeares, my blacke cow
To every one of my godd children 4d
To Anne Wod my daughter a hayffor to be delyverd unto her at the daye of her Maryage
Residue of all my goodes not bequeathed to Johane my Wif whome I make and ordeyne myne executrix and John Wolton to be myne overseer
Witnesses: Jaymes Lake, Mathew Wolton and John Henxell wythe others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/30/215, Probate 17 Dec 1555
Wyllyam Woode of Thurnham, will dated 20 Oct 1554
My body to be buryed in the churche yarde of Thorneham
To Edmonde Woode my Sonne 10 ewes
To everyone of my servanntes an ewe
Also I give to the childe that my wife goeth withal £10 yf yt be a sonne and yf yt be a daughter £6 13s 4d to be payd by my wife at the age of 20 yeares
And yf yt dye before the said age, I wyll my wife shalhave the said somme of money
Residue of all my moveable goodes I geve unto Johan my wife
I wyll that Johane my wife shall have the profettes of half my howse and landes lying in the paryshe of Huckynge to kepe my chylderne for the space of 10 yeres after my deathe and the other halfe of the profettes I wyll that John Lugar of Detlynge shall receave for the profett of my thre daughters Margaret, Agnes and Margerye and at the terme yeres ende I wyll that the said Lugar shall receve th hole profettes of the said howse and landes tyll the tyme he have received the full of £20 of the which £20 I wyll that Margaret, Agnes & Margerye, my daughters shall have £6 13s 4d when they come to the age of 20 yeares
And yf one of my daughters dye before the said age, I wyll that Edmonde my Sonne have the said somme of money
And yf two of them dye before the age of 20 yeares, I wyll that Jude my sonne shalhave the somme of £6 13s 4d
Also I gyve unto Jude Woode my sonne my howse and landes at Huckinge to hym and to his heyres of his body lawfully begotten and he to enter into the said howse and landes 15 yeares after my deathe
Also I geve to Edmonde my sonne my howse and landes lyenge in Boxelye and he to have yt ymmedyatlye after my death
John Lugar & Johan my wife, Executors
Wyllyam Atwoode of Langley to be my oversear
Witnesses: Rycharde Ducke, Rycharde Wyles & Robert Grenehod clerke
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/28/15b, Probate 30 Jan 1559/60
John At Wood the Elder of Hollingbourne, Yeoman, will dated 18 April 1559
My bodye to be buryed wherever God shall please
6s 8d for the poore people at time of my buryall
£10 To daughter Cecelye, wife of John Seyman
£3 6s 8d to daughter Agnes Wood on day of maryage
26s 8d to daughter Johan Hale
6s 8d to John Wood my sonnes sonne
6s 8d to his sister Elizabeth Wood
3s 4d to Thomas Wood the brother
10 shillings to each of my daughter Cecely Seyman’s children
6s 8d to my godsonne John Wood, the sonne of Henrye Atwoode
3s 4d to every one of my daughter Hales chyldren, viz Edward, Thomas and James Hale
26s 8d to Sander Large the sonne of Mathew Large
Resydew of all my goodes moveables and unmoveables, I do will and give freely unto my sonne Thomas Atwood who I do ordaine and make my sole executor of this my present testament and last will
Wytnesses: Christopher Gay, gent and Rychard Badbey
Lands, tenements & hereditaments within the parish of Holyngborne or ells where in the countye of Kent to Wyllyam Atwood my youngest sonne
House called Snape alias Heggwood
Meadow grounde sometime called Masonswood and now called the meadow, all in Holyngborne payenge yearly for ever unto the Howse of Christs Church in Cannterburye for the rentes thereof 20 shillings
The Resydew of all my Landes and tenements not willed nor enjoinen I doe freely will & give unto my said son Thomas Atwood and to his heires forever upon condicion that he do pay or cause to be paid thies pounds of mony hereafter ------ and declared
He to paye to everye one of my sonnes and hys brothers John Wood, Stephen Wodd and Henry Wood £5 of lawful mony of England within 4 yeares next after my decease
Provided always and my verye will ys that yf my sonne Henry Atwood shall at any tyme after my decease interupte, vexe, moleste or greve any of his brothers conspyting any title to any of my Landes afore willed that then I will the gyfte of his £5 to be voide
Wytnesses: Christopher Gay, gent and Rychard Badbey, gent, with others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC31/23 W/3, Probate 17 Jan 1580/1
Thomas Wood of Charing, nuncupative will dated 23 Dec 1580
Thomas Wood of the Paryshe of Charing beynge syk in body and of very good remembraunce god be praysed declared his Last will and determinacione Touchinge the disposicione of his goodes the 23th day of December in the 23th yeare of ower soverayne Lady Elizabeth by worde of mouthe unto William Segar of the same parishe in forme followinge
He gave unto Mary Woode one heifer of one yeare and the vantage unto Jhone Culverdene of Throwley £3 to be payde within one yeare after hys decease unto Ane Thakker to 10s. unto Sara Lydinge one ewe and a Lambe and the residue of his goodes to remayne unto Mariane his wife
By me William Segar
By me Symond Hodg
By me Nicolas Yonge
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/6/21, Probate 4 July 1494
Thomas Wood of Ospringe, will dated 22 March 1494
First part in Latin
First, I will that Julian my wiffe have my tenement that I nowe dwell in with alle the landes, woddes and Renns thereto perteynyng unto the tyme when George Wood my sonne comyth to the age of 24 yere then I will that my feoffes delyver & state to the said George of and in alle the said tenements and lands as was aforesaid to have to hym his heires and assignes for ever except 8 acres of land called Blake whiche land I will that Jane my daughter shalhave in fee simple after the decease of the foresaid Julian my Wiffe and the foresaid George shall bere and yerely paye to the said Julian his mother during terme of her lyffe after that he coming to the age of 24 yere 26 (currency illegible – Marks? Shillings?) 8d
And yf to happen the said George to decease er he come to the age of 24 yere then I Wille that Jane Colyn my daughter have the said tenement and landes Provided always if it so happen that the said Jane enioye and have my said tenement and landes as is aforesaid then I wille that the same Jane or her husband ate that tyme beying paye and delyver to my feoffes £20 of lawfull money of England to dispose and distribute to the most helth of my soule and my frendes soules that is to wille to a prest he the space of halfe & yere to say masse in the parishe churche of Faversham to pray for the soules of my Father and mother and for alle Cristen soules for the whiche I wille that he have ---- 5 mark and to another prest he half & yere to say masse in the parishe Church of Osprynge and to pray for my soule, my Fathers, my mothers and alle christen soules ther 5 mark and £5 to be bestowed upon the buying of a (wine?) coupe to be hadde and delyvird to the wardens of the Church of Osprynge
And 5 mark to be bestowed upon the Reparacons and Amendyng of a fowle lane called the Franechelane
And £4 to be bestowed to dyvers Reparacons within the parish church of Osprynge thereupon most nede is be the discrecions of the parishone ther
And 20 … Residewe of the foresaid £20 I will that my feoffes have for ther labour in fulfyllyng of my will
Witnesses: Matthew -----?, vicar of Ospringe, Thomas Baksore & William Helman
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/12/357, Probate 10 March 1514
Simon Wood of Chislet, will not dated
My Body to be buried in the churche yarde of the parishe churche of Chislett
I bequeith to the high auter ther for my tithes and offerings nechgently forgeten 4d
I bequeith to the Light of Seynt Christopher in the said churche a bushell of Barly
I make and ordeyne Thomas Warchenden and John Abbot my trewe executors that thei dispose for the helth of my soule as foloweth that is to say in the day of my burieng 3s 4d
In the day of my monethes day 5s
And in the day of my 12 monethes day 6s 8d
The Residue of all my goodes, my dettes bequethes con--- and payed at the discretion & disposicion of my foresaid executors
Witnesses: Richard Knyght, curate & William Peny with others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/12/375, Probate 28 July 1514
Robert Wood of Sandwiche, will dated 20 April 1514
My Body to be buried in the churche yarde of Seynt Clements beside my Wife and my children
I make my Wife Johane and my brother John Wood myn executours and thei and every of theym to dispose of my goodes for the helth of my soule and all christen soules
moreoverI will that Sir Thomas Cogayne vicare of the said parishe be my overseer of this my present testament
Witnesses Jeaard Doken and Robert Wellys
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/13/221, Probate 18 Nov 1518
Thomas At’Wood of Faversham, will dated 30 Oct 1518
My body to be buryed in the churche yarde of Faversham
I geve and bequeith all my movable goodes after my dettes be payd to Johanne my wife whiche Johanne I make myne executrix of this my present testament and last will
Witnesses: John Redborn, vicar of the sayd parishe, John Goodwyn otherwise called London, John Smyth and John Prowde
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/12/140, Probate 14 Dec 1512
Thomas Reeder of Wormshill, will dated 3 Sep 1512
My Body to be buried in the churchyarde of Wormsell
6s 8d for the Shynglyng of the churche of Wormesell
4d to every godchild that I have
Residue of all my moveable goodes, catalles & dettes & bequests first paid, to Robert Reeder and William Reeder my sonnes
Lands & tenements with thappurtenances lying and being in the parish of Wormesell or elles wher in the Countie of Kent in the which John Pepure and Thomas Thatcher to my use are enfeoffed
I will that my said feoffes shall enfeoffe Robert Redar my sonne immediately after my decease of and in all my landes and tenements lyeng & beyng at Bedmanton in the parishe of Wormesell; also of a barne, a garden, 3 acres and 3 yards of land & 2 peces of land called the bekyls lying togedre to the said barne called Adnettes barne and in apece of land and wood called Katkinfeld in the parishe of Wormesell
Also I will that my feoffes shall enfeoff William Redar my sonne immediately after my decease of and in my principall messuage and all lands thereto belonging unbequeathed within the parishe of Wormesell to hym his heires…
Also I will and ordeyne that Robert & William my sonnes shall immediately after my decease pay to Johanne my daughter 10 marks of lawfull money of England
Also I will that the said Robert and William my sonnes shall fynde an honest preest to Syng in the parishe churche of Wormesell for the helth of my soule the soules of my fadre and madre and all christen soules
Witnesses: Nicholas Erll, parson of Wormsell, John Pepure, Thomas Thatcher & others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/12/520, Probate 1 April 1516
John Peper of Wormshill, will dated 13 Nov 1515
My Body to be buried withyn the church yard of saint giles in Wormesell
I bequeith to the high auter ther for my tithes negligently forgoton 12d
Also I geve to the gildying of an Image of the trynyte to stand in the beame of the rod loft in the said church 8s
Also I bequeith to Thomas my eldest sonne a brasse potte
The Residue of all my goodes & catalles not bequeathed I geve to Isabell my wife & Nicholas Peper my sonne whom I make and ordayne myne executors of this my present testament and I will that the said Isabell my wife shall have all my Instuffe and owte to her owne use without any interruption of the same Nicholas so that those my dettes and my bequeithes paid according to this abovesaid
This is the last will of me the foresaid John Peper of and in all my landes and tenements lying withyn the parishe of Wormesell abovesaid, first I will that my feoffees shall suffer Isabell my wife to have her chamber with the loft over the same at the ende of my dwelling house with fre goyng and coming in to the hall of the same house and ther to have fire and Esement of the same hall during her life and I will that the said Isabell my wife shall have my fruite garden to the said house annexed with the profettes theroffe growing during her said life and after the decease of Isabell my wife I will that my said feoffes shall deliver to Nicholas Peper my sonne estate in the hole messuage and frute garden and the profettes therof to hym and to his heires and assignes
Also to sonne Nicholas, all my lands lieng in the Est side of the Kynges highway in the said parishe, he paying twice a year to Isabell, during her lifetime, an annuity from the profettes thereof
Also I will anon after my deceasse that my said feoffes shall deliver estate to William Peper my sonne of and in my pece of land called Saveges (?) conteyning 10 acres and in my pece of land called Ridkyns conteyning 6 acres, he also to pay Isabell my wife an annuity in manner & forme abovesaid
Also, the foresaid William Peper shall pay to Thomas Peper his brother withyn 3 years after my deceasse 40 shillings of lawfull money of England
Also I will that the foresaid Thomas Peper my sonne shall have my croft called Smythes croft and my pece of land called Two Acres and a parcel of woodlands called Three yards lienge in combewode
Witnesses: William Peper my brother, William Reder, John Hacche and Richard Hache and many other
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/13/142, Probate 8 June 1519
Isabel Peper of Wormshill, will dated 6 April 1519
My body to be buried in the church yarde of Seynt Gilis of Wormesell
I bequeith to the high auter for tithes or offerynges negligently witholden or forgotten 4d
Also to the mending of the face of the ymage of our Lady standing in the same one sheite
Also I bequeith to the churche worke of Wormesell 2 ewe sheppe, a sheite & 2 towelettes
Also I bequeith to my brother William Peper of Berstede 2 ewe sheppe
Also to John Cany one ewe sheppe
Moreover I bequeith to Nicholas Peper my sonne one white coverlett, a brass pott, a ketell
Also to William Peper my sonne a rede coverlet and a panne
Also I bequeith my bees with the profitt thereof coming indifferently to be devided betwene Nicholas & William my sonnes
I will that William Peper my sonne shalhave one bullock he paying the fore as it shalbe thought worthy the money thereof coming to be bestowed for my soule In the daie of my burieng
Also I will that Nicholas my sonne have a cowe he paying the fore as is aforesaid And the money thereof coming to be bestowed in the day of my moneth mynde
Also I will that the remnant of my sheppe be sold and the money thereof receyved with the ferme of theym for this yere present be yerely bestowed for my soule and all christen soules after the discretion of the aforenamed William and Nicholas
Also I bequeith to Alice my doughter in Lawe one Rede Kirtill And one grene gowne
Also to Johane my doughter one hoode and a violet gowne
The residue of my goodes above not bequeith I give and bequeith unto William and Nicholas my sonnes whom I ordeyne and make myne executours to dispose for my soule and all christen soules as they shall think convennent
Witnesses: Thomas Brown, Chapleyn, Richard Hache, William Reder, William Peper of Barsted and other
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/13/94, Probate 16 March 1517
Ann Goddyn of Ulcombe, Widow, will dated 24 March 1511
My body to be buryed where it shall please god that I shall take myne ending day out of this transitory liffe
I will that I and yef I marye and have eny manner of issue that is to saye other sonne or daughter that they have my house and lands within the parish of Ulcombe and Hedcorne to theym and to the heires of theyr bodys lawfully begotten
If that I dye and be nott married then I will that my house and landes be sold to the moost value that it can be made of And the money thereof coming to be bestowed in this manner folowyng that is to say to one ---
A preest to syng in the churche of Ulcombe for my soule, my frendes soules and all cristen soules by the space of a yere And he having for his labours 10 markes
The residue of the money coming of the same house and landes to be bestowed yn good dedes of charite that is to say to the rodelofte of Ulcombe to an antyphoner and a rope And to other good dedes besideforth as my executours thynke best to be done withyn the parishe of Ulcombe aforesaid
I will that (Squire or Lord? – abbreviation) Ralfe Seyntleger shall bye the said house and landes if it please hym or any of his to bye it they to have it 20 shillings within the price that another man shulde by it
I will that Thomas Homersham and William Valoner shalbe myne executours and my (Squire or Lord) Sentleger to be my overseer And I will he shall have the litell crofte called Perey crofte
Witness: Sir John Heed, that tyme being Curate at Ulcombe
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/13/325, Probate 27 October 1518
John Drurye of Bredgar, will dated 18 Sep 1518
My Body to be buryed in the churche yarde of Saynt John the Baptiste of Bredgar
2 shillings for tythes and offerynges forgotten
10 shillings to be bestowed on the day of my buryall
10 shillings to be bestowed at my moneths day
I bequeith unto Elisibeth Wethlande my wiffes best gowne
I bequeith to eiche of my 3 sonnes a silver spone
I wull that my broder Herry Drurye be myn executor and he for to have all my movables unbequeithed to pay my dettes and iff my movables wulnott pay my dettes and any bequests then I wull that a pece of land called West Crofte shalbe solde
And I wull that my brodre shalhave all my landes and tenements the terme of 7 yeres after my decease
I wull that the sayd Harry shall do make a stable for my horses att Bredgare upon my landes within the space of 3 yeres after my decease
I wull that my youngest childe be kept the space of 5 yere with the sayd Harry
Also I wull that when the sayd 7 yere be fully complet & ended then I wull that my brodre Harry shalhere hit out for the terme of 7 yere more to the behoff of myn heyres
Also I wull that Robert my sonne shalhave my tenement and a crofte lying on the Est side of my hous
Also I wull that my sonne Thomas shalhave a Croft of land called Knott (or Knoll)
Also I wull that my sonne John shalhave a pece of land called Chalkedele lying to West Croft
And if all deceasse without heyres then I wull it shalbe solde and £6 13s 4d thereof shall go to the salary of a priste to syng in the churche of Bredgare for my soule and all my frendes soules
I wull the residue shall goo to the sayd churche behoff there as moste need is
Witnesses: Stephyn Byrlyng, Symond Wetland and Elis Bartye with others
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/2037/14, Probate 12 Jun 1846
Thomas Baldock of Chatham, gentleman, will dated 14 Mar 1838
son Thomas
daughter Mary
grandsons Alfred Baldock and Charles Fincham Baldock
property in Luton, Chatham late occupied by William Filmer, now Rule & Webb
Trustees friend Michael Lock of Gillingham, gentleman and George Essell of Rochester, solicitor
Witnessed by George Povall and Charles Lott, clerks to Messrs Twopenny and Essell, solicitors
Codicil dated 30 Apr 1841
granddaughter Louisa daughter of Thomas
Witnessed by J S Bullard and Gabriel Couves, clerks to Messrs Essell, solicitor, Rochester
Codicil dated 25 Jan 1845
Witnessed by Charles Lott and Gabriel J Kenyon, clerks to Mr Essell, Hayward & Essell, Solicitors, Rochester.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 10 Sep 1722
Thomas Smith of Maidstone, physician, will dated 14 Aug 1722
to be buried at Chatham where he was born
wife Deborah, and her late aunt Bradford
farm at Smarden called Newenden, occupied by Samuel Riddle
Andrew Hawes Esq., William Skinner
portrait of Sir Edward Kelly
daughters Elizabeth Thomas, Martha Smith and Deborah Smith, executrices
property at Teynham occupied by John Austen
Reverend Samuel Weller
Witnessed by Samuel Weller, J. Fuller, John Blunt.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 6 Jun 1803
John Reed the elder of Shorne, gentleman, will dated 5 Apr 1803
sons William, David and Thomas
grandson William Reed <21
grandsons John and David Reed <21, sons of late son John
grandchildren Ann George Beckett Frances Elizabeth and Charles Johnson Reed, minor children of late son george
grandson James <21 son of James Reed
daughters Mary wife of Stephen Cannon, and Sarah Reed
nephew John Reed son of brother Clifford
"Bull Inn", St Mary Cray, purchased from Mary Pope, occupied by Jewell
property called Farmers Haugth, Shorne near St Thomas Well, purchased from Daniel Jackson, occupied by John Clark
Occupiers William Crips at Chalk, Marsh & Hodsell at Shorne, Crowhurst, George Howe and George Kemp at Ridgeway, Bright at Cliffe
property at High Halstow purchased from Catherine Winspeare
property at Shorne Street purchased from Dann, occupied by Wilson
property at Shorne near windmill, purchased from George Phillips, occupied by Edward Bodding, John Green and John Ellis
John Aldersley late of Chatham, inn keeper
"White Horse" at Thong, occupied by Stephen Cannon and William Palmer
trustees and executors - Nicholas Gilbee of Denton, gent., John Westbrook of Chalk, yeoman and son David Reed
housekeeper Margaret Easdown
farm at Thong, purchased from William Hammond, occupied by Stephen Cannon
property at Shorne purchased from Phillip Mair, occupied by Nicholas Gilbee
Witnessed by Jonathan Prall, Attorney Rochester, Thomas Church his clerk, John Marsh, labourer, Shorne
Codicil dated 18 Apr 1803
Witnessed by Jonathan Prall and John Marsh.
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC 32/2/13, Probate 1460
Thomas Pepyr of Wormshill, will dated 2 May 1459
First part in Latin…
Wife Jelyan (or Johan…) to have my chefe place called ----? with a garden
Son Rycharde to have the hempeland and when he is of age to have land lying to my chefe place called Ryelsemunde (?) and a feld and a wode called West Tane 3 acres and a Wode called Hygg Wode 6 acres and a feld called Drawke and Court Crofte 8 acres and a Wode called Stylewode and 8 acres lying in Churchfeld
Son Robert to have a felde callyd Rachyns (?) feld with the Wode, and (another) felde called --- with the wode, and the land called Pekye and the Wode (and other lands, illegible) and a horse called lok
Son John to have a tenement called Estcote and a feld called Pilcherys and 2 acres and a crofte called Ryermonde (?) and a horse called Brydde
Son William to have a tenement called Lambardye and Drywode conteynyng 14 acres and a pece of land called Peer feld and havyeth crofte and lampettys feld and a wode called Canevyne and a Wode called Est Wode and a Wode called Bygotys Wode
Youngest Chyld, if he be a son, to receive lands… or if it be a daweter I wyll that my sonnes pay her 10 marks to her marriage as soon as she is of age
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/3/3 Probate 7 May 1476
Peter Peryn of Biddenden, will dated 14 May 1475
In Latin…
People mentioned in this will :

Wife Agnes
Executors : William Harry & Stephen Peryn
Feoffes: Robert Wylock, William Harry & Stephen Edynden
Brothers, Laurence Peryn & Stephen Peryn
William Peryn son of Richard Peryn
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/3/33, Probate 16 Oct 1476
William Readar of Wormshill, will dated 24 June 1476
In Latin…
People mentioned in this will :

Daughters Alianor & Matilde
Sons John & Thomas – Executors
John Blakborn (overseer?)
Feoffes : Robert Drury & John Blakborn
William Redar
Witnesses : Thomas Beket, Simone Beket, Stephen Prat, Thomas Bedmonton, Richard Hacche, William Petry.. ?, Thomas at Park & others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/3/151 Probate 10 Feb 1477
Thomas Wade of Wormshill, will dated 27 Sep 1476
In Latin…
People mentioned in this will :

Nicholas Fordred of Frinsted, Richard Hacche, Thomas Reader, John Wade, William Wade
Alice (relict of Thomas Wade?)
Thomas At Park
Thomas Wade junior
Thomas Wade of Hollingbourne (?)
Witnesses: John Brokhole, Thomas At Park, William Thaccher, William Seylane
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/5/237 Probate 21 Oct 1490
Richard Pepyr of Wormshill, will dated 6 Aug 1490
In Latin… People mentioned in this will :
Sons John Pepyr & William Pepyr
Feoffes: Nicholas Gele (?) curate, Richard Theycher, Thomas Reader & Alys Multe (?), Richard Heache
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC17/6/52
William Daywell alias Peryne of Milton, will dated Sept 1494
Partly in Latin…
Wife Margaret & Elys Catelett, Executors
This is the last will of me William Daywell otherwise called William Peryne
All my lands and tenements lying and being in the towne of Newenton Uppon made unto Elys Catlett & Robert Newnton I will that they sell my messuage in the towne of Newenton aforesaid to the best price that they … and the first 6 marks of money thereof to be payed I will that Margaret my wife shall receave and the remenant of mony so coming for the said messuage I will that my aforesaid Executors reacyve it to pay my foresaid bequests & dettes
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 17/14/87, Probate 25 Oct 1519
Nicholas Peper of Wormshill, will dated 9 May 1519
My Body to be buried in the churcheyarde of Wormesell
Alice my wife to pay my dettes and to dispose for my soule as she thinketh most convenent, whome I make and ordeyne myne executrice of this my present testament
Thomas Stapyll and Thomas Thacher to be myn overseers
I will that Alice my Wife shalhave my messuage lying at Norwode with all the lands thereunto belonging with thappurtenances with all profittes and she to kepe the reparations of the said messuage and lands until Robert my sonne come to thage of 21 yeres and a half and if the said Alice my Wife continue a Widue after my deceasse till Robert my sonne come to thage aforesaid then I will that she shalhave the Best chamber beying in the Northende of the said messuage whiche my mother late had with fyre and flete (?) in the hall fre goyng and fre coming with other necessaries at her pleasure at all tymes during the terme of her widuehode
Also I gyve to the said Alice my Wif after that Robert my sonne cometh to thage aforesaid an annuyte oute of the said messuage and lands for the terme of her life 6s 8d of lawfull money of yngland to be paid by the said Robert my sonne
Also I will that Robert my sonne shall paie to William my sonne, his brother £10 of lawfull money of yngland to be paied yerely 6s 8d till the said summe be paied
Also I will that the said Robert shall paye to my doughter Isabell at her marriage 20s that is to witt 13s 4d at the daie of her said marriage and 6s 8d to be paid within the same yere folowyng
If my children should die, then I will that Thomas Stapyll and Thomas Thacher shall sell my said messuage and landes to the best price that they can and the money thereof coming I will that an honest preest shall syng in the churche of Wormesell for my soule, my Fadres soule, my mothers soule and all my frendes soules and he to have for his salary for a yere and a half £10
I gyve to the gilting of the Crucifix in the same churche an to the ymage of our Lady standing yn our Lady she at the ant.. ende £5
Also I gyve unto the children of John Hilles which he had by Katlyne Peper my sister, to every of theym 3s 4d
Also I gyve unto John Cavye sonne of Thomas Cavye 3s 4d
Also I gyve to my sister Johane 6s 8d and to every of her 2 children 3s 4d
Also I gyve to Thomas Stapyll and Thomas Thacher to every of theym for theyr labour and paynes 20 shillings
The residue of the said money not geven nor bequeathed I wull it shalbe bestowed upon the church Walles
Witnesses: Thomas Browne, Chapleyn, Richard Hache, Thomas Stapyll and Thomas Thacher
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 17/24/238, Probate 10 June 1546
Thomas Staple of Wormshill, will dated 1545
My Body to be buried in the Churche earthe of Wormesell
I do bequeith to John my son a mother sheape after my death
And I will that he that kepith hym shall have the kepinge profett of them till he cometh to thage of 10 yeres
I will that Margaret my wife have my tenement with thappurtenances 20 yeres after the date above written
And after the saide yeres I will my wiff have 6s 8s terme of her life
I will that Thomas my son be myn heire, and he to paye to every one of his brothers 13s 4d when the lande comethe to his handes, that is to say 13s 4d by the yere till the money be full paide
Yf my sonne Thomas dye without heires then I will that one be an others heire, and he to pay likewise to his brothers
And if all my lefull children dye without heires then I give my house and landes unto Margaret my Wiff in ffee simple to geve & sell to her own use
Item I will that Margaret my wife with my flocke fetche in my landes which lyeth to Morgange incontinent after my death, the which Margaret I make my sole Executrix she to pay to every one of my daughters att the day of their marriage 20s
And also she to kepe the reparacons of my houses laufully or els myn heires to entre upon them to their own use
Witnesses : John Hatche and Thomas Thatcher
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 16/388 L/5, Probate 30 June 1727
Henry Littelale of Biddenden, Yeoman, will dated 31 October 1722
My body I commit to the earth to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executors
To my dear and loving Father, John Littelale of Staplehurst, Yeoman, all my wearing apparell of woollen of all sorts
To Sarah Fullager of Biddenden, Spinster, & unto Anne now wife of John Witherden of Rolvenden, Yeoman, All & singular my Stock, household goods, chattels, ready money & personal estate whatsoever & wheresoever equally to be divided between them, they paying my just debts and funeral expences with the charges of proving this my Will.
I do hereby make & appoint the said Sarah Fullager & the said Anne, Executors
My friend John Jennings of Biddenden, Overseer
Signed: Henry Littellalle
Witnesses: Tomas Wood, Elizabeth Gane, William Fisher
Source: Mary Connaughton, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, PROB 11/909/296, Probate 18 June 1765
Joshua Bowell of Wormshill, Yeoman, will dated 7 July 1760
I give and devise unto Richard Lawrence of Bredgar, Clerk, and Thomas Baker of the parish of Frinstead, Clerk, all that my Messuage in Bredgar Street with the Gardens, Orchards and three pieces of Cherry Ground containing about 6 Acres and a peice of Land containing about half an acre called the Warren Ground and an Estate purchased of William Hamman Esquire and an Estate purchased of Mr Thomas Hatch of Canterbury and a peice of Land called the Hop Garden piece situate, lying and being in the parish of Bredgar containing about Six acres and an half acre of Wood Land adjoining to the said Hop Garden peice called by the name of Adale and a Messuage and Garden at Oakwoodgate in Bredgar and a Messuage and Land lately purchased of (blank) Carriers situate lying and being in the parish of Milstead in the said County of Kent, to hold to and for the Uses, Ententes and Purposes hereinafter expressed, that is to say to the use and Behoof of my dear Wife Deborah Bowell and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life without impeachment of waste and from and after her decease as to for and concerning my Messuage in Bredgar Street with the Buildings, Gardens and Orchards (etc)… to the Use and Behoof of my son Thomas Bowell and his heirs and assigns for ever.
And as to for and containing my Estate lately purchased of William Hammon Esquire and an Estate purchased of Mr Thomas Hatch, to the Use of my two sons John Bowell and James Bowell and to their heirs and assigns as Tenants in Common and not as joint Tenants
And as to for and concerning my peice of Land called the Hop Garden containing about Six acres and an half acre of Woodland adjoining called by the name of Adale and a Messuage Garden and Premisses at Oakwood Gate in the parish of Bredgar and the Messuage, Land and Premisses in the parish of Milstead purchased of Carriers To the Use and behoof of my daughter Deborah Bowell and the heirs of her Body lawfully begotten
Witnesses: John Duckesbery, Thomas Curtis & John Curtis
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/442 B/9, Probate 2 June 1772
John Bowell of Wormshill, will dated 11 March 1772
Subject to the payment of my just Debts, I give and bequeath unto my Dear Wife Frances (sole Executrix), All and singular my goods, Chattels and Real and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever to be her sole Property and to be disposed of hereafter at her Will and pleasure
Signed: John Bowell
Witnesses: Henry Morton, Isaac Doe & John Gouldwell
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/334 W/7, Probate 11 Jan 1698/9
Richard Weldish of Wychling, Yeoman, will dated 9 Dec 1688
Body to be decently buried in the Parish of Milsted
I will that all my debts & Funerall charges bee paid & satisfied
All the rest & residue of my Personall Estate & Chattells whatsoever, I give & bequeath to John Batcheller of Frinsted whome I doe make my full & sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament
And in case my personall Estate will not amount to discharge my debts & Funerall charge my will is that the rest of my Land shall ...
And I doe hereby disanull & make void all former wills & Testaments
Signed: Richard Weldish
Witnesses: Thomas Thatcher, Mary Beates (mark) & Mary Boyse (mark)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/56 C/11, Probate 7 July 1572
Hugh Coveney of Hastingleigh, Yeoman, will dated 20 April 1571
My body to be buryed in the churche of Hastinglighe
To Wife Agnes Coveney, my tenements and lands lying in the towne of Wye during the tyme that she kepe here self wydowe, an Annuity and best flocke bed etc…
20 marks to Mary my daughter to be paid to her at the age of 22 yeres or at the day of her maryage
Residue of all my goodes not bequeathed, my debts and legacies payd and performed I gyve and bequethe yt to John Coveney, Robert Coveney, Roger Coveney, Richard Coveney, Thomas Coveney and Thomas Coveney the Younger, my sonnes to be equally devyded amongst them
I do ordeyn John Coveney and Roger Coveney my sonnes to be my executours and my brother Roger Coveney of Hunton to be my overseer and to have for hys labour in helping my children 10 shillings
Yf it chance Agnes my Wyffe to mary then I wyll my tenement and lands in Wye to Edward Coveney my sonne, to hym hys heyres and assignes for ever
I wyll that Edward Coveney my son shall have £10 to be payd to hym by my executors at thage of 21 yeres and that my said sonnes abovesaid shall bring hym upp to Schole untyll he be of thage of 14 yeres
I wyll that my ---- moveable goods shall not be devyded untyll thend of my lease of Commbe and my children to be brought upp in the ----- ----- with the said goodes yf they wyll tary with them so long and kepe together
The mark of Hugh Coveney
Witnesses: Robert Allard, Roger Kyngysland, Alyce Lambe and Johan Payne
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 16/143 C/24, Probate 9 Dec 1612
Thomas Coveney of Chart Sutton, Yeoman, will dated 6 Oct 1612-
My Body to be buried in the church yard of Chart
I will & bequeath unto my sonne Belknapp £100 of good & lawfull money of England to be paid to him when he cometh unto ye age of foure & twentie yeares £100 to my sonne John to be paid to him when he shall come to ye age of foure & twentie yeares
I geeve & forgeeve unto my brother George Covenye seven poundes & all other reckonings whatsoever he is indebted unto me in
I will & bequeath unto my syster Elizabeth Blackborne twoe & twentie shillings of good & lawfull money to be paid unto her one quarter of on yeare after my decease
I geeve & bequeathe unto all the said my systers Blackbornes children five shillings a peece to bepaid unto them within the space of one whole yeare next after my decease
20 shillings to the poore of the parish of Chartt aforesaid
All my moveable goods whatsoever & all that is indebted unto mee by bills & bonds or otherwise I will & bequeath unto Joane my wyffe & Thomas my sonne whome I make & ordaine Executrix & Executor of this my last will & testament two overseers to witt, John Blackboorne my brother in Lawe of Chart next Sutton aforesaid, Gabriell Cushman of Cranbrook my wives brother & for their paines each of them twentie shillings to be paid unto them
Signed: Thomas Coveney
Witnesses: William Hayman & William Wood
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 16/146 C/2, Probate 2 Oct 1613
Richard Coveney of Elmsted, will dated 21 May 1613
My bodye to be buryed within the churche yarde of Elmsted
I gyve and bequeath to Anne Coveney my wyef all my howsholde stuffe as brasse, pewter, beddynge, lynnen & wollen & all other utensells of howsholde stuffe, wood & all other the thinges abowte my howse & in my close, & my two kyen and £20 in money
All the Resydewe of my goods, Bylles, Bondes, obligations dette & redye money any manner of wayes due & owynge unto me the sayde Rycharde Coveney I gyve & bequethe to my sayde fower Children, John Covenye, Elizabeth Coveney, Timothy Coveney and Marye Covenye equallye & indifferently to be shyfted & devyded amongst them, when they shall accomplishe theyr ayges of one & twentyr yeares & in the meane tyme I wyll the same goods, dettes, bylles, bondes & redye money to be & remayne in my sayde Executors handes safely by hym to be kept & preserved to their use & uses And he to be accomptable to them & every one of them as they shall come unto & accomplish theyr sayde Agyes of one & twenty yeares, & in the meane tyme to be in tuytyon & custody of theyr sayde mother & the profyttes of theyr sayde portions arysynge theroff in the meane tyme, to goe to theyr mother in the meane tyme for ther chardges & education
And I doe ordeyne constitute & appoint my trustye & welbeloved Frende & kinsman Thomas Glover of Wye to my sole Executor of this my last wyll & Testament desyringe hym to be a staye & conforte also to my sayde wyef & children as I trust he wyll be & he to have all hys costs chardges & expenses borne out of my sayde goods soe often as he shall travell & take paynes
The mark of Rycharde Coveney
Witnesses: John Dense the wryttter, Thomas Glover
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 16/180 C/6, Probate 1625
Edward Coveney of Tilmanstone, nuncupative will
The last will & Testament Nuncupative of Edward Coveney late of ye parish of Tilmanstone deceased by him made & uttered on or aboute ye 13th February 1624 (1625), he being sicke in bodye but of good & perfitt mynde & memory in these wordes followinge or ye lyke in effect & substance vizt being willed & requested to make his will & sett thinges in order in regard of brothers & systers & other frendes which he had, he answered & sayd yt he never received any thinge from any frend neyther had he any intent to give any thinge unto them, but did will & bequeath unto his wif all his goods Cattells & Chattles whatsoever, in ye presence & hereinge of Richard Gibbon & John Denn
Signed: Richard Gibbon & John Denn
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 16/180 C/5, Probate 25 June 1625
Roger Coveney of Chartham, Yeoman, will dated 10 June 1625
My body to be buryed in the church yard of Chartham
I make and ordayne Judeth my welbeloved wyf my sole executrix of this my last will & testament
I give and bequeath unto Judeth my wief & executrix all my goods, corne, housholdstuff, Cattel & Chatles that shee may the better bring up my Children, pay my debts and laguses & discharge my Funeral expences
I give & bequeath unto Roger Coveney my sone 20 shilinges to bee paid unto him when he shall come to the full age of one and twentie yeares
I give & bequeath unto my dafter Jane the wyf of John Skilton on shilinge to bee paid her within on month after my deceasse
I give & bequeath unto my five yonger dafters £5 apeece, that is to say, unto Darryty Coveny my dafter £5, unto Joane Coveny, my dafter £5, unto Anne Coveny my dafter £5, unto Elizabeth Coveny, my dafter £5, unto Mary Coveny my dafter £5 of good & Corant Coyne of England to bee paid unto them by my executrix when they shall com to ther severale ages of on and twenty yeres
I give unto Judeth my welbeloved wyf and executrix all my lands and tenements houses and buildings lyinge and beinge in Brook for the terme of her natural lyf and after her decease I give & bequeth all my aforesaid lands, tenements, houses & buildings lyinge & beinge in Brook unto Roger Coveny my sonne for ever provided always that if it happen that my wyf shall depart this naturall lyf befor my sonne Roger come to the full age of eight and twenty yeares then I will that my overseer shall have £5 yearly paid out of my said lands by my said sonne Roger Coveny toward the bringinge up of my other Children
I doe make overseers to this my last will and testament my Brother Edward Coveny & Adam Ruck of the parish of Chartham and I doe give them for ther paynes tenn shillings apeece
The mark of Roger Coveny
Witnesses: John Weles (mark) Edward Prescott
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 16/457 C/6, Probate 25 June 1782
Susannah Coveney of Faversham, Widow, will dated 13 April 1761
After payement and satisfaction of my just debts, funeral charges & the proving of this my will, I give and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my ready money, bonds, mortgages, goods, chattless and Estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature, quality, degree and kind soever unto my daughter Catherine Berry, the wife of John Berry and my daughter Sarah Coveney to be equally divided between them, share and share alike, which said Catherine Berry and Sarah Coveney I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint Executrixs of this my last Will and Testament
Susannah Coveney (mark)
Witnesses: John Barling, Sam Somes
It is further my will & desire that the sum of £10 be paid unto my niece Mary Rayner six months after my decease
Witness my hand this twelvth day of January 1776, Susannah Coveny (mark)
Signed in the preasence of Alice Abbott
Probate: 25th June 1782 Catherine Berry and Sarah Perkins, now wife of Joseph Perkins, the Executrices herein named were Sworn to the truth and faithful Performance hereof And as usual And that the deceased’s effects will not amount to £100, before me John Gostling, Surrogate
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/167 B/14, Probate 19 April 1620
John Blackborne of Chart Sutton, will dated 29 Nov 1619
My body to be buried in a decent sorte in ye Church yard of Charte
I give to my youngest sonne Thomas Blackborne ye sume of £10 to be payed unto him within one yeare after my decease, allsoe he shall have ye last two yeares of my lease of ye howse & land whearein I dwell, paying ye usuall rent unto ye landlord.
I give and bequeth unto Jane Blackborne, my youngest daughter, £10 to be payed to her within a quarter of a yeare next after her mothers decease or at the daye of maryage which shall come first, allsoe I will and bequeath to ye foresaid Jane, my best bedstedd and flocke bed and coverlet, one payer of blanquets & agreat new panelled chest to have it after her mothers decease
I will & bequeth yt Mathew Blackeborne my youngest sone (?) one shall quietly inioye ye lease of his howse whearin he dwelleth mentioned in my lease.
I will & bequeth to Elizabeth my wife all my goods & chatles whatsoever not bequeathed formerly to my Children during ye whole terme of her life & after her decease to be devided in equall portions amongst my Children.
Allsoe my will is yt those peeces of gold which she hath my wife hath in her custodye to dispose of them as she sees good
I will and bequeath to ye poore of this parish 5 shillings
I ordayne and apoynt yt Elizabeth my wife shall be my executrix of this my last will & testament.
Signed: John Blackborn
Witnesses: John Case, Vicar of Chart & Thomas Williams
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/197 B/4, Probate 19 April 1631
John Blackborne of the Citie of Canterbury, Yeoman, will dated 2 March 1628
20 shillings to the poore of the parishe of Charte next Sutton
20 shillings to Elizabeth Chandler, wife of Richard Chandler of the Citie of Canterbury, grocer
20 shillings to my Lovinge frend George Denley of the precinct of Christ Church, Canterbury
20 Shillings to my Aunt Craft
£20 a peece to my brothers to my Lovinge brothers Giles Blackborne, Mathew Blackborne & Thomas Blackborne
£30 to my Lovinge sister Elizabeth Scoones to be paid to her within one yeare next after my decease yf she bee then livinge, And if shee bee then dead, then I will the said £30 shalbee equally devided aswell amonge all those children which she now hath as amonge all those children whee shall have at the tyme of my death
£30 to my Loveinge sister Johan Haynes (same conditions as for sister Elizabeth)
I give to my said sisters Elizabeth and Johan to ech of them a fether bedd and a fether bolster
I will that all my household stuffe, brasse, pewter and Lynnen whatsoever shalbee equallie devided amonge all my brothers and sisters
I give to everie one of my brothers and sisters children £6 16s 4d a peece
I constitute and make my Lovinge mother Elizabeth executrix whome I give all the rest of my goods, chattels and personall estate whatsoever
And finallie, I give and bequeathe to my said lovinge mother Elizabeth for and during the terme of her naturall life all my messuage, lands and tenements with thappurtenances in Woodchurch in the countie of Kent, and after her decease to my lovinge brothers Gyles Blackborne, Mathew Blackborne and Thomas Blackborne, their heires and assignes for ever equallie to bee devided
The marke of John Blackborne
Witnesses: Richard Chandlar, Paulle Gillmor & George Denley
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry of Rochester, DRa/PW+3 (vol.28) folio 38, Probate 28 April 1720
Ambrose Coveney of Brenchley, Yeoman, will dated 12 April 1714
My body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named
I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Mercer, my daughter, £5 over and above what I have already given or shall at any time before my decease
I give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas Coveney and unto my daughter Anne Coveney All that my Messuage with the Barne and other Buildings and lands thereunto belonging called the Trouch, scituate lying and being in Brenchley aforesaid and formerly in the Tenure of William Porter And now of me the said Ambrose Coveney the Testator, which said premises I purchased of John Marten and others To have and to hold unto the said Thomas Coveney and Anne Coveney, their heirs and assigns for ever as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Ambrose Coveney all that my undivided Moiety or half part and all other the part and share of me, the said Testator, of into and out of all that Messuage or Tenement with the Barnes, stables, Buildings and severall peeces or parcels of Land thereunto belonging by the name of Ben=over, scituate, lying and being in Yalding in the said County of Kent and now in the tenure of William Norman, me the said Ambrose Coveney, the Testator and John Austen To have and to hold the said undivided Moiety and other part and share of the said Messuage, Lands and premises unto my said Son Ambrose Coveney, his heirs and Assigns for ever
Rest & Residue of my Goods, Chattells and personall Estate whatsoever, I give and bequeath to my said two Sons, Thomas Coveney & Ambrose Coveney equally to be divided between them, share and share alike And I do hereby make my said sons Executors of this my last Will and Testament
The mark of Ambrose Coveney Senior
Witnesses: Nicholas Amhurst, Edward Price, William Allen
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry of Rochester, DRa/PW+6 (Vol.31) folio 170, Probate 1745?
Robert Coveney of Chatham, Miller, will dated 23 Jan 1731
I give and bequeath to my loving wife Frances Coveney and her Heirs for ever, all such and every my goods, Chattles, moneys and Book debts or whatsoever I lawfully can call my own
And I do appoint and constitute my loving wife the said Frances Coveney to be the whole and sole Executrix and Administratrix of this my last Will and Testament
Signed: Robert Coveney
Witnesses: W.Eversfield, Edward Ellis, Edward Pearce
No Probate noted, but the will is in the 1745 register, and the Rochester Archdeaconry index notes “Administration with Will attached”
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/1 C/2, Probate, January 1559/60
Thomas Coveney of Maidstone, Fremasson, will dated 30 March 1559
Body to be buryed in the churchyard of Maydston
20 shillings & one quarter of whete baken in bred to be geven to the poore folke at my buryall
£50 to daughter Katren at the day of her maryge or at such tyme as she shall come to the age of 21 yeres
Also £4 toward her keeping and bringing up, that is to say 20s every eyre by the space of 4 eyres next after my desese
I will all my howshold stuffe be equally devided into 3 partes whereof one parte to daughter Katren at the daye of her maryage & the other 2 partes to Wyllam my sone
20 shillings & other items to servant Jone Hyle
20 shillings to servant Thomas Olyfe
3s 4d to every others of my courant servants, both mankynde & women
Residue of goods & catell to son Wylliam to be delyvered & fairly kepte be Nycholas Covney of Maydston my brother unto such tyme as my said sonne com to age of 16 eyres
The said Nycholas with the profittes of the sayd goodes coming to bring up the sayd Williame my sonne in lernyng of gramer & other doctrine be the advyse and determynacione of Mr Thomas Henle esquiere
Brother Nycholas Covney & Robert Drawner of Stapleherst, Executors
If it happen that the sayd William and Katrene to desesse, then I geve unto Thomas Gennyng my godsonne £10 and the residue of my goods in 2 parts – one to brother Nycholas & the other halfe to equalye devided among all my last wiffs children
To sonne William, all my lands, tenements & hereditaments in Maydston
Witnesses: Mr Thomas Hendly esquire, Thomas Cayly, parson of Otham
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/390 S/4, Probate, 3 Jan 1728
Gabriel Saffery of St Margaret’s, Canterbury, Cordwayner, will dated 25 May 1714
My body to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix
To my daughter Philadelphia Saffery, one feather bed with the bedstead, curtains, covering and appurtenances thereunto belonging, standing and being in the best Chamber of my now dwelling house and a dozen pewter plates
I give and bequeath unto my 3 sons, Henry Saffery, Gabriel Saffery and John Saffery and to my daughter Anne Saffery, to each and every of them, One Guinea of lawfull money of Great Britain a piece
All the rest & residue of my goods, Chattells, householdstuffe, stock, ready moneys, Bills, Bonds and personal estate whatsoever, I give and bequeath unto my dear and loveing wife Philadelphia Saffery, for and during the terme of her naturall life
And after her decease to my sons and daughters equally to be devided amongst them, share and share alike
And I do appoint my said dear and loveing wife Philadelphia Saffery to be sole Executrix of this my last will and testament
Signed: Gabriell Saffery
Witnesses: James Legget & Vincent Denne
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/399 S/9, Probate, 5 July 1734
Gabriel Saffery of the City of Canterbury, Victualler, will dated 27 April 1734
I give, devise & bequeath unto my loveing wife Mary, her Executors & Administrators, all that my Leasehold Messuage or tenements called The Chequer with all houses, outhouses, courtyards and garden to the same belonging, being in the parish of All Saints, Canterbury in the High Street there to the Messuage or Tenement of Hercules Hilles, Baker, towards the East to the Street towards the South to one other Messuage or Tenement sometime in the occupation of William George and towards the West to the Messuage or Tenement of Zachary Kingsford, Gent towards the North
To have and to hold, the said Messuage or Tenement and Garden and all & singular other the premises unto my said loveing Wife Mary, her heires and Assigns, for and during all the rest and residue now to come and unexpired of the Term of 40 years granted by Lease from the Master of the Hospitall of Eastbridge alias St Thomas in the said City of Canterbury
Rest & residue of my personal estate…etc to wife Mary, sole Executrix
Signed: Gabriel Saffery
Witnesses: George Reeves, John Sabine
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/278 F/2, Probate 25 Oct 1667
Whittingham Fogge of Chilham, will dated 30 Sep 1667
My body to be decently buried att the discretion of my Executors
40 shillings to the poore of the parishe of Chilham
£10 to my sister Katherine Naylor and 20 shillings to unto my brother John Naylor
£5 to my Cozen Richard Naylor
20 shillings to my Cozen Mary Naylor
40 shillings to my Cozen Katherine Naylor – as a remembrance of my Love unto them
£150 to my daughter Dorothy, wife of Gyles Sprackling, gent
£50 apeece to my fower sonns (vzt) Thomas, William, Whittingham and Anthony
I give and bequeath unto my son Whittinghams two children Mary and Leonard, £100 equally to be devided when they shall have attained their severall ages of 21
£500 to my Grandhcild Whittingham Fogge, sonne of my sonne Whittingham
I make, ordeyne & apoynt my very Loveing friends John Fry of the Citty of Canterbury, gent and Thomas Parker of the same Citty, my Executors
Executors to sell Messuage, barne, Lands, tenements & hereditaments in Walland Marshe, Old Romney and Lydd
I give & devise unto my said sonnes Thomas, William, Whittington & Anthony and to theire heires for ever all those my messuage, lands, tenements and hereditaments in Chilham & Godmersham
My very loveing friends Gyles Watmor of the Citty of Canterbury, gent, Israell Jacob of the same Citty, Apothecary and William Kinge of the same, gent, to be Overseers and give them 40 shillings a peece to buy ringes to weare in remembrance of me
Signed: Whittingham Fogge
Witnesses: Robert Cumberland junior, John Coleman, William Farley (mark)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/63 H/8, Probate, 25 March 1613
John Hunt of Marden, Farmer, will dated 3 Jan 1612/13
My Bodye to be buryed in the church or churche yard of the parish of Marden
13s 4d for the pore of the parish of Marden
I will unto Anne Cheesman, the wife of John Cheesman, my syster, the use of £6 to her and her childrens mayntenance the terme of my forsayed systers lyf and after her death to the childrens use only
£20 to daughter Margaret
£40 to daughter Sysly
£30 to daughter Anne
To daughter Margaret, 3 parcells of land in Marden, one called Couche Fykd, the other called Longe Stoane, the other called Mude Filde by estimacon 12 acres more or lesse
It is my will that Margaret my daughter shall paye unto Sysly my wyf, her mother, 30 shillings a yeare yt terme of her lyfe at two equall porcions in the yeare
I will & bequeath unto Mercy, my daughter, my house & 7 parcells of land and buildings thereunto belonging lying in Marden
My will is that Sisly, my wife, shall have the profits of my house and land before bequeathed unto my daughter Mercy until shee com to the age of 19
To daughter Anne, 4 parcells of land lyinge in Yaldinge (10 acres), she to pay 30 shillings a yeare unto her mother the terme of her lyfe
To daughter Sysly, 4 parcells of land in Yaldinge (10 acres), she to pay her mother 30 shillings a yeare
My will is that if my goods be not sufficient to paye my dets and legacies and my funeral expences discharged, that my executrix shall sell all that my barne & parcel of land lying in Yalding late purchased of the heyres of Steaven Buckland and of one Robart Welshe as by ther deed maye apeare
To Sysly my wife, all my moveable goods, catles and chattels not before given
Signed: John Hunt
Witnesses: William Coveney & Edward Symones
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/75 W/6, Probate 13 March 1580/1
Robert Woode of Milton, Will dated 1 December 1580
To wife Alyce all such lands & tenements that I have, during her naturall life and after her decease, I geve the same to my three sonnes Thomas, Robert & John & to there severall heyres
After my wife’s decease, my sonnes shall pay to each of my three daughters, Marye, Joan & Rebecka, £6 13s 4d
Rest of moveable goods to my wife Alyce, whole Executryxe
Roberte Woode (his marke)
Witnesses: Nicolas Champyn, Thomas Sherestone (mark), John Stamford & Symon Lachford
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/94 A/2, Probate 27 Nov 1590
William Atwood of Lenham, Will dated 5 January 1589 (Eliz 32)
My body to be buryed in the churchyard of Lenham
12d to the poore people of Lenham
To my sonne Edmond, overseer, 2 Loomes – a broad Loome & a carsye (?) loome, paying to my daughter Amye 20 shillings within one moneth after he hathe the sayd Loomes
Residue of my movable goodes to Margaret my wife, sole executrix
To sonne Richard & his heires, 2 felds called Ramaker & West croft lyeinge to Waterstreat Lane towards the west
Residue of my lands in Lenham to sonne Edmond, he to pay £10 to my daughter Amy and £5 to my sonne Abraham
Witnesses; Richard Elmstone, clerk; George Tylbye, John Porter & others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/97 W/18, Probate 1591
Nicholas Wade of Boughton Malherbe, Will dated 2 May 1591
My body to be buryed in the churchyard of Bocton Malherbe
To Thomas Dyve which is nowe at Oxforde, fower chests with all yt is within, 3 fetherbeds, a flockbed & a bedstedle & all my pewter
Also £7 10s whiche Thomas Dyve his father owethe unto me to be payd unto hym when he comithe to the age of 24 yeres
10 shillings each to Elizabeth, Sara, Phillipp & Anthony, the children of Thomas Dyve
4 shillings to Richard Dyve their brother
Thomas Dyve the elder & William Clarke, Executors, to sell all my lands & tenements & the money thereof I will unto Thomas Dyve the younger to be payd to him within 4 years after my decease, except 3 acres of Wood grounde in my wood called beeche wood lyeinge in the parish of Hollingborne, on the east side of the same wood which I will to the sayd William Clarke, to be had to hym & to his heyres for ever
Witnesses: Richard Elmstone, clerke, Richard Turner (mark) & Robert Weekes (mark)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/58 T/1, Probate 7 Aug 1571
James Tylden of Bearsted, Yeoman, will dated 7 Jun 1571
£20 and 10 sheep to daughter Izador Tylden
£20 and 10 sheep to daughter Elizabeth Tylden
£6 to each of my godchildren
wife Johan Tylden to have house in which I now dwell during her natural life
Katheryn Lewe?
son John Tylden executor
son James Tylden
Executor requested to sell lands and tenements and the money to be divided equally between two sons John and James Tylden
Witnesses : Thomas Fludd? John Chamber, Zacharie Colbrande, Edward Lytellall
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/31 W/6, Probate 23 July 1587
John Wade of Hollingbourne, Will dated 21 March 1586/7
My bodye to be buryed in the churchyard of Holyngborne
Eldest son Wylliam Wade to be whole executor of my will
To Wylliam Wade my eldest son, my principall messuage, three barnes, one lodge & one orcharde & fower acres of land in the parishe of holyngborne & Leedes, the first peece of land is called great Ayhorne feilde conteyninge by estymacon 9 acres of lande more or lesse, the seconde called Lyttell Ayhorne feilde, 2 acres, the thyrde & fowrth peece of land is called Myll grounde conteyninge (?) acres
The said William & his heires to have the landes & tenements in Fee sympell & for ever
To Thomas Wade my son & his heires, my tenements called Adams with a barne & twoe other owte howses in Holyngborne with a close & one orcharde in Fee simple & for ever
Also two peeces of land lyinge together in the parishe of Leedes called Eastwood & Ellrythes conteyning by estymacon 15 acres
To John Wade, sonne of Wylliam Wade, my tenement, one garden & a lyttell medowe conteyning by estymacon 1 acre more or less durynge hys naturall lyfe called Fylcottes and after his decease I wyll the sayd tenement & appurtenances to John Wade the eldest sonne of Thomas Wade my sonne & to his heires for ever
To Elizabeth Mayster my daughter, the barne which belongeth to the tenement called Fylcotte & she to have yt or inhabit in yt duryng her naturall lyfe & she to have libertie upon the gronde to repayre it as she thinketh best & for her owne commoditie & after her decease, I wyll the sayd barne to remayne to John Wade, the sonne of Wylliam Wade my sonne
To Thomas Broomefelde my kinsman, my tenement called Coppes haule & a lyttell garden which are now in the occupying of John Payen during his naturall lyfe & after his decease I wyll & bequeth the seyd tenement with thappurtenances to George Wade the sonne of my foreseyd sonne Thomas Wade
John Wilmot, overseer
Witnesses: William Howting, Abraham Whatman & John Longe (writer of the will)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/32 W/6, Probate 25 Sep 1588
John Wade of Hollingbourne, Yeoman, Will dated 4 August 1588
I wyll to be buryed in suche place & sorte as myne executor shall thynke meete & convenyant
4 Seames of wheate to the poore of the parishe of Holyngborne
£100 to Nicholas Wade my eldest soone (under 21)
£50 to Edmund Wade my youngest sone (under 21)
£50 to Alys my daughter at the daye of her maryage or else within one year after my decease, which ever first shall happen
£50 to Elyzabeth my daughter at the daye of her maryage or when shee shall come to the age of 21
£50 to Sara my daughter at daye of maryage or age of 21
£50 to Margery my daughter at daye of maryage or age of 21
£50 to Julyan my daughter at daye of maryage or age of 21
All my howseholde stuff to be devyded amongst my daughters
10 shillings to John Wade, the soone of Nicholas Wade, my brother
10 shillings to George Burforde the sone of my daughter Johan
My lovyng brother Nicholas Wade, sole executor & 40 shillings for his paynes
Thomas Burforde, my soone in lawe, overseer & 20 shillings for his paynes
Resydew of goodes unbequeathed to be devyded among all my children
To son Nicholas & his heires, my tenement in Leedes with all the land thereto belonging
Also my moytye or half part of one annuytye of £3 yssuyng owte of cerwn (crown?) lands of (?) lambes in Holyngborne called Cornleaze whytfeelde & also one other annuyte of 13s 4d yssuyng owte of the lands of Thomas Henman lying in the parish of Lenham which lands he late purchased of Thomas Clarke
Also I gyve unto the sayd Nicholas all my moytye or half part of my lands lying in the parish of Woormeshyll
To son Edmund all my lands & tenements in holyngborne
George Franklen of Charte next Sutton Valence hathe lately forfeted unto me one tenement in Sutton & parcells of land conteyning by estimacon about 11 acres
Debts owed to me by persons to be paid to my executor at or before the feast of St Michaell
Witnesses: Wylliam Purefoy, John Longe
The mark of John Wade
(Probate – administration to Nicholas Wood, executor)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB11/259/577, Probate 27 Nov 1656
William Adie of Teynham, Husbandman, will dated 25 May 1656
10 shillings to John Bunker of Tenham
All the rest of my goods & Chattles whatsoever I give & bequeath to Elizabeth Adie my onlie daughter
and I doe make, constitue and ordeine Mr Richard Tassell of Tenham the sole Executor of this my last will and Testament and I doe appoint him to be irrevocable Overseer of this my will to bring up my said daughter and to dispose of all my goods & Chattles for her behoof
In true Testimonie of all which I have hereunto sett my hand & seale…
The marke of William Adie
Witnesses: James Wood, John Turner
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/191 W/15, Probate 13 Aug 1628
Jane Wood of Throwley, Widow, nuncupative will dated 19 March 1627/8
Inprimis I give to Michaell Wood widower of Leneham a little featherbed & a little feather bolster
Item I give to Anne Kempe in Sheppey Islelands a great brasse pott & one sheete
Item I give to twoe children of Ann Diggs deceased twoe peces of pewter
Item I give to Jane Norton a little brasse pot & a fether pillowe & one peice of pewter
Item I give to Martha de la Pose one latin Plate, a cushion & a swarme of bees
Item I give to Mrs Pulley a cushion
Item I give to John Bakers wive a stupnet (?)
Item I give to Mathew Curds widow 3 shillings in money & some of my wearing apparrell
Item I give the residue of all my goods unbequeathed to Mary Wood the widow of John Wood deceased, sonne of the said Jane
This nuncupative will was made in my presence & others
By me W:Pulley vicar of Throughley
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/36 W/9, Probate 1563
Nicholas Wade, Yeoman, will dated 11 Dec 1562
One of the sonnes of David Wade late of the parish of Clyff in the Countie of Kent deceased yoman
To John Wade my brother, 8 acres of arable lande lyinge in the parishe of Rodmersham nowe in the occupacon of Thomas Cateman (Bateman?)
I give also to my brother John the moytie of my ----- & garden lyinge & being in the parishe of Bapchilde and the other moytie to Thomas Wade my brother (under 18)
20s to Syster Marie Wallys
£5 to my Syster Ellen Wade to be payde unto her att the age of 18 yeers or att the daye of her maryage
I geve to Wylliam Wyddeall (?) of the parish of -oolyng my brother in lawe 20s
To Agnes Wydde—(page torn) my syster 19s
30s to the poore people dwelling in the parishe of –ly
10s to the poore people dwelling in the parishe of Syttingborne
Brother John Wade, sole executor
Wylliam Foxe & George Tompson of Syttingborne overseers
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/89 R/7, Probate 19 Nov 1587
Richard Woodd of Faversham, Yeoman, will dated 21 April 1586
My body to be buryed where god shall appoynt
I geve to Ellen my wife all my movable goods, money, plate, housholdstuffe whatsoever I have, payinge my debts
which Ellen I make & ordayne my sole executrix of this my last will & testament
Witnesses : Robert Colwell, Robert Lambe (marke), Harrie Sommer, George Crosse (marke)
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/56 W/1, Probate 5 Nov 1608
Thomas Wade of Hollingbourne, Yeoman, will dated 24 Oct 1608
I bequeath to Elizabeth my wiffe & Avis my eldest daughter, my howse called Adams House, with a barne & other outhouses thereunto belonging & one peece of lande called Elldridge, otherwise Longestracke, amountinge to 4 acres more or lesse, which lieth in the parish of Leeds, the use of which to remaine unto Elizabeth my wife & Avis my daughter during there naturall lives & after theire deseases to my sonne George & the heires of his body lawfully begotten, my sonne George painge to my sonne John ye summe of 40 shillings & if my sonne George doe dy without heires, then I bequeath my house & land with ther appurtenances to ye heires of my sonne John lawfully begotten of his body
Furthermore, I will & bequeath my peece of land called Eastwood lieinge within ye parish of Leeds aforesaid to be solde by mine Executour to ye value hereof & ye money to be equally devided betwixte my five daughters, namely Avis, Tamsin, Ealse, Jane & Elizabeth at their ages of 24, tyll when I will that my daughters portions remaine in my executours hands, he paieinge them ye profittes of theire portions to theire maintenance until they come to ye yeares aforesaid
Furthermore, I will & bequeath my wiffe Elizabeth all my moveable goods, excepting two chests, two platters, two pewter dishes which I bequeath to my sonne Johns two daughters now livinge
I bequeath to Vallintine Wade 10 shillings who I make my executour of this my last will & testament & I make Elizabeth my wiffe overseer
(Signed) Thomas Wade
Witnesses: Richard Collinsonne, Rychard Broman
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/58 A/1, Probate 19 Feb 1610/11
Edmund Atwood of Boughton Malherbe, Clothier, will dated 25 Oct 1609
I will unto tenn poore woomen which have bene my spinsters to eache of them 12d
£20 to my sonne William
£20 to my sonne James at the age of 21
6S 8d to Thomasin, my eldest daughter
£20 unto my two other daughters Ann & Jane (Jane aged under 21)
Residue of all my goodes, Chattelles & debts, I wholly geve & bequeath unto Margaret my wife whom I ordeyne & make my sole executrix of this my last will & Testament
Concerning the disposing of my lands :
First my will & meaning is that whereas I stand seased of a revertion of a messuage & certeyne lands lyeing in the parishe of Leanham which lately were the lands & tenements of William Attwood my father, and by him willed unto me & mine heires after the death of Margaret Atwood my mother… nowe my will & meaning is that yf Margarett my wife shall survive & overlyve the said Margarett Atwood my mother, that then the said Margarett my wyfe shall have all the same messuage & lands for the terme of her naturall lyfe (if she keepe herself a wyddowe), but yf shee marrye then shee to lose all the benefytt thereof
After the decease of Margaret Atwood, my mother and Margaret my wife, I will & bequeath all my sayd lands unto William Atwood my eldest sonne, paying out of the same unto James my youngest sonne yf he shall then be lyveinge, the some of £40
The marke of Edmund Atwoodd
Witnesses: Erasmus Elmestone & Jehewe Badnor, his marke
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/176 W/16, Probate 18 Dec 1623
Edmund Wood of Leeds, Clothier, will dated 9 Nov 1623
My body to be buryed in the churchyarde of Leedes
After my decease, all my landes and tenements now lyinge in the parish of Pluckly to be soulde to pay my debts
All the rest of the over plus that remaineth behind of the money and all my goods & chattels I doe bequeath wholly to Jane my now wife.
The said Jane my wife payeinge unto Richard and Thomas my brethren each of them £10 a peece.
And unto my brother Robert, 40 shillings
And to my brother John, 40 shillings
And to my sister Wolgate 40 shillings
And to my brother Marshes sonne Nicholas, 40 shillings
And to my brother William Wood whom I doe make and ordeyne my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament, £5
(Signed) Edmund Wood
Sealed in the presence of Thomas Angood, clerk
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/214 W/4, Probate 15 June 1636
Margaret Wade of Bicknor, widow, will dated 9 May 1636
20 shillings to the poore people of Hollingborne
I give unto my daughter Joan, ye wife of Thomas Brooke of Maidstone, Gent and unto Alice the wyf of Thomas Barton of Hadlow, Gent, one other of my daughters, all that mony due unto mee by bonds from Mr James Seait (?) of Maidstone
I give unto my daughter Mary, yet wyffe of William Lacke of Bicknor the some of £20
£10 to my grandchild Margrett, the daughter of my sonne Nicholas Wade
£5 a peece to her three sisters, Frances, Abegall and Yssabell when they come to their severall ages of 21
I give unto the 2 children of Mary Lacke my late grandchild and daughter of my sonn Nicholas, the some of £5 at the age of 21
To grandchild Thomas, sonn of my sonn Nicholas a Furnis (?) and a table in the hall with a forme and being in the house at Holinborn
To my daughter Mary, my downe bed fernissed and my other fether bed
I give unto 4 men to cary b—unto ye Church to bee bured 5s a peece, which 4 men I desire may bee Nicholas Penny, Thomas Taylor and Nicholas his sonne late my servants and Edward Poore
All the rest of my houshould stuff whatsoever I give unto my 3 daughters Mary, Joan and Alice equally to be devided betwixt them, except my plate which I give unto my sonn in lawe William Lacke and I do make him myne Executor desiring him to see mee decently buried
Margrett Wade, hir marke
Witnesses: Francys Taylor (mark), Edward Poore ye writter hereof
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/292 W/13, Probate 18 April 1674
Katherine Wood of Canterbury, Widow, will dated 2 Feb 1673/4
My body to be decently buried in the church yard of the parish of St Dunstans where I now dwell
I doe give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth now wife of John Pater, the sume of £5, but if it shall happen that the said John Pater shall bee any waies troublesome or molest my children or any of them after my death with suites in law or unreasonable demandes contrary to my mind and will herein expressed, then my mind and will is that my daughter Elizabeth shall have only the sum of 5 shillings
To my trusty and welbeloved friend Mr Hudson Spencer 20 shillings for to buy him a Ringe whom I doe make and ordaine my full & sole executor
All the rest of my goods & chattels whatsoever, I doe give unto my sonn James Roberts, my daughter Mary wife of William Best, Sibbella my daughter wife of Nicholas Williams, my daughter Katherine Cooke and my daughter Alce wife of Arthur Tailor, to bee devided equally betwixt them five
Witnesses: Elizabeth Spencer Junr, Daniell Jarman
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/49/29, Probate 2 Nov 1630
John Wood of Eastchurch, in the Isle of Sheppey, will dated 2 Oct 1630
My body to be buried in the Churchyard of the parishe of Minster
£10 a peece to William Tilghman, Abraham Tilgham & Elizabeth Tilghman, my deceased wifes children (all under 21)
6s.8d to the poore of the parishe of Minster
6s.8d to the poore of the parishe of Eastchurch
3 shillings to the poore of Marden
3 shillings to the poore of Laisdowne
£15 to my servant John Waters in satisfaction of all debtes and Reckonings betweene him and my selfe – provided the said John Waters healpe finishe my wheate season with his bodily labour yf God permit him to
£3 to my servant Robert Adison
I doe owe unto Thomas Swynocke of Maidstone, Iron-monger the sum of £300 for security whereof I did binde over and ingage unto the sayd Thomas Swynocke certaine of my lands lyeinge in Sheppy as will plainely appear by the writings, my will therefore is that my Executors shall within one yeare next after my decease redeeme my sayd lands that my sonnes to whom I intend to give it may quietly inioye yt
£40 a yeere to my Executors : Richard Hardinge & William Webb
40 shillings a peece to my Overseers : William Barrow & Henry Ruffin
Rest and residue to my well beloved Children, Mary Wood, John Wood and Richard Wood to be equally devided amongst them to bee payd when the Boyes shall come to the age of seaventeene years and the girle her age of fourteene years
To my sons John & Richard, I bequeath all my lands in the Isle of Sheppy
Witnesses: Nicholas Baldwyn & Robert Adison
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/11 A/2, Probate 22 June 1551
William at Woodd of Upchurch, will dated 13 Jan 1550/1551
Me body to be bueryeth in the church yarde of the paryche of Up churche
I gyve me housse to Joenne me Wyff
Sonnes Rychard Woodd and Frances Woodd to have me housse after the desees of me
Wyff fy symple
Daughter Joenne
To Rychard me sonne 40s, me dregyng coke
To Frances me sonne 40s, 2 aewes, a fayther beedd to be delyvred to hym at the daye of ys maryeyth
2s to the pourre mens bokxe
Bruder Hanrey at Woodd
Joenne me Wyff I make meyn executryx and Thomas Seawell and Wyllyam Richard meyn awerssyers of thys me present testament and laste Wyll
Witnesses: Wyllyam Piter… Vycar of Halstow, Mr Thomas Seawell, Wyllyam Rychard, John Kynn
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/13 A/1, Probate 11 May 1552
Henry (Harry) at Woode of Upchurch, will dated 8 May 1545
… then ben pressed in to the kinges navye, make and ordeign this my presente testament and Laste will
I will that Johane my wiffe shall have my tenement and Lande thereunto belonging ye terme of her lyf, paying the lorde of the fee accordyng to the Custom of his courte
All the residue of my goodes I give and bequethe to Johane my wif whome I ordeigne to be my sole Executrixe of this my presente testamente and Laste will
and Thomas Sawell to be oversear and he to have for his Labors 12d
Wytnes at this will makyng, Wylliam Ricarde, Robert Wood and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/34 W/4, Probate 14 Oct 1562
Christopher Wood of Wye, dated 23 Feb 1561/1562
In the name of god Amen, the 23th of Februarij in the yere of our lorde god 1561, I Christopher Wood of Wye, the sonne of Raynold Wood, one of the yoman of the quenes maiesties most honorable chamber, beyng of perfect memory & good mynd do make & ordeyne this my present testament & last will in manner & fourme folowyng
First I commytt my sowle to almyghty god & my body to be buryed as a Christyan &c
Item I will unto the poore mens boxe 4s 6d
Item I will unto William Hoowe the one half of 18s whiche he owythe me and the other half I will it be devyded bytwene Johane Peend & the poore mens boxe as is aforesayd that is to wyte 4s 6d to ether of them
Item I will unto John Peend my maisters sonne, my best mare stagge
Item I will unto Marye Peend my best Coowe
Item I will unto Fayth Peend my other Coowe
Item I will unto Agnes Brett 10s which she had of me
Item I will unto Agnes Peend my dame all that she owyth me or hath in her kepyng whiche is an olde Anngell & all the mallt that she had of me
Item I will amonge the other children of my maister John Peend a mare stagge & also 20s of money the whiche is in Richard Hawkes handes
Item I will unto the sayd children the resydue of my movable unbequethed wheresoever they be & in whose handes soever they be
Item I will unto Thomas Wood my brother £14 7s whiche is in the handes of George Yonge of Wye aforesayd & to pay my dettes out of the same
These beyng witnes, Symon Cobbe, Nycholas Cotyng, Edward Kempe & Thomas Pett ---- there & John Peend the elder
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/55 W/7, Probate 28 Feb 1570/1571
Richard Woode of Faversham, will dated 13 Jan 1570/1571
My bodye to be buryed and interryd in the churche yarde of Faversham besyedes mye late Wyffe there
£5 to the poore people of the Town of Faversham
I gyve & bequethe to Rycharde Woode nowe dwellynge wyth Thomas Berlynge of Faversham, Taylour, all that my housholde Stuffe nowe beyng & standyng in mye parlour in my housse wherein I nowe do dwell
To Jefferye Cumber of Faversham, Carpenter, fetherbedd, bolster… etc
To Thomas Becklye of the Cytie of Rochester, Taylour, flockebedde, bolster… etc
To sonnes & dawghtere of mye Syster nowe inhabytyng in the countie of Surreye, mye bonde or oblygacon wherein one John At Woode of the parishe of Coulesden in the said countye of Surrey standeth bounden to me for the payement of £10
Also I wyll that Robert Lamme, Robert Ellffrythe & John Snothe shall paye to the said soonnes & dawghtere of my said Syster £5 that shall come & rysse of the sale of mye housse callyd the Sygne of the George Scituat & beyng in Faversham aforesaid
Reste of mye moveable goodes unbequethyd to Johane mye Wyffe whome I make & ordeyne Executrixe
I wyll that Robert Lamme, Robert Ellffrythe & John Snothe, inhabytenances of the Towne of Faversham shall within one quarter of a yere next following after mye deceasse lett forthe & Sett to ferme all that mye Capytall messuage & mansyon housse callyd the Sygne of the Crowne wherein nowe I doe inhabytt & dwelle for the terme of 8 yeres there nexte following for the best pryce that they cane & they to take the profittes thereof. And after the terme of the said 8 yeres endyd & expyryd, I wyll & gyve all that my said Capytall messuage and mansyon housse to the said Rychard Woode and to the heyres of hys bodye lawfullye begotten. And for lacke of suche heyres, I wyll & bequethe my said Capytall messuage & mansyon house to remayne to Rycharde Woode & Robert Woode the soonnes of George Woode mye brother late of the hundred of Howe in the said countye of Kente
To wyffe Johanne for the terme of her naturall lyffe, mye messuage callyd the Sygne of the kynges hill scytuat, lying & beng in Faversham in the Abbeye streete and after her deceasse to remayne to the said Rycharde Woode & Robert Woode my said brother George Woodes soonnes & to their heyres for ever
Witnesses Humfrey Gybbytt, Robert Elfryth, John Snoth, Robert Lame, hys marke, Wylliam Harrys, hys marke
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/58 W/5, Probate 7 Aug 1571
Johan Wood of Faversham, Widow, will dated 1 April 1571
Late widowe of Richard Wood of the Towne and Libertye of Faversham
My bodye to be buried in the parishe churchyarde of Faversham
£3 to the pore people of the same towne
£40 apece to my daughters Margaret Todd, Elizabeth Todd & Mary Todd at 18 yeres of age or at the daye of there marriage,
Provided that where my husband Thomas Todd in his last will gave unto my said daughters £20 apece so that at this present I make yt to the full of £40 apece with the said £20
All my howshold stuff with the brasse & pewter saving one fetherbed, one standing bedstedle which that belongeth to yt, which I gyve to my daughter Margaret Todd,
and one flockbed with the coverlet and fether boulster unto William Ugden my sonne in law
Residue of my goodes to be devided amonge my children William Todd, Margaret Todd, Elizabeth Todd and Marye Todd
I will that my brother Thomas Maydman shall have 40s to be payd hym ymmediately
Yt ys my will that my sonne William Todd shall have the governement and keping of my two youngest daughters untill they come of full age and there hole porcon by me bequethed to them and that they have meat, drinke and apparrell with good and vertuous bringing up
And further I will that when my howsholde ys praysed and solde then some of the best to be kepte to the use of my youngest daughters
Son William Todd whole executor
Overseers Robert Fagg & Robert Lamme
Witnesses: Robert Fagge Maior & Richard Ball, William Ugden
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/64 W/1, Probate 8 July 1574
John Woode of Faversham, Yeoman, will dated 18 May 1574
My body to be decently buryed in chrystyane buryall withyn the churche of Faversham
I wyll att my buryall a godly sermon to be made by some good & well dysposyd preacher
100 marks to Wyffe Elyzabeth and fourth part of all my household stuffe beyng equally devydyd
Allso I gyve to Alyce Wood my dawghter yn money £200 to be paid to her att the age off eyghtene yeres yff she shall be then lyvyng and nott otherwyse and yff she shall happen to dye before the same age, then I wyll the seyd £200 to be equally devydyd betwene my thre sonnes Thomas Wood, Cheyney Wood & John Wood
Provided allwayes that yff my seyd dowghter Alyce Wood wyll nott be ruled by Elizabeth my Wyffe and Thomas Taylor of Ledes that then my seyd dowghter shall have butt £100 and the other £100 to be gyven as folowyth, that ys to Thomas my sone £40, to Cheyney my sone £20 & to John my sone the other £20
I gyve to Peter Hyggecokes Wyffe 10 indyfferent ewes
I wyll to every of my servants over & above ther wagyes 20s
Resydewe if all other my goodes & cattells to be equally devydyd betwene my foreseyd thre sonnes
I ordeyne & make Elyzabeth my Wyffe and my Welle lovyd Frynd & brother yn lawe Thomas Taylor of Ledes my executors
John Skyrre, Overseer
To son Thomas Wood, Howses & lands in Leysdown, 2 acres of land in Eastchurch yn the occupyyng of William Clynton
To son Cheyney Wood, land with appurtenances in Eastchurch yn the occupyyng of Richard Water & house & lands in Leysdowne
To son John Wood land & appurtenances yn the occupyyng of Henry Busye & 4 acres of land yn the occupyyng of Richard Lambe
Witnesses: William Chatborne, his mark, John Warde
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/64 W/9, Probate 11 Oct 1574
Robert Wood of Chart Sutton, Yeoman, will dated 17 July 1574
First I wyll that my brother Wyllyam Wood the elder of Hollingbourne shall have my lands called Hall Lande lying in rhe parishe of Fretenden (?) paying unto his brother Robert Wood the some of £5
I owe unto Gylles Franklyn of Charte nexte Sutton Vallance the some of £10 to be payd at the feaste of Seynt Mygchell the arcangell next comyng after ye date hereof by my executor
I bequeth unto the powermens boxe of Charte 30 shillings & 10 shillings unto the reparacon of the Church of Charte
To every of my godchildren 4d apece
To my servant George Belleward (?) 3s 4d
To Anne Wood my daughter, nowe the wyffe of Stephen Furmenger £20
£40 to Mary Wood my daughter - £20 to be paid her at the day of her maryage and that daye twelvemonthe after other £20
To my two daughters Anne & Mary, halfe my hussholdestuffe to be devided equally betwene them immediately after my decease
The rest of all my movable goodes, cattell & immovables I bequethe unto Johne my wyffe who I wyll to paye my dettes & bequeths & she to be my sole executrix to this my present will
I wyll Jhane my wyffe shall take & have all the profites & issues of all my lands lying in Charte, Boughton Munchelsy & Langley duryng her lyffe yf she kepe her selfe a wedowe, but yf she doe mary then I wyll yt she shall have £5 by the yere owte of my lands halfe yerely to be payed…
Witnesses: Nycolas Heyman, Walter Godwyn, Nycolas Wood
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/87 W/8, Probate 26 Nov 1586
Jane Woode of Chart Sutton, Widow, will dated 20 May 1586
I Jane Woode widdowe, the late wiffe of Jhon Woode late deceased of the parishe of Charte next unto Sutton Valence
My body to be buryed in the Church yarde of Charte
20s to be bestowed upon the poore people at my buryall
I gyve unto Roberte Mastalle & unto Rycharde Mastalle my daughters children, to eych of them £4 to be payed unto them when they shall accomplishe ther severall ages of 21 yeares
I do gyve unto Nycholas Payenes children, being fyve in number, to eyche of them 20s to be payed unto them at the dayes of ther severall mariages
I gyve unto my sonne Nicholas Payne £5 of current money of england
To Robert Payne one featherbeade
To my daughter Margaret ----- (page torn) my best gowne & my best Rede petycote
To Nicholas Paynes wyffe one gowne clothe of my colerd Broode clothe & a petycote clothe of my Rede
To Paulle Castelden & unto his wyffe to eyche of them 6s 8d
And unto Katerin Castelden his daughter 6s 8d at the daye of her mariage
To Anne Castelden 13s 4d at her day of mariage
I do gyve unto Sussan Bardinglye & Jane Commber my servants 3s 4d a peace to be payed unto them at the day of ther mariage
Unto Patience Bristolle 3s 4d
And unto Felix Bristolle 3s 4d
To James Hoo 3s 4d & unto Thomas Cutbushe 20d
I do gyve unto Elizabeth Wood my god daughter 6s 8d
I do gyve unto Thomas Potters wyffe my furred gowne
& unto Barrenglyes wyddowe my ----- petycote
& unto Sussanna her daughter one woursted aperne & unto Patience one other woursted aperne
I do gyve unto Jhon Woode my sonnes sonne £10 to be payd tohim when he shall accomplish the age of 21 yeares
The ressidewe of my movable goodes not beffore willed & bequeathed & my dettes & legacyes beinge payed I do gyve unto Richarde Woode my sonne whom I do make executor of this my last will & Testament
Witnesses : Michaell Woode oversear of this my will
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/17/42, Probate 24 Sep 1539
Nicholas Wade of Hollingbourne, will dated 29 Aug 1539
My body to be buryed in the Churchyerd of the parish Church of Holingbourn beside my frende
To daughter Johane Knyght, 20s
To daughter Agnes Wade, 66s 8d at the day of her marrege
To daughter Thomasyn Wade, 66s 8d to be paid to her at the day of her mariage
To daughter Mildrede Wade, 66s 8d at the day of her marrege
To sonne Edmund Wade, my hoole teeme of 4 Oxen and 2 horsses with my weane, wheles, yoke, plaughe… and all other my necessares of husbandry
And he to pay therfore unto the Children of John Wade my brother, £20 6s 8d
Also I bequeth my leasse of the fee lord of --nokeherst duynly? To be devided betwene William Wade and Robert Wade my sonnes
Residue of goodes unbequethed I geve and bequeth unto Elizabeth my wife whom I make and ordeyne my soole Executrix
Witnesses: William Raynold, John Raynold, Henry Wattes, Robert Andrewe, Rauff Howtinge and John Carter thelder
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/21/77, Probate 16 Feb 1547/8
John At Woode of Charing, will dated 1 June 1547
Of Burley in the parished of Charinge
My body to be buried in the churchyarde of Charinge
I bequethe to be bestowed att my burieinge some parte of my goodes at the discretion of my Executours, and at my moneths mynde likewyse
To Johan Bucke, my goddaughter a twelvemontinge halfer bull
To Robert Pache, my godson, one lambe
To John Bucke, my godson, one lambe
To every of the rest of my godchildren 4d
To Margaret Pache, my daughter 40 shillings
To Agnes Bucke, my daughter, one kowe, and I give to Robert Bucke her husband, the occupying of two peces of lande tyll the michellmas twelvemonthe next after my decease
To Johan my wyfe, all he apparell that belongeth to her bodye and all suche househoulde stuff as she broughte me, which is unspente also the cowe that she broughte me and £6 13s 4d
Sons Thomas, Robert & George
To George my sonne, £6 13s 4d and one cowe to be delyveryd to him in the daye of his mariage
To Symon Pervell (?), my godson, a twelvemontinge hafer bulle
Residue of all my ----- of howsehoulde which ys unbequethed I gyve & bequeth to Robert my Sonne and one steere to worke with hym that he hath allredye, and also £6 13s 4d
The residue of all my moveable goodes and Catells with the leasse of my farme, I gyve and bequeth to Thomas my sonne
I will that Johan my wyfe shall have her dwellynge in the kechen howse there the space of one yeare nexte after my decease with fier and plott and the kepinge of her Cowe with free libertie for her and her Assignes to come and goe at all tymes to the water or ells for doynge of her busynes duringe the saide terme
Thomas, my sonne to be my Executor and Thomas Atwod, my cosyn to be my Overseer and I gyve to hym for hys labor 3s 4d
Witnesses: Jhon Bacheler, Thomas At Wodd, Robert Bucke, Thomas Polhill and others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/31/289, Probate 7 Nov 1571
Jane Wood of Ash next Sandwich, will dated 8 Oct 1571
My boddye to be buried in the churchyard of Ash
I bequethe to bee distributed among mye poore neighboores of the said parishe bye the Overseer of this my laste will and Testament at the discrecon of mye uncle John Proude, fortye shillinges of lawful money of Englande
To John Wood, sonne of Thomas Wood my father yn lawe, £5 10s which is in the hands of Stephen Sollye, to be paid unto him when he shall accomplish the full age of 20 yeares
And yf he fortune to decease before he shall come to the said age, then I will the said £5 10s to be equally devided between mye Brother and Sister William Wood and Rebecca Wood
I gyve to mye said father yn lawe his recompence of his paynes taken and to be taken with me and myne and yn token of mye good will toward him £5 of lawfull monye of Englande
Rest & residue to be equallye devided betwene my saide Brother and Sister William Wood and Rebecca Woode whom I make Executors and Thomas Wood, my father yn lawe, Overseer
Witnesses: ----? Tayler, Curat of Ashe and William Burleye, with others
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/37/239, Probate 22 May 1595
Gertrude Wood of Detling, Widow, will dated 13 June 1591
My bodye to be buried in Christen buriall where it shall please god I shall departe this transitorye lyfe
To Mistresss Fisher, widowe, my best gowne, my best kirtle & my best aporne
To More Tryall Wood £10 of lawfull monney of England which is in the keepinge of John Epps of Dettlinge to be hadd to him when he shall accomplish his full age of 21 yeares
Yf he dye before he come to the said age of 21 yeares, then I will the said £10 unto Indure Wood, his sister and if she shall dye before her full age of 17 yeares, then I will the £10 to reamyne unto Zeldecayes Wood and to his heires
To Indure Wood, £5 which is in the keepinge of the said John Eppes of Debtling, at her full age of 17 yeares or daye of mariage, also one brasse pott and the one halfe of all my wearinge linnen of all kindes
To my daughter Fonntaine and my daughter Fuller, the other halfe of all my wearinge linnen equally to be devided betwene the said Indure & my said 2 daughters
Son Lever Wood deceased (Moretryall,Indure and Zeldecayes are his children)
I make my faithfull & welbeloved in the Lorde, Caleb Bancker of Ashford, sole and whole executor
Witnesses: Henry Wagstafe, John Epes
Madame the said Jertrude Wood dyinge three yeares & more after the makinge of this presente will and testament, being a little before her death, sicke in bodye but of perfect memorie, did revoke and renounce these 2 legacyes given in her said will in thses wordes
I will unto Indure Wood the one halfe of all my wearinge linnen of all kinds
Item I will unto my daughter Fonntaine & my daughter Fuller the other halfe of all my wearinge linnen aforesaid equallye to be devided betwene the said Indure & my said 2 daughters aforesaid
And then gave all her said wearing linnen whollie into Indure Wood aforesaid & delivered the same into severall Chistes with lockes & keys unto Mr John Eppes aforesaid to him to keepe for the said Indure untill shee should come to lawfull adge to use the same
Item shee gave to her daughter Fonntaine als Mirreck her second best gownde
Item shee gave a pettycoate to the one (blank) Danyell his wife Pryeresse of the brother head of St Johns in Canterbury
Item she willed unto her Cosen Catherine Kennett a petecoat
Item shee willed unto the wife of Henrye Wagstaffe aforesaid, certayne woollen curtens that were in her Chest
Item shee gave unto Marye, servannte unto the said Wagstaffe, for washinge of her linnen a kettell & 3 peeces of pewter
In the presence of the witnesses aforesaid, John Epes, Henrye Wagstaffe
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/42/30, Probate 16 May 1611
John Wood of Ash, Weaver, will dated 28 March 1610
My bodie to bee buried in the Church yard of Ashe neere my wife and my Foure children
To Sonne Robert Woodd, one presse, one joined bedstedle and …(many other objects, including broad loom)
To sonne Noah Woodd, one presse, one table, one forme, (and other objects to be found in the hall)
To Margarett, my sonne Noah his daughter, one Chest that was her grandmothers, and to Judith his daughter, one Chest that was Thomas Baines and to eich of them five shillings a peece
I give unto Noah my sonne one wollen Loombe standing in the long howse Condicionally that whereas hee hath a lease of the howse and Lands which lately Edward Barrow did occupie, he shall ---- the said lands from the land of Sir John Wyles -------- to keep yt separate and devided from the lands of the said Sir John Wyles
I give unto Cornelius Haslocke my lynen Loombe that was his Fathers, standing in the long house and 20 shillings of money (and other objects)
To Dorothie, the daughter of Richarde Haslocke one joined chaire standing in my chamber and one round table, one stoole, one brasse potte …etc
To my daughter Dorothy Stiffe, 13s 4d
To the two children of my daughter Dane 5 shillings a peece
Residue of my goodes to sonne Noah, myne Executor, and pray my good frendes Ethelbert Omer of Ashe and Robert Sankett to become myne overseers
Concerning all my messuages, landes, tenements and hereditaments scituate and being in Ashe aforesaid
I bequeath unto my daughter Alice Dane that small tenement wherein Edward Barrowe did dwell, shee paying 20 shillings yearly unto my Executors, And after her decease, to my sonne Robert Woodd for his use and after his decease to Thomas Woodd his sonne and his heires for ever
I bequeath unto my daughter Dorothy Stiffe my said tenement scytuate betweene Ch---ners house wherein Timothye Harte now dwelleth and the tenement wherein Edward Barrow did dwell, and also the Buttery behind the Chimbney (?) with the residue of the lands which William Dane did occupye
The marke and seale of John Wood
Witnesses: John Stebbing, William Tucker, Stephen Gibbes
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/50/61, Probate, 12 June 1633
Henry Wood of Hollingbourne, Yeoman, will dated 8 May 1633
To the poore people of Hollingbourne, 6 shillings
To Ann, my wife, £40
To my sonne William, £55 when hee shall come to the age of three and twenty yeares
To my sonne Edmund, £55 to be paid unto him soe soone as hee shall come to the age of 23 yeares
To my daughter Barbara, £50 to be paid within a yeare next after my decease
To my daughter Susanna, £50 at the end of two yeares next after my decease
I will and bequeath to Anne my wife aforenamed, all such housholdstuffe as shee brought unto me at her marriage And I do hereby further declare that I give and bequeath to Ann my wife the aforesaid £40 in consideration and sattisfaction of all such corne and Cattells as shee brought unto mee at her marriage, And my will and meaning is that if shee my said wife shall seeke to receave by law any of the said corne and Cattles out of the hands of my hereafter mentioned executors, that then they are utterly discharged from payinge the said £40.
The residue of all my goods & Chattells whatsoever I doe give, will and bequeath to my sonnes Thomas and Robert (Executors)
I doe give, will & bequeath my messuage, lands, tenements and hereditaments with the appurtenances scituate and beinge in Hollingborne, and now in myne owne occupation, unto my sonne Thomas and to his heires and assignes forever
I give, will and bequeath my messuage, lands, tenements and hereditaments with the appurtenances scitate, lying and being in Hawkinge, in the County of Kent, and now in the occupation of John Woollet, togeather with one field comonly called Etons field lyinge in Hollingborne aforesaid, andnow in the occupation of the said John Woollett, unto my sonne Robert and to his heires and assignes forever
Henry Wood, his marke
Witnesses: George Bonham, Robert Doe, Nicholas Wood, Alexander Wood
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/51/211, Probate 14 May 1635
Nicholas Wood of Hollingbourne, Clothier, will dated 18 Nov 1631
My body to the earth in expectation of the joyfull resurrection of the inst decentlie to be buried in the Churchyard of Hollingborne accordinge to the discretion of myne excutors
10s to the poore of Hollingborne
Anne (Alice?) my lovinge wife
Sonne William Wood
To Daughter Jane £60 (?) at the day of her mariage or when she shall accomplish the age of 22 yeares
Daughter Margaret
Sonne John
Witnesses: William Cragg, Allexander Wood
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/51/14, Probate 3 Dec 1635
John Wood of Charing, will dated 29 May 1635
My body to be interred in Charing Churchyard
I give and bequeath unto every one of my brothers Richard, William and Robert, £10 apeece
I give likewise to my Sister Woulegate £10
And to my servant Ann Hinnaker £10
To Mr Robert Ely, our minister of Charing, 40 shillings
To the poore of Charinge 40 shillings
To the poore of Hollingborne 40 shillings
I give to my brother Thomas Wood Tenn shillings and to the purpose and intent that my debts my be inst(an)tly paid and legacies the better performed, I will and hereby give full power and authoritie to Thomas Wood my brother and my executor herein named to sell all my houses, lands & Tenements in Charinge to the best price he can, that my debts & legacies should be duly paid within six monehtes next after my decease
The residue I give and bequeath onto John Wood, my nephew, sonne to my said brother Thomas Wood, which my brother Thomas Wood I make and ordeyne executor
Witnesses: Zachery Hutchen, Joseph Davie, Richard Deringe
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC31/149 H/4, Probate 16 Feb 1680/1681
Thomas Hasleden of Rainham, Brickmaker, will dated 15 Jan 1680/1681
£50 to son William Hasleden at the age of 21 yeares
£100 a piece to daughters Elizabeth Hasleden & Alicia Hasleden at their respective ages of 21 or day of marriage
£150 unto the child or children whereof my now wife Joane is enseint* and Travelleth with Child (whether sonns or daughters, sonn or daughter) to be paid at the age of 21 or day of marriage
All my other ready money, Plate, Rings, housholdstuff, Goods, Cattle, Chattles, Leases and personall Estate of what nature or kind soever (my Black ryding Gelding hereafter menconed only excepted), after my debts, Legacies & Funerall charges and Expences paid & satisfied, I give & bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Joane Hasleden whom I do hereby make, constitute and ordaine to be sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament
And I do nominate & appoint my very worthy and loving Friend Mr John Batchelour of Frinsted and my Brother in law Francis Brett to be Overseers
And as a token of my respect to him the said Mr Batchelour, I give & bequeath to him my aforesaid Black Gelding which I my self usually ride upon
And to my Brother in law Francis Brett I give and bequeath my Silver Tobacco Box
I give & devise to Joane my wife for the term of her natural life, all that my Messuage or Tenement wherein I now dwell together with the Yard, Backside, Garden and Ground with all & singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging, scituate & being in the parish of Rainham and also my other Messuage or Tenement with the Yard, Backsides, Garden and Ground being in Bullock Lane in the Towne of Maidstone and now in the occupation of (blank) Howse or of his Assigns, and after my wifes decease, I give & bequeath the said Two messuages to my son William Hasleden and his heires and Assigns for ever
Witnesses: Ellis Jarvise, Nicholas Allen, Ruth Acton
*The child to be born was Thomas Hasleden, baptised in Rainham on 6 April 1681
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/216 F/4, Probate 4 July 1637
Marie Friend of East Sutton, Widow, will dated 4 May 1636
£20 to my sonne Thomas Friend to be paid to him by mine executor within 4 years next after my decease by even & equall porcons
Also I give unto him the use of £30 after my decease, yearly to be paid unto him during his naturall life after the rate of eighteene pence in the pound
And after his decease, my will & minde is that the said £30 shall be equallie divided & given to the Children of my four daughters (that is to say)
To the children of my daughter Elizabeth, £7 10s to be equallie divided betweene them
And likewise, to the children of my daughter Marie £7 10s
To the children of my daughter Agnes £7 10s
And to the children of my daughter Joane other £7 10s
I give unto my two daughters Elizabeth & Marie, to either of them £5
I give more unto the children of my foure daughters before menconed, to everie of their Children £3 to be paid unto them & everie of them in equall portions within three months next after my decease
I further give unto my two daughters Elizabeth & Marie, one flockbed, one boulster, one pillowe, two blanketts, one coverlett, on ioyned besteddle, three paire of shees, one dozen of napkins, equallie to be divided betweene them twaine by mine executor immediatlie after my decease
All the rest of my goodes, I wholie give unto Thomas Mersh my sonne in lawe whom I make and ordaine sole executor of this my last will and Testament.
Marie Frend, her marke
Witnesses: James Knight, his marke, William Davie
Source: Mary Connaughton, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC16/157 T/5, Probate 20 May 1618
Henry Tilden of Little Chart, Miller, will dated 18 Aug 1612
My body to be buryed in the church yard of Little Chart
To Son Robert Tilden, Daughter Sara, wyfe of Clement Ryckerd, and Daughter Elizabeth, wyfe of Edward Penniestone, syxe pence a peece
To Daughter Katherine Tilden, 20 shillings
To Sonnes John & Henrie Tylden, 40 shillings a peece at their severall ages of 21
To Daughters Agnes & Abigall Tylden, 20 shillings a peece when they sahll accomplish their severall ages of 25 yeares
I give & bequeath unto the sayed Agnes & Abigall each of them a gowne which was ther mothers and to Agnes the bigest chest in the chymney chamber
The rest of all my goods and chattells and moveables I give & bequeath unto John Wyllyams my sonne in Lawe whom I doe make & ordaine my whole & sole executoure
Witnesses: John Fotherbie? Elizabeth Blagrove (?) & Joane Swyft
Source: Mary Connaughton, Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/46/276, Probate 15 Oct 1625
Nuncupative Will of Laurence Wood of Adisham
The last will and testament nuncupative of Lawrence Wood late of Adisham, deceased, by him uttered & declared for his last will and testament in the tyme of the sicknes whereof he died, namely on or about the 26 day of August Anno domini 1625, he beinge of good and perfect mynd and memory in these words or the like in effect, vizt, he sayes that all his goods whatsoever should be equally devyded betweene his mother, his two brothers and his Syster by even porcons
in the presence of Thomas Kirkham, the mark of Elizabeth Symons wife of Thomas Symons, the marke of Susan Hill, wife of William Hill
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