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Will of Stephen Mathews

of Reculver, Kent


Source: CONSISTORY COURT OF CANTERBURY VOL 55, FOLIO 29, 1682
Transcribed by FRED VICKERSON
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN The nine and twentyeth day of march in the four and thirtyeth yeare of the reign of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the second by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland king defender of the faith Anno Domini1682. I Stephen Mathews of the burrough of Hoth in the parish of Reculver in the County of Kent Cooper being weake in body but of sound and ferfect minde and memory (God be praised) doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) First I comend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Gracious and merciful Creator hoping that I shall obtaine everlasting life through the glorious and meritorious death of my lord and saviour Jesus Christ and my body to the earth to be decently buried by my executor hereafter named

ITEM I give and bequeth unto my loving wife Bridgett Mathews the use of the beds and all such other household stuffe whatsoever as were her's at the time of our intermarriage, for her owne and proper use during her natural life, and from after her decease I give and bequethe said bed and household stuffe unto my daughters Joyce Mathews and Elizabeth Mathews to be equally devided between them.
ITEM I give and bequeathe unto the said Bridgett my wife one young red cow two sheates, one seame of Tick Beanes, one seame of wheate, and one load of buring wood to be delivered to her by my said Executor at Michaelmas next coming after my decease, And if the said Cow and sheates be living at the time of my wifes death, and any of the said Beanes wheate and wood be then remaining, then I give the same to my said daughters Joyce and Elizabeth to be equally devided between them ITEM my mind and will is, that in consideration of the before mentioned bequethes given to my said wife she shall freely keep my said daughter Elizabeth Mathews the terme of two years next after my decease if my said wife shall soe long live.

Item I give and bequethe unto my sonne Nathaniel Mathews the sume of five and twenty pounds of goods and lawfull money of England (more than what he hath had formerly of me) to be paid unto him by my said executor in manner and form following (viz) five pounds ycell thereof within one month next after my decease, tenn pounds other ycell thereof within three months next after my decease and the final summe of ten pounds residue thereof within two years next after my decease
ITEM I give and bequethe unto my daughter Sarah mathews the full sume of five and thirty pounds of like money to be paid unto her by my said executor att her full age of one and twenty years, And one wedding Ring of Gold marked with these lettres S: m :S which was her owne Mothers Ring and shall be delivered to her at the time aforesaid
ITEM I give and bequeth unto my said daughters Joyce Mathews and Elizabeth Mathews and to each of them the like sume of five and thirty poundsa peece to be paid unto them and each of them by my said executor att their respective ages of one and twenty years and my will is that if anyone of my said daughters happen to dye before their said respective ages then the portion or legacy of her soe dyeing shall come and be paid unto my said soone Nathaniel and the said two surviving sisters, to be equally devided between them three, and alsoe that my said executor shall pay from the time of my decease unto his said three sisters, Sarah, Joyce and Elizabeth mathews, and to each of them twenty shillings a peece for the Interest of their said Legacyes till their said respective ages by halfe yearly payments

ITEM I give and bequeathe unto my son Stephen mathews my Lease Mortgage of a house and land lyeing in the parish of Shepherdswould in the said County of Kent which I hold from my Brother Israel Mathews and is now in the occupation of Abraham Hughson or his assigns for the remainder of 4 terme of years mentoned in the said Lease Mortgage
ITEM I make and ordaine my said son Stephen Mathews sole executor of this my last will and Testament
ITEM I give and bequeathe unto my said son Stephen Mathews, and to his heirs and assigns, all that my Messuage or tenement with the barne stable orchard Lands to the same belonging with the appurtences containing by estimaton three acres and an half more or lesse with the appurtences lying and being the parish of Shepherdswould aforesaid and now in the tennre or ocupation of John Low [?] or of his assigns To Have and to hold the said last mentioned Mesuages Lands and premisses with the appurtences unto my said sonne Stephen Mathews his heires and assignes forever
ITEM I give and devise unto my said sonne Stephen Mathews all that my Mesuage or tenament outhouse Stable and Lands to the same belonging containing by estimaton one acre and thirty peiches more or leste with the appurtences seituate lyeing and being in the Burrouw of Hoth in the parishe of reculver in the County of Kent aforesaid and now in the tennre or occupation of me the said Stephen mathews and Christian Mare widdower or of our or one of our assigne or assignes To Have and To Hold all and singular the said last mentoned Messuage or Lands premisses with the appurtences ( from the time of the death of my said wife Bridgett Mathews unto my said sonne Stephen Mathews his heires and assignes for ever, And I the said Stephen Mathews doe hereby charge the all and singular the aforesaid Messuages Lands and premisses with their appertences with the payment of my respective legacyes aforementioned, And my will is, that then my said sonne Nathaniel and his Sisters to whom it shall be unpaid shall and may have full power to enter unto the said Messuages and Lands and make distresse for ye saime or receive the rents issues and profitts thereof till he or she shall by such means be fully paid the sume as aforesaid

In witness whereof I the said Stephen Mathews have here unto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above writeen Stephen Mathews Signed sealed published and declared to be the last will and Testament of the said Stephen Mathews the Testator in the presence of
William Sennocke Elizabeth Baker her marke Tho: Kidderson

Probated April 10 1682 to Stephen Mathews


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