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Will of Henry Jenkin

of Eythorne, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PROB 11/227)
Submitted by Kevin Yeats
I Henry JENKIN of ‘Eithorne’, Kent, yeoman
Will Made: 6 Oct 1652
Proved: 20 May 1653

Executors: Second wife Anne & Eldest Son Thomas (then aged about 14). Thomas to be sole executor should Anne die or remarry.
Guardian of his eldest son Thomas (until 21):
Testator’s father Thomas JENKIN or ‘loving friend’ Edward DAY of Sandwich, Malster (brewer), should his father refuse or die before son turns 21

Bequests:

Eldest Son Thomas JENKIN:
* Property called Langdon in Eythorne (on death of testator’s father)
* Property purchased by testator’s father in Eythorne from John LAWRENCE, subject to Thomas paying an amount appointed by his father’s parents.

Second Son John JENKIN:
* £100 when 21
* 1/6 share of residual personal estate should possible unborn child not survive to majority
* Property called ‘Streetend’, in Eythorne of 1 acre ? perches, subject to paying his step-mother Anne an annuity of £32, and her use to part of property.
* Property in Eythorne purchased from Alexander SMITHSON and occupied by William NEALE, after remarriage or departure from Eythorne of testor’s wife Anne, subject to paying an annual sum of 20 shillings to the pastor of the ‘Congregation’.
* 5 acres of marshland in Ash next Sandwich

Youngest Son Henry JENKIN:
* £150 when 21
* 1/6 share of residual personal estate should possible unborn child not survive to majority
* Rest of property in Eythorne, Worth or elsewhere in Kent.
* 14 acres of marshland in Ash next Sandwich, occupied by GIBBS, then the £150 not to be paid to him

Anne ‘my now loving wife’:
* H/h plate & rings that were hers before their marriage
* Instructed to pay her father (HUFFEN?) £15 ‘which is due unto Elizabeth DRURY’
* ‘the Cowe beast which I formerly promised to give her’
* Annuity of £32 paid by son John as above.
* Parlour, chamber, garret, ‘one of the little Cellare’ of property called ‘Streetend’ with use of kitchen and waterwell, and ‘the keeping of a Cow on the lands’, and the little garden, so long as she did not remarry
* Property in Eythorne purchased from Alexander SMITHSON and occupied by William NEALE, during her widowhood subject to her living in Eythorne and keeping the property well repaired & paying an annual sum of 20 shillings to the pastor of the ‘Congregation’.

Daughter Mary JENKIN (when 18):
* All bedding & half chairs & stools in best chamber
* ‘virginallo’ whereon her mother used to play
* Equal share with her sister Susan of all their mother’s wearing apparel, linen, woollen, rings (except one ring which he had given to his ‘now wife Anne’), and his plate which he owned prior to second marriage plus his christening linen & blanket.
* Residual personal estate equally shared with her sister Susan & possible unborn child of her step-mother Anne
* Half-share with sister Susan of 13 acres of marshland in Ash next Sandwich

Daughter Susan JENKIN (when 18):
* All drawers & other half of chairs & stools in best chamber
* Equal share with her sister Mary of all their mother’s wearing apparel, linen, woollen, rings (except one ring which he had given to his ‘now wife Anne’), and his plate which he owned prior to second marriage plus his christening linen & blanket.
* Residual personal estate equally shared with her sister Mary & possible unborn child of her step-mother Anne
* Half-share with sister Mary of 13 acres of marshland in Ash next Sandwich

Father Thomas JENKIN:
* £5 ‘for his paines and care’ as guardian of son Thomas

‘Loving Friend’ Edward DAY:
* £10 ‘for his paines and care’ as guardian

‘Congregation to which I am now a member’:
* Free liberty to meet in house called ‘Streetend’ ‘to Act in the Ordinances of god soe often as they please without any lett or disturbance’

‘Pastor of the Congregation where unto I am a member’:
* 20 shillings annually (paid from property occupied by William NEALE in Eythorne)

Instructions to Executors:
* Immediately after his death, have his goods chattels and personal estate appraised by persons nominated by his father-in-law Stephen SOLLEY and his father Thomas JENKIN and £5 per year per £100 of the personal estate allowed towards educating 2 younger sons and 2 daughters and possible unborn child.
* Wife Anne ‘shall hand the education of soe many of my said Children as shee shall please’. Each child allowed ‘out of their meanes in this .. will’ £12 per year for their education to age 12, then £14 per year to age 18 (girls) or 21 (boys).
* Proceed with purchase of marshlands of the Manor of Wingham Barton, in Ash next Sandwich from Henry FARMER, gent, on the behalf of Annabella DOWAGER.

Witnesses:
* John JENKIN
* John HERRIER


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