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Will of Gregory Leede

of Benenden, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/31/f170
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of god Amen in the 20th day of June in the year of our Lord God 1558
I Gregory Leede of the parish of Benenden being of good remembrance and of whole mind do make my testament and last will as hereafter doth follow. First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God and to all the holy company of heaven & my body to be buried in the church earth of Benenden.

And I will that my executor shall bestow at my burying at her own discretion & I will & make Agnes my wife to be my sole executrix of this my last will & I give to my wife all my moveable goods under this condition that she pay all my bequests and debts.

And I bequeath to the high alter of Benenden for my tithes negligently or willingly for slowed 12d.

This is the testament of the above named Gregory Leede as concerning my lands made the day and year above mentioned.

First I ordain to Agnes my wife to occupy all my housing & lands with the parish of Benenden for term of life to have to her assigns upon this condition that she keep necessary reparations and pay the Lords rent
and to pay my daughter Elizabeth 3 6s 8d at the time of her marriage or else at her age of 20 years.

Furthermore I will that if it fortune all my children to die before my said wife without children then I will my said wife shall have all my housing and lands in the parish of Benenden to have her heirs in fee simple forever on this condition that Agnes my wife do pay or cause to be payed to four of my brothers Richard Christopher William & Walter Leede 40 of lawful money of England to them or to their heirs.

This witnesseth
John Reed William Leede Lawrence Day and Richard Leede of Benenden and diverse others.

Proved 23rd June 1560

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