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Will of William Hodsoll

of Wrotham, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1711

In the Name of God Amen I William Hodsoll the elder of Plaxtall in the Parish of Wrotham in the County of Kent Clothier being aged but in good health and of sound and disposing mind and memory praised be God for the same and knowing that my continuance in this life cannot be long Do therefore make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following That is to say First and Principally I committ my Soul to God who created it hoping for Salvation thereof only by and through the pretions? meritts and satisfaction of my Blessed redeemer Jesus Christ And my body I commend to the earth to be decently buried according to the discretion of my Eldest son William Hodsoll whom I do hereby make and constitute full and sole Executor of this my last will and testament And for such worldly Estate as God of his goodness hath bestowed upon me in this world I dispose thereof as followeth (That is to say)

First I do give and bequeath unto my loving wife Joane the summe of Twenty pounds of good English money to be paid to her by my said executor within three months next after my decease if she shall so long live
Item I do give and bequeath unto her my said wife Joane and her assignes for and during the term of her natural life all that my messuage with the buildings gardens orchards and about ten acres of land therewith now used being in the occupation of Humphry Baldwin or his assignes situate lying and being in Plaxtall aforesaid in the said parish of Wrotham
And after her decease then I do give and devise the same messuage and premises with the appurtenances unto my said son William Hodsoll and to his heirs and assignes for ever

And whereas I am and stand possessed of a certain term of divers years yett to come and unexpired of and in the messuage or tenement wherein I now dwell and of the Orchard thereto belonging which was heretofore granted unto my said wife Joane by her late deceased Master Captain Stanley which said Lease and term therein she my said wife formerly assigned unto me Now my will and meaning is and I do so will and order that she my said wife Joane and her assignes shall have hold and enjoy the said messuage tenement and orchard and receive and take the rents and profits thereof to her and their own use and uses for so long of the said term therein to come after my decease as she my said wife shall live she my said wife keeping the said messuage in repair paying the rent and performing the Covenants contained in the Lease thereof
And after her decease then I do give and bequeath the said messuage and orchard with the appurtenances and all the term of years therein then to come and unexpired unto my said son William Hodsoll his executors administrators and Assignes during all the continuance of the said Lease

Item I do give and bequeath unto my younger son Francis Hodsoll one of my Feather beds now being in the kitchen Chamber in my now dwelling house together with the bedsteddle bolster pillow blankets coverlett and all things thereto belonging three pair of sheets two pillowbeers one table in the hall chamber in my now dwelling house and one chest and one chair being in the same room and two silver spoons all which said goods and chattles I do appoint my said executor to deliver to him my said son Francis Hodsoll within one week next after my decease
Item I do give and bequeath unto my said loving wife Joane and my said son and executor William Hodsoll all other my household stuffe plate and linnen whatsoever not by me before herein given and disposed of equally to be divided and shared between them share and share alike within one month next after my decease

Item I do give and bequeath unto my good friend and kinsman Mr Edmund Hodsoll of St Mary Cray in the said County of Kent one Guinea piece of gold of the value of one and twenty shillings and six pence to buy him something to keep in remembrance of me

Item I give to the poor people of the Congregation at Maydstone in Kent whereof I am a Member the summe of three pounds which I so will and appoint my said executor to pay into the hands of David Browne of Langley within one month next after my decease whom I desire to distribute amongst the said poor people as he shall think fitt within one month next after he shall have received the same
Item I do give and bequeath to the poor people that shall be inhabiting in Plaxtall aforesaid at the time of my decease the summe of twenty shillings
And I do also give to the poor people of Ightham in the said County the like summe of twenty shillings which I do order my said executor to distribute amongst them within one month next after my decease

Item I do give and bequeath unto my said son Francis Hodsoll the summe of one hundred pounds of good English money to be paid unto him one year after my decease (if he shall be then living) upon condition that he my said son Francis Hodsoll do give unto my said executor a full discharge for all such money as I shall owe unto him at the time of my decease

Item I do give and bequeath unto my said son Francis Hodsoll and to his assignes for and during the term of his natural life one annuity or yearly rent charge of sixteen pounds of lawfull money of England to be yearly issuing and going out of and in all those my six severall pieces or parcells of land comonly called or known by the several names of the lower Grounds Hornes Lodge Westfield Rockyfield and the Thouge containing altogether by estimation Twenty acres more or less which I lately purchased to me and my heirs of Mrs Miller and her son Humphry Miller gent. lying and being in Plaxtall aforesaid in the parish of Wrotham aforesaid and now in my own occupation and also out of and in all my barn workhouse cartlodg and buildings and my lands thereunto belonging and adjoining called Sheetes Mead Theobalds Deane and the Shawes of Wood and the Grove thereto belonging being now in my own occupation situate and being in Plaxtall aforesaid in the parish of Wrotham aforesaid And also out of and in all those my four parcells of land called Hareland Field the Old Hopgarden the Brookes and the four acres which I purchased of John Yopp lying and being in Plaxtall aforesaid in the parish of Wrotham to have hold leavy receive perceive and take the said annuity or yearly rent charge of sixteen pounds unto him my said son Francis Hodsoll and his assignes for and during the term of his natural life payable on two of the most usual Feasts or dayes of payment in the year (That is to say) the Feasts of St Michael the Archangell and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary half yearly by equall portions at or in the messuage wherein I now dwell situate in Plaxtall aforesaid the first payment thereof to begin and be made on that Feast of the Feasts aforesaid which shall next come after my decease
And my will and meaning is that if it shall happen the said yearly rent of sixteen pounds or any part thereof to be behind and unpaid by the space of fifteen dayes next ensuing after either or any of the said feasts or dayes of payment on which the same ought to be paid as aforesaid being lawfully demanded That then and so often it shall and may be lawfull to and for my said son Francis Hodsoll and his assignes for and during the term of his natural life to enter into and upon all my said barne workhouse cartlodge buildings lands and premises before herein mentioned or intended to be hereby chargeable with the said annuity of sixteen pounds and to distrain for the same and the distress and distresses then and there found and taken to lead drive bear have take and carry away impound detain and keep untill he and they shall be fully satisfied the said yearly rent so behind and unpaid together with his and their costs and charges by that occasion sustained

Item I do give and bequeath unto my brother John Hodsoll and his assignes for and during the term of his natural life one annuity or yearly rent charge of forty shillings of lawfull money of England to be had taken received issuing and going out of and in all my said Barne workhouse cartlodge buildings lands and premises whatsoever before herein mentioned or intended to be chargeable with the said annuity of sixteen pounds per ann. to my said son Francis Hodsoll and his assignes To have hold leavy receive and take the said annuity or yearly rent of forty shillings unto my said brother John Hodsoll and his assignes for and during the term of his natural life payable on two of the most usual Feasts before mentioned by equall portions at or in the said messuage wherein I now dwell And my will is that the first payment thereof shall begin and be made on such of the said Feasts as shall next come after my decease
And my will and mind is that in case it shall happen the said Annuity or yearly rent of forty shillings or any part thereof to be behind and unpaid by the space of Fifteen daies next ensuing after either or any of the said Feasts on which the same is or ought to be paid as aforesaid (being lawfully demanded) That then and so often it shall and may be lawfull to and for my said brother John Hodsoll and his assignes to enter into and upon the said Barne workhouse cartlodge buildings lands and premises before herein mentioned or intended to be hereby chargeable with the said Annuity of Forty shillings per Ann. and to distrain for the said Annuity and all arrearages thereof and the distress and distresses then and there found and taken to bear lead drive have take and carry away impound detain and keep untill he and they shall be fully satisfied and paid the said yearly Rent of Forty shillings so behind and unpaid together with his and their costs and expences by that occasion sustained

And I do hereby will and order that both the said Annuities by me before herein given to my said son Francis Hodsoll and my said brother John Hodsoll shall be alwaies paid free and clear of all manner of deductions for taxes charges or any other impositions whatsoever

And all the rest and remainder of all my reall Estate Messuages Lands Tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever and the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders thereof I do give and devise unto my said son William Hodsoll and to his heirs and assignes for ever (chargeable with the said Annuities herein given to my said son Francis and my said brother John)
And I do give and bequeath unto my said son William Hodsoll also all the rest and remainder of my personal Estate for the performance of this my last Will and the overplus thereof I do give him for his own use

And I do revoke all former wills by me made and do appoint this to be my last Will and Testament contained in three sheets of paper In Witness whereof I have to every sheet of this my Will sett my hand and Seal this eight Day of October in the Fifth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Anne over England Anno Dii One Thousand Seven Hundred and Six Will. Hodsoll Signed Sealed published and declared by the said William Hodsoll the Testator for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names hereto in his presence Edm. Hodsoll John Hodsoll Mary Hodsoll Elizabeth Hodsoll

Probate 14 November 1711 to William Hodsoll


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