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Will of Reginald Knatchbull

of Lydden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Original Will PRC16/Vo243 No 513 in 1644
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
In the name of God Amen the three and twenty day of August in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred forty one I Reginald Knatchbull of the parish of Lydden in the County of Kent husbandman sick in body but of sound & perfect memory praised be to God. Do make & ordain this my last will and testament in manner & form following? that is to say First I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker hoping assuredly through the only merit of Jesus Christ my Saviour to be made ... of life everlasting and I commend my body to the earth whence it was made

Item? I will? unto my daughter Anne the wife of John Epersly? five pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid unto her by? my? executors within three months next after my decease

Item I will and devise unto Elizabeth Knatchbull my wife one annuity or yearly rent of twenty shillings of lawfull money of England for and during the term of her natural life & after her decease to Anne Dilnott the Daughter of Nicholas Dilnott for & during the term of natural life to be .... ... ..... & giving out of my lands & tenements situate lying? & being in the Parish of Lydden aforesaid To be paid unto them at the feasts of St Michael archangel? & the annunciation? of the blessed Virgin Mary by even & equal portions with the first payment to begin & be made at the first? of the feasts aforesaid which shall next happen after my decease and if it shall happen the said payment? of the said 20 shillings to be behind & unpaid part or in all at any the feasts or days of payment on which it ought to be paid aforesaid
Then? it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Elizabeth & Anne or their assigns or any of them .... .... to have at ... ... time or afterwards in & upon the said lands and tenements or any part thereof let ..... & detrain & the distress & distresses then and there hold sound & ... ... .... there lawfully to load drive brace? & carry away & the same to detain & keep until the said annuity of twenty shillings and all over..... as may be shall be fully satisfied contented and paid)

Item I give unto my said wife one bed & bedstead ready furnished and paul? one linen wheel one woollen wheel the walnut chest in my bedchamber half a dozen plates? of pewter one pewter chamber pot & a single Salt .... ..... ... ... ... ... give unto my said wife one press cupboard in the dining chamber one figured? table in the kitchen? ... a middle brass kettle one spit one mortar and pestle one pair of cropped? ..andirons? standing in the Hall to have hold use occupy and .... for & during the term of her natural life and after her decease I give the above last mentioned .... to Nicholas Dilnot my Grandchild

Item I further give unto my said wife half of my burning woods half my apples and hemp

Item I give unto Mary Baker eldest daughter of William Baker my son in law five pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid unto her at her age of eighteen years by my executors

Item I give unto Martha Baker youngest daughter of the said William Baker five pounds of like money to be paid by my executor at her age of eighteen years

Item all other my goods & chattels whatsoever my debts legacies being paid I give unto my son William Baker whom I make my sole executor of this my last will and testament and as to my ? the disposition of all and singular my lands & tenements with appurtenances in Lydden aforesaid I will and devise these unto Richard Baker son of the said William Baker and to his heirs of his body lawfully begotten and for default of such issue to William Baker son of the aforesaid William Baker and to his heirs forever Provided always and my will and meaning is that the said William Baker my son in law his heirs and assigns shall all have prudent conduct? & take the rents and profits of all my said lands & tenements for and towards the payment of all my said bequests & legacies given & bequeathed as abovesaid until the said Richard Baker shall attain unto his full age of one & twenty years and if the said Richard shall happen to die before his said age of one & twenty years then until the said William Baker shall attain unto his full age of one & twenty years In witness whereof I have here under set my hand & seal dated the day and year first above written
Reginald Knatchbull his mark and finger print
Signed sealed published & declared in the presence of
Robert Pownell Matthew Wood? his mark Esther Goodhew?

Probate: 23rd July 1644

Notes:
Original fire? damaged and incomplete
Reginald Knatchbull buried at Lydden 10th June 1644 outlived by his fourth wife Elizabeth Carden


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