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Will of Christopher Leede

of Benenden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/41/25a
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen, the 8th day of July in the year of our Lord God a thousand five hundred three score and ten in the twelth year of the reign of our most gracious sovereign Lady Elizabeth by the grace of God of England France & Ireland Queen defender of the Faith, etc.,
I Christopher Leede of the parish of Benenden in the county of Kent, yeoman, doth make this my present testament & last will in manner and Form following Firstly I bequeath my soul to Almighty God & my body to the earth.

Item I give & bequeath to Isabell my wife all my moveable goods paying my debts and legacies.
Item I give & bequeath to every of my God children xiid a piece to be paid to them within one half year after my decease.
Item I give & bequeath to William Russell my best cote.
Item I give & bequeath to Jervyce Day my cloak.
Item I bequeath to Elizabeth Harrys my servant my featherbed and bolster lying upon the truckle bed in my gesson chamber.

Item I will to Isabell my wife my house & land that I now dwell in during the time of her natural life
& after the decease of Isabell my wife I will my said house & land to my brother William Leede of Tenterden for the term of his life
and after the decease of my said brother William I will it to his son Christopher Leede in fee simple forever.

Item I will that there be bestowed at my burial at the discretion of my executrix xiid and that she see me honestly buried.
Item my will and mind is that Isabell my wife shall be my sole executrix of this my present testament & last will

witness at the making and declaring of this present testament & last will
Lawrence Leede & John Watts

Probate granted on 28th September 1570

Christopher Ledes Benenden (Tailor) 1570 PRC 10/5/87 125

This is the inventory of the goods and chattels Of Christopher Ledes late of Benenden deceased
Duly appraised the 26th day of July by Lawrence Leeds Wilis Thomas .... and John .... 1570

Firstly It. 2 pipes and 2 half pipes
It. in the shop a board and other boards
It. in the writing chamber a table
And 2 forms with other ....
It. A pair of scales and lead weights
It. an axe a bill with other chopping knives and other old iron 2 iron wedges

Item . 3 the milk chamber a square table with other shelves
It. 2 churns & 2 tankards and milk bowls with other wooden vessels

It. In the brew house a furnace 2 barrells and 3 half barrels 8 tubs and 3 reelers? (kneelers?)
It. Aboultinf hutch a kneading trough 4 pails & silver
It. A pole and rake & 3 trivets 3 spits 2 hammers 2 gridirons and a fire pan
It. 4 chains and ...
It. A bow & 2 sheaves of arrows…? And a dagger war bill and a skill ?

It. In the hall a cupboard a table and a Form a ....a pair of ...
It. In pewter 70 pieces ....
It. a latten basin 8 latten candlesticks Bread pans 3 skillet pans one brass pot a stupnet a dripping pan of brass
It.his purse his girdle & money therein
It. His apparel

It in the upper chamber 2 feather beds Bolsters 2 coverings 2 blankets
It. In that chamber 2 chests 2 bedsteads
It. 11 pairs of sheets, a table cloth 4 rolling(?) towels & napkins 7 pillow cases one white hanging bed
It. 7 pillow
It. 12 coatts (pillow cases possibly. EL)

It. In the chamber of the other people (?) one One feather bed one flocked bed with covering and blanket & bolster and hangings there
It. 4 chests a press and 2 bedsteads
It. In an other chamber 2 flock beds with bolster & covering one blanket and hangings & 3 bedsteads

It 3 his book owing him
Item 2 pressing irons & 2 pairs of shears
It. One sack and a small bag a Talbot and a shawl a treadle And a pair of cards and a basket
It. A …….saddle & bridle
It. in cheese and butter
It. For all things forgotten
It. 7 ewes & 7 lanbs and a Cow
It.3………….and 7 young heifers
It. A mare and 2 young colts
It. A barrow(?) and 2 pigs & 7 geese and 5 henswith other poultry
It for three acres of oats & barley
It.in hay and wood
It. in the chamber a cheese press and a ....& old linen
It. 3 iron pots and 2 pans 3 hammers
It. 3 drinking pots & other earthen vessels
It. a brass mortar & iron pestle

Total ....


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