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Will of Joan Lede

of Benenden, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/10/f22r
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen the 9th day of the month of January in the year of our Lord God 1506
I Joan Lede of the parish of Benenden the widow of Richard Lede make my testament in this wise first I bequeath my soul to God Almighty to our Lady Saint Mary and to all the Holy company of heaven my body to be buried in the churchyard of St.George of Benenden aforesaid.

Item I bequeath to the high alter there for my tithes forgotten 12d.
Item I ordain of the taper of a 1lb of wax to burn before our lady a year after my decease.
Item another taper of 1lb to burn before St. Anthony a year after my decease.

Item I ordain to Thomas Willard my godson the son of John Willard my best cow my little piece of silver my great spit and two silver spoons.
Item I ordain to Agnes Willard my daughter my best piece of silver and six silver spoons.
Item to Joan Willard the daughter of the said Agnes my best harness girdle 6 pieces of pewter my best basin girdle six pairs of pewter and my best basin.
I ordain to the said Agnes my best bed and tester that she can choose.

Item I ordain to Katherine Sherford my Goddaughter my second best six pieces of pewter and a cow.
Item to Robert Wilf my Godson 12d.
Item to Juliana Golding my Goddaughter 12d.
Item to every of my other godchildren 4d.

Item to Joan Burwash my servant my second gown and 3s.4d in money.
Item to Joan Willard my panne.
Item I ordain at my outburying 6s 8d.
Item at my months day 20d.
Item I ordain to Joan Willard my cupboard and a flitch of bacon.

Item I ordain a priest to sing for my soul and for my husbans soul in the said church of Benenden a quarter of a year 33s 4d.
Item I ordain to Agnes Willard two lantern basins.
Item to every of the sons of William Lede 12d.
Item to Richard Lede the younger 40p in pences and penny worths.
Item I ordain to John Johnson a hog and a mattress lying over the syller (i.e. window sill)
Item I ordain to Margaret Buckner 3 silver spoons

the residue of all my goods my debts bequeaths and funeral expences first paid I will that it disposed for the health of my soul my husbands soul and all Christian souls by discretion of Edward Golding and Bartholomew Wulf which make mine executors and Master Thomas Moore overseer he to have for his labour 6s.8d.

This witness Thomas Edyell Robert Sampler Thomas Moore and others.

Proved 19 April 1507

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