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Will of Christopher Leedes

of Canterbury, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC 17/52/f121
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen the 26th day of January in the year of our Lord God 1599
I Christopher Leedes of the parish of St.Mildred of the City of Canterbury being somewhat sickly but yet of good and perfect remembrance I thank God for it do ordain and make my last will and testament in manner and form following That is to say first and principally I commend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God hoping and assuredly believing to inherit the glorious kingdom of heaven by the death and bloodshedding of Christ Jesus my only saviour and by no other means and my body I will shall be buried in the churchyard of St.Mildred in Canterbury near to the place where my wife lyeth buried.

Item I give unto the poor people of the City of Canterbury the sum of 20s to be distributed to such as they shall think meet whom herein I shall nominate and appoint executors of this my will within one whole year after my decease.

And touching all such lands and tenement as I have within the City of Canterbury my will is and I do give unto Christopher Leedes the son of Noe Leedes my son deceased my two tenements and gardens and orchards with their appurtanances lying and being in a street called Wincheap within the said parish of St.Mildred the City of Canterbury aforesaid to be had to him the said Christopher and to his heirs forever at his age of 21 years.

Item I give unto Rachel Leedes alias Dale my daughter my daughter my tenement and garden and orchard with the appurtanances set and being in a street called Stower (Stour) with the said parish of St.Mildred in the City of Canterbury abovesaid wherein John Jefferys now dwelleth to be had unto her within one year next after my decease.

Item I do give unto Noe Leedes the son of Noe Leedes my son deceased ten pounds of money to be paid unto him at his age of 21 years.
Item I do give unto Hester Leedes and Mary Leedes daughters unto Noe Leedes my son five pounds apiece to be paid unto them within one year next after my decease.

Item I do give more unto Mary Leedes abovesaid twentysix shillings and eightpence yearly during her natural life issuing and joining out of my greater tenement in Wincheap before given unto Christopher Leedes her brother wherein Henry Nelson now dwelleth to be paid unto her quarterly by even portions that is six shillings and eight pence every quarter or within six days after or else it shall be lawful unto and for the said Mary to enter the said tenement and to distrain and for to take a distress for the same.

Item I do will that Rachel Dale my daughter shall have her dwelling in my lesser tenement in Wincheap aforesaid and before given unto Christopher Leedes during all her natural life and further I do will and my meaning is that Mary Leedes aforesaid shall also have her dwelling in the tenement so long as she shall keep herself unmarried and neither of them to pay rent for their said dwelling during the time aforesaid they well and duly keeping the reparations of the said tenement and gardens.

Item I do give more unto Mary Leedes my second featherbed and bolster to it and the joined bedstead whereupon the said bed now lyeth.

Item I do give unto the six children of Katharine Leedes alias Haythorne my daughter that is to Christopher Haythorne Margaret Haythorne Sibill Haythorne Henry Haythorne Elizabeth Haythorne and Jane Haythorne twenty pounds of money equally divided between them by even portions that is to either of them three pounds six shillings 4 pence to be paid unto Christopher Haythorne within two years next after my decease and to Margaret Haythorne within two years next after my decease or before if she shall happen to be married and to the other four at their several ages of eighteen years.

Item I do give unto John Fyshe son unto John Fyshe my son in law my silver and gilt saltseller with a cover and my great andirons which are now in his fathers occupying to be had unto the said John Fyshe at the age of twenty and six years.

Item I do give more unto Christopher Leedes aforesaid all such moveable goods as are mine and now in my greater tenement in Wincheap and in the occupation of Henry Nelson whereof the said Christopher hath an inventory more I give unto him my greatest brass pot and my copper kettle to be had unto him at the age of 21 years.

The residue of all my goods and chattels whatsoever my debts and legacies being first paid and contented I give them wholly unto John Fyshe my son in law and Elnor his wife which John and Elnor I do make constitute nominate and appoint executors of this my last will and testament and I do also nominate and appoint Jasper Wreake overseer of the execution of the same and for his pains I do give unto him twenty shillings

these being witnesses, Richard Walleys - Thomas Crisp
Christopher Leedes his mark


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