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Will of John Lede

of Benenden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/14/f239
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen the 30th day of November in the year of our Lord God 1518 and in the 10th year of King Harry the 8th
I John Lede of the parish of Benenden being whilst in perfect mind make my testament and last will in form following
First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God and unto all the saints of heaven and my body to be buried in the churchyard of saint George of Benenden aforesaid
also I ordain and bequeath to the high alter there for my tithes and offering forgotten and negligently witholden 12d.
Item I ordain to the light of our lady a taper price 4d. to burn as long as he will endure.

Item I will and ordain to Thomas Lede my son all my lands and set lying and being in the parish of Benenden aforesaid other elsewhere in the county of Kent under this condition that is to say
that the said Thomas his heirs executors and assigns pay or cause to be payed to John Lede my son 10 marks to be fully paid to the said John to his heirs or assigns within a year of my decease.

Item I will the said Thomas shall pay or cause to be payed to Christopher Lede my son 10 marks to be payed to the said Christopher to his heirs or assigns within 2 years next after my decease.
Item I will the said Thomas shall pay to James Lede my son 10 marks to be payed to the said James to his heirs or assigns within 3 years next after my decease.
Item I will the said Thomas shall pay to Richard Lede my son 5 marks to be payed to the said Richard to his heirs or assigns within 4 years after my decease.
Item I will the said Thomas shall pay to Edward Lede my son 5 marks to be payed to the said Edward to his heirs or assigns within 5 years next after my decease.
Item I will the said Thomas shall pay or cause to be paid to Harry Lede my son 5 marks to be paid to the said Harry to his heirs within 6 years of my decease.

Also I will that the said Thomas shall pay of cause to be payed to Alice and Joan my daughters 5 marks to either of them (end of page 1) to be paid at the day of their marriage and if it happen the said Alice or Joan to die before they be married then I will the one to be the others heir and if it happen they both to die before they marry then I will the said money to them bequeathed to an honest priest to sing on the said church of Benenden by the space of a year for my soul my wifes soul and for all Christian souls.

Item I will and bequeath to John Lede the son of Bartholomew Lede 13s 4d to be payed to the said John when he cometh to the age of 20 years.
Also I will and bequeath to Margaret Lede the daughter of William Lede 15s 3d to be paid at her marriage.
Item I bequeath Elizabeth Robert my God daughter 4d.
Item to Elizabeth Kechenoure 4d.
Item to John Lede the son of Richard Lede 12d.
Item I bequeath to Thomas Lede, John Lede, Gregory Lede the sons of Christopher Lede a cow

provided always if it happen the aforesaid Edward Lede or Harry Lede my said sons to die without heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten before the time of payment of the aforesaid money to them before assigned then I will and brother to be others heirs.

Also I will and bequeath to Alice Lede and Joan Lede my said daughters all my stuff of household except my great cauldron and all my tubb the which I will remain to Thomas my son.

Item I bequeath to Joan Webbe my servant a cow the best I have.
Item I bequeath to John Lede my son my best gown my best doublet and my best hose.
Item I bequeath to Richard Lede my next best gown.
Item I bequeath to Joan Lede the daughter of the said Richard Lede a kettle and a pair of ....
Item I bequeath to the buying of a mass book to serve in the church of Benenden 12d.
Item I bequeath to Alice my daughter my baking yerne (i.e. baking irons).
Item I bequeath to Joan my daughter an old chest.

Also I will that John Sharpe Richard Sharp and John Willard my feoffiers shall deliver my said land and tenenment with appurtances to the said Thomas Lede my son at any time after my decease so that the said Thomas find sufficient surety to my said feoffers for the payment of the abovesaid money to my said sons before assigned

the said residue of all my goods not bequeathed or assigned my debts and bequests first paid I bequeath it to Christopher Lede and Thomas Lede my sons the which Christopher Lede and Thomas Lede I make and ordain mine executors of this my present will.

This witnessed by Sir John Clerk parish priest of Benenden John Sharpe William Woodland and Edward Lede.

Proved 12th May 1520


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