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Will of Richard Muddle

of Hollingbourne, Kent

Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1652

In the Name of God Amen I Richard Muddle of the parish of Hollingbourne in the County of Kent Yeoman being weake and sick in body though otherwise (God be thanked) of sound and perfect mynde and memory doe ordayne and make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to say
First I give my soule into the hands of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ trusting to be saved only by his meritts and bitter passion on the Crosse for my sinnes
Item I appoint my body to be buried at the will and discretion of my executrix hereafter named
And farther for my lands and goods I dispose of them as heere followes

Inprimis I give unto my beloved wife Anne Muddle tenn pounds a yeare of lawful English money to be paid unto her quarterly by way of dowrye out of my house and lands lying in the parish of Hollingbourne aforesaid during the terme of her natural life and noe longer

And in the next place because it is uncertayne whether she be with childe or noe at the making of this my last will or may be at any tyme hereafter before my death with a sonne (having at this tyme only daughters) in that case I give and bequeath unto my sayd sonne and to his heyres for ever all my sayd lands and Tenements in Hollingbourne aforenamed
But if otherwise my sayd wife should have noe sonne by mee Then I give and bequeath all my sayd houseing and lands in Hollingbourne aforesayd to my eldest daughter Dorothy Muddle and her heyres for ever
Item I likewise give and bequeath unto my youngest daughter Anne Muddle my houses and land lying in Maydstone neere unto the Waterside and to her heyres for ever

And if either of these two dye without heyres of their owne bodyes lawfully begotten then to be heyres either to other and if they both dye (and their mother should be with childe with a daughter then that daughter to be heyre to her sayd sisters But if there be noe thyrd daughter then to descend to my sisters children equally betwixt them

And if it soe fall out that my wife should have a sonne by mee then I give my sayd houses and lands in Maydstone to my eldest daughter Dorothy and to her heyres for ever willing that my youngest daughter Anne then doe goe away with her portion of money only hereafter given her in this my last will and testament

As alsoe if there should be a sonne which should happen to dye without heyres then the daughters to be heyres to him in their severall courses as before is appointed (vz)? the eldest to the land in Hollingbourne and the second to the houses and lands in Maydstone And thus much for my lands only

And for my goods and chattells I further dispose of them as followeth
First I give unto my eldest daughter Dorothy the summe of Fifty pounds of lawful English money and secondly to my youngest daughter Anne the summe of Forty pounds And if there should be a third daughter the like summe of forty pounds
All these legacies to be paid at their severall ages of one and twenty yeares And if either of them dye before they attayne unto the sayd ages then to be heyres either to other

Item I give unto my Nephew and Godsonne Richard Hunt the summe of five pounds of the like lawfull English money to be paid within one yeare after my decease

Item I give unto my sisters sonne James Picknoll the summe of Twenty shillings of the like money to be paid at the like tyme

Item I give all other my goods and chattells not formerly given my debts and funerall expences likewise being discharged unto my beloved wife Anne Muddle whom I doe make my sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament

As alsoe I doe further appoint and ordayne my two brothers in lawe Thomas Streyne and John Betts to be Overseers of this my last will and Testament And doe hereby give them power and authority in case my sayd wife should marrye againe or in trust her father Figge or any other to the danger? of preiudiceing of my sayd children in their Estates and portions formerly given them to enter upon all my sayd lands and moveables goods and chattells what soever as Guardians to my sayd children allowing my sayd wife her part and portion of the sayd goods and chattells and moveables according to the apprizement first made of the same after my decease and her tenn pounds a yeare formerly given her out of my lands for her life and noe more And they my sayd overseers to take charge presently of my sayd children and their Estates as well in lands and goods as Guardians unto them and to see to their Education and bringing up and to be accomptable unto them as they shall attayne unto their severall ages formerly as hearsed provided that if my sayd wife have a desyre to have the keepeing of my sayd children her selfe that shee may doe soe before any other at such rates as shee and my overseers shall agree and they may be provided for in an other place

And in witness that this is my last will and Testament I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this sixteenth day of September Anno Domini 1652 Richard Muddle In the presence of
John Crampe Clerke and Samuell Muddle his marke

This Will was proved at London the twenty eighth day of October in the yeare of Our Lord God one thousand six hundred fifty two before Sr Nathanaell Brent Knight Doctor of Lawes and Master Keeper of the Prerogative Court by the oath of Anne Muddle the relict of the sayd deceased and sole Executrix therein named To whome was Committed Adíon of all the sayd deceasedís goods Chattells debts shee being first legally sworne by virtue of a Commission in that behalf Ö forth well

Richard's sister Sarah married Richard Picknall 31 Jan 1636/7 at Hollingbourne
Their son James Picknall was baptised 20 May 1638 at Hollingbourne
Richard Picknall was buried 10 Jan 1642/3 and Richard Muddle was a bondsman in the administration of his goods
Thomas Strayne of Bredgar, tailor, married Jane Muddle in 1628 (lic)
John Hunt married Mary Muddell at Bearsted 18 Oct 1636

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