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Will of George Maplisden

of Sutton Valence, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/362 M/4
Transcribed by Maureen Rawson
In the name of God Amen I George Maplisden of Sutton Valence in the County of Kent Tallow-Chandler being sick in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praise be to Almighty God therefore do now make and ordaine this my present last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say)
First and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hopeing through the Merits Death and Passion of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life. My Body I commit to the Earth to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named. And as touching the disposition of all my Temporal Estate I give and dispose thereof as followeth

Imprimis I will that my Debts and Funerall charges shall be paid and discharged
Item I give and devise unto Ann my loveing wife All my Messuages or tenements lands hereditaments and premisses with the barnes, stables, outhouses, edifices and buildings yards gardens orchards and closes thereunto belonging which I am now possessed off or interested inn, and in what parish or parishes soever the same or either or any of them are situate lying and being, for and dureing the terme of her naturall life she maintaining my Children & providing for them untill their severall ages of eighteen yeares and paying out of the same such legacies, annuities and debts as I shall hereinafter mention and express, and performing and fullfilling whatever I shall herein after require her to do

Item I give and devise All those five peeces or parcells of land arrable medow and hopground scituate lying and being in the parish of Sutton Valence aforesaid which I lately purchased of John Waller,
And also all that Messuage or tenement and one outhouse with three peeces or parcells of land orchard medow and hopground thereunto belonging containing by estimation three acres scituate lying and being in the parish of Sutton Valence aforesaid which I lately purchased of Fenners and now in the tenure or occupation of Peter Grant, William Barnes and my self or one of us,
And also that Messuage or Tenement wherein I now live with the outhouses orchard and garden plotts thereunto belonging,
And all those three little Tenements or Cottages now in the tenure or occupation of John Barnes, the Widow James and the Widow Kedwell scituate in Sutton Valence aforesaid,
And also all those three peeces or parcells of land arrable and hopground which I lately purchased of John Rayner scituate lying and being in the severall parishes of Sutton Valence aforesaid and East Sutton in the County aforesaid now in the tenure or occupation of Peter Steer and my self unto my Daughter Ann Maplisden and to her heires and assignes to have and to hold the said severall Messuages or tenements, cottages lands hereditaments and premisses last perticulerly mentioned with their and eny of their appurtenances (immediately from and after my wifes decease) unto my said daughter Ann Maplisden and to her heires & assignes To the only use and behoofe of my said daughter Ann her heires and assignes forever

Provided allways notwithstanding that in case my said daughter Ann do claime or come in for part of her mothers Joynture Then my will and mind is and I do hereby order and appoint my said daughter Ann to pay out of her said lands and premisses the summe of one hundred and thirty pounds of lawfull money unto her sister Mary (if then liveing) And I do hereby charge the said lands and premisses with the payment thereof.

Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Ann so long as she continue to dwell with her mother the summe of five pounds p’ann to buy her clothes, And in case she shall happen to marry or live from her said Mother then I give and bequeath unto her my s’d daughter Ann the summe of fifteen pounds p’ann for her better maintenance

Item I give and devise all that messuage or tenement with the barne stable and outhouses together with severall peeces or parcells of land arrable medow and pasture thereunto belonging scituate lying and being in Staplehurst in the County aforesaid which I lately purchased of my father Stephen Sawyer and now in the tenure or occupation of William Highams containing by estimation sixty acres more or lesse
And also all that little Messuage or tenement with the barne & outhouses and five severall peeces or parcells of land arrable medow and pasture scituate lying and being in Staplehurst aforesaid (w’ch I lately purchased of Saxbey) & now in the tenure or occupation of John Wells containing by estimation seven acres more or lesse unto my daughter Susan Maplisden and to her heires & assignes To have and to hold the said severall Messuages or tenements lands hereditaments and premisses last perticulerly mentioned with their and every of their appurtenances (immediately from and after my wifes decease) unto the said Susan Maplisden and to her heires and assignes To the only use and behoofe of my said daughter Susan her heires and assignes forever

Provided allwayes notwithstanding that in case my said daughter Susan do claime or come in for part of her Mothers Joynture Then my will and mind is and I do hereby order and appoint my said daughter Susan to pay out of her said lands and premisses the summe of one hundred and thirty pounds of lawfull money unto her sister Mary (if then liveing) And I do hereby charge the said Lands and premisses with the payment thereof.

Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Susan at her age of eighteen so long as she continue to dwell with her mother the summe of five pounds pAnn to buy her clothes, And in case she shall happen to marry or live from her said Mother Then I give and bequeath unto her my said daughter Susan the summe of fifteen pounds pAnn for her better maintenance.

Item I give and devise all that Messuage or tenement with the Barne stable stalls outhouses and buildings and severall peeces or parcells of land orchard arrable medow & pasture thereunto belonging containing in the whole by estimation forty acres more or lesse which I lately purchased of my brother John Maplisden scituate lying and being in the parish of Ulcomb in the County aforesaid and now in the tenure or occupation of John Earles
And also all those two Messuages or tenements two orchards, barne, stalls, outhouses and buildings and severall peeces or parcells of land arrable medow and pasture thereunto belonging containing by estimation thirty acres more or lesse scituate lying and being in Ulcomb aforesaid (which is now my wifes Joynture) and now in the tenure or occupation of the Widow Butcher or her assignes unto my daughter Mary Maplisden and to her heires and assignes To have and to hold the said severall messuages or tenements lands hereditaments and premisses last perticulerly mentioned with their and every of their appurtenances (immediately from and after my wifes decease) unto my said daughter Mary Maplisden and to her heires & assignes To the only use and behoofe of my said daughter Mary her heires and assignes forever,

Chargeable neverthelesse with the payment of the Rent Charge or summe of five pounds of lawfull money pAnn unto such Usher (for the time being) as the Master of the School of Sutton Valence aforesaid (for the time being) shall keep for the better instruction of the Children of the said school The said Annuity or yearly rent charge of five pounds being allways to be paid into the proper hands of such usher for the time being for his only proper use and behoofe, as an Augmentation of such Usher’s Ancient Sallary. So that the Master of the said school for the time being shall never have power to receive the same The said Annuity or yearly rent or yearly rent charge of five pounds allwayes ceasing dureing the Vacancy or want of such an usher, for the more certaine payment of w’ch Annuity or yearly rent or yearly rent charge or summe of five pounds, I do hereby bind the afore mentioned Messuages or tenements lands hereditaments and premisses in Ulcomb aforesaid (given & devised unto my said daughter Mary her heires & assignes as aforesaid) forever, So as the said lands & premisses shall forever stand charged with the said Annuity dureing the vacancy of such an Usher only excepted

Item I give & bequeath unto my said daughter Mary so long as she shall continue to dwell with her Mother the summe of five pounds pAnn at her age of eighteen yeares And in case she happen to marry or live from her s’d Mother then I give & bequeath unto her my s’d daughter the summe of fifteen pounds pAnn for her better maintenance

Item I give and devise all those two Messuages or tenements with the stable outhouses and buildings with severall peeces or parcells of land Orchard Arrable Medow Hopground and Wood thereunto belonging containing in the whole by estimation eleven acres more or lesse scituate lying and being in the parishes of Loose and Farleigh in the County aforesaid now in the tenure or occupation of Stephen Chisman and James Taster unto my loveing wife Ann and to her heires and assignes To the intent and purpose and with full power for her and them to sell, convey and dispose of the same for the better payment of my debts and all such Annuities and Legacies as are by me herein given and bequeathed and not otherwise charged

Item notwithstanding the disposition of the severall Messuages or tenements, lands, hereditaments and premisses herein before mentioned in manner as aforesaid I do hereby impower and authorise my said wife (in case of necessity) to take up any summe or summes of money (not exceeding two hundred pounds) on those lands and premisses now in the occupation of William Highams and lying in Staplehurst aforesaid and herein before given unto my daughter Susan after her mother’s decease as aforesaid. And in case the said summe of two hundred pounds or any lesser summe shall be so taken up on the said Lands as aforesaid by my said wife, and not paid off in her life time, Then and in such case I do hereby oblige my daughters Ann and Mary to make good and pay unto my daughter Susan two parts in three of the summe (not exceeding two hundred pounds as aforesaid) w’ch shall be taken up by my said wife in lieu and in satisfaction of two parts in three of the money so charged or taken up on my lands given unto my daughter Susan as aforesaid, For the more certaine payment of the two parts in three of such money so to be taken up as aforesaid on Susan’s lands I do hereby charge the severall Messuages or tenements lands hereditam’ts and premisses herein before given and devised to my said daughters Ann and Mary notwithstanding w’t is herein before mentioned

And further also that in case either or any of my said Daughters shall not be satisfied with what I have herein before given them and shall molest or trouble her or their sister or sisters with a designe to get of her or them a better or greater portion than I have given them in this my last Will and Testam’t That then and in such case she or they so offending shall pay unto such sister or sisters the summe of one hundred pounds of lawfuull money a peece to each sister so troubled and molested for the paym’t of w’ch penalty or penaltyes I do hereby charge her & their lands so offending as also their and each of their persons notwithstanding w’t is herein before mentioned to the contrary

Item I do give and forgive my brother John Maplisden all such summe or summes of money as he is now indebted to me, and one shilling of lawfull money on his demand thereof

Item I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Sutton Valence aforesaid the summe of four pounds of Lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid to such person or persons as my Executrix hereinafter named shall think fit and most needfull in manner following (that is to say) forty shillings one halfe thereof the first Christmas next ensueing my decease and the other forty shillings or half part the Christmas next after ensueing

Item I do hereby nominate and appoint will and desire Francis Robins of Charte next Sutton in the County of Kent Clerke and Thomas Price of Sutton Valence afores’d Clerke to be Trustees and Overseers to and for my Children dureing their minorityes, in case my wife happen to dye before they come of age

Item I do hereby will and desire my wife (and daughter Ann in case my wife dyes) to displant the hopgarden w’ch I purchased of John Waller, at Micha’s next, And that w’ch I purchased of Fenners within four or five yeares next after ensueing my decease on the penalty of one hundred pounds of lawfull money to be paid by her who so refuses or neglects the same, to my daughters Susan and Mary equally to be divided between them

Item I do hereby strictly will and command my wife not to fell any Timber or do or suffer any wast to be done on any of the Estate hereby given and devised and to keep the same in good repair dureing her life, In consideration of the performance thereof I do lastly give and bequeath unto my said Loveing wife Ann Maplisden all the rest and residue of my Personall Estate goods and chattells whatsoever and where soever who I do hereby make nominate and appoint full and whole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament

And I do hereby revoke and disannul & make void all former Wills & Testam’ts by me heretofore made either by word or writing. In Witnesse whereof I the said George Maplisden to this my last Will & Testam’t contained in seven sheets of paper have set my hand to each sheet and seale to the last this twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord God seventeen hundred and thirteen – George Maplisden

Signed sealed published & declared by the Testator in the presence of us whose names are subscribed as witnesses and attested by us in the presence of the said testator. “at her age of eighteen” being interlined in the third sheet, “two parts in three” in these severall places in the sixth sheet, before the sealing hereof as also “maintaining my children and providing for them untill their severall ages of eighteen yeares and” & two lines in the fifth sheet.
Edmund Marston – Francis Tysoe – Rob’t Dixon

31st July 1713 probate granted to Ann Maplisden, widow relict & Executrix.

A Faculty Office Marriage Licence was issued 29 Jun 1692 for Maplesden, George & Sawyer, Anne
Ann was baptised 12 Feb 1694, Susanna 14 Aug 1698 and Mary 4 Aug 1706, all at Sutton Valence.
A daughter Elizabeth and a son George died as infants.

"At the east end of the exterior of the church, in the cemetery, is a memorial for George Maplesden, Junr., of this parish (formerly connected with the family of Lambe, of this parish), who died June 25th 1713, in the 47th year of his age; and another for Ann, his wife, who died July 1st, 1730, aged 64 years, who left three daughters, Anne, Susanna and Mary; and another for Mary Maplesden, wife of Henry Maburn [Maytum], and daughter of George and Ann Buckhurst, who died December 27th, 1761, aged 31 years, who left issue - one son George." - Some account of the parish church of St. Mary's, at Town Sutton, or Sutton Valence, in the county of Kent 1874 (Google eBook)
George Buckhurst & Ann Maplesdon married 2 Oct 1718 - St Paul's Cathedral, London
Mary Maplesden Buckhurst daughter of George & Ann was baptised 26 Sep 1730 at Sutton-Valence
Henry Maytum married Mary Buckhurst 9 Oct 1753 at St. Mary-Bredin, Canterbury


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