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Will of John Hodges

of Barham, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/335 1699, Kent FHS fiche 434/5
In the name of God Amen I John Hodges of Barham in the County of Kent Yeoman the Twentieth day of February in the yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred ninty and eight being in good health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God for the same Doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following First I comitt my Soule into the hands of Almighty God the Faithfull Creator and of Jesus Christ my most gracious Redeemer through whose only meritts and intercession I hope to be made partaker of Eternal life and happiness, my body I comitt to the Earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto my three granddaughters Mary, Elizabeth and Anne Stonehouse daughters of my sonne in law Joseph Stonehouse the sum of eight pounds a peice of lawfull money of England to bee paid unto each of them by my said Executor within twelve months next after my decease

Also I give and bequeath unto my grandaughter Jane Stonehouse one other of the daughters of my said sonne in law Joseph Stonehouse the like sum of eight pounds to bee paid unto her by my said executor within twelve months next after my decease
Also I give and bequeath unto my grandaughter Susannah Stonehouse the like sum of eight pounds to bee paid unto her by my said executor within three yeares next after my decease
Also I give and bequeath unto Hester Stonehouse my grandaughter one other of the daughters of my said sonne in law Joseph Stonehouse the like sum of eight pounds of lawfull money of England to bee paid unto her by my said executor within five yeares next after my decease

And my will and mind is that if it shall happen that any of these my said grandchildren above mentioned dye before their legacy or legacyes grow due to be paid by this my will that then the legacy of her or them soe dyeing shall bee paid to and shared amongst the survivors of them att such time as the same ought to have been paid had shee or they beene liveing

Item I give and bequeath unto my grandchild Anne Hodges daughter of my sonne William Hodges dec'ed the sum of five pounds of lawfull money of England to bee paid unto her by my said Executor within three months next after my decease

Also I give and bequeath unto two other of my grandaughters whose Christian names I know not who are sisters of my said grandaughter Anne Hodges and daughter of my said sonne William Hodges the sums of forty shillings a peice of lawfull money of England to bee paid unto them by my said Executor within three months next after they shall demand the same of him and make it appear that they are daughters of my said sonne William Hodges

Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Thomas Hodges all my apparell both of lynnen and woollen hoes shoes hatts and of what nature soever to bee delivered to him by my said Executor within three months next after my decease

Item all the rest and residue of my goods chattells and personal Estate whatsoever not herein before bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my sonne John Hodges whome I doe alsoe hereby make and ordaine full and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament Chargeing my said Executor out of my said Personall Estate in the first place to pay all such debts as I shall justly owe to any p'son or p'sons att the time of my death as also all legacies funeral expenses and probate of this my will out of the same And I doe hereby revoke disannul and make void all and every former and other will heretofore by me made

This is the last Will and Testament of me the said John Hodges made and declared the day and yeare abovesaid touching and concerneing all and singular my Messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever with their and only of their appurtenances all which I doe give and bequeath and out of the same as is hereafter expressed

Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Thomas Hodges and his assignes for and dureing the terme of his natural life and noo longer One annuity or yearly rent charge of foure pounds of lawfull money of England clear without any manner of deduccons to bee issueing had taken and goeing out of all that my messuage or tenement barne stable outhouses and buildings and five acres of land arrable and pasture bee therof more or less to the same belonging or appteyning with their and only of their appurtenances and situate lyeing and being in the parish of Staple in the said County of Kent and now in the tenure or occupacon of my said sonne and executor John Hodges or his assignes to be paid unto my said sonne Thomas Hodges att foure quarterly payments in the yeare (that is to say) att the feast dayes of Enannunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Nativity of St John Baptist, St Michael Tharchangell and the birth of our Lord Saviour Jesus Christ by even and equal porcons the first payment thereof to begin and be made att the first of the said Feasts that shall next happen after my decease And for non payment thereof that it shall and may bee lawfull to and for my said sonne Thomas Hodges into the same messuage or tenement lands and premises or any part thereof to enter and distrayne for the same and the distress and distresses there being at all times to have take drive and carry away from there and the same to impound deteyne and keepe until hee or they bee of the said yearly rent or sum of four pounds and all arrearages thereof with all costs and charges in that behalf suffeyned fully satisfied and paid which said messuage or tenement barne stable outhouses buildings and five acres of land before mentioned to bee situate lyeing and being in the parish of Staple aforesaid I give and devise unto my said sonne and executor John Hodges and his assignes for and during the terme of his natural life and after his decease unto Abigail his wife (if she bee then liveing) and her assignes for and during the terme of her natural life or soe long time as shee shall continue his widdow and noe longer

And from and after their decease or expiration of the terme aforesaid I give and devise the said messuage or tenement barne stable lands and premises with their and only of their appurtenances unto my grandsonne John Hodges sonne of my said sonne John Hodges and to his heires and assignes for ever subject always neverthelesse to the aforesaid yearly rent charge of four pounds herein before bequeathed unto my said sonne Thomas Hodges for life hee my grandsonne John Hodges or his heires paying out of the same unto his brother my grandsonne William Hodges the sume of twenty pounds of lawfull money of England within three monthes next after his or their possession or enjoyment of the same

Item I further give and bequeath unto my said sonne Thomas Hodges and his assignes for and during the terme of his natural life and noe longer cleare without any manner of deduccions one other annuity or yearly rent charge of forty shillings of lawfull money of England to bee taken issueing and goeing out of all that my messuage or tenement barne stable outhouses and land to the same belonging or apporteyning conteyning by estimation six acres more or less together with their and only of their appurtenances situate lyeing and being in the parish of Barham aforesaid quarterly to be paid unto my said sonne Thomas Hodges and his assignes (that is to say) att the feast dayes of Thannunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Nativity of St John Baptist, St Michael Tharchangle and the birth of our Lord Saviour Jesus Christ by even and equal porcons the first payment thereof to be made att the first of the said Feasts that shall next happen after my decease And for non payment thereof that it shall and may bee lawfull to and for the said Thomas Hodges and his assignes into the said last menconed messuage or tenement lands or premises or any part thereof to enter and destrayne for the same and the distresse and distresses there being att all times to have take drive and carry away from thence and the same to impound deteyne and keepe untill hee or they offer the said yearly rent or sum of fourty shillings and all arrearages thereof with all costs and charges in that behalfe susteyned bee fully satisfied and paid which said last menconed messuage or tenement barne stable outhouses and six acres of land more or less to the same belonging with their and only their appurtenances situate lyeing and being in Barham aforesaid I give and devise unto my said sonne and executor John Hodges and his assignes for and during the terme of his natural life and from and after his decease I give and devise the same unto my said grandsonne John Hodges sonne of my said sonne and executor John Hodges and to his heires and assignes for ever subject nevertheless unto the aforesaid annuity or yearly rent charge of forty shillings payable out of the same unto my said sonne Thomas Hodges for and during the terme of his natural life Hee my said grandsonne John Hodges or his heires paying out of the same unto my two grandchildren John Browne and Mary Browne sonne and daughter of my sonne in law Edmund Browne the sum of eight pounds apeice of good and lawfull money of England within two yeares after his possession and enjoyment of the same

Item lastly I give and bequeath unto my said sonne and executor John Hodges all that my messuage or tenement barne stable buildings and lands to the same belonging conteyning by estimacon three acres more or lesse with the appurtenances situate lyeing and being in the parish of Woodnesborough in the said County of Kent and now or late in the tenure or occupacon of Stephen Ansell or his assignes to have and to hold unto him my said sonne John Hodges his heires and assignes for ever And now my nind is att quiett watteing with patience untill it shall please God to call for me out of this present ransitory life desireing my said Executor to see all things performed according to this my will and testament which I doubt not but that hee will doe in every respect In Witness whereof I the said John Hodges to this my last Will and Testament in two sheetes thereof my hand have sett and to this last parte of a sheet my hand and seale have sett and put dated the day and yeare forst above written
John Hodges
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Hodges to bee his last Will and Testament in the presence of
Richard Rush, Thomas Cooke, Jo. Simmonds

23 December 1699 Probate granted to the son John Hodges


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