Extracts from Kent Wills
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/14/259, Probate May 1632
Robard Small/Smale of Chiddingstone
, will undated
Daughter Jane, executor
Sons John, William and Robard
Overseers Richard Hollomby and Henry Care
Witnesses John Care, James Smeale.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/14/262, Probate 11 Jul 1633
Francis Sydney, clerk and parson of Penshurst
, original will dated 3 Oct 1631
Land in Ashburnham, Sussex purchased of Mr Richard Glyd of Cheapside, London, mercer
Daughters Barbarah, Wroth, Dorothy, Perry? and Anne < 21
Stephen Lander, nephew and heir to Nicholas Cheeseman, deceased
Sister Rachell Sydney
William son of my brother William Sydney
John son of my brother John Sydney, Knight deceased
Sir John Smyth
Mrs Littleborough, my late wife's sister
Cousin Mr Thomas Pett of Sevenoaks, overseer
Mr Andrew Morice, Rector of Chiddingstone, overseer
Mr Zachary Taylor, Vicar of Leigh, overseer
Mr Richard Glyd, mercer of London, overseer
Earl of Leicester
Mr Ralph Whitfeild Esq. and councillor of Grays Inn
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/14/274, Probate Feb 1635
Zacheus Skinner of Penshurst, yeoman
, original will dated 7 Jan 1635
Brother Robert, executor
Witnesses Nathan Symonds and Joseph Jessup of Penshurst.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/51, Probate 23 Mar 1663
William Sladden of Gillingham, malster
, nuncupative original will dated ~18 Mar 1663
Witnesses Nicholas Bacon and William Munds.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/58, Probate 16 Jan 1664
Thomas Stileman of Sevenoaks, innholder
, original will dated 6 Nov 1664
Daughter Sarah wife of Robert Staple
Wife Grace, executrix
Brother John, overseer
Friend Leonard Gale, overseer
Witnesses John Stileman and Robert Staple.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/59, Probate 18 Mar 1664
Susanna Sladden of Gillingham, widow
, original will dated 28 Feb 1664
Sons William Geer and George Geer
Daughter Elizabeth wife of James Paine
Daughter Susanna Munds
Witnesses Nicholas Bacon, George Geer, Tho. Heaviside.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/60, Probate 19 Jul 1665
Richard Smith of Wrotham, blacksmith
, nuncupative original will dated ~5 Oct 1664
Daughter Mary Stiles
Daughter Sara wife of Henry Hubble, and her daughter Sarah
Sons Anthony and Richard
Witnesses Will. Baldwin, Rob. Hubble.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/67, Probate 20? Jun 1667
John Smith of Northfleet, maltster
, original will dated 12 Apr 1667
Son William <21
Cousin John Grigson son of John Grigson
Father in law William Taylor, executor
Brother in law Nicholas Piggott, executor
Witnesses Samuel Moun?, John Carter.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/80, Probate 23 Jan 1668
Robert Skynner of Sevenoaks
, original will dated 21 Dec 1667
Sons Richard, Robert and Thomas
Bartholomew Wood at the George, Sevenoaks
Daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Katherine, Dorothy, Frances
Daughter Sara, executrix
Witnesses John Thornton, Henry Swayland.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/86, Probate 17 Jun 1670
Robert Surby of Hayes
, original will dated 30 May 1670
Robert Surby of Cobham
Cousin John Surby of Hayes and his children
Cousin Jane Sasson
Cousin Robert, brother of John Surby.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/101, Probate 19 Jul 1675
John Smith of Sundridge, bricklayer
, original will dated 26 Mar 1671
Kinswomen Elizabeth and Susannah Smith daughters of my late brother Bryan Smith
Sisters Elizabeth Johnson and Hellen Stitchbery
Kinsmen John Stitchbery, Richard Jarman, John Atwater, James Atwater, William Oliver
Kinsman Bryan Oliver, executor
Sister in law Mary Maynard
Mary wife of Thomas Perryer
Kinswomen Susanna Smith?
Witnesses John Overy and Thomas Greene.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/102, Probate 22 Jul 1675
Anthony Smith of Gillingham, husbandman
, nuncupative original will dated 7 Apr 1675
Witnesses Richard Neale, Ambrose Startup.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/103, Probate 27 Jul 1675
Richard Smith of East Malling, carpenter
, original will dated 14 May 1675
Grandchild Elizabeth daughter of James Seton and my daughter Ann
Daughter Sarah wife of William Jaquis
Daughter Elizabeth Smith
Daughter Mary wife of Anthony Fairman of West Peckham, butcher
only son John, executor.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/114, Probate 7 Nov 1676
Mary Steward of Gillingham, widow
, original will dated 12 Aug 1675
Sister Easter Posten
Jane Hutcheson daughter of Easter Posten
Edmund Posten son of Easter Posten
Kinswoman Mary Hopkins of Gillingham, singlewoman, executrix
Witnesses John Grimes of Gillingham, Hen. Sheafe.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15115/, Probate 19 Jan 1676
Alice Smith of Crayford, widow
, original will dated 26 Dec 1676
Son John and his wife Anne
Daughter Elizabeth Smith, executrix
Witnesses John Parry, Hen. Lawrence.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/121, Probate 27 Jun 1678
Edward Smith of Keston, Rector
, original will undated pre Apr 1678
Wife Frances, executrix
Daughters Frances and Elizabeth
Tenant Francis Parker
Hannah Felton of London, spinster appeared.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/124, Probate 2 Jun 1679
Thomas Sutton of Chiddingstone, yeoman
, original will dated 24 May 1678
Sons Thomas, Jacob, William, John, executors
Elizabeth daughter of my son Jacob
Witnesses Henry Streatfeild, Sarah Streatfeild, Henry Hussey.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/128, Probate 29 Jun 1680
Frances Stevenson of Bexley (Wansunt Farm), widow
, original will dated 14 Oct 1678
Eldest daughter Elizabeth
Daughters Frances and Sara
Witnesses William Gill, Mary? Thowrogood.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/131, Probate 28 Feb 1680/1
William Stevenson of Bexley (Wansunt Farm), yeoman
, original will dated 22 Sep 1680
Eldest sister Elizabeth, executrix
Witnesses George Stone, William Gill.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/326/24, Probate 1 Feb 1668
George Sale of Edenbridge, yeoman
, will dated 29 Oct 1667
To son John 5s
To son Thomas 5s
To Anne Leigh, my daughter 5s
To Mary Sale, my daughter, £100 and the lease of my house at Whistler's Green in Brasted
To Rose Bustye/Birstye, my daughter, 5s
Residue to my loving wife Rose, sole executrix
To Rose my messuage and eight parcels of land, meadow, pasture and wood, 22 acres at Medhurst Row in
Edenbridge which I lately purchased of Thomas Medhurst, son of Simon
Medhurst, and all other my lands, and tenements except what before devised, for life,
and then to my son John Sale for life, and then to his son George, my grandson.
Witnesses : William Deudney, Elizabeth Sale, Elizabeth Neve.
Source: Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica', vol. IV, 5th Series, London 1920, Probate 5 May 1565
Robert Atwater of Charing, Esq.
Children of his daughter Joyce wife of Humphrey Hales
Children of his daughter Mary wife of Robert Honywood
Richard Somer of Canterbury, sometime his servant
William Gervas at Smarden.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, PCC, Probate 10 Feb 1820
Charles Foreman of Goudhurst, farmer
, will dated 7 Jun 1819
Executor: Samuel Reader of Cranbrook, Kent, bookseller.
My nephew John Osborne the eldest Son of my Sister Mary.
My mother Jemima Foreman.
Witnesses: Robert Stone & E.B.Springett, both of Goudhurst.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
PCC, Probate 17 July 1826
Jemima Foreman of Horsmonden, widow
, will dated 23 May 1825
My Son Charles Foreman late of Goudhurst, Kent, Farmer deceased & Samuel Reader of Cranbrook, Kent, bookseller, his executor
His nephew John Osborne the oldest Son of his Sister Mary.
Robert Stone of Goudhurst, Kent, yeoman.
Samuel Elphick of Horsmonden, Kent, yeoman.
My daughters Jemima Foreman and Frances Foreman.
My daughters Mary Osborne, widow, Elizabeth the wife of Thomas Lambert & Sarah the wife of Thomas Towner
My sons John Foreman, William Foreman, Richard Foreman & David Foreman.
Sole executor: my said Son David Foreman.
Witnesses: Jus Jas Walter & Chas Wallis, Clerks to Messrs White & Miller
Codicil: - same date & witnesses as will
My Grand Children Jemima and Mary the two Children of my late son George.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, PCC, Probate 10 Jan 1854
John Foreman of Horsmonden, farmer
, will dated 7 Jul 1846
Executors: my sons Owen Foreman & Alfred Foreman & my friend William Price Waghorn of Horsmonden.
My wife Mary Ann & all my children.
My ledger indorsed "Childrens Ledger".
Witnesses: George Hinds Solor, Goudhurst & Wm Stevens Jun. his Clerk.
Codicil: 22 Nov 1853
Hired for term of 14 yrs a farm & lands called Lovehurst with Watermill & premises, Staplehurst, Kent.
My wife Mary Ann Foreman shall have the liberty of residing in & occupying the farm house at Staplehurst.
My sons Ebenezer Foreman, Josiah Foreman & Thomas Foreman.
Witnesses: George Hinds Solor, Goudhurst & Thomas Towner, Horsmonden.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 1792
Peter Berry of Canterbury late of Biddenden, Gent.
, will dated 1 Aug 1783
To be buried with his late wife Anne Berry at Tenterden
Sister Jane Berry of the City of Canterbury, spinster
Niece Sarah Harris daughter of Thomas and Anne Harris at West Cowes, Isle of Wight
Sister Anne wife of Thomas Harris of West Cowes, executrix.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/133, Probate 16 Jun 1681
David Steere of Hunton, yeoman
, original will dated 19 Apr 1681
To be buried at Linton, Mr Henry Walter of Loose to preach funeral sermon
Wife Mary, executrix
Daughter Anne wife of Joshuah Austen of Loose, tanner and her daughter Mary <17
Friends Joseph Nipson and Peter Coleman
Witnesses John Garland and Mary Dorman.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/134, Probate 19 Jan 1681/2
Jane Stone of East Malling
, nuncupative original will dated 27 Dec 1681
3 cousins at Speldhurst
Cousin Fann at Aylesford
Martha Elvy, widow and Mary Elvy
Cousin Elizabeth Fann
Aunt Elizabeth Godfrey, executrix
Witnesses Joane Gilles/Giles, Martha Elvy widow.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/137, Probate 7 Jun 1682
John Sutton of East Malling, hempdresser
, original will dated 25 May 1682
Wife Margaret, executrix
Daughters Mary and Margaret
Witnesses John Clements, Thomas Rumlly, Abra. Walter.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/143, Probate 8 Nov 1684
William Spilstead of Sevenoaks, weaver
, original will dated 28 Jul 1683
Sister Dorothy Tayler
John Saxten, Henry Saxten, Sarah Saxten and Elizabeth wife of Thomas Dunkin, children of my sister Mary Saxten
Wife Mary, executrix
Robert and Richard sons of my brother Francis, deceased
Thomas Fuller son of my kinswoman Mary late wife of William Fuller
Thomas, Margaret and John Saxten children of aforesaid John Saxten
Witnesses Elizabeth Powell, James Clarke, Tho. Streatfeild.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/144, Probate 18 Nov 1684
Thomas Smale of Sundrish, yeoman
, original will dated 27 Sep 1684
Daughters Anne and Sarah Smale
Kinsmen Thomas and Francis Smale
Kinswomen Anne and Susan Smale of London
Daughter Mary wife of Richard Hills
Friend Humphrey Hide, gent., overseer
Witnesses Robert Palmer, Robert Blackman, Matt? Basat.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/145, Probate 23 Nov 1685
Sarah Smith of Sundridge, widow
, original will dated 24 Jul 1685
Kinsmen John Larkin, William Larkin, Thomas Chacksell, Roger Groomebridge, James Groomebridge, John Groomebridge
Daughter of Edward Larkin
Sarah Larkin daughter of Jo. Larkin
Goddaughter Ellen Newman
Godson Benj. Newman
Godson John Carrier
Goddaughter Sarah Wimble
Mrs. Timothy Dannett
Henry Roberts and his wife
Margrett Holland and Mary Chacksett
David Holland and his wife Margaret, executors
Daughter Sarah Rogers
Mr Benjamin Malden, Rector of Sundridge, trustee
Thomas Mandy of Sundridge, trustee
To be buried with my husband Thomas Rogers, gent. deceased
Signed Sarah Rogers-Smith
Witnesses William Dannett, John Roberts, Robert Paymer.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/147, Probate 12 Dec 1685
Mary Seyliard of Chiddingstone, widow of Sir John Seyliard
, original will dated 2 May 1684
To be buried at Eatonbridge with my husband
Daughter in law Frances wife of Sir Thomas Seyliard my son
Daughter Jane wife of Ralphe Petley, Esq.
Daughter Elianora wife of Phillip Farwell, Esq.
Daughter Mary wife of George Robinson, Gent.
Granddaughter Elianora daughter of Mary Robinson
Son Sir Thomas Seyliard, baronet, executor
Kinsman Francis Sanders, gent.
Servant Elizabeth Streatfeild, widow
Servant Richard Chapman
Servant Elizabeth Hills
Witnesses Henry Streatfeild, Elizabeth Hills, John Jenkin.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/159, Probate 14 May 1689
Thomas Stringer of Sevenoaks, victualler
, original will dated 24 Jun? 1688
Wife Jane, executrix
Children Jane, Mary and Sarah Stringer
Witnesses Thomas Knight, Thomas Robince?, John Brattle.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/162, Probate 28 May 1690
John Sellyard of Ightham, innholder
, original will dated 20 Jan 1687
Daughter Jane Skerner? widow
Wife Jone, executrix
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/164, Probate 3 Oct 1690
Thomas Seyliard of Sevenoaks, clerke
, original will dated 25 Aug 1681
Daughter Elizabeth Trevisa
Wife Bridgett, executrix
Occupier Thomas Medhurst at Brasted
Granddaughter Bridgett Trevisa
Witnesses Margaret Corly, Tho. Streatfeild, Ester Chorly.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/174, Probate 11 Oct 1693
Frances Streatfeild of East Malling, widow
, original will dated 25 Aug 1693
kinsman John Scudder
John Wray of East Malling, executor
Mother Ann Coe deceased.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/180, Probate 27 Mar 1694
William Sprevor of Meopham, yeoman
, original will dated 27 Oct 1691
Wife Elizabeth 1 shilling
Kinswoman Rebecca Gorring, widow, executrix
Witnesses Thomas Munn, Richard Perch, Hen. Weller.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/181, Probate 27 Mar 1695
John Shepheard of Newhith, East Malling, hoyman
, original will dated 5 Jan 1691/2
Wife Mary, executor
Witnesses Mary Hoystead, Elizabeth Hawkins, Abra. Walter
Wife Martha (stet) renounced, administration to Richard Shephard of East Malling carpenter, brother of the deceased.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/193, Probate 13 Dec 1699
William Symes of East Farley, yeoman
, original will dated 16 Feb 1698
Son John <21
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Brothers Christopher and Richard
Witnesses Frances Collins, Francis Cornhill, John Maplisden.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/195, Probate 15 May 1700
Richard Staples of Riverhead, Sevenoaks, yeoman
, original will dated 30 Apr 1700
Granddaughters Sarah Smith, Mary Smith, Sarah Staples and Sarah Enderby
Daughter Sarah wife of Gabriell Smith of Westerham
Daughter Ann wife of John Enderby
Grandson William Staples
Occupier William Fenn at Riverhead
Witnesses Israel Round, Thomas Denham, Thomas Weller.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/201, Probate 9 Jan 1702/3
William Smith of Gillingham, yeoman
, original will dated 20 Jan 1701
Sons William and Thomas
Mary Boys of Gillingham, spinster
Thomas Best of Chatham, brewer, overseer
Edward Smith of Chatham, malster, overseer
Daughter Elizabeth <18
Robert Foord of Chatham, baker
Witnesses John Best, James Moverly, Edward Codd.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/205, Probate 14 Jun 1705
Anne Smale of Otford, widow
, original will dated 18 Jul 1703
Daughters Anne, Elizabeth and Rachel Smale
Witnesses Susan Round, Elizabeth Childerhouse, John Petty and Anne Smale wife of Thomas Smale of Shoreham.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/208, Probate 12 Apr 1706
Margaret Smith late of Strood, now of Meopham, widow
, original will dated 4 Feb 1703/4
To be buried with husband Benjamin Smith at Rochester
James Swift of Mepham, yeoman, and his wife Elizabeth
Occupiers John Kitchin and Thomas Stacey at Strood
Martha Smith of Chatham, spinster
Witnesses William King?, Thomas Plummer, John Watts, Tho. Swift.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/213, Probate 6 Jul 1708
Marke Serles of Bexley, taylor
, original will dated 10 Mar 1707
Daughter Mary wife of Thomas Shipster
Witnesses William Hawes, John Hawes, John Acie?
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/15/224, Probate 20 Jun 1713
Katherine Sandys of Orpington and Wrotham, spinster
, original will dated 5 Apr 1711
Brothers Thomas and Henry Sandys
Mother in law Lady Mary Sandys, widow of my father
Sir Thomas Sandys late of Antwerp, Brabant
Nephew George son of Henry Sandys
Niece Anne daughter of Henry Sandys
Goddaughter Katherine daughter of Henry Sandys
Nephew Francis son of Thomas Sandys
Niece Anne Gilbert daughter of Thomas
kinsman Edwin Wills grandson of my brother Thomas
Cousin Richard Gee of Orpington, Esq., executor
Mr Philip Sandford of Wrotham, clerk, executor
Cousin Mary Sandford his wife and their son Philip
Cousin Katherine Green, their daughter
Cousin mary Gilbourn
Cousin Deborah Sandys of Downe
Dr James Fayror of Magdalen College, Oxford
Mr Clarke, Minister of Keston and Downe
Wife of Mr John Hassell, senior
Mrs Deborah Birch widow
Mrs Tooth of Nockholt
Mrs Rose, Mrs Dallyn, widow, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Martha Gyles
William Read and Henry Tollet, my Nurse Tollet's grandsons
Witnesses James White, John Chapman and Sarah Read.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/3, Probate 27 Oct 1719
Mildred Sweetapple of Orpington, widow
, original will dated 6 Oct 1719
Daughter Mildred Sweetapple
Friends Edward Clubb of Beckenham and John Browne of St Mary Cray
Witnesses John Chapman and Edward Kemcell.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/51, Probate 19 Dec 1735
Thomas Skarmer of Meopham, yeoman
, original will dated 7 Feb 1726
Daughter Anne Dawes of Greenwich, widow
Granddaughter Mary Dawes
Daughter Margaret Skarmer
Sister Margaret wife of Daniel Springate of Maidstone
Occupier James White at Hodsoll Street, Ash next Ridley
Occupier John Ifield at Meopham
Only son Thomas, executor
Occupiers Richard Stephens, Francis Randall, Henry Holding, John Letchford, John Cox
Witnesses Thomas Copland, James Dane, Thomas Weller.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/52, Probate 7 Aug 1736
Henry Searles of Orpington, yeoman
, original will dated 21 Mar 1733
Daughter Anne wife of Job Bagfield of St Mary Cray, blacksmith
Witnesses Thomas Carrier, Henry Lane, William Mason.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/61, Probate 26 Jul 1741
William Stone of Wrotham, yeoman, died 14 May 1741
, original will dated 24 Jun 1741?
Wife Philadephia, executrix
Son William, executor
Witnesses Richard Wood, Hen. Billinghurst, Edward Hodges.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/66, Probate 21 Mar 1742
William Saker of Orpington, died in 1736
, original will dated 30 Jan 1735/6
Sons John, Nicholas
Daughter Elizabeth wife of Joseph Britten
Daughter Mary wife of John Dunmall
Daughter Anne wife of Thomas Buster
Daughter Sarah Saker
Wife Mary, executrix
Witnesses Tho. Fuller sen., Tho. Fuller jun.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/67, Probate 29 Dec 1743
Mary Smith of Gillingham, died 20 Dec 1743
, original will dated 16 Nov 1743
Kinswomen Sarah Worsley, Sarah Stafford
Kinsmen William Dean, George Stafford
Witnesses Simon Durham, Jo. Caterman.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/79, Probate 11 Dec 1750
Thomas Smith of Gillingham, yeoman
, original will dated 3 Sep 1750
Brother in law John Parsons of Gillingham, joiner, executor
Witnesses Robert Smart, Thomas Hutchins, Will. Twopeny.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/90, Probate 21 Jun 1758
Jane Sanguineto of Gillingham, widow, died 28 May
, original will dated 19 Oct 1757
Brother Valentine Marlow
Witnesses Jno Aggar, Ann Aggar, Charles Shold.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/96, Probate 1 Jan 1761
Hannah Stevenson of Gillingham, widow
, original will dated 10 Mar 1760
Ann Lane, my daughter by my first husband James Hyder, wife of John Lane
James Lee of Gillingham, maltman, executor
Witnesses William Coote?, Thomas Hall, JH Paul
Admon to Ann Lane, James Lee renouncing.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/97, Probate 27 Apr 1761
Elizabeth Seamor of Sevenoaks, widow
, original will dated 16 Jul 1755
Nieces Jane Rowland and Sarah Webb, daughters of my sister in law Sarah Webb of Sevenoaks, shopkeeper
Sister in law Sarah Webb, executrix
Witnesses Thomas Bartram, Thomas Horton.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/102, Probate 10 May 1766
John Sugar of Gillingham, shipwright, died 28 Apr
, original will dated 11 Mar 1766
Nephew Joseph Bright of Plymouth, Devon
Henry Avery son of Thomas Avery at Leeds
Wife Sarah, executrix
Witnesses Eliza Sissell, Iden Colmden, John Lidgater.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/106, Probate 27 Oct 1768
Elizabeth Sissell of Gillingham, spinster, died 14 Sep
, original will dated 13 Sep 1768
Niece Lawrentia Holmden of Gillingham, spinster
Witnesses Elizabeth Taylor, Thomas Tomlyn
Admon to Lawrentia Muddle wife of Edward Muddle, niece.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/117, Probate 20 Apr 1774
Anna Searle of Brompton, Gillingham, widow
, original will dated 10 Dec 1772
Daughter Jane Arabelar wife of George Weekley, Esq.
Daughter Anna wife of John Strover
Daughter Elizabeth Searle
Witnesses Thomas White, John Bell, Jn Sommerton.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/118, Probate 23 Jun 1774
Ann Smith of St Mary Cray, widow
, original will dated 7 Dec 1772
Daughter Ann Dickenson, executrix
John Colyer of Southfleet, Gent.
Cousins Frances Hassell and Jeremiah Abbott
Son in law John Dickinson
Friend Thomas Williams of Dartford, Gent.
Witnesses Richard Waring, William Wallace, William Cooper.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042804, PRS/W/16/123, Probate 23 Aug 1779
Sarah Sugars of Gillingham, widow
, original will dated 2 Aug 1779
Brother William Avery of Gillingham
Sister Ann Edmunds
Nephews Henry Avery and John Avery
Brother Thomas Avery
Mr Joseph Veal, Foreman of the Corkers of His Majesty's Yard at Chatham
Witnesses Sophia Dixon, Edward Muddle.
Source: 'Archaeologia Cantiana' Vol. XLIV, 1932, Probate 10 Jun 1546
Alexander Chittenden of Milton
, will dated 31 Mar 1546
If my wife now with child, a son and he live to 21, then have 5 pounds
If a girl 6p-13s-4d equally among my three daughters (no names) at their marriage
Wife Margery, executrix
Witnesses:- John Storey vicar (1545-51), John Thornton.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 26 Mar 1766
Elizabeth Fishenden of Horsmonden, widow
, will dated 9 Sep 1762
My grandaughter Elizabeth Fishenden, daughter of my son Thomas Fishenden, my gold wedding ring when she shall reach 21
Messuage, Garden etc on Horsmonden Heath in parish of Horsmonden, now in my own occupation,
unto my nephew Christofer Russell, carpenter, son of my late sister Hannah Russell
All my household goods etc, unto my two friends William Twort, tanner, and Thomas Twort, yeoman of Little
Bainden, both in the parish of Horsmonden, for the maintenance of
My five grandchildren, children of my late son Thomas Fishenden, namely
Mary Fishenden, Elizabeth Fishenden, Sarah Fishenden, Christopher Fishenden and George Fishenden
When my youngest grandchild George Fishenden shall be 21
Trustees and executors: said William Twort & Thomas Twort.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 27 Oct 1785
William Maynard of Mersham, gentleman
, will dated 15 Aug 1783
My late sister Mary Maynard deceased
Already given to my daughter Mary Myers
I discharge my son Thomas Maynard of debts owed to me
Estate at Mersham
My four children William Maynard, Mary Myers, Elizabeth Wyman and Jane Maynard
My estate called Pooks Will Farm in the parish of Rolvenden
My daughter Ann Maynard deceased
My son in law John Collins
I appoint my son William Maynard and my son in law John Myers, the husband of my said daughter Mary Myers and
Thomas Wyman Equal in parts executors of my will
Appeared personally 26th October 1785 : William Maynard, the son of Mersham & John Myers, watchmaker of
St Saviour, Southwark, Surrey , the son in law - that they knew and were intimately aquainted with William
Maynard the deceased, who died 9th October 1785 & having perused his writing & the words "Thomas Wyman equal
in power as Executors" interlined in the said will, & that the obliteration of son in law John Collins, late
of Maidstone, was made by Wm Maynard deceased in his lifetime as said John Collins had died Feb 1785 whilst
said Wm Maynard was still alive
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 4 Mar 1825
Richard Ballard of Thurnham, miller
, will dated 19 Dec 1821
Executors and trustees: Bid(d)ingfield Wise, yeoman of Thurnham & Stephen Tomkin, yeoman of Thurnham
My housekeeper Ann Daniels(?)
Charlotte Ballard spinster, daughter of Sarah Eleanor Boune (? Bourn(e))
Messuage, Cottages in Eynhorn Street in the parish of Hollingbourn
My grandson Richard Tyler Twort Ballard
My grandaughters: Sarah Eleanor Boune(?), the wife of Benjamin Boune(?) carpenter of Thurnham and
Mary Ann Ballard, spinster of Horsmonden
Messuage & Mill in parish of Thurnham and Messuage in Leeds, Kent
John Barber, labourer of Horsmonden
Witnessed by: Gus? Burr junr solr Maidstone, Thos Pope, J.Gashorter(?)
Codicil: 28th June 1822 Stephen Tomkin since departed . Appoint William Betts, farmer of Leeds in conjunction with Mr. Bidingfield Wise
Witnesses: James West, Tile Maker of Rottingbourn; John Budds, shopkeeper of Bearstead.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 5 Mar 1808
Samuel Ballard of Goudhurst, farmer
, will dated 17 Nov 1801
My housekeeper Barbara Osborne, sole executrix, all my household goods etc
My brother Isaac Ballard
My sister Catherine Stace, widow
Witnesses: Eliz Pope; R. White, Goudhurst.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 3 Aug 1822
Walter Ballard of Horsmonden, gentleman
, will dated 18 Aug 1817
My wife Mary, executrix
Executors: my nephew John Ballard, gentleman of Sevenoaks & Stephen Walter, gentleman of Horsmonden
My brother Isaac Ballard
The children of my late sister Elizabeth Hubberty, namely John Hubberty, Ann the wife of __ Pawley, and Catherine Hubberty
Notice (of the legacy) to be given in the London Gazette
My nephew Richard Ballard of Wadhurst
The children of my late nephew William Ballard deceased of Horsmonden
My nephew and executor John Ballard, son of my said brother Isaac Ballard
My niece Elizabeth Smith, daughter of my late brother James Ballard deceased
My brother Richard Ballard
and unto the grandchildren of said brother Richard Ballard
Signed, witnesses: R.White attorney at Goudhurst, Robt Phillips his clerk.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 23 Jul 1773
John Osborne of Marden, yeoman
, will dated 6 Jun 1768
My loving wife Alice Osborne
for the Term of her life my farm near Horsmonden Church
And after her decease unto my three sons Edward Osborne John Osborne George Osborne
My daughters Mary Osborne Ann Osborne Rebecca Magdalen Osborne
Unto my wife: the silver popper box and silver spoons except the silver tankard (to son Edward when 21)
& silver mugg, marked J.O. (to son John when 21)
To my son George my metal watch when my wife thinks him of proper age
The remainder of my estate to my daughters when 21
My wife may have timber felled from said farm
My brother the Reverend Edward Osborne & my wife Alice Osbone, I appoint as executor & executrix
John Cole, gentleman, and my brother in law Mr. Thomas Walter, I appoint as guardians of my children until 21
Witnesses: Jonathan Monckton; John Ambrose Walter; Robert Everest.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 23 Jun 1825
Peter Austen of Marden, yeoman
, will dated 15 Feb 1821
I appoint as Executors: Nathaniel Walter the younger, bricklayer of Marden and John Osborne, farmer of Marden
My wife Elizabeth Austen
The widow of my late son Peter Austen otherwise Peckham or untill the youngest child of my late son shall reach the age of 21
Witnessed: Mr White attorney Goudhurst; Boys? Simons, farmer Marden; Stephen Taylor, bricklayer Marden
Resigned &sealed by Peter Austen on 7th March 1825
Witenessed: Jno. Walter of Goudhurst; Charles Walter of Marden; Anthy Knowlden of Marden.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 22 Jan 1801
Thomas Austen of Yalding, yeoman
, will dated 24 Sep 1794
Whereas upon the marriage with my now wife Mary I settled an Annuity
out of my Messuages in Yalding and
Nettlested, and now or late in my occupation, I now give a futher annuity to my said wife Mary
And whereas upon the marriage of my daughter Mary Austen with her own husband Thomas Wellfear(?)
My son John and my said daughter Mary Willfear, upon my said wife's decease, under
made by Henry Martin deceased, the father to my wife
My sons William Austen, Ambrose Austen, and the said John Austen
Messuage ca. 65 acres near Boarshead, Rothersfield parish, Sussex, occupied by Thomas Crittall
My daughter Sarah, the wife of Thomas Clark
Joint executors: my nephew John Austen, yeoman of Penshurst, Kent and my friend George Bassett, husbandman of
Witnesses: Ann Roffe; Jno. Roffe; J. Slatter
Codicil (no date)
Appeared personally: 14th Jan 1801
Thomas Welfear the elder, yeoman of East Peckham & father to the said Thomas Welfear mentioned in the Codicil & Will, and
Elizabeth Kingsnorth, widow of Yalding.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 17 Sep 1785
Ann Twort of Horsmonden, spinster
, will dated 7 Apr 1783
My niece Elizabeth Hollingdale the interest arising from 150 pounds, now in the hands of
my brother William Twort of Horsmonden after the rate of 4 pounds per rent per annum
William John Elizabeth and Ann, sons and daughters of my said niece Elizabeth Hollingdale when each shall reach the age of 21
My niece Ann Tompsett, now in the hands of her husband Joseph Tompsett,
The first son of my nephew John Twort begotten on the body of his first wife Sally Sharpe
I ordain my said niece Ann Tompsett to be sole executrix of this my last will and testament.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 24 Dec 1778
David Twort of Horsmonden, yeoman
, will dated 24 Aug 1778
I give and dispose of all my whole estate that is to say I give and devise my one full
undivided fourth part (the whole in 4 equal parts) of my Messuage called Baynden
in the parish of Horsmonden, now occupied by my Brother Thomas Twort,
unto my said Brother Thomas Twort and after his decease unto my nephew
John Twort Son of my said Brother Thomas Twort,
and after the decease of said John Twort, unto David Twort son of said John Twort
I give and devise all Messuage Lands called Milkwoods in the parish of Marden,
and now in my own occupation, unto my said nephew John Twort,
son of my said Brother Thomas Twort
I give and devise all Messuage Lands called Penall in the parish of Horsmonden,
presently occupied by me, unto my Sisters Elizabeth Twort and Susan Twort,
and after their decease unto my niece Susan Twort,
daughter of my Brother William Twort deceased
Also I give and devise all Messuage Farm Lands called Sheephurst in the parish of Marden,
presently in the tenure of and occupied by my nephew John Foreman,
unto him said John Foreman my nephew
Also I give and devise all Messuage Farm Lands called in the parish of Horsmonden,
now in the occupation of Nicholas Bassock, which I purchased from _____ Evans,
unto my Nephew William Foreman
Also I give and devise all those three undivided fourth parts of my Messuage Farm Lands
called Rimmington in the parish of Horsmonden, now in the tenure and occupation of me,
unto my nephew David Twort, son of my said brother William Twort
Also I give and devise my three undivided fourth parts of my Messuage Farm Lands
in the parish of Goudhurst, now in the tenure or occupation of Peter Pearse,
unto my Niece Ann Ballard (Wife of John Ballard)
Also I give and devise all my Messuage Lands not otherwise before disposed
unto my said brother Thomas Twort and the Sum of Fifty pounds
To my nephew John Twort (son of my said brother William Twort deceased) Five pounds
To my three nephews William Twort Richard Twort and David Twort (sons of my said
Brother William Twort deceased) the Sum of three hundred pounds a piece
To the said Susan Twort my Niece, the Sum of two hundred pounds
And to her Sister Elizabeth Twort, my Niece, the Sum of One hundred pounds
To my said Sisters Elizabeth and Susan Twort, the Sum of one hundred pounds a piece
To my nephews Thomas Twort and Richard Tyler Twort (sons of my said
Brother Thomas Twort) the Sum of three hundred pounds a piece
To my nephew Thomas Foreman the Sum of One hundred pounds
To my grand nephews and nieces John Barber Thomas Barber Ann Barber and Frances Barber
(the four children of my niece Mary Barber deceased) the Sum of One hundred pounds a piece
Ready Money Chattels Household Goods unto my Nephew William Foreman, my sole Executor
Admin Note 17th July 1845: George Hinds Goudhurst; Richard and William Ballard; John Barber.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 26 Mar 1766
Harry Twort of Tonbridge, tanner
, will dated 16 Jul 1762
I give and devise unto Elizabeth the now Wife of my Son Harry Twort
if she shall continue his Widow unmarried
Annuity of Ten pounds a year to be taken out of my Messuage Bircholt
in the parish of Deale, Kent now or late in occupation of Edward Godfrey
and those in the Town of Tonbridge now in the occupation of me Harry Twort,
Elizabeth Wait and Mary Wait Butchers and Copartners
to be paid to said Elizabeth Twort if Widow of my Son Harry Twort
All said messuages in Tonbridge & Bircholt in Deale
I give unto my Kinsman Thomas Twort of Baynden in the parish of Horsmonden, Kent
Yeoman Son of my Brother Thomas Twort deceased for six months after my decease for use
and thereafter to my Son Harry Twort for use and thereafter to
David Twort of Horsmonden yeoman and William Twort of Horsmonden Tanner
to permit and suffer my Son Harry Twort the rents issues and profits
I bequeath unto my Son Harry Twort the Sum of three hundred pounds
My Kinsman Thomas Twort Son of my said brother Thomas Twort deceased
my clock and case and my silver cupp
All household goods to my Son Harry Twort and my said Kinsman Thomas Twort
to be shared equally, but to be void in all respects of my Son Harry Twort
should he molest or undertake legal action against my Executors
and/or against this my last will and Testament, in such case I give only Five pounds to
my said son Harry Twort or if his Wife Elizabeth should so enjoin him in such undertaking
I give and bequeath unto the three Sons of my cousin Mary Foreman deceased namely
John Foreman Thomas Foreman and William Foreman the Sum of Ten pounds a piece
Also I give unto Mary Barber Widow one of the Daughters of
my said cousin Mary Foreman deceased an annuity of twenty shillings a year
and after the decease of the said Mary Barber I give the like unto her Daughter Mary Barber.
Also I give and bequeath unto the two other Daughters of my cousin Mary Foreman deceased
namely Ann the Wife of ____ Ballard and Frances Foreman spinster the Sum of Five pounds a piece
Also unto my Kinswoman Elizabeth the Wife of John Cordingin of Tonbridge husbandman the Sum of eight pounds
Also unto my Kinsman John Bishop of Hunton, Kent husbandman all ready monies or money owed to me by said
Kinsman John Bishop
I give unto the poor Widowers and Widows in the town of Tonbridge (Parish relief) fifty shillings to be distributed among them in bread
I give unto my servant Mary Baker the Sum of three pounds
The aforesaid Elizabeth Wait and Mary Wait one half years rent a piece
All my Messuage Farm and Lands called Kipping Hall being partly Freehold and partly Copyhold
in the parish of Tonbridge I bequeath unto my said Kinsman Thomas Twort, my sole executor.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 23 Sep 1822
John Twort of Horsmonden, gentleman
, will dated 25 Jul 1818
Joint Executors: my son John twort & Samuel Elphick, farmer of Horsmonden
Unto my son John Twort, my horse and chaise with harness & household goods
Unto my son David Twort 5 pounds
Unto my daughters: Mary the wife of George Larkin, Rebecca the wife of John Masters,
Elizabeth the wife of Charles Larkin
Witnesses: Stephen Monckton, surgeon of Brenchley, John Wickham of Horsmonden, James Ottaway, Solicitor of Staplehurst.
Source: Jeremy Stroud
, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 13 Jul 1830
John Twort of Horsmonden, farmer
, will dated 25 Aug 1829
Joint executors and executrix: William Roberts James, gentleman of Staplehurst,
James Landsell, publican of Horsmonden, My dear wife Mary Twort
Baynden House, Barn, Stable, other buildings, Yard, Garden, parcels of arable meadow and pasture Land,
Hop Land, Wood Land, commonly known or called Little Baynden Farm ca. 61 acres 3 roods & 2 perches, in my own
Unto my son William Welling Twort when 21
Unto my son John Jonathon Twort [depending on his behaviour/conduct]
Witnesses: John Masters; John Wickham; John Merritt
Codicil 25th August 1829: furniture sold, 100 pounds to my wife Mary Twort.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 12 Jul 1811
Richard Twort of Tunbridge, tanner, will dated 6 Jan 1808
To my eldest son Richard Twort the younger
My good friends John Stapley, yeoman of Tunbridge & William Tinley, yeoman of Speldhurst, Kent
My Messuage, Lands etc called Smorkham Brightridge or
, ca. 80 acres with a Lodge & yard called by the name
of farming yard
agreed to purchase from my kinsman William Twort, farmer of Westerham
My youngest son Thomas Twort when 21
My wife Diana Twort, I appoint as gaurdian of my 2 daughters Sarah Elizabeth Twort & Mary Twort
My said 3 sons Richard Twort the younger, William Twort and Thomas Twort
My daughter Ann Thorp, wife of Batth. Thorp, yeoman of Tunbridge
My son John Twort.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 17 Jun 1805
Richard Tyler Twort of Horsmonden, gentleman, will dated 13 Apr 1804
Unto my brother John Twort £50
To my niece Mary Saunders wife of John Saunders of Lime House, Middlesex, hoop bender £50
To Thomas Twort one of the sons of my said brother John Twort £50
3 dwellings in Burwash, Sussex, unto David Twort, one of the other sons of my said brother John Twort
Unto my niece Mary Larkin wife of George Larkin, one of the daughters of my said brother John Twort
Unto my niece Rebecca Masters, one of the other daughters of my said brother John Twort
Unto my niece Elizabeth Larkin, the wife of Charles Larkin, & one of the daughters of my said brother John Twort
Messuage Farm etc called Baynden, Horsmonden, common tenants myself & said brother John Twort, occupied by
said brother John Twort Unto David Twort & John Twort, sons of my said brother John Twort
My late father Thomas Twort of Baynden Farm
Unto Thomas Hobbs the husband of my natural daughter late Eleanor Rimington spinster
payable out of
Messuage called Ramshill & the outhouses
or Mill House & Corn Mill belonging to Ramshill & the Corner Farm
on the Yalding side of Ramshill Brook, in occupation by myself and my undertenants
after decease of said
Thomas Hobbs unto said Eleanor his wife
Joy House, a farm in parish of Tonbridge, 44 acres now in occupation of George Park & 2 small farms also
Tonbridge lately purchased by myself in occupation of George Park and Thomas Park
My manors mills etc (except Burwash, Tonbridge) unto Stephen Monckton, surgeon of Brenchley and
Richard Fuggle gentleman of Brenchley - both named executors
Stephen Walter yeoman of Marden
John Monckton of Brenchley yeoman
Schooling of David Hobbs eldest son of the said Thomas Hobbs and Eleanor his wife
My housekeeper Sarah Small
Codicil 29th Aug 1804: revoked/changed aspect w.r.t. Sarah Small, housekeeper
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 18 Jun 1783
Thomas Twort of Westerham, tanner, will dated 10 Jan 1783
Unto my brother Richard Tyler Twort & Joseph Tompsett, both of Horsmonden, 1000 pounds in trust to
For the maintenance of my daughter Mary Twort untill she shall attain the age of 21
To my servant Mary King
To Richard Tyler Twort & Joseph Tompsett in trust untill my son Harry Twort shall attain the age of 21
Appoint said Richard Tyler Twort & Joseph Tompsett as executors of my will and guardians of my son and daughter
Witnesses: Harry Green; Robt Payne; Wm Bance.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 19 sep 1794
Thomas Twort of Horsmonden, yeoman, will dated 29 Nov 1790
Divided into 4 parts the Farm Baynden, Horsmonden, occupied by my son John Twort & his son John Twort
My other son Richard Tyler Twort
The manor Shephurst Farm & Land called Shephurst in Marden Parish, now in tenure or occupation of John
Foreman, I give unto my son John Twort and his sons David & John Twort to be equally divided
Farm & lands called Kipping Hall, parish of Tonbridge, part freehold part copyhold, I give unto my son
Richard Tyler Twort
Messuage etc in town of Tonbridge, I give unto my son John Twort & his 2 sons John & David Twort
Bircholt, parish of Deale, I give unto my son John Twort & his son Thomas Twort
Unto my grandson John Twort the clock and case of Harry Twort deceased
Dwelling house in Horsmonden unto my sons Richard Tyler Twort & John Twort
Unto my grandaughter Mary Twort, daughter of my son Thomas Twort deceased
Mary one of my granddaughters, daughter of my son John Twort, wife of Richard Ballard, one of the
daughters of my said son John Twort
Unto my 2 other grandaughters Rebecca and Elizabeth, the other 2 daughters of my said son John Twort
Codicil 27th Jun 1793:
Bircholt to son John Twort & his son Thomas Twort
Grandaughter Rebecca since intermarried to John Masters.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 25 Jun 1777
William Twort of Goudhurst, gentleman, will dated 14 Nov 1776
Retain Bond of One Thousand pounds entered and executed before my marriage with Mary my dear Wife for the use
of my said dear Wife and children
Unto my Wife my Plates and household effects
Unto my son William Twort my set of silver castors[?] engraved with the arms of my great uncle John Middleton
To my servant Elizabeth Fishenden Five pounds
Unto my Friend and intimate aquaintance Richard Carpenter Smith Esq. of the Borough of Southwark, Surrey,
my Freehold Messuages Lands [no place indicated], to oversee bringing up my children and appointed executor
To my daughter Ann Caplon Twort 800 pounds (when 21)
To my daughter Elizabeth Twort 500 pounds (when 21)
To my daughter Jenny Twort 500 pounds (when 21)
To my 2 sons William Twort and James Twort (when 21)
Codicil made 15th April 1777
Purchased 4th/5th April 1777 from Thomas Luffe(Losse?) yeoman of Battle, 53 acres Land & Woodland & Messuages
in parishes of Battle & Westfield, Sussex, this I give unto said Richard Carpenter Smith Esq. of Southwark,
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 9 Nov 1791
William Twort of Horsmonden, tanner, will dated 12 Sep 1782
My son William Twort
Messuage etc in Horsmonden, now in my occupation, unto my daughter Mary Twort so long single & unmarried &
when married said messuage etc I give to my said son William Twort
My Messauge etc Malthouse, Orchards, Lands, Meadows, Pastures, Wood, Coppice lands etc, recently letted &
occupied, of ca. 60 acres in the parish of Wateringbury, now or late in occupation of George Larkin, and
called Lilly Land on the Lilly farm unto and for the use of my said daughter Mary Twort
My kinsmen Thomas Twort, yeoman of Horsmonden and Richard Tyler Twort, yeoman of Horsmonden his son
Executors: William Twort the son; kinsman Thomas Twort & the latter's son Richard Tyler Twort.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 10 Apr 1799
William Twort of Westerham, tanner, will dated 14 Mar 1799
To my son William Twort
My Messuages etc called Smokham [Smorkham?] and Eddington hill, Tonbridge and Speldhurst, now in occupations
of my brother Richard Twort and John Boorman
To my wife Mary Twort
Unto my daughter Elizabeth Twort when 21
Sole executor, my said son William Twort.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 7 Jun 1763
Thomas Foreman of Hunton, husbandman, will dated 16 Jun 1762
Unto my son Herbert Foreman
messuage land orchards etc near Coxheath in Hunton parish, now in the
occupation of my son Thomas Foreman
Unto Mary Godden, daughter of John Godden late of the City of Rochester carrier deceased
Messuages etc in Hunton parish occupied by myself and Robert Startup
Mary Turley my personal housekeeper
Witnesses: Richard Gammon; Anne Catt; Thomas Willard.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 8 dec 1789
Thomas Payne of Sandhurst, gentleman, will dated 29 Oct 1789
I Thomas Payne, formerly of Wittersham, late of Cranbrook, but now of Sandhurst, gentleman
My grandson Thomas Edmett(?) yeoman of Wittersham
My son James Payne
Thomas Boorman the elder, gentleman of Cranbrook
Thomas Boorman the younger, yeoman of Frittenden
John Boorman, son of said Thomas Boorman the elder of Cranbrook
William Boorman, son of said Thomas Boorman the elder of Cranbrook
Morres(?) Boorman, one of the other sons of said Thomas Boorman the elder of Cranbrook
Sarah Hayward, now wife of ______ Hayward, yeoman
Mary Diprose, now the wife of John Diprose, yeoman of Cranbrook
Thomas Gillham, yeoman of Smarden
Joseph Gillham, yeoman of Smarden
Ann Gillham, widow of Smarden
Jane Cresford spinster, daughter of Thomas Cresford, husbandman of Sandhurst
Thomas Fowle, gentleman of St Thomas Street Southwark Surrey
Joseph Fowle, gentleman of Sandhurst
John Burke, husbandman of Smarden
Witnesses: John Burt _ Richard P. Barnes _ H.N.Bishop.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 27 Jan 1821
William Mills of Sandhurst, carpenter, will dated 15 May 1820
My youngest son Samuel Mills, sole executor
Martha, wife of Frederick Diggs, cordwainer of Cranbrook
Mary, wife of William Morris, carpemter of Cranbrook
Ann, wife of James Dunt(?), taylor of Cranbrook
My oldest son William Mills
Witnesses: Hn Kinraid _ S. H. Wooley _ Geo Standen.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 3 Jun 1809
Harriot Maynard of Marden, spinster, will dated 15 Jul 1807
Executors: my cousins Richard Southon & Stephen Southon the younger, sons of Stephen Southon the elder yeoman of Marden
My mother Mary Maynard
Caroline Maynard, the natural daughter of my sister Charlotte Maynard
Unto my brother and sisters: John Maynard, Amelia George, Elizabeth Tucker, Sarah Chittenden, Mary Maynard,
and the said Charlotte Maynard
My sister Martha Webb
Signed Harriott Maynard
Witnesses: Jas Walter _ R.White.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 8 Nov 1806
John Fansett of Marden, yeoman, will dated 21 Jun 1806
Executors: William Hayes, yeoman of Marden & John Lefeaver, innkeeper of Marden
William Britcher and William Taylor, occupiers of my dwellings in Marden parish
My son Stephen Fansett
My daughters: Ann the wife of Matthew Hardes(?) & Mary the wife of John Collison
Mrs. Hooter Gapper of Marden
Messuages in Marden and Biddenden parishes
William Coltbrook, occupier
Witnesses: William Britcher _ William Taylor _ R.White
Codicil 21st June 1806: my son Stephen Fansett; my son in law Matthew Hardes;
signed John Fansett; witnesses same as Will.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 16 Dec 1840
Mary Austen of Marden, widow, will dated 25 Feb 1834
My daughter Sarah Austen, executrix
William Austen, the illegitimate child of my said daughter Sarah Austen
My son Stephen Austen, executor
Witnesses: Elizabeth Ottaway of Staplehurst _ W.N.Ottaway of Staplehurst.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 30 Sep 1846
Jeremiah Fishenden of Horsmonden, carpenter, will dated 23 Feb 1831
Executors and trustees: my son John Fishenden & Thomas Burr, gatekeeper, both of Horsmonden
My wife Rebecca Fishenden
Elizabeth Hopperton, the wife of William Hopperton, farmer of Horsmonden
Rebecca Foreman, the wife of David Foreman, farmer of Horsmonden
Witnesses: W. Hugul (Hagul?), solicitor Cranbrook _ J. B. Tovell, Cranbrook.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 26 Oct 1850
Sarah Austen of Marden, spinster, will dated 29 Jan 1849
All my real and personal estate to my brother Stephen Austen, executor
The Mark X of Sarah Austen
Witnesses: George Hinds, solicitor Goudhurst _ Thomas Tree, Marden.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 27 Nov 1838
Sarah Gibbons of Marden, spinster, will dated 11 Aug 1838
My body to be directly buried in the church yard of Goudhurst
My first cousin Jemima, the wife of John Fishenden, farmer of Horsmonden
My organ, rings, watch, timepiece & silver plate unto Miss Ann West, the daughter of my friend Mr.Daniel West,
timber merchant of Goudhurst
My cousin Sarah Austen, spinster of Marden
Executors & trustees: my two friends William Pain Beecham, my solicitor of Goudhurst, and Mr.Samuel Johnson, farmer of Goudhurst
what I may be entitled to under the will of my grandfather John Maynard deceased
Robert Tucker of Marden, who married my cousin Elizabeth Tucker
My sister Elizabeth Excell [Axcell]
Witnesses: Thos B Springett solicitor Hawkhurst _ Jn Upperton solicitor Hawkhurst.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 29 Feb 1804
Herbert Foreman of Cranbrook, yeoman, will dated 12 Dec 1800
Mary wife of Stephen Bates, farmer of Cranbrook
My sister in law Elizabeth Foreman
John Tolhurst, son of John Tolhurst farmer of Milkhouse Street Cranbrook, when 21
Executors & trustees:
William Harding peruke maker of Cranbrook
Jospeh Dobell salesman of Cranbrook
John Audreres(?) carpenter of Cranbrook
My nephews George Foreman, Thomas Foreman, Richard Foreman, William Foreman
The children [not named] of my said nephew George Foreman
Ann Hollingbey he wife of Thomas Hollingbey, husbandman of Staplehurst
Elizabeth Hitchcock, daughter of Hannah Hitchcock of Leeds, Kent
My daughter Susannah Foreman my messuages in Milkstreet Cranbrook, occupied by Gilbert Burton
& those occupied by Samuel Austen & Samuel Couchman
Two dwellings in Hunton occupied by William Fulman(?) & the widow Dyer
Dwellings & gardens in Hunton occupied by William Winter & John Sanders
Two dwellings in West Farley occupied by George Startup & Joseph Sarjeant
Two dwellings in Hunton occupied by Elizabeth Foreman & Richard Foreman
To the poor of the parish of Cranbrook
& to put the poor children to school
Shop (now a shoemaker's shop) East end of a certain massuage occupied by John Clout of Biddenden & in the
occupation of Peter Davis
For the poor old widows of Biddenden
John Clout and Deborah his wife, the messuage in his occupation in Biddenden
All lands grounds ca. 40 acres near Forsten Green in parish of Biddenden, in my own occupation & those
occupied by Thomas Bartholemew & William Roffe, Joan Paine & James Austen
Signed Herbt Foreman
Witnesses: Samuel Muddle(?) __ B. Taylor __ Stephen Swatland _ Cranbrook.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 18 Nov 1806 and 19 Dec 1829
Isaac Ballard of Cranbrook, will dated 27 Mar 1797
To Sister Roger's children, Sister Tifford's children, Sister Adam's children, Brother Josh Ballard's and
all natural children that are alive
John Ballard when he comes of age
My house in New Bond Street
My house in Browns Building
My house at Whitstable to James Ballard
Executors: William Tifford of Union Street W.London & Isaac Ballard at the White Lyon at Cranbrook
Signed Isaac Ballard Senr
Witnesses: Samuel Reader Senr _ S. Reader _ Thos. Pile
Proved London 18th Nov 1806 on Oath of William Tilford (Titford?), the nephew of the deceased and one of the executors
Admin note 19th Dec 1829: William Tilford deceased died intestate & Isaac Ballard the nephew also died
intestate, the other Execuotr died without proving his will;
granted to James Ballard one of the natural &
lawful children of Jospeh Ballard deceased & as such one of the residuary legatees named
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 13 Jun 1790
Sarah Twort of Horsmonden, will dated 7 Aug 1786
Sarah Twort, the wife of Richard Tyler Twort yeoman of Horsmonden, but living separate & apart from my husband
A certain Indenture of five parts bearing date the first day of May now last past made or expressed to be
made between said Richard Tyler Twort of the 1st part, me the said Sarah Twort of the 2nd part,
Mary Knight my mother of the 3rd part, John Cole Esq. & Joseph Tompsett shopkeeper of the 4th part,
Benjamin Olive yeoman of the 5th part
that the said Richard Tyler Twort & I the said Sarah Twort had agreed henceforth to live separate
that notwithstanding the marriage
it should be lawful for me from henceforth to live separate from the said
Richard Tyler Twort in such manner as if I were single and that the said Mary Knight my mother should stand
possessed of the sum of 500 pounds being the remainder of a legacy of 600 pounds given to me by my father's
will & the interest in part thereof in trust
to join with me in lobying in the court of Common Pleas at Westminster
Messauges in the parishes of Cranbrook & Goudhurst given to me by my said father
Unto my mother Mary Knight, whom I appoint sole executrix,
Signed Sarah Twort
Witnesses: John Cole _ Barbara Cole _ Thomas Tanner
Proved London 13th June 1790 on Oath of Mary Knight, widow, the mother of the deceased;
Richard Tyler Twort the lawful husband of the deceased first consenting.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 11 Apr 1805
Jonathan Tandy of Bromley, yeoman, will dated 10 May 1804
Wife Jennett Lawson Tandy
Friend Mr William Roberts of Bromley, surgeon, executor
Friend Benjamin Collins of Bromley, yeoman, executor
Cousin Thomas Sutton, now residing with me
Servant Elizabeth Vallence
sister Mary Walker
Brother in law John Walker
niece Mary Ragg wife of James Ragg of Leatherhead
Witnesses Mary Holding - Edward Latter - Joseph Alexander.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 9 May 1857
James Twort, Innholder of Wrotham, will dated 8 Jul 1856
I bequeath the sum of 200 pounds due to me from Messrs Newnham Newnham & Cur?oo and served by their promissary note
also the sum of 100 pounds due to me from Mr Steoman of Tunbridge Wells served by his promissary note
and a deposit of deeds relating to property in Lewes in the County of Sussex
and also the sum of 100 pounds due to me from Mr Shaw of the Cross Keys Inn Tunbridge Wells & for which I hold his promissary note
unto my wife Elizabeth Twort and my brother William Twort upon trust
to invest the same
and to pay the interest therefrom during the several minorites of my children William Henry, Sarah and Elizabeth Hannah Twort
unto my Wife for her own use and upon attaining the age of 21 by each of my children, to pay such child a proportionate part
All the rest remainder
of my estate unto my said wife absolutely
I hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Elizabeth Twort and my brother William Twort executors
Witnesses: George Aundwell, Southboro _ Walter Sprolt(?), Tunbridge Wells Solicitor.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 25 Oct 1850
Mary Twort of Tonbridge Wells, spinster, late of 7 Dorset Gardens, Brighton, Sussex, will dated 4 Jun 1849
Give all that messauge or tenement being no.22 Lennox Street Brighton with the garden ground and appurtenances
unto my brother John Twort & Edward Douch, builder of Tonbridge Wells [as executors and trustees]
upon trust for such of my brothers & sisters: Sophia Twort, John Twort, Phoebe Twort, Sarah Twort,
William Twort & Louisa Twort that shall be living upon my decease to be equally divided
or if dead to their issue, but such issue(s) shall only between them take or share that which their parent
would have received (per stirpes not per capita)
and any of my sisters or brothers shall have the option of purchasing the said messuage in Brighton
Witnesses: Thomas F. Walker Sol r Tonbridge Wells _ Alfred Y. Reeve his clerk
Probate to John Twort, the brother and surviving executor.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 18 Apr 1850
Richard Twort of Smorkham Farm, Tonbridge, farmer, will dated 25 Sep 1849
Sons William and Joseph, executors and trustees
Children William, Henry, John, George, Sarah, Joseph and James Twort
Witnesses: Walter Sprott(Sproll/Sprolt/Spratt?) _ James Sprott(?) - both Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 1 Feb 1758
Thomas Twort of Westerham, tanner, nuncupative will dated 17 Dec 1757
Appeared personally John Birsty surgeon, Grace Howlett widow & Thomas Box tanner, all of the parish of Westram
[sic], Kent, who made Oath as follows:
That Thomas Twort tanner of Westram, being ill ... having an intention to make his will nuncupative or by
word of mouth did on the 17th day of December last past nuncupate and declare as follows
"After my debts are discharged, I give all I am possessd of entirely to my wife"
And he the said Thomas Twort desired these deponents to take notice that such was his will, he then used
words to that effect and these deponents further say that the said Thomas Twort was during all and singular
the premisses of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and that the said deceased died of
distemper on or about the 25th Dec last.
Signed: John Birsty, the mark of said Grace Howlett, Thomas Box - sworn to the truth before Geo. Lewis
Adminstration of the will of Thomas Twort late of Westerham granted 1st Feb 1758 to Sarah Twort widow the
relict & universal legatee named in the said will, Henry Twort the natural & lawful father of the deceased
first consenting - no executor named in the said will.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 5 Mar 1850
Thomas Twort of Hayes, near Bromley, farmer, will dated 27 Jan 1849
Unto my wife Elizabeth Twort all my household goods furniture wearing appareil books plate pictures china
horses cows carts farming stock and all other cattle crops
all and every other my estate
her own use and benefit during her life and at her death
then unto my son Henry Twort for his sole use and benefit
I hereby nominate and appoint my said wife an son Henrt Twort executors
Witnesses: J.W. Angas (Angus?) _ Richard Vidler.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 21 Oct 1820
Mary Lambert of Horsmonden, widow, will dated 20 Jan 1809
Joint Executors: my brother Thomas Lambert & Charles Willis, both gentlemen of Cranbrook
Son Mallion Lambert
Daughter Frances, wife of Richard Baker
Son John Lambert
if the said John Lambert shall return to this Kingdom
Witnesses: William Funnell __ William Masters
Admon granted to Mallion Lambert the son & Frances Baker wife of Richard Baker named in the will.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 14 Aug 1846, 18 Jan 1851
Stephen Southon of Lympne, yeoman, will dated 13 Jun 1844
Executors: my brother in law Thomas Manwaring, farmer of Horsmonden & Thomas William Manwaring, farmer of Goudhurst & to whom I give 10 pounds each
Unto my son Stephen Southon, all messuage lands etc in the parishes of Panbury (Penbury?) & Capel, one of
them called Stone Court & of ca. 130 acres, now in the occupation or tenure of Benjamin Parks
Unto my grandsons:
Stephen Southon, Henry Southon, Thomas Southon, Caleb Southon, John Southon and Gabriel Southon, the 6 sons of my late deceased son Henry,
in equal shares all that freehold messuage lands of ca. 8 acres in the parish of Marden, now in the occupation or tenure of Francis Burton
Unto my daughter Sarah Chambers, an annuity of 50 pounds
unto my grandaughter Eliza Chambers (daughter of my said daughter Sarah Chambers) a legacy of 500 pounds
Unto my grandsons Stephen Southon & Frederick Southon, sons of my said son Stephen Southon, & if dying before
me under the age of 21, then
Witnesses: Thomas B???? farmer Lympne _ Thomas Hills farmer Lympne
Codicil 2nd December 1844
Stephen Southon late of Lympne, now of Horsmonden
Unto my grandchildren :
Stephen Southon, Henry Southon, Thomas Southon, Caleb Southon, John Southon, Gabriel Southon & Mary Southon
(the 7 children of my late deceased son Henry), in equal shares
Unto my son Stephen Southon & my grandson, Stephen Southon, son of my said deceased son Henry
Witnesses: George Hinds Sol r Goudhurst _ John Crouch Horsmonden
Probate 1846 to Thomas Manwaring, Thomas William Manwaring having renounced
Admin note: 3rd Oct _ on the 18th January 1851 _ wills & codicils of Stephen Southon farmer late of Lympne
then of Horsmonden _ Stephen Southon _ Thomas Wiliam Manwaring _ Stephen & Frederick Southon _ Sarah Southon _
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury inventories PRC 27/11/18, Probate 16 Sep 1643
Vincent Saffery of Hearnhill, will dated 8 Jul 1642
Daughters Sarah and Elizabeth <21
Sakar Golfe, executor
Witnesses Jeffery Pordage, Jervais Heeler, Joseph Heeler.
Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Inventories PRC 27/11/71, Probate 6 Apr 1644
Thomas Barling of Egerton, yeoman, will dated 29 Nov 1643
Son Steven <21
Daughters Mary and Elizabeth <21
Occupier Thomas Hayden
Witnesses James Newenden, James Nash.
Source: Mike Cozens, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 92 f.70, Probate 8 Jan 1745
George Clarke of Brabourne, will dated 6 Jul 1741
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Witnesses Hercules Hills, Mary Hammond, George Hammond.
Source: Mike Cozens, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 82 f.131, Probate 16 Jun 1713
Jeffrey Munk of Appledore, will dated 13 Sep 1712
Brother William £120
Brother George £180
Brother John, executor.
Source: Mike Cozens, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 102 f.270, Probate 17 Aug 1793
Thomas Paine of Tenterden, grazier, will dated 20 Mar 1792
Eldest son Thomas, executor
Sons George, Charles and William
Brother in law Samuel Pix, executor
Nephew in law George Pike, executor
Witnesses Elizabeth Finch, Henry Daw, William Finch.
Source: Helen Plowes, Probate 6 May 1812
Samuel Bishopp of Kingsnorth, farmer, will dated 3 Feb 1812
Execs and guardians of chn
Edward Barton of Kingsnorth Farmer
John Swaffer of Gt Chart Farmer
Thomas Barton of Warehorne Farmer
John Barton of Kingsnorth son of Edward
Lands in Kingsnorth in occ of self and brother JOHN BISHOPP
Witnesses N GODDEN Carpenter - Jas LESTER Attorney Ashford - Rbt JACOB his clerk.
Source: Helen Plowes, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 7 Oct 1790
Katherine Bishopp of Great Chart, widow of Thomas, will dated 12 May 1790
Henry Wood and Edward Barton of Kingsnorth, executors
My free hold messuage and tenements- in GT CHART- I purchased of JOHN BONN??D
to be occupied by 4 chn, sons THOMAS and BARTON BISHOPP and daughters SARAH and
KATHERINE BISHOPP until youngest son BARTON shall be 21
Witnesses MATTHEW SMELT - JAMES BRIGGS - DAN HOCKLEY.
Source: Helen Plowes, Probate 6 Feb 1754
Thomas Bishopp the elder of Chilmanton House, Great Chart, yeoman, will dated 12 Jan 1744
Sons John and Thomas, executors
Sons William, Richard, Henry, Samuel, Robert and Stephen
Daughter Mary Bishopp
Witnesses Martha Whitfold - Thomas Pemble? - Joan Whitfold.
Source: Helen Plowes, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 23 Jul 1857
Archibald Stoakes of Packmanstone Manor, Newchurch, farmer and grazier, widower, will dated 24 Aug 1854
Daughter Sophy Ann, wife of John Jones, executrix
Rev. Edwin Birou? of Hythe and Thomas Mount of Saltwood, farmer and grazier, executors
Sons Thomas, Archibald, Edward and John Taylor, all deceased
Daughter Marianne, deceased
Property and land in Ore Hastings and other bequests to brother REDMAN STOAKES
Lands in Romney Marsh (Lympne) to trustees
Manor or reputed manor of Camberstour? with 48 acres purchased from
EDWARD GODFREY now in possession of JOHN PREBBLE and other lands to daughter SOPHY ANN and heirs
Bequests to sister ANN TAYLOR
Carpenter's and wheelwright's workshop to WILLIAM STOAKES nephew (son of brother William deceased)
Witnesses EDWARD WATTS SOLIC'R OF HYTHE - M.I. SMITH his clerk.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/277, Probate 24 May 1715
Joane Hodsoll of Plaxtol, Wrotham, widow, will dated 15 Jan 1711/2
To be buried at Ightham
Servant Rachell Stone 20s
Kinswoman Mary wife of Adam French of Sevenoaks, labourer - executrix
lease of property called Sheet Garden, purchased from Thomas Stanley, late of Plaxtol, gent.
Witnesses Robert Baldwin, Hugh Wood, Hen. Maddox.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/29, Probate 18 Mar 1725/6
Elizabeth Hodsoll of St Mary Cray, widow of Edmund, gent., will dated 22 Nov 1723
Being aged and weak and infirm
Daughter Helena Hodsoll of St Mary Cray, spinster
Daughter Mary wife of Edward Holt of Downe, gent.
Elizabeth Hodsoll of St Mary Cray, spinster
Jane wife of Samuel Atwood of Ash next Ridley, clerke
Granddaughter Elizabeth Holt an infant
Servants Richard Knight and Elizabeth Kettle
Daniell Kettle of Ash, husbandman and his wife Charity
Witnesses Elizabeth Kettle, Elizabeth Carpenter, Will. Weller.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/223, Probate 17 Jul 1702
Edmund Hodsoll of Riverhead, Sevenoaks, chirurgeon, will dated 8 Feb 1699/1700
John Butcher late of Wadhurst, yeoman deceased (will of)
Thomas Courthope of Wadhurst, butcher
Wife Susane, executrix
Brother in law Thomas Reeve of Whithiham, Sussex, gent.
Witnesses Robert Staple, John Reeve, William Olliver, Thomas Weller.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/145, Probate 10 Jul 1676
Elizabeth Hodsoll of Stansted, widow of William of South Ash, gent., will dated 6 Apr 1671
To be interred in the North Aisle of Ash Church near husband
Daughters Ellen, Ann, Susan and Margaret Hodsoll - £50 each within 6 months
Daughter Susan now wife of Richard Wooden, yeoman of Ash
Youngest son William - £10
Niece Ann daughter of my brother Richard Greatwick - £10
Son in law Mr John Gossage of Plumstead 40s
Brother Richard Greatwick
Sisters Tesla Challener and Jane Burtenchar 10s each
Friends Mr Edward Masteirs? 10s, Reginald Peckham Esq., Mr Thomas Morris, Rector of Ash
Son Edmund, executor
Witnesses Thomas Morris, Frances Collinnell, George Hills.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/106, Probate 19 Apr 1665
Thomas Hadsall of Ightham, shearman, will dated 26 Mar 1665
Brothers Maundy £5, Francis £10, John <21 £10, Maxfield <21 £10
Kinsman Henry Hodsoll of Soan Street, Seale £5
Thomas Baldwin of Horsnayles Crouch, Wrotham, fuller £5
Two children <21 of Henry Muncking, my brother in law £5
Brothers William and Henry Hodsoll, executors, residue
Witnesses Stephen Summers, Tho. Knight jun.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/265, Probate 17 Dec 1712
Maxfield Hodsoll of Wrotham, yeoman, will dated 10 Aug 1710
Eldest daughter Jane wife of David Polley of Wilmington 10s
Daughter Mary wife of Phillip Fuller of Frindsbury £40
Daughter Hannah wife of William Wimble of Chatham 10s
Ref marriage contract, his wife's father John Gransden of East Malling
Wife Mary £8 per annum and furniture
Son Maxfield, executor, residue and all real estate
Witnesses Daniel Newman, Sarah Johnson, Geor. Tomlyn.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/229, Probate 27 Nov 1706
Elizabeth Hutchins of St Mary Cray, widow of Henry, will dated 30 Jul 1698
Nephew Thomas Carrier who now lives with me, executor
Neice Margaret Carrier who now lives with me
Witnesses Edmund Hodsoll, Elizabeth Hodsoll, John Hodsoll.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/275, Probate 2 Sep 1714
Mary Hammond of Brasted, widow, will dated 12 Jul 1714
Edmund, John, William, Ann, Mary, Elizabeth and Susan, children of my brother Richard Gasson, dec'd
John, Henry, Mary, Sarah and Elizabeth, children of my sister Sarah late wife of Thomas Tapsell
Sister Elizabeth wife of William Brittaine
Thomsin Gasson daughter of my brother Thomas
Mary Gasson daughter of my brother Thomas
Brothers John Gasson, Thomas Gasson, executors
Witnesses Jane Martin, Mary Seaman, Edw. Seaman.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/50, Probate 4 Jun 1737
William Hammond of Riverhead, Sevenoaks, innholder, will dated 30 Dec 1734
Sons William <21, George
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Sister Elizabeth wife of John Sampson
Witnesses John Nash, John Jaquess, Nath.? Pearston.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/58, Probate 31 Jul 1740
Elizabeth Hammond of Riverhead, Sevenoaks, widow, will dated 14 Oct 1738
Daughter Elizabeth, executrix
Son George <21
John Nash of Riverhead, malster, Guardian to son George
William Blundell of Sevenoaks, shopkeeper, Guardian to son George
Witnesses John ...., John Neale, Nath? Pearston.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/230, Probate 14 Jan 1706/7
Edward Hills of Cockerist, Shoreham, yeoman, will dated 18 Jan 1705/6
Nephew David Hills, son of my brother David, executor
Friend and kinsman Edmund Hodsoll of St Mary Cray, gent., overseer 50s
Sister Anne Day and her 3 sons £10 each
Sister Jane Mace and her 3 sons £10 each and goods
Kinsman John Round the younger of Cockerist, yeoman, deceased
His widow Anne Round
Brothers David and Robert
Half sisters Elizabeth Marten and Rachell Chilmaid
Witnesses Anne Round, Edward Helles, John Hodsoll
1st Codicil dated 13 Aug 1706
Edward Mace son of sister Jane
Witnesses Edm. Hodsoll, John Hodsoll, Mary Hodsoll
2nd Codicil dated 16 Sep 1706
5 children of my said cosen Ann Round widow
3rd Codicil dated 13 Nov 1706.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/51, Probate 1 Jul 1737
Margaret Head of Brasted, widow, will dated 17 Jan 1736/7
Sons John, Edward and Robert
Daughters Elizabeth and Sarah
Daughter Mary wife of Robert Wigzell, executors.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/54, Probate 17 Jul 1737
John Hoan of Meopham, husbandman, will dated 2 Dec 1734
Wife Mary, executrix
Son John, executor
Daughter Denniss Joan
Daughter mary wife of Henry Lane of Meopham
Witnesses William Troward, Richard Harrod, Tho. Dolben.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/56, Probate 25 Apr 1740
John Hawes of Sundrish, yeoman, will dated 16 Jan 1739/40
Sons John (executor), Samuel, Thomas
Daughters Elizabeth, Jane and Edith
Witnesses William Jennings, Richard Ingrams, Nath? Pearston.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/279, Probate 18 Jul 1717
George Hubble of Wrotham, bricklayer, will dated 17 Apr 1717
Occupier Thomas Hayward at Plaxtol
Sons Mordecay, Robert and George
Occupier Thomas Larkin at Spoke House, Clagetts Crosse, Wrotham
Daughter Esther Hubble
Daughter Elizabeth wife of William Wigzell of Stansted, husbandman
Witnesses Ann Miller, Mary Wells, Thomas Weller.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/36, Probate 27 Feb 1729/30
Thomas Harman of Gillingham, yeoman, will dated 3 Jul 1714
Occupier John Snoath, mariner, of messuage and smith's forge at Gillingham
Occupier Richard Haford near Blacksole Pond, Gillingham
Occupier William Nightingale near Grange Orchard, Gillingham
Occupier Mr Robins at East Lane, Maidstone
Wife Mary, executrix
Daughters Jane, Elizabeth and Mary Harman
Witnesses William Valance, Stephen Elve, Rich. Sheafe
Probate to Elizabeth Harman, daughter (Admin + will).
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/44, Probate 15 Mar 1734/5
Thomas Hipwell of Gillingham, cook on HM Ship 'Princess Royall', will dated 12 Nov 1729
Kinsman Thomas Hipwell of Deptford, cordwainer
Wife Susannah, executrix
Witnesses Rd. Mullins, Stephen Duer.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/45, Probate 20 Mar 1734/5
William Hunt of Shoreham, will dated 25 Feb 1734/5
Father William, executor
Property in Milton next Gravesend occupied by George Morchal? and Widow Glanvall
Michael, Mary and Ann Powsey, children of my sister Margaret Powsey
William and Mary Insell, children of my sister Anne Insell
Anthony, Anne and Mary Forthigill, children of my sister Frances Forthigill
Witnesses Robert Tyrrill, Elizabeth Lake, John Macey.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/48, Probate 6 Nov 1736
Thomas Henneker of East Malling, bachellor, nuncupative will dated 10 Oct 1736
made at house of William Warren, he died same day
Aunt Frances Warren wife of William
Thomas Warren £5
Mary Hawkes, residue
Witnesses Frances Warren, Lewis Sonnes, John Hawkes.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/9/49, Probate 15 Jan 1736/7
Mary Hadlow of Northfleet, widow, died 6th (Jan?), will dated 20 Nov
Daughter Mary Hadlow, executrix
Witnesses John Turner, Samuel Cooke, Edward Smallman.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 10 Apr 1801
William Claringbull of Sandwich, basket maker, will dated 19 Feb 1799
Wife Catharine, executrix
Son William <21
Property in Sandwich and Minster
John Gent of Sandwich, executor
Witnesses Will'm Castle - Mary Enston - Jno Enston.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 22 Jan 1825
James Neales of Market Place, Dover, druggist, will dated 9 Sep 1816
Wife Mary Clare Neales, executrix
Friend Henry Morris of Dover, gentleman, executor
Son William of Dover, druggist, executor
Daughter Elizabeth wife of Captain John Smith
Daughter Mary Ann Neales
Son James Stable Neales
Daughters Sarah and Clare Neales
Witnesses J Eastes servant to Mr Neales - John Shipdem sol'r Dover - A O Hendrey his clerk.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/103, Probate 30 Oct 1697
Robert Gilpin of Orpington, yeoman, will dated 23 May 1696
Wife Jane, executrix
Occupier Cousin John Godden at Croydon, Surrey
Eldest daughter Anne wife of John Strucke, gent. and her son John
Brother Thomas at Croydon
Daughter Martha Gilpin <21
Witnesses Edm. Hodsoll, Samuel Wright, Joseph Money, James White.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/106, Probate 26 Apr 1699
Andrew Garland of Sundrich, shoemaker, will dated 7 Feb 1698/9
Occupier John Harman of Sundrich
Sons William and Edmund
Daughters Elizabeth and Jane Garland
Daughter Lidia Johnson
Sisters Mary Otty and Mercy Stoneham
Witnesses Edward Tenison, Thomas Mandy, William Hemsley.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/107, Probate 16 Apr 1700
Thomas Godden of Basted, Wrotham, tanner, will dated 26 Apr 1699
Daughters Dorothy, Mary, Elizabeth, Frances, Hannah and Susanna
Sons James <21 and Thomas <21
property in Offham and Ryarsh
Witnesses Thomas Rolfe, Thomas Godden, Frances Stevens.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/108, Probate 6 Jun 1701
Alexander Goldsmith of Penshurst, weaver, will dated 26 Jan 1698
Eldest daughter Joane wife of Nicholas Tooth of Speldhurst, husbandman
Edward, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary Tooth children of my daughter Joane
Daughter Elizabeth wife of John Goldsmith of Penshurst, yeoman
Elizabeth, Sarah, Jane and Edward Goldsmith children of my daughter Elizabeth
Daughter Sarah widow of William Children and her daughter Elizabeth
Sarah Kenard daughter of Samson Kenard deceased
Son Edward, executor
Witnesses Stephen Arnold, John Townsend, John Snell, Elizabeth Arnold.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/109, Probate 19 Mar 1701/2
Henry Golding of Gillingham, labourer, will dated 27 Feb 1701/2
Brothers Francis and Robert
Sister Ann wife of William Kemsell
Sister Sarah wife of James Brockwell
Wife Susanna, executrix
Witnesses Elizabeth Finney, Will. Harrison, Edward Millbourne.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/110, Probate 9 May 1705
Thomas Gilpin the elder of Sevenoaks, gent., will dated 13 Nov 1704
Nephew William Jackson the younger son of my sister Ann
George and Ann, children of my sister Martha Starte
Son Thomas <21
Kinsman Thomas Godden of Croydon, Surrey, gent., executor
Witnesses Margarett Streatfeild, Elizabeth French, Tho. Streatfeild.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/111, Admon + will 20 Oct 1705 to son Thomas of Chatham
Thomas Green, mar. gunner of HM Fort at Gillingham, will dated 20 Sep 1705
Inventory of goods in house of Matthew Lewis
Daughter Anna wife of Matthew Lewis
Granddaughter Mary Hunt <16
Witnesses Joseph Avery, G. Anderson.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/115, Probate 6 Aug 1708 to John Godden
Hannah Godden of Basted, Wrotham, widow, will dated 7 May 1708
Daughter Dorothy wife of John Danes of Bradborne, Sevenoaks, miller
Mary, Hannah, John and James Danes, my grandchildren
Daughters Elizabeth, Frances and Susannah Godden
Son James <21, executor
Cousin William Furner of Wrotham, yeoman, Guardian and overseer
Witnesses Robert Baldwin, John Godden, Nicholas Derton?, William Tomlyn.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/116, Probate 22 Nov 1708
John Green of Farningham, cordwainer, will dated 17 Oct 1708
Jacob Pope the younger of Horton Kirby, carpenter
William Pope, brother of Jacob
Alice wife of John Lane of Horton Kirby, wheelwright, sister of Jacob Pope
Mary Pope sister of Jacob
Mary wif eof John Linton of Sutton at Hone, husbandman and their son Thomas
Brothers Michael and Edmund
Nephew John Green <21, son of my brother Thomas
Elizabeth wife of George Cumber, daughter of John Linton
Apprentice Thomas Atkinson
Friend Walter Loveden of Farningham
Friend John Moyce the elder of Farningham, overseer
Brother Thomas, executor
Witnesses Richard Elgar, Thomas Bradshaw, Jane Reynold.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/117, Probate 10 Jun 1710
Sarah Gill of Bourne Street, Bexley, widow, will dated 20 Mar Anne 7
Friend and neighbour William Fitchett, cordwainer, executor
Witnesses John Chester, Richard Kingsland, J. Smith.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/118, Probate 8 Nov 1710
Jane Gilpin of Orpington, widow, will dated 18 Aug 1710
Son in law Mr John Strauck/Struuck?
Daughter Anne Strauck? and her children Robert and Gertrude
Friend Mr Littlegroome Kitley, overseer
Brother in law George Start, overseer
Grandson John Strauck, executor
Witnesses Littlegroome Kickley, John Chapman, Edm. Hodsoll.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/120, Probate 22 Mar 1710/1
James Godden of Basted, Wrotham, farmer, will dated 13 Feb 1710/1
William Furner of Wrotham, yeoman
Occupier George Broad at Offham and Ryarsh
Occupiers Robert Ashenden, Widow Beake, Widow Eastland at Plaxtoll
Sister Dorothy wife of John Danes of Sevenoaks, miller
James Danes my godson and nephew <21
Sister Elizabeth wife of George Carter of Plaxtoll, blacksmith
Sister Frances wife of Thomas Wyborne of Wrotham, husbandman
Sister Susanna Godden < 21
Thomas son of John Godden of Wrotham, cordwainer
Rachell Baldwin, Jane Furner, Elizabeth Furner
Witnesses George Hubbel?, Richard Oliver, Francis Baldwin, William Tomlyn.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/125, Probate 6 Jun 1715
Thomas Green of Gillingham, Gunner, will dated 6 Apr 1715
Sister Ann (executrix) wife of Matthew Lewis of Gillingham, blacksmith
Thomas and Ann Lewis, children of Matthew
Mary Hunt daughter of Abraham Hunt, butcher
Witnesses Francis Freeman Clk, Leli? Devent, Eli. Aeworth?
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/127, Probate 14 Apr 1716
William Gostling of East Malling, tallow chandler, will dated 2 Jan 1715
Son Francis, executor
Children Isaac, Francis, Anne, Sarah, Bridgett, Dorothy, Mary and William
Witnesses John Allchin, Francis Cheesman, Thos. Tomlyn.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/143, Probate 4 Nov 1729
John Goldsmith of Penshurst, yeoman, will dated 14 Apr 1726
Son Edward, executor
Daughter Elizabeth wife of William Waite of Lye, Kent, yeoman
Daughters Ann and Hannah Goldsmith
Witnesses Humphrey Burrows, Thomas Larkin, John Wells Luck.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/147, Probate 3 Nov 1733
Mary Goldsmith of Penshurst, widow, will dated 21 Aug 1733
Daughters Sarah, mary and Elizabeth, executrixes
Witnesses William Round, Elizabeth Ebs, William Farley.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/153, Probate 13 Dec 1738
Thomas Goldsmith of Orpington, carpenter, died Sep. 1734, will dated 15 Jul 1733
Father John of Orpington, carpenter, executor
Occupier James Campion, Thomas Savage
Witnesses Elizabeth May, Jn? Wells, Richard May.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/161, Probate 10 Mar 1743/4
William Gamman of Wrotham, yeoman, died 26 Oct, will dated 23 Oct 1743
daughter Jane Gamman
Sons Austen and William <21
Occupier John Cock lately Greenwood at Brenchley, purchased of John Gibbons
Occupier John Tomlyn at Wrotham
Occupiers Benjamin Jarriot, Daniel Burgis, Cox, William Waters, John Wakeman, Lenham and Mires
Occupiers Richard Oliver, William Austen, Reuben Hodsoll, Edward Hodges at Wrotham Town
Occupiers Richard Fullijames, John Terry and Allen
Occupiers William Hodges, Widow Godden and Oliver at Plaxtol
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Sister Mary Gamman, executrix
Witnesses Elizabeth Hodges, John Tomlyn, Edward Hodges.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/170, Probate 19 Oct 1752
John Gisling of Sevenoaks, butcher, will dated 29 Apr 1751
Daughter Sarah Hunt, widow
Son in law John Feldwick
Grandson Edward Gisling <21
Son John, executor
Daughter Elizabeth wife of Thomas Cripps
Daughter Alice wife of Richard Harvey
Daughter Hannah Gisling
Daughter Jane wife of William Covell
Richard Harvey, executor
Witnesses Nicholas Chapman, William Covell, Thomas Horton.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/174, Probate 7 Mar 1763
William Green late of Shoreham, now of Orpington, will dated 31 Dec 1762
Daughter Sarah Laban
Son William, executor
Grandchildren William and Mary Green, overseers
Witnesses Thomas Taylor, Anthony Burton, Ann Egley.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/180, Probate 6 Aug 1767
Francis Gostling of East Malling, collarmaker, will dated 14 Mar 1767
Daughter Ann Gostling
Son John, executor
Witnesses Mary Terry, John Allen, William Russell.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/185, Probate 22 Apr 1778
Walter Gooding of Wrotham, husbandman, will dated 1 Jan 1768
Daughter Mary wife of Richard Newman
Daughter Sarah wife of Christopher Clark of Gravesend
Son in law John Stone of Wrotham, executor
Witnesses Isaac Tomlin, William Brann, Thomas Oliver.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/187, Probate 8 Aug 1780
John Green of East Malling, wheelwright, will dated 17 Jun 1779
Eldest son John
Sons James and George
Wife Mary, executrix
Witnesses Richard Knowles, William Aer?
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/190, Probate 30 Jul 1790
Ann Gosling of East Malling, spinster, will dated 1 Jul 1790
Occupiers William Middleton, Tapsfield, Thomas Hawley, Mary Nokes and Frances Rogers
Cousin John Gosling Middleton, executor, son of William Middleton of East Malling, collarmaker
Uncle William Gosling
George Blunden the elder of East Malling, executor
Witnesses Willm Baker, Tho. Goodhew, Jas Selby.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/7/191, Probate 1 Feb 1796
John Giles of East Malling, yeoman, will dated 24 May 1794
Daughter Deborah wife of Robert Gauthern of Wateringbury, yeoman
Robert Brookes of East Malling, paper maker
Robert Kemsley of East Malling, husbandman, with whom I live.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/3, Probate Jan 1615/6
William Hadlow of Ightham, husbandman, will dated 14 Sep 1609
To be buried at Seal
Audorye wife of George Multon of Ightham, executrix
John Porter of Chart in Seal
Occupier ...? Summers at Seal
Robart Multon son of George and Auderye
Witnesses Henry Gayliard, Luke? Satprine?, Elizabeth Packham.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/8, Probate Jun 1617
Dorothie Huggens of Ide Hill, Sundrish, will dated 21 Apr 1617
Godchild Jeremy Parker
Brothers and sisters unnamed
Aunt Bother and Aunt Atkinson
Joane and Bridgett Parker my sister's daughters
Brother John Huggens, executor
Witnesses ...? Collier, Mary Peake wife of John Peake.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/20, Probate Jan 1624/5
Thomas Holmes of Sevenoaks, gent., will dated 9 Sep 1624
Sons Richard, John, Thomas, George and Edward
Daughters Alce and Sara Holmes
Wife Ann, executrix
Daughter Frances wife of Richard Rogers and her children Elizabeth and Thomas
Friend Mr Turner to preach at burial
Mr Thomas Pett, gent.
Richard Fleatcher/Flectryer? of Sevenoaks, yeoman
Friend Matthewe Wasbone? of Penshurst, overseer
Friend Richard Besbeeche, overseer
Witnesses Thomas Pett, Richard Besbeech, Susan Roberts.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/27, Probate 19 Jun 1626
Thomas Hadlow of Ightham, yeoman, will dated 18 Mar 1625/6
Sons Reginald, Robert and Nicholas
Youngest daughter Frances Hadlow
Daughter Elizabeth wife of William Croftes
Daughter Anne wife of Henry Tapffeild
2 children of my son William, deceased
3 children of my daughter Johanne Hadlow
John Pickerell of Wrotham, yeoman, executor
Friends William Durrant and Alexander Chummly?, overseers.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/40, Probate Dec 1629 to Frances Walter als Hunt, relict
David Hunt of East Malling, husbandman, nuncupative will dated 29 Nov 1628
Joane Hawkins, widow
Ann wife of John Goulding of Town Malling, malster
Thomas Watts of East Malling, weaver
John Burges, Samuel Burges, Joan Watts.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/41, Probate Jan 1630/1
Richard Harmwood of St Mary Cray, faggott bynder, will dated 18 Jun 1628
Sons John and Symon
Daughter Bridget Edwards
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Friend John Collen of Pauls Cray, overseer.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/71, Probate Nov 1638
Joane Hadlow of Ightham, widow, will dated 9 May 1631
Daughters Elizabeth, Ann, Margaret and Adowrie (Audrie in probate), executrixes
Sons John and William
Witnesses John Jeffer, Richard Chewlrige?
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/83, Probate May 1641
Richard Hills of Sevenoaks, yeoman, will dated 13 Feb 1638
Sons Francis, Thomas and John (executor)
Daughter Elizabeth wife of Ralph Hartwell
Daughter Alice wife of Thomas Woodgate
Daughters Anne and Dorothy
Thomas son of Ralph Hartwell
Elizabeth daughter of Ralph Hartwell
Anne daughter of Thomas Woodgate
Jane daughter of John Burton, my son in law, deceased
Mary wife of my son Thomas
Robert Wearye of Otford, my brother in law, overseer
William Rogers, Robert Hills of Shoreham, overseers
Witnesses Willm Moore, Abraham Tomlin.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/91, Probate Jan 1644
Margaret Hollamby of Chiddingstone, widow, will dated 7 Jan 1643/4
Children of my son Thomas Long, deceased
Children of my son in law Thomas Long now living
Daughter Elizabeth wife of John Hollambie
Mr John Meredith
Son John Hollamby, executor
Brothers John and Richard Fletcher, overseers
Witnesses George Hills, Thomas Huggen.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/98, Probate 16 Jun 1662
Abedingo Hills of Shipborne, yeoman, will dated 11 Mar 1661
Daughter Mary <20
Daughter Elizabeth wife of Charles Parker and her children
Two children of my daughter Benett
Younger son Joseph
Occupier Thomas Dowle at Shoreham
Son John, executor
Witnesses John Stileman, Will. Sanders, William Bayman, Tho. Knight Jun.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/104, Probate 2 Mar 1664
William Hadlow of Eynesford, husbandman, will dated 7 Feb 1664
Occupiers Hugh Lash, William Lightfoot at Crockenhills, Eynesford
Wife Jane, executrix
James Jemmett the younger of St Mary Cray, butcher
William Natt of Pauls Cray, malster, son of John Natt of Pauls Cray, malster
Uncle Henry Everist, overseer
Witnesses Sam. Palmer, William Fisher, Henry Everist.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/105, Probate 17 Apr 1664
William Holmden of Brasted, weaver, will dated 7 Apr 1657
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Daughters Anne and Elizabeth Holmden
Witnesses William Blackman, R.. Blackman, Ma. Blackman.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/108, Probate 15 Sep 1666
Parnell Hunt of Sevenoaks, widow, will dated 30 Jul 1666
Kinswoman Joan Hope, executrix
John, James and Thomas Hope sons of Joan
Penelops Hope daughter of Joan
Parnell wife of Richard Ayle
Sarah wife of Foll Everest of Chepsted?
Brother Thomas Whitehead
Joane daughter of Thomas Whitehead
Thomas and William sons of Thomas Whitehead
Mary Parnell Elizabeth and Dorothy daughters of my brother Thomas
John Thomas Ann and Grace children of John Haynes of Black Hall
Margaret Raines and her children James, Joan and Ann Raines
Ann wife of John Haynes
Dame Margaret Boswell
Friend Godhelp Couper, overseer
Friend Edmund Weston of Sevenoaks, overseer
Witnesses Margaret Boswell, Anthonie Fuller, Edm. Weston.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/110, Probate 10 Apr 1667
William How of Bexley, yeoman, will dated 23 Mar 1666
Son in law Will. Meere
Son in law Will. Shott
Daughter Frances Moore, widow
Wife Joane, executrix
Witnesses Richard Fillpote, Francis Miles, Hen. Morencey.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/112, Probate 13 Jul 1667
John Haynes of Sevenoaks, cordwiner, will dated 13 Jun 1667
Sons Thomas and John (executor)
Daughters Ann and Grace Haynes
Wife Ann, executrix
Witnesses Thomas Greene, David Durtnall.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/114, Probate 8 May 1668
Henry Hills of Sevenoaks, mealeman, will dated 10 Mar 1662
Edward Walsingham of Ryarsh, yeoman
Sons Thomas, John and Henry
Witnesses John Blome, Timothy Stone.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/119, Probate 20 Apr 1669
Sarah Hart of Shoreham, nuncupative will dated 14 Jan 1668/9
Sister Jane Towne and her daughter Sarah
Mother Mrs Rose Harte
Wife of Mr John Hall
Witnesses Elizabeth Wall and Katherine Hall of Shoreham.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/120, Probate 24 Jun 1669
John Hayes of Meopham, husbandman, will dated 30 Nov 20 Chas II
William, John, Thomas and Margaret Hayes children of my brother Robert, deceased
Cousin Sarah wife of Edward Loft of Meopham
Brother Thomas Hayes of Meopham, oatmealeman, executor.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/121, Probate 12 Oct 1669
Joan How of Bexley, widow, will dated 7 Jul 1669
Daughter Joan Shott and her children William, Susannah and Joan
Cousin Elizabeth Meere daughter of Samuel
Daughter Frances Goodbery
Kinsmen Robert Mace, Richard Mace, Francis Wybourne, John Wybourne
Son William Meere, executor
Witnesses John Wybourne, Hen. Lawrence.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/123, Probate 3 Sep 1670
Valentine Hollansby alias Nicholes of Platt, Wrotham, yeoman, will dated 4 Sep 1669
Wife Jane, executrix
Witnesses Thomas Everest, Martha Gosling, Joh. Williams Vicar of Wrotham.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/124, Probate 7 Jan 1670/1
John Hodge of Sevenoaks, labourer, will dated 18 Oct 1670
Nephew John Hodge
Mother Sara Hodge
Sister Sara Ware
young Mrs Jane Blome
Brother Abraham Hodge, executor
Mr John Blome of Sevenoaks, gent.
Mary Blardsworth? of Sevenoaks, spinster
Nephews Francis, Giles, James and Richard Hodge.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/129, Probate 12 Jun 1801
William Hubble of Chevening, yeoman, will dated 23 Feb 1801
Friend Geoffery Taylor of Sevenoaks, surgeon, trustee and executor
Friend Thomas Hoadley of Chiddingstone, yeoman, trustee and executor
Wife Ann, executrix
Son William <21
Sisters Ann Knight widow, Lucy Bellingham, Sarah Older widow and Mary Morgan
Witnesses Alex'r John Millish of Sevenoaks, Step'n Woodgate att'y of Sevenoaks.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/132, Probate 24 May 1672
Thomas Hunt of Halstead, will dated 3 Apr 1672
Reference to will of Alice Stalworth, widow deceased
Eldest son Peter <21
Sons Thomas, William, John and Francis
Daughters Margaret and Alice
Wife Alice, executrix
Witnesses Zachary Smith, Tho. White.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/136, Probate 14 Feb 1673/4
John Hall of Sundrish, yeoman, will dated 14 Feb 1671
Son William of Chepsted, Chevening
Daughter Elizabeth wife of John ---imer of Sundrish
Daughter Elizabeth wife of Thomas Hoale of Cudham
Daughter Anne wife of Thomas Godding of Brasted
Daughter Dorothy wife of Robert Keeble of Brasted
Daughter Judith hall
Grandchild William Sage
Sons Henry and Edward, executors
Witnesses John Dartnoll, Susan Blackman, Robte Blackman
Codicil dated 18 Mar 1672
Witnesses Robert Budgin, Robte Blackman.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/139, Probate 30 Sep 1675
Robert Hills of Shoreham the elder, yeoman, will dated 1 May 1675
Eldest son William
Third son Edward
Youngest son John
Daughters Jane Pound and Ann Barrett
Eldest daughter Joane wife of Nicholas Child
Martha Manning widow
Occupier David Perritt, blacksmith at Shoreham
Grandchildren Robert, John, Ann and Mary Hills children of son Robert
Grandchild William Pound
Second son Robert, executor
Friend and kinsman Francis Hills of Sevenoaks, yeoman and his son Richard, overseers
Witnesses George Petty, Anne Petty.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/147, Probate 4 May 1677
Henry Hadlow of Wrotham, husbandman, will dated 7 Apr 1677
Sister Isabel wife of Thomas Baldwin of Wrotham, husbandman, executrix
Occupier Richard Shoebridge at Ightham
Humphrey Baldwin son of Isabel
Elizabeth Hadlow <21 daughter of my brother Mathew, late of Dartford, husbandman deceased
Sister Dorothy widow of Stephen Millis of Seale, husbandman deceased, executrix
Stephen and Dorothy children of Dorothy Millis
Aunt Ann Bary of Ash widow
Witnesses Stephen Millis, Peter French, Willm Atherfold.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/148, Probate 20 Jun 1677
John Hyde of Sundrish, esquier, will dated 26 Sep 1670
to be buried at St Dunstans in the East, London near my brother Bernard
Nephew Sir Bernard Hyde, Knight
Niece Anne wife of William Whaley, Esq.
Niece Elizabeth wife of Stanhope Whaley, Esq.
Nephew William Hyde youngest son of my deceased brother
Nephew Humfry Hyde second son of my deceased brother Bernard
Nephew Mr Hyde of Langtoff and his wife
Friend Mr John Cressy
Ellen Rogers my maid servant
Witnesses Jo. Crossey, Tho. Tomlyn, Thomas Quickenden (not signed).
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/149, Probate 11 Jul 1678
John Hollamby the elder of Coales, Chiddingstone, yeoman, will dated 27 Aug 1677
Thomas Page of Hever, glover
Grandchild John Waghorne son of Thomas of Speldhurst
Youngest daughter Katherine Hollamby
Grandchild Elizabeth Hollamby daughter of my son John
Widow Trendle of Chiddingstone
Thomas Beckett, land at Penshurst
Henry Colgate, land at Penshurst
Eldest daughter Elizabeth wife of Thomas Waghorne
Son John executor
Witnesses Stephen Arnold, Samuel Arnold.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/150, Probate 15 Oct 1678
Francis Hills senior of Chevening, millwright, will dated 20 Sep 1678
Daughter Elizabeth wife of Richard Skyner and their children
Daughter Sarah Hills
Wife Sarah, executrix
Sons Francis and Richard
Witnesses James Calverley?, Robert Hills, Chris. Thomas.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/8/152, Probate 28 Nov 1678
Thomas Hayes the elder of Meopham, yeoman, will dated 20 May 1676
Eldest son Thomas and his son Thomas
Younger son William and his son Thomas
Friend Thomas Wouldham of Meopham, yeoman, overseer
Son in law David Whiffen and his son Thomas
Grandchild Jane daughter of Willian Warren
Daughter Frances Whiffen, executrix.
Source: Deanery of Shoreham LDS#1042800, PRS/W/155, Probate 4 Nov 1679
John Hallansbey of Wrotham, yeoman, will dated 7 Oct 1679
Daughter Jane wife of William French
Son in law John Austin who married my daughter
Son Vallentine, executor
Witnesses John Croffeill?, George Hallansbey, Tho. Goodwyn.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 13 Dec 1808 to John Bodkin, surviving executor
John Bodkin of Shorne, farmer, will dated 31 Jul 1799
property & wheelers shop purchased from Ibbers Till
son John, executor
Thomas Bodkin of Northfleet, victualler, executor
John Butcher, younger son of John Butcher of Northfleet, farmer
Witnesses Moses Adams - William Mathews - Jno. Evans.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 16 Feb 1816 to Thomas Shearly
William Comport of Shorne, farmer, will dated 26 Oct 1800
brother in law Thomas Shearly
Witnesses Chas Kite - Bridget x Gouch - William Rolfe
Codicil dated same day, same witnesses
Codicil dated 14 Jan 1816
housekeeper Bridget Gouch
Witnesses R H Beaumont - Edw'd Edwards.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 11 Apr 1827
George Comport of Shorne, gentleman, will dated 20 Oct 1826
James Edmed of Milton next Gravesend, gentleman, trustee, guardian & executor
Henry Collis of Maidstone, builder, trustee, guardian & executor
James Phillips the younger of Ryarsh, miller, trustee, guardian & executor
Thomas Knight of Snodland, gentleman
housekeeper Elizabeth wife of Richard Gill
son George Comfort Gill by me said housekeeper, born 29 Dec 1821 & baptised at Woolwich 24 Apr 1822
Witnesses R H Beaumont - James Rhodes - John Wetherell
Codicil dated 27 Nov 1826
Witnesses R H Beaumont - John Botting - George Nickson
Codicil dated 19 Dec 1826
Joseph Solomon the younger of Shorne, gentleman - to replace James Phillips as executor etc.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 26 Oct 1831
Frances Hartridge of Shorne Ifield, spinster, will dated 11 Apr 1828
Samuel Young & William Samuel Young, of Parliament St., Westminster, gentlemen, trustees & executors
Jarvis Noakes of Shorne Ifield Esq. & his wife Mary
Witnesses Harriett Medhurst, Mary Colegate servants to Mr Noakes, Shorne - Richard Noakes, Shorne.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 26 Feb 1781
Sarah Holmes of Shorne, widow, will dated 8 Jul 1780
property in St Nicholas, Rochester late in possession of mother Mary Burges, deceased
cousin Frances Baker, spinster
properties in St Nicholas occupied by John Taylor, Gurney brazier & Richard woodriff
cousin Thomas Ayres of Rochester, innholder
cousin Susannah Hopkins wife of John Hopkins of Maidstone, innholder
cousin William Baker of Stroud, house carpenter
Thomas, Sarah, Mary & Susanna Hopkins, children of said Susanna & John
tenants Manser, Crankhorn, Mordscat?, Frances Brenchley at St Nicholas
properties in King Street, Chatham occupied by Dadd, Rich, Boreham & Hall
Frances Mears of Chatham, widow
my mother's late servant Catherine Mears who now lives with me
Sarah Wilford of Chatham, widow
Sarah Alexander of Chatham, widow
Ashton, John, Elizabeth, Susannah & Mary Vade, children of my cousin Elizabeth Vade of Croydon, Surrey, widow
Ann wife of John Button of Grays, Essex, yeoman & her daughter Ann
Mr Philip Boghurst the elder of Frindsbury, gentleman, executor
Thomas Tomlyn of St Margaret Rochester, gentleman, executor
Witnesses Jno Taylor - J. Fisher - Wm Twopeny jun'r
Codicil dated 16 Oct 1780
Witnesses John Taylor - John Bishop
Codicil dated 27 Oct 1780 (Sarah Holmes of Rochester)
Frances Mears, widow & her two daughters Catherine Mears & Sarah Alexander
Susannah Hopkins wife of George Hopkins of Maidstone
my nurses Sarah Wilford, widow and Frances Mears
John Sparks the younger
Ann wife of Philip Boghurst
Witnesses Jno Taylor - Rt Bristow, Attorney at Strood.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 18 Nov 1796
Anna Noakes of Shorne, widow, will dated 14 Sep 1795
nieces Frances and Mary Hartridge <21
Thomas Noakes & Jarvis Noakes, sons of Richard Noakes brother of my late husband Thomas
brother in law Jarvis Noakes
sister Rachel wife of William Pemble, Esq., executrix
sister Charlotte wife of Mr George Mason, executrix
Witnesses Dinah Stiles - E. Watts.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 21 Jan 1801
John Lane of Shorne, gentleman, will dated 9 Nov 1800
Inn called 'Catherine Wheel', High Street, Gravesend purchased from William Levitt?, occupied by John Goldsmith
2 messuages at West Street, Gravesend:
- one which I became seized of under marriage settlement with Mary Geale
- other purchased from Henry Mills & James Champion devisees named in will of Mary Sloane, deceased
tenants Kettle, Botting, Wales, Jackson, Ghent
property in Shorne purchased from John Eve
Samuel Hazard of Gravesend, malster, trustee & executor
Henry Holland of Northfleet, victualler, trustee & executor
daughter Susanna <21
witnesses Walter Vaughan - H. Jones - Jno Mills Evans.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 7 Jan 1815 to daughter Sarah (surviving executor)
Sarah Lane of Shorne, widow, will dated 6 Aug 1808
sister Mary Hutton, deceased
son William Masterman of Gravesend, waterman
son John Masterman
daughter Sarah Gervine of Frindsbury, executrix (wife of Henry)
Mr. John Henzell of Frindsbury, executor
witnesses W, Rout - Sarah Cox (mark).
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 25 Sep 1823
Elizabeth Lithgow of Shorne, spinster, will dated 3 Jun 1823
to be interred at St. George's, Middlesex
Mrs Sophia Pack wife of William Wiborn Pack of Shorne, tanner
Mary Ruffles of Catherine Street, Whitechapel, Mdx, widow of Mr Jeremiah Ruffles
Sarah Bridge of Strood, spinster
Maria Barlow, spinster, granddaughter of Mr Barlow of Shorne
William Wyborn Pack, executor
witnesses D B Lewis, attorney at Law, Rochester - Jonathan Westover, Shorne.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 12 Nov 1806
Sarah Packham of Shorne, will dated 10 Jun 1806
to be buried at Teston
Thomas Boyce, wheelwright of Chatham, executor
William Bilbee, shopkeeper of Shorne, executor
Elizabeth Packham and her sister Martha, daughters of my brother John
Witnesses Willm Botting - Edward Botting.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 29 Dec 1800
Robert Phipps of Shorne, Esq., will dated 4 Jul 1800
eldest son Robert
property in St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London
brother in law Thomas Sparke of Higham Ferrars, Northampton, Esq., Captain in the Royal Navy, trustee & executor
William Cotes of Highbury Place, Islington, Mdx, Esq., trustee
Mr Francis Kain of Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, Mdx, trustee
daughter Sarah Gates Phipps, executrix
daughters Maria Elizabeth Phipps and Harriett Phipps
sons Thomas and William
lease from Thomas Clarke
leaseholds in Bermondsey, Hounsditch Aldgate
witnesses James Baker - mark of William Waller - Jno Mills Evans
Codicil dated 6 Nov 1800
sister in law Rebecca Sparke
witnesses mark of Ann Seamark - John Mills Evans.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 22 Feb 1813
John Prebble of Shorne, Esq., will dated 7 Feb 1811
to be buried at Higham
wife Ann, trustee and executrix
son Christopher <24, trustee and executor
daughters Mary Ann Winkworth, widow, Frances Maria Prebble <21, Elizabeth Prebble <21
reference to will of Letitia Akers of Strood, widow, deceased (great aunt of son Richard)
reference to will dated 6 Jul 1776 of Mary Townsend of Milton next Gravesend, widow, deceased (grandmother of son Richard)
daughter Letitia Fenner wife of Joseph Howlett Fenner of Long Lane, Southwark, tanner
friend Philip Boghurst of Frindsbury, gentleman, trustee & executor
friend James Taggart of Chislehurst, Esq., trustee & executor
wife's sister Mrs Parker
property in Cliffe, Frindsbury, Higham, Halstow, St Maries, Shorne
witnesses H? Justin Cliffords jun. - Jon. Pool his clerk - Joseph Croom?, Bouverie Street
Codicil dated 1 Sep 1812
witnesses B. Lewis, Roch'r - J. Cooper of Chalk - S. Batting, servant to Mr Prebble
Codicil dated 15 Nov 1812
witnesses B. Lewis - Wm Bilboe - Sarah Batting.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 18 Mar 1814
John Shirley of Chart next Sutton Valence, yeoman, will dated 9 Oct 1813
nephews Stephen Wilkins & Thomas Crispe, trustees & executors
property at Pested Bars, Challock, formerly occupied by Jane Clark & now by John Clark
Larkin Wood, Challock
property called Woodsett Green in Lenham occupied by Stedman
nephew Edward Shirley, his wife Elizabeth & their sons Pettenden Shirley and Edward Shirley
nephew William Wilkins, trustee
Manor called Foxrider Wood in Cranbrook occupied by myself & nephew William Shirley
Stephen <21 son of my nephew Stephen Wilkins
nephews William Crispe, Thomas Crispe, George Crispe, Clement Crispe & Charles Crispe
Mary Anne Crispe <21 daughter of late nephew John Crispe jnu'r deceased
tenants Richard Hartridge apothecary, Margaret Higgins carpenter & George Crispe malster at Sutton Valence
niece Mary Crispe, widow, mother of said Marianne
John Lushington Kennett, Henry Kennett & Mary Kennett, children of my niece Mary Kennett
4 children of my late niece Sarah Crosier, wife of Henry Crosier late of Bridge, deceased
Thomas Bowles, William Bowles, John Bowles, Richard Bowles & Mary Bowles, children of my late niece Ann
nieces Elizabeth Crispe, Susannah Coulter, Elizabeth Shirley, Sophia Wilkins, Mary Hoos?, Ann Norrington & Ann Mabson
Ann Shirley daughter of Edward
Robert Bowles son of my late niece Ann
sister Ann Wilkins
witnesses W.P. Shirley - John Shirley of Chart Sutton - Martha Brooks of Chart Sutton.
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