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Will of Richard Holbourne

of Chatham, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1654
Transcribed by Shelagh Mason and submitted by Glenn Holbourns
In the Name of God Amen this Twenty Seventh Day of November One Thousand Six Hundred and fifty Two I Richard Holbourne of Chatham in the County of Kent Shipwright being of good and perfect mind and memory praised be to God for it Taking into Consideration the uncertainty of this life and having a desire to settle and leave? that Estate which it hath pleased my good God of his mercy to bestow upon me in such a way as may be most for his Glory and the good of those whom it shall concern and whose names are hereafter mentioned
I do hereby ordain and make this my last Testament and Will in manner and form following
Imprimis I commit and commend my soul being a spirit into the hands of Almighty God The Creator and Father of Spirits hand in assured hope and Constantly believing through the merits death and passion of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to receive full remission of all my sins and to be made an Inheritor of his everlasting kingdom my Body being the major sustenance of the Earth to the Earth I commit to be buried in decent manner and my Executrix hereinafter named shall think fit

Item I give and bequeath to Margaret Holbourne my dear and loving Wife during the time of her natural life if she shall continue a Widow and unmarried all my Lands Messuages Tenements and Hereditaments with all and singular those Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being at Luton in the said parish of Chatham in the Tenure and Occupation of John Rallings and also that in the Parish of Milton in the Isle of Sheppey in the County aforesaid now in the occupation of William Welslock and also that Messuage or Tenement at Erith in the County aforesaid she keeping them and every of them in good repair and Paying the Lords Rents for all and every of them

and after the death or marriage of my said Wife Margaret Holbourne I do hereby give and bequeath all the Rents of all that Messuage or Tenement and Lands situate lying and being at Luton in the parish of Chatham aforesaid unto Sarah Marsh my Daughter for and during the term of her natural life she keeping the reparations thereof and paying the Lords Rents and committing no Wast(e) upon the same

and after the decease of my said Daughter Sarah Marsh I do hereby give and bequeath all the Rents and benefit of my said Messuage and Lands thereunto belonging as it is now let to John Rallings aforesaid to be equally given between Peter Marsh and James Marsh my two Grandchildren born of my said Daughter Sarah Marsh and to those heirs lawfully begotten of their bodies for ever and for want of such heirs lawfully to be begotten of their bodies I do give and bequeath the said house and Lands with the Appurtenances thereunto belonging unto Bethiah Marsh my Grandchild and to her heirs for ever

Item I give and bequeath unto my said Grandchild Bethiah Marsh the Sum of Forty pounds of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto her as or on the day of marriage or when she shall come unto the full age of one and twenty years And also I give unto my said Grandchild Bethiah Marsh all the household stuff that doth furnish my best chamber and nothing else at the death of me and my Wives death or the longest survivor of us two

Item my will and testament is that after the said decease or marriage of my wife I will and bequeath all the rest of that my fair Messuage or Tenement or Lands situate lying and being in the parish of Erith in the said County aforesaid unto my said Daughter Sarah Marsh for and during the term of her natural life And my Will is that the Tenements in the several gifts herein this my Will given unto her for life do pay or raise do pay all the rent or rents unto her self for her use or uses or to whom she shall assign it in the several gifts herein given she the said Sarah Marsh having the remainder thereof and paying the Lords Rents and other Duties and committing no Wast upon the same premises

Item I give and bequeath moreover unto Margaret Holbourne my said dear and loving wife during the time of her natural life or continuing my Widdow All the Leases that I shall be possessed of at the day of my death with all the Appurtenances belonging unto them she keeping them in good repair and paying the duties and rents belonging to them and after the death or marriage of my said wife I give and bequeath the said Lease and Term of Years of the said old house I now dwell in as it is now found with the Growing house and Garden enjoing? [adjoining] to it with the Hovells now standing unto Sarah Marsh my said Daughter during the term of her natural life keeping it and the farmes? thereunto belonging in good repair maintaining half the Wharfe unto the millpond from the middle of it Eastwards unto the farm of James Marsh her husband she her heirs and assigns to Ingress Agress and Regress through that way unto the Waterside or Water gate at all times when they shall have occasion paying unto Matthew Robbinson of Rochester in the County aforesaid twelve pence every year yearly if it be demanded

and after the death of my said Daughter Sarah Marsh I give and bequeath the remainder of the Term of years in that Lease which shall be unexpired unto my said Grandchild Bethiah Marsh the Daughter of James Marsh of Chatham during the residue time then behind

Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Thomas Gardner my house and Lands in Sheppey as it shall then be found at my wives death and mind and half the house I now built upon Master Robbinsons Lease and as it is passed over to him and his by writing after my Wives decease and mind as he shall then find it he maintaining half the Wharf to the Millpond from the Middle of that Wharf to the g water ?? Late Westward and the outer house I now dwell in to maintain the other parts of that Wharf for their Ingress Agress and Regress as is afore mentioned maintaining the maintaining the former as it is now set out and half the Charge of the Pumpe at all times when occasion is and paying unto him or her yearly and every year four pence if it be lawfully demanded
And I do give unto the said Thomas Gardner five shillings to be paid unto him by mine Executrix within the space of three months after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Marsh as aforesaid my House and Orchard with Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in the Parish of Erith in the County aforesaid and now in the occupation of Edward Roene? after the death of I the said Richard Holbourne and my said Wife or the longest Survivor of us giving unto my said Daughter power to dispose of the same to either of her Children which she shall so decide? is best I do express this again with some words more largely than before in the first guise

Item I give and bequeath unto Paul Marsh the son of James Marsh my Grandchild after the death of me and my Wife all those my Lease and Term of years then to come and unexpired of my Messuage and Tenement with the Appurtenances lying and being in Chatham aforesaid which I now have and hold from Master William Butler Lord of the Manor of Chatham aforesaid and now in the occupation of Widow Taylor keeping the same in good repair and paying Rents due unto the Lord for the same

Item I give and bequeath unto William Pett the son of Joseph Pett deceased the sum of five shillings of current English money to be paid unto him being demanded within twelve months afer my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Peter Pett the son of the aforesaid Joseph Pett after the death of me and my said Wife all that said South part which is half of my new house built upon past of the pound [pond] which I hold by Lease from Master Robbinson of Rochester To whom I give all the Remainder of years unexpired after my death and my said Wives he paying every year yearly four pence if it be demanded to have and hold the Lease of the old House which I now dwell in and [blackened part] part of the house and farme? of the garden[blackened] likewise the farme? from the lane and so to the [blackened] his garden to the way leading to the water Side with half the [black] of the house? as it is now Leased on the North ende being given before to his Brother Thomas Gardener as aforesaid

Item I give and bequeath to Gardner? Marsh my sone in Law the sum of Twenty five shillings of good and lawful money of England to buy him a Ring of gold

Item I give and bequeath unto Bethia Marsh daughter of the aforesaid Gardner? Marsh my Grandchild all that my Messuage situate in Chatham with the Appurtenances which I hold of the Bretheren of Saint Bartholomew after the decease of me and my aforesaid wife

Item all the rest and residue of my Goods Chattles ready money household stuffe whatsoever not before given and my bequests had my debts funeral expenses and Legacies herein given and bequeathed being paid and satisfied I fully and wholly give and bequeath unto my said Dear and Loving Wife Margaret Holborne and she to dispose of them as she shall think fit whom I do to this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby ordain nominate make and appoint to be the full and sole Executrix to this my last Will and Testament

And I do herealso nominate and appoint my loving neighbour (sic) Mr. Edward Hayward and my Cousin John Rawlings both of Chatham aforesaid to be the Overseer of this my last Will and Testament and also give and bequeath to each of them ten shillings apiece to buy each of them a pair of Gloves

And I do hereby In Trust and Advise in the true and Right performance of this my last Will and Testament according to the true intent and meaning thereof in all particulars before mentioned and the true Intent and meaning of this my last Will and Testament is one or more of the parties afore mentioned doth send himself or herself or themselves aggrieved at these my gifts in this my last Will and Testament and shall raise any trouble to my said Wife or one to the other that then that partie or parties shall loose the benefit of his her or their gift or gifts in this my last Will and testament And my Will is that his her or their parties be equally divided amongst them in as my gift before by me given

In Witness whereof I the said Richard Holborne have to this my last Will and Testament containing three sheets of paper set my hand to every sheet thereof and unto the last sheet my hand and seal And also have set my seal unto them all joined together I hereby also ??? and revoking all former Wills and Testaments whatsoever by me formerly made and have now published and declared this and none other to be my last Will and testament the day and year first above mentioned Richard Holborne
Signed sealed and acknowledged by the said Richard Holborne to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us whose names are here under mentioned
William Wiborne Ri: Burley Rob: Gilles

This will was proved at Westminster the five and twentieth day of April in the year of our Lord God One thousand six hundred fifty and four before the Judges for probate of Wills and granting Administrations lawfully authorised by the oath of Margaret Holborne the Relict and Sole Executrix named in the above written Will to whom administration of all and singular the goods Chattels and debts of the said deceased was committed she being legally sworn truly and faithfully to administer the same.


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