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Will of Katherine Halsell

of Cranbrook, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/46/273
Submitted by Roy Day
In the name of God, Amen, the 11th daie of Februarye in the 26th yere of the Reigne of our moste gratious Sovereigne lady Elizabeth, by the grace of God, Queene of England, France and Ireland, defendo[ur] of the Feithe etc,
I, Katherin Halsell of Cranebrooke in the county of Kent, wedowe, beinge sicke of bodye but in good and p[er]fect remembrance, laud and praise be to almightie God, do make this my p[re]sent Testament, conteyninge herein my laste will, in manner and forme following, viz, First and principally I co[m]mend my Sowle to Almightie God my maker, saviour and redemer, hoping and assuredly and Stedfaste belevinge to be saved by and throughe the merytes, death and bloodshedinge of our lorde and Savyo[ur] Jesus christe, and my bodye to the earthe to be buryed at the discretion of myne Executo[ur] hereafter named.

It[e]m I give and bequeth to John Deye, sonne of my dawghter Agnes Deye, my beste Covering, comonlye called a Coverlet.
It[e]m I give and bequethe to Katherine Deye, dawghter of my dawghter Agnes Deye, my best Cobbard.
It[e]m I give and bequethe to Richard Deye, sonne of my dawghter Agnes Deye, my Square Joyned table.
It[e]m I give and bequethe to Katherine Earell my goddawghter my beste hatt, Alsoe one pewter platter, one pewter dysshe, one Sawser and one porringer and my beste petycoate.

The Residwe of all my goodes, debtes and Chattelles whatsoever not in this p[rese]nte Testament geven, willed nor bequethed, my debttes beinge firste paide, Legacies fullfilled and funerall expences discharged, I give, will and bequethe Equallye to be devydid betweene my sonne John Rucke and my sonne in lawe Symond Deye, the which said Symon Dey I ordeyne and make my Executo[ur], to doe, performe and fullfill all and everye thinge and thinges in this my present Testament and last will conteyned, accordinge to my verie will and meanyinge, And thus I conclude and fynishe this my p[rese]nte Testament.

Wyttnesses p[rese]nte at the declaring and delyverye hereof,
Wyll[ya]m iurat[us] [sworn] Hilles and Lawrence Weller iurat[us] Script[or] [the writer].

Probatum fuit p[rese]ns suprascript[um] Testament[um] coram mag[ist]ro Rich[ard]o Fletcher cl[er]ico vicario de Cranebrooke primo die Aprilis 1584 deputat[o] ven[erabi]lis viri mag[ist]ri Steph[an]i Lakes legum doctoris re[veren]di d[omi]ni Archi[diaco]ni Cant[uariensis] officialis Jura[men]t[is] Will[iel]mi Hill[es] et Lawrentii Weller testi[um] etc
Onus co[m]missum est Simoni Daye executori primitus Jurat[o] etc

[The present above-written will was proved on the first day of April 1584 before Master Richard Fletcher, clerk, Vicar of Cranbrook, deputy of the worshipful Master Stephen Lakes, Doctor of Laws, Official of the Reverend Lord Archdeacon of Canterbury, by the oaths of William Hilles and Lawrence Weller, witnesses etc.
The burden [of execution] was committed to Simon Daye, the executor, he having been first sworn etc.]

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