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Will of Christopher Leeds

of Canterbury, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/56/f240
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen the 14th day of October in the year of our Lord God 1609 and in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord James by the grace of God of England France and Ireland King defender of the faith etc the seventh of Scotland the three and fortieth
I Christopher Leedes of the parish of St. Mary Magdalen in the City of Canterbury woolendraper sick and weak in body but of good and perfect memory God be praised do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following First and principally I yield and render my soul unto Almighty God the father the son and the Holy Ghost my maker redeemer and sanctifier and my body to the earth to be buried in the churchyard of St Mildred’s in the City of Canterbury as near unto the place where my grandfather Leeds lieth as conveniently it may.

Item whereas after the decease of my loving mother Joan Phillips I am to have the sum of three score pounds of good and lawful English money of my said mother’s gift unto me which said threescore pounds is now in the hands of Mr. John Warham of Wingham in the County of Kent Gent I do give and bequeath the aforesaid threescore pounds after my mother’s decease unto Noe Leedes my brother.

Item I give unto my good friend Mr James Master of the City of Canterbury a copper kettle.
Item I give to my said brother Noe Leedes a brass pot and a stupnett to be delivered unto him at his age of 24 years.
Item I give and bequeath unto Sibill Haythorne Elizabaeth Haythorne Jane Haythorne and Henry Haythorne the children of mine aunt Katherine Haythorne 20 shillings a piece to be paid to them and either of them as they shall severally accomplish their ages of 24 years by my executors hereafter named.

Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas Phillips and Joanna Phillips the children of Mr David Phillips vicar of Waltham my father-in-law and of my mother Joan to either of them £10 apiece to be paid in manner and form following that is to say unto my brother Thomas Phillips at his age of 21 years and unto my sister Joanna at her age of 18 years or day of marriage which shall first happen.

Item I give unto my uncle John Fyshe of the precinct of the cathedral and metropolitan church of Christ Canterbury the sum of £10 of good and lawful English money to be paid unto him within four years next after my decease by my executors and if my said uncle shall happen to die before such time as the said ten pounds shall grow due and payable then the said £10 pounds to be and remain at the time aforesaid to his heirs executors or administrators.

Item I give unto my cousin James Leedes of East Sutton in the County of Kent clothier the sum of five pounds of good and lawful money of England to be paid unto him the said James Leedes within five years after my decease.

Item I give to John Dale son of my cousin John Dale the sum of three pounds of lawful English money to be paid unto him by my executors at his age of 21 years.
Item I give unto my good and loving Master William Whitinge of the City of Canterbury woolendraper as a small remembrance of my dutiful affection towards him 40 shillings
and unto my cousin John Fyshe son of my uncle John Fyshe aforesaid £5

the which said William Whitinge my master and my said cousin John Fyshe I constitute ordain and make the only and sole executors of this my present last will and testament
and as touching the disposition of my lands and tenement situate and being in the parish of St.Mildred’s in the City of Canterbury this is the last will and testament of the aforesaid Christopher Leedes.

First I give and bequeath unto my two aforenamed executors and to the longest lived of them two one annuity or yearly rent charge of £4 of good and lawful English money during the term of the natural life of my sister Mary Bowman the now wife of Francis Bowman to be issuing and out of my greater tenement situate and being in Wincheape in the parish of St. Mildred’s in the City of Canterbury and to be due and payable quarterly out of the said tenement unto my foresaid executors and if the said rent charge of £4 by the year shall happen to be behind and unpaid in part or in all the above space of fourteen days after such time or times as the same or any part thereof shall be due and ought to be paid that then it shall be lawful for my aforesaid executors or their assigns into my said greater tenements to enter and distrain and the distress or distresses there so had and taken to bear drive and carry away and the same to keep and distrain until such time as the said rent charge of £4 and the arrears thereof if any be shall unto my foresaid executors or their assigns be well and truly satisfied contented and paid.

Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Noe Leedes my two tenements situate and being in the street commonly called Wincheape near and found without the walls of the City of Canterbury together with all the gardens outhouses and appurtenances unto them belonging the greater of the said tenements being now in tenure and occupation of Mr. William Knight and commonly known by the name of the Queen’s Head and the lesser tenement being now in the tenure and occupation of Susan Dines widow to have and to hold the said two tenements together with all the gardens outhouses and appurtanances unto them belonging unto the said Noe Leedes at his age of 24 years and unto his heirs and assigns for ever
And if the said Noe Leedes shall happen to decease before he shall accomplish his said age of 24 years then I will and appoint that the said two tenements shall be sold by my executors or the survivor of them and the money thereof coming (after my debts and legacies shall be paid and discharged to be divided into two equal parts the one part or parts to remain and be to the children of my sister Hester deceased the late wife of David Drayton if they shall be then living equally divided between them and the other part or parts to be and remain unto my sister Mary Bowman the wife of Francis Bowman and unto her children if she shall have any equally to be divided between them.

Item I give and bequeath unto my master William Whitinge and my cousin John Fyshe my executors all the rents issues profits and revenues of my foresaid two tenements until my brother Noe Leedes shall attain and come unto his said age of 24 years they paying my debts and legacies and discharging my funeral expences and keeping my said two houses

in witness whereof I the foresaid Christopher Leedes have hereto set my hand and seal the day and year first above given.
Memorandum that before the ensealing of this will the testator did give and bequeath unto John Petit(?) the son of John Petit of Waltham 20 shillings to be paid unto him at his age of one and twenty years by his executors.
Sealed signed published and declared for his last will and testament in the presence of
Samuel Ferrier - Elnoe Fishe - The mark of Dorothy Kynn


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