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Extract of Will of Thomas Jenkin

of Eythorne, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/72/430, Proved: Jun 1668
Submitted by Kevin Yeats
Testator: Thomas JENKIN the elder of Eythorne, Kent, Will Made: 8 Feb 1665/66

Sole Executor: Son John JENKIN
Overseers: James ROBBINES & James HENERY (associated with 'Baptist Congregation belonging to Eythorne')

To Wife Susan:
* Right to live in family home 'untill Michaelmas day come twelve month next after my decease'
* 'best Cow', 2 of 'best hogges', all 'stocks of bees' (and right to keep cow on family lands without cost)
* 1 high 'bedstedle', 1 'trucble bedstedle', 3 chests, 1 table, 6 stools, 1 coat cupboard 'in best chamber'
* half of: linnen, pewter, brass, iron pots, kettles, 'suitts' (suets?) & dripping pans, and milk vessels
* 1 silver cup, all plate & silver spoons not otherwise bequeathed
* all burning wood in orchard
* 6 hens every Christmas day (in respect of a Quitrent out of Manor of Stowting Court)
* money she 'hath of her owne' at testator's decease
* choice of stove
* 1 pair of pot hangers
* 'one Cow more'
* 4 beer barrels, 4 tubs & 2 brine tubs during her lifetime, then to Grandson John JENKIN, son of testator's son Henry deceased.

Grandson John JENKIN, son of Testator's deceased son Henry:
* 10 (6 months after testator's decease)
* other half of linnen less 1 pair sheets
* other half of pewter less 2 pewter plates
* other half of brass less 1 'great brasse pott'
* other half of iron pots, pans, kettles, milk vessels
* 1 pair of pot hangers
* 1 'silver beere cupp that hath two eyes at the bottom that stand for his name' (that is I.I. = J.J )

Grandson Thomas JENKIN, son of Testator's deceased son Henry:
* 1 pair of sheets
* 2 pewter plates
* 1 'great brasse pott and the two furnaces which shall remaine to the house'
* Iron Jacke (?) to continue to the house
* 4 'stove stockes'
* 1 chest (from 'best chamber')
* desk & table in best chamber
* 2nd silver salt
* rest of personal estate in & about the family home

Granddaughters Mary TERRY & Susan BUNCE, daughters of Testator's deceased son Henry: 10 apiece (12 months after testator's decease)
Daughters Margaret PHILPOTT & Sarah HOBDAY: 10 apiece (12 months after testator's decease)
Grandson Thomas BUNCE: 5 (to be paid to Stephen GILLON when Thomas turns 13?)
Granddaughters Susan BUNCE, Sally? MAY, Mary GILLON & Elizabeth GILLON, daughters of dau Margaret PHILPOTT: 20 apiece (6 months after testator's decease)

Grandson Thomas JENKIN, son of testator's son Thomas J. of Stowting deceased:
* 'best silver salt seller'
* 60 acre property called 'Little Perey' in Dymchurch & Romney Marsh mortgaged to testator by Simon EDOLPH, Esquire about 3 Feb 1650/51, provided he paid testator's wife Susan 12 pa. If he defaulted, then Susan to have full rent of tenant during her lifetime, then to Thomas. If 'Master' EDOLPH redeemed the mortgage, then testator's wife to have 200 for her lifetime, then to Thomas.

Poor of the Baptist Congregation of Eythorne 'with whom I walke in the sand Faith': 5 (to be disposed of by James ROBBINES & James HENERY)
Poor of the Parsih of Eythorne: 20/-

Son John JENKIN:
* All the writings belonging to him in 2 chests at foot of bed & in desk in 'best chamber'
* 33 acre property in Hougham or Poulten in the occupation of John HOGGE & mortgaged to testator by John HOGDEN on 1 Jun 1661
* Residual personal estate
Overseers of Will James HENERY & James ROBBINES: 5 'for their paines'

Instruction to Executor: Testator recounts how his Grandson Thomas, son of testator's deceased son Henry, was executor of his father's will, and 'being under age', lost rent from Richard WATTS of Deal for Marshland. Testator declares that if any of his Grandson Thomas's brothers or brothers-in-law (John JENKIN, Henry JENKIN, Thomas TERRY & James BUNCE) sue Thomas for lost rent, then they would lose all entitlements under this will & other deeds. Testator instructed Executor that before paying legacies to John JENKIN, Thomas TERRY & James BUNCE that they give to their brother Thomas a 'free discharge for all debtes and legacies on the account of their fathers will'.

Witnesses to Will: James HENERY - James ROBBINES - William KNOTT - Jeremiah LAMINGE

Codicil Date: 19 Mar 1666/67
Should any of the brothers & brothers-in-law of Grandson Thomas JENKIN, son of testator's deceased son Henry, sue Thomas, then their legacies & bequests under this will to go to Thomas instead.
New Bequest to Grandson Thomas JENKIN, son of deceased son Henry:
* 2 pieces of Marshland of 14 acres in Ash in occupation of John SOLLY (Deed for this land had been lost)

Witnesses to CODICIL: James HENERY - John JENKIN Jnr

COMMENT:
Grandson Thomas JENKIN, son of testator's deceased son Henry appears to have been deeded the family home & farmland by other means, based on wording in this will. Henry JENKIN, son of testator's deceased son Henry JENKIN was not bequeathed anything by this will, and was mentioned only in reference to the apparent dispute with his brother Thomas over lost rent money.
However, Grandson Thomas probably lived in harmony with his brothers John & Henry despite the tone of this will & codicil, as he appointed them as Executors of his own will proved Jan 1673/74 in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury.


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