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Will of William Lede

of Benenden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC 17/12/f363v
Submitted by Everett Leeds
I the name of God Amen the 11th day of December in the year of our Lord God 1513
I William Lede the elder of Benenden in whole mind and good remembrance thanked be God make my testament and last will in this wise first I bequeath my soul to God Almighty our lady Saint Mary and all the saints of Heaven and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Saint George of Benenden aforesaid

Also I bequeath to the high alter for my tithes forgotten and negligently withholden 20d.
Item I bequeath to any of my godchildren 4d
also I will that Silvestre my wife shall have all my stuff of household.

I will that Walter Lede my son pay to his mother 13s.8d a year time of her life to be paid quarterly.
Also I will that Edward Lede my son have my woodland being in a wood called Bylond Wood in Rolvenden upon the dene of Benenden in fee simple.

Also I will that William Lede my son have 4 acres of my wood which I bought of John Crouchman late of Rolvenden and the said William to sell it within the space of 14 years after my decease.

Also I will that Walter Lede my son have 4 acres of my wood the which I bought of John Kincheham late of Rolvenden and the said Walter to sell it within the space of 14 years after my decease
and if the said William & Walter do defayle within the term of 14 years above said I will the said wood remain to Edward Lede my son.

Also I will that Walter Lede my son shall pay to the children of Richard Oxley 40s that is to say
Alice Oxley 13s 4d.
Item to John Oxley 13s 4d.
Item to William Oxley 13s 4d to be paid when they come the age of 18 years and each of them be others heir.

The residue of my goods my debts bequests and funeral expenses first paid I bequeath to Edward Lede and Walter Lede my sons the which I make my executors

Proved 11th December 1514


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