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Will of Arthur Leeds

of Benenden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/65/f445
Submitted by Everett Leeds
The last will and testament made by Arthur Leeds late whist he lived of the parish of Benenden in the county of Kent freeholder by him made and declared in the time of his sickness whereof he died on or about 20th day of March Ano Domini 1623 being then of very good and perfect memory in these words following or the very like effect and substance that is to say

First he willed that all his debts should be paid and that which should remain if anything should be left after his debts were paid he gave unto Margaret his wife towards the bringing up of his children which said Margaret his wife he nominated and appointed the executrix of this his will these being present and witnesses thereof
Mr.Richard Ansten Clerk vicar of Benenden aforesaid and Elizabeth his wife.

Parish Register of Benenden: Buried 24th March 1623/4

PROBATE ACCOUNT: Arthur Leeds Benenden 1624 CKS/PRC 2/23/178

The accompaniment of Margaret Leeds widow and executrix of the last will and testament of Arthur Leeds late of the parish of Benenden in the county of Kent deceased. By her made and declared the six and twentieth day of May Anno Dom.1624. Of and upon all singular such goods and chattels as late were the said deceaseds his whilst he lived and since his death have come to the hands and possession of this accompaniment by force and virtue of her executrixship and of the execution of the last will and testament of the said deceased to her in that behalf lawfully committed as followeth viz

First this accompaniment chargeth herself with all and singular such goods and chattels as late were the said deceaseds his whilst he lived and since his death have come to the hands and possession of the accompaniment by force and virtue of her executrixship aforesaid. The which goods and chattels are contained and specified in an inventory thereof made and hereunto annexed and the same being by gentlemen seen and indifferently appraised do in the whole extend and amount unto the sum of £65-6-10.

Out of the which said sum this accompaniment and executrix hath paid and laid out as is necessary to pay and lay out in and about the execution of the last will and testament of the said deceased and payment of his debts whereof the particulars do hereunder follow. Viz
First paid and laid out in and about the funeral of the said deceased to minister and parish clerk for their duties(duries?) and for all other charges about the said funeral the sum of 10s.
Item for the probate of the last will and testament of the said deceased in common form for drawing of the nuncupative will for the oaths of witnesses for registering and ingrossing the said will and for all other charges thereabouts the sum of 23s.
Item paid to Thomas Watts of Benenden aforesaid for debt due and owing unto him by the said deceased at the time of his death by bond £21.
Item paid to Thomas Cadwell of Rolvenden for debt due and owing unto him by the said deceased at the time of his death £20.
Item to Stephen Gynder of Benenden aforesaid for debt due and owing unto him by the said deceased at the time of his death by three several bonds £28.
Item to John Topliffe of Headcorn for debt due and owing unto him by the said deceased at the time of his death by bond £10-16-0.

Item the drawing of this accompaniment in form to exhibit unto the court for the purpose(?) and the proctors fee to do the same and to obtain the admission hereof the registering and ingrossing it in parchment the …… of the judges seal of office and all other charges thereabouts the sum of 26s-2d.

Totals of all and singular the payment and allowances aforesaid £83-12-2.

So it plainly appeareth that this accompaniment and executrix hath truly and justly administered in all and singular the goods and chattels of the said deceased so that comp………it deducted ded….. therein surplusage that it hath laid out and disbursed more than the goods and chattels of the said deceased do amount unto the sum of £18-5-4.

Proved: 6th April 1624


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