Also I give to William Leeds my son one great chest & one joined stool.
Also I give to Edward my son one large chest & joined stool.
Also I give to George Leeds my son one brass pot.
Also I give to Stephen Leeds my son one joined table.
Also I give to John Leeds my brotherís son one great chest standing in the hall.
Also I give to John Benseís three children Thomas Bensse Elizabeth and Annys Bensse three pounds to be equally divided amongst them when they come to the age of 20 years.
Also I give & bequeath to Elizabeth my wife three of my best kine and the one half of all my household which is unbequeathed
All the rest of my moveable good I give & bequeath to Harry Leeds my son to pay my debts & bequests & legacies & the which Harry Leeds I do make my sole executor of this my last will & testament And Lawrence Leeds be my overseer
Also for the disposing of my lands I will that Elizabeth my wife shall have four pounds a year out of my lands during her
mortal life to be paid to her quarterly by equal portions to be paid upon condition that she make nor
meddle upon no lands that I have bought or sold.
Also I will that my wife shall have her dwelling in my house & doings for all things needful for her, the space of one whole year next after my decease
Also I will that if Elizabeth my wife be not paid the four pounds a year according as it is above mentioned that it shall be lawful for her to stress and strayne in the said house or lands in the parish of Benenden aforesaid
Also I will that my wife shall have one chamber called the Gessen chamber & three little chambers the new kitchen and the brew house the new buttery and the cheese house and the fyre and sheets within the house and going to the water & taking water for her needful business and further to take when God sends fruit she to have the fruit of six apple trees there she shall think good so long as she continueth a widow.
Also I give to the poor menís box vid.
Item Also I give unto Elizabeth my wife one acre of wheat in the back field she to have her choice to gather and one acre of oats in the Taynte field she to have her choice together And to lay it in some place of the bard where she thinketh good.
Also I will that Harry my son shall deliver to Elizabeth my wife every year during the time she is a widow six loads of wood that is to say three loads of logs and three loads of fagots at her dwelling here & to pay nothing for it.
Also I will that my house & lands be divided into five parts. And then I will that Harry my son shall have three parts of the said house & lands in fee simple upon condition that he pay or cause to be paid to Stephen Leeds my son when he cometh to the age of twenty and eight years twenty pounds of good and lawful money at one payment And also to pay Edward Leeds my son when he cometh to the age of twenty & eight years twenty pounds of good & lawful money of England at one payment. And also I will that the said Harry shall pay or cause to be paid to Edward my son five pounds a year to bring him up to learning till he cometh to the age of twenty & four years of age.
Also I will & bequeath to George Leeds my son & William Leeds my son the other two parts of my
lands aforesaid to come to it when either of them cometh to the age of twenty & four years to them
and their heirs forever
and whereas there goeth a rent of forty shillings a year out of the whole lands my will is that Harry Leeds to pay three parts of it and the other two parts of the same rents
by me Edward Leeds witnessed at the making hereof
Robert Bassett - Thomas Goulding and Lawrence Leeds - George Waghorne
Benenden Parish Register notes Burial taking place 31 May 1571
INVENTORY OF Edward Leedes, yeoman of Benenden, 1571 PRC10/6/306 118
Imprimis In the hall one table One form 6 joined stool one cupboard two trestles one chair one great chest 2 shelves Item his purse and his girdle, his apparel Item in his purse In the chamber on the shop Item a bedstead and feather bed and tester A bolster 3 pillows 2 blankets one coverlet It. One trucklebed one flockbed one bolster one covering one quilt one blanket and one chair and old chest one forme one painted chest one shelf It. In the same chamber which is genen 2 great chest In the chamber over the new kitchen It. 2 bedsteads one feather bed with a bolster of feathers one flockbed with a bolster of flocks with three coverings 3 blankets 2 testers one painted cloth one fringe In the gesson(guest?)chamber next the garden It. A joined bedstead with a trundle bed one blanket with a tester & curtains and a little table In the chamber over the old kitchen It. 2 bedsteads one flocked bed one flocked bed one bolster one blanket one covering one tester one bed of cavass unfilled one old cradle one table 2 trestles with a board net In the old kitchen It. One quern one old payed or Stock and one pay of card and trundel one box In the ....buttery It. 6 shelves one barrel with 2 pound of hops 2 crocks of butter .... 3 gallons 5 cheeses 6 earthen crocks In the cheese house It. One cape one cheese press 2 wringers 7 cheese bales with wooleners thereunto It 4 axes 2 bills, one faggot bill 2 augers a hay cutter one shovel one spade one mattock, one faggot bill, one wimble one diashane 2 hammers with other old iron It. 3 hundreth of witle It. 2 pair of boots(?) a .... One birdell a pair of bochasse 2 pair of shoes a pack saddle one ... a sussingell It. One gun a bow with Sheaf of arrows a dagger and one scull and ... a coat of ... one houseman staff a .... It 2 carpets 4 cushions 2 painted cloths The pewter It. Ten platters 6 saucers 4 porringers 2 pewter dishes 3 salt cellers one ewer The brass It. One ....one brass pot 3 kettles 3 pans one stupnet one chafer It. One brass pot .... .... ... ... It vi candlesticks 2 latten basins One baster of latten one ladle one chafing dish one little pot of lattern one trimmer of lattern It. One table 2 shelves and bowls 6 trigs one shale 2 bellows salt tubs & a meal tub with some meal and salt In the new kitchen it. 2 spits 2 dripping pans 2 pair of pot forks a pair of tongs 3 brand irons 2 trenette one fire rake 2 pot hangers 2 chopping knives 2 grates iron morter with a pestle It. A table and form 3 shleves a Little dressing cord a mustard quern A wooden candlestick with other wooden necessaries belonging to the kitchen one chair 2 baskets 2 curtains for the glass window It. 2 brade clothes The old buttery It. One table 3 shelves and a stalledge 8 Barrels It. 6 drinking pots one pewter pot one leather bottle one lanthorn a dozen of trenckers 3 silver spoons In the brewhouse It. One furnace one brewing tub 3 other tubs 3 bellows one churn two pails 3 tankards 2 shelves and shillytorye one ale sign one old sign one stopot In the shop It. 2 bags of wood It more on old chest one beam with a pair of scales 2 iron wedges & weights of lead weighing 34 pounds & half one old form It more one sampler of canvass & 2 sacks of canvass & one leather sack It. more 3 yard of cloth It more one table with a frame given(?) away It. The brasell mole with all things thereunto belonging The linen It. 6 pair of sheets 3 table cloths 6 borde napkins 4 pillowcases In the bakehouse It. One kneading trough one butling tub one half tub one table to mould on one cope 3 senes In the bakehouse chamber It. One ....3 sides .... It. 3 tubs 6 bushells of old malt an oast house cloth It. 2 pitchforks rakes 3 forks 3 lathers One pair of pails It. in old hay & straw It. Two ton & a half of timber It. 12 load of wood It. One wean one plough 2 harrows A course & a wheelbarrow with yokes ten tithes and one tawle for barley and a dray It. 2 sows and young sheep It. 3 geldings 2 mares a colt of 2 years old It 6 kine It. 4 acres of wheat It 4 acres oats It. Owing in debts unto the said Edward Leede It. In poultry other things etc
Will of Edward Leedes