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Will of John Mudle

of Hollingbourne, Kent

Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury Ref: PRC32/51/24
Transcribed by Derek Miller
In the name of God Amen the 17th day of April 1637. This is the last will and testament of me John Mudle of the parish of Hollingbourne in the County of Kent. First I commend my Soul in to the hands of Almighty God my maker and my body to the earth of which it was made, and as concerning that worldly goods which God of his mercy hath lent me I give it as following.
First I give unto the poor people of this parish of Hollingbourne 3s 4d to be bestowed on them the day of my burial at the discretion of mine Executors hereafter named.

Item I give unto Joane my wife 40s a year to be paid by my sons James and Henry 20s a piece to be paid quarterly at the 4 usual feasts of the year that is to say at St Michael and Christmas at Lady and Midsummer by equal payments and for default of payment after demands to distrain in and upon the two houses I bought of Larkin and Brice for one twenty shillings a year and upon the lands called Highfields bought of Richard Mudle for the other 20s a year.
Item I give her 4 bushels of wheat to be paid unto her by mine Executors.

Item I give unto Edward my son one chest one pair of sheets and a tablecloth 2 table napkins 4 pieces of pewter a brass pot one Cushion of the best sort and in money vs.
Item I give unto Henry my son one bedstead one bed and bolster one Coverlet one blanket two pair of sheets one tablecloth two table napkins four pieces of pewter my best brass kettle and all the sheep it shall please God I shall be seized of and one Cushion.

Item I give unto John Wilson my grandchild Ten shillings to be paid unto him at his age of xxi years.
Item I give unto my daughter Rebecca 12d and unto her daughter Joane my Grandchild 10s to be paid unto her at her age of 21 years.
Item I give unto Elizabeth daughter of my brother Arthur and my Goddaughter 2s 6d and Every of his other children 12d a piece.
Item unto my Godson Robert Browne 12d.

All the rest of my goods cattells and chattells whatsoever and wheresoever my debts and legacies and funeral being paid I give them unto my son James and do make him and my brother Arthur Muddle mine Executors and I do give my said brother twenty shillings, and lastly my will is that Joane my wife shall have the use of the Chamber behind the stock and liberty to come unto the fire and to the well and room in the close to lay her wood during her natural life if she please to tarry here or else not.

This is also my last will and testament Concerning my houses and lands made the day and year first above written. First I give unto my son Edward all that my house and lands with the appurtenances laying and being in the parish of Stockbury and now in the occupation of James Humfrey to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give unto James my son the house and lands wherein I now dwell lying and being in the parish of Hollingbourne with the appurtenances to him and his heirs forever.
Lastly I give unto Henry my son my two houses in the parish of Thurnham with the lands thereunto belonging and with the appurtenances to him and his heirs forever, which said houses and lands I bought of Larkin of Stockbury and Brice of Boxley.
And my will is that if any of my said sons do happen to die without heirs of their bodies lawfully to be begotten that one of them shall be the others heir as well of the movables as of the houses and lands.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal dated the day and year first above said John Mudle his mark Read sealed and published for his last will and testament in the p…. of Richard Mudle his mark – Edward Poore

Memorandum that before the sealing hereof I give unto my son Henry the sum of xxx£ of lawful money of England to be paid unto him by my son James when he the said Henry shall come unto xxi years of age and for non payment of the said xxx£ the said Henry shall enter upon half the house and lands given unto my son James and take the half profit thereof until the said xxx£ be paid. John Mudle his mark – Richard Mudle his mark – Edward Poore

Dated 17 April 1637 and proved 10 May 1637

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