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Will of Steven Leedes

of Benenden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/63/f408
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen the six and twentieth day of January one thousand six hundred and seventeen
I Steven Leedes of Benenden in the County of Kent yeoman being sick in body but of good and perfect memory thanks be given to Almighty God do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following First I give and commend my soul into the hands of the Almighty fully assured by the death and mediation of Jesus Christ to have full and perfect remission of all my sins and my body to the earth out of which it was framed.
Item I give to the poor inhabitants of Benenden 20 shillings of lawful money of England to be paid by mine executor herein afternamed.

Item I give unto my three godchildren Lawrence Wyllard Anthony Welles and Agnes Girdler to either of them 3/4d a year and to all the rest of my godchildren 2/- a year to be paid by mine executors within one year next after my decease.
Item I give Margery Day 2/-

all the rest of my moveable goods whatsoever my debts and legacies paid and my funeral duties discharged I give and bequeath unto my sister Elizabethís three sons George Goldinge Richard Goldinge and Steven Goldinge which three I make the only executors of this my last will and testament
and my will and mind is that these mine executors before they intermeddle with my lands and goods shall enter into sufficient bonds either to each other to perform my mind and meaning herein contained which if any one of them shall refuse to do my will and mind is that he or they so refusing shall have no portion or part either in my lands or goods.

Item I give to my two sisters Dorothy Basden and Thomasin Girdler to either of them 6s/8d a year.

This is the last will and testament of me the said Steven Leedes made and declared the day and year above written touching all my lands and tenements in the parish of Benenden in the county of Kent

Item I give and bequeath all that my messuage or tenement and all the lands and woods thereunto belonging now in occupation of Robert Sharpye and also all those my lands and woods lying in the west end of Benenden and now in the occupation of Robert Burre all which aforesaid messuage and all the lands aforementioned with all singulars appurtanances I give and bequeath unto my aforesaid Elizabethís three sons George Goldinge Richard Goldinge and Steven Goldinge and to their heirs in fee simple for ever
on this condition that they the said George Richard and Steven or their heirs executors administrators or assigns or some of them shall well and truly content and pay unto the four children of Henry Goldinge their brother deceased four score pounds of lawful money of England which by this my last will I give and bequeath unto them that is to say
George Goldinge and to Henry Goldinge sons of the deceased Henry to either of them thirty pounds a year to be paid unto them by mine executor when as the shall come to their several ages of one and twenty years and my will and mind is that either of them depart this life before they come to their several ages of one and twenty years then the survivor shall receive and enjoy his deceased brotherís part.

Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Goldinge and Agnes Goldinge daughters of the aforesaid deceased Henry to either of them ten pounds a year of lawful money of England to be paid by mine executors when as they shall come to their several ages of eighteen years and if either the said Elizabeth or Agnes do depart this life before they come to the age aforesaid then my will and mind is that the survivor shall receive and enjoy the deceasedís part.

Item I give and bequeath unto Agnes Allin my kinswoman forty shillings a year of lawful money of England quarterly to be paid by even and equal portions during the natural life of the said Agnes and no longer. Steven Leedes his mark
Present at the sealing hereof Richard Anstey - John Sharpe

Proved: 10th March 1617


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