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Will of Bowyer Hendley

of Otham, Kent


Source: PCC Probate 31 Dec 1742
Transcribed by Colin Filmer
In the name of God Amen. Bowyer Hendley of Otham in the county of Kent Esquire do this twenty third day of September, one thousand seven hundred and forty make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I bequeath my soul to the almighty God my maker and to Jesus Christ my redeemer and to the Holy Ghost my sanctifier and my body to the earth from whence it came to be buried in such decent and Christian manner as my Executrix hereinafter named shall think fit and as touching and concerning the worldly Estate wherewith the lord hath been pleased to bless me.

I give and dispose of as follows (that is to say) first I give and bequeath unto the poor of Otham aforesaid five pounds to be distributed amongst them at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named within one month after my decease
also I give unto my eldest son William Hendley forty pounds to buy mourning for himself, wife and children
also I give unto my son in law the Reverend Mr Samuel Horne thirty pounds for the same use
also I give unto my two daughters Elizabeth Taylor widow and Mary Hendley spinster ten pounds each to buy them mourning.
Also I give unto my niece Mary Dixon ten pounds to buy her mourning
and my mind and will is that all legacies above mentioned shall be paid by my Executrix hereinafter named immediately after my decease

also I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Hendley five hundred pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain which is at this time standing in my name in the South Sea Companies books under the denomination of New South Sea annuities
also I give and bequeath unto my son William Hendley one thousand pounds of like lawful money of Great Britain in the New South Sea annuities now standing in my name in the South Sea Companies books
also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Taylor widow two thousand pounds of lawful money of Great Britain of the trading South Sea Stock now standing in my name in the South Sea Companies books for her to take and receive the dividends or interest thereof during the term of her natural life and after her decease my mind and will further is that the said two thousand pounds capital stock in the South Sea Companies books shall be equally divided amongst all the daughters of my said son William Hendley which shall be living at her decease share and share alike
likewise I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Elizabeth Taylor one thousand pounds of lawful money of Great Britain in the New South Seas annuities in the South Sea Companies books now standing in my name in lieu and full satisfaction of and as for her marriage portion which I contracted to give her upon her marriage and no otherwise

also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne the now wife of the said Reverend Mr Samuel Horne Clerk fifteen hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain in the New South Sea annuities in the South Sea Companies books now standing in my name for the bringing up and education of her children
also I give unto my daughter Mary Hendley spinster two thousand pounds of lawful money of Great Britain in the South Sea annuities in the South Sea companies books now standing in my name for her to take and receive the dividend or interest thereof to and for her own use during the term of her natural life and after her decease my mind and will further is that the said two thousand pounds capital stock shall be divided amongst the children of my said daughter Anne by her now husband the said Samuel Horne which shall be living at her decase share and share alike likewise.
I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Mary Hendley one thousand pounds more of lawful money of Great Britain in the New Annuities in the South Sea Companies books now standing in my name

also I devise and bequeath unto my said son William Hendley and his heirs and assigns for ever all that woodland commonly called or known by the name of Angley Wood with all the rights members and appurtenances whee unto belonging and appertaining containing by estimation three hundred acres more or less situate lying and being in the Parish of Cranbrook in the county of Kent and in the occupation of Mr Thomas Iveston
and also I give and devise and bequeath unto my said son William Hendley and to his heirs and assigns forever all that five acres of land be the same more or less situate in Cranbrook aforesaid and now in the occupation of Matthew Dury he and they paying out of the same to Mrs Sarah Chrisford an annuity of five pounds a year left and given her by my sister Milward for the term of her natural life
and also I give and devise and bequeath unto my said son William Hendley and to his heirs and assigns forever two parts of three the whole in three equal parts to be divided of and in all that Barn Lodge and Close with fifteen acres of land more or less there unto situate lying and being in the several parishes of Cranbrook aforesaid and Biddenden in the said county of Kent late in the occupation of Mr Thomas Simmonds which last mentioned premises I bought of Mr John Brissenden.
Also I give devise and bequeath unto my said son William Hendley all that my estate commonly called or known by the name of Hazeldenwood in Cranbrook aforesaid with all the rights members and appurts there unto belonging and to his heirs and assigns forever.
Also I give devise and bequeath unto my said son William Hendley and to his heirs and assigns forever all that my one messuage or tenement and farm with all the rights members and appurtenances situate in Leeds in the said county of Kent which I purchased of Mr John Clarke and now in the occupation of John Basden, yeoman
and also all that messuage tenement and farm with all the rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging and appertaining situate and being in the Parish of Otham aforesaid in the occupation of Waterman widow which I purchased of Mr Edwin Belk give devise and bequeath unto my said son William Hendley and his heirs and assigns forever

also I give devise and bequeath unto my said son William Hendley after my wife decease all my furniture in the best chamber over the kitchen and to his assigns forever and my wife and mind further is that if my said son William Hendley should leave no issue male and the living of Otham should happen to be void before his death I do hereby give devise and bequeath the same living of Otham with the perpetual advowson thereof to my grandson George Horne and to his heirs and assigns forever if he be educated and brought up a clergyman otherwise to any other son of my said son in law Samuel Horne that shall be educated and brought up a clergyman as aforesaid but in default of a male son of my said son in law Samuel Horne to be educated in manner aforesaid than I give and bequeath the said living with the perpetual advowson thereof to my right heirs and their assigns for ever

also I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Hendley all the rest of my goods and furniture of what nature a kind soever in my dwelling house for her use during the term of her natural life and all the stock upon the ground in my own occupation I give to her for her dispose of as she pleaseth except the stock of Hoppoles which I give to my son William Hendley and after her decease I give and bequeath all the said goods and furniture in my dwelling house to my two daughters Elizabeth Taylor widow and Mary Hendley spinster to be equally shared between them

and after my funeral charges (privately performed) just debts and legacies duly paid and satisfied the rest residue and remainder of all my estate both real and personal that is not herein and hereby before disposed of I give devise and bequeath unto my said beloved wife Mary Hendley whom I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint sole executive of this my last will and testament written and contained in two sheets of paper to the first whereof I have set my hand and to the second my hand and seal as witness my hand the day and year first above written Bowyer Hendley signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Bowyer Hendley the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of us the testator
Thomas Betts, Richard Adams, Richard Tilbe.

Proved at London 31st December 1742 before the judge by the oath of Mary Hendley widow the Relict and sole executive to whom administration was granted having been first sworn by commission duly to administrator.

He was buried on December 9, 1742.


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