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Will of Thomas Flood

of Bearsted, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1612 f.105
Transcribed by Bob Spicer
In the name of God Amen the second day of Sept in the year of our Lord god one thousand six hundred and twelve. I Thomas Fludd of Milgate in the parish of Berstead in the County of Kent being sick of body but of perfect rememberance thanks therefore be given to Almighty god. I do ordaine and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God through whose mercy by the merit and bitter passion of my Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ I hope only to be saved and my body to be buried in the parish church of Berstead aforesaid or elsewhere as to my executors shall seem meet. Item I do give and bequeath to the poor householders inhabiting within the said parish of Berstead forty shillings. Item I do give and bequeath to the poor inhabiting within the parishes of Thurnham, Hollingbourne Boxley, Leeds, Otham and Broomfield three pound to every of them ten shillings. Item I do give to the poor prisoners in the Gaol of Maidstone five shillings. All which several sums of money I will shall be paid within one year next after my decease.

Item I do give and bequeath to my sister Katherine Lunsford five pounds to buy her a piece of plate for a rememberance the which I will shall be paid her within one year after my decease Item I do give to my brother John Fludd, The lady Gilborne and my sister Sarah Bufkin viz. to every one of them twenty shillings to buy for each of them a knife or goblet for a rememberance. Item I do give and bequeath to my nieces Katherine Gilborne and Katherine Bufkin to either of them ten shillings. Item I do give to my nephew William Lunsford forty shillings. all which I will shall be paid to them within one year after my decease.

Item I do give and bequeath to my well beloved brother Walter Bufkin one of my best geldings which I will that he shall choose out of all those which shall be left at the time of my death.

Item I do give and bequeath unto my well beloved sister and brothers the Lady Elizabeth Walden, my brother Jefferey, and my brother Henry Bufkin to every one of them twenty shillings to but them rings for a rememberance
Item I do give to my niece Anne Walden for a rememberance twenty shillings.
Item I give and bequeath to my virtuous and dearly beloved sister Mrs Barbara Bufkin twenty pounds to buy her a chain.
Item I do give unto my Aunt Webb for a rememberance twenty shillings.
Item I do give unto my niece Cecily Bellingham twenty shillings All of which I will shall be paid within one year and a half after my decease.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Fludd my ring with seal of arms thereon and my stamp of arms with silver.
Item I do give unto my servant Lancelot Calkott forty shillings to be paid within half a year after my decease.

Item I do give and bequeath to my said son Thomas Fludd my leases in possession and reversion which I have of and in these several things following viz. My lease of Kingston upon Thames parsonage and my lease of Sheppy called by the name of Hooke farm. Also another lease of certain lands in Bearsted during the time of John Shelleys lease. Also one certain farm in Denton in the County of Sussex late letten to ,b>James Sizan and an other farm there lately Richard Shellies and Another farm there late Washingtons. And also my lease of the Demesne lands of the Manor of Bristead in Sussex which is now in controversy between me and Richard Shelley. also I give and bequeath to my said son Thomas Fludd the lease of the woods, Lychfields XXXXXX and Cabage groves lying within Boxley and Earlwood in Petham with the tenements and lands thereto belonging Also my leases in Walslade woods and Great Cowbock and of Barnden. Also the lease of my house in the Old Bailey in London. Also certain lands called Hurst held by lease of Mr Robert Lambe. Also my lease of the flotage at Newenden and of a little piece of land there which Holman lately has in occupying. And my lease of several little pieces of land and wood in Boxley above the hill near the pond there. also all my leases of certain lands in Thanet which I hold from the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury called Scotts xxxxxx together with my leases and terms of years which I hold of John Chamber called Raies. Moreover I give and bequeath to my said son Thomas Fludd my mansion house at Milgate with all my barns stables brewhouse and other buildings about the same together with the Orchard gardens yards closes and ponds adjoining or next unto them with all and xxxxxx lands tenements and heriditaments following viz. my piece of meadow or arable land behind the said barns, the walnuttree fields the hopgarden Masons field the xxxxxx and Brickfields altogether containing by estimation thirtytwo acres. All my lands lying towards Berstead Church containing by estimation fortytwo acres. All my lands called Millands and Spitalmeade containing by estimation forty five acres. My lands and woods called Longham and North Attwood containing in meadow pasture and woods by estimation forty six acres. My lands called Hayes containing in meadow and pasture fifteen acres. My lands lately purchased of Edward Reynolds and Henry Willmott called Combe lands in Leeds now or late in the occupation of Thomas Couchman and Henry Gudger. My piece of land called Leanes containing by estimation ten acres. My lands adjoining to the said Leanes now or late in the occupation of John Acton. My lands in Tenterton called Little Lamborne in the tenure of Philip Little. My three parcels of woodland in Rucking and Bilsington called the Queens sheaty and Boxley wood. My land meadow arable and pasture in Hollingbourne called the farther Hurst. One little close adjoining One little close adjoining to Spitlemeade purchased of Mason. And one Annuity issuing on of the landes of Robert Lamb gent which was bought of Jacob Furminger of ten pounds yearly. My piece of land called Gore. My fulling mill called Bascombe mill and all the lands with the same let to Henry Gudger for the yearly rent of thirtyseven pounds and ten shillings. My piece of meadow called Mahews meadow now or late in the occupation of Richard Acton my lands in Halden now or late in the term or occupation of John Lambert for five pounds yearly. My piece of land in Leeds called Holybroad land now or late in the occupation of Mr Walter Ford for the yearly rent of thirtythree shillings fourpence, The two parcels of land in Appledorn now letten to William Jarvis for the yearly rent of ten shillings. All these leases lands and tenements and the rest aforesaid I do give and bequeath to my son Thomas and to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten.

And for default of such heirs male I do give and bequeath them all to my son Leven Fludd and to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten. And for default of such heirs male of my son Leven I do give and bequeath them to the heirs female of my son Thomas of his body lawfully begotten. And for default of such heirs female of my son Thomas I do give and bequeath them to the heirs female of my son Leven lawfully begotten. And for default of heirs general of both their bodies lawfully begotten I do give and bequeath them to my wellbeloved wife Katherine and to her heirs forever. Provided always that these aforesaid leases landes tenem- ents and all other profit shall be in the absolute power of my wellbeloved wife Katherine during her life. To have and enjoy them and every parcel aforenamed. And after her decease my son Thomas shall have and enjoy them in such manner as is aforesaid.

Moreover I give unto my son Leven my lease of the court Lodge of Hollingbourne with the lease of the mill and of the wood. I do give and bequeath to my son Leven Fludd and to his heirs forever. Provided always that my Wellbeloved wife Katherine shall have and enjoy them during her natural life towards her education and maintenance. And after her decease I give and bequeath them to my son Leven and his heirs forever. And if my son Leven shall die without heirs then I give and bequeath them to my wellbeloved wife and to her heirs forever.

Also I do make and ordain my said dearly beloved wife Katherine Fludd with my loving brother Ralfe Bufkin Esquire to be my executors of this my will and testament. And I do also make and ordain my dear friends Anthony Walden and Francis Jeffery to be overseers of the said last will and testament heartily desiring them for their parts not only to see this my last will and testament executed and performed according to the true meaning of the same but also for as much as the chiefest of the living and portions which I have given to my children do consist and rise upon leases. I heartily pray my said executors to see carefully the due payment of all the said rents received upon the said leases. And I do give to my said executors and overseers for a poor token of rememberence of my good will forty shillings to each of them to buy them rings besides such charges as they shall be at

Item I give and bequeath unto my said executors for the better performance of this my last will and testament all my plate and household stuff whatsoever with all my stock of oxen and cattle and all my other implements whatsoever at Milgate and in the Old Bailie in London. Item my will is that my executors shall (if needs be) sell my leases which I have at Walslade Great Cowbock and Burnden for the better and more sure payment of my debts and legacies and performance of this my last will and testament Item I will that my said executors shall pay unto Sir John Leweson knight and Mathie Bradbury gent to the use of the Lady Fludd during the time of the lease of Kingston Parsonage if she live so long five hundred and forty pounds yearly the same half yearly to be paid at the feast of St Michael the Archangel and the Annunciation of the blessed virgin Mary by even portions.

Item I will that my said executors do pay unto Sir Richard Sands and Sir George Haywood knights or to Gabriel Lewsley esquire or one of them the sum of five hundred pounds yearly the same quarterly to be paid viz. at Michelmas at Christmas the Annunciation and Midsummer or within forty days next after any of the said feasts by equal portions. With also one annuity to Samuel Argoll gent of fifty pounds per annum to be paid the three and twentieth day of April or within twenty days next after. Which annuity is in consideration of six hundred pounds which I have borrowed from him.

Item I will that my said executors shall pay unto sir Thomas Darvill knight and others one annuity of fifty pounds per annum which is in consideration of five hundred pounds which is borrowed of Mr Edward Cage of Bentley as Mr Doote doth know and is to be paid at Michelmas and the Annunciation of our blessed lady by equal portions.

Item I will that my executors do pay to Sir Thomas Hendley or his assigns one Annuity of twenty pounds per annum which is in conside- ration of two hundred pounds which I have borrowed of him. Also my Exec- utors to pay to my brother Robert Fludd one annuity of thirty pounds per annum paid at Michelmas and once Lady Day by even portions unto whom I do give moreover twenty shillings for the rememberance of my good will. All my other lands tenements leases debts and goods not disposed of before in my will I do give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Katherine Fludd The last will and testament of Thomas Fludd Esquire signed and sealed containing three sheets of paper being intertwined in three places and blotted fourth in five places was by him published the second day of September Anno Domini one thousand six hundreds and twelve in the presence of Leven Bufkin, Edward Lapworth William Alabaster


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