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Will of William Leedes

of Benenden, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/86/f27
Submitted by Everett Leeds
In the name of God Amen, I William Leedes of Benenden in the county of Kent, Yeoman, being sick in body but of sound and perfect memory (thanks be given to God) therefore do this..five and twentieth day of June in the twelfth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George (by the grace of God) of Great Britain France and Ireland King, defender of the faith ano dom 1726 make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) in the first place I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it me and my body I leave to return to this earth from whence it came and to receive a decent burial at the discretion of my executor herein after named and touching the disposition of such estates as it pleased God to bless me with in this world I do dispose of the same as followeth.

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto Joseph Diamond son of Joseph Diamond of Hawkhurst in the county of Kent, clothworker, one shilling of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto him within three months next after my decease by my executor herein after named.

Item I give and devise to my loving kinsman James Chesman of Boughton Monchelsea in the said County of Kent, freemason and his heirs forever all that messuage or tenement barns buildings and several pieces or parcels of land thereunto belonging with their and every of their appurtanances situate lying and being in Benenden aforesaid and now or late in the tenure or occupation …the said William Leedes my undertenants or assigns.

Item I give and devise unto my said loving kinsman James Chesman and his heirs forever all that messuage and tenements barns and buildings garden orchard and several parcels of land thereunto belonging with their and every of their appurtanances situate lying and being in Hawkhurst in the said County of Kent and now in the tenure or occupation of Thomas Sands his undertenants or assigns.

item I give and devise unto my loving kinsman and his heirs forever all and every other messuage lands tenements hereditaments and … of me the said William Leedes in Benenden and Hawkhurst aforesaid or elsewhere within the said county of Kent

all…… and residue of my goods and chattels and personal effects and wheresoever to be found within the Kingdom of Great Britain called England and not herein given or bequeathed (my debts legacies funeral expenses and probate of this my will being first paid and discharged) I give and bequeath unto my said loving kinsman James Chesman and I do hereby make and ordain my said loving kinsman James Chesman sole executor of this my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me hereto for made.

In witness thereof I the said William Leedes the testator have to every sheet thereof being two in number to the first set my hand and to the last of them my hand and seal in the presence of those whose names are hereunder written. William Leedes his mark
Witnesses: Hen. Iggolsden - Sam. Hunt … - Sam. Durrant

Probate granted: 7 July 1726


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