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Will of William Mantle

of Nackington, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/Vo55/Fo286, 1615
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
In the name of god Amen the third day of January in the year of our lord god 1613 I ,b>William Mantle of Nackington in the County of Kent Yeoman sick in body but of good & perfect memory praised be to god therefore do ordain and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following First I commit my soul wholly to the lord most gracious protection

I will unto William Hainplon? Richard Leggate William Purdue and Richard Widdowe all of Nether Hardres to each of them one tolvett of wheat

Item I will and bequeath unto widow Laureket? of Harbledown one tolvett of wheat

Item I will and bequeath unto my second son James Mantle thirty pounds of current English money at his full age of one & twenty years

Item I will to William Grenythson of Nether Hardres one tolvett of wheat

Item I will and bequeath unto my third son Thomas Mantle three score pounds of current English money at his full age of one and twenty years

Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Alba Mantle fifty pounds of current English money to be paid unto her at her full age of one and twenty years or the day of her marriage which shall first happen
Item I will unto the said Alba my daughter my best chaiselonge? stool and my best chest saving? two? in the chamber over the hall to be delivered her at her age or marriage aforesaid and my will and meaning is that if any of my sons or daughter happen to depart this present life before their legacies be paid in manner and form aforesaid that then his her or their legacies so discharged shall be equally divided between such of them surviving and my eldest son William Mantle

Item I will & bequeath unto my loving and wellbeloved wife Mildred three score and ten pounds of current English money and two of my best kine five seames of wheat two seames of malt and the bedstead and bed in the parlour wherein I now lie in all and sufficiently furnished together with whatever of my household stuff and the said bed and bedstead being priced by two independent persons the one of them by the said Mildred and the other by the said William my son as shall amount to unto the value of seventy pounds of current English money

I will and bequeath unto Matthew Mantle one of the sons of my Brother John Mantle twenty shillings of current English money within one year after my decease if the said Matthew shall live until the end of one whole year after my decease

Item I will unto Isaac? Binge one of the sons of my sister Binge thirty shillings to be paid at the full and five years after my decease if he shall be then living

Item I will unto William Binge one other of my said sister sons twenty shillings of like English money within two years after my decease if he shall be living at the end of the said two years

Item I will unto Mary Binge daughter of my said sister ten shillings of like English Money at her age of one and twenty years if she shall live so long

Item I will unto my sister Joyce Mantle twenty shillings of like English money within one year of my decease and if she then shall be living

Item I will unto my mother in law Agnes Mantle twenty shillings of like money to be paid her as my said sister Joyce is to be paid and if my mother shall die within the said year then I will said twenty shillings unto Ann Backe? and Elizabeth Backe daughters of my late deceased sister Backe at their several ages of one and twenty years if they shall be then living

Item I will unto my sister Philpott ten shillings of like money within one whole year after my decease if she shall be then living and I will unto my godson William Philpott other ten shillings of like money at his age of one and twenty years if he shall be then living

Item I will unto my sister Binge one yearly rent of thirty shillings of current English out of my lands tenements and hereditaments hereafter devised unto my said sons William and James Mantle to be paid unto her and her assigns during her natural life and widowhood at the feast of the blessed virgin Mary and Saint Michael Archangel by equal and even portions and if my said sister Binge happen to be married at any time hereafter then I will the said year the said charge of thirty shillings to cease and that then and from thenceforth I will unto my said sister Binge only twenty shillings yearly during her natural life at the feasts aforesaid out of the said lands tenements and hereditaments as aforesaid, and for default of payment of any of the said several rents in manner and form aforesaid she and her assigns to distrain

Item I will unto Susan Fletcher my servant ten shillings of current English money and to my servant George Harelett twenty shillings of like money within one year after my decease and if they or any of them die then my bequest the him or them so dying to be paid

Then all the rest of my goods and chattels whatsoever unbequeathed I will unto William Mantle my eldest son after my legacies aforesaid and debts paid and I ordain and make my said son William full whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do use make and appoint Isaac Terry John Raynalde? Christopher Harde of Molash Stephen Harte of Chilham and Thomas Gardiner the overseers of the executor thereof and I will to each of them my said overseers five shillings a year for their expenses therein to be taken

Item I will to my boy? Roger Anderson? towards the cost of putting him out as an apprentice to some good hand to be paid within five years after my decease if he shall then be living the sum of eight? shillings of current English money and as concerning the disposition of all my lands tenements and hereditaments

This is my last will and testament made and declared the day and year first above said in manner and form following First I will that the Mildred my wife shall have all my lands tenements and hereditaments situate lying and being in Chilham and Godmersham in the said county of Kent all which I purchased of John Shipwashe George Harris and George Bunker to hold to her the said Mildred and her assigns until my said son Thomas shall accomplish his full age of one and twenty years without doing any wilful strip or waste and the paying of the rent to the lord? of the fee or fees thereof and repairing of the same and after the full age of one and twenty years if my said son Thomas then also I will the lands and hereditaments which I purchased of said John Shipwashe George Harris and George Bunker to my said son Thomas his heirs forever and then also I will the lands tenements and hereditaments which I purchased of the said John Shipwashe to the said Mildred my wife during her natural life paying the lord rent therefore and doing no wilful strip or waste and repairing the same and after her decease I will the same to the said Thomas my son and his heirs forever

Item all the residues of my lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever unbequested I will unto the said William my son until my said son James shall accomplish his full age of one and twenty years, then I will all my lands tenements and hereditaments in the parishes of Herne Hill and Seasalter in the said county of Kent unto the said James my son and his heirs forever

Item I will that if my sons James and Thomas any of them shall die before their several ages of one and twenty years then I will his and their part of my said lands tenements and hereditaments so dying shall to the other of my sons surviving and to his or their heirs for ever

Item I will unto the said Wiliam my son and to his heirs forever all my lands tenements and hereditaments in Upper Hardres and Stelling in the said county of Kent provided always and my will and meaning is that if the said Mildred my wife shall at any time hereafter go about to record? or sue for any demand of any of my said lands tenements and hereditaments that then the said Mildred my wife shall not have or take any benefit of my legacies before in and by this my last will and testament willed or bequeathed unto her

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal the day and year first above written William Mantle his Mark Read? sealed and published as the last will and testament of the first said William Mantle in the day and year first above written in the presence of
Isaac Terry Thomas ? Michael Terry

Probate: 11th October 1615 - William Mantle junior Executor

Notes:
Tolvett - half a bushel in grain measure
William Mantle buried at Nackington 17th September 1615
Mildred Mantle buried at Nackington 18th October 1638


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