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Will of Alice Leedes

of Marden, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/48/f360
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen, the seventh day of November Anno Dom one thousand five hundred ninety two, I Alice Leedes the widow of Stephen Leeds deceased of the parish of Marden in the County of Kent in the diocese of Canterbury being weak in body but of good & perfect remembrance thanks be given unto Almighty God therefore do make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner & form following First of all bequeathing my soul unto the hands of Almighty God my creator redeemer & sanctifier steadfastly bloodsheding of my only saviour Jesus Christ that all my sins are freely pardoned & forgiven me & my body to be buried wheresoever it shall please God appoint.

Item I give unto my daughter Godly Pet two flock beds, two pair of blankets, two coverlets, one board bedstead, two feather bolsters, three feather pillows, six sheets, two table cloths, three knapkins, four pillow cases, the residue of all my linen also two gowns, one of a new colour & one other of sheeps colour russet. And also three petticoats one of a russet colour and two red. Also my best hat and five of my best aprons. Also my greatest cauldron and two great hanging kettles of brass and two little brass kettles, one basin, a chafing dish, one little iron pot, eight pieces of pewter, three lattern candlesticks, one dozen of new pewter spoons. Also two framed tables, two forms and one joined stool, one kneading trough, three barrels, one tun, one tub, six saw boards, four shelves. In the buttery eight milk vessels, two pails, one charne (churn), one chair, three chests, one frying pan, one spit, one cobiron, one pair of pot hooks and pothangers, one gridiron, one stupnet, one pewter pot, one skimmer and also four painted cloths.

And also I give & bequeath unto my said daughter Godly Pette three pounds of good & lawful English money remaining for her in the hands of John Harris of Marden aforesaid.
Item I give & bequeath unto my forsaid Godlye twenty shillings of like lawful money of England a debt remaining in the hands of Richard Tibbolde of Marden aforesaid.

Item I give unto my said daughter Godly ten bushels of good sweet & merchantable wheat in the hands of George Browne for the delivery whereof at Hollantide last
Solomon Dabson of Marden hath given his faithful promise & become surety for the said George Browne unto the said Alice Leeds.

Item I give & bequeath unto the said Godly Pet my daughter twenty & five shillings of lawful English money a debt remaining to me in the hands of Robert Maplisden of Boughton Monchelsea my son in law.
All which said legacies given unto my daughter Godly Pet I will shall be delivered unto her by mine executor from time to time as she shall need during her life time.

Item I give & bequeath unto Cicely Leeds my daughter in law one bedstead, one coverlet, one blanket that were her fatherís, one hanging & one cloth over the bed to be delivered unto her incontinently after my decease.

Item I give unto Dorothy Hatcher one pair of canvass sheets to be delivered unto her incontinently after my decease.
Item I give & bequeath unto Cicely Leeds & Dorothy Hatcher aforesaid one flock bed, one coverlet, one feather bolster and one pair of blankets to be incontinently delivered unto them after my decease.

Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter Alice the wife of Robert Maplisden on cauldron with standing ears and also all the household stuff in the hands of the said husband remaining.

Item I give & bequeath unto Margaret Hartsoll the wife of Edward Hartsole of Yalding one russet gown to be presently delivered after my decease.
Item I give unto Cicely Leeds one sheep chest to be presently delivered her.

Also I appoint & ordain my loving neighbour & friend John Harris mine executor & my will is for the answering of all his charges that the legacies of money given unto my daughter Godly shall be answered for to him if that I do not leave much money & goods unbequeathed unto him as shall save him harmless.
In witness whereof I the said Alice Leeds have set my hand and seal the day and year first above written in the presence of us being witness hereunto
James Walter & John Yorke.

Proved: 1592

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