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Will of Edward Leede

of Benenden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/27/f112r
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen. The 8th day of February in the year of our Lord God a thousand 5 hundred & fiftieth, I Edward Leede the elder of Benenden being of whole mind & perfect memory praised be God make my present testament & last will in manner and form following First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God & my body to be buried in the churchyard of Benenden aforesaid.

Item I bequeath to the poor mans box there 2s.
Item I bequeath to every of my godchildren 4d.
Item I bequeath to Joan my wife one cow the best I have.

Item when the said Joanne my wife is contented & paid of such money or moveable as I am bound to pay her in our obligation made at the tyme of our marriage as in the same obligation plainly will appeare. Then the residue of all my moveable goods my debts & bequests first paid I give & bequeath them to William John Christopher Lawrence & Edward my sons.
The which Wm John Christopher Lawrence & Edward I make & ordain my executors of this my present testament & last will.

Item I will that Thomas Bennett my son in law shall have the same 5 pounds of money which I do owe him for his wife’s marriage.

Item I will that Joan my wife shall have during her life 6 loads of best wood & the fagot lathe of the same according to the indenture of the same thereof made at the time of our marriage And all other things ordained to her by the same indenture the which indenture her brother John Lucas hath in his custodie.

This is the last will of me the said Edward Leede made the day & year above written and in the fifth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord Edward the sixth by the grace of God King of England France & Ireland def. of the faith & of the ....& also Ireland in earth the supreme head.

First I will that Lawrence Leede my son anone (soon) after my decease shall have my messuage at Dyngulden with two gardens & nine pieces of land with the appurtanances containing by estimation 13 acres whichever more or less it be had sett & together lying & being in the parish of Benenden upon the denne of Dyngulden to have and to hold to the same Lawrence his heirs & assigns for ever.

Also I will that Christopher Leede my son anone (soon) after my decease shall have my messuage garden and 2 peces (pieces) of land with apputanances containing by estimation 3 acres of land sett lying & being in the said parish of Benenden upon the denne of Iden to have & to hold to the same Christopher his heirs & assigns forever.

Also I will that William John & Edward my sons anone after my decease shall have equally between them three peces (pieces) of land and one shawe (a wood) called Hoyland containing by estimation 18 acres of lands lying & being in the parishes of Benenden & Rolvenden And also all my lands called Brownes containing by estimation 21 acres of lands & woods whether it be more or less together lying and being in the said parish of Benenden & Rolvenden And also my woodland called Lylandewood containing by estimation 24 acres of woodlands whether more or less it be had together lying & being in the parish of Rolvenden aforesaid to have and to hold all the said lands & woods with appurtanances unto the said William John & Edward their heirs & assigns for ever.

Also more I will that anone after my decease that the said William Christopher Lawrence & Edward my sons shall have equally between them one piece of land called Knowle & one piece of woodland called the Frame with appurtanances containing by estimation 7 acres of land & wood lying & being in the parish of Benenden aforesaid upon the dennes of Dingulden & Holmeherst to have & to hold to the same Wm Christopher John Lawrence & Edward & to their heirs & assigns for ever
provided always that the said Christopher Leeds shall discharge my executors if the obligation in which I am bound with him in 40 marks for the surety of his wife of my said executors be vexed or troubled by reason of the said obligation then I will that he or his heirs shall have no part of the said lands or tenaments before ordained to him but wholly remayne to my other sons & to their heirs & assigns for ever

being witnesses to all the promises John Lucas - Thomas Mercer junr - William Wattys of B. - Stephen Gurdeler - Edmund Hopper - Vincent Wytherden


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