Search billions of records on Ancestry.com
   

Will of Thomas Harvey

of Eythorne, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Folio 194, Vol 97, LDS Film # 0188997
Transcribed by Norm Dennie
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Harvey the elder of the parish of Eythorne, in the County of Kent, yeoman, being of sound mind memory and understanding (praised be Almighty God for the same ) but considering the uncertainty of the mortal life do therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say). First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker hoping through the mediation of Jesus Christ my Saviour to obtain the pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and eternal life and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors herein after named, and as to my estate both real and personal where with it hath pleased God to give me, I dispose thereof as followth (that is to say).

I give and devise unto my loving son Thomas Harvey all that my mesuage or tenement with the barn stable outhouses edifices buildings orchards yard gardens banksides? and overall pieces or parcels of land arable and pasture thereunto adjoining and belonging containing together in the whole by estimation sixteen acres more or less with their and every of their appurtenances virtuate lying and being in the parish of St. Peter the Apostle in the Isle of Thanet in the said County of Kent at or near a certain place there called Brompton and now or late in the tenure or occupation of Richard Epinsam or his assigns to have and to hold the said mesuage or tenement lands hereditaments? and premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto my said son Thomas Harvey his heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behalf of my said son Thomas Harvey his heirs and assigns forever.

Also all that my mesuage or tenement with the barn stables outhouses edifices buildings and five several pieces or parcels of arable land with the appurtenances containing in the whole by estimation seven acres more or less situate lying and being in Whitfield otherwise Beusfield in the said County of Kent and now in the tenure or occupation of John Jones or of his assigns, and also all those my three several pieces or parcels of arable land commonly called or known by the name of Arthurs Court Land containing by estimation five acres more or less with the appurtenances lying and being in Whitfield otherwise Beusfield aforesaid and now in the tenure or occupation of the said John Jones or his assigns I give and devise unto my loving daughter Elizabeth the wife of James Denn to have and to hold the same mesuage or tenement lands hereditaments and premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Elizabeth the wife of the said James Denn and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life the keeping the same in good and tenantable repair and committing no manner of waste.

And from and after the determination of that estate I give and devise the same mesuage or tenement lands hereditaments and premises with the appurtenances unto Thomas Mercer the younger of the town and port of Dover in the said County of Kent, Taylor, and John Knott of the parish of Baston otherwise Barfriston, in the said County of Kent, Miller, and their heirs during the life of the Elizabeth Denn in trust forever be the contingent demands and limitations herein after thereof limited and devised from being defeated and destroyed and for that purpose to make entries or bring actions as occasion shall require. But never the less to permit and suffer the said Elizabeth Denn and her assigns to take and return the rents owed and profits thereof to her and their own use during the term of her natural life.

And from and immediately after the decease of the said Elizabeth Denn I give and devise the same mesuage or tenement lands hereditaments and premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said James Denn to have and to hold the same mesuage or tenement lands hereditaments and premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said James Denn and his assigns from and after the decease of the said Elizabeth his wife for and during the term of his natural life he keeping the same in good and tenantable repair and committing no manner of waste. And from and after the determination of the estate I give and devise the same mesuage or tenement lands hereditament and premises with their appurtenances unto the said Thomas Mercer and John Knott and their heirs during the life of him the said James Denn. In trust to preserve the contingent remainder and limitations herein after thereof limits and desires from being defeated and destroyed and for that purpose to make entries and bring actions as occasion shall require But never the less to permit and suffer the said James Denn and his assigns after the decease of the said Elizabeth Denn to take and receive the rents owed and profits thereof to his and their own use during the term of his natural life.

And from and immediately after the decease of the survivor of them the said Elizabeth Denn and James Denn then I give and devise the same mesuage or tenement lands hereditaments and premises with their and every of their appurtenances into all and every the child and children of the body of the said Elizabeth the wife of the said James Denn lawfully begotten and to be begotten who shall live to attain their several and respective ages of one and twenty years equally to be divided between them (if more than one) share and share alike and to take as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and to their heirs and assigns forever. To the only use and behalf of them and of their heirs and assigns forever and if there shall be but one such child who shall live to attain his or her age of one and twenty years, I give and devise the same premises unto that one such child and to his or her heirs and assigns forever to his or her and their only use and behalf forever. And for default of all such then I give and desire the same mesuage or tenement lands hereditaments and premises last mentioned with their appurtenances to my own right heirs forever.

Also I give and devise unto the said James Denn and Elizabeth his wife all that my small mesuage or tenement with the ground and appurtenances what soever there unto belonging situate lying and being in the parish of Eythorne aforesaid in the said Count of Kent and now in the tenure or occupation of Thomas Rye or of his assigns to hold to the said James Denn and Elizabeth his wife their heirs and assigns forever As the only use and behalf of the said James Denn and Elizabeth his wife their heirs and assigns forever.

Also I give and bequeath to my loving sister Sarah Holdstork the sum of five pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid her by my executors herein after my decease.
Also I give and bequeath unto my said son Thomas Harvey all my wearing apparel and household silver.

All the rest and residue of my goods and chattels ready money credits and personal estate what soever and where soever and of what kind quality or condition soever after payment of my just debts funeral expenses and the charges of probate of this my last will and testament I give and bequeath unto my said son Thomas Harvey and my son in law the said James Denn equally to be divided between them share and share alike as the only forever use of them the said Thomas Harvey and James Denn and their several and respective executors administrators and assigns.

And lastly I do hereby make ordain constitute and appoint my said son Thomas Harvey and my said son in law James Denn joint executors of this my last will and testament and thereby revoking and making void all forever wills by me at any time here tofore made. I make ordain and declare this to be my true and only last will and testament in witness whereof I the said Thomas Harvey the testator to this my last will and testament contained in four sheets of paper have set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of November in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace of God King of Great Britain and so forth and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty three. Thomas Harvey signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Harvey the testator as and for this last will and testament in the presence of us who have thereunto subscribed our names as witness in the present and at the request of the said testator the word have above written being first fairly interlined and inverted
Robert Wilmot, Edward Maxted, Thomas Mercer the elder.

Probated September 21, 1765


Return to Kent Genealogy

Will of Thomas Harvey
Created by Maureen Rawson