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Will of John Leedes

of Snodland, Kent


Source: Court of Rochester 17.70
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen, the twenty day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and four score and five, I John Leedes of the parish of Snodland within the diocese of Rochester in the county of Kent, clothier, being sick in body but of whole mind and perfect remembrances lauded be Almighty God, do make and ordain this my present last will and testament in manner and form following. First I commend and bequeath my soul unto the hands and mercy of Almighty God desiring that through the merits of Christ his son my redeemer, and by virtue of his passion and resurrection, I may be the child of eternal salvation and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Snodland beside the Yew tree on the south side of the said church.

Item give and bequeath unto Edward Leedes my eldest son all such corn and cattle hay and other moveable goods and chattels belonging as well to my husbandry and trade of clothe making within the said parish of Snodland as also with the City of London or elsewhere within the realm of England,
excepted and reserved unto Amye my wife all my household stuff & implements of household by what name so ever their or any of them are knowing or called within my house mansion in Snodland aforesaid in the which I now dwell the which I give and bequeath unto the said Amye.

Item I give & bequeath unto the said Amye my wife and my very will is that if the said Amye shall be minded to remove any other dwelling out of my house wherein we now dwell that then my son Edward shall well & truly pay or cause to be well and truly paid unto her the said Amye the sum of thirty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid within one month next after the said Amye shall so remove.

Item I give and bequeath unto the said Amye my wife five silver spoons that are in her keeping.
Item I give and bequeath unto the said Amye the best horse mare or gelding and the best cow and one calf which I shall happen to have at the time of my departure at the choice of her the said Amye out of the goods and cattle which before I have given unto the said Edward my son.

Item I give and bequeath unto Dennis Carrit now my servant six shillings and eightpence.
Item I give and bequeath unto Margaret Carter now my servant six shillings and eightpence.

Item I give and bequeath unto William Godfrey my son in law the sum of four score and five pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto the said William Godfrey or to his executors and administrators or assigns by the said Edward my son or by his heirs executors or administrators within two years after my decease
if the said William do make or cause to be made unto Margaret my daughter now wife of the said William a good and lawful and perfect jointure of the sum of ten pounds by year of lawful money of England issuing out going and to go out of in and out of all the land and tenement of the said William or out of or in sum sufficient and payable part thereof yearly to be paid unto the said Margaret during all the life natural of the said Margaret to be paid unto her the said Margaret at two several terms of the year according to the due and best form and assurance of such jointure

But if the said William Godfrey shall not so make and perform the said jointure within the said space of two years next after my decease then my very will is that if the said Edward my son keep the said four score and five pounds in his own hands during the term of the life natural of the said William Godfrey and then if it shall happen the said Margaret my said daughter to outlive the said William Godfrey her husband my very will is that the said four score and five pounds shall be paid unto her the said Margaret but if the said Margaret shall happen to decease the said William living then I will and my very will is if the said four score and five pounds shall be paid unto such of the children of her the said Margaret as shall live unto them shall come unto their several ages of twenty and one years The said sum to be equally divided between them by even portions

the which said Edward Leedes my son I make and ordain the sole executor of this my present last will and testament and he to see my body comely and decently buried and my debts and legacies well and truly contented satisfied and paid in witness whereof I have hereunto set my seal the day and year first above written.
The mark of John Leedes

This is also the last will and testament of me the said John Leedes concerning all my lands tenements and heriditament within the said parish of Snodland, Burling, East Malling, Lullingstone, Paddlesworth, Staplehurst, Marden, Lynton and elsewhere within the said county of Kent made and ordained the day and year first above written.

First I give and bequeath unto the said Edward Leedes my eldest son my Manor of Wells being the mansion house wherein I now dwell situate lying and being within the parish of Snodland together with all and singular the which messuages and appurtenances situate lying and being within the said parishes of Snodland, Burling, East Malling, Lullingstone and Paddleswick to have and to hold unto him the said Edward his heirs and assigns to the profit and use and behoff of him the said Edward Leedes and his heirs and assigns forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto William Leedes my son ....of acres all my land and tenement and woodlands situate lying and being within the said parishes of Staplehurst, Marden and Linton together with all and singular their messuages and appurtenances to have and to hold unto him the said William to the profit and use and behoff of him the said William and his heirs and assigns forever.

And I give and bequeath and my very will is that if the said Edward Leedes my son his heirs or assigns shall well and truly content satisfy and pay unto the said Amye my wife his mother the sum of thirty pounds of good and lawful money of England by the year during all the natural life of her the said Amye out of all and singular the said manor of Wells and the appurtenances and out of all and singular the said other lands tenement, woodlands and heriditament situate lying and being within the said parishes of Snodland, Burling, East Malling, Lullingstone and Paddleswick before given and bequeathed unto the said Edward Leedes to be paid unto her the said Amye at four several feasts or terms of the year, that is to say at the feast of St.Michael the Archangel the birth of our Lord the Annunciation of our Lady and the Nativity of St.John the Baptist by equal portions yearly to be paid and if it shall happen the said annuity or yearly rent of 30 to be behind and unpaid after any of the said feasts payment limited in part or in all that then it shall be well and lawful unto her the said Amye and her assigns in and to the said Manor of Wells and all and singular or any the other lands tenements woodlands and heriditaments before unto the said Edward given and bequeathed with their appurtenances to each and thereto to distrain and the distress or distresses there so taken the same to lead drive or carry away and which her to keep and detain until she the said Amye shall be well and truly satisfied and paid as well of the said annuitie or yearly rent of 30 of as all the acreage thereof if any shall happen to be.

But if it should happen Agnes Turpin of Canterbury Widow to decease the said Amye my said wife then living it then and from there for the immediate after the decease of the said Agnes Turpin my said son Edward his heirs or assigns shall not be charged but only with 20s by the year nor the said manor of Wells nor any other of the lands tenements and woodlands or heriditament before to him given shall not be liable or charged but only with 20s a year unto Amye his mother

and that then and there for the immediately after the decease of the said Agnes Turpyn the said William Leedes my son shall pay the other 10s by the year unto the said Amye my wife during all the residue of the natural of her the said Amye in such form and manner and as to the said several terms or feasts for the payment thereof before limited and appointed and all the said lands tenements woodlands and heriditaments before the said will some given and bequeathed shall there then be charged with the said ten pounds by the year and liable by the said Amye or her assigns to be distrained thereof and for every part thereof with the acreages as is before intended specified and mentioned

in witness whereof I the said John Leedes unto this my present last will and testament have set my seal the day and year first above written in the presence and witnessed of
John Aston writer hereof, William Taylor and others.
The mark of John Leedes


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