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Will of James Mantle

of Chartham, Kent


Source: Original Will PRC16/224, 1639
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
In the name of God amen the two & twentithe day of October in the fifteenth yeare of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland beinge defender of the faythe and in AD 1639 I James Mantle of the parish of Chartham in the County of Kent Yeoman being sick and weake in bodie but of perfect mind and memorie (praised be God) do make and ordayne this my last will & testament in manner and forme following (that is to saye) First I commend my soule into the hands of Allmightie God my creator hopeinge assuredlie to be saved by and through the merite? deathe and passion of Jesus Christ my Redeemer And my bodie to be buried att the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named
Item I will and bequeathe unto the churchwardens of Chartham aforesaid twentie shillings by them consionablie to be distributed to the poore of the same parish of Chartham

Item I will and bequethe unto my three servants namely Michell Daniell, Edward Coleman and Annis Bunne four shillings a yeere
Item I will and bequeathe unto Christofer Anderson of the parish of Thannington in the said countie and unto Sara his daughter and my goddaughter four shillings a yeere
Item I will and bequeathe unto Arthur Watts the son of my brother Edward Watts four shillings
Item I will and bequeathe unto John Adams the son of Isaac Adams late of Chartham aforesaid deceased five shillings
Item I will and bequethe unto Abbigaill Shipwashe my god daughter of John Shipwashe two shillings and six pence
Item I will and bequeathe unto my cosin Mathew Mantle halfe a salme or a quarter of wheete and I doe hereby freelie forgive him all such debt or debts as he nowe oweth me for wheete
Item I will and bequeathe unto Ann Baker the daughter of widdowe Adams of Chartham aforesaid four shillings
I will and bequeathe unto my late servants Thomas Eested, Isaac Wood, Thomas Howell and John Adams two shillings and sixpence a yeere
All which before specified legacies I will shalbe paid by my Executrix hereafter named within three months next after my decease

Item I will and bequeathe unto my daughter Mildred Mantle one hundred and forty pounds to be paid unto her by my said Executrix at the age of one and twentie yeares or daye of marriage of the said Mildred which shall first happen
Item I will and bequeathe that my said Executrix shall within twelve months next after my decease for a portion for my two daughters namelie Dorothie Mantle and Marie Mantle and in their names jointlie and to the use as their homes for ever purchase lands and hereditaments to be full value of two hundred pounds and for the true purchasinge of the same lands and hereditaments my will is that my said executrix shall within one month after my decease become bound to the overseers of this my will nominated in the sum of fower hundred pounds conditional for the inst: effectinge of the said purchase
Item my will and further meaninge is that my said executrix shall receive the rents and tiths of the said lands and hereditaments soe to be purchased as aforesaid until either of them my said two daughters shall or might have attained the age of one & twenty years or happens to be married shall my said executrix to be accounptable to my said to daughters or the survivor of them for the then payment of the said rents and profitts for the minorse of their premises

Item I will and bequeathe unto my son James Mantle at his age of one & twenty years two hundred & fifty pounds to be paid to him by my executrix
Item I will that if my nowe wife happen to have a femall child borne of her bodie within nine months next after my after my decease Then I will unto that child so borne one hundred pounds to be paid with the profitts thereof by my Executrix out of that legacy of two hundred and fifty pounds before willed to my said son James att the age of one and twenty years or day of marriage of the same child whych shall first happen, and that then my said Executrix shall stand charged to paye unto my said son of the said legacy of two hundred and fifty pounds onelie one hundred and fifty pounds & noe more

Item I will and bequeathe unto my welbeloved wife all the rents & fees and profitts of my messuages lands tenents & hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever situate sett having and being in the said all parishes of Chartham aforsaid and of Hernehill and Seasalter or anie of them in the aforsaid county of Kent for the good educacon of all my said children untill my said son James shall or might have attayned his full age of one and twenty years
Item my further will and meaninge is that my said wife shall in reasonable manner keepe the said meussages lands and premisses repayred until my said James full age, For the repayringe whereof itt shalbe lawfull for my wife apon the said lands and premisses (if it maye there be had and comittinge noe wilfull waste) to fell have and take timber & Deenelt Item my further will and expresse meaninge is that my said wife and her executors shalbe accounptable to my said sone for four pounds yearelie and everie year between the deathe of me the said James the father and my said James attayninge his said full age of one and twenty years The which totall of my said sone all ten pounds soe as aforesaid beinge accounptable for she my said executrix shall inst: paye unto my said sone att his said full age
Item my further will is that yf itt shall happen anie of my said children to die before they or one of them shall have or ought to have their legacie or legacies before in this my will to them or anie of them willed or bequeathed That then the legacie of them or anie of them soe dyeinge shalbe and remaine deductable and payable to the survivor or survivors of my said children by equal portions,

All the residue of my goods and chattolls household lusse readie money and plate unbequested after my debts burial and funerall expenses paid and disharged I will and bequeathe unto my welbeloved wife Bennett whome I make and ordayne the whole sole and onelie Executix of this my last will & testament intreatinge her for goode Cause? to Deale wyslie? and reasonable herein And I do nominate and intreate my well beloved brothers William Mantle and Thomas Mantle to be overseers to this my said will, and for there paines herin to be taken I will unto each of them five pounds a yeere

This is the last will and testament of me the said James Mantle made & declared the daye and year abovesaid And as to touchinge and concerninge the Dysposal? of all my lands Tenents and hereditements with appurtenaces whatsoever and wheresoever in the said parishes of Chartham Hernehill and Seasalter
Firste I will all the said lands tenents and hereditaments with appurtenaces unto my said sone James Mantle ( yf my wife shall not have within nine months after my death a male child borne of her bodie) to him and his heirs for ever at the said age of one and twenty years But yf my said wife shall happen to have a male child borne of her bodie within the same time of nine months Then I will all my said laids tenents & hereditaments in Chartham asforsaid with appurtenaces to my said sone James and his heirs forever at his full age of one and twenty years and all the residue of my said lands tenents & hereditments with appurtenaces in Hernhill & Seasalter aforsaid I will and bequest to that male child to be borne aforsaid and to his heirs forever In witness whereof I the said James Mantle the father to this my last will & testament my hand and soule have sett dated the day and yeare first above Written Published and declared all that is cointayned in this three sheets of paper written? to be the last will and testament of the said James Mantle the father the daye and the yeare abovesaid in the name of JAMES MANTLE

A coddicil published and made ye daye and yeare above said by ye said James Mantle and added and made parte and parcell of his will as followeth
Item I will and bequeathe unto my said wife Bennett when as that my said sone James shall or might have attayned his full age of one and twenty yeares for terme of her life rents & ffees and profits of all my messuages houses and lands in Hearnhill and Seasalter abovesaid heretofore purchased by William Mantle my Deceased father of one Charles Ospringe and one thing before in this my will contayned to the Contrarie thereof in ....wise not withstanding. In witness whereof I the said James the father as well? to the will aforesaid also this coddicil my hand and soul have sett the daye and yeare abovesaid
Signed and declared as abovesaid in the presence of
William Mantle - Michael Terry X - John Fod X ?
his mark JAMES MANTLE

Notes
1 James Mantle Married Bennet/Benedict Watts of Hollingbourne at Hollingbourn by Licence 1621
2 James Mantle buried 13/11/1639 at Chartham
3 Marriage Licence issued for Bennet Mantle Widow to marry Henry Harrison on 7th January 1641/42 at Canterbury
4 Bennet Harrison buried 1674 Chartham
5 James Mantle Junior married Elizabeth Austen 1661 Chartham by Licence


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